Yesterday it took until past 1pm to get the newsletter out and I was *still* groggy. Tempus had errands to run in Newport and here in town and I just dragged all through that time. We did have a few customers in later, but it was the early part of the day that was busy. Not like summer, of course, but folks were shopping.
The Moon was bright enough to read by when I went out to the car. It stayed that way, getting distinctly lopsided, by the end of the run. There were some clouds that weren’t thick enough to obscure it, just add some accents. Later there was a mist that thickened up enough to create a golden ring as the sky was lightening.
Venus was bright enough today to last through sunrise. I first saw it when we were doing the Bayshore drops, already quite high. It turned into a globe of cloudy crystal from cloud after that, but persisted as the sky got lighter, then showed pink, and the threw pink streaks from east to west.
We’re open but running on way too little sleep. Tempus has got coffee going, but he’s going to curl up in the back for a few hours. I’ll be up front and do the Herbs workshop, if anyone shows and then we’ll switch places.
Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats.The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” , or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. –Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia
Feast day of St John of the Cross – (Starry stapelia, Stapelia radiata, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stapelia this is one weird plant. The flowers small like rotting meat! This is also the guy that wrote the book, “The Dark Night of the Soul”. He was a poet and a reformer and ended up imprisoned and tortured by fellow monks!
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 11/25 at 9:39pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/6 at 11:20pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/29 at 4:19pm.
The bright waning gibbous Moon rises around the end of twilight and climbs high through the evening. It’s now below the horns of Taurus: Beta (β) and fainter Zeta (ζ) Tauri.
While the stars of summer and winter remain on view these late November evenings, the stars of spring are not so lucky. The Big Dipper swings low in the north at this time of year. Although this conspicuous asterism never sets from much of the United States and Canada, it does come close. And the star at the end of the handle — magnitude 1.9 Eta (h) Ursae Majoris — does dip below the horizon around 9 p.m. local time for viewers south of 40° north latitude.
Neptune, in Aquarius, is at magnitude 7.9. After dinnertime it’s high in the south. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for November – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-november-2018
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – (RWEESH)
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before ~and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries. The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet).
Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 24 High 1:12 AM 7.2 7:24 AM Set 8:49 AM 99
~ 24 Low 6:36 AM 2.6 4:42 PM Rise 6:22 PM
~ 24 High 12:28 PM 9.1
~ 24 Low 7:30 PM -1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.
~ Do every act of your life as if it were your last. – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
~ Man! Thou pendulum between a smile and tear. – Lord Byron
~ Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. – G.K. Chesterton
~ A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
MUCH have I spoken of the faded leaf ;
Long have I listened to the wailing wind,
And watched it plowing through the heavy clouds ;
For autumn charms my melancholy mind.
When autumn comes the poets sing a dirge :
The year must perish : all the flowers are dead ;
The sheaves are gathered, and the mottled quail
Runs in the stubble, but the lark has fled.
Still, autumn ushers in the Christmas cheer,
The hollyberries and the ivy-tree :
They weave a chaplet for the Old Year’s bier;
These waiting mourners do not sing for me !
I find sweet peace in depths of autumn woods,
Where grow the ragged ferns and roughened moss
The naked, silent trees have taught me this,
The loss of beauty is not always loss! – MRS. ELIZABETH DREW [BARSTOW] STODDARD.
Magick – Perfect Love and Perfect Trust By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide – http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/glossary/g/PerfectLove.htm?nl=1
Many people toss around the phrase “perfect love and perfect trust” in the Wiccan community. They sometimes use it as a defense when they are corrected by someone else, or bring it up as an arguement when they don’t like what people are saying, as in, “I am TOO right, you’re all being mean, what about perfect love and perfect trust?”
The phrase appears in Lady Gwen Thomson’s Rede of the Wiccae, first published in 1975, in which she states, “Bide the Wiccan Laws ye must, in perfect love and perfect trust.” The notion of perfect love and perfect trust is a simple one: that you are safe within the circle of your coven’s practices. To stand in a circle with someone is to share an intimate — and often vulnerable — space with them, and it can only be done effectively with someone whom you trust implicitly. By that same token, if we are able to love our coven brothers or sisters, we are able to trust them with our safety and our lives.
In some traditions, the phrase is used as an entry to the ritual space, as in, “How do you enter this circle?” with the reply being, “In perfect love and perfect trust.”
Keep in mind that “Perfect love and perfect trust” is not a rule followed by all Pagans or Wiccans. Also remember that among those who do follow it, it is often applied only to coven members, and not to random strangers.
Willow didn’t mind performing a skyclad ritual with the group, because everyone present was there with perfect love and perfect trust.