It’s cloudy, but fairly bright and dry. There’ve been some sunbreaks, but not often. 53F, wind at 7, AQI back up to 54. It looks like Tuesday/Wednesday for rain and then again on Friday/Saturday, but we’re in the time of year, now.
Yesterday passed in a haze. Both Tempus and I were so very tired that although we were both busy (when we weren’t napping) I haven’t a clue what we were working on except for working with customers! At some point Tempus must have been working in back because there’s an open space on the work table. I must have checked in a few pieces and pulled out more because that pile has changed. But…. that was *far* too short a night!
So today is House Capuchin’s Project Day. Tempus is supposed to be working on a sundial and I’m going to try to get some embroidery time in and I’m thinking about maybe trying to make a couple of balls, and then do some more on the bookmark project. We’ve been open since 11am, but even the highway is fairly quiet.
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millennia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
Windmill Blessing Day, Holland – “Many millers would bless their windmills by throwing a handful of flour into the wind as an offering to the mischievous windmill spirits.” I’ve *never* run into this festival anywhere except for Wilson’s Almanac, and the link he gives as a source is long since dead, but it’s a cool idea!
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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 9:39am. 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, much closer to the Moon, fainter Zeta (ζ) Tauri.
The bowl of the Little Dipper descends in the evening at this time of year, left or lower left of Polaris. By about 11 p.m. this week it hangs straight down from Polaris.
Neptune’s westward motion against the background stars comes to a halt today. The distant planet appears highest in the south near the end of evening twilight and doesn’t set until around midnight. The magnitude 7.9 world lies in Aquarius, 2° due east of the 4th-magnitude star Lambda (l) Aquarii. You’ll need binoculars to spy Neptune and a telescope to see its blue-gray disk, which spans 2.3″.
Mercury is hidden deep in the glow of sunrise.
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 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 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
Su 25 High 2:00 AM 7.3 7:26 AM Set 9:55 AM 96
~ 25 Low 7:21 AM 2.9 4:41 PM Rise 7:19 PM
~ 25 High 1:10 PM 9.0
~ 25 Low 8:15 PM -1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is only one success–to be able to spend your life in your own way.
~ It is a pity when we cannot judge by the surface, when it is so often arranged for us to judge by it. – Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett; from Mother and Son
~ God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence …We need silence to be able to touch souls. – Mother Teresa; ‘Willing Slaves to the Will of God’, A Gift for God, 1975
~ I’ve never sought success in order to get fame and money; it’s the talent and the passion that count in success. – Ingrid Bergman
~ This little globe of ours is not a toy of yesterday. – Mohandas Gandhi, who arrived in London as the representative of the Indian National Congress on August 29, 1931
Ah me, how pleasant to go down
From the forlorn and faded town
To Kentish wood and fold and lane,
And breathe God’s blessed air again;
Where glorious yellow corn-fields blaze
And nuts hang over woodland ways.
To pick the sweet keen-scented hops,
(See from each pole a dream-wreath drops)
To toil all day in pure clear air,
Laughter and sunshine everywhere–
With reddening woods and sweet wet soil
And well-earned rest and honest toil. – Caris Brooke
Heartwings Love Notes 237: The Happiness Within Me
Heartwings says, “Happiness is always inside, waiting to come forth.”
When I feel I have enough—whether of food or of money in the bank, I feel happy. Yet having enough is purely subjective and cannot actually be measured by any outside standard. When I focus my attention on the glass that is half full rather than half empty I can be content. It does not matter how much or how little is in the glass, if I wish to see it as enough, if I feel it is enough, it is.
Children see a shiny new toy on television and want it. At a spring yardsale Stephen encountered a child selling his expensive toys at very low prices. When he asked him why, the child replied that he was bored with them. And when did he receive them? “For Christmas,” came his reply. It is difficult for children to value what they have when there is so much more out there for them to want.
The Christmas when I was seven my Uncle Oliver, an actor and thus a very romantic figure to me came for our Christmas Eve celebration. He brought me a huge balloon in the shape of a blimp, with a big red bow around it and set it down in the hall until it was time to open presents. As we were singing carols around the tree there was a loud bang. We all rushed into the hall only to see a limp piece of rubber attached to a large red ribbon.
The pleasure of being with my Uncle soon overcame my regret for the burst present. What mattered was that he was visiting and it was Christmas. This and other remembrances of family gatherings and celebrations glisten brightly in my memory. I remember few if any of the gifts I received. What I do remember is the happiness and joy. Unlike the forgotten gifts, it is within my heart to stay.
Regardless whatever else may be happening, may your happiness be present and available in your heart.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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Heartwings Love Notes 238 The Gift of Kindness
Heartwings says, “When the gift of love is given without expectation of return, giver and receiver share equally in the gift.”
Christmas is a time of giving. The holiday spirit is in the air. Beyond giving presents, most people will put themselves out for others more than is usual during this season. They will make great efforts to be better tempered, kinder, and more thoughtful than they are at other times of the year. While this is praiseworthy it can also generate resentment leading to the “Grinch” effect.
I have learned that when I do something nice that a person has not asked of me, I must not expect him or her to be grateful. Nor if I am kind and thoughtful to others beyond what is comfortable for me, can I realistically expect a return on my “investment.” What I have learned–sometimes the hard way was that it was all very well to be kind, loving and giving as long as I did not expect reciprocity.
The key word here is expect. I appreciate it when there is reciprocity, however, if I don’t anticipate it, I will not be distressed if it is not forthcoming. In business, a superior has the right to expect a certain level of performance. In my daily life if I have expectations of others, whether of their performance or of their behavior I may be disappointed. If I am it is my fault, not theirs.
Often I have received back as good or better than I have given. Often I have not. Once I learned not to anticipate results I became much happier with my giving. I also felt freer not to do more for others than what felt good to me to do. When I do not need to feel appreciated for what I have done my heart can expand into the giving, and I can feel the true joy of Christmas all year round.
May all your giving be freely given and your heart be filled with joy,
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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Silliness – Baseball Heat
Q: Why does it get hot after baseball game?
A: Because all the fans leave!