There’ve been some thunderstorms, mostly it’s just been regular rain. The radar isn’t showing the heavy concentrations of rain this far south, just lots and lots of showers. 51F, Wind at 8, gusting to 17, AQI back to 24. The rain is supposed to taper off over the weekend and we should have a few dry days.
Yesterday flew past because we were pretty busy. The laundry still hadn’t gotten done, so Tempus went out to do that while I was checking in another box of books and some miscellaneous stuff that’s been on my desk for awhile. We had almost no one in during the day, but after 4pm (when Taco Loco opens) we had a bunch of shoppers. Once he was back he worked in back for awhile. I ended up going to sleep right after supper and got about 5 hours before I woke and started working on newsletters.
Tempus was dealing with papers that ran late and by 5am he was just finishing Seal Rock. We talked it over and decided for him not to pick me up, since I wasn’t done with the newsletters. I got those done just after 6am, so when he was rolling back into town he picked me up to do the last set of drops. We were done just after 7am, except for the last paper at the motel, but we stopped to take care of a friend’s birds (they’re out of town)
The Moon was directly overhead and alternately had a colored corona and was in a perfectly clear sky in the early twilight. Venus was *amazing*, but the clouds rolled in and we got rained on when we hit 101 again. Just for a couple of minutes, but it came down *hard*.
…and then Tempus butt-dialed our oldest boy again. This time at least we didn’t wake him up! They’re coming down on the 24th, planning on going out to the hot springs and then stopping by here on their way back to Seattle.
I’m still not sure whether I’ll have computer access over the weekend. I’ll post an update this evening.
Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air– Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum
Today is the anniversary of the oldest record of an eclipse. From Wikipedia: “Records of solar eclipses have been kept since ancient times. Eclipse dates can be used for chronological dating of historical records. A Syrian clay tablet records a solar eclipse which occurred on March 5, 1223 B.C., while Paul Griffin argues that a stone in Ireland records an eclipse on November 30, 3340 B.C. Positing classical-era astronomers’ use of Babylonian eclipse records mostly from the 13th century BC provides a feasible and mathematically consistent explanation for the Greek finding all three lunar mean motions (synodic, anomalistic, draconitic) to a precision of about one part in a million or better. Chinese historical records of solar eclipses date back over 4,000 years and have been used to measure changes in the Earth’s rate of spin.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse#Historical_record
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 12/2 at 11:20am.
Two faint fuzzies naked-eye: The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and the Perseus Double Cluster are two of the most famous deep-sky objects. They’re both cataloged as 4th magnitude, and in a fairly good sky you can see each with the unaided eye. They’re located only 22° apart, very high toward the east early these evenings — to the right of Cassiopeia and closer below Cassiopeia, respectively. But they look rather different, the more so the darker your sky. See for yourself. Find them with the all-sky constellation map in the center of the November or December Sky & Telescope. If your sky is too bright, try binoculars.
Look high in the south after darkness falls this week and you should see autumn’s most conspicuous star group. The Great Square of Pegasus stands out in the evening sky at this time of year and, because it lies due south, it looks like a nearly perfect square. These four almost equally bright stars form the body of Pegasus the Winged Horse. The fainter stars that represent the rest of this constellation’s shape trail off to the square’s west.
Uranus, near the Aries-Pisces border, is pretty easy to see in binoculars at magnitude 5.7 — with a good finder chart, if you know the constellations well enough to see where to start with the chart. After dinnertime it’s high in the southeast
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for November – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-november-2018
December’s not yet available
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 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
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
F 30 High 6:43 AM 7.4 7:32 AM Set 1:37 PM 52
~ 30 Low 12:49 PM 2.8 4:39 PM
~ 30 High 6:22 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A skeptic is a person who when he sees the handwriting on the wall claims it’s a forgery.
~ Better to take warning early than late. – Vapnfirðinga Saga, c.40
~ It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. – Anne Sexton
~ The summer night is like a perfection of thought. – Wallace Stevens
~ Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer. – Marcia Wieder
Where do we fly, under deep dark sky?
Over the moors we go,
Over the pool where quiet and cool
Bulrush and sedges grow–
And what was the loveliest thing we met?
We remember though all the firelit glow
Of a great hearth’s gleam and glare,
And we looked for a space at each happy face
And the love that was written there.
And that, of all we have looked on yet–
We least forget! – Caris Brooke
Symbolism – Rebirth of the Sun, The longest night of the year, The Winter Solstice, Introspect, Planning for the Future.
Symbols – Yule log, or small Yule log with 3 candles, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, ivy, fir trees, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, baskets of clove studded fruit, a simmering pot of wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus.
Deities – Goddesses-Brighid, Isis, Demeter, Gaea, Diana, The Great Mother. Gods-Apollo, Ra, Odin, Lugh, The Oak King, The Horned One, The Green Man, The Divine Child, Mabon, Hathor, Hecate, Neith, Athene, Minerva, Ixchel, Osiris, Norns, Fates
Foods – Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, Yule Cake (rich fruit cake), fruits, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, mulled wine, spiced cider. Include many that have solar symbolism. Cookies are round like the sun, eggnog is golden and fertile, gingerbread is hot and spicy, and fruitcake bears red and orange highlights. As a side, try a little flaming brandy to warm you up
Incense – Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon
Scents – violet, patchouli, rose geranium, frankincense, myrrh, lilac
Colours – Red, green, white or gold, silver, yellow, orange or blood red, white and black
Herbs – Bayberry, thistle, evergreen, frankincense, holly, ivy, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar, holly, English ivy, fir
Flowers – holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus
Trees – pine, fir, holly
Nature Spirits – snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries
Animals – mouse, deer, horse, bear
Birds – rook, robin, snowy owl
Stones – Rubies, bloodstones, garnets, emeralds, diamonds, serpentine, jacinth, peridot
Activities – Caroling, wassailing the trees, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, honoring Kris Kringle (more commonly known nowadays as Santa Claus) the Germanic Pagan God of Yule.
Suggested Altar Decorations – Use a Green Altar cloth, with green and red God and Goddess candles. Decorate the Altar with evergreens, holly and ivy, fir tree boughs, and possibly your Yule Log. Use Ale or Mulled wine and rich fruit cake for your Cakes and Ale feast.
Power Flow – to endure, die, be reborn; Earth tides turning. Darkness. Personal alchemy. Spiritual paths – Reach out to friends and family, the lonely and needy.
Spellworkings of Yule – Peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness.
Silliness – Winning the Lottery
This nice, old Jewish man really wanted to win the lottery. So, one week, he goes to synagogue and he says (good Yiddish accent mandatory), “Oy, Lord of heaven and earth, imagine how much good I could do with ze money I vould vin if I von the lottery! Imagine how much charity I could give! Help me vin the lottery and I will spent ze money visely!”
He doesn’t vin… err.. win the lottery.
The next week, he goes to synagogue again and says, “Oh, lord of heaven and earth, you must not have heard me last veek! Imagine how many lives I could make easier with ze money from ze lottery! Help me vin ze lottery!” Once again, he doesn’t win. The third week, he goes to synagogue again and prays in a similar vein.
Suddenly, he hears a voice from the heavens: “Help me, help me!”
He says, “Lord of heaven and earth, what can I do to help you?”
“Buy a ticket!”