Featured photo by Samuel John Klein.
Goodness! It’s dark already! I *really* didn’t get started when I meant to! It was nice and sunny, what I saw of the day, and either Jupiter or Venus is hanging low in the nearly cloudless western sky…. Jupiter, I think. 44F, wind at 0 mph and quiet, AQI28, UV2. It looks like a lot more cloud over this next week than we’ve been having, but only 30% chance of rain, at the most. This is going to kill off gardens, if the cold nights keep up….
Yesterday was kinda dark and quiet. We had the lights off in the shop, except for where I was working in back, so when I came up front to do things on the computer it was very soothing. I’ve been spending time unsubscribing to things I never signed up for, trying to clean up my e-mail. I needed a bit of “soothing”….
…and before Tempus left, I’d been testing the crockpots for what temperatures they actually work at, so two of them were plugged in and somehow the chair caught the big one and yanked it off of the work table. It smashed into about a zillion pieces, and it was full of hot water so I got my ankles scalded, not badly, just enough to make me dance and cuss a bit. That one really hurts to lose, because it’s the one I use for big stews and roasting. Argh….
I posted a new story in Grandma’s album, one about Babicka, called, “You Vote!”. https://wp.me/P2xgQ8-8Ss …and I hope y’all did!
I curled up with embroidery and a book until about 3:15 and then I did pickles, since Tempus brought the stuff once he was done Makai. I had only enough pickle broth for the asparagus, so I had to set up another gallon. That took awhile, especially since the power bar tripped. I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t heating!
Tempus picked me up at 5:30. 36F! It was already getting light and we watched things color and get brighter as we went. It didn’t get quite as pink as the day before, but there was one point where I was looking at the trunks of a stand of east-facing rhodys and trying to figure out what plant had *that* color of bark. 🙂 We got done at 7:30 and went right to bed after setting up the bag with the pickles.
We got up and here in plenty of time, but they’re running an hour late, at least. We’re going to work in back after we’re done computer stuff, for awhile at least, but we’re both pretty tired, still. …and they just stopped by and we had to chat for a few. These folks are both SCA and Honorverse, so friends from both directions.
Yes, I’m starting Thanksgiving stuff this week. I’m going to try alternating this year and Yule stuff will start next week, too.
My mother used to recite, when the weather turned to fall, “The goldenrod is yellow, the leaves are turning brown, the trees in the apple orchard, with fruit, are bending down.” Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Today we’ve got an odd feast. There are several celebrations of “St. Leonard” on this day, but the only saint of this name that I can find doesn’t see to have even the slightest connection to the celebrations! There are a Bavarians who celebrate him with a parade of painted wagons and a whip-cracking contest as a patron saint of drovers. There’s a candle procession in another spot and an historical veneration of St. Leonard by Crusaders. What’s that have to do with this guy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_of_Noblac
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 11/12 at 5:34am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/4 at 2:23am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 11/10 at 8:34pm.
Now the waxing gibbous Moon stands on the line from the western side of the Great Square of Pegasus down to Fomalhaut.
Jupiter shines brilliantly in the southwestern sky as darkness falls this week. The giant planet gleams at magnitude –1.9 against the background stars of southern Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer and stands nearly 15° above the southwestern horizon an hour after sunset. When viewed through a telescope, Jupiter shows a 33″-diameter disk with striking details in its dynamic atmosphere.
You also should see four bright points of light arrayed around the planet: the Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in southern Aries) is just past opposition. It’s well up in the east by 8 p.m. standard time and highest in the south around 11.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for November –https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-november-2019
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 6 Low 1:51 AM 1.2 7:00 AM Set 12:53 AM 63
~ 6 High 8:35 AM 6.7 4:59 PM Rise 2:59 PM
~ 6 Low 2:45 PM 2.9
~ 6 High 8:12 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dance for healing!
~ Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. – Mark Twain
~ Who wants to live with one foot in hell just for the sake of nostalgia? Our time is forever now! – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~ A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. – Plato
~ The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him. – Chinese Proverbs
Autumn Bird Song
Over the housetops,
Over the trees,
Winging their way
In a stiff fall breeze.
A flock of birds
Is flying along
Southward, for winter,
Singing a song.
Singing a song
They all like to sing,
“We’ll see you again
When it’s spring, spring, spring.” – Anon.
Magick – Thanksgiving Craft – Click on the pictures and then print, full size. For the vase, cut out the base, first, then fold the “vase” part along the dotted lines, *then* cut out…otherwise you lose your guides. Fold along the yellow line. Cut the black lines at the bottom to make the tabs for the base. Put glue on the white x’s, then fold the bottom tabs inward and put the side x’s under the opposite edge. You’ll have a rectangular box with an open top. Hold in place or clip together, then stand up in the center of the base, with glue between the vase and the base. Weight/clip/rubberband/whatever to hold things in place until dry. Fill with dried flowers or leaves. Small votive candles around the edges of the base can help hold it up, if you over-fill.
Thanksgiving Plant Pokies
- Click on the picture and print, full size.
- Cut out around pictures.
- Glue each to a popsicle stick
- When dry you can add glitter.
- Poke into plants or table decorations.