The shop will be closed on Thursday (11/28) for Thanksgiving, but open late on Friday (11/29) and both early and late on Small Business Saturday (11/30)! Friday we’ll stay open until 8pm at the least and for Saturday 10am-8pm is what we’re planning.
Featured photo by Josh Orkin.
Bright sunshine! There might be a few clouds out there, since the computer says, “mostly sunny”, but I don’t see any. 58F, wind at 2mph and gusting, AQI37, UV1. It looks like tonight and tomorrow will be dry, but Sunday through Tuesday we could get an inch of rain!
Tempus finally got the table cleared enough to work on in the early evening and then made a delicious supper of pork chops, mashed potatoes and vegetables. He had finished the bread earlier. After we had eaten he got to work on the meatballs, making 3 pounds of mix. After that he headed for Newport to start the paper run.
It was my turn at that point to ball up the mix and bake the meatballs, and they were cooled and in the freezer by 11pm. ….well, not all of them! They smelled so good that I took one of Tempus bread rolls, put some tvarog on the bottom, a couple of meatballs
cut in half on top of that and then got the “lid” back on. That may be one of the best meatball sandwiches I’ve ever eaten! We had spiced them with garlic, onion, horseradish and mushroom spice. Yummy! The rest of them went into the freezer.
I got a nap after that and when I got up, Tempus was already out doing the Beaver Creek drops. I worked on newsletters until he picked me up at 4:20. It was pretty cold, 35F, and the stars were bright and twinkling. I actually managed to trace out Virgo for the first time in a long while, because it was so clear, and the Moon,
although nice and bright, was a sliver of Herself. Tempus got home well before 7, although he overslept this morning and we’re only just getting the shop open at 11:15.
…and we had someone in the door before we even had the lights on. She’s new in town and wanted to chat. 🙂
Wicca 103 class is at 1pm and I’m likely to collapse afterwards, but I still have pendulums to do and plants to water.
I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum isn’t one. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.
Today in 2006 the first Pentacle was placed on a military grave in a state cemetery in Nevada, anticipating the approval of the Pentacle symbol on United States soldiers’ tombstones (excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentacle )
“After a ten year legal battle, the circled pentagram (referred to as a pentacle by applicants and the court case) was added to the list of 38 approved religious symbols to be placed on the tombstones of fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery on 24 April 2007. The decision was made following ten applications from families of fallen soldiers who practiced Wicca. The government paid the families $225,000 to settle their pending lawsuits.” – Associated Press (23 April 2007). “Wiccan symbol OK for soldiers’ graves”. CNN.com. Archived from the original on 26 April 2007.
“Burial and Memorials: Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers”. United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
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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 11/26 at 7:06am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 11/24 at 7:06pm.
Venus and Jupiter have closed to just 2° apart low in the southwest in twilight, as shown here. On Saturday and Sunday evenings they’ll be even closer.
Right after full darkness, Vega is the brightest star in the west. Its little constellation Lyra extends to its left. Somewhat farther left, about a fist and a half at arm’s length from Vega, is 3rd-magnitude Albireo, the beak of Cygnus. This is one of the finest and most colorful double stars for small telescopes.
Although the calendar says November, the Summer Triangle of bright stars remains prominent during the early evening hours. Look nearly overhead after darkness falls and you’ll spot Deneb, a conspicuous point of light despite being the faintest of the three luminaries. Brighter Vega lies west of Deneb and intermediate Altair appears to their south.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Sagittarius) is the steady yellow “star” in the south-southwest during and after dusk, about 20° upper left of brighter Venus and Jupiter.
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
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
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, 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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 22 Low 2:14 AM 1.0 7:22 AM Rise 2:20 AM 28
~ 22 High 8:46 AM 8.0 4:43 PM Set 2:59 PM
~ 22 Low 3:16 PM 1.3
~ 22 High 9:06 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It is possible to choose peace over worry.
~ Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Mark Twain
~ All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President (2)
~ Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. – G. K. Chesterton
~ Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius
FROST comes, and the summer is finished ,
The world lies vacant and still,
To dream through the winter with minished
Dull life in the desolate chill.
Thus we, when the sense of enjoyment
Hath passed from our blood and our brain,
Are left without light or employment
In passionless pain. – JOHN ADDINGTON SYMUNDS.
A reader asked for some more tips regarding taking your own family portraits.
May I suggest the following:
Even if you don’t have a digital camera, don’t be stingy with the number of shots you take. Professional photographers will use a whole roll of 24 or 36 on one subject. It’s really not that expensive, and you get the shot you want. Besides, you can send the ones that aren’t your favorites to friends and acquaintances in those frame-style Christmas cards that you can get at the dollar store. (Or make your own frames).
It’s a good idea to move your subject around; change the background, whatever, just in case there is something wrong that you aren’t noticing, like something stuck on the bottom of the baby’s shoe or something!
With babies and small children, keep snapping, even if they’re weeping or pouting or pulling one another’s hair! Some of my best shots have been of this spontaneous variety. The perfectly posed ones where everyone is smiling at the camera seem boring after that! (See attached photo of my niece. We had been bribing her with the lollypop she’s holding, but we couldn’t get it back from her at this point, so I just snapped away. Her mother and my parents–the baby’s grandparents–liked this one best of all!) This type of photo gets more precious with the passing years.
Also in this photo, notice that the oversized green ornament matches the background–grass. The green contrasts with the white outfit. The leopard skin makes you think of a green jungle. You get the idea. People don’t think of all these things when they look at the photo, but somehow they know the photo looks RIGHT.
Also notice that I got down on the baby’s level, which gives the photo more depth. The grass in front of her feet is in the foreground where it should be and the background is dark and somewhat out of focus.
Always step back and look at the background before you place the baby/dog/whoever in the setting. Sometimes there is an electric cord or plant that will look like it’s sticking up out of the person’s head or something. You will need to work really fast once you get your subject in place.
When creating your background, try to create layers so your photo will have depth. For example, in the photo that appeared on this site yesterday, I used a printed fabric, and then gathered the tulle and draped it like a curtain. You don’t have to buy new fabric, use what you have on hand, but even for a small baby you’ll need at least two yards of each kind. If you don’t want anything so fancy, maybe hang a piece of denim and attach a couple of raffia bows. Put the baby in little bib overalls with a bright red shirt and little hiking boots.
You can make your photos more meaningful if you place the baby’s favorite lovey or blankey or binkey (or the dog’s “mean kitty”toy) somewhere strategically in the portrait. Try to have your background match it. It will bring its own set of fond memories.
If you are sending the photo as a Christmas greeting, give your photo a title or caption or write a little rhyme about it. People just love that. For example, I dubbed the photo that was posted here yesterday as the “Snow Princess in the Desert” because she was holding a snowflake and she lives in Nevada.
Your great photos go to waste if you don’t display them prominently and appropriately. Regarding my niece’s photo, last year on her first Christmas, I had her sitting on white, star-studded tulle. I bought a large frame (for about $5) which was matted for an 8 x 10. I cut strips of the fabric and covered the mat with them, attaching it with glue stick. Her mother went wild over it!
Finally, keep the photo shoot in perspective and hang onto your sense of humor. In the years to come, you will be so glad you did.
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Q: Why can’t you take a turkey to church? A: Because they use such fowl language.
Q: What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner? A: The tur-KEY.