The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:09 PM of -0.5 feet.
It’s raining and there’ve been some interesting gusts. 51F, wind at 5-25mph and gusting, AQI 3-53, UV1. Chance of rain 100% today and 60% tonight. There’s a STORM WARNING until 9am and the Lincoln City area has big blodge of red and yellow for heavy rain. We’re under a HIGH WIND WARNING until 10am, as well. The worst of this is predicted for about 7am, but it ought to stay interesting at least until noon between heavy rain and wind gusts. It’s warmer than usual (that’s why the heavy rain) We’re due for another barrage on Saturday during the day, but then just showers, even if persistent and heavy at times through Friday. Saturday could be nice and then it looks like the chance of rain is back….
Yesterday’s newsletter went out so much later than usual that there’s not much here. Mostly, I crashed after I got the newsletter out, falling asleep at my desk and actually falling out of my chair, once. Tempus chased me into the back. He woke me when we closed and we staggered home to bed. I was up for a little while in the evening, but not for long.
Tempus had managed to mostly unpack when we got in. I got my basket when I was up in the evening, but couldn’t figure out what he did with the suitcase. It had rained by then, but it was fairly quiet. The wind was picking up by then, but you couldn’t tell except from the computer.
I slept until midnight. I was still a little groggy when I got up, but that’s closer to normal hours, so I figured. I’d better get myself back on track. I talked to a couple of friends, online. I worked on the menu for the Sunday potluck, so I can keep track. I needed to pick the chicken carcass tonight and get that going as bone broth.
Today we’ll be open on time. Hopefully we’ll both be in better shape! I’m not planning anything outside. I need to work on some of the plants that I brought in, at least and plants in the north window. I think I’d better clean off the reading desk and use that for a workspace. It would be easier than running plants to the back.
Drone footage from 11/11/20 – by Kameron Stevens – Drone footage from my DJI Mavic Mini while staying at The Adobe Resort in Yachats, Oregon. Music by Vens Adams – Beautiful Landscape
Borage, Borago Officinalis, is also called Starflower. It is an annual that will self-seed in the right climates, although it is native to the Mediterranean. The leaves, stems and flowers are edible, and borage seed oil is made from the seeds. Flowers are made into tea as well as candied and used as decorations. The leaves are cooked in stews and as fillings in ravioli, or as a cooked leaf vegetable. It is useful for gut complaints (like diarrhea) and for asthma. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – One of the 9 Herbs. Tea enhances psychic Powers, Make and carry a sachet of dried stuff to enhance courage, or make a tea of this and pour it into the bath or use in incense to feel happiness and joy in face of stress or crisis.
Lamentations of Isis, ancient Egypt(Nov 13 – 14) –Today: ‘Dismemberment of Osiris’. Isis and Osiris are archetypes bearing a similarity to other divine dualities such as Ishtar and Tammuz ( Damuzi), Venus and Adonis, Mary and Jesus Christ. The tears of Isis, as she lamented Osiris, were said to cause the periodic rising of the Nile; June 18 is another such event, The Egyptian story is believed to have influenced Christianity. See also the Festival of Isia, October 28. Related bits here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djed and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephthys
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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 11/14 at 9:07pm. 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 11/13 at 9:07am.
The Moon passes 1.7° north of Mercury at 4 P.M. EST. Catch the pair in the hour or so before sunrise this morning in Virgo, where they’re rising in the east, preceding our star. At that time, the delicate crescent Moon stands 5° above Mercury, which glows an easy magnitude –0.7, only slightly dimmer than it appeared just days ago. Mercury now sits just 2° west of magnitude 4 Kappa (κ) Virginis. Nearby is blazingly bright Venus, now about 1.5° southeast of Theta Virginis. Glance down a bit and you won’t be able to miss Spica, Virgo’s brightest star (magnitude 1). You should be able to follow the scene well into morning twilight.
Once again, spot Altair high in the southwest soon after dark. Brighter Vega shines three or four fists to its right. Two distinctive little constellations lurk above Altair: Delphinus the Dolphin, hardly more than a fist at arm’s length to its upper left, and smaller, fainter Sagitta the Arrow, slightly less far to Altair’s upper right. Sky too bright? Use binoculars!
Mars (about magnitude –1.8, in Pisces) is a month past opposition and shrinking into the distance. But it’s still 18 arcseconds wide in a telescope, as big as at some oppositions and plenty large to show good surface detail during steady seeing. Mars shines bright yellow-orange in the east-southeast at dusk, below the Great Square of Pegasus. It’s at its highest and best in the south by 9 or 10 p.m. See Bob King’s “A Great Year for Mars” in the October Sky & Telescope, page 48, and his Behold Mars! online. To get a map of the side of Mars facing Earth at the date and time you’ll observe, you can use our Mars Profiler. The map there is square; remember to mentally wrap it onto the side of a globe.
Old Farmer’s Almanac October Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
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. 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
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 to 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Crimson
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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 t 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
Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: AE, X, XI, M
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 13 Low 4:17 AM 1.2 7:11 AM Rise 5:01 AM 8
~ 13 High 10:27 AM 8.9 4:50 PM Set 4:18 PM
~ 13 Low 5:09 PM -0.5
~ 13 High 11:18 PM 7.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Come what may, hold fast to love! Though men should rend your heart, let them not embitter or harden it. We win by tenderness; we conquer by forgiveness.
Journal Prompt – Memories – What is your first memory?
~ Feminism has achieved its aims, at least in the developed world. – Fay Weldon; Time Europe, September 17, 2001
~ In summer, the song sings itself. – William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) US poet
~ It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered. – Aeschylus
~ If you wish in this world to advance your merits you’re bound to enhance; you must stir it and stump it, and blow your own trumpet, or, trust me, you haven’t a chance. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
I hear the thrush, and I see
Him alone at the end of the lane
Near the bare poplar’s tip,
Singing continuously. – Edward Thomas (1878–1917)
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 – Silly Q&A – Question: Why is turtle wax so expensive? Because turtles have such small ears