Next newsletter for Wednesday! The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Extra Herbs Workshop Tuesday 2pm!
[posting at 6pm on Monday] It was pretty warm, earlier, but the temp’s been dropping in the last hour from the upper 50’s to 49, so far. (just me typing that it dropped again….) 48F, wind at 1 (inland) to 11 (closer to the ocean) mph and gusting, AQI 16-37, UV1. Chance of rain 17% today and 5% tonight. Tues/Wed cloudy but dry, chilly at night. Thur/Fri rain, tapering off to showers. Sat/Sun dry but then back to showers. Highs low-to mid 50’s. Some lows during the dry nights will get down to 39! 7 firespots
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 86% – 50563.15 acres
- Janus Fire – 87% – 24797.8 acres
At or nearing containment
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 100% – 70109.85 acres
- Jack Fire – 98% – 24165 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 95% – 24894 acres
Sunday evening we tried the chicken. It was awfully good, even if not our usual. I’m going to have to do more with “green stuffing”. We got to bed at a good time. I got up around midnight and alternated reading and embroidery, as usual. Tempus was up on time and headed out not long after. He said the rain and wind held off until he was done, but went we got up to come into the shop yesterday morning, “Whoa, Nellie!” was the comment! It rocked the house and bucketed down, streaming down the closed windows and blowing in through windows that were open just a tad for ventilation. Puddles on the bedroom floor!
…and then it quit….mostly… just as I was heading out to the car. I got a strawberry! Most of them and the last of the raspberries are going moldy before I get to them. <sigh> By the time Tempus was out the door it was spitting again, but not enough to get him soggy, just annoyed. There was enough moisture in the air that it was hard to see the far side of the river, much less the Bay, and there were white-caps… yes, on the *river*!
So we got the shop open on time. It was still pretty warm, 57F, so the door was open most of the day. I wrote, and only got the headers out in time to do a single dozen before I realized I’d better start this since I was going to double up days. I’ll probably do a little sewing tonight, along with the embroidery. I have several projects that really need to get finished.
Today I’ll be at the shop at 2pm for a special edition Herbs Workshop. No fee, just show up. Topic will be “harvest”. I have that every-other-week meeting at 7pm and Tempus heads out for the newspapers early, so I’ll likely be writing a lot.
The Leonid meteor shower happens around this time each year. The radiant is the constellation Leo and they’re associated with the comet Temple/Tuttle (many meteor showers are “leftovers” from comets) The peak of Leonid’s visibility is around November 17. There is a spike every 33 years above the normal levels of about 50 ‘shooting stars’ an hour. More here: and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonids
So, the (11/16) Flanders Poppy, Papaver rhoeas is today’s plant. It is an agricultural weed, also called “corn flower”, associated with crops since the earliest beginnings of agriculture, since it flowers abundantly in disturbed ground, such as at plowing, and then will flower and seed before the crops are harvested. This is how the poppies sprang up so quickly in the cemeteries of Flanders, as the dead soldiers were interred. These are not the same as the opium poppy Papaver somniferum. The Flanders Poppy and the White Poppy are the two associated with war and worn as symbols, the red poppy meaning the honoring of the dead soldiers and the white, the hope for peace. It is also associated with headaches, both from inhaling the scent and from the headaches from too much crying, from which the folk name, “Head Waak” (pronounced “whack”) comes. –Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos & Demeter – Poppies have been associated with sleep far more than death up until this past century and also with wealth. They are often used in magics to aid sleep. as an ingredient of dream pillows. In wealth & fertility magicks, the abundant seeds are eaten and carried to attract luck and money. A gilded poppypod can be worn as a necklace for the same purpose. They can be added to love foods and added to love sachets. The seeds are not the source of the addictive medicines, so are safe to carry. In more recent times, the associations with blood and death have started cropping up in spellbooks, so be careful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaveraceae
Today’s Plant (11/17) is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.- Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
Night of Hecate, ancient Greece– In Greece, this day was celebrated as the Night of Hecate, known to the Romans as Diana Lucifera. Diana had three forms, Luna in the Heavens, Diana on Earth, and Hecate in the Underworld. Diana was the goddess of the moon and was often called Diana Lucifera, Diana the Bringer of Light. More here: http://inanna.virtualave.net/hekate.htm
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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 11/19 at 12:57am. 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 11/17 at 3:57pm.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Around 8 p.m., depending on where you live, zero-magnitude Capella rises exactly as high in the northeast as zero-magnitude Vega has sunk in the west-northwest; the season is tipping to cold.
The Leonid meteor shower, typically weak to begin with, should peak very late tonight but will be largely washed out by the light of the waxing gibbous Moon. If you want to try, however, you do have about an hour of moonless darkness between moonset and the beginning of dawn (for the mid-latitudes of North America).
Have you ever seen a demon star? It lurks in Perseus the Hero, rising in the northeast by sunset. The star in question is Algol, also cataloged as Beta (β) Persei. This bright star is in an eclipsing binary system, meaning its companion passes between it and Earth every orbit, dimming the light we see. In Algol’s case, this occurs every 2.867 days, making the star dip from magnitude 2.1 to 3.4 — that’s a change of 30 percent, enough to notice with the naked eye. You’ll find the so-called Demon Star, which depicts the severed head of the gorgon Medusa in the constellation’s figure drawing, about 18.5° northwest of the Pleiades in Taurus. Algol is located 93 light-years away and consists of a star some 3.5 times the width of our Sun that is eclipsed by a smaller star about 2.9 times the diameter of the Sun. (In fact, there is at least one more component of this system, which orbits the inner pair every 1.86 years.)
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Fomalhaut is the 1st-magnitude star twinkling about two fists at arm’s length lower left of Jupiter. Whenever Fomalhaut is “southing” (crossing the meridian due south, which it does around 7 p.m. this week), turn around: The Pointers of the Big Dipper stand upright low due north, straight below Polaris.
Also at this time, turn east: The first stars of Orion are soon to rise above the eastern true horizon (for the world’s mid-northern latitudes). Starting with the rise of Betelgeuse, it takes Orion’s main figure about an hour to completely clear the horizon.
Algol should be at minimum brightness for about two hours centered on 9:25 p.m. EST. So, step outside tonight and take note of Algol’s brightness compared to the stars around it. Then come back each night for the next few days and observe how it has changed. When uneclipsed, Algol is as bright as nearby Mirfak (Alpha [α] Persei). But during an eclipse, it is clearly fainter.
The Leonid meteor shower peaks today, but the bright Moon will make spotting shower meteors nearly impossible. If you missed your chance to search out shooting stars earlier this week, wait a few days until the Moon begins waning, then try again during the early morning predawn hours, when Leo is highest in the sky. The shower lasts until November 30th — but remember that it’s weak and not likely to produce a large number of meteors above the sporadic background limit. Plus, the waning Moon will still grace the early-morning skies, adding some unwanted light. Speaking of our satellite, the Moon passes 1.5° south of Uranus at 9 P.M. EST tonight. The pair shines in Aries, which is bordered by the constellations Cetus, Pisces, Triangulum, Perseus. Taurus, and Eridanus. Although the Moon will be bright, you can still catch a glimpse of Uranus through binoculars or a telescope. It’s currently 11.3° northwest of a 7th-magnitude field star, HIP 12349. While you’re in the area, you might also zoom in on clusters such as like the Pleiades and the Perseus Double Cluster, which will be visible — if somewhat diminished — by the bright moonlight.
Jupiter and Saturn continue to shine in the south during evening, 16° apart in Capricornus. Jupiter is the bright one at magnitude –2.4. Saturn, to its lower right, is mag +0.6. Saturn is the first to set, around 9 or 10 p.m. Jupiter follows it down about an hour later. Look 22° (two fists at arm’s length) lower left of Jupiter for Fomalhaut, the Autumn Star, magnitude +1.2.
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
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR NOVEMBER 2021: CONSTELLATIONS IN THE WATER – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-november-constellations-water
NIGHT SKY FOR NOVEMBER 2021 – NOVEMBER’S GUIDE TO BRIGHT PLANETS – https://www.almanac.com/content/night-sky-november
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – black/brown
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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
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
Tu 16 Low 4:09 AM 1.8 7:14 AM Set 4:26 AM 88
~ 16 High 10:20 AM 8.1 4:48 PM Rise 3:50 PM
~ 16 Low 5:02 PM 0.5
~ 16 High 11:08 PM 6.6
W 17 Low 4:48 AM 2.2 7:16 AM Set 5:30 AM 93
~ 17 High 10:50 AM 8.2 4:47 PM Rise 4:11 PM
~ 17 Low 5:39 PM 0.1
~ 17 High 11:53 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I allow peace to flow through me and keep my attention.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about a trend when you were born.
~ Optimists and pessimists die the same way. They just live differently. I prefer to live as an optimist. – Shimon Peres; ‘Serving 60 Years to Life’, Newsweek Europe, December 12, 2005
~ Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~ The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them. – Dave Barry
~ Few are open to conviction, but the majority of men are open to persuasion. – Goethe
When the tree bares, the music of it changes:
Hard and keen is the sound, long and mournful;
Pale are the poplar boughs in the evening light
Above my house, against a slate-cold cloud. – Conrad Aiken (1889–1973)
Magick – Thanksgiving Lore – Turkey Day Bits 1
Did You Know?
The Algonkian tribes held six thanksgiving festivals during the year. The beginning of the Algonkian year was marked by the Maple Dance which gave thanks to the Creator for the maple tree and its syrup. This ceremony occurred when the weather was warm enough for the sap to run in the maple trees, sometimes as early as February. Second was the planting feast, where the seeds were blessed. The strawberry festival was next, celebrating the first fruits of the season. Summer brought the green corn festival to give thanks for the ripening corn. In late fall, the harvest festival gave thanks for the food they had grown. Mid-winter was the last ceremony of the old year. When the Indians sat down to the “first Thanksgiving” with the Pilgrims, it was really the fifth thanksgiving of the year for them!
Did You Know?
Many of the images commonly associated with Thanksgiving are derived from much older traditions of celebrating the autumn harvest. For example, the cornucopia (a horn-shaped basket overflowing with fruits and vegetables) is a typical emblem of Thanksgiving abundance that dates to ancient harvest festivals.
Many communities also decorate their churches with fruits, flowers, and vegetables at Thanksgiving, much as European communities have for centuries during the autumn harvest season.
In keeping with the idea of celebrating a plentiful harvest, preparing and eating a large meal is a central part of most Thanksgiving celebrations. Thanksgiving menus usually include turkey, bread-crumb stuffing, cranberry sauce, squash, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.
Did You Know?
The estimate of the number of turkeys raised in the United States during 2001 was 270 million. That’s no change from 2000. In 2000, the turkeys produced weighed 7 billion pounds altogether and were valued at $2.8 billion.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving that’s one sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year.
Silliness – Working Man Blues – My last job was working at Starbucks, but I had to quit because it …was always the same old grind.