First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:09 PM of -0.9 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs Workshop at 7pm.
It’s cloudy, but there are occasional stars peeking through. 55F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 10-34, UV1. Chance of rain 13% today and 4% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 4pm on Friday. It should be drying today and Friday with some sunbreaks. High of 51, lows down into the upper 30’s. Saturday is likely to be showerym also Monday and Wednesday with dry days between. Highs ought to stay around 50 until Tuesday and then drop into the upper 40’s. Lows in the lower 40’s, but dropping into the 30’s on clear nights. 24 firespots, some trailing smoke plumes…. There are three contained fires on the map, but not the same three!
Monday evening we left the shop so late that all we did was get supper and head off to bed. We had packed up a bunch of stuff for cooking/baking (although we missed a few things) so when Tempus headed out for the paper run I had a lot of stuff to put away. I spent some time reading after that, since my hands were still in too bad shape to embroider.
Tempus got in late Tuesday morning. He was looking for things at the shop that we need at home, mostly tools and materials for projects. I slept until early afternoon, but he didn’t stir until 4 or so. I started the turkey carcass soup, first. He got us coffee and we had some breakfast and after setting up my pill box for the next two weeks, I started working on cooking/baking. Tempus ran to the shop and back with a few things that we had talked over, including the turkey meat and cabbage, which had gotten left at the shop. Before headed headed out on the bulk route he helped me strain the broth and put the “stuff” in the fridge.
I made a pear/cranberry filling for pasties and baked about 30, which used up all my dough. I ate the last spoonful of filling and picked over the turkey “stuff” and added it, onion, carrots and celery and some spices to the crockpot with the broth, then started in on pumpkin bread. Something isn’t quite right with that recipe. It may not have baked quite long enough, because even though the tiny loaves passed the “knife test”, they were too tender and fell apart, plus they were sticky enough on the bottom to stick to the cutting board. Hmm…. well, that means they need more than 30 minutes. They’re delicious, though. …but I’m still not sure I didn’t miss something in the recipe, somehow, or mis-measure.
I picked over the turkey and got all the meat into the broth and the bones, etc. into the garbage. I stopped around 2am, since the sink was full of dishes and I needed to wash the loaf pans to do just one more mini-loaf of batter. Well, I’m going to bring the paper muffin cups home for that purpose, next time! I have enough pumpkin to do at least 6 more batches….maybe 7… and then there’s another pumpkin on the counter and two more at the shop!
I was able to do a little embroidery and alternated that with reading, but I had a heck of a time getting to sleep, which made me groggy yesterday and I slept almost as late as Tempus did. I had just enough time to go out and harvest some beet greens and celery, carrots (tops and all) and even a few radishes and small onions and a leek! It was almost dark when he got up, but we had coffee and pumpkin bread and he tried the pasties and liked all of it. I spent quite awhile washing and cutting up the vegetables for the soup, added a bag of mixed veg, and some spinach that froze in the fridge and once it was cooked we boxed it up. I have about 1 1/2 pints of broth and 5 boxes of soup, plus a dish of tiny carrots that I’ll cook in the next few days. We got some supper and I crawled into bed, but Tempus got a shower since he has a doctor appointment today.
When he crawled into bed there was something about the soap or shampoo or something that he used that made me cough. I had to get up, so I read and embroidered, then started packing up to come into town. It was slightly foggy at home, but it thickened up as we drove down-river. Lights across the bay made tracks on the still water. It’s very quiet. We didn’t see anyone and there’ve only been a few trucks and cars that I’ve heard go by since we got to the shop. He set up a load in the dishwasher and I started on this. He headed out a bit after 2am. I have some chores to do here and then I’m going to crawl into the nap bed.
We probably won’t get home this morning, since Tempus has a couple of errands to run after the paper route and he has to be at the doctor’s around noon. I’ll have the shop open on time and we’ll be open right up into Herbs Workshop (7pm). There’s more of the Clearing Incense dough to work up. Tempus has been trying to make this extruder work better, but he’s having trouble with it, too. He’s hoping that there’s a way to fix the other one, as well, but so far, no luck.
So, this is probably the last workshop for the Incense series. We’re hoping to make some potpourris or sachet fillings over the next couple of weeks, but we also need to price, bag, and header the sticks that we’ve made.
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and ,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire– These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot). Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
…and, of course today is Hari-Kuyo. I’ll be honoring my needles today. Hari Kugo, the Feast of Broken Needles, is celebrated in Japan. Also called Daitosai, or Good-Luck Market it is celebrated from Nov 30 – Dec 11, honouring women’s crafts and tools. At Hikawa Shrine, Omiya, Saitama Prefecture, a large market is held selling good luck charms and many products. Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar “In a funereal atmosphere, the implements are laid to rest in tofu or konnyaku (soft jelly cakes) in a spirit of tenderness and gratitude.” Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hari-Kuy%C5%8D) I like that idea! This is the date for the festival in Kyoto and Kansai (elsewhere on 2/8) Here’s a nice link: http://stitchtress.com/2010/02/08/hari-kuyo/ …and I love that picture!
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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 12/3 at 11:43pm. 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 12/2 at 11:43am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the New on 12/3 at 11:$3pm.
Wednesday, DECEMBER 1
As the stars come out, the Cassiopeia W stands on end (its fainter end) high in the northeast. Watch Cas turn around to become a flattened M, even higher in the north, by late evening.
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 both with the unaided eye. Binoculars make them much easier. They’re located only 22° apart, very high toward the east at the end of twilight — to the right of Cassiopeia and closer below Cassiopeia, respectively. Later in the evening they pass more overhead. Though similar in brightness they look rather different even to the naked eye, the more so the darker your sky. See for yourself. You can find them with the all-sky constellation map in the center of the November or December Sky & Telescope.
…and another article – https://www.space.com/comet-leonard-shines-in-december-sky
Planet Neptune is stationary against the background stars at 5 P.M. EST. Floating in Aquarius the Water-bearer, you’ll find the solar system’s most distant planet already 40° high an hour after sunset. You’ll need binoculars or a small scope to spot the magnitude 7.7 planet, which spans a mere 2″ on the sky. Neptune’s diminutive size is due to its distance, as it currently sits roughly 2.8 billion miles (4.5 billion kilometers) from Earth. To locate the planet, first find 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii, then look 3° east-northeast for a small, “flat” star that glows a dull gray-blue. That’s Neptune. During November, the planet was moving southwest, inching closer to Phi. Now, it will reverse course, sliding northeast and slowly increasing its distance from the star.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in southern Aries above the head of Cetus) is high in the east after dark. See Bob King’s story and finder chart.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2
Comet Leonard passes M3. Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) has probably brightened to 6th magnitude by tonight. It’s high in the east before the very first light of dawn, crossing the Canes Venatici / Bootes border. North Americans late tonight will find it less than 1° below the 7th-magnitude globular cluster M3. Quite an interesting visual comparison to be made, and think photo opportunity! The comet should peak around 4th or 5th magnitude — meaning it’ll only be a dim binocular object; a comet is more diffuse than a star — around December 10th or 11th. By then it’ll be much lower at the beginning of dawn, starting to lose its battle with morning twilight. See “Comet Leonard Races Across the Sky” in the December Sky & Telescope, page 48, with the necessary finder charts.
This morning, step outside just before sunrise to catch sight of Mars and the thin crescent Moon about 6° apart. Our Moon is a barely illuminated 5 percent lit, while Mars glows a soft magnitude 1.6. The Red Planet currently spans 4″ on the sky and sits in Libra. If you catch the pair about an hour before sunrise, when the brighter stars are still visible, you’ll see that our satellite sits close to magnitude 2.8 Zubenelgenubi, the constellation’s alpha star. Mars lies within 2.5° of 4th-magnitude Iota (ι) Librae, and is 8.8° due south of Zubenesch, Libra’s magnitude 2.6 beta star. Later today, while both are below the horizon, the Moon passes 0.7° north of Mars at 7 P.M. EST. By tomorrow morning, it will be just over 8° east of Mars, having crossed the border into Scorpius and nearing the Sun.
Jupiter and Saturn, both in Capricornus, shine in the south to southwest during evening far upper left of Venus. Jupiter is the bright one at magnitude –2.3. Saturn, 16° to Jupiter’s lower right, is mag +0.7, only 1/16 as bright. Look 22° (two fists at arm’s length) lower left of Jupiter for Fomalhaut, the Autumn Star, magnitude +1.2. Saturn sets around 9 p.m. Jupiter sets a little more than an hour later.
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
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
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) (Nov 25 – Dec 22)
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Purple
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Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – 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.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth******
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 2 Low 4:03 AM 2.2 7:34 AM Rise 5:27 AM 9
~ 2 High 10:09 AM 9.2 4:38 PM Set 3:35 PM
~ 2 Low 5:09 PM -0.9
~ 2 High 11:29 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There are three types of people in this world: those who can count, and those who can’t.
Journal Prompt – I wish… – I wish everyone had…..
~ Where both aims, the aesthetic and the technical, were pursued together, it had the happy result of producing an harmonious relation between the subjective and the objective life, between spontaneity and necessity, between fantasy and fact. – Lewis Mumford, died January 26, 1990; Art and Technics
~ All they seem’d to want was for us to be gone. – Captain James Cook, English navigator born on October 27, 1728; from his journal while charting the coast of Australia, April 29, 1770
~ Australia has a marvellous sky and air and blue clarity and a hoary sort of land beneath it, like a Sleeping Princess on whom the dust of ages has settled. Wonder if she’ll ever get up. – DH Lawrence, English author born on September 11, 1885, writing in 1922
~ Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths. – Queen Elizabeth I; in a letter, 1581
Now is the time for the burning of the leaves.
They go to the fire; the nostril pricks with smoke
Wandering slowly into a weeping mist.
Brittle and blotched, ragged and rotten sheaves!
A flame seizes the smouldering ruin and bites
On stubborn stalks that crackle as they resist. – Robert Laurence Binyon (1869–1943)
Yule Magick – Lore – The Yule Log, Symbolic of the New , Bright, Shinning, Son/ Sun – By Lady Feoneafey the KitchenWitch
Death is always fallowed by rebirth. endings are fallowed by beginnings, just as the Sun precedes the Moon.
In Roman tradition, December 25 was “Dies Natalis Solis Invictus” or the Day of the Birth of the Undefeated Sun.
In ancient times of lands such as Ireland, on or about the date of December 21or the Winter Solstice was the time the Son/Sun comes back to Earth. Many customs surround these 2 dates, one of which is the burning of the Yule fire.
Nordic Pagans regard Yule as the New Year, coinciding with the Solar year. (Samhain coincides with the Lunar year)
Yule marks the succession from the Holly King, who is the king of the Waning year, to the Oak King, who is the king of the Waxing year/ It symbolizes the rebirth of the God to the Virgin Goddess.
Yule is a Lesser Sabbat and is a Sun Sabbat.
In earliest times this tradition, the Yule fire was a bonfire burned outdoors. The sacred blaze was built to give power and life to the sun, among other things. Burning a Yule log not only gives out warmth against the winter cold, but it is said to posses the power to burn off the misfortune of the ending year and to bring good health and prosperity, protection, fertility, and good fortune in the year to come.
Traditionally a log of Oak, but may be made of any good, hard wood, available to you. It was carved with images of the blazing sun to encourage the return of the Son/Sun, or Divine Child of Light, The God. It was also carved with other symbols representing plenty, prosperity, fertility, wealth and love.
The Yule log was decorated with whipped bees wax that had been scented with bayberries (or bay berry wax if available) to bring good fortune throughout the year to come. Sprigs of evergreens, considered sacred and representing the Eternal aspect of the Goddess, were added as a traditional symbol of life everlasting.
Holly leaves, which are representative of The Holy King, symbolic of death and to guard the household against evil spirits and symbolic of the promise of ongoing life.
Oak Leaves and acorns to represent the Oak King, and symbolic of rebirth and of all things living within both the material and spirit world (the Oak tree is host to mistletoe plant); The white berries and leaves of the Mistletoe (also known as The Golden Bough) for fertility and symbolic of the sacred seed of the God who embodies the spirit of vegetation and divine life; fruits and grains or other seeds to celebrate the past harvest and the hope for a good harvest in the new year. Other items are often attached in representation and symbolisms of requested blessings for the up coming year as well.
Later in its history the Yule fire was brought indoors in the form of the Yule Log. Later a log that will burn continuously for 3 days would be used and its remnants used to light the next years fire.
Most fire places now days could never safely accommodate a 3 day monster. So to compensate, some individuals will split the log into 3 pieces , then all three pieces are decorated and one piece burnt each day; or decorate 3 smaller logs yet others are satisfied with one log burnt on the night of the Winter Solstice only…
And if you don’t have a fireplace, you can make a Yule log and bore holes to accommodate 2 hand dipped tapers, 1 for the Mother Goddess, and one for the Divine Child of the Light, the God, and burn the tapers down to just safely above the decorations surrounding it…this then can be placed in a secret part of the garden to return to the Earth and bless the land to which it is given.
No matter your adaptation of this tradition. you are sure to be blessed by the incorporation of it into your Yule celebration
Silliness – Bumper Snickers – Assassins do it from behind.