Minus Tide at 7:45 PM of -1.6 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge – Trace. Weather. 54F, wind at 0-3mph and gusting, AQI 61/30/153, UV1. Chance of rain 99% today and 50% tonight.
Forecast – After today’s rain, there are three weather systems lined up and heading our way. We shouldn’t see any of the rest of that until Sunday, but then it’s going to look much more like winter!
Today(50°/38°F) Rain, 0.3 in.
Tomorrow(50°/42°F) Partly Cloudy, 0.11 in.
Sun(49°/39°F) Rain, 0.47 in.
Mon(45°/38°F) Showers 0.17 in.
Tue(45°/40°F) Showers, 0.67 in.
Wed(45°/34°F) Showers, 0.59 in.
Thu(41°/30°F) Showers, ? in.
Fri(41°/31°F) Rain/Snow, ? in.
Sat(42°/30°F) Rain/Snow Showers, ? in.
1 fire on the map
Cedar Creek Fire – 127,311 acres – same
No, you’re not going to hear complaints out of me about having to cook on Thanksgiving. 🙂 I *love* cooking, if you hadn’t figured that out. I had problems with Thanksgiving dinner, because it kept getting later and later. Stuff that I planned to have done by Tuesday was only just getting done Thanksgiving morning, and I got little sleep.
I also discovered that one new dish that I had planned wouldn’t work…. I was going to need to do it in the roaster and that was occupied. <sigh> Best laid plans….. Tempus and I love brussels sprouts, so I got the sauce made and put by and I’ll either roast ’em later or just steam.
We headed for the shop before 7am. No Tempus didn’t have a paper run Wednesday night. It was nearing sunrise and the eastern sky was pale teal between two bands of rose pink and the sky was mostly clear. Either there was an agressive mist or a shower during the night, because things had a fine film of water and there was a trace amount in the rain gauge.
First thing we got the turkey thawed the rest of the way, then into the roaster. While Tempus was working on getting the thawing done I was catching up on mail and then writing a bit. The potatoes with basil butter went into the fridge, and a bunch of gladware boxes for Sash went into a cooler.
Once the turkey was in the roaster, the sweet potatoes needed foiled and added. The tripot was next…. lentil soup, mixed veg in butter sauce and stuffing….although that last still needed to be put together. …and my back started in on me…
…then I worked on setting up the corn pudding, wrapped the brie ready for baking, set up some pinwheels (since I had forgotten that I had *two* sheets of puff pastry) and got a bunch of things put away, and then I curled up on the sofa for a nap, although I had to chase Tempus out of the sleeping spot.
I went to flip the turkey and it broke in half in the roaster before I got to it…. I guess it’s done. …so the Brie went into the covection oven and the basil potatoes got done at the same time. The sweet potatoes got peeled and went into their bowl.
…and everything stopped when Sash got here. We’ve been eating and talking for several hours, now, but he headed home. Has an early shift. We forgot the corn pudding and the pie! We’re packing things up and will head home pretty quickly, so I’m going to finish this and get it out a touch early.
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millennia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
Windmill Blessing Day, Holland – “Many millers would bless their windmills by throwing a handful of flour into the wind as an offering to the mischievous windmill spirits.” I’ve *never* run into this festival anywhere except for Wilson’s Almanac, and the link he gives as a source is long since dead, but it’s a cool idea!
Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later. Holiday Hours – Closed on Thanksgiving day, Christmas and New Year’s. Closing early on 12/24 & 12/31. (4pm) Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at email@example.com If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
Love & Light,
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 on 12/6 at 8:08pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/27 at 2:57pm.
Now that the Pleiades and (below them) Aldebaran are shining due east after dark, can Orion be far behind? Orion’s entire iconic figure, formed by its brightest seven stars, takes about an hour and a quarter to clear the eastern horizon. By roughly 8 p.m. it’s just about made it, as shown below. By 10 it’s up in fine, pre-winter view.
Using a telescope, watch for Jupiter’s moon Io to slowly reappear from behind Jupiter’s eastern limb around 7:11 p.m. EST, soon after dark in the Eastern time zone. Then Europa does the same around 10:41 p.m. EST, better timing for the rest of North America. Watch for each to gradually appear as a tiny bump on Jupiter’s shimmering limb, then bud off and separate into open space. Meanwhile, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should cross the planet’s central meridian around 7:22 p.m. EST. Fifty minutes later it’s already halfway to the preceding (celestial west) limb. Jupiter rotates fast.
Although Canis Major rises before midnight, it needs some time to climb out of the turbulent air near the horizon. In the several hours before sunrise, you’ll find this loyal canine southeast of Orion and skimming above the southern horizon. Pallas, which glows at 8th magnitude, is just 2.5° southeast of magnitude 1.8 Delta Canis Majoris, also called Wezen. You can catch the main-belt world with binoculars or a small scope.
The second asteroid ever discovered, Pallas is the third-largest body in the main belt and takes just over four and a half years to orbit the Sun. Over the next month, Pallas will continue moving away from Canis Major’s tail, making a slow arc toward his back legs and ending December near Kappa (κ) Canis Majoris.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 8:31 P.M. EST. It will then sit 225,450 miles (362,827 kilometers) away.
Uranus, magnitude 5.6 in Aries, is past opposition. It’s up in the east in good binocular or telescope view by mid-evening, displaying a tiny, very slightly blue-greenish gray disk 3.8 arcseconds wide. It a telescope at high power it’s obviously non-stellar. See the Uranus finder charts in the November Sky & Telescope, page 49.
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
Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Mars (1/12/23), Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Color – rose
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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
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 25 High 1:32 AM 7.1 7:26 AM Rise 9:49 AM 0
~ 25 Low 6:42 AM 3.2 4:41 PM Set 6:06 PM
~ 25 High 12:32 PM 9.4
~ 25 Low 7:45 PM -1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an intentional day!
Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – If you could have any kind of animal as a pet, what would it be? Explain how you would take care of it, and tell how your parents would react to your having this animal as a pet.
~ It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau
~ Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. – Maya Angelou
~ There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
~ Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
Twas The Night of Thanksgiving
But I just couldn’t sleep,
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned-
The dark meat and white
But I fought the temptation
With all of my might.
Tossing and turning,
The thought of a snack,
So, I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round,
’til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.
But, I managed to yell,
As I soared past the trees…
“Happy eating to all-
Pass the cranberries, please”.
May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey (or tofu) be plump,
May your potatoes ‘n gravy,
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner,
Stay off of your thighs.
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.