and open to Her Wisdom."
2nd Day of the 12th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Persephone
Lunar Tree Cycle of Ngetal/Reed
11th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Ngetal/Reed
3rd of the Cycle of Shamash
- Days of the Witch Gods
Moon Phase: New
Today Daylight Savings Ends
Moon rises: 8:41AM EST
Moon sets: 6:07PM EST
Moon enters the Mutable Fire
Sign of Sagittarius at 3:27AM EST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: Memory of
Sun in Scorpio
Sunrise: 6:56AM EST
Sunset: 5:11PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "Which
of your plans needs better motivation?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter
of the Year.
November 7th, 2010
Moon in Sagittarius - The restless, enthusiastic Sagittarius Moon brings desires for adventure, change, and motion. This moon transit brings out our inner-Artemis: we need to roam, to explore in body and soul. Our curiosity intensifies. The moon in this sign is a time for philosophy, metaphysics, travelling, studying and freedom from responsibility. This is a good time for seeing new places, encountering different people and relating to a changing environment. There is a proclivity towards open, honest exchanges. Those born with a Sagittarius moon sign came here to explore. They need to learn to hold still and work through a challenge. They offer us radical acceptance. Moon in Sagittarius is the best time to work magick for publications, legal matters, travel, and truth. Healing rituals for ailments of the liver, thighs, or hips are also best done at this time.
This is Sun Day -the Day of Intent, Creation and Renewal. There are Major magickal energies for Self-Improvement and minor magickal energies for working with animals. Today is probably a good time to establish your list of goals for this lunar cycle.
"Season of the darkness, Come!
Magick thrives with little Sun,
Happy flickering candlelight
Cloak my spirit in glorious night."
[From: Season of the Witch Datebook of 2010]
The Raven is the largest member of the Crow family, being some 25 inches (70n cm) in length. It is all black, including the beak. It has long been considered a bird of magick and omens. Probably the most notable story concerns the Ravens of the Tower of London, about which it is said that should they be lost or fly away then Britain and the Royal family will fall. These days their wings are clipped to prevent from leaving! The Native Americans call the Raven 'the messenger of death', and they believe that it can scent death and will arrive whenever it is imminent. It used to be thought that to hear a Raven calling over the house indicated one of the inhabitants would soon fall ill. Indeed its call is said to be 'corpse, corpse'. Ravens seen facing towards a clouded Sun indicate that hot weather is on the way, but if seen preening then the weather will be wet. Seen flying towards one another they are said to presage battle.
The Raven is sacred to the Celtic Battle Goddess the Morrigan. It was said that she would watch over the field of war in the guise of a Raven, waiting to feed on the bodies of the fallen. The Raven was also thought to be a messenger for the Morrighan, and as such was under her protection. Should anyone kill a Raven it was thought that She would visit destruction on their household. The Celtic Goddess Natosuelta was a Raven Goddess of Gaul, and was both Creator and Destroyer of the world.
[From: "The Real Witches' Year" by Kate West]
Ingenious and versatile, ravens are members of the crow family, which includes jays and magpies. They are found everywhere in the northern hemisphere and adapt to very different terrain, from deserts to mountains — a feat requiring high intelligence.
They learn to find food even in the harshest conditions, such as the dead of winter in Yellowstone National Park. As scavengers, ravens know how and when to take advantage of other animals to help them cadge a meal they couldn’t otherwise reach. In Yellowstone, bison that don’t survive the harsh winter attract coyotes, whose sharp teeth and strong jaws rip open the tough, frozen hides — making the meat accessible to watchful ravens. They also have been seen following wild wolf packs to a kill; some stories even have ravens flying ahead of the wolves to lead them to prey.
Some links to Raven information: http://www.theravendiaries.com/
This link has a sound of a raven's call:
"When children grow food and cook it, they it, all of it." says Alice Waters who started a program in Martin Luther King Jr. school in Berkeley, California. The two most commonly wasted school-lunch foods in a 1996 report were cooked and raw vegetables. The study found that an astounding 42% of cooked veggies were wasted. That could be partly because canned or frozen vegetables dominate over fresh ones in schools. Increasingly children don't even recognize 'real' or 'whole' foods. They can't identify the plant, tree, or bush that produced what's on their plates. How can they, when they're so unaware of their food's origins? Alice Waters created a lush, one acre garden that nourished both students and its curriculum, and thus Martin Luther King Jr. middle school has the Edible Schoolyard
program. In the spring of 1995, an abandoned lot adjacent to the school was designated as the garden site. Landscape architects, chefs, gardeners, and teachers were invited to share their vision of a garden where students would participate in hands-on learning. 12 years later, the acre of land is lush with seasonal vegetables, herbs, vines, berries, flowers, and fruit trees.
And a link to a Video - we always seem to get more from videos :
Is there room in your local school yard for a garden to be planted.?