Youth had only spring green
tones; we others of the more
advanced season, have a
thousand shades, one more
beautiful than the other.
–Count De Bussy-Rabutin
November is the eleventh month of the year. Its name is derived from the Latin world for “nine,” as it was the ninth month of the Roman calendar. Its astrological sign is Scorpio, the scorpion (October 22 – November 23), a fixed water sign ruled by Pluto. November reveals signs of winter. The raw winds sweep up the valleys and over the hilltops. The wild grasses along the lanes are bleached to a tawny color. Nature is stripped to its bare essence. Now is a time of simple beauty. The trees reveal the shapes of their naked braches, and dried leaves flutter up the roads in the late, autumn breezy. The spirit realm is closer to us now and more active. Dusk settles quickly. The season’s first fires glow on the hearth, and blue-gray smoke curls from the chimney. Traditionally magickal activities include scrying with fire, smoke or a magick mirror. The harvest is complete, and we gather for Thanksgiving to share the bounty—especially turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie. November nights are magickal. We can hear the stark voice of an owl hooting from out of the woods. In the darkness, the hard frost sequins the grass and bare tree branches with a silver jacket—giving November’s Full Moon name, the Snow Moon. To honor her, scry into a black cauldron filled with water and one silver coin.
THE SNOW MOON harkens in the holidays with festivities, food, drink, fun , laughter, generosity, memories, and love. It also brings the cold, the wind, rain, hail, and snow. This moon represents the full potential in all things, like snow waiting for the spring thaw. It is a time of divine or royal purpose, a time of telling stories and storing resources for the months ahead. The Twelfth Esbat signals a time of intensified rapport with the God and Goddess. This moon also honors the sovereignty of the land, which is an embodiment of the Goddess.
Wiccan Spell A Night: Spells, Charms, And Potions For The Whole Year
NATURE SPIRITS: subterranean faeries
HERBS: grains of paradise, verbena, betony, borage, blessed thistle
COLORS: Sea green and gray
FLOWERS: Blooming cacti, chrysanthemum
SCENTS: cedar, cherry blossoms, hyacinth, peppermint and lemon
STONES: Topaz, hyacinth, lapis lazuli
TREES: Alder, cypress
ANIMALS: crocodile, jackal, unicorn and scorpion.
BIRDS: Owl, goose and sparrow
DEITIES: Kali, black Isis, Nicnevin, Hecate, Bast, Osiris, Sarasvati, Lakshmi, Skadi, Mawu
POWER/ADVICE: A time to strengthen the communication between yourself and the divine. A time to take root and transformation also a time to take root.
MAGICKAL THEMES FOR NOVEMBER
Resting, meditating, releasing
November’s Sign of the Zodiac
Scorpio – October 22 thru November 23
November Birth Flower
November’s Birth Flower is the Chrysanthemum
Characteristics of Scorpions
Determined, deep thinker, persistent, willful, independent, sensitive
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(The Origin of Thanksgiving)
Thanksgiving is America’s preeminent day. It is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday in the month of November. It has a very interesting history. Its origin can be traced back to the 16th century when the first thanksgiving dinner is said to have taken place.
Journey of Pilgrims
The legendary pilgrims, crossed the Atlantic in the year 1620 in Mayflower-A 17th Century sailing vessel. About 102 people traveled for nearly two months with extreme difficulty. This was so because they were kept in the cargo space of the sailing vessel. No one was allowed to go on the deck due to terrible storms. The pilgrims comforted themselves by singing Psalms- a sacred song.
Arrival in Plymouth
The pilgrims reached Plymouth rock on December 11th 1620, after a sea journey of 66 days. Though the original destination was somewhere in the northern part of Virginia, they could not reach the place owing to winds blowing them off course. Nearly46 pilgrims died due to extreme cold in winter. However, in the spring of 1621, Squanto, a native Indian taught the pilgrims to survive by growing food.
Day of Fasting and Prayer
In the summer of 1621, owing to severe drought, pilgrims called for a day of fasting and prayer to please God and ask for a bountiful harvest in the coming season. God answered their prayers and it rained at the end of the day. It saved the corn crops.
First Thanksgiving Feast
It is said that Pilgrims learned to grow corn, beans and pumpkins from the Indians, which helped all of them survive . In the autumn of 1621, they held a grand celebration where 90 people were invited including Indians. The grand feast was organized to thank god for his favors. This communal dinner is popularly known as “The first thanksgiving feast”. There is however, no evidence to prove if the dinner actually took place.
While some historians believe pilgrims were quite religious so, their thanksgiving would’ve included a day of fasting and praying, others say that the Thanksgiving dinner did take place.
Turkey and First Thanksgiving Feast
There is no evidence to prove if the customary turkey was a part of the initial feast. According to the first hand account written by the leader of the colony, the food included, ducks, geese, venison, fish, berries etc.
Pumpkin and Thanksgiving Feast
Pumpkin pie, a modern staple adorning every dinner table, is unlikely to have been a part of the first thanksgiving feast. Pilgrims however, did have boiled pumpkin. Diminishing supply of flour led to the absence of any kind of bread.
The feast continued for three days and was eaten outside due to lack of space. It was not repeated till 1623, which again witnessed a severe drought. Governor Bradford proclaimed another day of thanksgiving in the year 1676. October of 1777 witnessed a time when all the 13 colonies joined in a communal celebration. It also marked the victory over the British.
After a number of events and changes, President Lincoln proclaimed last Thursday in November of thanksgiving in the year 1863. This was due to the continuous efforts of Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor. She wrote a number of articles for the cause.
There isn’t much to be found when it comes to omens, signs, and superstitions surrounding Thanksgiving. Here are a few tidbits from various sources:
* To entirely prepare a thanksgiving-dinner is a sign that you will have a house of your own before another Thanksgiving.
* Always be bright and cheerful on Thanksgiving day, no matter what your troubles are, and you will have cause to rejoice thrice before the year is out.
* If all the members of the family are not home at Thanksgiving, there will be one death in the family before the next Thanksgiving.
* Before putting the turkey in the oven, knock 3 times on a wooden board and the meat will taste succulent.
* Pulling the wishbone: Two people take hold of opposite ends of the turkey’s clavicle, known as the wishbone, and pull. The one who ends up with the biggest piece is given the chance to make a wish. As long as they don’t tell anyone else what the wish is, the wish is supposed to come true. If there are newlyweds at your Thanksgiving table, it is customary to give the wishbone to the new couple so that good luck will follow them throughout their marriage.
* If you eat a child’s turkey leftovers then it will make a boy naughty and a girl cry.
* A Thanksgiving Tradition in the Chinese areas of San Francisco is for engaged couples to buy a lock and key, then chain the lock to the Golden Gate bridge and throw away the key.
“We give thanks for this good green earth and all that lives upon it.
Thanks for the air, the Great Breath that that flows from leaf to lung and back again, sustaining life.
Thanks for fire, leaping flame and glowing hearth, warmth in the cold season.
Thanks for water, the life-renewing rain, the springs, streams, and rivers, the pools and lakes, the great oceans, womb of the first life.
Thanks for soil and for the web of life within it, tiny bacteria, threadlike fungi, slithering worm, that nourishes the grain, the wildflower and the redwood.
Thanks for the sun, for life-sustaining radiance showering down on us each day.
Thanks for the moon, for the waxing and waning light that drives the tides.
Thanks for our living bodies with their miraculous abilities to heal, to give and receive pleasure, to create new life.
Thanks for the food we eat: thanks to all the beings whose death sustains our lives. Thanks to all who tend and grow our food, who plant and harvest, who bring it to us, who cook it for us with love.
Thanks for the great creative spirit that continues to invent, to play, to increase the diversity and beauty around us.
Thanks for the cycles of birth, growth, death and decay that come back around, always, to regeneration.
Thanks for the love and the community we share, for all the ways we express love, all the acts of kindness and compassion that weave us together.
Thanks to the courage of all who stand up for the earth and for justice, who against all evidence and all odds continue to believe in our power to make a better world.
Thanks to all who say yes–yes, we will do it!
We will renew the land and feed the hungry.
We will face down tyrants and set the prisoners free.
We will repair the damage and heal the wounds.
We will learn to live with open hands and open hearts, in balance and in peace.
We give thanks.
Published in the Washington Post 2011
The Dove Of Peace
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