November, the Eleventh Month of the year of our Goddess, 2015

november“The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway-
Thanksgiving comes again!”



November is the eleventh month of the year. Its name is derived from the Latin word for “nine,” as it was the ninth month of the Roman calendar. Its astrological sign is Scorpio, the scorpion (October 21 – 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 fences are bleached to a tawny color. Nature is stripped to its bare essences. Now is a time of simple beauty. The trees reveal the shapes of their naked branches, and dried leaves flutter up the roads in the late autumn breeze. 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. Traditional magical activities include scrying with fire, smoke, or a magic 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 magical. We can hear the stark call 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 its name, the Snow Moon. To honor her, scry into a black cauldron filled with water and one silver coins



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.

The Snow Moon’s Correspondences

Colors: Gray, blues
Gemstones: Lapis lazuli, turquoise, topaz
Trees: Cypress, alder, hazel
Gods: Bastet, Isis, Kali, Hecate, Astarte
Herbs: Thistle, betony, verbena, fennel
Element: Water

This is a time of washing away the baggage of the past and letting it go. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to focus on the joys of the future. During this Moon phase, say goodbye to bad habits and toxic relationships, and get a fresh start for the new year. Work on developing and strengthening your connection with Deity.


Wiccan Spell A Night: Spells, Charms, And Potions For The Whole Year
Sirona Knight

Snow Moon Correspondences – Patti Wigington,



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.


Symbols & Folklore for the Month of November

November’s Sign of the Zodiac

Scorpio, the Scorpion (October 24 – November 21)
Sagittarius, the Archer (November 22 – December 21)

November’s Celtic Tree Astrology

Reed (October 28 – November 24)
Elder (November 25 – December 23)

November’s Birthstones

Topaz and Citrine

November’s Birth Flower


November Folklore
“Thunder in November means winter will be late in coming and going.”
“Frost in November to hold a duck, the rest of the winter is slush and muck!”
“Flowers bloomin’ in late autumn, a sure sign of a bad winter coming.”
“Ice before Martinmas, enough to bear a duck, the rest of the winter is sure to be but muck!”



November’s Month Long  Observations

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • COPD Awareness month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
  • American Diabetes Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
  • Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month
  • National Pomegranate Month in the United States
  • Holy Souls in Purgatory (Roman Catholic Church)
  • National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month (United States)
  • National Prematurity Awareness Month (United States)
  • Epilepsy Awareness Month
  • Sweet Potato Awareness Month
  • No Shave November
  • Movember
  • National Adoption Awareness Month (United States)
  • National Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month




Decorate your home and altar with white and deep purple, and light incense of rosemary or nutmeg. Use a cauldron or pot with a candle lit inside as your focus of the hearth.

Work with yourself! Find time to develop your own witchy skills, and take that magical bath.

Cook with the last of the foraged ingredients before they disappear for the winter. Use winter vegetables and game to create seasonal meals.

Connect with the Goddess in you by journeying into your own mind. Explore and take notice of all that you see there, and record all your discoveries in your Book of Shadows.

Celebrate the darkness by drawing the curtains and spending time by candlelight.

Make your home more magical using herbs and symbols, and research the folklore on home protection.

Don’t panic about Yule. Admit it; you do it every year too!

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell


Inner Voices

Because you spend more time in your home at this time of year, consider devoting a little more time (hopefully) to yourself. Our development on our own magical paths is something for which we all need to take responsibility— whether we are just starting out or have been practicing for years. That inner voice we all have needs to be heard. Is it shouting at you for some peace, because your thoughts are going twenty to the dozen, as mine invariably do? Is it calling for more knowledge? Does it want you to connect with it and just accept that it’s there?

It is not easy to hear your own thoughts over the din of everyday life and all it takes to get through a day. But sometimes, that inner voice just needs to be nurtured. You may find that reading helps, and certainly the Internet is awash in ways to answer our thoughts and questions. But the work that will really make the most difference to your inner voice is meditation.

Finding time for meditation can be the least of your worries. Meditation just doesn’t come easily to some people, myself included. I have to be honest. I have a brain that talks even more than I do, if that’s possible. And for me, meditation can seem like a constant battle between thoughts and peace, with most of the time being spent telling myself that I should clear my thoughts in order to meditate. This leads to a cycle of my beating myself up and telling myself off for thinking that I should be peaceful, instead of just being peaceful. Do you follow my drift?

I have come to the conclusion that there is no right way to meditate. Just do what works for you. Remember, you are not a robot. You cannot turn your thoughts on and off like a tap— well, not unless you have had a great deal of practice, I think! All that being said, finding some quiet time to relax and listen to your inner voice is crucial to living a magical life. After all, your spells, rituals, and practices all come from within you.

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell


Step-by-Step Guide to Meditation

It is your own focus and intent that creates magic. So trying to find your way through the map of your own mind has to be a good thing— right? There are many ways to do this. Some suggest lying on a bed and listening to a soothing whale song (awful). Some suggest sitting cross-legged on the floor (couldn’t even if I wanted too, which I don’t). Some suggest swaying to the hypnotic banging of a drum (would definitely put me off). Some say to imagine you’re going down a flight of stairs (I always lose count of the stairs, start looking at the cracks in the imaginary wall, and think about redecorating). If any of these work for you, my lovelies, that’s wonderful. Except the whale song— please don’t do that!

None of these techniques work for me, however. So I needed to find another way to meditate, one that held true to my path and didn’t pressurize my brain into thinking it had to be empty. Here’s my step-by-step guide to meditation. I hope that those of you who are hopeless meditaters (like me) find it useful.

Find somewhere where you can connect with nature— the park on a spring day, the fields on a summer’s eve, the woods on an autumn afternoon, your armchair facing the window on a wet winter’s day. Sit or lie comfortably in the quiet and close your eyes.

Take slow, deep breaths and listen to the sounds around you. Birds, wind, ticking clocks— anything that you can hear. Allow yourself to be absorbed by the sounds. Relax your body and feel yourself being a part of your surroundings.

In your head, begin to recite some simple words. I use: “I am part of nature.” If thoughts come into your mind, acknowledge them, but try not to dwell on them right now. Decide to look at them later and return to hearing the sounds around you and thinking your chosen words. Don’t feel as if you have to spend hours; just a few minutes will do to start. When you are ready to finish your meditation, stop saying your chant in your head and slowly become more aware of the things around you. Wiggle your toes and fingers, and open your eyes.

Practice this often, every day if you can. Try meditating in places other than nature. The bus or the coffee shop will give you a different experience. Don’t beat yourself up or worry that you are doing it wrong. Your thoughts may come in for a reason, so allow yourself time to consider why you had those thoughts at the end of your practice.

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell


“Leaves fall,
the days grow cold.
The Goddess pulls her mantle of Earth around Her
as You, O Great Sun God, sail toward the West
to the land of eternal enchantment,
wrapped in the coolness of night.
Fruits ripen,
seeds drip,
the hours of day and night are balanced.”


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Astronomy Picture of the Day – In the Center of Spiral Galaxy

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2015 November 30

In the Center of Spiral Galaxy NGC 3521
Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA and S. Smartt (Queen’s University Belfast); Acknowledgement: Robert Gendler

Explanation: This huge swirling mass of stars, gas, and dust occurs near the center of a nearby spiral galaxy. Gorgeous spiral NGC 3521 is a mere 35 million light-years distant, toward the constellation Leo. Spanning some 50,000 light-years, its central region is shown in this dramatic image, constructed from data from the Hubble Space Telescope. The close-up view highlights this galaxy’s characteristic multiple, patchy, irregular spiral arms laced with dust and clusters of young, blue stars. In contrast, many other spirals exhibit grand, sweeping arms. A relatively bright galaxy in planet Earth’s sky, NGC 3521 is easily visible in small telescopes, but often overlooked by amateur imagers in favor of other Leo spiral galaxies, like M65 and M66.


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Earth Sky News for November 30: Try for Comet Catalina this Week

Try for Comet Catalina this week

It’s up before dawn, a small fuzzy patch of light in binoculars. It’s still just below the limit for viewing with the unaided eye, but may improve.

UPDATE NOVEMBER 30, 2015: Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) will gradually become easier to spot this week, but still requires optical aid. Some observers are reporting that the comet is becoming visible in binoculars. If you have not seen Comet Catalina, the mornings ahead should provide a good opportunity to have a first glimpse at this celestial visitor. Current magnitude ranges between 6.5 and 6.1 (very close to the limit of viewing with the unaided eye), and may improve. Using binoculars, the comet will appear as a small fuzzy patch of light.

A small telescope may even show a hint of its tails. Yes, it’s showing two tails! Some recent pictures even show a faint third tail between the main two tails. Using a telescope, the tails may be seen very faint, and are a lot easier to see using a camera, as it captures more light and details than the human eye. During the next days Comet Catalina will ascend in the predawn sky and should become brighter and easier to see.

Most comets do show two tails, by the way: a dust tail and a plasma tail of ionized gas. These tails point away from the sun and are usually not related to the direction of travel. Instead, the tails are related to how the gases and dust react to solar heat.

Comet Catalina was closest to the sun on November 15, so it has been difficult to observe because of its nearness to the horizon just before sunrise. The hope is that the comet will brighten enough to become visible from the eye from a dark site, during the first days of December, as it moves higher in the eastern, predawn sky. Observations made recently show the comet’s brightness has remain steady, but a higher position in the sky will provide a better contrast. If it improves, Comet Catalina might be visible to the eye at a visual magnitude of 5 or 6, which means it would be within the limit for viewing with the unaided eye from dark sky sites. It’ll be in the predawn sky, near the planets and moon in early December. Comets have been shown to be unpredictable, so it may become brighter or fainter. Sometimes comets even disintegrate. But this comet is well worth following! Follow the links below to learn more – and check back to this post periodically. We’ll provide updates.

To read more on dates and times to see the comet, please visit EarthSkyNews.

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The Words of Confucius

The Words of Confucius

The object of the superior man is truth.

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Crack the Cookie

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Your Daily Influences for November 30th

Your Daily Influences
November 30, 2015


The Seven of Wands Reversed
Employ caution and courage in your ventures. Knowledge is your ally, arrogance your enemy.










There may be delays in reaching your goals. You may become disassociated from those around you. Try to keep your lines of communication open.





The Food Charm
Your health vibration is very high! You are energetic and feel you can accomplish anything. This aspect reflects positive vibrations due to diet. This will continue for a few weeks.




Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.

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Your Ancient Symbol Card for November 30th is The Ancestors

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today


Ancestors represents the ongoing influence and remarkable contributions those who came before us have made to our state of being. Ancestors also reminds us that sometimes old wisdom is the best wisdom–especially when events are moving in ways we do not understand. Ancestors can bring comfort to a shaken spirit. It is a card of warmth in the sense that it reminds us that the spirit of past generations remains with us and can be called upon for guidance at any time.

As a daily card, Ancestors suggests that you may be well served to by exploring your family tree to find solutions to current dilemmas. When searching for solutions to conflicts in your life, you might do well by asking yourself what a grandparent or great grandparent would do in your current situation.

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