- Celestial: Sun Sagittarius/Moon Scorpio
- Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Spirit of Thankfulness
- Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Corn, Pumpkin, Sage, Cranberry, Cock’s Comb
- Cards for Today: Wheel of Fortune
- Tradition/Lore: Thanksgiving Day USA - This fourth Thursday in November is American Thanksgiving Day which conceptually originated from a mix of old and elementally pre-Christian European and Native traditions. Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after the harvest cycles to give thanks for a good harvest, and to rejoice together after much hard work with the rest of the community. At the time, Native Americans had also celebrated the end of a harvest season. When Europeans first arrived to the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe, celebrating their safe voyage, peace and good harvest. In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. There is also evidence for an earlier celebration on the continent by Spanish explorers in Texas at San Elizario in 1598, as well as thanksgiving feasts in the Virginia Colony. The initial thanksgiving observance at Virginia in 1619 was prompted by the colonists’ leaders on the anniversary of the settlement. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. In later years, the tradition was continued by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford who planned a thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623. While initially, the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 102 colonists, the Wampanoag Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish. It is a point of conjecture as to whether the Native people ever sat down with the Europeans or were included in these fests as has historically been portrayed. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival like this did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s. The dates of Thanksgiving in the era of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln had been decided by each state on various dates. The first Thanksgiving celebrated on the same date by all states was in 1863 by presidential proclamation. The final Thursday in November had become the customary date of Thanksgiving in most U.S. states by the beginning of the 19th century. And so, in an effort by President Abraham Lincoln (influenced by the campaigning of author Sarah Josepha Hale who wrote letters to politicans for around 40 years trying to make it an official holiday), to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states, proclaimed the date to be the final Thursday in November. It is noted as a day that the fowl - The Turkey - is employed as a part of the feasting traditions.
- Japanese: Tori-No-Ichi - the annual festival takes place on or around this date. Traditionally, special bamboo rakes decorated with symbols of good fortune are carried through the streets in order to attract benevolent spirits as a beginning of the New Year’s celebrations. Tori no Ichi Fair (open-air market) is a famous annual event on the day of the Tori (Rooster). The origin of Tori no Ichi Fair was a fair of Hanamatamura located in a suburb of Edo. Its original form was a harvest festival by peasants who thank to Hanamata Washidaimyojin. The ritual of Tori no Ichi is held at the Temple of Tori in Asakusa, Tokyo and many people come there to pray for health, good fortune and successful business. In the Edo period, Tori no Ichi was the fist fair for welcoming the New Year. The day of the Tori (Rooster) comes every 12 days in November and generally, the first day of the Tori is most important. The day of the festival, Ujiko(people under protection of the local deity) dedicate a rooster to Hanamata Washidaimyojin and after the festival they release all the collected roosters in front of the temple. The ornaments of the celebration in clude the decorated rakes and festivities are enjoyed by all.
- Astronomical/Astrological: Dark Moon conjunct Sun in Sagittarius - traditionally considered one of the happiest and most harmonious Dark Moons of the year. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, lord of wealth and hearty pleasures, so the first half of December has been throughout the Northern hemisphere the time for enterprises of all kinds to celebrate the profits and achievements of the year, and gather the clans for feasts of love and friendship. Uranus in Aries is in a 120° trine to the Moon-Sun conjunction, making this moment even more advantageous than it normally is for new inspiration and proactive intention. Chiron is at a 90° “square” as well, so that changes in perception and action are likely to be triggered by intense circumstances that prove to be blessings in disguise. The Sagittarius New Moon that follows this Dark Moon has been interpreted as the annual waning of female energy as the male energy waxes now toward the birth of the solar hero child in late December. One mythic expression of this theme is the Greek tale of the annual descent of Persephone into the underworld until spring. In fact, however, at this point the female does not actually weaken or decay. If anything, she reaches fruition with the gathering in of the harvest, creating the moment at which her cycle is productive and complete.
- Celtic/Druidic/Wiccan: Snow Moon - this New Moon is called the Snow Moon in some calendars.
- Celtic/Druidic/Faery/Pagan/Wiccan: In the Beth-Luis-Nion Celtic tree calendar, this twelfth New Moon following the last Winter Solstice ends the Celtic Tree Month of Reed/Ngetal(October 28th - November 24th). The Reed symbolizes pliancy and adapatability, and the willingness to find one’s true place in the turning of the wheel.
- Egyptian: Day of Offerings to Sekhmet - on the 9th day of Tybi, followers made cakes and repeated the offerings to Sekhmet so that the Deities would be pleased.
- Egyptian: Feast of Burning Lamps - in ancient Egypt, the sacred deities of light and birth as in Aset (Isis) and Asar (Osiris) were honoured and invoked annually on or around this day with prayers, libations and the ritual burning of special lamps. The Romans extended this holy day to include Minerva.
- Zoroastrian: Day of Adar Jashan/Adar Kansha - a festival in honour of the Sacred Fire. Each day and month of the Zoroastrian calendar is presided over by a spiritual being. When the spiritual being of the day and the month are the same, such as today (Adar), the day is particularly sacred. In the Fasli (seasonal) calendar, this is the sacred day of Adar.
- Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) - St. Mesrob’s Day
- History: Death of Anna Hoyd - burned as a witch at Waldsee, Germany, on this day in 1586.
- Astronomical: Alpha-Monocerotids meteor shower - It began on the fifteenth and typically ends near the twenty-fifth.
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.