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24 NOVEMBER
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.

24 NOVEMBER

  • 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.

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23 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Sagittarius/Moon Libra
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Wēland (Wayland Smith, Völundr)
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Fennel, Fleabane
Cards for Today: Ace of Wands, The Tower, The Sun, Knight of Swords
Pagan/Saxon/Norse/Germanic/Britonnic: Feast of  Wēland (Wayland Smith, Völundr) - in ancient times, this day was celebrated with a feast in honour of Wēland - the wizard-smith of the Germanic/Saxon deities. He is associated with Vulcan/Hephaestus in his craftsman aspect. The feast day was later absorbed by the Church and re-fashioned as St. Clement’s Feast. Wēland was the patron of blacksmiths and metal-workers and was believed to have fashioned the chainmail shirt worn by Beowulf. He was the son of the sea giant Wate and became an amazingly talented metalworker. Weland, as well as his brothers lived for seven years the swan-princesses. One day the swan-ladies vanished and Weland’s brothers set out to look for them, but he remained behind. In so doing he was captured by the evil King Nidung of Sweden. To prevent Wayland from escaping, Nidung ordered his men to cripple Wēland ‘s leg. The king had the smith fashion wonderful items for him and his family. Eventually Wēland took his revenge by luring the king’s two sons to his smithy, where he killed them and turned their skulls into drinking goblets, which he gave to the king. He made their eyes into beautiful jewels which were presented to the queen. He then lured the king’s daughter to his smithy, where he alluringly seduced and impregnated her. While she slept, Wēland flew off using swan-feather wings he had made. Before he left, he extracted a promise from King Nidung that he would never hurt his child – the son the King’s daughter would beget. Wēland told him what the goblets and jewels really were, and what had happened to his daughter - then flew off. King Nidung could not in turn harm Wēland son, now his heir, because of the promise he had given. In English Lore, Weland is associated with Wayland’s Smithy, a burial mound in Oxfordshire where local tradition holds that a traveller whose horse had lost a shoe could leave the animal and a small silver coin (either a groat or a sixpence) at the Smithy overnight. When he returned in the morning he would find the money gone and the horse re-shod. Another local tale says that Weland had an apprentice called Flibbertigibbet who greatly exasperated his master. Eventually the Smith in anger hurled him as far away as he could, down into the Vale. There Flibbertigibbet landed and remained - petrified. The stone became a boundary marker and remains to this day in a field called Snivelling Corner by Odstone Farm.
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) - St. Clements Day - on this day in England, Saint Clement (the patron of ironworkers) is honoured with elaborate rituals (see above).
Asatruar/Heathen/Norse/Pagan: Feast of Ullr: (alternate dates list  this date or 27 November) The Feast of Ullr celebrates the Hunt and to gain personal luck needed for success. Weapons are dedicated on this day to Ullr, God of the Bow. If your hunting arms were blessed by the luck of the God of the Hunt, your family and tribe shared the bounty with a Blot and Feast dedicated to him.
Egyptian: Offerings To Sekhmet – the 9th day of the month of Tybi is a day of offerings to Sekhmet, and also of a feast of lights honoring Aset and Asar (Isis and Osiris).
Egyptian/Tradition: Day of Good Occurences – it is/was believed that people would see good happenings occur on this date.
Japanese: Nihinahe or Shinjosai Festival - held in honour of the Sun Goddess. Konohana-sakuya-hime (“Princess who blossoms like the flowers of the trees”), also known as Kami-ataka-ashitsu-hime (“Divine Ata Princess’), consort of Ninigi, the August Grandchild of the Sun-Goddess Amaterasu.  . The new season’s rice is offered to the Gods and eaten by the Emperor for the first time. It is a celebration of the rice harvest and saki (rice liquor). 
Native American: Hopi &  Zuni Shalako Festival – the welcoming back to the pueblos the Kachinas/Kokos - Spirits of Nature and the ancestors that provide protection, health, fertility and food.
Native American/First Nations: Start of Owl month (23rd November - 21st December) -the “Long Nights” time is considered a period to change. 
Baha’ian: Quwl Feast - This day is the Baha’i feast honouring the Deity as Quwl - Sacred Speech.
Lore: First Day of Winter - this is the first day of winter according to the Julian calendar.
Lore: Good Hunting Days - These harvest days of November are celebrated as well as a time when hunting is good. 11/22 - 24 are sacred in the Greek and Roman calendar to the goddess Artemis-Diana in her aspect as divine huntress and destroyer.
Astrological: Mercury Retrograde - On this day Mercury goes retrograde in his least amicable location, the sign of Sagittarius. It is believed to be a day to expect delays, blockages, confusion, mechanical trouble and every kind of human bozosis in the Mercury-ruled areas of transportation, communication and commerce. Though Mercury will “go direct” on Dec. 14, it will not be until clearing “the shadow of Mercury retrograde” - that is, the zodiac degree in which this retrograde movement began and will not exit Sagittarius until Jan. 8, after more than two months of being “in detriment” in the sign of the Archer. It is understood that tests of patience will abound.
Astronomical: Alpha-Monocerotids meteor shower - 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.

23 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Sagittarius/Moon Libra
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Wēland (Wayland Smith, Völundr)
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Fennel, Fleabane
  • Cards for Today: Ace of Wands, The Tower, The Sun, Knight of Swords
  • Pagan/Saxon/Norse/Germanic/Britonnic: Feast of  Wēland (Wayland Smith, Völundr) - in ancient times, this day was celebrated with a feast in honour of Wēland - the wizard-smith of the Germanic/Saxon deities. He is associated with Vulcan/Hephaestus in his craftsman aspect. The feast day was later absorbed by the Church and re-fashioned as St. Clement’s Feast. Wēland was the patron of blacksmiths and metal-workers and was believed to have fashioned the chainmail shirt worn by Beowulf. He was the son of the sea giant Wate and became an amazingly talented metalworker. Weland, as well as his brothers lived for seven years the swan-princesses. One day the swan-ladies vanished and Weland’s brothers set out to look for them, but he remained behind. In so doing he was captured by the evil King Nidung of Sweden. To prevent Wayland from escaping, Nidung ordered his men to cripple Wēland ‘s leg. The king had the smith fashion wonderful items for him and his family. Eventually Wēland took his revenge by luring the king’s two sons to his smithy, where he killed them and turned their skulls into drinking goblets, which he gave to the king. He made their eyes into beautiful jewels which were presented to the queen. He then lured the king’s daughter to his smithy, where he alluringly seduced and impregnated her. While she slept, Wēland flew off using swan-feather wings he had made. Before he left, he extracted a promise from King Nidung that he would never hurt his child – the son the King’s daughter would beget. Wēland told him what the goblets and jewels really were, and what had happened to his daughter - then flew off. King Nidung could not in turn harm Wēland son, now his heir, because of the promise he had given. In English Lore, Weland is associated with Wayland’s Smithy, a burial mound in Oxfordshire where local tradition holds that a traveller whose horse had lost a shoe could leave the animal and a small silver coin (either a groat or a sixpence) at the Smithy overnight. When he returned in the morning he would find the money gone and the horse re-shod. Another local tale says that Weland had an apprentice called Flibbertigibbet who greatly exasperated his master. Eventually the Smith in anger hurled him as far away as he could, down into the Vale. There Flibbertigibbet landed and remained - petrified. The stone became a boundary marker and remains to this day in a field called Snivelling Corner by Odstone Farm.
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) - St. Clements Day - on this day in England, Saint Clement (the patron of ironworkers) is honoured with elaborate rituals (see above).
  • Asatruar/Heathen/Norse/Pagan: Feast of Ullr: (alternate dates list  this date or 27 November) The Feast of Ullr celebrates the Hunt and to gain personal luck needed for success. Weapons are dedicated on this day to Ullr, God of the Bow. If your hunting arms were blessed by the luck of the God of the Hunt, your family and tribe shared the bounty with a Blot and Feast dedicated to him.
  • Egyptian: Offerings To Sekhmet – the 9th day of the month of Tybi is a day of offerings to Sekhmet, and also of a feast of lights honoring Aset and Asar (Isis and Osiris).
  • Egyptian/Tradition: Day of Good Occurences – it is/was believed that people would see good happenings occur on this date.
  • Japanese: Nihinahe or Shinjosai Festival - held in honour of the Sun Goddess. Konohana-sakuya-hime (“Princess who blossoms like the flowers of the trees”), also known as Kami-ataka-ashitsu-hime (“Divine Ata Princess’), consort of Ninigi, the August Grandchild of the Sun-Goddess Amaterasu.  . The new season’s rice is offered to the Gods and eaten by the Emperor for the first time. It is a celebration of the rice harvest and saki (rice liquor).
  • Native American: Hopi &  Zuni Shalako Festival – the welcoming back to the pueblos the Kachinas/Kokos - Spirits of Nature and the ancestors that provide protection, health, fertility and food.
  • Native American/First Nations: Start of Owl month (23rd November - 21st December) -the “Long Nights” time is considered a period to change.
  • Baha’ian: Quwl Feast - This day is the Baha’i feast honouring the Deity as Quwl - Sacred Speech.
  • Lore: First Day of Winter - this is the first day of winter according to the Julian calendar.
  • Lore: Good Hunting Days - These harvest days of November are celebrated as well as a time when hunting is good. 11/22 - 24 are sacred in the Greek and Roman calendar to the goddess Artemis-Diana in her aspect as divine huntress and destroyer.
  • Astrological: Mercury Retrograde - On this day Mercury goes retrograde in his least amicable location, the sign of Sagittarius. It is believed to be a day to expect delays, blockages, confusion, mechanical trouble and every kind of human bozosis in the Mercury-ruled areas of transportation, communication and commerce. Though Mercury will “go direct” on Dec. 14, it will not be until clearing “the shadow of Mercury retrograde” - that is, the zodiac degree in which this retrograde movement began and will not exit Sagittarius until Jan. 8, after more than two months of being “in detriment” in the sign of the Archer. It is understood that tests of patience will abound.
  • Astronomical: Alpha-Monocerotids meteor shower - 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.

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22 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Sagittarius/Moon Virgo
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Sagittarius 
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Centaury, Rush, Echinacea 
Cards for Today: Temperance
Astrological: Sun in Sagittarius - The Sun enters Sagittarius and the month of the Archer begins. Now that the harvest is gathered and secured, the time of looking farther ahead commences in the drawing of strategic plans. As Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, matters of mundane government/law and also higher laws of metaphysics are emphasized now. The identity and role of Sagittarius hinge on the question of what he has on the point of the arrow he’s aiming at the Scorpion’s heart. If it’s a poison, then the Archer threatens to kill the Scorpion. But as the Archer is actually the celebrated healer Chiron, placed in the sky by Zeus to honour his wisdom and compassion, the Archer is in fact firing a medicine arrow that can deliver the Scorpion from the sting of its own self-biting energy of excess, sexual over-exertion, death and transformation. Persons born under the sign of the Centaur-Archer are said to be optimistic, enthusiastic, curious, and often outspoken and prone to exaggeration under this fire sign.
Asatruar/Norse/Heathen/Pagan: Ydalir - the “Valley of the Yews” occurs today under the control of the Norse winter god of archery and skiing, Ullr whose feast will continue this winter celebration.
Lore: Weather Marker Day - This day is important as a weather marker, as it comes a month before the Winter Solstice, and also gives the farmers yet a last warning to get the crop in at once. This is why many harvest festivals are celebrated now.
Lore: Good Hunting - These harvest days of November are celebrated as well as a time when hunting is good. 11/22 - 24 are sacred in the Greek and Roman calendar to the goddess Artemis-Diana in her aspect as divine huntress and destroyer.
Roman: Festival of Artemis Calliste/Sagittarius Festival - a Greek holy day dedicated to Artemis (Diana) - patroness of music and the Huntress.It is thought the Greeks considered her to be representative of the Goddess Bast.
Catholic/Christian/History: Feast of St. Cecilia - the patron saint of music is honoured on this date. For the early Christian community of Rome in the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180), the beautiful and brilliant Cecilia was a prize of inestimable value. Daughter of the Caecilii, one of Rome’s wealthiest and most prestigious patrician clans, Cecilia was among the first, if not the first, Christian convert to come from the ancient nobility. Her connection with music is unclear, though it is known that, with a sure sense of drama and evangelical nerve, Cecilia chose the moment of the prothalamium - the solemn hymn at the beginning of her wedding ceremony - to announce to her would-be husband Valerian and a stunned crowd of gowns and togas that she was consecrating her virginity to “a spouse you know not of.” She was beheaded after a hot air bath that was heated to seven times its normal temperature failed to cook so much as a light sweat out of her miraculously cool body. As an aspect of Artemis Calliste, the Lily of Heaven, this day, as St. Cecilia’s day, is important to music lovers.
Native American/First Nations: End of Snake month (23rd October - 22nd November) - considered “The Frost Time”, it’s function has been ruled by involvement. 
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) –  St. Cecilia Day, St. Felicity Day
Astronomical: Alpha-Monocerotids meteor shower - this shower is in process. 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.

22 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Sagittarius/Moon Virgo
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Sagittarius
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Centaury, Rush, Echinacea 
  • Cards for Today: Temperance
  • Astrological: Sun in Sagittarius - The Sun enters Sagittarius and the month of the Archer begins. Now that the harvest is gathered and secured, the time of looking farther ahead commences in the drawing of strategic plans. As Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, matters of mundane government/law and also higher laws of metaphysics are emphasized now. The identity and role of Sagittarius hinge on the question of what he has on the point of the arrow he’s aiming at the Scorpion’s heart. If it’s a poison, then the Archer threatens to kill the Scorpion. But as the Archer is actually the celebrated healer Chiron, placed in the sky by Zeus to honour his wisdom and compassion, the Archer is in fact firing a medicine arrow that can deliver the Scorpion from the sting of its own self-biting energy of excess, sexual over-exertion, death and transformation. Persons born under the sign of the Centaur-Archer are said to be optimistic, enthusiastic, curious, and often outspoken and prone to exaggeration under this fire sign.
  • Asatruar/Norse/Heathen/Pagan: Ydalir - the “Valley of the Yews” occurs today under the control of the Norse winter god of archery and skiing, Ullr whose feast will continue this winter celebration.
  • Lore: Weather Marker Day - This day is important as a weather marker, as it comes a month before the Winter Solstice, and also gives the farmers yet a last warning to get the crop in at once. This is why many harvest festivals are celebrated now.
  • Lore: Good Hunting - These harvest days of November are celebrated as well as a time when hunting is good. 11/22 - 24 are sacred in the Greek and Roman calendar to the goddess Artemis-Diana in her aspect as divine huntress and destroyer.
  • Roman: Festival of Artemis Calliste/Sagittarius Festival - a Greek holy day dedicated to Artemis (Diana) - patroness of music and the Huntress.
    It is thought the Greeks considered her to be representative of the Goddess Bast.
  • Catholic/Christian/History: Feast of St. Cecilia - the patron saint of music is honoured on this date. For the early Christian community of Rome in the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180), the beautiful and brilliant Cecilia was a prize of inestimable value. Daughter of the Caecilii, one of Rome’s wealthiest and most prestigious patrician clans, Cecilia was among the first, if not the first, Christian convert to come from the ancient nobility. Her connection with music is unclear, though it is known that, with a sure sense of drama and evangelical nerve, Cecilia chose the moment of the prothalamium - the solemn hymn at the beginning of her wedding ceremony - to announce to her would-be husband Valerian and a stunned crowd of gowns and togas that she was consecrating her virginity to “a spouse you know not of.” She was beheaded after a hot air bath that was heated to seven times its normal temperature failed to cook so much as a light sweat out of her miraculously cool body. As an aspect of Artemis Calliste, the Lily of Heaven, this day, as St. Cecilia’s day, is important to music lovers.
  • Native American/First Nations: End of Snake month (23rd October - 22nd November) - considered “The Frost Time”, it’s function has been ruled by involvement. 
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Cecilia Day, St. Felicity Day
  • Astronomical: Alpha-Monocerotids meteor shower - this shower is in process. 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.

21

Nov

21 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Virgo
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Cacao (Xocoatl), Agave, Prickly Pear
Cards for Today: The Magician, The Sun, The Eights
Mesoamerican: Arrival of Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl - the Mayans, Aztecs and other Meso-peoples celebrated the arrival of the Feathered Serpent God around this time every year. He was believed to rule over light, learning, culture, organization, order, laws, wisdom and the great calendar. The cult of Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl was the first Mesoamerican religion to transcend the old Classic Period linguistic and ethnic divisions. This cult facilitated communication and peaceful trade among peoples of many different social and ethnic backgrounds. Although the cult was originally centred on the ancient city of Chichén Itzá in the modern Mexican state of Yucatán, it spread as far as  Teotihuacán and Tenochtitlan to the north and the Guatemalan highlands in the south. Events included fasting, the burning of incense, offering food and the creation of exquisite banners of colored Quetzal feathers for several days before his arrival. The celebration lasted for several days and nights.
Celtic/Gaelic/Irish/Manx/Pagan/Scottish/Wiccan: Day of (the) Cailleach - In some traditions and locales this date in addition to 1 November is considered the special day of the Old Veiled Woman, the divine hag, creatrix and ancestral deity - the Cailleach - in preparation for her time as ruler of Winter begins. The word simply means ‘old woman’ in modern Scottish Gaelic and has been applied to numerous figures in Irish, Scottish and Manx lore. In Scotland, where she is known as Queen of Winter, she is credited with making numerous mountains and large hills, which are said to have been formed when she was striding across the land and dropped rocks from her apron to serve as her stepping stones. The Cailleach displays several traits befitting the personification of Winter: she herds deer, she defends her domain of the cold against the encroachment of Spring and her staff freezes the ground. She carries a hammer for shaping the hills and valleys and is said to be the mother of all the goddesses and gods. In partnership with the goddess Brìghde, the Cailleach is seen as a seasonal deity or spirit, ruling the winter months between Samhain (Wintermas or first day of winter) and Beltaine(Summermas or first day of summer), while Brìghde rules the summer months between Beltaine and Samhain. Some interpretations have the Cailleach and Brìghde as two faces of the same goddess while others describe the Cailleach as turning to stone on Beltaine and reverting back to humanoid form on Samhain in time to rule over the winter months.
Egyptian: Feast of Hathor - a feast day for the goddess who personified the principles of love, beauty, music, motherhood and joy. She was one of the most important and popular deities throughout the history of Ancient Egypt. Hathor was worshiped by Royalty and common people alike in whose tombs she is depicted as “Mistress of the West” welcoming the dead into the next life. In other roles she was a goddess of music, dance, foreign lands and fertility who helped women in childbirth, as well as the patron goddess of miners.
Egyptian/Wiccan: Double Offerings Day - a holy day to double offerings to ones personal deity/deities.
Pagan/Multi-Tradition: Sacred Day - this day is also sacred to several other gods of various histories and traditions; (1) Chango (Yoruban)- one of the most popular Orisha; also known as the god of fire, lightning and thunder. (2) Damballah-Wedo (African)- one of the most revered of the African gods, the loa of peace and purity, of platinum and silver, and the one who grants riches and sustains the world. (3)Tammuz (Mesopotamian)-shepherd-god of food and vegetation, he was the consort of Inanna/Ishtar and was believed to be the power in the grain, dying when it was milled at the end of harvest time.
Native American: Tewa Buffalo Dance (alternate date) - among the Pueblo peoples of the American Southwest, the annual Tewa Buffalo Dances give thanks for the abundance of the harvest and prays for correct alignment of the people with the four directions and elemental energies. (see post for 15 November)
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) –  St. Gelasius’ Day, Presentation of Mary in the Temple.
Astronomical: Alpha-Monocerotids meteor shower - this shower is known to peak on this date. It began on the fifteenth and typically ends near the twenty-fifth. 
Culture: World “Hello” Day - a day to share a friendly greeting with all you meet along your way.
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

21 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Virgo
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Cacao (Xocoatl), Agave, Prickly Pear
  • Cards for Today: The Magician, The Sun, The Eights
  • Mesoamerican: Arrival of Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl - the Mayans, Aztecs and other Meso-peoples celebrated the arrival of the Feathered Serpent God around this time every year. He was believed to rule over light, learning, culture, organization, order, laws, wisdom and the great calendar. The cult of Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl was the first Mesoamerican religion to transcend the old Classic Period linguistic and ethnic divisions. This cult facilitated communication and peaceful trade among peoples of many different social and ethnic backgrounds. Although the cult was originally centred on the ancient city of Chichén Itzá in the modern Mexican state of Yucatán, it spread as far as  Teotihuacán and Tenochtitlan to the north and the Guatemalan highlands in the south. Events included fasting, the burning of incense, offering food and the creation of exquisite banners of colored Quetzal feathers for several days before his arrival. The celebration lasted for several days and nights.
  • Celtic/Gaelic/Irish/Manx/Pagan/Scottish/Wiccan: Day of (the) Cailleach - In some traditions and locales this date in addition to 1 November is considered the special day of the Old Veiled Woman, the divine hag, creatrix and ancestral deity - the Cailleach - in preparation for her time as ruler of Winter begins. The word simply means ‘old woman’ in modern Scottish Gaelic and has been applied to numerous figures in Irish, Scottish and Manx lore. In Scotland, where she is known as Queen of Winter, she is credited with making numerous mountains and large hills, which are said to have been formed when she was striding across the land and dropped rocks from her apron to serve as her stepping stones. The Cailleach displays several traits befitting the personification of Winter: she herds deer, she defends her domain of the cold against the encroachment of Spring and her staff freezes the ground. She carries a hammer for shaping the hills and valleys and is said to be the mother of all the goddesses and gods. In partnership with the goddess Brìghde, the Cailleach is seen as a seasonal deity or spirit, ruling the winter months between Samhain (Wintermas or first day of winter) and Beltaine(Summermas or first day of summer), while Brìghde rules the summer months between Beltaine and Samhain. Some interpretations have the Cailleach and Brìghde as two faces of the same goddess while others describe the Cailleach as turning to stone on Beltaine and reverting back to humanoid form on Samhain in time to rule over the winter months.
  • Egyptian: Feast of Hathor - a feast day for the goddess who personified the principles of love, beauty, music, motherhood and joy. She was one of the most important and popular deities throughout the history of Ancient Egypt. Hathor was worshiped by Royalty and common people alike in whose tombs she is depicted as “Mistress of the West” welcoming the dead into the next life. In other roles she was a goddess of music, dance, foreign lands and fertility who helped women in childbirth, as well as the patron goddess of miners.
  • Egyptian/Wiccan: Double Offerings Day - a holy day to double offerings to ones personal deity/deities.
  • Pagan/Multi-Tradition: Sacred Day - this day is also sacred to several other gods of various histories and traditions; (1) Chango (Yoruban)- one of the most popular Orisha; also known as the god of fire, lightning and thunder. (2) Damballah-Wedo (African)- one of the most revered of the African gods, the loa of peace and purity, of platinum and silver, and the one who grants riches and sustains the world. (3)Tammuz (Mesopotamian)-shepherd-god of food and vegetation, he was the consort of Inanna/Ishtar and was believed to be the power in the grain, dying when it was milled at the end of harvest time.
  • Native American: Tewa Buffalo Dance (alternate date) - among the Pueblo peoples of the American Southwest, the annual Tewa Buffalo Dances give thanks for the abundance of the harvest and prays for correct alignment of the people with the four directions and elemental energies. (see post for 15 November)
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Gelasius’ Day, Presentation of Mary in the Temple.
  • Astronomical: Alpha-Monocerotids meteor shower - this shower is known to peak on this date. It began on the fifteenth and typically ends near the twenty-fifth.
  • Culture: World “Hello” Day - a day to share a friendly greeting with all you meet along your way.

Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

20

Nov

20 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Virgo
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Praetextatus and Paulina
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Verbena, Sunflower, Barley, Myrrh, Pennyroyal, Pomegranate, Poppy, Cypress, Olibanum
Card for Today: The Hierophant
Pagan/Graeco-Roman: Festival of Praetextatus and Paulina - Praetextatus and Paulina, who were guardians of the Eleusinian mysteries, presided over by Demeter were honoured on this date for their efforts toward preservation of the old ways. They may be considered early Pagan activists. Resisting the orders of the Emporer Valentinian in 364, they continued to follow the rites, continuing to perform them in the traditional ways. Paulina was the daughter of a prominent aristocrat. In 344, she married Praetextatus, a well-placed senatorial patrician and imperial officer who was also a member of several pagan circles and was known for his spiritual devotion. Paulina was initiated into the Eleusinian and the Lernian mysteries of Dionysus and Demeter. Praetextatus was pretectorate for the mysteries and the rites of the ancients and the couple were devoted to several deities including Ceres, Hecate (of whom Paulina was hierophant), the Magna Mater and Isis. For his devotion, one of the remaining Vestal Virgins, Coelia Concordia dedicated a statue to Praetextatus after his death in 384 which drew the ire of the imperial authorities as the Vestals were not known to erect statues to men. On the statue was inscribed a poem by Paulina which served testament to the great love between them and devotion to their chosen faith.
Egyptian: Sekhmet and the Purifying Flame - ceremony starting a four-day cycle honouring the lioness neter in her aspect as the purifying fire (Month of Tybi, day 5). 
Hawaiian: Makahiki (alternate date) - on this night, when the Pleiades (a cluster of stars in the constellation of Taurus) become visible to the naked eye, native rituals and celebrations begin in Hawaii at the Makahiki to mark the beginning of their harvest season and to honour and give thanks to the ancient god Lono. War is forbidden at this time. 
History: Remembrance Day for Meister Johannes Eckhart (d. 1327 or 1328)- Christian mystic who taught the four ways of the mystic’s journey. This day is sacred to his memory and now marks the widening influence of Eckhart whose spiritual exercises emphasized the soul’s responsibility for self-perfecting through a fourfold process of Creation, Affirmation, Negation and Transformation. In image, he bears a stalk of lilies not only as an emblem of purity, but because he was a notable exception to the usual truth that the nature of the intellectual does not typically display kindness. He was, it is reported, a rare combination of gentleness and formidable intelligence.
Mexican: Revolution Day/Día de la Revolución de la Virgen de Guadalupe - in Mexico, the day of the revolution was dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe (Mary). 
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – Christ the King, St. Edmund the Martyr’s Day, Día de la Revolución de la Virgen de Guadalupe.
Cultural: Fast for an Abundant World Harvest - day to fast and commit to action to help prevent deaths from malnourishment world-wide.
History: Church of All Worlds incorporates in Australia on this date in 1992.
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

20 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Virgo
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Praetextatus and Paulina
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Verbena, Sunflower, Barley, Myrrh, Pennyroyal, Pomegranate, Poppy, Cypress, Olibanum
  • Card for Today: The Hierophant
  • Pagan/Graeco-Roman: Festival of Praetextatus and Paulina - Praetextatus and Paulina, who were guardians of the Eleusinian mysteries, presided over by Demeter were honoured on this date for their efforts toward preservation of the old ways. They may be considered early Pagan activists. Resisting the orders of the Emporer Valentinian in 364, they continued to follow the rites, continuing to perform them in the traditional ways. Paulina was the daughter of a prominent aristocrat. In 344, she married Praetextatus, a well-placed senatorial patrician and imperial officer who was also a member of several pagan circles and was known for his spiritual devotion. Paulina was initiated into the Eleusinian and the Lernian mysteries of Dionysus and Demeter. Praetextatus was pretectorate for the mysteries and the rites of the ancients and the couple were devoted to several deities including Ceres, Hecate (of whom Paulina was hierophant), the Magna Mater and Isis. For his devotion, one of the remaining Vestal Virgins, Coelia Concordia dedicated a statue to Praetextatus after his death in 384 which drew the ire of the imperial authorities as the Vestals were not known to erect statues to men. On the statue was inscribed a poem by Paulina which served testament to the great love between them and devotion to their chosen faith.
  • Egyptian: Sekhmet and the Purifying Flame - ceremony starting a four-day cycle honouring the lioness neter in her aspect as the purifying fire (Month of Tybi, day 5).
  • Hawaiian: Makahiki (alternate date) - on this night, when the Pleiades (a cluster of stars in the constellation of Taurus) become visible to the naked eye, native rituals and celebrations begin in Hawaii at the Makahiki to mark the beginning of their harvest season and to honour and give thanks to the ancient god Lono. War is forbidden at this time. 
  • History: Remembrance Day for Meister Johannes Eckhart (d. 1327 or 1328)- Christian mystic who taught the four ways of the mystic’s journey. This day is sacred to his memory and now marks the widening influence of Eckhart whose spiritual exercises emphasized the soul’s responsibility for self-perfecting through a fourfold process of Creation, Affirmation, Negation and Transformation. In image, he bears a stalk of lilies not only as an emblem of purity, but because he was a notable exception to the usual truth that the nature of the intellectual does not typically display kindness. He was, it is reported, a rare combination of gentleness and formidable intelligence.
  • Mexican: Revolution Day/Día de la Revolución de la Virgen de Guadalupe - in Mexico, the day of the revolution was dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe (Mary).
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – Christ the King, St. Edmund the Martyr’s Day, Día de la Revolución de la Virgen de Guadalupe.
  • Cultural: Fast for an Abundant World Harvest - day to fast and commit to action to help prevent deaths from malnourishment world-wide.
  • History: Church of All Worlds incorporates in Australia on this date in 1992.

Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

19

Nov

19 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Leo
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Warlocks
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Eyebright, Henbane, Vervain 
Cards for Today: The Magician
History/Wiccan/Lore: Warlock Day - According to medieval superstitious belief, the first male stranger met on this particular day who was dressed in black from head to toe (particularly if barefooted) was thought to be a warlock. This belief evolved resultant of the early christainization of Europe which painted anyone suspected of being of the old ways (or perhaps different) as dangerous or malevolent yet it is unclear as to why this day was of specific note. People took care not to look the man directly in the eye for fear of otherwise becoming bewitched. “Warlock” is a rarely used term for a male Witch (or today practitioner of Wiccan tradition) and is derived from the Old Norse “varlokkur” meaning “spirit song” (not “oath-breaker” as some sources have implied). He may have been believed to be a wizard, sorcerer or magician. Today, a “Warlock” or Male Witch should be known as man who practices a life-affirming, Earth-and-Nature-oriented religion, honouring Divinity in female as well as male aspects. Some traditions may date back to before the Spanish Inquisition, others have been in existence for only a few years. 
Hinduism: Bharatri Dwitya/Rakhi - a popular festival of India, celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters. The festival has a tremendous social and cultural significance. There are various legends associated with the origin of this festival. It is believed that Yama, the God of Death visits his sister Yamuna, the River Goddess at this time. On every “Shravan Purnima”, Yamuna used to tie a sacred thread (Rakhi) to Lord Yama. Since then, it has become a tradition for sisters to tie Rakhi to their brothers on this day. In return, the brothers bestow blessings on their sisters and promise to protect them from all the problems and difficulties that they might ever face. 
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – Day of Mary, Mother of Divine Providence, St. Mechchild’s Day, St. Nerses’ Day, Feast of Santa Isabel (Mexican)
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

19 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Leo
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Warlocks
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Eyebright, Henbane, Vervain
  • Cards for Today: The Magician
  • History/Wiccan/Lore: Warlock Day - According to medieval superstitious belief, the first male stranger met on this particular day who was dressed in black from head to toe (particularly if barefooted) was thought to be a warlock. This belief evolved resultant of the early christainization of Europe which painted anyone suspected of being of the old ways (or perhaps different) as dangerous or malevolent yet it is unclear as to why this day was of specific note. People took care not to look the man directly in the eye for fear of otherwise becoming bewitched. “Warlock” is a rarely used term for a male Witch (or today practitioner of Wiccan tradition) and is derived from the Old Norse “varlokkur” meaning “spirit song” (not “oath-breaker” as some sources have implied). He may have been believed to be a wizard, sorcerer or magician. Today, a “Warlock” or Male Witch should be known as man who practices a life-affirming, Earth-and-Nature-oriented religion, honouring Divinity in female as well as male aspects. Some traditions may date back to before the Spanish Inquisition, others have been in existence for only a few years. 
  • Hinduism: Bharatri Dwitya/Rakhi - a popular festival of India, celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters. The festival has a tremendous social and cultural significance. There are various legends associated with the origin of this festival. It is believed that Yama, the God of Death visits his sister Yamuna, the River Goddess at this time. On every “Shravan Purnima”, Yamuna used to tie a sacred thread (Rakhi) to Lord Yama. Since then, it has become a tradition for sisters to tie Rakhi to their brothers on this day. In return, the brothers bestow blessings on their sisters and promise to protect them from all the problems and difficulties that they might ever face.
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – Day of Mary, Mother of Divine Providence, St. Mechchild’s Day, St. Nerses’ Day, Feast of Santa Isabel (Mexican)

Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

18

Nov

18 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Leo
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Ardvi
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Acacia, Alder, Cypress, Juniper, Lotus, Myrtle, Pine, Rose, Sandalwood  
Cards for Today: The Star
Persian/Asian: Ardvi Sura - Ardvi, a Persian goddess believed to be the Mother of the Stars, is honoured annually on this date with a sacred festival called the Ardvi Sura (The Day of Ardvi). The festival, which takes place under the nighttime stars, has been celebrated by the faithful in southwestern Asia since ancient times. 
Graeco-Roman: Ceres Day - a day considered sacred to Ceres in ancient times as relevant to the closing of the harvest.
Kemetic tradition: No Fire For Ra - It was believed that no fire should be burned in the presence of Ra (the Solar Disk) on this day.
Buddhism/Chinese: Festival of the Nine Lotus Leaves - an observation ruled by the Goddess of Mercy recognizes the spiritual and symbolic significance of the nine sacred lotus leaves. The beautiful plant that floats on the surface of water and is nourished through its roots in the mud - a metaphor for transformational life. It illustrates the profound working of life where the effect is simultaneous with the cause. (additional information requested)
Russian/Slavic: Baba Yaga’s Day - the famed witch in Slavic folklore is recognized on this date. She was known to fly around on a giant pestle, kidnap (and presumably eat) small children and live in a hut that stands on chicken legs. In most Slavic folk tales, she is portrayed as an antagonist but is also sought out for her wisdom. She was known on rare occasions to offer guidance to lost souls and often fulfills the function of donour by supplying the hero (sometimes unwillingly) with something necessary for the further quest.
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Odo of Cluny’s Day, St. Romanus’ Day
History: Roger Bolingbroke Killed - Bolingbroke was hanged, drawn and quartered as a witch at Tyburn, England on this date in 1441.
History: Aleister Crowley initiated into Golden Dawn - famed occultist Crowley was initiated into the Outer Order of the Golden on this date in 1898. The Golden Dawn was a magical order active in Great Britain during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which practiced theurgy and spiritual development. It has been one of the largest single influences on 20th-century Western occultism. Crowley was initiated by the group’s leader, Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers. The ceremony itself took place at Mark Masons Hall in London, where Crowley accepted his motto and magical name of Frater Perdurabo, meaning “I shall endure to the end.
German/Culture: Volkstrauertag - is a public holiday in Germany observed two Sundays before the first of Advent and commemorates those who died in war or as victims of violent oppression. In its modern form, it was first observed in 1952.
Astronomical: The Leonid meteor shower  - this event continues as the Leonids are the most highly variable of all the notable meteor showers, ranging from spectacular displays to little or no action from one year to another.  
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

18 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Leo
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Ardvi
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Acacia, Alder, Cypress, Juniper, Lotus, Myrtle, Pine, Rose, Sandalwood 
  • Cards for Today: The Star
  • Persian/Asian: Ardvi Sura - Ardvi, a Persian goddess believed to be the Mother of the Stars, is honoured annually on this date with a sacred festival called the Ardvi Sura (The Day of Ardvi). The festival, which takes place under the nighttime stars, has been celebrated by the faithful in southwestern Asia since ancient times. 
  • Graeco-Roman: Ceres Day - a day considered sacred to Ceres in ancient times as relevant to the closing of the harvest.
  • Kemetic tradition: No Fire For Ra - It was believed that no fire should be burned in the presence of Ra (the Solar Disk) on this day.
  • Buddhism/Chinese: Festival of the Nine Lotus Leaves - an observation ruled by the Goddess of Mercy recognizes the spiritual and symbolic significance of the nine sacred lotus leaves. The beautiful plant that floats on the surface of water and is nourished through its roots in the mud - a metaphor for transformational life. It illustrates the profound working of life where the effect is simultaneous with the cause. (additional information requested)
  • Russian/Slavic: Baba Yaga’s Day - the famed witch in Slavic folklore is recognized on this date. She was known to fly around on a giant pestle, kidnap (and presumably eat) small children and live in a hut that stands on chicken legs. In most Slavic folk tales, she is portrayed as an antagonist but is also sought out for her wisdom. She was known on rare occasions to offer guidance to lost souls and often fulfills the function of donour by supplying the hero (sometimes unwillingly) with something necessary for the further quest.
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Odo of Cluny’s Day, St. Romanus’ Day
  • History: Roger Bolingbroke Killed - Bolingbroke was hanged, drawn and quartered as a witch at Tyburn, England on this date in 1441.
  • History: Aleister Crowley initiated into Golden Dawn - famed occultist Crowley was initiated into the Outer Order of the Golden on this date in 1898. The Golden Dawn was a magical order active in Great Britain during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which practiced theurgy and spiritual development. It has been one of the largest single influences on 20th-century Western occultism. Crowley was initiated by the group’s leader, Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers. The ceremony itself took place at Mark Masons Hall in London, where Crowley accepted his motto and magical name of Frater Perdurabo, meaning “I shall endure to the end.
  • German/Culture: Volkstrauertag - is a public holiday in Germany observed two Sundays before the first of Advent and commemorates those who died in war or as victims of violent oppression. In its modern form, it was first observed in 1952.
  • Astronomical: The Leonid meteor shower  - this event continues as the Leonids are the most highly variable of all the notable meteor showers, ranging from spectacular displays to little or no action from one year to another. 

Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

17

Nov

17 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Leo
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Buddha Shakyamuni
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Udumbara, Lotus, Juniper, Rhodedendron, Tamarisk, Margosa, Pine   
Cards for Today: Temperance
Tibetan Buddhism: Lha Bab Duchen - the eighth day after the Taurus Full Moon is Lha Bab Duchen, the autumn festival that celebrates Buddha Shakyamuni’s descent from the Tushita Heaven, where he had gone for three months, in a gesture of gratitude to his mother, to teach her, and other gods and goddesses, the secrets of release from Samsara, the seemingly endless round of birth and death. This festival climaxes on the 22nd day of the 9th lunar month, when the Buddha finally descended from Heaven, after having first agreed - in response to entreaties for his return to Earth - to descend on the 15th. As this feast honours the Buddha’s mother, it has the status of Mother’s Day in the Tibetan tradition.
Chinese: Third Festival of the Dead - some families in parts of China celebrate this day as the last of three yearly festivals for the dead. An ancient belief dictates that the dead need protection from the winter chill. Paper clothing and money labeled with the names of the dead are traditionally burned as offerings to ancestors in the spirit world to keep them warm. This symbolically sends them to the world of the ancestors. 
History: Birthday of Israel Regardie (1907) - On this date, famous occultist and author Israel Regardie was born in England. He belonged to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and was a onetime secretary of Aleister Crowley. He wrote numerous books which continue to be popular among Witches, Neo-Pagans, and practitioners of the occult arts. Regardie died in the year 1983.
History: Birthday of Gertrude the Great (circa 1256) - Gertrude the Great, the German mystic was born (it is believed) in this date.
Egyptian Cultural: Holy Home Day - a day to present the sacred in one’s home. People are compelled to make the day holy in their own abode.
Egyptian: Shefbedet — Tobi, a Kemetic holy day.
Lunar:  Ashi Vanguhi Moon - The moon on this seventeenth day of the month is sacred to Ashi Vanguhi, Persian Goddess of the waning moon. 
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Hilda Feast Day, patron of professional women who was derived from Brunhilde, Holde, Hel, Holla, Hecate, and Oya, St. Gregory the Wonderworker Feast Day, St. Hugh of Lincoln Feast Day, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Feast Day, Martyrs of Paraguay Feast Day.
Culture/Lore: Jerusalem Knight’s Festival (Thursdays 03/11 2011 to 24/11) - medieval festivities are reenacted each autumn in Jerusalem’s Old City. Dozens of musicians and dancers, magicians and soothsayers, knights, princesses, troubadours, court jesters and peddlers from ancient times will return to the picturesque streets within the stone walls and among quaint mysterious locations in the Christian Quarter. Together they create a moving and magical experience during the twilight and evening hours. Heroes of the Middle Ages, including knights, kings, princesses, magicians, troubadours, court jesters and peddlers will roam the historical alleys. Authentic sounds and chants of the Middle Ages, pyrotechnics and ance, acrobatics and theater performances all take place. 
Astronomical: The Leonid meteor shower  - This event peaks today. The Leonids are the most highly variable of all the notable meteor showers, ranging from spectacular displays to little or no action from one year to another. This year’s will be impaired, coming as it does a week after the Full Moon.
Culture: Fast for an Abundant World Harvest - Day to fast and commit to action to help prevent deaths from malnourishment world-wide.
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

17 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Leo
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Buddha Shakyamuni
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Udumbara, Lotus, Juniper, Rhodedendron, Tamarisk, Margosa, Pine  
  • Cards for Today: Temperance
  • Tibetan Buddhism: Lha Bab Duchen - the eighth day after the Taurus Full Moon is Lha Bab Duchen, the autumn festival that celebrates Buddha Shakyamuni’s descent from the Tushita Heaven, where he had gone for three months, in a gesture of gratitude to his mother, to teach her, and other gods and goddesses, the secrets of release from Samsara, the seemingly endless round of birth and death. This festival climaxes on the 22nd day of the 9th lunar month, when the Buddha finally descended from Heaven, after having first agreed - in response to entreaties for his return to Earth - to descend on the 15th. As this feast honours the Buddha’s mother, it has the status of Mother’s Day in the Tibetan tradition.
  • Chinese: Third Festival of the Dead - some families in parts of China celebrate this day as the last of three yearly festivals for the dead. An ancient belief dictates that the dead need protection from the winter chill. Paper clothing and money labeled with the names of the dead are traditionally burned as offerings to ancestors in the spirit world to keep them warm. This symbolically sends them to the world of the ancestors.
  • History: Birthday of Israel Regardie (1907) - On this date, famous occultist and author Israel Regardie was born in England. He belonged to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and was a onetime secretary of Aleister Crowley. He wrote numerous books which continue to be popular among Witches, Neo-Pagans, and practitioners of the occult arts. Regardie died in the year 1983.
  • History: Birthday of Gertrude the Great (circa 1256) - Gertrude the Great, the German mystic was born (it is believed) in this date.
  • Egyptian Cultural: Holy Home Day - a day to present the sacred in one’s home. People are compelled to make the day holy in their own abode.
  • Egyptian: Shefbedet — Tobi, a Kemetic holy day.
  • Lunar:  Ashi Vanguhi Moon - The moon on this seventeenth day of the month is sacred to Ashi Vanguhi, Persian Goddess of the waning moon.
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Hilda Feast Day, patron of professional women who was derived from Brunhilde, Holde, Hel, Holla, Hecate, and Oya, St. Gregory the Wonderworker Feast Day, St. Hugh of Lincoln Feast Day, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Feast Day, Martyrs of Paraguay Feast Day.
  • Culture/Lore: Jerusalem Knight’s Festival (Thursdays 03/11 2011 to 24/11) - medieval festivities are reenacted each autumn in Jerusalem’s Old City. Dozens of musicians and dancers, magicians and soothsayers, knights, princesses, troubadours, court jesters and peddlers from ancient times will return to the picturesque streets within the stone walls and among quaint mysterious locations in the Christian Quarter. Together they create a moving and magical experience during the twilight and evening hours. Heroes of the Middle Ages, including knights, kings, princesses, magicians, troubadours, court jesters and peddlers will roam the historical alleys.
    Authentic sounds and chants of the Middle Ages, pyrotechnics and ance, acrobatics and theater performances all take place.
  • Astronomical: The Leonid meteor shower  - This event peaks today. The Leonids are the most highly variable of all the notable meteor showers, ranging from spectacular displays to little or no action from one year to another. This year’s will be impaired, coming as it does a week after the Full Moon.
  • Culture: Fast for an Abundant World Harvest - Day to fast and commit to action to help prevent deaths from malnourishment world-wide.

Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

16

Nov

16 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Cancer
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Hecate/Hekate
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Almond, Red Sandalwood, Cyclamen, Cypress, Dandelion, Lavender, Poppy, Garlic, Mandrake, Spearmint, Oak, Myrrh, Camphor, Aloes, Willow, Yew.
Cards for Today: Moon, High Priestess
Wiccan/Pagan/Graeco-Roman: Hecate/Hekate Night (Day) - At sunset, Hecate night/day begins and may be considered her Birthday. This is the night of the Three-formed Goddess as Hecate is part of the most ancient form of the triple goddess. This is a night of Hecate’s supper at the Crossroads. She was/is also honoured by performing spellworks, rituals to invoke her presence and show her appreciation with the giving of offerings. She is often portrayed with three faces representing her Maiden, Mother, and Wise Elder aspects. Her companion is a three headed dog. With Her three faces and three headed dog, She can see down all three roads at once, thus teaching her followers to consider three choices before making decisions of action. It is understood that Hecate is a pre-Olympian goddess which means She existed before the classical Greek deities. Zeus granted Hecate the one gift he alone had. He gave her the ability to withhold from humanity anything she wanted. Since She preceded him, She already had the powers of the heavens, earth, underworld and already had this ability. She is considered Queen of All Witches and carries a torch symbolizing the light of Wisdom penetrating the darkness of ignorance. Her colors are black (for the underworld) and silver (the Moon). Her day of the week is Saturday and Her time in the month is the dark Moon. Her celebrations are August 13 for protection over the crops from storms, today and in some traditions here suppers are offered at the end of each month. Being the Goddess of the Underworld she is also closely associated with this continuing time of Samhain and the spirits of the ancestors. 
Egyptian: Month of Tybi Begins/Peret/Heb Sed Festival - This is the beginning of the Egyptian spring (Proyet or Emergence); the season of sowing. The flood waters recede. The land is fertile and ready to till. The god of the season is Kherpi, the “Self-Created” Egyptian god of the sun. The God of the month is Min, Egyptian god of fertility, love, rain, agriculture and protector of roads and travellers. 
Egyptian: Festival of Bast - also falls on the 1st Tybi. On this day, festival of Bastet, the cat netert, the watcher and protector. One of four Festivals of Bast throughout the year. It is believed that more than half a million young women would gather at the Temple of Bast in Bubastis (the largest temple in the world for several thousand years) during this Festival. It is said, one intention of the celebration was for them to experience their first sexual intercourse. Accordingly, sources relate that they, under the guidance of the priestesses of Bast, would excite the young men who were there through holy erotic dance, masturbation and lesbian sexual expression.
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) –  St. Echerius’ Day, St. Gertrude the Great’s Day, St. Margaret of Scotland’s Day, St. Edmund of East Anglia Day
History/Cultural: Tolerance Day - day to promote harmony in diversity through mutual respect and understanding of all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, nationality, or economic status. * 11/16: 
History: Birthday of Orello Cone (1835) - Universalist who believed that divine revelation comes from many sources.
History: Protection of the Oceans - day the world’s nations agreed to protect the oceans and their creatures from pollution and over-harvest (1994); day to mourn continuing pollution and over-harvest.
Culture/Lore: Sadie Hawkins’ Day - recognizes Sadie Hawkins from the long-standing cartoon strip ‘Little Abner’ and has become somewhat folkloric in the USA. It commemorates the day in Dog Patch when the women chased down the single men. If a man was caught, the woman got to marry him.
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.
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16 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Cancer
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Hecate/Hekate
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Almond, Red Sandalwood, Cyclamen, Cypress, Dandelion, Lavender, Poppy, Garlic, Mandrake, Spearmint, Oak, Myrrh, Camphor, Aloes, Willow, Yew.
  • Cards for Today: Moon, High Priestess
  • Wiccan/Pagan/Graeco-Roman: Hecate/Hekate Night (Day) - At sunset, Hecate night/day begins and may be considered her Birthday. This is the night of the Three-formed Goddess as Hecate is part of the most ancient form of the triple goddess. This is a night of Hecate’s supper at the Crossroads. She was/is also honoured by performing spellworks, rituals to invoke her presence and show her appreciation with the giving of offerings. She is often portrayed with three faces representing her Maiden, Mother, and Wise Elder aspects. Her companion is a three headed dog. With Her three faces and three headed dog, She can see down all three roads at once, thus teaching her followers to consider three choices before making decisions of action. It is understood that Hecate is a pre-Olympian goddess which means She existed before the classical Greek deities. Zeus granted Hecate the one gift he alone had. He gave her the ability to withhold from humanity anything she wanted. Since She preceded him, She already had the powers of the heavens, earth, underworld and already had this ability. She is considered Queen of All Witches and carries a torch symbolizing the light of Wisdom penetrating the darkness of ignorance. Her colors are black (for the underworld) and silver (the Moon). Her day of the week is Saturday and Her time in the month is the dark Moon. Her celebrations are August 13 for protection over the crops from storms, today and in some traditions here suppers are offered at the end of each month. Being the Goddess of the Underworld she is also closely associated with this continuing time of Samhain and the spirits of the ancestors.
  • Egyptian: Month of Tybi Begins/Peret/Heb Sed Festival - This is the beginning of the Egyptian spring (Proyet or Emergence); the season of sowing. The flood waters recede. The land is fertile and ready to till. The god of the season is Kherpi, the “Self-Created” Egyptian god of the sun. The God of the month is Min, Egyptian god of fertility, love, rain, agriculture and protector of roads and travellers.
  • Egyptian: Festival of Bast - also falls on the 1st Tybi. On this day, festival of Bastet, the cat netert, the watcher and protector. One of four Festivals of Bast throughout the year. It is believed that more than half a million young women would gather at the Temple of Bast in Bubastis (the largest temple in the world for several thousand years) during this Festival. It is said, one intention of the celebration was for them to experience their first sexual intercourse. Accordingly, sources relate that they, under the guidance of the priestesses of Bast, would excite the young men who were there through holy erotic dance, masturbation and lesbian sexual expression.
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Echerius’ Day, St. Gertrude the Great’s Day, St. Margaret of Scotland’s Day, St. Edmund of East Anglia Day
  • History/Cultural: Tolerance Day - day to promote harmony in diversity through mutual respect and understanding of all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, nationality, or economic status. * 11/16:
  • History: Birthday of Orello Cone (1835) - Universalist who believed that divine revelation comes from many sources.
  • History: Protection of the Oceans - day the world’s nations agreed to protect the oceans and their creatures from pollution and over-harvest (1994); day to mourn continuing pollution and over-harvest.
  • Culture/Lore: Sadie Hawkins’ Day - recognizes Sadie Hawkins from the long-standing cartoon strip ‘Little Abner’ and has become somewhat folkloric in the USA. It commemorates the day in Dog Patch when the women chased down the single men. If a man was caught, the woman got to marry him.

Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

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15 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Gemini
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Earth, Sky, Buffalo Spirit, Elements
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Grass, Buffalo Berry
Cards for Today: Strength
Native American: Tewa Buffalo Dance (12 - 15/11) - a ceremony which focused on healing and sustimnence. The Buffalo Dance at this time is a autumn/winter event performed traditionally as a prayer for courage and in times past, a successful hunt. Tewa rites honour Mother Earth, Father Sky, the four directions and elements of life - air of the North, earth of the East, fire of the South and waters of the West.
Native American/First Nations: Inuit Asking Festival/Give-away Celebration - a celebration where on the first day young people blacken their faces and make the rounds collecting food for the next day’s feast. At the feast men and women ask each other for coveted possessions, which are turned over. An annual “sharing of the wealth,”, it is considered bad manners to refuse a request. After a large percentage of village property has changed hands, everyone dances in unity and trust while enjoying the fest.
Native American: Hopi Wuwuchim/Fire Ceremony (5 - 21/11) - around this time (variable) begins the Fire ceremony for Masaw, the Hopi Native American God of Death and Spider Woman, the Earth Mother. It represents the new cycle of emergence of the planet.
Japanese Shintoism: Feast of Shichi-Go-San/Seven-Five-Three Day - an ancient ritual is held today at which small children visit Shinto shrines to pray for good health and fortune. Children 3, 5, and 7 years old are blessed. At the end of the ceremony, the priests drop “thousand-year” candies into the children’s bags decorated with good luck signs.  
Japanese: Kitano Odori (1 - 15/11) - in Kyoto, a day of dancing groups and music celebrations.
Egyptian: Feast of Ra, Horus & Osiris - the 30th day of Koiak is the Ennead feast in the House of Ra, Horus and Osiris. Invocation and offering to the Spirits (khu) and the living memories (Ka). Celebrates Isis revival of Osiris and the happiness ever after-life while the Djed-pillar is also raised.
Roman: Feronia (13 -15/11) - Ferona, an ancient goddess who presides over fire, fertility and woodlands, is honoured annually at this time with a festival called the Feronia on which date she was given a temple in the Campus Martius.
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Albert feast Day, St Leopold Day
History: Death of Albertus Magnus (1280) - German alchemist and ceremonial magician Albertus Magnus died on this date. According to legend, he discovered the “Philosopher’s Stone” and was also thought to have created a supernatural zombie-like servant using natural magic and astrological science.
World/Cultural: International Fast for a World Harvest
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

15 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Gemini
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Earth, Sky, Buffalo Spirit, Elements
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Grass, Buffalo Berry
  • Cards for Today: Strength
  • Native American: Tewa Buffalo Dance (12 - 15/11) - a ceremony which focused on healing and sustimnence. The Buffalo Dance at this time is a autumn/winter event performed traditionally as a prayer for courage and in times past, a successful hunt. Tewa rites honour Mother Earth, Father Sky, the four directions and elements of life - air of the North, earth of the East, fire of the South and waters of the West.
  • Native American/First Nations: Inuit Asking Festival/Give-away Celebration - a celebration where on the first day young people blacken their faces and make the rounds collecting food for the next day’s feast. At the feast men and women ask each other for coveted possessions, which are turned over. An annual “sharing of the wealth,”, it is considered bad manners to refuse a request. After a large percentage of village property has changed hands, everyone dances in unity and trust while enjoying the fest.
  • Native American: Hopi Wuwuchim/Fire Ceremony (5 - 21/11) - around this time (variable) begins the Fire ceremony for Masaw, the Hopi Native American God of Death and Spider Woman, the Earth Mother. It represents the new cycle of emergence of the planet.
  • Japanese Shintoism: Feast of Shichi-Go-San/Seven-Five-Three Day - an ancient ritual is held today at which small children visit Shinto shrines to pray for good health and fortune. Children 3, 5, and 7 years old are blessed. At the end of the ceremony, the priests drop “thousand-year” candies into the children’s bags decorated with good luck signs. 
  • Japanese: Kitano Odori (1 - 15/11) - in Kyoto, a day of dancing groups and music celebrations.
  • Egyptian: Feast of Ra, Horus & Osiris - the 30th day of Koiak is the Ennead feast in the House of Ra, Horus and Osiris. Invocation and offering to the Spirits (khu) and the living memories (Ka). Celebrates Isis revival of Osiris and the happiness ever after-life while the Djed-pillar is also raised.
  • Roman: Feronia (13 -15/11) - Ferona, an ancient goddess who presides over fire, fertility and woodlands, is honoured annually at this time with a festival called the Feronia on which date she was given a temple in the Campus Martius.
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Albert feast Day, St Leopold Day
  • History: Death of Albertus Magnus (1280) - German alchemist and ceremonial magician Albertus Magnus died on this date. According to legend, he discovered the “Philosopher’s Stone” and was also thought to have created a supernatural zombie-like servant using natural magic and astrological science.
  • World/Cultural: International Fast for a World Harvest

Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

14

Nov

14 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Gemini
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Aonghus mac Og, Bran the Blessed, Ceridwen, The Dagda, Lugh and Taliesin. 
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Rosemary, Willow, Laurel, Mushroom, Tubers
Cards for Today: Hierophant, Empress
Celtic/Druidic: Gwyl o Cerddorion/Feast of the Musicians - On this date, an annual Druidic celebration known as the Feast of the Musicians was/is held to honour the ancient Celtic gods of music. The deities may include Aonghus mac Og, Bran the Blessed, Ceridwen, The Dagda, Lugh and Taliesin. Traditional Pagan folk songs are sung around an open fire as various offerings are cast into the flames.
Celtic: Mocca´s Day - The Celtic Pig Goddess called Moccas or Mochros is honoured on this day. Moccas name perhaps derives from the Welsh Moch-ros or swine moor - an area between the rivers Wye and Usk which is highly associated with characters from the Arthurian period and Grail Quest. She is known connectively with the legend of St Dubricius (see below) who crowned King Arthur.
Celtic/Catholic/History: Feast day of St Dubricius - bishop and confessorDubricius (died 545 or 612 -sources differ) was a Celtic saint. It is believed that it was he who crowned King Arthur. His legend is associated with the Celtic pig goddess, Moccas (see above). Dubric was an actual historical figure with a significant local reputation, and Herefordshire churches at Hentland, Whitchurch and Ballingham are dedicated to him. He was an important church leader, probably a monk, in southeast Wales and associated also with St Illtyd.
Roman: Feronia (13 -15/11) - Ferona, an ancient goddess who presides over fire, fertility and woodlands, is honoured annually on this day with a Pagan festival called the Feronia on which date she was given a temple in the Campus Martius.
Greek: Oschophoria Festival - an ancient Greek festival held during the month Pyanepsion in honour of Dionysus. The Oschophoria, which is Greek for “carrying of the grape cluster” was held in the fall, when the grapes were ripe for the picking. It included a relay for young contestants.
Indian: Children’s Goddessses - At temples throughout India, children gather annually on this day to receive divine blessings from the Children’s Goddesses: Befana, Mayauel, Rumina, and Surabhi.
Egyptian: The Finding of Osiris (Khoiak 29) - Isis found Osiris so he can be resurrected and given immortality.
Mayan: Uinal of Rebirth - In the Mayan calendar systems, this day begins the Uinal of Rebirth, the eleventh of the 20-day uinals in the current cycle of the Tzolkin, or 260-day calendar (6 Imix, Tzolkin 201). The symbolic bird for this uinal is the Scarlet Macaw, the energy principle is that of flowering.
Native American: Tewa Buffalo Dance (12 - 15/11) - a ceremony which focused on healing. Tewa rites honour Mother Earth, Father Sky, the four directions and elements of life - air of the North, earth of the East, fire of the South and waters of the West.
Native American/First Nations: Inuit Asking Festival/Give-away Celebration - a celebration where on the first day young people blacken their faces and make the rounds collecting food for the next day’s feast. At the feast men and women ask each other for coveted possessions, which are turned over. An annual “sharing of the wealth,”, it is considered bad manners to refuse a request. After a large percentage of village property has changed hands, everyone dances in unity and trust while enjoying the fest.
Native American: Hopi Wuwuchim/Fire Ceremony (5 - 21/11) - round about today (variable) begins the fire ceremony for Masaw, the Hopi Native American God of Death, and Spider Woman, the Earth Mother. It represents the new cycle of emergence of the planet.
Japanese: Kitano Odori (1 - 15/11) - in Kyoto, a day of dancing groups and music celebrations
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – Feast of St. Dubricius (see above), Feast day of St Hypatius, Feast day of St John Licci, Feast day of St Jucundus of Bologna, Feast day of St Lawrence O’Toole (Lorcan Ua Tuathail), Archbishop of Dublin, Feast day of St Modanic, Feast day of St Serapion of Alexandria, Feast day of St Serapion of Algiers, Feast day of St Sidonius, Feast day of St Venaranda.
History: Birthdate of King William III of England - William of Orange (1650) - The King whose place in the history of England and Ireland marks one of the greatest and most lingering socio-religiously derived divisions of all time. Highly regarded by the Protestants and the English but reviled by the Irish and/or Irish-Catholics, the Dutch-born monarch (King of England and Ireland from February 13, 1689 and King of Scotland from April 11, 1689) was the grandson of Charles I, the son of William, Prince of Orange and Mary Stuart (daughter of Charles I). Answering a call of English aristocrats concerned about the Catholic appointments of King James II, in November 1688, with a Dutch force, landed at Devon, England, and was soon joined by many Englishmen. Most notably, William’s forces defeated the French-Irish force at the Boyne, which served as the pivot point of dispute which has continued the devisive troubles of Northern Ireland ever since. Members of the British Parliament accepted him in order to restore their power. Additionally, it is conjectured he had homosexual inclinations potentially noted in his intimate bonds with favourites, Portland and Albemarle.  
Astronomical: Leonids meteor showers (Nov 12 - 23 annually)
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

14 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Gemini
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Aonghus mac Og, Bran the Blessed, Ceridwen, The Dagda, Lugh and Taliesin.
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Rosemary, Willow, Laurel, Mushroom, Tubers
  • Cards for Today: Hierophant, Empress
  • Celtic/Druidic: Gwyl o Cerddorion/Feast of the Musicians - On this date, an annual Druidic celebration known as the Feast of the Musicians was/is held to honour the ancient Celtic gods of music. The deities may include Aonghus mac Og, Bran the Blessed, Ceridwen, The Dagda, Lugh and Taliesin. Traditional Pagan folk songs are sung around an open fire as various offerings are cast into the flames.
  • Celtic: Mocca´s Day - The Celtic Pig Goddess called Moccas or Mochros is honoured on this day. Moccas name perhaps derives from the Welsh Moch-ros or swine moor - an area between the rivers Wye and Usk which is highly associated with characters from the Arthurian period and Grail Quest. She is known connectively with the legend of St Dubricius (see below) who crowned King Arthur.
  • Celtic/Catholic/History: Feast day of St Dubricius - bishop and confessorDubricius (died 545 or 612 -sources differ) was a Celtic saint. It is believed that it was he who crowned King Arthur. His legend is associated with the Celtic pig goddess, Moccas (see above). Dubric was an actual historical figure with a significant local reputation, and Herefordshire churches at Hentland, Whitchurch and Ballingham are dedicated to him. He was an important church leader, probably a monk, in southeast Wales and associated also with St Illtyd.
  • Roman: Feronia (13 -15/11) - Ferona, an ancient goddess who presides over fire, fertility and woodlands, is honoured annually on this day with a Pagan festival called the Feronia on which date she was given a temple in the Campus Martius.
  • Greek: Oschophoria Festival - an ancient Greek festival held during the month Pyanepsion in honour of Dionysus. The Oschophoria, which is Greek for “carrying of the grape cluster” was held in the fall, when the grapes were ripe for the picking. It included a relay for young contestants.
  • Indian: Children’s Goddessses - At temples throughout India, children gather annually on this day to receive divine blessings from the Children’s Goddesses: Befana, Mayauel, Rumina, and Surabhi.
  • Egyptian: The Finding of Osiris (Khoiak 29) - Isis found Osiris so he can be resurrected and given immortality.
  • Mayan: Uinal of Rebirth - In the Mayan calendar systems, this day begins the Uinal of Rebirth, the eleventh of the 20-day uinals in the current cycle of the Tzolkin, or 260-day calendar (6 Imix, Tzolkin 201). The symbolic bird for this uinal is the Scarlet Macaw, the energy principle is that of flowering.
  • Native American: Tewa Buffalo Dance (12 - 15/11) - a ceremony which focused on healing. Tewa rites honour Mother Earth, Father Sky, the four directions and elements of life - air of the North, earth of the East, fire of the South and waters of the West.
  • Native American/First Nations: Inuit Asking Festival/Give-away Celebration - a celebration where on the first day young people blacken their faces and make the rounds collecting food for the next day’s feast. At the feast men and women ask each other for coveted possessions, which are turned over. An annual “sharing of the wealth,”, it is considered bad manners to refuse a request. After a large percentage of village property has changed hands, everyone dances in unity and trust while enjoying the fest.
  • Native American: Hopi Wuwuchim/Fire Ceremony (5 - 21/11) - round about today (variable) begins the fire ceremony for Masaw, the Hopi Native American God of Death, and Spider Woman, the Earth Mother. It represents the new cycle of emergence of the planet.
  • Japanese: Kitano Odori (1 - 15/11) - in Kyoto, a day of dancing groups and music celebrations
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – Feast of St. Dubricius (see above), Feast day of St Hypatius, Feast day of St John Licci, Feast day of St Jucundus of Bologna, Feast day of St Lawrence O’Toole (Lorcan Ua Tuathail), Archbishop of Dublin, Feast day of St Modanic, Feast day of St Serapion of Alexandria, Feast day of St Serapion of Algiers, Feast day of St Sidonius, Feast day of St Venaranda.
  • History: Birthdate of King William III of England - William of Orange (1650) - The King whose place in the history of England and Ireland marks one of the greatest and most lingering socio-religiously derived divisions of all time. Highly regarded by the Protestants and the English but reviled by the Irish and/or Irish-Catholics, the Dutch-born monarch (King of England and Ireland from February 13, 1689 and King of Scotland from April 11, 1689) was the grandson of Charles I, the son of William, Prince of Orange and Mary Stuart (daughter of Charles I). Answering a call of English aristocrats concerned about the Catholic appointments of King James II, in November 1688, with a Dutch force, landed at Devon, England, and was soon joined by many Englishmen. Most notably, William’s forces defeated the French-Irish force at the Boyne, which served as the pivot point of dispute which has continued the devisive troubles of Northern Ireland ever since. Members of the British Parliament accepted him in order to restore their power. Additionally, it is conjectured he had homosexual inclinations potentially noted in his intimate bonds with favourites, Portland and Albemarle. 
  • Astronomical: Leonids meteor showers (Nov 12 - 23 annually)

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13 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Taurus
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Jupiter, Juno, Minerva 
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Olive, Vervain
Cards for Today: Wheel of Fortune
Roman: Epulum Jovis/Lectisternium/Festival of Jupiter (12 - 13/11) - A banquet was given to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva - the three Capitoline deities - in conjunction with the plebeian games (See 13 September). Animal sacrifices were made at temples in the city of Rome and bonfires were set ablaze at sunset. It was a sumptuous feast to which the gods were formally invited and attended. The statues were brought in rich beds, furnished with soft pillows, called pulvinaria. Thus accommodated, their godships were placed on their couches at the most honourable part of the table and served with the rich foods, as if they were able to eat. The epulones, or ministers, who had the care and management of the feast, performed that function for them in proxy.
Roman: Feronia (13 -15/11) - Ferona, an ancient goddess who presides over fire, fertility, and woodlands, is honoured annually on this day with a Pagan festival called the Feronia on which date she was given a temple in the Campus Martius.
Roman: Fontinalia - celebration for Fons, the God of Springs. 
History/Lore: 13th Day - In medieval times, the thirteenth day after the Witches’ sabbath of Halloween was considered a day of darkness, evil and misfortune. It was believed to be a time when necromancers and sorcerers of the left-handed path summoned up evil spirits and demons to assist them in their practice of the Black Arts. In some parts of the world, the old superstition persists that if the thirteenth day after Halloween falls on a Friday, all persons born on that day will possess the power of the evil eye.
Egyptian: Isis resurrects Osiris - This is the second day of the Lamentations of Isis. She grieves over the loss of Osiris on the 28th day of Koiak. 
Runic/Asatruar/Norse: Month of Nyd - The runic half-month of Nyd (Necessity) begins, starting the preparations for winter.
Native American: Tewa Buffalo Dance (12 - 15/11) - a ceremony which focused on healing. Tewa rites honour Mother Earth, Father Sky, the four directions and elements of life - air of the North, earth of the East, fire of the South and waters of the West.
Lore/History/Culture: Kindness Day - a time for practicing random acts of kindness to strangers, and for committing to make kindness the basis for all encounters every day. 
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) –  St. Homobonus’ Feast Day, St. Stanislaus Kostka’s Feast Day, St. Nicholas’ I Feast Day, St. Abbo’s Feast Day, Our Lady of Garagandal or Carmel, a vision of the Virgin (as Great Goddess by four children) in 1965.
History: Remembrance Sunday - The Sunday associated with the date of Armistice Day at the end of World War I. It is a memorial day of observation since the end of World War I to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty on a day of religious significance in Christian tradition. (See 11 November)
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

13 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Taurus
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Jupiter, Juno, Minerva
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Olive, Vervain
  • Cards for Today: Wheel of Fortune
  • Roman: Epulum Jovis/Lectisternium/Festival of Jupiter (12 - 13/11) - A banquet was given to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva - the three Capitoline deities - in conjunction with the plebeian games (See 13 September). Animal sacrifices were made at temples in the city of Rome and bonfires were set ablaze at sunset. It was a sumptuous feast to which the gods were formally invited and attended. The statues were brought in rich beds, furnished with soft pillows, called pulvinaria. Thus accommodated, their godships were placed on their couches at the most honourable part of the table and served with the rich foods, as if they were able to eat. The epulones, or ministers, who had the care and management of the feast, performed that function for them in proxy.
  • Roman: Feronia (13 -15/11) - Ferona, an ancient goddess who presides over fire, fertility, and woodlands, is honoured annually on this day with a Pagan festival called the Feronia on which date she was given a temple in the Campus Martius.
  • Roman: Fontinalia - celebration for Fons, the God of Springs.
  • History/Lore: 13th Day - In medieval times, the thirteenth day after the Witches’ sabbath of Halloween was considered a day of darkness, evil and misfortune. It was believed to be a time when necromancers and sorcerers of the left-handed path summoned up evil spirits and demons to assist them in their practice of the Black Arts. In some parts of the world, the old superstition persists that if the thirteenth day after Halloween falls on a Friday, all persons born on that day will possess the power of the evil eye.
  • Egyptian: Isis resurrects Osiris - This is the second day of the Lamentations of Isis. She grieves over the loss of Osiris on the 28th day of Koiak.
  • Runic/Asatruar/Norse: Month of Nyd - The runic half-month of Nyd (Necessity) begins, starting the preparations for winter.
  • Native American: Tewa Buffalo Dance (12 - 15/11) - a ceremony which focused on healing. Tewa rites honour Mother Earth, Father Sky, the four directions and elements of life - air of the North, earth of the East, fire of the South and waters of the West.
  • Lore/History/Culture: Kindness Day - a time for practicing random acts of kindness to strangers, and for committing to make kindness the basis for all encounters every day.
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Homobonus’ Feast Day, St. Stanislaus Kostka’s Feast Day, St. Nicholas’ I Feast Day, St. Abbo’s Feast Day, Our Lady of Garagandal or Carmel, a vision of the Virgin (as Great Goddess by four children) in 1965.
  • History: Remembrance Sunday - The Sunday associated with the date of Armistice Day at the end of World War I. It is a memorial day of observation since the end of World War I to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty on a day of religious significance in Christian tradition. (See 11 November)

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12 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Taurus
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Baldr, Hodr, Nanna
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: St. John’s Wort, Mistletoe
Cards for Today: Death, The Fool
Asatruar/Heathen/Norse/Pagan/Teutonic: Death of Baldr (11 - 17/11 one week) - an Anglo-Teutonic/Norse fast/rite of remembrance. Baldr, son of Ódin, the most gentle and most loved of the gods, suffered from nightmares about his death. Ódin asked a Seeress four questions and learned that Baldr’s blind brother Hodr - the Lord of Darkness - would slay him with a fatal branch. The gods and goddesses thought of all the things that might harm Baldr. His mother, Frigg, traveled the nine worlds and convinced each and every thing to swear an oath not to harm Baldr. The gods made sport of testing Baldr’s new safety. They threw darts and swung axes at him, but to no avail. Meanwhile. Loki (the trickster) was envious of Baldr. In the shape of an old woman, he learned from Frigg that she had missed one thing: the harmless mistletoe bush. Loki found a mistletoe bush and turned a branch of it into a sharpened dart. Returning to the company of the gods, Loki found them throwing all manner of objects against Baldr in sport. To one side was Hodr. Loki asked Hodr why he wasn’t joining in the sport and he said he could not see to participate. Loki gave Hodr the mistletoe dart and guided his hand to throw it at Baldr. The dart flew through the hall and struck Baldr. It pierced him and passed through him killing him in that instant. The grief of the Æsir was profound and they knew who was responsible for the death. Loki could not withstand it and fled leaving Hodr alone. Ódin was the most affected, since he alone knew the extent of the loss they had suffered and the sorrow and pain that would follow his son’s death. Baldr’s body was laid on a funeral pyre built on his ship, Hringhorni. Baldr’s wife, Nanna, died as well from her grief and she was laid with her husband as well. The pyre was lit, and the ship pushed off into the sea. After, this departure from the living, it was believed that Baldr and Nanna would be reunited in spring after he is born again. During this fast, the dead were honoured as with other observations at this time.  
Asatruar/Norse/Runic: End of Runic Half Month Hagal - the time of constraint from October 28 - November 12 comes to an end.
Baha’i: Birthday of Mirza Husayn Ali Baha’u’llah (1817) - founder of the Baha’i faith, the first world religion to recognize officially the equality of all genders and peoples. 
Egyptian: First Day of the Lamentations of Isis (12 - 14/11) - The 27th day of Koiak is the day Osiris disappeared. the In the Khemitian calendar, re-enactment of one of the most poignant parts of the story of Isis and Osiris, as Isis seeks the body of the murdered Osiris, only to find that he and the box he’s in are both inside a massive tree trunk that is holding up the royal palace of Byblos. How Isis grieves for her husband, finally gets him back, and begins the process of healing and reviving him, is the ritual play for this climactic festival of the month of Koiak (days 27 - 29). 
Roman: Epulum Jovis in Capitola (12 - 13/11) - the annual festival celebrated on this date in ancient times to honour Jupiter and the goddesses Minerva and Juno. Animal sacrifices were made at temples in the city of Rome and bonfires were set ablaze at sunset. It was a sumptuous feast to which the gods were formally invited and attended. The statues were brought in rich beds, furnished with soft pillows, called pulvinaria. Thus accommodated, their godships were placed on their couches at the most honourable part of the table and served with the rich foods, as if they were able to eat. The epulones, or ministers, who had the care and management of the feast, performed that function for them in proxy.
Lunar: Demeter’s Moon - The moon on the twelfth day of this month is sacred Demeter.
Native American: Tewa Buffalo Dance - a ceremony which focused on healing. Tewa rites honour Mother Earth, Father Sky, the four directions and elements of life - air of the North, earth of the East, fire of the South and waters of the West.
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Emillion’s Day, St. Josaphat’s Day.
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

12 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Taurus
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Baldr, Hodr, Nanna
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: St. John’s Wort, Mistletoe
  • Cards for Today: Death, The Fool
  • Asatruar/Heathen/Norse/Pagan/Teutonic: Death of Baldr (11 - 17/11 one week) - an Anglo-Teutonic/Norse fast/rite of remembrance. Baldr, son of Ódin, the most gentle and most loved of the gods, suffered from nightmares about his death. Ódin asked a Seeress four questions and learned that Baldr’s blind brother Hodr - the Lord of Darkness - would slay him with a fatal branch. The gods and goddesses thought of all the things that might harm Baldr. His mother, Frigg, traveled the nine worlds and convinced each and every thing to swear an oath not to harm Baldr. The gods made sport of testing Baldr’s new safety. They threw darts and swung axes at him, but to no avail. Meanwhile. Loki (the trickster) was envious of Baldr. In the shape of an old woman, he learned from Frigg that she had missed one thing: the harmless mistletoe bush. Loki found a mistletoe bush and turned a branch of it into a sharpened dart. Returning to the company of the gods, Loki found them throwing all manner of objects against Baldr in sport. To one side was Hodr. Loki asked Hodr why he wasn’t joining in the sport and he said he could not see to participate. Loki gave Hodr the mistletoe dart and guided his hand to throw it at Baldr. The dart flew through the hall and struck Baldr. It pierced him and passed through him killing him in that instant. The grief of the Æsir was profound and they knew who was responsible for the death. Loki could not withstand it and fled leaving Hodr alone. Ódin was the most affected, since he alone knew the extent of the loss they had suffered and the sorrow and pain that would follow his son’s death. Baldr’s body was laid on a funeral pyre built on his ship, Hringhorni. Baldr’s wife, Nanna, died as well from her grief and she was laid with her husband as well. The pyre was lit, and the ship pushed off into the sea. After, this departure from the living, it was believed that Baldr and Nanna would be reunited in spring after he is born again. During this fast, the dead were honoured as with other observations at this time. 
  • Asatruar/Norse/Runic: End of Runic Half Month Hagal - the time of constraint from October 28 - November 12 comes to an end.
  • Baha’i: Birthday of Mirza Husayn Ali Baha’u’llah (1817) - founder of the Baha’i faith, the first world religion to recognize officially the equality of all genders and peoples.
  • Egyptian: First Day of the Lamentations of Isis (12 - 14/11) - The 27th day of Koiak is the day Osiris disappeared. the In the Khemitian calendar, re-enactment of one of the most poignant parts of the story of Isis and Osiris, as Isis seeks the body of the murdered Osiris, only to find that he and the box he’s in are both inside a massive tree trunk that is holding up the royal palace of Byblos. How Isis grieves for her husband, finally gets him back, and begins the process of healing and reviving him, is the ritual play for this climactic festival of the month of Koiak (days 27 - 29).
  • Roman: Epulum Jovis in Capitola (12 - 13/11) - the annual festival celebrated on this date in ancient times to honour Jupiter and the goddesses Minerva and Juno. Animal sacrifices were made at temples in the city of Rome and bonfires were set ablaze at sunset. It was a sumptuous feast to which the gods were formally invited and attended. The statues were brought in rich beds, furnished with soft pillows, called pulvinaria. Thus accommodated, their godships were placed on their couches at the most honourable part of the table and served with the rich foods, as if they were able to eat. The epulones, or ministers, who had the care and management of the feast, performed that function for them in proxy.
  • Lunar: Demeter’s Moon - The moon on the twelfth day of this month is sacred Demeter.
  • Native American: Tewa Buffalo Dance - a ceremony which focused on healing. Tewa rites honour Mother Earth, Father Sky, the four directions and elements of life - air of the North, earth of the East, fire of the South and waters of the West.
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Emillion’s Day, St. Josaphat’s Day.

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Nov

11 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Taurus
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Einherjar/Warriors, Lunantishees
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Poppy, Blackthorn, Grapes, Oak
Cards for Today: Strength, The Magician, Page of Wands
Asatruar/Heathen/Norse/Pagan/Teutonic: Norse Day of Heroes/Festival of Einherjar - in the Asatru/Norse calendar, 11/11 commemorates the fallen heroes and honours the 432,000 spirit warriors (the chosen dead) who guard Valhalla. The chosen heroes who sit in Odin’s Hall are the Einherjar. Today honours those dead kin who gave their lives for Family and Folk. Today graves of the fallen may visited and a libation may be drank in their memory. 
History/Ceremonial/Tradition: Veteran’s/Armistice Day(US)/Poppy Day/Remembrance Day(UK/CA/AU) - associatively, this was the date chosen as Armistice Day at the end of World War I and is celebrated annually as Veterans’ Day in the United States and Remembrance or Poppy day in the British territories. It is a memorial day observed since the end of World War I to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as special days for war remembrances in many countries. It specifically recalls the official end of World War I on that date in 1918 where hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war. Veterans Day in the United States is both a federal and state holiday in all states. However, the function of the observance elsewhere is more closely matched by Memorial Day in May. In the United States, and some other allied nations, 11 November was formerly known as Armistice Day; in the United States it was given its new name in 1954 at the end of the Korean War to honor all veterans. Veterans Day is generally observed with parades and remembrance ceremonies and salutes at military cemeteries.
Numerology/Lore/Mysticism: Eleven Eleven Eleven (11/11/11) - Today marks the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2011 - a once-in-a-lifetime event for most. Seen as a potential day of good fortune by many, in numerology eleven is a number of illumination and enlightenment, a number of insight, blinding flashes of the obvious and a number of transformation. People across the globe may observe this date by getting married and starting new ventures and births which occur will be seen as blessed. In China, the 11/11/11 date represents six “bare sticks,” a term for bachelors in Chinese where numerical motifs often impact marriage practices. Considered even more fortuitous are the two eleven/eleven (11:11) times (AM & PM) during the day. It is thought that one should offer a prayer or make a wish at these junctures to fully gain the beneficial impact of the sequence. Others approach the time with caution and see in it a “wake up call” signal for the people of the planet.
Catholic/Lore/European/Tradition: Martinmas/St. Martin’s Day - is a time for feasting celebrations. This is the time when autumn wheat seeding is completed. Historically, hiring fairs were held where farm laborers would seek new posts. Martin was originally a Roman soldier. He was baptized as an adult and became a monk. It is understood that he was a very kind man who led a quiet and simple life. The most famous legend of his life is that he once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying of the cold. That night he dreamed that Christ was wearing the half-cloak Martin had given away and heard him say to the angels - “Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised but yet he has clothed me.” From the late 4th century to the late Middle Ages, much of Western Europe, including Great Britain, engaged in a period of fasting beginning on the day after St. Martin’s Day, November 11. This fast period lasted 40 days, and was, therefore, called “Quadragesima Sancti Martini”, which means in Latin “the forty days of St. Martin.” At St. Martin’s eve, people ate and drank very heartily for a last time before they started to fast. This period of fasting was later shortened and called “Advent” by the Church. In Ireland, on the eve of St. Martin’s Day, it is tradition to sacrifice a cockerel by bleeding it. When the blood was collected, it was sprinkled on four corners of the house. Also in Ireland, no wheel of any kind was to turn on St. Martin’s Day because Martin was thrown into a mill stream and killed by the wheel and because of that, it was not right to turn any kind of wheel on that day. He is credited with a prominent role in spreading wine-making throughout the region and facilitating the planting of many vines. The feast coincides not only with the end of the Octave of All Souls, but with harvest-time, the time when newly-produced wine is ready for drinking, and the end of winter preparations including the butchering of animals. Because of this, St. Martin’s Feast is much like the American Thanksgiving (celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November), a celebration of the earth’s bounty. Because it also comes before the penitential season of Advent, it is seen as a mini “carnivale”, with all the feasting and bonfires. In many countries, including Germany, Martinmas celebrations begin at the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of this eleventh day of the eleventh month. Bonfires are built, and children carry lanterns in the streets after dark, singing songs for which they are rewarded with candy. Originating in France, the tradition of celebrating Martinmas spread to Germany in the 16th century and later to Scandinavia and the Baltics. In Estonia, Martinmas signifies the merging of Western European customs with the local Balto-Finnic pagan traditions, it also contains elements of earlier worship of the dead as well as certain year-end celebration that predates Christianity. Martin is also an important figure in the traditions of Eleugea and Santeria.
Graeco-Roman: Vinalia/Feast of Dionysus - In ancient Greece and Rome, this was a feast of Vinalia, honouring Bacchus/Dionysus - god of wine. The Catholic Church later re-fashioned this celebration by associating it to St. Martin, as patron of vinters and tavern keepers who is celbrated on the date. 
Celtic/Faery/Irish/Pagan/Wiccan: Day of The Lunantishees - today in Ireland is a day to honour the Lunantishees - known as the spirits who guard holy Blackthorn trees or Sloes. It is a day of the Sidhe, and they permit no one to cut Blackthorn branches on 11 November - originally All Hallow’s Eve (or on 11 May which was originally May Day). The Blackthorn is a symbol of both punishment and protection as it represents the struggle of new life arising from the breakdown of old things. It is known as the Black Rod or Blasting Rod, of the ominous Mage or Witch who would carry staves of this wood as a walking stick, club or kinfe-like weapon. These staves were renowned for their great magickal power. It was also useful to wound poppets and effigies of one’s enemies. As such the Lunantishee are thought vigilant in their protection of the mystical plant. It was considered prudent in olden times to leave an offering of cake, butter and milk or ale outside the door or on a windowsill, in order to procure the Lunantishees`good favor and avert the mischief they can cause. Should a person manage to cut a stick, some misfortune will surely befall him or her. Some consider this a general festival honouring all the Faerie Sidthe.
Asatruar/Heathen/Norse/Pagan/Teutonic: Death of Baldur (11 - 17/11 one week) - This Scorpionic time of the dead sees the Anglo-Teutonic fast/rite of remembrance. On this day Hod, the lord of darkness, was said to have tossed a holly wand — out of playful carelessness, not malice — that pierced and killed Baldur, the beautiful young god of beauty and light. He is mourned now by his beloved Nanna, goddess of flowers, who dies of her broken heart, with whom he will be reunited in spring after he is born again, along with many other deities of light, on 25th December. 
Jainism: Jnana Panchami - In the Jain calendar, the day after the Taurus Full Moon is Jnana (or Gyan) Panchami, also called Laabh Paacham. This festival honours learning, especially the spiritual knowledge contained in sacred books. The emphasis here is on the Jnana, transcendent wisdom, that is the fruit of pure spiritual study.
Belgian/Dutch/German: Beggar’s Day - associated with the legend of St. Martin’s kindness to a begger, children commemorate by going around their neighborhoods carrying lanterns while singing and “begging” for treats (a relative of trick or treating).
Manx Lore: Old November Day/Hollentide - once marked the New Year in the Isle of Man and was originally the Samhain day of the dead.
European Lore: Forecasting Day - Weather on this day was said to foretell the weather of the approaching winter - fair weather meant a bad winter and frost meant a mild winter. 
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Martin of Tours feast day, St. Menas of Egypt’s Day.
Astrological: Mars Enters Scorpio - appropriately enough, it’s on this day that Mars enters Scorpio in 2011. He was traditionally considered the ruling planet of both Aries and Scorpio until the rulership of Scorpio was reasssigned to Pluto, whose dark, secretive character is far more appropriate to Scorpio than the fiery, impetuous nature of Mars. This placement has long been believed to have its baleful qualities, as the cruelest, most pitiful elements of the Black Mars personality - as opposed to the more protective and merciful warriorship to the Red Mars, ruler of Aries can be violently accentuated by the headlong passion of Scorpio. 
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

11 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Taurus
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Einherjar/Warriors, Lunantishees
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Poppy, Blackthorn, Grapes, Oak
  • Cards for Today: Strength, The Magician, Page of Wands
  • Asatruar/Heathen/Norse/Pagan/Teutonic: Norse Day of Heroes/Festival of Einherjar - in the Asatru/Norse calendar, 11/11 commemorates the fallen heroes and honours the 432,000 spirit warriors (the chosen dead) who guard Valhalla. The chosen heroes who sit in Odin’s Hall are the Einherjar. Today honours those dead kin who gave their lives for Family and Folk. Today graves of the fallen may visited and a libation may be drank in their memory.
  • History/Ceremonial/Tradition: Veteran’s/Armistice Day(US)/Poppy Day/Remembrance Day(UK/CA/AU) - associatively, this was the date chosen as Armistice Day at the end of World War I and is celebrated annually as Veterans’ Day in the United States and Remembrance or Poppy day in the British territories. It is a memorial day observed since the end of World War I to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as special days for war remembrances in many countries. It specifically recalls the official end of World War I on that date in 1918 where hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war. Veterans Day in the United States is both a federal and state holiday in all states. However, the function of the observance elsewhere is more closely matched by Memorial Day in May. In the United States, and some other allied nations, 11 November was formerly known as Armistice Day; in the United States it was given its new name in 1954 at the end of the Korean War to honor all veterans. Veterans Day is generally observed with parades and remembrance ceremonies and salutes at military cemeteries.
  • Numerology/Lore/Mysticism: Eleven Eleven Eleven (11/11/11) - Today marks the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2011 - a once-in-a-lifetime event for most. Seen as a potential day of good fortune by many, in numerology eleven is a number of illumination and enlightenment, a number of insight, blinding flashes of the obvious and a number of transformation. People across the globe may observe this date by getting married and starting new ventures and births which occur will be seen as blessed. In China, the 11/11/11 date represents six “bare sticks,” a term for bachelors in Chinese where numerical motifs often impact marriage practices. Considered even more fortuitous are the two eleven/eleven (11:11) times (AM & PM) during the day. It is thought that one should offer a prayer or make a wish at these junctures to fully gain the beneficial impact of the sequence. Others approach the time with caution and see in it a “wake up call” signal for the people of the planet.
  • Catholic/Lore/European/Tradition: Martinmas/St. Martin’s Day - is a time for feasting celebrations. This is the time when autumn wheat seeding is completed. Historically, hiring fairs were held where farm laborers would seek new posts. Martin was originally a Roman soldier. He was baptized as an adult and became a monk. It is understood that he was a very kind man who led a quiet and simple life. The most famous legend of his life is that he once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying of the cold. That night he dreamed that Christ was wearing the half-cloak Martin had given away and heard him say to the angels - “Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised but yet he has clothed me.” From the late 4th century to the late Middle Ages, much of Western Europe, including Great Britain, engaged in a period of fasting beginning on the day after St. Martin’s Day, November 11. This fast period lasted 40 days, and was, therefore, called “Quadragesima Sancti Martini”, which means in Latin “the forty days of St. Martin.” At St. Martin’s eve, people ate and drank very heartily for a last time before they started to fast. This period of fasting was later shortened and called “Advent” by the Church. In Ireland, on the eve of St. Martin’s Day, it is tradition to sacrifice a cockerel by bleeding it. When the blood was collected, it was sprinkled on four corners of the house. Also in Ireland, no wheel of any kind was to turn on St. Martin’s Day because Martin was thrown into a mill stream and killed by the wheel and because of that, it was not right to turn any kind of wheel on that day. He is credited with a prominent role in spreading wine-making throughout the region and facilitating the planting of many vines. The feast coincides not only with the end of the Octave of All Souls, but with harvest-time, the time when newly-produced wine is ready for drinking, and the end of winter preparations including the butchering of animals. Because of this, St. Martin’s Feast is much like the American Thanksgiving (celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November), a celebration of the earth’s bounty. Because it also comes before the penitential season of Advent, it is seen as a mini “carnivale”, with all the feasting and bonfires. In many countries, including Germany, Martinmas celebrations begin at the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of this eleventh day of the eleventh month. Bonfires are built, and children carry lanterns in the streets after dark, singing songs for which they are rewarded with candy. Originating in France, the tradition of celebrating Martinmas spread to Germany in the 16th century and later to Scandinavia and the Baltics. In Estonia, Martinmas signifies the merging of Western European customs with the local Balto-Finnic pagan traditions, it also contains elements of earlier worship of the dead as well as certain year-end celebration that predates Christianity. Martin is also an important figure in the traditions of Eleugea and Santeria.
  • Graeco-Roman: Vinalia/Feast of Dionysus - In ancient Greece and Rome, this was a feast of Vinalia, honouring Bacchus/Dionysus - god of wine. The Catholic Church later re-fashioned this celebration by associating it to St. Martin, as patron of vinters and tavern keepers who is celbrated on the date.
  • Celtic/Faery/Irish/Pagan/Wiccan: Day of The Lunantishees - today in Ireland is a day to honour the Lunantishees - known as the spirits who guard holy Blackthorn trees or Sloes. It is a day of the Sidhe, and they permit no one to cut Blackthorn branches on 11 November - originally All Hallow’s Eve (or on 11 May which was originally May Day). The Blackthorn is a symbol of both punishment and protection as it represents the struggle of new life arising from the breakdown of old things. It is known as the Black Rod or Blasting Rod, of the ominous Mage or Witch who would carry staves of this wood as a walking stick, club or kinfe-like weapon. These staves were renowned for their great magickal power. It was also useful to wound poppets and effigies of one’s enemies. As such the Lunantishee are thought vigilant in their protection of the mystical plant. It was considered prudent in olden times to leave an offering of cake, butter and milk or ale outside the door or on a windowsill, in order to procure the Lunantishees`good favor and avert the mischief they can cause. Should a person manage to cut a stick, some misfortune will surely befall him or her. Some consider this a general festival honouring all the Faerie Sidthe.
  • Asatruar/Heathen/Norse/Pagan/Teutonic: Death of Baldur (11 - 17/11 one week) - This Scorpionic time of the dead sees the Anglo-Teutonic fast/rite of remembrance. On this day Hod, the lord of darkness, was said to have tossed a holly wand — out of playful carelessness, not malice — that pierced and killed Baldur, the beautiful young god of beauty and light. He is mourned now by his beloved Nanna, goddess of flowers, who dies of her broken heart, with whom he will be reunited in spring after he is born again, along with many other deities of light, on 25th December.
  • Jainism: Jnana Panchami - In the Jain calendar, the day after the Taurus Full Moon is Jnana (or Gyan) Panchami, also called Laabh Paacham. This festival honours learning, especially the spiritual knowledge contained in sacred books. The emphasis here is on the Jnana, transcendent wisdom, that is the fruit of pure spiritual study.
  • Belgian/Dutch/German: Beggar’s Day - associated with the legend of St. Martin’s kindness to a begger, children commemorate by going around their neighborhoods carrying lanterns while singing and “begging” for treats (a relative of trick or treating).
  • Manx Lore: Old November Day/Hollentide - once marked the New Year in the Isle of Man and was originally the Samhain day of the dead.
  • European Lore: Forecasting Day - Weather on this day was said to foretell the weather of the approaching winter - fair weather meant a bad winter and frost meant a mild winter.
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Martin of Tours feast day, St. Menas of Egypt’s Day.
  • Astrological: Mars Enters Scorpio - appropriately enough, it’s on this day that Mars enters Scorpio in 2011. He was traditionally considered the ruling planet of both Aries and Scorpio until the rulership of Scorpio was reasssigned to Pluto, whose dark, secretive character is far more appropriate to Scorpio than the fiery, impetuous nature of Mars. This placement has long been believed to have its baleful qualities, as the cruelest, most pitiful elements of the Black Mars personality - as opposed to the more protective and merciful warriorship to the Red Mars, ruler of Aries can be violently accentuated by the headlong passion of Scorpio.

Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

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10 NOVEMBER
Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Taurus
Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Nicnevin
Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Gorse, Blessed Thistle, Betony
Cards for Today: High Priestess, Queen of Wands, The Moon
Scottish/Gaelic/Celtic: Night of Nicnevin/Old November Eve/Martinmas Eve - typically associated with Samhuinn in Scotland, Nicnevin (aka Gyre-Carling) is said to make herself visible to mortals on this eve, another date sacred to her, when she rode through the night at the end of the harvest between the hours of 9:00 and 10:00. She is the goddess of witches, magic and crossroads who hails from the old religion of pre-Christian Scotland. She is symbolically linked to Hecate and the dark moon where she reigns with a male consort at her side (yet his name is never given in lore). She is also thought to be Queen of the faeries, spirits and strange creatures. She is known traditionally to appear as the crone but can be seen dependent on circumstance, as the beautiful young maiden. Nicnevin is said to be a deity of great wisdom and magickal techniques. Her journey on this night also seemed to be Dianic and held aspects of the wild hunt as it is thought that her followers were indeed a hunting party who were otherwise known as the “Unseelie” host of spirits and creatures. In olden times, Old November Eve was celebrated throughout the Scottish countryside where Nicnevin was honoured with prayers and feasts as the people awaited her ride. 
Astrological: Full Moon (in Taurus opposite Sun in Scorpio) - in this alignment the feminine is strengthened, as the Moon is “exalted” in the Venus-ruled sign of Taurus. This is a relatively uneventful Full Moon, as the Moon-Sun pair do not form angles of relationship to other planets. The fireworks will come this month at the Dark Moon of 24th and 25th. In the Celtic/Druidic calendar, this Full Moon in Scorpio month is called Mourning Moon, as befits the fading vitality of the year. Also called Dark Moon, Fog Moon, Mad Moon, Wolf Moon and Hunting Moon as many may come unhinged now in this season of the witch.   
Sikhism: Nanak Jayanti - celebrating the birthday (1469) of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, founder of the Sikh religion. He articulated the key doctrine that divinity is to be found within oneself, and that the devotee may merge the human soul with the Divine Spirit by invoking Akal Purakh, one of the sacred names of God. While the feast of Guru Nanak is movable within the Sikh lunisolar calendar, it almost always falls in the month of Kartik (October-November). Day commemorating the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (1469), founder of the Sikh faith. Sikhs attempt to merge the human spirit with the Divine Spirit by reciting Akal Purakh, one of Deity’s sacred names.
Native American: Ancestor’s Day - Among the Hopi and Zuni peoples, this Full Moon is Ancestors’ Day, when families place food offerings in lakes and streams in honor of their departed ones. 
Greek: Maimkterion Noumenia - the first day of the Greek month of Maimkterion. The Noumenia (the first day of each Greek month) are “the holiest of days”. In an ordinary year there were twelve Noumeniai and thus they form a large and important series of “holy” days. There is no indication that the religious activities on the Noumenia of one month varied from those of another and therefore the Noumeniai may be treated as a single homogenous group. The strictmess with which the Athenians preserved the sanctity and the independent identity of the Noumenia is striking. No annual religious festival is attested to have occurred on the Noumenia or to have included it. No meetings of legislative assemblies such as the Ekklesia, the Boule, or a tribal organization occurred on the first day of a month.
French: Festival of Reason (The Goddess of Reason, Liberty & Philosophy) - first celebrated in 1793, the official nationwide “Fête de la Raison”, supervised by Hébert and Momoro came to epitomize the new republican way of religion. In ceremonies devised and organised by Chaumette, churches across France were transformed into modern Temples of Reason. At Notre Dame in Paris was the largest ceremony of them all. The Christian altar was dismantled and an altar to Liberty was installed; the inscription “To Philosophy” was carved in stone over the cathedral’s doors. The proceedings took several hours and concluded with the appearance of a Goddess of Reason who, to avoid idolatry, was portrayed by a living woman. Many contemporary accounts reported the Festival of Reason as a “lurid”, “licentious” affair of scandalous “depravities”, although some scholars have disputed their veracity. These accounts, real or embellished, galvanized anti-revolutionary forces. Women dressed in the tri-colors of red white and blue with crowns of Oak leaves at the ceremonies.
Hinduism: Kali Puji (alternate date)- festival for Kali, destroyer of evil. It originated in Bengal as variation of Diwali (16 November).
Sufism: Full Moon Moulid - In Tanta, between Cairo and Alexandria, and for Sufis who come from all over the Middle East and Europe, this Full Moon is the climactic night of one of the year’s great moulids or folk festivals. The heady chant “Essayed elimen shibak madidu / Gabel yser men bilad u Rom bahadidu” sings the spectacular miracle by which the 18th-century saint Sayed Badawen is said to have used his power of intention like a very long arm to pluck his friend through the ceiling of a prison in Rome and bring him back through the air to Egypt. 
History: Birthday of Martin Luther (1483) - whose action of dispute against the Church of Rome in 1517 launched the Protestant Reformation. He was a typical Scorpio character in many respects, from the generic black garb to his seemingly avid and eager sexuality as well as the aspect of being decisiveness to the point of finality. Luther rejected blind obedience to religious authority and recognized the priesthood of all believers.
History: Birthday of Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus (1463) - another authentic genius of the 16th century, Paracelsus was a physician, Hermetic alchemist and tireless champion of a new medicine that would be based on practical experiment, not blind acceptance of traditional authorities. Paracelsus was born in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (other sources give his date of birth as December 17, 1493). He possessed remarkable healing powers and believed in a universal natural magic. Contrary to many writings about him, he was not a sorcerer or a practitioner of ceremonial magic (in fact, he was known to be rather skeptical of the so-called Black Arts); however, he did believe in astrology and often used magickal astrological talismans (inscribed with planetary symbols) in his medical practices. His name means “beyond Celsus,” the ancient Roman physician. Paracelsus’ public burning of Galen’s works in Basel was as revolutionary as, and likely much more theatrical than, Luther’s posting of his 95 theses at Wittenberg. He died a mysterious death in Salzburg in the year 1541.
History: Death of Arthur Rimbaud - The famed poet died on this date in 1891.
Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Andrew Avellino’s Day, St. Martin’s Eve.
Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.

10 NOVEMBER

  • Celestial: Sun Scorpio/Moon Taurus
  • Deities/Entities/Notable Figures or Aspects Which May Be Recognized Today: Nicnevin
  • Herbs/Flora/Essences of the Day: Gorse, Blessed Thistle, Betony
  • Cards for Today: High Priestess, Queen of Wands, The Moon
  • Scottish/Gaelic/Celtic: Night of Nicnevin/Old November Eve/Martinmas Eve - typically associated with Samhuinn in Scotland, Nicnevin (aka Gyre-Carling) is said to make herself visible to mortals on this eve, another date sacred to her, when she rode through the night at the end of the harvest between the hours of 9:00 and 10:00. She is the goddess of witches, magic and crossroads who hails from the old religion of pre-Christian Scotland. She is symbolically linked to Hecate and the dark moon where she reigns with a male consort at her side (yet his name is never given in lore). She is also thought to be Queen of the faeries, spirits and strange creatures. She is known traditionally to appear as the crone but can be seen dependent on circumstance, as the beautiful young maiden. Nicnevin is said to be a deity of great wisdom and magickal techniques. Her journey on this night also seemed to be Dianic and held aspects of the wild hunt as it is thought that her followers were indeed a hunting party who were otherwise known as the “Unseelie” host of spirits and creatures. In olden times, Old November Eve was celebrated throughout the Scottish countryside where Nicnevin was honoured with prayers and feasts as the people awaited her ride.
  • Astrological: Full Moon (in Taurus opposite Sun in Scorpio) - in this alignment the feminine is strengthened, as the Moon is “exalted” in the Venus-ruled sign of Taurus. This is a relatively uneventful Full Moon, as the Moon-Sun pair do not form angles of relationship to other planets. The fireworks will come this month at the Dark Moon of 24th and 25th. In the Celtic/Druidic calendar, this Full Moon in Scorpio month is called Mourning Moon, as befits the fading vitality of the year. Also called Dark Moon, Fog Moon, Mad Moon, Wolf Moon and Hunting Moon as many may come unhinged now in this season of the witch.  
  • Sikhism: Nanak Jayanti - celebrating the birthday (1469) of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, founder of the Sikh religion. He articulated the key doctrine that divinity is to be found within oneself, and that the devotee may merge the human soul with the Divine Spirit by invoking Akal Purakh, one of the sacred names of God. While the feast of Guru Nanak is movable within the Sikh lunisolar calendar, it almost always falls in the month of Kartik (October-November). Day commemorating the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (1469), founder of the Sikh faith. Sikhs attempt to merge the human spirit with the Divine Spirit by reciting Akal Purakh, one of Deity’s sacred names.
  • Native American: Ancestor’s Day - Among the Hopi and Zuni peoples, this Full Moon is Ancestors’ Day, when families place food offerings in lakes and streams in honor of their departed ones.
  • Greek: Maimkterion Noumenia - the first day of the Greek month of Maimkterion. The Noumenia (the first day of each Greek month) are “the holiest of days”. In an ordinary year there were twelve Noumeniai and thus they form a large and important series of “holy” days. There is no indication that the religious activities on the Noumenia of one month varied from those of another and therefore the Noumeniai may be treated as a single homogenous group. The strictmess with which the Athenians preserved the sanctity and the independent identity of the Noumenia is striking. No annual religious festival is attested to have occurred on the Noumenia or to have included it. No meetings of legislative assemblies such as the Ekklesia, the Boule, or a tribal organization occurred on the first day of a month.
  • French: Festival of Reason (The Goddess of Reason, Liberty & Philosophy) - first celebrated in 1793, the official nationwide “Fête de la Raison”, supervised by Hébert and Momoro came to epitomize the new republican way of religion. In ceremonies devised and organised by Chaumette, churches across France were transformed into modern Temples of Reason. At Notre Dame in Paris was the largest ceremony of them all. The Christian altar was dismantled and an altar to Liberty was installed; the inscription “To Philosophy” was carved in stone over the cathedral’s doors. The proceedings took several hours and concluded with the appearance of a Goddess of Reason who, to avoid idolatry, was portrayed by a living woman. Many contemporary accounts reported the Festival of Reason as a “lurid”, “licentious” affair of scandalous “depravities”, although some scholars have disputed their veracity. These accounts, real or embellished, galvanized anti-revolutionary forces. Women dressed in the tri-colors of red white and blue with crowns of Oak leaves at the ceremonies.
  • Hinduism: Kali Puji (alternate date)- festival for Kali, destroyer of evil. It originated in Bengal as variation of Diwali (16 November).
  • Sufism: Full Moon Moulid - In Tanta, between Cairo and Alexandria, and for Sufis who come from all over the Middle East and Europe, this Full Moon is the climactic night of one of the year’s great moulids or folk festivals. The heady chant “Essayed elimen shibak madidu / Gabel yser men bilad u Rom bahadidu” sings the spectacular miracle by which the 18th-century saint Sayed Badawen is said to have used his power of intention like a very long arm to pluck his friend through the ceiling of a prison in Rome and bring him back through the air to Egypt.
  • History: Birthday of Martin Luther (1483) - whose action of dispute against the Church of Rome in 1517 launched the Protestant Reformation. He was a typical Scorpio character in many respects, from the generic black garb to his seemingly avid and eager sexuality as well as the aspect of being decisiveness to the point of finality. Luther rejected blind obedience to religious authority and recognized the priesthood of all believers.
  • History: Birthday of Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus (1463) - another authentic genius of the 16th century, Paracelsus was a physician, Hermetic alchemist and tireless champion of a new medicine that would be based on practical experiment, not blind acceptance of traditional authorities. Paracelsus was born in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (other sources give his date of birth as December 17, 1493). He possessed remarkable healing powers and believed in a universal natural magic. Contrary to many writings about him, he was not a sorcerer or a practitioner of ceremonial magic (in fact, he was known to be rather skeptical of the so-called Black Arts); however, he did believe in astrology and often used magickal astrological talismans (inscribed with planetary symbols) in his medical practices. His name means “beyond Celsus,” the ancient Roman physician. Paracelsus’ public burning of Galen’s works in Basel was as revolutionary as, and likely much more theatrical than, Luther’s posting of his 95 theses at Wittenberg. He died a mysterious death in Salzburg in the year 1541.
  • History: Death of Arthur Rimbaud - The famed poet died on this date in 1891.
  • Anglican/Catholic/Christain/Orthodox Feast or Saint Days: (incorporating all Saint feasts for the date into one category) – St. Andrew Avellino’s Day, St. Martin’s Eve.

Note: Name in bold corresponds to image and (typically) associated observation or Aspect/Deity/Entity/Historical Figure for the day presented for this post.