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About November

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The name 'November' is believed to derive from 'novem' which is the Latin for the number 'nine'. In the ancient
Roman calendar November was the ninth month after March. As part of the seasonal calendar November is the
time of the 'Snow Moon' according to Pagan beliefs and the period described as the 'Moon of the Falling Leaves'
by Black Elk."

Fantastic November lore: here

November Gemstone:
Topaz
November Flower:
Chrysanthemum

The Zodiac signs for October are Scorpio or Sagittarius (November 22 -33)

On the first Tuesday in November, Australians can look forward to the Melbourne Cup horse race.

November Perspective

This association of death with fertility provided the theological background for a great number of end-of-harvest festivals celebrated by many cultures across Eurasia. Like Samhain, these festivals (which, for example, included the rituals of the Dyedy (“Ancestors”) in the Slavic countries and the Vetrarkvöld festival in Scandinavia) linked the successful resumption of the agricultural cycle (after a period of apparent winter “death”) to the propitiation of the human community’s dead. The dead have passed away from the social concerns of this world to the primordial chaos of the Otherworld where all fertility has its roots, but they are still bound to the living by ties of kinship.

It was hoped that, by strengthening these ties precisely when the natural cycle seemed to be passing through its own moment of death, the community of the living would be better able to profit from the energies of increase that lead out of death back to life. Dead kin were the Tribe’s allies in the Otherworld, making it certain that the creative forces deep within the Land were being directed to serve the needs of the human community. They were, in Celtic terms, a “humanising” factor within the Fomorian realm.

Whatever the specific elements had been that determined the proper date of the end-of-harvest honouring of the dead in various places, by the ninth and tenth centuries the unifying influence of the Church had led to concentrating the rituals on November 1st and November 2nd. The first date was All Hallows, when the most spiritually powerful of the Christian community’s dead (the Saints) were invoked to strengthen the living community, in a way quite consistent with pre-Christian thought.

The second date, All Souls, was added on (first as a Benedictine practice, beginning ca. 988) as an extension of this concept, enlarging it to include the dead of families and local communities. Under the mantle of the specifically Christian observances, however, older patterns of ancestor veneration were preserved.
- Sinquanon's

November happens to be:
► Tobacco Awarness Month
► NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month
► National Beard Month
► Diabetes Awarness Month
► National Native American and Native Alaskan Month

Events In November

► In 1863, Abraham Lincoln, decleared the last Thursdayof November to be
a National Day of Thanksgiving.
► November is the eleventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with the length of 30 days.
► The Latin translation of "novem" is nine, for it was originally the ninth month on the Roman calander.
► November begins on the same day of the week as March every year and also February except in leap years
► In Finnish, November is called marraskuu, meaning "month of the dead"
► In Xhosa, November is called ngeyeNkanga, meaning "month of the small yellow daisies"
► November in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to May in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa
► Around November 17, the Leonids meteor shower reaches its peak

Unlike today's feast consisting of turkey, stuffing, cranberry, etc; the original Thanksgiving menu probably consisited of the following items:

► Seethed [boiled] Lobster
► Roasted Goose
► Boiled Turkey
► Fricase of Coney
► Pudding of Indian Corn Meal with dried Whortleberries
► Seethed Cod
► Roasted Duck
► Stewed Pumpkin
► Roasted Venison with Mustard Sauce
► Savory Pudding of Hominy
►Fruit and Holland Cheese

November Quotes

"November always seemed to me the Norway of the year."
- Emily Dickinson

"They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercising in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees).

And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides they had about a peck of meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to that proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports.”
- William Bradford (1621)

"When I look into your eyes I can see a love restrained
But darlin' when I hold you don't you know I feel the same
'Cause nothin' lasts forever and we both know hearts can change
And it's hard to hold a candle 1n the cold November rain."
- Guns N' Roses, November Rain

"November comes and November goes,
With the last red berries and the first white snows.

With night coming early and dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket and frost by the gate.

The fires burn and the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest until next spring."
- Elizabeth Coatsworth

"No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds -
November!"
- Thomas Hood

"November's sky is chill and drear,
November's leaf is red and sear."
- Sir Walter Scott

"Over the river and through the wood,
To grandfather's house we go;
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh,
Through the white and drifted snow."
- Lydia Maria Child, Thanksgiving Day (1845)

 

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