Whispering Winds

November 2005

Words are a source of power. In what manner do you, employ this power?

Nymphs and Satyrs

When I think of Greek mythology,  one of the first things that come to mind are the nymphs. These minor female deities are seen as protective of nature. They are generally found around springs, mountains, and rivers.  There are many different types of nymphs and they preside over a certain aspect of nature. There is the Dryads forest nymphs. "Drys" in Greek stands for "oak", and thus it is thought that Dryad nymphs occupy oak trees.
There are the Meliai nymphs who were also dryads who lived in Ash trees.
The Epimelides were nymphs of mountain meadows and pastures, and the protectors of sheep flocks and goat herds.   
There are Naiads who were associated with springs, lakes and rivers, were divided further into Crinaeae (fountains), Pegaeae (springs), Eleionomae (marshes), Potameides (rivers), and Limnades (lakes).
There is also the Nereid who are said to dwell in the Mediterranean sea. It is said that they are the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris. Nereus is the god of the Mediterranean sea. He is the son of Gaia and Pontus.  Oceanids (the sea). Doris is a sea goddess of the Mediterranean sea. . She was the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys.
Then there are the Oreads who dwelled in the mountains. Probably the most famous of these types of nymphs is "Echo". She had fallen in love with Narcissus, only to be scorned and rejected by him. She eventually pined away in the mountain valleys.
We then have the Limoniads who are said to frolic and play in the meadows. Their close cousins are the Limniads who are associated with lakes, marshes and swamps.
Napaea are nymphs of the valleys. In Greek nape means "dell".
The male counterpart of a nymph would be the satyr. They are often presented as half-man and half goat. They were often featured as having goat horns protruding out of their heads as well. Probably one of the most famous of the satyrs is "Pan" the Greek God of the Woods. And one of my personal favorites. Pan was the son of Hermes and Penelope.
It seems that the favorite pastime of the satyrs was drinking, frolicking and chasing nymphs.  Elderly stayrs were known as "Silenus". The satyrs were known to be constant companions of Dionysus the Greek God of Wine.
His Roman counterpart is Baccus.The satyrs Roman counterparts are called Faunus or if female they were known as Bona Dea/Fauns.
And yes as always there is much more to this subject, so please take a moment or two and do the research.

"Short is the joy that guilty pleasure brings. "

Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)

Native American section: Story of the Lost Wife


A Dakota girl married a man who promised to treat her kindly, but he did not keep his word. He was unreasonable, fault-finding, and often beat her. Frantic with his cruelty, she ran away. The whole village turned out to search for her, but no trace of the missing wife was to be found.
Meanwhile, the fleeing woman had wandered about all that day and the next night. The next day she met a man, who asked her who she was. She did not know it, but he was not really a man, but the chief of the wolves.
"Come with me," he said, and he led her to a large village. She was amazed to see here many wolves -- gray and black, timber wolves and coyotes. It seemed as if all the wolves in the world were there.
The wolf chief led the young woman to a great tepee and invited her in. He asked her what she ate for food.
"Buffalo meat," she answered.
He called two coyotes and bade them bring what the young woman wanted. They bounded away and soon returned with the shoulder of a fresh-killed buffalo calf.
"How do you prepare it for eating?" asked the wolf chief.
"By boiling," answered the young woman.
Again he called the two coyotes. Away they bounded and soon brought into the tent a small bundle. In it were punk, flint and steel -- stolen, it may be, from some camp of men.
"How do you make the meat ready?" asked the wolf chief.
"I cut it into slices," answered the young woman.
The coyotes were called and in a short time fetched in a knife in its sheath. The young woman cut up the calf's shoulder into slices and ate it.
Thus she lived for a year, all the wolves being very kind to her. At the end of that time the wolf chief said to her:
"Your people are going off on a buffalo hunt. Tomorrow at noon they will be here. You must then go out and meet them or they will fall on us and kill us."
The next day at about noon the young woman went to the top of a neighboring knoll. Coming toward her were some young men riding on their ponies. She stood up and held her hands so that they could see her. They wondered who she was, and when they were close by gazed at her closely.
"A year ago we lost a young woman; if you are she, where have you been," they asked.
"I have been in the wolves' village. Do not harm them." she answered.
"We will ride back and tell the people," they said. "Tomorrow again at noon, we shall meet you."
The young woman went back to the wolf village, and the next day went again to a neighboring knoll, though to a different one. Soon she saw the camp coming in a long line over the prairie. First were the warriors, then the women and tents.
The young woman's father and mother were overjoyed to see her. But when they came near her the young woman fainted, for she could not now bear the smell of human kind. When she came to herself she said:
"You must go on a buffalo hunt, my father and all the hunters. Tomorrow you must come again, bringing with you the tongues and choice pieces of the kill."
This he promised to do; and all the men of the camp mounted their ponies and they had a great hunt. The next day they returned with their ponies laden with the buffalo meat. The young woman bade them pile the meat in a great heap between two hills which she pointed out to them. There was so much meat that the tops of the two hills were bridged level between by the meat pile. In the center of the pile the young woman planted a pole with a red flag. She then began to howl like a wolf, loudly.
In a moment the earth seemed covered with wolves. They fell greedily on the meat pile and in a short time had eaten the last scrap.
The young woman then joined her own people.
Her husband wanted her to come and live with him again. For a long time she refused. However, at last they became reconciled.

Irish Triad: Three false sisters: "perhaps", "maybe", and "I dare say".

November Moon

(Submitted by Fyre)

*November is the eleventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, and one of four Gregorian months with the length of 30 days.

*November begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Scorpio, and ends in the sign of Sagittarius. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Libra, passes through Scorpios from approximately the 24th through the 29th and ends in the constellation of Ophiucus, which is the only zodiacal constellation that is not counted as an astrological sign.

*The name is from the Latin novem for "nine". November was the ninth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period (summer in the southern hemisphere) was divided between January and February.

*The name "Hunter's Moon" is the Celtic name for the November Moon.  This came about due to the men of the villages who would go out one last time to gather food for the winter months, and the women who would go to the fields to bring in the last of the ripened crops.

Events in November

*In the pagan wheel of the year, November begins at or near Samhain in the northern hemisphere and Beltane in the southern hemisphere.

*In Ireland November 1 is regarded as the first day of Winter.

*November 1 is called November Day (Lá Samhna) in Celtic tradition and is thus named in the Irish Calendar, where the month is called Mí na Samhna

*Around November 17, the Leonids reach their peak.


November begins on the same day of the week as March every year and also February except in leap years.

November's flower is the chrysanthemum.

November's birthstone is the topaz.

Triana's Kitchen
Cranberry Pecan Bars

1-1/2 cups pecans
2 cups flour    /   3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup coconut    /    1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cup butter (cut into bits)
1 - 12-oz. jar seedless raspberry jam
3/4 cup dried cranberries

Chop 1/2 cup of the pecans and place in bowl.

In another bowl mix the remaining 1 cup of pecans, the brown sugar, butter and flour until the dough clumps together. 
Stir 1 cup of the  dough with the reserved pecans. Set aside. 

Put remaining dough over baking pan bottom. 

In small bowl, mix preserves and cranberries. Spread over dough in pan. 

Mix coconut and oatmeal with reserved dough, pressing some together to form clumps.
Sprinkle over dough in 9 x 13 inch pan.

Bake at 350° for 30-40 min. or until top browns.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

¼ cup wild rice
4 cups chicken broth
2 medium onions, diced
2 cups cooked chicken, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
4 sliced bacon, diced
1 Tbsp. flour
¼ cup butter, halved
1 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

Using "Basic Soak Method," prepare rice for recipe. In a stock pot, sauté onion, celery, carrots and bacon in ½ cup butter until vegetables are tender. Stir in broth, wild rice and milk. Combine flour with remaining butter and wisk into soup. Cook, stirring constantly, until soup thickens and bubbles. Add diced chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Basic Soak Method: Rinse 1 cup of rice in a strainer. Soak in 3 cups of water overnight (12 hours). Drain rice. Into 3 cups of fresh water, add rice and ½ tsp. of salt and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain rice. Rice can now be used in any wild rice recipe.

Dragon's Blood Ink

Dragon's Blood resin is a plant latex. It is more soluble in some inks than others so experiment a little. It contains contaminants and plant fibers that will clog pen nibs and quills. The following steps help to eliminate some of the impurities:

a. Grind Dragon's Blood resin into a fine powder with a large pestle and mortar.

b. Measure out 1 very heaping teaspoon of the powdered resin, store any remaining powder for future use.

c. In a clean pestle & mortar, add the heaping teaspoon of powdered resin and one ounce of the finest red calligraphy ink you can find. Grind for about 15 minutes being careful not to splash or spill the ink. Store in a jar for a day or more, shaking occasionally. A full lunar cycle of "steeping" is great!

d. Filter out the undissolved plant materials with a fine paper coffee filter. This is a messy, but necessary, process. Filtering can take a few hours so cover the filter with plastic wrap to prevent the ink from drying.

e. If you look closely, the coffee filter will contain very fibrous particles, like very small strands. These dry to an orange-brown color rather than the deep blood red of normal Dragon's Blood resin, even after soaking in red ink! This is the plant fibers and contaminants. You should  have about 1/2 the amount of residue left in the filter as resin you put in. In other words you added a heaping teaspoon of resin powder and the filter should contain about 1/2 teaspoon residue. Dragon's Blood is a natural product so the contaminants can vary widely.

f. If you would like a realistic "true blood" color, add a few drops of brown calligraphy ink. Start with just a drop or two and adjust the color as desired.

Divination Section: Phyllorhodomancy - The ancient Greeks would take the leaves from a rose and place them in their hands and slap them together. They would make a divination according to the sound given off.

                                           Herb Section: Dutchman's Breeches

                                                                         (Dicentra cucullaria)

Considered a love charm by the Menominee. A young man would either throw the flower
at his love, or chew the flower and breathe the scent on her so that she would follow him.
"Dicentra" means "two-spurred" in Greek.                            
A leaf poultice can be used for skin ailments and a root tea is a diuretic and promotes
sweating. Dried buds are used as a blood purifier. The alkaloids found within are used for paralysis and tremors.

May be toxic and may cause contact dermatitis in some people. Dutchman’s Breeches is narcotic.

Employ the energy of Dutchman's Breeches by wearing the root to attract love.

Herbal Diaper Rash powder

2 tablespoons Slippery Elm powder
2 tablespoons White Clay Powder
2 tablespoons Dried Rose Petals
2 tablespoons Dried Marigold flowers
2 tablespoons Dried Lavender flowers

Put through a coffee grinder (mortar and pestle) until a fine powder. Pour into bowl through a sifter and sift for any seeds or buds. Regrind anything in coffee grinder until all is a fine powder.

                     Crick's Corner: Greetings folks, the rebirth of the God aspect is soon upon us. What does this mean to you personally? And how do you apply these associations to your own life? Are you willing to let go of past hindrances and move forward with a fresh start? Are you willing to look within your heart and forgive those who may have offended you in some small way? The re-birth of the God combined with the Joy and Love of the Goddess should convey to us a message. And that message is to shed those negative feelings of days past and look  forward to the positive feelings of days to come. For as life begins to re-new itself, then so should we take a deep inner look into our hearts and re-new our drive for spiritual growth. Lead by example, for as you shine so will those around you. Have a spiritually rewarding Yule, Callieachs...

"Gabhaidh an connadh fliuch, ach cha ghabh a’ chlach."

Wet fuel may kindle, but a stone never will.

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