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November 2008 Calendar

No sun — no morn! No morn! No noon
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,
— Thomas Hood

For a more positive outlook, consider Thoreau who said of November that "the thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July."







These early November hours
That crimson the creeper's leaf across
Like a splash of blood, intense, abrupt,
O'er a shield: else gold from rim to boss
And lay it for show on the fairy-cupped
Elf-needled mat of moss.
—Robert Browning

The year lies dying in this evening light;
The poet musing in autumnal woods;
Hears melancholy sighs
Among the withered leaves.

Not so—but like a spirit glorified
The angel of the year departs, lays down
His robes, once green in spring
Or bright with summer's blue;

And having done his mission on the earth,
Filling ten thousand vales with rosy corn,
Orchards with rosy fruit,
And scattering flowers around,--

He lingers for a moment in the west;
With the declining sun sheds over all
A pleasant, farewell smile
And so returns to God.

From the German [Holden]

If there's ice in November to bear a duck
There'll be nothing after but sludge and muck.

November take flail,
Let ships no more sail.

Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press, 1999
Holden, Edith,
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, facsimile reproduction of a naturalist's diary from Olton, Warwick, printed by Holt, Rinehart & Winston 1977

Names of the Month in Various Cultures
The Anglo-Saxons called it Blood Month. The Welsh called it Tachwedd, the month of slaughter or Y Mis Du, the Black Month. In Holland, as well, it's the month of slaughter: Slagt Maand. In Gaelic, it's An t-Samhuinn, month of the festival of Samhain.

From Blackburn, Bonnie & Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
Kightly, Charles,
The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore, Thames & Hudson 1987

Names of the Month to the Northern Tribes
Aleuts: month after hunting month
Ugric Ostiaks: Walking month (men can go home on foot while the ice remains)
Yeneseik Ostiaks: Winter month
Tatars: Great cold month
Karagasses; Sable month (people begin to trap sable)
Buriats: Milch moon
Ostiak Samoyeds: Tax month (month when the tax, i.e. the reindeer is caught) or Thumb Month (because the light is so short women can only make the thumb of a glove in 1 day)
Yurak Samoyeds: Sand month (because the wind drives the snow like sand)
Samoyed: Great month of darkness
Yakuts: Month in which the foals are shut up (so the mares can be milked)
Eskimos: time to bring in winter stores
Lower Yukon delta: Mush-ice forms
South of Yukon delta: Velvet shedding
Tlinkit, Wrangell, AK: Moon when all creatures go into their dens
Spencer Bridge band of Thompson Indians, BC: Going in time (people enter their winter houses)

Nilsson, Martin P, Primitive Time-Reckoning, Oxford University Press 1920

Names of the Month of the European Peoples
Macedonia: sowing month, St Andrews (from his feast on the 30th)
Albania: month of St Andrew
Basque: sowing month
Lithuania: frost month
Slovakia: leaf-fall, time when the goat ruts
Ruthenia: winter month
Bulgaria: kindling of the wheel
Germany: leaf-fall, second autumn month, winter month, month of rime, month of winds, month of dirt, hard month, slaughtering month, full month, wolf month, acorn month
Denmark: slaughter month
Lapland: month when the male reindeer are powerless (the month before is rutting month), Advent month

Nilsson, Martin P, Primitive Time-Reckoning, Oxford University Press 1920

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