Daily Stuff 8-30-12 International Day of the Disappeared

Hi, folks!

Don’t forget the Calendar and Almanac Special! Check the Psychic Fair page for details.

When I first got up the fog was thick and the sunshine thin, but now everything is glittering bright. Spiderwebs have caught all the dew and thrown silver nets across the garden and the rugosas. Dew is dripping from the porch roof and the alder, glittering droplets that flash through the spectrum as they fall.

There’ve been a lot of crows this morning. They all look raggy, like stuffed toys that split a seam in the wash, like their stuffing is poking out. Molting season make s a lot of the birds look really funny.

I’m looking at a planter box, the one closest to the bird-feeder, which has sprouted all kinds of small grains among the catnip and mint….

There was a kerfluffle of sparrows on the feeder, pushing and shoving like little kids in line at school.

Yesterday was a long day for me. We were late to the shop since Tempus was finishing up another set of typing, which he had to fax through from the shop. He took off for work and then the shop got busy. I never got into the back to work on herbs or crystals at all! Brea often brings roses with her on Sundays. This past week was a gorgeous gold rose and a deep, red that have made the shop smell wonderful all week. Yesterday they started dropping their petals, so they’ve gone into the back for drying.

Actually I spent most of the day tracking down stray bits of information, when I wasn’t working with customers, and when it started to slow down in the late afternoon, I worked on inventory some more. I had to re-do part of the herbs, re-setting the wall. Tempus is supposed to tackle the crystals wall today, since that needs a major re-set.

Folks started arriving for esbat around 6:30. It was a short esbat, but we sat around and talked a lot before and after. The Moon was bright when we came out of the shop.

Once we got to the house I was checking for stars and constellations that I recognize in the brilliantly clear sky, but the Moon washed most of the other light from the sky, leaving it a soft, clear, deep blue-grey and casting sharp shadows on the ground. I could still see just a touch of Sagittarius, the Teapot, but only the two brightest stars were visible. Actually, I found it by knowing where it ought to be, not by seeing it!

We’re going to be finishing up the handbook tomorrow. I’m working on some of the formatting, but Rowan and Marius are going to put in some fact-checking time. Tomorrow also starts the monthly Psychic Fair

Tempus will be at the shop today. I’m going to be getting caught up on the stuff that got set aside on Tuesday for the schedule.

Today’s feast is the International Day of the Disappeared. Too many people have vanished, whether kidnapped, taken by soldiers, gangs or armed thugs. Sometimes their families never find them. Sometimes they find a grave. Sometimes only a rumor. It’s gotta stop! Find more in Pip Wilson’s Almanac Book of Days here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/aug30.html

The shop opens at 10am. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!

Love & Light,


NASA Science News for August 29, 2012 – The full Moon of August 31st is a “Blue Moon,” the second full moon in a calendar month. Could the Moon actually turn blue? Today’s story from Science@NASA discusses the surprising possibilities. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/29aug_bluemoon/ VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HRKl0fa2dg


Today’s Astro & Calendar

The Moon is Waxing to Full. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is  for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams.  Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. The Tide Change is at 6:58am on Friday.

Full Moon tonight and tomorrow night (exactly full at 9:58 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning). The Moon tonight is in dim Aquarius.
Mercury and Regulus may not be easy to spot even with binoculars as the sky brightens about 20 minutes before sunrise.
As sunrise approaches Friday morning, bring binoculars or a wide-field telescope to a spot with a view of the east-northeast horizon to try for the difficult conjunction of Mercury with Regulus.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.3, in Taurus) rises in the east-northeast around midnight daylight saving time. Once it’s well clear of the horizon, look for fainter orange Aldebaran twinkling 6° to its right or lower right. By dawn Jupiter shines very high in the southeast, about 35° upper right of even brighter Venus.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree month of Hazel  Aug 5Sep 1
Celtic Tree month of Muin  Vine  Sep 229
Runic half-month of As, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
Runic half-month of Rad, 8/29-9/12
Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results.
Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 3:31am
Pallas, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Purple


©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


from Wikimedia commons

Hazel  Aug 5Sep 1– Coll – (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Coll – Hazel, Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.
Muin  Vine  Sep 229http://www.cyberwitch.com/wychwood/SacredWood/muin.htm– (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day         High            Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~             /Low          Time    Feet      Sunset                                   Visible
Th  30      Low    6:25 AM   -0.7    6:37 AM     Set  5:45 AM      96
~     30     High  12:44 PM      7.1   7:55 PM     Rise  7:11 PM
~     30      Low    6:37 PM      1.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love heals and protects me.


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about a time you were given, or gave, flowers.


~   It is no longer possible to go on passively ‘hoping for the best’ while remaining as we are. – Annie Lou Stavely
~   It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens. – Woody Allen
~   Kindness is the beginning of cruelty. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~   Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you? – Fanny Brice

Lovers know there are roses
in the bloody veil of love;
they live astounded
by Love’s matchless beauty.
The intellect says,
“The six directions are blocked!”
Love says, “There’s a way!”
Intellect sees a market
and starts to haggle;
Loves sees thousands of markets
beyond that market.
How many mystic martyrs
hidden in Love’s soul
have abandoned the preacher’s chair
to climb onto the scaffold!
Lovers who drink the wine’s dregs
reel from bliss to bliss;
dark-hearted skeptics
burn inwardly with denial.
Intellect says, “Stay where you are!”
Annihilation has only thorns!
Love laughs, “The thorns are in you!”
Keep silent, and tear Being’s thorn
out of your heart;
discover in your own soul
rose garden after rose garden. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)


Magick – Mabon

Harvest Full Moon – School for the Seasons 09-16-05


A harvest moon!
And on the mats —
Shadows of pine boughs.

At least once a year I like to focus on the moon, that other rhythmic presence in our lives, which, like the seasons ebbs and flows. I see looking back on last year that I also wrote about the moon at this time of the year, when the Moon is featured in so many seasonal festivals.

This particular full moon which peaks on Saturday evening, September 17, is the Harvest Moon, the name given to the moon nearest the Autumn Equinox, because the light of this moon is so bright that farmers could work in their fields, harvesting crops late into the night.

This full moon (of the eighth Chinese lunar month) is also the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, when Chinese women gathered in the courtyards to feast, drink and write poems in praise of the Moon. You can learn much more about this festival in my article at http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/midaut.html

And find ideas for celebrating it at: http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/celmidaut.html

And this is also the full moon of the Greek month of Boedromion which marks the start of the Eleusinian Mysteries. People came from all over the Classical world to Eleusis in Greece to participate in eight days of rituals which re-enacted Demeter’s search for her missing daughter, rituals that culminated in a performance or revelation in an underground cave that offered a vision of immortality.

Does it seem like the Harvest Moon is bigger and brighter than other full moons? It always does to me but I’ve yet to find an adequate explanation for this effect. Christopher Dewdney explains that in September the relationship between the ecliptic plane (on which the planets orbit) shifts in relationship to the earth and the moon rises more or less at the same time every night for the three nights of the Harvest full moon (normally it rises 50 minutes later every night). I don’t know why this would make it seem bright but it does make it more noticeable.

The full moon has long been connected with madness (the very word lunacy comes from Luna, the Roman moon goddess), aggression, accidents and births. Scientific studies have started confirming these folk beliefs.

Pat Thomas in Under the Weather lists some of the connections established by scientists. We eat more (8%) and drink less (26%) during the full moon. Our bodies also retain more water (interesting, since the moon has long been associated with water, partly because of its effect on the tides). Some surgeons refuse to operate during the full moon and studies suggest that patients are more likely to experience post-operative bleeding near the full moon.

Several studies show that emergency calls increase during a full moon (although calls to a suicide prevention line peak during the new moon, the dark phase of the lunar cycle). One study showed that schizophrenic patients exhibited more negative behavior at the full moon but a study of psychiatric emergency room visits found that they were highest at the first quarter moon and lowest at the full moon. Other studies have shown that violent crimes are more common during the full moon.

For every study that shows a correlation between the moon and human behavior, there is another study debunking it. Pat Thomas mentions a report done in the early 1970’s by government scientists that found that people were more likely to have accidents during the phase of the moon the same or opposite to that under which they were born. This finding was so ridiculed that funding for the project was withdrawn.

To determine your moon phase, you can use this virtual reality phase calendar:


Moon phase may also affect conception, according to Dr Eugene Jonas, a doctor from the former Czechoslovakia, whose research done in the 1970s showed that women are more likely to conceive when the moon is the same phase it was in when they were born. Again, this theory is ridiculed by the scientific community. But when Joanna Powell Colbert and I were teaching Moon Magic classes, we relayed this information to the women in our classes and got interesting feedback. One woman who had been trying to conceive for years used this principle and got pregnant within months. Another woman finally understood how she had become pregnant during her period—it coincided with the phase of the moon when she was born. (This means most children would have moon phases similar to those of their mothers, if the pregnancy followed a completely natural course.)

Birth rates increase (but only slightly, by 1%) during the full moon. Folk beliefs from many cultures say children born at the full moon are healthier and luckier than other children. In central Africa, the people of the Baganda tribe bathe their first born child under the light of the first full moon after its birth to bring it health and wealth. A lovely custom to adopt.

Donna Henes has written very poetically about the effects of the full moon in Moon Watcher’s Companion:

“When the moon is full, the seas rise up to reach it, sending wild waves of enthusiastic welcome Oysters spread their shells wide, stretching to swallow it whole in the same way that they one day may slide down someone’s slippery throat. Wolves howl at it, ears pricked, eyes glued adoringly on the object of their attention. Heads thrown back in ecstasy, they sit up very straight like any good dog and sing to it songs of atavistic refrain.”
In the lunar cycle, the full moon is the culmination. Henes points out that the Gaelic word for the full moon, Gealach, is the root for the word that means good fortune. It is considered especially lucky for romance and was the time chosen for marriages by the ancient Greeks, Celts and German Jews during the Middle Ages.

One of my Slow Time students, Sharon remembered her very Roman Catholic grandmother putting an empty change purse on the windowsill under the full moon, to guarantee that her pockets would never be empty. Sharon wrote: “It must have worked, for although she was never wealthy, she never wanted for money either.  So for me, the idea of the fullness of the moon translating into culmination and fulfillment was something I grew up with.”

Claudia Thompson, whose website Moonsurfing, I recommend below, believes this particular full moon (in Pisces) is a special time for making wishes. She suggests going outside, raising up your arms and welcoming the moon’s light into your body (this is sometimes called “drawing down the moon”). Then ask for what you really want, feel what it would be like to receive that and expand that energy back out into the world, imagining that the world supports your vision. Claudia writer: “this Full Moon is so powerful that when you do this, it’s highly likely that you’ll get what you want.”

Z Budapest writes in her book, Grandmother Moon, that full moon energy is best used for three activities: ritual, making love and dancing. So consider this your homework assignment.

Let me close with this lovely quote from Donna Henes which captures the flavor of the lunar cycle using a metaphor so appropriate for the Harvest Moon:

“The new moon is the arbor, the full moon is the grape, and the waning moon is the wine (stored in the dark moon cellar).”


Budapest, Z, Grandmother Moon: Lunar Magic in Our Lives–Spells, Rituals, Goddesses, Legends & Emotions Under the Moon, Harper SanFrancisco 1991
Dewdney, Christopher, Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World After Dark, Bloomsbury 2004

Henes, Donna, The Moon Watcher’s Companion, Donna Henes 2002

Thomas, Pat, Under the Weather: How the Weather and Climate Affect Our Health, Fusion Press 2004

Thompson, Claudia, http://www.moonsurfing.com


Silliness – GCF: Newly Rich

The nouveau-riche real-estate developer splurged on a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and couldn’t wait to show it off. So after a meeting with the bank, he offered one of the senior officers a ride home.

“Whaddaya think?” he couldn’t resist asking his passenger after a mile or two. “Pretty classy, eh? I bet you’ve never ridden in one of these before.”

“Actually, I have,” replied the banker graciously, “but this is the first time in the front seat.”

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