It’s been lovely sunshine all day! What I’ve seen of the day…. being that I’m finally getting to the point of writing at nearly 2pm. I’m sorry this is so late, even later than that…. but I wanted to get some of yesterday’s joy written out to share!
I never got completely to sleep Friday night/Saturday morning. I had gotten a long nap early in the evening, and then through the time when Tempus was asleep I was working on printing posters and making up literature.
He got up, dressed and left for his paper route and I was still working, and then I ran out of ink. I went down to the shop, hooked things up and kept printing and finished around 4am…. so, I wasn’t going to go back up to the house and crawl into bed for 1 1/2 hours and I didn’t have an alarm at the shop that would wake me. <sigh> So I worked on earrings. The budget line earring tree is completely stuffed!
Around 5am, I finally remembered a couple of things that I had originally intended to take with me, got them packed and by then it was time to go. In Waldport, you could see a few stars, but by the time I got past the lights of the bridge they were gone, and it was early dawn. All the way to Newport, I watched fog and lightening sky. I sorted around a few things in the car and saw David show up, and within minutes Marius came out. We got the car loaded and Rowan got us some coffee, since she had to work Saturday night and couldn’t go. After that we headed out.
I’m really glad Marius was driving because the guys started talking RPG’s and I faded out and slept all the way through to Corvallis! We had to do a little running around in circles to find the park, but we did get there. Mapquest has an annoying tendency to try to take you in the back gate of a park that doesn’t have one….
The guys offloaded and I unpacked and set up with their help. I was already saying hi to people and chatting even then. This booth was a good size for what we were doing. We had enough stuff for people to look at and enough things for sale, although I’m shy a few display things that I would have liked to have had. I’m sure there will be other times!
Marius’ ritual was *perfect*! He’s getting to be an awfully good celebrant and he managed to do a spiral dance with 50-60 people without it coming apart or anyone killing themselves! There were a few frowns and a lot of perplexed people when it started, but by the end, even the grumps were smiling.
I got to talk to tons of friends that I don’t often see, since they’re in the Valley and I’m out here on the coast. I got to make new friends. I found an old, dear friend that I had lost touch with 15 years ago. I got to sort out some things about OCPPG (mugawd….less than two weeks, now!)
I managed to dump myself on the ground, but it was damp and springy, so all I’ve got is a bruise. The hard part was walking to the bathrooms. I hurt myself, even with the walker, trying to get there and back just once….
We were set up under oak trees and acorns were all over the place. I wanted to go hunt acorn caps but by the time I had the time I was took stiff and sore. Ah, well! The energy was beautiful. The merchants were set up along a lovely path, even if some folks ended up backwards to it. We were very close to the drum circle space and that was fun to hear, even if we ended up having to shout! 🙂
Eventually, we got everything packed up and back in the car, talking with folks all the while. Many people were heading out to local restaurants. I did get to talk to one of the 9 Houses of Gaia people and found out what happened with the date overlap. They got bumped off of *their* weekend and shifted over. We’re going to try to sort it out for next year and coordinate dates….
Eventually, our group went to Shari’s, which is what I understood the group we were trying to meet up with did. I didn’t see them anywhere, so we finally sat down and ordered. Of course, just about the time when our food came, they showed up! They were all the way in the back. S’okay. We had a fun dinner.
As we were driving down I-5, heading home, it was past sunset, but the colors were still very bright. Venus was becoming really visible. We watched in awe as the loveliness of Diana’s Bow, glowing in the bright air of the sunset, glided along the horizon, gradually shifting down, so that She started playing peek-a-boo with the Coast Range, and finally slipping below as twilight faded…. I fell asleep not long after that, but Marius and I had been discussing the day at length.
I woke up as we were going down the last hill before Toledo and by then we was getting pretty tired, too. We nabbed just a few things to come home with me, since Marius was going to unload at the shop today. I took David home and then went to the house. Tempus showed up a few minutes later. He had been finishing paperwork. …and I’m guessing, playing on Facebook> <grin>
I want to work in the schedule, hopefully getting the last changes made, which will then mean that it can be published and I can get the handbook in a final form.
Today honors Lada and Leyla, two goddesses of Slavic Reconstruction Myth, who don’t appear to have any historical precedent. Lada is a mother/harvest goddesses married/twin to Lado, a solar god of joy. Leyla is her daughter who shows up in the stories of the spring rabbit who didn’t know any better and laid colored eggs as a gift, whose image is on the moon. http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/sep8.html “Vid” is the short form of the name “Svatovit”, a Slavic sky god.
Lado! Vid slept in a meadow. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Fair elf-maids were waking him. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Stand up young Vid! Lado is beautiful!
Lado! your house is on sale; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Your mother is dying; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Your lover serves an other. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Then answers young Vid, Lado is beautiful!
Lado! You are lying, fair elf-maids; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Neither is my mother dying; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Neither is my house on sale; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! …but my lover serves an other. Lado is beautiful!
This song, devoted to Lado, was sung by Serb girls around the Drava river. In springtime they would gather in front of churches and sing it standing in circles as late as 1885 (this is not to say that actual belief in Lado remained). Collected by Nikola Begovic. Source Wikipedia
Today’s plant is the trillium, specifically the varieties for our state of the Giant Purple Wakerobin, the Idaho Trillium and Round Leaf Trillium. These are one of the characteristic flowers of the Oregon spring forests, the flowers of spring called Wakerobin since in many places robins and trilliums appear at the same time. It is also called Birthroot and has been used medicinally to control bleeding. Tripartite petals and flower make this an unusual plant and since they grow, widely separated in the undergrowth of forests, they’re striking when you come across them. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry the root to attract money and luck or – Masculine, Venus & Saturn, Earth – the magicks of trillium are concerned with boundaries and lust. ….and they’re beautiful! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium Yes, it’s odd to have two sets of correspondences for one plant, but that’s the way this one works!
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Diana’s Bow . 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. Phase ends at the Full on 9/19 at 4:13am.
Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 9/9 at 4:36pm.
Sun., Sept. 8, sunset – Venus and the Moon – The thin waxing crescent moon passes just south of the bright planet Venus, low in the western sky just after sunset. Spica is to their right and Saturn is to their left. Moon and Venus paired. Look low in the west-southwest in twilight for the waxing crescent Moon with bright Venus to its right. See article: Crescent Moon and Venus Put on a Show. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/Crescent-Moon-and-Venus-Put-on-a-Show-222505621.html
Sept. 8, before morning twilight – Zodiacal Light –This faint light reflected from countless pieces of interplanetary material will be visible in dark skies for the next two weeks. It rises in a conical shape along the ecliptic before morning twilight.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree month of Muin/Vine, Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (MUHN, like “foot”)
Runic half-month of Raidho/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
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Muin – Vine Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (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
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondencesMonth: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
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
Su 8 High 2:48 AM 7.0 6:48 AM Rise 10:21 AM 6
~ 8 Low 8:50 AM 1.0 7:39 PM Set 9:08 PM
~ 8 High 2:57 PM 7.8
~ 8 Low 9:29 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Always keep a window open in your mind for new ideas.
Magick – Mabon – How To Hold a Hearth and Home Rite for Mabon – By Patti Wigington, About.com – No matter where you live, you can do a hearth & home protection rite at Mabon.
Mabon is a time of balance, and it is the time to celebrate the stability of the hearth and home. This ritual is a simple one designed to place a barrier of harmony and security around your property. You can do this as a family group, as a coven, or even as a solitary. If you live in an apartment, feel free to adapt the rite as necessary. The key here is to focus on the perimeter of your personal space, whether you have a half-acre yard, a big rural spread, or a downtown condo.
What You Need
A bowl of fresh earth from your yard
An assortment of iron nails (railroad spikes work nicely if you can get them)
A brown or green candle to represent the land
Time Required: Varied
- You’ll need the following items:
There is no need to cast a circle before beginning this rite, because you will be casting a magical perimeter as part of the working.
- Begin at the entrance to your property that sees the most traffic. If you have a yard and house, this will likely be the end of the driveway, where it connects to the street. If you live in an apartment or town home, you may wish to use your front door, or the hallway in front of your door. You may want to put your supplies on a tray or in a bag, if you’re doing this alone. If you have other people participating, give each person some items to carry. You can do this rite at any time of the day, although evening may be better if you don’t want your neighbors to come over and ask what you’re up to.
- Place the bowl of earth at the entrance to your property. If you like, you can place it on a table, or you can just set it on the ground. Place your hands into the bowl, and feel the cool soil on your fingertips. Feel the energy of the earth, traveling from the ground, up into the bowl, through the dirt, and into you.
- Focus on the bowl of earth, and say:
Earth, symbol of security and stability,
bring peace and harmony into my home
at this season of thanksgiving.
May my family be well,
my house be a haven,
and my table be one of hospitality.
May the earth, the soil, the land,
ground me and protect me and
those whom I love,
and that which I call mine.
My property shall be a safe place,
a secure place, a harmonious place
for all those who enter.
As I will, so it shall be.
- Leave the bowl in place, and begin slowly walking around the perimeter of your property, traveling in a deosil, or clockwise, direction. Feel the energy of your land, and the way in which you connect with it. Is there a tree you particularly love? Or the big rock where the kids always sit? Or that weird piece of root that you trip over every time? Consider why your property is home instead of just a place to live. Even if you live in an apartment, you can do this — what about that creaky spot by the door that your mom always hears when you come in late? All of these make a house personal and connect us to it.
- Periodically — and depending on how many iron nails or railroad ties you’ve got — stop and touch the ground. Drive a nail or spike into the dirt – iron is known as a protective material throughout many cultures. As you push it into the earth, say:
Iron spike, in the ground,
protect my home, my family and me.
Keep out that which would cause us harm.
- Repeat this with each iron nail or spike, until you’ve placed a protective barrier around your property. By now, you should have returned to your bowl of earth at the entrance. Light the green or brown candle, and place it within the bowl. Pack the earth lightly around it so that the candle doesn’t topple over. Say:/p]
Dark and light, equal parts
at the time of Mabon.
Fire and earth, together.
Balance, harmony, security,
these things shall be mine.
- If there is a particular deity of your tradition that represents hearth and home, now might be a good time to call upon them asking for assistance. If you do so, be sure to make an offering in their honor. If you choose not to call upon deity at this time, just take a few moments to reflect on your home life, and the things that mean security to you. When you are finished, bring the bowl with the candle inside, and place it in a spot where all can see — on your hearth, or the kitchen table — and allow it to sit until the candle goes out. When the candle has burned away, return the earth to your property.
- Even if you just live in one room of a home, you can still do this rite. Simply adapt it so that you’re going around the perimeter of the room, beginning with the doorway. Instead of pounding iron spikes into the ground, you can tuck a small nail up under the edge of the carpet.
Every woman knows that there are days in the month when all a man has to do is open his mouth and he takes his life in his hands! This is a handy guide that should be as common as a driver’s license in the wallet of every husband, boyfriend, co-worker or significant other!
Can I help you
Where would you like
Here, have some wine.
WOW! Look at you!
Here, have some wine
What are you so worked up about?
Could we be
Here’s my paycheck.
Here, have some wine.
Should you be
You know, there are
Can I get you a piece
Here, have some wine.
What did you
I hope you didn’t
I’ve always loved you
Here, have some wine.
13 Things PMS Stands For:
1. Pass My Shotgun
2. Psychotic Mood Shift
3. Perpetual Munching Spree
4. Puffy Mid-Section
5. People Make me =2 0 Sick
6. Provide Me with Sweets
7. Pardon My Sobbing
8. Pimples May Surface
9. Pass My Sweat pants
10. Pissy Mood Syndrome
11. Plainly; Men Suck
12. Pack My Stuff
and my favorite one :
13. Potential Murder Suspect