It’s 63F and overcast at 400 feet, very still and awfully humid. We must have gotten a bit of drizzle during the night. No birds at the moment, although there was a hummingbird, earlier.
Tempus got to the shop and got things open and then got online. He had a number of folks in, including some people moving to the area, one moving away, and Kim and some other folks stopped by.
I worked on filing some more pictures and then sat down to tackle the hour or so (I thought) of updates on OCPPG stuff. Oi! It was a lot longer than that! At 6pm I was finally seeing the last of the structural stuff, but it was after …….. when I finally got done…and there’s more left! I was freaking out over the number of updates that had to get done for OCPPG for which I did’t have the information. By 9pm I got what I had in order and finally got back to newsletters. I finish that at 1/2 past midnight. Tempus had come home 8:30-ish and given me a desperately-needed hug. I got only part-way on that bid too, which is also rather freaking me out.
Tempus was standing at the window just now, exclaiming over the birds having eaten that whole feeder full of seed this week. We’re having breakfast and then both heading for the shop. He’s going to run some errands and I have to make some progress on a leatherwork project and set up for the classes tomorrow.
A Ken Gagne photo of an egret.
Today’s feast is in honor of the anniversary of the Hugenot refugee Denis Papin, the inventor of the piston steam digester, one of the devicies that made the piston steam engine possible. He was also one of the first to use a steam engine to power paddles to move a boat, so he’s also one of the forerunners of the paddlewheel ships. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Papin and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_engine
Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change of the New on 8/25 at 7/13am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 8/23 at 7:13pm.
Altair <<<<< is the brightest star halfway up the southeastern sky after nightfall. Look to its left, by a little more than a fist at arm’s length, for the dim but distinctive constellation Delphinus >>> , the Dolphin. He’s leaping to the left, just below the Milky Way.
Jupiter reappears from behind the Sun in the middle of the month, rising in morning twilight.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 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 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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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 22 Low 5:36 AM 0.0 6:28 AM Rise 3:52 AM 12
~ 22 High 12:02 PM 6.0 8:10 PM Set 6:24 PM
~ 22 Low 5:33 PM 2.4
~ 22 High 11:22 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A skeptic is a person who when he sees the handwriting on the wall claims it’s a forgery.
~ It’s not enough to read and understand the concept of expressing full truth. It is crucial to BECOME that full truth. – Lauren Zimmerman
~ Keep the faith, don’t lose your perseverance and always trust your gut extinct. – Paula Abdul
~ A vision without action is called a daydream; but then again, action without a vision is called a nightmare – Jim Sorensen
~ Happiness is a virtue, not its reward. – Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch philosopher
Praise is a powerful people-builder. Catch individuals doing something right. – Brian Tracy
“You may not instantly see why I bring the subject up, but that is because my mind works so phenomenally fast, and I am at a rough estimate thirty billion times more intelligent than you. Let me give you an example. Think of a number, any number.” “Er, five,” said the mattress. “Wrong,” said Marvin. “You see?”. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Day 1: Introduction to Mabon
from Patti Wigington
Summer is winding down, the orchards and fields are ready to be harvested, and nights are getting a bit cooler as autumn begins to creep in. Take a moment to reflect on the equal hours of darkness and light that we find at the time of the fall equinox. At Mabon, it’s a time to set aside foods and grains for winter, working a bit of kitchen magic, and time to re-connect with the idea of home and hearth. In this Seven-Day Sabbat course, we’ll talk about the history of Mabon, ways you can mark the second harvest with rites and rituals, some Mabon magic, legends and folklore, craft projects, and even recipe ideas for your Mabon celebration.
Let’s begin by looking at when Mabon actually takes place (because that’s going to vary, depending on which side of the world you live in!), as well as some of the history of this autumn holiday! We’ll also discuss some ways you can set up your Mabon altar, and you can see what our other readers have done with theirs!
When is Mabon 2009?
Although Mabon is celebrated in late September if you’re above the equator, in the Southern Hemisphere it’s observed at a different time of year. Read on to find out when Mabon falls in your part of the world… When is Mabon?
Get a jump on your Sabbat plans for next year as well: When is Mabon 2010?
Wondering why we bother to celebrate the equinox at all? Well, it’s typically the time of the second harvest, and has been marked throughout history by various agricultural societies. From the ancient Greeks to modern Pagan Pride Day celebrations, Mabon is a time to be thankful for the abundance in our lives, and to honor the blessings we have. Learn more about the history of this autumn holiday…Mabon History
Setting Up Your Altar
Mabon is one of those wonderful Sabbats where all the altar decorations you can possible think of are probably lying in your yard right now. Consider seasonal colors, symbols of the harvest, or goodies from your garden as a way of connecting your altar to this Sabbat celebration…Setting Up Your Mabon Altar
Mabon Altar Gallery
Want to see what our other readers have put on their altars for Mabon? Be sure to check out our Mabon Altar Gallery for some great ideas!
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Day 2: Mabon Folklore
from Patti Wigington
The Mabon season has a long and rich history of legends and folklore. This time of year is associated with the cycle of life, death and rebirth thanks to its harvest connections. It’s also a season of balance and power, because there are equal hours of darkness and light on the day of the autumn equinox. From the myths of Persephone and Demeter to the gods of the vineyards, Mabon is a time to celebrate the magic and power of the second harvest.
Gods of the Vine
At Mabon, the vineyards are practically overflowing with grapes, and so this is a great time of year to celebrate the bounty of wine! In many cultures, the vegetation gods, or gods of forest and vine, are crucial to mythology. Of note in particular are Bacchus and Dionysus, perhaps the best known “party gods.” Learn more about them and why they’re so important: Gods of the Vine
Acorns and Oak Trees
The acorn is a symbol of strength and power in many cultures. Because the acorn only appears on a fully mature oak, it is often considered a symbol of the patience needed to attain goals over long periods of time. It represents perseverance and hard work. To some societies, the oak was sacred, and is often connected to legends of deities who interact with mortals. Learn more about the symbolism of the tiny acorn and the mighty oak: Acorns and Oak Trees
Persephone and Demeter
Nearly everyone has heard of the legend of Persephone and Demeter. But how do these two famous goddesses connect to the Mabon season? Well, it’s simply – without them, the story goes, we’d never have a dark time of the year. The balance of darkness and light is echoed in the timeless tale of mother and daughter…Persephone and Demeter
Symbols of the Stag
The stag, or male deer, is often connected to the autumn holiday of Mabon. In some traditions, he’s associated with the Horned God, and in others, those giant antlers are representative of the crescent moon. Learn more about the stag and all he stands for: Symbols of the Stag
Pomona, Goddess of Apples
Pomona was a Roman goddess of orchards and fruit trees. She appears often in classical art, and is often portrayed carrying a cornucopia. Mabon is a good time of year to honor Pomona, and the bounty of the apple harvest…Pomona, Goddess of Apples
Day 3: Celebrating the Second Harvest
from Patti Wigington
Although Mabon is fairly new as far as holiday celebrations go, it’s important to remember that throughout history, the time of the second harvest has been marked by agricultural societies for a long time. It was typically a time of celebration and fall festivals. In some Wiccan and NeoPagan traditions, this is the time to give thanks for the abundance on our tables and in our gardens. No matter how you celebrate, though, take a moment to reflect on the changing seasons around you.
Mabon Celebrations Around the World
Did you know that the Chinese celebrate the equinox as the birthday of the moon? Or that the Germanic tribes tossed flour and grain into the breeze to appease a god? There are many ways that this season is observed around the world – be sure to read up on the different customs people celebrate! Mabon Around the World
Although the feast of St. Michael is a Catholic holiday and not a Pagan one, it certainly has its roots in early agricultural customs. Because of its proximity to the autumn equinox, Michaelmas was nearly always associated with the harvest season. Learn more here: Michaelmas
In the British Isles, the tradition of Nutting Day falls each year in September. It’s a time of gathering nuts, and has many strong fertility associations – in part due to rumors that young maidens were in grave danger of getting pregnant if they went out a-nutting unaccompanied! Nutting Day
Although scarecrows often appear as Halloween decorations, they’ve been long associated with the season of Mabon. They are known to keep birds and vermin out of the fields. From ancient Greece to feudal Japan, these familiar figures have become connected with the harvest season. Scarecrows
Day 4: Mabon Ritual and Ceremony
from Patti Wigington
For many Pagans and Wiccans, Mabon is a time of thanksgiving. Summer has ended, we’ve got the bounty of the harvest on our tables, and we’re celebrating the security of hearth and home. It’s the perfect time for a big ritual! You can try one of these rites to honor the season, or do a balance meditation to help you get grounded. Finally, we’ll look at some simple ideas to celebrate the Sabbat.
Honoring the Dark Mother at Mabon
In many Pagan and Wiccan traditions, the Mabon season includes embracing the darkness. While there are equal hours of light and dark, this is the time of year in which the daylight begins to fade and the nights get longer and colder as the earth goes dormant once again. This ritual welcomes the darker aspects of the goddess and the earth itself…Honoring the Dark Mother
Mabon Apple Harvest Ritual
In many pantheons, the apple is a symbol of the Divine. Apple trees are representative of wisdom and guidance. This apple ritual will allow you time to thank the gods for their bounty and blessings, and to enjoy the magic of the earth before the winds of winter blow through…Apple Harvest Ritual
Mabon Balance Meditation
Mabon is traditionally seen as a time of balance. After all, it’s one of the two times each year that has equal amounts of darkness and light. Because this is, for many people, a time of high energy, there is sometimes a feeling of restlessness in the air, a sense that something is just a bit “off”. If you’re feeling a bit spiritually lopsided, with this simple meditation you can restore a little balance into your life…Mabon Balance Meditation
Ten Ways to Celebrate the Equinox
For many people, Mabon is a time of great spiritual change. You may find yourself ready to get out and try new things, or turning inward, to focus on hearth and home. Whether you’re thinking of hosting a food drive, or just walking in the woods, Mabon is a wonderful time to be thankful for all that life has to offer…Ten Ways to Celebrate Mabon
Day 5: Mabon Magic
from Patti Wigington
Mabon is a time to do magic that relates to the hearth and home. If you’ve been harvesting your garden, spend some time in the kitchen doing a bit of cooking magic – after all, the very act of preparing a meal can be a ritual itself! Reconnect with your home after spending the summer outdoors, and try a ritual of protection to keep your property safe during the winter months. We’ll also talk about how to raise magical energy with a drum circle, and the natural power found in the apples and grapes that are blossoming at this time of year!
There’s a growing movement within modern Paganism known as kitchen witchery, and there’s no better time than Mabon to brush up on your magical hearthkeeping skills. When you take the time to put meals together from the basic ingredients, you have a magical opportunity at hand. Here are some tips on how to incorporate magical living into your kitchen practices. Read Full Article
At Mabon, apples are everywhere. Orchards are blooming in full force, and if you get a chance to go picking, there’s no end to the possibilities for a basket of apples in the hands of a practitioner of magic! Apples have long been used for divination, and are seen as a symbol of the harvest season. Read Full Article
Hearth & Home Protection Ritual
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… Read Full Article
Much like the apple, the grape is one of those fruits that has a significant amount of magic associated with it. First and foremost, the grape harvest — and the wine that it produces — has been associated with fertility deities like Egypt’s Hathor, the lusty Roman Bacchus and his Greek counterpart, Dionysus. By the time of Mabon, grape arbors are flourishing. Vines, leaves and fruit are all usable items — the leaves are often used in Mediterranean cooking, the vines for craft projects, and the grapes themselves are extremely versatile…Read Full Article
Raise Energy With a Drum Circle
Drum circles are a lot of fun, and if you’ve ever attended a public Pagan or Wiccan event, chances are good that somewhere, someone is drumming. You may not be able to see them, but you’ll feel that pulsing rhythm off in the distance. In addition to being entertaining (and a great stress reliever), a drum circle serves another purpose – that of raising energy. Here are some hints for hosting a successful drum circle…Read Full Article
Day 6: Crafts and Creations for Mabon
from Patti Wigington
At Mabon, there are a number of simple craft ideas you can put together to brighten your home for the season. Why not take advantage of nature’s bounty, and display some leaves or acorns in a decorativee jar, place pumpkins and apples in baskets around your home, or hang cornstalks and grapevines aroudn the front of your house. Today, we’ll look at a couple of easy craft projects, including a god’s eye, a prosperity candle, and a special blend of incense to help you celebrate your harvest rites and rituals.
Make a Mabon God’s Eye
Mabon is a time when the earth is turning from green and brown to blazing hues of red, yellow and orange. Bring these outdoor colors into your home by incorporating them into a Mabon god’s eye. Hang it on your door to welcome guests, or above your altar to celebrate the season…Read Full Article
Mabon Cleansing Wash
This herbal infusion can be used as a skin wash or a cleanser for your ritual space. By infusing the herbs in water, you can take advantage of the medicinal properties as well as the magical ones. This blend uses herbs that are in season as the time of the second harvest approaches, so you may just be able to find them fresh in your own garden! Read Full Article
Mabon Prosperity Candles
Mabon is a time to be thankful for all the things we have — a garden full of crops to pick, full apple trees in the orchards, and the bread we’ve been baking with the grain already harvested. Although this is a time of balance, it’s also a time to look at what you have and be grateful for it. Celebrate the abundance of the harvest season by inviting prosperity into your life. These simple candles can be given as gifts, burned on your altar, or placed around the house to bring abundance your way…Read Full Article
Mabon Harvest Incense
As the Wheel of the Year turns with each season, you may wish to use different types and scents of incense for your ceremonies and rituals. While incense isn’t mandatory for a good ritual, it certainly can help to set the mood. To make your a blend of incense for Mabon, the autumn equinox, we’ll be using scents that remind us of the fall season, and the second harvest of the year…Read Full Article
MOSES: And God came down from the Heavens, and he said unto the Chicken, “Thou shalt cross the road.” And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.
FOX MULDER: You saw it cross the road with your own eyes. How many more chickens have to cross the road before you believe it?
JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Can’t you people see the plain truth? That’s why they call it the ‘other side.’ Yes, my friends, that chicken was gay. If you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the Liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like ‘the other side.’ That chicken should not be crossing the road. It’s as plain and as simple as that.
AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white?
GRANDPA: In my day, we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken had crossed the road and that was good enough for us.
RICHARD NIXON: The chicken did not cross the road. I repeat, the chicken did NOT cross the road.
JERRY SEINFELD: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn’t anyone ever think to ask “What the heck was this chicken doing walking around all over the place, anyway?”
SIGMUND FREUD: The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.
BILL GATES: I have just released the Chicken Office 2000, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook.
BILL GATES 3.0: I have just released eChicken2013, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of e-Chicken2013. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.
OLIVER STONE: The question is not, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Rather, it is, “Who was crossing the road at the same time, whom we overlooked in our haste to observe the chicken crossing?”
ZEUS: Release the chickens!
CHARLES DARWIN: Chickens, over a great period of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically dispositioned to cross roads.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: I dream of a world where *all* chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.
NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI: The point is that the chicken crossed the road. Who cares why? The end of crossing the road justifies whatever motive there was.
ALBERT EINSTEIN: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road moved beneath the chicken depends on your frame of reference.
Tempus adds: “It’s all about perspective!”
SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he’s a maverick!
BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.
JOHN McCain: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.
HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road.
GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.
COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.
BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.
PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.
AL GORE: I invented the chicken.
DICK CHENEY: Where’s my gun?
PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems.
OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.
BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish it’s lifelong dream of crossing the road.
ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.
BUDDHA: Asking this question denies your own chicken nature.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON: The chicken did not cross the road; it transcended it.
DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die. In the rain.
COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?