It’s already 68F up here at the house although closer to the water it’s in the low 60’s. 37% humidity and you can really feel it. Holland Meadows has an inch of snow. …. wow…. It’s breezy up here, but there’s a “Special Statement” about windy conditions later today through Friday.
Yesterday started so very late for me that I just didn’t manage to get all that much done. I worked on updates and then dug into finishing several newsletters down the road. Tempus took off mid-afternoon with one of the shop computers, to pick up the one that’s been in the shop. We’re gradually getting all of them cleaned up, so we’ll have decent computers at the shop and Tempus will have one at home again.
We had esbat, so I headed down to the shop a bit early so that I could get some projects a little farther along and to sort out if there was something that I needed to have Tempus do this morning. …and there are things…. I got the roses and honeysuckle prepped and drying and I left my harvesting basket on the counter at the shop, drattit.
Tempus got back just after Marius and Rowan got there for esbat, but he had to head up to the house to put the frozen stuff away and then come back down. We had a good esbat and then headed over to the China Restaurant for supper.
When I got back up to the house I lingered to look at the stars and the rising moon. Cygnus was bright overhead, but the Dolphin was getting glared out. Mars was plain near Scorpio although it and the Teapot are down in the trees at this time of the year. You have to know where you’re looking. I came in and changed, but Tempus was still putting stuff away, so I started printing headers of various kinds.
Today we’re both going to be at the shop but we have to start some of the fall clean-up, so you’re going to hear a lot about that.
Oh! Don’t forget the Fall Calendar and Almanac Special! Details are here: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/clearance-and-sales/ but I’m updating the page to include the Moon Calendar posters and this year, magnets! Those just got released. There’s even a gallery of pictures of the products! The deadline for the Special is September 29 for pre-paid orders (since the shop is closed on 9/30 and 10/1) The orders should be able to be picked up during OCPPG!
Ok, Samhain’s coming!
Satyagraha is a term for non-violent resistance used by Mahatma Gandhi, who is honored on this day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyagraha
Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe. – Masculine, Sun, Fire, Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, add red, rather than pink blossoms. White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus
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Love & Light,
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 to New on 9/23 at 11:14pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/15 at 7:05pm.
A winter preview: If you’re up before dawn this week, the sky displays the same starry panorama as it will at dusk early next February: Orion >>>> stands high in the southeast, Sirius and Canis Major sparkle to Orion’s lower left, Gemini occupies the east to Orion’s left, and Jupiter shines far below Gemini’s Castor and Pollux. Come February, Jupiter will still be near there.
Follow the Antares-Mars-Saturn lineup as it changes day by day. On September 17th Mars will pass just ½° above Delta Scorpii.
Venus is low in the eastern sky, rising just before the sun.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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
Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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Celtic Tree Month of 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 correspondences
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
Th 11 High 2:31 AM 7.9 6:51 AM Set 10:02 AM 95
~ 11 Low 8:39 AM 0.1 7:34 PM Rise 9:08 PM
~ 11 High 2:47 PM 8.5
~ 11 Low 9:16 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I act with purposeful awareness of abundance by giving thanks to my Divine Source of abundance.
~ A rotten branch will be found in every tree. – The Saga of Olaf Haraldsson, c.148
~ Every one has some friend even among his enemies. – The Saga of Olaf Haraldsson, c.73
~ Better to take warning early than late. – Vapnfirðinga Saga, c.40
~ Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Albert Schweitzer
What plant we in this apple tree?
Sweets for a hundred flowery springs
To load the May-wind’s restless wings,
When, from the orchard-row, he pours
Its fragrance through our open doors;
A world of blossoms for the bee,
Flowers for the sick girl’s silent room,
For the glad infant sprigs of bloom,
We plant with the apple tree. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
Bringing Autumn Magic In – Granny’s Herbals – Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001).
There’s nothing more luscious than inviting nature indoors in the Fall: the
brilliant colors of Autumn make our homes feel deliciously warm and cozy as
the weather turns cooler. Changing leaves, swags of grapevine, and
vibrantly-colored apples and squashes make gorgeous, inexpensive decorations.
Find out how to connect with the abundant bounty and beauty of this harvest
season with these fun, easy tips for decorating with nature.
- Preserve some colorful leaves. You can iron them between sheets of waxed paper, microwave them for a few seconds, put them in a solution of glycerin, or press them between the pages of a heavy book. Then you can apply them to backsplashes, place them artfully in a vase, mound them around a pile of gourds or squashes, or even use them as coasters for your favorite beverages.
- Food is art. Find a local Farmer’s Market or roadside stand and load up on apples, pears, pumpkins, decorative squashes, nuts, gourds, and Native American corn. A simple wooden bowl loaded with these treasures makes an abundant centerpiece. You can parade them in a line on a mantel-piece or pile them in a basket. What you don’t eat, you can enjoy looking at.
- Other treasures. Bring in grapevines to twine along the countertops, or make wreaths for doors or cabinets (see our article on making your own Inner Harvest Wreath). If you live in an area where bittersweet is not a protected plant, harvest some to put in an earthen vase Corn shocks are traditional to stand beside a door, but broom corn makes a beautiful and less usual alternative with its graceful russet fronds.
- Beeswax candles. The amber color and honey-sweet aroma of these safe, all-natural candles just evoke the golden glow of autumn. As the days get shorter, it can be a soothing ritual to burn a beeswax candle at dusk.
- Echo Fall colors. Bring in the Autumn hues of russet-red, vibrant shades of orange, deep greens, mellow golds, wine-reds, and vivid scarlet with cushions, towels, scatter-rugs, or other decorative accents. My family has a brightly-colored autumn leaf potholder and a set of pumpkin-shaped mugs that we use with pleasure year after year. Find the simple treasures your family will enjoy.
- Try this creative and relaxing Leaf Meditation. Find a perfect autumn leaf and spend some time really looking at it, noticing the variations in color and shape. Trace its outline on a piece of paper, then try your hand at coloring it in with colored pencils, markers, or paints. Slowing down and taking time to savor the beauty of something as simple and commonplace as a leaf opens our eyes and hearts to nature’s magical variety. You may want to cut your colored leaf out and glue it on the cover of a journal to keep you company throughout the autumn months. Or do several leaves to decorate your cabinets or walls!
- Think water. Western European traditions often associate Autumn with the element of water, since it is a time of deep feeling and flowing away: birds migrate, trees shed their leaves. Honor this ancient idea with a bowl of water in a special place. Notice how water evaporates. As you refill your bowl throughout the autumn months, give a little thought to your own feelings, and the things that you are in the process of releasing from your life.
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Grapevine Pentacle – Celebrate Mabon with a Pentacle Wreath By Patti Wigington, About.com [Anja’s note: works with ivy, too!]
Make a simple grapevine pentacle using a few vines and some florist’s wire. Image (c) Patti Wigington 2007
This is a craft which is simple to make, although it takes a little bit of patience. You’ll need several grapevines of thin to medium thickness, freshly picked so they’re pliable. If they’ve dried out, you can soften them up by soaking them overnight in a bucket of water.
Strip all the leaves and stray stems from the vines. Select your longest vine and shape it into a circle about 18” in diameter. Continue coiling the vine around the circle until you reach the end, and then tuck the end up under the other layers to hold it in place. Take your next longest vine, and repeat the process. To start each new vine, tuck one end into the existing circle, coil it around, and then tuck the end in. Repeat this until your wreath is the desired thickness — five to seven vines ought to give you a good base.
Now you’ll need five pieces of grapevine that are of equal lengths, and they should each be about 2” longer than the wreath’s inside diameter. These five pieces will form the star in the center of the pentacle. Take the first piece and work it into place across the center of the wreath, anchoring each end by tucking it into the outer vines of the wreath. Repeat with the other four pieces, overlapping them where needed, until you have a star in the center. Use the florist’s wire to secure the ends in place.
Finally, tie off a short length of florist’s wire to the top of the wreath, so you can hang it on your wall or door.