It’s 51F, warming up quickly, but geez, it’s cold in the study! It’s almost Mabon so the days are changing by 3 minutes plus a day and it’s making for sleepiness at times. This is my early day, too, needing to be at the shop before 9:30, so even though I went to bed by around 11pm, I’m off-schedule and it’s hard to get all the way awake.
Another seasonal change…. I noticed last night that my “spider nursery” under the study window has several sacs in it. It’s odd that there is only that one windowsill on the house where that happens. Do they know that I won’t bother their babies? It’s amazing to see them hatch in the spring, crawl up the screen and then fly away on the breeze.
Yesterday was gorgeous weather again. In the morning, the waning Moon ghosted high in the western sky against the blue, blue, blue…. As I was driving down the seawall, the bay was a very deep blue, ruffled and punctuated by crab pots. It was 1/2 to ebb, so the sandbars were starting to become visible and a heron was hunched up on the tip end of one for a safe snooze….
Nobody for workshops in the morning, so I started in on packaging some of the hard lotion bars, since unpacking that stack of 3 huge boxes had yielded some lovely new baskets and packaging stuffs. Tempus was still arguing with a program in the laptop and hunting for the screws that had come with the hasp for the new display box.
We had a number of people in during the afternoon, but no takers for Sewing either, so I got my tasks done and curled up in back for a bit. Most of what I accomplished during the day was putting things away and sorting things other than that.
Very late, probably around 6pm or so (and our last customers were in around 5pm) I was sitting and stitching in the books area and talking to Tempus who was working on a needle. Geurin came in for a bit to drop off the rose sachet materials and while Tempus went into the back to work on setting up a couple of frames that we had been gifted with, I started on sachets.
I headed home a little after 7am and as I got to the top of the hill the sun was setting into the ocean, just a 1/2 of a red orb. The sky in the west was a brilliant rose pink when I was heading into the house.
Today we have the Wicca 101 class in the morning and then the Project Day in the afternoon. It’s going to be a busy day!
A beautiful picture of mushrooms that I found somewhere. I’m not finding the image online, but that has to be where I got it….
Today is the 527 anniversary of the birth of Cornelius Agrippa, author of De occulta philosophia libri tres, a seminal work of magic. There is more information about his life here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelius_Agrippa , his famous book here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_occulta_philosophia_libri_tres
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. Horsetail – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
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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 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.
Sunday, Sept. 14, after midnight – Aldebaran and the Moon – The waning last quarter moon will pass just north of the bright star Aldebaran in the constellation Taurus.
If you have a dark sky and a scope that can reach 13th-magnitude galaxies, here’s an observing project you’ve probably never thought of: Steve Gottlieb’s “Going Deep” tour of Vorontsov-Velyaminov galaxy pairs now high in the evening sky. See the September Sky & Telescope, page 60, with charts and pictures.
Mars and Saturn (magnitudes +0.7 and +0.6, respectively) glow in the southwest at dusk, moving farther apart day by day. Saturn is the one on the right. To Mars’s left is its starry namesake, Antares (“Anti-Mars” in Greek).
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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
Su 14 High 5:16 AM 6.3 6:54 AM Set 1:19 PM 72
~ 14 Low 10:56 AM 2.1 7:29 PM Rise 11:12 PM
~ 14 High 5:02 PM 7.5
~ 14 Low 11:58 PM 0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – High intention operates in the midst of abundance. Abundance operates in the midst of high intention.
~ Philosophy is a kind of journey, ever learning yet never arriving at the ideal perfection of truth. – Albert Pike
~ And this is what comes from dabbling; I mean, you can’t practice Witchcraft while you look down your nose at it. – Practical Magic
~ I believe that I am in hell, therefore I am there. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ We all know a variety of ways to make a living. What’s even more fascinating is figuring out ways to make a fortune. – Jim Rohn
As the seasons change, so does the artist’s palette.
The scorching heat of summer and the pastel hues,
Give way to the jewel colors of dark reds
Hunter greens, and leaves that are turning bright.
Let us walk through the woods and admire
All of nature’s beauty waiting for us;
If we are quiet, perhaps we will see deer feeding,
And smaller animals scurrying about.
All too soon the weather grows chill and snowy,
Dark colors worn, parkas, jackets, caps and gloves.
Skiing, sleighs and snow men in the front lawn;
Packages for Christmas arriving in the mail.
After the thaw, the spring peeks out in budding plants,
Flowers start to bloom and milder weather comes.
Spring is the time for lovers, it is said.
Come love, let’s prove them right! Give me a kiss. – © August 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
In astronomy, the autumnal equinox signals the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere: the moment when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward; the equinox occurs around September 22 – 24, varying slightly each year according to the 400-year cycle of leap years in the Gregorian Calendar.
In the southern hemisphere, the equinox occurs at the same moment, but at the beginning of spring. There are two conventions for dealing with this: either the name of the equinox can be changed to the vernal equinox, or (apparently more commonly) the name is unchanged and it is accepted that it is out of sync with the season.
At the equinox, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. In the northern hemisphere, before the autumnal equinox, the sun rises and sets more and more to the north, and afterwards, it rises and sets more and more to the south.
This is when the Neopagan Sabbat of Mabon is celebrated. Also, Autumnal Equinox Day is an official national holiday in Japan, and is spent visiting family graves, and holding family reunions. Source: Wikipedia
Why do the equinoxes not always occur on the same days each year?
“The Earth takes approximately 365.25 days to go around the Sun. This is the reason we have a leap year every 4 years, to add another day to our calendar so that there is not a gradual drift of date through the seasons. For the same reason the precise time of the equinoxes are not the same each year, and generally will occur about 6 hours later each year, with a jump of a day (backwards) on leap years.” Source
Autumn Equinox, ancient Egypt
Autumn Equinox, ancient Rome
Autumn Equinox was a time of Diana, Roman goddess of the hunt, of the Moon, of springs and brooks, of the country and forest, chastity and of child-birth. Women prayed to her for offspring. She was thought of as the protector and mother. Worship of this deity was later transformed by Christianity into the cult of the Virgin Mary.
Autumn Equinox, Europe
Autumn Equinox is the time when village elders gathered food and grain and at night left it at the doors of the poor to ensure that they would have food for the coming winter:
Food an’ gifts outside the door –
A welcome treat to cheer the poor.
Never, ever must they see
That even one was left by me.
At the Castillo, a Mayan pyramid built c. 1000 – 1200 at Chichén Itzá, Mexico, on the equinoxes a jagged shadow is thrown down the northern staircase. It looks like a serpent going down, meeting a stone snake’s head at the base.
Mikelis and Jumis
Jumis was an agriculture and fertility god, and in the Latvian language the word also applies to ‘double-plants,’ such as two corn stalks, two trees that have grown together and share a trunk or stem, or two fruits or vegetables that have grown together. He was depicted as a short man with clothes that resemble ears of wheat, hops and barley.
On the first day, a ritual called the Catching of Jumis (Jumja kersana; Apjumibas; Rudenaji; Raudonoji) took place. Jumis, represented by a double-headed stalk of grain, was said to be hiding in the last of the unharvested fields. This last cut was saved until the end, so as to please Jumis, and invite him back the following spring. When the reaping was finished, a ‘Jumis-clump’ was left uncut. The ears of this grain were then tied in a knot and bent to the ground, being weighed down with stones or surrounded with soil. The grain from the Junis-clump was rubbed out of the ears and scattered in the tilled soil, thus ensuring that the strength and spirit of the harvest was directed back into the Mother Earth, so that it could appear again in the new sowing.
These last stalks were tied with special twine, taken home in a procession and placed in a barn, separate from the rest of the harvest, symbolizing a ‘captured’ Jumis, thereby ensuring the following year’s harvest would be at least as successful. The grasses were then used during the winter to cure sick livestock. Chicken was eaten at the evening’s feast.
The festival was held at the end of the harvest season, when Jumis’s gift of food had been received. After Mikeli it was considered that the gates were open for Winter.
A Jumis-loaf was baked at Mikeli, larger than the usual bread loaf, and it was a great honour to eat it. The second day was a feast and party, and the third day was a market day, and also the only day men proposed to their prospective wives.
This is an important festival in the Japanese calendar which, Since January 1, 1873, Japan has been based on the Gregorian Calendar, with local names for the months and mostly fixed holidays (before 1873 a lunisolar calendar was in use, which was adapted from the Chinese calendar). Higan is the week-long period of Buddhist memorial services peculiar to Japan and held twice a year.
On or around the day of the Autumn Equinox, Japanese people celebrate Shuubun-no-hi, also known as Higan (Higan no Chu-Nichi). There is another Higan at the time of the Spring Equinox, which is also called Higan no Chu-Nichi. Both are usually observed on the Sunday on or immediately preceding the equinoxes. The middle days of each Higan, Shunbun no hi (Spring Equinox) and Shuubun no hi (Autumnal Equinox) are national holidays.
The name Higan means ‘the other shore’ and derives from the Buddhist notion that there is a river that marks the division of the mundane world and the afterlife. This river is one of illusions, passion, pain and sorrow. Only when one crosses the river, swimming against the currents of temptation, to the other shore, does one gain enlightenment.
During the whole of this week there is a Buddhist observance, three days either side of the equinox, when the spirits of one’s ancestors are commemorated. Usually on the equinoctial day, families and friends visit their family tombs, where they tend and weed the graves of their loved ones. They leave flowers, incense and ohagi (sweet rice balls covered with soybean paste) – it is tradition that ancestors’ spirits prefer food that is round. The visitors sweep the ground, say prayers, and may even have a bit of a family party, drinking sake rice wine.
Japanese consider this period the changing of the season. Usually around the autumnal Higan the Japanese summer heat-wave weakens, and the weather changes to autumn. Thus the Japanese have a saying, “Atsusa samusa mo Higan made” (“Neither heat in summer, nor cold in winter last beyond higan”).