59f and cloudy but it looks like the clouds are starting to break. Things are wet. That was only.07 inches of water, but it’s water…. The sun is trying to come through and so far only succeeding in getting things brighter. … I wrote the previous bit around 8am, but near noon, it’s partly cloudy and 70F.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get at the laptop during the time I had to write yesterday and crashed when I got in, so my memory is already getting “spongy”…. I’m going to hit the highlights and then put the rest on a separate page with lots of pictures over the next few days. There are *heaps* of awesome pix of the stuff at Richardson’s and a set of pix from the Hackleman Old Growth grove and others that won’t fit in newsletters, and then we need to do pix from the obsidian and the other pieces we picked up.
Yesterday was such an amazing day! We took our time, got done the basics and enjoyed. After I got the newsletter out, I crawled back into bed for a bit. We were all just really taking our time waking up, but by 9am we were all up and moving. It had turned quite sunny and lovely, but the coffee in the room was decaf. Urgh…..We started rustling around getting the morning moving and I discovered that I had no comb and no toothbrush. oog…. Tempus went out and picked up juniper berries from the tree behind the room and then we packed up, checked out and went across the street to have breakfast at Shari’s.
By 11am we were rolling out of Bend, having also gotten some water and gas and such. The countryside goes rural pretty fast and desert *really* fast after that. There are two places whose names I remember in between. Brothers has the rest area (the next one is 72 miles farther!) and the other is Hampton.
We got to Glass Buttes around 1pm. The first pic to the left is the digging areas. It’s hard to find the turn-off, but it’s by the 77 mile marker. There weren’t any porta-biffies left after the summer, although there had been on the google map, just last week, so I had them drop me off by a lovely juniper tree right in the middle of the triangle in this 2nd map, right in the middle of the picture. They went off to the right hand corner of the lower map…. following the royal blue line that goes to the aurora borealis pits.
They found some good stuff, then hit the fire sheet pits and got some more. According to them, they had to scale a 20 feet cliff and fight off not only other diggers, but the wiles of a couple of sirens…red-headed of course….disporting themselves in a nearby pool. Um… 🙂
I lay back on the trunk of the tree and watched the clouds and listened to the silence of the material world and the lack of a sense of people. Oh, the area is not uninhabited, but no machine sounds, except when folks were heading past up to the pits, was heavenly. I tossed out the leftovers from lunch and had a number of sparrows, a couple of bluebirds, a chipmunk and something that looked far too like a rat for my comfort, but had a short tail and a wide hind end. I spent awhile picking up juniper resin tears and contemplated picking up some of the fallen fronds for drying and then decided not.
>>>>>>>>>>> “No, *this* is a knife! 🙂 >>>>>>>>>>>>>
I read a bit, stitched a bit, and then just sat. The smoke plume from the fire in the Estacade area showed up mid-afternoon. The wind had shifted a bit. It didn’t hard to breathe or anything, but the bright, clear air of Eastern Oregon wasn’t!
When they came back for me, we did some “road-picking”, getting mostly black and mahogany obsidian, but I found a nice piece of green banded, then another, and then a piece that I’m pretty sure is gold sheen…. My back started screaming, so we headed over to the purple sheen pit (that’s where the deer pic is from( and then gave up when the road got too bad, and headed out at around 5pm, stopping to use the rest area and then for gas in Bend. We stopped and got McD’s for supper and rolled home. That was a *long* haul! Offloading happened at Marius’, and then Tempus and I got home, unloaded stuff like the fridgables, came in and crashed.
>>> Tempus checking out a digging pit. >>>
Today he’s already at the shop. I’m processing pictures and writing things up. I know I’ve missed stuff. We’re going to be starting to process some of the stuff from Richardson’s today, but most will really happen, with pictures, over the whole next week, since Marius and I are also prepping for an event on Saturday.
A pic from Richardson’s. See what I mean by acres of rocks?
Today is the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Samuel Johnson (born 9/18/1709 d. 12/13/1784), English lexicographer (A Dictionary of the English Language). He was the son of a poor bookseller, and grew up in poverty (which haunted him the rest of his life). Despite his humble origins, after Shakespeare he is the most quoted person in the English language. More in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Samuel_Johnson .
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii,sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. They are commonly used as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
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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 Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 9/19 at 11:14am.
Got sharp eyes? Or glasses that turn your eyes sharp? Try Steve Gottlieb’s “20 Fun Naked-Eye Double Stars” in the September Sky & Telescope, page 64.
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
Th 18 Low 3:17 AM 0.9 6:59 AM Rise 1:47 AM 33
~ 18 High 9:54 AM 5.8 7:21 PM Set 4:24 PM
~ 18 Low 3:30 PM 3.0
~ 18 High 9:16 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – “Spend each day, thinking of someone to thank”, I know everyone at one point in their life has someone to thank, a friend, a love one, maybe a doctor that saved your life, this helps with negativity, wake up with gratitude, not thinking of whats wrong today, or what you can find wrong. If someone opens a door for you, say thank you, say good morning to the first person you see. quit finding fault with everything and everyone. Instead, love your love ones, thank your family and friends for what they have done for you. I know everyday you can think of someone to thank.
~ Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
~ Strength comes from flexibility, from flowing. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Make the most of today. Translate your good intentions into actual deeds. – Grenville Kleiser
~ If you ask your husband to pick up five items at the store and then you add one more as an afterthought, he will forget two of the first five. – Murphy’s First Law for Wives
Self evaluation is the foundation of new perspectives and positive transformation. Most people think they already know everything. This is a strategic advantage for the few who realize that learning is an everyday occurrence. I don’t care if you know it — I care how good you are at it. – Jeffrey Gitomer
Mabon is one of the eight solar holidays or sabbats of Neopaganism. It is celebrated on the autumn equinox, in the Northern Hemisphere circa September 22 – 24 and in the Southern Hemisphere around March 20.
Also sometimes called Harvest Home or Feast of the Ingathering (which is more commonly a Christian version; see September 24), this holiday is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and God during the winter months.
Winter Finding, Second Station of the Year, Norse (Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 … maybe not solar calendar)
Mabon – Mabon Factsheet
Date:Autumn Equinox–on or around September 21
Lore – Now the God is preparing to leave His body. He knows He is dying and it is all right because soon enough He will be reunited with His bride once again. The Goddess prepares to grow weak as the Earth will freeze over when Winter arrives. This is the Witches’ Thanksgiving.
Special Time – The harvest is completed by Mabon. This is a time for reflection over the past year and giving thanks for what has come of it. All year long, literal and figurative plantings have been going on and have finally been harvested; there is a lot of thought about how it went. This holiday is for the preparation of the “season of sleep,” and for introspection, and understanding our dark and wise side. We think of sacrifices others have made for us and what we can sacrifice for others. Mysteries and unknowns are pondered.
Activities – As Mabon is the time of the harvest and a time for meditation and thankfulness, it is a good time to make wine. Lots of people like making wine for Mabon because it uses harvested foods and is symbolic of the fruits of the year. Plus a lot of it is probably going to be packed away and fermented, much like we are packing ourselves away and thinking over what has happened. Some like to call the spirits of their totem animals for help in inner searching. Meditation rituals are very common for Mabon. Some people use this time to visit their friends’ and relatives’ graves and give them flowers.
The Mabon season
Mabon Herbs – Apple, balm of Gilead, calendula, corn acorn, cypress cone, hazel, milk thistle, mugwort, myrrh, oak, orris root, passion flower, pine cone, rose, sage
Mabon Incense – Myrrh, Sage, Pine, Frankincense, Jasmine, Cinnamon
Mabon Colors – Orange, Dark red, Yellow, Brown, Violet, Deep gold
Mabon Decorations – Acorns, Pomegranates, Pine cones, Baskets of fallen leaves, Horn of Plenty
Mabon Foods – Breads (especially whole wheat or multigrain), Cornbread, Corn, Squash, Apples, Roots (carrots, potatoes, onions), Baked apples, Cider, Beans, Nuts, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oat cakes, Wine, Grapes and grape juice, Rice, Blackberries
Mabon Sacred Gemstones – Carnelian, Lapis lazuli, Sapphire, Yellow agate
Spellwork appropriate for Mabon – Spells for protection, Health, Prosperity, Security, Feeling of self-confidence, Balancing magick