9-25-14 Pyanopsia

weather Partly SunnyIt’s 63F, already more than the forecast high for today. I woke to brilliant sunshine, but it’s nice and gloomy at the moment. We’re getting some good gusts occasionally, but mostly it’s fairly quiet. They’re talking possible showers, but I think this is going to be a “wait five minutes” day! …and yeah, now it’s pouring….

food motif baked potatoYesterday flew past, but I was getting so frustrated with all the tangled-up stuff for OCPPG that I just ended up chewing on everyone during the evening. It took forever getting the newsletter out, because I kept thinking of things that I needed to do in the paperwork and then I’d forget a piece…. <sigh> Well, it got done…. I think…. I hope…. there’s more yet to do, but at least it’s that far.

food motif veg cukeNext was newsletters. I got them as far as having the daily bits in. They’re all still open on my desktop because I have to get the quotes and magick in, but that’s going to have to be this evening.

food motif veg lettuceAs I was heading for esbat, there were huge white puffy clouds over the coast range. The sun was shining on them with the golden light of the late afternoon in fall.

Esbat was good. We got stuff done and then we headed home. Tempus and Marius went out into the garage to do some grinding on a metal project of theirs. Rowan and I visited for a bit. After they headed home I got back into newsletters, only to be surprised with, “What are you doing with that ham bone?” <groan> I had forgotten about it! So at 1:30am we were still getting broth into the fridge…..

food motif veg parsnipToday we’re heading for the shop. I’m hoping that Tempus is going to come back home to work on cleaning up. He’s also got some errands to run and a set of boards to cut. There’s a Sewing Time going on this afternoon starting at 3pm. We’ll be making a specific kind of bag and “soppers” for holding dishes.

The standard desk calendar that the Circle uses

The standard desk calendar that the Circle uses

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beanpotToday’s feast is the Pyanopsia (Πυανόψια) or Pyanepsia (Πυανέψια) was an ancient Greek festival in honor of Apollo, held at Athens on the 7th of the month Pyanepsion (October). The name literally means “bean-boiling”. Various legumes were stewed and given to Apollo as a “ripener of fruits”.  A suppliant branch”, was also offered, that sounds almost like our Christmas trees, but it was left up for a year and then replaced. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanopsia


Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. salalMashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant.  – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Dianas Bow MoonNew Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 9/25 at 11:14am. 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 Tide Change on 10/8 at 3:51am. 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 9/28/14 at 11:14am. 

Astro Constellation Cygnus DenebWith the coming of fall, Deneb slowly replaces Vega as the bright star nearest to the zenith just after nightfall (for mid-northern latitudes).
Astro SaturnSaturn (magnitude +0.6, in Libra) is sinking low into the afterglow of sunset. Look for it well to the right of the Mars-Antares pair, and perhaps a little lower depending on your latitude.

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  – (GORT), Hedera helix L., Sep 30 – Oct 27
Rune Runic Month 18 Kenaz Kebo Ken
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 Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in LibraSun in Libra
Moon in LibraMoon in Libra
Uranus (12/21), Chiron (11/23) and Neptune (11/16) Retrograde
Color: White


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blackberry muin celtic tree monthCeltic 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).
motif plant fruit Grape muin celtic tree monthMuin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
grove muin celtic tree monthto study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Th  25     High   1:42 AM     7.1   7:07 AM    Rise  8:35 AM      0
~   25      Low   7:46 AM     1.2   7:08 PM     Set  7:50 PM
~    25     High   1:48 PM     7.6
~    25      Low   8:15 PM     0.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dance for healing!


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Current Affairs – List the things or people that make you sad or make you feel bad.



~  The Warrior lives in the NOW, directly experiencing the present moment. Now is the time for action. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  There is a saying in Tibetan, “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.” No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” The Dalai Lama
~  When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. – Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
~  Be courageous! Have Faith! Go forward! – Thomas Edison

The animal … reached out his long trunk, wrapped it around the trainer and then drew him down to where that majestic head lay blood stained in the cinders. Scotty cried like a baby. Five minutes later, they lifted him from the lifeless body … That night Scotty laid down beside the body of his friend. At last exhausted from the strain, he fell asleep. – Edgar H Flach, a prominent jeweller from Ontario, and eyewitness to the accident that killed Jumbo


Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Body and Soul – Fall: Passing Into Shade

Summer sun begins to wane,
The trees all fall asleep
The harvest’s in, the birds fly south
The leaves are piling deep.

Indian Summer Days are rare,
Long nights bring morning frost,
Fall flowers drying in the fields
Life’s beauty fades, is lost ~ Catriona Lovett (c) 2002

Autumn Equinox or Harvest Home

From sundown.  Also known as Mabon, Alban Elfred, or Winter Finding, the Autumn Equinox is one of two times of equalibrium — when the hours of day and night are matched — on the great Wheel of the Year. The universal rhythm of rebirth and reincarnation are evident at this sabbat. The Wheel has turned and as the harvests are gathered with life-sustaining abundance, so too are the changing seasons moving inevitably toward death — and rebirth. “Therefore the Wise Ones weep not, but rejoice.” — from Doreen Valiente’s “Book of Shadows.”

Mabon is the second harvest. The God has now become Sage, at his final time of virility before he falls asleep in death at Samhain, the final harvest. The Goddess has become Crone, sharing her last fruits and leaving us seeds for new life as her legacy. This is a time for feasting, merrymaking, and thanksgiving, relaxation, and joy in a job well done. Many rededicate themselves to the and initiation ceremonies are performed Craft at this time. Some traditions perform a special rite for the Goddess Persephone’s descent into the Underworld as part of their celebration.

Some say the September equinox marks the beginning of a time when the veil between the worlds thins, and the spirits can manifest themselves more easily. The barrier dividing light from darkness, the seen from the unseen, the mundane from mystery, and life from death, continues to thin until Samhain, the eve of November, which is a time outside of time when all manner of spirits and energies can move between the worlds with ease.

Slavic Pagan celebrate Svarog’s Holiday in their month of Ruen. This is the day honoring Svarog, the God of Fire and the Sky, a day to drink mead and celebrate. In ancient Egypt (Kemet), they celebrated the Feast of Divine Life in honor of the Moon and the life-giving waters which came from it by sacrificing a pig. This was also the time of the Ritual of the Netjeru of the Two Lands. The Inca celebrate the Coya Rayni festival honoring the Moon Goddess Quilla, focusing on purging sickness and evil.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the Spring or Vernal Equinox, also called the Festival of Trees, Alban Eilir, Ostara, and the Rites of Eostre are celebrated. The great fertility celebration of the birth of Spring and the reawakening of life from the Earth is the origin of many of the traditions surrounding the Christian holiday of Easter.

Sources: TarotAdvice.Com, Southern Delta Church of Wicca, DeAna Alba

Mid Autumn Moon — by Waverley Fitzgerald

Every year I forget why I don’t usually celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, as Chinese women do, by gathering in a courtyard to honor the rising Moon.

It’s because we almost never get to see the full moon of September in Seattle. This year, as usual, the moon was muffled by a sea of endless grey rain clouds. I spent the evening with women friends, enjoying a delicious meal, followed by a great conversation while soaking in a hot tub. The wind rustled through the bamboo and struck plaintive tones from a wind chime as we talked.

It was the perfect way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon.


“Samhain happens near Halloween and is when the Wiccan year begins.

My altar cloth is black, because we are in the time of year that is dark.


On my altar is the harvest, our dead Lord whose life is in the crops and sacrificed when the crops are killed to become our food.

This is the time of death, of honoring and communing with spirits that have passed to the other side.

Now the veil between the worlds is thin. It is a good time to invite our beloved dead to visit with us. This is not a gruesome exchange, but reverent, earthy, natural, further it is joyous and festive.”

Victor Anderson says “If a ghost of a loved one shows up, ask him to join the party.”

~ From Francesca DiGrandis’ Faerie Grimoire

The Veil Between Worlds

During the yearly cycle of death and rebirth, autumn is said by some to be “the time of the year when the veil between the worlds is thinnest”.  But what does this mean? Where does the realm of the spirits fit within the Pagan construct of the after-life? If you believe in reincarnation, how does the concept of ‘ghosts’ or contact with ancestors fit in?

As a Christian, I was taught that all kinds of spiritism were a sin against God, condemned by the Bible, and punishable by a sentence of damnation in Hell at some point after death. But the Bible writes of Satan and Lucifer and also of various angels appearing to humans, so it is evident that Christians believe in beings other than humans who can manifest themselves.

And there is also the account of the Witch of Endor. She was begged by King Saul — the very same who had expelled all the soothsayers and spirit-raisers from the Kingdom of Israel in 1053 BCE — to raise the spirit of Samuel the Prophet to guide him in the coming war with the Philistines. The Bible does not say that this can’t be done. Contrariwise, in the Biblical account, the Witch of Endor did, in fact, “raise” the spirit of Samuel.

So, although the act of spirit-raising was prohibited, it seems that both Jews and Christians believe that the spirits of individuals do exist in some plane of reality where they can be manifested in some manner to humans here on Earth.  — the Editor

Life After Death: Christianity vs Neo-Paganism

Neo-Paganism and Christianity substantially agree that the spirit, or the energy that is the essence of an individual being, continues to exist in some form after death, though they disagree about what transformation takes place and where it goes. And though Christianity forbids it, both seem in agreement that the spirit is in some state that is available for interaction with the material plane.

Many Pagan traditions believe that the spirits of the dead continue to observe and affect the living, and that a display of reverence for ancestors is essential to appease them and keep them friendly. Many ancient cultures such as the Egyptians buried their dead with personal possessions and food that they were expected to need in their afterlife. Christian funeral and burial customs also seem designed to appease the dead as well as to comfort the living.

In Death Warmed Over, there is discussion of many death customs from around the world, throughout history. There, you can read Eaters of the Deada description of tribal peoples an ocean apart whose death custom is to consume the bodies of their loved ones with the greatest reverence in order to ensure that their essence lives on.the Editor


motif Silliness Smiliecat motif bag aSilliness – Kitty Haiku

Blur of motion, then –
silence, me, a paper bag.
What is so funny? – ©poofcat.com

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