It’s been raining, hard at times, since I got up, although it’s getting brighter, now. The air smells good. It’s 59F and overcast with several layers of clouds. I noticed this week just how curled and sparse and tattered the leaves on the alder are. I’m starting to see the trunk again. I’m seeing reports that the air quality has cleared up over the whole state. Yay for rain! I don’t’ think the fires are out, but definitely knocked down to “livable”.
Yesterday seemed very long and very short, both at the same time. We didn’t get started early and took our time over breakfast, so it was past noon before we really got working. Tempus started in on laundry and kitchen. I did the other end of things with putting away and sorting out and doing the bathroom. After that I got to work on newsletter bits and during the afternoon and evening whomped my way through the whole thing.
Tempus was running in and out on errands late in the day, mail, barley from Ray’s grocery, that kind of thing. He finally headed for Metal Night to put in an appearance and then head for Freddies’ to fill in my pricelist, then out on his paper route
I think he got home around 6am. He’s still very much asleep. I’m not sure what he’s going to manage to do today, but we need to get the freezers cleaned up and sorted out. He was saying something about a friend he does chores for, too. I need to get my numbers finished and then get back to work on my marbles page.
Today’s Feast is the anniversary of the coronation of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. Supposedly, I’m descended from him, on the distaff side. Charles spoke and wrote 5 languages in a day when folks where very rare who could even write their names. He made Prague into a great city. A lot of family stories got told about him: the “Charles’ Bridge Eggs, Not Hard-Boiled Please!”, and the “Building of the Hunger Wall” and the story of how he alone, of almost all of the Czech knights, survived the Battle of Crecy (by his father knocking him over the head, tying him to his horse and sending him home in the care of his tutor, before their suicide charge!). Ask me for the stories and/or there’s more information here: http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/655-years-ago-charles-iv-crowned-king-of-bohemia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_IV,_Holy_Roman_Emperor
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
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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 on 9/11 at 11:41. 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 9/5 at 2:54am.
Vega passes your zenith if you live in the world’s mid-northern latitudes. Vega goes right through your zenith at nightfall if you’re at latitude 39° north: near Baltimore, Kansas City, Lake Tahoe, Sendai, Beijing, Athens, Lisbon.
Mercury (magnitude +0.1) lurks very low in bright twilight almost due west. About 20 minutes after sunset, use binoculars or a wide-field telescope to scan for it just above the horizon.
Don’t confuse it with twinkly Spica >>> , far to its upper left.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
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
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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
W 2 High 3:38 AM 7.4 6:40 AM Set 11:28 AM 86
~ 2 Low 9:44 AM 0.4 7:51 PM Rise 10:23 PM
~ 2 High 3:56 PM 8.3
~ 2 Low 10:29 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The hardest thing to do is watch the one you love, love somebody else.
~ Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation
~ Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. – Maya Angelou
~ Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of useful service. – Henry Ford
~ How long should you try? Until. – Jim Rohn
A DARK MOOD STRIKES
It is not an anguish that weighs
Upon my heat and soul,
Rather an anxiety, free-floating,
That seems to jump up
And hit me in the very gut
When I am least expecting it.
I can’t prepare for it beforehand
And don’t think I deserve
To go through this fear again,
When I don’t even know
What it is, or why it comes…
Just that it overwhelms me.
Anxiety is the Sword of Damocles
Hanging on a thread overhead,
Never entirely going away.
It’s beautiful and sunny today,
And I wish that soap and hot water
Would scrub away this dark mood. © Copyright 9/26/2008 by Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Pagan Studies – Altar Decorations
When it comes to autumn decorating, think “progressive”! September’s leaf crafts complement Samhain and Thanksgiving decorations. Choose solid colors in green and gold and orange when you decorate for fall. Adding and removing a few holiday-specific items each month will keep decor fresh, without requiring a monthly overhaul.
Once you have a permanent working altar, keep it clean and fresh by designating a certain day each week to clean it up!
I try to do this every Sunday morning. Take off the melted wax and ash, smudge, dust and polish! This is a part of your sacred space, treat it well and it will do the same for you!
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Horn of Plenty – (For Mabon)
- Horn of plenty–plastic or basket-woven
- Fake or real fruits of the harvest: Grapes, citrus fruit, corn, pumpkin, especially apples
Simply place the fruit inside the horn so that it is aesthetically pleasing. It is best to make it look as if the bounty is spilling outwards, extending its nourishment.
The horn itself, before being filled, can be used in ritual as a symbol to “drink” from to symbolically consume the harvest. It is symbolic of the mother Goddess’s womb. It can then be filled as a symbol that the fruits of the Goddess never run dry.