Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 11:29 PM of -0.1 feet.
It’s 62F and rather still. Only a hint of breeze is stirring things. We got 1 10 of an inch of rain yesterday. That ought to be enough to hold us for a bit. It’s solidly overcast, but should burn off, at least partly, later.
Yesterday was pretty frustrating. All the work I’ve put in on “numbers” over the last several days and I finally had to spend most of the day figuring and looking up prices! I did get a solid number around suppertime, so I’m done with that.
Tempus cleaned the fridge once he woke up and then set up so I could do some chicken and barley as an experiment on “how-to”. When I went to put the left-overs away I was momentarily sure that I had opened somebody else’s fridge! Yes, *that* clean!
Tempus was over at a friend’s house doing some chores for her.
Today I’m going to be at the shop. I’m hoping to get more of the smudges bagged and then get the next set of bags ordered. Sewing starts at 3pm, but will only run until 7pm unless someone new shows up. Tempus is supposed to finally be wokring on my car. It’ll be nice to have it running again!
A Ken Gagne photo of a Great Blue Heron from 7-17-14/
Today is the Day of Remembrance for the Pagan People of Novgorod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novgorod mentions this, not at all!). Many Slavs, particularly those who are trying to re-create the destroyed faith of our ancestors, count this as a day of blackest mourning and are very, very bitter about it.
“When the people of Novgorod were notified that Dobrinja wanted to Christianize them, they held a “Veche” (Thing) and decided to swear an oath: ‘Do not let Dobrinja into town. Do not let our idols be destroyed.’ Dobrinja sent word to them offering them silver, but the people refused him and would not let him enter the city.” The highest Volvh under the direction of a Slavic Pagan Priest, named Bogomil, (also known as Nightingale or “Solovey”), Voevoda Ugonay goes on to declare, went about the city on a horse, declaring with a loud voice: ‘Better for us to die than to let our Gods see disgrace.’ However, Dobrinja prevailed and each of the idols were cast into the river and the wooden sculptures were incinerated. This, truly, was a day of great mourning and sadness for the Pagan People. The events which happened on this day demonstrates all the “love” and essence of Christianity. ” – Iokimovskaja Letopis from http://www.irminsul.org/arc/010sz.html
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa
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Love & Light,
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.
Mercury at greatest elongation east – Thursday and Friday, September 3 and 4, dusk – Mercury will be well placed in the evening sky for observers in the southern hemisphere, less so for observers in the north.
Have you ever heard of Riddle’s Trapezium? Archenal 1? They’re together in the same telescopic field of view in Serpens Cauda, as Sue French tells in her Deep-Sky Wonders column in the September Sky & Telescope, page 55.
Venus (about magnitude –4.5) gets higher and brighter every morning. Look for it low in the east during dawn. Venus moves rapidly higher day by day. It a telescope it’s a beautiful thin crescent, especially if you follow it rising up into thinner air after sunrise.
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
Th 3 High 4:36 AM 6.8 6:41 AM Set 12:38 PM 77
~ 3 Low 10:31 AM 1.1 7:49 PM Rise 11:04 PM
~ 3 High 4:44 PM 8.1
~ 3 Low 11:29 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING
~ The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace. – Kate Chopin
~ Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got. – Jim Rohn
~ If venereal delight and the power of propagating the species were permitted only to the virtuous, it would make the world very good. – James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer
~ There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life. – Anais Nin
Wearing a mask is easier
than wearing a true face…
vulnerable to the ethers;
Vulnerable to those
that prey upon sensitivity,
dependent upon Grace. – © August 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Where she walks,
The wheat springs up.
Where she turns,
The wheat grows thick,
Where her foot touches,
The wheat is ready.
Where she lifts her horn,
The wheat is harvested. ~Russian Harvest Chant
Nothing that sustains comes all at once. Like the wheat from which our daily bread is made, sustaining and interests grow gradually, over months and years and decades. Enthusiasm for the new is exciting, but real richness is found in what you have nurtured and what has nurtured you.
Harvest also reminds us that discrimination is necessary, that we should not cling to chaff. This is a good time to eliminate what is no longer necessary. Fall is as good a time for spring cleaning as spring is. Sorting through possessions, commitments, relationships, and keeping only what truly sustains us is a task that repays the effort manyfold. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Touch the Earth Ritual
As the fields of August begin to bring forth the bounty provided for us by the Goddess, it is now time to get in touch—literally—with the Earth. At sunset, respectfully approach a newly harvested field, and speak these words:
You, who have nurtured our sacred seed,
and fulfill our every need.
You, who have are known as Demeter and Ishtar,
who follow the seasons
by Sun and Moon and star.
You, whom we call Mother Earth,
please accept my deepest thanks.
Now, kneel forward until your forehead and palms touch the ground. Feel the life–force, and accept this power even as your own energy sinks deep into the soil. During this ritual, cast no spell, nor ask for anything. Simply touch the Earth, and give thanks. ~ James Kambos
)0( From The Morning Feast Archives , Crone’s Corner – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
Summer sun begins to wane,
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