Yesterday was productive, but more because we just felt we had to get things done than because we wanted to. Both Tempus and I are tired after the summer and lacking in inspiration. We were very busy with customers at several points. The drizzly bits and clouds had people in shopping instead of playing outside. The Chocolate Frog was busy, too.
Tempus finished a couple of tagging projects and he got those put away and then worked on my craft drawer rack. The runners are almost finished. I was mostly sewing and doing handwork associated with that, although I got some of the wax melted out of the cans that we’ve been doing candles in. We’re switching over to jars since they’re taller and can be capped when cool and can be put in the microwave….when we have one. The stuff in the cans has all kinds of gook in it. We’re not sure what it is or where it came from, but there are what look like drowned dust bunnies coming up on the bottom of the candles!
Yeah, the shop microwave stopped working. It was a hand-me-down and just quit for no reason that Tempus and I can see. He’s going to see if he can find the other old one, if that’s still working.
Last night we started closing up around 7 and by the time we got out and were heading home, the sun was already setting. We stopped at the top of the seawall to watch as it sank through a band of cloud, appeared in bits below it and then those went out, too. Seals were playing in the Throat, black heads bobbing up and down and the Bay was full of waterfowl. Most were ducks and cormorants, that I saw, but there was at least one heron and a single Bufflehead. ….and seagulls, of course. 🙂
Today we’re going start the day with both of us at the shop. I have some fabrics for some special pouches that I need to get going on and I want to make some progress on my trial run box.
Today’s Feast is in honor of Grace Darling‘s daring deed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Darling
‘Twas on the Longstone Lighthouse, there dwelt and English maid;
Pure as the air around her, of danger ne’er afraid;
One morning just at daybreak, a storm-tossed wreck she spied;
And tho’ to try seemed madness, “I’ll save the crew!’ she cried.
And she pull’d away, o’er the rolling sea,
Over the waters blue –
‘Help! Help!’ she could hear the cry of the shipwreck’d crew –
But Grace had an English heart,
And the raging storm she brav’d –
She pull’d away, mid the dashing spray,
And the crew she saved! – Song about Grace Darling, British heroine of the September 7, 1838 disaster
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. –Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
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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 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 9/8 at 11:41am.
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 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
M 7 Low 2:56 AM 0.4 6:46 AM Rise 1:32 AM 35
~ 7 High 9:31 AM 5.8 7:42 PM Set 4:27 PM
~ 7 Low 2:58 PM 2.8
~ 7 High 8:55 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
~ Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory. – William Barclay
~ Enlightenment is not about imagining figures of light but of making the darkness conscious. – C.G. Jung
~ Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. –Mark Twain
~ It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. – Anatole France
September strews the woodlot o’er
With many a brilliant color;
The world is brighter than before,
Why should our hearts be duller? – Thomas W. Parsons (1819–92)
Giving Thanks Spell – September 22nd, 2006 – Color of the day: White Incense of the day: Cedar
Known as the Witch’s Thanksgiving, Mabon occurs at the Autumnal Equinox. As the year shifts from light to dark, the focus shifts from the masculine to the feminine, from the God to the Goddess, and from external work to internal reflection. On this day, Lugh, honored at Lughnasadh, sacrifices himself in battle with his dark twin. In Wiccan mythology, the Goddess, full and radiant in her own abundance, waits to give birth to the new Sun god at Yule. Also known as Harvest Home, the Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, and the Festival of Dionysus, Mabon can also be seen as a celebration of the god of the vine. In either form, it marks the second harvest and is a time to relax, enjoy, and give thanks for the bounty of the earth. Create an altar with the colors, fruits, and flowers of fall. Decorations could include leaves, grain, acorns, apples, grapes, a cornucopia, the Empress card from your favorite tarot deck, and a picture or statute of Demeter, Persephone, Lugh, or Dionysus. Light an orange or rust candle, and reflect on all that you have harvested in the past year. Light another candle in thanks for each item or event, saying: “Thank you, Lady, for your great gift of abundance.” End by raising a chalice containing a small amount of juice, wine, or mead, saying: “Thank you, Lord, for your gift of sacrifice and bounty.” Take one sip, and then go outside and offer the rest in libation to the earth. Let the candles burn down and leave the altar, adding fresh items as needed, until Samhain. – By: Lady MoonDance
Pagan Studies : Day of Harvest Spell 9/9
Today is the birthday of the Russian harvest Goddess, Berehynia. In her honor, make your own harvest incense. Combine two parts sweet grass, one part each cedar, sage, juniper, and rosemary essential oils. Mix them together in a glass bottle. Or you may use the dry herbs and grind them together in a blender or bowl. Once your incense has been mixed, chant:
Children of the land,
Bring us the blessings of the harvest season.
Burn your incense on a charcoal disk, and wish Berehynia a very happy birthday.
~ Kristin Madden, from GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies
Silliness – Deep Thoughts from the Shower – The object of golf is to play the least amount of golf. – via Shower Thoughts