Wow, it’s a lot later than I thought…. 70F, although when I first got up around 8am it was only 59 and very, very foggy, the sun is bright and the sky is very blue. The computer is talking about clouds, but I don’t see any.
Computer updates are so much fun….not…. I’ve been needing to update my Corel programs for about a year, so I got a special offer and then yesterday became the day. It took until 3:30 before the problems associated with the upload were ironed out and the program was installed. …and then I had to start trying to use it. <sigh> Well, newsletter stuff got put off and I was sorting and putting away some extra linens, sorting out my closet and drawers while waiting for the program to finish loading. I did a little in the hutch cabinet, sorting out some dishes that have been wandering around and not going back where they belong.
Tempus worked in the kitchen, then on laundry, made a loaf of bread and then finally started pulling stuff from the freezers. There’s a lot of stuff that’s perfectly good, but has been buried for far too long. We finally got a shopping list done and then he headed for Newport, stopping by a friend’s on the way to take out her trash.
Today there’s only 1/2 a day left and we have esbat tonight, so I figure berries are going to be pretty much the only thing we get done today.
Today marks the 710th anniversary of the marriage of John of Luxembourg, later called John the Blind, and the last child of the Přemyslid dynasty of Bohemia, Eliska. Their son was Charles IV whose feast we celebrated on the 2nd! More here: http://www.radio.cz/en/section/panorama/czechs-mark-seven-hundred-year-old-wedding-anniversary#0
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 9/11 at 11:41am.
Mercury (magnitude +0.1) is sinking away very low in the west shortly after sunset. You might still try for it with binoculars or a wide-field telescope down in the murk. Don’t confuse it with Spica to its upper left.
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
W 9 Low 4:54 AM 0.2 6:48 AM Rise 3:24 AM 17
~ 9 High 11:21 AM 6.3 7:38 PM Set 5:46 PM
~ 9 Low 5:03 PM 2.2
~ 9 High 10:53 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you are 6 inches tall and think you can’t make a difference, guess what? You just made a difference because you’re 6 inches tall…
~ Melodious is the closed mouth. – Irish Proverb
~ Let us play music and share knowledge in the name of Grian. By the spear of Lugh Lamfhada! My law is to dream. Live of me Fully. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Parks
~ Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping. – Julia Margaret Cameron
Older than ever, she’s still a young lady in her head…
When she looks in the mirror, she sees someone else instead;
A happy girl with poufy hair, fishnet hose and a miniskirt,
Who juggled boyfriends while teaching roommates to flirt.
Life’s hard lessons dimmed the radiance of that young girl
Happy with her children, but miserable in her marriage…
Now older, she has joy in love, with her soul no longer caged;
Her earlier promise has grown, and her spirituality unfurled. – © July 2005, Beth Johnson, (Mystic Amazon)
Crone’s Corner – Fall Equinox (Mabon)
The Fall Equinox or Meán Fómhair is the Autumnal equinox, on or around September 21st. It is the Neopagan equivalent of Thanksgiving, and the first day of the fall. It is at once the winding down of things, but not the end. It can be linked to the move to maturity and preparing for new stages of life or advancement it is the last great feast of the year and time to take stock. Most traditions include final harvesting (symbolic or actual), stalk bundling, and preparing for the times that will come. Feasts consist of stews, meats, pumpkins, wines, ale, and seasonal vegetables (mostly vine or root types.) The deities honored my most traditions are “royal” or complex (with differing manifestations), such as Bran (sometimes Vran) and branwen – or Lugh and The Morrigan. Ancestors that complement these complex divinities can also be honored.
The plans that were made on Samhain should now have run their natural courses to completion.
Then, as the wheel of the year keeps turning, it’s back to Samhain…As previously stated, Not all Neopagan traditions will practice the same holidays in the same way or have the same views on them. Celebrate them in ways that seem right to you, even if you can only consider the symbolism of them, mark them in your own way. The Neopagan festivals are reminders of the Agricultural/natural cycle of life that we are now so far from. In a world were foods and goods are less and less seasonal, it is a nice way to re-connect.-And besides, Who doesn’t like an excuse to celebrate?
By the ruler’s command,
I speak in the solemn presence of the Goddess,
whose praises are heard all the way
to the upper reaches of the Izusu River:
I speak humbly, concerning the offerings
of the harvest fruits, which will be brought here
to this divine banquet, to be blessed and purified
and presented to the goddess. Humbly I speak. ~Noriko, Japanese Prayer
At this time of year, in many cultures, feasts celebrating the harvests were held. A typical part of such festivals was the offering of first fruits, which meant that some portion of the harvest was designated as belonging to the divine. Sometimes this portion was used to maintain the priestesses or priests who served the Goddess or God; sometimes it was distributed among those in need; often it became part of the feast, partaken by all in the community. What happened to the food after it was offered was not the point; what was important was the fact that it became, symbolically, sacred.
Our lives would be much enhanced if we would offer part of everything we earn, everything we are given, to the divine. A drop of wine, spilled on the ground, reminds us that we are not the owners of what we consume. The earth owns us all. We would do well to remember that.
By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast