It’s 58F and rather gloomy and breezy. Once it a while the sun tries to peek through, but we’re supposed to get a bit of rain, yet. It’s been such a relief over the last week with the extra water coming down. There’s a droplet of water glistening on the bottom of a hanging pot.
Yesterday was just a whole day of frustration. I had spent about 10 hours putting together mileages to various places the way I do for OCPPG and discovered at that point that they were all wrong. Google maps was doing something weird, so it was all to do again. I didn’t actually beat my head on the desk, but I came awfully close several times. By evening it was all done, though and I turned in early.
Tempus had been doing chores all day and working on repairs. He got my window hook bar put up, so I got a bunch of my various sparklies that have been waiting on the window sill hung up. I fell asleep watching him play on the laptop.
Today I’ll be at the shop. He’s going to keep on with chores. I have some sewing to do after I harvest on the way out to the car and prep those things at the shop. I think there’s more oregano and I want to trim the parsley and see if there’s anything left of tomatoes. Tonight I have to pack.
Wonderful article about the restoration of Poplar Island in the Chesapeake Bay – http://beautifulswimmers.tumblr.com/post/129228742034/poplar-island-just-northeast-of-tilghman-island
Feast day of Hildegard von Bingen, virgin, abbess and Medieval Polymath. She was a mystic, who probably had migraines, at least the descriptions of her visions start with what sounds like migraines…. but where she took it and how she interpreted it! She wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as well as letters, songs used in church ritual, and poems as well as a piece that is considered to be the oldest surviving morality play. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hildegard_of_Bingen
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
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Love & Light,
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 9/27 at 7:51pm. 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 9/17 at 11:41am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/21 at 1:59am.
As twilight fades, look low in the southwest for the thin waxing crescent Moon off to the right of Saturn and Antares.
The waxing Moon passes over Saturn and Scorpius this weekend. The blue 10° scale is about the size of your fist held out at arm’s length.
Uranus (magnitude +5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude +7.8, in Aquarius) are well up in the east and southeast, respectively, by about 11 p.m. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Zodiacal light – Friday, Sept. 11–Thursday, Sept. 24, before dawn – The best time in the year to see the dim glow of the zodiacal light in the pre-dawn eastern sky, the light reflected from millions of interplanetary particles. It lies along the ecliptic.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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
Th 17 High 3:31 AM 6.4 6:58 AM Rise 11:08 AM 11
~ 17 Low 9:25 AM 1.7 7:23 PM Set 9:43 PM
~ 17 High 3:28 PM 7.2
~ 17 Low 10:06 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I know that freedom leads to the highest good for all.
~ It takes time for the absent to assume their true shape in our thoughts. After death they take on a firmer outline and then cease to change. – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
~ Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. – Plato
~ Foolproof systems do not take into account the ingenuity of fools. – Gene Brown
~ Against logic there is no armor like ignorance. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
All I ask is that, in the midst of a murderous world, we agree to reflect on murder and to make a choice. After that, we can distinguish those who accept the consequences of being murderers themselves or the accomplices of murderers, and those who refuse to do so with all their force and being. Since this terrible dividing line does actually exist, it will be a gain if it be clearly marked. Over the expanse of five continents throughout the coming years an endless struggle is going to be pursued between violence and friendly persuasion, a struggle in which, granted, the former has a thousand times the chances of success than that of the latter. But I have always held that, if he who bases his hopes on human nature is a fool, he who gives up in the face of circumstances is a coward. And henceforth, the only honourable course will be to stake everything on a formidable gamble: that words are more powerful than munitions. – Albert Camus; ‘Neither Victims nor Executioners’
Kitchen Witchery – What is a Kitchen Witch? – By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide – http://networkedblogs.com/7Pvd6
What is Kitchen Witchery?:
There’s a growing movement within modern Paganism known as kitchen witchery. The kitchen is, after all, the heart and hearth of many modern households. When you have a gathering in your home, where do most of your guests hang out? Why, the kitchen, of course! Also, thanks to a declining economy, many more people are making meals from scratch and the kitchen has once again become a place where people spend hours, rather than minutes. So it’s no surprise that kitchen witchery has seen a rise in popularity.
Meal Prep as Magic:
When you take the time to put meals together from the basic ingredients, you have a magical opportunity at hand. You can infuse every dish with intent and will. A meal can stop being something you dump out of a can, and start being a ritual in and of itself. When you take time to prepare something with your own hands, that lends it sacredness, and will make you want to spend time savoring it with your family, rather than just snarfing it down on your way out the door to soccer practice. By changing the way you view food, its preparation and its consumption, you can craft some practical magic at its simplest level.
How To Bring Magic Into the Kitchen:
As you become more aware of what it’s like to live magically, and more in tune with your own actions and activities, you may at some point realize that your kitchen is a magical one. There are a number of things you can do to enhance the magical atmosphere in your kitchen. Try some or all of these to get started:
* Have a kitchen altar. The stovetop is today’s equivalent of the hearth fires of old, and it’s where most food preparation is done. Create a small altar with items that can be moved as needed — add a statue of a home or hearth goddess, a cauldron, or a candle. If you like, paint a trivet with symbols of your tradition.
* Make sure your herbs are readily accessible. If you cook with them, display them in decorative jars. Make sure that they’re not sitting in direct sunlight, though, or they’ll lose their potency. If possible, have live plants in pots to use during the year. Keep fresh vegetables on hand as well.
* Read up on practices like Feng Shui so you can optimize your work space for maximum efficiency, both spiritual and practical.
* Keep the space clean. Much like any other sacred space, physical cleanliness maintains spiritual cleanliness. It’s hard to find balance in a place that is cluttered and chaotic. Make sure counter tops are wiped down after each meal, keep the sink free of dirty dishes, and organize cupboards and shelves so they are easy to use.
* Paint the walls in colors that are comforting and happy. If your house still has the 1970’s metallic flecked wallpaper in the kitchen, it’s time to get it out of there. Choose a color that makes you and your family feel good — earth tones are soothing, yellows are happy and bright, and greens bring prosperity and abundance.
* Keep cookbooks and recipes organized where you can find them. You might even want to have a special book of magical recipes that you keep separate from your regular Book of Shadows.
You can also incorporate magical practices into your cooking. Consider some of these:
* When stirring a recipe, stir in a deosil or widdershins direction, depending on the goal you wish to achieve.
* If you’re making a sandwich, spread condiments like mustard in a sigil for your purpose.
* When you bake bread, add herbs or spices that correspond to your magical needs.
Although kitchen witchery is rapidly becoming a popular term, it’s hardly a new concept. Get your kitchen clean and organized, and you’ll be well on your way to a successful path as a kitchen witch!