Yesterday I started by heading out to harvest. I came back in with little yellow pear tomatoes, plantain, fennel, apple mint, spearmint and lovage seed. I spent awhile checking on the fennel seed, too. Once I was at the shop I processed all that and Tempus took the bank deposit and picked up the mail. Then he went home and I went nuts…. It was past 2pm before the customers thinned out enough that I sat down and finished my coffee!
Around 3pm a couple of old friends showed up and I worked on rag doll wigs while we talked. That canned the sewing I was planning. There were still quite a number of customers in while we were talking, so I was helping them between chat times.
Late in the day Tempus got back. He’d been working on cleaning and setting up some things for me that are being packed as I type. The friends took off and so we set stuff up for my weekend while we waited for Rowan and Marius. When they got there we did a run-through on Mabon and then they headed out and Tempus and I finished packing the stuff that Marius and I are going to pick up this morning.
Today Tempus is going to be at the shop and
I’ll be on my way to Medford, where I’ll be all weekend. This is an historical re-creation event for the most-of-the-state group. Marius and I are meeting friends for lunch and then we’ll stop at the event site, then go to our motel for the night. I’m supposed to have internet access at the motel. I hope so! If you don’t see any newsletters over the weekend, I’ll fill ’em in on Monday!
Slavic Harvest headdress
Today is the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Samuel Johnson (born 9/18/1709 d. 12/13/1784), English lexicographer (A Dictionary of the English Language). He was the son of a poor bookseller, and grew up in poverty (which haunted him the rest of his life). Despite his humble origins, after Shakespeare he is the most quoted person in the English language. More in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Samuel_Johnson .
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii,sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. They are commonly used as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. –Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
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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. 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 Saturn close to the waxing crescent Moon, as shown here. To their left are Antares and other stars of upper Scorpius.
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.
Mercury is well placed in the evening twilight for the first half of the month. This apparition is more favorable for observers in the Southern Hemisphere.
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 (shown in green).
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
F 18 High 4:15 AM 6.1 6:59 AM Rise 12:06 PM 17
~ 18 Low 9:58 AM 2.2 7:22 PM Set 10:19 PM
~ 18 High 4:01 PM 7.0
~ 18 Low 10:50 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I’ll watch my thinking and keep improving it.
~ The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you. – Rita Mae Brown.
~ Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it. – Horace Mann
~ Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible. – Claude Bissell
~ A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent. – William Blake
A Message from Space
Everything that happens is the message:
you read an event and be one and wait,
like breasting a wave, all the while knowing
by living, though not knowing how to live.
Or workers built an antenna — a dish
aimed at stars — and they themselves are its message,
crawling in and out, being worlds that loom,
dot-dash, and sirens, and sustaining beams.
And sometimes no one is calling but we turn up
eye and ear — suddenly we fall into
sound before it begins, the breathing
so still it waits there under the breath —
And then the green of leaves calls out, hills
where they wait or turn, clouds in their frenzied
stillness unfolding their careful words:
“Everything counts. The message is the world.” – William Stafford (The Way It Is)
Bringing Autumn Magic In – Granny’s Herbals – Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001).
There’s nothing more luscious than inviting nature indoors in the Fall: the
brilliant colors of Autumn make our homes feel deliciously warm and cozy as
the weather turns cooler. Changing leaves, swags of grapevine, and
vibrantly-colored apples and squashes make gorgeous, inexpensive decorations.
Find out how to connect with the abundant bounty and beauty of this harvest
season with these fun, easy tips for decorating with nature.
- Preserve some colorful leaves. You can iron them between sheets of waxed paper, microwave them for a few seconds, put them in a solution of glycerin, or press them between the pages of a heavy book. Then you can apply them to backsplashes, place them artfully in a vase, mound them around a pile of gourds or squashes, or even use them as coasters for your favorite beverages.
- Food is art. Find a local Farmer’s Market or roadside stand and load up on apples, pears, pumpkins, decorative squashes, nuts, gourds, and Native American corn. A simple wooden bowl loaded with these treasures makes an abundant centerpiece. You can parade them in a line on a mantel-piece or pile them in a basket. What you don’t eat, you can enjoy looking at.
- Other treasures. Bring in grapevines to twine along the countertops, or make wreaths for doors or cabinets (see our article on making your own Inner Harvest Wreath). If you live in an area where bittersweet is not a protected plant, harvest some to put in an earthen vase Corn shocks are traditional to stand beside a door, but broom corn makes a beautiful and less usual alternative with its graceful russet fronds.
- Beeswax candles. The amber color and honey-sweet aroma of these safe, all-natural candles just evoke the golden glow of autumn. As the days get shorter, it can be a soothing ritual to burn a beeswax candle at dusk.
- Echo Fall colors. Bring in the Autumn hues of russet-red, vibrant shades of orange, deep greens, mellow golds, wine-reds, and vivid scarlet with cushions, towels, scatter-rugs, or other decorative accents. My family has a brightly-colored autumn leaf potholder and a set of pumpkin-shaped mugs that we use with pleasure year after year. Find the simple treasures your family will enjoy.
- Try this creative and relaxing Leaf Meditation. Find a perfect autumn leaf and spend some time really looking at it, noticing the variations in color and shape. Trace its outline on a piece of paper, then try your hand at coloring it in with colored pencils, markers, or paints. Slowing down and taking time to savor the beauty of something as simple and commonplace as a leaf opens our eyes and hearts to nature’s magical variety. You may want to cut your colored leaf out and glue it on the cover of a journal to keep you company throughout the autumn months. Or do several leaves to decorate your cabinets or walls!
- Think water. Western European traditions often associate Autumn with the element of water, since it is a time of deep feeling and flowing away: birds migrate, trees shed their leaves. Honor this ancient idea with a bowl of water in a special place. Notice how water evaporates. As you refill your bowl throughout the autumn months, give a little thought to your own feelings, and the things that you are in the process of releasing from your life.
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Grapevine Pentacle – Celebrate Mabon with a Pentacle Wreath By Patti Wigington, About.com [Anja’s note: works with ivy, too!]
Make a simple grapevine pentacle using a few vines and some florist’s wire. Image (c) Patti Wigington 2007
This is a craft which is simple to make, although it takes a little bit of patience. You’ll need several grapevines of thin to medium thickness, freshly picked so they’re pliable. If they’ve dried out, you can soften them up by soaking them overnight in a bucket of water.
Strip all the leaves and stray stems from the vines. Select your longest vine and shape it into a circle about 18” in diameter. Continue coiling the vine around the circle until you reach the end, and then tuck the end up under the other layers to hold it in place. Take your next longest vine, and repeat the process. To start each new vine, tuck one end into the existing circle, coil it around, and then tuck the end in. Repeat this until your wreath is the desired thickness — five to seven vines ought to give you a good base.
Now you’ll need five pieces of grapevine that are of equal lengths, and they should each be about 2” longer than the wreath’s inside diameter. These five pieces will form the star in the center of the pentacle. Take the first piece and work it into place across the center of the wreath, anchoring each end by tucking it into the outer vines of the wreath. Repeat with the other four pieces, overlapping them where needed, until you have a star in the center. Use the florist’s wire to secure the ends in place.
Finally, tie off a short length of florist’s wire to the top of the wreath, so you can hang it on your wall or door.