It’s 51F down by the water, 4 degrees more up here. There’s only a little breeze. What we had at sunrise has pretty much quit. The mist got aggressive again last night, but only a little. The sunlight fades every so often. There are some clouds up there.
Yesterday went too quickly to get everything done, but I tried. The newsletters have to be filled in today, but I got ’em set up. I also got distracted by a Pinterest board of some of the cutest pincushions I’ve ever seen.
My eyes were giving me heck yesterday. I couldn’t focus on anything for very long and I had a nasty headache. I’m doing better today. I ended up spending quite awhile reading because I could manage that.
Today Tempus is still asleep. His route ran long last night for some reason. We have chores to do. I’m hoping for some of the last blackberries and I have to get him to cut me a path to where I stored my plant pots. Brambles are trying to eat the north end of the porch! He’s going to work in the kitchen again and then we have the Open Circle tonight!
Today in 1846 – Discovery of Neptune by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams; verified by German astronomerJohann Gottfried Galle. The planet was named for Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_%28planet%29
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria ×ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
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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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the full on 9/26 at 7:51am.
Equinox – Wednesday, Sept. 23, 4:21 a.m. EDT – The sun crosses the celestial equator moving southward, causing the days to grow shorter in the northern hemisphere and longer in the southern hemisphere. Autumn begins in the Northern Hemisphere, and spring in the Southern Hemisphere, at the equinox: 4:21 a.m. Wednesday morning EDT (8:21 Sept. 23rd UT). This is when the Sun crosses the equator heading south. Wherever you are, the Sun rises and sets almost exactly due west today.
Binocular observers often scan the rich Milky Way of Cygnus now overhead. But do you know about Omicron1 Cygni? It’s a colorful double in the Swan’s northwest wing. And a binocular challenge: it’s actually triple! See Gary Seronik’s Binocular Highlight in the September Sky & Telescope, page 43.
Venus is now at its greatest brilliancy (magnitude –4.8), the “Morning Star” high in the east during dawn. It rises much earlier, around 3 or 4 a.m. depending on your location, a weird UFO of a thing. In a telescope Venus is a thickening crescent, but shrinking in diameter week by week as it pulls farther ahead of Earth around the Sun.
Mars, 400 times fainter at magnitude +1.8, glows 10° or 11° lower left of Venus in early dawn. Regulus, slightly brighter at magnitude +1.4, shines closer below Mars early in the week, and moves up closer to Mars each morning. Regulus passes just 0.8° to the right of Mars on the morning of Friday the 25th.
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. Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. 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 23 Low 2:59 AM 0.6 7:05 AM Set 1:44 AM 65
~ 23 High 9:35 AM 5.9 7:12 PM Rise 4:27 PM
~ 23 Low 3:10 PM 2.9
~ 23 High 9:02 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Write Love letters.
~ Shee, you guys are so unhip it’s a wonder your bums don’t fall off. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ There are no answers, only cross-references. – Weiner’s Law of Libraries
~ Either you will do now what it takes or 10 years from now you will wish that you had. – Paul V Harris
~ But all endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time, – Mitch Albom
A PRAISE TO GREEN TARA
Here is the Green Tara,
Towering above the trees,
Looking upon us here on Earth,
To see how we are doing.
Her beautiful eyes are open,
The eyes in her head are three,
And one of them in her forehead.
Her hands sweep from side to side
In a graceful rhythm…
The eye in each hand, looking over;
Over the actions and beauty
Of the world and the peoples in it.
Her strong, graceful feet walk on,
Each having an eye in it to see,
Each sensing and knowing all things.
Green Tara, beautiful green, lovely one,
Queen of Nature.
Green Tara, protect us and show us
The way toward the Light,
To feel our Light Within, O Mother.
Green as the trees are,
Green as the grasses
Green as some of the animals here,
Sparkling, clean green as in waters.
Listen to us, O Mother,
As we praise you.
Enlighten us. We look at you in awe,
Marveling at your grace
And the depth of your compassion.
Protect our Earth, Help us
To protect the resources here.
Protect us all from evil beings.
Help us be kind and caring
And protect the innocents,
As you do, Gracious Mother.
Help us with our healings,
Adding your energies.
Grant us your happy laughter,
Let us rejoice at what we have,
And make better what we can,
Appreciating the Earth’s bounty.
We feel joy at your approach.
Bless us, Green Mother. – © Copyright 10/2/05, Beth Johnson(Mystic Amazon)
There are traditionally four “quarter days” in a year (Lady Day (25th March), Midsummer (24th June), Michaelmas (29th September) and Christmas (25th December)). They are spaced three months apart, on religious festivals, usually close to the solstices or equinoxes. They were the four dates on which servants were hired, rents due or leases begun. It used to be said that harvest had to be completed by Michaelmas, almost like the marking of the end of the productive season and the beginning of the new cycle of farming. It was the time at which new servants were hired or land was exchanged and debts were paid. This is how it came to be for Michaelmas to be the time for electing magistrates and also the beginning of legal and university terms.
St Michael is one of the principal angelic warriors, protector against the dark of the night and the Archangel who fought against Satan and his evil angels. As Michaelmas is the time that the darker nights and colder days begin – the edge into winter – the celebration of Michaelmas is associated with encouraging protection during these dark months. It was believed that negative forces were stronger in darkness and so families would require stronger defences during the later months of the year.
Traditionally, in the British Isles, a well fattened goose, fed on the stubble from the fields after the harvest, is eaten to protect against financial need in the family for the next year; and as the saying goes:
“Eat a goose on Michaelmas Day,
Want not for money all the year”.
Sometimes the day was also known as “Goose Day” and goose fairs were held. Even now, the famous Nottingham Goose Fair is still held on or around the 3rd of October. Part of the reason goose is eaten is that it was said that when Queen Elizabeth I heard of the defeat ofthe Armada, she was dining on goose and resolved to eat it on Michaelmas Day. Others followed suit. It could also have developed through the role of Michaelmas Day as the debts were due; tenants requiring a delay in payment may have tried to persuade their landlords with gifts of geese!
In Scotland, St Michael’s Bannock, or Struan Micheil (a large scone-like cake) is also created. This used to be made from cereals grown on the family’s land during the year, representing the fruits of the fields, and is cooked on a lamb skin, representing the fruit of the flocks. The cereals are also moistened with sheeps milk, as sheep are deemed the most sacred of animals. As the Struan is created by the eldest daughter of the family, the following is said:
“Progeny and prosperity of family, Mystery of Michael, Protection of the Trinity”
Through the celebration of the day in this way, the prosperity and wealth of the family is supported for the coming year. The custom of celebrating Michaelmas Day as the last day of harvest was broken when Henry VIII split from the Catholic Church; instead, it is Harvest Festival that is celebrated now.
St Michael is also the patron saint of horses and horsemen. This could explain one of the ancient Scottish traditions that used to be practiced on Michaelmas Day. Horse racing competitions in the local communities would be held and small prizes won. However, with a twist, it was the only time at which a neighbour’s horse could be taken lawfully the night before and ridden for the entirety of the day, as long as the animal was returned safely!
In British folklore, Old Michaelmas Day, 10th October, is the last day that blackberries should be picked. It is said that on this day, when Lucifer was expelled from Heaven, he fell from the skies, straight onto a blackberry bush. He then cursed the fruit, scorched them with his fiery breath, spat and stamped on them and made them unfit for consumption! And so the Irish proverb goes:
“On Michaelmas Day the devil puts his foot on blackberries”.
The Michaelmas Daisy
The Michaelmas Daisy, which flowers late in the growing season between late August and early October, provides colour and warmth to gardens at a time when the majority of flowers are coming to an end. As suggested by the saying below, the daisy is probably associated with this celebration because, as mentioned previously, St Michael is celebrated as a protector from darkness and evil, just as the daisy fights against the advancing gloom of Autumn and Winter.
“The Michaelmas Daisies, among dede weeds,
Bloom for St Michael’s valorous deeds.
And seems the last of flowers that stood,
Till the feast of St. Simon and St. Jude.”
(The Feast of St. Simon and Jude is 28 October)
The act of giving a Michaelmas Daisy symbolises saying farewell, perhaps in the same way as Michaelmas Day is seen to say farewell to the productive year and welcome in the new cycle.
My girlfriend called me as she was driving to an appointment. She arrived, and I could tell from her voice that she was getting frustrated. Finally she said, “I know I had my cell phone with me. And now I can’t find it!”
I replied, “Aren’t you talking on it!?”
There was a solid period of stunned silence as the reality of the situation sank in – followed by, “You are NOT going to tell anybody about this!”