It’s a really lovely morning! The sky is clear and there’s just a little moisture, enough to make distances hazy. It’s only 41F at 7:30, though, and my study is chilly! I think I need a blanket more than just my shawl.
Yesterday flew by. We were very busy from the morning harvesting then prepping and drying of herbs to the sewing in the afternoon, Anja had a full day! Tempus had errands to run so he was in and out and several readings happened, too. Partly we were busy because of the Cruizin’ for Crab and the bike race that were going on.
Tempus left at the usual time for the paper route and I’m waiting for doughnuts. He promised to stop for some.
Today we have the Wicca 101 class in the morning and then the House Capuchin Project Day in the afternoon.
Today is the anniversary of a 1631 Sunday performance of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream that so upset the Puritans that Bottom had to sit in the stocks! More on the play here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer_Night%27s_Dream
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciaefrom which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is
Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 9/29 at 7:51am. Eclipses – Lunar eclipses always occur on the day of the Full Moon. Positive magicks should not be performed in these months until after the eclipse is over. – Associated God/esses: Kali, Shiva the Destroyer. 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 10/12 at 5:06pm.
Sunday, Sept. 27, 10:51 p.m. EDT – Full Moon – The September Full Moon is known as the Harvest Moon or Full Corn Moon. It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise; this is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.
Total eclipse of the Moon! The eclipse happens for North America in the evening, South America later at night local time, and for Europe and much of Africa on the morning of Monday the 28th local time. Timetables, map, what to watch for. And see the September Sky & Telescope, page 26. Is it cloudy? Are you on the other side of the world? We’ll webcast the lunar eclipse, with commentary by S&T editors and lunar scientists. Tune in! Starts at 9 p.m. Sunday evening EDT; 1:00 Sept. 28 UT (GMT). On a night when the Moon gets eclipsed, it’s always full.
Lunar trio – Sunday, Sept. 27, evening – There will be a triple treat for observers in eastern North America as sun, Earth, and moon align: a total lunar eclipse, the moon at its closest, and a full moon, all in one evening. At 8:12 p.m. EDT, the lunar eclipse will begin with the first faint lunar shadow creeping onto the moon. At 9:48, the moon reaches an extreme perigee, the closest it will get to Earth in all of 2015: 221,753 miles (356,877 km). Total phase of the eclipse will begin at 10:11 p.m. and mid eclipse will be at 10:47. At 10:51 it will be the instant of full moon, the largest full moon in 2015. At 11:23, the total phase of the eclipse will end, and at 1:23 a.m. the last of the Earth’s shadow will leave the moon. In western North America, the moon will already be in eclipse when the moon rises. Observers in South America, Europe, and Africa will also see most of this eclipse.
Mercury is out of sight; it passes through inferior conjunction with the Sun on September 30th.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine – Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy – Sep 30 – Oct 27
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
Su 27 High 12:00 AM 8.0 7:09 AM Set 6:31 AM 97
~ 27 Low 6:23 AM -0.3 7:05 PM Rise 7:01 PM
~ 27 High 12:33 PM 8.2
~ 27 Low 6:50 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Think of yourself in a garden, the sounds of the birds and the fragrances of the flowers. Come and Enjoy the Beauty of this New Day.
~ And this is what comes from dabbling; I mean, you can’t practice Witchcraft while you look down your nose at it. – Practical Magic
~ A man of knowledge chooses a path with heart and follows it. – Carlos Castaneda
~ Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~ How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present, love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure, the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth. ~ Sarah Ban Brethnach
Color of the day: Yellow – Incense of the day: Juniper
Have at hand those things that remind you of this time of year—harvest goods of fresh ears of corn, pumpkin pie, and apples or apple cider. These will be your “cakes and ale.” Gather things that remind you of your accomplishments this year: business items, papers from a new job, something you have made. Add pictures of your family and friends. All items should be associated with personal success. Find a place where your feet touch ground, the sky is open, and you can see the Moon. Otherwise, choose a comfortable space where you can close your eyes and “feel” the ground and “see” the Moon. Surround yourself with sacred space and call upon your deities to join you. Now look around at all the things you have gathered. This is your harvest: successes that have grown from your creative mind or personal skills. Give thanks to your deities for your harvest this year. Eat the foods that you brought into the circle. Finally, clear out your sacred space. And remember to take leftovers outside to share with the spirits of the harvest. By: Boudica
Hunter’s Feast Ritual – Incense of the day: Eucalyptus
Yesterday was traditionally a feast day for honoring Diana/Artemis in her huntress aspect. Why not have a traditional hunter’s feast for your Pagan friends this week? The main dish should be some form of meat, preferably venison if available, as deer are associated with Diana.
Vegetarians could create a veggie loaf of grains and mushrooms. Serve seasonal vegetables and a good hearty soup such as mushroom or potato-leek, along with a full-bodied red wine like merlot. For dinner music, how about that Pagan classic “Songs from the Wood” by Jethro Tull? Or else play something suitably sylvan in tone. Such a meal served in summer reminds us of the coming winter, when we will eat hearty foods to stay warm.
By: Ruby Lavender, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
After being away on business, Tim thought it would be nice to bring his wife a little gift. “How about some perfume?” he asked the cosmetics clerk. She showed him a bottle costing $50.00.
“That’s a bit much,” said Tim, so she returned with a smaller bottle for $30.00. “That’s still quite a bit,” Tim complained.
Growing annoyed, the clerk brought out a tiny $15.00 bottle. “What I mean,” said Tim, “is I’d like to see something really cheap.”
The playful clerk handed him a mirror.