52F and bright sunshine! The sunrise this morning was the loveliest orange color and right at the equinox notch in the trees to the east. Yesterday was chilly, but today is supposed to go into the 70’s out here and with low humidity. 46%? Even by the ocean? Wow….
Yesterday started a little oddly, but it went well overall, even if I ended up exhausted. I stopped at a yard sale and found some goodies: a few candle-holders for stock, a couple of pieces for vases and such, a nice basket or three, a small set of drawers and a short shelf unit.
I started the day working in back cleaning up a little and setting up to dehydrate some mushrooms, although that never happened. I sat down and started working with Nick and Brandon as soon as they got to the shop and we kept at it for a couple of hours, then they took off for lunch. When they got back Brandon fell asleep and I had sent Tempus in the back to snooze. I finally woke Tempus around 4pm when my rabbits arrived (butchered in the morning!) and sent him home with them and Brandon slept until past 5:30.
Tempus had some kerfluffles with the car. He got a screw puncturing a tire. Yes, that sounds weird, but the tire found it painful. He put some flatfix in and it blorked all over the parking lot! The 2nd can held, though. I think we’re getting a new tire tomorrow, but it held for this morning’s paper run.
I spent a lot of the day finding and unpacking things. We had some goodies dropped off by someone who was downsizing and there are some nice incense holders from that plus books. I’ve still got a box of stuff on the counter that needs to be gone through. I also cut the dried bamboo from last winter into tube lengths. At the very end of the day Nick put the small drawer set into place by the stereo organizer and our corks and the bamboo tubes (needlecases and such) and some of Tempus’ handwork projects went into those. I need to clean up my project area up front, yet, but I’ll do that as part of what needs to happen this afternoon.
Tempus’ papers were late this morning, but he was home by a little after 8am, doughnuts in hand. 🙂 He’s making coffee and then he’s going back to bed and I’m heading for the shop. We have class this morning and Nick and Brandon need to do a few more bits from their pre-nup stuff. This afternoon we’ll be finishing that up and it’s also the Project Day. If you want to see what we’re up to you’re welcome to come in!
I think these are cool. These are buttons made from vintage embroideries that were otherwise too stained or damaged for use, from Lovelui Etsy shop.
Today’s feast is the Jejunium Cereris, Fast of Ceres, Roman Empire – This was a fast introduced in 191 BCE by command of the Sibylline books. Fasting was not common in the Graeco-Roman world. This one was held in honour of the goddess Ceres and followed the general feasting as carried out in the Eleusinian festival. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_%28Roman_mythology%29#Expiations and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_%28Roman_mythology%29#Ceres_and_Magna_Mater
Today’s plant is the cobra lily, Darlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.
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Love & Light,
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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/4 at 2:06pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 10/6 at 5:06pm.
Last-quarter Moon (exact at 5:06 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). The Moon rises around midnight tonight, in Gemini.
Venus (magnitude –4.7) blazes high in the east during dawn, the brightest of the morning planets. It rises much earlier, around 3 or 4 a.m. Look for much fainter little Regulus sparkling blue-white nearby. In a telescope, Venus is a brilliant thick crescent.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy – Sep 30 – Oct 27
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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Gort Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 4 Low 12:04 AM 0.1 7:18 AM Set 2:24 PM 61
~ 4 High 6:39 AM 6.2 6:52 PM
~ 4 Low 12:12 PM 3.0
~ 4 High 6:06 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t be so open-minded that your brains fall out.
~ I enjoy my morning cup of tea sitting in the rays of the rising sun with my cat purring next to me. Pure bliss. – Patricia Burrett
~ With the Union my best and dearest earthly hopes are entwined. – Franklin Pierce (1804- 1869) 14th US president
~ What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also. – Caesar
~ Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
All that is worshipped is but a reflection of the worshipper. A single god, no matter how benign, is tortured into a multitude of masks, each shaped by the secret desires, hungers, fears and joys of the individual mortal, who but plays a game of obsequious approbation. Believers lunged into belief. The faithful drowned in their faith. And there was another truth, one that seemed on the surface to contradict the first one. The gentler and kinder the God, the more harsh and cruel its worshippers, for they hold to their convictions with taut certainty, febrile in its extremity, and so cannot abide dissenters. They will kill, they will torture, in that god’s name. And see in themselves no conflict, no matter how bloodstained their hands. -The Bonehunters
Samhain Magick – Prayers
Prayer for Autumn Days
God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.
God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.
God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.
God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.
God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.
God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.
God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.
God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful. Author Unknown
Appropriate for many faiths
Croning Blessing by Noel-Anne Brennan
We call to you now,
From the times before the Beginning,
from the place before time,
We call to you, Dark Moon,
By all your names
Spoken and unspoken.
Rhea, Mother of Time,
Macha, Lady of Power,
Baba Yaga of the forests,
Kali, Dark Mother,
Hecate of the Crossroads,
Queen of magic.
Mighty Goddesses and Crones,
And bless the Crones
Of our circle,
First among sisters.
Bless them, bless them, bless them,
We thank you.