Coming over the bridge, the sky was full of white, streaky clouds and some big white puffy ones. Clouds are at 3000 and 7500 feet. The marine layer has rolled back and the sun is bright, when it’s shining. 60F with almost no wind at all.
Yesterday Tempus and I were both so tired we just dragged through things. I got the stock checked in, inventoried and priced (new mortar and pestles!), and he put stuff up as well as running errands. I think both of us dozed off at least twice! We didn’t leave the shop until after 10pm because we were so slow getting things done.
We have Herbs Workshop at 11am today and then Sewing at 3pm. Other than that we need to get some resins bagged and headered. We ought to be busy because of the holiday weekend. That would be a very good thing! …and we’re planning on staying later than usual this evening, because of it.
A Ken Gagne photo of a Great Blue Heron from 7/17/14
Today is the Day of Remembrance for the Pagan People of Novgorod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novgorod mentions this, not at all!). Many Slavs, particularly those who are trying to re-create the destroyed faith of our ancestors, count this as a day of blackest mourning and are very, very bitter about it.
“When the people of Novgorod were notified that Dobrinja wanted to Christianize them, they held a “Veche” (Thing) and decided to swear an oath: ‘Do not let Dobrinja into town. Do not let our idols be destroyed.’ Dobrinja sent word to them offering them silver, but the people refused him and would not let him enter the city.” The highest Volvh under the direction of a Slavic Pagan Priest, named Bogomil, (also known as Nightingale or “Solovey”), Voevoda Ugonay goes on to declare, went about the city on a horse, declaring with a loud voice: ‘Better for us to die than to let our Gods see disgrace.’ However, Dobrinja prevailed and each of the idols were cast into the river and the wooden sculptures were incinerated. This, truly, was a day of great mourning and sadness for the Pagan People. The events which happened on this day demonstrates all the “love” and essence of Christianity. ” – Iokimovskaja Letopis from http://www.irminsul.org/arc/010sz.html
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 at the Tide Change on 9/16 at 12:05pm. 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 9/5 at 2:03pm.
Shortly after sunset, the crescent Moon low in the west-southwest points the way lower right to Venus and lesser Jupiter, as shown at right.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are well up by midnight in the southeast and south, respectively. Info and finder charts.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – (MUHN, like “foot”),
Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 3 High 2:08 AM 7.3 6:42 AM Rise 8:59 AM 2
~ 3 Low 8:30 AM 0.2 7:48 PM Set 9:05 PM
~ 3 High 2:41 PM 7.3
~ 3 Low 8:52 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is everything.
~ Re-perceive. Clear our vision, clear our assessments, clear our judgments. Clear what we think we know and allow ourselves to be guided by higher knowing. – Lauren Zimmerman
~ He who waits upon fortune is never sure of dinner. – Benjamin Franklin
~ Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends. – George Santayana
~ A balanced, healthy diet will help to stabilize your energy and clarify your mind. This, in turn, will make your magick more effective. Kerr Cuhulain
“Keep the bastards honest.” – The political philosophy of Don Chipp (b. August 21, 1935), founder of the Australian Democrats, an alternative to the two main Australian parties. The Democrats use it as an unofficial slogan. – He is one of the rarest species on Earth. A popular politician. He entered parliament in 1960 and was the Liberal with so much get up and go, that he ultimately got up and went. – ABC TV’s Enough Rope, on Don Chipp
Giving Thanks Spell – September 22nd, 2006 – Color of the day: White Incense of the day: Cedar
Known as the Witch’s Thanksgiving, Mabon occurs at the Autumnal Equinox. As the year shifts from light to dark, the focus shifts from the masculine to the feminine, from the God to the Goddess, and from external work to internal reflection. On this day, Lugh, honored at Lughnasadh, sacrifices himself in battle with his dark twin. In Wiccan mythology, the Goddess, full and radiant in her own abundance, waits to give birth to the new Sun god at Yule. Also known as Harvest Home, the Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, and the Festival of Dionysus, Mabon can also be seen as a celebration of the god of the vine. In either form, it marks the second harvest and is a time to relax, enjoy, and give thanks for the bounty of the earth. Create an altar with the colors, fruits, and flowers of fall. Decorations could include leaves, grain, acorns, apples, grapes, a cornucopia, the Empress card from your favorite tarot deck, and a picture or statute of Demeter, Persephone, Lugh, or Dionysus. Light an orange or rust candle, and reflect on all that you have harvested in the past year. Light another candle in thanks for each item or event, saying: “Thank you, Lady, for your great gift of abundance.” End by raising a chalice containing a small amount of juice, wine, or mead, saying: “Thank you, Lord, for your gift of sacrifice and bounty.” Take one sip, and then go outside and offer the rest in libation to the earth. Let the candles burn down and leave the altar, adding fresh items as needed, until Samhain. – By: Lady MoonDance
Pagan Studies : – Ease Transitions Spell 9/4
Today is the festival of the Apache Goddess, Changing Woman. This spell helps us to embrace and learn from the changes that come into our life. To start, decorate your sacred space with potted plants. Place on your altar pictures of yourself from all stages of your life. Light a new green candle and ask Changing Woman to help you grow and change. Look at the photos of yourself when you were a baby, a young child, a teenager, and so forth. Realize as you study the pictures that although you’ve changed radically from your early childhood, you are still fundamentally the same person. Pray to Changing Woman to help you make any changes for the better that may be necessary in your life. ~Lily Gardner-Butts