The sun is shining in the bright blue sky, although you can tell it’s September since it’s a lot dimmer than a couple of months ago. Lots of streaks of cirrus and a couple of contrails are up high with some lower, fleecy clouds over the mountains and some low grey ones way out over the ocean. 60F and only light breezes even down by the water. It looks like we’re going to get some rain tonight, though.
We were early at the shop yesterday because my back was hurting and I needed my office chair. Tempus went and got us doughnuts and of course, as soon as it was time to open the shop I kept dozing off!
>> Why is there a slug in my grapes? 🙂 >>
House Capuchin’s project day was quiet, too, until Amy got to laughing at Tempus’ naughty jokes! We all worked until 6pm, having some marzipan that I saved out for us and then I wrote up the week, published it and then tried to pry Tempus off the bone needle he was working on. <sigh> We finally got out around 9pm.
Today I’m hoping to clean up a bit from the weekend and make some progress in the work room in back. The herb rack got moved, but a lot of the “extras” that were around it are piled into one of the not-in-place shelf units and need to get sorted out. I really need to get back to sewing, soon. I’ve got a couple of special orders for robes and we’ve been out of black all this year. With no other suppliers, I need to get on that….
Today is the Feast of Saint Mother Theresa. More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa She was made a saint of the Catholic Church yesterday.
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has it’s glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same. – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
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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. 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 9/9 at 4:49am.
Crisp nights of late summer are prime Milky Way time, as hot-weather humid hazes give way to dryer, clearer air (at least where a lot of us live). After dark, the Milky Way runs from Sagittarius in the south, up and left across Aquila, through the big Summer Triangle very high in the east, and on down through Cassiopeia to Perseus rising low in the north-northeast.
Venus (magnitude –3.8) is very low in the west in bright twilight. Look for it 20 or 30 minutes after sunset from a spot with a good open western view.
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
M 5 High 3:29 AM 6.6 6:45 AM Rise 10:57 AM 11
~ 5 Low 9:36 AM 1.2 7:44 PM Set 10:02 PM
~ 5 High 3:44 PM 7.1
~ 5 Low 10:12 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – High intention operates in the midst of mastery. Mastery operates in the midst of high intention.
~ Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. – Edward H. Harriman
~ When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill. – Seneca
~ The three steps for movement in life – Twelve steps are nine too many. Here they are for any who may need: breathe in, breathe out, and GET OVER IT! – Griffin Black Swan
~ The heyday of woman’s life is the shady side of fifty. – Elizabeth Stanton (1815-1902) US reformer
You dance on hilltops in
Springtime entangles in
Your hair, eyes sapphire ice
glowing to soft rain.
Like birdsong Your voice or
crystal’s silver song;
Your laughter shakes the trees–
the earth gladdens.
Mabon from About.com (edited for space) http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/mabontheautumnequinox/
Introduction to Mabon from Patti Wigington
Summer is winding down, the orchards and fields are ready to be harvested, and nights are getting a bit cooler as autumn begins to creep in. Take a moment to reflect on the equal hours of darkness and light that we find at the time of the fall equinox. At Mabon, it’s a time to set aside foods and grains for winter, working a bit of kitchen magic, and time to re-connect with the idea of home and hearth. In this Seven-Day Sabbat course, we’ll talk about the history of Mabon, ways you can mark the second harvest with rites and rituals, some Mabon magic, legends and folklore, craft projects, and even recipe ideas for your Mabon celebration.
Let’s begin by looking at when Mabon actually takes place (because that’s going to vary, depending on which side of the world you live in!), as well as some of the history of this autumn holiday! We’ll also discuss some ways you can set up your Mabon altar, and you can see what our other readers have done with theirs!
Wondering why we bother to celebrate the equinox at all? Well, it’s typically the time of the second harvest, and has been marked throughout history by various agricultural societies. From the ancient Greeks to modern Pagan Pride Day celebrations, Mabon is a time to be thankful for the abundance in our lives, and to honor the blessings we have.
Setting Up Your Altar
Mabon is one of those wonderful Sabbats where all the altar decorations you can possible think of are probably lying in your yard right now. Consider seasonal colors, symbols of the harvest, or goodies from your garden as a way of connecting your altar to this Sabbat celebration.
Mabon Folklore from Patti Wigington
The Mabon season has a long and rich history of legends and folklore. This time of year is associated with the cycle of life, death and rebirth thanks to its harvest connections. It’s also a season of balance and power, because there are equal hours of darkness and light on the day of the autumn equinox. From the myths of Persephone and Demeter to the gods of the vineyards, Mabon is a time to celebrate the magic and power of the second harvest.
Gods of the Vine
At Mabon, the vineyards are practically overflowing with grapes, and so this is a great time of year to celebrate the bounty of wine! In many cultures, the vegetation gods, or gods of forest and vine, are crucial to mythology. Of note in particular are Bacchus and Dionysus, perhaps the best known “party gods.
Acorns and Oak Trees
The acorn is a symbol of strength and power in many cultures. Because the acorn only appears on a fully mature oak, it is often considered a symbol of the patience needed to attain goals over long periods of time. It represents perseverance and hard work. To some societies, the oak was sacred, and is often connected to legends of deities who interact with mortals.
Persephone and Demeter
Nearly everyone has heard of the legend of Persephone and Demeter. But how do these two famous goddesses connect to the Mabon season? Well, it’s simply – without them, the story goes, we’d never have a dark time of the year. The balance of darkness and light is echoed in the timeless tale of mother and daughter.
Symbols of the Stag
The stag, or male deer, is often connected to the autumn holiday of Mabon. In some traditions, he’s associated with the Horned God, and in others, those giant antlers are representative of the crescent moon.
Pomona, Goddess of Apples
Pomona was a Roman goddess of orchards and fruit trees. She appears often in classical art, and is often portrayed carrying a cornucopia. Mabon is a good time of year to honor Pomona, and the bounty of the apple harvest…Pomona, Goddess of Apples
Celebrating the Second Harvest
from Patti Wigington
Although Mabon is fairly new as far as holiday celebrations go, it’s important to remember that throughout history, the time of the second harvest has been marked by agricultural societies for a long time. It was typically a time of celebration and fall festivals. In some Wiccan and NeoPagan traditions, this is the time to give thanks for the abundance on our tables and in our gardens. No matter how you celebrate, though, take a moment to reflect on the changing seasons around you.
Mabon Celebrations Around the World
Did you know that the Chinese celebrate the equinox as the birthday of the moon? Or that the Germanic tribes tossed flour and grain into the breeze to appease a god? There are many ways that this season is observed around the world – be sure to read up on the different customs people celebrate! Mabon Around the World
Although the feast of St. Michael is a Catholic holiday and not a Pagan one, it certainly has its roots in early agricultural customs. Because of its proximity to the autumn equinox, Michaelmas was nearly always associated with the harvest season. Learn more here: Michaelmas
In the British Isles, the tradition of Nutting Day falls each year in September. It’s a time of gathering nuts, and has many strong fertility associations – in part due to rumors that young maidens were in grave danger of getting pregnant if they went out a-nutting unaccompanied! Nutting Day
Although scarecrows often appear as Halloween decorations, they’ve been long associated with the season of Mabon. They are known to keep birds and vermin out of the fields. From ancient Greece to feudal Japan, these familiar figures have become connected with the harvest season. Scarecrows
Mabon Ritual and Ceremony from Patti Wigington
For many Pagans and Wiccans, Mabon is a time of thanksgiving. Summer has ended, we’ve got the bounty of the harvest on our tables, and we’re celebrating the security of hearth and home. It’s the perfect time for a big ritual! You can try one of these rites to honor the season, or do a balance meditation to help you get grounded. Finally, we’ll look at some simple ideas to celebrate the Sabbat.
Honoring the Dark Mother at Mabon
In many Pagan and Wiccan traditions, the Mabon season includes embracing the darkness. While there are equal hours of light and dark, this is the time of year in which the daylight begins to fade and the nights get longer and colder as the earth goes dormant once again. This ritual welcomes the darker aspects of the goddess and the earth itself…Honoring the Dark Mother
Mabon Apple Harvest Ritual
In many pantheons, the apple is a symbol of the Divine. Apple trees are representative of wisdom and guidance. This apple ritual will allow you time to thank the gods for their bounty and blessings, and to enjoy the magic of the earth before the winds of winter blow through…Apple Harvest Ritual
Mabon Balance Meditation
Mabon is traditionally seen as a time of balance. After all, it’s one of the two times each year that has equal amounts of darkness and light. Because this is, for many people, a time of high energy, there is sometimes a feeling of restlessness in the air, a sense that something is just a bit “off”. If you’re feeling a bit spiritually lopsided, with this simple meditation you can restore a little balance into your life…Mabon Balance Meditation
Ten Ways to Celebrate the Equinox
For many people, Mabon is a time of great spiritual change. You may find yourself ready to get out and try new things, or turning inward, to focus on hearth and home. Whether you’re thinking of hosting a food drive, or just walking in the woods, Mabon is a wonderful time to be thankful for all that life has to offer…
Mabon Magic from Patti Wigington
Mabon is a time to do magic that relates to the hearth and home. If you’ve been harvesting your garden, spend some time in the kitchen doing a bit of cooking magic – after all, the very act of preparing a meal can be a ritual itself! Reconnect with your home after spending the summer outdoors, and try a ritual of protection to keep your property safe during the winter months. We’ll also talk about how to raise magical energy with a drum circle, and the natural power found in the apples and grapes that are blossoming at this time of year!
There’s a growing movement within modern Paganism known as kitchen witchery, and there’s no better time than Mabon to brush up on your magical hearthkeeping skills. When you take the time to put meals together from the basic ingredients, you have a magical opportunity at hand. Here are some tips on how to incorporate magical living into your kitchen practices. .
At Mabon, apples are everywhere. Orchards are blooming in full force, and if you get a chance to go picking, there’s no end to the possibilities for a basket of apples in the hands of a practitioner of magic! Apples have long been used for divination, and are seen as a symbol of the harvest season.
Hearth & Home Protection Ritual
Mabon is a time of balance, and it is the time to celebrate the stability of the hearth and home. This ritual is a simple one designed to place a barrier of harmony and security around your property. You can do this as a family group, as a coven, or even as a solitary. If you live in an apartment, feel free to adapt the rite as necessary. The key here is to focus on the perimeter of your personal space, whether you have a half-acre yard, a big rural spread, or a downtown condo.
Much like the apple, the grape is one of those fruits that has a significant amount of magic associated with it. First and foremost, the grape harvest — and the wine that it produces — has been associated with fertility deities like Egypt’s Hathor, the lusty Roman Bacchus and his Greek counterpart, Dionysus. By the time of Mabon, grape arbors are flourishing. Vines, leaves and fruit are all usable items — the leaves are often used in Mediterranean cooking, the vines for craft projects, and the grapes themselves are extremely versatile….
Raise Energy With a Drum Circle
Drum circles are a lot of fun, and if you’ve ever attended a public Pagan or Wiccan event, chances are good that somewhere, someone is drumming. You may not be able to see them, but you’ll feel that pulsing rhythm off in the distance. In addition to being entertaining (and a great stress reliever), a drum circle serves another purpose – that of raising energy. Here are some hints for hosting a successful drum circle….
Crafts and Creations for Mabon from Patti Wigington
At Mabon, there are a number of simple craft ideas you can put together to brighten your home for the season. Why not take advantage of nature’s bounty, and display some leaves or acorns in a decorativee jar, place pumpkins and apples in baskets around your home, or hang cornstalks and grapevines aroudn the front of your house. Today, we’ll look at a couple of easy craft projects, including a god’s eye, a prosperity candle, and a special blend of incense to help you celebrate your harvest rites and rituals.
Make a Mabon God’s Eye
Mabon is a time when the earth is turning from green and brown to blazing hues of red, yellow and orange. Bring these outdoor colors into your home by incorporating them into a Mabon god’s eye. Hang it on your door to welcome guests, or above your altar to celebrate the season.
Mabon Cleansing Wash
This herbal infusion can be used as a skin wash or a cleanser for your ritual space. By infusing the herbs in water, you can take advantage of the medicinal properties as well as the magical ones. This blend uses herbs that are in season as the time of the second harvest approaches, so you may just be able to find them fresh in your own garden!
Mabon Prosperity Candles
Mabon is a time to be thankful for all the things we have — a garden full of crops to pick, full apple trees in the orchards, and the bread we’ve been baking with the grain already harvested. Although this is a time of balance, it’s also a time to look at what you have and be grateful for it. Celebrate the abundance of the harvest season by inviting prosperity into your life. These simple candles can be given as gifts, burned on your altar, or placed around the house to bring abundance your way.
Mabon Harvest Incense
As the Wheel of the Year turns with each season, you may wish to use different types and scents of incense for your ceremonies and rituals. While incense isn’t mandatory for a good ritual, it certainly can help to set the mood. To make your a blend of incense for Mabon, the autumn equinox, we’ll be using scents that remind us of the fall season, and the second harvest of the year.
Have a magical Mabon,
Patti Wigington Your About.com Guide to Paganism & Wicca
Silliness – Buggy Milk
A farmer was milking his cow. He was just starting to get a good rhythm going when a bug flew into the barn and started circling his head. Suddenly, the bug flew into the cow’s ear. The farmer didn’t think much about it, until the bug squirted out into his bucket. It went in one ear and out the udder.