There’s a lot of cirrus in the sky, enough that there’s a pale halo around the sun, occasionally. It’s only 50F, but it’s not yet 8am. It’s supposed to get up to 70F today. There was a lot of fog on the river, but it’s already burning off. Trees are starting to turn. The early maples are going red on the edges and the days are getting shorter by 3 minutes each!
Yesterday started late for me but I whomped through a lot over the course of several hours. Tempus was busy with computer stuff and then went out to work on the car brakes. Yeah, they’re down to the nubs, so he’s going to be working on those over the weekend.
Amy was here for sewing. Tempus is working on a new lucet and I did blackwork and bargello while we talked. After that we had supper and then he laid down for a nap, since he had gotten word that the papers were going to be late. I kept on working. He finally left around 12:30! I figured I’d better get a nap, but I was still talking with a friend. 1:30, still no papers. At 2:45 he was finally bagging when that happens around 9pm, most nights! By 3:30 he was on the road. I was still up, working on embroidery designs.
It was almost light when we pulled out of the parking lot, but there were still stars. There were crabbers in the Bay when we went up the seawall, then the growing light revealed a lot of views that we never see at night. 6 drops later the stars were gone and the sun was up well before we came back to the shop. We figured that way we’d be here when it is time to open and I decided that I’d better get this done, because goodness knows whether I’ll remember later!
A photo by Ken Gagne from yesterday of a heron looking for a snack as he was photographing the sunset.
Today marks the 706th anniversary of the marriage of John of Luxembourg, later called John the Blind, and the last child of the Přemyslid dynasty of Bohemia, Eliska. Their son was Charles IV whose feast we celebrated on the 2nd! More here: http://www.radio.cz/en/section/panorama/czechs-mark-seven-hundred-year-old-wedding-anniversary#0
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
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Love & Light,
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. 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. 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 9/15 at 12:05am.
Now the Moon shines over Mars at dusk. The Saturn-Mars-Antares triangle, the emblem of this summer’s evening sky, continues to morph. Saturn and Antares will continue to move farther toward the lower right, while Mars hangs back and fades. By mid-autumn Saturn and Antares will be gone.
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 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
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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
F 9 Low 12:46 AM 1.3 6:49 AM Rise 2:42 PM 43
~ 9 High 7:09 AM 5.0 7:37 PM
~ 9 Low 12:27 PM 3.2
~ 9 High 6:37 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept hope, peace, joy, and love in all aspects of life.
~ A person starts to live when he can live outside himself. – Einstein
~ The secret lies in how we handle today, not yesterday or tomorrow. Today…that special block of time holding the key that locks out yesterday’s nightmares and unlocks tomorrow’s dreams. – Charles Swindoll, Clergyman and writer
~ Time lost is never found again. – Benjamin Franklin
You are the earth—
deep, rich, fertile,
veiled yet visible for
all to see.
You are ancient and
You can be stern and unforgiving,
yet also boundlessly compassionate
to those who love You.
You are ever an abode to life
and receive the dead into Your womb.
The gentleness of Your desires seeks
those who would be touched by magic—
and the seeds grow.
Blessed Be! The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte
Kitchen Witchery – What is a Kitchen Witch? By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide http://networkedblogs.com/7Pvd6
What is Kitchen Witchery?
There’s a growing movement within modern Paganism known as kitchen witchery. The kitchen is, after all, the heart and hearth of many modern households. When you have a gathering in your home, where do most of your guests hang out? Why, the kitchen, of course! Also, thanks to a declining economy, many more people are making meals from scratch and the kitchen has once again become a place where people spend hours, rather than minutes. So it’s no surprise that kitchen witchery has seen a rise in popularity.
Meal Prep as Magic:
When you take the time to put meals together from the basic ingredients, you have a magical opportunity at hand. You can infuse every dish with intent and will. A meal can stop being something you dump out of a can, and start being a ritual in and of itself. When you take time to prepare something with your own hands, that lends it sacredness, and will make you want to spend time savoring it with your family, rather than just snarfing it down on your way out the door to soccer practice. By changing the way you view food, its preparation and its consumption, you can craft some practical magic at its simplest level.
How To Bring Magic Into the Kitchen:
As you become more aware of what it’s like to live magically, and more in tune with your own actions and activities, you may at some point realize that your kitchen is a magical one. There are a number of things you can do to enhance the magical atmosphere in your kitchen. Try some or all of these to get started:
- Have a kitchen altar. The stovetop is today’s equivalent of the hearth fires of old, and it’s where most food preparation is done. Create a small altar with items that can be moved as needed — add a statue of a home or hearth goddess, a cauldron, or a candle. If you like, paint a trivet with symbols of your tradition.
- Make sure your herbs are readily accessible. If you cook with them, display them in decorative jars. Make sure that they’re not sitting in direct sunlight, though, or they’ll lose their potency. If possible, have live plants in pots to use during the year. Keep fresh vegetables on hand as well.
- Read up on practices like Feng Shui so you can optimize your work space for maximum efficiency, both spiritual and practical.
- Keep the space clean. Much like any other sacred space, physical cleanliness maintains spiritual cleanliness. It’s hard to find balance in a place that is cluttered and chaotic. Make sure counter tops are wiped down after each meal, keep the sink free of dirty dishes, and organize cupboards and shelves so they are easy to use.
- Paint the walls in colors that are comforting and happy. If your house still has the 1970’s metallic flecked wallpaper in the kitchen, it’s time to get it out of there. Choose a color that makes you and your family feel good — earth tones are soothing, yellows are happy and bright, and greens bring prosperity and abundance.
- Keep cookbooks and recipes organized where you can find them. You might even want to have a special book of magical recipes that you keep separate from your regular Book of Shadows.
- You can also incorporate magical practices into your cooking. Consider some of these:
- When stirring a recipe, stir in a deosil or widdershins direction, depending on the goal you wish to achieve.
- If you’re making a sandwich, spread condiments like mustard in a sigil for your purpose.
- When you bake bread, add herbs or spices that correspond to your magical needs.
Although kitchen witchery is rapidly becoming a popular term, it’s hardly a new concept. Get your kitchen clean and organized, and you’ll be well on your way to a successful path as a kitchen witch!
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Today is National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day. Or as it’s also known, National Apologize to the Waiter Day. – Seth Meyers