It’s wonderfully clear this morning, chilly in the shade, but the sunshine is warm. 60F and light breeze. There were 15 boats in the downbay this morning, and a bunch more above the Bridge! Lots of crab pots, but lots of fishing lines! I hear the salmon are running well and nice and fat!
Yesterday was a fun day! I was a little harried as it started, trying to get the harvested herbs put away and pictures taken and all, but then things settled down. We had a steady flow of customers into mid-afternoon when it petered out.
The project day went pretty well. I had hoped to pack up some of the stuff that Marius and I are taking this weekend, but I couldn’t get everyone moving. Some of the harvested mint went into a batch of sekanjabin (A vinegar/honey/mint drink) and we polished off the last of the marzipan.
Late in the afternoon I got a surprise! Tempus knew, but…. 🙂 Arthur and his girlfriend had gone camping at Cougar Reservoir and stopped by on the way back to say hi and take us to supper! So, we actually closed a touch early, at about 6:15 and went to the Rogue.
I love the way that place smells. Something about brewing beer and hops…. So Arthur and I had beer-cheese soup, Tempus had a Reuben (and they do an *awesome* sauerkraut with the Brutal Bitter beer) and Raven a veggie sandwich. We couldn’t linger because they still needed to drive back to Seattle. (…and they got in around 3am!)
Today I’ve been out harvesting berries. I put a small cupful of huckleberries into the freezer. Tempus is making coffee and we’re getting started on the day. The shop’s open. He has some errands to run and needs to get up to the house to work. I’m going to be trying to get more herbs headered. Wicca 101 starts tonight!
I’d love to figure out how to make these. Aren’t they cute?!?
Today is the feast of Meng Jiangnu (Pumpkin Girl), China. It is a tragic story of a loving couple whose lives were destroyed by war and the torture that war brings on the common people. There is more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meng_Jiangnu More information can be found here about the Great Wall of China: http://www.warriortours.com/cityguides/beijing/great_wall/ and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Wall_of_China
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata, which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata
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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 straight under Altair at dusk. A finger-width above Altair is Tarazed, Gamma Aquilae. Altair is 16.7 light-years distant; Tarazed is about 390. The name “Tarazed” comes for the Persian for “balance beam,” referring to the pattern it makes with Altair and fainter Beta Aquilae on Altair’s other side.
Mars (magnitude –0.1) continues moving eastward away from Saturn (magnitude +0.5) and Antares (+1.0, below Saturn) in the south-southwest at nightfall. The triangle they make is lengthening. Mars is now at the eastern foot of Ophiuchus; Saturn is at his western foot. In a telescope, Mars is down to 10 arcseconds in diameter — about two thirds the size of Saturn’s globe, but much more brightly sunlit.
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
M 12 Low 3:55 AM 0.7 6:53 AM Set 2:14 AM 72
~ 12 High 10:27 AM 5.8 7:31 PM Rise 5:07 PM
~ 12 Low 3:58 PM 2.9
~ 12 High 9:48 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rain and snow always seem to have such a good time. They descend to earth giving their nourishment and beauty to all living things – never stopping to point out “weed” from “flower”.
~ The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them. – Maya Angelou
~ Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new. ~Ursula LeGuin
~ Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
~ A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. – MLK
Hold on to what is good, Even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe, Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do, Even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life, Even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand, Even if I’ve gone away from you. – A Pueblo Indian Prayer
A harvest moon!
And on the mats —
Shadows of pine boughs.
At least once a year I like to focus on the moon, that other rhythmic presence in our lives, which, like the seasons ebbs and flows. I see looking back on last year that I also wrote about the moon at this time of the year, when the Moon is featured in so many seasonal festivals.
This particular full moon which peaks on Saturday evening, September 17, is the Harvest Moon, the name given to the moon nearest the Autumn Equinox, because the light of this moon is so bright that farmers could work in their fields, harvesting crops late into the night.
This full moon (of the eighth Chinese lunar month) is also the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, when Chinese women gathered in the courtyards to feast, drink and write poems in praise of the Moon. You can learn much more about this festival in my article at http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/midaut.html
And find ideas for celebrating it at: http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/celmidaut.html
And this is also the full moon of the Greek month of Boedromion which marks the start of the Eleusinian Mysteries. People came from all over the Classical world to Eleusis in Greece to participate in eight days of rituals which re-enacted Demeter’s search for her missing daughter, rituals that culminated in a performance or revelation in an underground cave that offered a vision of immortality.
Does it seem like the Harvest Moon is bigger and brighter than other full moons? It always does to me but I’ve yet to find an adequate explanation for this effect. Christopher Dewdney explains that in September the relationship between the ecliptic plane (on which the planets orbit) shifts in relationship to the earth and the moon rises more or less at the same time every night for the three nights of the Harvest full moon (normally it rises 50 minutes later every night). I don’t know why this would make it seem bright but it does make it more noticeable.
The full moon has long been connected with madness (the very word lunacy comes from Luna, the Roman moon goddess), aggression, accidents and births. Scientific studies have started confirming these folk beliefs.
Pat Thomas in Under the Weather lists some of the connections established by scientists. We eat more (8%) and drink less (26%) during the full moon. Our bodies also retain more water (interesting, since the moon has long been associated with water, partly because of its effect on the tides). Some surgeons refuse to operate during the full moon and studies suggest that patients are more likely to experience post-operative bleeding near the full moon.
Several studies show that emergency calls increase during a full moon (although calls to a suicide prevention line peak during the new moon, the dark phase of the lunar cycle). One study showed that schizophrenic patients exhibited more negative behavior at the full moon but a study of psychiatric emergency room visits found that they were highest at the first quarter moon and lowest at the full moon. Other studies have shown that violent crimes are more common during the full moon.
For every study that shows a correlation between the moon and human behavior, there is another study debunking it. Pat Thomas mentions a report done in the early 1970’s by government scientists that found that people were more likely to have accidents during the phase of the moon the same or opposite to that under which they were born. This finding was so ridiculed that funding for the project was withdrawn.
To determine your moon phase, you can use this virtual reality phase calendar: http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/vphase.html
Moon phase may also affect conception, according to Dr Eugene Jonas, a doctor from the former Czechoslovakia, whose research done in the 1970s showed that women are more likely to conceive when the moon is the same phase it was in when they were born. Again, this theory is ridiculed by the scientific community. But when Joanna Powell Colbert and I were teaching Moon Magic classes, we relayed this information to the women in our classes and got interesting feedback. One woman who had been trying to conceive for years used this principle and got pregnant within months. Another woman finally understood how she had become pregnant during her period—it coincided with the phase of the moon when she was born. (This means most children would have moon phases similar to those of their mothers, if the pregnancy followed a completely natural course.)
Birth rates increase (but only slightly, by 1%) during the full moon. Folk beliefs from many cultures say children born at the full moon are healthier and luckier than other children. In central Africa, the people of the Baganda tribe bathe their first born child under the light of the first full moon after its birth to bring it health and wealth. A lovely custom to adopt.
Donna Henes has written very poetically about the effects of the full moon in Moon Watcher’s Companion:
“When the moon is full, the seas rise up to reach it, sending wild waves of enthusiastic welcome Oysters spread their shells wide, stretching to swallow it whole in the same way that they one day may slide down someone’s slippery throat. Wolves howl at it, ears pricked, eyes glued adoringly on the object of their attention. Heads thrown back in ecstasy, they sit up very straight like any good dog and sing to it songs of atavistic refrain.”
In the lunar cycle, the full moon is the culmination. Henes points out that the Gaelic word for the full moon, Gealach, is the root for the word that means good fortune. It is considered especially lucky for romance and was the time chosen for marriages by the ancient Greeks, Celts and German Jews during the Middle Ages.
One of my Slow Time students, Sharon remembered her very Roman Catholic grandmother putting an empty change purse on the windowsill under the full moon, to guarantee that her pockets would never be empty. Sharon wrote: “It must have worked, for although she was never wealthy, she never wanted for money either. So for me, the idea of the fullness of the moon translating into culmination and fulfillment was something I grew up with.”
Claudia Thompson, whose website Moonsurfing, I recommend below, believes this particular full moon (in Pisces) is a special time for making wishes. She suggests going outside, raising up your arms and welcoming the moon’s light into your body (this is sometimes called “drawing down the moon”). Then ask for what you really want, feel what it would be like to receive that and expand that energy back out into the world, imagining that the world supports your vision. Claudia writer: “this Full Moon is so powerful that when you do this, it’s highly likely that you’ll get what you want.”
Z Budapest writes in her book, Grandmother Moon, that full moon energy is best used for three activities: ritual, making love and dancing. So consider this your homework assignment.
Let me close with this lovely quote from Donna Henes which captures the flavor of the lunar cycle using a metaphor so appropriate for the Harvest Moon:
“The new moon is the arbor, the full moon is the grape, and the waning moon is the wine (stored in the dark moon cellar).”
Budapest, Z, Grandmother Moon: Lunar Magic in Our Lives–Spells, Rituals, Goddesses, Legends & Emotions Under the Moon, Harper SanFrancisco 1991
Dewdney, Christopher, Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World After Dark, Bloomsbury 2004
Henes, Donna, The Moon Watcher’s Companion, Donna Henes 2002
Thomas, Pat, Under the Weather: How the Weather and Climate Affect Our Health, Fusion Press 2004
Thompson, Claudia, http://www.moonsurfing.com
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Photos surfacing this week show a Chinese airline hazing ritual in which new female flight attendants are expected to fit inside the overheard compartments. It’s similar to another hazing ritual in which an average American passenger is expected to fit into a middle seat. – Seth Meyers