First Minus tide of the cycle at 5:29 AM of -0.1 feet.
It’s bright and sunny again with a stiff breeze. 61F and down by the water the wind is in the upper teens. In town, here, it’s just enough to notice and flap things on the bulletin board.
Yesterday was long. We actually had people in the door, but I was working very hard first on getting the page on Charles IV put up (here: https://housecapuchin2.wordpress.com/portfolio/event-charles-iv-700th-anniversary/ , if you want to look, some really fun stuff!) and then on getting newsletters put together and the computer was fighting me every step of the way, as though the memory was full (which it’s not) or something else was glitching, that I could find no evidence of. I finally re-started it after getting frustrated doing the newsletters.
Tempus and I were both working steadily, but lot was computer housekeeping, catching up on stuff that’s been neglected over the summer. He finally went up to storage for a bit and then took off for his newspaper run.
He picked me up at a little after 1am. The Moon was bright, which changes the look of things immensely. By the time we were done the run, Orion was fully clear of the horizon, Belt nearly vertical, one of the few constellations bright enough to outdo the Moon, although when we were going into the solarium I saw Pegasus westering from above. The was a marine layer of cloud clearly visible out to sea, and when we stopped at Driftwood Beach before heading home, just to see the Moon on the water, I saw it very clearly. As we started the run there were a dozen crabbers in Alsea Bay, but when we were done there was only the boat out to sea, close in enough to see the running lights as well as the bright working light.
Today we’re supposed to be working at the house. I have some harvesting to do, I know, since some of the bushes up there should have fully ripe berries. Blackberries have all gone moldy from the rain, but salal and huckleberry I have hopes of. Lanceleaf plantain I need to dig some of as well as harvesting leaves and I’ll see what else there is…. and wormwood, I’m out at the shop.
Today is the 529 anniversary of the birth of Cornelius Agrippa, author of De occulta philosophia libri tres, a seminal work of magic. There is more information about his life here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelius_Agrippa , his famous book here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_occulta_philosophia_libri_tres
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum
The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. –Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
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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 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.
How soon after sunset can you see the big Summer Triangle? Face east. Vega, the Triangle’s brightest star, is practically at the zenith (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). Deneb is the first bright star you encounter to Vega’s east-northeast. Altair shines less high in the southeast.
Mercury and Jupiter are hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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 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
W 14 Low 5:29 AM -0.1 6:55 AM Set 4:21 AM 88
~ 14 High 11:49 AM 6.8 7:28 PM Rise 6:27 PM
~ 14 Low 5:39 PM 1.7
~ 14 High 11:32 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Tell more stories.
~ Don’t go through life. Grow through life. – Eric Butterworth
~ A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations. – Patricia Neal
~ Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. – Confucius
~ We must fill our lives with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life. It is hard work to fill one’s life with meaning. – Chaim Potok
Every night before I go to sleep
I say out loud
Three things that I’m grateful for,
All the significant, insignificant
Extraordinary, ordinary stuff of my life.
It’s a small practice and humble,
And yet, I find I sleep better
Holding what lightens and softens my life
Ever so briefly at the end of the day.
Sunlight, and blueberries,
Good dogs and wool socks,
A fine rain,
A good friend,
Fresh basil and wild phlox,
My father’s good health,
My daughter’s new job,
The song that always makes me cry,
Always at the same part,
No matter how many times I hear it.
Decent coffee at the airport,
And your quiet breathing,
The stories you told me,
The frost patterns on the windows,
English horns and banjos,
Wood Thrush and June bugs,
The smooth glassy calm of the morning pond,
An old coat,
A new poem,
My library card,
And that my car keeps running
Despite all the miles.
And after three things,
More often than not,
I get on a roll and I just keep on going,
I keep naming and listing,
Until I lie grinning,
Blankets pulled up to my chin,
Awash with wonder
At the sweetness of it all.
Grapevine Pentacle – Celebrate Mabon with a Pentacle Wreath By Patti Wigington, About.com [Anja’s note: works with ivy, too!]
Make a simple grapevine pentacle using a few vines and some florist’s wire. Image (c) Patti Wigington 2007
This is a craft which is simple to make, although it takes a little bit of patience. You’ll need several grapevines of thin to medium thickness, freshly picked so they’re pliable. If they’ve dried out, you can soften them up by soaking them overnight in a bucket of water.
Strip all the leaves and stray stems from the vines. Select your longest vine and shape it into a circle about 18” in diameter. Continue coiling the vine around the circle until you reach the end, and then tuck the end up under the other layers to hold it in place. Take your next longest vine, and repeat the process. To start each new vine, tuck one end into the existing circle, coil it around, and then tuck the end in. Repeat this until your wreath is the desired thickness — five to seven vines ought to give you a good base.
Now you’ll need five pieces of grapevine that are of equal lengths, and they should each be about 2” longer than the wreath’s inside diameter. These five pieces will form the star in the center of the pentacle. Take the first piece and work it into place across the center of the wreath, anchoring each end by tucking it into the outer vines of the wreath. Repeat with the other four pieces, overlapping them where needed, until you have a star in the center. Use the florist’s wire to secure the ends in place.
Finally, tie off a short length of florist’s wire to the top of the wreath, so you can hang it on your wall or door.