Evening only today! Minus tide at 8:42 PM of -0.4 feet.
58 and drizzly at home. 63 and just cloudy here in Coquille, but it looks dampish. I’m not going to try to write a note today. I have to get packed and moving! I was so tired after my fun day yesterday that I overslept!
Slavic Harvest headdress
Today is the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Samuel Johnson (born 9/18/1709 d. 12/13/1784), English lexicographer (A Dictionary of the English Language). He was the son of a poor bookseller, and grew up in poverty (which haunted him the rest of his life). Despite his humble origins, after Shakespeare he is the most quoted person in the English language. More in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Samuel_Johnson .
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. They are commonly used as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. –Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 9/18 at 12:05am. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 9/30 at 5:11pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/23 at 2:56am.
About a half hour after sunset, you should have little trouble spotting Venus very low in the west-southwest through the twilight, if you have a clear view down that low. But can you see twinkly little Spica >>> 2½° beneath Venus, perhaps as twilight fades further? You’ll likely need binoculars or a telescope, the more so the farther north you live. Spica is only magnitude +1.0 compared to Venus’s –3.9. In other words, it’s only 1% as bright. (And that’s before the more severe atmospheric extinction for lower Spica.)
Mercury is buried deep in the glow of sunrise. But wait’ll next week.
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
Su 18 High 1:57 AM 8.0 7:00 AM Set 9:11 AM 98
~ 18 Low 8:10 AM 0.0 7:20 PM Rise 8:47 PM
~ 18 High 2:18 PM 8.4
~ 18 Low 8:42 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What do you do when the only person who can make you stop crying is the person who made you cry?
~ Experience is a good school but the fees are high. – Heinrich Heine
~ Oh, friend John, it is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play. – Bram Stoker (1847-1912) English novelist
~ I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world. – Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
~ Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Light & Dark fight for balance,
As our hearts join as one.
Lifting me up to a place unknown,
I see the fear in your eyes.
Wrapping my arms around you tight,
My mind flees so quickly.
As the tables turn around,
I become the comforted.
Wiping my eyes with a gentle hand,
I lose myself in your arms. Doug Starr 9/29/05
How To Make a Mabon Cleansing Wash By Patti Wigington, About.com
Use fresh herbs from your garden to make a cleansing wash for Mabon. Image © Getty Images
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. A quart-sized jar, like the type used in food canning, is ideal for this because it allows for a tight seal, and they hardly ever break.
- Difficulty: Easy
- Time Required: Varied
To make this cleansing wash, we’ll be using herbs that are in full bloom in the weeks before Mabon.
You’ll need a handful of each of the following:
- Spearmint or peppermint
Place the herbs in the glass jar. Pour boiling water over them until the jar is filled. Screw the lid on loosely, and allow to steep for four to six hours. Strain out all the plant material. Cap the jar, and store in a cool place. Use as a skin wash or to asperge your home or sacred space.