The sky is beautifully blue! There aren’t nearly the number of small boats in the Bay this morning that there were yesterday. 56F and barely any wind. That might change this afternoon. They’re predicting a high of 77F, which is a little high for this time of year. Well, we’ll see. They’re also predicting a small chance of rain tomorrow evening and quite a good chance next weekend.
Carlie came in with her boys and I got to see the new fellow smile at me and try to hand me a foot (I love that thing that the little folks do!) The two older ones told me all about the new kitten and the school picture day yesterday. 🙂 We had another batch of folks in with some amazing ink, and a couple from Washington DC who are making a tour of the US over the course of this year and another set of young folks that have just moved to the area.
I’ve been up this morning, harvesting. I cut the beet greens, sorrel, parsley and salad greens, then harvested oregano, rosemary, basil, chives, thyme and sage. I’m intending to recreate an oat pottage that I saw on an episode of Secrets of the Castle.
Today’s feast is the Pyanopsia (Πυανόψια) or Pyanepsia (Πυανέψια) was an ancient Greek festival in honor of Apollo, held at Athens on the 7th of the month Pyanepsion (October). The name literally means “bean-boiling”. Various legumes were stewed and given to Apollo as a “ripener of fruits”. A suppliant branch”, was also offered, that sounds almost like our Christmas trees, but it was left up for a year and then replaced. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanopsia
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 9/26 at 5:11am.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) is low in the west-southwest in twilight. Look for it there starting about 25 or 30 minutes after sunset. About a half hour after sunset, you shouldn’t have much trouble spotting it 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.)
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – (MUHN, like “foot”)
Celtic Tree Month Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – (Hedera helix L.)
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 Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. 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 25 Low 2:52 AM 0.3 7:08 AM Rise 1:42 AM 34
~ 25 High 9:30 AM 6.3 7:07 PM Set 4:27 PM
~ 25 Low 3:10 PM 2.8
~ 25 High 9:00 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
~ It’s a mistake to think we listen only with our ears. It’s much more important to listen with the mind, the eyes, the body, and the heart. Unless you truly want to understand the other person, you’ll never be able to listen. – Mark Herndon, Writer
~ And in the air are no streets, no channels, no point where one can say of an antagonist, “If he wants to reach my capital he must come by here.” In the air all directions lead everywhere. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer
~ Without danger you cannot get beyond danger. – George Herbert
~ Eschew surplusage. – Mark Twain
Listen to things more often than beings.
Listen to things more often than beings.
Hear the voice of the fire, hear the voice of the water,
Listen in the wind to the sighing of the bush:
This is the ancestors breathing.
Those who are dead are never gone;
The dead are not down in the earth:
They are in the trembling of the trees,
In the groaning of the woods,
In the water that runs, in the water that sleeps,
They are in the hut, they are in the crowd.
Those who are dead are not ever gone;
They are in the woman’s breast, they are in the wailing of a child,
They are in the burning log and in the moaning rock.
They are in the weeping grasses, in the forest and the home.
Listen to things more often than beings.
Hear the voice of fire, hear the voice of water.
Listen in the wind to the sighing of the bush.
This is the ancestors breathing. – traditional song from Senegal
Heartwings says, ” Being good to yourself means giving yourself the space to do what you need to do when you need to do it.”
In order to fill the days between when we sell the house and when we move, I have been spending time cleaning up the attic. Whenever I go there I am reminded of my mother and her accumulations. Once when I visited her I noticed six or seven irons bought at yard sales in her linen closet. When I asked her why she had so many, she said because they might just come in handy. I knew better than to try to argue. Now it is my turn to deal with the quantities of things that I have kept in case they might come in handy.
There are other things I would rather be doing. Yet because I am between homes, my life right now feels as though it is in limbo. I can’t pack up any more stuff because we are showing the house and it must not be disordered with boxes. I can’t move anything into the new house because we rented it back to the former owner for a couple of months while hers is being built. I have an unusual amount of free time with nothing special to do.
Normally I would use this free time to work on my creative efforts. However, whenever I think about writing a poem or working on my projected new cookbook I draw a blank. This is frustrating. With the exception of writing this column and Good Earthkeeping for our weekly newspaper, all my energy is focused into the moving process as well as on planning for the new house.
I am experiencing yet another lesson in being patient with myself. What is good is that as I give myself the space to do what I seem to need to do, I am able to relax more into what is happening without judging myself for it. In the past I might have tried to overcome my lack of creative effort. Now I let myself be and instead go clean the attic.
May you discover good ways to fill your time when you cannot do what you would prefer to do when you would prefer to do it.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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