When the sun hit the neighbor’s roof this morning, ouffs of mist curled up from it, billowing in the light breeze. Bright blue sky and plenty of sun and a good breeze. Enjoy it because at the end of the week things are likely to turn wet for awhile. Whether it’s the end of dry weather or just a warning we’ve likely several days of it coming. It’s 61F, but supposed to get quite warm today. It’s oddly humid, too, which is cutting down visibility, and we’re getting gusts in the teens.
Yesterday started a little frantic. I wanted to get the table cleared enough to use and spent several hours doing that and setting up the oats and greens pottage that was my big contribution to the potluck, yesterday. Tempus was whomping through cleaning and finding things and in between both of us worked on mail.
Pamela and John stopped by from the Valley yesterday. We haven’t seen them in quite some. They’re apparently selling duck eggs, now, and spent their “duck money” on some goodies!
We stayed late into the evening. I was working on Championship stuff, since last night was the entry deadline. When we got home….10-ish, we both fell into bed.
So today we were *almost* late, but made it in by 11. I have clean-up in back and I’m going to try to add another batch of the oat pottage with less salt this time. I screwed up and added enough salt for a full pot when I actually did a 1/2! I want to get more harvest processed today, as well, and maybe some resins. We’re getting awfully low on the board. Of course Wicca 101 is tonight and Tempus is going to be working up at the house, too.
That’s some mint and nasturtiums from yesterday.
Photo by Ken Gagne on 9/25/16
Today is the anniversary of the day in 70CE when Jerusalem fell to Roman forces during the “Great Revolt”. The inhabitants were starving and had been for months, while the besieging armies crucified those who were tyring to escape, sometimes 500 in a day where the folks inside the city could see them. The walls were razed and the city burned to the ground. Some information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Jewish%E2%80%93Roman_War#Fall_of_Jerusalem
Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 9/29 at 5:11am
As dawn brightens in the east, the crescent Moon wanes and steps lower past Regulus and Mercury on successive mornings. Early Tuesday morning the 27th, the waning crescent Moon is about 6° upper right of Regulus (for North America), as shown at right. Look 17° below or lower right of Regulus for Mercury.
Arcturus shines in the west these evenings as twilight fades out. Equally-bright Capella (they’re both magnitude 0) is barely rising in the north-northeast, depending on your latitude; the farther north you are, the higher it will be. Late in the evening, Arcturus and Capella shine at the same height in their respective compass directions. When will this happen? It depends on both your latitude and longitude.
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
M 26 Low 3:55 AM 0.3 7:09 AM Rise 2:44 AM 25
~ 26 High 10:28 AM 6.6 7:05 PM Set 5:05 PM
~ 26 Low 4:17 PM 2.3
~ 26 High 10:06 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – One does not learn by speaking.
~ To know that every moment — regardless of how it comes wrapped — is a gift greater than you can give yourself, is to be well on your way to a life without fear. – Guy Finley
~ Trouble is a part of your life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you enough chance to love you enough. – Dinah Shore
~ Do your own useful work without regard to the honor or admiration your efforts might win from others. There is no such thing as vicarious merit. – Epictetus
~ Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing; do not stop, do not turn back, do not turn from the straight road. – St. Augustine
Let not mistaken mercy
Let not mistaken mercy
blind my fading sight,
no false euphoria lull me.
I would not unprepared
take this last journey.
Give me a light to guide me
through dark valleys,
a staff to lean upon,
bread to sustain me,
a blessing in my ear
that fear not assail me.
Then leaving, do not hold my hand,
I go to meet a friend –
that same who traced
compassion in the sand. – Nancy Hopkins
This is “National Volunteer Week.” There are many ways to serve but this Bonus Track is dedicated to fellow hospice volunteers, though the poem is about the journey we will all make. There is a long story about the poem but this is the short version: I was called out one night to sit with a man who was dying. There was a book of “Prayers and Meditations” on his nightstand. I opened the book at random and this poem (by Nancy Hopkins) was what I found. I have been unable to find the original source for it but I pass it to you as I found it. If you’re interested: http://www.panhala.net/Last_Journey.html
MAGICKAL SACHETS – https://witchesofthecraft.com/category/magickal-sachets/
Pulverize each of these herbs in a mortar:
- Red rose petals
- Bay leaves
Add 1 drop lotus oil
Place in a small black pouch and charge with magickal energy.
Pulverize each of these herbs in a mortar:
- Red rose petals
- Bay leaves
Add 1 drop lotus oil-
Place in a small black pouch and charge with magickal energy
Home Protection Sachet
3 parts Rosemary
3 parts Basil
2 parts Fennel seed
2 parts Dill seed
1 part Bay
1 part Fern
1 pinch Salt
Tie up in red cloth. Situate the sachet in the highest place inside the home.
Home Protection Sachet #2
1 part Fleabane
1 part St. John’s Wort
1 part Capers (dry them before using)
a few grains Whole Wheat
This formula, from ancient Middle Eastern magic, should be tied up in red cloth and hung over the front door