Yesterday started a little late and we mostly did chores for awhile. I did get some berries harvested and some more herbs and did quite a lot of popping more hawkweed out of the ground. Tempus was on the deck, digging detritus out of the cracks and then up a ladder cleaning gutters.
The computer crashed on me before he even got out on the road again, so he stopped to cold boot it (I can’t reach the plug-in) after he was done Bayview and I got to work again. Finally the wedding page is done. You can find it here: http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-68H
There wasn’t anything particularly memorable or even commentable about last night’s run. Fog, mist, rain, ocean smells, wet vegetation smells. It was still quite dark when we got home a bit after 5am and collapsed.
Today we’ve been taking it easy. I’m just finishing my first cup of coffee and planning to crawl back into bed with my sweetie and some embroidery.
We have some more chores to finish and to decide what we’re going to do about making another set of Runes…. might get to the shop, maybe….
Today’s feast is the International Day of the Disappeared. Too many people have vanished, whether kidnapped, taken by soldiers, gangs or armed thugs or sometimes just vanish after a natural (or unnatural) disaster. Sometimes their families never find them. Sometimes they find a grave. Sometimes only a rumor. It’s gotta stop! Find more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_the_Disappeared
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii(which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
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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 the Tide Change on 9/6 at 12:03am. 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 9/4 at 12:03pm.
Waxing further, the Moon passes over Scorpius and Saturn. Now the Moon forms a diagonal line with Saturn and Antares to its lower right. Antares appears about three times as far from the Moon as Saturn does, as shown here.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.7, in Virgo) is very low in the west-southwest during twilight. Look for fainter Spica (magnitude +1.0) 4° lower left of it; binoculars help.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine, Sep 2 – 29
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
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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 30 Low 2:06 AM 1.2 6:37 AM Set 12:36 AM 54
~ 30 High 8:32 AM 4.9 7:56 PM Rise 3:38 PM
~ 30 Low 1:49 PM 3.2
~ 30 High 7:54 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I pay attention to my gut feelings.
~ Blaming society for your problems is like blaming crowds for rain. – Robert Rodgers
~ Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives- A. Sachs
~ Don’t let the overculture dictate your life. Make choices when you can, where you can, how you can. Create from the inside out. – T. Thorn Coyle
~ Don’t push the river … it flows by itself. – Collective Wisdom
Silence again. The glorious symphony
Hath need of pause and interval of peace.
Some subtle signal bids all sweet sounds cease,
Save hum of insects’ aimless industry. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)
Summer sun begins to wane,
The trees all fall asleep
The harvest’s in, the birds fly south
The leaves are piling deep.
Indian Summer Days are rare,
Long nights bring morning frost,
Fall flowers drying in the fields
Life’s beauty fades, is lost ~ Catriona Lovett (c) 2002
Autumn Equinox or Harvest Home
From sundown. Also known as Mabon, Alban Elfred, or Winter Finding, the Autumn Equinox is one of two times of equalibrium — when the hours of day and night are matched — on the great Wheel of the Year. The universal rhythm of rebirth and reincarnation are evident at this sabbat. The Wheel has turned and as the harvests are gathered with life-sustaining abundance, so too are the changing seasons moving inevitably toward death — and rebirth. “Therefore the Wise Ones weep not, but rejoice.” — from Doreen Valiente’s “Book of Shadows.”
Mabon is the second harvest. The God has now become Sage, at his final time of virility before he falls asleep in death at Samhain, the final harvest. The Goddess has become Crone, sharing her last fruits and leaving us seeds for new life as her legacy. This is a time for feasting, merrymaking, and thanksgiving, relaxation, and joy in a job well done. Many rededicate themselves to the and initiation ceremonies are performed Craft at this time. Some traditions perform a special rite for the Goddess Persephone’s descent into the Underworld as part of their celebration.
Some say the September equinox marks the beginning of a time when the veil between the worlds thins, and the spirits can manifest themselves more easily. The barrier dividing light from darkness, the seen from the unseen, the mundane from mystery, and life from death, continues to thin until Samhain, the eve of November, which is a time outside of time when all manner of spirits and energies can move between the worlds with ease.
Slavic Pagan celebrate Svarog’s Holiday in their month of Ruen. This is the day honoring Svarog, the God of Fire and the Sky, a day to drink mead and celebrate. In ancient Egypt (Kemet), they celebrated the Feast of Divine Life in honor of the Moon and the life-giving waters which came from it by sacrificing a pig. This was also the time of the Ritual of the Netjeru of the Two Lands. The Inca celebrate the Coya Rayni festival honoring the Moon Goddess Quilla, focusing on purging sickness and evil.
In the Southern Hemisphere, the Spring or Vernal Equinox, also called the Festival of Trees, Alban Eilir, Ostara, and the Rites of Eostre are celebrated. The great fertility celebration of the birth of Spring and the reawakening of life from the Earth is the origin of many of the traditions surrounding the Christian holiday of Easter. Sources: TarotAdvice.Com, Southern Delta Church of Wicca, DeAna Alba
Mid Autumn Moon — by Waverley Fitzgerald, School of the Seasons
Every year I forget why I don’t usually celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, as Chinese women do, by gathering in a courtyard to honor the rising Moon.
It’s because we almost never get to see the full moon of September in Seattle. This year, as usual, the moon was muffled by a sea of endless grey rain clouds. I spent the evening with women friends, enjoying a delicious meal, followed by a great conversation while soaking in a hot tub. The wind rustled through the bamboo and struck plaintive tones from a wind chime as we talked.
It was the perfect way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon.
Samhain happens near Halloween and is when the Wiccan year begins.
My altar cloth is black, because we are in the time of year that is dark.
On my altar is the harvest, our dead Lord whose life is in the crops and sacrificed when the crops are killed to become our food.
This is the time of death, of honoring and communing with spirits that have passed to the other side.
Now the veil between the worlds is thin. It is a good time to invite our beloved dead to visit with us. This is not a gruesome exchange, but reverent, earthy, natural, further it is joyous and festive.”
Victor Anderson says “If a ghost of a loved one shows up, ask him to join the party.” ~ From Francesca DiGrandis’ Faerie Grimoire
The Veil Between Worlds
During the yearly cycle of death and rebirth, autumn is said by some to be “the time of the year when the veil between the worlds is thinnest”. But what does this mean? Where does the realm of the spirits fit within the Pagan construct of the after-life? If you believe in reincarnation, how does the concept of ‘ghosts’ or contact with ancestors fit in?
As a Christian, I was taught that all kinds of spiritism were a sin against God, condemned by the Bible, and punishable by a sentence of damnation in Hell at some point after death. But the Bible writes of Satan and Lucifer and also of various angels appearing to humans, so it is evident that Christians believe in beings other than humans who can manifest themselves.
And there is also the account of the Witch of Endor. She was begged by King Saul — the very same who had expelled all the soothsayers and spirit-raisers from the Kingdom of Israel in 1053 BCE — to raise the spirit of Samuel the Prophet to guide him in the coming war with the Philistines. The Bible does not say that this can’t be done. Contrariwise, in the Biblical account, the Witch of Endor did, in fact, “raise” the spirit of Samuel.
So, although the act of spirit-raising was prohibited, it seems that both Jews and Christians believe that the spirits of individuals do exist in some plane of reality where they can be manifested in some manner to humans here on Earth. — the Editor
Life After Death: Christianity vs Neo-Paganism
Neo-Paganism and Christianity substantially agree that the spirit, or the energy that is the essence of an individual being, continues to exist in some form after death, though they disagree about what transformation takes place and where it goes. And though Christianity forbids it, both seem in agreement that the spirit is in some state that is available for interaction with the material plane.
Many Pagan traditions believe that the spirits of the dead continue to observe and affect the living, and that a display of reverence for ancestors is essential to appease them and keep them friendly. Many ancient cultures such as the Egyptians buried their dead with personal possessions and food that they were expected to need in their afterlife. Christian funeral and burial customs also seem designed to appease the dead as well as to comfort the living.
In Death Warmed Over, there is discussion of many death customs from around the world, throughout history. There, you can read Eaters of the Dead, a description of tribal peoples an ocean apart whose death custom is to consume the bodies of their loved ones with the greatest reverence in order to ensure that their essence lives on. — the Editor
Silliness – Misc. Anecdotes – Eugene d’Albert (noted German composer) was married six times. At an evening reception which he attended with his fifth wife shortly after their wedding, he presented the lady to a friend who said politely, “Congratulations, Herr d’Albert; you have rarely introduced me to so charming a wife.”