Minus Tide at 6:51 AM of -0.3 feet.
Yesterday was rough. The smoke in the air made it harder than usual for me to breathe and I had to sit a lot or wheeze and pant, so I mostly sat at my desk setting up headers for some more crystals. Some of this has been waiting awhile, since we had enough on the board. Tempus got those things hung up and worked on sorting out hardware.
The Moon was orange when we left the shop around 9:30, as orange as if She had just risen and She’d been up for hours. Yeah, that much smoke….. Lots of friends in Portland were talking about ashfall and everything eerily quiet. One from Eugene said that the Moon was blood-red.
We had a quiet evening, chatting, sewing, computer stuff, reading, just being. Tempus cleaned the air purifier right away when we got home and that made a big difference. It still is doing so this morning.
Tempus headed to the shop at about the normal time, leaving me to sleep. I have stuff to do here, too, although not some of the gardening. I tried to go outside and started coughing within minutes, so I’m going to be sensible and stay in. Tempus is fixing my air purifier there and going on with the sorting hardware project. He’s apparently got some people coming by who hadn’t realized that we’re normally closed on Tuesdays, but wanted to make sure. …and then we have the paper route tonight.
I’ve been hearing a lot from folks about the fires. All of our kids are safe, although dealing with smoke and ash. Pray for rain!
Today is the Feast of Saint Mother Theresa. More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa She was made a saint of the Catholic Church a year ago yesterday.
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has it’s glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same. – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
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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. 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 9/7 at 12:03pm.
Full Moon tonight (exactly full at 3:03 a.m. on the 6th EDT).
After dark this evening, look for the Great Square of Pegasus >>>balancing on one corner far to the Moon’s upper left. Its upper-right side points down toward the Moon. Overhead, Deneb is taking over the role of zenith star from brighter Vega (as seen from mid-northern latitudes).
Venus (magnitude –3.9, in Cancer) shines brightly in the east before and during dawn. Look for Pollux and Castor, much fainter, high above it. Look for Procyon to Venus’s upper right, and bright Sirius farther to the right or lower right of Procyon.
The Cassini Probe is taking its last dives past Saturn. The final “suicide plunge” should be on 9/15. More here: https://www.space.com/37980-mysteries-of-saturn-near-cassini-finale.html
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
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
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Tu 5 High 12:09 AM 7.5 6:44 AM Set 5:58 AM 97
~ 5 Low 6:51 AM -0.3 7:45 PM Rise 7:44 PM
~ 5 High 1:08 PM 6.9
~ 5 Low 6:58 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Entertain your inner child….build a fort with blankets… get wet.
~ Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth. – Benjamin Disraeli
~ Ninety percent of my game is mental. It’s my concentration that has gotten me this far. – Chris Evert
~ No such thing as mistakes, just happy accidents. – Bob Ross, painter
None outlives the night when the Norns have spoken. – Hamthesmal 32
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. – William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
Living in Season – The official newsletter of the School of the Seasons – Volume 1, number 13 – September 1, 2003, Greek New Year
Welcome to my semi-monthly newsletter featuring ideas for bringing the beauty of the current season into your life. Please forward this newsletter if you enjoy it.
Update: Mars Approach
I hope you got a chance to see the Red Planet bright in the sky. Did you notice anything unusual in the days that surrounded its close approach?
I ran into Gretchen Lawlor, who writes the astrology sections of the WeMoon almanac at a swing dance, and she sent me her thoughts on the Mars approach:
Mars so close to Earth brings war, rage and aggression, accidents, emotional outbursts and the overheating of the land and of our bodies.
Last week the local paper reported an unprecedented number of homicides, most incited by quarrels. A few days later, while walking to the library, I saw a house on fire, with smoke pouring out of the wall, which reminded me of the fires raging in Canada.
Gretchen writes “it is important…to be the warrior or the adventurer” in your own life, “to be bold and courageous,” otherwise other people will co-opt your Mars energy. Since Mars is retrograde, you may feel more like getting rid of old patterns and relationships that aren’t working and not move forward with new energy until the end of September.
Gretchen also writes:
Mars in Pisces is best applied to artistic and musical inspiration, for healing work and for causes which benefit others. Make sure you have a place in your life for art, music, healing and great causes- that?s where the force is presently.
Living in Season: Mid Autumn Moon
August and September are usually the hottest times of the year here in Seattle, so I’m really looking forward to one of the coolest festivals of the year, the Mid Autumn Moon Festival, celebrated on the full moon closest to autumn equinox, the moon that we in the West call the Harvest Moon, because it falls at the time of the harvest when the brightness of the moon allows the harvesters to work in the fields late into the night.
In China, the mid-Autumn moon is the first full moon in the dark or feminine half of the year and so it is celebrated by women, getting together in courtyards to honor the moon. Li-chen quotes a Peking proverb:
“Men do not bow to the moon. Women do not sacrifice to the God of the Kitchen.”
So in China this holiday is celebrated by women who gather in the courtyards where they create altars to the Moon, decorated with images of the rabbit in the Moon, and offerings of incense and foods associated with the Moon like melons, grapes and moon cakes. When the Moon rises, just as the sun sets, the women bow to Her, light incense and recite poems in Her honor.
I’ve celebrated this holiday many times with women friends and it is a fine thing to sit outside under a full moon, sipping wine or tea, eating watermelon and singing songs in praise of the Moon (like “Neesa,” a Native American moon song found in Kate Marks songbook).
This year I want to try Horchata, a popular drink in Central America, which I learned about in the SageWoman cookbook. Sabrina Vourvoulias who contributed the recipe soaks 2 cups of white rice in enough water to cover it overnight. The next day she drains the rice, reserving the water, then puts 1/2 cup of the soaked rice in a blender with 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract and one cardamom seed (split pod with the outer husk discarded). She pulses this mixture until the rice is finely ground, then adds the rice water and blends. She says it should be a milky, translucent white. Keep in the refrigerator and shake before serving. In Mexico this same beverage is made with melon seeds
instead of rice, which would also be appropriate since the melon is a fruit associated with the moon.
If you want to have a celebration that includes men as well as women, the Mid-Autumn moon is often treated like a Harvest festival in other parts of Asia. An account from Hong Kong in the 1980’s relates that families often take their young children to parks where they picnic under the moon on moon cakes and fruit, on a blanket surrounded by candles and small lanterns. In Japan, people gather at lakes or in special moon- viewing pavilions and eat “moon-viewing noodles”: thick white udon in broth with an egg yolk floating on top.
Li-chen, Tun, Annual Customs and Festivals in Peking¸ translated by Derk Bodde, Peking: Henri Vetch 1936
Marks, Kate, Circle of Song, Lennox, MA: Full Circle Press 1993
Vourvoulias, Sabrina, “Horchata: Moonlit Water,” in Soul Stirrings; The SageWoman Cookbook, edited by Lunaea Weatherstone, Blessed Bee, Inc. 1999
On the Net: Moon Names
Looking for a good site on the web for moon names, I found two that might interest you. The famous Farmer’s Almanac site publishes a brief list of the full moon names (most derived from Native American traditions) with brief explanations for each at
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. Here is a listing of the full Moon names:
• Full Wolf Moon Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.
• Full Snow Moon Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.
• Full Worm Moon As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
• Full Pink Moon This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
• Full Flower Moon In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.
• Full Strawberry Moon This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!
• The Full Buck Moon July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.
• Full Sturgeon Moon The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
• Full Fruit or Barley Moon The names Fruit and Barley were reserved only for those years when the Harvest Moon is very late in September,
• Full Harvest Moon This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.
• Full Hunter’s Moon With the leaves falling and the deer fattened, it is time to hunt. Since the fields have been reaped, hunters can easily see fox and the animals which have come out to glean.
• Full Beaver Moon This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.
• The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.
Copyright © 2002 Almanac Publishing Co. All rights reserved.
I liked Keith Cooley’s moon site much more. He has a more extensive list of naes (although sadlyno references). The September full moon is variously the Chrysanthemum Moon (China), Nut Moon, Mulberry Moon, Moon When Calves Grow Hair, Singing Moon and Barley Moon. His links section provides moon poems, moon recipes (for moon cakes and moon biscuits) and a comprehensive list of moon links.
Names Given to the Moon by Other Cultures – A List of Full Moon Names that Include: Native American, Chinese, New Guinean, Colonial American, English Medieval and Neo-Pagan. More to follow !!!
- January: Winter Moon February: Trapper’s Moon March: Fish Moon
- April: Planter’s Moon May: Milk Moon June: Rose Moon
- July: Summer Moon August: Dog Day’s Moon September: Harvest Moon
- October: Hunter’s Moon November: Beaver Moon December: Christmas Moon
- January: Holiday Moon February: Budding Moon March: Sleepy Moon
- April: Peony Moon May: Dragon Moon June: Lotus Moon
- July: Hungry Ghost Moon August: Harvest Moon September: Chrysanthemum Moon
- October: Kindly Moon November: White Moon December: Bitter Moon
American Indian (Cherokee
- January: Cold Moon February: Bony Moon March: Windy Moon
- April: Flower Moon May: Planting Moon June: Green Corn Moon
- July: Ripe Corn Moon August: Fruit Moon September: Nut Moon
- October: Harvest Moon November: Trading Moon December: Snow Moon
American Indian (Choctaw)
- January: Cooking Moon February: Little Famine Moon March: Big Famine Moon
- April: Wildcat Moon May Panther Moon: June: Windy Moon
- July: Crane Moon August: Women’s Moon September: Mulberry Moon
- October: Blackberry Moon November: Sassafras Moon December: Peach Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
- January: Moon of the Terrible February: Moon of the Raccoon, Moon When Trees Pop
- March: Moon When Eyes Are Sore from Bright Snow April: Moon When Geese Return in Scattered Formation
- May: Moon When Leaves Are Green, Moon To Plant June: Moon When June Berries Are Ripe
- July: Moon of the Middle Summer August: Moon When All Things Ripen
- September: Moon When The Calves Grow Hair October: Moon When Quilling and Beading is Done
- November: Moon When Horns Are Broken Off December: Twelfth Moon
- January: Quite Moon February: Moon of Ice March: Moon of Winds
- April: Growing Moon May: Bright Moon June: Moon of Horses
- July: Moon of Claiming August: Dispute Moon September: Singing Moon
- October: Harvest Moon November: Dark Moon December: Cold Moon
- January: Wolf Moon February: Storm Moon March: Chaste Moon
- April: Seed Moon May: Hare Moon June: Dyan Moon
- July: Mead Moon August: Corn Moon September: Barley Moon
- October: Blood Moon November: Snow Moon December: Oak Moon
- January: Ice Moon February: Snow Moon March: Death Moon
- April: Awakening Moon May: Grass Moon June: Planting Moon
- July: Rose Moon August: Lightening Moon September: Harvest Moon
- October: Blood Moon November: Tree Moon December: Long Night Moon
- Name: Rainbow Fish Moon Name: Black Trevally Moon
- Name: Parrotfish Moon Name: Open Sea Moon Name: Palolo Worm Moon
- Name: Tiger Shark Moon Name: Flying Fish Moon Name: Rain & Wind Moon
Copyright © 2000 By Keith Cooley
In the Library: World Holidays
While I was doing research for my flower of the month article on the lotus, I found an online reference to a Chinese lotus festival attributed to the a book on holiday folklore edited by Margaret Read MacDonald.. So I requested a copy from my library. What a find! This is a book any serious student of holidays should own.
MacDonald has compiled accounts of holidays from a variety of sources and put them in roughly chronological order. Of course this format doesn’t work well for the moveable feasts so you’ll still need my calendar to figure out the exact date of the full moon of Shrawan or sixth day of the sixth Chinese lunar month. I also found a few mistakes, for instance, she lists Ramadan as circa February- March but the Islamic holiday calendar is one of the only truly lunar calendars in the world (that is, never calibrated to match up with the solar year) and so Ramadan could
fall at any time of the year.
That said, everything else about this book is wonderful. Each entry comes from a reliable but often obscure source and it contains a wealth of information from China, Africa and India, cultures usually under-represented in holiday folklore. You’ll see a lot more of these holidays in my calendar now — but you probably won’t recognize where they came from since MacDonald does a superb job of crediting her sources.
For instance, if I provide details on how the Amharic people of Ethiopia celebrate St John’s Day on September 11 by gathering wild flowers and processing with torches, I’d be able to give you a reference complete with page numbers (61-2) from Donald Levine’s book Wax and Gold: Tradition and Innovation in Ethiopian Culture, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1965.
It was also the research for the lotus article that sent me to my local University library looking for an old book on Chinese holidays written by Tun Li-chen around 1900. Organized by lunar month, it’s full of delightful accounts of the holiday customs observed in Peking. The book is full of many items of interest including lovely illustrations and an explanation of the Chinese calendar but my absolute favorite part is an appendix listing names of fireworks, pigeons, crickets and chrysanthemums. Wouldn’t you like to see these firecrackers? Falling moons. Peonies strung on a thread. Lotus sprinkled with water. Lanterns of heaven and earth. Silver flowers.
Li-chen, Tun, Annual Customs and Festivals in Peking¸ translated by Derk Bodde, Peking: Henri Vetch 1936
MacDonald, Margaret Read, The Folklore of World Holidays, Gale Research Inc, 1992
Current Offerings: Harvest Packet
My Harvest holiday packet contains over 50 pages of ideas on how to celebrate the Autumn Equinox, including the:
- Ancient celebrations of Harvest and Michealmas
- The meaning of the Harvest Moon
- The September Full Moon holidays of Mid-Autumn Moon & Sukkoth
- Transformation mysteries of beer and wine
- Recipes for gingerbread, ginger beer and other traditional Harvest foods
- Instructions for creating wheat weavings and a basket to honor Demeter
- And much more.
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Signs of Autumn
This is the time of year when I really start to notice the ripening of the berries here in Seattle. Bright red clusters of rowan berries high on the trees. The flame-colored berries of pyracantha bushes, so thick on the branches that they almost brush the ground. The seductive crimson berries of the deadly nightshade.
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