Yesterday was long. Tempus was tired. He helped get things open in the morning and then headed home to wait for the repair guy and ended up replacing lots of lightbulbs while waiting, instead of getting a nap. I was pretty busy with customers and working on stock and packing.
When he got back to the shop, he got stuff into the car, we had some supper and then we headed out, right at closing. It was getting on to sunset and as we went over the Yaquina Bridge the clouds above us turned pink, then everything faded to grey as we headed out 20. We did manage to find the site, but I *hate* having to find things in the dark! They didn’t have the signs out, either, so we had a couple of kerfluffles (although no wrong turns) because we really weren’t sure where we needed to go.
We did find the folks that we needed and started to unload and I caught my foot on a tuft of grass and went down. I didn’t hurt myself too badly, maybe strained some cartilage and I did pull a muscle or three, but nothing too awful.
We finished offloading and set up while chatting with some friends, then headed back home. I’m supposed to be going back in the morning and then Tempus will be at the shop until 5pm and then come out to load back up.
We kinda fell into bed and then woke late this morning, or late for a Saturday, when we try to get here early.
Today we were here by 10:30 and Tempus started coffee and just as it was ready Fawkes showed up! We haven’t seen him for over a year! He’s doing well, still at the casino and just got back from the trip to London and Paris! That was wonderful to see him. He sends everyone hugs and greetings! Of course everything stopped when he was here, but no one came in for Herbs, so that’s ok, but that’s why this is late.
So, Sewing is in just a few and then we’ll be here past our usual closing catching up.
A photo by Ken Gagne from 9/8/16 of a heron out looking for a snack as Ken was photographing the sunset.
Today marks the 706th anniversary of the marriage of John of Luxembourg, later called John the Blind, and the last child of the Přemyslid dynasty of Bohemia, Eliska. Their son was Charles IV whose feast we celebrated on the 2nd! More here from last year’s celebrations: http://wp.me/p6tYq4-1u2
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
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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 9/19 at 10:30pm. 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 9/12 at 11:25pm.
Mercury pairs up with Regulus this morning and the next. The visibility of faint objects in bright twilight is exaggerated here. The changes deep in the eastern dawn continue. On Sunday morning the 10th, Mercury glows 1° or less to the lower right of Regulus, while Mars remains below.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.7) is just above the west-southwest horizon after sunset. Look early with binoculars; it sets before twilight is over.
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 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 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
Sa 9 High 3:00 AM 7.2 6:49 AM Set 10:29 AM 92
~ 9 Low 9:10 AM 0.5 7:38 PM Rise 9:49 PM
~ 9 High 3:21 PM 7.8
~ 9 Low 9:47 PM 0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Days are like the Sun and Moon. They come and go. We are like the Wind. We can go at any time, never held back except by our inner thoughts.
~ There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other. – Douglas Everett
~ Thoughts are free and are subject to no rule. On them rests the freedom of man, and they tower above the light of nature. – Paracelsus
~ To accept insecurity and commit oneself to the unknown creates a relaxing faith in the universe. The self and the rest of the universe are not separate entities but one functioning whole. – Meditation = Solution
~ We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves. – Pema Chodron
The people of this island and of all the other islands which I have found and seen, or have not seen, all go naked, men and women, as their mothers bore them, except that some women cover one place only with the leaf of a plant or with a net of cotton which they make for that purpose. They have no iron or steel or weapons, nor are they capable of using them, although they are well-built people of handsome stature, because they are wondrous timid…. [T]hey are so artless and free with all they possess, that no one would believe it without having seen it. Of anything they have, if you ask them for it, they never say no; rather they invite the person to share it, and show as much love as if they were giving their hearts; and whether the thing be of value or of small price, at once they are content with whatever little thing of whatever kind may be given to them. – Christopher Columbus, on the Arawak people; David E Stannard, American Holocaust; Columbus And The Conquest Of The New World, Oxford University Press, New York, 1992
Harvest Full Moon – School for the Seasons 09-16-05
A harvest moon!
And on the mats —
Shadows of pine boughs. – Kikaku
At least once a year I like to focus on the moon, that other rhythmic presence in our lives, which, like the seasons ebbs and flows. I see looking back on last year that I also wrote about the moon at this time of the year, when the Moon is featured in so many seasonal festivals.
This particular full moon which peaks on Saturday evening, September 17, is the Harvest Moon, the name given to the moon nearest the Autumn Equinox, because the light of this moon is so bright that farmers could work in their fields, harvesting crops late into the night.
This full moon (of the eighth Chinese lunar month) is also the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, when Chinese women gathered in the courtyards to feast, drink and write poems in praise of the Moon. You can learn much more about this festival in my article at
And find ideas for celebrating it at:
And this is also the full moon of the Greek month of Boedromion which marks the start of the Eleusinian Mysteries. People came from all over the Classical world to Eleusis in Greece to participate in eight days of rituals which re-enacted Demeter’s search for her missing daughter, rituals that culminated in a performance or revelation in an underground cave that offered a vision of immortality.
Does it seem like the Harvest Moon is bigger and brighter than other full moons? It always does to me but I’ve yet to find an adequate explanation for this effect. Christopher Dewdney explains that in September the relationship between the ecliptic plane (on which the planets orbit) shifts in relationship to the earth and the moon rises more or less at the same time every night for the three nights of the Harvest full moon (normally it rises 50 minutes later every night). I don’t know why this would make it seem bright but it does make it more noticeable.
The full moon has long been connected with madness (the very word lunacy comes from Luna, the Roman moon goddess), aggression, accidents and births. Scientific studies have started confirming these folk beliefs.
Pat Thomas in Under the Weather lists some of the connections established by scientists. We eat more (8%) and drink less (26%) during the full moon. Our bodies also retain more water (interesting, since the moon has long been associated with water, partly because of its effect on the tides). Some surgeons refuse to operate during the full moon and studies suggest that patients are more likely to experience post-operative bleeding near the full moon.
Several studies show that emergency calls increase during a full moon (although calls to a suicide prevention line peak during the new moon, the dark phase of the lunar cycle). One study showed that schizophrenic patients exhibited more negative behavior at the full moon but a study of psychiatric emergency room visits found that they were highest at the first quarter moon and lowest at the full moon. Other studies have shown that violent crimes are more common during the full moon.
For every study that shows a correlation between the moon and human behavior, there is another study debunking it. Pat Thomas mentions a report done in the early 1970’s by government scientists that found that people were more likely to have accidents during the phase of the moon the same or opposite to that under which they were born. This finding was so ridiculed that funding for the project was withdrawn.
To determine your moon phase, you can use this virtual reality phase calendar:
Moon phase may also affect conception, according to Dr Eugene Jonas, a doctor from the former Czechoslovakia, whose research done in the 1970s showed that women are more likely to conceive when the moon is the same phase it was in when they were born. Again, this theory is ridiculed by the scientific community. But when Joanna Powell Colbert and I were teaching Moon Magic classes, we relayed this information to the women in our classes and got interesting feedback. One woman who had been trying to conceive for years used this principle and got pregnant within months. Another woman finally understood how she had become pregnant during her period—it coincided with the phase of the moon when she was born. (This means most children would have moon phases similar to those of their mothers, if the pregnancy followed a completely natural course.)
Birth rates increase (but only slightly, by 1%) during the full moon. Folk beliefs from many cultures say children born at the full moon are healthier and luckier than other children. In central Africa, the people of the Baganda tribe bathe their first born child under the light of the first full moon after its birth to bring it health and wealth. A lovely custom to adopt.
Donna Henes has written very poetically about the effects of the full moon in Moon Watcher’s Companion:
“When the moon is full, the seas rise up to reach it, sending wild waves of enthusiastic welcome Oysters spread their shells wide, stretching to swallow it whole in the same way that they one day may slide down someone’s slippery throat. Wolves howl at it, ears pricked, eyes glued adoringly on the object of their attention. Heads thrown back in ecstasy, they sit up very straight like any good dog and sing to it songs of atavistic refrain.”
In the lunar cycle, the full moon is the culmination. Henes points out that the Gaelic word for the full moon, Gealach, is the root for the word that means good fortune. It is considered especially lucky for romance and was the time chosen for marriages by the ancient Greeks, Celts and German Jews during the Middle Ages.
One of my Slow Time students, Sharon remembered her very Roman Catholic grandmother putting an empty change purse on the windowsill under the full moon, to guarantee that her pockets would never be empty. Sharon wrote: “It must have worked, for although she was never wealthy, she never wanted for money either. So for me, the idea of the fullness of the moon translating into culmination and fulfillment was something I grew up with.”
Claudia Thompson, whose website Moonsurfing, I recommend below, believes this particular full moon (in Pisces) is a special time for making wishes. She suggests going outside, raising up your arms and welcoming the moon’s light into your body (this is sometimes called “drawing down the moon”). Then ask for what you really want, feel what it would be like to receive that and expand that energy back out into the world, imagining that the world supports your vision. Claudia writer: “this Full Moon is so powerful that when you do this, it’s highly likely that you’ll get what you want.”
Z Budapest writes in her book, Grandmother Moon, that full moon energy is best used for three activities: ritual, making love and dancing. So consider this your homework assignment.
Let me close with this lovely quote from Donna Henes which captures the flavor of the lunar cycle using a metaphor so appropriate for the Harvest Moon:
“The new moon is the arbor, the full moon is the grape, and the waning moon is the wine (stored in the dark moon cellar).”
Budapest, Z, Grandmother Moon: Lunar Magic in Our Lives–Spells, Rituals, Goddesses, Legends & Emotions Under the Moon, Harper SanFrancisco 1991
Dewdney, Christopher, Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World After Dark, Bloomsbury 2004
Henes, Donna, The Moon Watcher’s Companion, Donna Henes 2002
Thomas, Pat, Under the Weather: How the Weather and Climate Affect Our Health, Fusion Press 2004
Thompson, Claudia, http://www.moonsurfing.com