54F and supposed to hit 70 on the coast today. I’m heading inland where it’s supposed to get up to 82F. There’s no wind and it’s cloudy. We did get a little rain, yesterday. 0.01 inches, so we’ve gotten most of an inch in these few damp days. There’s been just enough to give the fire crews some hope, although the big ones won’t be contained until October, probably late in the month and not out until well into December.
Yesterday started marvelously, getting to see Fawkes for the first time in awhile. We shared news and what all we’re working on. Eventually he had to head home, though. 😦 Hoping he’ll be back sooner, rather than waiting so long this time. We still didn’t manage to exchange phone numbers and it turns out, although he’s on Facebook, something is wrong and neither Tempus nor I can reach his account. 😦
So, then we got down to the business of the day, getting some of the stock up where it belongs (there’s new obsidian!) cleaning up some of the spaces, and I worked on some of the pincushions I cut out the other night.
Late in the day the work table was clear enough for me to do some machine sewing, so I finished that, finished packing for today and we headed home.
Today we’re leaving early, in just a few minutes, for Kings Valley, where the Shrewsbury Renn Faire is being held. Amy turned out not to be able to go, so Tempus is going to have to do double the hour and 15 minute drive today, first to get me out there, and then to come back and help pack down. That’s why the shop is closing early. We want to pack down with at least a little daylight left! He’ll have the shop open on time, roadwork permitting. No clue if any of the House people will be there today.
This is a useful graphic.
Photo by Jamie Marie from Yachats. Aren’t these anemones amazing? Please credit Jamie Jager @girlinwaterphotography Tempus says that the regularity of the critters is due to “geometric hexagonal close-order pckin”. What a mouthful!
Today is the Feast is that of Asclepigenia. Asclepigenia (Ἀσκληπιγένεια; fl. 430 AD) was an Athenian philosopher and mystic whose life is known from an account in Marinus’ Life of Proclus. Her father, Plutarch of Athens was head of the Neoplatonist school at Athens, and instructed Asclepigenia and her brother Hierius in the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle.To Asclepigenia alone, though, he passed on the Chaldean mysticism and theurgy that had been taught to him by his father Nestorius. Following her father’s death, Asclepigenia continued in her profession; her most famous student was Proclus, whom she initiated into the arcane rituals of theurgy. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepigenia and about her most famous student: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proclus
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.-Masculine, Jupiter, Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
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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.
On the morning of Tuesday the 12th, the last-quarter Moon occults Aldebaran before sunrise for parts of western North America, and after sunrise in eastern and central parts of the continent. (The Moon in these scenes is always drawn three times its actual apparent size.)
Mercury pairs up with Regulus this morning and the next. The visibility of faint objects in bright twilight is exaggerated here.
As dusk turns to night, Arcturus twinkles due west. It’s getting lower every week. Off to its right in the northwest, the Big Dipper is turning more and more level.
Mercury is having a good apparition low in the dawn. Its brightness more than doubles this week, from magnitude +0.2 to –0.8. On the morning of September 10th Mercury is closely passing Regulus, which is much fainter at magnitude +1.4. On the 16th it’s going even closer by Mars, magnitude +1.8. Look for this action down to the lower left of brilliant Venus. Bring binoculars.
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
Su 10 High 3:50 AM 6.8 6:50 AM Set 11:39 AM 85
~ 10 Low 9:50 AM 1.1 7:36 PM Rise 10:25 PM
~ 10 High 4:00 PM 7.8
~ 10 Low 10:39 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I will worry about it tomorrow!
~ What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. – Mason Albert
~ When one flower blooms spring awakens everywhere. – John O’Donohue
~ When the big tree falls, the goat eats its leaves. – African Proverb
~ Who can’t defend the wealth they have must die, or share with the rover bold. – The Saga of Olaf Haraldsson, c.6
Don’t ever let others drag you down.
Laugh in the face of it and never frown.
Hold your head high and reach for the sky,
Because you can do anything if you only try.
Life is for living.
Love every day.
Thank god for your health and happiness when you pray,
For your beautiful family and for being in love,
For the twinkling stars at night above,
For the sunset in the morning as you rise
And for the feeling of being here and just being alive. – Irene Burns
When it comes to autumn decorating, think “progressive”! September’s leaf crafts complement Samhain and Thanksgiving decorations. Choose solid colors in green and gold and orange when you decorate for fall. Adding and removing a few holiday-specific items each month will keep decor fresh, without requiring a monthly overhaul.
Once you have a permanent working altar, keep it clean and fresh by designating a certain day each week to clean it up!
I try to do this every Sunday morning. Take off the melted wax and ash, smudge, dust and polish! This is a part of your sacred space, treat it well and it will do the same for you! – )0( GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Mabon centerpiece (For Mabon)
- A basket (in fall colors or with trimmings to make it autumn-oriented)
- A doll-sized scarecrow (or materials to make one of your own)
- Real or fake autumn leaves
- Real or fake gourds/nuts/seeds of the season
- Dried herbs or potpourri of the season (apple scent works well)
First you’ll want to prepare your basket. It can be a small or large basket of any style, but you can decorate it for the season any way you desire (if it has a handle, consider winding or gluing acorn strings around it).
Into the center of the basket, you place your scarecrow figure. It can be bought as a harvest decoration at a store, or it can be one you make yourself out of straw and fabric—if you opt to make your own, you can dress it up appropriately and give it season-appropriate clothing and symbols. There is the option of making only the torso of the figure since only that will show, but if you’ve already got one with legs, they will be covered up by the ornamentation.
Find a way to anchor the doll into the basket.
Then you can dump an apple-cinnamon or autumn-flavored potpourri or series of dried herbs around the scarecrow in the basket, and intersperse this with leaves, nuts, and gourds.
Buying tiny craft gourds around this time of year is easy and cheap, and they don’t go rancid in the middle of the season, which is a plus.
You might even throw in stars made out of twigs and tied together with wire, or any other symbol that means something to you. The basket has a nice effect of decorating a table or altar for the time between the autumn equinox and the landmark of Halloween.
In ritual, you can use an actual corn dolly instead of a crafty scarecrow, so that it has more meaning, and each item added to the basket can have symbolic value. One suggestion is to gather up enough acorns to stand for your wishes for the season, and ceremoniously place each in the basket as you think of its purpose. The basket can be anointed and dedicated to a deity if you wish.
Silliness – Bigger Turkey
A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?”
The stock boy replied, “No ma’am, they’re dead.”