55F, breezy and sunny at the moment. We might get some thunderstorms moving over in a bit, but for the moment, the pavement is drying and the sun’s out. We got over 1/3 of an inch of rain yesterday. It was lovely to see it blowing in sheets down the highway. A couple more days of rain and then we ought to see things dry up again for awhile, but winter is coming.
Yesterday was fun. I love cookery, although it was rough trying to lift things when I’m hurting. We had a good potluck and while one of the experiments failed, we’re getting good biscuits out of it. The other dumplings were just right. Tempus took me home right at closing and came back so he could work without me in his hair. He’s trying to sort out some of the chaos in the back of the
shop. I curled up at home with my sewing and books and got a good nap, early on.
Today I have to work on herbs. I’ve got a bunch that need to be bagged and headered, although they’re already prepped, so I gotta get to that.
Tempus is going to keep slogging away in back, trying to sort out the mess that the classroom became over this last year. We’re finding all kinds of things that had vanished, in the process!
Slavic Harvest headdress
Today is the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Samuel Johnson (born 9/18/1709 d. 12/13/1784), English lexicographer (A Dictionary of the English Language). He was the son of a poor bookseller, and grew up in poverty (which haunted him the rest of his life). Despite his humble origins, after Shakespeare he is the most quoted person in the English language. More in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Samuel_Johnson .
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. They are commonly used as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. –Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
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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. 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 9/18 at 10:30am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 10:30am on 9/19.
Venus and Regulus pair up. Regulus is less than 1% as bright as the supposed “Morning Star.” Less than 1° separates brilliant Venus and tiny Regulus as dawn brightens Tuesday and Wednesday mornings September 19th and 20th. Look low in the east, and bring those binoculars.
Mercury is dropping down from a nice apparition low in the dawn. But it is bright, about magnitude –1.0 all week. On Saturday and Sunday mornings the 16th and 17th it appears close to much fainter Mars, magnitude +1.8. After that Mercury drops fast morning by morning, while Mars moves just a bit higher.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine, Sep 2 – 29
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
M 18 Low 5:55 AM -0.5 6:59 AM Rise 5:08 AM 6
~ 18 High 12:15 PM 7.3 7:21 PM Set 6:53 PM 18
~ Low 6:11 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t live in the past…you have already been there.
~ Life is what you make it, so make it good and make it last. – Paul V Harris
~ Long is it remembered what youth has gained. – The Tale of Gunnlaug the Worm-tongue and Raven the Skald, c.13
~ Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come. – Chinese Proverb
~ Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present. – Regina Brett
Here and yonder, high and low,
Goldenrod and sunflowers glow. – Robert Kelley Weeks (1840–86)
Make a God’s Eye at Mabon – By Patti Wigington, About.com http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/maboncrafts/ss/GodsEye.htm
Getting Started Image (c) Patti Wigington 2007
God’s eyes are one of the easiest crafts you can make, and they’re versatile because you can create them in any color. For a harvest celebration, make them in fall colors — yellows and browns and reds and oranges. At Yule, you can make them in reds and greens. If you’d like to make one for your household altar, you can make it in colors that correspond to your family’s deities and traditions. You’ll need two sticks of equal length — I like to use long cinnamon sticks, but you can use a dowel rod, popsicle stick, or just branches you’ve found on the ground. You’ll also need yarn or ribbon in different colors. If you like, you can include decorative items like shells, feathers, beads, crystals, etc.
Begin by holding two sticks together in a cross shape, and continually wrapping different-colored yarn or ribbon around the arms.
By using alternating colors of thread or yarn, the finished result looks like an eye. In some traditions, you might associate the four points of the cross with the four classical elements, or the directions on the compass. You could even see them as representative of the four major Sabbats — the solstices and the equinoxes. One great thing to do while making god’s eyes is use them as a spell working in themselves — visualize your intent while wrapping the yarn, whether it’s protection for your home and family, to bring love your way, or even a prosperity talisman.
By using seasonal colors, you can create a god’s eye for just about any sabbat or celebration.
To begin, hold your two sticks together in a cross. If you’d doing this with children, it’s a good idea to put a small dab of glue on here to prevent slipping. Look at the diagram for an idea of how this will look.
Wrap a length of yarn one or two times around the top arm of the cross, right where the two sticks meet, going counterclockwise (be sure to hold the loose tail in place and wrap the yarn over it to keep it from unraveling later). As you come around on the left side of the upper arm, cross down and over to the bottom side of the right arm. Bring the yarn out behind the top of the right arm, and cross over to the left side of the bottom arm. Finally, bring the yarn from the right side of the bottom arm across to the top side of the left arm.
This is actually easier than it sounds — look at the diagram in Picture 1 and follow the arrows. Continue wrapping the sticks in the same order until you have a good amount of the color you’re working in. Then switch to a new color, and continue the process until you want to change again. Finish it off with a length of yarn tied in a loop, so you can hang your god’s eye. What you’ll end up with will look like the photo in Picture 2.
Finally, you can decorate the ends of the sticks with feathers, ribbons, beads, or crystals, whatever you prefer. Hang your god’s eye on a wall, or use it on your altar for Sabbat celebrations.
Silliness – Even More Actual Answers Given on Family Feud
- Something that flies that doesn’t have an engine – A bicycle with wings
- Something you might be allergic to – Skiing
- Name a famous bridge – The bridge over troubled waters
- Something a cat does – Goes to the toilet
- Something you do in the bathroom – Decorate
- Name an animal you might see at the zoo – A dog
- Something associated with the police – Pigs
- A sign of the zodiac – April
- Something slippery – A conman