We seem to be in a nice clear spot at the moment, but our weather has been interesting over the last day. There’s more on it below. Right now it’s 62F, partly cloudy, with the wind at 12mph. We got less than 1 1/0 of an inch of rain yesterday, but today’s is well over 1/2 an inch, already! The rain should be back this evening and will into tomorrow and more thunder is in the forecast for late morning tomorrow.
This showed up in yesterday’s e-mails. Not something you see every day! ” …ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TODAY WITH THREAT OF WATERSPOUTS… Cool unstable air mass over the region will allow showers and isolated thunderstorms move onshore today into tonight. Some of the thunderstorms may produce small hail, brief downpours and gusty winds. Of particular attention is the potential for waterspouts. Already have had reports of a waterspout near Netarts around 1045 am today. Will continue to see threat of waterspouts today. Any waterspout that moves onshore should dissipate quickly. The threat of waterspouts will end this evening, as the stronger thunderstorms weaken.”
There were apparently waterspouts in Netarts and Oceanside in the morning. https://www.tillamookheadlightherald.com/news/waterspout-spotted-near-oceanside/article_4dccca68-9caf-11e7-b880-0b474067dd85.html
Tempus and I took our time getting really underway, but by 1:30 we were both hard at work. I had bottles to check in and orders to track. Why is it that time after time, after I try to make sure that orders either come in on Monday or Thursday, they end up on Tuesday/Wednesday? Two this week! Both should have been in yesterday…..
Around an hour later Tempus was grinding some cedar for me and I was yumming at the scent. So I bagged some of what he ground because we were totally out on the herb wall and I hadn’t realized.
By 6:30 I was reminded, as I have to be every fall, that when it rains out here it gets dark early, but by 6:45, it was lighting up again. …and the next time I looked out the window it was 8:30 and totally dark….
We went home not long after that, talked awhile and then went to sleep. I was awakened several times during the night, by hard rain, and then at 7am by a thunderstorm that may have had hail with it, it was that loud.
Tempus was up early and headed for the shop, since those packages are coming in. I’m going to work here at home, rearranging some things and then head for the shop later.
Hippocrates is credited with being the father of modern medicine. He is honored on this day, (which may be the 2476 anniversary of his birth) along with all doctors and medical practitioners. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocrates The picture is a Czech stamp with the symbol for a medical vehicle with a doctor on board. The image in the center is the Rod of Aesculapius, which is the proper symbol for the medical profession, unlike the usual Caduceus that we see in the US.
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. I’ve talked before about the azaleas being a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
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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. 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 10:30pm on 9/19. 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 110/5 at 11:40am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 10:30am on 9/21.
Venus and Regulus pair up. Regulus is less than 1% as bright as the supposed “Morning Star.”
The Great Square of Pegasus is high in the east after dark, balancing on one corner. From the Great Square’s left corner extends a big line of three 2nd-magnitude stars, running to the lower left, that mark the head, backbone and bright leg of the constellation Andromeda. (The line of three includes the Square’s left corner, her head.) Upper left from the foot of this line, you’ll find W-shaped Cassiopeia tilting up.
Venus, brilliant at magnitude –3.9, shines as the “Morning Star” in the east before and during dawn. It’s sinking lower toward Mars day by day. It passes Regulus (hardly brighter than Mars) on the mornings of the 19th and 20th.
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
Tu 19 High 12:06 AM 7.9 7:00 AM Rise 6:16 AM 2
~ 19 Low 6:38 AM -0.4 7:19 PM Set 7:24 PM
~ 19 High 12:53 PM 7.6
~ 19 Low 6:57 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
~ Many eyes squint when there’s money around. – Bandamanna Saga, c.5
~ Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. – Henry David Thoreau
~ Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. – Orson Scott Card
~ Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. – General George S. Patton
It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country in wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as something like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray-haired. But most of them were boys when they died, they gave up two lives — the one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for their county, for us. All we can do is remember. – Ronald Wilson Reagan – Remarks at Veteran’s Day ceremony, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, November 11, 1985
We say the sun has shifted
‘cross celestial equator.
It is but our perception of the sun.
We are the thing now
Shifting through the sky. – T. Thorn Coyle
The Goddess Farewell to the Hunter
Now I lay you down upon the drying grass,
Beloved. Your eyes sweep shut; you are weary,
Having given all you could give,
Even now you fade into the dry brown turf.
Your hand, once strong and warm, is dry
Like a little bundle of willow twigs; your hair
Fades into the leaves under your head.
Your blood and bones return to Me.
But this is how it is: your sacrifice is made
So that all can live again as the Wheel turns.
Even now your child quickens in My womb,
Growing, flourishing. He will be born when the snow flies.
How can I let you go, beloved?
I bend to kiss your lips, they fade against mine.
You smile, and slowly, slowly, sink into invisibility.
My tears fall where you were.
Now you will go down to that sunless sea,
Climb into your boat and sail the moonlit waters,
Safe in my womb. When My waters break, you will be born,
And I will hold you in my arms again. Child, brother, husband
O remember Me till I hold you again!
Silliness – Quick Ones — Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.