Mist was rising from the hind-dunes lakes in little spirals as we went past this morning and there were at least 15 boats out fishing. Yesterday there were more than 20! 49F, which is quite chilly on the fingers. Wind at 4, expected to get up to 25 or 30 this afternoon. There’s some small chance of rain a week out. The sky is very clear and the marine layer pulled back. It’s going to be a pretty day!
Yesterday was crazy early on. I never got the newsletter out until nearly 2pm, because I was still writing when the first reading walked in the door. I did 2 hours of them during the day. Tempus worked with a steady set of customers all through that …but by 3pm that had calmed down to the occasional customer. We had a lot of new people in, folks on vacation. Oregon and Washington of course, and California and Idaho, but a couple from Texas, one from North Carolina, two from Chicago and a whole family from LA.
…and then Tempus and I stopped everything to watch the Crown finals for the historical re-creation stuff that we do. 🙂 …and got word that my friend Seamus is going to be Laureled (highest award for Arts & Sciences), and started plotting with his wife to do a blackworked shirt for a Laureling gift. 🙂
After that I got going on sorting out some newsletter stuff and he worked on dishes, then set up supper. The baking potatoes smelled delicious! Mars was very bright in the south as we left the shop. We got home around 9:30 and I went to sleep. I woke up around 12:30 and then never quite got back to sleep completely. I dozed, off and on, but that was it, so I’m not in really in good shape.
It’s chilly this morning. I harvested some berries and my sage leaves for the year and after Tempus loaded some more things into the car we came to the shop. He’s offloading and then he’ll take stuff up to storage after he picks up the Job Corps bunch.
We have class this morning and then the Project Day starts after that. I’m hoping to make cheese this afternoon and do some more potting of little plants. Tempus is going to start the process of cleaning the boxes out of the side of the shop where we’ve had the Children’s and Games section. Going to be a long day, I think.
Today’s Feast is the anniversary of the coronation of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. Supposedly, I’m descended from him, on the distaff side. Charles spoke and wrote 5 languages in a day when folks where very rare who could even write their names. He made Prague into a great city. A lot of family stories got told about him: the “Charles’ Bridge Eggs, Not Hard-Boiled Please!”, and the “Building of the Hunger Wall” and the story of how he alone, of almost all of the Czech knights, survived the Battle of Crecy (by his father knocking him over the head, tying him to his horse and sending him home in the care of his tutor, before their suicide charge!). Ask me for the stories and/or there’s more information here: http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/655-years-ago-charles-iv-crowned-king-of-bohemia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_IV,_Holy_Roman_Emperor
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, hypericum perforatum, which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
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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 9/9 at 11:01am. 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 9/2 at 7:37pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 9/5 at 2:01am.
Comet Giacobini-Zinner is a relatively small comet just over a mile (2 km) in diameter. Astronomers captured this image of the comet using the Kitt Peak 0.9-m telescope located in Arizona on October 31, 1998. – N. Sharp/NOAO/AURA/NSF Beg, borrow, or steal binoculars this week to spot Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, which makes its second-best appearance since its discovery in 1900.
Venus pairs with Spica, magnitude 1.0, while Jupiter remains paired with Alpha Librae, magnitude 2.6. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist at arm’s length.)
This is a wide-field image of (l-r) Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus taken August 17th over the skyline of Rome, courtesy of Gianluca Masi. Four bright planets still await you in twilight this week, though the brightest is getting lower and more difficult. From right to left, they are Venus very low in the west-southwest, Jupiter in the southwest upper left of Venus, Saturn higher in the south, and bright Mars in the south-southeast. Best overall view: about 40 minutes after sunset.
The dust on Mars is clearing, leaving a somewhat changed geography. South is up. When Damian Peach and colleagues took this image on August 9th, Sinus Sabaeus and Sinus Meridiani were extending from the left limb down to the lower right and not looking like their usual selves. Will such changes be permanent? Yellow dust clouds were still present just below the South Polar Cap and as a sinuous line filling Coprates Chasm right of center. Mars shines fire-color in the south-southeast after dark this week. High above it, by three or four fists at arm’s length, sparkles white Altair. And a finger width above Altair is fainter Tarazed, an orange giant that’s actually more luminous than Altair but far in the background. The two are 17 and 390 light-years away.
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 10:37 p.m. EDT. It rises in the east tonight around 11 or 11:30 p.m., depending on your location. and climbs high in the southeast by the time twilight starts to paint the sky. Earth’s only natural satellite lies just east of the Hyades star cluster and 1st-magnitude Aldebaran in the constellation Taurus the Bull. As dawn begins to brighten on Monday the 3rd, the Moon shines high in the southeast with Aldebaran to its left and Orion below it.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for September 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-september-2018
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
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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
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).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 2 High 6:05 AM 5.5 6:40 AM Set 2:04 PM 64
~ 2 Low 11:36 AM 2.3 7:51 PM
~ 2 High 5:55 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is something wrong if you are always right.
Through sunny days and yellow weeks,
With clouds that melt in tears,
The glory of the harvest speaks
In all the silken ears. – J. Hazard Hartzell (1830–90)
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. Ritual use:
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.