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Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s lovely outside. A little warm in the shop, now that the sun is hitting the windows, but lovely. 58F, wind at 21, with gusts nearly to 30mph. Well, today was supposed to be the windy day. It was actually windy last night as we were going down the path to the apartment and the ocean is starting to roar again. It’s been so quiet all summer. …and there’s more rain predicted for next week, again. No accumulation, though…
Today’s been crazy. I’ll do a write-up tonight. I want to get this out!
A Ken Gagne photo of a Great Blue Heron from 7-17-14
Today is the Day of Remembrance for the Pagan People of Novgorod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novgorod mentions this, not at all!). Many Slavs, particularly those who are trying to re-create the destroyed faith of our ancestors, count this as a day of blackest mourning and are very, very bitter about it.
“When the people of Novgorod were notified that Dobrinja wanted to Christianize them, they held a “Veche” (Thing) and decided to swear an oath: ‘Do not let Dobrinja into town. Do not let our idols be destroyed.’ Dobrinja sent word to them offering them silver, but the people refused him and would not let him enter the city.” The highest Volvh under the direction of a Slavic Pagan Priest, named Bogomil, (also known as Nightingale or “Solovey”), Voevoda Ugonay goes on to declare, went about the city on a horse, declaring with a loud voice: ‘Better for us to die than to let our Gods see disgrace.’ However, Dobrinja prevailed and each of the idols were cast into the river and the wooden sculptures were incinerated. This, truly, was a day of great mourning and sadness for the Pagan People. The events which happened on this day demonstrates all the “love” and essence of Christianity. ” – Iokimovskaja Letopis from http://www.irminsul.org/arc/010sz.html
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa
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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 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.
Monday, September 3
How soon after sunset can you see the big Summer Triangle? Face southeast and look high. There’s Altair, currently the triangle’s bottom point. Vega, the Triangle’s brightest star, is nearly at the zenith (as seen from mid-northern latitudes). Deneb is a bit farther to Altair’s upper left. Then look down below Altair. Saturn and Mars form a big triangle with it that’s almost a mirror image of the Summer Triangle above. Altair is the top point of this brighter, temporary “Summer of 2018 Triangle.”
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 Observers using binoculars or a telescope should set their sights on Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, which is making its second-best appearance since its discovery in 1900. The comet currently glows at 7th magnitude against the backdrop of Auriga the Charioteer, a region that rises in the evening and climbs high before dawn. Giacobini-Zinner lies within 2° of magnitude 0.1 Capella this morning. (It was similarly close yesterday morning.)
Mercury (about magnitude –1.0) can be spotted very low above the east-northeast horizon about 45 minutes before sunrise. Don’t confuse it with twinkly Procyon far off to its upper right, or Sirius farther to Procyon’s right or lower right. Binoculars will show fainter Regulus less than 3° from Mercury on the mornings of September 5th, 6th, and 7th.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7 at the Aries-Pisces border) is well up in the east, by 11 or midnight. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
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 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
M 3 Low 1:03 AM 0.7 6:42 AM Rise 12:01 AM 53
~ 3 High 7:25 AM 5.3 7:49 PM Set 3:11 PM
~ 3 Low 12:39 PM 2.8
~ 3 High 6:56 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Strive for progress, not perfection.
~ Help yourself and God will help you. – Dutch Proverb
~ Beware of those who speak fairly but think falsely. – The Saga of Bjarn of the Hitdoela Champions, c.7
~ Gossip often leads to trouble. – Gisli Sursson’s Saga, c.9
~ And Atlas through hard constraint upholds the wide heaven with unwearying head and arms, standing at the borders of the earth before the clear-voiced Hesperides. – Hesiod (c. 700 BCE), Theogony 319
On the Ides of September, at midnight, two planets were seen in conjunction to such a degree that it appeared as though they had been one and the same star; but immediately they were separated from each other. – Gervase of Canterbury, describing the transit of Mars across Jupiter, September 13, 1170
Sweep Away the Past Spell – Incense of the day: Cedar
During Passover, Jews are not allowed to eat chametz, or leavened bread, or to have any in their possession. Homes are traditionally cleaned from top to bottom, so as not to allow for the possibly of a single breadcrumb to remain. Likewise, this is the perfect time to do your own fall-cleaning, both of the physical and the spiritual sort. As you sweep, vacuum, and scrub, imagine removing any negativity that has built up right along with the dust and dirt. When you are done, set up a white cloth on a table or shelf near the heart of the house and place a bell, sage or cedar incense, a lighter, salt, a chalice or cup filled with water, and a stirring device on this altar. Place a new broom nearby, then use the broom to symbolically sweep the house, beginning in the back rooms and always going toward the door.
Open the door and sweep all of the negativity that you have gathered outside, saying: “I sweep out the old and gather in the new.”
Shut the door and return to the altar. Light the incense, saying: “By air and fire, I cleanse and bless my home. Let it be a place of wisdom and love.”
Go around the house in a clockwise circle, smudging, making sure to get into every nook and cranny.
Finally, pour three spoonfuls of salt into the water and stir, saying, “By water and earth, I cleanse and bless my home. May it be a place of healing and sanctuary.”
Repeat the clockwise circle, carrying a chalice of salt water from which you carefully sprinkle. Return to the altar and ask for the blessings of your patron deities.
“By my will, and with your blessings, this rite is done.”
Ring the bell.
By: Lady MoonDance, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Ancient Ones Harvest Spell – Pagan Studies
Harvest was a time for families, communities, and friends to come together. During harvest, special cakes were made in a ritual manner, and each person in the family or group would partake of this sacred meal.
Mix together one cup oat flour, one pinch baking soda, two pinches of salt, and one teaspoon of melted butter. Add hot water to form the dough, roll it on a board, and cut it into shapes. Cook the bread in the oven at 375 degrees until it is nicely toasted.
Share it with your tribe or family, reciting these words:
Consecrate the produce of our land.
Bestow prosperity and peace
In the names of the gods and goddesses,
And in the names of the ancient ones.
By: Sharynne NicMhacha,from GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies
Silliness – Faith
A nun who worked for a local home health care agency was out making her rounds when she ran out of gas. As luck would have it, there was a station just down the street. She walked to the station to borrow a can with enough gas to start the car and drive to the station for a fill up.
The attendant regretfully told her that the only gas can he owned had just been loaned out, but if she would care to wait he was sure it would be back shortly.
Since the nun was on the way to see a patient she decided not to wait and walked back to her car. After looking through her car for something to carry to the station to fill with gas, she spotted a bedpan she was taking to the patient. Always resourceful, she carried it to the station, filled it with gasoline, and carried it back to her car.
As she was pouring the gas into the tank of her car, two men walked by. One of them turned to the other and said: “Now that is what I call faith!”