It was nearly 2:30 when we finally headed for Newport. We got gas and then went to Cash and Carry to get small bags and to check prices on some things. After that we did the main shopping trip at Freddie’s, which included me getting some shirts on the 70% off summer sale. It was a good call. I expected to spend $40-$50 or so for two and ended up with 4 for just under $30! I got candles for the altar and some other small stuff, while Tempus did the main food shopping. We stopped at the Chalet for a meal, sortof as a memory of my Mom. That was one of her favorite things to do was go shopping at Freddie’s and then eat at the Chalet and take a pie home. We didn’t get the pie, probably will for Thanksgiving, but I had meatloaf (which was one of Mom’s favorites, too… *good* meatloaf!) and Tempus had a Reuben. We were back at the shop and offloading around 6:30.
I took a nap while Tempus was loading/unloading. It got dark *way* to early! By 8:30 it was completely dark. Oh, the Wheel is Turning.
We had a guy come in after dark and Tempus hung around until nearly 10pm, thinking that we’d wind down and quit talking. No such luck. He finally left at 11pm. Great conversation, though!
Tempus finally called partway through the bulk drops to tell me that’s what he was doing, but the papers were huge and he had a couple of bundles burst as he was pushing to get the deliveries to Freddie’s before they closed. He said then it was going to be a late night. By 1:45 he still wasn’t done bagging. Oi!
So I got the carrot soup finished and spiced and put in jars and into the fridge. That took a bit. I had a snack after that, some of the goat cheese that we bought earlier, a bit of fontina cheese and a couple of slices of a garlic sourdough that we brought home from the day-old shelf.
I started the milk warming, since the fig rennet didn’t work. Well, I thought it didn’t work! I lifted the lid and there were curds! Very soft curds, but curds, so I warmed it to 120 and then got it strained through the cheesecloth. Well, I ended up wearing a lot of whey, both skirt and socks, because I ended up pouring quite a bit onto the floor as things slipped and slid, but by 3am it was hanging up, draining.
I got picked up at about 5:10. Sirius was very bright and well above the horizon and the Moon above. As we turned into a side street near the end of the Bayshore drops, I saw a bright star that I didn’t remember. When we turned into the next street it was higher and I suddenly realized it must be the ISS! We actually stopped and watched for a couple of minutes.
The light kept growing. It was a really pretty sunrise and the reflections on the bay and river were lovely, especially when decorated with herons!
I had to have Tempus drop me off back at the shop, though, after the part along 34. The papers were so heavy that I started to hurt. I curled up on the sofa while he finished the route and did the last drop at 7:30.
Today we’re going to go sleep until late afternoon and then we’ll be packing boxes and moving things.
Today is the Feast of Saint Mother Theresa. More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa She was made a saint of the Catholic Church two years ago yesterday.
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has it’s glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same. – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
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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. 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 9/8 at 2:01am.
Find Regulus just below Mercury on the morning of the 5th, then and closer to Mercury’s right on the 6th. Mercury makes an impressive appearance before dawn in early September. The innermost planet stands 7° above the eastern horizon 30 minutes before sunrise. Despite bright twilight, Mercury stands out because it shines brightly, at magnitude –1.1. If you view the scene through binoculars, you should see the 1st-magnitude star Regulus 1.5° below it. (The two will appear side by side tomorrow morning.) A telescope reveals Mercury’s 6″-diameter gibbous disk.
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 scooping to the right.
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 fades from magnitude –2.1 to –1.9 this week, still brighter than Sirius. It shines in the south-southeast to south during the evening hours and is highest around 11 p.m. daylight-saving time. Mars in a telescope shrinks from 21 to 20 arcseconds wide this week; it’s still unusually large and close. The dust in the Martian atmosphere continues to thin, allowing better views of surface markings. or a Mars map that shows which side is facing Earth at your time and date, use our Mars Profiler.
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
W 5 Low 3:25 AM 0.0 6:44 AM Rise 1:45 AM 31
~ 5 High 10:01 AM 5.7 7:45 PM Set 5:14 PM
~ 5 Low 3:17 PM 2.9
~ 5 High 9:16 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The Good Life” is not defined by possessions, but by pure and utter enjoyment of simplicity.
~ Seek not, my soul, the life of the immortals; but enjoy to the full the resources that are within thy reach. – Pindar
~ One does not learn how to die by killing others. – François-René de Chateaubriand; from Mémoires d’outre-tombe [Memoirs from Beyond the Grave] (1848 – ’50)
~ The success of love is in the loving – it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done. – Mother Teresa
~ The perpetual stream of human nature is formed into ever-changing shallows, eddies, falls and pools by the land over which it passes. – Mary Renault
Where long the shadows of the wind had rolled,
Green wheat was yielding to the change assigned;
And as by some vast magic undivined
The world was turning slowly into gold. – Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935)
In astronomy, the autumnal equinox signals the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere: the moment when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward; the equinox occurs around September 22 – 24, varying slightly each year according to the 400-year cycle of leap years in the Gregorian Calendar.
In the southern hemisphere, the equinox occurs at the same moment, but at the beginning of spring. There are two conventions for dealing with this: either the name of the equinox can be changed to the vernal equinox, or (apparently more commonly) the name is unchanged and it is accepted that it is out of sync with the season.
At the equinox, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. In the northern hemisphere, before the autumnal equinox, the sun rises and sets more and more to the north, and afterwards, it rises and sets more and more to the south.
This is when the Neopagan Sabbat of Mabon is celebrated. Also, Autumnal Equinox Day is an official national holiday in Japan, and is spent visiting family graves, and holding family reunions. Source: Wikipedia
Why do the equinoxes not always occur on the same days each year?
“The Earth takes approximately 365.25 days to go around the Sun. This is the reason we have a leap year every 4 years, to add another day to our calendar so that there is not a gradual drift of date through the seasons. For the same reason the precise time of the equinoxes are not the same each year, and generally will occur about 6 hours later each year, with a jump of a day (backwards) on leap years.” Source
Autumn Equinox, ancient Rome – Autumn Equinox was a time of Diana, Roman goddess of the hunt, of the Moon, of springs and brooks, of the country and forest, chastity and of child-birth. Women prayed to her for offspring. She was thought of as the protector and mother. Worship of this deity was later transformed by Christianity into the cult of the Virgin Mary.
Autumn Equinox, Europe – Autumn Equinox is the time when village elders gathered food and grain and at night left it at the doors of the poor to ensure that they would have food for the coming winter:
Food an’ gifts outside the door –
A welcome treat to cheer the poor.
Never, ever must they see
That even one was left by me.
At the Castillo, a Mayan pyramid built c. 1000 – 1200 at Chichén Itzá, Mexico, on the equinoxes a jagged shadow is thrown down the northern staircase. It looks like a serpent going down, meeting a stone snake’s head at the base.
Mikelis and Jumis
Jumis was an agriculture and fertility god, and in the Latvian language the word also applies to ‘double-plants,’ such as two corn stalks, two trees that have grown together and share a trunk or stem, or two fruits or vegetables that have grown together. He was depicted as a short man with clothes that resemble ears of wheat, hops and barley.
On the first day, a ritual called the Catching of Jumis (Jumja kersana; Apjumibas; Rudenaji; Raudonoji) took place. Jumis, represented by a double-headed stalk of grain, was said to be hiding in the last of the unharvested fields. This last cut was saved until the end, so as to please Jumis, and invite him back the following spring. When the reaping was finished, a ‘Jumis-clump’ was left uncut. The ears of this grain were then tied in a knot and bent to the ground, being weighed down with stones or surrounded with soil. The grain from the Junis-clump was rubbed out of the ears and scattered in the tilled soil, thus ensuring that the strength and spirit of the harvest was directed back into the Mother Earth, so that it could appear again in the new sowing.
These last stalks were tied with special twine, taken home in a procession and placed in a barn, separate from the rest of the harvest, symbolizing a ‘captured’ Jumis, thereby ensuring the following year’s harvest would be at least as successful. The grasses were then used during the winter to cure sick livestock. Chicken was eaten at the evening’s feast.
The festival was held at the end of the harvest season, when Jumis’s gift of food had been received. After Mikeli it was considered that the gates were open for Winter.
A Jumis-loaf was baked at Mikeli, larger than the usual bread loaf, and it was a great honour to eat it. The second day was a feast and party, and the third day was a market day, and also the only day men proposed to their prospective wives.
This is an important festival in the Japanese calendar which, Since January 1, 1873, Japan has been based on the Gregorian Calendar, with local names for the months and mostly fixed holidays (before 1873 a lunisolar calendar was in use, which was adapted from the Chinese calendar). Higan is the week-long period of Buddhist memorial services peculiar to Japan and held twice a year.
On or around the day of the Autumn Equinox, Japanese people celebrate Shuubun-no-hi, also known as Higan (Higan no Chu-Nichi). There is another Higan at the time of the Spring Equinox, which is also called Higan no Chu-Nichi. Both are usually observed on the Sunday on or immediately preceding the equinoxes. The middle days of each Higan, Shunbun no hi (Spring Equinox) and Shuubun no hi (Autumnal Equinox) are national holidays.
The name Higan means ‘the other shore’ and derives from the Buddhist notion that there is a river that marks the division of the mundane world and the afterlife. This river is one of illusions, passion, pain and sorrow. Only when one crosses the river, swimming against the currents of temptation, to the other shore, does one gain enlightenment.
During the whole of this week there is a Buddhist observance, three days either side of the equinox, when the spirits of one’s ancestors are commemorated. Usually on the equinoctial day, families and friends visit their family tombs, where they tend and weed the graves of their loved ones. They leave flowers, incense and ohagi (sweet rice balls covered with soybean paste) – it is tradition that ancestors’ spirits prefer food that is round. The visitors sweep the ground, say prayers, and may even have a bit of a family party, drinking sake rice wine.
Japanese consider this period the changing of the season. Usually around the autumnal Higan the Japanese summer heat-wave weakens, and the weather changes to autumn. Thus the Japanese have a saying, “Atsusa samusa mo Higan made” (“Neither heat in summer, nor cold in winter last beyond higan”).
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