Daily Stuff 9-7-18 Grace Darling

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at  of 5:21 AM of -0.9 feet. It’s possible that there won’t be a newsletter tomorrow & Sunday …that they’ll come out Sunday evening. See at the bottom of the note for bit more on this.

The sky is beautifully blue, the sunshine is bright and the humidity is much less than yesterday morning, all of which means that there are a lot of boats in the bay and a long line of fishing rods along the beach. 60F, Wind at 4mph, AQI back down to 19. Possibly .08 inches of rain over Saturday night!

Yesterday started pretty quietly, which was a good thing since we were really insufficiently coffeed. Gradually we got that and some cheese toasts, which Tempus has been making with tomatoes on mine….sorta a mini-breakfast pizza. I had been pecking away at getting things sorted out and put where they needed to go.

The package with our anniversary present to ourselves in it was over at Lisa’s (the optometrist) It’s now in our fridge. We have a pound of a special blue cheese, something that we dearly love.

The friend that I talk beads, incense and plants with was in for a bit. She stops by about once a week to chat and to bring me a couple of jelly bars from the Frog. She’s a sweetheart!

I got a fern rescued from the trash re-potted and it’s doing fine. Much like the tiny begonias, ditto, and a number of broken pieces set by to callus. Tempus did the watering and then headed over to the PO and came back with 8 packages! There are still a couple more that should be on the way.

So that was next on the agenda, getting those sorted out and put away. One of the other things was his b-day gift, and another very special one, was the copy of our marriage license from the files of the minister who performed the ceremony. He has since Crossed the Veil and his son sent us the copy. Tempus doesn’t get to see it until our anniversary, which is our 30th. The minister was a dear friend and we miss him.

I kept on with sorting things out and helping customers. At 7:30 we went across the street and had a goodbye supper with Leslie. She’s going to be heading out early this coming week. She’s already taken some stuff down to Shasta, but needed to finish up, so she has a last weekend here, and of course, I’m going to be in Philomath for the weekend.

Tempus headed out right at 9. …and of course, they were still printing at 10. I was sorting little beads of sealing wax by color at that point. I bought a bulk amount and I’m dividing them up, so’s not to have to charge folks an arm and a leg but a huge amount of them.

I got some flavored butters made for the weekend and then got stymied because I don’t know if one of the folks going to the event can have eggs…. I was going to make deviled ham, and was worried about the mayo… I finished the potted ham, (all but the one set that we’re going to wash up the tools, before I make it, so we don’t chance making her ill) at 4:20. and then ran around putting the rest of my stuff together.

I was getting really sleepy, too, which didn’t help, but I got my stuff together and sat for a few, working on the pictures from the evening.

I got picked up at about 4:45 and finished the run with Tempus. What clouds there were vanished just before dawn, which was glorious and the Old Moon holding the New Moon in her arms hung low in the east. I watched them all the way through until we walked down the path to go to sleep.

Today, I’m packing for the weekend. I’ve already done some, finding the bits and pieces that need to go into my kit. Next I need to find the costume that I’ll be wearing, then all the jewelry and things. After that I need I pack down the blackwork display, the hats display, my carving kit, the games box, and finally the foodly things I’ve been making… oof…. and tables. Tempus is going to drive m out to the site and drop me off. He’ll back back for me on Sunday. No clue whether I’ll have internet access where I’m staying…. which I hope has been arranged. I still don’t know for sure….


feast 0907 Lighthouse_LongStone_with_Grace_Darlings_Bedroom_WindowFarne_Islands_NorthumberlandToday’s Feast is in honor of Grace Darling‘s daring deed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Darling

‘Twas on the Longstone Lighthouse, there dwelt and English maid;
Pure as the air around her, of danger ne’er afraid;
One morning just at daybreak, a storm-tossed wreck she spied;
And tho’ to try seemed madness, “I’ll save the crew!’ she cried.
And she pull’d away, o’er the rolling sea,
Over the waters blue –
‘Help! Help!’ she could hear the cry of the shipwreck’d crew –
But Grace had an English heart,
And the raging storm she brav’d –
She pull’d away, mid the dashing spray,
And the crew she saved! – Song about Grace Darling, British heroine of the September 7, 1838 disaster

220px-Rhamnus_purshiana,_Cascara_--_branch_with_leaves,_flowers_and_budsToday’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. –Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada

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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 9/9 at 11:01am. 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 9/7 at 11:01pm. 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 the New on 9/9 at 11:01am. 

With summer waning away, Scorpius lies down in the south-southwest as soon as night arrives. Its brightest star, orange Antares, appears about midway between Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter shines well off to Antares’s right, in Libra, and Saturn is well off to Antares’s upper left, in Sagittarius.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 9:20 p.m. EDT. It then lies 224,533 miles (361,351 kilometers) away from us.
Neptune reaches opposition and peak visibility tonight. Because it lies opposite the Sun in our sky, it rises at sunset and appears highest in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time. But you can start searching for it by 10 p.m., when it stands nearly one-third of the way from the southeastern horizon to the zenith. Neptune glows at magnitude 7.8, bright enough to spot through binoculars if you know where to look. The trick is to find the 4th-magnitude star Phi (φ) Aquarii, which lies about 15° (two binocular fields) east-southeast of Aquarius’ >>>>> distinctive Water Jar asterism. At opposition, Neptune appears 2.3° west-southwest of Phi. When viewed through a telescope, Neptune shows a blue-gray disk measuring 2.4″ across.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, in Libra) shines in the southwest in twilight. It’s upper left of low Venus; their separation diminishes from 24° to 20° this week. Find Mars-colored Antares a similar distance to Jupiter’s left. In a telescope, Jupiter has shrunk to 35 arcseconds wide.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for September 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-september-2018
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 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 

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Leo enters Virgo at 2:25am.
Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color – Blue

Harvest 9/6-7

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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).

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove – Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible

F    7      Low   5:21 AM    -0.9   6:46 AM    Rise  4:01 AM      12
~     7     High  11:48 AM     6.8   7:42 PM     Set  6:51 PM
~     7      Low   5:26 PM     1.9
~     7     High  11:20 PM     8.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I will worry about it tomorrow!


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. — William Blake



~  All we know so far is what doesn’t work. – Richard Feynman
~  Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead. – Ben Franklin
~  The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year. – John Foster Dulles
~  The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf. – Shakti Gawain

September strews the woodlot o’er
With many a brilliant color;
The world is brighter than before,
Why should our hearts be duller? – Thomas W. Parsons (1819–92)


Mabon Magick – Prayers

For the golden corn and the apple on the tree,
For the golden butter and the honey from the bees,
For the fruits and nuts and berries we gather on our way,
We praise the loving Mother Earth and thank Her everyday. – Beliefnet member loumom, Appropriate for many faiths


Goddesses of Peace…
Pax, Mary, Quan Yin, Tara
Gaia, Mother of the Earth,
We call upon you with respect.

Mothers of Compassion,
Mothers of Peace and Mercy,
We ask for your wise counsel.
Please help us not to give in

To the everyday stresses
And resentments that assail us.
Help us connect with your Light
And the love and grace you bring.

Blessed Mothers, we thank you
For the nurturing and blessings
That you pour out upon us every day;
Grant that our lives also be a blessing. – © September 17, 2008, Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)


Silliness – Bumper Snickers – There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.

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