This is the Sunday newsletter.
The others woke before I did, but I nabbed some bread and cheese and a nectarine and started setting up. Alys was the lovely person who made sure I had coffee, so I wouldn’t disgrace us all. 🙂 There was a tent with potluck foodstuff, so that’s where The cheese was placed. I cut it and grabbed a bit for myself and I *liked* it. It’s a good eating cheese, not too salty, not too crumbly, and dry enough to not be sticky in the mouth. It was all gone, but for scraps and one chunk that I snagged out for Loren, by the time we were done on Sunday!
All of us worked steadily and got our displays up and ready and then most sat for a couple of minutes before the 10am horns started blowing and the parade came through.
…and then the mundanes started through. Whew! We were *busy*! I ended up working with people on blackwork during the day and at least a dozen more took cards to go look at the blogs. Someone at the gate started telling parents with kids about the toys display and we had a *lot* of people who came through with that in mind.
Alan stopped by and gifted me with a Mary Rose style thread spool with the center case for needles! How wonderful! I’ve been lusting after one since the first time I saw one!
The son of the person who is doing largesse for their highnesses picked up the box during the afternoon after I spent awhile getting labels on things.
By the end of the day, and it was hot, everyone was drooping, either from heat or not enough sleep and we were glad to hear the last jousting bouts start (since the crowds thinned) and then the cannons going off at 6.
I got some more to eat of the bread, fruits, pickles, butters and devilled ham and sat still for awhile, myself, swilling water. I had talked to my crash space person, (Eileen) finally, earlier in the day and her son came by to tell me that they were thinking of leaving more around 8pm, than 10, which was fine with me. So after catting with various around the A&S camp, I headed out with them.
I went to sleep pretty early, but it turned out they had cats, which was fun while the one was in a frenzy over the ties on my gown and smock, but not so fun when my lungs went off in the middle of the night. I had to sit up for several hours, because I would start coughing when I lay down.
When I did, though, I had to convince one of them that my hip was not an appropriate sleeping spot, but then she curled up right in front of my feet and purred until the soreness from hard ground and more standing than my bones like was soothed and I drifted off again, sleeping hard. Apparently, I didn’t even wake when Eileen spoke to me after she first got up.
A photo by Ken Gagne from 9/8/16 of a heron out looking for a snack as Ken was photographing the sunset.
Today marks the 706th anniversary of the marriage of John (Jan) of Luxembourg, later called John the Blind, and the last child of the Přemyslid dynasty of Bohemia, Eliska. Their son was Charles IV whose feast we celebrated on the 2nd! More here from 2016’s celebrations: http://wp.me/p6tYq4-1u2
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
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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. 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. 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 9/24 at 7:52pm. 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 11:01pm on 9/10.
New Moon occurs at 2:01 p.m. EDT. At its new phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.
Although you can’t see the New Moon, its absence from the morning sky these next two weeks provides observers with an excellent opportunity to view the zodiacal light. From the Northern Hemisphere, this time of year is the best for viewing the elusive glow before sunrise. It appears slightly fainter than the Milky Way, so you’ll need a clear moonless sky and an observing site located far from the city. Look for a cone-shaped glow that points nearly straight up from the eastern horizon shortly before morning twilight begins (around 5 a.m. local daylight time at mid-northern latitudes). The Moon remains out of the morning sky until September 23, when the waxing gibbous returns and overwhelms the much fainter zodiacal light.
Mars shines fire-color in the south-southeast after dusk. 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 much more luminous than Altair but 22 times farther in the background.
The two brightest stars (not planets) of September evenings are <<< Vega high overhead and Arcturus >>>>>>in the west. Both are magnitude 0. Draw a line down from Vega to Arcturus. A third of the way down you cross the dim Keystone of Hercules. Two thirds of the way you cross the dim semicircle of Corona Borealis ^^^^ with its one modestly bright star: Alphecca, the gem of the crown.
Uranus is easy in binoculars at magnitude 5.7 near the Aries-Pisces border — if you have a finder chart and know the constellations well enough to use it. By late evening it’s well up in the east. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune, or see the September Sky & Telescope, page 48.
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
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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
Su 9 High 12:15 AM 8.5 6:49 AM Rise 6:33 AM 1
~ 9 Low 6:55 AM -1.2 7:38 PM Set 8:03 PM
~ 9 High 1:13 PM 7.7
~ 9 Low 7:09 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I believe in this; that there is nothing sophomoric in quaint bird-like gentleness, but a roaring lion that trembles and arouses from slumber…
~ Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. – HL Mencken (1880 – 1956)
~ The International Day of Peace is always a special occasion, but this one is even more so – for this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Peace Bell, which we ring every year on this day. – Kofi Annan, September 21, 2004
~ St Matthee shut up the bee. – English traditional saying (as cold approaches, the bees don’t get out and about as much)
~ During this period from 1827 to 1830, Joseph Smith abandoned the company of his former money-digging associates, but continued to use for religious purposes the brown seer stone he had previously employed in the treasure quest. His most intensive and productive use of the seer stone was in the translation of the Book of Mormon. But he also dictated several revelations to his associates through the stone. – D Michael Quinn, Early Mormonism and the Magic World View, Signature Books, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 1987, p. 143. Joseph Smith, Jr claimed that the angel Moroni gave him a record of gold plates, September 21, 1827. Source
While the bright radiant sun in centre glows,
The earth in annual motion round it goes;
At the same time on its own axis reels,
And gives us change of seasons as it wheels. –From the title page of the 1793 Almanac
Mabon – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Also called Harvest Home, The Feast of the Ingathering, Harvest End, Autumnal Equinox
- Observed by Neopagans
- Type Pagan
- Significance Marks the Celtic Mid-fall, and the Astronomical beginning of Fall
- Date Autumnal Equinox on September 21 or 22 in the Northern Hemisphere
March 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere
- Celebrations Thanksgiving for the Fruits of the Earth
- Related to The Harvest festival, Equinox, Quarter days, Thanksgiving
Mabon is the name used by some Wiccans and Neopagans for one of the eight solar holidays or sabbats. It is celebrated on the Autumnal Equinox, which in the northern hemisphere occurs on September 23rd (occasionally the 22nd, although many celebrate on the 21st) and in the southern hemisphere is circa March 21.
Also called Harvest Home, the Feast of the Ingathering, Thanksgiving, or simply Autumn Equinox, this holiday is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and God during the winter months. The name may derive from Mabon ap Modron, although the connection is unclear.
Antiquity of Mabon
Mabon was not an authentic ancient festival either in name or date. There is little evidence that the autumnal equinox was celebrated in Celtic countries, while all that is known about Anglo-Saxon customs of that time was that September was known as haleg-monath or ‘holy month’.
The name Mabon has only been applied to the Neopagan festival of the autumn equinox very recently; the term was invented by Aidan Kelly in the 1970s as part of a religious studies project (the modern use of Litha for the Summer Solstice is also attributed to Kelly). Previously, in Gardnerian Wicca the festival was simply known as the ‘Autumnal Equinox’, and many Neopagans still refer to it as such, or use alternative titles such as the neo-Druidical Aban Efed, a term invented by Iolo Morgannwg.
The name Mabon was chosen to impart a more authentic-sounding “Celtic” feel to the event, since all the other festivals either had names deriving from genuine tradition, or had had names grafted on to them. The Spring Equinox had already been termed ‘Ostara’, and so only the Autumnal Equinox was left with a technical rather than an evocative title. Accordingly, the name Mabon was given to it, having been drawn from Welsh mythology.
The use of the name Mabon is much more prevalent in America than Britain, where many Neopagans are dismissive of it as an unauthentic name with not even a glimmer of connection to any seasonal lore. The increasing number of American Pagan publications sold in Britain by such publishers as Llewellyn has however resulted in some British Pagans adopting the term.
- Mabon is a contemporary Celtic music band, from Bridgend, Wales
- Mabon is an alias of the popular Welsh language MC, Gruff Meredith, who composes under the name of MC Mabon.
- In many of Charles de Lint‘s Newford books, the character Sophie Etoile visits a city in her dreams called Mabon.
- Hutton, Ronald The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain, 1996 – ISBN 0-19-285448-8
- Kelly, Aidan (1991) Crafting the Art of Magic Llewellyn.
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Silliness – On Senility – The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs.