Coming across the bridge around 5pm the sky was blue overhead and had lovely white piles of cumulus over the Coast Range and the foothills and some out in front of the marine layer, too. It’s 63F, wind at 5mph and with a chance of showers, very late. UV is down to 5. Yeah, we’re definitely sliding into fall, and the AQI finally is down in the teens again.
Yesterday was crazy! We had to finish unpacking…and I’m not done, only the large pieces, small stuff still needs to come out of the large pieces…. I had 4 newsletters to get out and to set up today’s, so that was a lot of writing. I did 2 longer readings, as well. So, at 9:30 the last of the blog posts was done and I started on mail! Hundreds of messages…. most of which I just needed to scan, but not nearly as many that I could just skip. Dang….so we got out of the shop around midnight, went home and went splat.
We’ve been doing chores today and more packing. We’re doing the small stuff waiting for the big dumpster to leave the driveway, since we wouldn’t be able to get anything past it. I spent a little while sitting outside and embroidering, too.
We’ve been at the shop since around 5 and I keep getting distracted by planning stuff for this coming weekend. It looks like I won’t be in the shop on Saturday again. …and tomorrow’s newsletter will either come out around 7am or it’ll be about this late. Paper night!
Low tide – Another from 9-5-17 By Jamie Jager @ girlinwaterphotography
Satyagraha is a term for non-violent resistance used by Mahatma Gandhi, who is honored on this day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyagraha
Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe. – Masculine, Sun, Fire, Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, add red, rather than pink blossoms. White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 9/13 at 11:01pm.
Watch the waxing Moon step eastward above Venus, Jupiter, and Antares.
Vega now passes the zenith an hour after sunset during late twilight, for those of us at mid-northern latitudes. It’s bigger, hotter, and 50 times brighter than our Sun. But at 25 light-years, it’s 1.6 million times farther away.
Any clear evening this week is a good time to explore the constellation Sagittarius the Archer. Not only does this star group harbor the incomparable Saturn, but it also hosts the central regions of the Milky Way. Sagittarius lies due south and at peak altitude around 9 p.m. local daylight time, near the time twilight ends. Notice that its brightest stars form a distinctive asterism in the shape of a teapot. To enjoy the Milky Way treasures, however, you’ll want to explore Sagittarius through binoculars or a telescope.
Saturn appears nearly due south and at its highest altitude as darkness falls this week. The ringed planet shines at magnitude 0.4, more than a full magnitude brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius. If you own a telescope, there’s no better target than Saturn. Even the smallest instrument shows Saturn’s 17″-diameter disk surrounded by a dramatic ring system that spans 39″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.
The dust on Mars is settling, and the dark markings are re-darkening. S&T’s Sean Walker imaged Mars on August 17th with a 12.5-inch Newtonian scope. North is up. Syrtis Major is the big vertical dark peninsula. Between it and the South Polar Cap, the circular Hellas basin is bright yellowish — still full of dust?
Mercury is dropping very low in the glow of sunrise.
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
Tu 11 High 1:57 AM 8.2 6:51 AM Rise 9:01 AM 1
~ 11 Low 8:20 AM -0.5 7:34 PM Set 9:04 PM
~ 11 High 2:31 PM 8.1
~ 11 Low 8:46 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not spend $1000 worth of emotion on a 5-cent trivia.
~ To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine. – Sir Max Beerbohm, British writer and caricaturist, born on August 24, 1872; 1880
~ You will think me lamentably crude: my experience of life has been drawn from life itself. – Sir Max Beerbohm; Zuleiha Dobson, Ch. 7
~ The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing. – Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinian author, born on August 24, 1899; ‘Dead Men’s Dialogue’, Dreamtigers (tr. Mildred Boyer)
~ So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was. – Molly Ivins; quoted by John Nichols for The Nation
TO AUTUMN – John Keats (1795-1821)
SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
Harmon lists To Autumn as the most anthologized poem in the English language. It was written on September 19, 1819
Attracting Wellness Spell – Pagan Studies
The energy of this spell is intended to give a boost to your health and to be a palliative in the face of the upcoming “flu months.”
Light a green candle. Place a glass of water between you and the green candle.
State these words: “Spirit guides, healers, and angels allow me to act as a channel for your healing rays. Energy on.”
Visualize a ray of energy entering your crown. Allow this ray to stream through your body with each breath. Visualize healing and balance being restored to your body. Use your intuition to indicate when the energy has reached its fullness within you. At the point of fullness, hold your hands over the water and visualize the ray stretching from your hands into the water. This action allows you to ground the ray’s energy into the water. As this grounding occurs, the water also become “activated” with the healing properties of the energy.
Thank the spirit guides, healers, and angels for their energy and say: “Energy off.”
Unless a doctor recommends you do not, drink at least eight glasses of activated water daily. ~ Karen Follett from- GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies
Pagan Studies : Day of Harvest Spell 9/9
Today is the birthday of the Russian harvest Goddess, Berehynia. In her honor, make your own harvest incense. Combine two parts sweet grass, one part each cedar, sage, juniper, and rosemary essential oils. Mix them together in a glass bottle. Or you may use the dry herbs and grind them together in a blender or bowl. Once your incense has been mixed, chant:
Children of the land,
Bring us the blessings of the harvest season.
Burn your incense on a charcoal disk, and wish Berehynia a very happy birthday. ~ Kristin Madden, from GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies
Pagan Studies : – Ease Transitions Spell 9/4
Today is the festival of the Apache Goddess, Changing Woman. This spell helps us to embrace and learn from the changes that come into our life. To start, decorate your sacred space with potted plants. Place on your altar pictures of yourself from all stages of your life. Light a new green candle and ask Changing Woman to help you grow and change. Look at the photos of yourself when you were a baby, a young child, a teenager, and so forth. Realize as you study the pictures that although you’ve changed radically from your early childhood, you are still fundamentally the same person. Pray to Changing Woman to help you make any changes for the better that may be necessary in your life. ~Lily Gardner-Butts