Featured photo by Walter Duvall.
We actually got enough rain last night that it feels like it! I also noticed that some of the ferns that have been lying flat for most of the last month are trying to lift off the ground again. Yes, 0.15 inches last night. 60F wind at 11, gusts into the teens, AQI staying in the teens, now, which is a relief. There’s a little sun coming through, but it’s pretty strained.
We slept until about 4pm and were pretty groggy until we got coffee. At that point, packing commenced and we brought a lot of stuff to the shop that we’re going to have to sort today and set out a bunch more for a 2nd load or in the morning.
We finally got to the shop around 7:20, because I had an online meeting that I needed to get to. Tempus ran in and out while I typed steadily. After he was offloaded he headed back for another load.
My meeting finally ended near 10pm. Tempus was running in and out, again/still and we still hadn’t had supper until nearly 11pm, by which time I was collapsing. I think it says something that I didn’t wake when the alarm went off at 9:30, but fell asleep again, this morning.
I’m awake now, at least. I was looking over the blackberries and I’m hoping Tempus will be able to get there to pick at some point today. He’s got a lot to take to storage and I have a lot to sort! We have the paper run this evening, as well.
Today in the Roman Empire is the Feast of the Lectisternium. This is a sacrifice where images of the gods reclining and goddesses seated were served with feast foods as though they were the honored guests. The picture is of a carved stool of the sort used in dining. More info here: http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/secondary/SMIGRA*/Lectisternium.html
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
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Love & Light,
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. 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/16 at 4:15pm.
Watch the waxing Moon step eastward above Venus, Jupiter, and Antares. Low in the west-southwest as the stars come out, the waxing crescent Moon, Jupiter, and faint (3rd-magnitude) Alpha Librae form an almost perfect equilateral triangle 4° on a side (as seen from the middle of North America; less equilateral at dusk elsewhere).
The Moon moves eastward relative to the background stars at an average rate of about 13° per day. This motion carries it to a position 4° to Jupiter’s upper right this evening. The pretty pair will be on display from twilight until Jupiter sets around 9:30 p.m. local daylight time. Of course, the giant planet remains a conspicuous object all week. It currently shines at magnitude –1.9 and dominates the southwestern sky after Venus sets.
Jupiter resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales; this evening, it lies 4° due east of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [α] Librae). If you view the planet through a telescope, its disk spans 34″ and displays spectacular cloud-top detail.
Venus (magnitude –4.7) shines low in the west-southwest in evening twilight and sets before twilight is over. Find it lower right of Jupiter; their separation diminishes from 20° to 16° this week. In a telescope Venus is a crescent about 1/3 sunlit and 33 arcseconds tall. For better telescopic seeing, catch it in higher in blue sky long before sunset.
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 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
Th 13 High 3:38 AM 7.2 6:53 AM Rise 11:21 AM 12
~ 13 Low 9:42 AM 0.9 7:30 PM Set 10:05 PM
~ 13 High 3:50 PM 7.9
~ 13 Low 10:23 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Build fairy houses.
~ If we keep an open mind, too much is likely to fall into it. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
~ I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool, which is a matter of no small difficulty. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
~ Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable. – Janis Joplin
~ Actors are one family over the entire world. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
A touch of cold in the Autumn night —
I walked abroad,
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer. – T.E. Hulme (1883–1917)
The Autumn Equinox
The Autumn Equinox begins the first day of Autumn approximately on this date. This is the day of the second festival of the harvest. The major festivals are: the Festival of Dionysus, Cornucopia, and Wine Harvest. During this time the energy on the planet changes, this energy is called life-force energy or Universal energy.
Mabon or Autumn Equinox is the second harvest festival. Like Spring Equinox, Autumn Equinox is a balance of night and day and light and dark, but now we are moving from light into darkness, from warmth into cold.
We gather in the harvest of summer, and prepare for winter. Everything in nature is constantly giving to and receiving from everything else. When we receive gifts we give thanks, and try to give something back. It is a part of keeping the balance. As we are gathering in all the gifts of the Goddess, fruits, nuts, grains, and blessings, we also try to give something back, to make an offering, to express our thanks by doing a good deed, leaving fruit and honey out for the fae folk, or cleaning our yard.
This is also a time to look back at all the things and people we have to be thankful for. It is also a time to take stock of ourselves, and see how much we have grown and changed throughout the year.
At Mabon the Mother of the Harvest becomes the Old One, the wise grandmother who teaches us to rest after our labors. We also honor the Goddess Demeter, who is Goddess of all growing things, and Her daughter Persephone, who becomes Queen of the Under World at Mabon. As Persephone descends into the Under World, Demeter covers her face, and all living and growing things die until Persephone returns at Ostara.
At this time the God is Mabon, son of Modron, which means Son of the Mother. He is hidden from the world of light. He is the spirit of the grain being taken to the store house. Like Persephone, he is a bridge between this world and the Otherworld. He is a link between the living and dead. He is freedom. He protects all that is wild and free.
Foods – cornbread, wheat products, bread, grains, berries, nuts, grapes, acorns, seeds, dried fruits, corn, beans, squash, roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc), apples, pomegranates, carrots, onions, potatoes, wine, ale and ciders.
Herbs – hazel, corn, acorns, vines, ivy, cedar, passion flowers, honeysuckle
Incenses and oils – benzoin, myrrh. pine, frankincense, jasmine, cinnamon, clove.
Colors/Candles – brown, green, orange, red, deep gold, scarlet, yellow, maroon, purple, violet and indigo.
Gemstones – yellow agate, carnelian, yellow topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli and amethyst.
Goddesses – all Fruit and Vegetable Deities, Harvest Deities, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres The Muses (Greek), Pamona (Roman).
Gods – All Wine Gods, Gods of Fruits, Dionysus (Roman), Bacchus (Greek), Thoth (Egyptian).
Symbols and Altar decorations – autumn leaves and autumn flowers, marigolds, gourds, berries, pine and cypress cones, acorns, a small statue or figurine representing the Triple Goddess in her Mother aspect and other corresponding deities. All harvest symbols, corn, red poppies, nuts, grains, leaves, oak sprigs, wreaths, vine, grapes,
cornucopia, horns of plenty, apples, grapes, vines, garland.
Activities to celebrate Autumn Equinox
- Have a thanksgiving feast.
- Can and preserve fruits and vegetables.
- Decorate Cornucopias
- Hang dried ears of corn on the front door.
- Serve wine in honour of the God and beans and squashes in honour of the Goddess.
- Call upon the elementals and honor them for their help with (N-earth) home and finances,
- (E-air) school and knowledge, (S-fire) careers and accomplishments, (W-water) emotional
- balance and fruitful relationships.
- Tend your garden, thanking the plants and flowers for their abundance, harvesting whatever is ready, collecting seeds and leave an offering.
- Make a mandala of seeds and grains on the ground, as a gift for the animals and birds.
- Bake a loaf of bread or cookies in the shape of a sun or with a sun design.
- Gather donations of food and/or clothing for a favorite charity.
- Decorate your altar with leaves, acorns, berries, and other things symbolic of nature’s bounty.
- Some chose to sprinkle Autumn leaves around the house as decoration, the leaves can be dipped in paraffin and put on wax paper. After the leaves dry, they may be placed around the house or in large jars with sigils of protection and/or abundance carved lightly into them.
- Spellwork for protection, wealth and prosperity, and security, include spells that will bring into balance and harmony the energies either in a room, home, or situation.
- Make a beverage of: hot apple cider. Apple rules the heart, cider alone is a self-love potion. Spice it with a stick of cinnamon, ruled by Jupiter and the Sun. It also makes the house smell wonderful
Silliness – Praying to Harold
A daddy was listening to his child say his prayer “Dear Harold.”
At this, dad interrupted and said, “Wait a minute, why did you call God ‘Harold’?”
The little boy looked up and said, “That’s what they call Him in church. You know the prayer we say, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, Harold be Thy name.”