Featured photo by Anja.
The sunshine is bright, this morning, but you can tell that we’re sliding rapidly into the winter, since the light is somehow thinner and less warming than even a couple of weeks ago. The sky is full of streaks and bits of wispy cirrus with a few heavier clouds lower. We’re under a small craft advisory for winds this afternoon. 60F, Wind at 4mph. There’s chance of rain bracketing the weekend, but otherwise none until late Thursday.
Broken links are one of the real downsides of using the net for information. The article in the Magick section below really shows that. Almost every article that was cited has vanished from the Web, even from the Wayback Machine (which I tried, hoping to pick up the rest of the info…) It’s still some interesting info and more articles exist on the net, just not the ones the author cited! I’d probably start with Wikipedia and then wander out into the google search stuff. Now, that I know there’s a problem, I’m hoping to find some more links for this article.
Yesterday was kinda weird. Rayna showed up for class after Tempus went after the youngsters only to be told that they had a required OSHA class… Hmm… well, they’re not going to be able to finish the course, which really sucks for them. It figures that Job Corps would find a way to mess that up for them.
In the afternoon I had a long consult with a woman who is considering moving out here who had a bunch of questions for me about Wicca, the SCA and some other things. We talked for several hours and then it was time to put the potluck stuff together and by which time the mild toothache that I had been dealing with earlier had turned into what felt like someone stabbing me through the jaw.
We had been busy all day, even without that, lots of customers in, some browsing, some buying, which is why the newsletter came out so late and, while I had been writing, I wasn’t nearly done, and gave up when the toothache got me. I’m going to go back in and re-write for yesterday, adding in the part that I didn’t manage last night.
No one showed up for the potluck, most likely because they figured with Coronet being on Saturday it wasn’t a good idea. Tempus and I got pictures of the food we fixed, ate, and went home. Well, I didn’t eat much, with my tooth, but some.
I went to sleep almost right away. Tempus stayed up and did some more packing. Then I was up for awhile in the early morning (tooth) and finally fell back asleep at just the time we’d been planning on getting up!
We were supposed to take the car in for the new radiator today, but they still don’t have it. Two weeks? Actually, it’s more like 3, at this point…. most of three, anyway. …and now we’re out of time with the moving, so we’re going to take it in on Friday and hope they get it done early enough.
So, for the rest of today, Tempus is going to be running back and forth to storage. We still need room for the freezer and piano here, and the futon frame that we’re going to use to store some things up high. I’m going to be sorting here, and also trying to get the last pieces put together for Pan-Pagan.
Feast day of Hildegard von Bingen, virgin, abbess and Medieval Polymath. She was a mystic, who probably had migraines, at least the descriptions of her visions start with what sounds like migraines…. but where she took it and how she interpreted it is pretty darned amazing! She wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as well as letters, songs used in church ritual, and poems as well as a piece that is considered to be the oldest surviving morality play. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hildegard_of_Bingen
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
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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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 9/23 at 7:52am.
Now the Moon shines closer to Saturn’s upper left at dusk, as shown above. Mars is two or three fists to their left.
Mars continues to put on a great show these September evenings. The Red Planet appears in the south-southeast as darkness falls and climbs highest in the south around 9:30 p.m. local daylight time. The world shines at magnitude –1.7, almost imperceptibly fainter than Jupiter. When seen through a telescope, surface features on the 18″-diameter disk continue to sharpen as the global dust storm dissipates. Mars currently lies among the dim background stars of southwestern Capricornus. And at 9 a.m. EDT today, the planet reaches perihelion — its closest approach to the Sun during its 1.88-year orbit — when it lies 128.4 million miles from our star.
The waxing gibbous Moon stands 4° to Saturn’s upper left this evening. Although bright moonlight hampers observations of the ringed planet, wait a day or two for it to move away and return Saturn to its glory. The planet lies nearly due south and at its highest altitude as darkness falls this week. It 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 38″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.
Mercury is hidden in conjunction with the Sun.
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
M 17 Low 1:19 AM 0.9 6:58 AM Rise 3:22 PM 48
~ 17 High 7:56 AM 5.4 7:23 PM
~ 17 Low 1:15 PM 3.4
~ 17 High 7:10 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Spend each day, thinking of someone to thank”, I know everyone at one point in their life has someone to thank, a friend, a love one, maybe a doctor that saved your life, this helps with negativity, wake up with gratitude, not thinking of whats wrong today, or what you can find wrong. If someone opens a door for you, say thank you, say good morning to the first person you see. quit finding fault with everything and everyone. Instead, love your love ones, thank your family and friends for what they have done for you. I know everyday you can think of someone to thank.
~ Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo F. Buscaglia
~ Every Winner has scars. – Herb Caisson
~ Making rich people richer doesn’t make the rest of us richer. – Ha-Joon Chang, economist at Cambridge University
~ The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. – Churchill
Over! the sweet summer closes,
The reign of the roses is done;
Over and gone with the roses,
And over and gone with the sun.
From: SecondLight 22-Sep 23:31 4433.1 From http://www.mythinglinks.org/home.html <broken link> MYTH*ING LINKS – An Annotated & Illustrated Collection of Worldwide Links to Mythologies, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Sacred Arts & Sacred Traditions by Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.
AUTUMN greetings, CUSTOMS & LORE September = December 2004
May we spend this time wisely so that at least we won’t be seen as foolish or reckless. Those born later in this century may not agree with us, but may they think of us as genial, full of humor, humble, and wise. We’re in a “thin space,” as the Celts call it, a portal between the worlds. Those who stood at that portal in the winter of 1900 brewed, all unknowing, two world wars. May we brew, if not peace, at least a growing sense of humanity and compassion. May we have the skill to defuse explosions. May we be remembered as tolerant and awake.
As autumn returns to earth’s northern hemisphere,
and day and night are briefly,
balanced at the equinox,
may we remember anew how fragile life is —-
human life, surely,
but also the lives of all other creatures,
trees and plants,
waters and winds.
May we make wise choices in how and what we harvest,
may earth’s weather turn kinder,
may there be enough food for all creatures,
may the diminishing light in our daytime skies
be met by an increasing compassion and tolerance
in our hearts.
…Many of the Greek and Roman festivals of this season celebrate the end of the military campaigning season. At the end of September and beginning of October, however, the emphasis shifts to the Corn Mothers and other agricultural deities. In many Greek states the month beginning mid-September was called Demetrion after Demeter….
The page begins with the “Great (Eleusinian) Mysteries” of Demeter and Persephone (c. Sept. 29-Oct. 5), since these are, of course, the highlight of the season. Then it backtracks to 13 September (for the Roman feast of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva) and continues forward to 13 October, the Roman Fontinalia, a festival for Fons, the god of springs.
…In the Greek and Roman worlds, there are comparatively few festivals in October and November, which is the seed-time (Gr. sporetos), a season of ploughing and sowing. Women figure prominently in these festivals since in neolithic times they were responsible for crops raising (by the Bronze Age it became a male occupation)….
The details are wonderful and more information is given on the above-mentioned feasts of Apollo, Dionysus, and Theseus. There is also fine data for the Thesmophoria (see below).
[8/20/04: when I try to get through, this link now crashes my program. I’m removing it but keeping the annotation.]
[Added 8/26-27/02]: From N.S. Gill, the ancient history guide at about.com, comes a fine page on the Greek harvest (or “Thanksgiving”) festival, Thesmophoria, which falls during October-November (also see above link):
“It is called Thesmophoria, because Demeter is called Thesmophoros in respect of her establishing laws or thesmoiin accordance with which men must provide nourishment and work the land….”
Since the fall harvest must usually take an agricultural society through winter, it is vitally important for survival. Whatever power provides that bounty deserves praise…. [This festival was]…in honor of the goddess who taught mankind to tend the soil, during a month known as Pyanopsion (Puanepsion), according to the lunisolar calendar of the Athenians. Since our calendar is solar, the month doesn’t exactly match, but Pyanopsion would be, more or less, October into November….
<broken link> …Because Ancient Greek festivals were held according to a lunar calendar, which was often out of step with the solar year, it is difficult to say what festivals would correspond to Samhain.
In Homer’s time the cosmical setting (first visible setting on western horizon at sunrise) of Orion, the Pleiades and the Hyades, which marked the beginning of the winter, herding season, occurred at the beginning of November (Nov. 5-10, by various computations). (Orion was the son of Poseidon and Euruale, daughter of Minos and sister of Ariadne, about whom more later.). Significantly, these constellations, which mark the seasons, are at the center of the Shield of Achilles (Iliad XVIII), that famous mandala of the Homeric Universe.
In classical Greek times there were several important festivals that nominally occur at the end of October and beginning of November. Two of these, which occur on the same day (7 Puanepsion), are especially interesting; they are followed on the next day by the Theseia (for Theseus), which is intimately connected with the first two….
Two of these festivals honor Apollo and Dionysus and are held on the same day.
…The Oskhophoria, in honor of Dionysos, occurs on the same day as the Puanepsia. It may seem odd to honor Apollo and Dionysos, so often taken as polar opposites, on the same day, but we must remember that They share Delphi, and this is the time of year when the changing of the guard occurs. An ancient pot shows Them shaking hands over the Omphalos (World Naval) at Delphi….
The third, Theseia, commemorates Theseus. The author retells the story: “Ariadne and Theseus’ Descent into the Labyrinth and Return.” The details are fascinating although it should be mentioned that the author has excluded other important ancient variants of the myth. Nevertheless, the story includes the mysterious desertion of Ariadne by Theseus, followed by her marriage to Dionysus himself — whose festival was celebrated only the day before.
I first grokked Waverly Fitzgerald’s School of the Seasons for my 1999 debut of the Autumn Equinox page. Since then, her jewel of a site has become a favorite of mine and appears on all my seasonal pages. The overall design is unusually tasteful and elegant. Even more important, Fitzgerald has well-researched content on monthly celebrations, feasts, and cross-cultural holy days (with hypertext links to further information on many of these). Her opening page also includes fascinating “Special Features” for each season. Fitzgerald’s command of lore is exceptional.
For each current month, she begins with a large number of names from various cross-cultural traditions. Then a calendar follows. If you click on hyperlinks for a particular day, you’ll be linked to more detail on another page. The September feasts, for example, include the Nativity of the Virgin on the 8th; Rosh Hashana; England’s Day of the Holy Nut; the remembrance of the Virgin’s Seven Sorrows; the God Pan; Yom Kippur; Autumn Equinox; the 9-day Eleusinian Mysteries; the Harvest Moon; Sukkoth; the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival; and Michaelmas on the 29th.
NOTE: a new month’s calendar appears on the first of each month (sometimes a night or two beforehand).
http://www.jun-gifts.com/others/culturalcalendar2/culturalcalendar2.htm – [Added 15 September 2000]: This charming site looks at autumn and the autumnal equinox in Japan. There are many (usually clickable) photos connected with the months of September, October, and November. Text is fairly minimal but very useful to those unacquainted with Japan’s seasonal customs.
From “Slavic Pagan Holidays” comes fine data on harvest festivals from early August to early November. Autumn in Russia’s cold Ukraine begins early — it’s celebrated on August 2nd, the feast known as St. Ilia’s Day. The entire autumn season is a time of music, apples, honey, and grain sheaves:
…Sometimes the last sheaf ceremony was merged with the ritual surrounding a small patch of field that was left uncut. The spirit of the harvest was said to precede the reapers and hide in the uncut grain. This small patch was referred to as the “beard” of Volos, the God of animals and wealth. The uncut sheaves of wheat in “Volos’ beard” were decorated with ribbons and the heads were bent toward the ground in a ritual called “The curling of the beard”. This was believed to send the spirit of the harvest back to the Earth. Salt and bread, traditional symbols of hospitality were left as offerings to Volos’ beard….