Open Circle for Mabon, Friday, 9/21 at 7pm.
Yesterday started kinda late. We didn’t hit the shop until 2:30 and before I got the newsletter done Tempus had to head back to the apartment. We did get a couple boxes of our property from the folks working on the house….except it was only one box of ours…. and several things were completely missing. So he ran back to take care of that, and I kept going on things at the shop.
I got so sleepy that I was curling up on the sofa when he got back and we both snoozed until 5:30 or so. He did get up to storage finally. I sorted pictures for awhile. once he was back we put some supper together and then I started in on newsletters.
…and then I got sleepy again! I slept for another hour and a half. What am I doing, hibernating? He headed for Newport before I woke and I went back to newsletters.
…and while working on that, got to pondering…. We really still don’t have a classroom space at the shop with everything else that’s been happening. We’ve lost three more teachers. I still don’t have info from the two more, which is holding up the handbook and the final advertising and we’re down to three weeks. Is OCPPG even possible this year?
When Tempus called from Makai I told him I was going to take a nap and slept until 3:30. I got picked up just past 4.
Orion was striding up the eastern sky. It was 45 and very clear. During the time we were in Bayshore we actually saw the zodiacal light. By 5 we were well out 34 and the fog was beginning to rise. By 6 the sky was beginning to pale and we were heading down Range Drive to do the last drops, but we were short a paper, so we stopped at the ranger station to figure out why. Well, no clue. Miscount, probably…. so we did the last drops and we’re back here at the shop to get this newsletter out.
I don’t know whether we’re going out for breakfast this morning, we’re both awfully tired, but we’re still hoping to move the piano tonight, if we have a truck. If not, it’ll be just a bunch more stuff shifted at the shop, getting ready for the week.
Hippocrates is credited with being the father of modern medicine. He is honored on this day, (which may be the 2476 anniversary of his birth) along with all doctors and medical practitioners. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocrates The picture is a Czech stamp with the symbol for a medical vehicle with a doctor on board. The image in the center is the Rod of Aesculapius, which is the proper symbol for the medical profession, unlike the usual Caduceus that we see in the US.
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. I’ve talked before about the azaleas being a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
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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. 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.
The Moon and Mars travel across the southern sky together this evening. Mars is currently 200 times farther away than the Moon. Find Saturn almost three fists to their right or lower right. Saturn is almost 20 times farther now than Mars. The waxing gibbous Moon stands 4° above Mars in this evening’s sky. The two make lovely companions from twilight until they set near 2 a.m. local daylight time.
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 8:53 p.m. EDT. It then lies 251,578 miles (404,876 kilometers) from Earth’s center.
Mars, in southern Capricornus >>> , fades from magnitude –1.7 to –1.5 this week, still a trace brighter than Sirius. It shines highest in the south about an hour after dark and sets around 2 a.m. In a telescope Mars shrinks from 18½ to 17 arcseconds wide this week. The dust in the Martian atmosphere continues to settle, allowing surface markings to show with slightly better contrast. For a Mars map that displays which side is facing Earth at your time and date, use our Mars Profiler.
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
W 19 Low 3:31 AM 0.9 7:00 AM Set 1:34 AM 67
~ 19 High 10:13 AM 5.7 7:19 PM Rise 4:52 PM
~ 19 Low 3:42 PM 3.2
~ 19 High 9:22 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Tell more stories.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – It is said that what kids want most from their parents is time and attention. Write a narrative about a specific, special time you have shared with your parents. Include your feelings about this time.
~ I require constant reminding of the availability of the ecstatic currents that flow through me as a result of the intercourse of the energies of the Earth and Sky. – Arun Once Was ZyGoat
~ If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it. – Marcus Aurelius
~ There’s only one endeavor in which you can start at the top and that’s digging a hole. – Bits & Pieces
~ Beauty is the highest of all these occult influences, the quality of appearances that thru’ the sense wakeneth spiritual emotion in the mind of man. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
Now by the brook the maple leans
With all his glory spread,
And all the sumachs on the hills
Have turned their green to red. – –William Wilfred Campbell (1858–1918)
Touch the Earth Ritual
As the fields of August begin to bring forth the bounty provided for us by the Goddess, it is now time to get in touch—literally—with the Earth. At sunset, respectfully approach a newly harvested field, and speak these words:
You, who have nurtured our sacred seed,
and fulfill our every need.
You, who have are known as Demeter and Ishtar,
who follow the seasons
by Sun and Moon and star.
You, whom we call Mother Earth,
please accept my deepest thanks.
Now, kneel forward until your forehead and palms touch the ground. Feel the life–force, and accept this power even as your own energy sinks deep into the soil. During this ritual, cast no spell, nor ask for anything. Simply touch the Earth, and give thanks. ~ James Kambos – )0( FromThe Morning Feast Archives – Crone’s Corner – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
Persephone Returns Ritual – Crone’s Corner
Heton Lampador Haera, the torchlit procession of initiates of the Eleusinian Mysteries, represents Grain Goddess Demeter searching for her daughter Persephone. As we prepare for the season when Persephone returns to the underworld and the land becomes cold and dark, we give thanks for the gifts her mother has bestowed. A Demeter ritual is one that can solidify our appreciation of all that we have, and enhance the shift of the seasons. Dress in robes of autumn colors, and burn candles of red, orange, gold, and violet. Place autumn fruits and vegetables on the altar—especially apples, pumpkins, and corn. Display a pomegranate in a prominent spot. Pomegranates are sacred to Persephone, who after swallowing three of the seeds was taken into the underworld. Gaze upon the abundant gifts of the earth, and give thanks to Demeter for providing all the gifts you possess. ~ Ruby Lavender,
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives Crone’s Corner – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
Reap the Harvest Spell
When we find ourselves repeatedly in situations that yield a grim emotional, spiritual, or physical harvest, we need to look inward to ascertain if the seeds that we are sowing will grow the crops that we desire. To do this, light a green or brown candle. Place malachite in front of the candle representing your heartfelt desire for change. Focusing on the candle, ask for guidance from your higher self in discovering your heart’s desires and ambitions. Script these desires in a visual present tense. State these or similar words:
The universe unfolds her abundant path for me.
Her fruitful harvest is mine,
So mote it be.
Focus the stream of your visualizations on the malachite. That is, visualize the malachite lending vibrations to your vision as it sends your energy out to the universe. Afterward, extinguish the candle. Hold onto the malachite as a reminder of your heart’s harvest. ~Karen Follet )0( From The Morning Feast Archives