Yesterday took awhile getting things sorted out. Before we were done our first cups of coffee we had customers in, one of whom was the black tourmaline lady. She spent a good hour (brought us a couple of lovely onions!) and a couple of other groups came in during that time, too.
I was trying to clear enough to be able to get through to my desk and beading table. I didn’t get all that far because it was hot in the shop. Tempus had a load of stuff for storage piled by the back door and couldn’t get through to open it.
I put away and put away and pulled some boxes of stuff that could wait, and helped customers and put all the glues into one box up high, and…. Phew!
So we had some lunch. I had made bacon/blue cheese butter a couple of weeks back and we had that on toasted crumpets with tomatoes on the side and a little peccorino cheese. The cheeses were our anniversary gift to ourselves. We don’t usually get expensive cheese, but this blue was *worth* it! Even the crumbs are delicious.
I got a nap late in the afternoon and then worked again on my space. Amy came in just as we were going to close and slowed down us leaving for our dinner. We had to stop at storage to offload the stuff in the car, first, because of the paper route.
We went to Ona for our anniversary supper. Tempus had the meatloaf and mashed potatoes, I had clams and asian slaw and a glass of becherovka and we shared the good sourdough bread and then a slice of almond cake with berry sauce and lemon curd. We had 3 slices of the bread to bring home for a snack and it was just the right amount to be satisfied, but not stuffed, although Tempus said with the size of that meatloaf he figured he might not have to eat for a couple of days. 🙂 …and he burped meatloaf the whole night and enjoyed it. 🙂
The Moon and Mars were really bright in the south, Venus in the West and Jupiter and Saturn between in a clear sky. …well, leaving out a few contrails. He dropped me at the shop, changed his jacket and hat and took off for Newport just before 9pm. He started the bulk drops at 10:50. Those are 1/3 again on Thursdays what they are on Tuesdays because of weekend sales of papers.
…and shifting and sorting and moving things around. I had to sit between things. I spent a lot of sitting time bagging things, not for sale, yet, but for storage, and filled another jar with bay leaves that were sitting out. …and then I made a mess pushing things out that need to go to storage. Might not have been the smartest with needing to take the car in… I did get the seal wax tablets headered.
Tempus had to rescue me. I got things glommed up enough that I couldn’t move anything to get out! He picked me up 4-ish. It was fairly clear with some haziness to the east. The Big Dipper was standing on its handle by the time we were done and Orion is higher in the sky every week. We finished up at 6:20 with a paper left over and Tempus is trying to figure out how that happened.
I just finished setting up the chowder for tonight’s ritual, so that will cook slowly all day.
Today we have to take the car for the radiator repair and we’re going to have to take turns napping at the shop, since we have no way to get back to the apartment.
A photo I took back on 9/18/15. I call September, “spider month”, because of how many webs you actually see.
Today is the Inuit festival for Sedna, the sea-goddess. She has many names across the Arctic cultures and much mythology, but in general she has strict rules for the harvest of her creatures and when hunting groups break her rules it is the job of the shamans to journey to her place beneath the sea. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedna_%28deity%29
Today’s plant is New Zealand Flax, Phormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe averts poverty. For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phormium For the traditional uses of the plant fiber http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax
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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 closing days of summer (the equinox is tomorrow) always find the Sagittarius Teapot moving west of south during evening and tipping increasingly far over to the right, as if pouring out the last of summer.
Venus peaks at magnitude –4.8 this evening, shining brighter than at any other time during this evening apparition. (The difference is essentially imperceptible, however — it appears only a thousandth of a magnitude brighter today than it did yesterday or will tomorrow.) Venus lies only 5° high in the southwest a half-hour after sundown, however, so you’ll have to look for it from a site with an unobstructed horizon. As the inner planet swings closer to a direct line between the Sun and Earth, its telescopic appearance changes quickly. Tonight, Venus’ disk spans 40″ and appears about one-quarter lit.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, above the spout-tip of the Sagittarius Teapot) glows yellow in the south at dusk, well to the right of brighter Mars. It sets by midnight.
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
F 21 Low 5:10 AM 0.6 7:03 AM Set 3:26 AM 83
~ 21 High 11:35 AM 6.3 7:15 PM Rise 6:04 PM
~ 21 Low 5:21 PM 2.4
~ 21 High 11:05 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Our core is the compass, the cosmos, our horizon. Multitudes of expressions are experienced in between, but we remain in clear orientation. Evohe!
~ It is an insult to the divinity to conceive that he could possibly, in any manner whatsoever, commit with woman the crime we call adultery. – Voltaire on the Virgin Birth
~ It’s going to be the most important political trial in the history of the United States. – Jay Miller, director of the Illinois Division of the American Civil Liberties Union, on the Trial of the Chicago Seven
~ But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them. – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Windy Poplars
~ Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion. – Franklin Pierce
’Tis the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone:
No flower of her kindred,
No rose-bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh. – Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
There’s nothing more luscious than inviting nature indoors in the Fall: the
brilliant colors of Autumn make our homes feel deliciously warm and cozy as
the weather turns cooler. Changing leaves, swags of grapevine, and
vibrantly-colored apples and squashes make gorgeous, inexpensive decorations.
Find out how to connect with the abundant bounty and beauty of this harvest
season with these fun, easy tips for decorating with nature.
- Preserve some colorful leaves. You can iron them between sheets of waxed paper, microwave them for a few seconds, put them in a solution of glycerin, or press them between the pages of a heavy book. Then you can apply them to backsplashes, place them artfully in a vase, mound them around a pile of gourds or squashes, or even use them as coasters for your favorite beverages.
- Food is art. Find a local Farmer’s Market or roadside stand and load up on apples, pears, pumpkins, decorative squashes, nuts, gourds, and Native American corn. A simple wooden bowl loaded with these treasures makes an abundant centerpiece. You can parade them in a line on a mantel-piece or pile them in a basket. What you don’t eat, you can enjoy looking at.
- Other treasures. Bring in grapevines to twine along the countertops, or make wreaths for doors or cabinets (see our article on making your own Inner Harvest Wreath). If you live in an area where bittersweet is not a protected plant, harvest some to put in an earthen vase Corn shocks are traditional to stand beside a door, but broom corn makes a beautiful and less usual alternative with its graceful russet fronds.
- Beeswax candles. The amber color and honey-sweet aroma of these safe, all-natural candles just evoke the golden glow of autumn. As the days get shorter, it can be a soothing ritual to burn a beeswax candle at dusk.
- Echo Fall colors. Bring in the Autumn hues of russet-red, vibrant shades of orange, deep greens, mellow golds, wine-reds, and vivid scarlet with cushions, towels, scatter-rugs, or other decorative accents. My family has a brightly-colored autumn leaf potholder and a set of pumpkin-shaped mugs that we use with pleasure year after year. Find the simple treasures your family will enjoy.
- Try this creative and relaxing Leaf Meditation. Find a perfect autumn leaf and spend some time really looking at it, noticing the variations in color and shape. Trace its outline on a piece of paper, then try your hand at coloring it in with colored pencils, markers, or paints. Slowing down and taking time to savor the beauty of something as simple and commonplace as a leaf opens our eyes and hearts to nature’s magical variety. You may want to cut your colored leaf out and glue it on the cover of a journal to keep you company throughout the autumn months. Or do several leaves to decorate your cabinets or walls!
- Think water. Western European traditions often associate Autumn with the element of water, since it is a time of deep feeling and flowing away: birds migrate, trees shed their leaves. Honor this ancient idea with a bowl of water in a special place. Notice how water evaporates. As you refill your bowl throughout the autumn months, give a little thought to your own feelings, and the things that you are in the process of releasing from your life.
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