Daily Stuff 9-25-18 Pyanopsia

Hi, folks!

Bright sunshine again! Gotta soak some of this up before the winter rains come. 60F, wind at 16mph. One bizarrity in the weather for the last month is that heavy dew registers as 0.01 inches of precip, now. It hasn’t done that before this fall. …and the chance of rain over next weekend is dropping, rapidly.

Yesterday was crazy busy and today I’m just crashing…. Tempus says this is the same thing that I *always* do, when the pressure comes off, so rather than keep pushing and make myself really ill, I’m going back to bed. I’ll try to write a better note for tomorrow, but tonight’s the paper run, too.


beanpotToday’s feast is the Pyanopsia (Πυανόψια) or Pyanepsia (Πυανέψια) was an ancient Greek festival in honor of Apollo, held at Athens on the 7th of the month Pyanepsion (October). The name literally means “bean-boiling”. Various legumes were stewed and given to Apollo as a “ripener of fruits”.  A suppliant branch”, was also offered, that sounds almost like our Christmas trees, but it was left up for a year and then replaced. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanopsia


Today’s Plant is SalalGaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. salalMashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant.  – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 9/26 at 7:52am. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 10/8 at 8:47pm. Waning Moon MagickFrom the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 10/8 at 8:47pm, 

Every September, the late-night waning gibbous Moon crosses late-night Taurus.

A week ago, Altair stood straight above Mars after nightfall. Now Altair is moving a little to the right of straight above Mars as seen at this time. Why? Stars high in the south appear to move west faster than stars low in the south (for those of us in the mid-northern latitudes). Moreover, Mars is now moving eastward (leftward) against the stars behind it — faster every week.

• Mars mosaic astro – By combining roughly 1,000 Viking Orbiter images, researchers created this stunning mosaic of Mars that shows surface features at a scale of just over half a mile (1 kilometer) per pixel. NASA/JPL/USGS

On Mars, the planet wide dust storm is abating, so surface features are once again within reach of a 6-inch or larger telescope. During moments of good seeing, Mars resolves into a patchwork of dark and bright markings. From North America, viewing the Red Planet this evening reveals that Syrtis Major, the darkest feature on Mars, lies near the martian central meridian. The bright Hellas Basin, the planet’s lowest-lying region, sits just south of Syrtis Major. And by month’s end, the dark, fingerlike extension of Mare Cimmerium appears at the center of the disk.
Venus (magnitude –4.8, at its peak brilliancy) shines very low in the west-southwest after sunset. It sets in late twilight. Don’t confuse it with Jupiter, which will probably catch your eye first. Venus is down to Jupiter’s lower right. Their separation remains steady this week at 14°. In a telescope Venus is an increasingly striking crescent, about 25% sunlit now and 41 arcseconds tall. For better telescopic seeing, catch Venus higher in a 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
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 

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 Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra
Moon in Aries
Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), and Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Maroon

Harvest 9/25-26

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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).

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove – Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  25     High   1:07 AM     7.3   7:07 AM     Set  7:32 AM      99
~    25      Low   7:27 AM     0.5   7:08 PM    Rise  7:54 PM
~    25     High   1:35 PM     7.4
~    25      Low   7:48 PM     0.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The day is bright and full of activity. Stop in the midst of it and take stock.


Journal Prompt – What is? – What is the biggest goal for your life



~  Behind an able man, there are always other able men. – Chinese Proverb
~  The struggle ends when the gratitude begins. – Neale Donald Walsch
~  [While] solipsism may be logically consistent with present quantum mechanics, monism in the sense of materialism is not. – Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist
~  Success is not a destination:  It is a journey.  The happiest people I know are those who are busy working toward specific objectives.  The most bored and miserable people I know are those who are drifting along with no worthwhile objectives in mind. – Zig Ziglar, Professional speaker

Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling,
Give me juicy autumnal fruit ripe and red from the orchard,
Give me a field where the unmowed grass grows,
Give me an arbor, give me the trellised grape. – Walt Whitman (1819–92)


Magick – ‘I do hope you are tending to the seeds from your harvest’
The Old Woman says with her crooked smirk.
We see this as a point that cannot be take lightly.
Ants and grasshoppers, which shall we be?

The winds are changing, the cool airs at night, welcoming.
The Lady tires, she has birthed a bounty this season.
The need for the cold, dark cave of Winter is calling out to her.
It beckons me in the distance. Not quite yet though.

The fullness of the Harvest Moon reminded me
She shared secrets with my womb and in my dreams.
‘Prepare your seeds’, Grandmother said.
‘Prepare your Earth, prepare your waters, prepare your fires and breath’.
Fast in remembrance of days old, long passed.
Feast with your ancestors who bestow blessing to your blood, to your womb, to your soul.

The harvest and it’s bounty will sustain you for a time.

The seeds, however, will keep you well nourished for many lives.
Pay no mind to the distractions of this life. Go with the seasons.
Allow things to be born in their time, to live full to fruition.
Be prepared to allow the deaths to come, both little and great.
Both physical cycles and spiritual ones.
All these things come in there time.

Nurture them, love them, make peace with them.

I take my seeds and tend to them with love and gratitude.
In gratitude of the bounty and for the bounties to come.
Bounty in wisdom, love, and all the hardships.
Bounty in sisterhood, brotherhood and common unity.
Bounty of the lessons forever being learned.
And for the Old Woman within, who guides me gently. – Cari-Lee Miller ©2014


Silliness – Shorts – A PBS mind in an MTV world.

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