The sky is overcast, but it’s fairly bright. Warm, too, since the clouds hold the heat in! 61F and wind at 8mph, but the AQI is up to 39. Hmm… There’a chance of showers tomorrow afternoon and then again on Thurs-Sat. We’ll see whether these actually happen. Less than 1/4 inch accumulation, though.
The last day of September, already? This month has been a blur and *not* in a fun way! Too much stress… too much mess… Anja is a wreck, mentally & physically, but since I can see the end of it, I’ll survive…and so will everyone else, once I’ve had some coffee! 🙂
We had some people in, shopping, but the tourist season is definitely winding down. We were still putting things away and sorting, even while they were here. Tempus went out and picked up a couple of plants and some water bottles with a dispenser and got tangled up in the mess that they’re making of Canal Creek road, doing graveling and grading.
Sewing was just me, but one of the regulars stopped by to find out what the fall schedule is going to be and a couple of people talked to me about the Herbs Workshop. Well, when people come in there are plenty of projects! Especially because the re-set has knocked down some of the dried herbs in back.
Late in the day I got really tired again, tired enough that I couldn’t concentrate. Tempus took off again to go into Newport for some shopping after we closed up. I kept working for a bit, then went splat in back.
Today we have to continue with sorting things out, but there’s also the Project Day and I’m hoping to do some embroidery and maybe finish the butter paddle. Tempus is talking about another bone needle. It’ll be a relief to sit down with something small!
Photo by me from 9/16/14. This was taken in the Hackleman Old Growth Forest along Rt. 20 on the way to Sisters.
Meditrina was a Roman goddess who seems to have been a late Roman invention to account for the origin of Meditrinalia. The earliest account of associating the Meditrinalia with such a goddess was by 2nd century grammarian Sextus Pompeius Festus, on the basis of which she is asserted by modern sources to be the Roman goddess of health, longevity and wine, with an etymological meaning of “healer” suggested by some. This was pretty common in the late Roman Empire, where natural forces and celebrations were made into god/desses. Wikipedia says the Meditrinalia (in honor of the new wine and an obscure goddess of medicine) is on 10/11, but Nigel Pennick has it as today. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditrinalia
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 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 Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/2 at 2:45am.
Around 4 a.m. EDT, Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus the Bull, will lie 1.4° south of the Moon. Because Luna doesn’t reach its Last Quarter phase for two more days, it’s still quite bright. When you look toward it and Aldebaran, don’t expect to see many more stars in the area. Astronomers classify Aldebaran as a red giant star, although most observers see it as orange. It has only slightly more mass than the Sun but its diameter is 44 times as large. Our daytime star will go through a similar transformation some 5 billion years from now.
Uranus, near the Aries-Pisces border, is easy in binoculars at magnitude 5.7 — if you have a finder chart and know the constellations well enough to see where to start with it.
Algol in Perseus >>> , the prototype eclipsing variable star, should be at its minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 8:58 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, when Perseus is in good view from the Eastern time zone well up in the northeast. Algol takes several hours to fade beforehand and to rebrighten after. Comparison-star chart.
, in southern Capricornus, fades from magnitude –1.3 to –1.1 this week. It shines highest in the south soon after dark and sets around 1 or 2 a.m.
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 Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
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
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Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).
to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 30 High 4:56 AM 6.2 7:13 AM Set 1:03 PM 77
~ 30 Low 10:25 AM 2.6 6:59 PM Rise 10:44 PM
~ 30 High 4:26 PM 7.6
~ 30 Low 11:32 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you have the choice of two exciting things, choose the one you have never done.
~ Oh, friend John, it is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play. – Bram Stoker (1847-1912) English novelist
~ He who is attached to things will suffer much. He who saves will suffer heavy loss. A contented man is never disappointed. – Lao Tzu
~ Duct tape is like the Force. It has a dark side, it has a light side, and it holds the Universe together. – Carl Zwanig
~ He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections. – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
In every orchard Autumn stands,
With apples in his golden hands. – Alexander Smith (1830–67)
Symbolism: Third Harvest, wisdom of the Crone, death of the God, reflection on our place in the Wheel of the Year, New Year, reincarnation, the dark mysteries, Rebirth after Death.
Foods: beef, pork and other meat dishes, cakes for the dead (soul cakes), pumpkin dishes cranberry/pumpkin muffins and breads, squash, beets, turnips
Drinks: Mead, apple cider, mulled cider, mulled wines, ale, herbal teas
Herbs: Angelica, burdock, catnip, pennyroyal, rosemary, rue, sunflower, sage, thyme, wild ginseng, tarragon, mugwort. Oak, Arborvitae (Yellow Cedar), Corn, Dittany of Crete, Fumitory, Hazel, Mullein, Nightshade, Sage, Wormwood, Gourds, Allspice, Catnip
Fruits – Apples, pomegranates, acorns, hazel and other nuts
Flowers: Calendula, chrysanthemum, cosmos, marigold.
Trees: Acacia, apple, cypress, hazel, hemlock, yew
Incenses and oils: Bay, cedar, clove, copal, coriander, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, heather, mugwort, myrrh, patchouli, peppermint, sage, sandalwood, vetiver, wormwood.
Colors: Black, brown, orange, red, Golden Yellow. Altar candles should be black, orange, white, silver and/or gold.
Stones: Amber, beryl, bloodstone, carnelian, clear quartz, diamond, garnet, gold, granite, hematite, jasper, jet, marble, obsidian, opal, pyrite, rose sapphire, ruby, sandstone, smoky quartz, steel, tourmaline, turquoise. all black gemstones, jet, obsidian, and onyx.
Animals: Stag, jackal, cat, bat, ram, scorpion, heron, crow, robin, crow, black dogs.
Mythical creatures: Goblins, harpies, Phooka, Goblin, Medusa, Beansidhe, Fylgiar, Peryton, Erlkonig
Symbols – Jack-o’-Lantern, Balefire, Besom, Masks, The Cauldron, Waning Moon Jack-O-Lanterns, Altar decorations might include small jack-o-lanterns, foods from the harvest, and photographs of your loved ones who have departed from this world.
Some appropriate God/desses: Star Goddess, Winter Queen(Anna) and Winter King (Anu), all Death, Underworld, and aged Gods; all Crone and Underworld Goddesses; Am-Heh (Egyptian), Anubis (Egyptian), Arawn (Welsh), Cernunnos (Celtic), Dis (Roman), Hades (Greek), Heimdahl (Norse), Herne (English), The Horned God (European), Kronos (Greek), Loki (Norse), Nefertum (Egyptian), Odin (Norse), Osiris (Egyptian), Pluto (Greco-Roman); Arachne (Greek), Aradia (Italian), Badb (Irish), Cerridwen (Welsh), Elli (Teutonic), Ereshkigal (Assyro-Babylonian), Eris (Greek), The Fates/Moerae (Greek), Fortuna (Roman), Freya/Frigg (Norse), Hecate (Greek), Hel (Teutonic), Inanna (Sumerian), Ishtar (Babylonian), Macha (Irish), Mari (Basque), Morrigan (Celtic), Nephthys (Egyptian), Nicneven (Scottish), Persephone (Greek), Psyche (Greek), Proserpina (Roman), Rhiannon (Welsh) Lilith, The Morrigan/Morrigu
Decorations: Autumn leaves, fall flowers, pomegranates, apples, pumpkins
Traditional activities: Common Ritual practice calls for each Wiccan to write down his/her weaknesses on a piece of paper or parchment and toss it into the Cauldron fire divination, drying winter herbs, feasting and partying to defy the coming darkness (bob for apples, roast nuts, pop popcorn), Witches’ Ball. Spirit Contact, Meditation,
Spell/ritual work: astral projection, past life recall, Remembrances, Dumb Supper, Dark Moon mysteries, mirror spells, scrying, protection, inner work, clearing obstacles, transition, culmination, transformation. Releasing bad habits and toxic relationships, illness, failure and poverty; everything you do not want to carry into the New Year.