Even thought the sun is brightly shining, the UV is down to 6…. summer is ending. We’re starting to see fogs and spiderwebs. You can still burn yourself very well, as the lobster that walked into the shop about 20 minutes ago can attest. He’s blistering and I told him where the emergency room is, because there’s one spot that’s blackened! He’s going to be an unhappy man for a couple of weeks…and then resemble a snake shedding it’s skin for another…. if he’s lucky. 69F, wind at 2mph, AQI35, UV6.
We were pretty busy in the shop, yesterday, quiet for a Labor Day weekend, but busy enough. Late in the afternoon Tempus went out to a garage sale and we have a cute doll chair for Grandma’s doll, that I dressed in autumn clothing. I’ll try to get a pic of that today.
Herbs Workshop went pretty well in the morning. We worked on vetiver and dragon’s blood and discussed both. We also pulled some of the new sandalwood and burned it, plus burning some of the vetiver root. We were coughing on the dusts that things made, but had fun.
…and then did more embroidery in the evening. Some of that is the lack of energy at the end of the day. Unless I have the oomph to sit at the computer I don’t have much to work with until past 10pm after a long day with customers.
We were a little late opening this morning, since Tempus had so much trouble waking me, but we’re here, coffeed and open, and we’ve had enough people through that it’s taken until pushing 2pm to get this done!
Project Day this afternoon and I need to start by putting away yesterday’s workshop stuff!
Today’s Feast – The Calends (Latin Kalendae “the called”, gen. plural -arum), correspond to the first days of each month of the Roman calendar. The Romans assigned these calends to the first day of the month, signifying the start of the new moon cycle. On that day, the pontiffs would announce at the Curia Calabra the rest days for the upcoming month, and the debtors had to pay off their debts that were inscribed in the calendaria, a sort of accounts book. The date (in this calendar system) was measured relative to days such as the Calends, Nones or Ides, for example, in modern terms, three days past Calends would be the 4th of the month. This sort of system would be used to date documents, diary entries, etc. …This word forms the basis of the English word calendar. … Entry from Wikipedia here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalends
Today’s Plant is the Primrose, Primula vulgaris. This plant, because easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside in the early spring. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and the youngflowers can be made into primrose wine. – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya – grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris
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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 9/13 at 9:33pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 9/3 at 3:37pm.
By 9 or 10 p.m. two of the most famous deep-sky objects, the Double Cluster in Perseus and the Great Andromeda Galaxy M31, are in high view in the east. Did you know they’re only 22° apart? They’re both cataloged as 4th magnitude but to the naked eye they look rather different, the more so the darker your sky. See for yourself; they’re plotted on the all-sky constellation map in the center of the September Sky & Telescope, which should be all the map you need to identify their locations. Sky too bright? Use binoculars! The two clusters of the Double Cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884) are at very similar distances about 7,600 light-years away. M31, at 2.5 million light-years, is about 330 times farther out.
The Aurigid meteor shower peaks this morning, with the best views coming when the radiant (which lies in the constellation Auriga) climbs high before dawn. Although this minor shower typically produces only 6 meteors per hour under optimal conditions, it occasionally performs much better. Rates six times higher than normal occurred in 1935, 1986, and 1994, and viewers recorded up to 130 meteors per hour for a brief stretch in 2007. No one knows when the shower will burst out again, but conditions should be nearly perfect this year with the Moon absent from the morning sky.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is well up in the east by midnight and highest in the south before the beginning of dawn.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for August – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-august-2019
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for September – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-september-2019
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
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
Su 1 High 2:10 AM 8.4 6:39 AM Rise 9:21 AM 2
~ 1 Low 8:40 AM -1.0 7:53 PM Set 9:37 PM
~ 1 High 2:55 PM 8.0
~ 1 Low 9:04 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Failures are divided into two classes. Those who thought and never did and those who did and never thought.’
~ A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer
~ I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
~ Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~ If you are going through hell, keep going. – W. Churchill
Silence again. The glorious symphony
Hath need of pause and interval of peace.
Some subtle signal bids all sweet sounds cease,
Save hum of insects’ aimless industry. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)
Mabon Magick – Lore
I do not know if the seasons remember their history or if the days and
nights by which we count time remember their own passing.
I do not know if the oak tree remembers its planting or if the pine
remembers its slow climb toward sun and stars.
I do not know if the squirrel remembers last fall’s gathering or if the
bluejay remembers the meaning of snow.
I do not know if the air remembers September or if the night remembers
I do not know if the earth remembers the flowers from last spring or if
the evergreen remembers that it shall stay so.
Perhaps that is the reason for our births — to be the memory for
Perhaps salvation is something very different than anyone ever expected.
Perhaps this will be the only question we will have to answer:
“What can you tell me about September?” – Burton D. Carley – (1997 UUMA Worship Materials Collection; contributed by Bob Freund)
bleemus (BLEE mus) – n. The disgusting film on the top of soups and cocoa that sit out for too long.