Featured photo by Cecille Kennedy. Cheesemaking at 7pm tonight!
There is sunshine, but there are enough puffy, white clouds to obscure it regularly. It’s humid and feels sticky, even though it’s cool enough that it shouldn’t. 64F, wind at 2mph, AQI34, UV6. The chance of measurable rain goes up Saturday evening to about 40% and hangs in that vicinity until Tuesday. Amount up to 1/2 an inch.
Yesterday was mostly small chores during the evening, although Tempus made us a good supper of chops, pickles and potatoes. After that we both did a lot of computer work and I did some more embroidery. That project is getting places! I’m hoping to have it with me over the Shrewsbury weekend and then send it off.
Today we have the shop open, although I’m still headachy and yawning and I’ll probably have to nap, later. I have some bills to pay and then to do some herb headers. We have the paper run tonight, as well. With any luck I’ll be doing some more sewing tonight and I really need to start some more pickles for the demo. Yeah, I’m going to be gone over the 14th and 15th, the same as I did last year.
Today is the Feast of Saint Mother Theresa. More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa She was made a saint of the Catholic Church on 9/4/16.
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has it’s glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same. – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/5 at 8:10pm. 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 9/12 at 9:33am.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 8:10 p.m. PDT). It poses in an interesting setting. As the stars come out, you’ll find Jupiter shining a few degrees to the Moon’s left (for North America) and dimmer orange Antares twinkling farther below it. Our satellite rises in the southeast around 2 p.m. local daylight time, but it doesn’t become prominent until the Sun sets around 7:30 p.m. (The Moon then lies in the southern sky about one-third of the way to the zenith.) After darkness falls, the Moon’s half-lit orb appears in southern Ophiuchus just 4° to the right of brilliant Jupiter and 7° above the 1st-magnitude star Antares in neighboring Scorpius.
Tonight marks the closest approach of Neptune to 4th-magnitude Phi Aquarii. At 11 p.m. EDT, the planet lies 42″ east of the star, and the separation tightens by about 4″ with each passing hour. They come closest — 13″ apart — shortly after daybreak on the 6th. The two make a lovely contrast through a telescope all night, with Phi a ruddy point of light and Neptune showing a blue-gray disk.
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 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 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 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
Th 5 High 6:07 AM 5.9 6:44 AM Rise 2:13 PM 35
~ 5 Low 11:45 AM 2.1 7:46 PM Set 11:49 PM
~ 5 High 5:58 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Treat each day as a new journey.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – What safety issue do you think is most important for children younger that yourself? Write a brochure for kids, discussing the issue without unnecessarily frightening your audience.
~ Groups create a collective energy, and ecstasy comes more easily because everyone infects everyone else. – Paulo Coehlo
~ All thoughts, all passions, all delights Whatever stirs this mortal frame All are but ministers of Love And feed His sacred flame. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~ One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again. – Henry Ford
~ America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
The leaves are falling
One by one.
School’s begun. – Anon.
Mabon Magick – Lore
Mabon – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Also called – Harvest Home, The Feast of the Ingathering, Harvest End, Autumnal Equinox
Type – Pagan
Significance – Marks the Celtic Mid-fall, and the Astronomical beginning of Fall
Celebrations – Thanksgiving for the Fruits of the Earth
Mabon is the name used by some Wiccans and Neopagans for one of the eight solar holidays or sabbats. It is celebrated on the Autumnal Equinox, which in the northern hemisphere occurs on September 23rd (occasionally the 22nd, although many celebrate on the 21st) and in the southern hemisphere is circa March 21.
Also called Harvest Home, the Feast of the Ingathering, Thanksgiving, or simply Autumn Equinox, this holiday is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and God during the winter months. The name may derive from Mabon ap Modron, although the connection is unclear.
Antiquity of Mabon
Mabon was not an authentic ancient festival either in name or date. There is little evidence that the autumnal equinox was celebrated in Celtic countries, while all that is known about Anglo-Saxon customs of that time was that September was known as haleg-monath or ‘holy month’.
The name Mabon has only been applied to the Neopagan festival of the autumn equinox very recently; the term was invented by Aidan Kelly in the 1970s as part of a religious studies project (the modern use of Litha for the Summer Solstice is also attributed to Kelly). Previously, in Gardnerian Wicca the festival was simply known as the ‘Autumnal Equinox’, and many Neopagans still refer to it as such, or use alternative titles such as the neo-Druidical Aban Efed, a term invented by Iolo Morgannwg.
The name Mabon was chosen to impart a more authentic-sounding “Celtic” feel to the event, since all the other festivals either had names deriving from genuine tradition, or had had names grafted on to them. The Spring Equinox had already been termed ‘Ostara’, and so only the Autumnal Equinox was left with a technical rather than an evocative title. Accordingly, the name Mabon was given to it, having been drawn from Welsh mythology.
The use of the name Mabon is much more prevalent in America than Britain, where many Neopagans are dismissive of it as an unauthentic name with not even a glimmer of connection to any seasonal lore. The increasing number of American Pagan publications sold in Britain by such publishers as Llewellyn has however resulted in some British Pagans adopting the term.
- Mabon is a contemporary Celtic music band, from Bridgend, Wales
- Mabon is an alias of the popular Welsh language MC, Gruff Meredith, who composes under the name of MC Mabon.
- In many of Charles de Lint‘s Newford books, the character Sophie Etoile visits a city in her dreams called Mabon.
- Hutton, Ronald The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain, 1996 – ISBN 0-19-285448-8
- Kelly, Aidan (1991) Crafting the Art of Magic Llewellyn.
Retrieved from “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mabon”
Silliness – Wrong Way
As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang.
Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him, “Herman, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on Highway 401. Please be careful!”
“Hun,” said Herman, “It’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!”