Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
After yesterday’s rain and humidity today is bright and cool. The sky is mostly blue, but very pale from water vapor and high haze. The computer says, “Mostly cloudy!” and I say, “Where?”. 68F, wind at 4mph and gusting, AQI39, UV6. It’s likely to cloud back up and shower tonight and tomorrow. For some reason the report from the Newport Airport doesn’t show up anymore, so I have no clue how much rain we actually got. …argh….now it won’t give me the 10-day. If the website sorts out, I’ll re-do this later.
Lots of small stuff got done in the late afternoon, after Projects (which was just Tempus and me). I was putting up stock from the small orders placed back in August… We now have more black candles, some dragon’s blood and other resins and a few other bits and pieces. Almanacs and calendars are on the way.
We had a strange one happen just as we were closing up. A fellow came in with his dog. He bought a ring, but when I looked at the dog I saw who he was before. He ran right up to me, back in my office space and said hi …and I knew him when he was a little boy and I was a young teen. The folks who lived across the street from me had a little grandson with red hair and freckles and his grandfather’s favorite joke was that he liked to chase cars, because the little guy would follow them as they backed out of the driveway. It wasn’t so funny when he got run over and killed at the age of 5 in the parking lot of the grocery store in Dundalk…. How ironic. …and how weird to see that.
We headed into Newport and went to the Chalet for supper and to Freddie’s afterwards for some clothes shopping. They’re closing at 10pm now, though, so we got cut a little short and I couldn’t find a single nightgown, just pajamas and shirts… I do not know why anyone would wear stuffed animal fur/fleece shorts to bed, either. Those are really strange-looking and I can’t see how they would be at all comfortable… lumpy… like sleeping on a stuffed toy…
We ended up closing down the food department, though. It was almost 10:15 by the time we were checked through. The Moon and Jupiter were very bright, despite bits and streaks of cloud. We stopped at the shop to put a bunch of things away and to get stuff squared away for the night.
I have a bunch of writing to do today and then I have to start cooking. I’m going to be a little nuts with that today and tomorrow and then I have to start packing for the event. Full Moon is Friday and Andrea is doing a Circle on the beach again in Nye Beach this month. I’ll be in King’s Valley, though, and I’m going to be running a Circle, there.
Today marks the 706th anniversary of the marriage of John (Jan) of Luxembourg, later called John the Blind, and the last child of the Přemyslid dynasty of Bohemia, Eliska. Their son was Charles IV whose feast we celebrated on the 2nd! More here from 2016’s celebrations: http://wp.me/p6tYq4-1u2
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
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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 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.
Neptune reaches opposition and peak visibility tonight (officially at 3 a.m. EDT on the 10th). Because it lies opposite the Sun in our sky, it rises at sunset and appears highest in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time. But you can start searching for it by 10 p.m., when it stands nearly one-third of the way from the southeastern horizon to the zenith. Neptune glows at magnitude 7.8, bright enough to spot through binoculars if you know where to look. The trick is to find the 4th-magnitude star Phi (φ) Aquarii, which lies about 15° (two binocular fields) east-southeast of Aquarius’ distinctive Water Jar asterism. At opposition, Neptune appears just 0.1° west of Phi. When viewed through a telescope, Neptune shows a blue-gray disk measuring 2.4″ across.
As the stars come out tonight, the gibbous Moon shines in the south-southeast. Look high over it (by about 30°, three fists at arm’s length) for Altair with faint Tarazed a finger-width above it. Near the zenith is brighter Vega.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.2, between the feet of Ophiuchus) is the white dot hanging in the south-southwest as twilight fades away. Get your scope on it early before it sinks lower into poorer seeing. Orange Antares, much fainter at magnitude +1.0, twinkles 7° to Jupiter’s lower right. In a telescope, Jupiter is only 39 arcseconds wide and shrinking.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for September – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-september-2019
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 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
M 9 Low 4:22 AM 0.3 6:48 AM Set 2:13 AM 75
~ 9 High 11:03 AM 5.9 7:38 PM Rise 5:48 PM
~ 9 Low 4:25 PM 3.0
~ 9 High 10:10 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Embrace Change. True success can be defined by your ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
~ The place to begin taking charge of your life is “know thyself. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ We have been repeatedly faced with a cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same school room. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam
~ Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. – T. S. Eliot
~ Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them. – Winston Churchill
Take the fruit I give you, says the bending tree;
Nothing but a burden is it all to me.
Lighten ye my branches, let them toss in air.
Only leave me freedom, next year’s load to bear. – Lucy Larcom (1824–93)
Mabon Magick – Lore
In astronomy, the autumnal equinox signals the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere: the moment when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward; the equinox occurs around September 22 – 24, varying slightly each year according to the 400-year cycle of leap years in the Gregorian Calendar.
In the southern hemisphere, the equinox occurs at the same moment, but at the beginning of spring. There are two conventions for dealing with this: either the name of the equinox can be changed to the vernal equinox, or (apparently more commonly) the name is unchanged and it is accepted that it is out of sync with the season.
At the equinox, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. In the northern hemisphere, before the autumnal equinox, the sun rises and sets more and more to the north, and afterwards, it rises and sets more and more to the south.
This is when the Neopagan Sabbat of Mabon is celebrated. Also, Autumnal Equinox Day is an official national holiday in Japan, and is spent visiting family graves, and holding family reunions. Source: Wikipedia
Why do the equinoxes not always occur on the same days each year?
“The Earth takes approximately 365.25 days to go around the Sun. This is the reason we have a leap year every 4 years, to add another day to our calendar so that there is not a gradual drift of date through the seasons. For the same reason the precise time of the equinoxes are not the same each year, and generally will occur about 6 hours later each year, with a jump of a day (backwards) on leap years.” Source
Autumn Equinox, ancient Egypt
Autumn Equinox, ancient Rome
Autumn Equinox was a time of Diana, Roman goddess of the hunt, of the Moon, of springs and brooks, of the country and forest, chastity and of child-birth. Women prayed to her for offspring. She was thought of as the protector and mother. Worship of this deity was later transformed by Christianity into the cult of the Virgin Mary.
Autumn Equinox, Europe
Autumn Equinox is the time when village elders gathered food and grain and at night left it at the doors of the poor to ensure that they would have food for the coming winter:
Food an’ gifts outside the door –
A welcome treat to cheer the poor.
Never, ever must they see
That even one was left by me.
At the Castillo, a Mayan pyramid built c. 1000 – 1200 at Chichén Itzá, Mexico, on the equinoxes a jagged shadow is thrown down the northern staircase. It looks like a serpent going down, meeting a stone snake’s head at the base.
Mikelis and Jumis
Jumis was an agriculture and fertility god, and in the Latvian language the word also applies to ‘double-plants,’ such as two corn stalks, two trees that have grown together and share a trunk or stem, or two fruits or vegetables that have grown together. He was depicted as a short man with clothes that resemble ears of wheat, hops and barley.
On the first day, a ritual called the Catching of Jumis (Jumja kersana; Apjumibas; Rudenaji; Raudonoji) took place. Jumis, represented by a double-headed stalk of grain, was said to be hiding in the last of the unharvested fields. This last cut was saved until the end, so as to please Jumis, and invite him back the following spring. When the reaping was finished, a ‘Jumis-clump’ was left uncut. The ears of this grain were then tied in a knot and bent to the ground, being weighed down with stones or surrounded with soil. The grain from the Junis-clump was rubbed out of the ears and scattered in the tilled soil, thus ensuring that the strength and spirit of the harvest was directed back into the Mother Earth, so that it could appear again in the new sowing.
These last stalks were tied with special twine, taken home in a procession and placed in a barn, separate from the rest of the harvest, symbolizing a ‘captured’ Jumis, thereby ensuring the following year’s harvest would be at least as successful. The grasses were then used during the winter to cure sick livestock. Chicken was eaten at the evening’s feast.
The festival was held at the end of the harvest season, when Jumis’s gift of food had been received. After Mikeli it was considered that the gates were open for Winter.
A Jumis-loaf was baked at Mikeli, larger than the usual bread loaf, and it was a great honour to eat it. The second day was a feast and party, and the third day was a market day, and also the only day men proposed to their prospective wives.
This is an important festival in the Japanese calendar which, Since January 1, 1873, Japan has been based on the Gregorian Calendar, with local names for the months and mostly fixed holidays (before 1873 a lunisolar calendar was in use, which was adapted from the Chinese calendar). Higan is the week-long period of Buddhist memorial services peculiar to Japan and held twice a year.
On or around the day of the Autumn Equinox, Japanese people celebrate Shuubun-no-hi, also known as Higan (Higan no Chu-Nichi). There is another Higan at the time of the Spring Equinox, which is also called Higan no Chu-Nichi. Both are usually observed on the Sunday on or immediately preceding the equinoxes. The middle days of each Higan, Shunbun no hi (Spring Equinox) and Shuubun no hi (Autumnal Equinox) are national holidays.
The name Higan means ‘the other shore’ and derives from the Buddhist notion that there is a river that marks the division of the mundane world and the afterlife. This river is one of illusions, passion, pain and sorrow. Only when one crosses the river, swimming against the currents of temptation, to the other shore, does one gain enlightenment.
During the whole of this week there is a Buddhist observance, three days either side of the equinox, when the spirits of one’s ancestors are commemorated. Usually on the equinoctial day, families and friends visit their family tombs, where they tend and weed the graves of their loved ones. They leave flowers, incense and ohagi (sweet rice balls covered with soybean paste) – it is tradition that ancestors’ spirits prefer food that is round. The visitors sweep the ground, say prayers, and may even have a bit of a family party, drinking sake rice wine.
Japanese consider this period the changing of the season. Usually around the autumnal Higan the Japanese summer heat-wave weakens, and the weather changes to autumn. Thus the Japanese have a saying, “Atsusa samusa mo Higan made” (“Neither heat in summer, nor cold in winter last beyond higan”).
Silliness – Saving a Marriage
After years of hiding the fact that the love is gone, Mom and Dad announced to their grown children that they’re getting a divorce.
The kids were totally distraught and, as a stab at keeping their parents together, arranged a series of sessions for the whole family with a world-famous marriage counselor.
The counselor worked for hours, tried all of his methods and tricks, but the parents wouldn’t even talk to each other.
Finally, he walked over to a closet, brought out an oboe, and began to play. After a minute or so, the parents started talking and, as the counselor continued soloing on the oboe, the couple discovered they’re not that far apart and decided to give their marriage another try.
The children were amazed and asked the counselor how he managed to do it. He replied, “Simple. I’ve never seen a couple that wouldn’t talk through an oboe solo.”