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It’s completely overcast, but bright and the clouds are supposed to move off later, after last night’s thunderstorms (that had very little thunder, btw) I think we’re going to have to put in our own rain gauge, since those numbers are rarely posted, anymore. …except for Eugene, which really doesn’t help! There are standing puddles, and deep ones, everywhere, so we got a good amount. 64F, wind at 2mph, AQI33, UV4. It looks like we could have a small amount of rain Thursday night, but rain on Sunday? That would not be good and 1/3 of an inch in Philomath… oi… demos in the rain are not so fun…. and the rain might go on into next week.
After that I worked on newsletter frames. I have to set up ones for the weekend so that Tempus can get them posted. I won’t have signal from the event. That means filling them in completely and then adding the notes after I’m back. Those will show up next Tuesday, I think.
Tempus was working in back most of the day. The new hotplate is working well. It’s the same variety as the old one, so it ought to serve for awhile. We started with pickled eggs, getting those hard-boiled, next up was some chicken salad, since I had a taste for that, and then pickled things, the getting the broth in on the eggs, and then my dill soup that I’ve wanted to make since Saturday.
This morning I put in the potatoes & spices, since the hard vegetables cooked overnight in the whey from last week’s cheese. As soon as those are cooked I’ll be cracking eggs into the broth to poach. Yummmmm!
Today is chore day and then the paper run tonight. I have more cooking to do and then to start packing.
Today is the Feast is that of Asclepigenia. Asclepigenia (Ἀσκληπιγένεια; fl. 430 AD) was an Athenian philosopher and mystic whose life is known from an account in Marinus’ Life of Proclus. Her father, Plutarch of Athens was head of the Neoplatonist school at Athens, and instructed Asclepigenia and her brother Hierius in the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle.To Asclepigenia alone, though, he passed on the Chaldean mysticism and theurgy that had been taught to him by his father Nestorius. Following her father’s death, Asclepigenia continued in her profession; her most famous student was Proclus, whom she initiated into the arcane rituals of theurgy. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepigenia and about her most famous student: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proclus
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.-Masculine, Jupiter, Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
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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.
This evening the bright gibbous Moon shines inside the dim boat pattern of Capricornus. The brightest star high to the Moon’s upper right is Altair, with little Tarazed a finger-width at arm’s length beyond. Watch lower left of the Moon, by some 20° or 30°, for twinkly, 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut to rise into view.
Although September is typically a slow month for meteors, the International Meteor Organization (IMO) has identified a relatively new shower called the September Epsilon Perseids. Observers witnessed an unexpected flurry of “shooting stars” radiating from the constellation Perseus in both 2008 and 2013. In other years, the rate topped out at five meteors per hour. The shower peaks this morning, with the best views coming after the waxing gibbous Moon sets around 3 a.m. local daylight time and before the start of morning twilight some two hours later. The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus the Hero >>>, which climbs highest in the sky around 5 a.m.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Sagittarius) is the steady, pale yellowish “star” in the south-southeast during and after dusk, 28° left or upper left of Jupiter. Below Saturn is the handle of the Sagittarius Teapot.
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
Tu 10 Low 5:12 AM 0.1 6:49 AM Set 3:11 AM 83
~ 10 High 11:46 AM 6.2 7:37 PM Rise 6:25 PM
~ 10 Low 5:17 PM 2.6
~ 10 High 11:02 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love with your heart, mind, body and soul but speak it with a kiss, kindness and laughter.
~ Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together. – Napoleon Hill
~ Challenges make life interesting, however, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Mark Twain
~ Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life. – Seneca
~ Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. – Benjamin Franklin
Now westlin winds and slaught’ring guns
Bring Autumn’s pleasant weather;
The moorcock springs on whirring wings
Amang the blooming heather:
Now waving grain, wide o’er the plain,
Delights the weary farmer:
And the moon shines bright, when I rove at night,
To muse upon my charmer. – Robert Burns (1759–96)
Mabon Magick – Crafts
Horn of Plenty – (For Mabon)
- Horn of plenty–plastic or basket-woven
- Fake or real fruits of the harvest: Grapes, citrus fruit, corn, pumpkin, especially apples
Simply place the fruit inside the horn so that it is aesthetically pleasing. It is best to make it look as if the bounty is spilling outwards, extending its nourishment.
The horn itself, before being filled, can be used in ritual as a symbol to “drink” from to symbolically consume the harvest. It is symbolic of the mother Goddess’s womb. It can then be filled as a symbol that the fruits of the Goddess never run dry.
- From: The Wiccan Year
- By: Judy Ann Nock
- Practical Craft
Weaving A Cornucopia
Mediterranean in origin, the symbol of the cornucopia was embraced by the Celts. An emblem of fertility, the cornucopia is associated with numerous deities in many pantheons. The Celtic horse goddess, Epona, is often depicted with the cornucopia. Her popularity and power is evidenced in how completely she was assimilated into Roman culture. She is also a goddess of grain and is frequently pictured with a dish of wheat. Embracing this goddess, who represented prestige, the Romans were quick to adopt her symbols, which are representative of abundance, and worship her.
Another Celtic deity who bears the emblem of the cornucopia is also one of the greatest and most ancient of the Celtic gods. He is Cernunnos, the horned one, the god of the wild woods. His horns link him to the agricultural cycle, for the horns of Cernunnos are the horns of the stag, and not the bull. The horns of the deer are shed in the autumn and sprout in the springtime. Cernunnos represents the forces of nature and prosperity. In sculptures, he is often seen accompanied by the cornucopia.
In the Roman pantheon, the cornucopia is the symbol of Flora and Fortuna. It represents the inexhaustible bounty of the fruits of the earth. In Greece, the horn of plenty was the horn of Amalthea, the foster mother of Zeus. The cornucopia is a perfect symbol of the harvest season. The craft of weaving also makes for a lovely meditation. The cornucopia will be a beautiful centerpiece for your harvest altar.
Most of the materials for weaving a cornucopia can be found in nature. You will need to collect three lengths of vine (wisteria, honeysuckle, grapevine, or any other woody vine would make a good choice), each about two feet long, and 9 slender green twigs, about a quarter of an inch thick or less. The twigs should all be about twelve inches long and relatively straight or only slightly curved. You will also need basket reeds, which are available in most craft stores, usually sold by the coil. A single coil will be more than enough to complete this project. The width of the reed will depend on how thick the twigs are; select a reed size that is no more than half as thick as the twigs, or less. The reeds will need to be soaked prior to weaving or they will not be pliable and will snap. If basket reeds are unavailable, raffia is a good substitute. You can even use brightly colored yarn for a more festive and decorative final product. Whatever you choose, it is the intention behind the craft that will enhance its significance.
Gather your materials and spread them out in front of you. Hold your hands in the invoking gesture as you call to mind you successes and gains of the past year. Begin by tying the three equal lengths of vine together at one end using reeds or yarn, and then braid them. Bring the ends together to form a loop and tie them together.
Now make the frame for the cornucopia by wedging all the twigs through the center of the braid, far enough so that about an inch of each twig protrudes through the other side. The twigs should be equidistant around the circle. Bend the protruding ends over into a right angle. (This is why it is important to select green twigs so that they are supple; dried twigs will snap. You can also soak the twigs prior to assembly in order to make them more supple.) Gather the long ends into a point and lash them together with reed or yarn. You can pull the ends slightly off-center to give the frame a horn shape, or leave them as they are to form a cone.Begin securing the frame by winding reeds or yarn in tight circles completely around the braid. When you come to each of the ten twigs, or “ribs,” wrap the reed or yarn twice around the twig where it meets the braid and then continue wrapping the circle. When you have completed lashing the circle, hide the end of the lasher reed by tucking it inside the rim. This will make the frame sturdier and the rim more attractive.
The reed or yarn that you choose to weave through the cone is called the weaver. Start near the rim with a long length of the weaver and hold it between your thumb and forefinger as you wind it tightly around the first rib, wrapping it in a complete circle. Move on to the next rib, pulling it tight, and circle the weaver around the second rib, and so on. When you have gone around all the ribs and are back at the beginning, tuck the starting end under the weave to hide it. Continue winding the weaver around the ribs, reciting a song to Adsagsona, the Celtic goddess of spells. Adsagsona is a powerful divinity of magic. Also called “she who seeks out,” she is reputed to be able to find the object of any blessing or any curse:
“Adsagsona, weaver of spells, who in all magic and mystery dwells, as I weave your cone of power, I call for your blessing in this hour! May our table ne’er be empty, but blessed by the horn of plenty.”
When you reach the tip of the cone, wrap the end of the weaver in a complete circle around the tip, making a loop. Thread the end of the weaver through the loop and pull it tight. Cut the final end to about a quarter inch and tuck it inside the weave. Place the finished cornucopia on your altar and fill it with offerings of the season: small gourds, vegetables, grains, dried herbs, or whatever you feel represents your devotion the best. Enjoy the beauty of the craft you have created and express gratitude for all of the gifts that the goddess has bestowed upon you.
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