Featured photo by Josh Orkin.
The sky is a pretty, pale blue. There are supposedly some clouds around, but I don’t see any. 70F, wind at 4mph and gusting to at least 7, AQI31, UV5. There’s a small possibility of some aggressive mist tonight, then actual rain and thunderstorms on Sunday, and some showers about a week from now.
We got everything together for the Sabbat in plenty of time to sit and think for awhile. We watched the beautiful sunset. Beach fog was drifting across and there were times when the sunset went peach, and lavender. I broke up laughing at one point, because I pointed out to Tempus that the view out the door of the shop was a washed-out red, white and blue. Red from the sunset, white above at the red hit the blue sky and a dark cloud that was blue in that light.
After that I took a couple of projects in back with me and Tempus settled in at his computer. I worked for a couple of hours, then took a nap, then worked on the computer before we quit for the night.
Today we’ve been open since just past 11, but we’ve been having car troubles and various deliveries (new printer!!!) and all kinds of other tangles. I’m finally finishing my 2nd cup of coffee. Tempus has to get mail, go do laundry and then start hooking up the new printer. I need to finish putting my blackwork stuff back up after several pieces get cleaned and dried and then sort out that display.
This evening I need to finish the sewing kit that I’m working on. It just needs to be stitched up and have the frame added and then I can put it all together. I also need to set up newsletter frames and clean up the back table and I *should* sew… well, not all of that is going to happen for sure. Right now I’m in process of trying to set up for another tarot deck supplier….
…and I just found another tote of laundry. <groan>
Paper route tonight.
Hippocrates is credited with being the father of modern medicine. He is honored on this day, (which may be the 2476 anniversary of his birth) along with all doctors and medical practitioners. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocrates The picture is a Czech stamp with the symbol for a medical vehicle with a doctor on board. The image in the center is the Rod of Aesculapius, which is the proper symbol for the medical profession, unlike the usual Caduceus that we see in the US.
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. I’ve talked before about the azaleas being a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
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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 9/28 at 11:26am. 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 9/21 at 7:41pm.
If you’re up before dawn Friday morning, you’ll find the waning gibbous Moon high with Aldebaran near it, as shown above. The waning gibbous Moon rises in the east shortly after 10 p.m. local daylight time. Wait about an hour for it to climb clear of the horizon and you’ll see it nestled just above the background stars of the Hyades star cluster in the constellation Taurus the Bull. Binoculars will deliver the best views of this pretty conjunction. As the night progresses, you’ll see the Moon draw closer to 1st-magnitude Aldebaran. This star, which appears to anchor the V-shaped Hyades, actually lies only half as far away.
In the west off to the Big Dipper’s left, bright Arcturus, the “Spring Star,” shines a little lower at nightfall each week. From Arcturus, the narrow kite-shaped pattern of Bootes extends 24° to the upper right. Corona Borealis is below and to the left in the picture, although this is upside-down to what you’ll see right now.
Jupiter’s four bright moons all orbit in the planet’s equatorial plane, so from our perspective, they usually appear in a straight line that runs east-west. But this symmetry breaks down once in a while. If you target the gas giant through a telescope this evening, you’ll notice its two biggest moons lined up north-south of each other. If you keep watching, you’ll see Ganymede and Callisto change relative positions in as little as five minutes.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Sagittarius) is the steady yellow “star” in the south during and after dusk, 28° left or upper left of Jupiter. Below Saturn is the handle of the Sagittarius Teapot. Much closer above it is the dimmer, smaller bowl of the Teaspoon.
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 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
Th 19 High 4:23 AM 6.0 7:00 AM Set 12:20 PM 81
~ 19 Low 10:04 AM 2.2 7:20 PM Rise 10:20 PM
~ 19 High 4:09 PM 7.1
~ 19 Low 11:02 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What goes up must come down. Unless of course you overdose on Viagra.
~ It becomes almost second nature to be on guard against the creative pattern of our own thought. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~ A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. – Rabindranath Tagore
~ Then I saw the fnords. – Robert Anton Wilson Source
~ A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. – Richard Bach
TO AUTUMN – John Keats (1795-1821)
SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
Harmon lists To Autumn as the most anthologized poem in the English language. It was written on September 19, 1819
Mabon Magick – Studies
GODDESSES OF PEACE INVOCATION
Goddesses of Peace…
Pax, Mary, Quan Yin, Tara
Gaia, Mother of the Earth,
We call upon you with respect.
Mothers of Compassion,
Mothers of Peace and Mercy,
We ask for your wise counsel.
Please help us not to give in
To the everyday stresses
And resentments that assail us.
Help us connect with your Light
And the love and grace you bring.
Blessed Mothers, we thank you
For the nurturing and blessings
That you pour out upon us every day;
Grant that our lives also be a blessing. – © September 17, 2008, Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
This meditation is appropriate for use on the Autumnal Equinox. Like Eostre, it is a time of balance-day and night being equal.You might want to study the astronomical consequences of this Sabbat and how they affect our planet.
I suggest using this meditation in a group setting, perhaps after a late afternoon feast. While dinner is dinner and people are in a quiet, mellow mood is a perfect time to have your guide lead you through this journey.
Relax and make yourself comfortable. Close your eyes and take three deep breaths.
Summer is over. The leaves on the trees burn brilliantly; shades of orange, yellow, and bronze emblazon the forest with colour. The nights are cooler, and there is a chill in the morning air when you wake.
You are standing at the edge of a vegetable garden. Today is Mabon, the Autumnal Equinox, and the first frost hit the ground last night. The sun is filtering through the trees, but you can still see the delicate lacings of white that glitter across the vines. You know that when the sunlight touches the vegetable garden, the frosted vines will wither and blacken. There is much work to be done today.
Carry a large basket into the tomato patch and begin picking the green tomatoes. As you pick each fruit, wrap it carefully in old newspaper and tuck it gently into your basket. The tomatoes will sit in a dark pantry where they will ripen slowly without rotting if you do not bruise them. When you have picked all the tomatoes that are left on the vines, it’s time to mulch the plot. You have been raking leaves the past few days, and now you have a huge pile of them that you covered with a light piece of plastic to protect them from the rain. Take large armfuls of the leaves and layer them across the tomato vines. With a garden fork, turn the soil and mulch the leaves under the fresh earth, spading up the plants as you go. The soil smells musty; almost sour, and you know that autumn is here. You have spent several weeks storing and pickling the fruits of your garden and now it is time to put the bed to rest.
After you have finished, take the tomatoes to the pantry. There, on well-ventilated shelves, stand rows of squash and pumpkins, full and orange and waiting for Samhain.
Your pantry gleams with jar after jar of various fruits and vegetables. Bags of dried beans and sunflower seeds sit waiting for inclusion in casseroles and breads. Stand back and look at the bounty with pride. It has taken a lot of work to encourage the growth, but now you have a good stock put away for the winter, and you know hunger is not likely to knock at your door.
This afternoon you will gather with your neighbors for a feast. Everyone is bringing a different dish, and you have agreed to make a hearty soup. Look through the different vegetables and choose several-corn and peas, the rich tomato stock you made earlier this summer, a few potatoes from the Hessian sack in the corner, an onion, a large squash, and a scoop of dried beans. When your basket is full, leave the pantry and go through the door that leads to your kitchen.
First you need a big saucepan. It should be sturdy and solid, representing a centered, well-balanced you, and it should be big enough to hold all the ingredients that go into producing a fully balanced and enriching soup.
Now look at each vegetable that you are going to add to the soup. Each vegetable represents a challenge you have met and mastered, a goal that you set and were able to accomplish. As you prepare each vegetable and drop it into the pot, think about your goals this year and the successes you can count for yourself.
EXTENDED LONG PAUSE-ABOUT ONE MINUTE
Are there some vegetables that are missing? Remember that even with all our best intentions, sometimes things don’t work out the way we hoped or planned. Sometimes the universe has other ideas about our lives, and sometimes chaos intervenes.
Think now about those goals that you were not able to meet, that still have not come into fruition. have you allowed them enough time to grow? Does their season take longer than you thought? Do you still need to forge ahead and give your energy to them or should you let them quietly die and put them to rest in order to create new space in your life?
EXTENDED LONG PAUSE-ABOUT ONE MINUTE
When your vegetables are chopped and cleaned and in the pot, add enough vegetable stock to cover them and turn the burner to medium heat.
While the soup cooks, you have time to pay your private reverence to the Goddess. Go back to the pantry and get a large pumpkin and a small basket of apples. Then change into a warm ritual robe.
Return to the garden. The work you did this morning looks good, and when you look at the vegetable patch, a sense of pride in your honest labor wells up and fills up your heart. Next to the garden patch is a wide, flat stone. On this stone you placed an ear of corn at Lughnasadh; it has now thoroughly dried, and today you add that to the pumpkin and the basket of apples.
Kneel by the stone and touch its smooth surface. The rock is warm to your fingertips, but not with the intense heat of summer, and you know that winter is coming soon.
Look at the food on the altar, then around at the fields standing barren and parched. The body of the Goddess is tired; she must rest. But out of her soil came food for the winter, wonderful fruits and tangy vegetables, grain for the cattle and sheep, berries for the birds and the wild creatures that live in the forest … Author Unknown