It’s been glorious weather, all day! 67F (at 3pm), wind at 5mph and gusting into the teens or even higher! AQI37, UV4. We’ve got a good chance of rain tomorrow around noon and then more starting around suppertime on Friday. Then the chance of rain is climbing for the end of next week. We’ll see…. but today was gorgeous….
It took awhile to get the newsletter out yesterday and I kept wanting to go back to bed, which did *not* help! I was pretty distractable…. but I got it done. Tempus was working in back so that we could pull things and get the care packages ready and then he took off to get the car. New tires! I’m happy!
It stayed sunny enough that we had to open up to cool things off in the late afternoon. I was making a stab at cleaning spam out of the old shop account. I’ve been trying to spend a few hours a week at it. …it’s down from almost 33K down to 23K, anyway… <sigh> This has been quite a mess….
Tempus headed out around 8pm. He had to go up to tend a friend’s birds and then he headed for Newport. I got a nap and then started working on the computer again. I worked on embroidery patterns for quite awhile.
Hecate’s Brooch was fairly high when I got picked up and kept climbing. Orion was striding across the sky to the south with Sirius brightly coming along behind. You could see Lepus beneath his feet, too.
As we drove and talked the night started to fade. At one point there was a distinct line between light and dark that made me think someone was lifting the lid on the pot! The fog rose, but wasn’t thick, though the dew was. We got home at 6:20.
Tempus went out to wake the birds after a bit of a nap and then we slept until past 1. …and then we ran into appointments, so this didn’t go out until past suppertime…. but I’m going to pretend it went out in the early afternoon and talk about the rest tomorrow.
Sash is sick, so we’re getting our appointments taken care of and then we’ll be resting most of the evening. I still have embroidery patterns to work on. I’m not sure what Tempus is going to be up to….
Today’s feast is the Pyanopsia (Πυανόψια) or Pyanepsia (Πυανέψια) was an ancient Greek festival in honor of Apollo, held at Athens on the 7th of the month Pyanepsion (October). The name literally means “bean-boiling”. Various legumes were stewed and given to Apollo as a “ripener of fruits”. A suppliant branch”, was also offered, that sounds almost like our Christmas trees, but it was left up for a year and then replaced. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanopsia
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 9/26 at 11:26pm.
Before and during dawn on Thursday morning the 26th, look about 3° right of the crescent Moon for Regulus, as shown above (for the middle of North America). Binoculars will help with Regulus as the sky begins to grow bright.
Observers of the outer solar system can get good views of Uranus during the late evening hours. The ice giant planet rises around 8:30 p.m. local daylight time and climbs nearly halfway to the zenith in the southeastern sky by midnight. It reaches its peak some 60° above the southern horizon around 3 a.m. Uranus glows at magnitude 5.7 against the backdrop of southern Aries the Ram. Use binoculars to find the planet 2.3° south of the similarly bright star 19 Arietis. A telescope reveals Uranus’ blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″.
Mercury, Venus, and Mars remain deep in the glare of the Sun.
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
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
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 Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine.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
W 25 Low 4:23 AM -0.2 7:07 AM Rise 2:55 AM 21
~ 25 High 10:57 AM 6.6 7:08 PM Set 5:55 PM
~ 25 Low 4:35 PM 2.4
~ 25 High 10:24 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Applaud others with abandon……forget to toot your own horn.
~ Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
~ Absence and death are the same – only that in death there is no suffering. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
~ The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
~ The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
A touch of cold in the Autumn night—
I walked abroad,
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer. – T.E. Hulme (1883–1917)
Yes, now of course we all know that Ganesh is the remover of obstacles, everybody and their yoga teacher knows that! But lets cover ground in some of those other little known secrets about Ganesh, so you have something to woo the crowd with at your next yoga party.
- Family Drama
Ganesh is the son of Shiva the Destroyer and Parvati. A lot of family pressure, right? He also has an older brother Kartikeya, god of war and victory, which doesn’t make anything easier for our gentle remover of obstacles.
Parvati, Ganesh’s mother, was hanging out at her and Shiva’s mountain home one day when she tried to go visit her husband only to be blocked by Shiva’s head attendant, Nandi. Apparently, Shiva was in one of his deep meditations again and wanted for no reason to be disturbed. Parvati, as you can imagine, was deeply hurt and felt very lonely being ignored by her husband. She made the decision to have someone who would be there anytime she needed and would only respond to her. So, right then and there she collected some clay from the ground and molded the most handsome young man she could image, the next moment she breathed life into him and lo and behold, handsome Ganesh was born.
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- Elephant Head
We take it all for granted that Ganesh has always had an elephant head, but it wasn’t always that way! Oh no, Ganesh was quite a looker in his early years. So much so that he was extremely arrogant of his looks. Soon after his creation Parvati requested Ganesh to guard her side of the mountain while she bathed. As she was away, Shiva came out of his deep meditation and, as any good husband would, went to go visit his wife unaware of the newly created Ganesh. Suddenly he was confronted by a handsome young man telling him he couldn’t see his wife….. you can imagine how furious Shiva was. There was a quick battle and in the process Shiva beheaded Ganesh.
After learning who he really was, Shiva decided to bring him back to life and told his entourage to bring the head of the first sleeping being they found with it’s head facing towards the North. Well, the first thing they found was an elephant, so Shiva attached the elephant head to Ganesh’s body, then proceeding to save Ganesh from his pride over his body, he increased his weight to make him the chubby deity we know and love today.
- The Broken Tusk
We have all seen it, but it may have not struck you why our elephant-headed friend has a broken tusk. One day, as Ganesh was guarding his father who was in one of his deep meditations, a family friend came to visit. It was Parashurama an incarnation of Vishnu who is known for his serious temper. Ganesh was a little perplexed because he was told to not let anyone disturb his father in meditation, however here was a serious VIP in the house. Unable to disobey a direct order from his father he blocked Parashurama’s way, and as a result Parashurama lost his temper and threw an axe at Ganesh. Ganesh knowing that the axe was a gift from his father allowed the axe to hit him out of respect.
The result: a broken tusk!
You might wonder why Ganesh is truly one of the most popular hindu gods while there are many other of the same status or position that are far less well known. Well, that isn’t because of good marketing! Ganesh was actually the recipient of a boon (a wish) from another god. The boon granted him to be more revered and worshiped than even his father, and he would be the first god to be acknowledged when entering a temple. Modern day translation: most shared and posted god on all of Facebook!
- That Sweet Ride
Now, most people may not know this, but almost every Hindu god has a vehicle or trusty steed. If that is the case, then what is Ganesh’s vehicle? Well, have you ever noticed that tiny mouse that always seems to be in the pictures with Ganesh. Yup, that’s his trusty steed! But, what Ganesh lacks in physical power he certainly makes up for in brains. During a bet, Ganesh and his brother Kartikeya challenged each other to see who could go around the world 3 times the fastest. As Kartikeya jumped onto his huge bird of a vehicle and flew at records speeds to get around the world and win the challenge, Ganesh was left on the ground. Nobody had ever given him a vehicle to ride, so he quickly asked his father for some form of a vehicle to ride upon, to which Shiva gave a tiny mouse.
Ganesh, knowing this mouse could never carry him started brainstorming. An idea came to him and he went up to his parents, walked around them 3 times and announced he had won the challenge, because parents are the highest respected members of any family they are respected as symbolic of the world. Shiva was pleased that he won his challenge, and forever after he was revered for his incredible intellect.
- Writers Block
Our last fun fact is about Ganesh’s writing ability. He was actually the scribe who hand-wrote the entire Mahabharata poem. The great sage Vyāsa requested Ganesh to write the poem as he dictated, knowing this would be a huge project Ganesh agreed on one condition, Vyasa must recite the entire poem un-interrupted, without pausing or taking a break. The great Vyāsa agreed to this request however found a loop-hole to give himself a break, he would give Ganesh incredibly difficult complex passages so Ganesh would be forced to ask questions giving the tricky Vyāsa the time to rest when needed.
Silliness – Pentagon Incentive
The pentagon recently found it had too many generals and offered an early retirement bonus. They promised any general who retired right away, his full annual benefits PLUS $10,000 for every inch measured in a straight line along the retiring general’s body between two points he chose.
The first general accepted. He asked the pension man to measure from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. 6 feet. He walked out with a check for $720,000.
The second general asked them to measure from the tip of his outstretched hands to his toes. 8 feet. He walked out with a check for $960,000.
Meantime, the first general had tipped off the third. When he was asked where to measure, he told the pension man, “from the tip of my penis to the tip of my testicles.”
The pension man said that would be fine but he’d better get the Medical Officer to do the measuring. The Medical Officer attended and asked the general to drop ’em… he did… The Medical Officer placed the tape on the tip of the general’s penis and began to work back. “My God!”, he said, “where are your testicles?”
The general replied, “Back in Vietnam!”