Daily Stuff 9-1-20 Calends

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Nathalie Dadian. Minus Tide at 7:02 AM of -0.6 feet. The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday. Btw, everything says tomorrow is the Full Moon. Nope, that’s EST! It’s actually just past 10pm tonight here on the west coast!

Clear and chilly with a *gorgeous* Moon! (How I know is below.) and very, very quiet. 53F, winds are calm, AQI34, UV6. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Some clouds should show up in the afternoon, but nothing major. The major thing is the SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY that we’re under until 6pm on Wednesday. This won’t mean anything inland, but out on the water it could get interesting for small craft. Yes, we’re in for 10 degrees warmer than what we’ve been over the next week and some change.

Yesterday started with both of us with headaches. We got open on time, anyway, but we were both wincing. Linda stopped by with some yarrow for me. Beautiful! The “music computer” started acting wonky on Sunday. It came up with a failure notice so we called the computer guy. It looks like we may be replacing another laptop.

We finally have the tarot decks! It’s just a handful, Rider-Waite and Herbal, but we have ’em! I also got my egyptian walking onion starts. There are way more than the handful I was promised, so if you want some, let me know!

Hydrangea

We got pretty busy in the afternoon. I’m not sure how many people, but I had some teaching to do of a youngster who wanted to know “how to get spiritual”. I also got into a couple of discussions with Trumpsters. You can imagine where that went. 🙂 They didn’t leave mad, though.

Still-green huckleberries.

I went in back around 5 and napped, then clipped coupons, read and embroidered for awhile. Tempus made us fishcake sandwiches for supper and we closed up around 9pm. I *had* stand and stare at the Moon awhile, which was wonderful, but by the time I was home I realized that my skin must have shrunk a couple of sizes from the cold! My goosebumps had goosebumps! My knees were giving me heck, too, for some reason. They had been all day.

St John’s Wort seedpods

Tempus finally decided to nap for awhile and I made myself a sandwich before getting back to my writing from earlier. He finally headed out around 1:45, commenting that the animals were going to be crazy tonight. He’s been joking about the lights on the new car being weaponized, so he doesn’t have to worry about elk, anymore. According to the joke they just go “poof” when the light hits them. 🙂 Yes, he’s feeling a little better, but I’m still kinda worried about him, ‘coz he dragged all day.

I was still writing at that point, but after this is out, I’m taking a book and embroidery and heading for bed.

Today is the day we usually sleep in a bit. I’m hoping to cook a little. Not sure what, since I have a number of things I want to try, including a mock pear recipe from 1460. …and the schiz-style cheese that I can fry. Well, we’ll see. We *

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probably will get to the shop, although late, since we have a lot of plant stuff to do once I have a table to work on in back.

<gleeble> This just showed up on my facebook feed…

Claire Elizabeth Hall – The Lincoln County Commission voted 3-0 today to delay our application to enter Phase 2 until September 29.
In an email to the board from Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen, which indicated OHA wants to see the positivity rate stable or decreasing. He said it’s also “necessary that all six metrics be met, though there is still room for judgement calls.”
We asked for OHA representatives to take part in our meeting the week before Sept. 29 for a discussion of where the number stand and the state’s position on moving forward.
In a related item, we voted to extend the county’s state of emergency for 60 more days, to November 3.

<sigh> That puts classes off again, and it means Pan-Pagan is definitely online or nothing. <gah>

Nathalie Dadian from Mandalas of the World, original work entitled, “New Beginnings”

Feast 0901 roman calendarToday’s Feast – The Calends (Latin Kalendae “the called”, gen. plural -arum), correspond to the first days of each month of the Roman calendar. The Romans assigned these calends to the first day of the month, signifying the start of the new moon cycle. On that day, the pontiffs would announce at the Curia Calabra the rest days for the upcoming month, and the debtors had to pay off their debts that were inscribed in the calendaria, a sort of accounts book. The date (in this calendar system) was measured relative to days such as the Calends, Nones or Ides, for example, in modern terms, three days past Calends would be the 4th of the month. This sort of system would be used to date documents, diary entries, etc. …This word forms the basis of the English word calendar. … Entry from Wikipedia here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalends

primrose shop 020713Today’s Plant is the PrimrosePrimula vulgaris. This plant, because easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside in the early spring. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and the youngplant flower primrose primula vulgarisflowers can be made into primrose wine.  – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya – grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris

The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 9/1 at 10:22pm. Full MoonThe day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 9/3 at 10:22am. 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 9/17 at 4am.

Nighttime in Nevada: Pyramid Lake Boat Ramp – An early-morning shot over Pyramid Lake in Nevada features the Milky Way arcing overhead. Our Sun orbits the center of the galaxy just as our planet orbits the Sun; on March 21, we will have completed one more “galactic tick” in our journey. – Beau Rogers (Flickr

August is prime Milky Way time! After dark, the Milky Way extends up from low in the the south (where it runs between the tail of Scorpius and the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot), up and left across Aquila and through the big Summer Triangle very high in the east, and on down through Cassiopeia to Perseus now rising low in the north-northeast.
The Moon shines in dim Aquarius. During evening in North America, the Moon is almost on the line from the west side of the Great Square of Pegasus down to Fomalhaut.

Have you caught Venus at dawn yet? It’ll be there for the rest of 2020, but lower each month.

Venus makes a brilliant predawn target, nearly 30° high in the east an hour before sunrise. It blazes at magnitude –4.3 in Gemini. The planet is about 8.5° from Pollux this morning; it will pass 9° south of the star at 1 P.M. EDT. Golden Pollux is the brightest star in the Twins, shining at magnitude 1.2. Nearby Castor, which is a hotter blue-white, is nonetheless fainter at magnitude 1.6. Once you’ve spied Venus and the Twins, look for several other easy-to-identify constellations nearby: Ursa Major (and its Big Dipper asterism) to the northeast, Canis Major (with the bright star Sirius) to the south, and Orion the Hunter with his familiar belt, sword, and bow to the southwest. See how many of these familiar patterns you can follow into the brightening dawn.
Mars rises in the east only about a half hour after the end of twilight. It emerges orange and bright (magnitude –1.8), far below the Andromeda-Pegasus constellation complex. Mars climbs higher through the night. It shines at its highest and telescopic best by around 4 a.m. daylight-saving time, lording over the world from high in the south. It’s near the dim Knot of Pisces. In a telescope this week Mars grows from 18½ to 19½ arcseconds in apparent diameter. That’s already as big as it appears at its average opposition, but it’s still got a ways to go. When Earth finally catches up to and passes Mars at opposition in early October, it will be 22.6 arcseconds wide and will shine at a Jupiter-bright magnitude –2.6. Mars is still gibbous, 92% sunlit. Look for its white South Polar cap, possible clouds especially near the limb, and dusky surface markings. To get a map of the side facing Earth at the date and time you’ll observe, use our Mars Profiler. The map there is square; remember to mentally wrap it onto the side of a globe. (Features near the map’s edges become very foreshortened.)

Old Farmer’s Almanac August Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-august-perseid-meteors-milky-way
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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/

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 2:34am.
Jupiter (9/12), Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color: Black

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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

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).

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.

 

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet      Sunset                                  Visible
Tu   1     High  12:13 AM     7.7   6:40 AM     Set  5:51 AM      97
~     1      Low   7:02 AM    -0.6   7:52 PM    Rise  8:11 PM
~     1     High   1:24 PM     6.7
~     1      Low   7:06 PM     1.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Lifestyle is the art of discovering ways to live uniquely.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” by the Brothers Grimm, the Queen asks her magic mirror, “Magic mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of us all?” What does the Queen mean by “fairest”? Who is “the fairest” person you know? Write about that person.

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Quotes

~   Hearts are the strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals. – Ralph Bunche
~   Wait I need a crop top from USPS. – A woman, after browsing the Postal Service’s online store. She gave it the stamp of approval.
~   Caesar the No Drama Llama. – A therapy llama, who’s brought calm to Portland protests. Or as his owner describes him: a llamactivist.
~   Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. – Lucille Ball

SEPTEMBER

Haply there the myrtle twines,
More luxuriant for his rest.
Year on year will come and go,
Doling out the laden hours ;
Summer’s harvest, Winter’s snow,
Land of frosts and land of flowers ; Yet, O brother lost to me !
Aye, I hear the low refrain
Of the river to the sea : “He will not come back again.”

A shadow rests upon the fields
As earlier suns are setting ;
The corn has reached the tasselled age,
Its silken tresses netting ;

And now the Autumn season waits.
In mellowing forms of fruitage.
To shed its ripened sheaves and spheres,
And lapse to Winter’s dotage.

The woodbine takes the westering tints —
The hectic flush — ere dying ;
The golden-rod, torch-like, flames up,
The waning sun defying ;

The Mother-Earth has worn her robe
Of green and floral beauty,
Until, by heat and rains caressed,
She’s filled her round of duty.

The squirrels dart from wall to wall,
Or balance on their haunches,
To nibble on the last year’s store,
And watch the chestnut branches

The katydids scold in the wood.
In rough, falsetto voices,
Where tuneful notes of summer song
Are hushed by harsher noises.

The night-owl, in the thicket, wails
In tones of melancholy,
As if bemoaning in its age
Its years of youthful folly ;

The parent-robin broods alone
Within the shadowy gloaming —
Thinking, perchance, of empty nests.
And children gone a-roaming.

The red light from the harvest moon
Illumes the stilly places ;
The fleecy islands cast their shapes
Above the forest spaces ;

The hills are hung in misty veils
Beyond the glistening river ;
And fallow thoughts blend with the heart
Of memory, dreaming ever.

So Nature, in her fitful moods,
Conjures her fleeting splendor
To draw from out the harp of life
The sadder tones and tender ;

And I, who know these lingering days,
The days that crown September,
Summon the deeper thoughts, to wake
The loves that I remember. – Thayer, S. Henry. (1886). Songs of Sleepy Hollow and other poems. New York: G. P. Putnam’s sons. – https://hdl.handle.net/2027/loc.ark:/13960/t25b0s471

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Mabon Magick – Lore

Living in Season – The official newsletter of the School of the Seasons – Volume 1, number 13 – September 1, 2003, Greek New Year (Edited to take out things that don’t match 2020)

Welcome to my semi-monthly newsletter featuring ideas for bringing the beauty of the current season into your life. Please forward this newsletter if you enjoy it.

Living in Season: Mid Autumn Moon
August and September are usually the hottest times of the year here in Seattle, so I’m really looking forward to one of the coolest festivals of the year, the Mid Autumn Moon Festival, celebrated on the full moon closest to autumn equinox, the moon that we in the West call the Harvest Moon, because it falls at the time of the harvest when the brightness of the moon allows the harvesters to work in the fields late into the night.

In China, the mid-Autumn moon is the first full moon in the dark or feminine half of the year and so it is celebrated by women, getting together in courtyards to honor the moon. Li-chen quotes a Peking proverb:

“Men do not bow to the moon. Women do not sacrifice to the God of the Kitchen.”

So in China this holiday is celebrated by women who gather in the courtyards where they create altars to the Moon, decorated with images of the rabbit in the Moon, and offerings of incense and foods associated with the Moon like melons, grapes and moon cakes. When the Moon rises, just as the sun sets, the women bow to Her, light incense and recite poems in Her honor.

I’ve celebrated this holiday many times with women friends and it is a fine thing to sit outside under a full moon, sipping wine or tea, eating watermelon and singing songs in praise of the Moon (like “Neesa,” a Native American moon song found in Kate Marks songbook).

This year I want to try Horchata, a popular drink in Central America, which I learned about in the SageWoman cookbook. Sabrina Vourvoulias who contributed the recipe soaks 2 cups of white rice in enough water to cover it overnight. The next day she drains the rice, reserving the water, then puts 1/2 cup of the soaked rice in a blender with 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract and one cardamom seed (split pod with the outer husk discarded). She pulses this mixture until the rice is finely ground, then adds the rice water and blends. She says it should be a milky, translucent white. Keep in the refrigerator and shake before serving. In Mexico this same beverage is made with melon seeds
instead of rice, which would also be appropriate since the melon is a fruit associated with the moon.

If you want to have a celebration that includes men as well as women, the Mid-Autumn moon is often treated like a Harvest festival in other parts of Asia. An account from Hong Kong in the 1980’s relates that families often take their young children to parks where they picnic under the moon on moon cakes and fruit, on a blanket surrounded by candles and small lanterns. In Japan, people gather at lakes or in special moon- viewing pavilions and eat “moon-viewing noodles”: thick white udon in broth with an egg yolk floating on top.

Li-chen, Tun, Annual Customs and Festivals in Peking¸ translated by Derk Bodde, Peking: Henri Vetch 1936
Marks, Kate, Circle of Song, Lennox, MA: Full Circle Press 1993
Vourvoulias, Sabrina, “Horchata: Moonlit Water,” in Soul Stirrings; The SageWoman Cookbook, edited by Lunaea Weatherstone, Blessed Bee, Inc. 1999

On the Net: Moon Names
Looking for a good site on the web for moon names, I found two that might interest you. The famous Farmer’s Almanac site publishes a brief list of the full moon names (most derived from Native American traditions) with brief explanations for each at

Farmer’s Almanac Full Moon names and their meanings

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. Here is a listing of the full Moon names:

  • Full Wolf Moon Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.
    • Full Snow Moon Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.
    • Full Worm Moon As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
    • Full Pink Moon This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
    • Full Flower Moon In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.
    • Full Strawberry Moon This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!
    • The Full Buck Moon July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.
    • Full Sturgeon Moon The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
    • Full Fruit or Barley Moon The names Fruit and Barley were reserved only for those years when the Harvest Moon is very late in September,
    • Full Harvest Moon This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.
    • Full Hunter’s Moon With the leaves falling and the deer fattened, it is time to hunt. Since the fields have been reaped, hunters can easily see fox and the animals which have come out to glean.
    • Full Beaver Moon This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.
    • The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun. Copyright © 2002 Almanac Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

In the Library: World Holidays
While I was doing research for my flower of the month article on the lotus, I found an online reference to a Chinese lotus festival attributed to the a book on holiday folklore edited by Margaret Read MacDonald.. So I requested a copy from my library. What a find! This is a book any serious student of holidays should own.

MacDonald has compiled accounts of holidays from a variety of sources and put them in roughly chronological order. Of course this format doesn’t work well for the moveable feasts so you’ll still need my calendar to figure out the exact date of the full moon of Shrawan or sixth day of the sixth Chinese lunar month. I also found a few mistakes, for instance, she lists Ramadan as circa February- March but the Islamic holiday calendar is one of the only truly lunar calendars in the world (that is, never calibrated to match up with the solar year) and so Ramadan could
fall at any time of the year.

That said, everything else about this book is wonderful. Each entry comes from a reliable but often obscure source and it contains a wealth of information from China, Africa and India, cultures usually under-represented in holiday folklore. You’ll see a lot more of these holidays in my calendar now — but you probably won’t recognize where they came from since MacDonald does a superb job of crediting her sources.

For instance, if I provide details on how the Amharic people of Ethiopia celebrate St John’s Day on September 11 by gathering wild flowers and processing with torches, I’d be able to give you a reference complete with page numbers (61-2) from Donald Levine’s book Wax and Gold: Tradition and Innovation in Ethiopian Culture, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1965.

It was also the research for the lotus article that sent me to my local University library looking for an old book on Chinese holidays written by Tun Li-chen around 1900. Organized by lunar month, it’s full of delightful accounts of the holiday customs observed in Peking. The book is full of many items of interest including lovely illustrations and an explanation of the Chinese calendar but my absolute favorite part is an appendix listing names of fireworks, pigeons, crickets and chrysanthemums. Wouldn’t you like to see these firecrackers? Falling moons. Peonies strung on a thread. Lotus sprinkled with water. Lanterns of heaven and earth. Silver flowers.

Resources:
Li-chen, Tun, Annual Customs and Festivals in Peking¸ translated by Derk Bodde, Peking: Henri Vetch 1936
MacDonald, Margaret Read, The Folklore of World Holidays, Gale Research Inc, 1992

Current Offerings: Harvest Packet
Signs of Autumn
This is the time of year when I really start to notice the ripening of the berries here in Seattle. Bright red clusters of rowan berries high on the trees. The flame-colored berries of pyracantha bushes, so thick on the branches that they almost brush the ground. The seductive crimson berries of the deadly nightshade.

What are the signs of this season where you live? Send them to me and I’ll post them on the website under Signs of the Season.

Copyright ©Waverly Fitzgerald 2003.
All rights reserved. You may reprint material from Living in Season in other electronic or print publications as long as you credit me and provide a link to: http://www.schooloftheseasons.com. Please send me a copy of the publication. (I have done this….

September Holidays.

September 1 St Fiacre
Patron saint of gardeners, Fiachra was a seventh-century Irishman who built a hermitage in France near Meaux. His vegetable and herb gardens were famous, and he is usually depicted in art holding a shovel and a book. The shrine and chapel he built were popular sites of pilgrimage for invalids, especially those suffering from hemorrhoids(!), for centuries.
His feast day is celebrated on September 1st in Ireland and France (where he gave his name to a particular kind of carriage due to the proximity of a hotel named after him to a taxi-stand) but on August 30th in other countries.
For a beautiful rendition of St Fiacre, visit this website
www.saintspreserved.com/fiacre.htm
Attwater, Donald, The Penguin Dictionary of Saints, 1965
Blackburn, Bonnie & Leofranc Holford-Strevens, The Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

September 1 Greek New Year
From early on (OCY suggests 462), this was the first date of both the calendar year and the religious year in Greece. It is still considered the start of the year in the Greek Orthodox calendar.

Since this is the beginning of the autumn sowing season, Greek farmers take seeds to church to be blessed (much like farmers in France on February 3rd). In Greece, people also make first-of-the-year wreaths with fruits and herbs which symbolize abundance. On the island of Kos, people use pomegranates, grapes, quinces, garlic bulbs and plane-tree leaves; on Rhodes, they work with walnuts, onions, garlic, grapes, tufts of cotton and bags full of grain. Just before dawn on September 1st, the children take the old wreaths down to the sea and throw them in; the new ones are dipped in the ocean water for good luck. Only after the new wreaths are hung up can the sowing begin.

Another new year tradition involves collecting 40 pebbles from the beach and water from the tops of 40 waves in a jar which is taken home and kept as a protection charm.

This is an ominous day as well as a beginning, for this is the day the Angel of Death writes down the names of all those who will die in the coming year, expressing the quality of judgement also found in the Jewish New Year holiday of Rosh Hashana, which falls on the new moon of September. This suggests the two holidays derive from the same source as the first of September would have been the new moon (first day) of the lunar month.

Blackburn, Bonnie & Leofranc Holford-Strevens, The Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
Rufus, Anneli, The World Holiday Book: Celebrations for Every Day of the Year, Harper San Francisco 1994

September 1 Opening of Oyster Season
Since this is the first of the eight months containing an R which are considered the safe months for eating oysters, this might be considered the beginning of oyster season, although the traditional date for Oyster Day (at least in England) is August 5th

Celebrate by eating oysters.

Blackburn, Bonnie & Leofranc Holford-Strevens, The Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
Rufus, Anneli, The World Holiday Book, Harper San Francisco 1994
Storace, Patricia, Dinner with Persephone, Pantheon 1996
Urlin, Ethel L, Festivals, Holy Days and Saints’ Days: A Study in Origins and Survivals in Church Ceremonies and Secular Customs, republished by Gale Research 1979          

September 1 St Partridge

Well, this is friendship! What on earth brings you here, old fellow? Why aren’t you in the stubble celebrating St Partridge? From Robert Elsmere by Mrs Humphry Ward, 1888

St Partridge is another one of those mythical saints, like St Distaff (see January), whose names mark a holiday, in this case, the opening of partridge hunting season in England, which continues until February 1st. The quotation above implies that partridge season begins after the harvest is in and the hunters can cross the fields without damaging the grain.

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Silliness – More Animal Truisms

  • If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket then giving Fido only two of them.
  • In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.
  • No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.
  • Outside of a dog, a book is probably man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
  • People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life.
  • Things that upset a terrier may pass virtually unnoticed by a Great Dane.
  • Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.
  • We wonder why the dogs always drink out of our toilets, but look at it from their point of view: why do humans keep peeing into their water bowls?
  • When a man’s best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.
  • Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
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