Yesterday I didn’t sleep all that well, aftermath of a migraine, but I’m a lot better today. I was up and down, though, which doesn’t make for good rest. I finally got up and checked up on a couple of things that I’ve been puzzling over, just trivia, but also checked over the class listing for the big educational event this weekend. There were at least two that I was interested in, every hour!
I tried to go back to sleep but couldn’t…. too excited about the classes. <sigh> So I spent the day, reading a Kindle book, taking classes and working with customers, (backwards priority from that list). We had a lot of people in and I started getting pretty mad at the way people were pretending to wear masks. “Penis nose” is not a good look, for one, and wearing your mask like an earring is *not* wearing a mask! I do say things to people.
Eventually, I ran out of steam. Tempus had been snoozing on the sofa all day, so I woke him and went in back for a nap. At dark, he closed up and napped himself. Eventually we had supper. That chicken dish is really tasty. Why does everyone gripe about leftovers? This one is getting better every day, but sadly, tonight was the last of it.
He’s heading out at 1:45. I have embroidery, a book and some hand-sewing with me. I’m still pretty tired, so no clue about how much I’ll get done. Today is our “different day”. I still have plants to work on, but I think I’m going to concentrate on finishing the doll, since I finally figured out where I put the fabric that I wanted to use for a bodice. We should be open on time. I’m really hoping that Tempus starts to feel better.
The Abbots Bromley Horn dance is performed each year on the Monday following September 4th. (which isn’t today, but…) It resembles a lot of the British folk dance, like the Morris dances, although this dance features 6 men with reindeer antlers on poles. The antlers used in the dance have been dated to 1165, and there’s a *lot* of controversy as to how old this custom actually is. The romanticists in Wicca who claim that all of the customs are pagan hold-overs cite this dance particularly, especially since there’s a “dance” with antlers drawn on the wall of the Lescaux caves…. which would make it *really* old! The Wikipedia article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbots_Bromley_Horn_Dance and the sheet music tune to which they dance is here along with a midi file http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/England/misc/AbbotsBromleyHornDance1_Am/0000
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. –Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining – Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
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 9/17 at 4am. 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 9/10 at 2:26am PDT.
The Moon passes 0.03° north of Mars at 1 A.M. EDT. They’re close enough to appear in the same field of view of binoculars and small scopes. You’ll find them together in the southeastern corner of Pisces the Fish. The bright Moon, less than a week past Full, will likely wash out the dim stars of the constellation, but magnitude –1.9 Mars will still be easy to pick out. For observers in central South America, North Africa, and southern Europe, the Moon and Mars will do more than make a close approach. You’ll see the Moon completely occult, or pass in front of, Mars. Check the International Occultation Timing Association’s page on the event for occultation times (given in Universal Time, or UT) from the location nearest you. In some places, the occultation will begin and end late on the 5th.
This evening we get about an hour of good darkness between the end of twilight and the rising of the Moon. Use it to get out your binoculars and explore the small Milky Way star cloud known as M24, in Sagittarius north of the Teapot. It’s roughly 1° wide. What you’re actually looking into here is a “tunnel in space,” as Matt Wedel notes in his September Binocular Highlight (September Sky & Telescope, page 43, with chart). Interstellar dust clouds generally block our view deep into the Milky Way’s plane. But “M24” is a lucky lineup of gaps in the clouds for some 10,000 to 16,000 light-years, roughly halfway to the Milky Way’s central region. No wonder the stars here are so rich!
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit from Earth, at 2:29 A.M. EDT. At that time, our satellite will be 252,032 miles (405,606 kilometers) from Earth.
Mars is big, bright and close as it nears its October 13th opposition. This week it rises bright orange — shining at magnitude –2.0! — in the east soon after the end of twilight. It climbs higher through the evening and stands at its highest and telescopic best around 3 or 4 a.m. daylight-saving time, lording over the world from high in the south. This week Mars grows from 19 to 20 arcseconds in apparent diameter, nearly as big as it will be when passing closest by Earth a month from now. Mars is still noticeably gibbous, 94% 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, you can 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 September Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-september-pegasus-measuring-sky
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/
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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
Su 6 High 3:31 AM 6.4 6:46 AM Set 11:03 AM 88
~ 6 Low 9:39 AM 1.2 7:43 PM Rise 10:00 PM
~ 6 High 3:48 PM 6.9
~ 6 Low 10:16 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. Do your best and let it rest.
~ The art of acting is to be other than what you are. – Whoopi Goldberg; in ‘What’s Whoopi Goldberg Doing on Broadway’, Ebony, March 1985
~ The greatest risk for us in invading Iraq is probably not war itself, so much as: What happens after we win? The risks of an invasion setting off reactions from a hideous civil war in Iraq to toppling regimes all over the Middle East is very real. – Molly Ivins
~ The kiss. There are all sorts of kisses, lad, from the sticky confection to the kiss of death. Of them all, the kiss of an actress is the most unnerving. How can we tell if she means it or if she’s just practicing? – Ruth Gordon
~ The modern Knight’s quest is to find himself. – Kerr Cuhulain
I do not know if the seasons remember their history or if the days and
nights by which we count time remember their own passing.
I do not know if the oak tree remembers its planting or if the pine
remembers its slow climb toward sun and stars.
I do not know if the squirrel remembers last fall’s gathering or if the
bluejay remembers the meaning of snow.
I do not know if the air remembers September or if the night remembers
I do not know if the earth remembers the flowers from last spring or if
the evergreen remembers that it shall stay so.
Perhaps that is the reason for our births — to be the memory for
Perhaps salvation is something very different than anyone ever expected.
Perhaps this will be the only question we will have to answer:
“What can you tell me about September?” – Burton D. Carley (1997 UUMA Worship Materials Collection; contributed by Bob Freund)
Laminated Window Hangings for Mabon
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Mabon cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of vegetables or other Mabon figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Acorn Bells – Find acorn caps and jingle bells that fit together and hot glue or Jewel-It(TM) them together. Glitter or paint the tops and thread with cotton cord to hang or make a necklace. Fun bit – If you can find colored bells you can match the glitter and bell color!
Edible Acorns – Buy a bag of Kisses and another of chocolate chips. You’ll also need a can/recipe of chocolate or white icing. Find a small cookie that isn’t too much larger than the top of the kiss and buy a bag of those, too. Use the icing to stick them together as in the picture: Kiss, icing, cookie, icing (2nd cookie, optional, and more icing) chocolate chip. Refrigerate overnight to set. Display in an autumn basket or bowl on a layer of autumn foil-wrapped kiss and chocolate chips!
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Silliness – To Help You Smile – I accused my wife of adding dirt to the garden. She denied it. The plot thickens…