Right now it’s nice outside, but here we go…. we’re under a HEAT ADVISORY from 4pm today until 10pm on Tuesday and they’re talking possible 90’s! …and the RED FLAG WARNING is still up for 11am today through 8pm on Wednesday. Foggy, quiet and 48 F, wind at mph and gusting, AQI26, UV5. 10% chance of rain today and 0% tonight. The fog is mostly likely to clear before sunrise and the clouds by suppertime, but we’re talking a high of 73… By Thursday the clouds should be back and temps dropping and at least it’s going to drop to the mid-50’s at night. Air out and cool off a night! …and drink plenty of water or even dilute fruit juice or very thin tea… You don’t need caffeine or sugar with this kind of heat. 80’s doesn’t sound much but for coasties, it’s pretty miserable. …and no cookouts! That fire danger is way too high.
Yesterday I started in on classes at 9. I was kinda wondering where Tempus was, but Sunday sometimes takes awhile. By 10 I was getting really worried. I had called him and gotten no answer. At about 10:30 the phone rang. He had run out of gas at about 8am in Makai and called several times. Well, I never heard the phone ring! It’s right there and it always wakes me, and I was awake at the times when the last several calls were made. He left me a note on his Facebook wall, but didn’t think to tag it, so Facebook didn’t say anything. At least he was ok. We’ve got AAA, so he finally managed to get through to them, so they would come help.
He got to the shop at about 12:40pm. We had someone in the door before the lights were on. …and then 24 people in the next 20 minutes! There were a couple of singles and a couple and then a *huge* family group….all just looking.
My 1pm class had real tech troubles. 2pm was kinda a wash and I missed the 3pm because of customers. <sigh> Not complaining about busy! …but that class wasn’t being recorded. 😦 We were busier yesterday than we’ve been all summer. Couples, groups, families…. I got outside for a little bit working on plants, mostly getting fresh dirt on some that were getting skimpy, but I planted some of the walking onions.
Lots more customers…. It didn’t slow down until 5pm, even when I was outside working on the plants. After that Tempus dozed off on the couch for awhile. When he woke we decided that supper was going to be brussels sprouts and a potpie so he got started on that. Not long after that Isabeau and Coleman walked in! They live over in the Albany area. Isabeau is technically my student, but we’re at the point of we-talk-and-I-make-suggestions. They visited for a couple of hours and after they headed home Tempus and I ate and then I headed in back for a nap.
He closed at dark, the way he has been doing, and then got a nap himself. I’ve been writing since I woke and reading a bit, ‘tween times. I have a kindle book that I’m reading on the computer screen. I started developing pictures… yes, I know it’s all on the computer, but it *feels* like developing.
Eventually he woke and made soup for us for a snack and headed out at 2am with extra gas in the gas can…. <sigh> He’s right that it wasn’t a smart one yesterday. Apparently, he meant to fill up and missed it in being tired during some morning errands….
Today we’re back to normal. Usually Labor Day crowds start clearing in the morning and then are down to nothing by around 3pm. We might open early, depending on how we both feel, and we’ll probably close when things quiet to nothing, which normally happens around 6… but this isn’t a standard Labor Day weekend. It’s been odd all the way through, so we’ll have to see. If I get the time I have more I want to do on plants and to water some more.
Today’s Feast is in honor of Grace Darling‘s daring deed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Darling
‘Twas on the Longstone Lighthouse, there dwelt and English maid;
Pure as the air around her, of danger ne’er afraid;
One morning just at daybreak, a storm-tossed wreck she spied;
And tho’ to try seemed madness, “I’ll save the crew!’ she cried.
And she pull’d away, o’er the rolling sea,
Over the waters blue –
‘Help! Help!’ she could hear the cry of the shipwreck’d crew –
But Grace had an English heart,
And the raging storm she brav’d –
She pull’d away, mid the dashing spray,
And the crew she saved! – Song about Grace Darling, British heroine of the September 7, 1838 disaster
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. –Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
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.
A winter preview: Step out before the first light of dawn this week, and the sky, (with a waning Moon) displays the same starry panorama it does at dinnertime around New Year’s. Orion is striding up in the southeast, with Aldebaran and the Pleiades high above it. Sirius sparkles far down below Orion. The Gemini twins are lying on their sides well up in the east.
The Moon passes 3° south of Uranus at midnight EDT this morning. You’ll find the pair about 15° above the eastern horizon in Aries the Ram. Uranus is roughly halfway between Aries’ bright star Hamal and Menkar in Cetus. The waning Moon may make it hard to spot the ice giant’s magnitude 5.7 glow, but spend some time in the region with binoculars or your scope, and you may spot the “flat”-looking grayish disk.
Saturn’s two-faced moon Iapetus reaches superior conjunction today. You’ll find the planet and its system of moons — the largest in the solar system — in Sagittarius. Jupiter lies nearby, to Saturn’s west. They’re visible for a few hours after midnight, and again after sunset. Once you’ve focused in on the planet, look for Iapetus 63″ due north of Saturn. The small moon shines at magnitude 11. Because its two hemispheres have vastly different albedos — one is dark, reflecting little light, while the other is brighter and reflects more light — the moon swings between magnitudes 10.5 and 11.7, depending on which hemisphere (or combination of the two) is facing Earth. At superior conjunction, 50 percent of each side is pointed toward us, leaving it roughly in the middle of the two extremes. With a telescope capable of reaching magnitude 11, you’ll also see several of Saturn’s other moons: Rhea, Tethys, and Dione (all 10th magnitude), as well as magnitude 8 Titan. Once you’ve spotted these small points of light, take some time to admire Saturn’s rings, which extend about 40″ from end to end. You may even spot the shadow of the planet falling on the rings’ eastern side.
Mercury is buried deep in the sunset.
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
M 7 High 4:15 AM 6.0 6:47 AM Set 12:04 PM 82
7 Low 10:09 AM 1.9 7:41 PM Rise 10:24 PM
7 High 4:18 PM 6.9
7 Low 11:00 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You cannot save people, you can only love them.
~ Now whether it is right, and lawful, in the sight of God, for them to make slaves of us or not, I am certain that while we are slaves, it is our duty to obey our masters, in all their lawful commands, and mind them unless we are bid to do that which we know to be sin, or forbidden in God’s word. – Jupiter Hammon, America’s first published black poet, born on October 17, 1711; ‘An Address to the Negroes in the State of New York’
~ Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. – Michael Landon
~ That I have made myself generally obnoxious to the extortionists and fleecers during my management of the Arbeiter Zeitung [the Chicago German labor newspaper Spies edited] – this I need hardly add … I am proud of the enemies, and no less of the friends I have made. – August Spies
~ That which controls you has only two eyes, has only two hands, has only one body and but one thing which the least of men in all the cities has, but more than you all, it is the advantage which you give him to destroy you. – Etienne de la Boetie, French author, who died on August 18, 1563
September – Helen Hunt Jackson
The golden-rod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.
The gentian’s bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.
The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook,
From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes’ sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather,
And autumn’s best of cheer.
But none of all this beauty
Which floods the earth and air
Is unto me the secret
Which makes September fair.
‘T is a thing which I remember;
To name it thrills me yet:
One day of one September
I never can forget. – Helen Hunt Jackson
Spell Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2003
On this day of balance—between hot and cold, light and dark—we can find balance in an autumnal blessing. Use a white and a black candle, placed side by side, for this ritual. Breathe in the glow that comes from the equal balance of day and night. Decorate your sacred space with fruits and grain and harvest leaves, as you slowly speak this verse:
Protection covers me and mine,
Abundant gifts grow from Nature divine.
Mabon comes with
The second such time of the year.
Second harvest abundance flows,
Through our labor the storehouse grows.
We fill our stores through harvest Moon,
For winter’s cold is coming soon.
Harvest brings both hope and fear,
Harder times are drawing near.
Bless this house with abundance clear,
And bless all who are dwelling here.
Strength of the cycles
For all to see,
Bringing color to land and tree.
Red, yellow, brown, and amber,
Dress the forests, preparing for slumber.
My spirit embrace the dwindling light,
I am ready now for the longer night.
Protection and safety there will be,
As the wheel of the year turns, blessed be.
The balance now is
perfect and right,
Preparations made for Demeter’s night.
Searching she goes and searching she will be,
Till Kore’s return to you and me.
Mabon’s magic dances in me,
Autumn blessings to all,
So mote it be. https://www.llewellyn.com/spell.php?spell_id=1222
Pagan Studies : – Ease Transitions Spell 9/4
Today is the festival of the Apache Goddess, Changing Woman. This spell helps us to embrace and learn from the changes that come into our life. To start, decorate your sacred space with potted plants. Place on your altar pictures of yourself from all stages of your life. Light a new green candle and ask Changing Woman to help you grow and change. Look at the photos of yourself when you were a baby, a young child, a teenager, and so forth. Realize as you study the pictures that although you’ve changed radically from your early childhood, you are still fundamentally the same person. Pray to Changing Woman to help you make any changes for the better that may be necessary in your life. ~Lily Gardner-Butts
Attracting Wellness Spell – Pagan Studies
The energy of this spell is intended to give a boost to your health and to be a palliative in the face of the upcoming “flu months.”
Light a green candle. Place a glass of water between you and the green candle.
State these words: “Spirit guides, healers, and angels allow me to act as a channel for your healing rays. Energy on.”
Visualize a ray of energy entering your crown. Allow this ray to stream through your body with each breath. Visualize healing and balance being restored to your body. Use your intuition to indicate when the energy has reached its fullness within you. At the point of fullness, hold your hands over the water and visualize the ray stretching from your hands into the water. This action allows you to ground the ray’s energy into the water. As this grounding occurs, the water also become “activated” with the healing properties of the energy.
Thank the spirit guides, healers, and angels for their energy and say: “Energy off.”
Unless a doctor recommends you do not, drink at least eight glasses of activated water daily. ~ Karen Follett from- GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies