The current clouds ought to burn off pretty early and it should be nicely sunny all day, but quite warm, maybe 80. 72F, wind at 1-6mph and gusting, AQI117, UV4. 0% chance of rain today and tonight. We’re under a AIR QUALITY ALERT until 8am Thurs., a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 5am Wed., and a RED FLAG WARNING until 8pm Wed. Somewhere early Thursday the wind ought to shift back around to coming off the ocean, which will drop the amount of gunk in the air. The local monitors are down, so that AQI above is more of a guess than a good number. On the weekend the chance of rain starts increasing, so lets hope for some good news there.
Please do “calm the fires” magics for several days here, and then starting on Friday, “bring the rain” magics…. the “calm the sylphs” yesterday worked really well and I’m hearing that some of the fires are slowing down, too!
Yesterday we didn’t get up until 3pm, except for bathroom visits, one of which showed a red day at noon! We stayed put overnight, rather than have me out in any smoke, since I was already not doing so well. I sat over my coffee with a headache, chest ache and no energy for hours. Tempus went out to the bank and came back fuming. They had closed our branch and headed for Newport because of the amount of smoke in the air.
Chocolate Frog snapped this pic.
Yeah, that was a wild night! Even the signs got drunk? 🙂
Tempus headed for the Newport branch with his check and my tiny one from Cafe Press. At least I’m getting them, now! By 4pm people were using headlights. By 5pm it was a dull red twilight. I guess my asking the sylphs for help did the trick. The wind was pretty much calm. …and this pic showed up.
So there was wreckage. Here’s some “air” info.
Tempus also did a little shopping. We only get freezer stuff occasionally, because it has to come home right away. By 6:30 it felt like 11pm or something like that, because it was so dark. When he got in, he got the frozen stuff put away, got us both some supper and then I crashed out. I was worn out from wheezing, especially when I started laughing over some of the stuff in the program that I was watching. Tempus was taking a break before heading out, which he did around 8.
I had my hand-sewing and embroidery with me and I had left my book, so I was all set up. I took a few to get this mostly together. It wasn’t quite as smokey as it had been, but even with two masks and a filter, I was pretty wheezy from it and needed to sit up for awhile, anyway. I was still running a high anxiety level, too, since I’ve got about 40 friends on the move from the fires. I did my “Calm the fires” ritual and then sat with my book. Eventually, I got sleepy enough to nap.
Today, depending on how late it is when Tempus gets back, we’ll sleep in. Depending on how smokey it is outside we *might* get some things done. The outside plants need water and the inside need more. Depending on whether I can breathe well enough I have some chores I want to get done, too.
Today marks the 710th anniversary of the marriage of John (Jan) of Luxembourg, later called John the Blind, and the last child of the Přemyslid dynasty of Bohemia, Eliska. Their son was Charles IV whose feast we celebrated on the 2nd! More here from 2016’s celebrations: http://wp.me/p6tYq4-1u2
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush the flower between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
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 last-quarter Moon rises around 11 tonight daylight-saving time, depending on your location. The Pleiades are less than a fist at arm’s length above it, and, once the Moon is a little higher, you’ll spot orange Aldebaran below it or to its lower left. The Moon is exactly last-quarter at 5:26 a.m. Thursday morning EDT. By dawn Thursday it’s very high in the south, still between Aldebaran and the Pleiades. Lower left of them stands Orion.
Mars is stationary against the background stars at 2 P.M. EDT. It will now begin a retrograde loop, switching from its previous eastward motion to slide westward through Pisces. Early morning is the best time to observe the Red Planet; it blazes at magnitude –2 high in the southwestern sky in the hours before sunrise. You’ll find it 5° north-northwest of Alrescha, Pisces’ magnitude 3.8 alpha star. An extremely favorable North Hemisphere opposition is looming ever closer for Mars. Its disk currently spans 20″ and will continue to grow. The larger disk will make it easier to pick out features for observers with steady skies and a good telescope. At 4 A.M. EDT, the large, dark Syrtis Major is rotating onto the disk. Above it is the bright Hellas basin. Thanks to Mars’ rotation rate, landmarks appear to move backward when observed at the same time from night to night. Over the next few days and weeks, you’ll have to observe Mars earlier to catch the same features.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is well up in the east by midnight daylight-saving time, east of Mars.
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/ 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
W 9 High 6:08 AM 5.2 6:49 AM Set 2:09 PM 65
~ 9 Low 11:22 AM 3.0 7:37 PM Rise 11:27 PM
~ 9 High 5:35 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart; the spirit should not grow old.
~ Tits and sand – that’s what we used to call sex and violence in Hollywood. – Burt Lancaster (1983)
~ To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.- Oliver Wendell Holmes
~ When this universal law of equity rises up in every man and woman, then none shall lay claim to any creature and say, This is mine, and that is yours. This is my work, that is yours. But everyone shall put their hands to till the earth and bring up cattle, and the blessing of the earth shall be common to all; when a man hath need of any corn or cattle, take from the next store-house he meets with. There shall be no buying and selling, no fairs or markets, but the whole earth shall be the common treasury for every man, for the earth is the Lord’s … When a man hath eat, and drink, and clothes, he hath enough. And all shall cheerfully put to their hands to make these things that are needful, one helping another. There shall be none lords over others, but everyone shall be a lord of himself, subject to the law of righteousness, reason and equity, which shall dwell and rule in him, which is the Lord. – Gerrard Winstanley; The New Law of Righteousness
~ You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it. – Edith Head
Silence again. The glorious symphony
Hath need of pause and interval of peace.
Some subtle signal bids all sweet sounds cease,
Save hum of insects’ aimless industry. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)
Mabon – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – This article is about the Neopagan festival Mabon. For the Welsh mythological character, see Mabon ap Modron. For the Welsh politician, see William Abraham. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_equinox
Also called – Harvest Home, The Feast of the Ingathering, Harvest End, Autumnal Equinox
Type – Pagan
Significance Marks the Celtic Mid-fall, and the Astronomical beginning of Fall
- 2020 date – 2020-09-22
- 2021 date – 2021-09-22
- 2022 date – 2022-09-23
Celebrations – Thanksgiving for the Fruits of the Earth
Mabon is the name used by some Wiccans and Neopagans for one of the eight solar holidays or sabbats. It is celebrated on the Autumnal Equinox, which in the northern hemisphere occurs on September 23rd (occasionally the 22nd, although many celebrate on the 21st) and in the southern hemisphere is circa March 21.
Also called Harvest Home, the Feast of the Ingathering, Thanksgiving, or simply Autumn Equinox, this holiday is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and God during the winter months. The name may derive from Mabon ap Modron, although the connection is unclear.
Antiquity of Mabon
Mabon was not an authentic ancient festival either in name or date. There is little evidence that the autumnal equinox was celebrated in Celtic countries, while all that is known about Anglo-Saxon customs of that time was that September was known as haleg-monath or ‘holy month’.
The name Mabon has only been applied to the Neopagan festival of the autumn equinox very recently; the term was invented by Aidan Kelly in the 1970s as part of a religious studies project (the modern use of Litha for the Summer Solstice is also attributed to Kelly). Previously, in Gardnerian Wicca the festival was simply known as the ‘Autumnal Equinox’, and many Neopagans still refer to it as such, or use alternative titles such as the neo-Druidical Aban Efed, a term invented by Iolo Morgannwg.
The name Mabon was chosen to impart a more authentic-sounding “Celtic” feel to the event, since all the other festivals either had names deriving from genuine tradition, or had had names grafted on to them. The Spring Equinox had already been termed ‘Ostara’, and so only the Autumnal Equinox was left with a technical rather than an evocative title. Accordingly, the name Mabon was given to it, having been drawn from Welsh mythology.
The use of the name Mabon is much more prevalent in America than Britain, where many Neopagans are dismissive of it as an unauthentic name with not even a glimmer of connection to any seasonal lore. The increasing number of American Pagan publications sold in Britain by such publishers as Llewellyn has however resulted in some British Pagans adopting the term.
- Mabon is a contemporary Celtic music band, from Bridgend, Wales
- Mabon is an alias of the popular Welsh language MC, Gruff Meredith, who composes under the name of MC Mabon.
- In many of Charles de Lint‘s Newford books, the character Sophie Etoile visits a city in her dreams called Mabon.
- Hutton, Ronald The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain, 1996 – ISBN 0-19-285448-8
- Kelly, Aidan (1991) Crafting the Art of Magic Llewellyn.
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