Is it fog or smoke? 49F, wind at 1-4mph and gusting, AQI180, UV5. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. It’s supposed to stay partly cloudy all day and the wind is supposed to swing around to the west, later. It was from the south last night, then the north all day. That’s why the smoke. Maybe with it coming from the west we’ll clear a bit. The chanc eof rain over the next two nights is coming up and by Monday we ought to get some. Keep pushing!
Yesterday was kinda strange. I had trouble sleeping because of coughing, so I finally got up and sat at the computer until I was sleepy enough to bounce my face off the desk when I dozed off. The light looked pretty normal during the morning, but more smoke was showing up as the day went on. I finally crawled into bed and slept hard, only waking to hit the bathroom and twice to eat a little until about 10:30pm. I talked to Tempus for a few minutes and then went back to sleep! I convinced myself at 2, that I needed to get this out and only stopped to start some of the rain spell that I’m going to be working on over the next few days.
Btw, the ash and even fog are alkaline from the smoke. When you water your plants do double and think about adding some acid to things. Our plants out here are used to acid environments! Peat moss, iron (ferrous) sulphate and bark mulch can help.
Tempus did a bunch of small chores yesterday. He was up at noon since he didn’t have to do papers last night, but they were normal today. He headed out for the bulk route at 8 or so and was done by 11 and curled up with some cookies. 🙂
Today we’ll only open if the AQI moderates some more. It was at 200 during the evening. That’s more than what I can deal with with doors opening and shutting. What I told Tempus that I want to sort some of the stuff that’s been building up, get the table and totes shifted and start working on the compounding station pile.
Satyagraha is a term for non-violent resistance used by Mahatma Gandhi, who is honored on this day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyagraha
Gandhi envisioned satyagraha as not only a tactic to be used in acute political struggle, but as a universal solvent for injustice and harm.
- Nonviolence (ahimsa)
- Truth – this includes honesty, but goes beyond it to mean living fully in accord with and in devotion to that which is true
- Not stealing
- Non-possession (not the same as poverty)
- Body-labour or bread-labour
- Control of desires (gluttony)
- Equal respect for all religions
- Economic strategy such as boycott of imported goods (swadeshi)
On another occasion, he listed these rules as “essential for every Satyagrahi in India”:
- Must have a living faith in God
- Must be leading a chaste life, and be willing to die or lose all his possessions
- Must be a habitual khadi weaver and spinner
- Must abstain from alcohol and other intoxicants
There is still a lot of controversy and plenty of conspiracy theories surrounding the event. Whatever else, it shook the spirit of America. We’d been invulnerable for so long, and suddenly, “It can’t happen here” did. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks
Of all the 911 tributes and memes that are out there, I still think this one is the best. I watched it again tonight and I started sobbing before they even knelt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyP0JsyvYnA
Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe. – Masculine, Sun, Fire, Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, (add red, rather than pink blossoms). White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus
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 Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends”. God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne, Tyr. Phase ends on 9/12 at 4pm.Vega now passes the zenith an hour after sunset during late twilight, for those of us at mid-northern latitudes. Vega is bigger, hotter, and 50 times brighter than our Sun. But at a distance of 25 light-years, it’s 1.6 million times farther away. The Sun is only 8.3 light-minutes from us.
Asteroid 19 Fortuna reaches opposition at 3 A.M. EDT in Pisces. One of the largest bodies in the main belt, Fortuna is about 124 miles (200 km) across. Despite its size, Fortuna has a low albedo, meaning it doesn’t reflect much sunlight. It’s currently around magnitude 9.8 and will require high-powered binoculars or a small scope to spot. You can observe it early this morning in the southwestern sky, sinking toward the western horizon as sunrise approaches.
Alternatively, Fortuna is rising in the east at sunset and climbs higher in the sky overnight.
Just 3.2° southeast of Fortuna is Neptune, across the border in Aquarius. It, too, is visible both early in the morning and again once darkness falls. The ice giant reaches opposition at 4 P.M. EDT today. Its bluish disk spans 2.3″ and is located about 2° east of magnitude 4.2 Phi (φ) Aquarii. If you draw a line from Hydor (Lambda [λ] Aquarii) toward Phi, continue along that line to find Neptune. It’s glowing at magnitude 7.9, also visible in either binoculars or a telescope. Over the course of the month, Neptune will continue drawing closer to Phi, closing out September only 1.5° from the star.
Mercury is having a very low, poor apparition deep in the sunset. At least it’s fairly bright at magnitude –0.2 this week, so go ahead and try. Bring binoculars. About 20 minutes after sunset, while twilight is still bright, start scanning for it just above the horizon about 15° left of due west. Good luck!
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
F 11 Low 2:02 AM 1.1 6:52 AM Rise 12:08 AM 46
~ 11 High 8:49 AM 5.0 7:33 PM Set 4:10 PM
~ 11 Low 1:37 PM 3.6
~ 11 High 7:38 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Budget: A method for going broke methodically.
~ Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~ How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. – George Washington Carver, scientist
~ If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right. – Bill Cosby
~ The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Cousteau
TO AUTUMN – John Keats (1795-1821)
SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
Harmon lists To Autumn as the most anthologized poem in the English language. It was written on September 19, 1819
Mabon Magick – Harvest Ritual from Herbal Rituals
I can’t remember who recommended Judith Berger’s book Herbal Rituals to me, but thank you, thank you! What a marvelous book, a book I wish I had written, except I don’t have Berger’s thorough knowledge of herbs.
This is a delightful book, organized by months, in which Berger writes beautifully about the changes of the natural world and particular herbs that evoke the themes of the season. There are recipes, rituals and other wonderful ideas for incorporating herbs into your life.
Berger suggests the following ritual for autumn equinox: Buy an organic fall squash, open it up and scoop out the seeds. Put the halves of the squash face down in a shallow pan, pour in about a quarter inch of water and bake in a 350 oven for about an hour. As the squash cooks, rinse the seeds and stir them with your fingers. Feel the place within you where the seeds of new life live. Pour off the pulp and slippery coating that once connected the seeds to the squash. When done, let them dry on a paper towel.
When the squash is done, drizzle butter and cinnamon and enjoy it. “Though its flesh has now become yours, its sweet potential lived in the seeds you have carefully preserved.” After the seeds dry, peel them off the towel, put them in a pouch or envelope and keep them in a dark, warm place until spring. Berger suggests thinking about the seeds and their potential during the inward turning season, perhaps even taking them out and holding them in your hand, to remind yourself that the seeds of creativity and life live in you and will, in their time, emerge. – Berger, Judith, Herbal Rituals, St Martins Press 1998
Silliness – To Help You Smile – A dung beetle walks into a bar and asks- -is this stool taken?-