Do magic for rain today! Lots of sweet, gentle rain, coming down and soaking things.
Wunderground has been saying, “foggy” for several days, now. I don’t think I believe their AQI. I’m going by Depoe Bay’s, since Florence is close, too. 50F, winds are calm, AQI, UV5. 20% chance of rain today and 50% tonight. We could see some sun this afternoon. It was certainly trying yesterday, but after today we have 4 days of clouds and showers. Rain! Blessed Rain! After Thursday we ought to get back to a more normal weather pattern. Highs in the lower 60’s.
Yesterday started off late. I overslept and was late for the House Capuchin Virtual Project Day. I really wasn’t feeling well… it seems like so long since I was…. but the smoke is really taking it out of me…. mostly coughing wears me out.
I monitored the project day, watered and stitched on my sampler, and then Tempus woke and made coffee. By 4:30. I had had enough. He got me some soup and I went back to bed. I woke after a couple of hours, had some melon and a mimosa (they’re helping my mood, at least….) and went back to sleep. Now, it’s midnight and I’m writing again.
Tempus watered plants outside and worked on small chores inside, and got most of the tasks I asked him to get to. We had a snack before he headed out. I was already asleep by the time he left. I just woke.
We might open today. AQI seems to be improving…maybe…. If so, we’ll also be getting to some of the plants that need to be potted up.
Today is the 529 anniversary of the birth of Cornelius Agrippa, author of De occulta philosophia libri tres, a seminal work of magic. There is more information about his life here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelius_Agrippa , his famous book here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_occulta_philosophia_libri_tres
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum
The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. –Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 9/15 at 4pm.
The Great Square of Pegasus is high in the east after dark, balancing on one corner. From the Great Square’s left corner extends a big line of three 2nd-magnitude stars, running to the lower left, that mark the head, backbone and leg of the constellation Andromeda. (She’s seen in profile. The line of three includes the Square’s left corner, her head.) Upper left from the foot of this line, you’ll find W-shaped Cassiopeia tilting up.
The Moon passes 4° north of Venus at 1 A.M. EDT this morning; as an added bonus, the pair is located near the Beehive Cluster (M44) in Cancer the Crab. An hour before sunrise, you’ll find the celestial trio above the eastern horizon, with the bright star Regulus in Leo below them. Venus is magnitude –4.2 and 65 percent lit; its full disk spans 17″. The planet is currently receding from Earth along its tighter orbit around the Sun, and will lose an arcsecond of width by the end of the month.
M44 is an open cluster consisting of young stars about 577 light-years away. It is sometimes called Praesepe or the Manger. With a magnitude of 3.1 and a size of 95′, you may be able to spot M44 as a large fuzzy region under dark skies. It is that naked-eye magnitude that allowed ancient people to identify the cluster without optical aid; if you do turn binoculars or a telescope on M44, you can expect to see several of its glittering, blue-white stars.
Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.5 and +0.4, respectively) shine in the south in early evening and move to the southwest later in the night. Jupiter is the brightest. Saturn remains 8° to its left. Very high above them shines Altair: white-hot, 11 times as luminous as the Sun, and just 17 light-years away. Much closer below Jupiter after dark is the handle of the Sagittarius Teapot. The brightest star of the handle (the top one) is Sigma Sagittarii or Nunki, magnitude 2.0. It’s an even hotter blue-white star, 4.5 times the Sun’s diameter, 3300 times as luminous, and 230 light-years away. Telescopically, there’s a lot happening on Jupiter now; see Bob King’s Stormy Times on Jupiter. And follow the interplay of Jupiter with its moons and their shadows, and find the transit times of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, in the Celestial Calendar section of the September Sky & Telescope, page 50.
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 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
M 14 Low 5:00 AM -0.2 6:55 AM Rise 3:10 AM 17
~ 14 High 11:33 AM 6.3 7:28 PM Set 6:30 PM
~ 14 Low 5:02 PM 2.6
~ 14 High 10:50 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – God gave the angels Wings, and He gave humans CHOCOLATE.
~ In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ The Warrior is a realist, allowing her to seek out things that work and discard those that do not. This is the Warrior’s way. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Create a new notion of who you’d like to be and work towards it. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ History has lessons for us all, but that lesson should not be dogma. History’s lesson should be the pitfalls that lay in wait for those who cannot change. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions. – Alfred Adler
Through sunny days and yellow weeks,
With clouds that melt in tears,
The glory of the harvest speaks
In all the silken ears. – J. Hazard Hartzell (1830–90)
How To Make a Mabon Cleansing Wash By Patti Wigington, About.com
This herbal infusion can be used as a skin wash or a cleanser for your ritual space. By infusing the herbs in water, you can take advantage of the medicinal properties as well as the magical ones. A quart-sized jar, like the type used in food canning, is ideal for this because it allows for a tight seal, and they hardly ever break.
- Difficulty: Easy
- Time Required: Varied
To make this cleansing wash, we’ll be using herbs that are in full bloom in the weeks before Mabon.
You’ll need a handful of each of the following:
- Spearmint or peppermint
Place the herbs in the glass jar. Pour boiling water over them until the jar is filled. Screw the lid on loosely, and allow to steep for four to six hours. Strain out all the plant material. Cap the jar, and store in a cool place. Use as a skin wash or to asperge your home or sacred space.
Colorful pumpkins – This looks like a fun & silly one, but it’d be great for kids! Take old crayons and peel them. Set them by color in the creases on a ghost pumpkin (the white ones) and melt with a hair dryer.
How to Make a Wine Cork Pumpkin – Posted by Erika Pitera – Wondering what to do with all those spare corks you have hanging around? Why not make a pumpkin to celebrate fall? You only need about 30 minutes and a few supplies and the result is an adorable table decoration you can enjoy year after year. http://www.mygourmetconnection.com/entertaining/party-ideas-decor/how-to-make-a-wine-cork-pumpkin.php
What You’ll Need To Make A Wine Cork Pumpkin
- 25 recycled wine corks
- Orange acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- Hot glue gun
- Craft knife
- Green felt
- Jute twine
- Dilute the paint with a bit of water and paint both ends of all but one cork. Allow to dry.
- Arrange the corks in rows (4 on the bottom, then 5, then 6, then 5 and 4 on the top row) and hot glue them together. For best results, try to match up the corks so they’re the same length in each row.
- Take the one remaining cork and cut off part of it with the craft knife. Hot glue it on top as the stem.
- Cut leaf shapes from the green felt and hot glue them on around the “stem.”
- Tie a short length of twine around the stem to resemble the vine.
Finished project measures approximately 5″H x 5″W x 1-3/4″D
Silliness – Getting Gray?
One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, “Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?”
Her mother replied, “Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.”
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, “Momma, how come ALL of grandma’s hairs are white?”