Daily Stuff 9-19-20 Hippocrates

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Josh Orkin. Minus Tide at 9:02 PM of -0.5 feet. The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday.

Overcast and foggy and probably going to stay that way into the afternoon. 57F, wind at mph and gusting, AQI10-16, UV4. 10% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. We’re due for foggy mornings and partly sunny afternoons through Tuesday, then rain and showers through Saturday. Not sure if this is rainy-season rain or just out of place because we needed it so badly! …and looking at the fire/smoke maps, even if the fires aren’t completely out (and may not be until December!) we’re in so much better shape that even a couple of days ago! Thank you, all those gods and spirits that listen to pleas for rain!

3 pounds of bacon takes awhile. I alternated tending it and reading a kindle book, but I gave up 1/2 way through. I put things away and went to sleep. When Tempus got in I was up again, but working up on the computer. I never did get back to sleep. I was too happy getting distracted by the rain!

I spent the whole day working on bracelets, after I finished the bacon. I had a bunch of them from that batch of jewelry from last month and then I had to re-do the tags on all 170 bangle bracelets… Oof….

So around 5 I headed into the back for a nap. When I woke Tempus was making bread. We spent the evening catching up on things, doing small chores and I watched another of the geology lectures and eventually took a book and embroidery to bed with me.

Today we should be open on time. I’m hoping to do some cookery.

Green lace by Josh Orkin on 9/15/19 used with permission

120px-CZO05_Označení_vozidla_praktického_lékaře_ve_službě_-_2006Hippocrates is credited with being the father of modern medicine. He is honored on this day, (which may be the 2476 anniversary of his birth) along with all doctors and medical practitioners. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocrates The picture is a Czech stamp with the symbol for a medical vehicle with a doctor on board. The image in the center is the Rod of Aesculapius, which is the proper symbol for the medical profession, unlike the usual Caduceus that we see in the US.

Carnations painted by Pierre-Joseph Redouté

Today’s Plant is the Carnation, Dianthus carophyllus, which has some medical uses, such as for upset stomach and fever. The fragrance was historically used for vinegar, beer, wine, sauces and salads. Carnation cultivars with no fragrance are often used by men as boutonnières or “button holes”. There are a lot of associations for different colors of the flowers here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus#Symbolism –

Carnation buds

Masculine, Sun, Fire. – Attract love or friendship, improve or deepen relationships. Promotes feeling of security and confidence. Worn by witches for protection during the “Burning Times”, adds energy and power when used during a ritual as an incense. Use in all-purpose protection spells. Gives strength and energy to the sick. Place fresh carnation on the altar during healing spells and add dried flowers to healing sachets and incenses. Burn to enhance creativity or to achieve balance. Use in bath spells.

By Colors

  • Carnation, Pink – Unforgettable. Mother Love
  • Carnation, Purple – Whimsical and Changeable.
  • Carnation, Red – Admiration. Accomplishment
  • Carnation, White – Innocence and Pure Love.
  • Carnation, Green – Homosexuality
  • Carnation, Yellow – Good Cheer, Joy, “Just because….”

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 10/1 at 2:05pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 9/21 at 4pm. 

Jupiter and Saturn this week continue shining nearly level in the south at dusk, as shown below. They tilt to the right as evening advances. They set in the southwest around midnight or 1 a.m.


Arcturus, the “Spring Star,” shines a little lower in the west after dark every week as summer turns to fall (the September equinox comes on Tuesday). From Arcturus, the narrow, kite-shaped pattern of Bootes extends a little more that two fists at arm’s length to the upper right.

The Summer Triangle meets the Milky Way – The three bright stars of the Summer Triangle occupy the upper left section of this stunning portrait of the summer Milky Way. Brilliant Vega appears near the top of the image, while Deneb lies to its lower left in the Milky Way’s plane and Altair to the lower right, just below our galaxy’s disk. The photographer captured the scene above Lake Alqueva in Portugal’s Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve. – Miguel Claro

Moonless evenings will soon end for this month, but there’s still time to catch the Milky Way under a dark sky. When Deneb crosses your zenith (two hours after Vega; around 9 or 10 p.m. now), the Milky Way does too — running straight up from the southwest horizon, and straight down to the northeast horizon.

NASA/ESA/A. Simon (GSFC) and the OPAL Team/J. DePasquale (STScI)

Observers with medium to large telescopes will want to point at magnitude 4 Saturn this evening. Saturn’s brilliant rings are within reach a small telescope or even large binoculars. They stretch 40″ across and keen-eyed observers may spot the shadow of the planet darkening the rings off the eastern limb. Thanks to a slim Moon, the sky should be dark; if you’ve got good observing conditions, spend some time watching the planet’s 18″-wide disk for subtle variations in its atmosphere. Although Jupiter’s cloud bands and belts are typically easier to discern, Saturn, too, often shows variations in color among its cloud tops.

Regulus is climbing up out of the dawn on its way to passing about ½° from Venus on October 2nd and 3rd.

Thanks to the recent discovery of phosphine in its atmosphere, the planet Venus has enjoyed some time in the limelight. You can get in on the excitement early this morning by looking for Earth’s sister planet in the eastern sky before dawn. An hour before sunrise, Venus is 27° high; it’s located in Cancer the Crab and shining a brilliant magnitude –4.2. Through a telescope, you’ll see that the planet’s disk is 67 percent lit and spans 17″. If you return to the planet throughout the rest of the month, you’ll see it grow to 71 percent lit but shrink a bit to close out September with a diameter of 16″. Cancer itself is a relatively small, dim constellation, but recognizable bright stars in this region of the sky include Regulus in Leo, Castor and Pollux in Gemini, and Procyon in Canis Minor. Follow a line from the horizon upward through Venus, then continue craning your head up along the same line to spot bright Capella in Auriga, nearly directly overhead.
Mercury is having a very low, poor apparition deep in the sunset. At least it’s fairly bright at magnitude –0.1 this week, so go ahead and try. Bring binoculars at least. About 15 minutes after sunset while twilight is still bright, start scanning for it just above the west-southwest horizon. Good luck. Also in the vicinity is Spica, a magnitude fainter and twinklier. Spica and Mercury are ¾° or less from each other on September 21st and 22nd, when they’ll easily fit together in a telescope’s 40-power view.

Old Farmer’s Almanac September Sky Maphttps://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

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 11:33am.
Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4), Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde

Color: Blue

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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).

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet      Sunset                                  Visible
Sa  19     High   2:15 AM     8.0   7:01 AM    Rise  9:42 AM      2
~    19      Low   8:28 AM     0.0   7:18 PM     Set  8:57 PM
~    19     High   2:36 PM     8.4
~    19      Low   9:02 PM    -0.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the All-Mother: I will complete a project today. – Galen Gillotte


Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – What are some general attitudes that Americans have toward people who live in Third World countries? Do you agree or disagree with them? Explain your answers.



~   Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. – Helen Keller
~   All paid jobs absorb & degrade the mind. – Aristotle
~   I live on hope and that I think do all Who come into this world. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
~   A warrior’s thoughts go to his community. – Kerr Cuhulain

September is a time
Of beginning for all,
Beginning of school
Beginning of fall. – Anon.


Mabon Magick – Crafts

Weaving and Braiding Magical Craft Ideas – By Patti Wigington, About.com


In many traditions of Wicca and Paganism, handcrafts are used as a magical process. Weaving and braiding in particular are meditative exercises, and so magical workings can be incorporated into the creative technique. If you think about it, fibers in one form or another have been around for thousands of years, so it makes sense that our ancestors could have utilized them in spell work and ritual as well. By focusing on the process of braiding or weaving, you can let your mind wander off as your hands do the work. Some people report even being able to astral travel while doing such craftwork.

When spring rolls around, you can incorporate some of the earth’s goodies into your braiding and weaving. Use willow wands, long grasses, or vines twined together to create new projects, like a Grapevine Pentacle. If you have fresh flowers, you can braid a chain of them into a floral crown. If onions are in season, you can create a protective charm with an Onion Braid.

If you have a strong connection to the moon, you can create a Moon Braid to honor the three different phases of the moon. For spell work, make a Witch’s Ladder.

Braid or weave fiber or plants together as part of your magical workings. Image © Getty Images

Make a Moon Braid – By Patti Wigington, About.com

Make a Moon Braid to hang near your window. Image © Patti Wigington 2009

A moon braid is a great craft for kids to make, but braiding can also be a relaxing and meditative way for adults to spend their time. The three colors of the braid — white, black, and silver — represent the three phases of the moon. I’ve seen braids done completely from one end to the other, but I think if you’re going to hang it up, it looks pretty with the bottom half unbraided.

You’ll need the following items:

Cord or ribbon in black, white, and silver

Find a quiet spot where you can work undisturbed. Knot one end of the cords together, and begin braiding. As you weave the three colors in and out of one another, focus on the shifting phases of the moon. Think about the different cycles that our bodies, our lives, and our spirituality go through. Consider, as you braid, the ebb and flow of the tides, and their effect on our constantly changing planet. If you honor a particular lunar goddess, offer her a prayer as you create your braid.

Once you’ve finished, knot the braid so that it doesn’t unravel. Hang it in a spot near a window, so that when you look out at the moon, you’ll be reminded of the braid and what it symbolizes to you and your evolving spirituality.


Begin folding the twine in half, and tying a knot near the end, creating a loop. Image © Patti Wigington 2008

Onion Magic: Make a Magical Onion Braid By Patti Wigington, About.com


[Anja’s note: Traditional Onion braids are *tops* braided together!]

August often starts out hot and muggy, but even when the rest of your garden is wilting in the heat, chances are good that your onion crop is thriving in the cool, dark soil. If you haven’t pulled them yet, Lammas is a good time to do so. Once you’ve got them out of the earth, gently brush the loose dirt off of them, and hang them in a sunny spot to dry and cure. When August’s full moon, the Corn Moon, rolls around, get to work

Lay the twine on a flat surface and place an onion upside down so that the greens of the onion form a third “string”, along with the two free ends of the twine.

on some onion magic!


Under the light of the full moon, you can make an onion braid. Braiding is a very relaxing and magical way to spend an evening, and by braiding your onions, you can prepare them for winter storage — basically, you’re accomplishing the magical and the mundane all in one shot. To do this, you’ll need a bunch of onions with the green tops still attached, and about four feet of heavy twine. Begin folding the twine in half, and tying a knot near the end, creating a loop (Figure 1).

Using the two free lengths of twine and the onion stem, form a tight braid. Image © Patti Wigington 2008
Using the two free lengths of twine and the onion stem, form a tight braid. Repeat this until the onion is securely in place (Figure 3).

As you do so, focus your intent. Onions are magically linked to protective magic, so you can braid the onions and recite an incantation linking them to whatever sort of protection you feel you need. Some sample incantations might be:

For protection of a home:

Onions wrapped around a braid,
This charm for my home I have made,
Keep negative energy away from me,
As I will, so it shall be.

For protection of a person:

Layers and layers of onion skin,
Layers of safety for those within,
Layers to make all harm stay out,
Keep (name) safe, without a doubt.


Repeat the process with the rest of your onions, braiding them in and out between the other stems and the two strands of twine (Figure 4).

Anjas note on Braids


It was not an uncommon thing for a witch to be accused of braiding spells into their or someone else’s hair. Sea witches in particular are known to control the winds through braiding or knotting hair or cords. In many cultures a particular style of braid or placement of a small one somewhere on the head (think “paduan braid”….) meant initiation or membership into a group.

I’ve done the “braid into the hair” type of spells, but because my hair is so fine, braids don’t stay tidy, even small ones. I’ll make a charm with a loop or cord that can get incorporated into a braid, undo my hair in the morning and comb it out, then re-braid, adding the charm and renewing my intent each day for the duration of the spell.


Silliness –

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