Foggy now, partly sunny through the afternoon. 53F, wind at 1-5mph, AQI8-35, UV5. 10% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. Foggy mornings, cloudy afternoons through Tuesday. On Wednesday it looks like weather system rolling in. Wind and maybe an inch of rain? I think we did a good job with the rain dances! Showers tapering off through Saturday and temps will stay around 60 until then. As of next Sunday, though we’re looking at temps in the mid-to-upper 60’s and sunny!
Yesterday was a little on the weird side. I spent the morning, right up until opening, working hard on embroidery patterns now that I finally have my program back. At just about shop opening time I started getting sleepy, wobbly sleepy, and it make it really hard to get the shop open and keep working. I managed to, though. Tempus made coffee and fed me and kept things going up front, but we weren’t busy at all. Well, it’s September….
So I got quite a ways on a new kit. I have some designs to add, but the major work is done. This is the Yule kit for the year that I try to have out by 10/1. It’s part of why I knew that I didn’t dare wait any longer to replace that program. We forgot about the melon man, so I didn’t get my watermelons. 😦 At five Tempus fed me again and chased me into the back. I slept like a rock until his phone rang at nearly 2. Now I’m back at the computer and I’ve been setting up newsletter frames since he headed out.
Today is our anniversary. We usually go out for dinner, which is harder these days, so I’m going to be cooking up something special, instead. The shop will be open from 1-5pm, but we’ll probably close at 5. Tempus was muttering something about sunsets.
Today’s Feast is the day when the initiates entered the Telesterion during the Eleusinian Mysteries. This was the climax of the rite where the triple ear of wheat was shown. The Mysteries endured for centuries only to be stamped out at the end of the 4th century CE. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleusinian_Mysteries
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
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.
If you’re up for another early morning viewing session, return to the eastern sky before dawn and locate Venus once more. Then look with binoculars or a small telescope 2.5° northeast of the planet to locate asteroid 4 Vesta, >>> a dim magnitude 8 object far outshined by the planet’s blazing light. Venus currently sits nearly the same distance from Earth as Earth is from the Sun, while Vesta (located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter) is nearly three times that distance from Earth. And although Venus is just slightly smaller than our planet, Vesta is a mere 330 miles (530 kilometers) across. It’s nearly — but not quite — round, and is the largest body in the main belt, after 1 Ceres (which we’ll visit later this week). Both Venus and Vesta will be visible together in the same field of view most of this week, before they diverge as the closer (and thus faster-moving) planet overtakes the more distant asteroid, leaving it behind.
How well do you really know the iconic Ring Nebula in Lyra? In the evening after moonset it’s high overhead, in probably the darkest part of your sky. Explore its subtleties with Howard Banich’s Going Deep column in the September Sky & Telescope, starting on page 58. And explore the area of the outstretched hand of Andromeda, including the Blue Snowball nebula, a subtle galaxy, and several nice double stars, starting on page 62.
Mars shines ever bigger, brighter and closer as it approaches its October 13th opposition! It will pass closest by Earth on October 6th. And it’s rising earlier too. This week it rises in the east in late twilight, shining bright orange at magnitude –2.3, almost Jupiter-bright. Mars climbs higher through the evening and stands at its highest and telescopic best around 2 or 3 a.m. daylight-saving time, beaming down from high in the south. It’s near the dim (4th-magnitude) Knot of Pisces. Mars is already 21 or 22 arcseconds in apparent diameter, as big for all practical purposes as it will be when passing closest by Earth (22.6 arcseconds). Look for its white South Polar Cap, now greatly shrunken as summer advances in Mars’s southern hemisphere. There may or may not be any patches of cloud; this seems to be a clear season on Mars. But Mars’s dusky surface markings are the eternal attraction. To get a map of the side facing Earth at the date and time you’ll observe, you can use our Mars Profiler. The map there is square; remember to mentally wrap it onto the side of a globe. (Features near the map’s edges become very foreshortened.)
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
Su 20 High 3:08 AM 7.6 7:02 AM Rise 11:01 AM 7
~ 20 Low 9:09 AM 0.7 7:16 PM Set 9:28 PM
~ 20 High 3:16 PM 8.5
~ 20 Low 9:54 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – Roll down a hill with your (or any) child. Breathe deep. What does your inner child feel like?
Journal Prompt – Expository – Do you have a nickname? Tell the story of how you got it and why. If you do not have a nickname, tell what you would like your nickname to be and how you imagine receiving that name.
~ Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. – Dave Barry
~ Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. – Mahatma Gandhi
~ Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. – William Shakespeare
A road like brown ribbon
A sky that is blue
A forest of green
With that sky peeping through.
Asters, deep purple,
A grasshopper’s call,
Today it is summer,
Tomorrow is fall. – Anon.
Mama’s Mulled Spiced Cider, Beverage – Hot, Party Recipe – Winter
8 servings – can be halved, doubled or more (Party perk recipe needs to double this)
- ½ gal or rough cider or apple juice
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp grated nutmeg
- 1 tbsp grated orange peel
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 8 orange wheels (see garnish – fruit)
- 1 star anise or ¼ tsp aniseed
Microwave-safe measuring cup (2-cup, at least) measuring spoons, strainer, something to keep the cider hot in (soup pot with lid, Party Perk) 8 mugs, sharp small knife
- Put 1 cup of apple juice into measuring cup and add spices.
- Zap in microwave for 4 minutes, stirring every minute. Don’t let it boil! If it does, just stop there and go on.
- Let sit for 15 minutes, at least.
- Pour apple and orange juices into pot (or Party Perk) and warm on medium for about 15 minutes, stirring every so often. (Party Perk takes 1 hour to warm)
- Turn temperature to low. (Not on Party Perk, see above)
- Put strainer over pot or Party perk and pour spiced juice from measuring cup through it. Stir and let finish warming, covered.
- Set out the mugs.
- Add a cinnamon stick to each.
- Split each orange wheel from the center to one edge and push the split down over the rim of the mug until the slice stands up.
- Add juice and serve. There will be seconds.
Mabon WineMoon Cider
4 cups apple cider
4 cups grape juice
2 cinnamon sticks, 4 inches long
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
additional cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long
In a 4 quart sauce pan, heat cider and grape juice. Add cinnamon,
allspice, and cloves. Bring it to a light boil, then lower heat, and
simmer for 5 minutes. serve with a ladle from a cauldron. makes 8 cups.
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Mabon Ruby Red Wine (for next year)
- General Purpose Wine Yeast (Montrachet)
- 1 1/2 Pounds White Sugar
- 2 Pounds Blackberries
- 2 Pounds Elderberries
- 1/2 Pound Raisins
- 6 Pints Cold Water
- 2 Pounds Sloes
- 1 Pound Apples
- Yeast Nutrient
- Pectic Enzyme
- 1 campden tablet
- Juice the berries, raisins and apples in an electric juicer and remove any pits you find in the pulp.
- Place juice, pulp, 6 pints of water, the campden tablet and enzyme in a large clean container
- Cover and leave for 1 full day.
- Mix in 1 1/2 pound sugar, and the yeast nutrient.
- Re-cover and leave for 48 hours, stirring at least once per day.
- Strain liquid into a new container,
- Add another pound of sugar.
- Re-cover and for another 36 hours.
- Pour liquid into a fermenting jar and age as you would any wine.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: How many vegans does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to change the bulb – and one to tell you they’re vegans.