The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs Workshop at 7pm.
Partly cloudy, 46F, wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI 16-42, UV6. Chance of rain 6% today and 11% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 1-11pm today. Still only a tiny chance of rain in the forecast and that’s Tuesday night. Otherwise it’s all partly cloudy, low-to-mid 60’s. 8 firespots. The smoke plume is mostly over the southern 1/2 of the state with more clustered around fires… The Elbow Creek fire has dropped off the map.
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 28% – 38387.45 acres
- Big Hamlin Fire – 42% – 14790 acres
- Jack Fire – 55% – 23985 acres
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 19% – 35097.25 acres
- Middle Fork Complex Fire – 21% – 20982.15 acres
- Gales Fire – 13596 acres
- Janus Fire – 4% – 10876 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 4% – 10972.2 acres
- Mule Creek Fire – 400 acres
- Near Minky Fire – 1723 acres
- Little Bend Creek Fire – 226.9 acres
- Chaos Fire – 420 acres
- Ninemile Fire- 143 acres
Close to contained
- Black Butte Fire – 95% – 22445 acres
- Patton Meadow Fire – 98% – 8930 acres
- Bruler Fire – 91% – 195 acres
- Fox Complex Fire – 9754 acres
Tuesday was mostly spent in sleep, it seemed. I got some small stuff done, including getting the paper towel holder fastened to the cabinets. I also got some cookery accomplished including a chicken and cheese dish for several suppers, some brownies, and sorting the ripe tomatoes and getting them cooked to sauce before they spoiled. Tempus is refusing to eat tomatoes raw, even cherry tomatoes, and I bought one box too many for me to finish eating up.
…and I slept. Goodness! I slept 11 hours on Tuesday and 9 1/2 on Wednesday! …but I think I may be caught up. Today I managed a little sewing, not what I had hoped, but the mending pile has vanished and I managed to lay out and cut parts of one nightgown that needs expansion. I wear a 22W, which is supposed to be a 2X, but even a 5X from some places is too small. There’s a huge variation in sizes when you get up to my weight, but still… This nightie is a cute fabric and a style that isn’t taking too much to get it sized right, just triangles added into the side seams. I actually went back to the site I got it from to see what they *said* the measurements were. It should have fitted instead of squashing me all the way down, so that “stuffed sausage” was the appropriate name for the style! The measurements of the garment weren’t even close to what they said they were, being off by 5 inches in the bust and 20 inches in the hips! …and ran out of ambition at that point and sat down with some small embroidery pieces.
I got the garden watered and we baked a pizza for supper, a Papa Murphy’s that Tempus picked up Tuesday evening, and we went right to bed afterwards. I was up again, after a bit, and read for awhile, then picked up things and got the dirty dish basket ready.
Today I’m hoping that we’ll get home in the morning, so’s to get the laundry for Tempus to do in the afternoon. It’s mostly together, at least. The shop will be open at 1pm. …and I’m hoping to actually have Herbs Workshop this evening on candle dipping. I just have to remember to get the wax heating early!
Today’s Feast is the anniversary of the Coronation of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. Supposedly, I’m descended from him, on the distaff side. Charles spoke and wrote 5 languages in a day when folks where very rare who could even write their names. He made Prague into a great city. A lot of family stories got told about him: the “Charles’ Bridge Eggs, Not Hard-Boiled Please!”, and the “Building of the Hunger Wall” and the story of how he alone, of almost all of the Czech knights, survived the Battle of Crecy (by his father knocking him over the head, tying him to his horse and sending him home in the care of his tutor, before their suicide charge!). Ask me for the stories and/or there’s more information here: http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/655-years-ago-charles-iv-crowned-king-of-bohemia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_IV,_Holy_Roman_Emperor
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, hypericum perforatum, which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
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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 9/6 at 5:52pm. 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 9/2 at 5:52am. 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 9/5 at 5:52am.
The American Association of Variable Star Observers’ featured variable star of the month for September is Delta Cephei, a 4th-magnitude star in southeastern Cepheus. Despite its lack of a proper name past the Greek letter designation, this star is the archetype of an extremely famous class of stars called Cepheid variables. These variable stars are one of the most important items in an astronomer’s toolkit when it comes to measuring the distance to other galaxies. Today, researchers can use a relationship called the Leavitt Law to determine the distance to any Cepheid variable, simply based on how long it takes the star to change brightness. That’s because there is a known relationship between a Cepheid’s period and its intrinsic brightness, which researchers can then compare to how bright the star appears and calculate its distance from the difference. Cepheus is a circumpolar constellation, meaning it is up most or all of the time for observers in the Northern Hemisphere. After sunset tonight, look for the house-shaped constellation already high in the north, sitting above the upright W asterism in Cassiopeia. Delta Cephei is about 2.5° due east of 3rd-magnitude Zeta (ζ) Cephei, which marks the lower left corner of the constellation’s “house” (when pictured upright). Tonight, about an hour after sunset, Delta will appear directly beneath Zeta. It only takes a week or two to notice Delta Cephei’s changing brightness. The star shifts from magnitude 3.6 to 4.3 and back to 3.6 in a little more than 5 days. Revisit this star over time and compare it to the stars around it; with a practiced eye, you just might be able to recognize its regular changes. Although it’s the namesake of this class, Delta Cephei (which lies some 890 light-years away) isn’t the closest Cepheid to our planet. That title goes to another famous star: The North Star, Polaris, in the Little Dipper is the closest Cepheid to Earth, at a distance of just under 446 light-years.
As August wanes and nights begin to turn chilly, the Great Square of Pegasus looms up in the east, balancing on one corner. Its stars are only 2nd and 3rd magnitude, and your fist at arm’s length fits inside it. From the Square’s left corner extends the main line of the constellation Andromeda: three stars (including the corner) about as bright as those forming the Square. This whole giant pattern was named “the Andromegasus Dipper” by the late Sky & Telescope columnist George Lovi. It’s shaped sort of like a giant Little Dipper with an extra-big bowl, and it’s currently lifting its contents upward.
The actual Little Dipper, meanwhile, is tipping over leftward in the north. It’s only 40% as long as the Andromegasus Dipper, and most of it is much fainter. As always, you’ll find that it’s oriented more than 90° counterclockwise compared to Andromegasus. It’s currently dumping its contents out.
Low in the northwest or north at the end of summer twilights, would you recognize noctilucent clouds if you saw them? They’re the most astronomical of all cloud types, with their extreme altitude and formation on meteoric dust particles. And they’re fairly rare — though becoming more common in recent years as the atmosphere changes. See Bob King’s article.
Before and during early dawn Friday morning the 3rd, the waning crescent Moon hangs below Castor and Pollux in the east. Far to the right of this tableau, Orion has already risen high to warn that winter is coming. Look far beneath Orion for Sirius. Between Sirius and the Moon shines Procyon.
M27, better known as the Dumbbell Nebula, is a famous planetary nebula in the lesser-known constellation Vulpecula the Fox. Despite their name, planetary nebulae have nothing to do with planets. Instead, they are created as aging stars puff away their outer layers, lighting up these gauzy curtains until, no longer generating light through fusion, the central star grows too dim and the nebula goes dark forever. Finding M27 is simple with a go-to scope, but you can also star hop relatively easily to this magnitude 7.6 nebula with binoculars or a manual telescope as well. Start with bright magnitude 3 Albireo in Cygnus, which marks the head of the Swan. From there, drop 3.3° south-southwest to magnitude 4.5 Anser (Alpha Vulpeculae). Just over 5.5° east of Anser is magnitude 4.6 13 Vulpeculae, also cataloged as HD 188260. Finally, M27 sits just less than 2° southeast of 13 Vulpeculae (or 7.3° east-southeast of Anser, if you prefer to use this star as your last bright signpost). The first planetary nebula ever discovered, the Dumbbell will look spherical or slightly oblong in binoculars, while a telescope will bring out the two lobes for which it is named. The object has a high surface brightness, meaning you can pump up the magnification to get more detail without sacrificing visibility.
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
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR SEPTEMBER 2021: PEGASUS & MEASURING THE SKY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-september-pegasus-measuring-sky
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Turquoise
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Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.
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
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Many Shades of Green
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
Th 2 Low 4:17 AM 0.6 6:41 AM Rise 1:38 AM 27
~ 2 High 11:04 AM 5.4 7:50 PM Set 5:54 PM
~ 2 Low 4:06 PM 3.5
~ 2 High 9:48 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t rush things.
Journal Prompt – Which? – Which superpower would you choose to have if you had the option and why?
~ We princes are set as it were upon stages in the sight and view of the world. – Queen Elizabeth I
~ From a wild weird clime, that lieth, sublime, Out of SPACE — out of TIME. – Edgar Allan Poe (dream-land)
~ Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
~ It is yet a higher speech of his than the other, “It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.” – Francis Bacon; Of Adversity
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.
September Magick – It’s September!!!
1 Emma M. Nutt Day (Ms. Nutt was the first telephone operator)
2 National Beheading Day
3 Skyscraper Day
4 Newspaper Carrier Day
5 Cheese Pizza Day
6 Fight Procrastination Day
6 Read a Book Day
7 Neither Rain nor Snow Day
8 Pardon Day
9 Teddy Bear Day
10 Sewing Machine Day
10 Swap Ideas Day
11 Make Your Bed Day
11 No News is Good News Day
12 Chocolate Milk Shake Day
13 Defy Superstition Day
13 Fortune Cookie Day
13 National Peanut Day
14 National Cream-Filled Donut Day
15 Make a Hat Day
15 Felt Hat Day
16 Collect Rocks Day
16 Step Family Day
16 National Play Doh Day
17 National Apple Dumpling Day
18 National Cheeseburger Day
19 International Talk Like A Pirate Day
19 National Butterscotch Pudding Day
19 POW/MIA Recognition Day
20 National Punch Day
21 Miniature Golf Day
21 World Gratitude Day
22 Business Women’s Day
22 Elephant Appreciation Day
23 Checkers Day
23 Dog in Politics Day
24 National Cherries Jubilee Day
25 National Comic Book Day
26 Johnny Appleseed Day
27 Crush a Can Day
27 International Rabbit Day
28 Ask a Stupid Question Day
Seasons of the Witch! – Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred! (and some not so ancient)
September gets its name from the Latin word, septum, meaning “seven”, because it was originally the seventh month in the old calendar system. While the early portion of this month has many summer-feeling festivals, slowly we see a change in focus toward the fall and harvest celebrations. Children return to school, outdoor activities start to wane, and the Wheel of Time begins to paint the trees with color.
The traditional birthstone of amulet of September is the blue sapphire; and the aster and the morning glory are the month’s traditional flowers. September is shared by the astrological signs of Virgo the Virgin and Libra the Scales (or Balance), and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Persephone, Thor, and the Wiccan Goddess in Her aspect of the Mother. During the month of September, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to the Autumnal Equinox, one of the four Lesser Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world.
September’s energy augments magic for prosperity and abundance, balanced with sensibility and a little frugality. It is especially a time for rituals that thank the Goddess for all her gifts throughout the year. Beyond this, start making amulets for health so that when the cooler winds come, you’ll be magically fortified.
Full Moon is the Harvest Moon
Autumn Equinox- nature comes into balance
Goddess- Ix Chell
Feast of Gauri, First Day of Bhadra, New Moon – India
Citua (Feast of the Moon), New Moon nearest equinox – Ancient Peru
Birthday of the Harvest Goddess, Eighth day of ninth month, waxing quarter moon – Ancient Russia
Pan – On the 9th day of Boedromion, the Greeks honored the god Pan with a torch race, probably ending at his altar in the cave under the Acropolis cliff. Parke, H.W., Festivals of the Athenians, Cornell University Press 1977
Greek New Year
Thargelia, Festival of the first fruits- Mediterranean
Radha’s Day (love Goddess)- India
The Celtic tree month of Coll ends
Opening of Oyster Season
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Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!
NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple .
Silliness – Working Man Blues – After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn’t suited for it. Mainly because …it was a so-so job.