The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Walter Duvall.
Partly cloudy at the moment. We’ve been able to hear the ocean for a couple of nights, but tonight is quiet. 48F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 10-33, UV5. Chance of rain 4% today and 10% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY 2-8pm today. The next 4 days should be more of what we’ve been seeing, but on Friday it really changes. There’s about a 60 percent of rain from Friday through Sunday, up to 1 1/2 inches… and then a break for one day and then more rain. Oh, it would be *nice* if we’re going into the rainy season early! The smoke plume leaves clear the NW 1/3 of Oregon and at least half is light or not there…. the SE 1/2 of the state isn’t too bad over most of it, unlike what we’ve had for awhile. 7 firespots.
- Cougar Peak Fire – 6% – 86170 acres
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 40% – 64940.45 acres
- Big Hamlin Fire – 75% – 19035 acres
- Jack Fire – 55% – 23990 acres
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 36% – 44476 acres
- Chaos Fire – 36% – 24462 acres
- Middle Fork Complex Fire – 24% – 28500.35 acres
- Gales Fire – 19% – 26928 acres
- Janus Fire – 14% – 19683.8 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 14% – 19780 acres
- Big Meadow Fire – 15% – 2448 acres
- Near Minky Fire – 88% – 4867 acres
- 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 6% – 6535 acres
- Little Bend Creek Fire – 9% – 8569 acres
At or near containment
- Little Applegate Fire – 100% – 128 acres
- Wild Cat Fire – 100% – 215 acres
- Mule Creek Fire – 100% – 1016 acres
- Kwis Fire – 98% – 1485 acres
Yesterday was very busy, not so much with customers, although we had far more than last week, but we had a lot to do. We had gone home in the morning which makes for some solid sleep, which we both needed.
We got back to the shop in plenty. of time, got open, got coffee and breakfast and I got right into class. This was a class about cookbooks, “Good, Bad, Ugly”. Well, supposedly… It turned into a class on the history of cookbooks relevant to SCA use. Not all that helpful…. and no bibliography, which for a class on any kind of books was a little on the stupid side. So I listened while I worked on my sampler and got quite grumpy.
After that I talked with some of the House members and finally ended up with a chat open for about an hour. Various people were down with various ailments and the low-grade migraine that I was fighting didn’t help my “grumpy”.
Tempus snoozed most of the day, as far as I could tell, although he made me a sandwich and got some other things done, including finding out how to fix the plumbing at home. I still need to fix my bamboo windchime. It has two tubes that are split now, so they’re going to have to be soaked soft, glued together, clamped and left to dry. He gave me a hand getting pix of the plants that we have for sale at the shop.
Late in the afternoon, after the House stuff was done, he headed home to try to get the plumbing working and got back, having triumphed, at about 7,
At which point he helped me get stuff packed up, but we didn’t take water for the garden, since it was already getting dark.
We got supper together, as quickly as was possible out of leftovers and crashed…. He woke me around midnight from a dream where I was talking with a friend while we watched the turkeys in her yard. He rolled over and bumped me which the dream interpreted as an attack by one of the turkeys. He’s been laughing that I turned him into a turkey….
He headed out on the paper run at about 1/4 past 2. I have to finish this, process some photos and try to sleep. This migraine is kicking my tukas…..
Today we’ll be open at 1pm. What I get done depends at least some on the migraine. If it stays as it was today I can work at my computer if I put on a hat to keep the light from the fluorescents out of my face. I hope so. I have a fair amount of writing to do. I missed a couple of photos, so they’re going to need to be re-done, as well. Tempus is going to water outside and then fill the water bottles and get them into the car. I’m hoping that we’ll get home in time to do the garden.
I’ve gotten some questions recently about why the Full, Quarter and New Moon times listed below are different from the calendar dates. The calendars have the exact center of the phase listed. The times I have listed are the beginnings of the phase when those magicks can be worked. Iow, Full Moon last for 3 days, 36 hours of Waxing Full and 36 hours of Waning Full.
Pictures in today’s newsletter are the plants we have for sale. I will reserve a plant for you, if you comment below with the paragraph it is associated with and your name. (Won’t show in public space!)
These plants are living on the rolling table. …and please don’t fiddle with the pricing sticks like someone did with the jade plant that’s mislabeled above!
Today in the Roman Empire is the Feast of the Lectisternium. This is a sacrifice where images of the gods reclining and goddesses seated were served with feast foods as though they were the honored guests. The picture is of a carved stool of the sort used in dining. More info here: http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/secondary/SMIGRA*/Lectisternium.html
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
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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 9/20 at 4:55pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/13 at 1:39pm.
First Quarter Moon occurs this afternoon at 4:39 P.M. EDT, about two hours after it rises, shining in the feet of Ophiuchus. The Moon is about midway between Antares to its lower right and the Sagittarius Teapot to its left (for North America). Look soon after twilight ends, before they sink lower. Our satellite is visible all evening, setting shortly before midnight. It’s a great night to get in some easy, enjoyable lunar observing.
Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation (27°) at midnight EDT. It’s well below the horizon by then, though, so instead try looking for it just after sunset. It’s a bit of a challenge, because despite its position relatively far from the Sun, the ecliptic currently forms a shallow angle to the horizon. That means Mercury is not very high — by 30 minutes after sunset, the solar system’s smallest planet is only 3° high, shining at magnitude 0.2. If you’re able to turn a telescope its way, you’ll see its disk is 57 percent lit and stretches 7″ across. Mercury currently forms the base of a line linking it with Spica — Virgo’s magnitude 1 alpha star — and Venus, shining a bright magnitude –4. Half an hour after sunset, Venus remains 11° high, setting just before 9 P.M. local time. Its 16″-wide disk is 68 percent lit and will continue to slim down slightly, ending the month about 62 percent lit.
Jupiter and Saturn shine in the southeast to south these evenings. They’re magnitudes –2.8 and +0.4, respectively, on opposite sides of dim Capricornus. Jupiter starts the evening as slightly the lower of the two. Saturn glows 17° (almost two fists) to Jupiter’s upper right. They level out around 9 or 10 p.m. daylight-saving time. By then they’re about at their highest in the south at their telescopic best. After that they start to tilt the other way, with Saturn now the lower one. Look for 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut about two fists (22°) to Jupiter’s lower left. And this week, Jupiter is passing 1½° north of 3rd-magnitude Delta Capricorni.
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
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR SEPTEMBER 2021: PEGASUS & MEASURING THE SKY – 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
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Lavendar
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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
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
M 13 Low 12:05 AM 0.0 6:54 AM Rise 2:57 PM 37
~ 13 High 6:31 AM 5.6 7:30 PM Set 11:38 PM
~ 13 Low 11:42 AM 2.9
~ 13 High 5:54 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen to old People.
Journal Prompt – Favorites – What’s your favorite part of being you?
~ Beauty is the greatest seducer of man. – Paulo Coelho
~ Open yourself to meditation then trust your natural responses; and everything will take its place. – Dharma
~ Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well together? Perhaps the best answer is the one I heard from a psychiatrist recently: “Because they have a common enemy–the parents”. – Sydney J. Harris
~ In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments. – Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) US President (19)
Here and yonder, high and low,
Goldenrod and sunflowers glow. – Robert Kelley Weeks (1840–86)
Mabon Magick – Lore – Autumnal Equinox tidbit – From: http://www.nmrising.com/public/28.htm
Autumnal Equinox – Jason Rath
The Autumnal Equinox represents a time of balance and rest. Night and day are equal. The sun enters the sign of Libra, symbol of balance. Venus, the ruling planet of Libra, symbolizes the conscious becoming aware of the Id, or Higher Self. Libra has evolved beyond the first sign, Aries’ “I am.” Now aware of itself, Libra says, “I am one with thee.” The Spring Equinox represents the initiation of the conscious self, beginning its quest, realizing its spiritual path. Now the harvest is gathered, the conscious self has experienced trials of a spiritual nature and now meditates on it’s “self” in dualistic terms.
At the Fall Equinox, the God is less aggressive and the Goddess is less consuming—they are equal. It is a harmonious time, good for alchemical exercises. I have found it is a good time to see my psychologist. In A Witches’ Bible Complete, Janet and Stewart Farrar say that the Equinoxes are “Times of balance, of suspended activity [they] are, by their nature, the times when the veil between the seen and unseen is thin. They are the seasons when human beings `change gear’ to a different phase, and are therefore times of psychological as well as psychic turbulence.” It is important to remember the reason Witches acknowledge these changes, whether as astrological phases or the seasons of the year. We realize that the changes around us parallel changes within us. It is a shame when the Sabbats become a chore. They represent very specific phases within our minds, spirits and bodies. We should remember the significance of all our symbols.
For instance, many Witches wear pentagrams (five pointed stars), why? The pentagram itself represents the Microcosm, which means little universe, or Man, or Woman. This should remind us that we are scale models of the universe around us, we are an intimate part of it. We are made up of the same materials—the four Elements and Spirit. The pentagram symbolizes the forces around us affecting the forces within us and vise versa. Use this symbol to remind you that the change of season reflects a change within you.
Many occultists and Witches today use the axiom, “as above so below, as within so without.” This reminds us of the holiness of all creations. Everything and everyone is intimately connected; we learn the how and why through our religious practices and mystical observations. Everything—weather, colors, sounds, animals, smells and even nothing at all—affects us physically, psychologically and spiritually. Again, let this help you to be aware of the changes within and without at this time.
Wicca is far from being blind. We observe these cycles of Mother Nature. Over thousands of years, people have searched for the answers to questions such as, “Why are we here?” “Is death the end of consciousness?”
“Is there a Supreme Being?” Many answered these questions through various religions and sciences. But science is limited to the objective, physical world and religion offers no rigorous tests. Many failed to satisfy their hunger for understanding. Witches of old used their knowledge of science and nature to organize a religion based on “common sense.” They observed the power of color on the mind, of the relationship between the stars and creation, of herbs and healing, etc. They formulated a religion of common sense, in which all could worship and learn. They used their observations of the physical world to explain the principles and laws of the spiritual world—much as ancient mathematicians used geometry to explain the nature of spiritual creatures and their movements. The symbols and rites of Wicca contain this ancient wisdom.
When we are aware, practice can reveal the wisdom hidden in a rite. If we lose track of the sacred meanings, the Holy Days become empty. Remember that when you practice the various Wiccan rites, you affirm your position as a spiritual creature on Earth. Learn to associate the underlying energies with the ritual at hand. Understand that your present state relates directly to changes in the outside world. Learn to look at the/your inner world and see how the two relate—as within so without. Hold these Sabbats as sacred times of worship and divine instruction. Learn more about the God and Goddess and your unique relationship with them.
Silliness – Beachcomber clothes