First Minus Tide of the cycle on Thurs 9/16 at 3:43 AM of -0.2 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday, opens at 1pm on Thursday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Josh Orkin.
Overcast, 59F, wind at 2-12mph and gusting, AQI 33-61, UV5. Chance of rain 6% today and tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FROM 8 AM WEDNESDAY TO 5 AM PDT THURSDAY. Today and Thursday should be dry. Friday through Sunday we could get 2 1/2 inches of rain. Ye gods! Clean your drains and gutters! After that, though, we’re back to the partly cloudy/partly sunny weather that’s more usual for September. 5 firespots. Some of the fires are back on the map, musta been a glitch. Most of the smoke has cleared off of the state. It’s only over the Cascade fires at the moment.
- Cougar Peak Fire – 6% – 86412 acres
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 40% – 65766.45 acres
- Big Hamlin Fire – 75% – 19181 acres
- Smith Fire – 20% – 45090 acres
- Jack Fire – 55% – 23990 acres
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 36% – 46135 acres
- Chaos Fire – 38% – 25392 acres
- Middle Fork Complex Fire – 30% – 29267.35 acres
- Gales Fire – 24% – 27695 acres
- Janus Fire – 14% – 19853.8 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 14% – 19950 acres
- Big Meadow Fire – 13% – 2631 acres
- Near Minky Fire – 88% – 4869 acres
- 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 6% – 6861 acres
- Little Bend Creek Fire – 27% – 8970 acres
At or near containment
- Little Applegate Fire – 100% – 128 acres (Yesterday was a glitch)
- Wild Cat Fire – 100% – 215 acres
- Mule Creek Fire – 100% – 1016 acres
- Kwis Fire – 98% – 1485 acres
I woke yesterday and called Tempus to find out what he was going to do and he was just finishing up the paper route and going to be on his way home in just a couple of minutes. I got things together and when he pulled in we were on our way home in fairly good order. I got the stew boxed up. We each had a piece of pie before we turned in. I slept until about 3 and he slept a bit longer than that. I only got up because the bedroom was getting a bit too warm, but I got enough sleep to catch up a bit.
We had coffee and sat and talked for a couple of hours, just resting and finding out what all has been on each other’s minds. We never run out of stuff to talk about. I find it hard to imagine that other couples do, but that’s what I’ve been seeing all week.
We ran out to the spring before we came back into town and I picked some blackberries, just enough for a snack. Once here I sat down to get online for my meeting, which was interesting, being on medieval coinage. I showed off a couple of coins, myself. Partway through Tempus handed me some of the stew and a lovely toasted bread roll. I hope he actually ate, himself….
By the time the meeting was over Tempus had taken off for the paper run… bulk route night…and he wanted to try to get to Freddie’s before they closed. I got a nap after the meeting, but was back up by midnight, catching up on mail and working on this.
Today Tempus is going to stop at Murphy’s to see if the last of the car parts are in and get them installed, if so. I’m hoping he’s going to be done early enough to hit the farmer’s market on the way home. I know he’s going to sleep, but I’m hoping that I’ll have enough oomph to sew a bit, do some cleaning and some chores. I’m not going to come back into town tonight, to make sure that I’m caught up on sleep for the week. …and I need to make the borscht.
We’ll have the shop open at 1pm on Thursday. I have to get the new candles finished so I can put all that away and get the other candles inventoried and up on the rack. …and I think I’d better work on the plants in the window again, some of them look awful and they were fine a week ago.
Greater Eleusinian Mysteries – This day was the climax of the festival when initiates were shown an ear of wheat as the symbol of death/life/rebirth. The festival went on for many days with special events, sacrifices, rituals and processions. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleusinian_Mysteries#Greater_Mysteries . The Mysteries were secret and initiates simply didn’t write about them, so all we know are the bits and scraps that were public. Eleusis was where the Oomphalos, the belly-button stone of the World. was situated.
Today’s plant is Red Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa. It’s a large shrub that has white flower clusters in the spring and red berry clusters late in the summer. Planet: Venus, Element: Water Deity: Hel, Holda, The White Lady, Magickal properties: Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits. Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand. Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don’t burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.” More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_racemosa and here:http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm
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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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 9/19 at 7:55am.
9/16 Moon enters Aquarius at 8:23am.
Jupiter, Saturn, and the waxing gibbous Moon form a gently curving line this evening, with the Moon on the lower right. Extend a line from Saturn through the Moon by the same amount onward, and you’re in the Sagittarius Teapot.
Look north tonight after dark and you’ll see the Little Dipper just starting to swing downward, its cup upside-down and handle curving down toward Polaris, the North Star. Over the next several hours, the Dipper’s cup will continue to rotate toward the horizon, while Polaris stays fixed above Earth’s North Celestial Pole. The cup is formed by four stars: Beta, Gamma, Eta (η), and Zeta (ζ) Ursae Minoris. Of those, Beta (also called Kochab) is the brightest, shining at magnitude 2. Polaris, the constellation’s alpha star, is just a bit brighter. In addition to its place of honor as our current North Star, Polaris is also a Cepheid variable star, whose period — the time it takes to dim and brighten again — is linked to its intrinsic brightness. Thanks to this relationship, Cepheid variables serve as valuable standard candles that allow astronomers to measure precise distances.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Now the Moon shines about 5° under Saturn, as indicated above. (Actually, the “Harvest Moon effect” more often refers to the Moon continuing to light the early-evening landscape for several days after full near the September equinox. Before full the Moon lights the early evening every month, though it’s not necessarily low.)
Polaris crosses a line. Roger Sinnott, Sky & Telescope‘s longtime master of all things celestial-mechanical, writes, “I discovered a neat curiosity when working on the Skygazer’s Almanac for 2021. Owing to precession, on September 16th Polaris reaches right ascension 3h (equinox of date) for the first time in 26,000 years, after having crossed 2h in 1964 and 1h in 1828. “Of course, this doesn’t have any profound ramifications. But Polaris’s changing R.A. is very noticeable when you look it up in star charts or catalogues for equinox 2000.0 vs. 1950.0. It also shows up easily when you compare the 2021 Skygazer’s Almanac [our annual events-through-the-night chart, which comes with every January’s S&T ] with those from 10, 20, or 40 years ago. The nearer Polaris gets to the celestial pole, the more rapidly its R.A. changes.”
The Moon passes 4° south of Saturn at 11 P.M. EDT. You can enjoy the view much earlier, though — Saturn is already nearly 20° high at sunset, and another 5° higher an hour later. At that time, the Moon is just less than 5° south-southwest of the planet and will continue to inch closer in the coming hours. Both are located in southwestern Capricornus, west of where you found Jupiter the other night. Saturn itself glows at magnitude 0.3. That’s visible to the naked eye, but you’ll want some optical aid to see its stunning ring system, which stretches out on either side of the planet’s 18″-wide disk. Those rings are tilted 19° to our line of sight, which puts their northern face on view. See if you can differentiate the duskier outer ring, called A, from the brighter Ring B. The dark gap between them is the Cassini division.
Tonight, Saturn is wreathed in several of its small moons, although our own Moon’s light may make them more challenging to see. To the planet’s southeast are Dione and Tethys, while Mimas and Rhea stand to its northwest. Enceladus sits just off Saturn’s northeastern limb, while big, bright Titan — the easiest to see at magnitude 8.5 — is nearly 3′ west of the planet.
Neptune (magnitude 7.8, at the Aquarius-Pisces border) is high in the southeast by 10 p.m.
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 – Yellow (Wed) and White (Thurs)
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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
W 15 Low 2:32 AM 0.0 6:56 AM Set 12:35 AM 60
~ 15 High 9:23 AM 5.7 7:26 PM Rise 5:02 PM
~ 15 Low 2:24 PM 3.5
~ 15 High 8:19 PM 7.4
Th 16 Low 3:43 AM -0.2 6:57 AM Set 1:41 AM 71
~ 16 High 10:30 AM 6.0 7:24 PM Rise 5:48 PM
~ 16 Low 3:45 PM 3.2
~ 16 High 9:33 PM 7.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let your day be filled with laughter and breaks of relaxing times too!
Journal Prompt – What is? – What words do you most overuse?
~ Hard words break no bones. – Hen-Thorir’s Saga, c.13
~ RUN toward your fears! Embrace them. On the other side of your greatest fears lives your greatest life. – Robin Sharma
~ To him who is in fear, everything rustles. – Sophocles
~ The best words for resolving a disagreement are, ‘I could be wrong; I often am.’ It’s true. – Brian Tracy
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay. – –Robert Frost (1874–1963
This meditation is appropriate for use on the Autumnal Equinox. Like Eostre, it is a time of balance-day and night being equal. You might want to study the astronomical consequences of this Sabbat and how they affect our planet.
I suggest using this meditation in a group setting, perhaps after a late afternoon feast. While dinner is dinner and people are in a quiet, mellow mood is a perfect time to have your guide lead you through this journey.
Relax and make yourself comfortable. Close your eyes and take three deep breaths.
Summer is over. The leaves on the trees burn brilliantly; shades of orange, yellow, and bronze emblazon the forest with colour. The nights are cooler, and there is a chill in the morning air when you wake.
You are standing at the edge of a vegetable garden. Today is Mabon, the Autumnal Equinox, and the first frost hit the ground last night. The sun is filtering through the trees, but you can still see the delicate lacings of white that glitter across the vines. You know that when the sunlight touches the vegetable garden, the frosted vines will wither and blacken. There is much work to be done today.
Carry a large basket into the tomato patch and begin picking the green tomatoes. As you pick each fruit, wrap it carefully in old newspaper and tuck it gently into your basket. The tomatoes will sit in a dark pantry where they will ripen slowly without rotting if you do not bruise them. When you have picked all the tomatoes that are left on the vines, it’s time to mulch the plot. You have been raking leaves the past few days, and now you have a huge pile of them that you covered with a light piece of plastic to protect them from the rain. Take large armfuls of the leaves and layer them across the tomato vines. With a garden fork, turn the soil and mulch the leaves under the fresh earth, spading up the plants as you go. The soil smells musty; almost sour, and you know that autumn is here. You have spent several weeks storing and pickling the fruits of your garden and now it is time to put the bed to rest.
After you have finished, take the tomatoes to the pantry. There, on well-ventilated shelves, stand rows of squash and pumpkins, full and orange and waiting for Samhain.
Your pantry gleams with jar after jar of various fruits and vegetables. Bags of dried beans and sunflower seeds sit waiting for inclusion in casseroles and breads. Stand back and look at the bounty with pride. It has taken a lot of work to encourage the growth, but now you have a good stock put away for the winter, and you know hunger is not likely to knock at your door.
This afternoon you will gather with your neighbors for a feast. Everyone is bringing a different dish, and you have agreed to make a hearty soup. Look through the different vegetables and choose several-corn and peas, the rich tomato stock you made earlier this summer, a few potatoes from the Hessian sack in the corner, an onion, a large squash, and a scoop of dried beans. When your basket is full, leave the pantry and go through the door that leads to your kitchen.
First you need a big saucepan. It should be sturdy and solid, representing a centered, well-balanced you, and it should be big enough to hold all the ingredients that go into producing a fully balanced and enriching soup.
Now look at each vegetable that you are going to add to the soup. Each vegetable represents a challenge you have met and mastered, a goal that you set and were able to accomplish. As you prepare each vegetable and drop it into the pot, think about your goals this year and the successes you can count for yourself.
EXTENDED LONG PAUSE-ABOUT ONE MINUTE
Are there some vegetables that are missing? Remember that even with all our best intentions, sometimes things don’t work out the way we hoped or planned. Sometimes the universe has other ideas about our lives, and sometimes chaos intervenes.
Think now about those goals that you were not able to meet, that still have not come into fruition. have you allowed them enough time to grow? Does their season take longer than you thought? Do you still need to forge ahead and give your energy to them or should you let them quietly die and put them to rest in order to create new space in your life?
EXTENDED LONG PAUSE-ABOUT ONE MINUTE
When your vegetables are chopped and cleaned and in the pot, add enough vegetable stock to cover them and turn the burner to medium heat.
While the soup cooks, you have time to pay your private reverence to the Goddess. Go back to the pantry and get a large pumpkin and a small basket of apples. Then change into a warm ritual robe.
return to the garden. The work you did this morning looks good, and when you look at the vegetable patch, a sense of pride in your honest labor wells up and fills up your heart. Next to the garden patch is a wide, flat stone. On this stone you placed an ear of corn at Lughnasadh; it has now thoroughly dried, and today you add that to the pumpkin and the basket of apples.
Kneel by the stone and touch its smooth surface. The rock is warm to your fingertips, but not with the intense heat of summer, and you know that winter is coming soon.
Look at the food on the altar, then around at the fields standing barren and parched. The body of the Goddess is tired; she must rest. But out of her soil came food for the winter, wonderful fruits and tangy vegetables, grain for the cattle and sheep, berries for the birds and the wild creatures that live in the forest …
Silliness – 9 Things you’ll never hear your Dad say….
9 – Well, how ’bout that? I’m lost! Looks like we’ll have to stop and ask for directions.
8 – I noticed that all your friends have a certain hostile attitude. I like that.
7 – Here’s a credit card and the keys to my new car. GO CRAZY!!
6 – What do you mean you wanna play football? Figure skating’s not good enough for you, son?
5 – Your Mother and I are going away for the weekend. You might want to consider throwing a party.
4 – Well, I don’t know what’s wrong with your car. Probably one of those doo-hickey thingies–ya know–that makes it run or something. Just have it towed to a mechanic and pay whatever he asks.
3 – Whaddya wanna go and get a job for? I make plenty of money for you to spend.
2 – No son of mine is going to live under this roof without an earring. Now quit your belly-aching, and let’s go to the mall.
1 – What do I want for my birthday? Aahh — don’t worry about that. It’s no big deal. (Okay, they might say it. But they don’t mean it)