Blessings of the season on you and yours!
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Josh Orkin.
Clear, 52F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 28-52, UV4. Chance of rain 24% today and 10% tonight. After a tiny possibility of rain this morning, today should be partly cloudy/mostly sunny and stay that way until Sunday evening. Through Tuesday there’s a chance of light showers, then partly cloudy on Wednesday and a tiny chance of showers on Thursday. We’ll have to watch that….. The smoke plume is gone! There’s only one firespot.
- Cougar Peak Fire – 52% – 91339 acres
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 51% – 69937.95 acres
- Smith Fire – 33% – 49067 acres
- Jack Fire – 55% – 24165 acres
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 41% – 50376 acres
- Chaos Fire – 45% – 28823 acres
- Middle Fork Complex Fire – 54% – 30928.35 acres
- Gales Fire – 50% – 29356 acres
- Janus Fire – 15% – 24680.8 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 15% – 24777 acres
- Near Minky Fire – 83% – 4868 acres
- 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 16% – 7234 acres
- Little Bend Creek Fire – 46% – 9408 acres
At or near containment
- Big Meadow Fire – 95% – 2643 acres
- Big Hamlin Fire – 100% – 19377 acres
- Kwis Fire – 98% – 1485 acres
I’m sorry about the short notice for a newsletter not going to appear. Tempus and I hadn’t thought through how our weekend was going to go until the middle of Monday.
So… Monday started well. We managed to get some good sleep in the morning and had the shop open on time. When I started opening messages and mail, I found that Tempus had taken a couple of minutes to post some Happy Anniversary stuff to me. ❤ ❤ ❤ We kept throwing messages and lovey-dovey bits at each other all day.
The shop wasn’t busy. Tempus worked in back and I managed to bit more inventory stuff…. Mostly I’m finding bits that got stashed in a wrong place and getting them taken care of, but there’s more to do… always more to do!
I found out late in the afternoon that Aurora, one of the young folks who went to Angell Job Corps had come adrift from her ladder while picking grapes and had a bunch of broken bits including ribs and pelvis (Tuesday evening I heard that she was out of surgery for the pelvis and doing ok). Sending good energy her way would be appreciated. Even as young as she is those kinds of injuries are no joke!
So Tempus and I got things together and closed around 6:30. We decided to have our anniversary dinner at the Salty Dawg and it was also our Full Moon ritual and our Mabon. We started with an Ace Pear Cider. Tempus was driving, so just two sips on his part) I got a chowder bread bowl and then a grilled turkey sandwich. Tempus got a Swiss burger. Nothing fancy, just tasty and suited for a couple of tired people. 🙂 …although originally I was going to get a crab melt, but not at $30 for a sandwich!
We watched sunset and twilight across the Bay, sitting at our usual table, as we were eating and chatting quietly. The shadow of sunset gently climbed the hills on the other side of the bay, the the Girdle of Venus (the pink at the edge of the earth’s shadow) lifted above them, followed by the deep blue of the shadow itself, and then faded into blue twilight. When we were done eating we spent a little while outside watching the bats flying overhead, gazing at the full Moon in the east and listening to seagulls.
We put our leftovers in the fridge and crawled into bed. I was up at midnight as usual and woke Tempus about 15 minutes early, so we could have our chocolate mousse cake dessert that we were too full for at the restaurant. We had brought my Ott light home, since the lamp I was planning to use for sewing has a broken switch. We worked for a couple of minutes to change those out. He got the phone call at just about the time we finished and he headed out. I sat down to sew for a bit.
So I alternated sewing, reading and sleeping for most of the night. I was actually awake to see the day start from pink twilight through the golden trees of early morning to full daylight… but then I went back to bed. 🙂 Tempus eventually got home, no tires still, and it’s getting to *really* be time as one of the tires is needing to be pumped up twice a week, now.
I finally got up around 2, when it really got to be too warm in the bedroom for me and embroidered for a while, read, sewed (and finished another patchwork pouch), read some more and Tempus got up 4-ish. He went to make coffee and discovered that the propane tank was empty, so he went out to get that filled, then came back, made us coffee (plus we had some yum doughnuts that he bought earlier) and we chatted for awhile. He got the extra bracket into the bean trellis while I caught another nap, and then we puttered a bit before coming back in to the shop.
Bulk route night, so he headed for Newport around 9pm and I’ve been catching up mail and such including a bit about child marriage in Nepal, which is a research topic that I’ve been following off and on for a couple of months. …and I have typing to do, and to catch up the to-do list for home. We have figured out some more things that need to be done before winter weather shows up.
So today we’re going to catch some more sleep. I’m going to work out in the garden, watering for one. I also found a box of succulent starts that need to be potted. I’m trying to find pots for them…. I may have to bit the bullet and make paper pots and work out regular pots later.
We’re hoping Tempus is going to get some tool time and catch up on a bunch of small chores, at the least, and maybe get a couple of the big pieces (like my step, or mending the tool drawer) also under his belt.
Yesterday was the 22nd anniversary of the Milk Miracle, the day that statues of Ganesha and others of his family drank milk. There’s no consensus reality explanation for something like this. It’s just a ….miracle…. http://www.crystalinks.com/milkmiracle.html I like the contention of many people that a miracle of this sort presages the coming of a new Teacher. That’s hopeful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_milk_miracle
Svarog’s Holiday – Ruen (September) 21 – This is the Autumnal Equinox, the day of the God of Fire and the Sky. This is the day to drink mead and honor Svarog.
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 9/22 at 7:55am. 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 10/6 at 4:05am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/28 at 6:57pm.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Jupiter’s moon Europa reappears out of eclipse from Jupiter’s shadow around 9:58 p.m. EDT. A small telescope will show it gradually swelling into view just off Jupiter’s eastern limb. Then the Great Red Spot should cross Jupiter’s central meridian around 11:34 p.m. EDT (8:34 p.m. PDT). For timetables of all such goings-on at Jupiter this month, see the September Sky & Telescope, pages 50-51.
Blazing amid the still-invisible stars of Libra is a bright evening star that isn’t a star at all: It’s Venus, shining a brilliant magnitude –4.2 from 11° above the southwestern horizon. Through a telescope, Earth’s sister planet will appear 17″ across and 66 percent lit. Watch Venus over the next several nights. Rather than setting earlier and earlier, you’ll notice a different trend: The planet is instead hugging the horizon, appearing to scoot sideways toward the south. By the end of the month, it will be halfway through Libra on its way toward Scorpius.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
The autumnal equinox occurs at 3:21 P.M. EDT as the Sun crosses the celestial equator, heading south. The event also marks the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Those above the equator have likely already noticed the Sun setting earlier each day, as the long daylight hours of summer begin to give way to the shorter days and long, cold nights of winter.
Coincidentally, as if to mark this transition every year, Deneb is taking over from brighter Vega as the zenith star after nightfall (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes).
Let’s take the opportunity oday to start saying goodbye to a summertime friend: the Summer Triangle. This famous asterism, or unofficial star pattern, comprises three stars from three different constellations: Vega in Lyra, Deneb in Cygnus, and Altair in Aquila. (Remember them from last night? They’re bright and easy to find, appearing shortly after sunset.) The Summer Triangle is so named because it rides high in the summer nighttime skies, rising as the Sun sets and typically appearing overhead around midnight. Tonight after sunset, you’ll find this stellar triad still high in the southwest, but now heading toward the horizon as the night marches onward. The Summer Triangle will set a little earlier each night as fall stretches on, until its stars eventually disappear altogether from the night sky during winter.
By 30 minutes after sunset, magnitude 0.4 Mercury is nearly gone, hovering just 1° above the horizon. Its dim glow also makes it extra challenging to spot in the lingering twilight. Only the brightest stars are starting to pop out against the sky at this time: Arcturus, Antares, Deneb, Altair, and Vega.
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 – WHite
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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
Tu 21 High 1:08 AM 7.6 7:03 AM Set 7:36 AM 99
~ 21 Low 7:32 AM 0.0 7:15 PM Rise 8:00 PM
~ 21 High 1:42 PM 7.5
~ 21 Low 7:53 PM 0.7
W 22 High 1:51 AM 7.4 7:04 AM Set 8:42 AM 99
~ 22 Low 8:05 AM 0.5 7:13 PM Rise 8:20 PM
~ 22 High 2:11 PM 7.6
~ 22 Low 8:31 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – May the Earth keep you safe.
The Sun keep you warm.
And the Moon help you to see any harm.
Till we meet again.
Journal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if you had four math problems marked wrong that were right?
~ Chicago is the product of modern capitalism, and, like other great commercial centers, is unfit for human habitation. – Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
~ If you want more joy, serve. If you want more money, solve problems. If you want more freedom, face your fears. – Sandy Diva
~ A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
~ He is great enough that is his own master. – Joseph Hall
The mellow moon, the changing leaves,
The earlier setting Sun,
Proclaim at last, my merry boys,
The harvest-time begun. –Charles G. Eastman (1816–60)
Mabon Magick – Lore
Mabon is one of the eight solar holidays or sabbats of Neopaganism. It is celebrated on the autumn equinox, in the Northern Hemisphere circa September 22 – 24 and in the Southern Hemisphere around March 20.
Also sometimes called Harvest Home or Feast of the Ingathering (which is more commonly a Christian version; see September 24), this holiday is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and God during the winter months.
Winter Finding, Second Station of the Year, Norse (Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 … maybe not solar calendar)
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 – Stop – Q: When do you stop at GREEN and go at RED? A: When you’re eating a watermelon!