The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Anja. Herbs in the Garden at 3pm.
[posting at 10pm] There was a lovely blue sky, but more than a bit of fogginess as the afternoon went on. The computer lists things as “fair”, but “fog” would be more appropriate. 56F, wind at 0-2.5mph, AQI 40-44, UV4. Chance of rain 15% today and 23% tonight. Forecast – The chances of rain over the week have pretty well vanished. Tiny chances Wednesday night and then at the end of the 10-day, but no accumulation listed. Today(60/55) mostly cloudy. Tomorrow(63/52) AM cloud. Fri(63/51) mostly sunny. Sat(69/51) mostly sunny. Sun70/53) sunny. Mon(66/53) mostly sunny. Tue(63/54) partly cloudy. Wed(64/53) AM cloud. Thu(63/52) partly cloudy.
11 Fires on the map
Wow…. smoke in all directions! The whole state is under the lightest layer of the plume, but a strip (including us) across the north is under the 2nd. There’s even a plume from an Idaho fire stretching into the very far SE cornier!
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres
Potter Fire – 632 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 112,287 acres
Van Meter Fire – 2,639 acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres – Not on the map, but I doubt that it’s out…. There’s a firespot where it was, too.
821 Pv Fire – 200 acres
Cougar Gulch Fire – 131.91 acres
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 acres
Sturgill Fire – 20,109 acres
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 535acres
Double Creek Fire – 157,208 acres – There are satellite fire-spots between this and the Jones Creek fire on the other side of the Snake.
Nebo – 12,593 acres
11 firespots. Lots of new ones in the NE quarter….
Monday evening after I did the newsletter I set up a week’s worth of frames, then buckled down to some other writing. I got a lot done in that hour. We headed home, had some snacks and fell into bed. I didn’t sleep well, and got up for awhile, finally falling asleep after Tempus headed out on the paper run. When he got in after that was done. I rolled over and hugged him and went right back to sleep.
I woke at the usual time, having intended to sleep in, but it was pretty hot in the bedroom and I was awake, so I got up, read the paper, did a few small chores and by then Tempus was up and he made coffee. We had that and some more apple muse (this time with nutmeg instead of pie spice) and started putting ourselves together to head into town.
I made a “toast sugar” box, which we haven’t had for a bit, since I had the nutmeg grater out, and as I was putting the grater away made the nasty discovery that it has cracked across the bottom. <sigh> Another thing that needs to be replaced!
We rolled into town under a lovely blue sky. The flock of geese was all in one of the inlets, and the others had gulls and an egret or so. The Eckman outflow had several egrets and then on the west side, a marvelous great blue heron pacing majesticly up onto the bank of Douglas asters.
We headed straight for the doctor’s office and my ears still aren’t fully clean. Something is stuck in the right one…. The doc turned us on to a thing called an “Elephant Ear Washer”, which is what they actually use in the office and can be used at home. We’ll be looking for one.
From there we decided to go to the Blue Whale for our anniversary dinner, but they’re closing at 3pm, now, drattit, so we had a lovely drive down to Yachats and back, looping through the park, and ended up at the Salty Dawg instead. Tempus got a mexican burger and by the last two bites, he was sighing and eyes bulging and watering. His expression was priceless! He said afterwards that with that many jalapenos his mouth was on fire. 🙂 I got the shrimp boat and brought my bread bowl for a snack, later.
We headed for the shop after finishing and I spent a little while on the computer and a little while on my tablet, then curled up for a nap. Tempus did some watering and then went splat himself. I woke in time for my meeting which was about making a medieval shoe. I woke Tempus at 9, got my bread bowl with melted cheese and settled in to writing as he headed out for the bulk route.
Today when he’s done, we’ll stop by the farmer’s market before heading home. We’re having a private Mabon in the evening.
Today is the Inuit festival for Sedna, the sea-goddess. She has many names across the Arctic cultures and much mythology, but in general she has strict rules for the harvest of her creatures and when hunting groups break her rules it is the job of the shamans to journey to her place beneath the sea. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedna_%28deity%29
Today’s plant is New Zealand Flax, Phormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe averts poverty. For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phormium For the traditional uses of the plant fiber http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax
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Astrology, Astronomy and other Stuff
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 9/25 at 2:55pm. 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 9/21 at 2:55am. 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 9/24 at 2:55am.
House-shaped Cepheus, in the edge of the Milky Way, is high in the northeast these evenings, as shown on the center star chart of the September Sky & Telescope. It’s home to the prototype Cepheid variable star, Delta Cephei. Delta Cep remains naked-eye throughout its cycle; it pulses from magnitude 4.4 to 3.5 and back every 5 days 9 hours. Make a point of looking up from time to time and comparing Delta with nearby Epsilon and Zeta Cephei, mags 4.2 and 3.3 respectively. Those two comparisons nearly frame Delta’s brightness range. Use the chart for this trio in Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column with the September center chart. In a telescope Delta Cep is also a lovely double star. Its companion, magnitude 6.3, is 41 arcseconds away.
If you have a small telescope and some time around midnight, tonight is the perfect night to hunt down the Southern Cigar Galaxy (NGC 55). Located in southern Sculptor, this 8th-magnitude galaxy is one of the sky’s brightest. But it lies close to the southern horizon for Northern Hemisphere observers, making it a bit tricky to spot. You’ll need a clear view of the horizon; an elevated observing site is even better. Today, this region gets highest above the horizon around 1 A.M. — just before the Moon rises, so our satellite is conveniently out of sight. Look first for magnitude 2.4 Ankaa (Alpha Phoenicis) in Phoenix. The Southern Cigar lies just under 4° northwest of this star. Take your time with this long, thin target, and you’ll notice that the galaxy’s bright core appears slightly offset from its center, to the west. In total, the galaxy measures some 30′ long (the same width as the Full Moon!) by 6.3′ wide. Use averted vision to see if you can pick out the dust lanes that split the galaxy’s arms.
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
Mercury (10/2), Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
Color – Yellow
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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 21 Low 4:35 AM 0.6 7:03 AM Rise 2:15 AM 24
~ 21 High 11:16 AM 5.9 7:15 PM Set 5:56 PM
~ 21 Low 4:43 PM 3.2
~ 21 High 10:18 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The Good Life” is not defined by possessions, but by pure and utter enjoyment of simplicity.
Journal Prompt – Would you? – Would you like to be a prince/ss – instead of yourself? Explain your answer.
~ People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. – Anton Chekhov
~ To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than 3 people, 2 of whom are absent. – Robert Copeland
~ In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us. – Flora Edwards
~ Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters. – Nathaniel Emmons
TO AUTUMN – John Keats (1795-1821)
SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
Harmon lists To Autumn as the most anthologized poem in the English language. It was written on September 19, 1819
Lore of Mabon – Fall Equinox Spell – Crone’s Corner
Once again the Sun’s path crosses the celestial equator, and the day and the night are now again of equal length. On the Gregorian calendar this is the first day of autumn, but on the modern Celtic calendar it is midautumn. This holiday is more commonly known by its Welsh name Mabon. Mabon means “divine youth.” It is the name of a mythic hunter hero whose story is told at this time of year. At the beginning of time, Mabon was born to the Mother Goddess Modron. That we only know his mother and not his father attests to the matriarchal lineage of the early Celts. The equinox marks the time when Mabon was three nights old and stolen from his crib. For the next three months, the heroes Cai and Bedwyr will search for him and ask all manner of birds and beasts for help. But, according to legend, it is only the salmon who can give them direction. On Yule, the heroes retrieve the divine child by freeing him from a prison in Gloucester. Like Apollo, Mabon is a hunter with a bow and a musician with a harp. He is a Sun god. Mabon represents the Sun that is waning in strength during this quarter of the year and that will begin to return only after the solstice. The waning of the light is frightening and depressing, and it is necessary for our own sake to use magic at this time to help in the quest for Mabon. The strongest act of magic that one can do at this time is to participate in the celebrations of the yearly cycle. As one integrates the yearly cycle deep into one’s unconscious, serenity and confidence are gained. This is the peace that comes from knowing and accepting that the light will return when it is time.~ Robert Place
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Crone’s Corner – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
Mabon is one of the eight solar holidays or sabbats of American Neopaganism. It is celebrated on the autumn equinox, which in the northern hemisphere is circa September 21 and in the southern hemisphere is circa March 21. Also called Harvest Home, 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. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas and followed by Samhain.
Mabon was not an authentic ancient festival either in name or date. The autumn equinox was not celebrated in Celtic countries, while all that is known about Anglo-Saxon customs of that time was that September was known as haleg-monath or ‘holy month’.
The name Mabon has only been applied to the neopagan festival of the autumn equinox very recently; the term was invented by Aidan Kelly in the 1970s as part of a religious studies project.
Previously, in Gardnerian Wicca the festival was simply known as the Autumnal Equinox, and many neopagans still refer to it as such, or use alternative titles such as the neo-Druidical Aban Efed, a term invented by Iolo Morgannwg.
The name Mabon was chosen to impart a more authentic-sounding Celtic feel to the event, since all the other festivals either had names deriving from genuine tradition, or had had names grafted on to them. The Spring Equinox had already been misleadingly termed Ostara, and so only the Autumn Equinox was left with a technical rather than an evocative title. Accordingly, the name Mabon was given to it, having been drawn (seemingly at random) from Welsh mythology.
The use of the name Mabon is much more prevalent in America than Britain, where many neopagans are scornfully dismissive of it as a blatantly inauthentic practice. The increasing number of American Neopagan publications sold in Britain by such publishers as Llewellyn has however resulted in some British neopagans adopting the term.
Silliness – Laugh of the Day – Evidence has been found that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers. However, all of the records of their league were unfortunately destroyed in a fire. Thus we’ll never know for whom the Tells bowled.