September, the Ninth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

 

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“‘Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone.”

-  Thomas Moore, The Last Rose of Summer, 1830  

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September, the ninth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

September is the ninth month of the year. It’s name is derived from the Latin word Septum, which means “seventh,” as it was the seventh month of the Roman calendar. Its astrological sign is Virgo, the maiden (August 23 – September 23), a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury. September is a month of fulfillment. Kitchens are busy, as the garden’s last produce is canned and preserved. The air is filled with the cidery tang of harvest time. Squirrels hide their nuts, and chipmunks line their nests with grain. Asters raise their purple heads, and monarch butterflies add their black-and-orange hues t autumn’s palette. The sacred beverages of the season—cider and wine—echo the colors of nature now. The Fall Equinox, or Mabon, is the major holiday of September. At Mabon we celebrate the second harvest, saying farewell to summer, and enter the dark season. Days grow shorter as the Great Son, Mabon, returns to Mother Earth. For the sabbat, altar decorations include pumpkins, squash, and grapes. September’s Full Moon is the Harvest Moon, perhaps the most well-known of the year. It rises above the horizon and glows in solitary splendor. She is queen of the September night. The night belongs to her, and to her alone. Honor her by raising a glass of cider or wine, then respectfully pour it onto the earth.

FancyPentagramBar Correspondences For September

NATURE SPIRITS: trooping faeries

HERBS: Copal, fennel, rye, wheat, valerian, skullcap

COLORS: Brown and yellow

FLOWERS: narcissus, lily

SCENTS: storax, mastic, gardenia, bergamot

STONES: peridot, olivine, chrysolite, citrine

TREES: Hazel, larch, bay

ANIMALS: the snake and jackal

BIRDS: Ibis, sparrow

DIETIES: Dementer, Ceres, Isis, Nephthys, Freyja, Thoth

POWERS/ADVICE: A time to rest after the labors of the last two months, a time of balance of the light and dark. This is also the time to clear up mental clutter and get thoughts back into perspective.

 

Magickal Themes for September

Giving thanks, celebrating, harvesting, reflecting

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 Symbols for the Month of August

 September’s  Zodiac Symbols

Virgo the Virgin (until September 21)

Libra the Scales (from September 22 onwards)

September’s Birthstone

Sapphire

September’s Flowers

Forget-me-not

Morning Glory

Aster

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 Monthly Observations for September

  • Friday, 5th September     Teachers Day 2014
  • Sunday, 7th September     Grandparents Day 2014
  • Monday, 8th September     International Literacy Day 2014
  • Tuesday, 9th September     Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day 2014
  • Wednesday, 10th September     Suicide Prevention Day 2014
  • Wednesday, 10th September     New Mexico State Fair 2014
  • Thursday, 11th September     Oklahoma State Fair 2014
  • Friday, 12th September     Eastern States Fair 2014
  • Saturday, 13th September     National Peanut Day 2014
  • Saturday, 13th September     Positive Thinking Day 2014
  • Monday, 15th September     International Day of Democracy 2014
  • Monday, 15th September     World Lymphoma Awareness Day 2014
  • Monday, 15th September     National Thank You Day 2014
  • Tuesday, 16th September    Mexican Independence Day 2014
  • Tuesday, 16th September    National Stepfamily Day 2014
  • Wednesday, 17th September     Citizenship Day 2014
  • Wednesday, 17th September      Constitution Day 2014
  • Thursday, 18th September      National Cheeseburger Day 2014
  • Friday, 19th September      International Talk Like a Pirate Day 2014
  • Friday, 19th September     Puppy Farm Awareness Day 2014
  • Sunday, 21st September      International Peace Day 2014
  • Sunday, 21st September      World Alzheimers Day 2014
  • Sunday, 21st September      International Deaf Awareness Week 2014
  • Sunday, 21st September      World Gratitude Day 2014
  • Monday, 22nd September      Elephant Appreciation Day 2014
  • Monday, 22nd September      World Carfree Day 2014
  • Tuesday, 23rd September     First Day of Autumn 2014
  • Thursday, 25th September     World Maritime Day 2014
  • Thursday, 25th September     Rosh Hashanah 2014
  • Thursday, 25th September     Ataxia Awareness Day 2014
  • Friday, 26th September      Johnny Appleseed Day 2014
  • Friday, 26th September      Native American Day 2014
  • Friday, 26th September      Texas State Fair 2014
  • Friday, 26th September      Virginia State Fair 2014
  • Saturday, 27th September     World Tourism Day 2014
  • Sunday, 28th September     World Rabies Day 2014
  • Sunday, 28th September     Gold Star Mother’s Day 2014
  • Sunday, 28th September     Fast of Gedaliah 2014
  • Monday, 29th September     World Heart Day 2014
  • Monday, 29th September    National Coffee Day 2014

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 Autumn Equinox/Alban Elfed/Mabon

September 20 – 23

NamedAlban Elfed by the Druids and Mabon by the Welsh, the Autumn Equinox marks the completion of the harvest. Once again, day and night stand in balance with equal hours of light and darkness. As do most celebrations held around this time of the year, the Autumn Equinox focuses on the harvest, the waning sun, and the onset of Winter. In the rural countryside, those who work the land come together to cut the last stalk of corn and sheaf of wheat. Following the gathering in of the last sheaf is Harvest Home, a huge supper or feast of roast beef, chicken, a stew of harvest vegetables, home-baked bread and cheese, and plenty of ale and cider. In Scotland, and parts of England, the man who cuts down the last sheaf is honored as lord and master of the harvest. The young woman who plaited the sheaf would be seated next to him and regarded as his consort.

In Wicca, the Autumn Equinox marks the waning of the year when the Goddess descends into the Underworld. As she withdraws, we see the decline of Nature and the onset of Winter. Now is the time we count up our blessings, give thanks for our bounty, and look within. As the God’s shadowy presence begins to emerge, we remember what it took to achieve our goals and what is needed to maintain them.

Ritual Tools, Symbols, and Decorations for Mabon

Decorations: Orange, red, or brown altar cloth; orange or red altar candles; corn-baba cornucopia filled with fruit and vegetables; red apple-shaped candle; wand tied with orange, red, and brown ribbon; apple-flavored wine or hard cider; ritual cakes.

Symbols: Corn-baba; apples; scarecrow; cornucopia; sickle; dried gourds; broom; cauldron; apple dolls; baskets tied with orange, red, and brown ribbon; dried flowers; leaves; bonfires.

Mabon Oil

Put in soap or annoint candles
3 drops frankincense
3 drops pine
3 drops juniper
3 drops rosemary
2 drops sandalwood

Add a piece of dried oak leaf or small acorn with amber, aventurine, and clear quartz crystals. A warm, calming oil that reminds me of cool, crisp days raking leaves and walking through forests in the fall.

Mabon Ritual Potpourri

Recipe by Gerina Dunwich
20 drops clove bud oil
25 drops sandalwood oil
1 cup oak moss
2 cups dried pink rosebuds
2 cups dried red peony petals
1 cup dried amaranth flowers
1 cup dried heather flowers
Mix the clove bud and sandalwood oils with the oak moss and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
(The above recipe for “Lammas Ritual Potpourri” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 163, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)

“Mabon Night”

I stood before my altar at Mabon’s Tide, and asked the Lord and Lady to be my guides…
“Please show to me a vision that I may see… what sacrifice is worthy to give to Thee.” They showed to me an apple without a core… They showed to me a dwelling without a door… They showed to me a palace where They may be, and unlock it without a key…

How can there be an apple without a core? How can there be a dwelling without a door? How can there be a palace where They may be, and They may unlock it without a key…My spirit is an apple without a core… …My mind is a dwelling without a door… My heart is a palace where They may be, and unlock it without a key…

I stood before my altar on Mabon night… and gave my Lord and Lady bright… the sacrifice They asked for – with spirit free… Upon that Mabon evening, I gave Them me…

Blessed Be…

 

Read More About Our Magickal Sabbat of Mabon

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911

LIFE GOES ON

Thousands of us lost a loved one, family member or friend
And at that moment some of us felt it was the end.
I’ve lost loved ones before so I know the pain you feel
At first you feel like you’re in shock
And none of this is real.
You sit and try to think of the last words that you said
Memories of times both good and bad go flashing in your head.

If there were a warning it would be easier to bear
But in just an instant, dust clouds filled the air.
Mounds of rubble came crashing down; piles of concrete and glass
City streets once full of life were now impossible to pass.

In days to come we searched for survivors
Praying some were found.
The debris of 200 stories was removed slowly
Pound by pound.

Instantly people began to search for family and friends
Photos of loved ones covered the streets of the city
From end to end.
Some gave numbers and addresses others told a story of life.
Of what these people meant to their
Mother, brother or wife.

It’s a hard time to get through realizing they’re gone
Together we can move past this and see that
LIFE GOES ON.

Written By Norman J. Dove III

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 The Dove Of Peace

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This little dove represents peace throughout the world.

No matter what religion or nationality, he brings peace.

Copy and paste him in your blog and let peace start

Here with each of us!

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Bast, Egyptian Goddess of protection and cats

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Bast was the ancient Egyptian goddess of protection and cats. She was the daughter of Ra, the sun god. As protectress, she was seen as defender of the pharaoh, and consequently of the chief god, Ra.

Bast’s real name is Bastet, Ubasti, and Pasht. She was worshipped at least since the Second Dynasty in Ancient Egypt. The centre of her cult was in Per-Bast (Bubastis in Greek), which was named after her. Originally she was seen as the protector goddess of Lower Egypt, and therefore her image was a fierce lion. Her name means (female) devourer. She was originally a goddess of the sun, but later changed by the Greeks to a goddess of the moon. In Greek mythology, Bast is also known as Aelurus.

In later times Bast became the goddess of perfumes and had the title perfumed protector. In connection with this, when Anubis became the god of embalming, Bast, as goddess of ointment, and she was regarded as his mother, until Anubis became Nephthys’ son.

This gentler characteristic, of Bast as goddess of perfumes, and Lower Egypt’s loss in the wars between Upper and Lower Egypt meant that in the Middle Kingdom of Egypt she was seen as a domestic cat and not any more as a lionness. Because domestic cats tend to be tender and protective toward their offspring, Bast was also regarded as a good mother, and she was sometimes shown with kittens. Therefore a woman who wanted children sometimes wore an amulet showing the goddess with kittens, the number of which showed how many children she wanted to have.

Bastet was the most honored feline deity in Ancient Egypt. The cult of Bastet started around the town of Bubastis, located in the Eastern Delta in Lower Egypt (around 3,200 B.C.), and was an important town from the Old Kingdom through the Late Period. During early Egyptian times the city was called Per-Bast which translates into “the domain of Bast”. Later the city was called Bubastis. Today it is called Tell Basta. Other cities where Bastet was worshipped were for example: Memphis (during the Old Kingdom) where she was associated with Sekhmet, Heliopolis (during the Old Kingdom) where she was called the “Daughter of Tem” (connected to Tefnut), in a city called “Hill of Bast”, in the precinct of Mut in Thebes (during New Kingdom) when connected to Mut, and in the city of Nit (during late period). Festivals celebrating Bastet were held in the cities of Bubastis, Memphis (Luxor), Thebes and Esna.

Elaborate festivals of Bastet were called: “Procession of Bastet”, “Bastet protects the two lands”, “Bastet goes forth from Per-Bast” (her city), “Bastet appears before Ra” and the “Festival of Hathor and Bastet”. Her main festivals were celebrated in April and May in Bubastis. Her festivals were some of the most popular in Egypt, because of all the music, dancing and wine. Over 700,000 people came from all over Egypt, often in boats, sailing along the Nile. Men and women sailed together. During their journey they would sing, clap their hands, the women would shake their rattles, the men would play their flutes. Each time when they sailed past people or towns along the Nile, everybody would start singing, cheering and clapping together.

In Bubastis the festival began by making sacrifices to Bastet. The Temple of Bast stood in the town center, so one could see it from everywhere. It stood on raised ground. The outside wall of the temple was decorated with pictures of animals. Inside the temple was a courtyard, planted with a grove of trees surrounding her shrine. Worshippers came from all over Egypt, leaving offerings, bronze statues, amulets and mummified cats in her temple. Thousands of those cats were later found in underground crypts where her temple once stood.

During the days of celebration, the Egyptians spent many days making music, dancing and being joyful. Worshippers went to her temple playing instruments, beating drums, shaking tambourines, carrying sistras (sacred rattles), singing and dancing through the streets. “One aspect of the festival, however, was quite moving, and came on the last night. In a town of silence, a town of darkness, a single light would be lit inside the Temple of Bast. And from there the light would spread through the town, carried by devotees; and prayers would rise into the night, accompanied by music and incense.” Bastet, the goddess of cats, was important. She had temples where she was worshiped. The Egyptians people would give sacrifices to her like spice,water,wine milk,bread and meat. She also would be given gold, diamonds, silver, perfumes and other riches. The people of Egypt would also dance and sing to her because she was also the goddess of dancing and singing. They also feasted in her temple to show that she was important.

Bast and Her Family Unit

Bastet’s father was Ra, the God of the Sun and All Creation. Hathor, the cow-headed god, was a daughter of Ra too. She had two sons named, Konshu, the God of the Moon, and Maahes, a lion-headed God of War. Bastet did not have a mother because Ra, as creator deity, was called “The Great He-She”. Her husband was Ptah, the god of God of Craftsmen, Rebirth and Creation. When associated with Isis, she could be called the “Soul of Isis”. Some texts referred to Bastet and Sekhmet as being linked in a relationship as “Twins”, “Balance of Good (Bastet) and Evil (Sekhmet)”, “Sister-Sister”, “Mother-Daughter”, “Aunt-Niece” or “Big Bad Lioness-Nice Kitty”. Neither are correct, because they are not really related like family. What is true is that Sekhmet, Bastet and dozens of other goddesses were considered to be an “Eye-of-Ra”. Bastet and Sekhmet were paired, but not as opposite personalities of Bastet. They were paired geographically. The main place of Bastet’s worship was in Lower Egypt, while Sekhmet was worshipped in Upper Egypt. They traditionally called Bastet a “She of the North” and Sekhmet a “She of the South”. Sometimes they were also called “Lady of the East” ( Bastet as Protectress of the Eastern Delta ) and “Lady of the West” ( Sekhmet as Protectress of the Western Delta ). It is true that Bastet had parts of Sekhmet in her personality.

 

Source:

Simple English Wikipedia

 

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A Little Thought From Me to You…..

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WOTC Cartoon of the Day – “Please Be Safe…….”

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A Little Humor for Your Day – “Truths About Cats”

Truths About Cats

  • There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.
  • Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.
  • Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
  • In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.
  • As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.
  • “One cat just leads to another.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.
  • Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.
  • People who hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life.
  • Cats aren’t clean, they’re covered with cat spit.
  • A dog will jump on your lap because he likes you; a cat will jump on your lap because it’s warmer than the floor.

 

Source:
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Daily Feng Shui News for Sept. 17th – “The Birthday of the Air Force!”

On the birthday of the Air Force, I am compelled to remind you that if you are looking for recognition and rewards for any of your efforts — either on the job, in the community, or both — then you should place an image of a jet plane taking off in the ‘Fame’ area of your living space. Putting that image in the center or middle of the far back wall will allow your reputation and possibly even your income to fly sky high.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

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Psychic Tip of the Day for Sept. 17th – Bimbo Alert

Psychic Tip of the Day

Wednesday, September, 17 2014

BIMBO ALERT

You may be smitten with a pretty face that has no personality to truly merit your desire. Bimbos come in all shapes, sizes and genders. Are you still hungry?

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Planet Tracker: Moon in Cancer, Sept 16 to Sept 18

Planet Tracker

Moon in Cancer

Sep 16, 2014 to Sep 18, 2014

 

You might be a little sensitive during this Moon. Unfortunately, everyone else is too. If you find yourself in deep water now, look to your intuition to get you out. The real issues are often hidden on Cancer Moon days, or dealt with sideways. People tend to circle the emotional wagons, reach for their antacids, and privately nurse their wounds. The collective unconscious is four years old and wants its mommy. Go ahead, seek nurture today. It’s like that children’s story where the baby bird, tumbled from its nest, quizzes all comers, “Are you my mother?” Only you’re looking for the World Mother. You’ll find her in a cozy place where you feel safe and loved; in a cup of tea, a mid-day retreat to your bed or a smile from a friend. Whether or not you have issues, it’s a good Moontime for sharpening your emotional intelligence. Distinguish foods that nourish (both real and symbolic) from those that bring heartburn.

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The Words of Confucius

The Words of Confucius

 The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

 

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