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Wednesday September 22,  2021

Wednesday September 22,  2021

 Full Moon Phase – illumination, realization, fulfillment, shadow, relationships, experience

– Moon in Aries – Void of Course 10:05 PM – 8:38 AM 9/23 moving to Taurus

– Retrograde Planets – Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Chiron

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –  September 20th – 22nd – Dry Fruits and Vegetables, Cut Hair to Slow Growth, Quit Smoking, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Kill Plant Pests, Mow to Slow Growth, Pick Apples and Pears, Slaughter

– Planting Calendar (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –  September 20th – 22nd – A poor time to plant.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Shodashi (The Goddess Who Creates Form) and Matangi (Goddess of the Wind)

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe is Coming with the Solstice – God of the South

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New Moon in Virgo: “A fine lace ornamental handkerchief” (& “an officer drilling his men in simulated attack”)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but veiled load”

SUN– 30 VIRGO:  Having an urgent task to complete, a man doesn’t look to any distractions

EARTH – 30 PISCES: A majestic rock formation resembling a face is idealized by a boy who takes it up as his ideal of greatness, and as he grows up, begins to look like it

The First Day of Autumn

September 22 marks the first day of autumn. In the northern hemisphere it happens at 3:20 PM EST.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a really good page describing all the “happy” information about the first day of Fall.


It’s a really good article that I almost copied it completely to share here, but it was really long and I thought they might prefer that you go to their page to read it (and read all of their ads as well). So I recommend it!

I also stole a couple of graphics from google that do a really good job at explaining what is happening celestially. And also, what that means to us practically here on Earth.

How often do you look up at the sky? I remember taking Astronomy back in college. One of the things I had hoped was to learn more about what you are looking at up in the sky and be able to identify not just constellations and planets, but also things like the sunrise and sunset. In the end, I learned more about that from the Boy Scouts and from paying attention to the tide charts to go surfing.

The biggie for the equinoxes is that it means that the length of our days is essentially equal – 12 hours Daytime, 12 hours Nighttime. And for me, it is the day we call “Downhill day”.

I am what I would call “Summerfolk” to quote the Children;s book of the same name that my Mom read to me as a child. I am happiest with long hot sunny days. Wearing shorts and T-shirts. Sandals and NO SOCKS! Soon I will have to start wearing more clothing and shoes. And despite all of the things that people like about Autumn (Cool days, Changing colors, Pumpkin Spice et al), I am not a fan!

That Being Said . . .

Last week I received a special box from my friends at The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Since I am such a good and loyal customer (I paid them 12 bucks a few months ago for a subscription), I received my 2022 Farmer’s Almanac! And with it, I got a bunch of extra goodies. I thought that $12 was a small price to pay for all the goodies they offered. The Almanac itself costs $8.95 from the magazine rack at the store. And What I received:

  • The 45th Anniversary Gardening Calendar – This thing is great and has a ton of interesting information that I will be sharing throughout the year. Plus it has the lunar phases marked on it.
  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide 2021 Edition – It has lots of interesting articles and advertisements
  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening for Everyone Volume 2 – More interesting gardening articles and very few advertisements
  • An Almanac Club member Benefits envelope with more advertisements and a sticker for the back of my car (sure to peel paint one day) – one of those white oval stickers with the letters OFA and a bunch of other “exclusive” advertisements.

Yes, the experience was a whole lot like receiving my Publisher’s Clearinghouse envelope back 15 years ago. But the Calendar is super cool! And I was buying the Almanac anyways.

This will give me something to do with the longer nights at home. Sigh.

Song of the Day

A Shodashi favorite came to the surface today. Kashmir by Led Zepp. Enjoy!



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Tuesday September 22, 2020

Tuesday September 22, 2020

– Crescent Moon Phase  – challenge, growth, struggle, expansion, gathering

– Moon in Sagittarius

– Sun in Virgo 

– Mars Conjunct the Black Moon – With the moon Opposing – 19th – 24th

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron, Uranus, Mars

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –September  21st – 22nd – Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Dig Holes, Wean, Potty Train, Wash Windows, Advertise to Sell, Ask for Loan, Travel for Pleasure, Kill Plant Pests

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –  September 21st – 22nd – Start seedbeds. Excellent time for planting aboveground crops that can be planted now, including leafy vegetables which will do well.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): All goddesses on board

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New moon in Leo: “A boy with censer serves near the priest at the altar” (& A New Moon reveals that it’s time for people to go ahead with their different projects)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN:  30 Virgo: Having an urgent task to complete, a man doesn’t look to any distractions

EARTH:  29 Pisces: a majestic rock formation resembling a face is idealized by a boy who takes it up
as his ideal of greatness, and as he grows up, begins to look like it

Ahh. yes. Its the first day of autumn. People love to think of fall leaves. The beautiful changing colors. Cool crisp air. Pumpkins, pumpkin spice coffee and everything else, apple and apple cider, fires in a fire pit. they see an idyllic New England setting.

For me its a little different. I grew up in Southern California. “autumn” was pretty much meaningless. A lot of the trees would keep their leaves. The season brought hot Santa Ana winds, forest fires and shorter days. Until I moved back east, the only difference was that school was starting and there were new shows on television.

The autumn that I know looks a whole lot more like this now. Bright and crisp yes. But cold, wet and dirty as well. Moving from LA to PA meant a change in lifestyle that I am still not completely adjusted to.

It is cold. You have to wear clothes – warm clothing. You cannot go outside whenever you want. Poor weather. Rain. Muck. And a lot of work cleaning up.

But its the cold that really got me.

30 years later and I am at least accustomed to it. But I’m not gonna lie. year round single season – warm and sunny – still has an appeal to me.

For My Garden . . . 

Coming to the end of the planting season means garden cleanup.

This year I got an idea that it would be nice to plant some fall crops. It was a great idea, but it did not occur to me until about mid August. By that time, I was a little late for a growing season. I watched a pretty cool video that gave some great ideas for fall crops that I had not thought of. And it is definitely on my list for next year.

Overgrown Lettuce Patch
Summertime home for my Zucchini, Cucumbers, Turnips and Cantaloupes


Herbs still coming in. Actually I have second growth on both Dill and Parsley
Northeastern Lemon Grove. Will be repotting these for Christmas Gifts!
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Preparing for Fall

My garden is looking forlorn. Between the buckets of rain we have received in Eastern Pennsylvania and the fact that my son “borrowed” our lawnmower, it is a little over grown.

I have not planned to grow much this fall. I am more ready to start winding it down and preparing it for winter. I will cover a lot of the winterizing of the garden in a future post. This is more about the sorry state of it now.

I would put much of the fault for the mess on the rain – and lack of available time for proper weeding. We have not see more than about 4 days pass in the last 2 months without rain. Is it wrong that I do not want to be elbows-deep in mud and muck? And while this is a bad reflection on my commitment to my garden, it speaks of truth. When I go out, it’s going to be a mess.

Like the tomatoes. The plants look horrible now. They are pretty much done, so I am not doing anything with it until I am ready to pull it all down. But we harvested a ton or so (meaning about 200 or so). Unfortunately due to getting them in the ground late and all the rain, we did not see any until very late in August.

Lettuce Patch – The rabbits ate most of the different varieties I planted. We were able to harvest Arugula and Green Romaine. They were great for salads.

Zucchinis and Cucumbers – Both the Zucchini and Cucumbers were a great success. We had experienced difficulties in the past with the rabbits chewing off the zucchini flowers. After finding fencing, we had success. Cucumbers were lots of fun. We had both regular cucumbers and pickling cucumbers.

Herbs – saw limited success, mostly due to the location. These were on the side of the house. Every storm they would get washed out by runoff from the gutters. We had lots of basil, parsley and cilantro. As of yet, I still have not been able to get my white sage seeds to sprout. I will complain more about that in a future post.

And the Pumpkins – Still Growing. In keeping with my plan to use all organic seeds, I planted what they sent. So far I am not so impressed. I suspect I will be buying large orange pumpkins in a few weeks to carve for Halloween.  I took this picture yesterday. It is about double this size today.