CAYA Sprouts New Moon Stargazing Guide - September 2017

by Shell Selvans

Blessed New Moon! In the coming week or two, I welcome you to go outside with your family at 9:00PM or so and enjoy the Fall Equinox stars. With the nights rapidly lengthening, you can go out earlier and earlier to stargaze!

This time of year for me is a time of comfort and familiarity in my stargazing. Shortly after sunset, Cygnus, Lyra, and Aquila (the Summer Triangle constellations) are still overhead, Cassiopeia is along the Milky Way to the northeast, and Sagittarius is along the Milky Way to the southwest. And of course Polaris (of the Little Bear) is steadfastly to the north.

There is of course so much more to learn of the stars, more constellations and stories. But the brightest stars are familiar, and I enjoy sitting under them and basking in the starlight from hundreds and thousands of light-years away. (Stargazing without a telescope, we can see light from stars up to ~16,000 light years away - a faint star in Cassiopeia! This is just a little bit of the Milky Way galaxy, which is ~100,000 light years across, with the nearest edge being ~23,000 light years from us. I like to think of this limited naked eye vision of our own galaxy as a Hekate situation, seeing just far enough out to know our place but not so far that we are overwhelmed by the landscape.)

I challenge you at this point in the year to revel in the stars you know, but to also look at them with a creative eye: find a new constellation on the star chart that you want to learn, or make one of your own! Put your own story to it, and share it with your family, or the next person you stand under the stars with. :)

The following star chart can help you find your way:

September 2017 Star Chart

Make sure to line the direction printed on the edge of it up with the direction you're facing. After 9:00PM, the stars will have rotated a bit from where they're shown. Also, you might want to find your own chart if you are on our Mother Earth somewhere other than the contiguous 48 states of the U.S., or a similar latitude.

Blessed be your stargazing, with the New Moon and at the time of the Equinox!

If you enjoyed this and would like to connect more deeply with the stars, our magical community and the children of the world, please join CAYA Sprouts in our monthly “Children of Promise” New Moon working!

Source: http://www.cayacoven.org/children-of-promi...

Celebrate the Dark Moon in Virgo with the Fathers of Change

Wednesday, September 20, is the Dark Moon in Virgo, a time to pay attention to details we may have overlooked and notice new ways to put all the pieces of our lives together, finding the freedom to create a new story and forge a new path better suited to the people we are choosing to become.

During this week, I invite you to join or support the Fathers of Change in their 2017 Dark Moon working. This is the year of the fifth element, Spirit.

If you would like to share more of your experience with the Fathers of Change, you may join the Google+ community or Facebook group.

You Are The Center,

Molly Blue Dawn

Source: http://www.cayacoven.org/fathersofchange-1...

Reminder - Grove of Artemis PDX Festival of the Midwife 2017

Grove of Artemis presents the Festival of the Midwife
A ritual welcoming all self-identified women and girls

Saturday September 16,
3:00-5:00PM

The Sacred Well, 7927 SE 13th Avenue, Portland, OR

Suggested donation $10, no woman turned away for lack of funds

Come and celebrate the Fall Equinox with the Grove of Artemis.

The Grove of Artemis invites all self-identified women and girls to join us for the Festival of the Midwife. We will honor Artemis and her ally the Deer. Weather permitting, we will be outside - please wear comfortable shoes.

Feel free to bring food or drink to share, and items to charge on the altar, if you wish.

Source: http://www.sacredwell.com/events-portland/...

Grove of Artemis PDX Festival of the Midwife 2017

Grove of Artemis presents the Festival of the Midwife
A ritual welcoming all self-identified women and girls

Saturday September 16,
3:00-5:00PM

The Sacred Well, 7927 SE 13th Avenue, Portland, OR

Suggested donation $10, no woman turned away for lack of funds

Come and celebrate the Fall Equinox with the Grove of Artemis.

The Grove of Artemis invites all self-identified women and girls to join us for the Festival of the Midwife. We will honor Artemis and her ally the Deer. Weather permitting, we will be outside - please wear comfortable shoes.

Feel free to bring food or drink to share, and items to charge on the altar, if you wish.

Source: http://www.sacredwell.com/portland/

Reminder - 2017 Grateful Moon Circle For Women

CAYA Coven’s Grove of the Goddess presents the Grateful Moon
A Full Moon Circle for Women

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Doors open at 7:00PM, circle is cast at 7:15PM
No one is admitted after circle is cast

Home of Truth Sanctuary
1300 Grand Street, Alameda

$10-$20 donation requested

Come As You Are Pagan Congregation's Grove of the Goddess Women's Full Moon Circle invites all self-identified women to join in observing the Grateful Moon.

What is the bounty (in wisdom and/or material worth) we received from this year's harvest, and how might we celebrate it with gratitude?

We will be honoring Isis of the Inundation, being grateful for the blessings which rain down on us while praying for the safety and well-being of those affected by floods all over the world.

Chairs will be provided. Please feel free to bring a cushion if you prefer to sit on the floor. Feel free to bring drink or food to share, or flowers for the altar.

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*Please note: there are no Brotherhood of the Moon or Rainbow Moon Circles this month.
The next Brotherhood of the Moon Circle for Men will be on October 7, 2017.
The next Rainbow Moon Circle for Mxgender People will be on December 2, 2017.


image credit: 
Ricardo Dieguez