The sunshine is lovely today! There’s a bit of cirrus cloud in spots and very high haze in others, but the sky is a lovely soft blue. The marine layer has pulled way back by the horizon. It’s 56F with nice breeze, but down by the water it’s gusting nearly to 20 mph. The days are getting shorter by nearly 3 minutes per and I really noticed this morning, as the sun wasn’t on the bench where I sit in the meditation garden to adjust my socks before heading up the path.
Yesterday started with a grey mist. It wasn’t fog, but it wasn’t rain, either, just accumulating on everything in a cool grey dimness. As we drove over the Coast range I noticed the large numbers of trees with yellowed, dried or falling leaves. That seems a bit early. We were just getting past Cline Hill, when we could see the edge of the cloud layer and the temperature jumped as we came out from under. We got quite thoroughly lost in Lebanon, completely turned around and I was an hour late for my class starting and Tempus didn’t get the shop open until 1pm!
His day went well. He had a number of customers, some from a distance and passing through, some new to the area, some just finding us, as usual.
My class went very well, I think! I did pretty well at keeping things going and getting the questions answered. I was a little disappointed that folks were too hot to want to actually work on pieces, but the information went through. The new prints worked although I wish that the print shop hadn’t screwed up the formatting. I have to get them re-done.
Afterwards a bunch of us sat around and talked while I was waiting for Marius. He says that the traffic on I-5 was ghastly, and then he had trouble finding the site since the signs were down. We had a nice drive home, stopping at A&W for some food. We drove the last bit down rt 34 and I kept dozing off.
When we got back to the shop the project day was in full swing with a new person who may or may not join us. Tempus had been working on a new, narrower lucet. We sat around and talked while Tempus unloaded my stuff, then Marius took off, heading for dinner with Rowan and his mother. The new person took off, then Amy and then we finally closed up and headed home.
I went right to sleep, waking around 5am for about 2 hours to do some computer work and then I went right back to sleep! I guess I was pretty tired. Before we left the apartment I got a little work done in the garden, harvesting a bit of mint and we’ve gotten the shop open, put away some of the class stuff and already had customers in while I was writing.
Today I have to finish putting away my class things and then re-format the file that the print shop screwed up. The guy didn’t understand my question about formatting and they can’t print directly from Word. <sigh> Hopefully we can get that taken care of tomorrow. …and then I have sewing to do and a Staples order to put through. Going to be busy!
A lovely article about a recent fogbow – https://www.wunderground.com/news/fogbows-explained
A Ken Gagne photo of an egret from 7/17/14
Today’s feast is in honor of the anniversary of the Hugenot refugee Denis Papin, the inventor of the piston steam digester, one of the devicies that made the piston steam engine possible. He was also one of the first to use a steam engine to power paddles to move a boat, so he’s also one of the forerunners of the paddlewheel ships. More info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Papin and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_engine
Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 9/1 at 2:03am. 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 8/24 at 8:41pm.
Saturn, Mars, and Antares line up almost vertically on the evening of August 23 and 24, 2016. Have a look! Sky & Telescope diagram.
Are you following Venus and Jupiter closing in on each other? After sunset today they’re 6° apart very low above the horizon due west. Jupiter is to Venus’s left or upper left. They’re heading toward a close conjunction on August 27th. Also, use binoculars for a try at faint and fading Mercury, 4° below or lower left of Jupiter.
Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter are very low in bright twilight. About 20 or 25 minutes after sunset, look for Venus and Jupiter very low to the horizon due west (to the left of where the Sun went down). Venus is the brighter one, lower right of Jupiter. They’re 8° apart on August 19th and close in on each other by 1° per day. Mark your calendar for their very close conjunction, barely 0.1° apart for North America, on the evening of Saturday August 27th. Bring binoculars! Next, try to spot fainter, lower Mercury. It spends the week 4° or 5° below or lower left of Jupiter. You’ll probably need those binoculars. Jupiter is nominally magnitude –1.7, Venus is –3.8, and Mercury fades this week from +0.3 to +0.9. But objects near the horizon appear dimmer than their listed magnitudes due to atmospheric extinction.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)
Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
Sun in Leo enters Virgo at 9:38am
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 2:19pm.
Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 22 High 3:46 AM 7.1 6:28 AM Set 11:28 AM 85
~ 22 Low 9:59 AM 0.2 8:09 PM Rise 10:49 PM
~ 22 High 4:17 PM 7.9
~ 22 Low 10:45 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Temper is what gets most of us into trouble. Pride is what keeps us there.
Journal Prompt – Wiki – What do you wish you could tell someone, and who do you wish you could tell?
~ Fear is the absence of Understanding. – SanDanYi
~ I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein
~ Birds of a feather flock most together. – Njal’s Saga, c.51
~ Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. -T.S. Elliot
All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came. – John F. Kennedy
Mabon Magick – Crafts – Braids
Weaving and Braiding Magical Craft Ideas – By Patti Wigington, About.com
In many traditions of Wicca and Paganism, handcrafts are used as a magical process. Weaving and braiding in particular are meditative exercises, and so magical workings can be incorporated into the creative technique. If you think about it, fibers in one form or another have been around for thousands of years, so it makes sense that our ancestors could have utilized them in spell work and ritual as well. By focusing on the process of braiding or weaving, you can let your mind wander off as your hands do the work. Some people report even being able to astral travel while doing such craftwork.
When spring rolls around, you can incorporate some of the earth’s goodies into your braiding and weaving. Use willow wands, long grasses, or vines twined together to create new projects, like a Grapevine Pentacle. If you have fresh flowers, you can braid a chain of them into a floral crown. If onions are in season, you can create a protective charm with an Onion Braid.
If you have a strong connection to the moon, you can create a Moon Braid to honor the three different phases of the moon. For spell work, make a Witch’s Ladder.
Braid or weave fiber or plants together as part of your magical workings. Image © Getty Images
Make a Moon Braid – By Patti Wigington, About.com
Make a Moon Braid to hang near your window. Image © Patti Wigington 2009
A moon braid is a great craft for kids to make, but braiding can also be a relaxing and meditative way for adults to spend their time. The three colors of the braid — white, black, and silver — represent the three phases of the moon. I’ve seen braids done completely from one end to the other, but I think if you’re going to hang it up, it looks pretty with the bottom half unbraided.
You’ll need the following items:
Cord or ribbon in black, white, and silver
Find a quiet spot where you can work undisturbed. Knot one end of the cords together, and begin braiding. As you weave the three colors in and out of one another, focus on the shifting phases of the moon. Think about the different cycles that our bodies, our lives, and our spirituality go through. Consider, as you braid, the ebb and flow of the tides, and their effect on our constantly changing planet. If you honor a particular lunar goddess, offer her a prayer as you create your braid.
Once you’ve finished, knot the braid so that it doesn’t unravel. Hang it in a spot near a window, so that when you look out at the moon, you’ll be reminded of the braid and what it symbolizes to you and your evolving spirituality.
Onion Magic: Make a Magical Onion Braid By Patti Wigington, About.com
[Anja’s note: Traditional Onion braids are *tops* braided together!]
Begin folding the twine in half, and tying a knot near the end, creating a loop. Image © Patti Wigington 2008
August often starts out hot and muggy, but even when the rest of your garden is wilting in the heat, chances are good that your onion crop is thriving in the cool, dark soil. If you haven’t pulled them yet, Lammas is a good time to do so. Once you’ve got them out of the earth, gently brush the loose dirt off of them, and hang them in a sunny spot to dry and cure. When August’s full moon, the Corn Moon, rolls around, get to work on some onion magic!
Under the light of the full moon, you can make an onion braid. Braiding is a very relaxing and magical way to spend an evening, and by braiding your onions, you can prepare them for winter storage — basically, you’re accomplishing the magical and the mundane all in one shot. To do this, you’ll need a bunch of onions with the green tops still attached, and about four feet of heavy twine. Begin folding the twine in half, and tying a knot near the end, creating a loop (Figure 1).
Lay the twine on a flat surface and use the onion’s greens as a third “string”. Image © Patti Wigington 2008
Lay the twine on a flat surface and place an onion upside down so that the greens of the onion form a third “string”, along with the two free ends of the twine. (Figure 2)
Using the two free lengths of twine and the onion stem, form a tight braid. Image © Patti Wigington 2008
Using the two free lengths of twine and the onion stem, form a tight braid. Repeat this until the onion is securely in place (Figure 3).
Add onions into the braid, focusing your will as you do so. Image © Patti Wigington 2008
Repeat the process with the rest of your onions, braiding them in and out between the other stems and the two strands of twine (Figure 4). As you do so, focus your intent. Onions are magically linked to protective magic, so you can braid the onions and recite an incantation linking them to whatever sort of protection you feel you need. Some sample incantations might be:
For protection of a home:
Onions wrapped around a braid,
This charm for my home I have made,
Keep negative energy away from me,
As I will, so it shall be.
For protection of a person:
Layers and layers of onion skin,
Layers of safety for those within,
Layers to make all harm stay out,
Keep (name) safe, without a doubt.
Silliness – Signs and Notices – “Children left unattended will be towed at parents expense.”