Sunrise was lovely with golden cloud behind the cedars and fairly thick fog. The fog has lifted but the clouds are pretty thick and they’re talking about a chance of rain again.
After I had gotten the newsletter out yesterday the wind picked up a bit, gusting into the teens. I took a few minutes longer to look at the satellite picture and realized that the center of the swirl was right over the sharp corner of the Juan de Fuca plate… Odd.
Here’s an earthquake map of the plate (the red dots are quakes). The corner that I’m talking about is on the left side of the pic just below the 45 degree mark.
It was overcast and already 57F, within a few degrees of the forecast high. There was a band of clouds above us that was part of a swirl centered about 400 miles offshore that by evening had moved only a little ways north. There was a light breeze and it was rather dim, compared to what it’s been.
Yesterday was one of those days. Keeping the students on track for the 101 class was rough, then Marius couldn’t get them to actually stay put for the exercise that he had set up and when I got to Practical Craft it took 3 re-starts, no one wanted to actually go scrub rocks and the tumblers are still waiting for me this morning. Brea did get her counseling done and Marius spent most of the day doing readings. He’s getting lots of practice.
..and then it *rained*! Can you hear the disgust in my voice? No? Let me try again…. It RAINED! 🙂 We ended up with only .2 inches, but still… Drattit, it’s August…. So, I don’t have to water the garden for a day or two, but still…. I was starting Practical Craft when I looked outside and what I thought was just an aggressive mist was actually raindrops…. <grumble, grumble, grumble> …and then I forgot the potting soil, so no seed starts…. One of those days!
Marius took a batch of the young folks up into the woods to run off some energy then took them to the Center. The rest waited for Tempus to get off work and then went back.
…and just as they were getting ready to leave there was a rattle, a cussword, then a rattling thumping crash as the small shelf with various glasswares went over. <sigh> Not everything broke, but it certainly made a mess and the one that had started the cascade apologized all over the place. What apparently happened was that he caught his sleeve on the walking sticks and they tipped right into the shelf, which was slightly unsteady (and we still don’t know why, but it’s rocking….) and it made one “mell-of-a-hess”. Tempus and I got it cleaned up, but he’s still going to vacuum to make sure all the bits are up. We’ve set it at an angle to the tall shelf and Tempus is going to stick ’em together, so that doesn’t happen again.
…and I realized that the rubber plant *really* needs to be re-potted, now, especially having gotten clobbered with some of the flying glassware. A couple of leaves got bashed loose and a couple more cut, nothing major, but it’s sagging, so we’re going to get the pots and potting soil and fix that today. …and probably vanish some of the broken pieces of concrete block that are floating around the yard to weight the thing properly. Hmm… I’d better say something to Tempus.
I did get a little stuff done with packing/headering some herbs, but I just gave up since I was so tired. I was trying to work on powdering some ivy to pack… that’ll have to be today along with the tumblers.
There are a few stones that are ready. One is a really nice piece of rhodonite, small, but very pretty. There’s another small one of bloodstone, some larger pebbles of red jasper and a couple of pieces of jade that are lovely, plus another large piece of rhodonite that could be used for a small wand. I’ve still got to scrub that batch, but at that point I’ll know if there are more than that and try to get a few pictures.
I’ll be by myself at the shop most of the day. Tempus is going to work on getting the house that we’re selling clean and tidy and then tomorrow we’ll be shifting some more of the plants.
Today is the Feast of Pan in Ancient Greece. There’s quite a bit on this page: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/aug27.html and there is an extensive Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_%28god%29
The shop opens at 10am. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is waxing gibbous. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Phase ends on Wednesday at 6:58pm.
This is the time of year when the Big Dipper, swinging down in the northwest in evening, catches water dumping from the bowl of the dim Little Dipper high above it. Much of the Little Dipper is made of 4th- and 5th-magnitude stars and requires a fairly dark sky.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Runic half-month of As, 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.
Runic half-month of Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results.
Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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 27 Low 3:54 AM -0.3 6:34 AM Set 2:17 AM 75
~ 27 High 10:30 AM 5.9 8:01 PM Rise 5:30 PM
~ 27 Low 3:49 PM 2.7
~ 27 High 9:46 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Today, I embrace my emotions, and recognize that it is healthy to see them clearly.
Journal Prompt – Favorites – Write about your favorite pet — one you have now or have had in the past. What did it look like? Why did you like it so much? (If you have never had a pet, write about a perfect pet—one you would like to have.)
~ Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace isn’t enough and you have to go and get shot or something. – John Lennon (1940-1980) English singer, songwriter (how ironic!!!!)
~ How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees. – William Shakespeare
~ I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him ‘father.’ – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~ I just sit down for a few minutes, do a little thinking, and God writes the songs for me. – Hank Williams (1923 – 1953), Country and western singer
From the forests and highlands
We come, we come;
From the river-girt islands,
Where loud waves are dumb
Listening to my sweet pipings.
The wind in the reeds and the rushes,
The bees on the bells of thyme,
The birds on the myrtle bushes,
The cicale above in the lime,
And the lizards below in the grass,
Were as silent as ever old Tmolus was,
Listening to my sweet pipings.
Liquid Peneus was flowing,
And all dark Tempe lay
In Pelion’s shadow, outgrowing
The light of the dying day,
Speeded by my sweet pipings.
The Sileni, and Sylvans, and Fauns,
And the Nymphs of the woods and waves,
To the edge of the moist river-lawns,
And the brink of the dewy caves,
And all that did attend and follow,
Were silent with love, as you now, Apollo,
With envy of my sweet pipings.
I sang of the dancing stars,
I sang of the daedal Earth,
And of Heaven – and the giant wars,
And Love, and Death, and Birth, –
And then I changed my pipings, –
Singing how down the vale of Maenalus
I pursued a maiden and clasped a reed.
Gods and men, we are all deluded thus!
It breaks in our bosom and then we bleed:
All wept, as I think both ye now would,
If envy or age had not frozen your blood,
At sorrow of my sweet pipings. – Percy B Shelley (1792 – 1822); ‘Hymn of Pan’
Mabon centerpiece (For Mabon)
A basket (in fall colors or with trimmings to make it autumn-oriented)
A doll-sized scarecrow (or materials to make one of your own)
Real or fake autumn leaves
Real or fake gourds/nuts/seeds of the season
Dried herbs or potpourri of the season (apple scent works well)
First you’ll want to prepare your basket. It can be a small or large basket of any style, but you can decorate it for the season any way you desire (if it has a handle, consider winding or gluing acorn strings around it).
Into the center of the basket, you place your scarecrow figure. It can be bought as a harvest decoration at a store, or it can be one you make yourself out of straw and fabric—if you opt to make your own, you can dress it up appropriately and give it season-appropriate clothing and symbols. There is the option of making only the torso of the figure since only that will show, but if you’ve already got one with legs, they will be covered up by the ornamentation.
Find a way to anchor the doll into the basket.
Then you can dump an apple-cinnamon or autumn-flavored potpourri or series of dried herbs around the scarecrow in the basket, and intersperse this with leaves, nuts, and gourds.
Buying tiny craft gourds around this time of year is easy and cheap, and they don’t go rancid in the middle of the season, which is a plus.
You might even throw in stars made out of twigs and tied together with wire, or any other symbol that means something to you. The basket has a nice effect of decorating a table or altar for the time between the autumn equinox and the landmark of Halloween.
In ritual, you can use an actual corn dolly instead of a crafty scarecrow, so that it has more meaning, and each item added to the basket can have symbolic value. One suggestion is to gather up enough acorns to stand for your wishes for the season, and ceremoniously place each in the basket as you think of its purpose. The basket can be anointed and dedicated to a deity if you wish.
Horn of Plenty – (For Mabon)
Horn of plenty–plastic or basket-woven
Fake or real fruits of the harvest: Grapes, citrus fruit, corn, pumpkin, especially apples
Simply place the fruit inside the horn so that it is aesthetically pleasing. It is best to make it look as if the bounty is spilling outwards, extending its nourishment.
The horn itself, before being filled, can be used in ritual as a symbol to “drink” from to symbolically consume the harvest. It is symbolic of the mother Goddess’s womb. It can then be filled as a symbol that the fruits of the Goddess never run dry.
At the grocery store a cashier held up a small dairy carton and yelled to a co-worker, “How much is half-and-half?”
Without a moment’s hesitation the other cashier replied, “One.”