Don’t forget the Calendar and Almanac Special! Check the Psychic Fair page for details.
We’re going to have minus tides for a couple of days. Watch the tide tables and be aware that the tide will turn more quickly than usual.
Gorgeous sunshine again and did you see the Moon last night? I was busy when She was rising, but saw Her just as she swung clear of the trees in a clear blue sky, watched as the sky darkened and went out several times during the night just to watch.
The Steller Jays were the bird I watched the most often yesterday. Being tired at one point one was rasping away on the porch and I was rasping back at him. He would call in a certain rhythm and it made me laugh because it sounded like morse code, but I would call back in the same rhythm and he got *so* mad. The birds got their revenge, later. I had the window open and shifted my bag of rice cakes over to the other desk, since I was going to work on the other computer. I heard a rustle and looked up just in time to see one of the jays with a whole rice cake falling through the air to the porch floor. I won’t dignify that with the word, “flying”…. The cake broke when it hit the porch floor and he only got away with a chunk, since several others pounced on it. The sparrows cleaned up the rest.
Sparrows are all over the feeder at the moment. One of them is a puffed up feather ball. The others, as they eat, gradually deflate and then one pecks another, they all puff up and then deflate again when they forget about being mad. 🙂
…and then the shadows of fluttering wings were all over the study and I looked up to see a spray of seed shells coming from the feeder. There are about 20 birds out there in their little black bibs, pecking away at the seeds and fluttering and pecking at each other. Another set of birds are waiting their turn on the clematis….that’s where the shadows are coming from. …and suddenly all gone. There’s just one bird sitting all by its lonesome on the edge of the feeder.
I spent all day writing, although I kept side-tracking from what I needed to work on (OCPPG) onto every other shop thing. I was also working on Psychic Fair additions, getting ready for this weekend and even managed to spend a little time putting my classes together. I worked on the calendar, the psychic fair page… I even managed to get a few licks in on some of the Spoonflower fabric designs. I’m hoping to finish formatting the one ad before I head for the shop and then we’ll be ready to plug thing into the formatted handbook as we go.
We’re going to be finishing up the handbook today, with any luck. I managed quite a bit of the formatting yesterday, but Rowan and Marius are going to put in some fact-checking time and get things in order.
Tempus & I will both be at the shop today at least early on, so will Rowan and Marius, which means that that Readings sign will be out.Tempus has errands to run and stuff to work on at the house, mostly getting the rental house ready for sale.
Here’s the schedule for the day! (see the rest of the weekend in the Psychic Fair page…)
Friday August 31, 10am – Shop opens
~ Readings by Marius, all day
~ 11am – Herbs Workshop, Drying and Preparing Chamomile
~ 3pm – Embroidery Workshop, Learn basic stitches ($5 covers materials costs)
Today’s interesting bit of folklore/fakelore is on the blue moon. http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/bluemoon.html …and here: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/moon/3305141.html
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 Waning from Full. Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. Phase ends on Saturday at 6:58pm. 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.
This week, right after dark is the time when the Big Dipper descends to the same height in the northwest as Cassiopeia rises in the northeast. After this, it’ll officially be Cassiopeia season.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, at the Pisces-Cetus border) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) reach good heights in the southeast by late evening. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree month of Hazel Aug 5 – Sep 1–
Celtic Tree month of Muin Vine Sep 2 – 29–
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
Muin Vine Sep 2 – 29– http://www.cyberwitch.com/wychwood/SacredWood/muin.htm– (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Many Shades of Green
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 31 High 12:32 AM 7.8 6:39 AM Set 6:53 AM 99
~ 31 Low 7:05 AM -0.5 7:54 PM Rise 7:38 PM
~ 31 High 1:20 PM 7.4
~ 31 Low 7:22 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Gratitude is the doorway to increased blessings.
~ Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it. – Unknown
~ Lifestyle is learning to be wherever you are. It is developing a unique focus on the current moment, and drawing from it all of the substance and wealth of experience and emotions that it has to offer. Lifestyle is taking time to watch a sunset. Lifestyle is listening to silence. Lifestyle is capturing each moment so that it becomes a new part of what we are and of what we are in the process of becoming. Lifestyle is not something we do; it is something we experience. And until we learn to be there, we will never master the art of living well. – Jim Rohn
~ Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new. ~Ursula LeGuin
~ Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman. ~ Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad
The Thunder, Perfect Mind – In 1945, fifty three ancient manuscripts were unearthed in Egypt at the site of a second-century Christian monastery. They contained a wonderful poem, “The Thunder, Perfect Mind,” written in the voice of a feminine wisdom:
For I am the first and the last.
I am the honored one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am strength and I am fear.
I am war and I am peace
Balance enhances all my thoughts and feelings.
I give my attention to balance.
Weaving and Braiding Magical Craft Ideas – By Patti Wigington, About.com http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/beltanecrafts/qt/WeavingBraiding.htm
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.
Braid or weave fiber or plants together as part of your magical workings. Image © Getty Images
Anja’s note on Braids
It was not an uncommon thing for a witch to be accused of braiding spells into their or someone else’s hair. Sea witches in particular are known to control the winds through braiding or knotting hair or cords. In many cultures a particular style of braid or placement of a small one somewhere on the head (think “paduan braid”….) meant initiation or membership into a group.
I’ve done the “braid into the hair” type of spells, but because my hair is so fine, braids don’t stay tidy, even small ones. I’ll make a charm with a loop or cord that can get incorporated into a braid, undo my hair in the morning and comb it out, then re-braid, adding the charm and renewing my intent each day for the duration of the spell.
Laminated Window Hangings for Mabon
You will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Mabon cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of vegetables or other Mabon figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.