It’s 60F and overcast, clouds just barely above the trees. It’s actually a tiny bit brighter than it’s been for several days. Maybe well see some sun today? Yesterday there were a few breaks where sunshine came pouring through, but they were short enough to almost qualify as sucker holes….
Yesterday both Tempus and I were really tired. There’s so much to do on Saturdays that often neither of us gets quite enough sleep and Tempus *really* went short on Saturday. He stayed awake through class though and then *I* fell asleep, but he finally got a few hours worth in the recliner in the afternoon.
The shop was pretty quiet today. Shoppers, but not many buyers. Marius came in during the afternoon and we talked for quite awhile about OCPPG among other things.
Tempus and I between us got part of the quartz sorted and set out and all of the new books! There’s a set of “Matthew” books (channeled) and a set of books on Transcendental Meditation among others.
Today I’m going to try to get the herbs put away in back, the way I had hoped to yesterday.
Today’s Feast is the Lychnapsia, the “lights of Isis”. There are two stories in the Isis myth associated with this. One is that this day is her birthday and people lighted the lamps in her honor. The other the lamp that she carried while searching for the pieces of her husband’s body. More on the myth here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis
“At the times when they gather together at the city of Sais for their sacrifices, on a certain night they all kindle lamps many in number in the open air round about the houses; now the lamps are saucers full of salt and oil mixed, and the wick floats by itself on the surface, and this burns during the whole night; and to the festival is given the name Lychnocaia (“Lamp Lighting”). Moreover those of the Egyptians who have not come to this solemn assembly observe the night of the festival and themselves also light lamps all of them, and thus not in Sais alone are they lighted, but over all Egypt: and as to the reason why light and honour are allotted to this night, about this there is a sacred story told.” – Herodotus, Histories, Book II, Chapter 62
“The 4th-century-CE Calender of Philocalus lists a festival called the Lychnapsia Philocaliana on August 12th. As you may be able to guess, it was a lamp-lighting festival. The scholars who have studied it seem reasonably certain that it was an Isis festival because a.) the August 12th date of this lamp festival is at roughly the same time as the great Egyptian Festival of Lights at the epagomenal birthdays of the Deities, b.) Isis was extremely popular in Rome and anything Egyptian would have been considered Isiac as well, and c.) there are “Egyptian Days” designated on the calendar several days before and several days after the Lychnapsia.” http://isiopolis.com/
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Solar spells: Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar –
The Moon is a Waxing Crescent. 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. Phase ends on 8/20 at 6:45pm.
Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/14 at 3:56am.
Monday, August 12, 2013, all night – Perseid meteor shower – The peak of the Perseid meteor shower, usually the best in the year, occurs in the middle of the day on Monday August 12, so both the night before and the night after will both be good to observe meteors. Usually meteors are more frequent after local midnight, around 1 a.m. local daylight saving time. The crescent moon setting before 11 p.m. won’t interfere with the meteors, which are best observed from a dark country location.
Monday, August 12, 2013, evening – Saturn and the Moon – Saturn will be just above the waxing crescent Moon.
Saturn is low in the southwestern sky as dusk falls, and sets around 11 p.m.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL), hazel
Runic half-month of Thorn, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe. 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.
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Coll/Hazel – Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL) – 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).
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 12 High 4:32 AM 6.0 6:16 AM Rise 12:30 PM 23
~ 12 Low 10:30 AM 1.2 8:26 PM Set 11:05 PM
~ 12 High 4:52 PM 7.4
~ 12 Low 11:35 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happy feelings will attract more happy circumstances. It is so very important that you find ways to shift your feelings so they are more positive. The more things you can feel joyful, happy, and grateful about, the more you will attract positive, wonderful things.
~ Acquiring a degree or initiation is meaningless unless it really indicates a certain mastery has been attained. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Daring is the simple key to magick and psychic ability. You have to believe before you put the magick key in the lock or it won’t work. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ You cannot make changes by turning your back on the future or turning away from progress. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. – Dalai Lama
FOR SHEKHINAH MOUNTAINWATER, SEA PRIESTESS OF THE MOON BY FLASH SILVERMOON
Sea Priestess of the Moon drifting through heaven’s sweet gate
Sleep once more on the consoling breast of the Goddess
Let Her take you in Her arms and rock you ‘til your fears are gone
and your tears join Her Ocean once more
Like the Sirens of olde sea lions sing to you from their rocky coves singing come-come join in our song
Like the Selkies of olde who no mortal could hold the pacifying Ocean will show you the way home
Like Ariadne and her thread you wove a culture and a web
And forever your words will weave the hearts and souls of generations to come honoring each woman old and young
The Ansisters will greet you when you cross the great Sea and honor you with velvets and flowers and weed
Now pain and worries of the world can’t bind you and there is nothing to do but feel all the love that surrounds you
Go to Her now dear sister, lover, friend and know that this is both beginning and end
From the Directions Five: Air, Fire, Water, Earth, Spirit
We will never forget..We will never forget. – Love and Blessings Flash Silvermoon, The Wise Woman’s Tarot – http://www.flashsilvermoon.com <http://www.flashsilvermoon.com/>
Magick – July 25, 2013 – Wave Motion – Hado by Madisyn Taylor
The study of hado tells us that the energetic vibrations from our thoughts affect our physical realities.
Walking through a Japanese garden, one truly feels the life force energy that is known as Hado. Hado isn’t just present in Japan, but it is a concept that has existed in Japan for centuries. The two Japanese characters that make up the word Hado mean “wave” and “move” – perfect words to describe the energy vibrations that permeate all life. Hado is present in all things, animate and inanimate. It resides everywhere, even in the air and in people.
The study of hado tells us that the energetic vibrations from our thoughts effect on our physical realities. Each of us has the ability to manifest a specific intention through the hado that we send out from making our jewelry shine to changing the atmosphere of a room full of people to transforming the hado of an empty space. However, we are often unaware that our thoughts are creating vibrations in the world outside our minds. Once we know that this is the case, we can become more aware of our negative thinking and train ourselves to stay positive and think with intention.
Giving thanks for a meal before we eat can change the energy of our food. Expressing gratitude by thoughts or words makes a huge difference to both the giver and recipient because you are sending them hado. A kind smile really makes a difference when you work consciously with hado. Once we become aware of the power of hado, we can create positive changes in every area of our lives: our physical space, mental and emotional health, relationships, and businesses. One of the most important principles of hado is to monitor your thoughts and intentions every day. Enjoy the improvements that you will create in your life and the world around you by consciously working with hado.
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