Sunrise this morning was really lovely. Just before the sun came up it turned all the scattered puffs of cloud to a brilliant pink against a turquoise sky. Later, with the sun hidden behind another bit of cloud they turned golden behind grey. Now, it’s 61F and clouded over although it’s thin enough for some sun to be getting through.
Chickadees are jumping around in the clematis and checking the feeder for the seed that isn’t there. We haven’t been feeding them over the summer. It’s getting on time to start, though.
Yesterday the sunshine was *so* amazing in the morning! After I got the newsletter out, I sat for quite awhile just watching the morning. It stayed chilly for a bit, but the sun finally warmed things up. By noon it was 62F.
When the sun stopped coming through the window, I got to work on the newsletters. I was done by 10:30 and working on mail, then I got frustrated with the mail program and put together the newest Mab’s blog post.
Tempus got home around 11am and he made us a yum breakfast of sausage, heart-shaped egg and pancakes. After that, he curled up for a nap while I was making yet another try at a chicken roll, then I crawled in and took a nap and then we both got up and got going on chores. Nice to have a day when we can just collapse for a bit!
I spent the afternoon alternately drawing, writing, going through mail, and putting things up on the shelves. I managed one load of laundry is all. <groan> I’ve gotta do better today. Tempus was working on the boxes outside, but I’m ending up stymied, because there’s stuff I can’t lift on top of some of the stuff I need to sort!
Around dark he suddenly panicked, because he had forgotten to put more gas in the car. Nothing’s open at 3am until Newport! So he ran out and did that and we had supper when he got back and he crashed. I was still drawing, copying the designs from the needlebooks.
Somewhere around midnight I went outside to see whether it was clear enough to see meteors. I saw a few, but the sky was starting to cloud up. It turned the ones I could see into bright blobs behind the cloud. One seemed to explode and made a sudden bright patch. <sighs happily>
Today we have more chores. I’m going to get the ads for OCPPG put together and Tempus is going to have to do some dishes. He washed some small pieces yesterday that were from a shadowbox. They weren’t with the shadowbox! Go figure. We’re finding bits and pieces that are separated from each other like that.
The rain over the weekend seems to have calmed down a lot of the fires. Around the Wolf Creek sanctuary, it poured. Of course, the lightning sparked more. <sigh> No one’s been able to get to the area to see whether it’s ok.
Today’s Feast is from the Ferry Fair in Scotland. The Burry Man walks through and around the town for one day right around this time. No one’s really sure where the custom originated, but it may be a scapegoat custom, as in some places it is done when harvests or fish runs are poor. The Burry Man wears a costume of local plants, mostly burs, which stick together and are prickly and uncomfortable. It takes around 11,000 burs to cover him up! He’s usually exhausted at the end of the day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burryman
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar –
The Moon is at the Waxing Quarter. 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. 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. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends on 8/19 at 6:45am.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 6:56 a.m. EDT – First Quarter Moon – The First Quarter Moon rises around 2:30 p.m. and sets around 12:30 a.m. It dominates the evening sky.
Look for orange Antares lower left of the Moon after dusk, with the other stars of upper Scorpius around it. Near the zenith shines the Summer Star, Vega.
Look far down to Mars‘ lower left, as dawn brightens, for Mercury (magnitude —1). It’s sinking lower every day. Don’t confuse Mercury with Procyon, far down to Mars’s lower right.
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 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 14 Low 12:39 AM 0.7 6:19 AM Rise 2:44 PM 43
~ 14 High 6:46 AM 5.0 8:23 PM
~ 14 Low 12:07 PM 2.3
~ 14 High 6:34 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you have a heart, use it for someone to love…emotions are the soul of the heart…without it you are like a tree without fruit…..live yourr life….
~ If you cannot find the truth where you are, where do you hope to find it? – Dogen
~ To have and not to give is often worse than to steal. – Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach
~ Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds. – Einstein
~ At twenty you have many desires which hide the truth, but beyond forty there are only real and fragile truths -your abilities and your failings. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the joy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.
From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.
O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.
There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom. – Li-Young Lee – (Rose)
Magick – June 6, 2013 – Staying Grounded – Foot Cleansing Rituals by Madisyn Taylor
Our feet are our primary means of connecting with the earth but remain so neglected confined to shoes.
In most contemporary cultures, where there aren’ t many opportunities to go barefoot, few acts are as intimate as touching the feet of another person. Our feet are our primary means of connecting with the earth, yet they usually remain confined in shoes or sandals. Cleansing the feet of a friend or loved one is a sign of trust, closeness, and openness. Cleansing your own feet can be a relaxing interlude that can help you feel refreshed. Foot cleansing also has become a popular stress reliever and beautification ritual.
Ritual foot cleansing has a long and intricate history involving many methods and motivations. It has been used as an initiation, a welcoming gesture, a purification ceremony, and as a means to demonstrate humbleness. Cleansing ceremonies involving the feet are performed in many different parts of the world. In many cases, the meaning of the ritual was twofold. It was a way of cleaning a guest’s feet before entering a home and a sign of hospitality. In Buddhism, clean water mixed with sandalwood to clean the feet is one of the eight typical offerings. By cleansing the feet of an enlightened being, it is possible to cleanse one’s own karma.
You can perform a foot washing ritual on yourself or a companion as a ceremonial activity or as a way to unwind. You may want to start by trying a traditional ritual, or you might feel comfortable inventing your own. Try mixing elements like traditional flower infused water with something more modern like a sugar scrub. Take the time to set your intention for the foot washing ritual. Perhaps you would like to cleanse away old energies in your life so you may step freely toward your future. Or, maybe soaking your feet in warm water will help you relax after a long day at work. Remember to thank your feet for their support. Whether done with pleasure or as an offering, a foot cleansing ritual is a sacred act that honors the divine in you and others.
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Email flames from some guy named “Fluffy.”
Traces of kitty litter in your keyboard.
You find you’ve been subscribed to strange newsgroups such as “alt.recreation.catnip.”
Your web browser has a new home page: “Official Site for Garfield and Friends.”
Your mouse has teeth marks in it.
Hate-emails to Mad Dog software company.
Your keyboard smells like tuna.
You keep finding new software around your house, such as “SimKitty” and “WarCat II.”
Your instant messenger username has been changed to “Mouse_Ninja.”
Little kitty carpal-tunnel braces near the scratching post.
“Unlike cats, computers are not purr-fect.”