Yesterday everything went very far sideways from what I had expected. After I got the newsletter out, I curled up next to Tempus. I went so soundly asleep that I slept through several phone calls (the phone plays the Ride of the Valkyries at full volume!), him getting up and thumping around and even him dropping some things in the kitchen!
So, he took off for the shop without me…. He had a busy day, finished revamping the amulet display, too. I spent the day writing and drawing. I’ve got a good long start into the Mab’s Creations kit for the needlebooks.
When he got home the Moon had risen. She was beautiful and bright, hanging low in the sky. All night I kept wandering outside to look. Yeah, I had trouble sleeping…but I’m heading back to bed in a few minutes. Around 5, it looked like a searchlight was shining across the house, throwing a sharp shadow on the wall of the house next door!
Today I have to get going on the newsletters for the week. Tempus still has to do the grass and I’m hoping he’s going to get far enough around the back, so that I can reach the blackberries. We’re starting to get some ripe ones. Other than that today is a chore day.
Today’s Feast is the Full Moon. This is one of the more important celebrations in the Wiccan calendar. Full Moon night is the time for the workings with the strongest magickal power. Tonight is the Corn Moon, not quite the Harvest Moon, but big and bright and beautiful!
Today’s plant, Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar –
The Moon is Full. 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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full 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. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 8/22 at 6:45pm. 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 New Moon on 9/5 4:36am.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 9:45 p.m. EDT – Full Moon – The Full Moon of August is usually called the Corn Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon, Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon. In Cree it is called Opunhopizun, meaning “moon young ducks begin to fly.” The Full Moon rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky. The Moon rises around sunset and shines in dim Aquarius after dark.
Uranus is in Pisces, rising in the late evening.
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
Tu 20 Low 6:39 AM -1.3 6:26 AM Set 6:03 AM 97
~ 20 High 12:59 PM 7.3 8:13 PM Rise 7:45 PM
~ 20 Low 6:48 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I Am Grateful, For I Feel Abundantly Blessed.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Pick a noteworthy figure in politics, sports, music, or film about whom you know a great deal and whom you admire. Write a narrative about this person’s life and work.
~ A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. – Nelson Mandela
~ I see no reason why I should tickle stones or waste time on polishing bronze. – Louise Nevelson (1889-1988) Russian artist
~ America is a country that doesn’t know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
~ Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. – German Proverb
Friendship, kindness, generosity,
Humor, wit, a harbor free of shoals —
These bring far more joy than ecstasy.
Yet there are those who, bored by harmony,
Prefer an edgy dissonance that holds
The prospect of a life near duty free,
Adventure unconstrained as time unfolds.
There is, of course, no choice without its cost.
One must be this or that or in between.
And what one isn’t stays within the heart.
Wisdom lies in knowing what is lost.
The self’s less self less selfless, and more mean,
While loving is a rich yet ruthless art. © by Nicholas Gordon
Foods – Cornbread, Wheat products, Bread (especially whole wheat or multigrain), Grains, Corn, Beans, Rice, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oat cakes
Berries, Blackberries Grapes, Nuts & Seeds, (acorns, sunflower seed), Dried fruits, Apples (dried, baked, fresh or in cider) pomegranates,
Squash, Roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc),
Wine, Ale and, Cider, Grape juice,
Herbs – hazel, corn, acorns, vines, ivy, cedar, passion flowers, honeysuckle, Apple, balm of Gilead, calendula, corn acorn, cypress cone, hazel, milk thistle, mugwort, myrrh, oak, orris root, passion flower, pine cone, rose, sage
Incenses and oils – benzoin, myrrh. pine, frankincense, jasmine, cinnamon, clove. Myrrh, Sage, Pine, Frankincense, Jasmine, Cinnamon
Colors/Candles – brown, green, orange, red, deep gold, scarlet, yellow, maroon, purple, violet and indigo. Orange, Dark red, Yellow, Brown, Violet, Deep gold
Gemstones – yellow agate, carnelian, yellow topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli and amethyst, Carnelian, Lapis lazuli, Sapphire, Yellow agate
Goddesses – all Fruit and Vegetable Deities, Harvest Deities, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres The Muses (Greek), Pamona (Roman
Gods – All Wine Gods, Gods of Fruits, Dionysus (Roman), Bacchus (Greek), Thoth (Egyptian).
Symbols and Altar decorations – autumn leaves and autumn flowers, marigolds, gourds, berries, pine and cypress cones, acorns, a small statue or figurine representing the Triple Goddess in her Mother aspect and other corresponding deities. All harvest symbols, corn, red poppies, nuts, grains, leaves, oak sprigs, wreaths, vine, grapes, cornucopia, horns of plenty, apples, grapes, vines, garland, Acorns, Pomegranates, Pine cones, Baskets of fallen leaves, Horn of Plenty
Activities to celebrate Autumn Equinox
Have a thanksgiving feast.
Can and preserve fruits and vegetables.
Hang dried ears of corn on the front door.
Serve wine in honour of the God and beans and squashes in honour of the Goddess.
Call upon the elementals and honor them for their help with (N-earth) home and finances,
(E-air) school and knowledge, (S-fire) careers and accomplishments, (W-water) emotional balance and fruitful relationships.
Tend your garden, thanking the plants and flowers for their abundance, harvesting whatever is ready, collecting seeds and leave an offering.
Make a mandala of seeds and grains on the ground, as a gift for the animals and birds.
Bake a loaf of bread or cookies in the shape of a sun or with a sun design.
Gather donations of food and/or clothing for a favorite charity.
Decorate your altar with leaves, acorns, berries, and other things symbolic of nature’s bounty.
Some chose to sprinkle Autumn leaves around the house as decoration, the leaves can be dipped in paraffin and put on wax paper. After the leaves dry, they may be placed around the house or in large jars with sigils of protection and/or abundance carved lightly into them.
Spellwork for protection, wealth and prosperity, and security, include spells that will bring into balance and harmony the energies either in a room, home, or situation. health, security, feelings of self-confidence
Make a beverage of: hot apple cider. Apple rules the heart, cider alone is a self-love potion. Spice it with a stick of cinnamon, ruled by Jupiter and the Sun. It also makes the house smell wonderful