It’s rather grey out but the sun tries to come through every so often. More rain is forecast for later today, tonight and tomorrow. The fire danger has dropped to “moderate” out here, thank goodness. It’s right around 70F.
Yesterday was a full day. Tempus headed out to pick up another bookcase for the shop and put gas in the car. It took him awhile, since the folks with the bookcase have an extremely steep gravel drive and he got stuck trying to turn around. He got some help and got unstuck, but he realized, in running around the car, that the back tires were down to the cord…. if it’s not one thing, it’s another!
So, when he got home, he called around about tire prices and we decided to go to Les Schwab to get a new pair. At least it’s a good time of year to have that happen! He actually went this morning.
I spent a lot of the day organizing pictures. I started off with working on some of the programs in the computer, trying to get that scans done to make sure I don’t have something strange going on in the computer’s guts, but that takes long enough that I had to do something in betweens, so I was also doing scanning of some old photos. Along with that I spent quite a while putting away things from boxes that have been cleaned.There was quite a lot of the placemat/silver tong/napkin ring/commemorative plaque variety of “stuff” that had to be sorted and tucked away. Tempus and I both hunted up bottles for a project that a friend has going to requires small, clear bottles.
We had our historical re-creation household meeting last night at the shop and before it, Tempus and one of the young men wrassled the bookcase into the shop. We’re still not sure where we’re going to put it for the moment. It’s eventually going by the soaps. It was a fun meeting, but we got home late enough that Tempus went right to bed.
I stayed up for awhile starting to work on newsletters, and then had trouble getting to sleep. For some reason I had a bad case of wry neck yesterday and it made it tough to sleep. That’s why I got up at nearly noon!
By that time Tempus had done his paper route, gone grocery shopping, gotten the tires and started a bread loaf. Not too long after that he got word that the fellow who had Tempus’ little old Subaru was able to repair it anyway! So we now have two sets of working wheels. Tempus is going to be able to start racking up mileage on the little car that takes 1/2 the gas, and we’ll be able to move around independently. We’ll have to go pick it up later today.
Herbs Outdoors is supposed to be at 3pm. I’m going to schedule the car pick-up to one side or the other of that, but the weather may not cooperate. It’s gone sunny and the temp is rising. It’s up to 72! I don’t know whether this is a sucker hole or a good omen….
The rest of what I have to work on today is newsletter stuff and house chores.
Today is the anniversary of the event in Washington DC where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. More info on Wikipedia
“I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream . . .”
“”I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!”.
This speech stands among the greatest in our nation’s history. It shaped the conscience of my generation. It still makes me weep with the beauty of it. You can listen here: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. I harvested some yesterday afternoon around 4pm and here at nearly 9am, having washed my hands several times, I can still detect it! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday! Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop at 541-563-7154.
Love & Light,
The Moon is at the Waning Quarter at 2:35am. 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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the quarter on 8/28 at 2:35 AM. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 8/31 at 4:36pm.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 5:35 a.m. EDT – Last Quarter Moon – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 11:30 p.m. and sets around 2:45 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
By about 9 p.m. now (depending on where you live), W-shaped Cassiopeia has risen as high in the northeast as the Big Dipper is in the northwest. Midway between them, and a bit higher, is Polaris. Cassiopeia will grow more ascendant over the Dipper in the coming weeks and months as the seasons turn.
Saturn (magnitude +0.7, on the border of Virgo and Libra) glows in the southwest as twilight fades, with Spica 13° to its lower right and bright Venus farther 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
Celtic Tree month of Muin/Vine, Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (MUHN, like “foot”),
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. Runic half-month of Raidho/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
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 28 Low 12:50 AM 0.9 6:35 AM Set 2:49 PM 55
~ 28 High 7:08 AM 5.0 7:59 PM
~ 28 Low 12:29 PM 2.9
~ 28 High 6:41 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A skeptic is a person who when he sees the handwriting on the wall claims it’s a forgery.
~ Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~ The superior man is satisfied and composed, the mean man is always full of distress. – Confucius
~ Fools desire flesh; the wise love souls.
~ With practice, the quality of your deeds gets down to your soul. – Frank Crane
Entrapment of the heart is nothing,
As the world around us sleeps.
Unable to be understood,
Chained within our souls so deep.
Kicking and screaming I will not go,
Even when I lie awake.
Troubled with the weight of knowing,
Yelling back at hands of hate.
Soon after when we’re invisible again,
and knowing it’s up to fate.
The tunnel at the end is not bright,
And all the hope is cast from light.
The Raven sings his healing song,
As the mockingbird sits still.
Breathing in deeply and plunging myself in,
I can not fight the void.
The possibility of getting hurt,
Dwells within my mind.
I do not understand the pain,
And I know I’ve said it a million times.
Laying in the clouds we did,
Laughing to peace we slept.
When we woke up the clouds were gone,
And we found ourselves alone.
Goddess Bless & Blessed Be,
Doug Middlemiss Starr
Summer sun begins to wane,
The trees all fall asleep
The harvest’s in, the birds fly south
The leaves are piling deep.
Indian Summer Days are rare,
Long nights bring morning frost,
Fall flowers drying in the fields
Life’s beauty fades, is lost ~ Catriona Lovett (c) 2002
For the golden corn and the apple on the tree,
For the golden butter and the honey from the bees,
For the fruits and nuts and berries we gather on our way,
We praise the loving Mother Earth and thank Her everyday. – Beliefnet member loumom, Appropriate for many faiths