I started my day yesterday, in clearing old mail and doing filing. Tempus was already up and he headed out pretty quickly after doing some basic chores. I went in and cleaned the bathroom and sorted laundry then went back to work on blog updates. Eventually I got far enough to start on newsletters for the week and alternated that with more filing until I just flat wore out.
Today he’s house cleaning for a friend. I’m going to finish work on the newsletters for the week, work on a bid project and then try to get outside to work in the garden. All of my plans for sewing today derailed from a nasty asthma attack.
The beautiful Alsea Bay Bridge at night. Photo (C) Grand Central Pizza on Facebook. Looks like the photo is from the shoreline below the Alsi Resort.
Today is the anniversary of the discovery of the parasite that causes malaria in 1898. Sir Ronald Rose was knighted and received a Nobel prize for his work. The page is a facsimile of the notebook sheet on which he recorded seeing “pigmented bodies” in the guts of the mosquitoes that he later figured out were the malaria parasites. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Ross See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malarial_parasite
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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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 Tide Change of the New on 8/25 at 7/13am. 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 9/20 at 7:13pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 8/23 at 7:13pm.
Wednesday, Aug. 20, dawn – Jupiter and the Beehive – Jupiter passes just south of the Beehive Star Cluster in Cancer >>>, visible only if you have a very low clear eastern horizon.
Roam the deep-sky sights just above the <<< Sagittarius Teapot pattern with Sue French’s “Deep-Sky Wonders” guided tour in the August Sky & Telescope, page 56. Do you know the Summer Christmas Tree?
Venus is low in the eastern sky, rising just before the Sun. Close encounters with Jupiter and the Beehive Cluster on the 18th, low in the dawn sky.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – 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 20 Low 3:57 AM 0.4 6:25 AM Rise 2:06 AM 27
~ 20 High 10:30 AM 5.5 8:13 PM Set 5:07 PM
~ 20 Low 3:47 PM 2.9
~ 20 High 9:43 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make love, not war…..
~ By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
~ Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011
The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. – John F. Kennedy
~ Habits are no accident. Part of creating your own reality is taking responsibility for habits that have become problems in your life. – Kerr Cuhulain
Since these [powerful destructive] forces are working themselves out and since it is inevitable that they continue to do so, there is no reason why some of us should not take on the job of keeping alive, through the apocalyptic historical vista that stretches before us, a modest thoughtfulness which, without pretending to solve everything, will constantly be prepared to give some human meaning to everyday life. – Albert Camus; ‘Neither Victims nor Executioners’
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
Eclectic: Because it seemed right to her at the time. She used some Egyptian style corn and a Celtic sounding word for the road and incorporated some Native American elements into her Corn-name, Chicken-Who-Dances-and-Runs-with-the-Wolves.
Feri: In twilight times and under sparkling stars, those properly trained can still see the chickens crossing the roads. Reconnecting with these “fey-fowl” as they cross is crucial to restoring the balance between the energies of modern development and living with the earth.
Family Traditional: Growing up, we didn’t think much about “crossing the road.” A chicken was a chicken. It crossed the road because that was what worked to get her to the other side. We focused on what worked, and we worked more with the elders of the barnyard and less with all this “guardians of the chickencoop” business. We didn’t get our concepts of “chickens” or “the other side” from Gardner, either. You can choose not to believe us since we did not “scratch down” on paper what was clucked to us orally (which, at certain times in history, was the only way to avoid becoming Easter chicken soup!), but that doesn’t change the facts: there were real chickens, and they really did cross the road!
Kitchen Witch: The chicken crossed the road to get food, to get a rooster, or to get away from me after I decided to have chicken for supper!
Left Hand Path: White, fluffy chickens prancing across the road! Do you think that is all there is to crossing the road? Do you dare to know the dark side of crossing the road and the other path to self-development?
New Age: The chicken crossed the road because she chose this as one of her lessons to learn in this life. Besides, there was so much incense and bright, white corn to explore on the Other Side.
Newbie: well, ’cause I read in this really kewl book that said, like, chickens are supposed to cross the road, right?
Posting on an Online Discussion Group: What do you mean “why did the chicken cross the road?”???!!!??? Haven’t you read **any** of the previous posts? We’ve been [expletive deleted] debating every word of that question, painstakingly trying to come to some kind of answer. I know you wrote “all i wnted to know was why chickens cross the road, i’m not looking for any chicken spells” but I’m fed up with newbies who can’t even bother to REEEEEEEEAAADDD the posts on that very topic! No, this is *not* a flame. But, I and several others here have the *maturity* to properly explore and respond to this question, and IMHO we were properly trained; we *didn’t* just read a book and think we were full-fledged chickens LOL (whew, feeling much better after ranting ;-D )
Radical Faeries: We Fowlies are Gay cocks and other Queer birds who flock together to explore our unique ways of dodging traffic and hatching eggs of cluck-CLUCK consciousness. Some Fowlies roost in cock-only coops. Some roost in panfeather coops where Gay cocks frolic with roosters who prefer other monikers to describe themselves, as well as hens and chicks, and chickens who choose not to be called roosters or hens, and beings who choose not to be called poultry. Fowlies often attempt to create community out of ritual, sharing and cooperation, except for those Fowlies who are attempting to create community out of subversion of process and structure, as well as some who simply enjoy clucking around celebrating chaos, chicanery, and chic enthusiasm. Sometimes we peck at each other, lose our heads, and then bake more quiche. Many Fowlies are “spiritual,” lifting all or part of their road from any one of the world’s religions or spiritualities whereas some find their road in reacting against spirituality and religion as its own evil. Some Fowlies love to get gussied up and display their plumage in the woods, some like to flaunt their feathers anywhere they can, and some Fowlies don’t look particularly different from chickens on any other street. Sometimes Fowlies stay up until cockcrow to drum, strut and cluck by a campfire, while some cross the road to get far away from all the squawking and get some sleep. This is what Fowlies are, except for Fowlies for which none of this applies.
Reclaiming: “Didn’t we settle this in the November meeting?” ….”Yeah, why do we have to keep revisiting consensus all the time?” ….”Actually, in November we decided that the chicken did cross the road, but we ran out of time for why.” ….”Well, I think the chicken came before the egg.” ….”Can we stick to the point here!? Was it an organic free-range chicken, or did it escape from one of those awful factory farms?” ….”OK, everybody—breathe!! Remember that we’re here for all the chickens.” ….”I see lots of hands. Pondweed, then Mudflap, then …”
Solitaire: The chicken didn’t want to be part of a coven or an oven.
Shaman: Crossing the road is a way to reconnect with the healing, visionary lifeways of the past. Chickens have long known this, but increasingly the Rooster’s Movement is adding more roosters to the crossings too.
Snert: Hey, are you guys really chickens? Can you give me a spell that will make a chicken cross the road?
Vodun: After the feast we gather in silence. On the ground, a mambo draws the gatekeeper’s sacred veve with cornmeal while several drops of rum are offered. At the syncopated signal of the drums and rattles, we call to the guardian of the crossroads: “Papa Legba!! Open the gate for me!! Ago eh!! Open the gate for me, Papa!! For me to pass, when I return, I will thank the Lwa!” Offerings are made: tobacco, sweet potatoes, plantains. Then, seizing the black rooster, with one hand on its head, the houngan wrings its neck. The remaining chickens wait anxiously with us for the other Lwa to arrive as the drummers and dancers continue to ride the waves of ecstatic rhythm.
Wiccan: The chicken crossed the road because she felt like she was finally “coming home.” She could do it alone or with others, but she had to call to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the Barnyard first … uhm, after casting the circle.