Update – Just after publishing the newsletter I found out there was a strong earthquake in the San Francisco area earlier this morning. Soon’s I knew I started getting horribly sleepy!
It’s 52F and quite overcast. They’re talking about “partly cloudy” today.
Yesterday was busy and productive, but by the end of the day I was in that horrid state, when I was too tired to do anything, but unable to just sit still. Before things went too far before we opened I went to talk to Leslie (Chocolate Frog) and Chris (Tactical Response) and Mike (the guy in the spot just north of us), (iow the other businesses on our corner) about next weekend. They all know about the Exhibition and are interested to see what happens.
Herbs Workshop started off in the morning with prepping roses, and then clover and self-heal. After that we made chamomile shampoo, just one small batch, but everyone got to see the method. We went on to finishing the lotion bars and talked a lot about the various recipes that we want to work on during the fall as the harvest comes in and gets taken care of.
After everyone headed home, Marius was already there, working on a project. We talked over a bunch of things, then I got the incense order that came to the house on Friday set up, priced and ready for sale. After that I cleaned up from class…which took a little doing with the messiness from the lotion bars, because Marius was planning on taking a look at some of the stuff that we have for next weekend’s Exhibition. He never got there, but things are ready for class-time, anyway.
Debbie and Peggy stopped by for a bit of a chat while I was sewing and I ended up with a new “do”. Long hair is fun to play with! That took up a chunk of Sewing Workshop time, but Marius kept laughing at us being “girlie”…. (my wording, not his!) Wow, I’m grey!
Tempus went home, since it was busy, although not the crazy numbers of people, just steady, and we’ve been itching about the brakes on my car. The good news is that it looks as though he’s only going to have to replace the pads, which he can do. The bad was that one pad is completely gone!
Lou Pettit stopped by. We found out, finally, that the Moose isn’t available for OCPPG, but he thinks that the Senior Center might be, so we talked it over and he went back to check, then called and panicked me because he said that the Quilters had it reserved on the 13th…. of course that’s September. 🙂 He has to check the *other* calendar for October.
I got some more of the blackwork fabric pouches finished and worked on my headcloth, and that was when I hit that “too tired” point. Marius and I talked while he finished up his project. Tempus finally got back with his news and we closed up and headed home, having brats and salad for supper and turning in, early. I’m writing most of this around 4am, having waked up and then being kept awake by the beeping of Tempus’ cell phone as they try to set up the newspaper run for the day. Papers were running way late coming out from the Valley.
Today’s going to be busy. We have the 101 class this morning, and then both an Elders’ Council meeting and the last OCPPG staff meeting during the afternoon, along with the Project Day stuff! I’m hoping everything goes quickly, especially since all I managed was dozing after waking up during the night.
Today’s feast is the Bartholomew Fair, which may have descended from the Mania, the feast of Ceres, Mania, and the Manes, in the sense of honoring cthonic and grain deities. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomew_Fair On the Manes here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manes and Mania (goddess of the dead) here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mania_(mythology)
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
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Love & Light,
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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 8/25 at 7:13am.
Mars and Saturn are closest together this evening and Monday evening, separated by 3.4°. They’re the same brightness but not the same color. And compare Mars’s color to that of its rival Antares >>> , not quite as bright, in Scorpius about 20° to the left. Mars will pass Antares by just 3° in late September.
Mars and Saturn, both magnitude +0.6, glow in the southwest at dusk, finally having their conjunction. Mars is the lower one. They’ll be just 3½° apart from August 23rd to 26th, then will widen again slowly. Compare their colors! In a telescope, Mars is just a tiny 7 arcseconds wide. Saturn’s dimmer globe is 17 arcseconds wide, and its rings span 38 arcseconds from end to end. The fainter star just to their right is the wide binocular double Alpha Librae, magnitudes 2.8 and 5.2.
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. 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
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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
Su 24 High 12:04 AM 7.3 6:30 AM Rise 5:46 AM 2
24 Low 6:48 AM -0.1 8:07 PM Set 7:26 PM
24 High 1:06 PM 6.5
24 Low 6:52 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Come what may, hold fast to love! Though men should rend your heart, let them not embitter or harden it. We win by tenderness; we conquer by forgiveness.
~ He that leaves nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things. – George Saville, 1st Marquess of Halifax
~ To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first. – William Shakespeare
~ Build a bridge and get over it – Paul Sheppard
~ Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, as you can all read the Book? – Sogoyewapha, “Red Jacket” – Senaca
I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade … – WH Auden, Anglo-American poet
During Passover, Jews are not allowed to eat chametz, or leavened bread, or to have any in their possession. Homes are traditionally cleaned from top to bottom, so as not to allow for the possibly of a single breadcrumb to remain. Likewise, this is the perfect time to do your own spring-cleaning, both of the physical and the spiritual sort. As you sweep, vacuum, and scrub, imagine removing any negativity that has built up right along with the dust and dirt. When you are done, set up a white cloth on a table or shelf near the heart of the house and place a bell, sage or cedar incense, a lighter, salt, a chalice or cup filled with water, and a stirring device on this altar. Place a new broom nearby, then use the broom to symbolically sweep the house, beginning in the back rooms and always going toward the door.
Open the door and sweep all of the negativity that you have gathered outside, saying: “I sweep out the old and gather in the new.”
Shut the door and return to the altar. Light the incense, saying: “By air and fire, I cleanse and bless my home. Let it be a place of wisdom and love.”
Go around the house in a clockwise circle, smudging, making sure to get into every nook and cranny.
Finally, pour three spoonfuls of salt into the water and stir, saying, “By water and earth, I cleanse and bless my home. May it be a place of healing and sanctuary.”
Repeat the clockwise circle, carrying a chalice of salt water from which you carefully sprinkle. Return to the altar and ask for the blessings of your patron deities.
“By my will, and with your blessings, this rite is done.”
Ring the bell.
By: Lady MoonDance, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast