The first time I got up it was very, very foggy. Now, it’s mostly lifted into the tree tops, but it’s still humid and misty. The computer says “400 feet”. Hmm…. Well, it’s 58F and quite still; just another late summer on the coast day.
Yesterday I got up very late. Tempus brought doughnuts since he was in Newport in the morning. I still wasn’t feeling very well, but at least I could work, so I got going on the newsletters right away.
Tempus went out to work on the brakes, got ’em off easily and then they wouldn’t go back on. He ran out in a tearing hurry, still in his coverall, to go do some work for our elderly friend. Kyaara had been out fishing, got two mudfish. 🙂 We talked for a bit about the woodcarving that she’s doing on some of that cherrywood that we picked up last winter and then I got back to work again.
By that point I was actually plugging files in, having gotten the astro and almanac info done. …and started getting distracted, working on OCPPG stuff….. and the exhibition…. but the newsletters were done around 4pm, along with a lot of other stuff like updating calendars.
In the evening I worked on that bid that I’ve been talking about off and on….and then the computer did something really bizarre and it took awhile to unstick everything…. first it was convinced that the mouse didn’t exist, then it kept trying to put an onscreen keyboard on top of things and then refused to do anything, then shut itself down completely with no one telling it to…. and then it started working right…. Go figure! I have to take it in, anyway, since it’s been nearly 1 1/2 years since this one got looked over.
Today we have more chores to get to. Sometime mid-afternoon Tempus is supposed to drop me off at the shop so I can get some sewing done while he goes and does chores for someone else, then we have esbat this evening.
For those that didn’t get it…. The smile yesterday was that those Renaissance Painters in the picture were wearing the masks of their namesake Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles….
Today is the Feast of Pan in Ancient Greece. There is an extensive Wikipedia article here about Pan, himself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_(god) This feast seems to have be more of a private celebration rather than civil. People would take foods to the shrines and picnic (etc.) nearby. There were some music competitions held in various of the towns in more rural areas, not the mannered competitions that were held in the large cities, but ones that included shepherd’s songs, playing on the panpipe and other reed pipes, etc. All of the links that I had about the competitions are broken, unfortunately, but they get commented on in various of the Greek comedies and even a few in the tragedies and other poetry from ancient Greece.
Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” , or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 at the Full on 9/8 at 9:38pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 8/29 at 7:13pm.
The wide W pattern of Cassiopeia is tilting up in the northeast after dark. Below the W’s last segment to the lower left, by a little farther than the segment’s length, look for an enhanced spot of the Milky Way’s glow if you have a dark enough sky. Binoculars will show this to be the Perseus Double Cluster — even through a fair amount of light pollution.
Mercury is deep in the sunset.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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
W 27 High 1:56 AM 7.1 6:33 AM Rise 8:41 AM 1
~ 27 Low 8:20 AM 0.3 8:01 PM Set 8:49 PM
~ 27 High 2:32 PM 7.0
~ 27 Low 8:39 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – No matter how much a private room in a hospital costs, they only give you a semiprivate gown.
~ The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. When we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly. – Thomas Paine
~ When you’re a winner, you come back no matter what happened the day before. – Billy Martin
~ Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing. – Phil Reinhardt
~ Nobody Trips over mountains. It’s small pebbles that cause you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles & you will cross mountains. – Phil Reinhardt
My sister my sister…
My heart breaks
As your energy wanes
We celebrate you.
Your life, your love.
But our Mother awaits, She holds her arms out.
She waits…to wrap you in Her loving arms.
There is a sweetness that She offers.
Our beloved sister dances her path to the end.
She smiles, her spirit soars.
Our hearts break… yet we celebrate.
Shekihinah our bodhisattva…will return. – Blessed Be! , GrannyMoon , Aug. 5 2007, Shekhinah Mountainwater, Author of Ariadne’s Thread, October 24, 1939 – August 11, 2007, Rest Well Dear Sister
When it comes to autumn decorating, think “progressive”! September’s leaf crafts complement Samhain and Thanksgiving decorations. Choose solid colors in green and gold and orange when you decorate for fall. Adding and removing a few holiday-specific items each month will keep decor fresh, without requiring a monthly overhaul.
Once you have a permanent working altar, keep it clean and fresh by designating a certain day each week to clean it up!
I try to do this every Sunday morning. Take off the melted wax and ash, smudge, dust and polish! This is a part of your sacred space, treat it well and it will do the same for you! )0( GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives