It’s just on the low side fo 60F and while the computer is saying, “overcast at 100 feet”, the sky is blue over the house. When we were coming home last night all the lights had halos and you could see the bottom side of the clouds right over us where the fog wasn’t. …but not this morning!
Yesterday started slowly and I got little done. I kept waiting for Tempus to get ready to go and then he found out that he wasn’t needed after all…so we ended up doing some chores. I also have ink for my printer, so I started getting various headers ready for printing. That meant I had to replace the ink cartridges….why does that take so blasted long? …and then it kept telling me the paper was jammed….when there wasn’t any paper in it….. Try my patience, much? Dang!
The picture is the chamomile shampoo that we made on Saturday, having settled. It smells delicious! >>>> Yes, that’s a Neutrogena bottle. No, the base is Castille soap. I used the old bottle ‘coz it has a spout!
Tempus got the brakes on my car done. I spent awhile in the afternoon working on getting some orders placed and cleaning my study. I’m still not sure why that took as long as it did.
We finally headed down to esbat and had a good one. A lot got done, although a couple of things need to be bounced off of some of the other members. One big one is that we’re not going to go on the long camping trip as we had planned. Several people weren’t going to be able to make it. 😦
Today I’ll be at the shop. Tempus is helping our elderly friend run errands, but he has several that we need run, too. I’m going to be working on getting ready for the exhibition.
Wow! He’s gorgeous!
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
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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 Great Square of Pegasus is now well up in the east as soon as nightfall is complete. It’s larger than your fist at arm’s length and currently stands on one corner. Seen from your latitude at your time, how close is the balance to perfect?
Venus (magnitude –3.9) and Jupiter (a sixth as bright at magnitude –1.8) shine low in the east-northeast during dawn. Jupiter is the upper one. They’re drawing farther apart each morning: from 5° apart on August 23rd to 12° by the 30th. Jupiter is moving higher, and Venus is gradually sinking a little lower.
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
Th 28 High 2:33 AM 6.9 6:35 AM Rise 9:41 AM 4
~ 28 Low 8:50 AM 0.6 8:00 PM Set 9:17 PM
~ 28 High 3:01 PM 7.1
~ 28 Low 9:17 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I don’t have to see what my heart tells me is true.
~ We must ask where we are and whither we are tending. – Abraham Lincoln
~ If nations could only depend upon fair and impartial judgments in a world court of law, they would abandon the senseless, savage practice of war. – Belva Lockwood (1830-1917) US attorney
~ I walk firmer and more secure uphill than down. – Michel de Montaigne
~ For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value. – Claude Monet (1840-1926) French landscape painter
Your head’s like mine, like all our heads; big enough to contain every god and… devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in there! But what do we choose to keep in this miraculous cabinet? Little broken things, sad trinkets that we play with over and over. The world turns our key and we play the same little tune again and again and we think that tune’s all we are. – Grant Morrison
Giving Thanks Spell – September 22nd, 2006 – Color of the day: White Incense of the day: Cedar
Known as the Witch’s Thanksgiving, Mabon occurs at the Autumnal Equinox. As the year shifts from light to dark, the focus shifts from the masculine to the feminine, from the God to the Goddess, and from external work to internal reflection. On this day, Lugh, honored at Lughnasadh, sacrifices himself in battle with his dark twin. In Wiccan mythology, the Goddess, full and radiant in her own abundance, waits to give birth to the new Sun god at Yule. Also known as Harvest Home, the Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, and the Festival of Dionysus, Mabon can also be seen as a celebration of the god of the vine. In either form, it marks the second harvest and is a time to relax, enjoy, and give thanks for the bounty of the earth. Create an altar with the colors, fruits, and flowers of fall. Decorations could include leaves, grain, acorns, apples, grapes, a cornucopia, the Empress card from your favorite tarot deck, and a picture or statute of Demeter, Persephone, Lugh, or Dionysus. Light an orange or rust candle, and reflect on all that you have harvested in the past year. Light another candle in thanks for each item or event, saying: “Thank you, Lady, for your great gift of abundance.” End by raising a chalice containing a small amount of juice, wine, or mead, saying: “Thank you, Lord, for your gift of sacrifice and bounty.” Take one sip, and then go outside and offer the rest in libation to the earth. Let the candles burn down and leave the altar, adding fresh items as needed, until Samhain. – By: Lady MoonDance
Attracting Wellness Spell – Pagan Studies
The energy of this spell is intended to give a boost to your health and to be a palliative in the face of the upcoming “flu months.”
Light a green candle. Place a glass of water between you and the green candle.
State these words: “Spirit guides, healers, and angels allow me to act as a channel for your healing rays. Energy on.”
Visualize a ray of energy entering your crown. Allow this ray to stream through your body with each breath. Visualize healing and balance being restored to your body. Use your intuition to indicate when the energy has reached its fullness within you. At the point of fullness, hold your hands over the water and visualize the ray stretching from your hands into the water. This action allows you to ground the ray’s energy into the water. As this grounding occurs, the water also become “activated” with the healing properties of the energy.
Thank the spirit guides, healers, and angels for their energy and say: “Energy off.”
Unless a doctor recommends you do not, drink at least eight glasses of activated water daily. ~ Karen Follett from- GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies