It’s 60F and overcast at 100 feet and at 7000, so it’s rather grey, but bright. Marius is here. Kim is out walking the dog and Tempus is on his way down. We’re still moaning and groaning and getting ready to set up.
Yesterday was long, long, long! I was at the shop just after 9am and setting up by 9:30. The lids were up, but not tarped by 10:30, along with most of the tables and pretty much everything was ready to roll by 11:30. Being pretty much limited to arranging rather than toting, I was pretty well done by 11. I didn’t have any takers on workshops though, all day. I got some stuff made, anyway, with the lotion bars and part of the Herbs Workshop was prepping fennel that then got used in the sausage for the 5pm that Marius did.
Marius and Kim ran the outside, doing block printing and showing off the various things on display, while Tempus ran the shop and I trotted back and forth. Amongst the bunch of us we talked to between 50 and 70 people of whom 8 sets were semi-serious.
The hard part was the weather. It was spitty in the morning and the pavement was damp, but long after we were set up I was standing in the front talking to Marius when I felt a splat, then a few drips and then the sky opened up and it *poured*! Well! We had to suddenly shift various things around to keep ’em out of the wet. At least it didn’t last long….maybe 10 minutes total, but argh…. and a bunch of things got very soggy, although nothing that’s hurt by it. The pavement steamed as the sun came out and then by 6pm it was clouded up again.
It was gloomy enough to keep the levels of shoppers down most of the day and by the time the sun came out it was pretty late. Sausage workshop turned into supper and the fried patties were tasty on a foccacia bread that Marius had gotten from the grocery store. We also had cheddar cheese chips with it. Not very medieval… 🙂
I headed home to start on pictures somewhere after 7:30, but Tempus didn’t get home until it was dark, since he and Marius pulled things in. The basic set-up is there for this morning, but the “stuff” needed to be in out of the weather.
Tempus and I dropped into bed soon after we got home.
11 – Exhibition opens
~ Block -printing ($1 for each you take home)
1 – Soap balls ($1 for each you take home)
3 – Make a block-printed fabric pouch ($1 for each you take home)
5 – Sausage in casings – Swimming Sausages for supper!
6pm – Potluck supper
7pm – Exhibition closes
Today is the birthday of Raymond Buckland, one of the first witches in the US who came out of the “broom closet”. He’s been influential in writing books about the Craft and in a video, done for public access TV in the 90’s that portrayed several rituals and brought the basics of Wicca to people who didn’t even know that it existed. His earlier works are a little dated, and are from the ceremonial end of Wicca, but were invaluable in earlier decades with followable (if wordy) ritual scripts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Buckland
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/2 at 4:11am.
Sunday, Aug. 31, early evening – Saturn and the Moon – Saturn will be just to the right of the crescent moon in North America at dusk. Observers in West Africa will see the moon pass in front of Saturn. Mars is to its lower left (for North America).
As the stars come out this week, the first you see may be Arcturus >>>> shining high in the west. As the sky gets a little darker, look to its right for the <<< Big Dipper scooping down in the northwest.
Mercury (about magnitude –0.2) remains quite deep in the sunset, as it always does during its evening apparitions that happen in late summer and early fall. Scan for Mercury with binoculars just above the horizon due west about 20 minutes after sundown.
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 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
Sa 30 High 3:55 AM 6.2 6:37 AM Rise 11:43 AM 16
~ 30 Low 9:52 AM 1.4 7:56 PM Set 10:21 PM
~ 30 High 4:04 PM 7.2
~ 30 Low 10:42 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I manifest all things in association with clarity. I breathe clarity into my body.
~ Some feminists feel that a woman should never be wrong. We have a right to be wrong. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~ A man of courage is also full of faith. – Cicero
~ It’s never so bad that it can’t get good. – Alan Cohen
~ Being a Warrior is not about using your hands, it is about using your head. – Kerr Cuhulain
Believing that there
should be something more
Could not be wrong.
It is deep within
The nature of every being
To reach toward
The wondrous mysteries
Of the Universe.
It is inside us to want
The most fulfillment
In love and sex,
The warmth of family…
And we yearn
To create beautiful things
That no one else
Has thought of.
If we do not strive
For the unknown
And suffer the torments
We do not grow
We cannot improve
And we sink back
Into the mud, or to
Mediocrity. – © Copyright 2/6/06 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Mabon Magick – Mabon Prosperity Candles By Patti Wigington, About.com
The Bounty of the Season
Mabon is a time to be thankful for all the things we have — a garden full of crops to pick, full apple trees in the orchards, and the bread we’ve been baking with the grain already harvested. Although this is a time of balance, it’s also a time to look at what you have and be grateful for it. Celebrate the abundance of the harvest season by inviting prosperity into your life. These simple candles can be given as gifts, burned on your altar, or placed around the house to bring abundance your way.
You’ll need the following items on your workspace before you begin:
An unscented candle in a harvest color — yellow, orange, brown
Your choice of Money Oil or essential oil of cinnamon, orange, or ginger
Something to inscribe the candle with — a pencil, stylus, etc.
A pinch of dried basil, sage or dill
If you normally cast a circle or invoke Deity before a working, do so now. Using the stylus or pencil, inscribe your intent upon the candle. For example, if you need money to pay the bills, carve that on there. If you just want extra fun money, write that on the candle too. If you’re not sure how much you need, you can use symbols of money such as the $ dollar sign or a runic symbol. In traditional runes, Fehu is the sign of prosperity (see image).
A Little Candle Magic
Once you’ve completed your inscription, anoint the candle with the Money Oil. If you don’t have Money Oil, use another essential oil that brings prosperity — cinnamon, orange or ginger are all good to use. Focus your intent into the candle, drawing abundance to you. Rub a small amount of the dried basil, sage or dill — all herbs connected with money — into the oil. As you do, clearly visualize how you will be using the money that comes your way. Will you use it to pay off debt? Buy a new car? Take a class for personal growth?
Light the candle, and meditate on the flame. Continue focusing on your intent, and imagine it building, first as a small spark, and then growing into a large ball of light. Maintain this image as long as you can, and then release it into the candle flame. Make sure the candle is in a safe place so as not to be a fire hazard (a bowl of sand is perfect for this) and allow the candle to burn out on its own.