65F with only a light breeze. It’s solidly overcast and likely to be that way off and on over the next few days. I would very much appreciate some of the rain that seems to be possible, too. We only got a tenth of the inch in the spate on Saturday. We could use a decent rain!
Yesterday was very long, and it started abruptly with the realization that I had seriously overslept! I dove out of bed at just about the time we were supposed to get to the shop, but the young folks were late, so it worked out ok. Class went well although they got kinda scattered right at the last, but that gave a couple of ’em chances to ask some questions.
>>>>> The yummy artichoke >>>>>>
As soon as they headed out, I went in the back and started sewing again. I got the banner done and then started on some more pouches. Tempus had headed up to the house for awhile to get us some lunch and Marius got back before he did. We talked about the event that we’re setting up in February and then got going on projects, finishing a lot before the end of the day. We didn’t head home until after 8pm and by then I was ready to drop.
Today’s Feast is in honor of John Barleycorn, the personification of the harvest, the God in the Grain. The song goes back at least to the 16th century, at least in theme, but there are a lot of different versions out there and a lot of recordings, since the theme is an interesting conceit. A lot of people don’t think to break down the last name. “Barley” is obvious, but “corn” is the old word for “grain”, from before maize picked up the name. In the song, the barley grain is taken through the stages of growth, harvest, threshing, malting and being turned into beer as though it’s a person being, “cut off at the knee”, “threshed me skin from bone”, “bunged me in a vat”, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barleycorn A similar Scottish poem from the same time frame refers to “Allane”, (Ale – in) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quhy_Sowld_Nocht_Allane_Honorit_Be
Today’s plant – Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. –Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
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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 on 8/14 at 7:53am.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 at the Dark on 8/12 at 7:53pm.
The two brightest stars of summer are <<<<< Vega, overhead soon after dark, and Arcturus >>>>> in the west. Vega is a white-hot, type-A star 25 light-years away. Arcturus is a yellow-orange-hot, type-K giant 37 light-years distant. Their color difference is plain to the eye.
Venus is out of sight in conjunction between us and the Sun (inferior conjunction).
Now the waning Moon helps point the way to Mars.
Jupiter and Regulus within 0.5 degrees – Monday, Aug. 10, dusk – Jupiter will pass just north of the bright star Regulus in the constellation Leo. Jupiter is too close to the sun to observe this month.
Altair >>>> shines high in the southeast after dark. Just above it is little orange Tarazed. A bit more than a fist-width to Altair’s left, look for Delphinus, the Dolphin, leaping leftward.
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2 a.m. The Perseid meteor shower is always the most reliable in the year, and this year benefits from having the moon out of the sky for most of the night. Credit: Starry Night Software
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe. 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
M 10 Low 4:26 AM -0.2 6:13 AM Rise 2:41 AM 21
~ 10 High 10:55 AM 5.7 8:29 PM Set 5:42 PM
~ 10 Low 4:12 PM 2.6
~ 10 High 10:12 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I believe in this; that there is nothing sophomoric in quaint bird-like gentleness, but a roaring lion that trembles and arouses from slumber…
~ Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President (2)
~ Reason can wrestle and overthrow terror. – Euripides
~ If you wish to find, you must search. Rarely does a good idea interrupt you. – Jim Rohn
~ Success is following the pattern of life one enjoys most. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
‘Words from the Heart’ by Deborah Zook
- I am born happy every morning
- You, God, are the only one who can measure our differences and properly assess our worth; and …in your Son we have equal standing, equal opportunity, equal access to acceptance and forgiveness.
- Let those who suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
- It is not sufficient to have great qualities; we must be able to make proper use of them.
- Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.
- Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing themselves
- Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.
Candle Plates are big selling items these days, but they’re pretty easy to make on your own. You can make them as plain or as creative as you like with pebbles, glass beads, broken dishes, or whatever suits your fancy. For this project we’ll be using leaves, twigs and acorns, but you could just as easily use glass beads in a pentacle design.
- plaster of paris
- disposable plastic bowl
- bottom of a milk carton or cardboard container the shape you want, at least 1 inch deep for the mold
- wooden spoon
- items to decorate
- ceramic paint and acrylic (optional)
- Line the table with many layers of newspaper. This is a messy project, and oh so fun!
- Gather all the items you wish to put on your candle plate and play with the design, figuring out what you want to go where. Plaster sets up pretty fast, and you’ll have to move quickly. For this project, we’ll be lining the edges of the plate with the twigs, laying the leaves in the center, and placing the acorns randomly in the corners and edges. You want the center to remain level because this is where you’ll place the candle.
- Mix the plaster according to the directions on the box, and pour into the mold, at least a 1/2 deep.
- Place the items into the plaster, being sure to leave the center free for the candle.
- Once the plaster dries, peel the carton away and brush off any loose particles. Paint and seal with acrylic if desired.