Yesterday was kindof a weird day. We slept just a little late, but it took us quite awhile to get moving. We got a shopping list made and I worked on filling files and sorting mail. Tempus took off for jury duty a little after 2pm and then got excused, so he did the shopping and then went to Metal Night. He got the metal pieces for his gorget done. (That’s a piece of armor, btw…)
We’re supposed to be doing some fact gathering down in Yachats today, but I really don’t want to wake him and I didn’t get as far with newsletters yesterday as I should have. I need to get the last of my garlics planted and then some carrot and lettuce seed, too. Well, we’ll see what I manage to get done. Hmm… I can hear his computer. I guess he’s awake. 🙂
Today’s Feast is the Lychnapsia, the “lights of Isis”. There are two stories in the Isis myth associated with this. One is that this day is her birthday and people lighted the lamps in her honor. The other the lamp that she carried while searching for the pieces of her husband’s body. More on the myth here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis
“At the times when they gather together at the city of Sais for their sacrifices, on a certain night they all kindle lamps many in number in the open air round about the houses; now the lamps are saucers full of salt and oil mixed, and the wick floats by itself on the surface, and this burns during the whole night; and to the festival is given the name Lychnocaia (“Lamp Lighting”). Moreover those of the Egyptians who have not come to this solemn assembly observe the night of the festival and themselves also light lamps all of them, and thus not in Sais alone are they lighted, but over all Egypt: and as to the reason why light and honour are allotted to this night, about this there is a sacred story told.” – Herodotus, Histories, Book II, Chapter 62
“The 4th-century-CE Calender of Philocalus lists a festival called the Lychnapsia Philocaliana on August 12th. As you may be able to guess, it was a lamp-lighting festival. The scholars who have studied it seem reasonably certain that it was an Isis festival because a.) the August 12th date of this lamp festival is at roughly the same time as the great Egyptian Festival of Lights at the epagomenal birthdays of the Deities, b.) Isis was extremely popular in Rome and anything Egyptian would have been considered Isiac as well, and c.) there are “Egyptian Days” designated on the calendar several days before and several days after the Lychnapsia.” http://isiopolis.com/
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens ,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire– These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Solar spells: Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
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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. 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 8/14 at 7:53am.
The Perseid meteor shower should be at its peak late tonight, ideally so for North America. And there’s no moonlight. Bundle up warmly (it gets surprisingly cold under a clear, open August sky late at night), and lie back in a reclining lawn chair. You may see about a meteor a minute on average.
See Plan for the Perseids! More is in the August Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Mars (dim at magnitude +1.7) is becoming visible low in the glow of dawn. Look for it a little above the east-northeast horizon 45 to 30 minutes before sunrise. Bring binoculars. Don’t confuse it with Pollux or Castor above it, or Procyon rising into view off to its right.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Libra) shines in the south-southwest at nightfall, to the right of upper Scorpius. Fiery orange Antares, less bright, twinkles 13° to Saturn’s left or lower left. Delta Scorpii is the brightest star more or less between them.
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
W 12 Low 6:04 AM -0.6 6:16 AM Rise 4:32 AM 7
~ 12 High 12:31 PM 6.3 8:26 PM Set 7:09 PM
~ 12 Low 6:01 PM 2.2
~ 12 High 11:52 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never lick a gift horse in the mouth.
~ Don’t get discouraged; it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. – Unknown
~ He who is incapable of feeling strong passions, of being shaken by anger, of living in every sense of the word, will never be a good actor. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~ Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels. But their magic sparkles in nature. ~ Lynn Holland
~ Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade. – Leo Buscaglia
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy
who’ll decide where to go. – Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You’ll Go!)
Angel of Bells
She takes us wanderers under Her wing,
Sings us songs till the coming of the spring,
Lifts our souls far into the night,
Fills our dreaming with wondrous delight.
Chorus: You, you were born naked,
Naked, naked you’ll die,
Angel of darkness, angel of mercy,
Take away the sorrow, take away the pain.
The angel of bells, she knows the ring,
Wraps it round your shoulders, fluffs up your wings.
She’ll take you flying, suddenly you’ll sing
The angel of bells, she knows the ring.
All you have to do is call ou t her name,
She’ll come to you, she loves your silly games.
She’ll be dancing on a silver plane,
the angel of bells, she knows your name. – JoEllen Lapidus
Cigarette: A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool at the other.
Love affairs: Something like cricket where one-day internationals are more popular than a five day test.
Lecture: An art of transferring information from the notes of the lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through the minds of either.
Conference: The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.
Compromise: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.
Tears: The hydraulic force by which masculine willpower is defeated by feminine water-power .
Conference Room: A place where everybody talks, nobody listens & everybody disagrees later on.
Classic: A book which people praise, but do not read.
Office: A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.
Yawn: The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth.
Etc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.
Committee: Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.
Experience: The name men give to their mistakes.
Philosopher: A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead.
Opportunist: A person who starts taking a bath if he accidentally falls into a river.
Optimist: A person who while falling from Eiffel Tower says midway “See I am not injured yet.”
Pessimist: A person who says that O is the last letter in ZERO, Instead of the first letter in word OPPORTUNITY.
Boss: Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.
Politician: One who shakes your hand before elections and your confidence after.
Doctor: A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you with his bills.
Computer Engineer: Someone who gets paid for reading these type of mails.