It’s 63F and pouring rain! Yay! I don’t know how much we’re going to get, but I was out there dancing around in it. Yes, I’m looney…. The plants are happily crooning to themselves and just sopping it up. I’m glad I got the berries picked last night, though, ‘coz there’ll be a lot of moldy ones tomorrow. …only .04 inches, but now the sun is coming out. I’m glad it’s still cool because it’s awfully humid from the rain, We’ve gotten some gusts up in the teens and there’s actually enough air moving to call it wind.
Yesterday was long and I was tired all day from whatever it was that made me so wakeful the night before. I did get some work done, prepping herbs and sewing, mostly, but we had a number of customers in and I got some more orders put through.
Tempus did a lot of small stuff and worked with more of the customers than I did. Late in the day he finished sanding another small wooden animal and started on my craft drawer rack.
Today he’s at the shop working on said rack. I’m home making soup and finished up on newsletters and watching the rain. It’s dripping again and very windy, but when the wind dies down I can hear cars coming over the Alsea Bay Bridge! ….interesting…. radar isn’t showing the rain we’re getting, but it’s heavy enough that the pouch roof is running streams.
Today’s Feast is from the Ferry Fair in Scotland. The Burry Man walks through and around the town for one day right around this time. No one’s really sure where the custom originated, but it may be a scapegoat custom, as in some places it is done when harvests or fish runs are poor. The Burry Man wears a costume of local plants, mostly burs, which stick together and are prickly and uncomfortable. It takes around 11,000 burs to cover him up! He’s usually exhausted at the end of the day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burryman
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
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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. 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. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 8/15 at 7:53pm. 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 Tide Change on 8/29 at 11:35am.
Friday, Aug. 14, 10:53 a.m. EDT – New Moon – The moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the sun, but can be seen low in the east as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the west an evening or two after New Moon.
This is the time of year when the Teapot asterism of Sagittarius stands highest in the south soon after dark. The Teapot is about the size of your fist at arm’s length. It’s tipping and pouring to the right from its triangular spout.
Venus moves from the evening to the morning sky on the 15th, but will be hard to observe for northern observers because of its closeness to the sun. Southern observers will have an easier time, and on the 15th may actually be able to observe Venus as a morning star in the east and an evening star in the west.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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
F 14 High 12:35 AM 7.6 6:18 AM Rise 6:29 AM 0
~ 14 Low 7:21 AM -0.7 8:23 PM Set 8:17 PM
~ 14 High 1:42 PM 6.7
~ 14 Low 7:25 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You may not recognize it, but you are gifted for something! Whether it be big or small, do what you are gifted to do and you will be happy.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Space exploration costs billions of dollars. Do you think this money is being spent wisely or foolishly? For example, do you think there is any way that space exploration could ever directly affect your life?
~ We’re afraid, it’s because we don’t know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid. – E. Nightingale
~ Gold medals don’t make champions . . . hard work does. – Unknown
~ And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
~ Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. – Henry Ward Beecher
You have noticed that everything as Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round….. The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours…. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. – Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Holy Man
Magick – Crafts – Seasonal Goddess Doll (for altar) – Take a corn dolly or other craft-made female figure and use it to represent the Goddess and Her changing aspects all year round. Dress her according to what She is doing in the mythology of the wheel of the year. The dolly makes a great decoration and is a good everyday reminder of the Goddess’s part in the God’s life. Suggestions for each Sabbat follow:
Yule – Dress dolly like a new mother, with a babe in her arms. She can have mistletoe sprigs if desired.
Imbolc – Dress dolly like a bride, with a bouquet. Give her a veil and hang nuts with white ribbons around her arms.
Ostara – Keep veil to represent virginity, but give her seasonal-colored flowers or an egg.
Beltane – Remove the veil and hang more nuts on her arms for fertility. Bedeck with red and white ribbons.
Litha – Same as Beltane, except replace the red and white ribbons with shells, fake butterflies, or other midsummer symbols, as she is a wife. If she wears a dress, use a nut to make her slightly pregnant.
Lughnasadh/Lammas – Give her seasonal fruits to hold, and drape with sunflowers. She should be more obviously pregnant.
Mabon – She can hold pine cones and fallen leaves. She should be more obviously pregnant.
Samhain – She can hold a broom and wear a black veil. Her husband is dead, but she is pregnant with her next future husband.