It’s 62F and the sun is trying to peek through the clouds and not succeeding very well. I was up for a few minutes around 6am and it was very foggy. Not so much so, now.
I tried several times to get started yesterday, but I was awfully distractable. It took forever to get the newsletter out yesterday and I never really did get started on more that filling in files on those. I did get some back hangtags made for a couple of the displays, but that was very late in the day and several updates happened.
Mostly I worked on making a beef and barley soup. It went great right up until I put the lentils and barley in and got lost in writing something. …. I burned that part….. so the broth isn’t going to be as rich as I like. <sigh> Maybe I can improv something with a bit of ham? The contents of the soup are all right. I just need to do something for broth.
Today, being Saturday, might get interesting. There’s no one that I know of coming for Herbs, but you never know, so I’m going to try to head down there a little early. I need to do some harvesting this morning and then I have some displays to work on and more sewing.
Some of you have heard me talk about sailing on the log canoes on the Chesapeake as a youngster. This looks *very* familiar with the folks hiked out on the leeboards, (and at that they’re not on a close reach, so not in any danger of being catapulted into the sail). This is a pic of a log canoe race, the Island Blossom, from 1950 or so.
Today’s feast is Sproshinki. This Slavic holiday celebrates the end of haymaking. People feast and hold contests, many of which are athletic is nature, but others are more like our tradition of County Fairs. One of my Babicka’s uncles regularly won the village competition for who could fork and throw a haybale the highest.
Today’s Feast is also for Vesta, Keeper of the Flame. It’s also Assumption Day, the day that the Virgin Mary was taken to heaven, which means that it is also sacred to all the forms of the Great Mother. For Vesta, light 6 red candles and burn herbs for your intent in a hearth fire. For the Virgin, light white. Give thanks to the Great Mother Goddess for your life, your family, your friends and our world.
Today’s Plant – Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the aidantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water– This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern
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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. 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 8/18 at 7:53pm.
Spot Saturn in the southwest after dark. The brightest star left or lower left of it is orange Antares. The star more or less between the two is Delta Scorpii >>>>> , a blue-white-hot variable star. It unexpectedly doubled in brightness in July 2000 and has remained bright, with fluctuations, ever since. Draw a line from Antares through Saturn, extend the line almost as much farther on, and you hit fainter Beta Librae (Zubeneschamali). Much farther on, you come to Arcturus.
Mars reappears in dawn twilight after its conjunction with the sun on June 14.
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
Sa 15 High 1:14 AM 7.5 6:19 AM Rise 7:28 AM 0
15 Low 7:55 AM -0.5 8:22 PM Set 8:46 PM
15 High 2:13 PM 6.8
15 Low 8:03 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Ease a soul.
~ What’s worse than being blind? Is to have sight but no vision. – Helen Keller
~ If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base. – Dave Barry
~ Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love. – Claude Monet (1840-1926) French landscape painter
~ Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it’s what you are expected to give — which is everything. – Anonymous
I greet you, oh Morning Sun,
As I greet my soul.
I greet you, oh Morning Sun,
Dawn of a new day.
I greet you, Oh Morning Sun,
As I greet my soul.
I will light my way.
I will light my way. – Surya Namaskar
Silk and Paper flowers can be scented with your favorite essential oils. Be sure to place in the oil in an inconspicuous spot so as not to stain flowers. Use 1 drop per flower. Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com
[Anja’s note: These are really nice if you use scents the match the flower, but especially fun if you use something exotic. When we’re burning things in ritual a paper flower scented with something that you like works really well.]