It’s just under 60F and we’re right in the bottom of the cloud layer, so it’s still a little foggy. The clouds came right down to ground level before dawn and it’s nearly 11 and they’re just lifting. It’s damp enough that it feels like a September morning, but I don’t see the usual spiderwebs for that time of year. It’s supposed to be partly sunny today, but there’s none yet!
Yesterday was a good day. I got a lot of questions answered on various things I’m working on during the day and a bit of writing done, a few bits of clipart made and uploaded and some newsletter bits that I’ve needed found (like the Beehive Cluster, below).
At around 4:30 we left to drive down to Florence and enjoyed the scenery the whole way although I have a sunburnt cheek from being on that side of the car! We had a little wait before the movie started so we discussed how Tempus’ car was misbehaving, and it got worse on the way home, so he’s going to check it over today.
The movie was great. It actually made *Tempus* cry! Me, that’s a given…. We saw “Mr. Holmes” with Ian McKellan. It’s about an aging Sherlock (93!), who has long since retired, fighting memory issues and struggling to maintain his dignity, even as his physical form is no longer serving him well, and his interactions with his housekeeper and her young son. It also has a number of flashbacks to his career and the reason for his retirement and also to a more recent trip to Japan which includes a couple of scenes of the aftermath of the bomb in Hiroshima, nothing grisly, simply his responses to the event. One of my favorite bits is that the young boy, Roger, keeps talking about Sherlock’s “…doing the thing, you know….” He actually gets him to at one point and then Roger’s injury (wording carefully, so’s not to spoil it) triggers another sequence of “the Sherlock Holmes thing”.
We had a beautiful drive home, watching the day fade, the moon become cheddar, rather than green cheese, the light from Heceta Head sweeping across the ocean mist mist to the west and the treed hills to the east, finally rounding Cape Perpetua and seeing the lights of Yachats and on home, talking all the way of course, analyzing the movie.
Today we’re sitting in my study finishing a yummy breakfast of waffles and bacon and eggs. We’ve got a lot to do, but we’ve been discussing why my blood sugar crashed this morning and how I learned what that feels like and why I detested breakfast as a young teen. 🙂 We have some stuff from the porch to go through and some paperwork and then I need to get cracking on newsletters. Tempus is going to bring me stuff to ID for where it goes so more stuff can get put away or chucked, as needed.
Oof…. just getting ready for the week….
Today’s Feast is the Rustic Vinalia, an ancient Roman feast dedicated to Venus as protector of the Vinyards. They were immensely important in Rome, being a provider of a major food, as well as wine. More aobut this feast here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinalia
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others –Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
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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. 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 8/22 at 12:31pm.
Mars in the Beehive >>> – Thursday, Aug. 20, before dawn – Mars, just past conjunction with the sun, passes in front of the Beehive Cluster, Messier 44.
Look a few degrees below the Moon at dusk for twinkly <<< Spica.
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 shines 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 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 19 High 3:48 AM 6.2 6:24 AM Rise 11:19 AM 15
~ 19 Low 10:00 AM 1.1 8:15 PM Set 10:37 PM
~ 19 High 4:17 PM 6.8
~ 19 Low 10:41 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Falling in love with yourself is the ultimate act of revolution…
~ Never leave the scene of an intention without taking action. – Tony Robbins
~ A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway. – Fr. Jerome Cummings
~ Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. – St. Francis of Assisi
~ Every day in every way I create my own reality. So what is that I choose to create today? – Gabriella Goddard
When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox;
when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom; taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world. ~Mary Oliver
Foods – Cornbread, Wheat products, Bread (especially whole wheat or multigrain), Grains, Corn, Beans, Rice, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oat cakes
Berries, Blackberries Grapes, Nuts & Seeds, (acorns, sunflower seed), Dried fruits, Apples (dried, baked, fresh or in cider) pomegranates,
Squash, Roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc),
Wine, Ale and, Cider, Grape juice,
Herbs – hazel, corn, acorns, vines, ivy, cedar, passion flowers, honeysuckle, Apple, balm of Gilead, calendula, corn acorn, cypress cone, hazel, milk thistle, mugwort, myrrh, oak, orris root, passion flower, pine cone, rose, sage
Incenses and oils – benzoin, myrrh. pine, frankincense, jasmine, cinnamon, clove. Myrrh, Sage, Pine, Frankincense, Jasmine, Cinnamon
Colors/Candles – brown, green, orange, red, deep gold, scarlet, yellow, maroon, purple, violet and indigo. Orange, Dark red, Yellow, Brown, Violet, Deep gold
Gemstones – yellow agate, carnelian, yellow topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli and amethyst, Carnelian, Lapis lazuli, Sapphire, Yellow agate
Goddesses – all Fruit and Vegetable Deities, Harvest Deities, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres The Muses (Greek), Pamona (Roman
Gods – All Wine Gods, Gods of Fruits, Dionysus (Roman), Bacchus (Greek), Thoth (Egyptian).
Symbols and Altar decorations – autumn leaves and autumn flowers, marigolds, gourds, berries, pine and cypress cones, acorns, a small statue or figurine representing the Triple Goddess in her Mother aspect and other corresponding deities. All harvest symbols, corn, red poppies, nuts, grains, leaves, oak sprigs, wreaths, vine, grapes, cornucopia, horns of plenty, apples, grapes, vines, garland, Acorns, Pomegranates, Pine cones, Baskets of fallen leaves, Horn of Plenty
Activities to celebrate Autumn Equinox
- Have a thanksgiving feast.
- Can and preserve fruits and vegetables.
- Decorate Cornucopias
- Hang dried ears of corn on the front door.
- Serve wine in honour of the God and beans and squashes in honour of the Goddess.
- Call upon the elementals and honor them for their help with (N-earth) home and finances,
(E-air) school and knowledge, (S-fire) careers and accomplishments, (W-water) emotional balance and fruitful relationships.
- Tend your garden, thanking the plants and flowers for their abundance, harvesting whatever is ready, collecting seeds and leave an offering.
- Make a mandala of seeds and grains on the ground, as a gift for the animals and birds.
- Bake a loaf of bread or cookies in the shape of a sun or with a sun design.
- Gather donations of food and/or clothing for a favorite charity.
- Decorate your altar with leaves, acorns, berries, and other things symbolic of nature’s bounty.
- Some chose to sprinkle Autumn leaves around the house as decoration, the leaves can be dipped in paraffin and put on wax paper. After the leaves dry, they may be placed around the house or in large jars with sigils of protection and/or abundance carved lightly into them.
- Spellwork for protection, wealth and prosperity, and security, include spells that will bring into balance and harmony the energies either in a room, home, or situation. health, security, feelings of self-confidence
- Make a beverage of: hot apple cider. Apple rules the heart, cider alone is a self-love potion.
- pice it with a stick of cinnamon, ruled by Jupiter and the Sun. It also makes the house smell wonderful
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FREE GERMAN SHEPHERD 85 lbs. Neutered: Speaks German.
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(AND THE BEST ONE)
FOR SALE BY OWNER: Complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica. 45 volumes. Excellent condition. $1,000 or best offer. No longer needed, got married last month. Wife knows everything.