Herbs 11am, Sewing Workshop 3pm!
It’s only 53F, but the sun is shining and there’s just a hint of breeze. It’s quiet out there. The yappy dogs next door have finally shut up and only the occasional bird chirp is disturbing the quiet, then the leaves rustle.
That was more than a bit nuts yesterday with the internet going down out here. You don’t expect it. Worse, it was a *large* outage, darned near county-wide. Well, so I got to the shop and the lady who forgot her earrings yesterday was waiting for us. We got her taken care of and then I started on more things, counting corks for bottles, starting the jellyfish, sorting pouches and fabrics for same….
I got the roses, plantain and other herbs harvested yesterday morning prepped and into the dryer and it reminded me of something that I’d forgotten to write about from Thursday. I was snapping fully-blown roses off and dropping them into the basket and as I worked my way around the bush, one looked odd. It was drooping more than the others and had a patch of green, several petals in. As I got the bloom on the stem above it that rose got shaken and a frog started to slide out! I got a look at him desperately clutching a petal that came off in his fingers. I bent down to make sure he was ok (he landed in the grass) and he was. Wow did he hop when he realized this huge thing was actually looking at him! It was another of the little green pacific chorus tree frogs, like the one on my Spoonflower fabric pillow.
Tempus got back and fell asleep on the sofa fairly soon. I alternating some sewing with working with customers and then when he woke concentrated on sewing. We got home before dark but decided not to do anything about blackberries since the mosquitoes are being so awful.
Today we have the two workshops. I’m hoping to get to the shop early enough to clean up the worktable. I’m hoping that we’ll be making hard lotion bars in the Herbs Workshop and discussing plantain and clover and Sewing is another Project Day. Bring your mending basket or other project and we’ll sit and get stuff done! I have a whole basket of pouches to string.
A Ken Gagne photo of an egret from last year
Today’s feast is in honor of the anniversary of the Hugenot refugee Denis Papin, the inventor of the piston steam digester, one of the devicies that made the piston steam engine possible. He was also one of the first to use a steam engine to power paddles to move a boat, so he’s also one of the forerunners of the paddlewheel ships. More info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Papin and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_engine
Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum
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Love & Light,
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. 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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor.
Saturday, Aug. 22, 3:31 p.m. EDT – First Quarter Moon – The First Quarter Moon rises around noon and sets around midnight. It dominates the evening sky.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 3:31 p.m. EDT). As dusk fades, the Moon shines near Saturn and Beta (β) Scorpii, as shown above. Beta is fine telescopic double star. So is Nu Scorpii, upper left of Beta by 1.6°. (Nu is a little too faint to get on the chart.) In the coming week, watch the Moon wax its way eastward above Scorpius, then Sagittarius. The blue 10° scale is about the size of your fist held at arm’s length.
Saturn is well placed in Libra in the evening sky.
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.
Sun in Leo
Quarter Moon at 12:31pm
Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius 1:41pm
Venus (9/6/15), Ceres (9/14/15), Neptune (9/24/15), Pluto (9/25/15), Vesta (11/13/15) and Chiron (11/27/15) Retrograde
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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 22 Low 12:27 AM 1.3 6:27 AM Rise 2:14 PM 40
~ 22 High 6:30 AM 4.9 8:10 PM
~ 22 Low 11:58 AM 2.5
~ 22 High 6:22 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be thankful for each and every morning. Enjoy life and worry not about things that wouldn’t matter in 10 years anyway.
~ There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child. – Henry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887)
~ How far high failure overleaps the bounds of low success. – Lewis Morris
~ Be yourself. An original is always worth more than a copy. – Author Unknown
~ You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. – Naguib Mahfouz
A FULL MOON RITUAL
She undressed slowly by the light of the full moon;
She didn’t know that he was watching from behind
The trees. She put her clothes down in a folded pile,
And shook her hair loose from a confining scarf.
Naked, she stood proudly and raised her arms,
Calling to the Triple Moon Goddess to bless her
And her magical works, this night. Then she shook
Out salt into the shape of a pentagram, and stood
In the middle of the circle. She asked for some of
The desires of her heart, for the health of her family
And friends, and for true love with a man who could
Accept her for all that she was.
Then suddenly, there was a baying of hounds in the
Distance, and shouting voices. She started in fright,
Said a quick farewell to the Goddess and closed her
Circle. She knew she was in great danger.
The man whistled for his horse, climbed on him,
And rode into her space in the grove. “Quick,
Get behind me!” he said, “Grab your clothes lest
They recognize them, and put my cloak around
You. I will keep you safe.”
She drew on his cloak, and rolled her clothes
Up into a ball. None could tell that she had nothing
On under the cloak. As they were riding away,
They were stopped by a group of men with staves
And swords. They had heard there was going to be
A witching ceremony, they said, and were determined
To stop it. “This is my betrothed, Melinda,” said the
Man, “And I am Sir James Sterling. Let us pass.”
When they reached Melinda’s cottage, he came in
And drank hot tea while she dressed. “We are bound
Now,” he said. “I am a follower of the Old Ways
Myself, and had asked for a mate who was, as well.”
She smiled at him demurely, but her dark eyes
Had a charm of their own, as did her dimples. She
Knew that the Goddess had answered her prayers;
And had never doubted that She would. – © Copyright 11/10/05, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon
Shawna Forest Dragon’s Incense for Mabon
One-half ounce each coarsely ground:
Balm of Gilead
One teaspoon of each:
One Powdered Tablespoon of each:
Mix together in small bowl
1 Tbsp Wine
1 Tbsp Rosewater
Put dry ingredients into one bowl and mix together thoroughly.
In second large bowl, mix one large pinch of dry ingredients with wet ingredients until mixed.
Add another large pinch of dry ingredients to the new mixture until completely incorporated.
Continue mixing dry ingredients to wet ingredients until fully mixed.
Shake twice a day for one week and then use on charcoal disks for Mabon ritual.
How To Make a Mabon Cleansing Wash By Patti Wigington, About.com
Use fresh herbs from your garden to make a cleansing wash for Mabon. Image © Getty Images
This herbal infusion can be used as a skin wash or a cleanser for your ritual space. By infusing the herbs in water, you can take advantage of the medicinal properties as well as the magical ones. A quart-sized jar, like the type used in food canning, is ideal for this because it allows for a tight seal, and they hardly ever break.
Time Required: Varied
To make this cleansing wash, we’ll be using herbs that are in full bloom in the weeks before Mabon.
You’ll need a handful of each of the following:
Spearmint or peppermint
Place the herbs in the glass jar. Pour boiling water over them until the jar is filled. Screw the lid on loosely, and allow to steep for four to six hours. Strain out all the plant material. Cap the jar, and store in a cool place. Use as a skin wash or to asperge your home or sacred space.
Silliness – My buddy got busted for counterfeiting. He was making pennies. They caught him because he was putting the heads and tails on the wrong sides. He’s in a minimum security prison now; he’s on a whiffle-ball and chain.