It’s 56F with a good stiff breeze. The chance of rain that we’re seeing for Friday through Monday is looking better and better! So many of us are wishing/praying/hoping/working for some rain to calm the fires!
>>>>>>> Candles on Sunday, hand-dips >>>>>>>
Yesterday went pretty well. Tempus and I got to the shop, got open and started cleaning up from the weekend. I was taking pictures that I had missed and working steadily. No, that’s not a “poppet”, <<< I’m making a rag doll wig!
I finally got to the point where I sat down…. and then just crashed. The Duckmeister brought us some eggs right then and we talked about rabbits for the feast. Tempus brought me home and I fell into bed and didn’t wake until 5pm. He stayed busy at the shop during that time and well into the evening, brought us some food home from the China Restaurant and then we went to bed. Not a tremendous lot of big stuff got done, but a *lot* of little things!
>>>> Shampoo of vetiver and sage blossom >>>>
Today we have house chores to do and I have to work out feast numbers. We have blackberries to pick, later, and then Tempus is going into Newport to pick up some things, drop his SocSoc and other paperwork at the newspaper office, go to Metal Night and then run his paper route. I’m probably going to be working on newsletters for the week by then.
Today’s feast is the Opiconsivia, Roman Empire, a harvest festival of the goddess Ops Consiva, ‘Lady Bountiful the Planter’, whose shrine was in the Regia at Rome. This is one of the series of Roman harvest feasts in this month. Originally a Sabine goddess, Ops (‘plenty’, from which we get the word ‘opulent’) was a fertility deity and earth-goddess in Roman mythology, associated with Bona Dea (the ‘Good Goddess’). Her husband was Saturn, or Consus, perhaps in an aspect of Saturn. Ops was worshipped under the name of Consivia today by the Vestal Virgins, who opened a special room filled with sacred objects to perform their rites to ensure the fertility of the earth. Today only the Vestals and one of the pontifices could be present. Because her abode was in the earth, she was invoked by worshippers while they were seated and touching the ground. Both Ops and Consus were deemed chthonian (infernal) deities which made the vegetation grow. On August 10, a festival took place in her honour, and the Opalia was held on December 19. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiconsivia
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa,sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
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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 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. Phase ends on 8/27 at 11:35pm
At nightfall, the waxing gibbous Moon shines above the tilting Sagittarius Teapot (below). The Teapot pattern is about as big as your fist at arm’s length, with its spout to the right. The Milky Way steams upward from the Teapot’s spout!
Uranus (magnitude +5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude +7.8, in Aquarius) are well up in the southeastern sky by midnight. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
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. Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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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
Tu 25 Low 3:41 AM 0.5 6:31 AM Set 1:57 AM 70
~ 25 High 10:10 AM 5.4 8:05 PM Rise 5:02 PM
~ 25 Low 3:26 PM 2.9
~ 25 High 9:26 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – Lie in the grass and watch the clouds float by. What do they look like? What do the shapes and patterns mean to you?
~ Silence is like the earth, the base from which one finds the way. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ There is no death…Only a change of worlds. – Chief Seattle (Seathl, Duwamish-Suquamish, 1785-1866)
~ That which we persist in doing becomes easier – not that the nature of that task has changed, but our ability has increased. – Emerson
~ A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. – St. Francis of Assisi
Poem: “10. Seaman’s Ditty” by Gary Snyder, from Left Out in the Rain. © Shoemaker & Hoard. Reprinted with permission.
- Seaman’s Ditty
I’m wondering where you are now
Married, or mad, or free:
Wherever you are you’re likely glad,
But memory troubles me.
We could’ve had us children,
We could’ve had a home—
But you thought not, and I thought not,
And these nine years we roam.
Today I worked in the deep dark tanks,
And climbed out to watch the sea:
Gulls and salty waves pass by,
And mountains of Araby.
I’ve traveled the lonely oceans
And wandered the lonely towns.
I’ve learned a lot and lost a lot,
And proved the world was round.
Now if we’d stayed together,
There’s much we’d never’ve —
But dreary books and weary lands
Weigh on me like a stone. – Indian Ocean
Lore of Mabon – Fall Equinox Spell – Crone’s Corner
Once again the Sun’s path crosses the celestial equator, and the day and the night are now again of equal length. On the Gregorian calendar this is the first day of autumn, but on the modern Celtic calendar it is midautumn. This holiday is more commonly known by its Welsh name Mabon. Mabon means “divine youth.” It is the name of a mythic hunter hero whose story is told at this time of year. At the beginning of time, Mabon was born to the Mother Goddess Modron. That we only know his mother and not his father attests to the matriarchal lineage of the early Celts. The equinox marks the time when Mabon was three nights old and stolen from his crib. For the next three months, the heroes Cai and Bedwyr will search for him and ask all manner of birds and beasts for help. But, according to legend, it is only the salmon who can give them direction. On Yule, the heroes retrieve the divine child by freeing him from a prison in Gloucester. Like Apollo, Mabon is a hunter with a bow and a musician with a harp. He is a Sun god. Mabon represents the Sun that is waning in strength during this quarter of the year and that will begin to return only after the solstice. The waning of the light is frightening and depressing, and it is necessary for our own sake to use magic at this time to help in the quest for Mabon. The strongest act of magic that one can do at this time is to participate in the celebrations of the yearly cycle. As one integrates the yearly cycle deep into one’s unconscious, serenity and confidence are gained. This is the peace that comes from knowing and accepting that the light will return when it is time.~ Robert Place
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives – Crone’s Corner – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
Mabon is one of the eight solar holidays or sabbats of Neopaganism. It is celebrated on the autumn equinox, in the Northern Hemisphere circa September 22 – 24 and in the Southern Hemisphere around March 20.
Also sometimes called Harvest Home or Feast of the Ingathering (which is more commonly a Christian version; see September 24), this holiday is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and God during the winter months.
Winter Finding, Second Station of the Year, Norse (Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 … maybe not solar calendar)