Yesterday was long and just a slog. Tempus spent part of the day doing chores, then headed to Newport to drop off paperwork and talk to Sash a little, first, then Metal Night, then his paper route. He was home by 2, which was awfully nice.
Today is a home chore day, but we’re running later than we had figured. Esbat is at the shop tonight. I’m doing newsletters and we need to pick berries before the rain spoils them. We’ve got a whacking lot.
If you get this, smile!
Today is the anniversary of the eruption of Krakatau in 1883 (often spelled “Krakatoa”). Krakatau, before this point, was a volcanic island near Java & Sumatra in Indonesia. It exploded with such force that the resulting tsunami killed somewhere around 36K people and caused swells 1/2-way around the world in the Thames. The sound was heard 3000 miles away and registered on barometers on the far side of the world and twice! The island was destroyed to below water level and pumice covered the ocean and ash filled the sky for months. The telegraph and newspapers made possible the world-wide news of this event. http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/aug26.html orhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krakatoa Anak Krakatoa, (son of Krakatoa) a new island, has built itself on top of the old volcano over the last century.
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort– Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.
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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. 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
As the stars begin to come out, look upper left of the Moon by about two fists at arm’s length for Altair. How early can you see it? With the steady turning of the sky (or rather the Earth), Altair stands directly above the Moon by about 10:30.
Mars, a mere magnitude +1.8, rises before the beginning of dawn well before Venus rises. Look for Mars low in the east-northeast about 60 minutes before sunrise, as shown here. Pollux and Castor are above it. Brighter Procyon is off to its right or upper right.
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
W 26 Low 4:35 AM -0.1 6:32 AM Set 2:57 AM 79
~ 26 High 11:03 AM 5.9 8:04 PM Rise 5:52 PM
~ 26 Low 4:29 PM 2.5
~ 26 High 10:25 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make seed balls. Carry them with you. Put one down where you see a bare spot.
~ The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything. – Oscar Wilde
~ My personal philosophy is not to undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible. – Edwin Land
~ Do not be afraid to love. Without love, life is impossible. – Thich Nhat Hanh
~ It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered. – Aeschylus
A Battle of Wolves
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside all of us.
One is Evil. It is:
Envy and Jealousy
Sorrow and regret,
Greed and arrogance
Self-pity and guilt,
Resentment and inferiority,
Lies and false pride,
Superiority and ego,
The other is Good. It is:
Joy and Peace,
Love and hope,
Serenity and Humility,
Kindness and benevolence,
Empathy and generosity,
Truth and compassion,
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:
“Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed!”
Anjas note on Braids
It was not an uncommon thing for a witch to be accused of braiding spells into their or someone else’s hair. Sea witches in particular are known to control the winds through braiding or knotting hair or cords. In many cultures a particular style of braid or placement of a small one somewhere on the head (think “paduan braid”….) meant initiation or membership into a group.
I’ve done the “braid into the hair” type of spells, but because my hair is so fine, braids don’t stay tidy, even small ones. I’ll make a charm with a loop or cord that can get incorporated into a braid, undo my hair in the morning and comb it out, then re-braid, adding the charm and renewing my intent each day for the duration of the spell.
Weaving and Braiding Magical Craft Ideas – By Patti Wigington, About.com
In many traditions of Wicca and Paganism, handcrafts are used as a magical process. Weaving and braiding in particular are meditative exercises, and so magical workings can be incorporated into the creative technique. If you think about it, fibers in one form or another have been around for thousands of years, so it makes sense that our ancestors could have utilized them in spell work and ritual as well. By focusing on the process of braiding or weaving, you can let your mind wander off as your hands do the work. Some people report even being able to astral travel while doing such craftwork.
When spring rolls around, you can incorporate some of the earth’s goodies into your braiding and weaving. Use willow wands, long grasses, or vines twined together to create new projects, like a Grapevine Pentacle. If you have fresh flowers, you can braid a chain of them into a floral crown. If onions are in season, you can create a protective charm with an Onion Braid.
Braid or weave fiber or plants together as part of your magical workings. Image © Getty Images
Onion Magic: Make a Magical Onion Braid By Patti Wigington, About.com
[Anja’s note: Traditional Onion braids are *tops* braided together!]
August often starts out hot and muggy, but even when the rest of your garden is wilting in the heat, chances are good that your onion crop is thriving in the cool, dark soil. If you haven’t pulled them yet, Lammas is a good time to do so. Once you’ve got them out of the earth, gently brush the loose dirt off of them, and hang them in a sunny spot to dry and cure. When August’s full moon, the Corn Moon, rolls around, get to work on some onion magic!
Under the light of the full moon, you can make an onion braid. Braiding is a very relaxing and magical way to spend an evening, and by braiding your onions, you can prepare them for winter storage — basically, you’re accomplishing the magical and the mundane all in one shot. To do this, you’ll need a bunch of onions with the green tops still attached, and about four feet of heavy twine. Begin folding the twine in half, and tying a knot near the end, creating a loop (Figure 1).
Lay the twine on a flat surface and place an onion upside down so that the greens of the onion form a third “string”, along with the two free ends of the twine. (Figure 2)
Using the two free lengths of twine and the onion stem, form a tight braid. Repeat this until the onion is securely in place (Figure 3).
Add onions into the braid, focusing your will as you do so. Image © Patti Wigington 2008
Repeat the process with the rest of your onions, braiding them in and out between the other stems and the two strands of twine (Figure 4). As you do so, focus your intent. Onions are magically linked to protective magic, so you can braid the onions and recite an incantation linking them to whatever sort of protection you feel you need. Some sample incantations might be:
For protection of a home:
Onions wrapped around a braid,
This charm for my home I have made,
Keep negative energy away from me,
As I will, so it shall be.
For protection of a person:
Layers and layers of onion skin,
Layers of safety for those within,
Layers to make all harm stay out,