It’s 65F and the temperature is climbing fast…. or the sun’s on the sensor… 🙂 It’s nice and clear and sunny and the air smells lovely. No smoke! But…. there’s a weather system off the coast with substantial moisture in it, that’s supposed to set off rain starting around 8pm for us and they’re talking about an inch or two! That will definitely calm down some of the fire danger. Gonna be a damp weekend, though.
Yesterday flew past. I worked on newsletters and Tempus puttered during the early part of the afternoon. Around 4pm we started on berries and cleaning out the fridge freezer so that we have room for berries. I’m going to see whether I can get Tempus to pick more today while I’m at the shop, since the blackberries that are ripe now, will mold in the rain.
We went down to esbat and had a good one discussing classes and upcoming things. On our way back up to the house the moon was lovely and white for the first time in most of a week, so we pulled the windows open when we got to the house and it was quite a relief. We got the berries that we had picked washed and into the freezer after we got home, did a little on the computers and turned in.
Today I’m going to be at the shop, mostly by myself. Tempus has an extra bit of paper route to go over in daylight and then he’s headed home to get some chores done. Sewing starts at 3pm and we’ll be going on into the evening.
Today is the Feast of Pan in Ancient Greece. There is an extensive Wikipedia article here about Pan, himself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_(god) This feast seems to have be more of a private celebration rather than civil. People would take foods to the shrines and picnic (etc.) nearby. There were some music competitions held in various of the towns in more rural areas, not the mannered competitions that were held in the large cities, but ones that included shepherd’s songs, playing on the panpipe and other reed pipes, etc. All of the links that I had about the competitions are broken, unfortunately, but they get commented on in various of the Greek comedies and even a few in the tragedies and other poetry from ancient Greece.
Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” , or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication.Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 8:30 at 11:35pm.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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
Th 27 Low 5:24 AM -0.6 6:33 AM Set 4:03 AM 87
~ 27 High 11:48 AM 6.4 8:02 PM Rise 6:37 PM
~ 27 Low 5:24 PM 1.9
~ 27 High 11:19 PM 8.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Relationships are the proving grounds for my growth
~ Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.- Herodotus
~ Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. – John F. Kennedy
~ “Listen, three eyes,” he said, “don’t you try to outweird me, I get stranger things than you free with my breakfast cereal”. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Imagine all the people living life in peace. – John Lennon
A DANCE IN THE RAIN
Summer rain is starting to fall outside,
It sparkles when the sun peeps
Though the gray clouds.
Rumbles of thunder in the distance
Sound almost like drums
Calling down water for thirsty Earth
In Mother Nature’s symphony.
I sit on a bench on my back porch
Beating out a rhythm on my drums,
Harmonizing with the thunder
In a celebration to the Goddess.
Joyfully, I walk out into my garden
Soaking myself in the thick wetness;
The rain slides down my body
Cleansing my soul of fears and pain.
My heart matches the thunder’s rhythm
It sounds like drums playing
Hypnotically, and just for me.
My body turns into a slow dance
Then starts whirls faster and faster
I clap along with the rumbling sky..
Wordless melody bursts out of my throat
And a tambourine appears in my hand,
Shaking like the vibrations of my body.
Suddenly I am between the worlds…
Part of the rain, part of the grass
Becoming one with the rich black Earth. – © August 30, 2008, Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
We give-away our thanks to the earth which gives us our home.
We give-away our thanks to the rivers and lakes which give-away their water.
We give-away our thanks to the trees which give-away fruit and nuts.
We give-away our thanks to the wind which brings rain to water the plants.
We give-away our thanks to the sun who gives-away warmth and light.
All beings on earth: the trees, the animals, the wind and the rivers give-away to one another so all is in balance.
We give-away our promise to begin to learn how to stay in balance with all the earth.
‘Give-Away Thanksgiving Chant’ for Equinox Festival, from La Chapelle, Dolores, Earth Festivals
For the golden corn
For the golden corn and the apple on the tree,
For the golden butter and the honey from the bees,
For the fruits and nuts and berries we gather on our way,
We praise the loving Mother Earth and thank Her everyday. – Beliefnet member loumom, Appropriate for many faiths
Prayer for Mabon – Author Unknown
As autumn returns to earth’s northern hemisphere,
and day and night are briefly,
balanced at the equinox,
may we remember anew how fragile life is —-
human life, surely,
but also the lives of all other creatures,
trees and plants,
waters and winds.
May we make wise choices in how and what we harvest,
may earth’s weather turn kinder,
may there be enough food for all creatures,
may the diminishing light in our daytime skies
be met by an increasing compassion and tolerance
in our hearts.
- Men are like….. Placemats. They only show up when there’s food on the table.
- Men are like….. Mascara. They usually run at the first sign of emotion.
- Men are like….. Bike helmets. Handy in an emergency, but otherwise they just look silly.
- Men are like….. Government bonds. They take so long to mature.
- Men are like….. Lava lamps. Fun to look at, but not all that bright.
- Men are like….. Bank accounts. Without a lot of money, they don’t generate much interest.