The sun has come and gone this morning. There’s fog and haze, quite a lot in spots and the marine layer isn’t all that far offshore. It feels chilly, too. It’s 57F with a light breeze, except down by the water.
Yesterday was kinda hard on me. Riding in a car for hours ends up with me sore all over and sleeping as long as I did on Wednesday night meant that I was stiff, even worse. It gradually eased up as the day went on, though.
I steadily worked on checking in new stock and trying to track down some supplies online that I’m going to need for projects over the next couple of months. Tempus went up to the house, fishing out some shelf units and taking more boxes that were full to storage.
At around 4:30 the Sewing folks started to show up and from then until past 7pm that’s what we did. That’s the point when I realized that my eyes weren’t just tired, but that I was getting migraine symptoms, so we shut down early and Tempus took me home and tucked me into bed.
We have several shelf units in the walkway at the moment. He’s going to be working on shifting those into the back as quickly as possible. I have computer work to catch up on and then I need to put my things together for Sunday’s blackwork class in St. Helens.
Today’s Feast is Waffle Day. An actual “feast” for once? Did you know that they go back to the Middle Ages and derive from communion wafers? I had no idea! Waffles, as we know them, go back to the early 1500’s, and there is a bewildering variety. I also didn’t know that Belgian waffles are not from Belgium. They were invented at a World’s Fair in the US and were called “Bel-Gem” waffles! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waffle
Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 Tide Change on 8/18 at 2:27pm. 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 8/7 at 1:45am.
The crescent Moon poses with Jupiter low in the west in twilight, as shown here.
The Big Dipper hangs diagonally in the northwest after dark. From its midpoint, look to the right to find Polaris (not very bright) glimmering due north as always. Polaris is the handle-end of the Little Dipper. The only other parts of the Little Dipper that are even modestly bright are the two stars forming the outer end of its bowl. On August evenings they’re about a fist and a half (at arm’s length) to Polaris’s upper left. They’re called the Guardians of the Pole, since they circle around Polaris throughout the night and throughout the year.
Mars (magnitude –0.7, just to the right of the head of Scorpius) is moving eastward (leftward) against the stars, back toward Saturn and Antares. The three form an ever-shrinking triangle in the south-southwest at nightfall. The triangle will turn into an almost straight, vertical line on August 23rd and 24th, when Mars slingshots between the other two. In a telescope this week, Mars is still 13 arcseconds in diameter and very plainly gibbous.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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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
F 5 High 2:23 AM 7.6 6:08 AM Rise 9:10 AM 4
5 Low 9:02 AM -0.7 8:35 PM Set 10:08 PM
5 High 3:24 PM 7.0
5 Low 9:19 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is what every heart seeks.
~ A person should tend to the oak if they want to live under it. – Egil’s Saga, c.71
~ Business today consists in persuading crowds. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
~ Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
~ Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
It is a mistake to think that the past is dead. Nothing that has ever happened is quite without influence at this moment. The present is merely the past rolled up and concentrated in this second of time. You, too, are your past; often your face is your autobiography; you are what you are because of what you have been; because of your heredity stretching back into forgotten generations; because of every element of environment that has affected you, every man or woman that has met you, every book that you have read, every experience that you have had; all these are accumulated in your memory, your body, your character, your soul. So with a city, a country, and a race; it is its past, and cannot be understood without it. – William James Durant; attributed
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
The dog days of August are upon us…
Don’t you wish they’d just roll over and play dead?
They don’t bark, they just plain sizzle;
I’d rather have the crisp coolness of Autumn instead.
The dog days are like a sheepdog with extra fur,
Too much heat pressing down on us,
We need to shed our clothing like excess hair…
Keep it simple, get naked a lot, no extra fuss.
Long Island Tea and giggles, icy soda with fizzles,
Running through sprinklers, sitting in our underwear…
Air conditioner on high and plenty of fans,
Sundresses and muscles shirts; summer’s everywhere! © August 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)