There are patches of blue up there, but this is more cloud than I’ve seen in awhile. It’s only supposed to get up to 72 here in the Portland area. It’s 56, now. At home it’s 55 and not likely to get above 64. This is a lot better than the last time I was in the Valley! 🙂
We got to the shop early, just after 10am, yesterday. I had a lot to do with packing for the weekend, and all. I started with setting up this newsletter, then did more computer work, making sure that invoices were properly entered, and making tags for the new honey sticks to re-set that display.
We got really busy for awhile. A pair of guys making a bike tour from Bend up the coast and back, a couple of families, one from Utah and a bunch more were in here over lunchtime. By 1pm I had most of the bead and materials in the computer, finally.
A friend that I’ve never seen other than in the virtual world dropped by not long after that. I’ve owed her daughter a birthday present doll for awhile, but they had dropped off the face of the planet as far as I could tell. Things are sorting back out, so she managed to stop by, daughter got her doll and we had a good chat about how to stay in touch again. Maryse came in after that and I was right in the middle of printed class handouts, so she didn’t stay long.
After that Tempus worked on putting foodly things away in back, so that I’d have room to pack and then went back to the apartment to grab the things that I forgot…. Well, there was a wreck on 101 and a huge detour out of the way. I finished packing. Marius said he was on his way, then Maryse called and said it was something like an 1/2 hour detour and then Tempus called, saying pretty much the same except that he’d had to come all the way *back* from the other end of the detour! Yikes!
Despite the detour (of de country….) we still made it to Marius’ meeting on time and stayed about an hour, then headed on to Portland.
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Today we’re up early. We need to be on the site at 9am. I’m teaching for several hours and then I’ll just sit around and stitch. 🙂 We’ll head home as soon as classes are over.
This is a pic of the North Fork of the Yachats River from the morning of 8/7/15 by Ken Gagne. He said he’d never seen the water levels so low.
Harvest Holiday – Serpen (August) 7 – This is a holiday of bread, a holiday of the harvest. In the fields people cease their reaping in honor of Volos’s beard. Thanks are brought to Volos and to Mother Earth in gratitude for a large harvest.
Today’s Feast is in honor of the Perseid Meteor Shower. They’re actually visible for most of the early part of this month, but peak right around the 13th this year. Some years you can 2 or 3 in a minute. They’re a good excuse to go down to the beach with a couple of blankets! They appear to come out of the constellation of Perseus, the “radiant” of the shower. This set of meteors is a cloud of dust from the 130-year-comet, Swift-Tuttle. Most of the dust is 1000 years or more old, but there’s one stream that peeled off of the comet only a century and a half ago! This shower is the “Games of Lugh” that give their name to the Celebration of Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseids The Celts saw these as “spears of light” that reminded them of the contests held at funerals.
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
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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. 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 8/10 at 11:21am.
As the stars come out, look left of the Moon for Spica, and right or lower right of the Moon for fainter Gamma Virginis (Porrima).
Much higher above the Moon is brighter Arcturus. Far to the right of Arcturus. . . there’s the handle of the Big Dipper.
Mars (magnitude –0.7, in the head of Scorpius) is moving rapidly eastward (leftward) against the stars, back toward Saturn and Antares. The three form an ever-shrinking triangle in the 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. Mars passes 0.9° below Delta Scorpii (Dschubba) on August 8th and 9th. In a telescope this week, Mars is 12 arcseconds in diameter and clearly 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. 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.
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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
Su 7 High 3:49 AM 6.5 6:11 AM Rise 11:11 AM 15
~ 7 Low 10:14 AM 0.4 8:33 PM Set 11:03 PM
~ 7 High 4:36 PM 6.9
~ 7 Low 10:51 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
~ If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil. – Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch philosopher
~ What good to us is a long life if it is difficult and barren of joys, and if it is so full of misery that we can only welcome death as a deliverer?- Sigmund Freud
~ Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. – Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)
~ You live and learn – or you don’t live long. – Notebooks of Lazarus Long R. A. Heinlein
In the Assuming trade three separate and independent cults are transacting business. Two of these cults are known as the Shakespearites and the Baconians, and I am the other one – the Brontosaurian.
The Shakespearite knows that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare’s Works; the Baconian knows that Francis Bacon wrote them; the Brontosaurian doesn’t really know which of them did it, but is quite composedly and contentedly sure that Shakespeare didn’t, and strongly suspects that Bacon did. We all have to do a good deal of assuming, but I am so fairly certain that in every case I can call to mind the Baconian assumers have come out ahead of the Shakespearites. Both parties handle the same materials, but the Baconians seem to me to get much more reasonable and rational and persuasive results out of them than is the case with the Shakespearites. The Shakespearite conducts his assuming upon a definite principle, an unchanging and immutable law – which is: 2 and 8 and 7 and 14, added together, make 165. I believe this to be an error. No matter, you cannot get a habit-sodden Shakespearite to cipher-up his materials upon any other basis. With the Baconian it is different. If you place before him the above figures and set him to adding them up, he will never in any case get more than 45 out of them, and in nine cases out of ten he will get just the proper 31. – Mark Twain, from ‘Is Shakespeare Dead?’; My Autobiography
Color of the day: Coral
Incense of the day: Ylang-ylang
Today is one of the British Quarter Days, which honor the change of seasons. The wheel always turns, but Quarter Days remind us to stop and do some cleaning. For this simple cleansing, you will need a white taper candle and holder, salt water, a smudgestick, and a feather. Set up a small altar and place the items on it. Take the smudgestick and feather and walk around the house counter-clockwise. Using the feather, blow smoke into every corner of the house. Say: “I ask air and fire to clear this house of any negativity.” After you’ve smudged, take the saltwater and repeat your path. As you walk, say: “I ask water and earth to clear this house of any negativity.” Return to the altar and say: “Lord and Lady, this place is clear. Bless all the occupants and hold them dear. So mote it be!” By: Olivia O’Meir
Ritual to Improve Psychic Abilities – Categories: Spellwork [Note: Gerina Dunwich Candlelight Spells: The Modern Witch’s Book of Spellcasting, Feasting and Natural Healing]
Three days before the full moon (preferably when it is in Cancer, Pisces, or Scorpio), light 13 purple-colored candles to help attract psychic influences. Gaze into a mirror, crystal ball or crystal pyramid and chant three times:
Asariel, archangel of Neptune
And ruler of clairvoyance,
Open my third eye
And show me the hidden light.
Let me perceive the kingdoms
Of the unknown.
Let me understand the wisdom
Of the universe.
After chanting, relax your mind, do not permit any negative thoughts, breathe slowly and concentrate on opening your Third Eye.
The Third Eye, located in the space between the eyebrows is the body’s highest source of power.
Silliness – Signs and Notices – Sign in King’s Canyon in California. ‘Slow Parking Ahead’