The stars last night were wonderful! Are any of you seeing Perseids? I think I did a couple of times. It’s 63F and partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain tonight (more likely aggressive mist)!) and it’s a bit breezier than it’s been, winds going over 10mph down by the water.
Yesterday we got to the shop much later than usual, because we slept in. We spent the afternoon working on various small projects, which were mostly sorting and putting away. We’re *still* at the sorting process and will likely be for months, since so much has just been boxed and set aside. <sigh> Well, it will eventually get finished if we keep at it.
We had people in the door off and on all day. It was rather frustrating to me, trying to work on files, but if we’re here we’re open…. I figured that I would get things done during the evening, while Tempus was doing the first 1/2 of his paper route.
I finally got around to trying one of the lucets that Amy’s been working on and decided immediately that I needed something different. ….so my next task was to work up a pattern for Tempus to use. I got that done and the rest of the rings sized and priced just a Tempus finished up the baked potatoes we had for supper.
After I was done eating, I got back to work on the rings, making sure they were properly inventoried.
…and then I got the news that a dear friend’s husband is transitioning to home hospice…. we kept hoping….and dammit I’m going *keep* hoping that this will turn around!
I spent the rest of the evening alternating between horsing things into the sewing space and doing some online research into embroidery patterns. I finally ended up just sitting with my footstool cover, waiting for Tempus.
>>>>> from the wedding because he’s cute! >>>>>
He got here around the usual time and we took off, apparently walking away and leaving the shop door wide open until we got here just now! Sheesh! That’s absent-minded! Nothing’s missing and apparently no one noticed…. We had a good run last night, fell into bed after and took it easy getting up and back down here.
Today we’re going to be here with the lights off. We have to sort out a bunch of clean stuff that’s been waiting to go into the feast gear section and I need Tempus to shift some stuff that I couldn’t in the sewing section. We had been planning on doing a house/storage run, but this *has* to get done before we open tomorrow! ….and newsletters…. and writing ….and some work on the pincushions…. and…. and…. 🙂
Today’s Feast is in honor of John Barleycorn, the personification of the harvest, the God in the Grain. The song goes back at least to the 16th century, at least in theme, but there are a lot of different versions out there and a lot of recordings, since the theme is an interesting conceit. A lot of people don’t think to break down the last name. “Barley” is obvious, but “corn” is the old word for “grain”, from before maize picked up the name. In the song, the barley grain is taken through the stages of growth, harvest, threshing, malting and being turned into beer as though it’s a person being, “cut off at the knee”, “threshed me skin from bone”, “bunged me in a vat”, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barleycorn A similar Scottish poem from the same time frame refers to “Allane”, (Ale – in) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quhy_Sowld_Nocht_Allane_Honorit_Be
Today’s plant – Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. –Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
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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. 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. 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 at the Full on 8/16 at 2:27pm.
As twilight fades away, Vega shines near the zenith (if you’re in the mid-northern latitudes), and Arcturus shines in the west. A third of the way from Arcturus up to Vega, look for Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, with its one modestly bright star: Alphecca or Gemma. Two thirds of the way from Arcturus to Vega is the dim Keystone of Hercules, with the 6th-magnitude globular cluster M13 in its western side.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are well up after midnight, in the east and southeast respectively. Info and finder charts.
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
W 10 Low 12:40 AM 1.5 6:14 AM Set 12:01 AM 41
~ 10 High 6:31 AM 4.9 8:28 PM Rise 2:05 PM
~ 10 Low 12:15 PM 2.2
~ 10 High 6:42 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Allow me to see freedom in a way that I can understand.
~ Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice. We are uncommonly and marvelously intricate in thought and action, our problems are most complex and, too often, silently borne. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~ Even negative emotions are good, if real; and if they are real, by and by, their very reality transforms them. They become more and more positive and a moment comes when all positivity and negativity disappear. You simply remains authentic. – Osho
~ In church you stand up when told to and sing the hymns from a book. In knighthood you stand up for yourself and sing from your heart. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk. – Tony Robbins
Instruction at the Gate – Bill Ransom
At the gateway to the beast
your arms brim with dead leaves.
Words, not fate, put you here.
Sweet breath of the beast wets this fall air,
That wrist of sunlight snagged in the weeds
Feel the pulse, yes
the beast feels it, too.
Bury your face in the leaves,
prepare to teach the beast: these.
Words put you here, not stars.
Listen to its supple flex across the weeds,
that cupped palm of sunlight.
Soul Mandala – You will need large square piece of wood, items that represent different aspects of your soul (i.e. mother, healer, teacher, speaker, solitude, etc..) and a central object that represents your expanded self as a whole. First, using a pencil, draw a border around the wood. Make the border about 3-4 inches wide all around. Within the smaller square (created by the line you just drew) divide it into as many equal sized squares as will fit (should be 6-12). In each square, decorate it as one aspect of yourself. Get in touch with as many “selves” as you can and represent them each visually. In the border around these, seperate it into sections to represent the cycles of life. You can divide it into four sections and decorate it for the seasons. Or divide in into 13 sections and represent each of the moons. There’s no wrong way to do this project. It’s all yours. http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html
Silliness – Deer Tick Warning
I hate it when people forward bogus warnings, but this one is real, and it’s important. So please send this warning to everyone on your e-mail list:\If someone comes to your front door saying they are conducting a survey on deer ticks and asks you to take your clothes off and dance around with your arms up, DO NOT DO IT!\IT IS A SCAM; they only want to see you naked.\I wish I’d gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid now.