Yesterday started with people in the door almost before we were open, but it calmed down quickly, just at the point where we were wearing down. It stayed steady through the afternoon while the House Capuchin things were going on and made life interesting with trying to cook, especially since it kept getting later and later and some of the folks didn’t show. One didn’t get there until 6pm, but we stayed and chatted until past 8. By the time we were home I was wiped, but I was up reading in the middle of the night for awhile.
This morning we *both* overslept. I had to shake Tempus awake at 10:40, but we were only 4 minutes late. We’re doing better! Today he’s going to work at house and storage and I’m going to be packing herbs, once I get the cleanup done from yesterday.
Some of you have heard me talk about sailing on the log canoes on the Chesapeake as a youngster. This looks *very* familiar with the folks hiked out on the leeboards, (and at that they’re not on a close reach, so not in any danger of being catapulted into the sail). This is a pic of a log canoe race, the Island Blossom, from 1950 or so.
Today’s feast is Sproshinki – Serpen (August) 15 – This Slavic holiday celebrates the end of haymaking. People feast and hold contests, many of which are athletic is nature, but others are more like our tradition of County Fairs. One of my Babicka’s uncles regularly won the village competition for who could fork and throw a haybale the highest. This is an agricultural holiday celebrating the end of haymaking. People have a good time, feasting, boxing, and much more. It is sacred to Matja Sirja Zemlja (moist, mother earth).
Today’s Feast is also for Vesta, Keeper of the Flame. It’s also Assumption Day, the day that the Virgin Mary was taken to heaven, which means that it is also sacred to all the forms of the Great Mother. For Vesta, light 6 red candles and burn herbs for your intent in a hearth fire. For the Virgin, light white. Give thanks to the Great Mother Goddess for your life, your family, your friends and our world.
Today’s Plant – Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the aidantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water– This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern
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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. 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.
Have you seen Venus yet? It’s in the beginning stage of a long and eventually spectacular evening apparition that will run through the end of next winter. About 20 or 25 minutes after sunset, start by spotting Jupiter low due west through the twilight. Venus shines to Jupiter’s lower right by 12° this evening: about a fist-width at arm’s length. And bring binoculars for a try at fainter Mercury, 5° below or lower right of Jupiter.
Jupiter is nominally magnitude –1.7, Venus is –3.8, and Mercury is +0.2, but objects near the horizon appear dimmer than their listed magnitudes due to atmospheric extinction.
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 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
M 15 Low 5:24 AM -0.1 6:20 AM Set 3:31 AM 85
~ 15 High 11:50 AM 5.8 8:21 PM Rise 6:31 PM
~ 15 Low 5:13 PM 2.6
~ 15 High 11:05 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Language is the thread joining desire to its object, explaining its needs, expressing its cries. ~ Michelle Lovric
~ The smaller the understanding of the situation, the more pretentious the form of expression. – John Romano
~ Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. – G.K. Chesterton
~ Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. – Sir Isaac Newton
~ Avoid problems, and you’ll never be the one who overcame them. – Richard Bach
In mythos and fairy tales, deities and other great spirits test the hearts of humans by showing up in various forms that disguise their divinity. They show up in robes, rags, silver sashes, or with muddy feet. They show up with skin dark as old wood, or in scales made of rose petal, as a frail child, as a lime-yellow old woman, as a man who cannot speak, or as an animal who can. The great powers are testing to see if humans have yet learned to recognize the greatness of soul in all its varying forms. – Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Magick – Reap the Harvest Spell
When we find ourselves repeatedly in situations that yield a grim emotional, spiritual, or physical harvest, we need to look inward to ascertain if the seeds that we are sowing will grow the crops that we desire. To do this, light a green or brown candle. Place malachite in front of the candle representing your heartfelt desire for change. Focusing on the candle, ask for guidance from your higher self in discovering your heart’s desires and ambitions. Script these desires in a visual present tense. State these or similar words:
The universe unfolds her abundant path for me.
Her fruitful harvest is mine,
So mote it be.
Focus the stream of your visualizations on the malachite. That is, visualize the malachite lending vibrations to your vision as it sends your energy out to the universe. Afterward, extinguish the candle. Hold onto the malachite as a reminder of your heart’s harvest. ~Karen Follet
From The Morning Feast Archives Crone’s Corner – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
Silliness – Signs and Notices – Two signs found on top of one another in a country kitchen several years ago: Restrooms to the left. Please wait for the hostess to seat you.