It’s lovely and sunny and the marine layer is rolled back offshore. I don’t know how long it will last. It rolled over us by 3pm yesterday and the late afternoon was rather gloomy. 58F and breezy.
The soup that I set up Sunday evening from the leftovers of the snack potluck was ready except for garlic when we got to the shop. I got that added and let it cook awhile longer. We ate around 2pm. I had meant to bring the minute rice to sop up the juice, so I left most of it in the pot.
By mid-afternoon I was most of the way done with the necessary writing and picture-taking for various projects and into the developing of the pictures. We got really busy late in the afternoon, had a lot of people in at just about the time that other shops were closing.
I’m not sure what we’re doing today. Well, it’ll be more sorting, no matter what!
The strange case of William Harrison, the Campden Wonder –
On August 16, 1660, a 70-year-old rent collector (manager of Viscountess Campden’s estates at Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England http://www.chippingcampden.co.uk/ ), William Harrison, disappeared from Chipping Campden, England, and only his hat, comb and ‘collar band’, or scarf, were found. His servant, John Perry, confessed to his murder and implicated his mother Joan (who was thought to be a witch) and his brother Richard. All three were hanged, although a body was never recovered.
Fully two years later, the ‘murdered’ William Harrison returned to Chipping Campden, with a fantastic story, which he laid out in a sworn letter http://www.law.utexas.edu/lpop/etext/newgate/perry.htm to Sir Thomas Overbury, a magistrate of the county of Gloucester. Harrison wrote that he had been kidnapped by two armed horsemen, who stabbed him through the side and thigh with swords. They had taken him on a long journey through England to Deal, where they had put him on a ship. The ship was captured by Turkish pirates who sold the old man into slavery near Smyrna, Turkey … More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campden_Wonder and here: http://www.thecampdenwonder.com/index.html
Today’s Plant is Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium), which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. – Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat), to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium
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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 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. 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 8/19 at 2:27pm.
The nearly full Moon shines in the southeast after dark. Using binoculars, look roughly one binocular field to the Moon’s upper right (in North America) for Alpha and Beta Capricorni, two fine binocular double stars. The yellow Alpha pair, on top, is the easiest. Beta Cap is 2.3° below Alpha. This one is harder; the secondary star of Beta is fainter and closer to the primary. The pair is oriented fairly similarly to the two stars of Alpha.
Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter are very low in bright twilight. About 20 or 25 minutes after sunset, look for Jupiter due west, then look for Venus to its lower right. They’re 15° apart on August 12th and just 8° apart by the 19th. Binoculars or a wide-field telescope will help. They’re heading toward a very close conjunction, barely 0.1° apart, on August 27th. Try to spot fainter Mercury. It’s closer to Jupiter’s lower right early in the week, and below Jupiter later in the week.
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
Tu 16 Low 6:05 AM -0.6 6:21 AM Set 4:30 AM 92
~ 16 High 12:29 PM 6.2 8:19 PM Rise 7:15 PM
~ 16 Low 5:59 PM 2.2
~ 16 High 11:51 PM 7.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be your true self, it’s your destiny
~ Until you make peace with who you are you will never be content with what you have. – Doris Mortman
~ By a lie, a man… annihilates his dignity as a man. – Kant
~ I require constant reminding of the availability of the ecstatic currents that flow through me as a result of the intercourse of the energies of the Earth and Sky. – Arun Once Was ZyGoat
~ Your friends love you, anyway. – Dave Barry
This day now past
Has passed into memory,
Gone by, moment by moment,
Each a tick or a tock,
A parade of ants
Moving time grain by grain.
This day will not come again.
Another takes its place
And another, until at last
The last day is done
And time becomes for me
Yet now is not then.
I do not know the when of it
Nor am I in a rush
To reach the end. Let it bend
In upon itself
Spiraling me in and out of it
Until I am one with All
And that All is Now – Written and Submitted by Tasha Halpert
Kitchen Witch – You will need: metal gingerbread man cookie cutter, spanish moss, black felt or bought felt witch’s hat , orange material for skirt, thin orange ribbon, black material, glue, trim . Fold black material in half, cut a slit and slide over head. With thread, sew a running stitch through the top of one edge of the orange material and gather around the waist. Stitch in place. Glue orange ribbon over the stitches. Cut pieces of ribbon long enough to be suspenders and glue in place. Glue spanish moss to top of cookie cutter. Glue witch’s hat to spanish moss. Or, if using black felt, cut a circle the diameter you wish the hat to be. Cut a wide triangle of felt, wrap to form a cone, and glue to circle. Glue to spanish moss Glue desired trim in place