Fire weather warning and looking at 85 today. Ick. Excessive heat warning. It’s way worse in the Valley, but I’m not looking forward to this afternoon. 68F already. There are some small streaky clouds and a few other bits in the sky.
I never actually sat down to work on today’s newsletter until after 5pm yesterday. We didn’t have that many customers in, no clue why, but the highway was even quiet, but we had plenty to do. Both Tempus and I worked on finding out what was in certain boxes, pulling out what we need and then re-boxing to take more stuff to storage. I was also working on embroidery patterns.
After Tempus left for his paper route I worked on setting up my toys class for Sunday. I had a lot of pictures to find, but the class has pretty much been set for a couple of years. After that I went back to embroidery patterns and got another one worked out.
The papers ran late last night, so it was past 2:30 when Tempus picked me up. It was very foggy in town, but it wasn’t as thick as it’s been a couple of times before and it cleared out as soon as we were higher. The Moon was amazing. The Bay, particularly the Backbay once we were out 34 was just lovely. Her Light, shining through the trees, was enough to take my breath away, several times. By the time we were done, Orion was high enough to see. We got home, crawled into bed and dropped. We’re definitely running on not enough sleep.
Today we already have people in the shop. Tempus got us some ice, so we’ll have ice water for later. Mostly we have all the same stuff to do today, with the extra of it going to be too hot.
Today’s Feast is the Rustic Vinalia, an ancient Roman feast dedicated to Venus as protector of the Vinyards. They were immensely important in Rome, being a provider of a major food, as well as wine. More aobut this feast here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinalia
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others –Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 9/1 at 2:03am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/24 at 8:41pm.
Summer is beginning to wane. By the time nightfall is complete now, Cassiopeia has climbed about as high in the northeast as the Big Dipper has declined in the northwest.
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
F 19 High 1:20 AM 8.1 6:25 AM Set 7:53 AM 99
~ 19 Low 7:59 AM -1.1 8:14 PM Rise 9:06 PM
~ 19 High 2:18 PM 7.3
~ 19 Low 8:12 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love as though you’ve never been hurt. That’s a definition of, “strong”.
~ Canada will be a strong country when Canadians of all provinces feel at home in all parts of the country, and when they feel that all Canada belongs to them. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~ Compassion is a verb. – Thich Nhat Hanh
~ My eyes to look after them, my ears to hear for them, my voice to warn them, my hand to guard them, my shield to ward them. – Order of Scathach Arming Ritual
~ Our senses don’t deceive us: our judgment does. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In our discourse in the boat Mr. Coventry told us how the Fanatiques and the Presbyters, that did intend to rise about this time, did choose this day as the most auspicious to them in their endeavours against monarchy: it being fatal twice to the King, and the day of Oliver’s death. – Samuel Pepys, Diary; Oliver Cromwell had considered the third of September as the most fortunate day of his life, on account of his victories at Dunbar and Worcester
Money Punch – For wealth, abundance and resources
2 Cups Dark Rum
1 Cup Kahlua
2 tsp. Sugar
1 Orange, Sliced
1 1/2 qts Orange Coffee
2 Medium Cinnamon Sticks
4 Whole Cloves
3/4 tsp. Nutmeg
- Place Rum, Kahlua, and sugar together in a large heat proof serving bowl.
- Light the liquid, using the coffee to extinguish it slowly. This allows the entire mixture to reach your guests warm.
- Add spices, float orange slices on top, and allow mixture to sit until it reaches a comfortable sipping temperature.
- Serve garnished with one almond per cup.
All ingredients in this punch have money-attracting attribute. Oranges were a symbol of prosperity in the Middle Ages due to their high import cost. – “A Witch’s Beverages and Brews” by Patricia Telesco
Raspberry Mint Lemonade
- 1 sprig of mint
- 1/2 cup ripe raspberries
- 1 quart lemonade
Bruise the leaves and stems of the mint, and crush the berries, putting them in the ice-cold lemonade at least two hours before using. Remove the mint before serving. Add a fresh sprig to each glass if desired. Serves 6.
Mocha Cocoa Recipe – December 17th, 2005
Color of the day: Blue Incense of the day: Coriander
To make a cold winter night warm, whip up this heavenly mix and then brew yourself a cup of mocha cocoa. Then sit back and contemplate the nature of things.
- 1 1/2 cups instant nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 1/2 cups powdered non-dairy creamer
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, instant coffee
- 1 2/3 cups miniature marshmallows
Mix all ingredients except for the marshmallows, stirring well to combine them thoroughly. Then add the marshmallows, and store the mixture in an airtight container. To make the cocoa, mix three or four tablespoons with one cup of boiling water. By: Laurel Reufner
Silliness – Signs and Notices – Seen in a health food store. “Shoplifters will be beaten over the head with an organic carrot”