Minus tide at 8:38 AM of -0.8 feet.
The sunshine was really bright at home, but there’s cloud still lifting on the Bay, beaches and in town, so it’s not quite as bright here. 57F and today’s temperature ought to be a more normal 68F. It’s still hot in the Valley and there’s actually a chance of rain this evening.
Yesterday we were certainly busy enough at the beginning of the day! We had a bunch of people popping in and out and one of the former Job Corps students stopped by for a chat and to show me some of her jewelry that she’s making.
I spent some time trying to get the rest of the stuff that needed to be printed together. I finally got there and at about that time checked on the weather and the forecast had cooled! It only hit 77F at about 3:30 and by 6pm it had dropped 10 degrees. Friends in the Valley were cooking. One said her porch thermometer read 101F and another down toward Ashland said hers read 106!
Tempus went into Newport to pick up his paycheck and get my pictures printed while I worked on taking and editing some other pictures and helping customers. I found a fascinating video of artisan-made marbles. (Link below) Once he got back he sat down on the sofa and faded out. I had been dozing off occasionally, myself.
When he woke up I was working on more embroidery stuff, mostly writing. He went into the back to try to clean up a little and we didn’t leave the shop until 10pm. We ate and I went to sleep only to oversleep this morning, although we pulled into the parking lot before 11am. Good thing we weren’t having Herbs today.
How artisan marbles are made. This is unlike the machine-made cheap marbles – https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr
The beautiful Alsea Bay Bridge at night. Photo (C) Grand Central Pizza on Facebook. Looks like the photo is from the shoreline below the Alsi Resort.
Today is the anniversary of the discovery of the parasite that causes malaria in 1898. Sir Ronald Rose was knighted and received a Nobel prize for his work. The page is a facsimile of the notebook sheet on which he recorded seeing “pigmented bodies” in the guts of the mosquitoes that he later figured out were the malaria parasites. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Ross See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malarial_parasite
Today’s plant, Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegypticaor luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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.
The waning gibbous Moon rises due east around the end of twilight. Look to its upper left for the Great Square of Pegasus tipped up on one corner — another sign of fall’s approach.
Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter are very low in bright twilight. About 20 or 25 minutes after sunset, look for Venus and Jupiter very low to the horizon due west (to the left of where the Sun went down). Venus is the brighter one, lower right of Jupiter. They’re 8° apart on August 19th and close in on each other by 1° per day. Mark your calendar for their very close conjunction, barely 0.1° apart for North America, on the evening of Saturday August 27th. Bring binoculars! Next, try to spot fainter, lower Mercury. It spends the week 4° or 5° below or lower left of Jupiter. You’ll probably need those binoculars. Jupiter is nominally magnitude –1.7, Venus is –3.8, and Mercury fades this week from +0.3 to +0.9. 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
Sa 20 High 2:06 AM 7.9 6:26 AM Set 9:05 AM 97
~ 20 Low 8:38 AM -0.8 8:12 PM Rise 9:40 PM
~ 20 High 2:55 PM 7.6
~ 20 Low 8:59 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Remember those things that made you glad.
~ I am not afraid…I was born to do this. – Joan of Arc
~ It’s the grit in the Oyster that makes the pearl. – Ke’reth Epetai Makura
~ When it comes to luck, you make your own. – Bruce Springsteen
~ If you cannot find the truth where you are, where do you hope to find it? – Dogen
In their hearts, your worshippers see you
As three-eyed, wearing the crescent moon
white as the moon in autumn.
You are the perfume of nature,
holding in you hands a jar of nectar.
You are all art and poetry.
Holding in your hands a book
as you make the gesture
that describes all learning. – Patrician Monoghan, 365 Goddesses
Foods – Cornbread, Wheat products, Bread (especially whole wheat or multigrain), Grains, Corn, Beans, Rice, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oat cakes
Berries, Blackberries Grapes, Nuts & Seeds, (acorns, sunflower seed), Dried fruits, Apples (dried, baked, fresh or in cider) pomegranates,
Squash, Roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc),
Wine, Ale and, Cider, Grape juice,
Herbs – hazel, corn, acorns, vines, ivy, cedar, passion flowers, honeysuckle, Apple, balm of Gilead, calendula, corn acorn, cypress cone, hazel, milk thistle, mugwort, myrrh, oak, orris root, passion flower, pine cone, rose, sage
Incenses and oils – benzoin, myrrh. pine, frankincense, jasmine, cinnamon, clove. Myrrh, Sage, Pine, Frankincense, Jasmine, Cinnamon
Colors/Candles – brown, green, orange, red, deep gold, scarlet, yellow, maroon, purple, violet and indigo. Orange, Dark red, Yellow, Brown, Violet, Deep gold
Gemstones – yellow agate, carnelian, yellow topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli and amethyst, Carnelian, Lapis lazuli, Sapphire, Yellow agate
Goddesses – all Fruit and Vegetable Deities, Harvest Deities, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres The Muses (Greek), Pamona (Roman
Gods – All Wine Gods, Gods of Fruits, Dionysus (Roman), Bacchus (Greek), Thoth (Egyptian).
Symbols and Altar decorations – autumn leaves and autumn flowers, marigolds, gourds, berries, pine and cypress cones, acorns, a small statue or figurine representing the Triple Goddess in her Mother aspect and other corresponding deities. All harvest symbols, corn, red poppies, nuts, grains, leaves, oak sprigs, wreaths, vine, grapes, cornucopia, horns of plenty, apples, grapes, vines, garland, Acorns, Pomegranates, Pine cones, Baskets of fallen leaves, Horn of Plenty
Activities to celebrate Autumn Equinox
Have a thanksgiving feast.
Can and preserve fruits and vegetables.
Hang dried ears of corn on the front door.
Serve wine in honour of the God and beans and squashes in honour of the Goddess.
Call upon the elementals and honor them for their help with (N-earth) home and finances,
(E-air) school and knowledge, (S-fire) careers and accomplishments, (W-water) emotional balance and fruitful relationships.
Tend your garden, thanking the plants and flowers for their abundance, harvesting whatever is ready, collecting seeds and leave an offering.
Make a mandala of seeds and grains on the ground, as a gift for the animals and birds.
Bake a loaf of bread or cookies in the shape of a sun or with a sun design.
Gather donations of food and/or clothing for a favorite charity.
Decorate your altar with leaves, acorns, berries, and other things symbolic of nature’s bounty.
Some chose to sprinkle Autumn leaves around the house as decoration, the leaves can be dipped in paraffin and put on wax paper. After the leaves dry, they may be placed around the house or in large jars with sigils of protection and/or abundance carved lightly into them.
Spellwork for protection, wealth and prosperity, and security, include spells that will bring into balance and harmony the energies either in a room, home, or situation. health, security, feelings of self-confidence
Make a beverage of: hot apple cider. Apple rules the heart, cider alone is a self-love potion. Spice it with a stick of cinnamon, ruled by Jupiter and the Sun. It also makes the house smell wonderful