Yesterday wasn’t one of my better days. Sales were really good at the shop and we had lots of customers, but I was tired and cranky from oversleeping and then mid-afternoon, for no reason that I could see, I went down with an asthma attack! I couldn’t do much more than whisper until nearly 8pm.
Tempus and I worked on tags and I did a little more on my footstool cover. It’s coming along. Will showed up late in the day with one of the boxes of stuff that I need for my class today. Eventually Tempus went to get my table and then we packed my stuff in the car.
We’re getting moving early this morning since he’s driving me to Corvallis for the class I’m teaching. Marius is going to bring me home. The shop will be open and the House Capuchin Project Day will be going on during the afternoon.
Today is the Roman Feast of Consualia, the feast of Consus, god of harvests and underground grain stores. Consus’ altar was underground and kept buried for all by two days of the year, just like the seeds that he represents. He didn’t have any special priesthood, so sacrifices were performed on that day by priests of other gods. Games and races were held in his honor. It’s also a special day to honor horses and even tractors, those animals and machines that help us get in the grain harvest. In ancient Rome, horses were pampered on this day, given special foods, manes and tails braided up and hung with garlands before being paraded around and made much of. It sounds kinda like a State Fair! More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consualia
It’s also Bartle-tide, an odd commemoration of a thief or a giant and no one’s sure which! Some think it’s in honor of the Cerne Abbas Giant, a turf-cut figure, or the giant is in honor of the feast. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Witton
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus.A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. –Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
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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.
With August nearing its end, you can say hi to the Double Cluster in <<< Perseus without having to stay up late. After dark, find the tilted W of Cassiopeia>>> partway up the northeastern sky. Note the two stars of its lower-left segment (the faint end of the W). Using binoculars, aim at the midpoint between them and then drop down by a little more than the full width of the binocular’s view (for typical binoculars). Look for two little irregular cotton puffs, touching each other and tilted diagonally. With a dark enough sky, you can even make them out with the unaided eye — as a distinct enhancement of the background Milky Way.
Mars (magnitude –0.4, in upper Scorpius) is moving rapidly eastward (leftward) between Saturn (magnitude +0.4) and Antares (+1.0, below Saturn). On August 23rd and 24th they form an almost straight, vertical line, as shown at the top of this page. See our article Two Planet Pairs Perform at Dusk.
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
Su 21 High 2:54 AM 7.6 6:27 AM Set 10:16 AM 92
~ 21 Low 9:18 AM -0.4 8:11 PM Rise 10:14 PM
~ 21 High 3:35 PM 7.8
~ 21 Low 9:50 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A Messy Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen… And This Kitchen Is Delirious [I made this into a poster to hang in ours!]
~ I think I might as well give up being a candidate. There are so many people in the country who don’t like me. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
~ The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. — Albert Einstein
~ The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American reformer
~ The more time we spend considering the shortcomings of others, the smaller a person we become. – Guy Finley
In fresh myrtle my blade I’ll entwine,
Like Harmodious, the gallant and good,
When he made at the tutelar shrine
A libation of Tyranny’s blood. – Edgar Allan Poe; ‘Hymn to Aristogeiton and Harmodius’, translation from
In astronomy, the autumnal equinox signals the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere: the moment when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward; the equinox occurs around September 22 – 24, varying slightly each year according to the 400-year cycle of leap years in the Gregorian Calendar.
In the southern hemisphere, the equinox occurs at the same moment, but at the beginning of spring. There are two conventions for dealing with this: either the name of the equinox can be changed to the vernal equinox, or (apparently more commonly) the name is unchanged and it is accepted that it is out of sync with the season.
At the equinox, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. In the northern hemisphere, before the autumnal equinox, the sun rises and sets more and more to the north, and afterwards, it rises and sets more and more to the south.
This is when the Neopagan Sabbat of Mabon is celebrated. Also, Autumnal Equinox Day is an official national holiday in Japan, and is spent visiting family graves, and holding family reunions. Source: Wikipedia
Why do the equinoxes not always occur on the same days each year?
“The Earth takes approximately 365.25 days to go around the Sun. This is the reason we have a leap year every 4 years, to add another day to our calendar so that there is not a gradual drift of date through the seasons. For the same reason the precise time of the equinoxes are not the same each year, and generally will occur about 6 hours later each year, with a jump of a day (backwards) on leap years.” Source
Autumn Equinox, ancient Egypt
Autumn Equinox, ancient Rome
Autumn Equinox was a time of Diana, Roman goddess of the hunt, of the Moon, of springs and brooks, of the country and forest, chastity and of child-birth. Women prayed to her for offspring. She was thought of as the protector and mother. Worship of this deity was later transformed by Christianity into the cult of the Virgin Mary.
Autumn Equinox, Europe
Autumn Equinox is the time when village elders gathered food and grain and at night left it at the doors of the poor to ensure that they would have food for the coming winter:
Food an’ gifts outside the door –
A welcome treat to cheer the poor.
Never, ever must they see
That even one was left by me.
The Equinox Error: The Fallacy of Fall’s Arrival link to article
At the Castillo, a Mayan pyramid built c. 1000 – 1200 at Chichén Itzá, Mexico, on the equinoxes a jagged shadow is thrown down the northern staircase. It looks like a serpent going down, meeting a stone snake’s head at the base.
Mikelis and Jumis
Jumis was an agriculture and fertility god, and in the Latvian language the word also applies to ‘double-plants,’ such as two corn stalks, two trees that have grown together and share a trunk or stem, or two fruits or vegetables that have grown together. He was depicted as a short man with clothes that resemble ears of wheat, hops and barley.
On the first day, a ritual called the Catching of Jumis (Jumja kersana; Apjumibas; Rudenaji; Raudonoji) took place. Jumis, represented by a double-headed stalk of grain, was said to be hiding in the last of the unharvested fields. This last cut was saved until the end, so as to please Jumis, and invite him back the following spring. When the reaping was finished, a ‘Jumis-clump’ was left uncut. The ears of this grain were then tied in a knot and bent to the ground, being weighed down with stones or surrounded with soil. The grain from the Junis-clump was rubbed out of the ears and scattered in the tilled soil, thus ensuring that the strength and spirit of the harvest was directed back into the Mother Earth, so that it could appear again in the new sowing.
These last stalks were tied with special twine, taken home in a procession and placed in a barn, separate from the rest of the harvest, symbolizing a ‘captured’ Jumis, thereby ensuring the following year’s harvest would be at least as successful. The grasses were then used during the winter to cure sick livestock. Chicken was eaten at the evening’s feast.
The festival was held at the end of the harvest season, when Jumis’s gift of food had been received. After Mikeli it was considered that the gates were open for Winter.
A Jumis-loaf was baked at Mikeli, larger than the usual bread loaf, and it was a great honour to eat it. The second day was a feast and party, and the third day was a market day, and also the only day men proposed to their prospective wives.
This is an important festival in the Japanese calendar which, Since January 1, 1873, Japan has been based on the Gregorian Calendar, with local names for the months and mostly fixed holidays (before 1873 a lunisolar calendar was in use, which was adapted from the Chinese calendar). Higan is the week-long period of Buddhist memorial services peculiar to Japan and held twice a year.
On or around the day of the Autumn Equinox, Japanese people celebrate Shuubun-no-hi, also known as Higan (Higan no Chu-Nichi). There is another Higan at the time of the Spring Equinox, which is also called Higan no Chu-Nichi. Both are usually observed on the Sunday on or immediately preceding the equinoxes. The middle days of each Higan, Shunbun no hi (Spring Equinox) and Shuubun no hi (Autumnal Equinox) are national holidays.
The name Higan means ‘the other shore’ and derives from the Buddhist notion that there is a river that marks the division of the mundane world and the afterlife. This river is one of illusions, passion, pain and sorrow. Only when one crosses the river, swimming against the currents of temptation, to the other shore, does one gain enlightenment.
During the whole of this week there is a Buddhist observance, three days either side of the equinox, when the spirits of one’s ancestors are commemorated. Usually on the equinoctial day, families and friends visit their family tombs, where they tend and weed the graves of their loved ones. They leave flowers, incense and ohagi (sweet rice balls covered with soybean paste) – it is tradition that ancestors’ spirits prefer food that is round. The visitors sweep the ground, say prayers, and may even have a bit of a family party, drinking sake rice wine.
Japanese consider this period the changing of the season. Usually around the autumnal Higan the Japanese summer heat-wave weakens, and the weather changes to autumn. Thus the Japanese have a saying, “Atsusa samusa mo Higan made” (“Neither heat in summer, nor cold in winter last beyond higan”).
Silliness – Debate About The Box
An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician are trying to set up a fenced-in area for some sheep, but they have a limited amount of building material. The engineer gets up first and makes a square fence with the material, reasoning that it’s a pretty good working solution. “No, no,” says the physicist, “there’s a better way.” He takes the fence and makes a circular pen, showing how it encompasses the maximum possible space with the given material.
Then the mathematician speaks up: “No, no, there’s an even better way.” To the others’ amusement he proceeds to construct a little tiny fence around himself, then declares:
“I define myself to be on the outside.”