The sunshine is bright, but the marine layer has rolled onshore and on the other side of the bridge was blotting it out. It’s covered most of the downbay, but not town at all. 53F. Wind at 10mph….and there goes the sunshine….
Yesterday started slowly. We had a few people in early, just looking. Tempus went over to the grocery and got us some turnovers. I’ve had a taste for cherry. I worked on the computer, trying to weed out duplicate files. Tempus was making another lucet with the narrower profile.
We’re late coming in today because Jeanne had some things for Tempus to do before we left. I have a lot of writing to do today and Tempus is supposed to be working up at the storage and then I’ll go with him on his paper route tonight.
Today’s feast is the Vulcanalia, sacred to the god Vulcan and the nymphs. Vulcan is the god of the forge and fires. The Divine Sun is part of this festival and work was begun by candlelight so as to emphasize that good aspects of fire. The bad aspects we’re seeing in Yosemite and in Idaho, at the moment. The eruption that buried Pompeii and Herculaneum occurred during this festival in 79CE. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcanalia#Vulcanalia
Today’s plant is the . There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too.Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
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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.
Saturn, Mars, and Antares>>> finally line up. They make a nearly straight, nearly vertical line in the south-southwest as the stars come out, as shown above. Tomorrow the line will be nearly as straight, but with Mars now on the other side of the Saturn-Antares line (at the time of twilight for the Americas).
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune(magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are well up by midnight, in the east and southeast respectively. Info and finder charts.
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 23 High 4:44 AM 6.6 6:29 AM Set 12:40 PM 75
~ 23 Low 10:45 AM 0.9 8:07 PM Rise 11:28 PM
~ 23 High 5:04 PM 7.8
~ 23 Low 11:46 PM 0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, “Quit while you’re ahead?”
~ Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body. – Seneca
~ Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast. – Epicetus, Greek philosopher
~ Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~ Your real boss is the one who walks around under your hat. – Napoleon Hill
All Nature helps to swell the song
And chant the same refrain;
July and June have slipped away
And August’s here again. –Helen Maria Winslow (1851–1938)
Summer sun begins to wane,
The trees all fall asleep
The harvest’s in, the birds fly south
The leaves are piling deep.
Indian Summer Days are rare,
Long nights bring morning frost,
Fall flowers drying in the fields
Life’s beauty fades, is lost ~ Catriona Lovett (c) 2002
For the golden corn and the apple on the tree,
For the golden butter and the honey from the bees,
For the fruits and nuts and berries we gather on our way,
We praise the loving Mother Earth and thank Her everyday. – Beliefnet member loumom, Appropriate for many faiths
We give-away our thanks to the earth which gives us our home.
We give-away our thanks to the rivers and lakes which give-away their water.
We give-away our thanks to the trees which give-away fruit and nuts.
We give-away our thanks to the wind which brings rain to water the plants.
We give-away our thanks to the sun who gives-away warmth and light.
All beings on earth: the trees, the animals, the wind and the rivers give-away to one another so all is in balance.
We give-away our promise to begin to learn how to stay in balance with all the earth.
‘Give-Away Thanksgiving Chant’ for Equinox Festival, from La Chapelle, Dolores, Earth Festivals