The sky is a clear, pale blue, with some tiny wisps of cloud. The marine layer is either non-existent, or it’s pulled way back over the horizon. There’s not even a hint of it. The wind is too warm. It’s 79F with 39% humidity. I have to say that the Valley has it worse. Tigard is at 84 and expected to hit nearly 100F. Urk.
Yesterday we started even later than on Tuesday, but the afternoon was pretty good. I had more to do than I had realized so we were nailed down for quite some time. I had a lady come in who sells bumper stickers, so I got a trial batch and then Tempus picked up some packages at the PO and I have my Old Farmer’s Almanac for the year, plus some other goodies. Leslie from the Chocolate Frog was in and she got some presents for a friend.
…and then my spoons ran out. I have no idea why, but I just sorta went splat. It was worse after I had someone come in for a reading, too. I ended up sitting in front of my computer going through Pinterest files for a couple of hours. Tempus said afterwards that his had run out as well, so he wasn’t doing much, either. Well, we’ve been pushing pretty hard.
At 7:30 the light went out. It had been plenty bright in the shop all day, even with the lights off, but then the sun went behind the buildings and it suddenly dimmed in my work area. It was a slightly odd color, too. I guess the smoke is getting this far. …and around 8:30 it actually started to smell like smoke.
Today is forecast to be far too warm for me. Well, it already *is* far too warm! I’m not intending to do much running around. Tempus just went over to the grocery to see about some ice for the thermal cooler and maybe some kind of breakfast treat. We’ll likely end up doing a lot of computer work today, although I might retreat to the back and work on herbs once the sun hits the windows. That can really heat things up in here.
Today’s feast is the Opiconsivia, Roman Empire, a harvest festival of the goddess Ops Consiva, ‘Lady Bountiful the Planter’, whose shrine was in the Regia at Rome. This is one of the series of Roman harvest feasts in this month. Originally a Sabine goddess, Ops (‘plenty’, from which we get the word ‘opulent’) was a fertility deity and earth-goddess in Roman mythology, associated with Bona Dea (the ‘Good Goddess’). Her husband was Saturn, or Consus, perhaps in an aspect of Saturn. Ops was worshipped under the name of Consivia today by the Vestal Virgins, who opened a special room filled with sacred objects to perform their rites to ensure the fertility of the earth. Today only the Vestals and one of the pontifices could be present. Because her abode was in the earth, she was invoked by worshippers while they were seated and touching the ground. Both Ops and Consus were deemed chthonian (infernal) deities which made the vegetation grow. On August 10, a festival took place in her honour, and the Opalia was held on December 19. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiconsivia
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
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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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 8/27 at 2:03pm.
During the middle of the day today, the last-quarter Moon occults Aldebaran for much of the central and western U.S. Using a telescope under a clean, haze-free blue sky, you may be able to see the orange star wink out on the Moon’s bright edge, then reappear from behind the Moon’s invisible dark edge up to an hour or more later. When these events happen depends on where you are. Some times: at Kansas City, the star’s disappearance is at 12:56 p.m., and its reappearance is at 1:11 p.m. CDT; at Denver, disappearance 11:43 a.m., reappearance 12:14 p.m. MDT; Los Angeles, disappearance 10:21, reappearance 11:26 a.m. PDT; Berkeley, disappearance 10:17, reappearance 11:15 a.m. PDT; Honolulu, disappearance 5:52, reappearance 7:17 a.m. HAST.
August is prime Milky Way time. After dark, the Milky Way runs from Sagittarius in the south, up and left across Aquila and through the Summer Triangle very high in the east, and on down through Cassiopeia to Perseus rising low in the north-northeast.
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
Th 25 Low 12:53 AM 0.3 6:32 AM Rise 12:10 AM 53
~ 25 High 7:07 AM 5.6 8:04 PM Set 2:56 PM
~ 25 Low 12:40 PM 2.2
~ 25 High 6:58 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t live in the past…you have already been there.
~ Real excellence and humility are not incompatible one with the other, on the contrary they are twin sisters. – Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
~ It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens. – Woody Allen
~ By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
~ First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others. – Thomas a Kempis
Mother sublime and supernal,
again and again You pour out
upon me Your bounty.
With each turn of the season You
vouchsafe to me some gift
without which I would be left wanting.
My spirit gropes feebly toward Your brightness;
You instruct my desire, as I
am but a child. reaching for her Mother.
Always You hold out Your hand to
and rejoice my growth and understanding.
World-Mother of us all
to You I offer gratitude and praise.
Blessed Be! – The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte
Mabon Magick – From: http://www.nmrising.com/public/28.htm Autumnal Equinox – Jason Rath
The Autumnal Equinox represents a time of balance and rest. Night and day are equal. The sun enters the sign of Libra, symbol of balance. Venus, the ruling planet of Libra, symbolizes the conscious becoming aware of the Id, or Higher Self. Libra has evolved beyond the first sign, Aries’ “I am.” Now aware of itself, Libra says, “I am one with thee.” The Spring Equinox represents the initiation of the conscious self, beginning its quest, realizing its spiritual path. Now the harvest is gathered, the conscious self has experienced trials of a spiritual nature and now meditates on it’s “self” in dualistic terms.
At the Fall Equinox, the God is less aggressive and the Goddess is less consuming—they are equal. It is a harmonious time, good for alchemical exercises. I have found it is a good time to see my psychologist. In A Witches’ Bible Complete, Janet and Stewart Farrar say that the Equinoxes are “Times of balance, of suspended activity [they] are, by their nature, the times when the veil between the seen and unseen is thin. They are the seasons when human beings `change gear’ to a different phase, and are therefore times of psychological as well as psychic turbulence.” It is important to remember the reason Witches acknowledge these changes, whether as astrological phases or the seasons of the year. We realize that the changes around us parallel changes within us. It is a shame when the Sabbats become a chore. They represent very specific phases within our minds, spirits and bodies. We should remember the significance of all our symbols.
For instance, many Witches wear pentagrams (five pointed stars), why? The pentagram itself represents the Microcosm, which means little universe, or Man, or Woman. This should remind us that we are scale models of the universe around us, we are an intimate part of it. We are made up of the same materials—the four Elements and Spirit. The pentagram symbolizes the forces around us affecting the forces within us and vise versa. Use this symbol to remind you that the change of season reflects a change within you.
Many occultists and Witches today use the axiom, “as above so below, as within so without.” This reminds us of the holiness of all creations. Everything and everyone is intimately connected; we learn the how and why through our religious practices and mystical observations. Everything—weather, colors, sounds, animals, smells and even nothing at all—affects us physically, psychologically and spiritually. Again, let this help you to be aware of the changes within and without at this time.
Wicca is far from being blind. We observe these cycles of Mother Nature. Over thousands of years, people have searched for the answers to questions such as, “Why are we here?” “Is death the end of consciousness?”
“Is there a Supreme Being?” Many answered these questions through various religions and sciences. But science is limited to the objective, physical world and religion offers no rigorous tests. Many failed to satisfy their hunger for understanding. Witches of old used their knowledge of science and nature to organize a religion based on “common sense.” They observed the power of color on the mind, of the relationship between the stars and creation, of herbs and healing, etc. They formulated a religion of common sense, in which all could worship and learn. They used their observations of the physical world to explain the principles and laws of the spiritual world—much as ancient mathematicians used geometry to explain the nature of spiritual creatures and their movements. The symbols and rites of Wicca contain this ancient wisdom.
When we are aware, practice can reveal the wisdom hidden in a rite. If we lose track of the sacred meanings, the Holy Days become empty. Remember that when you practice the various Wiccan rites, you affirm your position as a spiritual creature on Earth. Learn to associate the underlying energies with the ritual at hand. Understand that your present state relates directly to changes in the outside world. Learn to look at the/your inner world and see how the two relate—as within so without. Hold these Sabbats as sacred times of worship and divine instruction. Learn more about the God and Goddess and your unique relationship with them.
Silliness – Learn to be More Polite
One day, Bill and Tom went to a restaurant for dinner. As soon as the waiter took out two steaks, Bill quickly picked out the bigger steak for himself.
Tom wasn’t happy about that: “When are you going to learn to be polite?”
Bill: “If you had the chance to pick first, which one would you pick?”
Tom: “The smaller piece, of course.”
Bill: “What are you whining about then? The smaller piece is what you want, right?”