It’s cool this morning and the air is nice and fresh if a bit misty. I don’t know where the marine layer is this morning. I’m not sure whether it’s just disorganized or hidden under the mist over the ocean. 59F with a nice breeze even here in town.
Yesterday was pretty warm already when we got to the shop, but it was nice and cool inside since we had aired it thoroughly on Wednesday. Tempus went and got ice, so we’d have cool water all day and we got things going. I started with some writing and then realized I had taken a bunch of pictures that needed to be developed.
…and then I ran out of spoons again, so I got a nap. When I woke I finished up the pictures and got back to work. By 3pm it was cooling down a bit outside, but still pretty nasty for Coast weather. It had gotten up to 85 around 1pm. Not as bad as in the Valley, where a friend said her back porch registered 99F!
We had a good esbat and settled on a Mabon ritual form. We’ll be doing a “Fruits of the Harvest” ritual with a feast as part of it. Tempus got a bit of a nap before heading out on the paper route and he was going to stop at the grocery to get a few things before starting.
Tempus picked me up at 1:30 and we went on our way. The wheel of Moon-cheese had been nibbled well past the 1/2-way point and the stars were amazingly clear and bright. Orion was well above the horizon by the time we got home. For some reason everything last night smelled like a papermill or barkdust. We had one new place that we couldn’t find so he’s heading over there this morning to get that paper delivered once the park office is open. …Yups, just headed out.
Today I want to start on getting some resins bagged and headered, but I’m going to have to make a spot to work again.
Today is the anniversary of the eruption of Krakatau in 1883 (often spelled “Krakatoa”). Krakatau, before this point, was a volcanic island near Java & Sumatra in Indonesia. It exploded with such force that the resulting tsunami killed somewhere around 36K people and caused swells 1/2-way around the world in the Thames. The sound was heard 3000 miles away and registered on barometers on the far side of the world and twice! The island was destroyed to below water level and pumice covered the ocean and ash filled the sky for months. The telegraph and newspapers made possible the world-wide news of this event. http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/aug26.html orhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krakatoa Anak Krakatoa, (son of Krakatoa) a new island, has built itself on top of the old volcano over the last century.
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort–Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.
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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.
About 20 or 30 minutes after sunset on August 27th, start looking low in the west for a dramatically close pairing of Venus and Jupiter.
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. Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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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 26 Low 2:06 AM 0.2 6:33 AM Rise 12:57 AM 42
~ 26 High 8:30 AM 5.5 8:02 PM Set 3:58 PM
~ 26 Low 1:53 PM 2.6
~ 26 High 8:05 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose the desire to succeed.
~ We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor like you like to be liked yourself. – George W. Bush Jr
~ Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your… children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. – Mother Theresa
~ No one can give you better advice than yourself. – Cicero
~ The soul of a man is immortal and imperishable. – Plato
Jesse had a wife to mourn him for all her life,
the children they are brave.
‘Twas a dirty little coward that shot Mister Howard,
And laid Jesse James in his grave.
It was Robert Ford, the dirty little coward,
I wonder how he does feel,
for he ate of Jesse’s bread and he slept in Jesse’s bed,
Then he laid Jesse James in his grave. – ‘Jesse James’, American traditional ballad; Robert Ford, who killed American outlaw Jesse James on April 3, 1882, was born on January 31, 1862
Mabon centerpiece (For Mabon)
- A basket (in fall colors or with trimmings to make it autumn-oriented)
- A doll-sized scarecrow (or materials to make one of your own)
- Real or fake autumn leaves
- Real or fake gourds/nuts/seeds of the season
- Dried herbs or potpourri of the season (apple scent works well)
- First you’ll want to prepare your basket. It can be a small or large basket of any style, but you can decorate it for the season any way you desire (if it has a handle, consider winding or gluing acorn strings around it).
- Into the center of the basket, you place your scarecrow figure. It can be bought as a harvest decoration at a store, or it can be one you make yourself out of straw and fabric—if you opt to make your own, you can dress it up appropriately and give it season-appropriate clothing and symbols. There is the option of making only the torso of the figure since only that will show, but if you’ve already got one with legs, they will be covered up by the ornamentation.
- Find a way to anchor the doll into the basket.
- Then you can dump an apple-cinnamon or autumn-flavored potpourri or series of dried herbs around the scarecrow in the basket, and intersperse this with leaves, nuts, and gourds.
- Buying tiny craft gourds around this time of year is easy and cheap, and they don’t go rancid in the middle of the season, which is a plus.
- You might even throw in stars made out of twigs and tied together with wire, or any other symbol that means something to you. The basket has a nice effect of decorating a table or altar for the time between the autumn equinox and the landmark of Halloween. Ritual use:
- In ritual, you can use an actual corn dolly instead of a crafty scarecrow, so that it has more meaning, and each item added to the basket can have symbolic value. One suggestion is to gather up enough acorns to stand for your wishes for the season, and ceremoniously place each in the basket as you think of its purpose. The basket can be anointed and dedicated to a deity if you wish.
Laminated Window Hangings for Mabon
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Mabon cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of vegetables or other Mabon figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Silliness – Signs and Notices – I went to a little hole in the wall restaurant: the sign read: Women are not served here. You have to bring your own.