It’s damp and chill this morning. My fingers are stiff because I was sitting outside stitching while Tempus puttered getting ready. It’s 54F, 74% humidity and a decent breeze. It’s a lazy wind, going through rather than around and part of why my fingers are cold. The clouds are at only 300F, although they probably will burn off, later.
Yesterday started pretty slowly. Tempus got that last paper delivered and then ran over to pay our phone bill, grab the mail and get some change. I caught up on mail and then got this newsletter finished up, so all I needed to do was write. We had someone drop off some flyers and a couple more folks shopping. I re-set the ring tray up front, made it so the tags will stop disappearing.
…and then my sewing machine came home! This is the one that failed something like a year and a half ago and it’s been waiting for someone to fix it. Family Fabrics has someone now, so we got it worked on. Now I need to sit down to make sure it’s ok before the cabinet machine gets its turn. …but that means cleaning off the cabinet machine and pulling the rolling one out so that the cabinet can go back where it belongs…. so that was next…. and then Tempus started shifting the machines and we spent the rest of the day trying to get things cleaned up a bit back there.
The marine layer (I guess it *was* there) rolled over us somewhere between 5:30 and 6pm. Around 8:30 we started closing up. AFter we got some supper Tempus went upstairs to do some chores for our landlady and I alternately read and stitched on my blackwork embroidery. I did some more of that waiting for Tempus this morning, sitting outside in the shadow of the evergreens where the drippiness wouldn’t fall on me and listening to the morning and the crazy rooster that keeps announcing to everyone that it’s morning! …or that he’s a rooster… maybe that’s it. 🙂
Today the piano is getting moved. We’ve got some folks to help and hopefully the fridge will get shifted, as well. That means I need to get to work in the back. I’m also hoping to make a new pickle broth today so that I can set fridge pickles up as I need to. I already have a batch of eggs to pickle! Sewing this afternoon at 3pm. I’ll be glad to sit down and work on needlepoint by then!
Today is the Feast of Pan in Ancient Greece. There is an extensive Wikipedia article here about Pan, himself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_(god) This feast seems to have be more of a private celebration rather than civil. People would take foods to the shrines and picnic (etc.) nearby. There were some music competitions held in various of the towns in more rural areas, not the mannered competitions that were held in the large cities, but ones that included shepherd’s songs, playing on the panpipe and other reed pipes, etc. All of the links that I had about the competitions are broken, unfortunately, but they get commented on in various of the Greek comedies and even a few in the tragedies and other poetry from ancient Greece.
Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” , or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication.Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 8/30 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.
Venus-Jupiter conjunction. Starting about 20 minutes after sunset, look low above the horizon due west (left of where the Sun went down). Bring binoculars. The two planets will be less than ½° apart at the time of twilight for most of the world, and only about 0.1° apart for the longitudes of the Americas. That’s so close that you may need binoculars to see that they are two objects, not one!
And you might try for much fainter Mercury 5° to their lower left (for North America). Good luck; Mercury has faded down to magnitude +0.8. Mercury is fading and disappearing into the sunset, ever farther below Venus and Jupiter.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – (MUHN, like “foot”),
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
Sa 27 Low 3:17 AM 0.0 6:34 AM Rise 1:50 AM 31
~ 27 High 9:48 AM 5.7 8:01 PM Set 4:54 PM
~ 27 Low 3:10 PM 2.7
~ 27 High 9:13 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Most friction in life is caused by the tone of the voice.
~ Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses. – Da Vinci
~ Life is not a spectator sport…If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.- Jackie Robinson (1919 – 1972), Baseball player
~ A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. – Frank Capra
~ One evening I sat Beauty on my knees – And I found her bitter – And I reviled her. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
Keeper of the Flame
Mother Earth teach me,
The secrets you guard
Lying deep within.
Teach me the essence,
Of all the treasures
Underneath your crust.
Teach me how to share,
The knowledge received
>From you, Mother Earth
And this torch I carry,
Let it expand to
A flame burning bright.
Mother Earth teach me,
To become your
Keeper of the Flame. – (C)2003 Athena Sydney http://athenasydney.cjb.net/
Reap the Harvest Spell
When we find ourselves repeatedly in situations that yield a grim emotional, spiritual, or physical harvest, we need to look inward to ascertain if the seeds that we are sowing will grow the crops that we desire. To do this, light a green or brown candle. Place malachite in front of the candle representing your heartfelt desire for change. Focusing on the candle, ask for guidance from your higher self in discovering your heart’s desires and ambitions. Script these desires in a visual present tense. State these or similar words:
The universe unfolds her abundant path for me.
Her fruitful harvest is mine,
So mote it be.
Focus the stream of your visualizations on the malachite. That is, visualize the malachite lending vibrations to your vision as it sends your energy out to the universe. Afterward, extinguish the candle. Hold onto the malachite as a reminder of your heart’s harvest. ~Karen Follet
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Crone’s Corner – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
Pagan Studies – Hearth Warming Spell
The Fall Equinox gives us our second balancing point in the year. It also means the last of the harvest will soon be taken in. From this night onward the veil that separates our world from the spirit world grows ever thinner until, by Samhain, it will be open for all to pass through. In Welsh legends the land of the dead is in the western sea. To reach it you first had to pass several challengers along your path through Avalon, the vast orchard of apples that guarded and guided travelers. Apples are a gift from the dead and the deities. Their orchard guards the pathway to the schools of magic and the land of the dead beyond. To make your home a happy place to be, take a big red apple and slice it crossways so you can see the the five-pointed star within. Remove the seeds and keep them away from children and pets. They contain trace amounts of cyanide, a deadly poison. Cover the entire white part of the apple by sticking cloves into it. Cloves are for protection and health. Place these in a 200-degree oven until they start to curl at the edges. Remove them from the heat and place them in a small glass bowl so their scent fills your home. Say:
Bless’d be the apple tree. Protected with the cloves we be. Edain McCoy