There’s a good breeze down by the water, but up here it’s only enough to send chilly sylphs in the door to try to warm up on my toes…. make my toes cold, of course! It’s 65F and quite overcast, although the computer is saying, “Mostly Cloudy”. It was drippy enough this morning to shed dampness all over me when walking up the pathway and my toes got damp in my shoes when I was picking some huckleberries.
I didn’t get to start my meatloaf until about 12:30. We had customers in and Tempus had to run some errands. It was an interesting idea, to make meatloaf in a crockpot, so I had to try it. …and then I fought to get it made because my back doesn’t like the height of the table in back for chopping and mixing…. and Tempus had to finish the mixing while I sat and cussed…. but it was started before 1:30.
Tempus was running in and out and then working on making stoppers for bottles. I’ve been setting up the new Mab’s Creations product, which is mostly at the computer or desk. …so then I peeled garlic. That took awhile. I got the pickle broth going and it needs to cook for about an hour to get the garlics calmed down, else the pickle is tasty, but bite into the garlic and yowch! That got bottled and fridged at around 7pm.
Tempus eventually went to go pack stuff and got back around 8pm by which time the meatloaf was done. I had been doing counseling (long session) while packing Mab’s Creations pattern cards and making progress on the basil.
This morning he got some chores done and visited with our landlady before coming down to the shop. Today I’m going to be working on the computer. He’s going to head up to the house to get some more done. We have to be completely done by 10/26, but we’re down to mostly packing/sorting grumple other than some in his study, a couple of shelf units and 2 pieces of furniture. We still have to tackle the garage and some of the outside stuff, like the picnic table and shed, but we’re seeing the end of the process, at least that part….then we have to sort out what’s gotten stuffed into storage… <sigh> I’ll do the tail end of the paper route with him tonight, so I’ll be here fairly late, although we lock up when he leaves.
He was 83…. Some of my favorite comedies had him in them and who could forget Willy Wonka? Pure Imagination – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2pt2-F2j2g
Today’s feast is the International Day of the Disappeared. Too many people have vanished, whether kidnapped, taken by soldiers, gangs or armed thugs or sometimes just vanish after a natural (or unnatural) disaster. Sometimes their families never find them. Sometimes they find a grave. Sometimes only a rumor. It’s gotta stop! Find more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_the_Disappeared
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii(which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
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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. 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the Tide Change on 9/1 at 2:03am.
If you live in the world’s mid-northern latitudes, look for bright Vega passing your zenith around nightfall. Vega goes right through the zenith if you’re at latitude 39° north: for instance, near Baltimore, Kansas City, Lake Tahoe, Sendai, Beijing, Athens, Lisbon.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are well up by midnight in the southeast and south, 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)
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – (MUHN, like “foot”),
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
Tu 30 Low 6:02 AM -0.6 6:38 AM Rise 4:51 AM 7
~ 30 High 12:25 PM 6.8 7:55 PM Set 7:04 PM
~ 30 Low 6:08 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Place your faith in the Divine power within you; not in your outer abilities.
~ Don’t look back, don’t regret, because even though you can’t change the past, you can make the future brighter. -Hera EG
~ If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. – Lao Tzu
~ Few are open to conviction, but the majority of men are open to persuasion. – Goethe
~ High expectations are the key to everything – Sam Walton
KING OF THE ELEMENT OF FIRE
I blaze up into the skies, singing my fiery song
I help form and temper your swords,
Made deep in the mountains by the dwarves.
King of the Fire am I, attended by my Salamanders.
Bow before me, for I can destroy you all;
Just an extra puff of air, and I spring forward
To engulf and immolate all that you hold dear.
None can deter me, but yet I can be helpful,
Warming the cold masses, cooking food;
But be not lulled into thinking me benign,
For even Nature Herself runs from me
When I am in my full majestic growth. © August 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Sweep Away the Past Spell – Incense of the day: Cedar
During Passover, Jews are not allowed to eat chametz, or leavened bread, or to have any in their possession. Homes are traditionally cleaned from top to bottom, so as not to allow for the possibly of a single breadcrumb to remain. Likewise, this is the perfect time to do your own spring-cleaning, both of the physical and the spiritual sort. As you sweep, vacuum, and scrub, imagine removing any negativity that has built up right along with the dust and dirt. When you are done, set up a white cloth on a table or shelf near the heart of the house and place a bell, sage or cedar incense, a lighter, salt, a chalice or cup filled with water, and a stirring device on this altar. Place a new broom nearby, then use the broom to symbolically sweep the house, beginning in the back rooms and always going toward the door.
Open the door and sweep all of the negativity that you have gathered outside, saying: “I sweep out the old and gather in the new.”
Shut the door and return to the altar. Light the incense, saying: “By air and fire, I cleanse and bless my home. Let it be a place of wisdom and love.”
Go around the house in a clockwise circle, smudging, making sure to get into every nook and cranny.
Finally, pour three spoonfuls of salt into the water and stir, saying, “By water and earth, I cleanse and bless my home. May it be a place of healing and sanctuary.”
Repeat the clockwise circle, carrying a chalice of salt water from which you carefully sprinkle. Return to the altar and ask for the blessings of your patron deities.
“By my will, and with your blessings, this rite is done.”
Ring the bell.
By: Lady MoonDance and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast