The sun is out and stripes of cirrus and mackerel cloud are pointed south and drifting east at a great rate…. Don’t ask me how that works, I haven’t a clue! 62F and 76% humidity…. much nicer than the last few days, although we did need that rain. It’s also a bit windier, gusts hitting over 10mph in town and higher on the beaches.
Yesterday was a blast! We had a lot of folks stop by. Larry and Linda got me the info for this classes for Pan-Pagan. Estrella stopped by on her way to and from a music event farther north. A couple from Vancouver, who also do historical re-creation, were here for most of the afternoon, chatting with all of the local folks.
The shop was busy, too. We had a nearly constant stream of people, and then got really busy after 5pm, when things normally slow down, since the locals who had been unwilling to brave the tourist traffic all descended on the taco stand, it being Sunday night.
Tempus is pulling some table pieces that we have outside for the day and has coffee going. I’m going to be trying to do some cutting out today. I’ve worked through most of the pieces that are already matched up and I have more to cut. Once that’s done there’s a little ironing to do and then I have to set up to make cheese this evening.
Today’s Feast is from the Ferry Fair in Scotland. The Burry Man walks through and around the town for one day right around this time. No one’s really sure where the custom originated, but it may be a scapegoat custom, as in some places it is done when harvests or fish runs are poor. The Burry Man wears a costume of local plants, mostly burs, which stick together and are prickly and uncomfortable. It takes around 11,000 burs to cover him up! He’s usually exhausted at the end of the day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burryman
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
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Love & Light,
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 8/21 at 11:30am. 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 8/14 at 6:15pm. 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 8/18 at 2:30am.
On the morning of the 16th, Venus shines with Aldebaran high above Orion.
Last quarter Moon (exact at 9:15 p.m. EDT). The Moon rises around midnight. Once it’s well up, you’ll find the Pleiades to its upper left and Aldebaran a similar distance to its lower left.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.8, in Virgo) is very low in the west-southwest during twilight. Look for fainter Spica (magnitude +1.0) 6° left of it; binoculars help.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe. 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).
Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 14 Low 12:00 AM 1.0 6:19 AM Set 1:47 PM 63
~ 14 High 5:56 AM 5.6 8:23 PM
~ 14 Low 11:46 AM 1.5
~ 14 High 6:13 PM 7.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Before you decide about your aim in life, check your ammunition.
~ Being right keeps you in place, being wrong forces you to explore. – Steven Johnson
~ Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire. – William Butler Yeats
~ Failures are merely stepping stones. With determination and resolve you can use them to circumvent obstacles and move onward. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Fame is a bee. It has a song,It has a sting,Ah, too, it has a wing. – Emily Dickinson
Ah in the thunder air
how still the trees are!
And the lime-tree, lovely and tall, every leaf silent
hardly looses even a last breath of perfume. – D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930)
Working magic during an eclipse is considered “advanced.” This is certainly not because you have to have a certain “degree” or be “all powerful”! It simply means that in order to understand the energy of an eclipse, you must understand the energy of time and the seasons. You must also be able to raise and focus energy within a limited amount of time.
General Eclipse Information:
Some people may sense a time of stillness, or hesitation during an eclipse . . . like the tiny glitter of time before a pendulum swings back after having swung all the way in one direction. This is the essence of an eclipse, and is a similar sensation to that felt within a magic circle. Equinoxes provide us with a time “between the worlds,” or a window through which we can work magic.
Throughout the year, the sun waxes and wanes. At the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, the sun is only visible for a few short hours. Days become longer and at the Spring or Vernal Equinox, day and night are equal. At the Summer Solstice, the sun is visible for the longest period of time (the longest day of the year). Days start to become shorter and at the Autumnal Equinox, day and night are equal again. Finally, as the sun wanes, we are at the Winter Solstice again.
During a solar eclipse, we experience what might be called a “micro year”. The sun is whole, then partially or completely hidden, and then visible again. Within just a few minutes, an energy similar to a complete cycle of solstices and equinoxes can be felt.
In addition to this somewhat seasonal energy, we are aware of the Moon’s presence. Her shadow falls across the Earth as she appears between the Earth and the Sun. This adds the unification of solar and lunar energy, reinforcing the sense of wholeness, completion and cycles of a solar eclipse.
Consider this fact about solar eclipses: A solar eclipse can only occur during the day, on a new moon. This means that you are working with new moon energy (great for planting new seeds and ideas).
A solar eclipse does not have to be visible for you to work magic. You won’t be able to see every eclipse unless you can travel all over the world easily! Simply look at charts and almanacs to find the exact time of the eclipse, and work your magic then.
Solar eclipses are perfect for some specific types of magick. Consider the solar eclipse of June 2002. Because this eclipse occurred close to the Solstice, you might have worked with primarily solstice energy, particularly at the beginning of the eclipse.
In the Northern Hemisphere of the world, the sun is waxing as we near the Summer Solstice (In the Southern Hemisphere, the sun is waning and the Winter Solstice is approaching.)
When an equinox occurs at the time of the waning year (from the Summer Solstice to Yule) it is a good time to rid yourself of unwanted energies, bad habits, unhealthy patterns of thinking and acting, negativity, and other baneful things in your life. You can work with both the new moon energy, and the waning year energy, in addition to the energy of the eclipse.
Your ex-lover caused you a lot of pain. Whenever your new love gets close to you, you push away to prevent getting hurt again. You realize that you cannot fully love this new person until you let your guard down. About a half hour before the eclipse begins, you work to let go of the old pattern of pushing away. As the eclipse begins, you feel the pattern dissolving. As the eclipse is ending, you reinforce the growth between you and your new love, and the growing trust within you. This waning/waxing type of magic works well with eclipses.
Consider the time of year the solar eclipse will occur during. Is the sun waxing or waning? Next, consider the lunar influence, the moon is new and will be waxing in a day or two. Finally, consider the waning/waxing energy of the solar eclipse. Use this information to develop your own, tailor-made spells, rituals and rites.
Throughout the Moon’s monthly cycle, (a.k.a. synodic period of exactly 29.530587 days) the moon waxes and wanes. At the New Moon, the moon is completely invisible. A crescent begins to appear as the moon waxes and finally becomes full. Finally the moon wanes and eventually goes back to the New Moon state. See the Moon Magic article for more information on the energy of phases of the moon.
During a lunar eclipse, we experience what might be called a “micro month”. The moon is full, then partially or completely hidden, and then visible again. Within just a few minutes, an energy similar to a complete cycle of full, waning, new/black (if it is a total lunar eclipse), waxing and full again.
In addition to this cyclical energy, we are aware of the Earth’s presence. Her shadow falls across the Moon as she appears between the Moon and the Sun. This adds the unification of earth and lunar energy, reinforcing the sense of wholeness, completion and cycles of a lunar eclipse. Because both the Earth and the Moon are considered “feminine,” it is a good time to focus on the Goddess aspect if you desire.
Consider this fact about lunar eclipses: A lunar eclipse can only occur during the night of a full moon. This means you will be working with full moon energy (a great time for letting things go).
A lunar eclipse does not have to be visible for you to work magic. You won’t be able to see every eclipse unless you can travel all over the world easily! Simply look at charts and almanacs to find the exact time of the eclipse, and work your magic then.
A good example of magic to perform during a lunar eclipse would be to work on your psychic skills. As the moon wanes during the eclipse, you could focus on ridding yourself of blocks. As it waxes back to full, you could focus on increasing your psychic skills.
Consider the energy of the Full Moon, of the energy of the Moon going through all of Her cycles in just a few minutes, and consider the energy of the Earth’s shadow on the Moon’s face. Use this information to develop your own, tailor-made spells, rituals and rites.
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- PaganPath Free Printable Almanac – Find upcoming dates and times for Sabbats, eclipses, Esbats and other events.
- What Magick When? Moon Phases – Learn about working with waxing, full, waning and new moon energies for esbats, spells or magic.
- Moon Phases & Eclipses – A list of all Lunar Phases and Eclipses for 2014, 2015, 2016 – all the way to the year 2100!
- NASA Eclipse Page – Discover the visibility of an eclipse in your area or find all the exact times and dates for solar and lunar eclipses.
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About the Author
Author & Academy Instructor – Friday is devoted to writing books and articles on a variety of Pagan subjects, and is the instructor of the online PaganPath Academy. She has studied and practiced the Craft since 1987, and worked as a professional tarot reader and vice president of a national psychic network for several decades. Currently, she is now a practicing herbalist and ordained minister. As a Master Gardener with a deep interest in permaculture, she is developing the PaganPath Sanctuary with her partner. This long term community project is an edible landscape demonstration, orchard and educational facility for future generations.
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