Eclipse countdown – 2 days! The moon will begin to cover the sun at 9:04 AM PDT. The coverage will continue to increase until it reaches its maximum coverage at 10:16 AM PDT, at which point the moon will be covering 100% of the sun. The moon will continue moving off of the sun until 11:36 AM PDT, at which point the sun will be completely visible again. http://eclipseamerica.org/eclipse-time
Minus Tide at 5:26 AM of -1.1 feet. No Workshops today.
Sunny and bright and the marine layer that rolled up over us yesterday afternoon has vanished completely. It was breaking up when we left the shop last night. 59F with the humidity at 80%, but it’s earlier than I usually put this out.
It was surprisingly quiet at the shop yesterday. The day started busy and then it all dropped off to nothing for awhile. Larry and Linda arrived 2:30-ish to set up their stuff. Ruth stopped by to pick up the keys. She’s going to mind the store for us next week while we’re at Arthur’s wedding.
Eventually the number of folks coming in got steady, but it was a steady trickle, not a flood. Will stopped by with Kaleb and Courtney, too, and also Mandi and various of us had various good chats! I did manage some sewing and we *almost* have the hand-cast button display back into place. Tempus got some more the herbs hung up and some more of the muslin bags, since we finally found the stash of them.
I didn’t sleep well last night, but I was tired enough to get some rest, even if I was up during the night and then got up *way* early this morning. Tempus woke early, too, and we’ve been to the farmer’s market for tomatoes, cabbage, corn, green beans and blueberries.
So we’re starting early today, hoping that it’ll be busy, but I’d like to try to get a little sewing done. I have a couple of projects that have been waiting.
Courtney is talking about coming in this afternoon to help out if we need her to and there’s a huge tour bus sitting on the far side of the street from us. Hmm….
Photo by Jamie Marie from Yachats of a juvenile heron during minus tide.
Today’s Feast is the Rustic Vinalia, an ancient Roman feast dedicated to Venus as protector of the Vinyards. They were immensely important in Rome, being a provider of a major food, as well as wine. More about this feast here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinalia
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others –Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
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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. 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 on 8/20 at 2:30am.
The waning Moon passes Venus in the dawn.
August is prime Milky Way time, and the evening sky is now moonless. After dark, the Milky Way runs from Sagittarius in the south, up and left across Aquila and through the big Summer Triangle very high in the east, and on down through Cassiopeia to Perseus rising low in the north-northeast.
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 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
Sa 19 Low 5:26 AM -1.1 6:24 AM Rise 3:57 AM 11
~ 19 High 11:55 AM 6.5 8:15 PM Set 6:59 PM
~ 19 Low 5:23 PM 2.1
~ 19 High 11:19 PM 8.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Middle age is that difficult period between adolescence and retirement when you have to take care of yourself.
~ We wake up in the morning and decide for ourselves: act, or do not act? Choose, or have choice forced upon us? – T. Thorne Coyle
~ What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. – Tony Robbins
~ When ill seed has been sown, so an ill crop will spring from it. – Njal’s Saga, c.114
~ When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. – John Ruskin
Silence again. The glorious symphony
Hath need of pause and interval of peace.
Some subtle signal bids all sweet sounds cease,
Save hum of insects’ aimless industry. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)
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 )0( From The Morning Feast Archives
Giving Thanks Spell – September 22nd, 2006 – Color of the day: White Incense of the day: Cedar
Known as the Witch’s Thanksgiving, Mabon occurs at the Autumnal Equinox. As the year shifts from light to dark, the focus shifts from the masculine to the feminine, from the God to the Goddess, and from external work to internal reflection. On this day, Lugh, honored at Lughnasadh, sacrifices himself in battle with his dark twin. In Wiccan mythology, the Goddess, full and radiant in her own abundance, waits to give birth to the new Sun god at Yule. Also known as Harvest Home, the Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, and the Festival of Dionysus, Mabon can also be seen as a celebration of the god of the vine. In either form, it marks the second harvest and is a time to relax, enjoy, and give thanks for the bounty of the earth. Create an altar with the colors, fruits, and flowers of fall. Decorations could include leaves, grain, acorns, apples, grapes, a cornucopia, the Empress card from your favorite tarot deck, and a picture or statute of Demeter, Persephone, Lugh, or Dionysus. Light an orange or rust candle, and reflect on all that you have harvested in the past year. Light another candle in thanks for each item or event, saying: “Thank you, Lady, for your great gift of abundance.” End by raising a chalice containing a small amount of juice, wine, or mead, saying: “Thank you, Lord, for your gift of sacrifice and bounty.” Take one sip, and then go outside and offer the rest in libation to the earth. Let the candles burn down and leave the altar, adding fresh items as needed, until Samhain. – By: Lady MoonDance
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, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast