The sky is a lovely soft blue and the marine layer has pulled back. There are streaks and bands of cloud, but all way high. 60F, wind at 4mph. No real chance of rain in the forecast again. The UV is at 8 today, so take precautions!
Yesterday started in a blur. I forgot my antibiotics at home, so Tempus had to go back for ’em. I discovered a mistake that I made, putting the newsletters together so I spent an hour working on that. Tempus ran around doing small stuff until he finally headed for Newport.
I was really busy with customers. Folks came in who were headed to Pathways this weekend, one was a deep trance medium, another was Catt Foy, who does the Psycards. …and people from out of town and a couple of people who are more local who coming in about once a month. It was just….. 30 people in an hour! …and it was a total of 85 while Tempus was gone.
A very sweet customer brought me a handful of jelly chocolates from the Frog as a thank you for telling her about them. I did finally get the aloe plant divided. 5 pots! Tempus got back not long after that. He keeps saying that the aloe divisions look like “The Return of Cthulu”!
I got a nap and Tempus got some supper, then he got me some salad and went to pick up the Job Corps youngsters. Rayna got here just as they did. We had a good ritual. The Wheel is Turned! We headed home 10:30-ish.
Herb Workshop at 11am. The new rose starts are starting to come up. There are 3 in the bucket of 8 that were done in potatoes and 12 more just snips. The whole bucket has a bunch of garlics in it and an onion in the middle. A bunch of the garlics are up and we’re intending to keep adding more as we get ’em. Herbs will be trimming the dried basil and then prepping and packing.
Sewing is at 3pm. This is a “whatever you’ve got” day. Bring your mending basket, or any hand project and we’ll sit and chat and work. Tempus is going crab-apple picking around then and once he’s back we’ll have to scrub those and get them started in a crockpot to go overnight. We have the doors open, but not all the lights yet. Probably by 10:15.
Amanda…This is her story. https://www.opb.org/television/video/coos-woman-amanda-trail-oregon-coast/
Today’s Feast is in honor of St. Oswald, an Anglo-Saxon king of the 7th century. He ruled two kingdoms that were joined into Northumbria, and started the switch-over to xtianity in that area. For that he was revered as a saint during the Middle Ages. When he was killed in battle, he was dismembered in the tradition of sacred kingship. More on the history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_of_Northumbria
Today’s plant is Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
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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 8/11 at 2:58am. 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 8/4 at 11:18am. 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 8/6 at 2:58pm.
As dawn gets under way on the morning of Saturday August 5th, the Moon forms a nearly right triangle with the Pleiades and Aldebaran.
Action in Sagittarius. Less than 3° to the lower right of Saturn this week lies M8, the Lagoon Nebula and its associated star cluster. The Lagoon is the brightest emission nebula of the summer skies. In a dark sky it’s obvious to the naked eye as a small Milky Way patch if you know where to look: above the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot. Above M8 by 1.4°, and perhaps a little to the right, is fainter M20, the Trifid Nebula and its adjacent little cluster M21. This nebula generally needs a telescope. There’s more! Matt Wedel, in his Binocular Highlight column in the August Sky & Telescope (page 43), calls attention to two other binocular clusters in the same field, somewhat subtle but easy to recognize once you know them. Collinder 367 is located 1.3° east-northeast of the Lagoon. ASCC 93 is the same distance east-northeast of the Trifid. Saturn is currently almost stepping on them. “I can’t help but see four objects in a parallelogram now,” Wedel writes about his binocular view. “In the northwest corner, M20, M21, and a group of bright stars between them all merge together onto a bright glow that rivals M8, which occupies the southwest corner. To the east, Cr 367 and ASCC 93 seem like smaller, fainter echoes of their nebular neighbors.” The things you didn’t know!
Though NASA’s Juno spacecraft reached the end of its budgeted mission at Jupiter last month, we can still relish in images it captured — as well as hope the mission gets extended. Gerald Eichstadt/NASA/JPL/MSSS
Although Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility nearly three months ago, it remains a stunning sight from evening twilight until it sets around midnight local daylight time. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.1 and dominates the southwestern sky as night falls. The gas giant resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales, 1.3° northwest of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [α] Librae). If you view the planet through a telescope tonight, its disk spans 38″ and displays spectacular cloud-top detail. You’ll also see the gas giant’s four brightest moons. These are the biggest of Jupiter’s entourage of 79 satellites; this number grew by a dozen last week when astronomers announced their discovery of several more far-flung moons.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are well placed high in the southeast and south, respectively, in the hour or two before the first light of dawn. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for August 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-august-2018
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll
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.
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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
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).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 4 Low 12:30 AM 1.5 6:07 AM Rise 12:14 AM 60
~ 4 High 6:16 AM 5.2 8:37 PM Set 1:57 PM
~ 4 Low 12:08 PM 1.6
~ 4 High 6:41 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I will not fear change, I will trust that it brings the knowledge I want.
~ I offer myself to this day. With will and love. I offer myself to this moment. Centered. Now. I breathe. – T. Thorn Coyle: Know Thyself
~ Your outer journey may contain a million steps; your inner journey has only one…the step you are taking right now. – Eckhart Tolle
~ Do what you really want to do. Don’t play their game! Don’t do what they want. Find your own way. – Johnny Depp
~ There’s a name for every phobia. Vestiphobia is a fear of clothes. Amathophobia is a fear of dust, and a fear of God is called religion. – Clarke Kant
There were four apples on the bough,
Half gold half red, that one might know
The blood was ripe inside the core;
The colour of the leaves was more
Like stems of yellow corn that grow
Through all the gold June meadow’s floor. – Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
Most of us as we travel through life have been wounded by those that we thought loved us. Naturally we seek love, but sometimes we have learned ways that really do not bring love into our lives but actually drive us to choose negative relationships. Pain and hurt and abuse – physical and emotional – can fracture our souls. In mending our souls we have to recapture those parts of ourselves that were harmed.
You are not what you remember but how you remember. If you can remember negative experiences with forgiveness rather than resentment you will transcend fear into a state of love. Resentment means to re-feel something or some event. When we hold on to resentment we give power to our anger and our fears. Forgiveness allows us to let go of the past. Forgiveness allows us to heal our fractured souls and wounded hearts.
Taking responsibility for how we respond to our world, gives us back our power. Only a powerful person can afford to be vulnerable. And there is no place where we are more vulnerable than when we love. If you are having difficulty forgiving the person who wounded you, it might help to recognize that you are forgiving the person and not the behavior.
Clarity of vision when looking at the past will do more to empower you with the ability to love and to accept love than any other action. Do an exercise where you use your imagination to enter the mind of the person who wounded you. What had happened in their past that created their behavior? It is pretty clear, that people do not do horrible things unless horrible things have been done to them. More than sixty percent of criminals in prisons were abused as children. They were subjected to horrible events and thus they grew up to act in horrible ways. All of them are wounded in some way or another. Your parents were wounded as they were growing up. We have wounded our children as they grew up. The cycle goes back generation upon generation. However, the cycle of wounding can stop now with you. When you can look at your parents as imperfect but still love the spirit of “the Divine” that is within each and every one of us, you will realize that they like you were just doing the best that the could.
Who do you surround you with? Are your friends and family members toxic? There is nothing that can kill love more than to hang around people who are incapable of having positive relationships. When those around you demand that you act in a negative way, they need to be eliminated from your life. You can hope that they will change but you cannot control it. You cannot control other people in your life. You can control whether you allow them to create a toxic environment for you and your soul. Fear loses its control when we realize that we can always walk away from any person or situation that makes us feel unloved or unloving.
Silliness – For The Kids… – Q – What do vampires sing on New Year’s Eve? A – “Auld Fang Syne”!