We’ve actually gotten enough rain from last night to call it 1/10th of an inch! If we can get a couple more nights like that in the next week, the fire danger will drop. So hoping…. I keep seeing posts from folks in the Valley about smoke. We’ve had a couple of days when you could tell in the late afternoon after the clouds thinned out, that we were getting some, too. The pavement is wet and cars are hissing past. The clouds are at 800 feet and lifting and those at 1200 are burning off quickly. …and I’m snerking to myself that the page also says, “Dry conditions will continue.” 🙂 62F, wind at 4. Humidity is 91% and the UV is starting to drop, only at 7 today. Should be sunny until sunset.
Yesterday was nuts. It wasn’t quite as bad as Thursday, but we were much more tired. We had a good visit with a couple who had stopped by on a recommendation that they come meet us. Tempus talked with ’em for a bit, then I did, then we both did. 🙂 By 6pm I was falling asleep at my desk even with taking a nap mid-afternoon. Tempus went across to the China restaurant and got us stuff for supper and we headed home around 8pm.
I went soundly asleep while he poked around doing some chores. I woke around 11 and he came in from outside saying, “It’s raining.” It was a very light rain, only making the eaves drip onto the sunroom roof. Off and on during the night I heard it pattering gently and slept *very* soundly for the first time in awhile.
Of course, right when we headed here this morning, it started to pour and lasted just long enough for Tempus two trips up to the car to soak his jacket! 🙂
So, today we have the two workshops. The shop is open already. Tempus went to the grocery to pick up some bagels, since I’ve got a taste for those and we don’t have any bread. Workshops today are going to include potting up more starts in the morning and then processing herbs, then BYoP (bring your own project) in the afternoon.
…and I should post the rained-on-plants pix more often…. yesterday were the first in awhile! 🙂
Chesapeake Bay memories – Crabbing as a kid…. just a dip net, wearing a swimsuit, an oversized t-shirt and a hat, old, raggy, tenny-runners and towing either a bushel basket with a lid or our rowboat… wading through the Bay grass in shallow water and scooping up the crabs. I used to love the fried-in-butter softcrab sandwiches that were my reward from my grandmother for catching enough for supper. I’m drooling thinking about one….
“Who remembers the fun of crabbing with just a dipnet and a bushel basket, wading through Bay grass beds? Well, this summer, thanks to an explosion of Bay grasses, folks are getting to experience the fun of dipnet crabbing for the first time in ages! Today on Beautiful Swimmers, its all about masses of Bay grasses and the crabs that follow their comeback: http://bit.ly/1McTxLY ” – From Facebook on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum page this day in 2015.
There’s a beautiful article about trot-lining for blue crab on the Chesapeake Bay here: http://beautifulswimmers.tumblr.com/post/93804764024/trotlining
Today’s Feast is the Puck Fair in Killorglin, Ireland. A goat gets crowned King Puck and set in a cage up high for the duration of the fair. The story I like about the origin of the fair was that a goat, running away from Cromwell’s army alerted the village that something was wrong. The fair dates to the 1600’s at least, even if it’s claimed to be ancient. The Puck Fair is in Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puck_Fair
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! When we’ve had a summer rain, they often re-bloom in late August or early September, sometimes lasting through into November. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
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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. 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 Outer 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 New on 8/11 at 2:58am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 8/12 at 2:58pm.
The Perseid meteors appear to stream away from the shower’s radiant point near the border of Perseus and Cassiopeia. A shower’s radiant is the perspective point where the meteors would all appear to come from if you could see them approaching in the far distance. In fact we see them only in the last second or two as they streak into Earth’s upper atmosphere, and this can happen anywhere in your sky.
The W of Cassiopeia, tilted not very much, is up in the northeast these evenings above Perseus. The upper, right-hand side of the W is the brightest. Watch Cas rise higher and tilt further through the night and through the next few months.
New Moon occurs at 5:58 a.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare. At least, that’s what it will do for much of the world’s population. But if you happen to live in northern Canada, northern Europe, or parts of Asia, you can watch the Moon pass in front of the Sun and cause a partial solar eclipse. From Beijing, the Moon covers one-third of our star’s diameter just before sunset. Remember that when viewing the Sun during a partial eclipse, you need to protect your eyes with a safe solar filter.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are well up in the east and southeast, respectively, after about 1 a.m. 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 Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
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. 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).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 11 High 12:22 AM 8.8 6:15 AM Rise 6:27 AM 0
~ 11 Low 7:18 AM -2.0 8:27 PM Set 8:59 PM
~ 11 High 1:43 PM 7.2
~ 11 Low 7:20 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Laugh until you cry… Cry until you laugh…
~ I detest him (Bret Harte), because I think his work is shoddy. His forte is pathos but there should be no pathos which does not come out of a man’s heart. He has no heart, except his name, and I consider he has produced nothing that is genuine. He is artificial. – Mark Twain, interviewed in the Sydney, Australia; Argus, September 17, 1895
~ It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by then I was too famous. – Robert Benchley, American humourist born on September 15, 1889, grandfather of Peter Benchley, author of Jaws
~ The popular idea that a child forgets easily is not an accurate one. Many people go right through life in the grip of an idea which has been impressed on them in very tender years. – Agatha Christie, English mystery author, born on September 15, 1890; Murder in Mesopotamia, 1935
~ The human mind prefers to be spoon-fed with the thoughts of others, but deprived of such nourishment it will, reluctantly, begin to think for itself – and such thinking, remember, is original thinking and may have valuable results. – Agatha Christie; The Moving Finger, 1942
Dog Days bright and clear
Indicate a happy year;
But when accompanied by rain,
For better times, our hopes are vain. – Proverb
The Rosary was invented somewhere between the 12th and 13th centuries as a devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Although the Church is quick to define Mary as simply “first among the saints,” it is clear the common people from the first century CE onwards saw Mary as the continuation of the Queen of heaven: Astarte in Palestine, or Isis in Egypt. It is fitting, then, to adapt a Marian devotion for honor to the Goddess, the Queen of Heaven.
These beads honor the Goddess in her three-fold, or triple, nature as Maiden, Mother, and Crone.
It is best to string your own beads. You will need:
13 white 8mm beads for the Maiden
13 red 8mm beads for the Mother
13 black mm beads for the Crone
1 silver 10mm bead representing the Full Moon
52 silver spacer beads
(class “E” 6/0) representing the Moonlight.
Size 10 crochet yarn white or ecru, or color of choice
- You may begin and end stringing anywhere in the loop, but the tie-off is less visible in the midst of the black beads.
- The silver Moon bead is separated from the White Maiden beads by four (4)
silver spacer beads. Each white Maiden bead is followed by one silver spacer bead, but the thirteenth bead is followed by four (4) spacer beads.
- Then come the red Mother beads, each followed by one silver spacer, but the 13th bead is followed by four (4) spacers.
- Then come the black Crone beads, each followed by one silver bead, but the 13th is followed by four (4) spacers. And so we are back at the silver Moon bead.
In other words, beads of the same color are separated by one spacer. The three sets of beads and the larger Moon bead are separated by four spacers. Thirteen (13) beads are used in each set to signify the thirteen months of the lunar year.
The silver spacers represent moonlight issuing from the Full Moon bead throughout the life cycle of Maiden, Mother, Crone.
Prayers are said on each bead, while meditating on the mysteries of the Triple Goddess, and the experience of the human life cycle.
Men may wish to make a devotion to the Horned God, and honor the life cycle of Youth, Father, and Sage.
Silliness – An Old Favorite
Q: Two men are at a restroom, one is entering and the other is leaving. What are their nationalities?
A: Simple! The first is Russian and the second is Finnish.