It’s quite thoroughly fogged over at the moment. The clouds are already lifting, but still at 400 feet. We’re supposed to have sun later. 60F and wind at 3mph. We got another 0.01 inches last night, but there’s no real rain in the forecast.
Yesterday was very quiet. I think by 3:30 we’d only had 5 customers in. We spent a lot of the day with Tempus working on a legal letter and then I chimed in and after a bit of writing, that was finished. At that point he
ran out to do the errands. …and I got told that the storage place wasn’t open on Monday, but he had e-mailed them.
I was working on newsletter files and OCPPG all day. I ended up napping twice, once in the morning for a brief while and then late in the afternoon for a couple of hours, at least.
Tempus worked in back after I woke and I got back to OCPPG. We still have only the shop and Nick’s place for classes at the moment and no one has suggested any trips or anything of that sort.
We were up at the usual time this morning. I was picking huckleberries, but we got some bad news. Tempus is pretty upset and cranky. Well, so am I. So, we’re going to get back to work on sorting this out.
The shop’s not open today, so the door is going to be shut. I’m going to work on the computer end. He’s going out running around and then we have the paper route tonight.
Today’s Feast is from the Ferry Fair in South Queensferry area of Edinburgh, 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
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 8/26 at 4:56am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 8/15 at 2:58pm.
The thin crescent Moon waxes through Virgo whenever it’s August. If you thought the Moon and Venus made a pretty pair yesterday evening, the view tonight should be even better. The planet hangs 7° below the crescent Moon, which now appears 18 percent illuminated.
Closer to the moon is the telescopic binary star Gamma Virginis (Porrima), as shown here. Its twin components are currently 2.8 arcseconds apart.
Look left of the Moon for fainter Spica. >>> (Spica is the wheat in her hand!) Farther upper left of Spica shines bright Jupiter (out of the frame here). The Moon will march eastward above these celestial landmarks for the next three nights.
Although Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility more than three months ago, it remains a stunning sight from evening twilight until it sets after 11 p.m. local daylight time. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.0 and dominates the southwestern sky as night falls. The gas giant resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales; this evening, it passes just 0.6° due north of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [α] Librae). If you view the planet through a telescope tonight, its disk spans 36″ and displays spectacular cloud-top detail.
Venus (magnitude –4.4) shines low in the west during twilight. In a telescope Venus is at or very close to dichotomy (appearing exactly half-lit) and has grown to 23 arcseconds tall. For the best telescopic seeing catch Venus as early as you can, preferably long before sunset while it is still high.
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 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 gives order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Tu 14 High 2:57 AM 8.0 6:18 AM Rise 10:13 AM 8
~ 14 Low 9:30 AM -1.0 8:23 PM Set 10:37 PM
~ 14 High 3:51 PM 7.7
~ 14 Low 9:57 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Write Love letters.
~ I would rather have written those lines (Gray’s Elegy) than take Quebec. – General James Wolfe, the night before the storming of Quebec, 1759
~ Attractive as the Diggers’ manifesto was to many of the dispossessed, it found little favour with property owners. – George Monbiot, English journalist and author; ‘Still Digging’
~ Humans are not the end result of predictable evolutionary progress, but rather a fortuitous cosmic afterthought, a tiny little twig on the enormously arborescent bush of life, which if replanted from seed, would almost surely not grow this twig again. – Stephen Jay Gould, American scientist and author, born on September 10, 1941
~ Objectivity cannot be equated with mental blankness; rather, objectivity resides in recognizing your preferences and then subjecting them to especially harsh scrutiny – and also in a willingness to revise or abandon your theories when the tests fail (as they usually do). – Stephen Jay Gould; The Lying Stones of Marrakech
The poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead
In summer luxury,—he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed. – John Keats (1795–1821)
Beautiful and functional, our unique, easy-to-make paper lanterns keep outdoor celebrations aglow as the sun begins to set. On rainy days, hang a strand of lit lanterns to create a magical scene indoors.
- Scrapbook paper, color(s) of your choice
- 2 pencils (1 sharpened, 1 dull)
- Craft glue
- Strand of holiday lights
- Push pin
- Scrap of cardboard
Printable Lantern Template & Instructions
To get started, simply download and print our star lantern instructions and template. For a look that is truly your own, experiment with different colors and sizes.
- Follow the instructions provided within the template to construct and strand your lanterns.
- Hang the strand, then plug in the lights!
Personalize Your Lanterns
As an added touch, before you glue your lanterns together, use our simple pin-poking technique to spell out a special message with your lanterns.
- Select a message to convey.
- Use a pencil to lightly draw each letter from your message, one letter per lantern.
- Place your scrapbook paper flat on a scrap of cardboard.
- Using a push pin, poke holes along your drawn letter.
Decorate Outdoor Spaces with Lanterns
When lit, lanterns are bright enough to illuminate the faces of your guests, yet subtle enough for you to appreciate the flicker of fireflies. To inspire you, here are our favorite ways to display them:
- Celebrate the Fourth of July with red, white and blue star-shaped lanterns, personalized with a patriotic message.
- Hang strands along trees, bushes or trellises. For a more natural effect, tuck them gently into the greenery.
- A string of white lanterns creates a gorgeous contrast to the vibrant colors and lush foliage of summer.
- Create a strand of bright-colored lanterns to set the mood or fit the theme of a party and bring out the hues in your garden.
Tip: LED lights last longer than traditional bulbs, so use them to guarantee your party will shine long into the night.
Enhance Indoor Spaces with Lanterns
When the weather begins to cool, create everyday beauty by adorning your home indoors.
- For a fun and sophisticated touch, string lanterns along ceilings, across the top of a doorway or from any overhang.
- Make entertaining and everyday meals extraordinary. Simply arrange a cluster of lanterns above your table.
- Update the look by selecting paper with colors and patterns that accent your home’s interior décor.
- Decorate for a special celebration by hanging bouquets of unlit lanterns throughout your space.
Tip: They’re perfect for summer, but we love to use our lanterns in the winter months, too. Make them part of your holiday décor by hanging them inside along mantles or weaving them through a table setup.
Silliness – Tough Exam
An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one question final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics.
The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk and wrote on the board: “Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist.”
Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion. Some students wrote over 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair. One member of the class however, was up and finished in less than a minute.
Weeks later when the grades were posted, the rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an A when he had barely written anything at all. His answer consisted of two words: “What chair?”