The air quality index is up to 78! That was 52 yesterday and 11 the day before…. but they’re talking about onshore winds this afternoon. That ought to clear it out some. The clouds are at 300 feet, so they’ve lifted a lot since dawn when it felt like we needed to wade…. 58F, wind at 0, and 0.014 inches of rain yesterday…. that’s total from the early am and then up to midnight.
Yesterday started off pretty cranky, but we stayed busy. I finished my computer stuff and then got going on making more grommets on the bag I’ve been working on, because it was taking Tempus longer to get phone calls, etc, done. He eventually had the online bills paid and went out to do the in-person ones, go to the grocery, bank and post office. When he got back I had some lunch.
After that I curled up for a nap and woke up feeling ill and disoriented. No clue why. …and then got a really upsetting phone call from someone who refused to identify herself, but tried to ream me a new one, up one side and down the other over something that I didn’t think I had ever said. It turns out that I inadvertently wrote, pre-coffee and not sufficiently edited, the word “jerks” instead of “folks” in charge of Jeanne’s property. Otoh, for someone who is grieving for a close friend, panicking over the news we got in the morning, upset as all get-out at the situation, who hasn’t been allowed to take a shower at home for 6 weeks, and has been trying to make other arrangements since the week after the crash… In any case it was upsetting and the person made a bunch of threats about our future situation here. I did *not* need that! I suppose if she’s reading this, she’s feeling quite justified in behaving like that.
…and ya know if she had told me where I made that typo, which I was asking her about “where?”, and which I found about 30 seconds after hanging up the phone when I couldn’t take any more of what was being said, I could have told her it was a typo! …and ya know, it’s human nature to do better with, “Did you intend to say….” rather than starting to harangue someone right off the bat… I would have apologized for a typo, but not after what got said.
I don’t think I hold myself up as a shining example of anything other than being quite human. I don’t make a secret of my faults particularly, because folks need to know that it is part of life. We all make mistakes. That’s part of the Wiccan tradition, to accept that understanding. We’re trying to get better at being ourselves, not holding ourselves up to some incredible unreachable standard. I make no bones about my hearing issues, or memory glitches or the other problems associated with getting older. I’ve tried not to get bitter about the places where things have happened that hurt Tempus, me, my kids and my friends. I try not to stay angry when people are human and only see one side of the story. I try to laugh about it, know that sooner or later I have to put this skin suit in the recycling bin, admit to what I screwed up on and go shopping for another lifetime to try again.
…and ya know, I’m trying to talk myself into forgiving the person who called because I *don’t* need to stay angry over someone else’s opinion after they’ve seen (obviously) only one side of the question. People can say more than they mean… and that doesn’t make them (or me) anything other than human…
…but Tempus and I are really hurting over Jeanne’s passing. She was so much more than a good friend. We haven’t really been allowed the time to grieve for her, with the situation over finding another place to live, and some of the ridiculous things that have been said about us by one person or another. It’s also the height of the season at the shop and we’re trying to work through that. I can’t just let go and be in hysterics in front of our customers so I have to put most of it off. That’s not a good thing to do with grief….
I got going on the apples once Tempus re-cleared the table that he thought was clean enough, but that had acquired a lot of stuff during the course of the day. Of course, I hadn’t started in the first place because there wasn’t enough room…. The apples need to cook with the skins for the pectin. The first batch was in and cooking by 8:30, stirred at 11:30 and were starting to “mush” by about 12:30. At 1:30 I got them draining, leaving some in the pot and started hacking up the 2nd batch. Those didn’t get finished and into the pot until 3:50, because I could only chop for 10 minutes or so at a time by then. There’s still a 3rd batch to do.
So by 8pm, Tempus was heading back to the house. He got told that he needed to move the last plants by morning, so at the time that he should have been leaving for the paper route he was doing that. 😦 He got back here at 9 and still had to offload them and they’re sitting out front right now. He was already doing the bulk drops at 10:30m, back at the office and bagging by 11:50 and rolling at 12:30.
We had a good run, talking things out while making the deliveries. It was *really* foggy in a bunch of places, but it’s already lifting.
Today we’re not going to get much sleep. We were told to stay away from the house today until 5pm (I think they’re doing the plant sale today) and while we have an offer of a place to sleep, there’s enough to be done that we’re going to have to just get naps. I have to finish the apples. Tempus still has to move the plants that he dropped off, get a storage unit, then go make sure that the trailer is ready for use, and I’m going to run interference here. …and then we actually have to move the stuff. Gonna be a long day…..
Some of you have heard me talk about sailing on the log canoes on the Chesapeake as a youngster. This looks *very* familiar with the folks hiked out on the leeboards, (and at that they’re not on a close reach, so not in any danger of being catapulted into the sail, yes, had it happen….). This is a pic of a log canoe race, the Island Blossom, from 1950 or so. I think the pic is by the Maryland Historical Society, but the watermark isn’t clear.
Today’s feast is Sproshinki. This Slavic holiday celebrates the end of haymaking. People feast and hold contests, many of which are athletic is nature, but others are more like our tradition of County Fairs. One of my Babicka’s uncles regularly won the village competition for who could fork and throw a haybale the highest.
Today’s Feast is also for Vesta, Keeper of the Flame. Plus Assumption Day, the day that the Virgin Mary was taken to heaven, which means that it is also sacred to all the forms of the Great Mother. For Vesta, light 6 red candles and burn herbs for your intent in a hearth fire. For the Virgin, light white. Give thanks to the Great Mother Goddess for your life, your family, your friends and our world.
Today’s Plant – Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the aidantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water– This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/18 at 12:49am
The thin crescent Moon waxes through Virgo whenever it’s August. Now the Moon hangs over Spica at dusk. Look lower right of them for bright Venus, and left or upper left of them for bright Jupiter.
Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner is living up to expectations, currently glowing between 8th and 9th magnitude among the background stars of Cassiopeia >>> the Queen. To see it well, you’ll need to observe from a dark-sky site through a 4-inch or larger telescope. Although this region never sets from north of 30° north latitude, it climbs highest before dawn. Astroimagers should be sure to target the comet from now until Saturday morning as it passes slightly north of the photogenic Heart and Soul nebulae (IC 1805 and IC 1848, respectively).
Mars is beginning to fade very slightly, from magnitude –2.8 when it was closest to Earth around the turn of the month to –2.6 now. On the other hand, it rises higher in the southeast earlier in the evening. Mars is at its highest in the south around 11 or midnight daylight-saving time, though it’s not very high at all for us mid-northern observers; it’s at a very southerly declination (–26°) in southern Capricornus. Mars also shrinks very slightly this week, from 24 to 23 arcseconds wide — really not enough to notice. The dust in its atmosphere continues to thin gradually, allowing faint, low-contrast views of dark surface markings. Take advantage of Mars this large while you can! It won’t appear this big again until 2035. For a Mars map that shows which side is facing Earth at your time and date, use our Mars Profiler.
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.
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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
W 15 High 3:50 AM 7.3 6:19 AM Rise 11:24 AM 15
~ 15 Low 10:14 AM -0.2 8:21 PM Set 11:06 PM
~ 15 High 4:35 PM 7.6
~ 15 Low 10:53 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will remember to smile.
~ It matters more what’s in a woman’s face than what’s on it. – Claudette Colbert
~ In science, ‘fact’ can only mean ‘confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.’ I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms. – Stephen Jay Gould
~ If only Stephen Gould could think as clearly as he writes! – Richard Dawkins
~ Just think, nobody thought this would last. – Michael Jackson (b. 1958), US popular singer; New York Times, September 10, 1994; after four months of marriage to Lisa Marie Presley
… we called the radio station and Gene Nobles said it was the number-one most requested record. He said, “Whoever Little Richard is, he’s taking over.” I heard “Awop-bop-a-loo-mop alop-bam-boom,” and I felt an electric charge go over my body. – Anonymous; from Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music, p. 95; on September 13, 1955, Little Richard recorded a censored version of ‘Tutti Frutti’
Magick – Studies – Hand Mudra Meanings, Explanations and Benefits – MARCH 7, 2012 BY CLAIREAUSTEN – http://www.eyogaforbeginners.com/hand-mudra-meanings-explanations-and-benefits/
While at yoga class or watching a yoga video, you may have noticed certain hand movements that are held while in a pose or during meditation. These are called Hand Mudras, and they have a specific and deliberate purpose. In this post, I’ll demonstrate various mudras and explain their meanings and benefits.
What is a Mudra?
Mudra is Sanskrit for seal, mark, or gesture. Typically, mudras are used duringmeditation or pranayama as a way to direct energy flow in the body. According to yoga, different areas of the hand stimulate specific areas of the brain. By applying light pressure to these areas of the hand, you will “activate” the corresponding region of the brain.
In addition to the “reflexology” aspect of hand mudras, these positions symbolize various feelings, emotions, and states of being. Hand positions play a part in many societies and religions. The Christian church uses many hand movements during mass – all of which symbolize various important ideas. Even in modern Western culture we have hand movements that are associated with a meaning: clapping, flipping the bird, or holding the hands up and palms open to signify surrender.
The mudras described below are an ancient part of the Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Although they were developed thousands of years ago – their meaning is still understood and relevant today.
Description: The index finger and thumb are lightly touching at the tips. The remaining three fingers are held out gently (not ridged). This is one of the most recognized and commonly used mudras. In many depictions of the Buddha, you will notice he holds this mudra.
Meaning: This hand mudra is also known as the “seal of knowledge.” The thumb represents fire and divine nature and the index finger represents air and individual human consciousness. When the two fingers are placed together in Gyan Mudra, it is meant to symbolize and encourage Wisdom and Expansion.
Benefits: When used during meditation or pranayama, Gyan mudra can help ease drowsiness, inspire creativity, and increase concentration.
Meaning: This hand mudra is also known as the “seal of patience.” The middle finger represents Aakash and courage to hold duty and responsibility. The thumb represents fire and divine nature. When the two fingers are placed together in Shuni Mudra, it is meant to symbolize and encourage Patience, Discernment, Focus and Discipline.
Benefits: When used during meditation or pranayama, Shuni Mudra can help encourage patience and the courage to fulfill one’s responsibilities. It also helps to develop noble thoughts and turn negative emotions into positive ones.
Surya Ravi Mudra or Prithvi Mudra
Meaning: This hand mudra is also known as the “seal of life” or “seal of the sun.” The ring finger represents earth, energy, strength and endurance. The thumb represents fire and divine nature. When the two fingers are placed together in Surya Ravi Mudra, it is meant to symbolize and encourage energy, balance, health, and vitality.
Benefits: When used during meditation or pranayama, Surya Ravi Mudra can give you energy, positivity, intuition, and help encourage positive change in your life. It also helps to build and invigorate the bodily tissues.
Buddhi Mudra or Varun Mudra
Description: The little finger and thumb are lightly touching at the tips. The remaining three fingers are held out gently (not ridged).
Meaning: This hand mudra is also known as the “seal of mental clarity.” The little finger represents water and communication. The thumb represents fire and divine nature. When the two fingers are placed together in Buddhi Mudra, it is meant to symbolize and encourage openness and fluid communication.
Benefits: When used during meditation or pranayama, Buddhi Mudra can encourage clear and effective communication. It also helps balance the water element in the body, activating the salivary glands and moistening dry eyes and skin.