What a change from the last several days! The sky is that big, blue bowl again. One tiny cloud made a small splotch on our way in. 62F, Wind at 12mph and the onshore flow has shoved all the smokey air east, so our AQI is 23! But…. we’re under a small craft advisory through Saturday afternoon!
Yesterday was something else! First there was the news about Arthur and Raven’s baby. Being a grandma is something I’ve looked forward to for a long while! Then the mayor stopped by, then Rose from years back stopped in with her husband. She moved to the Valley over a decade ago. After we had a good chat, they had to take off, but the philosophy group leader stopped by to check out the spot that we can have meetings. They have the cutest little girl who had much fun playing with the buckets that are for the Pirate’s Treasure buckets that we do. She was banging them on the floor to hear the noise. 🙂 After that a couple of girls stopped by who were interested in stones and crystals and had *another* good chat!
…and then I looked outside and while the sun was still a little strained, there were shadows. ….for part of the afternoon, and then the light went….strange…. it’s that smoke-up-here quality that turns it pinkish.
We were really slammed in the mid-afternoon. It was an hour before I could sit down at one point and I finally got lunch at 4:30…. By 7 the last of the apple pulp was draining and Tempus was rinsing the dishes.
He moved the plants around to the side of the building and while he was doing that I had someone come in who wanted rails for the side of her bed… Um…. “Your sign says antiques!” “Actually, it says Ancient Light.” “Oh, then where are the antiques, don’t you have any?” “We’re a metaphysical bookstore.” “What’s that?” …and as I say, “We sell books and CD’s on Paganism and Wicca and supplies like, crystals and herbs and….” her expression gets more and more pained and she bolts out the door, causing Tempus to come back looking behind him at her fleeing form. “What was *that*?” Poor thing…. Well, it’s laugh or cry over those….
After shifting the plants he got out the watering can and not long after that he was on his way to Newport. He started the bulk drops at about 10:20. I was cleaning up from the crabapples. All that’s landing in the freezer until I have time to do the jelly.
I had had some supper by then. He took his with him. By 1am he was long on the road and I had the pea soup going and had priced a stack of books, then started on getting some garnet bottles done. …got the batch finished, but didn’t go on to jasper and more quartz because I’m out of glue. How did that happen?
So he picked me up around 4:30. We had a good run. Orion was just coming over the trees as we were doing the Bayshore drops and as we headed out 34 it was getting light. I had a good time watching the banks of fog on the river and Eckman lake. We finished at 6:30.
We’ve had a few hours of sleep. The shop’s open. Tempus is going to have to run errands in Newport today, but we’re going to close on time, go home and crash. 🙂
Today’s Feast is the beginning of Odin’s Ordeal – “In Rúnatal, a section of the Hávamál, Odin is attributed with discovering the runes. In a sacrifice to himself, the highest of the gods, he was hanged from the world tree Yggdrasil for nine days and nights, pierced by his own spear, in order to learn the wisdom that would give him power in the nine worlds. Nine is a significant number in Norse magical practice (there were, for example, nine realms of existence), thereby learning nine (later eighteen) magical songs and eighteen magical runes. One of Odin’s names is Ygg, and the Norse name for the World Ash —Yggdrasil—therefore could mean “Ygg’s (Odin’s) horse.” Another of Odin’s names is Hangatýr, the god of the hanged.” (from Wikipedia)
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
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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. 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 2015 Perseid meteor shower over an Ocotillo Patch in Joshua Tree National Park. – NPS/Brad Sutton/Wikimedia Commons
First-quarter Moon (exact at 3:49 a.m. tonight EDT). Jupiter shines to its lower right just 7° away. The two make an attractive pair from evening twilight until the planet sets shortly after 11 p.m. local daylight time. Antares is three times as far to the
Moon’s lower left. (below) A mere 0.6° below Jupiter (about the width of a chopstick at arm’s length) is 3rd-magnitude Alpha Librae >>>, a wide double star for binoculars. Its fainter component, 4 arcminutes to the right of the bright one, is magnitude 5.1. That’s only a little brighter than Jupiter’s moons — which good binoculars will also show, lined up just to the big planet’s left and right. Jupiter remains close to Alpha Librae through the coming week.
Venus lies 46° east of the Sun today, its greatest elongation for this evening apparition. You might think the planet would likewise reach peak altitude today, but you’d be wrong — Venus stands only 7° high an hour after sunset. The problem is the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun across the sky that the planets follow closely, makes a shallow angle to the western horizon after the Sun goes down in late summer. How much difference does this make? Venus stood more than twice as high in early June when it was only 35° from the Sun. Still, the planet shows some distinct advantages over its late spring appearance. Not only is it brighter now, at magnitude –4.5, but it also looks more pleasing through a telescope. This evening, Venus’ disk spans 24″ and appears half-lit.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, above the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot) glows yellow in the south at nightfall, almost 30° to the right or upper right of much brighter Mars. In a telescope Saturn’s rings remain tilted 26° to our line of night, After this year we won’t see them so open again.
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
F 17 High 5:50 AM 5.9 6:22 AM Rise 1:37 PM 34
~ 17 Low 11:47 AM 1.4 8:18 PM
~ 17 High 6:08 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The moment is mine to cherish and to share as I wish. When I share a kindness, I double its value.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” by the Brothers Grimm, the Queen asks her magic mirror, “Magic mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of us all?” What does the Queen mean by “fairest”? (NOTE: students may not know that “fair” in this usage means “pretty”.) Who is “the fairest” person you know? Write about that person.
~ It is somehow reassuring to discover that the word ‘travel’ is derived from ‘travail’, denoting the pains of childbirth. – Jessica Mitford, Anglo-American author, born on September 11, 1917
~ Things on the whole are much faster in America; people don’t ‘stand for election’, they ‘run for office.’ – Jessica Mitford; Sons and Rebels, 1960
~ Gracious dying is a huge, macabre and expensive joke on the American public. – Jessica Mitford; on funeral directors, The American Way of Death, 1963
~ He marries best who puts it off until it is too late. – HL Mencken
~ Men don’t get smarter when they grow older. They just lose their hair. – Claudette Colbert
Many swarms of wild bees descended on our fields:
Stately stood the wheatstalk with head bent high:
Big of heart we laboured at storing mighty yields,
Wool and corn, and clusters to make men cry! – George Meredith (1828–1909)
Magick – People in Magick – John Dee & Edward Kelly – from Weavings’ Cauldrons & Broomsticks – Continuing our series of People in Magick, this month we look at John Dee, astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I and his partner in Enochain Magick, John Dee.
John Dee was born in London on July 13, 1527. His father was a vintner and a man of high repute in the court of Henry VIII, with some affluence, allowing him to give his son a decent education. John Dee went to St. John’s College in Cambridge at the age of 15 in 1542, where he studied math and astronomy, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree two years later. After receiving his first degree, he travelled to Holland meeting with many scholars. When he returned to England, he brought with him the first astronomer’s staff of brass along with two brass gloves constructed by Gerard Mercado, a famous cartographer of that time. After his return he received a Master of the Arts degree but was soon forced to leave England after being accused of being a conjurer thanks to a machine he built. During his first sojourn away from England, he first went to Louvain, France then spent some time in Paris, giving lectures on Euclid’s Elements and the basics of Geometry at the Sorbonne. Dee was offered a permanent post there, but he declined the post to return to England where he had been recommended for the post of Rector of Severn-upon-Severn by Edward VI, the son of Henry VII. While performing the duties of Rector, with the assurance of a home and steady income, Dee exclusively devoted himself to astrological studies. However, upon the accession of Queen Mary, also known as Bloody Mary in 1553 he was accused of using enchantments against the queen’s life and imprisoned at Hampton Court. Such accusations of witchcraft and sorcery plagued Dee all his life, despite his many scientific achievements. Dee said in his translation of Euclid’s Elements in English that he was regarded as a companion of the helhounds (sic), a caller and a conjurer of wicked and damned spirits. In 1555 Dee was freed by an act of the Privy Council and he took his liberty. Dees fortunes began to rise upon the accession of Elizabeth I, due to the fact that Lord Morely, one of the queen’s favourites, asked Dee to pick a ‘propitious day’ for her coronation. Elizabeth met Dee and was so impressed with him that she had him give her lessons in astrology. Soon after, Dee again went to the Continent for several years, travelling throughout Europe. In 1571, Dee purchased a mansion at Mortlake on the Thames river where he began a collection of curious books and manuscripts and objects, most of which were later destroyed by mobs that thought Dee was familiar with the Devil and was confiscated by the Queen after 1583. The collection included 4000 rare books and 700 choice manuscripts, many of which are to be found in the British Museum. He also became well known as an astronomer, as well as an astrologer with many people coming to consult his advice. Dee practised astrology for his living, but he studied the Talmud, Rosicrucian theories and practised alchemy in hopes of finding the elixir of life and the Philosopher’s Stone.
In 1581 Dee began to experiment with crystalomancy or crystal gazing, a mode of divination using a globe, a clear pool of water (the method that Nostradamus used to collect his quatrains) or any transparent object. According to his diary on May 25, 1581 Dee first saw spirits while crystal gazing, and during the following year, he saw a vision of the angel Uriel, who gave him a convex piece of crystal that would allow communication with the spirit world. After using the crystal many times, Dee discovered that he was only able to use the crystal by concentrating his entire mental faculties on the crystal. Dee found he was able to use it for such communications, but he could not write down what he would see during his visions. It became necessary for Dee to have an assistant write down what he saw and heard, and Dee found him in Edward Kelly.
Edward Kelly was born in 1555 in the county of Lancashire. Nothing is known about his early life, but after being convicted of counterfeiting, he was sentenced to the pillory at Lancaster where he lost his ears. Then he moved to Worcester, becoming an apothecary and an alchemist, gaining a reputation for being a sensualist. While Dee sought knowledge for knowledge’s sake, Kelly only was interested how it could make him rich. Kelly was famous for claiming to have discovered the Philosopher’s stone, and a deep knowledge of necromancy. Upon meeting Dee, Kelly looked into the convex crystal and nearly every time he did so, he seemed to have wondrous visions. Although Dee was very intelligent and learned, he was also too trusting. Kelly not only saw visions of angels, but also of devils whose task was to destroy the two men. Dee was so convinced of the truth of these visions that he transcribed them verbatim and they can be found in the book: A True and Faithful Relation of what passed between Dr. Dee and some Spirits. Now, Dee claimed to have finally found the elixir vitæ in the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, and with the elixir and the spirits, Dees fame spread throughout Europe attracting many curious visitors, including Albert Laski, a Polish nobleman. Laski invited the two men, along with their wives and children to return with him to Poland, so they all went.
For several years after 1583 Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly lived in Trebona in Poland, the home town of Albert Laski, who sponsored their alchemical researches. In about a year, Laski’s fortune was spent, and the men began to travel about Poland and Bohemia, from city to city. These travels went on until 1587, when in Prague Dr. Dee’s health began to fail and when Kelly and Dee had a falling out because of Kelly’s new explorations of a book called The Necronomicon, that frightened both Dee and his family. Dee is said to have found a copy of the Necronomicon, given to him by the alchemist Jacob Eliezer known as the “Black Rabbi” (this book does exist and was the basis of Kelly and Dee’s Enochian magic, Crowley’s The Book of the Law and H.P Lovecraft’s Cthulthu Mythos). Shortly after that Dee returned to England along with his family. As for the final fate of Kelly, he continued to claim that he had the philosopher’s stone and the elixir vitæ as before, but not finding as much interest as before. Eventually he was arrested as a heretic and a sorcerer in Prague, and again in southern Germany. But, after the second imprisonment he attempted to escape from his prison, only managing to fall and brake two of his ribs and both legs. He died in 1593 due to his injuries.
Dee returned to England, welcomed by Elizabeth and the court then went back to his home in Mortlake, continuing his search for the philosopher’s stone, that always had eluded him. His experiments yielded nothing except to impoverish Dee. Seeing his plight, Elizabeth gave him first the position of chancellor of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and then the wardenship of Manchester College that he held until 1603 when he finally retired to his home for good. While he was warden of Manchester College Dee translated his copy of the Necronomicon into English and was never printed. After Dee’s death the book went into the collection of Elias Ashmole then into the Bodleian Library in Oxford until it was stolen in 1934. Back at Mortlake for good, Dee was a fortune-teller which gave him the reputation of being a wizard. Dee petitioned James I in 1604 for protection against such accusation. Replying to them by saying ‘that none of all the great number of the very strange and frivolous fables or histories reported and told of him were true’. Dee died at the age of 81 in 1608, in extreme poverty.
Dr. John Dee was one of the keenest minds of his time. He his credited for making the calculations that would enable England to use the Gregorian calendar, he championed the preservation and the collection of historic documents and he was very well known for being a great astronomer and mathematician. It could be said that Dr. Dee was the one of the first modern scientists, although he was also an alchemist, necromancer and crystal gazer.
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