Featured photo by Anja. As I said, this was late because of heat and AQI. More below.
The sun was red going down and the Moon is red too, high overhead. 61F, Wind at 4mph, and AQI at 82, thank goodness! It actually did hit 80F, briefly. Tomorrow’s to be down in the mid-60’s again. There’s actually a decent chance of rain on Sunday and again next week on Wednesday!
Yesterday we were at the shop in good time and started the day with coffee, working on the newsletter and picking up. Eventually Tempus went out to do his errands while I tended to customers. It wasn’t really busy, so I was also doing some writing.
Eventually he got back, and no good news on housing, still. …but he went to the Post Office and picked up my boxes. We have the little owl watches again. …and I got my ribbon ends, so I spent awhile making bookmarks. …and more writing. …and packing up the stuff for the gift exchange and for a friend who is getting some duplicate books from me.
Tempus was working at the apartment, cleaning things that he couldn’t work on while I was there. He came to help me close up and for us to head home at 10pm or so. We’ve spent the whole day packing or running errands after going to bed early and sleeping late.
…the AQI hit 154 at 8pm! …and it was supposed to hit 80 today and did…. omgs…. I sat home in front of an air purifier and fan all day, alternately reading, packing and embroidering. The apartment is mostly underground, so I was ok, but it was really nice when things began to cool off. Now the AQI is down to 82, although the air is pretty chewy….
Tempus is heading out on the paper run in just a few. I’m pretty tired, already, but maybe I can get a bit of a nap at some point.
It’s the anniversary of the eclipse!
Today is the Roman Feast of Consualia, the feast of Consus, god of harvests and underground grain stores. Consus’ altar was underground and kept buried for all by two days of the year, just like the seeds that he represents. He didn’t have any special priesthood, so sacrifices were performed on that day by priests of other gods. Games and races were held in his honor. It’s also a special day to honor horses and even tractors, those animals and machines that help us get in the grain harvest. In ancient Rome, horses were pampered on this day, given special foods, manes and tails braided up and hung with garlands before being paraded around and made much of. It sounds kinda like a State Fair! More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consualia
It’s also Bartle-tide, an odd commemoration of a thief or a giant and no one’s sure which! Some think it’s in honor of the Cerne Abbas Giant, a turf-cut figure, or the giant is in honor of the feast. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Witton
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus.A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1stnations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. –Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
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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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 8/24 at 7:56pm.
The Moon passes Saturn and Mars as it waxes toward full. Mars shines farther to the Moon’s lower left tonight. The waxing gibbous Moon points the way to magnitude 0.3 Saturn this morning. The ringed planet lies about 3° to the left of our satellite as they descend toward the southwestern horizon. The pair sets shortly before 2 a.m. local daylight time. By the time evening rolls around, the two have separated — the Moon then stands 9° to Saturn’s left. The two reside among the background stars of northern Sagittarius, a region that climbs highest in the south between 9 and 10 p.m. If you target Saturn through a telescope, you’ll see the planet’s 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a dramatic ring system that spans 40″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in Libra) shines in the southwest in twilight. It’s about 32° upper left of low Venus. Find Mars-colored Antares about 25° to ~ Jupiter’s left.
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
Tu 21 Low 4:13 AM 0.5 6:26 AM Set 2:02 AM 73
~ 21 High 10:49 AM 5.4 8:12 PM Rise 5:26 PM
~ 21 Low 4:00 PM 3.1
~ 21 High 9:52 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is when you are away, knowing you belong back there, Love is looking to one another, Love always standing by your side no matter what.
Journal Prompt – Favorites – The following lines are from the poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll: ‘”The time has come.’ The Walrus said, To talk of many things: Of shoes—and ships—and sealing wax—Of cabbages—and kings—”‘ List all of your favorite things to talk about.
~ No one in this world, so far as I know … has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. – HL Mencken; ‘Notes on journalism’, Chicago Tribune, September 19, 1926
~ I bet you think an egg is something you casually order for breakfast when you can’t think of anything else. Well, so did I once, but that was before the egg and I. – Claudette Colbert; as Betty MacDonald, to the audience in film The Egg and I, 1947
~ Puritanism – The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy. – HL Mencken
~ Nature made him, then broke the mould. – Lodovico Ariosto, Italian Renaissance poet, born on September 8, 1474; Orlando Furioso
High noon in August! over all the land
The very air is palpitant with heat;
While stretching far, the fields of ripening wheat
Unrippled lie as plains of yellow sand! – –Henry Sylvester Cornell (1831–86)
Lore of Mabon – Fall Equinox Spell – Crone’s Corner
Once again the Sun’s path crosses the celestial equator, and the day and the night are now again of equal length. On the Gregorian calendar this is the first day of autumn, but on the modern Celtic calendar it is midautumn. This holiday is more commonly known by its Welsh name Mabon. Mabon means “divine youth.” It is the name of a mythic hunter hero whose story is told at this time of year. At the beginning of time, Mabon was born to the Mother Goddess Modron. That we only know his mother and not his father attests to the matriarchal lineage of the early Celts. The equinox marks the time when Mabon was three nights old and stolen from his crib. For the next three months, the heroes Cai and Bedwyr will search for him and ask all manner of birds and beasts for help. But, according to legend, it is only the salmon who can give them direction. On Yule, the heroes retrieve the divine child by freeing him from a prison in Gloucester. Like Apollo, Mabon is a hunter with a bow and a musician with a harp. He is a Sun god. Mabon represents the Sun that is waning in strength during this quarter of the year and that will begin to return only after the solstice. The waning of the light is frightening and depressing, and it is necessary for our own sake to use magic at this time to help in the quest for Mabon. The strongest act of magic that one can do at this time is to participate in the celebrations of the yearly cycle. As one integrates the yearly cycle deep into one’s unconscious, serenity and confidence are gained. This is the peace that comes from knowing and accepting that the light will return when it is time.~ Robert Place
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives – Crone’s Corner – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
Also known as Harvest Home, this Sabbat is named for Mabon , the Divine Youth of antiquity who was hidden yet ever remains as the Sun. His name literally means ‘son’. Mabon (Harvest Home, Autumn Equinox) is a celebration of Thanksgiving for the blessings and abundance of the year, for the food, clothing and shelter which sustains us now and will continue to sustain us through the quiet, dark months of Winter. We celebrate the manifestation of the fruits of our labors and look forward to rest and repose after the harvesting. It is the time of the last preparations before the coming of darkness in Winter. As such, it is also the time to prepare the spirit for an interval of introspection and inner growth.
Mabon is the time of equilibrium, when light and dark, day and night are equal. On this day, we have 12 hours of sunlight, 12 hours of moonlight. The forces of light and dark meet this day, however, after this day, the night gains in strength and meditations and inner workings become more and more intense. For a moment, Time pauses and then begins his journey from the powers of light and activity into the powers of darkness and introspection. We bid farewell to the Sun who has fully matured, passed his prime and is turning old. We begin to welcome the coming of winter.
The celebrations of this Sabbat are serious yet joyous. They traditionally include hayrides, canning parties, winemaking, fairs which show off our harvests, meditations and preparation for study and inner work. One tradition is the making and burying of the corn dolly. Create your corn dolly from the husks of ears of corn, then charge it with the qualities and goals you are working on, finally bury it as a seed. When spring comes, if you have truly made your preparations, those qualities and goals will become a part of you and your life.
Mabon falls during the astrological sign of Libra, the sign of the Scales of Balance. Thus the energies of this time are those of balance, consideration and fruitful partnerships. Mabon is particularly sacred to Cerridwen, water oriented Goddess of Autumn, to whom was entrusted the guardianship of the Seeds of the future and the arts of Prophesy. She is able to look into the mysteries of the dark of winter and of the Otherworld. Her symbol is the Cauldron and her sacred fruit is the Apple. All nuts and seeds are sacred to her. Cernunnos in His role as Lord of Darkness and protector of all things wild and free was given to him the gifts of life by Cailleache, the crone aspect of Cerridwen, at this time of year.