Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Overcast and cool. It’s actually almost gloomy. Lots of boats in the bay and I’m starting to see shore fishers. We never did get any sun yesterday. 58F, Wind at 4, AQI is 106, which is in the unhealthy range, but the UV is down to 4. It’s supposed to clear off in the late afternoon. …and that good chance of rain disappeared, but they’re saying maybe next Friday.
Yesterday we did something unusual and went and had breakfast at the Salty Dog before we headed home. It was tasty, inexpensive and we were both hungry and very tired. We didn’t talk much, mostly ate and stared out the window across the Bay, watching fog and birds and commenting occasionally, or on things sparked off by the too-loud comments of older folks whose hearing isn’t so good. The place was packed and I get why. We may make that a Wednesday morning thing for awhile, since they have a $6 senior special.
We went home and went to bed for awhile, so the rest of the day started with a phone call around 2pm. We got coffee and then packed and toted for a bit. Tempus dropped me at the shop and I wrote, sorted, got pictures, developed pictures and finally sat down to work on bookmarks for a bit. …and discovered I had put the ribbon ends somewhere…. odd… and then found ’em after I went in back for a snack and saw ’em on the way back… on the beading table, where they ought to be, instead of on my desk where I had been working.
By 7pm they were loading at the apartment. I kept getting sleepier and sleepier until I finally gave in and went to curl up. Just as I headed that direction Tempus pulled up. We still didn’t head home until 9 or so, but I fell into bed. I was awake for awhile during the night, reading, but then slept soundly until 9:30 this morning. I still really need coffee, but Tempus is watering plants. We have some boxes to unload and check, since nothing got marked at the apartment and the piles got disturbed.
I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get into the back and sew for a bit today, or that we get things cleared enough to be able to sort out the fridge, but the boxes are going to have to come first. Of course we have the paper route tonight, as well.
I was looking at the earring racks and that’s the other thing that I really need to make some progress on…and there are still books and book inventory.
A Ken Gagne photo of an egret from 7/17/14
Today’s feast is the Vulcanalia, sacred to the god Vulcan and the nymphs. Vulcan is the god of the forge and fires. The Divine Sun is part of this festival and work was begun by candlelight so as to emphasize that good aspects of fire. The bad aspects we’re seeing in in the air, at the moment. The eruption that buried Pompeii and Herculaneum occurred during this festival in 79CE. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcanalia#Vulcanalia
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
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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. 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. Now Mars is lower right of the Moon, as shown above. The Moon moves about 13° eastward every 24 hours, and tonight it pulls into Mars’ vicinity. As darkness falls, the Red Planet lies some 8° to the Moon’s lower right. Mars remains a beacon, shining at magnitude –2.3, and stands out despite the Moon’s proximity. When viewed through a telescope, the planet’s disk spans 22″ and should show some subtle surface details as the global dust storm continues to abate. The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 7:23 a.m. EDT. It then lies 252,119 miles (405,746 kilometers) from Earth’s center.
Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) is well up in the southeast by midnight or 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 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
Th 23 Low 5:46 AM 0.0 6:29 AM Set 3:41 AM 88
~ 23 High 12:16 PM 6.0 8:08 PM Rise 6:53 PM
~ 23 Low 5:41 PM 2.6
~ 23 High 11:27 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I believe that claiming to be a spiritual being/light worker, means direct engagement with the power structures that surround us and, altering their directives to suit the whole; from the circumference to the core. This takes tenacity, truly believing in one’s positive impact, and all of the faculties that make a “great soul”.
~ The work we are going about is this, to dig up George Hill and the waste ground thereabouts and to sow corn, and to eat our bread together by the sweat of our brows … that we may work in righteousness, and lay the foundation of making the earth a common treasury for all, both rich and poor. – Gerrard Winstanley; The True Leveller’s Standard Advanced, April 20, 1649
~ You have no idea what a long-legged gal can do without doing anything. – Claudette Colbert; in the film, The Palm Beach Story, 1942
~ Nature abhors a moron. – HL Mencken
~ For one that is or will be drunken. Take swallows and burn them, and make a powder of them; and give the man to drink thereof, and he shall never be drunk hereafter. – Edward Potter, Phisicke Book, 1610 (the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in England was a time to drink healths)
Cornfields bow the head,
Sheltered in round valley depths,
On low hills outspread.
Early leaves drop loitering down
Weightless on the breeze,
First fruits of the year’s decay
From the withering trees. – Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–94)
Prayer for Mabon – Author Unknown
As autumn returns to earth’s northern hemisphere,
and day and night are briefly,
balanced at the equinox,
may we remember anew how fragile life is —-
human life, surely,
but also the lives of all other creatures,
trees and plants,
waters and winds.
May we make wise choices in how and what we harvest,
may earth’s weather turn kinder,
may there be enough food for all creatures,
may the diminishing light in our daytime skies
be met by an increasing compassion and tolerance
in our hearts.
Autumn Blessing – Spell Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2003
On this day of balance—between hot and cold, light and dark—we can find balance in an autumnal blessing. Use a white and a black candle, placed side by side, for this ritual. Breathe in the glow that comes from the equal balance of day and night. Decorate your sacred space with fruits and grain and harvest leaves, as you slowly speak this verse:
Protection covers me and mine,
Abundant gifts grow from Nature divine.
Mabon comes with
The second such time of the year.
Second harvest abundance flows,
Through our labor the storehouse grows.
We fill our stores through harvest Moon,
For winter’s cold is coming soon.
Harvest brings both hope and fear,
Harder times are drawing near.
Bless this house with abundance clear,
And bless all who are dwelling here.
Strength of the cycles
For all to see,
Bringing color to land and tree.
Red, yellow, brown, and amber,
Dress the forests, preparing for slumber.
My spirit embrace the dwindling light,
I am ready now for the longer night.
Protection and safety there will be,
As the wheel of the year turns, blessed be.
The balance now is
perfect and right,
Preparations made for Demeter’s night.
Searching she goes and searching she will be,
Till Kore’s return to you and me.
Mabon’s magic dances in me,
Autumn blessings to all,
So mote it be. https://www.llewellyn.com/spell.php?spell_id=1222
Silliness – For The Kids… – If two’s company and three a crowd, what are four and five?