There are at least 28 boats in the Bay. Yeah, the salmon are running. 🙂 Lots of high paleness that’s not thick enough to call cloud and it just barely straining the sunlight. There’s enough cloud 58F, Wind at 8, AQI 41. That explains why my throat is scratchy again. We actually have a decent chance of rain tomorrow night. That sounds good to me!
Yesterday went past in a haze for a lot of it. I kept on working on Grandma’s pages and by the end of the day had all but two of the links on the main page live and pages up. They need to be finished, but they’re up.
Tempus took the car over to get looked at about the radiator leak. Turns out it’s the water pump and some of the lines running to and from that, rather than the radiator. Not something we can do without a lift and such, so it’s going in next Thursday to get that fixed.
Tempus and I both dealt with being really sleepy. He actually napped sitting up after he got back. Leslie came in and we chatted awhile and then I got back to my writing and Tempus took a load of stuff that we had sorted up to storage. I got done enough to find a stopping point just after he got back.
By the time we headed home, the Moon was well up in the sky, or at least as high as She gets during the summer. That wasn’t high enough to throw much light with trees in the way, but still lovely, throwing moon shadows across the yard.
We fell into bed and slept hard, getting up to have supper in the middle of the night and then going back to bed and sleeping late for a Saturday. I’ve been out harvesting. It was mostly honeysuckle today, but I need to get over to where my garden is living. I’m sure that I’ve missed a lot.
Herbs is in just a few minutes. We’ll be bagging things and taking about properties today. Sewing is at 3pm and Tempus is wheeling things out the door as I’m typing.
Today’s feast is the Opiconsivia, Roman Empire, a harvest festival of the goddess Ops Consiva, ‘Lady Bountiful the Planter’, whose shrine was in the Regia at Rome. This is one of the series of Roman harvest feasts in this month. Originally a Sabine goddess, Ops (‘plenty’, from which we get the word ‘opulent’) was a fertility deity and earth-goddess in Roman mythology, associated with Bona Dea (the ‘Good Goddess’). Her husband was Saturn, or Consus, perhaps in an aspect of Saturn. Ops was worshipped under the name of Consivia today by the Vestal Virgins, who opened a special room filled with sacred objects to perform their rites to ensure the fertility of the earth. Today only the Vestals and one of the pontifices could be present. Because her abode was in the earth, she was invoked by worshippers while they were seated and touching the ground. Both Ops and Consus were deemed chthonian (infernal) deities which made the vegetation grow. On August 10, a festival took place in her honour, and the Opalia was held on December 19. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiconsivia
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
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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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 8/27 at 7:56pm.
Full Moon tonight and tomorrow (it’s exactly full at 7:56 a.m. August 26th Eastern Daylight Time). This evening the Moon shines far left of Mars; they’re on opposite sides of Capricornus. Full Moon officially arrives at 7:56 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning, but it looks completely illuminated all night. You can find it rising in the east around sunset and then watch it climb high in the south by 1 a.m. local daylight time. It dips low in the west by the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky. The Moon lies against the backdrop of Aquarius the Water-bearer, but its bright glow nearly drowns out the faint stars in this constellation.
Mars is gradually fading; it diminishes from magnitude –2.5 to –2.3 this week. On the other hand, it rises higher in the southeast earlier in the evening and is at its highest in the south around 11 p.m. daylight-saving time. (Although it’s not very high for us mid-northern observers; it’s at declination –26°, at the border of Capricornus and Sagittarius). Mars shrinks from 23 to 22 arcseconds wide this week, while the dust in its atmosphere continues to thin. Take advantage of Mars this large while you still 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. Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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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
Sa 25 High 12:08 AM 7.4 6:31 AM Set 5:35 AM 97
~ 25 Low 6:58 AM -0.4 8:05 PM Rise 8:02 PM
~ 25 High 1:20 PM 6.4
~ 25 Low 6:58 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am the one thing of which my trust is always worthy.
~ Let no one ever, from henceforth say one word in any way countenancing war. It is dangerous even to speak of how here and there the individual may gain some hardship of soul by it. For war is hell, and those who institute it are criminals. Were there even anything to say for it, it should not be said; for its spiritual disasters far outweigh any of its advantages. – Siegfried Sassoon, quoted by his friend, Robert Nichols
~ Let reason rule the man and he dares not trespass against his fellow creatures, but will do as he would be done unto, For Reason tells him is thy neighbour hungry and naked today, do thou feed and clothe him, it may be thy case tomorrow and then he will be ready to help thee. – Gerrard Winstanley
~ If you ask me to play myself, I will not know what to do. I do not know who or what I am. – Peter Sellers, British comic actor, born on September 8, 1925
~ When a man dies he is like those who are being initiated into the mysteries … Our whole life is but a succession of wanderings and painful courses … but as soon as we exit, places of purity receive us, with songs and dance and the solemnities of holy words and sacred visions. – Plutarch; writing on the Eleusinian Mysteries
Look! the round-cheeked moon floats high,
In the glowing August sky,
Quenching all her neighbor stars,
Save the steady flame of Mars.
White as silver shines the sea,
Far-off sails like phantoms be,
Gliding o’er that lake of light,
Vanishing in nether night.
Heavy hangs the tasseled corn,
Sighing for the cordial morn;
But the marshy-meadows bare,
Love this spectral-lighted air,
Drink the dews and lift their song,
Chirp of crickets all night long;
Earth and sea enchanted lie
‘Neath that moon-usurped sky. – Emma Lazarus (1849–87)
Grapevine Pentacle – Celebrate Mabon with a Pentacle Wreath By Patti Wigington, About.com [Anja’s note: works with ivy, too!]
Make a simple grapevine pentacle using a few vines and some florist’s wire. Image (c) Patti Wigington 2007
This is a craft which is simple to make, although it takes a little bit of patience. You’ll need several grapevines of thin to medium thickness, freshly picked so they’re pliable. If they’ve dried out, you can soften them up by soaking them overnight in a bucket of water.
Strip all the leaves and stray stems from the vines. Select your longest vine and shape it into a circle about 18” in diameter. Continue coiling the vine around the circle until you reach the end, and then tuck the end up under the other layers to hold it in place. Take your next longest vine, and repeat the process. To start each new vine, tuck one end into the existing circle, coil it around, and then tuck the end in. Repeat this until your wreath is the desired thickness — five to seven vines ought to give you a good base.
Now you’ll need five pieces of grapevine that are of equal lengths, and they should each be about 2” longer than the wreath’s inside diameter. These five pieces will form the star in the center of the pentacle. Take the first piece and work it into place across the center of the wreath, anchoring each end by tucking it into the outer vines of the wreath. Repeat with the other four pieces, overlapping them where needed, until you have a star in the center. Use the florist’s wire to secure the ends in place.
Finally, tie off a short length of florist’s wire to the top of the wreath, so you can hang it on your wall or door.
How To Make a Mabon Cleansing Wash By Patti Wigington, About.com
Use fresh herbs from your garden to make a cleansing wash for Mabon. Image © Getty Images
This herbal infusion can be used as a skin wash or a cleanser for your ritual space. By infusing the herbs in water, you can take advantage of the medicinal properties as well as the magical ones. A quart-sized jar, like the type used in food canning, is ideal for this because it allows for a tight seal, and they hardly ever break.
- Difficulty: Easy
- Time Required: Varied
To make this cleansing wash, we’ll be using herbs that are in full bloom in the weeks before Mabon.
You’ll need a handful of each of the following:
- Spearmint or peppermint
Place the herbs in the glass jar. Pour boiling water over them until the jar is filled. Screw the lid on loosely, and allow to steep for four to six hours. Strain out all the plant material. Cap the jar, and store in a cool place. Use as a skin wash or to asperge your home or sacred space.