The clouds seem too heavy for the sky to hold them up and it’s dripping. 56F, Wind at 3mph, AQI 11, 40% chance of rain….well, drippiness…. 60% chance of showers tonight and they’re predicting some accumulation. We’re at about 0.02 inches right now.
Apparently my body decided all on its own yesterday that I *was* going to catch up on sleep no matter what I thought. We originally were going to get up at 8am. I crawled back into bed and went splat so Tempus did, too. When the backup alarm went off at 10 we crawled back out and headed for the shop. A full cup of coffee saw me putting my face into the desk, so I curled up on the sofa. Two readings after I got up, I went right back and slept some more and I was ready to go to bed at 8pm! Well, it’s coming on fall and all good bears hibernate, right? <sigh>
We were pretty busy mid-day and as I mentioned above I did two readings, both long ones. I’m not sure what all Tempus was doing during the day, but I made progress on several projects, progress up to the point where I didn’t have the right tools or materials, so put them by and picked up the next. I got a few more jewelry supplies ordered. Those little bottles of egyptian opal crystals are going like hotcakes, and so is the peridot!
Tempus did make a delicious bread loaf and I ate far too much of it! He also freezered some soups and things in single servings.
So we went home around 10:30. It was feeling/smelling like rain. I had some photos to do, and we ate up some sorbet that there’s no room for in the freezer (good excuse, no?) and then we crawled into bed. I had a little more embroidery to finish and then went to sleep.
Today we have the Wicca 101 class from 9am-1pm and then House Capuchin’s project day until 6pm. I’ve been out harvesting and eating huckleberries. 🙂 Tempus is going back to the house to pick salal berries that I’ll pick over to freeze this afternoon.
Today is the anniversary of the eruption of Krakatau in 1883 (often spelled “Krakatoa”). Krakatau, before this point, was a volcanic island near Java & Sumatra in Indonesia. It exploded with such force that the resulting tsunami killed somewhere around 36K people and caused swells 1/2-way around the world in the Thames. The sound was heard 3000 miles away and registered on barometers on the far side of the world, and twice! The island was destroyed to below water level and pumice covered the ocean and ash filled the sky for months. The telegraph and newspapers made possible the world-wide news of this event. http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/aug26.html orhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krakatoa Anak Krakatoa, (son of Krakatoa) a new island, has built itself on top of the old volcano over the last century.
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort–Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.
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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.
Mercury will grow brighter every morning this week. Look low in the east-northeast in early dawn. Procyon and the Castor-and-Pollux pair help mark the way at least before the sky gets too bright. Mercury is having a fairly good morning apparition. Look for it very low above the east-northeast horizon about 45 minutes before sunrise, as shown at the top of this page. This week Mercury roughly doubles in brightness, from magnitude +0.1 on the morning of August 25th to –0.7 on the 31st. Don’t confuse Mercury with twinkly Procyon off to its upper right.
For yet another week, four bright planets await your view at once as twilight fades. From right to left, they’re Venus very low in the west-southwest, Jupiter in the southwest (upper left of Venus), Saturn in the south a little higher than Jupiter, and bright Mars lower in the south-southeast. Best view: about 40 minutes after your local sunset time.
A winter preview: Step out before the first light of dawn this week, and the sky displays the same starry panorama as it does after dinnertime in late January and early February. Orion is standing up in the southeast, with Aldebaran and then the Pleiades high above him. Sirius sparkles far below Orion. The Gemini twins are lying on their sides left of Orion, well up in the east.
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
Su 26 High 12:46 AM 7.4 6:32 AM Set 6:35 AM 99
~ 26 Low 7:31 AM -0.4 8:03 PM Rise 8:31 PM
~ 26 High 1:50 PM 6.6
~ 26 Low 7:34 PM 1.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.
~ Here lands as true a subject, being prisoner, as ever landed at these stairs. Before Thee, O God, I speak it, having none other friend but Thee alone. – Queen Elizabeth I of England, born on September 7, 1533; said to have been spoken by her when she arrived as a prisoner at the Tower of London
~ There used to be a me behind the mask, but I had it surgically removed. – Peter Sellers
~ I shall have a fine book of travels, I feel sure; and will tell you more of the South Seas after very few months than any other writer has done – except Herman Melville perhaps, who is a howling cheese. – Robert Louis Stevenson (‘howling cheese’??); letter to Charles Baxter, September 6, 1888, Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, Vol. 2, Ch. X Source
~ Wheresoever there is a people united by common community of livelihood into oneness, it will be the strongest in the world, for they will be as one man to defend their inheritance. – Gerrard Winstanley
Spinner of the silken snare,
Fell Arachne in your lair,
Tell me, if your powers can tell,
How you do your work so well!
Weaving on in light and dark,
Segment and concentric arc,
Lace-like, gossamer designs,
Strict to geometric lines. – Henry Sylvester Cornell (1831–86)
We give-away our thanks to the earth which gives us our home.
We give-away our thanks to the rivers and lakes which give-away their water.
We give-away our thanks to the trees which give-away fruit and nuts.
We give-away our thanks to the wind which brings rain to water the plants.
We give-away our thanks to the sun who gives-away warmth and light.
All beings on earth: the trees, the animals, the wind and the rivers give-away to one another so all is in balance.
We give-away our promise to begin to learn how to stay in balance with all the earth.
‘Give-Away Thanksgiving Chant’ for Equinox Festival, from La Chapelle, Dolores, Earth Festivals
We say the sun has shifted
‘cross celestial equator.
It is but our perception of the sun.
We are the thing now
Shifting through the sky. – T. Thorn Coyle
Silliness – For The Kids… – I don’t think these photographs you’ve taken do me justice.
You don’t want justice – you want mercy!