Yesterday I got a phone call during the afternoon that made me cry. It was someone who meant well, but was asking all kinds of questions about what we were going to do about our living situation. I finally had to gently tell her, no, we weren’t looking into moving to another town or selling off the shop stuff for someone to buy cheap, because we’re not planning on closing the shop. No, we weren’t looking to find roomies to rent a larger house (done that and got stuck with rent and utilities, no thank you). No, I also don’t want to be responsible for helping someone else find a place to live, when we’re already having too much trouble with it, ourselves. …and it blew productivity for an hour… <sigh>
The folks at the house did get the sunroom cleaned up so we weren’t crunching through broken glass last night. The next two days are interesting because we aren’t supposed to “interfere” with their estate sale. Dunno how we would do that. <sigh>
So, finally having waded through mail and setting up things in case we actually have a storage unit tomorrow… (I wish the storage place were more… well, forthcoming) … I got going on more books. I just wish I were faster at pricing.
As the sun went behind the buildings, I happened to get a glimpse of it, then stopped and looked. The marine layer/beach fog was whipping south, with the top edge right above the buildings, illuminated by the sun, making a glory of the sky.
Tempus was cranky. I’m not sure why. I had to keep reminding him of things that needed to be done and he kept getting crankier, which I get, but I dunno why he started that way. I finally figured it out when I started smelling bread, long after he was supposed to have headed for Newport. Not sure whether he forgot earlier or something else happened.
I was done with the books before he left, so I started working being able to get around in my office/work space. He got going a bit after 9pm and by 10:15 had started the bulk drops. By then I had fallen into a pinterest black hole. I found a cool doll on one page…and then it froze and I had to keep looking. Never did find it!
So I got to work on filling in newsletter files. I talked to a couple of our boys online for a bit. …and then Tempus called having trouble with the water pump that’s getting replaced on Thursday. …he had to let it cool for 1/2 an hour. I didn’t get picked up until 5:10.
It was getting light as we were finishing Bayshore. That part went slowly because of the fog, which in most places smelt deliciously of salt…. and in a couple of places we rolled up the windows…. I’m guessing there’s a dead seal somewhere along there.
There was a heron in the little pocket of water along Mill street where the Lint Slough outlet is. Later he was over in the slough itself, along with a couple of egrets.
We fretted over the water pump, watching the thermometer, carefully. We added water a couple of times, but we made it…and then watched it slop all over the shop parking lot. Oi! …but we didn’t finish until 7:35, which is *way* late for that.
So, it looks like we’re going over to the Salty Dawg for breakfast and then to the apartment to sleep. Tempus will have to drop me off and then park somewhere uphill, we think. We’re still hoping to get the other storage unit today and move the piano tonight, but that really depends…. We’ll see.
Ishi was a Yahi from Central California, the last survivor of his tribe. After everyone else died or was killed he lived on his own for several years, finally emerging to live in a museum for the rest of his life, dying of TB in 1916. He taught people at the museum a lot of the techniques of weapon-making and various implements, particularly those in knapped flint, as well as making numerous recordings on wax cylinders of his native language. People are realizing that he was not of pure Yahi ancestry, that the surviving members of the tribes probably intermarried as the population dwindled. There’s a good bio on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishi
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here:http://en.wikipedia.org
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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. 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.
Venus pairs with Spica, magnitude 1.0, while Jupiter remains paired with Alpha Librae, magnitude 2.6. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist at arm’s length.)
Summer’s end approaches. Soon after dark now, Cassiopeia>>>>> has risen as high in the northeast as the <<<<< Big Dipper has sunk down to in the northwest. Find Polaris a little above the midpoint between them. The constellations Ursa Major the Great Bear and Cassiopeia the Queen lie on opposite sides of the North Celestial Pole, so they appear to pivot around the North Star (Polaris) throughout the course of the night and the year. In late August and early September, these two constellations appear equally high as darkness falls. You can find Ursa Major and its prominent asterism, the Big Dipper, about 30° above the northwestern horizon. Cassiopeia’s familiar W shape, which currently lies on its side, appears the same height above the northeastern horizon. As the night progresses, Cassiopeia climbs above Polaris while the Big Dipper swings below.
Mars fades from magnitude –2.3 to –2.1 this week. On the other hand, it rises higher in the southeast earlier in the evening and stands highest in the south around 10 or 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 22 to 21 arcseconds wide this week, still very unusually large. The dust in its atmosphere continues to thin. 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
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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
W 29 High 2:38 AM 7.0 6:36 AM Set 9:40 AM 94
~ 29 Low 9:03 AM 0.3 7:58 PM Rise 9:50 PM
~ 29 High 3:18 PM 7.0
~ 29 Low 9:27 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I create a safe and protective environment in which to transform my fears.
~ Whips of dogma, stacks of selfishness, yards of words, and absolutely no liberty. Therefore as my ideas and the ways of Cosme did not harmonize I got. – Larry Petrie on New Australia, 1898 Source
~ For surely this particular property of mine and thine hath brought in all misery upon people. For first, it hath occasioned people to steal one from another. Secondly, it hath made laws to hang those that did steal. It tempts people to do an evil action and then kills them for doing it. Let all judge if this not be a great devil. – Gerrard Winstanley
~ I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the kingdom of England. – Queen Elizabeth I of England; to Parliament
~ A graceful and honourable old age is the childhood of immortality. – Pindar, Greek poet, born on September 4, c. 518 BCE
Bright, bright, restless bright, through the sun- burnt meads,
Wavers the butterfly ;
Ever across its path a pilot invisible leads
A sylphid fleet of the thistle’s light and feathery seeds,
And August passeth by. – Edith Matilda Thomas (1854–1925)
Mabon is one of the eight solar holidays or sabbats of Neopaganism. It is celebrated on the autumn equinox, in the Northern Hemisphere circa September 22 – 24 and in the Southern Hemisphere around March 20.
Also sometimes called Harvest Home or Feast of the Ingathering (which is more commonly a Christian version; see September 24), this holiday is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and God during the winter months.
Winter Finding, Second Station of the Year, Norse (Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 … maybe not solar calendar)
Autumnal Equinox tidbit – From: http://www.nmrising.com/public/28.htm – Jason Rath
The Autumnal Equinox represents a time of balance and rest. Night and day are equal. The sun enters the sign of Libra, symbol of balance. Venus, the ruling planet of Libra, symbolizes the conscious becoming aware of the Id, or Higher Self. Libra has evolved beyond the first sign, Aries’ “I am.” Now aware of itself, Libra says, “I am one with thee.” The Spring Equinox represents the initiation of the conscious self, beginning its quest, realizing its spiritual path. Now the harvest is gathered, the conscious self has experienced trials of a spiritual nature and now meditates on it’s “self” in dualistic terms.
At the Fall Equinox, the God is less aggressive and the Goddess is less consuming—they are equal. It is a harmonious time, good for alchemical exercises. I have found it is a good time to see my psychologist. In A Witches’ Bible Complete, Janet and Stewart Farrar say that the Equinoxes are “Times of balance, of suspended activity [they] are, by their nature, the times when the veil between the seen and unseen is thin. They are the seasons when human beings `change gear’ to a different phase, and are therefore times of psychological as well as psychic turbulence.” It is important to remember the reason Witches acknowledge these changes, whether as astrological phases or the seasons of the year. We realize that the changes around us parallel changes within us. It is a shame when the Sabbats become a chore. They represent very specific phases within our minds, spirits and bodies. We should remember the significance of all our symbols.
For instance, many Witches wear pentagrams (five pointed stars), why? The pentagram itself represents the Microcosm, which means little universe, or Man, or Woman. This should remind us that we are scale models of the universe around us, we are an intimate part of it. We are made up of the same materials—the four Elements and Spirit. The pentagram symbolizes the forces around us affecting the forces within us and vise versa. Use this symbol to remind you that the change of season reflects a change within you.
Many occultists and Witches today use the axiom, “as above so below, as within so without.” This reminds us of the holiness of all creations. Everything and everyone is intimately connected; we learn the how and why through our religious practices and mystical observations. Everything—weather, colors, sounds, animals, smells and even nothing at all—affects us physically, psychologically and spiritually. Again, let this help you to be aware of the changes within and without at this time.
Wicca is far from being blind. We observe these cycles of Mother Nature. Over thousands of years, people have searched for the answers to questions such as, “Why are we here?” “Is death the end of consciousness?”
“Is there a Supreme Being?” Many answered these questions through various religions and sciences. But science is limited to the objective, physical world and religion offers no rigorous tests. Many failed to satisfy their hunger for understanding. Witches of old used their knowledge of science and nature to organize a religion based on “common sense.” They observed the power of color on the mind, of the relationship between the stars and creation, of herbs and healing, etc. They formulated a religion of common sense, in which all could worship and learn. They used their observations of the physical world to explain the principles and laws of the spiritual world—much as ancient mathematicians used geometry to explain the nature of spiritual creatures and their movements. The symbols and rites of Wicca contain this ancient wisdom.
When we are aware, practice can reveal the wisdom hidden in a rite. If we lose track of the sacred meanings, the Holy Days become empty. Remember that when you practice the various Wiccan rites, you affirm your position as a spiritual creature on Earth. Learn to associate the underlying energies with the ritual at hand. Understand that your present state relates directly to changes in the outside world. Learn to look at the/your inner world and see how the two relate—as within so without. Hold these Sabbats as sacred times of worship and divine instruction. Learn more about the God and Goddess and your unique relationship with them.
Silliness – Murphy’s Laws Of Combat
– If the enemy is in range, so are you.
– Incoming fire has the right of way.
– Don’t look conspicuous, it draws fire.
– There is always a way.
– The easy way is always mined.
– Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammo.
– Professionals are predictable, it’s the amateurs that are dangerous.
– The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions: a. When you’re ready for them. b. When you’re not ready for them.
– Teamwork is essential, it gives them someone else to shoot at.
– If you can’t remember, the claymore is pointed at you.
– The enemy diversion you have been ignoring will be the main attack.
– A “sucking chest wound” is nature’s way of telling you to slow down.
– If your attack is going well, you have walked into an ambush.
– Never draw fire, it irritates everyone around you.
– Anything you do can get you shot, including nothing.
– Make it tough enough for the enemy to get in and you won’t be able to get out.
– Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself.
– If you are short of everything but the enemy, you are in a combat zone.
– When you have secured an area, don’t forget to tell the enemy.
– Never forget that your weapon is made by the lowest bidder.