Very grey and drippy… we’re a little early at the shop, since they’re banging around back at the house with the estate sale. 55F, Wind at 1mph, AQI 13, 0.02 inches of rain, just enough to make things damp and chill….
We had a lovely breakfast yesterday at the Salty Dawg. I had the ham benedict and it was really good. They don’t over-season, so Tempus thinks its bland, but I loved it. I also asked the cook to do my hash browns extra-crisp and he did. Tempus had the senior breakfast with bacon and french toast. We were tired enough to nearly put our faces in our plates, but it was good to go home and crawl into bed with a full tummy.
I woke up around 3pm and read for a few before I woke Tempus. We had heard, earlier, that we still don’t have a storage unit, but we should have tomorrow… I think that’s about the 5th time, it’s “tomorrow”, but well…. as long as we get it… but it put off moving the piano, which is a little squinchy and worrisome since we’re running out of time.
So we were been at the shop for several hours. Leslie stopped by to pick up some packing materials again, and we talked plants and seeds for a bit and her move. Gosh, we’re going to miss her! I’ve been doing newsletter set-up and Tempus is working on some e-mails to various people.
All evening was packing and washing…. Our usual chores, but kinda on steroids….
I finally started on the dishes and foodstuffs and box after box went up to the car. Most of those have to come in here to find a place for them. I figured it was going to be 3 boxes and the one large tote with the baking things. It ended up being 6 totes, plus a box.
Today, the shop is open, so I’ll be holding the fort while Tempus runs around. Some of the books have to be put away, still, or shelved. Tonight we have the paper run again.
Today’s feast is the International Day of the Disappeared. Too many people have vanished, whether kidnapped, taken by soldiers, gangs or armed thugs or sometimes just vanish after a natural (or unnatural) disaster. Sometimes their families never find them. Sometimes they find a grave. Sometimes only a rumor. It’s gotta stop! Find more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_the_Disappeared
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii(which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 9/9 at 11:01am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/2 at 7:37pm.
Now that the waning Moon doesn’t rise until nearly an hour after dark, you have a window of darkness to explore the telescopic double stars and open clusters in high Lacerta, the Lizard, using Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders column, charts and photos in the September Sky & Telescope, page 55. Do you know why the 17th-century creator of Lacerta also named it Stellio? Hint: not real stars.*
Saturn reached its peak about two months ago, when it appeared opposite the Sun in the sky, but our view of the ringed planet remains magnificent. It appears against the backdrop of northwestern Sagittarius, a region that climbs highest in the south as darkness falls. Saturn continues to shine brightly, too, at magnitude 0.4. Center the planet in your binoculars and you’ll see the Trifid Nebula (M20) 1.7° to the west and the Lagoon Nebula (M8) 2.2° to the southwest. But the best views come through a telescope. Even the smallest instrument shows Saturn’s 17″-diameter disk surrounded by a dramatic ring system that spans 39″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in Libra) shines in the southwest in twilight. It’s about 25° upper left of low Venus. Find Mars-colored Antares a similar distance 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
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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
Th 30 High 3:19 AM 6.7 6:37 AM Set 10:44 AM 89
~ 30 Low 9:35 AM 0.7 7:56 PM Rise 10:17 PM
~ 30 High 3:50 PM 7.1
~ 30 Low 10:10 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING!
~ We princes are set as it were upon stages in the sight and view of the world. – Queen Elizabeth I
~ The original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be imitated by none. – François-René de Chateaubriand, French writer, born on September 4, 1768; from Le génie du Christianisme (1802)
~ In his own way each man must struggle, lest the moral law become a far-off abstraction utterly separated from his active life. – Jane Addams
~ We are for this Australia, for the nationality which is creeping to the verge of being … – William Lane, Anglo-Australian labor leader and utopian socialist, born on September 6, 1861; The Boomerang, 1887
Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons: It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth. – –Walt Whitman (1819–92)
Pagan Studies – Harvest Necklace
The months of August, September and October are typically the time for harvest festivals, feasts and celebrations in the northern hemisphere. It is a time when many cultures and spiritual paths celebrate the bounty of the Earth, give thanks for the blessings of this bounty and honor their deities connected with Harvest and the plant spirits.
It is a good time for us to reconnect with the cycles of Nature and receive teachings from the nature spirits and plant spirits. Study some of the plant species in your area (foods, flowers, trees, etc) and then take a walk outdoors and try to identify these species. You will notice that some of these plants are beginning to set seed, and it is very interesting to look at all the different types of seed that exist in Nature!
You can create a necklace of seeds to wear during a Harvest celebration, or you may choose to use your “necklace” as an altar decoration or candle garland. You can collect seeds from outdoors that are large enough to string onto a necklace, or you can get seeds from the produce you buy at the grocery store. Apples, gourds, squash, and corn are all good sources for seeds. Always use uncooked seeds (for instance, never use cooked corn on the cob because the kernels will decompose on your necklace rather than drying). “Indian” corn can also be used, but since it is already dry you will need to soak the kernels in warm water until they are soft enough to string onto your necklace. Larger seeds, like buckeyes and acorns, can be used but they require the use of a thin drill bit to get a good hole in them.
Use a sturdy, sharp needle and a heavy string such as dental floss, beading string or hand quilting weight thread. I like to double my string so that the necklace is very sturdy. Once strung, the seeds will dry and they may shrink a bit so make your necklace longer than you would like to account for this shrinkage. Hang the strung seeds in a well ventilated room until the seeds are dry. You can make the necklace long enough to slip over your head or you can add a clasp on the ends of your necklace. You can also wear them wrapped around your wrists or ankles several times (bells can be added if you plan to dance at your festival). You may also wish to add bits of raffia or stripped, dry cornhusk by tying the bits around your string at different intervals. You can also add any type of charms or stones to your necklace that are used at autumn celebrations in your tradition…..perhaps half of a black walnut, to represent Owl/Wisdom/Goddess. – Written by ScryeWulf for the Magickal Crafts Newsletter
Silliness – Compliment?
Harold’s wife bought a new line of expensive cosmetics guaranteed to make her look years younger. After a lengthy sitting before the mirror applying the “miracle” products, she asked, “Darling, honestly, what age would you say I am?”
Looking over her carefully, Harold replied, “Judging from your skin, twenty; your hair, eighteen; and your figure, twenty five.”
“Oh, you flatterer!” she gushed.
“Hey, wait a minute!” Harold interrupted. “I haven’t added them up yet.”