Quite thoroughly overcast, although the sun keeps breaking through. There must be several layers of clouds. 62F, wind at 5mph and gusting, AQI10, UV8. Of course it *did* rain, yesterday, all of 0.01 inches. 🙂 The long-range forecast is for more of the same, although it’s pretty hot in the Valley.
I spent some time working on headers, early on, so that Tempus could take them and get them printed while he was in Newport. We also talked over a shopping list.
He left mid-afternoon and ran his errands, then was in and out just before 6 and finally settled down after that.
I got calamus root headered, got the ocean spray ready for bagging and sorted a bunch of old headers, tossing the ones that were damaged or totally out of date. I have to cut the new ones this morning and then we can bag the lavendar/sage blend and put headers on the resins.
Before the Herbs workshop I want to get more of the incense bottles sorted out. I think we have enough ingredients to make a small batch of Clearing incense, which we’re totally out of.
Of course, Sewing is later, but for now I need to go sort incense stuff!
Today’s Feast is the Aomori Nebuta, a summer festival in Japan. It stems from events in the 800’s CE, but no one is certain which event/s it celebrates, anymore, but what-the-hey, any excuse for a party, eh? It’s a huge tourist attraction with several processions/parades of lighted floats and costumed dancers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aomori_Nebuta
Today’s Plant is Vanilla Leaf or Sweet-After-Death, Achlys triphylla, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achlys_%28plant%29. It grows all up and down the West Coast of North America and there’s another species in Japan. It was used as an insect repellent by the local peoples and has a strong vanilla scent if dried properly. It is used in Crossing the Bridge rituals along with rosemary and often placed in the hands of those who are Crossing or have just Crossed or in spells to ease their way.
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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 8/15 at 5:29am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 8/5 at 8:12am.
Mercury climbs out of the solar glare before dawn in early August on its way to a nice peak next week. This morning, the innermost planet rises 70 minutes before the Sun and climbs 7° high in the east-northeast a half-hour before sunrise. Mercury shines at magnitude 1.3 and may be hard to see without binoculars. Once you locate it, however, you should be able to glimpse it with the naked eye. Target the inner world through a telescope this morning, and you’ll see a 9″-diameter disk that appears just 19 percent lit.
The Big Dipper hangs diagonally in the northwest after dark. From its midpoint, look to the right to find Polaris (not very bright) glimmering due north as always. Polaris is the handle-end of the Little Dipper. The only other parts of the Little Dipper that are even modestly bright are the two stars forming the outer end of its bowl. On August evenings you’ll find them to Polaris’s upper left (by about a fist and a half at arm’s length). They’re called the Guardians of the Pole, since they circle around Polaris throughout the night and throughout the year.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is high in the southeast before the first beginnings of dawn.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for August – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-august-2019
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
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 3 High 2:17 AM 8.5 6:05 AM Rise 9:11 AM 4
~ 3 Low 9:06 AM -1.8 8:39 PM Set 10:40 PM
~ 3 High 3:32 PM 7.4
~ 3 Low 9:20 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Success and victory enter my life like welcome friends.
~ Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin
~ The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
~ Blood alone moves the wheels of history. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation
~ Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade. – Leo Buscaglia
Many swarms of wild bees descended on our fields:
Stately stood the wheatstalk with head bent high:
Big of heart we laboured at storing mighty yields,
Wool and corn, and clusters to make men cry! – George Meredith (1828–1909)
Summer Prosperity Spell – July 20th, 2006
Color of the day: Crimson , Incense of the day: Chrysanthemum
In July, the countryside throbs with life. Bees and hummingbirds are busy, and the air is scented with herbs and honeysuckle. This spell combines money-attracting herbs of the summer season to draw in abundance. Combine one part each of basil, dill, and mint. Finely chop the leaves and dry them on a paper towel, or heat them in the microwave for a few seconds on medium. Crumble together the herbs on a piece of cheese-cloth and tie it all up with green ribbon. Anoint three green candles with olive oil and light them. Holding the charm bag before the flames announce in a clear voice:
Herbs of protection, herbs of healing,
herbs of wealth,
Bring me just enough prosperity.
With harm to none,
So mote it be. By: James Kambos
Dog Days of Summer Energy Booster Bags – August 14th, 2007
Color of the day: Gray , Incense of the day: Honeysuckle
As we come to the hottest part of the summer, it is always good to remember that plenty of liquids, especially water, will replenish our bodies and keep us balanced. Also, fresh fruits and vegetables, served cold, are refreshing, add to our personal energy, and do not weigh us down like heavy meals do. You can also carry around small spell bags to boost your energy. Use blue tourmaline (indicolite) to increase spiritual energy. Blue tiger’s eye increases personal energy and strength. Rhodonite is said to restore physical energy. Pearls and moonstone help to balance feminine energy. Clear quartz is a good all-around attractant of universal energy. By: Boudica
Gypsy Journey Spell – June 30th, 2006
Color of the day: Coral , Incense of the day: Sandalwood
Aestas, goddess of summer, is honored today with flowers and sheaves of corn. This spell using the magical traits of corn and the waning of the Moon offers protection from accident and injury as we go off on summer holidays now. Light a new white candle and make a pan of corn-bread as follows:
1 1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tbl. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup oil
3 tbls. melted butter
Mix together ingredients, visualizing the blessings of Aestas. Bake in a greased eight-by-eight-inch pan in a 350 degree oven for eighteen to twenty minutes. Gypsies carry a piece of cornbread in their pockets to ensure safe journeys. By: Lily Gardner-Butts
From Arlys – Date: Fri, 6 Dec 96 23:25:58 –0600
I’ve been cleaning the lounge room of my house, which is where *everything* gets dumped by my SO, and 4 children (oh, and by me too, but I’m not admitting to that in public). There was a large washing basket full of unmatched socks in amongst the debris.
Now this, in itself, would not be so embarrassing, if it were not for the fact that there’s at least the same amount of socks in another basket hiding behind the washing machine.
So, while going through all these socks trying to pair them up, I formed a few theories.
Theory One: The Genetic Theory of Socks
* Socks which are rolled in pairs and kept in drawers do not produce offspring.
* Socks which are lying around loose will mate with the nearest sock, regardless of colour, length, fibre content, etc.
* The offspring of such matings is guaranteed to match no other sock in the basket. A blue sock that mates with a green sock will produce something that matches neither. white socks which mate with other white socks will produce matted/felted not-quite-white socks that are at least an inch different in length to the parent socks.
When these offspring mate (although some of them are apparently mules), they produce tiny single matted mittens and fingerless gloves that don’t fit anybody, and which lie in the bottom of the sock basket and look hopeless.
Theory Two: The Worm Hole Theory
The universe contains a finite number of socks, which constantly circulate through a series of sock-sized wormholes. Unfortunately the wormholes have a tendency to close after picking up one sock, without picking up its pair. The sock will then be deposited in a different sock basket somewhere else in the universe, while a stray sock from that location will be sucked up and deposited elsewhere. Pairs of socks that are found together against all odds should be rolled up, as this prevents all but the largest wormholes from picking them up.
This theory accounts for the fact that there are socks in the basket which you *know* you never bought.
Theory Three: The Conspiracy Theory of Socks
When socks are manufactured, by some clever means they are made in such a way as to appear matching until they are washed. On washing, one sock will stretch and the other sock will shrink. Coloured socks will lose their colour at different rates, and white socks will absorb some of the lost colours, but each sock of a pair will attract a different dye.
This accounts for the socks in the basket which are to all appearances identical except for either length or colour. There is no way to combat this phenomenon.
Theory Four: The X-files Theory of Sock Relocation
Somewhere out there in the universe there is an alien race which requires socks to live. These aliens are all around us, and when we are not keeping careful watch on our socks, they steal and eat them. Being small, they can only eat one sock at a time, and that is why only one sock of a pair will go missing. These creatures excrete the digested sock under furniture in the form of “dust bunnies.”
Theory Five: the Paranoia theory of socks
Tiny micro-recorders located in each sock record the wearer’s thoughts, words and deeds for a specific length of time, generally up to a month. The socks continue to record until they are full, and then tiny transporters inside the washing machine transport the sock to the <insert favourite control bureau here headquarters. Although both socks contain these micro-recorders, since they contain duplicate information, one sock is left behind as an archived backup.
Occasionally the micro-recorders in one sock will break down, and be deposited as lint on every other item in the machine at the same time.
Remember, the only way to combat this is to either wear shoes at all times, or to go barefoot. Wherever you go, your socks are watching you.
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