I spent some time in the afternoon using the new grinder. It’s really good. I got the bay and rosemary ground for incense. I got the last of the onion skins processed, too, although those only need to be chopped.
We finally know how we’re going to treat the antler rounds. I talked to a number of artisans during the day and got their advice. It looks like dremel, acrylic paint and clear sealer is the way to go.
We have a package to get out this morning and then I’m going to put the incense makings away for the week. After that I need to work on the compounding station, for awhile, and if my hands are up to it, make earrings….and write. I’ve got several blog posts to finish.
Today’s Feast is Waffle Day. An actual “feast” for once? Did you know that they go back to the Middle Ages and derive from communion wafers? I had no idea! Waffles, as we know them, go back to the early 1500’s, and there is a bewildering variety. I also didn’t know that Belgian waffles are not from Belgium. They were invented at a World’s Fair in the US and were called “Bel-Gem” waffles! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waffle
Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/7 at 10:31am.
The waxing crescent Moon hangs in the west-southwest as twilight fades. Look for Spica about 7° to its lower left (for North America). Much higher above the Moon is brighter Arcturus.
This week finds observers caught between the peaks of two nice meteor showers. The Southern Delta Aquariid shower reached maximum the night of July 29/30 and has started to diminish, while the Perseid shower is ramping up in preparation for its peak the morning of August 13. Last week’s New Moon means the morning hours currently remain Moon-free. You can tell meteors from the two showers apart by tracing their paths backward. Southern Delta Aquariid meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Aquarius the Water-bearer while Perseid meteors emanate from Perseus the Hero.
Mercury is becoming visible in early dawn, as it climbs up from the east-northeast horizon this week and brightens from magnitude +1.4 to –0.2. Use binoculars to look for it very low about 45 minutes before sunrise. It’s lower right of twinklier Pollux and Castor, as shown here.
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 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 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
M 5 High 4:06 AM 7.3 6:08 AM Rise 11:43 AM 18
~ 5 Low 10:35 AM -0.5 8:36 PM Set 11:38 PM
~ 5 High 5:01 PM 7.6
~ 5 Low 11:18 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – Listen to the morning sounds: bird’s songs; wind in the tree; the roar of traffic; children’s voices. What do these sounds convey to you?
~ Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness. – Rumi
~ I believe that you cannot go any further than you can think. I certainly believe if you don’t desire a thing, you will never get it. – Mother Charleszetta Waddles (1912-2001) US nun
~ I continue to create because writing is a labor of love and also an act of defiance, a way to light a candle in a gale wind: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word was God. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~ There is a saying in Tibetan, “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.” No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” The Dalai Lama
Drip drip the trees for all the country round,
And richness rare distills from every bough;
The wind alone it is makes every sound,
Shaking down crystals on the leaves below. – –Henry David Thoreau (1817–62)
Magick – Teenaged Witches And Pagans – http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=caab&c=teen&id=9746
Author: Lady Luna, Posted: August 7th. 2005 , Times Viewed: 1,408
I have been studying and practicing Paganism for many years and Witchcraft for many more. I have taught what I know and helped guide others for the past 2.5 years. Over this time I have discovered that teen Witches have an extremely hard time finding someone to guide them. Finding another Witch to talk to about experiences and new things learned is next to impossible. You go into a Witch or Pagan chat room and mention that you are a teenaged Witch and you will immediately be drilled with questions, and no matter what answer you give, you become labeled as “fluffy, ” “stupid” or “no nothing.” I know this because I have gone into chat rooms under different identities at different times, changing my answers to the questions they seem to ask every time to the answers they seem to want, yet it is not good enough for them.
School is not easy for a teenaged Witch, especially if you are out of the closet. Witches, like it or not, are not normal. We have gifts and never really “fit in” with the modern day teenager who is Christian or Catholic. I myself kept my distance from my classmates and other people I went to school with. It was easier than trying to explain to them that despite my differences, I was a kid just like them. Instead, I made friends with adults or teenagers when I was in elementary or junior high school. I related to them much better; I have what is known as an “old spirit” or “old soul.” I have talked to a lot of other teenaged Witches ranging in age from 14 to 19 and found they had stories quite similar to mine.
On top of that I have grown up with books such as Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings and with movies for both series of books along with Practical Magic, Charmed, Sabrina The Teenaged Witch and The Craft to name only a few. I have noticed that there are a lot of teenagers who see a movie and think that Magick and Witchcraft is just like in the movies or books, but it’s not. However, when someone asks another person for help, most people (not all, there are some people who are exceptions) don’t take the time to tell them that it is not realistic, so they continue to think that what they’ve seen is true. I have a hard time believing that unknowing teenagers are the ones to blame. Why won’t an adult who has been studying for a while explain to them why it is unreasonable to think that you can point a finger and make everything better? After all, they don’t know anything else. Why can’t an adult give these teenagers a chance? Help them by naming a good website which can give them good, accurate information? Most of the adults know how hard it is to find the truth about Witchcraft and Paganism when they don’t have someone who knows better to help them. We’re not looking for an easy ride, just a helping hand.
It does get better as you get older; it is almost as if when you have a birthday, you automatically know more and gain more respect. I think this needs to be addressed because I know many young Witches and Pagans who know more than a lot of adults I have met. There’s a saying: “You haven’t lived until you have lived.” You can sit on your butt for a year of your life and learn nothing, experience nothing, but if you get off your butt for a year of your life, you can learn and experience a lot.
Don’t get me wrong, I do realize and have seen that there are a lot of teenagers who, once they discover what Witchcraft and Paganism really are, back out, or they’re arrogant and refuse to listen to adults. This can be very trying to those adults who do in fact try to help teenagers. However, always remember, whether you help a teenager learn that Witchcraft and Paganism is not for them, or help them further what they already know, you are helping them. If they refuse to listen, then don’t help them, but give them a chance. Ask them questions, get to know them, and trust your gut.
I have now found a group of Pagans in my city who aren’t a coven, they are just a bunch of friends who get together and talk, about Magick or life in general. At first I was very hesitant to go back into the Pagan community. I had spent several years as part of a coven and found that it was very judgmental and hard to be a part of. I took a deep breath and met these people, they were very warm and inviting to me. They got to know me and I don’t think they made any preconceptions before getting to know me a little. They gave me a chance, and I am so grateful to them. I may be a high priestess, and I may know quite a bit, but I will be honest: I do not know everything, and almost every time I am with these people I learn something new, I feel I can be honest with them and I will not be judged, considered “fluffy” or a liar. I hope more people can follow their footsteps and open themselves up to teenaged Witches. After all, once all the adults pass over, who’s going to be the Witches on the earth? The teenagers and children of today.
Please note, I do realize that there are adults who do go out of their way to help teens, and I thank them so much for that! It is really appreciated, even if sometimes we don’t show our appreciation.
This has been published on the teenaged group Dagger Rose Teen Tower, and Calgary Pagan Newsletter Moonlit Muse http://moonlitmuse.cjb.net