Yesterday was a pretty good day overall, despite some problems. We had trouble getting moving so early, but we needed to get to Toledo in time to get Sash to work. It was a beautiful drive with the fog draped over the vistas of the ocean and mountains, even if I sat there, blinking, with my head hurting from being up so early….
By the time he was back I had done a bunch of dishes for Sash and a few for us, too, and started laundry. After we had lunch (he brought stuff for lunch.) I set up the first cakes, then got together the canning jars and such that had been left for Sash to chow the contents of. Apparently his (now ex) roomie had been chucking the rings and seals when they were clean, which means more $$’s we have to spend and the more ticked Sash is at her.
We got the laundry done and a 2nd baking of brownies and then it was time to go get Sash from work and run a couple more errands. By the time they were back things were ready to go. We’re hoping to have a whole day with Sash in the next couple of weeks, rather than just a day with his apartment. 🙂 He’s been promised one, but it hasn’t happened yet, this summer. 😦 Life in a tourist area.
So our kiddo has some yums and some food and some clean dishes to go on with, since we got home a couple of things from the grocery and left the sandwich makings along with one cake and some brownies. He’s been working really long hours and longer weeks. It makes up for shorter hours in winter, but he hasn’t really even had time to go shopping, much less get some Mom eats…. So Tempus is going to drop off a batch of stuff from our freezer on Thursday.
My biggest problem during the day was overheating. …and it didn’t get better when we got back to the shop. With the doors closed all day and the sun coming through the windows it was nearly 80F , even at 4am it wasn’t below 76… and I had been running a low-grade migraine all day. Which kicked up this morning to a full-scale one and the sunlight and fluorescents are really making me uncomfortable.
The papers didn’t come out until 10:30, so it was just about 6am when I got dropped off at home. I got to watch the day getting started. There was a solid mass of clouds until just the east side of the coast range, so dawn was a strip of light.
Tempus said the animals were all nuts last night. He had a couple of elk “materialize” in front of him and get paralleled by something leaping alongside the road that was patterned like a cow? Yeah, he was puzzled… There was a bear, at one point, out in the road, but it took off really fast. He also had a couple of suicidal possums tear across the road at one point and he told me about a cat that was firmly planted in the middle of a driveway that he needed to use. It refused to move until it was almost under the car, with him creeping slowly up on it, then sauntered off, glaring at him. …Then he threw the paper and he said that cat looked like it sprouted several extra sets of legs as it shot into the darkness!
…and today is the usual Wednesday where we got up late, but the mild migraine that I had yesterday was just a precursor. …pre-curse-er? So esbat has been called off for tonight and I’m heading back to bed as soon as this is up. Ow… even today’s featured photo is making things hurt….
Today’s Feast is from the Ferry Fair in South Queensferry area of Edinburgh, Scotland. The Burry Man walks through and around the town for one day right around this time. No one’s really sure where the custom originated, but it may be a scapegoat custom, as in some places it is done when harvests or fish runs are poor. The Burry Man wears a costume of local plants, mostly burs, which stick together and are prickly and uncomfortable. It takes around 11,000 burs to cover him up! He’s usually exhausted at the end of the day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burryman
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
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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. 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 at 8/16 at 5:27pm.
Full Moon tonight and tomorrow night. The actual moment of full Moon is 8:29 a.m. tomorrow morning EDT. So for evening skywatchers in the time zones of the Americas, both this evening and tomorrow evening qualify as “full moon” about equally. Tonight the Moon is in dim Capricornus. Tomorrow it’ll be just across the constellation border into dim Aquarius. Full Moon officially arrives at 8:29 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning, You can find it rising in the eastern sky around sunset and then watch it climb highest in the south by 1 a.m. local daylight time. It dips low in the west by the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky. The Moon lies against the backdrop of Capricornus the Sea Goat tonight, though its bright glow nearly drowns out the faint stars in this constellation.
Venus passes on the far side of the Sun from our perspective at 2 a.m. EDT this morning. Of course, the Sun’s glare totally obscures the planet.
Venus and Mars are out of sight behind the glare of the Sun.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for August – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-august-2019
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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 give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
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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 14 High 12:00 AM 7.6 6:18 AM Set 5:17 AM 97
~ 14 Low 6:59 AM -0.7 8:23 PM Rise 8:23 PM
~ 14 High 1:28 PM 6.3
~ 14 Low 6:55 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I act with purposeful awareness of abundance by giving thanks to my Divine Source of abundance.
~ Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~ Diligence is the mother of good fortune. – Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish novelist,in Don Quixote
~ When it seems that everything you do is wrong and everyone is against you–it is the most opportune time to wear your “I-don’t-give-a-damn” tutu and glide gleefully in the dance floor of “this is me and my life”. – Dodinsky
~ Goodwill is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy. – Marshall Field
Look! the round-cheeked moon floats high,
In the glowing August sky,
Quenching all her neighbor stars,
Save the steady flame of Mars.
White as silver shines the sea,
Far-off sails like phantoms be,
Gliding o’er that lake of light,
Vanishing in nether night.
Heavy hangs the tasseled corn,
Sighing for the cordial morn;
But the marshy-meadows bare,
Love this spectral-lighted air,
Drink the dews and lift their song,
Chirp of crickets all night long;
Earth and sea enchanted lie
‘Neath that moon-usurped sky. – Emma Lazarus (1849–87)
Making Bath Salts
Blending Bath Salts:
Aroma Therapy: Aromatherapy is the practice of controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual well being. As a holistic medicine, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active treatment during acute and chronic stages of illness.
Essential Oils: Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts distilled from a variety of plant material including leaves, flowers, needles, fruit peels, grasses, wood and roots. These oils, with the exception of Lavender and Tea Tree, should always be diluted in carrier oil before applying directly to the skin.
Dried Herbs: Many dried herbs possess the same scent and healing properties of their essential oil counterparts. Herbs are popular additions to bath salts and bath teas and look great in a finished product, one draw back is that it can be messy in the tub. A good option is to include an organza bag with your salts to use as a tea bag – the salts melt, the herbs seep in the hot bath water and once the bag dries it is easy to empty out the herbs and re-use the bag.
Carrier Oils: moisturizing vegetable oils are commonly used as a “carrier” for essential oils. Most essential oils are too strong to apply directly to the skin and should be diluted 12-30 drops to 1oz of carrier oil. Carrier oils are also combined with sea salts to create defoliant salt scrubs.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Adding hydrogen peroxide to bathwater increases oxygen available to the body. Hydrogen peroxide baths leave the body feeling alert and revitalized, like just after a rain shower. This gentle bath is antibacterial, antiviral, and cleansing to the emotional and energetic bodies. Add six ounces of food-grade hydrogen peroxide to a hot bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. Be careful in handling this concentrated solution of hydrogen peroxide as it can “burn” or irritate the skin. Diluted in the bathwater, it is fine for skin contact.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar baths restore a natural pH to the skin and hair, as well as rejuvenating and building up the body’s resistance. It helps restore acid mantle protection to the skin, which is lost from swimming and from routine use of soaps on the skin. It thus helps combat “unfriendly” bacteria, fungal overgrowth, and as helpful with vaginal and bladder infections. Apple cider vinegar baths are soothing to the skin, alleviating itchiness, poison ivy, and sunburn discomfort. As with all hot baths, it causes the pores to open and aids in general systemic detoxification. Make certain to use pure, unprocessed apply cider vinegar. Use 2-4 cups in a hot bath.
Sodium Bicarbonate: A hot bath with equal parts of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and sea salt assists in detoxification from exposure to heavy metals and radiation. It is also beneficial for cleansing the theauric field, and for soothing itchy skin. In combination, use 1-2 pounds of each. Sea salts is recommended, as opposed to rock salt or common table salt, which are depleted of nourishing minerals.
Citric Acid: Citric Acid is a key ingredient, along with Sodium Bicarbonate, for bath fizzies (recipe below). It is also great for making fizzy bath salts. The combination creates an effervescent blend that helps release the aroma of your essential oils into the air, creating an uplifting aromatic bath.
Colorants: FD&C dyes dispersed in liquid or glycerin are popular for adding color to bath salts. Herbs can also be used to create beautiful natural colors for your salts. Powdered Mica can create beautiful pearl essence salt.
Silliness – The Last Commandment
A Sunday School class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was.
Susie raised her hand, stood tall and quoted, “Thou shalt not take the covers off thy neighbor’s wife.”