Featured photo by Anja.
Yesterday just kept going sideways. Chores took *way* too long, to the point where the stuff for the kids just wasn’t going to happen. …and then Tempus took forever to get out the door, anyway. It was just one of those frustrating days that happen sometimes.
I needed to do some cooking, setting up the next batch of sauerkraut, but didn’t have room to work, even when he was done, much less to sew, so I took my bubble-suit embroidery into the back with me and alternately read and stitched, as usual.
I went with him on the Bayshore/Bayview/OldTown part of the route. It was very bright, even if the moonlight was mostly indirect. We got a couple of glimpses, but the clouds were thickening. It was pretty windy, not like winter, and none of the papers took off on odd trajectories, but enough to send cool breezes in through the open window of the car, even when we weren’t moving. When we came back through town the thermometer read 59F.
Once he’s awake we need to finish up the debris from Sunday’s doings at the shop and then get set up for our work week. I’m hoping to get some of the games out onto their shelf after I move the baskets.
It’s getting brighter outside and there’s some fog steaming up, now. …and he’s up, so he’s starting a bread loaf.
I also need to finish that embroidery, so I can cut out and sew up the bubble suit and get the whole box out to the kids!
Today is the Roman Feast of Consualia, the feast of Consus, god of harvests and underground grain stores. Consus’ altar was underground and kept buried for all by two days of the year, just like the seeds that he represents. He didn’t have any special priesthood, so sacrifices were performed on that day by priests of other gods. Games and races were held in his honor. It’s also a special day to honor horses and even tractors, those animals and machines that help us get in the grain harvest. In ancient Rome, horses were pampered on this day, given special foods, manes and tails braided up and hung with garlands before being paraded around and made much of. It sounds kinda like a State Fair! More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consualia
It’s also Bartle-tide, an odd commemoration of a thief or a giant and no one’s sure which! Some think it’s in honor of the Cerne Abbas Giant, a turf-cut figure, or the giant is in honor of the feast. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Witton
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus.A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1stnations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. –Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
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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 8/30 at 3:37am. 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 8/23 at 7:56am.
Different people have an easier or harder time seeing star colors, especially subtle ones. To me, the tints of bright stars stand out a little better in a sky that’s still the deep blue of late twilight. For instance, the two brightest stars of summer are Vega, overhead at that time, and Arcturus, shining in the west. Vega is white with just a touch of blue. Arcturus is a yellow-orange giant. Do their colors stand out a little better for you in late twilight? Could this be a contrast effect of seeing yellow, orange, or orange-red stars on a blue background?
Magnificent Saturn reached its peak six weeks ago, when it appeared opposite the Sun in the sky, and our view of the ringed planet remains spectacular. It resides among the background stars of Sagittarius the Archer, a region that appears highest in the south around 10 p.m. local daylight time and doesn’t set until 2 a.m. Saturn continues to shine brightly, too, at magnitude 0.3. When viewed through a telescope, the planet’s disk measures 18″ across while the dramatic ring system spans 41″ and tilts 25° to our line of sight.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is high in the south just before the beginning of dawn.
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 21 High 4:36 AM 5.8 6:26 AM Set 12:21 PM 76
~ 21 Low 10:41 AM 1.4 8:12 PM Rise 11:19 PM
~ 21 High 5:03 PM 6.7
~ 21 Low 11:39 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose belief in your dreams.
~ If our atmosphere is so extraordinarily different, so reactive, and yet it stays constant for millions of years, something must be regulating it. And since I knew that these gases all came from living organisms, it must be life that’s doing the regulating. – James Lovelock, The Gaia Hypothesis.
~ The instrument of torment was identity. As some philosopher said, identity politics is zoological. If we don’t see our partial struggles as part of a general project of human emancipation, we turn on each other and fight over crumbs. – Ken MacLeod
~ Health, Wealth, and Happiness attend! – Signora Francesca Testarossa de’ Martini
~ There’s only one reason why you’re not experiencing bliss at this present moment, and it’s because you’re thinking or focusing on what you don’t have….But, right now you have everything you need to be in bliss.” – – Anthony de Mello
Eruptive lightnings flutter to and fro
Above the heights of immemorial hills;
Thirst-stricken air, dumb-throated, in its woe
Limply down-sagging, its limp body spills
Upon the earth. A panting silence fills
The empty vault of Night with shimmering bars
Of sullen silver, where the lake distils
Its misered bounty.—Hark! No whisper mars
The utter silence of the untranslated stars. – E.E. Cummings (1894–1962)
HarvestTime – Pagan Studies
The bittersweet time of year is upon us. Gather the fruits of the season now: pumpkins, gourds, cranberries, and corn. Light candles of yellow for health, orange for sharing the harvest, and purple for deepening spiritual awareness. Hang a braid of garlic for protection from the coming winter. Make a simple grapevine wreath for your door, and entwine it with bittersweet stems. Fashion a new broom, or buy one from your favorite broom-maker, and place it outside your front door. On a clear breezy day, make a clean sweep of the house in a widdershins direction. Open windows and hang out rugs and blankets. Gather fresh air energy into your space. Burn sprigs of rosemary for preservation and longevity. Clear out stagnant forces, and rededicate your home to peace ~: Karri Allrich
Crone’s Corner – Fall Equinox (Mabon)
The Fall Equinox or Meán Fómhair is the Autumnal equinox, on or around September 21st.
It is the Neopagan equivalent of Thanksgiving, and the first day of the fall. It is at once the
winding down of things, but not the end. It can be linked to the move to maturity and preparing
for new stages of life or advancement it is the last great feast of the year and time to take stock.
Most traditions include final harvesting (symbolic or actual), stalk bundling, and preparing for the times that will come.
Feasts consist of stews, meats, pumpkins, wines, ale, and seasonal vegetables (mostly vine or root types.)
The deities honored my most traditions are “royal” or complex (with differing manifestations), such as Bran (sometimes Vran) and branwen – or Lugh and The Morrigan. Ancestors that complement these complex divinities can also be honored.
The plans that were made on Samhain should now have run their natural courses to completion.
Then, as the wheel of the year keeps turning, it’s back to Samhain…As previously stated, Not all Neopagan traditions will practice the same holidays in the same way or have the same views on them. Celebrate them in ways that seem right to you, even if you can only consider the symbolism of them, mark them in your own way. The Neopagan festivals are reminders of the Agricultural/natural cycle of life that we are now so far from. In a world were foods and goods are less and less seasonal, it is a nice way to re-connect.-And besides, Who doesn’t like an excuse to celebrate?