It’s supposed to be windy today. Sunlight’s a bit thin. Mostly high cloud, but some bits of what might be leftover fog and marine layer. 62F, wind at 69mph and gusting well into the teens, already. AQI35, UV7. Wind tomorrow, too.
Yesterday’s Herbs workshop went well. We had an extra person who is only here for a visit. Mostly we worked on frankincense, talking about quality and how to grind it, and talking about kyphi recipes.
I collapsed after class. I only stayed conscious for a couple of hours, by talking to customers and then Tempus chased me into the back to snooze and I woke up after 6pm! He said we weren’t all that busy and he had managed to handle it. He would have waked me if anyone had been in for Sewing.
So during the evening I finished that piece of embroidery for Sioned and realized that there wasn’t enough summer left to sew it up and then mail it… Hmmm…. so I’m going to wait until spring and see what size she is and make it up, then. I did sew up a small bag with an embroidered insert that I’m going to finish today.
Tempus made a delicious chicken salad for supper with a lot of the greens and herbs from our plants, some of the sauerkraut (the first batch) pickled beets and a little cheese. We kept working until late. I think he was doing paperwork.
Today’s feast is the Opiconsivia, Roman Empire, a harvest festival of the goddess Ops Consiva, ‘Lady Bountiful the Planter’, whose shrine was in the Regia at Rome. This is one of the series of Roman harvest feasts in this month. Originally a Sabine goddess, Ops (‘plenty’, from which we get the word ‘opulent’) was a fertility deity and earth-goddess in Roman mythology, associated with Bona Dea (the ‘Good Goddess’). Her husband was Saturn, or Consus, perhaps in an aspect of Saturn. Ops was worshipped under the name of Consivia today by the Vestal Virgins, who opened a special room filled with sacred objects to perform their rites to ensure the fertility of the earth. Today only the Vestals and one of the pontifices could be present. Because her abode was in the earth, she was invoked by worshippers while they were seated and touching the ground. Both Ops and Consus were deemed chthonian (infernal) deities which made the vegetation grow. On August 10, a festival took place in her honour, and the Opalia was held on December 19. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiconsivia
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
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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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 8/25 at 3:37pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 8/28 at 3:37pm.
Jupiter has been heading eastward relative to the background stars ever since it reached its stationary point August 11. This slow motion gives observers multiple chances to see the planet skirt the edge of the 10th-magnitude globular star cluster NGC 6235. Jupiter remains silhouetted against the cluster’s southern perimeter from this evening through the 27th. Although the giant world’s brilliance renders NGC 6235 barely visible through most telescopes, imagers should be able to capture both.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should cross the planet’s central meridian tonight around 11:37 p.m. EDT; 8:37 p.m. PDT. Then 46 minutes later, watch Ganymede disappear behind Jupiter’s preceding limb.
Mars reaches the farthest point in its orbit around the Sun at 9 p.m. EDT. At this so-called aphelion, the Red Planet lies 154.9 million miles (249.2 million km) from our star. Mars is now lost in the solar glare, but it will return to view this fall to start an impressive apparition that will culminate in October 2020.
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
Su 25 Low 2:54 AM 0.6 6:31 AM Rise 1:03 AM 38
~ 25 High 9:27 AM 5.0 8:05 PM Set 4:40 PM
~ 25 Low 2:24 PM 3.2
~ 25 High 8:33 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – HAPPINESS is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.
25 ~ Religion is about creation, and for that reason religion should be about the earth. – Laurie Cabot
~ If you already know how to make your dream come true, then you’re thinking too small. – Jack Canfield
~ If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead. – Johnny Carson
~ Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father. – Lydia M. Child
Silence again. The glorious symphony
Hath need of pause and interval of peace.
Some subtle signal bids all sweet sounds cease,
Save hum of insects’ aimless industry. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)
Mabon Magick – Lore – The Autumn Equinox
The Autumn Equinox begins the first day of Autumn approximately on this date. This is the day of the second festival of the harvest. The major festivals are: the Festival of Dionysus, Cornucopia, and Wine Harvest. During this time the energy on the planet changes, this energy is called life-force energy or Universal energy.
Mabon or Autumn Equinox is the second harvest festival. Like Spring Equinox, Autumn Equinox is a balance of night and day and light and dark, but now we are moving from light into darkness, from warmth into cold.
We gather in the harvest of summer, and prepare for winter. Everything in nature is constantly giving to and receiving from everything else. When we receive gifts we give thanks, and try to give something back. It is a part of keeping the balance. As we are gathering in all the gifts of the Goddess, fruits, nuts, grains, and blessings, we also try to give something back, to make an offering, to express our thanks by doing a good deed, leaving fruit and honey out for the fae folk, or cleaning our yard.
This is also a time to look back at all the things and people we have to be thankful for. It is also a time to take stock of ourselves, and see how much we have grown and changed throughout the year.
At Mabon the Mother of the Harvest becomes the Old One, the wise grandmother who teaches us to rest after our labors. We also honor the Goddess Demeter, who is Goddess of all growing things, and Her daughter Persephone, who becomes Queen of the Under World at Mabon. As Persephone descends into the Under World, Demeter covers her face, and all living and growing things die until Persephone returns at Ostara.
At this time the God is Mabon, son of Modron, which means Son of the Mother. He is hidden from the world of light. He is the spirit of the grain being taken to the store house. Like Persephone, he is a bridge between this world and the Otherworld. He is a link between the living and dead. He is freedom. He protects all that is wild and free.
Foods – cornbread, wheat products, bread, grains, berries, nuts, grapes, acorns, seeds, dried fruits, corn, beans, squash, roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc), apples, pomegranates, carrots, onions, potatoes, wine, ale and ciders.
Herbs – hazel, corn, acorns, vines, ivy, cedar, passion flowers, honeysuckle
Incenses and oils – benzoin, myrrh. pine, frankincense, jasmine, cinnamon, clove.
Colors/Candles – brown, green, orange, red, deep gold, scarlet, yellow, maroon, purple, violet and indigo.
Gemstones – yellow agate, carnelian, yellow topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli and amethyst.
Goddesses – all Fruit and Vegetable Deities, Harvest Deities, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres The Muses (Greek), Pamona (Roman).
Gods – All Wine Gods, Gods of Fruits, Dionysus (Roman), Bacchus (Greek), Thoth (Egyptian).
Symbols and Altar decorations – autumn leaves and autumn flowers, marigolds, gourds, berries, pine and cypress cones, acorns, a small statue or figurine representing the Triple Goddess in her Mother aspect and other corresponding deities. All harvest symbols, corn, red poppies, nuts, grains, leaves, oak sprigs, wreaths, vine, grapes,
cornucopia, horns of plenty, apples, grapes, vines, garland.
Activities to celebrate Autumn Equinox
- Have a thanksgiving feast.
- Can and preserve fruits and vegetables.
- Decorate Cornucopias
- Hang dried ears of corn on the front door.
- Serve wine in honour of the God and beans and squashes in honour of the Goddess.
- Call upon the elementals and honor them for their help with (N-earth) home and finances,
- (E-air) school and knowledge, (S-fire) careers and accomplishments, (W-water) emotional
- balance and fruitful relationships.
- Tend your garden, thanking the plants and flowers for their abundance, harvesting whatever is ready, collecting seeds and leave an offering.
- Make a mandala of seeds and grains on the ground, as a gift for the animals and birds.
- Bake a loaf of bread or cookies in the shape of a sun or with a sun design.
- Gather donations of food and/or clothing for a favorite charity.
- Decorate your altar with leaves, acorns, berries, and other things symbolic of nature’s bounty.
- Some chose to sprinkle Autumn leaves around the house as decoration, the leaves can be dipped in paraffin and put on wax paper. After the leaves dry, they may be placed around the house or in large jars with sigils of protection and/or abundance carved lightly into them.
- Spellwork for protection, wealth and prosperity, and security, include spells that will bring into balance and harmony the energies either in a room, home, or situation.
- Make a beverage of: hot apple cider. Apple rules the heart, cider alone is a self-love potion. Spice it with a stick of cinnamon, ruled by Jupiter and the Sun. It also makes the house smell wonderful