Daily Stuff 8-5-20 Waffle Day

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ceera Brandt. Minus Tide at 8:40 AM of -1.0 feet. The shop is closed today but open for limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday.

It’s mostly overcast and the street is damp, glisteny in the streetlights. 58F, wind at 0-1mph and gusting, AQI33, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and 60% tonight. It’s likely to be foggy for awhile after sunrise. The day should be partly cloudy with the clouds thickening up in the evening. The rest of the week should be mostly sunny to sunny. Highs in the low to mid 60’s.

Yesterday started watching the starship “hop” from a NASA feed. It had aborted yesterday and then they aborted the first try. …and then it aborted again…. I was having a lot of fun listening to the NASA spaceflight “tank-watchers”, though and it was really funny! …but I really needed to get some work done, so I shut that down and started on sorting some of our plastic-ware.

After that I really needed to put an order together, a lot of kits that have been kinda hanging fire…. and someone wanted several, but there were other things that needed to go first, since Tempus was still awake. …and then I overheated. Go figure. It wasn’t that warm, but I overheated to the point where I was dizzy! …. <sigh>

I spent quite awhile working at the computer, waiting for Tempus to wake back up and then I got sleepy, so I got a nap. By then he had bread going, had been to the PO and had stuff going at the laundromat. He headed out for the bulk route at around 7:30.

I spent a long while writing, nothing profitable, though. Eventually, I got the sewing machine pulled out and started on the books, first. …Baby books, one is Peter Rabbit, the other is fairies. They’re soft books with just pictures. I had to find my pins, so I could cut out the bubble suit after that.

Today we’re probably going to sleep in, since we didn’t, yesterday. I need to get more sewing done. There’re more in the dish crates and I need to finish with the plasticware sorting, and I’ve got to get that order out the door! I’m still not up to snuff, very low on energy, but I’m starting to actually be able to do things.

A different kind of visitor… Dragonfly by Ceera Brandt

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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

plant huckleberry Vaccinium_ovatum_3Today’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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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 8/18 at 7:42pm. 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 8/11 at 9:45am.

The exact midpoint of summer comes today at 1:08 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (17:08 UT). This is the halfway point between this year’s June solstice and September equinox.

Dwarf planet Ceres – The largest object in the main asteroid belt is Ceres. This natural-color view of the dwarf planet comes courtesy of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which orbited the world from 2015 to 2018. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

The magnitude 8 dwarf planet Ceres lies 4.5′ from magnitude 3.6 88 Aquarii tonight. The pair should be high enough to observe an hour before midnight, but the bright Moon nearby will likely hinder the view. Normally visible in binoculars, you may want to pull out a small scope to help you find the tiny world against the bright background. However, Ceres is moving quickly enough that its motion relative to the background should be noticeable from hour to hour. Keep an eye on it overnight and into tomorrow morning to see if you can spot it. If you’re still having trouble finding Ceres against the glare, try waiting a few days until the Moon has left the region to try again. Although Ceres is quickly fleeing 88 Aquarii, it’s still less than 1.5° from the star a week from today.

Jupiter’s non-Red-Spot side, imaged on July 26th by Christopher Go in the Philippines. South is up. Note the chaos in and around the dark North Equatorial Belt, especially on the left (celestial west; preceding) side. The smoother South Equatorial Belt is divided by a bright cloud line all along its middle. The central-meridian longitude (System II) at the time of the picture was was 221°. Writes Go, “I was fortunate to get enough data for Juno’s target area for PJ28,” the next close swingby (perijove) of NASA’s Jupiter orbiter Juno

Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.7 and +0.2, respectively) are a little past opposition. They loom in the southeast in twilight and pass highest in the south around midnight daylight-saving time. Jupiter is brightest; Saturn is 8° to its lower left or left. Farther to Jupiter’s right is the Sagittarius Teapot. High to the planets’ upper left, the brightest star is Altair. Keep up with the telescopic interplay of Jupiter with its moons and their shadows, and find all the transit times of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, in the Celestial Calendar section of the current month’s Sky & Telescope.

Old Farmer’s Almanac August Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-august-perseid-meteors-milky-way

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
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.

Sun in Leo
Moon in Pisces
Jupiter (9/12), Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Retrograde
Color: Yellow

Planting 8/5-6

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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).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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W    5     High   1:47 AM     7.7   6:09 AM     Set  8:03 AM      98
~     5      Low   8:40 AM    -1.0   8:35 PM    Rise 10:08 PM
~     5     High   3:07 PM     6.6
~     5      Low   8:44 PM     2.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Anything preying on my mind would starve to death.

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – Recall an unusual bus, train, or plane ride.

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Quotes

~   Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts. – Paramahansa Yogananda.
~   A good traveller is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveller does not know where he came from. – Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer
~   We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
~   Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you? – Fanny Brice

BESIDE the country road with truant grace
Wild carrot lifts its circles of white lace.
From vines whose interwoven branches drape
The old stone walls, come pungent scents of grape. – Katharine Lee Bates (1859–1929)

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Magick – Lupa’s Den: Practices for the Earthy Pagan

Over the years my writing online at Therioshamanism.com and elsewhere has wrapped itself around abstract concepts and theoretical discussions, stories and anecdotes and personal experiences. Here I’d like to have a little spot where I focus more on the how-tos, a sort of casual teaching blog. I’m a naturalist pagan, so look for some ways and means of working with the denizens of nature, spiritual and otherwise! (If you like what you see here, please feel free to visit http://www.thegreenwolf.com for more info on my books, online writings, etc.)

A Brief Guide to the Spirits Themselves – Posted by Lupa on Monday, 14 October 2013 in Culture Blogs

So far I’ve been spending my time here setting the stage for introductory spirit work. But what about the spirits themselves? Who and what are these incorporeal beings that we’re trying to communicate with in the first place? The answers to those questions, in complete, are much longer and more complex than I can cover in one article. So consider this a very brief and incomplete overview of some of the sorts of beings in the spirit world.

Ancestor Spirits: These are the spirits of humans who have passed away. Some people feel the ancestors still exist in this world with us, unseen but around us all the time. Others believe they inhabit their own afterlife-world, but can be called on for advice or help in times of need. Depending on who you talk to, any family member, friend, or other important person in your life can be considered an ancestor—in fact, since we are all of the same species we all share ancestors. Others are more strict, keeping it specifically to one’s own immediate family and direct predecessors. Ancestor spirits are generally seen as protective in nature, though they can be angered if not propitiated properly (and, not surprisingly, what is considered “proper” is not universal).

Nature Spirits: This is a fairly broad category, since it includes not just the spirits of animals, plants, and fungi, among other natural things, but also spirits which are more abstract representations of natural forces. For example, one of the main parts of my practice involves working with animal totems. These are not just individual animal spirits, such as a gray wolf or a least tern, but archetypal beings that embody all of the qualities of the species Gray Wolf and Least Tern. Some people also consider faeries and devas (often taken out of their original cultural contexts) to be nature spirits, though the fey are also often thought to have originally been ancestor spirits, and the New Age conception of devas has deviated quite a bit from its Buddhist and Hindu roots. (This, incidentally, is part of why mythology and other cultural materials need to be part of your spiritual research!)

Malignant Spirits: These get the most press in pop culture; “demons” and other “evil” beings are supposedly everywhere, trying to eat our eyeballs or steal our souls or otherwise wreak havoc. In my own experience they’re a lot less common than thought, and as I mentioned in my last post there are ways to get them to go away posthaste. Often “evil” spirits are those which feel slighted and are trying to stop whatever’s bothering or hurting them; for example, nature spirits whose homes are being destroyed may try to be destructive in turn on those responsible. (Even pop culture picks up on this, given the popularity of the “haunted building on top of an old Native American burial ground and populated by angry ghosts” trope in horror stories.)

Ghosts and Haunts: Opinions vary as to whether these are proper spirits or just the impressions of spirits that have moved on. These are often attached to a particular location, such as a house or road, and often display the same behavior and appearance over and over again. Connecting with these beings can be risky since such haunts are often created through traumatic deaths or those who died with great regrets, so working with them can open you up to a lot of spiritual angst, to say the very least! This is part of why ouija boards get such a bad reputation—a lot people try them out for the first time in a haunted place, and open themselves up to a flood of bad memories and emotions that have been locked into that location for many years. It’s not the board that’s to blame, though, but what they’re being used to contact.

Servitors and Other Created Spirits: Some spirits seem to have come into being as various animals, plants, etc. evolved in this world. Others have elaborate origin myths attached to them, sometimes entwined with human stories. However, human magical practitioners have also been known to create spirits to help them. Known as servitors (among other names) these can be as simple as a spirit to carry out a single task, or as complex as a spirit (egregore) created by an entire working magical group to be a functional mascot or guide. These sometimes have set lifespans; others are essentially immortal and may outlive their creators.

“Unaligned” Spirits: Sometimes people come into contact with spirits that don’t seem to be connected to any of the above groups, or to any particular other “flavor” of spirit. Sometimes all you have to go on is a name the spirit gives, and a quality it provides such as protection or healing. Sometimes they end up being servitors that gained enough independence to break free of their creators, or ancestors of families which died out. Other times they simply prefer to remain enigmatic and mostly anonymous, no matter their origins. While there are cases where malignant spirits pretend to be beneficial as a way to cause trouble, unaligned spirits shouldn’t automatically be suspect.

Do be aware that opinions also vary widely as to how safe it is to work with various groups of spirits, how best to treat them, how formal one’s spirit-related practices should be, etc. Since my specialty is in working with nature spirits, that’s where the next few articles will focus, and they will be firmly planted in my own self-create practices. However, feel free to adapt the material in them to work with your own preferred spirits if you like, and do research beyond just my writings here to see how others work with these beings.

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Silliness – To help you smile – I saw Arnold Schwarzenegger at the grocery store, and it was hard to resist asking him to say one of his famous movie lines… but… I played it cool and casually asked him if he knew where they stock the eggs. He said, “Aisle B, back.

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