Overcast. It was foggy for the later part of the afternoon. Tempus said it was kinda creepy, because he was gassing up the car when the first tendrils crept past and he thought it was the car! 60F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI30, UV8. 60% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. Rain showers and fog through noon (if we get any rain) and then it ought to clear up. I’m not expecting much. So far it’s all north of us and heading NNE. This afternoon…. lobster time…. The UV is still at 8 and it’ll be cool enough not to notice! Other than on Saturday, when we ought to see some wind, the forecast is pretty much sunny to mostly sunny, although the chance of nighttime precip starts climbing out at the far end of the forecast.
I worked on the baby books while Tempus was out on the paper route and had a potato/mushroom/garlic soup going the whole while, soup for the next couple of days. I forgot until that point that I had intended to harvest the fennel blossoms and seed for sausage and realized that I’d better do it today. I set up a tvarog to culture. In this weather it might even be ready to cook this evening. I did some cleaning up, mostly trying to find spaces for canning jars and such and then set up to do girdle cake kits. I was just finishing those when Tempus got home. That’s a lot more energy than I’ve had in a while!
I tried to get back up around 11. Didn’t work. So I got up with Tempus, 2-ish. Initially, I had a lot of trouble waking up. I did a class on Roman earrings. He went over to the PO and we got the small scrying balls and a couple of cute salt/incense spoons! I also got several things for Sioned.
We got the shop opened up to air. After I was done checking things in, I got the fennel harvested, but the buds were really buggy for some reason, so that took a bit. I vinegar-washed them and then rinsed and put them by. I went in back to get back to work on the baby books and remembered that I had to have Tempus’ help to find my interfacing. I spent a little while sewing on other things and ran out of oomph. Tempus went to sleep on the sofa.
I never did get my interfacing and the fabric so that I can finish the one of my dresses. He totally forgot and I faded out. He left before 2 and I was working on this. We should be open on time today. I’m probably still going to work in back, since my hearing is still bad. We’ll probably stay open until about 7, since tonight is a bulk route first and then the Oregonian.
Today’s Feast is Hiroshima Day, the anniversary of the day the US dropped a nuclear bomb on this city. Sadako did not live to finish her 1000 cranes, but ever since, people fold them for her intent for life and peace. May we each fold 1000 cranes in our intentions, not for our own blessing, but that of our people and our world.
The Peace Memorial with strings of cranes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_and_the_Thousand_Paper_Cranes
So, the Flanders Poppy, Papaver rhoeas is today’s plant. It is an agricultural weed, also called “corn flower”, associated with crops since the earliest beginnings of agriculture, since it flowers abundantly in disturbed ground, such as at plowing, and then will flower and seed before the crops are harvested. This is how the poppies sprang up so quickly in the cemeteries of Flanders, as the dead soldiers were interred. These are not the same as the opium poppy Papaver somniferum. The Flanders Poppy and the White Poppy are the two associated with war and worn as symbols, the red poppy meaning the honoring of the dead soldiers and the white, the hope for peace. It is also associated with headaches, both from inhaling the scent and from the headaches from too much crying, from which the folk name, “Head Waak” (pronounced “whack”) comes. –Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos & Demeter – Poppies have been associated with sleep far more than death up until this past century and also with wealth. They are often used in magics to aid sleep. as an ingredient of dream pillows. In wealth & fertility magicks, the abundant seeds are eaten and carried to attract luck and money. A gilded poppypod can be worn as a necklace for the same purpose. They can be added to love foods and added to love sachets. The seeds are not the source of the addictive medicines, so are safe to carry. In more recent times, the associations with blood and death have started cropping up in spellbooks. Those are “goth” rather than witchy, so be careful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaveraceae
Love & Light,
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 8/18 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.
Low in the northwest or north at the end of these long summer twilights, would you recognize noctilucent clouds if you saw them? They’re the most astronomical of all cloud types, what with their extreme altitude and their formation on meteoric dust particles. And they’re fairly rare — though becoming more common in recent years as the Earth’s atmosphere changes. See Bob King’s Nights of Noctilucent Clouds.\
The Moon passes 4° south of Neptune in Aquarius >>>> at 8 A.M. PDT. By late evening, the pair are 7° apart, with the Moon at the edge of the border between Aquarius and Cetus. Like Ceres last night, it may be hard to spot the dim planet (magnitude 7.8) amidst the Moon’s bright glow. Instead, consider focusing in on our satellite tonight, with most of its face still visible and only 8 percent hidden in shadow. The large, rayed impact crater easily visible in the southern highlands is ^^^Tycho ^^^, which measures 53 miles (85 km) across. Scientists think it formed from an impact about 108 million years ago. Over time, the bright rays will fade with prolonged exposure to space, which includes bombardment by micrometeorites and particles in the solar wind.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is high in the east by midnight, some 20° to the celestial east of Mars.
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.
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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).
Th 6 High 2:28 AM 7.4 6:10 AM Set 9:07 AM 95
~ 6 Low 9:14 AM 8:34 PM Rise 10:31 PM
~ 6 High 3:40 PM 6.6
~ 6 Low 9:26 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Things will get better !
~ The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and ‘mangled mind’ leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict. – Elizabeth Drew (1935- ) US journalist
~ Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again. – Henry Ford
~ Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky. – Fran Lebowitz
~ A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
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)
Step 1. Fold an 8-1/2″ x 10″ piece of paper in half.
Step 2. Fold and unfold in half both ways to form creased center lines. (Note: be sure paper is still folded in half.)
Step 3. Bring corner (1) right to meet the center line. Be sure to fold from the vertical crease line.
Step 4. Bring corner (1) left till edges coincide, then make the fold.
Step 5. Bring corner (2) left and fold.
Step 6. Bring corner (2) right until edges coincide. Then fold.
Step 7. Cut on the angle as shown in the picture. Then unfold the small piece.
Step 8. Marvel at your perfect (we hope!) 5-pointed star! If your star is not perfect, take a fresh piece of paper (8-1/2″ x 10″ — not 8-1/2″ x 11″) try again!