Clear and 52F, wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI33, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. At one point yesterday afternoon we had some gusts into the 30’s! …and there’s more of the same today, although a little earlier, between 2 and 4pm. The next 10 days ought to be nice and sunny with temps climbing to a high near 70 on Saturday.
Yesterday I finally downloaded a trial version of Corel. It can’t wait. It’s been what, 6 months? I have crystals and herbs sitting waiting and I’ve had to chuck some because they got separated from labels. I spent several hours printing and then the ink started to run out. <sigh> I took a nap, but got up to check on the watermelon (in the dehydrator) and kept going until it was time to get to the shop. I got some time to work outside, but the wind was something else!
We did have people in today, one looking for cast iron teakettles. <sigh> Another who came in with a really bright 13-month-old got a bunch of herbs and candles. A friend posted that they’ve named their unexpected-in-August goat baby, “Spanish Inquisition”. Tempus made some garlic cheese and tomato toasts for lunch. Yum! I worked on plants and harvesting and photos for awhile. Eventually, I went in back and fried up a little bacon and onion and set up a girdle cake for each of us for supper and later put together an order to go out.
Today we’ll be back to our usual pursuits, although I’ve got a lot more printing to do. Tempus is going to be busy getting those cut out and set up. I may be bagging herbs. I know there are more already bagged, but I’m not finding them. There’s the usual Monday writing to finish up, as well and I still want to try making the almond tarts.
Today’s Feast is in honor of John Barleycorn, the personification of the harvest, the God in the Grain. The song goes back at least to the 16th century, at least in theme, but there are a lot of different versions out there and a lot of recordings, since the theme is an interesting conceit. A lot of people don’t think to break down the last name. “Barley” is obvious, but “corn” is the old word for “grain”, from before maize picked up the name. In the song, the barley grain is taken through the stages of growth, harvest, threshing, malting and being turned into beer as though it’s a person being: “cut off at the knee”, “threshed me skin from bone”, “bunged me in a vat”, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barleycorn A similar Scottish poem from the same time frame refers to “Allane”, (Ale – in) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quhy_Sowld_Nocht_Allane_Honorit_Be
Today’s plant – Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. –Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
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.
The Moon passes 4° south of Uranus at 5 P.M. EDT. Like Venus, the ice giant is also a morning object; two hours before sunrise, you’ll find it high in the east, glowing at magnitude 5.8 in the constellation Aries. At that time, the Moon is about 8° southwest of the planet and located in Cetus the Whale. Given the bright Moon, finding our seventh planet may be a bit of a challenge in binoculars or a small scope. It’s a mere 4″ across and should appear as a dim, “flat” star with a soft gray color. Although the Moon will stay in this region of the sky for several days, it will continue to wane and dim, so you may want to revisit Uranus in a few days to see if it’s easier to locate with less background light.
The brightest star high in the southeast these evenings, high to the upper left of Jupiter and Saturn, is Altair. Look for little orange Tarazed above it by a finger-with at arm’s length. Hardly more than a fist-width to Altair’s left is delicate Delphinus, the Dolphin, leaping left. Slightly less far above or upper left of Altair, look for smaller, fainter Sagitta, the Arrow. It too points left.
Today is 30th anniversary of the Magellan radar mapper’s arrival at Venus. Magellan was a keystone mission in our understanding of Earth’s sister planet, mapping 98 percent of the venusian surface down to features smaller than 328 feet (100 meters). You can find Venus in the east this morning, rising higher in the three hours before sunrise. It glows a stunning magnitude –4.5 and appears 24″ across. Its disk is nearly 50 percent lit. The planet is located in the northeastern corner of Orion, between Taurus (above it) and Gemini (below) on the sky. The Hunter’s familiar figure stretches southwest of the planet. In addition to the familiar three stars of Orion’s Belt, look for golden-hued Betelgeuse and bright, blue Rigel, the figure’s right shoulder and left knee, respectively. They’ll be easier to spot as the constellation rises higher in the slowly brightening dawn.
Old Farmer’s Almanac August Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-august-perseid-meteors-milky-way
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. 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).
M 10 High 5:30 AM 5.3 6:14 AM Set 1:13 PM 68
~ 10 Low 11:30 AM 1.7 8:28 PM Rise 11:57 PM
~ 10 High 5:58 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take every chance. Drop every fear.
~ Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice. We are uncommonly and marvelously intricate in thought and action, our problems are most complex and, too often, silently borne. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~ Every sin is the result of collaboration. – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
~ As an adolescent I was convinced that France would have to go through gigantic trials, that the interest of life consisted in one day rendering her some signal service and that I would have the occasion to do so. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
~ When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. – Arthur Conan Doyle
What wondrous life is this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass. – Andrew Marvell (1621–78)
They took a plough and plough’d him down,
Put clods upon his head,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn was dead.
But the cheerful Spring came kindly on,
And show’rs began to fall;
John Barleycorn got up again,
And sore surpris’d them all.
The sultry suns of Summer came,
And he grew thick and strong;
His head weel arm’d wi’ pointed spears,
That no one should him wrong.
The sober Autumn enter’d mild,
When he grew wan and pale;
His bending joints and drooping head
Show’d he began to fail.
His colour sicken’d more and more,
He faded into age;
And then his enemies began
To show their deadly rage.
They’ve taen a weapon, long and sharp,
And cut him by the knee;
Then tied him fast upon a cart,
Like a rogue for forgerie.
They laid him down upon his back,
And cudgell’d him full sore;
They hung him up before the storm,
And turn’d him o’er and o’er.
They laid him out upon the floor,
To work him further woe;
And still, as signs of life appear’d,
They toss’d him to and fro.
They wasted, o’er a scorching flame,
The marrow of his bones;
But a miller us’d him worst of all,
For he crush’d him between two stones.
And they hae taen his very heart’s blood,
And drank it round and round;
And still the more and more they drank,
Their joy did more abound.
John Barleycorn was a hero bold,
Of noble enterprise;
For if you do but taste his blood,
‘Twill make your courage rise.
‘Twill make a man forget his woe;
‘Twill heighten all his joy;
‘Twill make the widow’s heart to sing,
Tho’ the tear were in her eye.
Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
Each man a glass in hand;
And may his great posterity
Ne’er fail in old Scotland!