Clear, 54F, wind at 1-7mph and gusting, AQI33, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. TOday should be mostly clear and in the low 60’s. Temps are going to climb up to 70 on Saturday and Sunday and then slack off. Pretty much sunny and dry for the rest of the 10-day.
Yesterday didn’t go too well for me. For some reason, and it started the night before, I was dealing with intense pain in my face. It was inside, like sinus pain, but enough to make me weep occasionally. It finally started to ebb late in the day, but it cost me sleep the night before and made it really hard to concentrate. Tempus ended up minding the shop.
He was busy enough that his lunch sandwich took until 7pm to finish eating! Linda stopped by for a couple of masks… and yes, we have some really nice ones in pretty fabrics and for just $5 each…as always you can have 6 for the price of 5. She said hi to me where I was working in back, putting an order together.
I kept working, but didn’t get all that much useful done. I mostly did small sewing projects, working on the doll and some small pouches….things where I didn’t have to think and eventually got my “cookie” pillow out and did some braiding for decorating the doll. I got my Spoonflower fabrics and I need to get those sorted out, fix the ones that don’t quite work and get the ones that do set up for sale. I just couldn’t concentrate. I’m getting this out early, so I can try to sleep.
Today we’re probably going to sleep in. I’m really hoping that Tempus will, since he’s been going *way* short. We’ve got plants to water and a couple of orders to go out, bills to pay, that kind of thing and Tuesday is bulk route as well as the Oregonian.
Chesapeake Bay memories – Crabbing as a kid…. just a dip net, wearing a swimsuit, an oversized t-shirt and a hat, old, raggy, tenny-runners and towing either a bushel basket with a lid or our rowboat… wading through the Bay grass in shallow water and scooping up the crabs. I used to love the fried-in-butter softcrab sandwiches that were my reward from my grandmother for catching enough for supper. I’m drooling thinking about one….
There’s a beautiful article about trot-lining for blue crab on the Chesapeake Bay here: http://beautifulswimmers.tumblr.com/post/93804764024/trotlining
Today’s Feast is the Puck Fair in Killorglin, Ireland. A goat gets crowned King Puck and set in a cage up high for the duration of the fair. The story I like about the origin of the fair was that a goat, running away from Cromwell’s army alerted the village that something was wrong. The fair dates to the 1600’s at least, even if it’s claimed to be ancient. The Puck Fair is in Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puck_Fair
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! When we’ve had a summer rain, they often re-bloom in late August or early September, sometimes lasting through into November. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
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. 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 8/14 at 10:42am.
Last-quarter Moon occurred last night at 9:45 P.M. PDT. Just like First Quarter Moon, now is a great time to look at features along the terminator dividing night from day on our satellite. In this case, however, the early morning hours are the best time to observe the Moon, as it rises before midnight and sets this afternoon, then won’t rise again until after midnight on the 12th. For Northern Hemisphere observers, some of the best features visible through binoculars or a small scope during this lunar phase are the dark, smooth Mare Imbrium and Mare Nubium; the bright, rayed crater Copernicus, and the sweeping line of the Apennine Mountains. Other large craters you may spot include Plato, Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus, and Arzachel. In the rugged lunar south, Clavius may stand out as a large crater with several smaller craterlets creating a swooping curve within it.
The Perseid meteor shower should be at its strongest late tonight. But the Moon (in Taurus) rises around midnight, and its light will interfere somewhat during the prime meteor hours from midnight to dawn. So you might do best before then, from about 11 p.m. through moonrise. Layer up warmly even if the day was hot; remember about radiational cooling under a clear, open sky! A sleeping bag makes good mosquito armor, and use DEET where you remain exposed.
Bring a reclining lawn chair to a dark, open spot where no local lights get in your eyes. Lie back, and and gaze up into the stars. Be patient. As your eyes adapt to the dark, you may see a meteor every minute or so on average as night grows late. You’ll see fewer under light pollution, but the brightest ones will still shine through.
The best direction to look is wherever your sky is darkest, usually overhead. The shower’s radiant (the meteors’ perspective point of origin, if you could see them coming from far away in space) is in northern Perseus under Cassiopeia. But the meteors only become visible when they hit the upper atmosphere, anywhere in your sky. Gianluca Masi’s live feed from Europe starts at 22:00 UT (6 p.m. EDT). Here’s the International Meteor Organization’s activity graph of the shower so far, based on meteor watchers’ counts, done by carefully standardized methods, coming in from around the globe.
Venus (magnitude –4.5, moving across the top of Orion’s Club into the feet of Gemini) rises in deep darkness about two hours before dawn begins. As dawn gets under way, Venus blazes brightly in the east. To its right or lower right is the main pattern of Orion. The brightest star high upper left of Venus is Capella. In a telescope Venus is near dichotomy, just about half lit.
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).
Tu 11 Low 12:45 AM 1.6 6:15 AM Set 2:15 PM 58
~ 11 High 6:36 AM 4.8 8:27 PM
~ 11 Low 12:11 PM 2.4
~ 11 High 6:41 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The death of something can become your greatest strength.
~ Everything you buy, think, say and do is a statement of what you believe you are worth. – Alan Cohen
~ Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
~ Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one’s enemies. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
~ Keep smiling and let Karma take care of the revenge!! – Debi Tumlin
Buttercup nodded and said “Good-bye,”
Clover and daisy went off together,
But the fragrant water-lilies lie
Yet moored in the golden August weather. – Celia Thaxter (1835–94)
Courting the wild–spending one to two hours each day in nature–is the author’s suggestion for how to remain sane and grounded in a stressful world; as a way to continually expand our compassion for all life. He suggest that by courting the wild we might be influenced by a beautiful and powerful force that moves us to live according to our values and visions. We can do this by finding our own “secret spot” as a place to begin learning about nature.
There is a magical, wild place near your home, accessible by foot, pedal, or bus; an undomesticated corner passed over and for now forgotten, where you can take time regularly to learn from nature. What draws your attention? Court the wild with these ideas to help you find and experience your secret spot:
The idea is this: you locate a spot in nature that invites you in. Then you return for an hour each day for a year. It is best if the spot is close to home so you can cycle or walk there. Are you wondering, “What am I going to do for an hour in the same spot every day?”
You can sit quietly and observe what’s going on. Your hearing or sense of smell might heighten if you close your eyes. Try taking ten minutes to focus on each sense: sounds, sights, smells, touch and intuition. While you sit quietly, what birds come in? What animal tracks, webs or feathers arrived since yesterday? What interactions between species do you notice? How do you feel in relation to this place? Maybe you want to let go of thoughts, plans, and worries and remain present to each passing moment.
You can keep a journal, write poems and stories, or make detailed observations. Draw a map of a 20′ by 20′ area; learn every plant and animal there.
Copyright: Adapted from Radical Simplicity by Jim Merkel
New Society Publishers, 2003
Copyright (c) 2003 by Jim Merkel
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: What do baby corns call their daddy? Answer: Popcorn.