Partly cloudy 52F, winds are calm, AQI36, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. It should be right around 60F today. It looks to cloud up before sunrise, but to burn off by lunchtime. It should stay sunny over the next few days, hitting a high of 72 on Saturday with the increasing wind that goes along with higher temps, but then easing back off after that.
Yesterday was a pretty quiet day. Both of us slept, a lot! We were catching up from last week, which just didn’t seem to have enough hours in it. We weren’t even at the shop with the doors open except from about 5 to a bit past 7pm. I got some projects pulled down and sorted and packed the Sioned box and watered plants along with “growing” a “dinosaur egg”, which we have some of, now. They’re a cute little impulse buy. Put ’em in water and in 48 hours you have a dinosaur. …and just a dollar.
When Tempus took off to start the bulk route I was in bed with embroidery and sewing projects. I’m getting places on the doll, finally. I worked on the “baby” and got the swaddle stitched in place. Next is to stitch on the band that I braided Sunday to Monday. I found some more of my floss to use for making more of the sennits. …and the doll needs a braid for her hair. Hmm….
Tempus got the ziploc bags, so I can package more of the masks and finish getting those set out for sale. I’m hoping to do some cookery, although it won’t be lemon curd. They didn’t have any lemon juice and Tempus hates juicing actual lemons, and my wrists aren’t up to it… I guess I’ll be trying to do the almond tarts, maybe? Finally? …and maybe some jam tarts too? 🙂
Today we have some cleanup to do at the shop. Pulling things out over the tail end of our week has left stuff in all the wrong places! There’s more watering, too, but we’re going to sleep until we’re not tired, first, so goodness knows when we’ll start on all of that! I have more to do on the Spoonflower fabrics, as well and I want to get that finished while I can access the Corel program.
Wow, I’ve got this done and it’s not midnight, yet…. well, I’m thinking about going to bed early, the way I did last night, so I’ll get this out and then see what happens.
Today’s Feast is the Lychnapsia, the “lights of Isis”. There are two stories in the Isis myth associated with this. One is that this day is her birthday and people lighted the lamps in her honor. The other the lamp that she carried while searching for the pieces of her husband’s body. More on the myth here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis
“At the times when they gather together at the city of Sais for their sacrifices, on a certain night they all kindle lamps many in number in the open air round about the houses; now the lamps are saucers full of salt and oil mixed, and the wick floats by itself on the surface, and this burns during the whole night; and to the festival is given the name Lychnocaia (“Lamp Lighting”). Moreover those of the Egyptians who have not come to this solemn assembly observe the night of the festival and themselves also light lamps all of them, and thus not in Sais alone are they lighted, but over all Egypt: and as to the reason why light and honour are allotted to this night, about this there is a sacred story told.” – Herodotus, Histories, Book II, Chapter 62
“The 4th-century-CE Calender of Philocalus lists a festival called the Lychnapsia Philocaliana on August 12th. As you may be able to guess, it was a lamp-lighting festival. The scholars who have studied it seem reasonably certain that it was an Isis festival because a.) the August 12th date of this lamp festival is at roughly the same time as the great Egyptian Festival of Lights at the epagomenal birthdays of the Deities, b.) Isis was extremely popular in Rome and anything Egyptian would have been considered Isiac as well, and c.) there are “Egyptian Days” designated on the calendar several days before and several days after the Lychnapsia.” http://isiopolis.com/
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire– These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Solar spells: Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
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 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.
The well-known Perseid meteor shower peaks this morning with a maximum rate of 100 meteors per hour. These spectacular meteors come from the trail of debris left by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the Sun every 133 years.
The shower’s radiant is high in the northeast around 2 A.M. local time. With the relatively bright Last Quarter Moon nearby in Aries, you will likely see rates much lower than the expected maximum. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth taking an early-morning stroll outside — the Perseids streak into our atmosphere at nearly 40 miles per second and bright meteors often leave behind long, glowing persistent trains.
The Big Dipper hangs diagonally in the northwest after dark. From its midpoint, look to the right by about three fists at arm’s length to find Polaris (not very bright at 2nd magnitude) glimmering due north in the same place as always. Polaris is the end of the Little Dipper’s handle. The only other Little Dipper stars that are even modestly bright are the two forming the outer end of its bowl: 2nd-magnitude Kochab and 3rd-magnitude Pherkad. On August evenings you’ll find them to Polaris’s upper left (by about a fist and a half). They’re called the Guardians of the Pole, since they ceaselessly circle around Polaris throughout the night and throughout the year.
Venus reaches greatest western elongation (46°) at 8 P.M. EDT. The planet remains an early morning object, however, so the best time to view it is in the hour or two before sunrise.
Saturn’s largest moon Titan is visible in a 3-inch telescope at magnitude 8.5. This evening, find it four ring-lengths west of Saturn. Can you make out its orange tint?
The thick waning crescent Moon rises around 1 a.m. with orange Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus, only about 3° to its lower right. By early dawn Thursday morning, they’re high in the east-southeast — with Orion below them and brilliant Venus to their lower left.
Mars rises in the east about an hour after the end of twilight. It shines bright (magnitude –1.2) yellow-orange near the Knot of Pisces, like a far-off bonfire. Where will it come up? Watch the horizon far below the Great Square of Pegasus. By early dawn Mars shines grandly high and bright in the south, a high-blown firespark. In a telescope this week Mars grows from 15½ to 16½ arcseconds in apparent diameter, bigger than at some oppositions! But we’re still speeding toward it along Earth’s faster orbit around the Sun, and we have a long way to go. When we catch up to Mars in early October around opposition, it will be 22.6 arcseconds wide. Mars is currently gibbous, 88% sunlit. Look for its white South Polar cap and subtler dark surface markings. To get a map of the side facing you at the date and time you’ll observe, use our Mars Profiler. The map there is rectangular; remember to mentally wrap it onto the side of a globe. (Features near the map’s edges become very foreshortened.)
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).
W 12 Low 1:49 AM 1.4 6:17 AM Rise 12:23 AM 49
~ 12 High 7:55 AM 4.6 8:25 PM Set 3:18 PM
~ 12 Low 1:04 PM 2.9
~ 12 High 7:30 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fear is temporary. Regrets last forever.
Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – Multicultural Connections- Write freely about what you think the following Native American proverb means: “Never criticize a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.”
~ Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it. – Horace Mann
~ It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
~ And do as adversaries do in law. Strive mightily but eat and drink as friends. – William Shakespeare, in The Taming of the Shrew
~ The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. – G. K. Chesterton
And from the hot field’s farthest edge
The cricket’s soft refrain
With mellow accent tells the tale
That August’s here again. – Helen Maria Winslow (1851–1938)
What is it?—
Near and far, its shape I see
Twelve miles from me over the sea:
The man of the little green boat
And his shirt sewn with red thread.
[A rainbow.] ~Scots Gaelic riddle (translated by Caitlin Matthews)
In the rainbow we see the beam from the eye of the sun, the spectrum of colors that pervade our world from end to end. Those who learn their own codes of color and its meaning discover ways of regulating their mood and appearance. For different people and cultures, these meanings and gifts can vary considerably. The whole rainbow spectrum of colors can be derived from ingredients in the natural world to create dyes: from the bold statement of red that grants courage, through the protective hue of orange, to the brightness of yellow that gives energy, the calming or harmonious shades of green, the joyful and sorrowful blues, the dutiful and responsible service of indigo, and the rare holiness of purple.
Color is an essential nourishment to our senses. If we are starved of color for any length of time, or our surroundings have tints that depress our spirits, we begin to feel very strange indeed. Color is an unappreciated joy that offers itself freely to all sighted people. The rainbow bids us remember and reacquaint ourselves with the beauty and gifts of its rich spectrum. Which are your favorite colors? Which ones do you not care for? What kinds of feelings and qualities do you associate with the rainbow’s spectrum of color?
Source: The Celtic Spirit: Daily Meditations for the Turning Year by Caitlin Matthews
Silliness – First Class?
A beautiful young blonde woman boards a plane to LA with a ticket for the coach section. She looks at the seats in coach and then looks ahead to the first class seats. Seeing that the first class seats appear to be much larger and more comfortable, she moves forward to the last empty one. The flight attendant checks her ticket and tells the woman that her seat is in coach. The blonde replies, “I’m young, blonde and beautiful, and I’m going to sit here all the way to LA.”
Flustered, the flight attendant goes to the cockpit and informs the captain of the blonde problem. The captain goes back and tells the woman that her assigned seat is in coach.
Again, the blonde replies, “I’m young, blonde and beautiful, and I’m going to sit here all the way to LA.”
The captain doesn’t want to cause a commotion, and so returns to the cockpit to discuss the blonde with the co-pilot. The co-pilot says that he has a blonde girlfriend, and that he can take care of the problem. He then goes back and briefly whispers something into the blonde’s ear.
She immediately gets up, says, “Thank you so much,” hugs the co-pilot, and rushes back to her seat in the coach section. The pilot and flight attendant, who were watching with rapt attention, together ask the co-pilot what he had said to the woman.
He replies, “I just told her that the first class section isn’t going to LA.”