It’s *really* foggy right now, and overcast. I’m hoping this doesn’t get thicker. 57F, winds are calm, AQI31, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. We should see some sun in the afternoon, but less than usual. There’s likely to be fog again tomorrow, and the chance of rain from late Thursday into Friday early morning is up over 60% of maybe 1/8 of an inch….. The rest of the 10-day is low to mid 60’s for temps and more cloud than sun.
Yesterday both of us groaned a lot, but we got the shop open on time. It was quiet for a couple of hours, then busy for awhile, but that died off to the “occasional” by around 4:30. Tempus headed out with the laundry, at that point. I had been writing and working on headers for crystals.
Around 5, it started getting foggy. We hadn’t had anyone in after 5pm, so I got the cheese tarts made. It only did 6…. and they sagged in the center, so the first batch were overfilled. They were yummy, hot, though. There was only enough batter for one more, so I cut up some little smokies and dropped those in the last pair to stretch it and filled the other two crusts with jam.
It was a good thing that Tempus got back when he did. We had another 7 people through in the 15 minutes before 8. Tempus and I got one cheese tart before that and one each of the cheese with little smokies, after. It was pretty darned foggy as it got dark. …and then I had the rest of the tarts to fridge, and not enough boxes, so we each *had* to eat a peach tart. Horrors. 🙂
I got a nap after that, then read a bit, then worked on cleaning up some of the mess that I’ve made over the last couple of days. Tempus was rumpusing around getting the trash out, since most of the cans were overflowing.
Yes, we’re starting Mabon Magicks today. Summer is waning, despite last weekend’s heat. The UV is down to 7 on sunny days, enough to burn, but less. The Perseids are pretty much over, and the fog is rolling in. It doesn’t feel as through summer has happened, yet, this year, but the Wheel is Turning into Fall.
Today we’re planning to sleep in a bit and rest up. I don’t know whether we’re even going to get to the shop until really late.
“The Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920. The Constitution allows the states to determine the qualifications of voters, subject to limitations imposed by later amendments. Until the 1910s, most states disenfranchised women. The amendment was the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, which fought at both state and national levels to achieve the vote. It effectively overruled Minor v. Happersett, in which a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment did not give women the right to vote. The Nineteenth Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1878 by Senator Aaron A. Sargent. Forty-one years later, in 1919, Congress approved the amendment and submitted it to the states for ratification. It was ratified by the requisite number of states a year later, with Tennessee‘s ratification being the final vote needed to add the amendment to the Constitution. In Leser v. Garnett (1922), the Supreme Court rejected claims that the amendment was unconstitutionally adopted.” – Wikipedia, More here: –https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution
Vetiver root – Vetiveria zizanioides, Chrysopogon zizanioides, vetyver, vertivert, khus khus or khus – This is a type of grass that grows long roots, deeper than most other grasses. Often woven into sleeping mats it also smells better than mothballs in sachets. It repels bugs and rats and, used wet, acts as a cooling scented curtain in hot climates. It’s used as a fixative in soaps, and lotions and can be used for acne and other
skin conditions. As khus syrup it is added to foods. Makes a great incense especially combined with sandalwood. – Feminine, Earth, Mercury, Capricorn – Uplifting. Helps get one through the times when nothing works. Calming for PTSD. Aids in deep sleep and good dreams. (esp. essential oil, called Oil of Tranquility). Helps in processing grief. Attracts money and repels thieves. Can be used to promote love in same-sex couples. More here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Chrysopogon_zizanioides
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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 7:42pm on 8/18. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 9/1 at 10:22pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 7:42 am on 8/20.
August is prime Milky Way time! After dark, the Milky Way extends up from low in the the south (where it runs between the tail of Scorpius and the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot), up and left across Aquila and through the big Summer Triangle very high in the east, and on down through Cassiopeia to Perseus now rising low in the north-northeast.
New Moon occurs today at 7:42 P.M. PDT. That makes it a great day to seek out dim objects that are too hard to see when the Moon brightens the background sky. If you’re in a dark location, one may immediately pop out: the gauzy glow of the Milky Way, stretching through Cassiopeia and Cygnus through Scutum, Sagittarius, and Scorpius. The Milky way is a spiral galaxy with an elongated, bar-like central bulge and several arms of dust and gas winding around it. Every star you see in the sky is in the Milky way, but what you’re seeing when you see “the Milky Way” in the sky is the plane of our galaxy’s disk, which is relatively flat (and which we are inside). The hazy light is actually from stars so numerous your eye can’t separate them, and instead they simply blend together into a soft glow. You may also notice darker patches, particularly in the south. It’s not that there are fewer stars in these patches, but that there is more dust, which blocks the starlight from shining through and makes these regions look dark.
If there’s too much light pollution to see the Milky Way, never fear — there are plenty of other dark-sky targets you can enjoy with binoculars or a small telescope. One of the easiest might be M13 (NGC 6205) in Hercules, often considered the Northern Hemisphere’s best globular cluster. It’s located about two-thirds of the way from Zeta (ζ) to Eta (η) Herculis, two of the four stars in the constellation’s Keystone asterism. To find the Keystone itself, find bright Vega in Lyra and Arcturus in Boötes; the Keystone lies about one-third of the way on a line drawn between these two stars. If you’re looking early in the evening, Zeta and Eta are the two Keystone stars closest to the ground; the constellation will rotate slightly as the hours tick by, until Zeta is closest to the ground and Eta is to its upper right. M13 is closer to Eta and covers a little over 16′. It’s easy to resolve with even a three-inch telescope. There are more than 100,000 stars in this ancient cluster, which sits roughly 25,000 light-years from Earth.
As August proceeds and nights begin to turn chilly, the Great Square of Pegasus looms up in the east, balancing on one corner. Its stars are only 2nd and 3rd magnitude, and your fist at arm’s length fits inside it. Down below it, glary Mars rises less than an hour after dark. From the Great Square’s left corner runs the main line of the constellation Andromeda: three stars (including the corner) about as bright as those forming the Square. The line extends left and a bit down. This whole giant pattern was named “the Andromegasus Dipper” by the late Sky & Telescope columnist George Lovi. It’s shaped sort of like a giant Little Dipper with an extra-big bowl, and it’s currently lifting its contents upward.
Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.6 and +0.2, respectively) shine in the south-southeast in twilight. They’re highest in the south, for sharpest telescopic viewing, around 10 or 11 p.m. daylight-saving time. Jupiter is the brightest; Saturn is 8° to its left. Lower right of Jupiter after dark is the handle of the Sagittarius Teapot, as shown at the top of this page. Follow 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 August Sky & Telescope, page 50.
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 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 18 Low 6:58 AM -1.3 6:24 AM Rise 5:36 AM 2
~ 18 High 1:26 PM 6.6 8:16 PM Set 8:35 PM
~ 18 Low 6:54 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Courage Does Not Always Roar
~ Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose. – Nancy Kerrigan
~ Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears. – Rudyard Kipling
~ There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. – Louis L’Amour
~ You can’t expect to attract positive experiences if you engage in habitual negative thinking! – Lesetz
Gently I stir a white feather fan,
With open shirt sitting in a green wood.
I take off my cap and hang it on a jutting stone;
A wind from the pine-trees trickles on my bare head.- Li Po (700–761)
Foods – Cornbread, Wheat products, Bread (especially whole wheat or multigrain), Grains, Corn, Beans, Rice, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oatcakes
Berries, Blackberries Grapes, Nuts & Seeds, (acorns, sunflower seed), Dried fruits, Apples (dried, baked, fresh or in cider) pomegranates, Squash, Roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc), Wine, Ale and, Cider, Grape juice
Herbs – hazel, corn, acorns, vines, ivy, cedar, passion flowers, honeysuckle, Apple, balm of Gilead, calendula, corn acorn, cypress cone, hazel, milk thistle, mugwort, myrrh, oak, orris root, passion flower, pine cone, rose, sage
Incenses and oils – benzoin, myrrh. pine, frankincense, jasmine, cinnamon, clove. Myrrh, Sage, Pine, Frankincense, Jasmine, Cinnamon
Colors/Candles – brown, green, orange, red, deep gold, scarlet, yellow, maroon, purple, violet and indigo. Orange, Dark red, Yellow, Brown, Violet, Deep gold
Gemstones – yellow agate, carnelian, yellow topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli and amethyst, Carnelian, Lapis lazuli, Sapphire, Yellow agate
Goddesses – all Fruit and Vegetable Deities, Harvest Deities, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres The Muses (Greek), Pamona (Roman
Gods – All Wine Gods, Gods of Fruits, Dionysus (Roman), Bacchus (Greek), Thoth (Egyptian).
Symbols and Altar decorations – autumn leaves and autumn flowers, marigolds, gourds, berries, pine and cypress cones, acorns, a small statue or figurine representing the Triple Goddess in her Mother aspect and other corresponding deities. All harvest symbols, corn, red poppies, nuts, grains, leaves, oak sprigs, wreaths, vine, grapes, cornucopia, horns of plenty, apples, grapes, vines, garland, Acorns, Pomegranates, Pine cones, Baskets of fallen leaves, Horn of Plenty
Activities to celebrate Autumn Equinox
- Have a thanksgiving feast.
- Can and preserve fruits and vegetables.
- Decorate Cornucopias
- Hang dried ears of corn on the front door.
- Serve wine in honour of the God and beans and squashes in honour of the Goddess.
- Call upon the elementals and honor them for their help with (N-earth) home and finances,
(E-air) school and knowledge, (S-fire) careers and accomplishments, (W-water) emotional balance and fruitful relationships.
- Tend your garden, thanking the plants and flowers for their abundance, harvesting whatever is ready, collecting seeds and leave an offering.
- Make a mandala of seeds and grains on the ground, as a gift for the animals and birds.
Bake a loaf of bread or cookies in the shape of a sun or with a sun design.
- Gather donations of food and/or clothing for a favorite charity.
- Decorate your altar with leaves, acorns, berries, and other things symbolic of nature’s bounty.
- Some chose to sprinkle Autumn leaves around the house as decoration, the leaves can be dipped in paraffin and put on wax paper. After the leaves dry, they may be placed around the house or in large jars with sigils of protection and/or abundance carved lightly into them.
- Spellwork for protection, wealth and prosperity, and security, include spells that will bring into balance and harmony the energies either in a room, home, or situation. health, security, feelings of self-confidence
- Make a beverage of: hot apple cider. Apple rules the heart, cider alone is a self-love potion. Spice it with a stick of cinnamon, ruled by Jupiter and the Sun. It also makes the house smell wonderful