It’s overcast and very, very foggy. 56F, wind at 0-1 mph and gusting, AQI26, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. The fog could stick around until 9am and it’s likely to stay cloudy, or mostly so, all day today. We’re still looking at a 60% chance of rain Thursday evening into Friday, but the rest of the forecast is sun and cloud in about equal amounts
I had started working out a new embroidery pattern Monday evening. I finally stopped working because it was awfully late and I was getting horribly sleepy. I slept for several hours and then woke up *dreaming* about the pattern and had to get back to work on it! So I was awake when Tempus got in. He went straight to bed and I followed fairly soon after and we really didn’t get moving until past 4pm.
Tempus went to pick up some goodies that I had found online. I got a lot more than I expected. The rings are in the display case, already, but the box of fabric…. I expected a couple of stacks of things like fat quarters, which would have been a good deal for what I paid. Instead I got a 2x2x3 foot *box* of stacks of fabrics! So, pincushions and maybe a patchwork skirt, plus at least one outfit for Sioned and pouches and…and…and….
I had a class (making medieval shoe patterns) that just finished as Tempus was ready to head out… with a shopping list, too. I took some sewing to bed with me after he left. …bulk route night, so early…. I needed a nap. I got back up around midnight and made myself a sandwich and then got to work on the computer. ….still working on that pattern. It looks like the county is going to phase two soon. Ready to start classes back up? At around 1am Tempus posted, “It’s vewy vewy foggy, the gway wabbits are hod to see….let alone other cars …”…. We chatted for a little and then he got a nap.
Today we have some cleaning to do at the shop. No clue how early we’ll wake up. …but we have plant watering (eod in the summer….) and I want to get my figs planted…. and start on some sewing…and …and …. I’m probably going to be too tired to do any of it! 🙂
Today’s Feast is the Rustic Vinalia, an ancient Roman feast dedicated to Venus as protector of the Vinyards. They were immensely important in Rome, being a provider of a major food, as well as wine. More about this feast here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinalia
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others –Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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.
The actual Little Dipper, meanwhile, is tipping over leftward in the north. It’s only 40% as long as the Andromegasus Dipper, and most of it is much fainter. As always, you’ll find that it’s oriented more than 90° counterclockwise compared to Andromegasus. It’s dumping its contents out.
Tonight is the night asteroid 7 Iris makes a hairpin turn against the background stars. Two hours after sunset, Iris is about 30° high in the south, smack dab in the middle of our dusty Milky Way. Tonight, magnitude 9.8 Iris is less than 1′ from the magnitude 9.5 star SAO 160874, as the rocky body swings around this luminary and abruptly reverses course from westward to eastward motion. Although it’s moving quickly, it’s not making leaps and bounds; it will move only about 0.5° west by the end of the month. Return to this spot often to watch it ooze position night by night.
There’s also an added bonus nearby: The beautiful open star cluster M23 is less than 1.5° due northeast of Iris’ position tonight. Containing more than 170 stars and covering 23′ on the sky, you’ll also need binoculars or a small scope to see this young cluster, which lies over 2,000 light-years away. Iris, for comparison, is less than twice the Earth-Sun distance from our planet.
Mars rises in the east about an hour after the end of twilight. It emerges Sirius-bright (magnitude –1.4) and strongly orange, 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, now a high-blown firespark. It’s near the dim Knot of Pisces. In a telescope this week Mars grows from 16½ to 17½ arcseconds in apparent diameter. That’s bigger than at some oppositions, but we’re still approaching Mars as we speed along our faster orbit around the Sun. When we catch up to and pass Mars at opposition in early October, it will appear 22.6 arcseconds wide and will shine at a Jupiter-bright magnitude –2.6, three times as bright as now. Mars is still gibbous, 89% sunlit. Look for its white South Polar cap, possible clouds especially near the limb, 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 square; 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 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 19 High 12:44 AM 8.3 6:25 AM Rise 6:53 AM 0
~ 19 Low 7:38 AM -1.5 8:14 PM Set 9:08 PM
~ 19 High 2:02 PM 7.0
~ 19 Low 7:41 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.
~ Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ballgame. Free speech is life itself. – Salman Rushdie
~ The first thing I ever truly fell in love with,was the sea. – J. Hawley
~ People are like music. Some speak the truth, and others are just noise. – Bill Murray
~ My work is full of sweating, nervous uneasiness, which is a big part of me and everybody else. Most people don’t want to see that though, because it reminds them of inadequate parts of themselves. – Robert Crumb
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered. – –Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)
Where she walks,
The wheat springs up.
Where she turns,
The wheat grows thick,
Where her foot touches,
The wheat is ready.
Where she lifts her horn,
The wheat is harvested. ~Russian Harvest Chant
Nothing that sustains comes all at once. Like the wheat from which our daily bread is made, sustaining and interests grow gradually, over months and years and decades. Enthusiasm for the new is exciting, but real richness is found in what you have nurtured and what has nurtured you.
Harvest also reminds us that discrimination is necessary, that we should not cling to chaff. This is a good time to eliminate what is no longer necessary. Fall is as good a time for spring cleaning as spring is. Sorting through possessions, commitments, relationships, and keeping only what truly sustains us is a task that repays the effort manyfold. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
While you’re reading the above… – Slavsia Rus – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaP1wDvkA6E
JOIN US AT THE FEAST, GREAT MOTHER
Oh, join us at the feast, Great Mother!
Come into our banquet hall,
Partake of the hot spice rum and cakes
While your hounds bask by the fire.
You shall have the main chair, the one
At the head of the table, to be your throne.
We will play cheerful music on the dulcimer,
And sing sweet songs of thanksgiving.
We will listen to anything you say,
And will share anything you wish us to.
There is great joy at being in your company,
We will gather around your feet to listen.
Oh, join us at the feast, Great Mother!
We have decorated the banquet hall for you,
Put velvets for your hounds to sleep upon,
And have candles in the sconces on the wall.
We will dance to your glorious moon,
Dance for you and sing to celebrate;
Joining together in the community of Souls
That bask in your all-encompassing love. – © Copyright 09/21/05 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Where do you find giant snails? A. On a giant’s fingers