The rain gauge only said 1/8 of an inch at suppertime. 57F and *thick* fog! winds are calm, AQI32, UV6. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. The fog and cloud should start clearing off by 8am and then rest of the 10-day is for more sun than cloud and normal August temps.
Oi! We overslept yesterday! I woke up and looked at the clock (which is partially obscured by the bed frame) and thought. “Oh, 12:05, plenty of time….” rolled over a little farther and realized there was no one in that and shot out of bed, kicking Tempus (unintentionally) awake, although my squawk would have wakened him anyway. We scrambled and got the shop open and then sat there yawning and blinking for quite some time. He made coffee, which was good because we had customers in soon after, a couple of young ladies from Eugene. …and they were pretty much it, all day!
We spent awhile talking politics and literature over our coffee and then I got some computer work done (mostly catching up on mail) and some plant watering. I swear I had one plant do a drama queen and die, when it was fine yesterday and flat down on the shelf today! Picturing it going, “…and it’s raining outside and nothing here! (it was watered on Monday) I therefore must die and die well!” <sigh>
Ok, it was supposed to be “showers” yesterday, not downpours! I looked out at 4:45pm and it was coming down like on a Hollywood movie set! …but it slacked off and then quit. By sunset the clouds were breaking up.
I curled up around 6:30 after having some supper and slept for an hour, then got up and got some work done, mostly sewing. …and I got Tempus to sleep for several hours before he headed out on the paper route. Muhgawd it was foggy out there! I’m hoping to get permission to use another of Josh Orkin’s photos. If I do, I’ll switch out today’s eclipse pic for his of the storm rolling in.
Today we should be open on time. I’ve gotten a couple of hours extra sleep, whether or not Tempus gets any. I don’t know how we missed the alarms, yesterday, although my clock misses two days out of 5 and Tempus’ phone butt dialed his boss when it was supposed to be warning him that the bread rolls were done!
Today’s feast is in honor of the anniversary of the Hugenot refugee Denis Papin, the inventor of the piston steam digester, one of the devices that made the piston steam engine possible. He was also one of the first to use a steam engine to power paddles to move a boat, so he’s also one of the forerunners of the paddlewheel ships. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Papin and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_engine
Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum
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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 8/23 at 7:42am.
Look below the Moon at nightfall for Spica, as shown above. They’re 5° or 6° apart at dusk in North America.
Late on these evenings of late summer, Fomalhaut, the Autumn Star, makes its inevitable appearance above the southeast horizon. Its rising time will depend on where you live. But by 10 or 11 p.m. you should have no trouble identifying it low in the southeast if you have a good low view in that direction. No other 1st-magnitude star is anywhere nearby.
Whether you’ve been following Jupiter since late last night or are just tuning in for an early-morning view, train your scope on the gas giant in Sagittarius this morning as a double header between two Galilean moons gets underway. August 22 opens with Ganymede already trekking across Jupiter’s disk. By about 1 A.M. EDT, the planet’s Great Red Spot should be roughly centered on the planet’s disk, while Ganymede is located to the Spot’s northwest. At 1:11 A.M. EDT, Io slips onto the eastern side of the planet as well. Io’s shadow is the next to make an appearance, becoming visible as a small black spot on the planet’s disk at 2:03 A.M. Less than 20 minutes later, Ganymede leaves the planet’s western edge at 2:19 A.M. It’s just over 10 minutes later that Ganymede’s large, dark shadow finally slides onto Jupiter’s face at 2:31 A.M. (all times EDT). Ganymede wins this race — but Io will be back to challenge it in a rematch next week.
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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).
Sa 22 High 3:13 AM 7.6 6:28 AM Rise 10:46 AM 9
~ 22 Low 9:38 AM -0.5 8:09 PM Set 10:30 PM
~ 22 High 3:57 PM 7.8
~ 22 Low 10:13 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Today, I embrace my emotions, and recognize that it is healthy
~ One man can make a difference and every man should try. – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
~ He seemed so content and refreshed. – A Virginia woman on finding a black bear napping in her tiny pool. That’s one way to beat the unbearable heat.
~ If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. – Bob Hope
~ You must find a way to get in the way and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. You have a moral obligation, a mission and a mandate to go out and seek justice for all. You can do it. You must do it. — John Lewis, Good Trouble
It’s ripe the melon
by our sink. Yellow,
bee-bitten, soft, it perfumes
the house too sweetly. – Albert Garcia (b. 1970)
Mabon centerpiece (For Mabon)
- A basket (in fall colors or with trimmings to make it autumn-oriented)
- A doll-sized scarecrow (or materials to make one of your own)
- Real or fake autumn leaves
- Real or fake gourds/nuts/seeds of the season
- Dried herbs or potpourri of the season (apple scent works well)
First you’ll want to prepare your basket. It can be a small or large basket of any style, but you can decorate it for the season any way you desire (if it has a handle, consider winding or gluing acorn strings around it).
Into the center of the basket, you place your scarecrow figure. It can be bought as a harvest decoration at a store, or it can be one you make yourself out of straw and fabric—if you opt to make your own, you can dress it up appropriately and give it season-appropriate clothing and symbols. There is the option of making only the torso of the figure since only that will show, but if you’ve already got one with legs, they will be covered up by the ornamentation.
Find a way to anchor the doll into the basket.
Then you can dump an apple-cinnamon or autumn-flavored potpourri or series of dried herbs around the scarecrow in the basket, and intersperse this with leaves, nuts, and gourds.
Buying tiny craft gourds around this time of year is easy and cheap, and they don’t go rancid in the middle of the season, which is a plus.
You might even throw in stars made out of twigs and tied together with wire, or any other symbol that means something to you. The basket has a nice effect of decorating a table or altar for the time between the autumn equinox and the landmark of Halloween.
Ritual use – In ritual, you can use an actual corn dolly instead of a crafty scarecrow, so that it has more meaning, and each item added to the basket can have symbolic value. One suggestion is to gather up enough acorns to stand for your wishes for the season, and ceremoniously place each in the basket as you think of its purpose. The basket can be anointed and dedicated to a deity if you wish.
Granny’s Herbals – Bringing Autumn Magic In – Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001).
There’s nothing more luscious than inviting nature indoors in the Fall: the brilliant colors of Autumn make our homes feel deliciously warm and cozy as the weather turns cooler. Changing leaves, swags of grapevine, and vibrantly-colored apples and squashes make gorgeous, inexpensive decorations.
Find out how to connect with the abundant bounty and beauty of this harvest season with these fun, easy tips for decorating with nature:
1. Preserve some colorful leaves. You can iron them between sheets of waxed paper, microwave them for a few seconds, put them in a solution of glycerin, or press them between the pages of a heavy book. Then you can apply them to backsplashes, place them artfully in a vase, mound them around a pile of gourds or squashes, or even use them as coasters for your favorite beverages 2. Food is art. Find a local Farmer’s Market or roadside stand and load up on apples, pears, pumpkins, decorative squashes, nuts, gourds, and Native American corn. A simple wooden bowl loaded with these treasures makes an abundant centerpiece. You can parade them in a line on a mantel-piece or pile them in a basket. What you don’t eat, you can enjoy looking at.
3. Other treasures. Bring in grapevines to twine along the countertops, or make wreaths for doors or cabinets (see our article on making your own Inner Harvest Wreath). If you live in an area where bittersweet is not a protected plant, harvest some to put in an earthen vase Corn shocks are traditional to stand beside a door, but broom corn makes a beautiful and less usual alternative with its graceful russet fronds.
4. Beeswax candles. The amber color and honey-sweet aroma of these safe, all-natural candles just evoke the golden glow of autumn. As the days get shorter, it can be a soothing ritual to burn a beeswax candle at dusk.
5. Echo Fall colors. Bring in the Autumn hues of russet-red, vibrant shades of orange, deep greens, mellow golds, wine-reds, and vivid scarlet with cushions, towels, scatter-rugs, or other decorative accents. My family has a brightly-colored autumn leaf potholder and a set of pumpkin-shaped mugs that we use with pleasure year after year. Find the simple treasures your family
6. Try this creative and relaxing Leaf Meditation. Find a perfect autumn leaf and spend some time really looking at it, noticing the variations in color and shape. Trace its outline on a piece of paper, then try your hand at coloring it in with colored pencils, markers, or paints. Slowing down and taking time to savor the beauty of something as simple and commonplace as a leaf opens our eyes and hearts to nature’s magical variety. You may want to cut your colored leaf out and glue it on the cover of a journal to keep you company throughout the autumn months. Or do several leaves to decorate your cabinets or walls!
7. Think water. Western European traditions often associate Autumn with the element of water, since it is a time of deep feeling and flowing away: birds migrate, trees shed their leaves. Honor this ancient idea with a bowl of water in a special place. Notice how water evaporates. As you refill your bowl throughout the autumn months, give a little thought to your own feelings, and the things that you are in the process of releasing from your life.
Granny’s Herb Course http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GrannysHerbs/