Daily Stuff 8-23-20 Vulcanalia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday.

Tempus said the fog was *really* bad on his way to Newport last night, but by the time the papers were bagged and he was heading out on the route, it had cleared a bit, and by dawn it was gone. Tonight it’s clear. The Moon was lovely, earlier. 52F, winds are calm, AQI36, UV6. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. It should be nicely sunny today with the high temp around 65. During the next 10 days there will be some scattered clouds at times, but mostly we’ll see sun and temps in the low-to-mid 60’s. Next Monday the temperature looks to climb to 70F. We’ll have to keep an eye on that.

Yesterday was one of those days when I got plenty of sleep and was still exhausted all day. I got a good 4 hours of work in, early in the day, mostly doing headers while I still have the program to work with, and then I just fell apart. We only had a few people in. I didn’t see any, but Tempus worked with several people in the late afternoon. I got a nap and then spent several hours more out front, but got nothing useful done and finally went to bed at 9.

Tempus closed up and then did some home chores before crawling in at 11 and I immediately went into an asthma attack which kept me up until it was time for him to head out on the paper route. …so I’m going to pull out the doll and sew until this thing calms down

Today is our “different day”. I’m hoping to sew, to see how much farther I can get on the little doll. Tempus says he’s going to work on needles and maybe on sanding more of the little animals.

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A Ken Gagne photo of an egret from 7/17/14

feast VulcanaliaToday’s feast is the Vulcanalia, sacred to the god Vulcan and the nymphs. Vulcan is the god of the forge and fires. The Divine Sun is part of this festival and work was begun by candlelight so as to emphasize that good aspects of fire. The bad aspects we’re seeing in in the air, at the moment. The eruption that buried Pompeii and Herculaneum occurred during this festival in 79CE.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcanalia#Vulcanalia

220px-Rubus_ursinus_10689Today’s plant is the Pacific BlackberryRubus ursinusThere are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry,blackberry2 Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry

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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/25 at 10:58 am.

The Milky Way floats over Alamere Falls in California in this stunning image taken by Jay Huang. – Jay Huang/Flickr

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.

Sagittarius above a Cape Cod beach house – The famous Teapot asterism in Sagittarius stands out to the upper right of this vacation home, while the central regions of the Milky Way arc through the top of the image. – John Chumack

Whenever bright Vega crosses nearest your zenith, as it does soon after dark now, you know that the Sagittarius Teapot is at its highest due south. Two hours later when Deneb crosses closest to the zenith, it’s the turn of little Delphinus and boat-shaped Capricornus down below to stand at their highest due south.

Have you caught Venus at dawn yet? It’ll be there for the rest of 2020, but lower each month.

Picture the constellation Gemini as two stick figures, whose heads are the bright stars Castor and Pollux, with their bodies stretching out to the southwest. An hour before sunrise, the Twins are lying on their side in the east, with Pollux closer to the horizon than Castor. Halfway between Pollux’s head and toes (marked by Alhena, Gamma [γ] Geminorum), you’ll find bright Venus, blazing at magnitude –4.3. The planet sits about 0.5° due south of Mekbuda (Zeta [ζ] Geminorum), sometimes drawn as Pollux’s left knee.

Orion the Hunter – This renowned winter constellation looked normal when it was captured in December 2015, but ruddy Betelgeuse (the bright star at top left) has faded by a magnitude or so since then. – Scott Rosen

Just past the Twins’ toes is the easily recognizable constellation of Orion the Hunter, whose belt is nearly perpendicular to the horizon. Orion’s right shoulder is marked by the famous red giant Betelgeuse, which recently underwent a strange dimming episode that caused it to fade noticeably. Astronomers now ascribe the episode to a “stellar sneeze,” during which it blew out a cloud of dust that blocked some of the star’s light from reaching Earth, making it appear to dim.
Venus (magnitude –4.3, in Gemini) rises in deep darkness about two hours before dawn begins, a weird UFO of a thing in the east-northeast. By the time dawn gets under way, Venus blazes brightly high in the east as shown above. Pollux and Castor are currently left if it, and Procyon is to its lower right, as shown. Spot Orion farther to Venus’s right. High above or upper left of Venus is bright Capella. In a telescope Venus is just past dichotomy: slightly more than 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 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. Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 3:16am.
Jupiter (9/12), Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21)Retrograde
Color: Yellow

Planting 8/23-4

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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).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Su  23     High   4:09 AM     7.0   6:29 AM    Rise 12:02 PM      18
~    23      Low  10:20 AM     0.3   8:07 PM     Set 10:58 PM
~    23     High   4:39 PM     7.9
~    23      Low  11:11 PM     0.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – Listen to the morning sounds: bird’s songs; wind in the tree; the roar of traffic; children’s voices. What do these sounds convey to you?


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think the world needs now?



~   I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. – Vincent van Gogh
~   We should all be popping bottles of champagne. – A biologist on the first genetically-modified squid. Inkredible stuff.
~   Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you. – Mark Cuban
~   Banned from this establishment for bad behavior. – An Australian pub, on…emus. Safe to say they were not emused.

The sun drew off at last his piercing fires.
Over the stale warm air, dull as a pond
And moveless in the grey quieted street,
Blue magic of a summer evening glowed. – –Lascelles Abercrombie (1881–1938)


Mabon Magick – Spells

Pagan Studies : Day of Harvest Spell 9/9

Today is the birthday of the Russian harvest Goddess, Berehynia. In her honor, make your own harvest incense. Combine two parts sweet grass, one part each cedar, sage, juniper, and rosemary essential oils. Mix them together in a glass bottle. Or you may use the dry herbs and grind them together in a blender or bowl. Once your incense has been mixed, chant:

Sacred herbs,
Children of the land,
Bring us the blessings of the harvest season.

Burn your incense on a charcoal disk, and wish Berehynia a very happy birthday. ~ Kristin Madden, from GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies  

Ancient Ones Harvest Spell – Pagan Studies

Harvest was a time for families, communities, and friends to come together. During harvest, special cakes were made in a ritual manner, and each person in the family or group would partake of this sacred meal.

Mix together one cup oat flour, one pinch baking soda, two pinches of salt, and one teaspoon of melted butter. Add hot water to form the dough, roll it on a board, and cut it into shapes. Cook the bread in the oven at 375 degrees until it is nicely toasted.

Share it with your tribe or family, reciting these words:

Consecrate the produce of our land.
Bestow prosperity and peace
In the names of the gods and goddesses,
And in the names of the ancient ones. – By: Sharynne NicMhacha,from GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies

Reap the Harvest Spell

When we find ourselves repeatedly in situations that yield a grim emotional, spiritual, or physical harvest, we need to look inward to ascertain if the seeds that we are sowing will grow the crops that we desire. To do this, light a green or brown candle. Place malachite in front of the candle representing your heartfelt desire for change. Focusing on the candle, ask for guidance from your higher self in discovering your heart’s desires and ambitions. Script these desires in a visual present tense. State these or similar words:

The universe unfolds her abundant path for me.
Her fruitful harvest is mine,
So mote it be.

Focus the stream of your visualizations on the malachite. That is, visualize the malachite lending vibrations to your vision as it sends your energy out to the universe. Afterward, extinguish the candle. Hold onto the malachite as a reminder of your heart’s harvest. ~Karen Follet )0(  From The Morning Feast Archives 


Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: What’s 1-foot long, made of leather & sounds like a sneeze? Answer:  A Shoe.

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