Daily Stuff 8-26-20 Krakatau

Hi, folks!

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

The beach fog rolled up and over at sunset, but it’s cleared off a little, since. 51F, winds are calm, AQI34, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. It ought to be mostly sunny today, with some wind (20mph) in the earlier part of the afternoon. The rest of the forecast should pretty much be the same, less the wind. Highs in the mid-60’s with Tuesday maybe going as high as 68.

For some reason I was awake at 10:30, so I got up and started working with my cold, pre-made coffee that Tempus set up for me yesterday. (No really, it’s tasty!) By 1pm I was rubbing my eyes and trying to keep going and I decided to pack it in at 1:30. …and then didn’t wake again until 5pm! Tempus had been up for a couple of hours by then, mostly doing bills, online.

I had an interview that I wanted to watch which took a couple of hours. While that was going on I made a shopping list and then started on some more drawings. The soup got finished around suppertime, so we each had a serving. It’s more like a stew, it took shoving a roll right into it and letting it sit, to get it to sop up liquid.

Tempus didn’t head out until nearly 9pm last night, but he got some of the soup/stew before he left and had a sandwich for after the bulk route, plus the shopping list. I let the “stewp” cool, then bagged it for freezing, but just set it in the fridge for the time being. Man, was I sleepy by the time that was done!

So, I got a nap, read a little, then got up and watched some food videos. One was on a medieval form of pasta. It was more of a sweet dish back then, no tomatoes. 🙂 Pretty much pasta, cheese and a sweet spice. He mentioned a couple variations that are more recent and when he got to talking about one of the Italian holiday dishes made with apples and cheese, it clicked. I can’t remember at the moment what Baba called it, but she made a baked (like most modern lasagnas) dish of pasta, apple chunks, sweet tvarog with nutmeg and lots of butter…. doggoned if it isn’t a modern descendent! I watched another on the history of fish and chips after that. …and then went and got the rest of my egg foo…. food vids do that to me. 🙂

I worked on drawings for a little bit, then took my embroidery and book back to bed. I’m going to return there as soon as this is done.

Today is going to be laundry and a lot of home chores. Tempus is going to have to run over to the PO since that’s where our FedEx box went. Dunno why FedEx didn’t deliver it? We might get the shop doors open in the evening, because I want to water plants again.

Mole Crab from 8/24/20 by Jamie Marie, GirlInWaterPhotography. Used with permission.

Krakatoa_eruption_lithographToday is the anniversary of the eruption of Krakatau in 1883 (often spelled “Krakatoa”). Krakatau, before this point, was a volcanic island near Java & Sumatra in Indonesia. It exploded with such force that the resulting tsunami killed somewhere around 36K people and caused swells 1/2-way around the world in the Thames. The sound was heard 3000 miles away and registered on barometers on the far side of the world, and twice! The island was destroyed to below water level and pumice covered the ocean and ash filled the sky for months. The telegraph and newspapers made possible the world-wide news of this event.  http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/aug26.html orhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krakatoa   Anak Krakatoa, (son of Krakatoa) a new island, has built itself on top of the old volcano over the last century.

Mugwort Artemisia_vulgaris _-_ Köhler-s_Medicinal-Plants-016Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue,  to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MugwortFeminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.

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Love & Light,
Anja

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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. Waxing Gibbous MoonFrom seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 8/31 at 10:22am. 

The zodiacal light partners with the Milky Way – The arc of the Milky Way stretches from Sagittarius (at left) to Auriga (at right), where it merges with the cone-shaped glow of the zodiacal light. The celestial scene appears above Lake Namtso in Tibet, China. Considered one of Tibet’s three holy lakes, Namtso is famous for its high altitude: 15,486 feet (4,720 meters). – Jeff Dai

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 waxing gibbous Moon passes below Jupiter and Saturn.

This evening right after dusk, the Saturn-Jupiter line points straight at the Moon to their left. Lower left of the Moon is Antares.

from last year

And look down below the Moon, by about 14° and just a bit left, for the star pair known as the Cat’s Eyes: Lambda and Upsilon Scorpii in the Scorpion’s tail. They’re 0.6° apart and canted at an angle. They’re unequal (magnitudes 1.6 and 2.7); the cat is winking. The brighter one, on the upper left, is Lambda. Both are blue-white supergiants, 700 and 500 light years away respectively.

Deceptively docile – Cygnus X-1 lies close to Eta (η) Cygni. Let this chart guide you to its visible component, the blue giant star HDE 226868. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Already high overhead at sunset, Cygnus the Swan is your target tonight. Lurking within this graceful grouping of stars is the sky’s surest black hole, one of two components of the binary system called Cygnus X-1. Although the black hole itself is invisible, its companion star — a hot, blue-white giant with the inauspicious designation HDE 226868 — is not. HDE 226868 (also designated HIP 98298, among a few other names) is an 8th-magnitude star less than 0.5° east of Eta (η) Cygni. It’s detectable with binoculars and more easily with a telescope. HDE 226868 orbits its black hole companion every 5.6 days, flung around by the compact massive object’s immense gravity. Astronomers suspect the pair is so close that the black hole is actively feeding on HDE 226868 as well, pulling material off the star and onto a disk of material that ultimately swirls into the black hole like water flowing down a drain.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is well up in the east by midnight or 1 a.m. daylight-saving time, east of Mars.

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 Sagittarius
Jupiter (9/12), Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21)Retrograde
Color: Topaz

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from Wikimedia commons

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.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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W   26      Low   1:26 AM     0.2   6:33 AM     Set 12:06 AM      50
~    26     High   7:48 AM     5.4   8:02 PM    Rise  3:44 PM
~    26      Low   1:03 PM     2.7
~    26     High   7:19 PM     7.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am ready right now to live in mastery. I gratefully receive the opportunity.

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Journal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if you got a present you didn’t like?

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Quotes

~   Grand staircases are hotter than gym StairMasters – Paris Hilton on working out at home during quarantine. Ah, The Not-So-Simple Life.
~   Don’t be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it’s just death. – Lena Horne
~   Courage is grace under pressure. – Ernest Hemingway
~   It’s a Beautiful Day to Save Lives. – Patrick Dempsey, who’s showing off his mask on Instagram. Dr. McDreamy would approve.

Cornfields bow the head,
Sheltered in round valley depths,
On low hills outspread.
Early leaves drop loitering down
Weightless on the breeze,
First fruits of the year’s decay
From the withering trees. – Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–94)

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Mabon Magick – Crafts

Shawna Forest Dragon’s Incense for Mabon
One-half ounce each coarsely ground:

  • Balm of Gilead
  • Calendula
  • Mugwort
  • Rose Petals
  • Sage
  • Hops
  • Oak moss

One teaspoon of each:

  • Cinnamon
  • Black Pepper

One Powdered Tablespoon of each:

  • Benzoin
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh

Mix together in small bowl

  • 1 Tbsp Wine
  • 1 Tbsp Rosewater
  • 2Tbsp Honey
  1. Put dry ingredients into one bowl and mix together thoroughly.
  2. In second large bowl, mix one large pinch of dry ingredients with wet ingredients until mixed.
  3. Add another large pinch of dry ingredients to the new mixture until completely incorporated.
  4. Continue mixing dry ingredients to wet ingredients until fully mixed.
  5. Shake twice a day for one week and then use on charcoal disks for Mabon ritual.

Mabon centerpiece (For Mabon)

Materials:

  • 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)

Directions:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Find a way to anchor the doll into the basket.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Pagan Studies – Harvest Necklace
The months of August, September and October are typically the time for harvest festivals, feasts and celebrations in the northern hemisphere. It is a time when many cultures and spiritual paths celebrate the bounty of the Earth, give thanks for the blessings of this bounty and honor their deities connected with Harvest and the plant spirits.

It is a good time for us to reconnect with the cycles of Nature and receive teachings from the nature spirits and plant spirits.  Study some of the plant species in your area (foods, flowers, trees, etc) and then take a walk outdoors and try to identify these species.  You will notice that some of these plants are beginning to set seed, and it is very interesting to look at all the different types of seed that exist in Nature!

You can create a necklace of seeds to wear during a Harvest celebration, or you may choose to use your “necklace” as an altar decoration or candle garland. You can collect seeds from outdoors that are large enough to string onto a necklace, or you can get seeds from the produce you buy at the grocery store. Apples, gourds, squash, and corn are all good sources for seeds.  Always use uncooked seeds (for instance, never use cooked corn on the cob because the kernels will decompose on your necklace rather than drying).  “Indian” corn can also be used, but since it is already dry you will need to soak the kernels in warm water until they are soft enough to string onto your necklace.  Larger seeds, like buckeyes and acorns, can be used but they require the use of a thin drill bit to get a good hole in them.

Use a sturdy, sharp needle and a heavy string such as dental floss, beading string or hand quilting weight thread.  I like to double my string so that the necklace is very sturdy.  Once strung, the seeds will dry and they may shrink a bit so make your necklace longer than you would like to account for this shrinkage.  Hang the strung seeds in a well ventilated room until the seeds are dry. You can make the necklace long enough to slip over your head or you can add a clasp on the ends of your necklace.  You can also wear them wrapped around your wrists or ankles several times (bells can be added if you plan to dance at your festival).  You may also wish to add bits of raffia or stripped, dry cornhusk by tying the bits around your string at different intervals. You can also add any type of charms or stones to your necklace that are used at autumn celebrations in your tradition…..perhaps half of a black walnut, to represent Owl/Wisdom/Goddess. – Written by ScryeWulf for the Magickal Crafts Newsletter

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Silliness – The Women’s Version of Old Spice

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