It’s pretty overcast at the moment, at least here. It seems like it’s less cloudy even a few miles inland. I wonder if this is the marine layer? We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 6pm on Sunday, although you wouldn’t know it at the moment. 54F, wind at 1-4 mph and gusting, AQI28, UV6. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. The clouds ought to clear off by mid-morning and the early afternoon is likely to be the most of the wind. High’s just over 60F. There are likely to be more clouds, rather than today’s sun in the rest of the forecast. The warmer temps have shifted over to Wed/Thurs, but only 68 at the highest.
I know I’ve been griping about being tired when I wake up, but over 10 hours of sleep night before last and I still spent the first 3 hours of yesterday yawning and drooping. I did manage to take care of our customers, but urf…. about 15 people through during that while.
Good news! We got the money back from that mis-order that happened last week. Supposedly it showed up on Tuesday, but the first we saw it was today, and Tempus is in Newport right now (that was mid-afternoon) working out how to get the car that we’re buying. I love our old Silmaril, but what seems to be a cracked manifold is making her unreliable, anymore. Tempus was in Newport running errands, anyway. So he came home with a bright red car… that doesn’t want to reverse.
I had worked with another 30 people during the rest of the afternoon into the evening. I spent part of the time sorting out a cross-stitch kit that I bought to do up for a special friend for the holidays. One of the customers caught me in the middle of making a sandwich for lunch. Very late lunch. 🙂 Tempus got back around 7 and I went splat in back. He closed around 8 or so. When I woke, he made fish patty sandwiches with home-made tartar sauce for supper on his good bread rolls. Really tasty!
I read and embroidered for awhile during the evening. Both of us slept for a couple of hours before he headed out on the paper route. Since I’m a little more awake I’ve been working on the “how” on Pan-Pagan. If I don’t have a good answer within the week, I’m thinking it’s not going to happen. I’m also going to put up another political post. Fair warning….
Today is Saturday, so we might be crazy busy…or not… this year is strange. I have some plant tending that needs to happen and some planting of starts that needs to happen. I *really* want to get the picture frames photos and put out of the line of fire, and I have some cookery that I want to accomplish. Assuming that I can even move, unlike today.
Ishi was a Yahi from Central California, the last survivor of his tribe. After everyone else died of disease or was killed he lived on his own for several years, finally emerging to live in a museum for the rest of his life, dying of TB in 1916. He taught people at the museum a lot of the techniques of weapon-making and various implements, particularly those in knapped flint, as well as making numerous recordings on wax cylinders of his native language. People are realizing that he was not of pure Yahi ancestry, that the surviving members of the tribes probably intermarried as the population dwindled. There’s a good bio on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishi
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses and pronunciation). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here:http://en.wikipedia.org
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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From 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.
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.
Now the eastward-marching Moon shines closer to Saturn than to Jupiter, as shown above. The three are, of course, at very different distances: The Moon is 1.3 light-seconds from you, Jupiter is currently 37 light minutes distant, and Saturn is 77 light-minutes away.The Moon passes 1.2° south of Pluto, located roughly two-thirds of the way between Jupiter and Saturn, at 7 A.M. EDT. Our satellite then passes 2° south of Saturn at 1 P.M. EDT. By sunset tonight, the Moon is already 5.5° southeast of Saturn, having pulled away from Sagittarius and crossed into Capricornus. If you’re up for a challenge (and have a larger scope), try spotting M30, the magnitude 6.9 globular cluster that sits just over 3° east of Zeta (ζ) Capricorni. The 11′-wide cluster may be difficult to spot in the light of the Moon, so remember this spot for later in the month when our satellite has left the sky. Then, compare and contrast the view with and without the bright background.
This morning, Io challenges Ganymede in a race across the face of Jupiter. The match starts when Ganymede crosses onto the planet’s disk at 2:31 A.M. EDT. Io slips onto the disk 28 minutes later. Unfortunately, Jupiter sets for observers in the eastern and midwestern U.S. before the race resolves; those in the western portion of the country will see Io overtake Ganymede to come out ahead. Io crosses off the disk at 5:15 A.M. EDT, while Ganymede follows 35 minutes later.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit the planet’s central meridian (the line down its center from pole to pole) around 9:28 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. It should be visible for about an hour before and after in a good 4-inch telescope if the atmospheric seeing is sharp and steady. A light blue or green filter helps. The Red Spot transits about every 9 hours 56 minutes.
Venus (magnitude –4.3, in Gemini) rises in deep darkness 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. Venus stands just a little lower each morning, while the background stars move rapidly to the upper right as the days progress. Venus will cross the line from Pollux to Procyon on September 1st. In a telescope Venus continues to shrink (it’s now 20 arcseconds in diameter) while becoming slightly gibbous (59% sunlit).
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
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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/
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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).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 29 Low 4:49 AM -0.4 6:36 AM Set 2:37 AM 80
~ 29 High 11:29 AM 6.0 7:57 PM Rise 6:34 PM
~ 29 Low 4:44 PM 2.9
~ 29 High 10:33 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What’s meant to be will always find a way.
~ When my poems are in a book, can I please have a copy?” – A four-year-old poet who just landed a book deal. Literary, the cutest.
~ All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary. – – Sally Ride
~ It’s very important in life to know when to shut up. – Alex Trebek
~ Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have. – Anthony Bourdain
The poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead
In summer luxury,—he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed. – John Keats (1795–1821)
Mabon Magick – Lore – Kitchen Witchery – What is a Kitchen Witch? By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide – http://networkedblogs.com/7Pvd6
What is Kitchen Witchery?:
There’s a growing movement within modern Paganism known as kitchen witchery. The kitchen is, after all, the heart and hearth of many modern households. When you have a gathering in your home, where do most of your guests hang out? Why, the kitchen, of course! Also, thanks to a declining economy, many more people are making meals from scratch and the kitchen has once again become a place where people spend hours, rather than minutes. So it’s no surprise that kitchen witchery has seen a rise in popularity.
Meal Prep as Magic:
When you take the time to put meals together from the basic ingredients, you have a magical opportunity at hand. You can infuse every dish with intent and will. A meal can stop being something you dump out of a can, and start being a ritual in and of itself. When you take time to prepare something with your own hands, that lends it sacredness, and will make you want to spend time savoring it with your family, rather than just snarfing it down on your way out the door to soccer practice. By changing the way you view food, its preparation and its consumption, you can craft some practical magic at its simplest level.
How To Bring Magic Into the Kitchen:
As you become more aware of what it’s like to live magically, and more in tune with your own actions and activities, you may at some point realize that your kitchen is a magical one. There are a number of things you can do to enhance the magical atmosphere in your kitchen. Try some or all of these to get started:
- Have a kitchen altar. The stovetop is today’s equivalent of the hearth fires of old, and it’s where most food preparation is done. Create a small altar with items that can be moved as needed — add a statue of a home or hearth goddess, a cauldron, or a candle. If you like, paint a trivet with symbols of your tradition.
- Make sure your herbs are readily accessible. If you cook with them, display them in decorative jars. Make sure that they’re not sitting in direct sunlight, though, or they’ll lose their potency. If possible, have live plants in pots to use during the year. Keep fresh vegetables on hand as well.
- Read up on practices like Feng Shui so you can optimize your work space for maximum efficiency, both spiritual and practical.
- Keep the space clean. Much like any other sacred space, physical cleanliness maintains spiritual cleanliness. It’s hard to find balance in a place that is cluttered and chaotic. Make sure counter tops are wiped down after each meal, keep the sink free of dirty dishes, and organize cupboards and shelves so they are easy to use.
- Paint the walls in colors that are comforting and happy. If your house still has the 1970’s metallic flecked wallpaper in the kitchen, it’s time to get it out of there. Choose a color that makes you and your family feel good — earth tones are soothing, yellows are happy and bright, and greens bring prosperity and abundance.
- Keep cookbooks and recipes organized where you can find them. You might even want to have a special book of magical recipes that you keep separate from your regular Book of Shadows.
You can also incorporate magical practices into your cooking. Consider some of these:
- When stirring a recipe, stir in a deosil or widdershins direction, depending on the goal you wish to achieve.
- If you’re making a sandwich, spread condiments like mustard in a sigil for your purpose.
- When you bake bread, add herbs or spices that correspond to your magical needs.
Although kitchen witchery is rapidly becoming a popular term, it’s hardly a new concept. Get your kitchen clean and organized, and you’ll be well on your way to a successful path as a kitchen witch!
Silliness – To help you smile – I met a taxidermist at a party and asked what he does for a living. He said, “Oh you know….stuff.”