It’s mostly clear with little wisps of cirrus all over. They dim the stars in spots and turn brighter objects into globes of cloudy crystal. Still under the SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 6pm. 50F, wind at 0-7 mph and gusting, AQI37, UV6. 10% chance of rain today and 30% tonight. It should be sunny today and start clouding up around suppertime with showers (if any) happening right before sunrise…which is a lot later than it’s been. Have you noticed? There should be more sun than cloud during the 10-day forecast, but the temps are going to be climbing into the mid-70’s as the week goes on …. It’s a heat wave! 🙂
Yesterday I missed the whole day! I had trouble getting back to sleep when I woke around 5 and was quite whimpery about that when Tempus got home around 8. I guess he decided that he should leave me to sleep, because I woke at 4:30pm! Tempus said he did have some customers, but mostly lookee-loos.
He likes the car…. we’re still going to have to do something about a transmission issue. Hopefully, it won’t cost all that much. He has it on a trial run for the weekend and they’re going to talk it over after he does some calling around on Monday.
Once I was at my desk at the shop I did get caught up on mail, and did a bunch of plant watering. I started in on some paperwork and we realized that heading for Florence for gasoline was going to be the hot tip (too long and boring to explain…) and besides we could get supper at A&W and I could see whether I liked riding in the car.
Well, I did. It has windows that open (when did mine stop working on the other car? It’s been awhile.) and “square” seats (so I sit square and don’t get bounced out of position.) I’m going to need an arm pillow on the right, because the window ledge is too high, which joggles my bad shoulder, and the door armrest is too low, so I sit funny if I’m not thinking about it. That’s a small thing.
We went through the oceanside drive in Yachats, just to see the ocean, and then drove most of the way into Florence in light that went from pale gold, to gold, to reddish gold. I saw a pod of whales and nearly blinded myself watching them right until I was looking directly at the sun! We stopped at the overlook near the Sea Lion Caves to watch the sun set and I regretted not having grabbed the hoodie that I haven’t needed since June. I *always* have my heavy coat in the car, ‘coz this is the coast!…. but it was still in Silmaril, so I shivered. 🙂 …and it was worth it.
We got our errands done and missed getting our A&W by about two minutes….. <sigh> So it was McD’s instead and came home. The Moon had ghosted into sight while we were on the way south and now, heading north, Her light was making the breaking waves glow. …and Jupiter and Saturn floating in and out of view behind the hills…. Seeing the Heceta Head light is always a treat, watching the light wash across the trees and beam across the fog and back to land….
…and we fell into bed when we got in. I got up at 1 and Tempus as 2, and he headed out for the papers almost immediately… and today is the *long* run with the extra Sunday papers. With reverse not working right on the car we spent a good bit of the drive discussing how to deal with that on his route… including finding a used Segway so he could run papers down side or dead end streets more quickly. I also
suggested a lawn mower engine to run the wheels on a platform with a chair on it. 🙂 We decided to running a lawnmower engine in *anyone’s* vicinity between 4 and 7am was cruel and unusual punishment, even if it’s a funny thought. I was working on this and some writing.
I have more plant watering to do today. I got 1/2 way yesterday. Today is also the “different day”, so Tempus is probably going to have a bone needle or a sanding project going and I’ll be doing handwork, too. I have the doll’s apron done, so her bodice is next. We’ll be open from 1 until dark, most likely.
Today’s feast is the International Day of the Disappeared. Too many people have vanished, whether kidnapped, taken by soldiers, gangs or armed thugs or sometimes just vanish after a natural (or unnatural) disaster. Sometimes their families never find them. Sometimes they find a grave. Sometimes only a rumor. It’s gotta stop! Find more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_the_Disappeared
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii(which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
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.
Whenever bright Vega crosses nearest your zenith, as it does right 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.
If you’re up for an early evening challenge, see if you can spot Mercury today. It’s sinking fast in the west about 12° east of the Sun. The planet is located just off the back foot of Leo the Lion, although the stars of the constellation won’t be visible yet. Just 20 minutes after sunset, the tiny planet is a little less than 2° high, but it’s a bright magnitude –0.7. You’ll likely spot it with the naked eye, given a clear view of the horizon. With binoculars or a scope, you’ll see its 5″-wide disk is 93 percent illuminated.
Once darkness falls, try for another nearby target: Mu (μ) Boötis, formally named Alkalurops. This is a triple-star system, with component A (the brightest) shining an easy magnitude 4.3. Look 1.8′ south of it to spot components B and C, a pair of Sun-like stars separated by just 1.5″. Their combined glow reaches magnitude 6.5. From a planet circling the primary star Alkalurops A, B and C would appear 100 times brighter than Venus appears from Earth, separated by roughly 1° in the sky.
Mercury is hidden deep in the sunset.
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
Su 30 Low 5:40 AM -0.6 6:38 AM Set 3:40 AM 88
~ 30 High 12:14 PM 6.3 7:55 PM Rise 7:12 PM
~ 30 Low 5:38 PM 2.5
~ 30 High 11:26 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Your energy introduces you before you even speak.
~ A little bit of water is better than nothing” – One man on getting a kiddie pool since the pandemic shut down his regular pool. Mask not included, but recommended.
~ There’s no shame in failing. The only shame is not giving things your best shot. – Robin Williams
~ Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. – John Lewis
~ Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get—only with what you are expecting to give. – Katharine Hepburn
Bright, bright, restless bright, through the sun- burnt meads,
Wavers the butterfly ;
Ever across its path a pilot invisible leads
A sylphid fleet of the thistle’s light and feathery seeds,
And August passeth by. – Edith Matilda Thomas (1854–1925)
Pagan Studies – Hearth Warming Spell
The Fall Equinox gives us our second balancing point in the year. It also means the last of the harvest will soon be taken in. From this night onward the veil that separates our world from the spirit world grows ever thinner until, by Samhain, it will be open for all to pass through. In Welsh legends the land of the dead is in the western sea. To reach it you first had to pass several challengers along your path through Avalon, the vast orchard of apples that guarded and guided travelers. Apples are a gift from the dead and the deities. Their orchard guards the pathway to the schools of magic and the land of the dead beyond. To make your home a happy place to be, take a big red apple and slice it crossways so you can see the the five-pointed star within. Remove the seeds and keep them away from children and pets. They contain trace amounts of cyanide, a deadly poison. Cover the entire white part of the apple by sticking cloves into it. Cloves are for protection and health. Place these in a 200-degree oven until they start to curl at the edges. Remove them from the heat and place them in a small glass bowl so their scent fills your home. Say:
“Bless’d be the apple tree. Protected with the cloves we be”. – Edain McCoy
Giving Thanks Spell – September 22nd, 2006 – Color of the day: White Incense of the day: Cedar
Known as the Witch’s Thanksgiving, Mabon occurs at the Autumnal Equinox. As the year shifts from light to dark, the focus shifts from the masculine to the feminine, from the God to the Goddess, and from external work to internal reflection. On this day, Lugh, honored at Lughnasadh, sacrifices himself in battle with his dark twin. In Wiccan mythology, the Goddess, full and radiant in her own abundance, waits to give birth to the new Sun god at Yule. Also known as Harvest Home, the Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, and the Festival of Dionysus, Mabon can also be seen as a celebration of the god of the vine. In either form, it marks the second harvest and is a time to relax, enjoy, and give thanks for the bounty of the earth. Create an altar with the colors, fruits, and flowers of fall. Decorations could include leaves, grain, acorns, apples, grapes, a cornucopia, the Empress card from your favorite tarot deck, and a picture or statute of Demeter, Persephone, Lugh, or Dionysus. Light an orange or rust candle, and reflect on all that you have harvested in the past year. Light another candle in thanks for each item or event, saying: “Thank you, Lady, for your great gift of abundance.” End by raising a chalice containing a small amount of juice, wine, or mead, saying: “Thank you, Lord, for your gift of sacrifice and bounty.” Take one sip, and then go outside and offer the rest in libation to the earth. Let the candles burn down and leave the altar, adding fresh items as needed, until Samhain. – By: Lady MoonDance
Sweep Away the Past Spell – Incense of the day: Cedar
During Passover, Jews are not allowed to eat chametz, or leavened bread, or to have any in their possession. Homes are traditionally cleaned from top to bottom, so as not to allow for the possibly of a single breadcrumb to remain. Likewise, this is the perfect time to do your own spring-cleaning, both of the physical and the spiritual sort. As you sweep, vacuum, and scrub, imagine removing any negativity that has built up right along with the dust and dirt. When you are done, set up a white cloth on a table or shelf near the heart of the house and place a bell, sage or cedar incense, a lighter, salt, a chalice or cup filled with water, and a stirring device on this altar. Place a new broom nearby, then use the broom to symbolically sweep the house, beginning in the back rooms and always going toward the door.
Open the door and sweep all of the negativity that you have gathered outside, saying: “I sweep out the old and gather in the new.”
Shut the door and return to the altar. Light the incense, saying: “By air and fire, I cleanse and bless my home. Let it be a place of wisdom and love.”
Go around the house in a clockwise circle, smudging, making sure to get into every nook and cranny.
Finally, pour three spoonfuls of salt into the water and stir, saying, “By water and earth, I cleanse and bless my home. May it be a place of healing and sanctuary.”
Repeat the clockwise circle, carrying a chalice of salt water from which you carefully sprinkle. Return to the altar and ask for the blessings of your patron deities.
“By my will, and with your blessings, this rite is done.”
Ring the bell.
By: Lady MoonDance, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast