It’s both cloudy and foggy right now. That should clear up by sunrise, leaving up with partly cloudy and a high of 65. 53FF, wind at 0-3mph, AQI25, UV6. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 2am on Thursday. Temps are going to climb until Tuesday when we could see 80F…. The humidity should drop, at least. Urf….
Yesterday was an odd day. I was awake by 10:30, not because I had enough sleep but just because I couldn’t get back to sleep. I wrote like crazy and edited a piece that just might sell, then did a lot of computer sorting. I finally wore down right about the time Tempus woke at 2:30 and I slept for a few hours.
We got the shop open to air around 6 and had some supper and got things sorted out for the evening, plus doing a heavy watering on the indoor plants. Tempus is out on the bulk route now (around 11) having gotten some groceries. He’ll probably call again before I get this out.
I’ve been doing pick-up-&-put-away in back and finally got the table wiped down. Next up is sorting quilt blocks for my dress, then I want to cut the covers for the next set of baby books. I have to decide whether I want sleeves on the dress or make it just a jumper. Hoping to start on stitching patches together tonight. ….and I got sidetracked into a convo with Arthur. Hey, baby pix. Can’t go wrong with those. …and of course I got sidetracked into the videos that I’ve saved. 🙂
Finally got back to sorting and realized that I have more than I thought. Pretty sure it’s more than enough for a dress…. When I was finally done sorting I made myself a sandwich (turkey lunch meat, one of Tempus’ good bread rolls, microgreens, a few bread and butter pickles and shredded cheese) (1am).
By two I have this mostly ready to go. I’ve talking to Tempus and things are going well on the paper route. I’m getting sleepy. I dunno how much farther I’m going to get on the sewing tonight, but we’ll see.
Today I’m hoping that Tempus and I are going to get out to the beach to watch the sunset. I want to get wet, too. I’m hoping earlier that I’ll get up in time to hit the farmer’s market. It’s a walk for me, but other than the fatigue that keeps nailing me, I’m not in too bad shape. Other things on the agenda are sewing and making cheese, and finishing watering the plants. Yeah, we’ll see… 🙂
Today’s Feast is the anniversary of the Coronation of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. Supposedly, I’m descended from him, on the distaff side. Charles spoke and wrote 5 languages in a day when folks where very rare who could even write their names. He made Prague into a great city. A lot of family stories got told about him: the “Charles’ Bridge Eggs, Not Hard-Boiled Please!”, and the “Building of the Hunger Wall” and the story of how he alone, of almost all of the Czech knights, survived the Battle of Crecy (by his father knocking him over the head, tying him to his horse and sending him home in the care of his tutor, before their suicide charge!). Ask me for the stories and/or there’s more information here: http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/655-years-ago-charles-iv-crowned-king-of-bohemia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_IV,_Holy_Roman_Emperor
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, hypericum perforatum, which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 8/3 at 10:22am. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 9/17 at 4am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/10 at 2:26am.
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 coming of September means that Scorpius, which was the proud starring constellation of the southern sky in July, is now tilting over and lying down in the southwest after dark, preparing to bed down and drift off for the season.Already high overhead at sunset, focus your attention on Lyra tonight. Its bright star Vega (magnitude 0.03) is easy to spot, making up one of the three points of the famous Summer Triangle asterism. The other two points are formed by Deneb in Cygnus and Altair in Aquila. Within Lyra is the stunningly red star T Lyrae. It’s a red giant rich in the element carbon, which causes the star’s atmosphere to preferentially absorb blue light, pumping up its ruby color. T Lyrae is one of the reddest stars in the sky; it’s also a variable star, swinging between magnitude 7.5 and 9.3. It’s located 2° southwest of Vega. If you’d like an easier target, turn instead to brighter R Lyrae, located 6° northeast of Vega. Also a red giant, it goes from magnitude 3.9 to 5.0 every 46 days, never fading from naked-eye visibility. Turn binoculars or a scope on this star to fully enjoy its warm, orange glow. We’ll come back to the same region of sky tomorrow for a look at some of Lyra’s other treasures.
Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.6 and +0.3, respectively) shine in the south in early evening. Jupiter is the brightest; Saturn is 8° to its left. They’re perfectly horizontal right around the end of twilight, like some great pair of eyes. Lower right of Jupiter after dark is the handle of the Sagittarius Teapot. Follow the telescopic interplay of Jupiter with its moons and their shadows, and find all the transit times of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, in the Celestial Calendar section of the current month’s Sky & Telescope, page 50.
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
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
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).
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 2 High 12:55 AM 7.6 6:41 AM Set 6:56 AM 99
~ 2 Low 7:36 AM -0.5 7:50 PM Rise 8:35 PM
~ 2 High 1:55 PM 6.9
~ 2 Low 7:44 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best way to get even is to forget..
Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Imagine that you drank a magic potion, and then suddenly you started to grow smaller and smaller. Finally, you were no larger than a fly. What would you do?
~ Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand. – Neil Armstrong
~ No one has ever become poor by giving. – Anne Frank
~ Imagination is the highest kite one can fly. – Lauren Bacall
~ There’s no shame in failing. The only shame is not giving things your best shot. – Robin Williams
Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling,
Give me juicy autumnal fruit ripe and red from the orchard,
Give me a field where the unmowed grass grows,
Give me an arbor, give me the trellised grape.
–Walt Whitman (1919–92)
Mabon Prosperity Candles By Patti Wigington, About.com – The Bounty of the Season
Mabon is a time to be thankful for all the things we have — a garden full of crops to pick, full apple trees in the orchards, and the bread we’ve been baking with the grain already harvested. Although this is a time of balance, it’s also a time to look at what you have and be grateful for it. Celebrate the abundance of the harvest season by inviting prosperity into your life. These simple candles can be given as gifts, burned on your altar, or placed around the house to bring abundance your way.
You’ll need the following items on your workspace before you begin:
- An unscented candle in a harvest color — yellow, orange, brown
- Your choice of Money Oil or essential oil of cinnamon, orange, or ginger
- Something to inscribe the candle with — a pencil, stylus, etc.
- A pinch of dried basil, sage or dill
If you normally cast a circle or invoke Deity before a working, do so now. Using the stylus or pencil, inscribe your intent upon the candle. For example, if you need money to pay the bills, carve that on there. If you just want extra fun money, write that on the candle too. If you’re not sure how much you need, you can use symbols of money such as the $ dollar sign or a runic symbol. In traditional runes, Fehu is the sign of prosperity (see image).
A Little Candle Magic
Mabon is the perfect time to draw abundance into your life with a bit of simple candle magic. – Image (c) Patti Wigington 2007
Once you’ve completed your inscription, anoint the candle with the Money Oil. If you don’t have Money Oil, use another essential oil that brings prosperity — cinnamon, orange or ginger are all good to use. Focus your intent into the candle, drawing abundance to you. Rub a small amount of the dried basil, sage or dill — all herbs connected with money — into the oil. As you do, clearly visualize how you will be using the money that comes your way. Will you use it to pay off debt? Buy a new car? Take a class for personal growth?
Light the candle, and meditate on the flame. Continue focusing on your intent, and imagine it building, first as a small spark, and then growing into a large ball of light. Maintain this image as long as you can, and then release it into the candle flame. Make sure the candle is in a safe place so as not to be a fire hazard (a bowl of sand is perfect for this) and allow the candle to burn out on its own.
Make a God’s Eye at Mabon – By Patti Wigington, About.com http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/maboncrafts/ss/GodsEye.htm
God’s eyes are one of the easiest crafts you can make, and they’re versatile because you can create them in any color. For a harvest celebration, make them in fall colors — yellows and browns and reds and oranges. At Yule, you can make them in reds and greens. If you’d like to make one for your household altar, you can make it in colors that correspond to your family’s deities and traditions. You’ll need two sticks of equal length — I like to use long cinnamon sticks, but you can use a dowel rod, popsicle stick, or just branches you’ve found on the ground. You’ll also need yarn or ribbon in different colors. If you like, you can include decorative items like shells, feathers, beads, crystals, etc.
Begin by holding two sticks together in a cross shape, and continually wrapping different-colored yarn or ribbon around the arms.
By using alternating colors of thread or yarn, the finished result looks like an eye. In some traditions, you might associate the four points of the cross with the four classical elements, or the directions on the compass. You could even see them as representative of the four major Sabbats — the solstices and the equinoxes. One great thing to do while making god’s eyes is use them as a spell working in themselves — visualize your intent while wrapping the yarn, whether it’s protection for your home and family, to bring love your way, or even a prosperity talisman.
Wrapping Your God’s Eye
Image (c) Patti Wigington 2007
By using seasonal colors, you can create a god’s eye for just about any sabbat or celebration.
To begin, hold your two sticks together in a cross. If you’d doing this with children, it’s a good idea to put a small dab of glue on here to prevent slipping. Look at the diagram for an idea of how this will look.
Wrap a length of yarn one or two times around the top arm of the cross, right where the two sticks meet, going counterclockwise (be sure to hold the loose tail in place and wrap the yarn over it to keep it from unraveling later). As you come around on the left side of the upper arm, cross down and over to the bottom side of the right arm. Bring the yarn out behind the top of the right arm, and cross over to the left side of the bottom arm. Finally, bring the yarn from the right side of the bottom arm across to the top side of the left arm.
This is actually easier than it sounds — look at the diagram in Picture 1 and follow the arrows. Continue wrapping the sticks in the same order until you have a good amount of the color you’re working in. Then switch to a new color, and continue the process until you want to change again. Finish it off with a length of yarn tied in a loop, so you can hang your god’s eye. What you’ll end up with will look like the photo in Picture 2.
Finally, you can decorate the ends of the sticks with feathers, ribbons, beads, or crystals, whatever you prefer. Hang your god’s eye on a wall, or use it on your altar for Sabbat celebrations.
Silliness – To help you smile – Last night my wife told me she feels like I treat our relationship like some kind of silly game. Unfortunately, that cost her 12 points and a bonus turn.