We were pretty crazy busy, yesterday, right up until about 5:30. When we stopped being so busy I sat down and fell asleep! I was the only one there for Sewing again, and didn’t get to the machine, but I did get another project worked on.
Tempus was just as nuts as I was. I worked on mail in between. He sanded. I did get a few minutes to finish my mushroom spice and make a new batch of cheese spice, since Tempus has been digging into it for the tater wedges.
House Capuchin’s Project Day is today. One of the members was already in and out, looking at some religious questions. I’m going to ask Tempus to spend some time this afternoon on a bone needle for the current project.
…and I ended up doing a very long reading and here it’s 4pm and the newsletter not out, yet!
…lotta sirens going by, hoping everyone is ok….
Chesapeake Bay memories – Crabbing as a kid…. just a dip net, wearing a swimsuit, an oversized t-shirt and a hat, old, raggy, tenny-runners and towing either a bushel basket with a lid or our rowboat… wading through the Bay grass in shallow water and scooping up the crabs. I used to love the fried-in-butter softcrab sandwiches that were my reward from my grandmother for catching enough for supper. I’m drooling thinking about one….
There’s a beautiful article about trot-lining for blue crab on the Chesapeake Bay here: http://beautifulswimmers.tumblr.com/post/93804764024/trotlining
Today’s Feast is the Puck Fair in Killorglin, Ireland. A goat gets crowned King Puck and set in a cage up high for the duration of the fair. The story I like about the origin of the fair was that a goat, running away from Cromwell’s army alerted the village that something was wrong. The fair dates to the 1600’s at least, even if it’s claimed to be ancient. The Puck Fair is in Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puck_Fair
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! When we’ve had a summer rain, they often re-bloom in late August or early September, sometimes lasting through into November. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
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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 8/15 at 5:29am. 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 8/13 at 5:29pm.Asteroid 15 Eunomia reaches opposition and peak visibility tomorrow, but the view tonight is essentially the same. The main-belt object traverses the sky from dusk to dawn and climbs halfway to the zenith in the southern sky around 1 a.m. local daylight time. Eunomia shines at magnitude 8.2 and should be easy to find through binoculars under a dark sky and in a 4-inch telescope from the suburbs. The asteroid is currently moving westward against the backdrop of Aquarius the Water-bearer. Tonight, it lies 3.2° west of magnitude 2.9 Beta (β) Aquarii and 1.5° south of two 6th-magnitude suns, 15 and 16 Aqr.
The Moon’s eastward motion relative to the background sky carries it to Saturn’s vicinity this evening. As darkness falls, the Moon appears some 4° to the planet’s right, but the gap closes as the night wears on. By the time the pair sets around 3 a.m., Luna has pulled within 2° of its companion. Saturn remains a stunning object all week, shining at magnitude 0.2 and growing more prominent as the Moon moves away. When viewed through a telescope, the planet shows an 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a spectacular ring system that spans 41″ and tilts 25° to our line of sight. Physically Saturn is 35 times as large as the Moon (not counting the rings), and tonight it’s 3,500 times farther away.
Saturn’s own largest satellite, Titan, is 1.5 times as large as our Moon. A small or medium-size telescope shows it tonight as an 8.5-magnitude orange pinpoint, about four ring-lengths to Saturn’s west.
Mercury is becoming visible in early dawn, as it climbs up from the east-northeast horizon this week and brightens from magnitude +1.4 to –0.2. Use binoculars to look for it very low about 45 minutes before sunrise. It’s lower right of twinklier Pollux and Castor, as shown here.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for August – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-august-2019
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe. 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.
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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 11 Low 4:49 AM -0.3 6:15 AM Set 2:34 AM 80
~ 11 High 11:25 AM 5.7 8:28 PM Rise 6:18 PM
~ 11 Low 4:32 PM 2.9
~ 11 High 10:27 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I understand the meaning of clarity. I know that clarity comes from the divine.
What does this quote say to you? – If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. — Unknown
~ And again: No more gods! no more gods! Man is King, Man is God! – But the great Faith is Love! – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ There is no death…Only a change of worlds. – Chief Seattle (Seathl, Duwamish-Suquamish, 1785-1866)
~ A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds. – Shelley
~ Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness. – John Sterling
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)
The Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame
Copyright c 1987 by P. E. I. Bonewits. Used by permission.
Rate each of the following from 1(low) to 10(high)…
- ___ Internal control, amount of internal political power exercised by leader(s) over members.
- ___ Wisdom claimed by leader(s); amount of infallibility declared about decisions.
- ___ Wisdom credited to leader(s) by members; amount of trust in decisions made by leader(s).
- ___ Dogma, rigidity of reality concepts taught; amount of doctrinal inflexibility.
- ___ Recruiting, emphasis on attracting new members; amount of proselytizing.
- ___ Front groups, number of subsidiary groups using different names from that of the main group.
- ___ Wealth, amount of money and/or property desired or obtained; emphasis on members’ donations.
- ___ Political power, amount of external political influence desired or obtained.
- ___ Sexual manipulation of members by leader(s); amount of control over sex lives of members.
- ___ Censorship, amount of control over members’ access to outside opinions on the group, its doctrines, and/or its leader(s).
- ___ Dropout control, intensity of efforts directed at preventing or returning dropouts.
- ___ Endorsement of violence when used by or for the group or its leader(s).
- ___ Paranoia, amount of fear concerning real or imagined enemies; perceived power of opponents.
- ___ Grimness, amount of disapproval concerning jokes about the group, its doctrines, or its leader(s).
Note: The current version of the ABCDEF may be found at Isaac Bonewits’ website: http://www.neopagan.net/ABCDEF.html.
Silliness – The Stones
The Rolling Stones circled New York’s sprawling Van Cortlandt Park in a yellow blimp emblazoned with their red tongue trademark, announcing the onset of their upcoming tour, a 40th anniversary extravaganza:
According to lead singer Mick Jagger, “Either we stay at home and become pillars of the community, or we go out and tour. We couldn’t really find any communities that still needed pillars.” Keith Richards piped in…. well, sorry, but no one could understand what Keith piped in with, as Ron Wood wiped the drool from his chin.
Some Stones songs have had to be revised for a more age-appropriate theme:
- “Under My Gums”
- “Dye It Black”
- “Let’s Take a Nap Together”
- “You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Without A Prescription”
- “I Can’t Get No . . . Health Insurance”
- “Pain in My Heart – Where’s My Nitro?”
- “Hey! You! Get Off Of My Lawn!”
- “Sister Motrin”
- “Sleep Fighting Man”
- “Help Me Up”
- “It’s All Over Now, Just Pull The Plug”
- “Time Is On My Side (Well, Maybe Not)”