The Goddess Book of Days for August 26th
Feast Day of Ilmatar or Luonnotar, Finland’s Water Mother who created the Earth from chaos. She is also Nu Kwa, Nina, Yemaya, Tiamat, Chalchiuhtlique, Bacchue, Atargatis, Ix Chel, and Spider Woman. In Japan, end of season for climbing Mt. Fuji, who is the Fire Goddess. (Pele, Mehuea, Vesta, Hestia, Brigid, Amaterasu, Arinna.)
The Goddess Book of Days
The Pagan Book of Days for Friday, August 26th
Ilmatar is a Finnish Goddess, known as the Water Mother. According to tradition this Goddess is the creator of the world.
The Pagan Book of Days
Friday, August 26th
Friday is the day of Venus. It takes it name from Frigg, the Goddess of love and transformation. She rules the spiritual side of a person that manifests in the physical. Because of this, Friday is often thought of as dangerously unpredictable. This is expressed in an old East Anglian adage:
Friday’s day will have its trick
The fairest or foulest day of the week.
Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Libra
Celtic Tree Month of Coll (Hazel) – August 4 – September 1
The Runic Half Month of As (August 13 – August 28)
Goddess of the Month of Hesperis – August 9 – September 5
The Pagan Book of Days
The Magick of Fridays
Colors: Pink, Aqua, Seafoam
Crystals: Coral, Emerald, Rose Quartz
The Sky This Week for August 26 to August 28
Planets, Pallas, and the Big Dipper will all make wonderful viewing this week
By Richard Talcott
Friday, August 26
• Distant Neptune reaches opposition and peak visibility one week from today, but the view now is essentially the same. The ice giant planet rises during evening twilight and climbs nearly halfway to the zenith in the southern sky by 1:30 a.m. local daylight time. The magnitude 7.8 planet lies in Aquarius, 1.1° southwest of 4th-magnitude Lambda (l) Aquarii. You’ll need binoculars to spy Neptune and a telescope to see its blue-gray disk, which spans 2.4″.
Saturday, August 27
• Venus and Jupiter lie closer to each other today than at any time since May 2000. At their tightest, just 4.2′ separate them. Unfortunately, this happens in late afternoon from North America. By twilight, the two worlds have pulled slightly apart — 5.5′ from the East Coast and 12.1′ from the West Coast. Still, that’s close enough that many people will see the two merge into one. Binoculars will provide spectacular views, clearly splitting the pair and revealing Mercury 5° to their lower left and just above the horizon. Most telescope-eyepiece combinations will show Venus and Jupiter in the same field, with Jupiter spanning 31″ and Venus 11″.
Sunday, August 28
• Evenings this week are great times to explore the constellation Sagittarius the Archer. This star group lies due south and at peak altitude around 9 p.m. local daylight time, just as the last vestiges of twilight fade away. The brightest stars within the constellation form the shape of a teapot — a distinctive asterism once you’ve found it. The central regions of the Milky Way pass through Sagittarius, so it’s always worth exploring the area through binoculars or a telescope.
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Friday, August 26th
Sun Direction: ↑ 111.70° ESE
Sun Altitude: 41.25°
Sun Distance: 93.926 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2016 9:21 AM (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 6:21 AM↑ 77° East
Sunset Today: 7:31 PM↑ 283° West
Length of Daylight: 13 hours, 10 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 240.03° WSW
Moon Altitude: 58.36°
Moon Distance: 232611 mi
Next New Moon: Sep 1, 20164:03 AM
Next Full Moon: Sep 16, 20162:05 PM
Next Moonset: Today3:13 PM
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Giver of life
Strengthen me during my life-long strife.
Teach me Your ways of perfect love,
peace, and wisdom true.
Spawn from my purest heart
These words to You
May this prayer help me to better
myself in word and deed,
To a higher plane I shall succeed.
Beautiful Light of Goodness Fair
Lore of old we both do share
A Witch’s brew, I drink to You
My love for You, by day, by night
In thought and in sight
Will my soul learn
the meaning of this life again.
Originally published on Pagan Library