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Wiccan Book Of Shadows

Pentagram Book of Shadows

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Daily Feng Shui Tip for August 12 – "Peridot"

The birthstone most associated with August is the peridot, a beautiful green gemstone that is sometimes mistaken as an emerald. According to ancient traditions, wearing a peridot close to the skin will reduce stress of all sorts while also freeing the mind from anger and guilt. It has also long been believed that wearing peridot jewelry can slow the aging process while increasing endurance, confidence and self-esteem. This gemstone brings those blessings even if you weren’t born in August, so if this information rings true, then this might just be the most perfect jewelry for you.

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Today’s Affirmation, Thought & Meditation for August 29

Today’s Affirmation for August 29

Like a tree I stand, reaching for the light, gaining strength from the darkness at my roots. My body is twisted by the storms of life, yet in my uniqueness I am beautiful.

Today’s Thought for August 29

“Don’t go outside to see the flowers. Inside your body there are many flowers. One flower has a thousand petals, and that will do for a place to sit. Sitting there you can glimpse the beauty inside the body and out of it, before gardens and after gardens.”


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Today’s Meditation for August 29

Be Your Own Best Friend

We often judge ourselves much more harshly than we judge our friends.  Yet when we are loving toward ourselves, we flower into the essentially compassionate beings that we really are. Close your eyes and imagine that you are your own best friend – a warm, caring person who sees you and thinks of you in a loving and supportive way. Acknowledge your good qualities to yourself and praise your recent successes, no matter how small. To finish, give yourself a hug. Enjoy the feeling of being truly loved for who you are.


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Today’s Affirmation, Thought & Meditation for August 28

Today’s Affirmation for August 28

I open my heart to love, giving thanks for the endless love I am blessed to be able to give and receive.

Today’s Thought for August 28

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”

Emily Dickinson

(1830 -86)

Today’s Meditation for August 28

Absorb Love

Take the time to appreciate the gifts offered to you by other will help to open your heart to the giving and receiving of love. Begin by focusing on your heart Visualize a warm, gentle glow in your chest area and sense the slow, steady rhythm of your heartbeat. As you do so contemplate some of the blessings that other people have brought into your life – perhaps the love of fine art inspired in you by your mother or the empathy shown to you by your best friend. Feel your heart swell with gratitude as you reflect that all these blessings were offered to you in the spirit of love.


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The Wicca Book of Days for Aug. 27 – Sardonyx & Peridot

The Wicca Book of Days for Aug. 27

Sardonyx & Peridot


Two gemstones are traditionally identified as being August’s birthstones. One is sardonyx, a form of chalcedony that exhibits white stripes separating larger, orangey-brown bands. Sardonyx is said to impart self-control and vivaciousness to its wearer, which may be why it is said to ensure a happy marriage. The other crystal is the yellowy-green Peridot, which is reputed to be a bringer of success. It is credited with the power to forge friendships, to replace feelings of nervousness with a positive and confident outlook, and to increase physical strength.

Sky Salutations

Honor Nut, the Egyptian Sky Goddess in your rituals on this her birthday. When Nut and her twin, Geb, the Earth God were born locked together, they had to be pried apart by their father the Air Deity Shu, causing Nut’s arched body to become the celestial vault.

Your Charm for August 18 is Aquarius, The Water-Bearer

Your Charm for August 18th

Aquarius, The Water-Bearer

General Description: Eleventh sign of the Zodiac, Jan 20th to Feb 19th. Ruling planet Uranus; correct metal lead. Those bon under the influence of the Aquarius were supposed to be intelligent, of strong will power, restless, inventive, deep thinkers, artistic and caution in money matters. The Aquarius gems are Garnet and Hyacinth. The Garnet, thought India and Persia, was a favorite amulet against plague and poison, also worn to attract cheerfulness and good health. In the middle ages used as a charm to protect against all inflammatory disease and to ensure happiness. It was also supposed to warn its wearer of approaching peril and danger.

Today’s Affirmation, Thought & Meditation for August 15th

*This is just absolutely too precious*

Today’s Affirmation for August 15th

 The universe is an endless source of strength I can draw on as I undertake new challenges.

Today’s Thought for August 15th

 “Take the breath of the new dawn and make it part of you. It will give you strength.” Hopi Saying

Today’s Meditation for August 15th

Into The Canyon

Imagine yourself walking across a vast plateau of barren, red rock. Suddenly you find yourself at the edge of a canyon. You follow a path down the seep walls of the canyon. As you descend the air dampens and lush greenery envelops you. When you reach the river at the bottom of the canyon, you wade into shallows and immerse yourself in the water. As you do so a sense of power courses through your body — this river is the source of your inner strength, running deeper than you had ever imagined. Repeat this journey into the canyon whenever you need too contact your inner strength.

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Today’s Affirmation, Meditation and Thought for August 14th

Today’s Affirmation for August 14th

 “Lack of self-respect warps the mirror:  I will walk away from this distorted image of myself before the illusion becomes part of my landscape. I am whole and unique.”


Today’s Thought for August 14th

 “Pearls do not lie on the seashore. If you desire one you must dive for it.”

Eastern Saying

Today’s Meditation for August 14th

Meet Yourself for the First Time

Close your eyes and imagine that you are attending a party. A friend comes over and introduces you to yourself. What are your first impressions of this person? Engage yourself in conversation. How does the relationship develop between you? From this neutral perspective consider the strengths and weaknesses that you see in yourself. Use this awareness as a basis for change.


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August: A Happy Sun and a Blue Moon

August: A Happy Sun and a Blue Moon

by Maria DeSimone

It’s August, and the Sun is in command, burning brightly — even ostentatious at times. This month the Sun will enjoy complete stability, due to a lovely aspect to Saturn (planet of structure and endurance) that will be exact on the morning of Aug. 17. The same day there is also a perfect New Moon in Leo, which is our annual “playtime” lunation.

Leo rules everything that gives you joy and warmth … even tingles. Leo rules love and romance, children, creative enterprise and whatever it is you do for fun. So, yes, plant seeds for romance or another pleasurable endeavor in the two weeks following this lunation. It will be fabulous!

Venus, the planet of love, will enter tender Cancer on Aug. 7, and from Aug. 14 – 16 love will be quite intense for those with planets near an early degree of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) because Venus will oppose Pluto and square Uranus all at once. An unexpected love or financial development is possible, and it appears to be stressful, so buckle up. Thankfully, it’ll be a very temporary ride.

Once Mercury turns direct on Aug. 8, the rest of August will feel more balanced, and for those of you with planets or angles in the early degrees of a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) or for those ruled by Mercury (Gemini, Virgo) any communication mishaps will smooth over. You do have a green light to enjoy the rest of the summer now, trust me!

So why do I mention anything “blue?” Am I trying to ruin the rest of your summer? Not at all!

This month we simply have two Full Moons in the same calendar month. The second is dubbed a “blue moon,” but it doesn’t imply a sad month at all. I will say, however, that if you have planets or points near the degree of both Full Moons, you can expect your month to be one wild, emotional roller coaster. That is just the emotionally charged nature of any Full Moon.

The first Full Moon happens at 10 degrees Aquarius on Aug. 1, and Mercury is retrograde in Leo at this time, so if you have planets near those early degrees of any fixed sign, I do believe you’ll feel this one as emotionally charged miscommunication. The second Full Moon occurs at 9 degrees of Pisces on Aug. 31, and it will be a sensitive, reflective Full Moon, thanks to the heavy water energy.

Personally, I don’t plan to focus on either Full Moon this month — blue or otherwise. I’m all about the Leo New Moon at 25 degrees. It’s love, it’s joy, it’s pleasure.
It’s HOT!

Good Tuesday Morning, All My Dear Friends! What’s Up?

Today’s Affirmation for August 7th

“I am calmed and I will deal today with any challenge in a successful way.”


Today’s Thought for August 7th

 “Whoever holds in their mind the great image of oneness, the world will come to them…in safety, oneness and peace.”

 Lao Tzu

(c. 604 – 531BCE)

Today’s Meditation for August 7th

Meditate on a Mandala

Mandalas are pictorial representations of the cosmos, usually consisting of a number of geometric shapes, organized in concentric circles. They are used in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions as an aid to meditation. Focus on the mandala, moving mentally toward its heart, in order to achieve a sense of oneness with the universe.


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Connecting with the Earth as Darkness Deepens

Connecting with the Earth as Darkness Deepens

by Catherine Harper

About now, the summer garden is coming into its full splendor. This is what most people think of when you say garden — tomatoes and peppers, corn and beans, squash, melons, cucumbers, grapes and berries… all right, mentioning berries is almost cheating in the Pacific Northwest, where some kind of berry is in season for more than half the year. But that only makes up for the shortcomings of our climate regarding other staples of the classic American garden — here, the corn season is short, as are most varieties of corn suited for our growing season. Tomatoes are almost a religion in themselves, for they will not thrive without substantial assistance. Peppers and eggplants are more difficult yet, causing many people who don’t like zucchini to overplant it, just so they have something growing with enthusiasm. Melons, too, are temperamental. But still, with luck and practice these luscious foods do grow, and it’s a season of wonder for the garden.

It’s a strange thing that just as the garden begins to bear in earnest, and you can hardly see a way to eat or save all the beans and squash that you’ve grown, is when you need to begin preparing for fall and winter crops. Of course, this is a less common sort of gardening these days when gardening for most of us is a luxury rather than a matter of survival. The popular gardens emphasize the delicate fruits of summer, which are most productive, and most notably different than their pale grocery-store counterparts.

Winter gardening isn’t so much about bounty and bulk but having a few fresh things you can add to your meals throughout the cold seasons. By extension, it’s also about understanding the seasons, and connecting with the outdoors when it isn’t fun and easy. Our winters, while dark and wet, are relatively warm, and green. The world around us keeps moving and changing, whether we’re paying attention or not. And the beets and kales and onions of the winter garden are tastier than you might imagine, even as they allow you to take this piece of the season, of the outdoors, and make it a part of yourself.

Winter gardens, while less productive, are also less labor-intensive than their summer counterparts. The plants aren’t tender, and require little extra fussing. (Of course, if you want to grow plants that aren’t really that cold-hardy, or have quicker-growing plants with bigger yields, you can fuss to your heart’s content.) Unlike during our relatively dry summers, supplemental water is rarely necessary. Weeds don’t grow much, and so won’t get in your way, and most garden pests are either dead or elsewhere.

A winter garden will profit from rich soil but will actually do better without a lot of supplemental fertilizer — large amounts of available nutrients will only encourage lots of tender young growth, which is more susceptible to temperature fluctuation. Full sun is also important — not because many of the plants are usually thought of as needing “full sun” but because our winter days are so short and cloud cover so heavy that every extra bit of light will help.

Most of the plants for a winter garden are started around the beginning of August. I almost exclusively start mine in containers, and only plant them into beds after some of the summer produce has been cleared. Nurseries are increasingly carrying winter starts as well, though the selection tends to be limited.


If you want to take a first swing at winter gardening, and you’re in the mood for easy successes without a lot of effort, alliums are a good place to start. Plant onion sets (pearl-size onion bulbs) for green onions, or any old garlic that happens to be sprouting. If you’re only interested in the greens (and garlic greens, if you haven’t tried them, are a wonderful treat), little preparation is needed — dig a shallow trench a couple of inches deep, space your bulbs about two inches apart, and cover. You can do this any time, though you’ll find the maintenance easier if you wait until later August. While the weather is still hot and dry, provide water as needed. The greens are useable at any time after they emerge. Delicious, ignored by most pests and impervious to poor soil, alliums grow easily this way.

Of course, if you want to actually produce storage onions and garlic, you should give them very rich soil, hold off planting the garlic until October or so and start the onions from seed around Imbolc. If you’re going to go to that much work, you might consider starting overwintering leeks from seeds in late August, and planting them out in the fall with garlic.


In the fall and winter months, “seasonal color” beds are planted with these odd things that look like purple and white cabbages. This first impression is essentially correct — these are ornamental kales, kales being perhaps the hardiest member of a family that also includes cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, mustard and collards. If you spend much time growing brassicas, their similarities become more and more obvious. When small, they mostly (with the partial exception of mustard) look like the same plant, though the broccoli has been bred to produce a large head of closely packed buds, and Brussels sprouts have been coaxed into producing miniature cabbages along the length of their stalks (though in fact a regular cabbage will often produce sprouts similar to Brussels sprouts after the main head has been cut). Kales, closer than other cultivated varieties to the wild type, produce ruffled leaves that don’t form a true head. And I’m almost afraid to speculate exactly what was done to induce the poor plants to turn into cauliflower.

If you’re looking for an easy start, look to the primitive vigor of the kales — there’s a reason they’re so commonly used as an ornamental; pretty or not, the things are tough. Properly speaking, these plants should be started from seed by the middle of July, so these might be good ones to buy as starts, planting them out in September. Many varieties are available, in shades of green, red and purple — I favor the variable wild garden kale mixes, but even the ornamental varieties are perfectly edible. Kales keep me in greens for soups and stir fries all winter long.

Once you’ve come to know kales, the rest of the family is not much of a stretch. Keep in mind, though, that some varieties of broccoli will produce a fall harvest, while others will overwinter and produce heads in spring. Cauliflower is similar, and Brussels sprouts need to be started early just to be ready in spring. Fall-harvested mustard and cabbage will be sweeter for growing into a cold season.

Other greens

If you really don’t want to put a lot of effort into your garden, but you’d like fresh salad greens, here’s what I’d recommend: Prepare a patch of earth (to save weeding later on, clear it and then cover it with clear plastic during a few scorching summer days — the concentrated heat will kill weed seeds). Get a packet of mache (or cornsalad) seeds, sprinkle them over the ground, rake them in, and then walk away. If you’re in a hurry for your mild-flavored greens, water a bit, but if that’s too much for you, never mind. When things get damp again, they’ll sprout and grow into little rosettes of tender spoon-shaped leaves. If you cut off the leaves and leave the roots, they’ll grow more leaves. If you harvest most of the plants and let a couple go to seed, the process will start over again. With very little care, you can be kept in greens from fall through about May, when they go to seed — longer if you replant earlier in the year. This is just about the only plant that is really growing during December and January, a period through which most plants at best preserve the status quo.

Lettuce, spinach and chard are my other favorite fall and winter greens. All can be grown from seed, either as fall greens or as overwintering ones (with spinach and chard, the difference is a bit academic, but if you wish to overwinter lettuce, select a variety intended for that purpose). If you want a lot of greens through the winter, it may be worthwhile to consider giving your greens bed some kind of protection, such as a cold frame or tunnel cloche (a system of u-shaped supports holding up a piece of plastic, keeping the plants and the ground they’re in a few degrees warmer).

Root vegetables

My favorite root vegetables are carrots and radishes, which are traditionally sown together. The radishes come up almost immediately, and can be harvested at the end of the month. The carrots, on the other hand, are in it for the long haul, and carrots are planted now to overwinter for a spring harvest. Carrots can be a very hardy crop, sometimes growing to cudgel-like proportions, but they should be planted only where there is at least eight inches of soil before you hit clay. If this does not describe your garden, and you like carrots, it might be time to consider a raised bed.

It’s a little late already to start beets, but beets are one of the few root vegetables that can be started in containers and then transplanted, so it might be worth your while to look for starts. Turnips might make it from seed now, if you get them in quick.


What could be better than fresh peas for Thanksgiving? Peas planted in late summer will — with a little bit of luck with the weather — bear through the fall. A pea inoculant can only help.

Fava beans, too, are often planted in the fall. While they won’t give you a winter harvest, they’re a good cover crop, that can be tilled into the soil come spring, or they can be left to bear their wonderful beans.