Rune-enchanted cant

Current witchy project progress status:

* Building a calendar of sabbats for California — Ongoing. More details in a follow-up toot.
* Building a proper seasonal altar — Gonna return to this after I (hopefully) move.
* Trying to figure out some worthwhile spells to put in my Book of Shadows — Probably after I get that altar set up.
* Working my plants — Off and on. It's been raining so I haven't been watering, but I need to get back to them. The *Sisyrinchium bellum* isn't doing so hot and I should probably figure out what's the matter.
* Just being witchy and shit — When I feel like it. Probably after the planned move and everything settles down a bit.

Today I finally planned and performed my second major working/ritual and the first one that was thought out a bit: a memorial altar for my dog, who passed away about a month ago.

I gathered a few things of hers and quickly worked up a ceremony that worked for me, resulting in this altar. It was very nice. In addition to cleaning it up and leaving the dead flowers as a memento mori, we poured some water in her water bowl and dropped some kibble from that jar into her food bowl. It was very affecting and I really appreciate having done it.

Narylis channeled

We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

#1) Be gay
#2) Do crime
#3) Death to America

Cross-quarter days are a bit harder at the moment.

There's an anecdotal pattern that I've noticed where San Jose usually has a multi-week break in rains in January/February, so depending on what I find in that upcoming analysis, Imbolc/Candlemas may stay in about the same place and symbolize that rather than the coldest point in the year.

Likewise, Lammas/Lughnasadh can still serve as the "hottest" festival at about the same time too.

Samhain might align to the start of the rainy season, but this leaves Beltane unaccounted for.

I might be able to use something like the "official" fire season declaration (which is about that time) for that, not sure.

Anyway, I figure that the Californian quarter days are a given (we're tracking the solar year after all), though their meanings might differ. For example, the Yule counterpart not only symbolizes the rebirth of the sun but also the beginning of rewarming just a week later. More strongly than Yule normally would I mean.

Ostara is roughly going to align with the end of the rainy season I expect, so that will likely be a relevant symbolism.

Mabon might be pretty close to the start of high fire season, so again, probably going to just lean on that a bit.

Litha is a bit of an open question with respect to symbolism, though.

End result is that it's *probably not* unreasonable to put a Californian Lammas/Lughnasadh on August 1, but Candlemas/Imbolc on February 2 is a fool's game.

Probably should have some other marker for the latter (end of the rainy season?)

Bit more data to process this time, since Oxford has records back to 1814 or thereabouts. But I wasn't able to round up any local climatological data so I just went with the same "number of degrees down from solar noon" as San Jose. Might be wrong.

Anyway, you can see that the curve is much more sinusoidal, and delayed. The coldest day is about 20 days after the winter solstice (as opposed to about 40 between Yule and Imbolc) and the hottest day is about 210 days after the winter solstice, which is about 28 days after the summer solstice. Not quite the 40 days from Litha to Lughnasadh, but not unreasonable.

Close enough fit to feel comfortable anyway.

Turns out London wasn't in the daily summary set, so I used Oxford instead.

End result is that the lowest daily high in San Jose is usually about 7 days after the winter solstice and the highest is about 206 days after the winter solstice (i.e. about 24 days or so after the summer solstice).

Not very useful for timing the cross-quarter days. Too close to the main solar days.

Still, I plan on comparing these to the figures for London soon, just to confirm that this image is right: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fil

(I also generated 1-day, 5-day and 10-day means that are... less smooth)

This data takes the entire history of San Jose's climate and plots the maximum temperatures against the number of days elapsed since the winter solstice each year.

In order to generate a better average, each daily data point is skewed to the average time of the highest temperature (when the sun is about 17 degrees below its peak). Probably doesn't matter much (especially since it's not guaranteed to be the time of highest temperature) but I wanted to account for it.

I then generated a smoothed mean, median and "inner" mean over the 20 day period around each data point, which is what you see here.

Eh, there's some problem with calculating the number of days since the previous winter solstice. Probably a small offset getting introduced somewhere because the values seem too high across the board (e.g. number of days since previous winter being over 365.2421 days in some cases).

I think it might be because I'm judging based on the start of the day and not accounting for winter starting between midnight and the high temperature time, but I don't want to fix that now.

I also want to do some research to mark the start of high fire season and the start and end of the rainy season in the calendar, since these are critical to Californian climate and habitats.

The latter should be a quick analysis on top of the climate data I've already collected, but for the dating of high fire season, I'm going to have to hunt down and collate information from old Forest Fire Summaries put out by CAL FIRE (and that means a day trip to Sacramento on a day off from work to get it done)

The code project will hopefully give me cross-quarter days for Imbolc and Lughnasadh, I hope, since they are (as I understand it) timed to the hottest and coldest times of the year in England.

I'm going to repeat my current project to find the hottest and coldest days of the year on London climate data to confirm this, and then apply this fact to my calendar.

Don't know what's going to happen if (as I suspect), the hottest day in the year is on top of the equinox though. Might just drop Lughnasadh entirely then.

Don't know what to do about Samhain and Beltane though. Or what to do about naming since I don't like the whole Celtic thing for my practice.

Current witchy project progress status:

* Building a calendar of sabbats for California — Ongoing. More details in a follow-up toot.
* Building a proper seasonal altar — Gonna return to this after I (hopefully) move.
* Trying to figure out some worthwhile spells to put in my Book of Shadows — Probably after I get that altar set up.
* Working my plants — Off and on. It's been raining so I haven't been watering, but I need to get back to them. The *Sisyrinchium bellum* isn't doing so hot and I should probably figure out what's the matter.
* Just being witchy and shit — When I feel like it. Probably after the planned move and everything settles down a bit.

We'll see if I can manage to emit the estimated actual times (relative to the previous winter) and maximum temperature values for all of San Jose's daily climate history now.

Probably two more hours of cataloguing my books and media left before I can start packing them...

Just a bunch of recent CD purchases and mopping up the occasional un-scanned Blu-ray (1 known offhand) and book (~11 known offhand) to go.

Shit, forgot about all the music I need to catalog too. Well, those are faster than the books at least.

A little more than 25 more Blu-rays and books to catalog and them I’m free until I buy more :spellbook:

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