Wait, does this mean I actually ought to have some respect for Paul McCartney as a lyricist now? :blobcatfearful: twitter.com/theryangeorge/stat

The technowitchery will continue... uh... sometime next week? :blobcatsleep:

Aw yeah, just plotted all of these hourly data points with the times of the nearest seasonal changes and relevant times of day (sunrise, sunset, solar noon, solar midnight).

Now to write some more scripts to actually figure out when those mean daily high/low temperatures actually are and if there's an easy function to estimate them...

It takes 8 minutes to calculate the sunrises and sunsets since about 1968 so I've decided to pickle and unpickle the partially calculated state to save myself some time...

Back to working on that Python script that will help me calculate the mean high and low temperature times...

Successfully rigged up a script to read the local climatology data CSVs I got from NOAA and after a few optimizations it’s correctly dumping the time formats I need. I’ll probably work on deriving that temperature-from-time-of-day function on Thursday

Apropos of this, it is surprisingly irritating to get complete historical hourly temperature readings from NOAA. You can only fetch 10 years at a time and you can’t easily automate it through HTTP/FTP requests.

Have been rethinking how to plot average highs and now I’m on a tangent that’s gonna result in me deriving a function for the time of day that the temperature is highest (in terms of solar azimuth)

Well, I’m mostly done with step one of my plotting a wheel of the year for Bay Area witches...

I’ve just plotted over 100 years of San Jose climate data and now all I need to do is average (and smooth) those maximum temperatures out to a single function.

Then I just need to do the same thing for London temperatures and compare the temperatures and “standard” cross-quarter days against the San Jose plot to make a first stab at when they should probably be.

Will probably have to cross-reference precipitation and wildfire data as well. Cross-referencing bird migrations and wildflower blooms will probably be more involved but also necessary to finalize them.

Not that they don’t have inherent value as they are connected to the celestial sphere (excepting cross-quarter days) but it seems to me that trying to force all seasonal shifts to a four-season model doesn’t capture the natural world in certain climates...

It just seems weird to me to “acknowledge” the natural world through quarter and cross-quarter holidays and moons without actually acknowledging the seasonal variations where you live...

Thinking about ordering 70 years of wildfire summary documents in order to figure out the date to hold a proper Californian seasonal sabbat...

And in a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BOOKSTORE I found A Book of Women’s Altars: How to Create Sacred Spaces for Art, Worship, Solace, and Celebration by Nancy Brady Cunningham and Denise Geddes. Seeing as I’ve thought that putting an altar together is pretty much the next big step for me, finding this book was perfect.

I’m super excited to read all of these (and get into working with the Numinous Tarot!) soon...

The books:

  • Queer Magic: LGBT+ Spirituality and Culture from Around the World by Tomás Prower. This book had been on my wish list for a while.
  • Slavic Witchcraft: Old World Conjuring Spells & Folklore by Natasha Helvin. There’s basically nothing left of Czech shamanism these days due to early Christianization, but I do still want to find something that can culturally connect me to some ancestors, and this is probably the best proxy.
  • Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation by Silvia Federici. My partner pointed this out to me and said it was one of the best books she’s ever read. I love historical studies, so am excite.

Been quiet lately because there’s not a lot I feel like saying. But yesterday I did get to stop off at a nice magic shop where I finally got my hands on a copy of the Numinous Tarot (and a bunch of books to boot). So excited, y’all!

Narylis channeled

@fey Good luck out there. Wish I could figure out what all this drama seems to be about since I don’t want to be caught up in something I don’t intend to be. But I’m just baffled and confused and everyone seems to know what is going on but me (and never actually says it). It is just, very very obscure to me.

And disappointing too, since one reason I ended up joining here (besides the laid back vaporwave vibe) is that it seemed to be somewhat serious about the whole witchcraft stuff and I actually wanted to be part of a community like that.

But if people are leaving for undefined reasons to less compelling instances, why would I stay on Mastodon at all?

I’m not sure if the following protocol would work, but I’m gonna float it to see what y’all think:

  • Find an spell book author who I conceivably trust (because of background or other aspects of who they are and what they’ve written; this is an inherently subjective activity) and/or a book I feel isn’t a workaday set of spells cooked up solely to put in the book
  • Read through the spells and see if any of them conceptually “click” for me (a second subjective action)
  • Those spells are the ones to incorporate into my practice

long witchy q 

‪Just sent my coming out e-mail and now I’m getting the heck out of dodge and working from home the rest of the day lol‬

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