Update 4:30 pm – At least 3 bags full so far, although we’re going to dry in sheets, not on the drying trays that we can’t reach the materials for. …<sigh>
Update 2:30pm – Lavendar Harvest begins at 3pm. Meet at Ancient Light.
Esbat tonight at the shop at 7pm! See below for info about the Lavendar Harvest!
It’s quite dim, green and damp this morning and 59F and supposed to be like this pretty much all day.
Tempus and I got up late, yesterday, and sat around talking until past noon because we had a lot of stuff to do….takes planning to make sure what we’re doing else Tempus and I end up working at cross purposes… cross purposes because we get *awfully* cross!
I had lunch and went on having fun making more in the way of pictures for the newsletter and kept at it all afternoon. Check ’em out below! I also re-sized the “moon in” pix. Don’t be surprised if you go back into the archives and see different pix from the first time around. I *am* still experimenting!
Can you believe that Tempus went out trying to mow the grass during the afternoon? It was still soggy…was raining earlier. I worked on getting files into this weeks blog up through dinner-time and into the late evening. I also spent quite a while sorting papers for recycling…that’s an awful job for a packrat like me…. But I may actually be able to put stuff into the file cabinet when Tempus comes back in and gets the stack of sorted stuff and pulls out the recycling!
Flash flood warnings are up in Central Oregon. Send good energy their way!
I made a ramen dinner with chicken and string beans and carrots, and we finished up with the last of the apple crumble and vanilla ice cream.
I’m at the shop today. Tempus has to go in to work, after all. That means that it’s a little “iffy” whether we’ll be harvesting at 3pm. If he’s back, we will. If not, I’ll be working on drying trays until we run out of materials or he gets back, then we’ll go up to the garden and get the lavendar harvested. Bring gloves and paper grocery sacks for your harvest! If you don’t want to just hang out at the shop, give us a call at (541)563-7154 to check what’s what.
The shop opens at 10am. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
End of the cycle –In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away. New Moon Magick – The beginning of a new cycle. – Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. 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.
Once you’ve found Vega and Arcturus (see yesterday), imagine a line between them. A third of the way along it from Vega is the dim Keystone of Hercules. Two thirds of the way is the little semicircle constellation Corona Borealis, the dim Northern Crown, with one modestly bright star, Alphecca or Gemma.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Pisces-Cetus border) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south before the first light of dawn. Finder charts.
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne Holly Jul 8 – Aug 4
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Runic half-month of Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick (Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992) Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings.
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
|Jul. 18, 2012||Rise||Set|
|Actual Time||5:49 AM PDT||8:55 PM PDT|
|Civil Twilight||5:14 AM PDT||9:30 PM PDT|
|Nautical Twilight||4:29 AM PDT||10:14 PM PDT|
|Astronomical Twilight||3:34 AM PDT||11:08 PM PDT|
|Moon||5:30 AM PDT||8:25 PM PDT|
|Length Of Visible Light||16h 15m|
|Length of Day||
Tomorrow will be 1m 49s shorter.
Waning Crescent, 0% of the Moon is Illuminated
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~~~~~~~/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 18 High 12:03 AM 7.6 5:49 AM Rise 5:31 AM 1
~~~18 Low 7:08 AM -1.0 8:55 PM Set 8:26 PM
~~~18 High 1:37 PM 6.1
~~~18 Low 6:57 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – May our roots always run deep and may our branches keep stretching to the sun
~ Learn to accept in silence minor aggravations. – Sir William Osier
~ Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason. – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
~ Never feel like education is over. You’ll constantly evolve and grow as a photographer. You can always learn, always improve and develop your own style. – Andrew Scrivani, New York Times photographer
~ Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true. – Brian Tracy
Behind the western bars
The shrouded day retreats,
And unperceived the stars
Steal to their sovran seats.
And whiter grows the foam,
The small moon lightens more;
And as I turn me home,
My shadow walks before.
The Clouds have left the Sky. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
LAMMAS: The First Harvest
Once upon a Lammas Night
When corn rigs are bonny,
Beneath the Moon’s unclouded light,
I held awhile to Annie…
~ Although in the heat of a Mid-western summer it might be difficult to discern, the festival of Lammas (Aug 1st) marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall. The days now grow visibly shorter and by the time we’ve reached autumn’s end (Oct 31st), we will have run the gamut of temperature from the heat of August to the cold and (sometimes) snow of November. And in the midst of it, a perfect Mid-western autumn.
~ The history of Lammas is as convoluted as all the rest of the old Folk holidays. It is of course a cross-quarter day, one of the four High Holidays or Greater Sabbats of Witchcraft, occurring 1/4 of a year after Beltane. However, British Witches often refer to the astrological date of Aug 6th as Old Lammas, and folklorists call it Lammas O.S. (‘Old Style’). This date has long been considered a ‘power point’ of the Zodiac, and is symbolized by the Lion, one of the ‘tetramorph’ figures found on the Tarot cards, the World and the Wheel of Fortune (the other three figures being the Bull, the Eagle, and the Spirit). Astrologers know these four figures as the symbols of the four ‘fixed’ signs of the Zodiac, and these naturally align with the four Great Sabbats of Witchcraft.
~ Christians have adopted the same iconography to represent the four gospel-writers. ‘Lammas’ was the medieval Christian name for the holiday and it means ‘loaf-mass’, for this was the day on which loaves of bread were baked from the first grain harvest and laid on the church altars as offerings. It was a day representative of ‘first fruits’ and early harvest.
~ In Irish Gaelic, the feast was referred to as ‘Lugnasadh’, a feast to commemorate the funeral games of the Irish sun-god Lugh.
~ However, there is some confusion on this point. Although at first glance, it may seem that we are celebrating the death of the Lugh, the god of light does not really die (mythically) until the autumnal equinox. And indeed, if we read the Irish myths closer, we discover that it is not Lugh’s death that is being celebrated, but the funeral games which Lugh hosted to commemorate the death of his foster- mother, Taillte. That is why the Lugnasadh celebrations in Ireland are often called the ‘Tailltean Games’.
The time went by with careless heed
Between the late and early,
With small persuasion she agreed
To see me through the barley…
~ One common feature of the Games were the ‘Tailltean marriages’, a rather informal marriage that lasted for only ‘a year and a day’ or until next Lammas. At that time, the couple could decide to continue the arrangement if it pleased them, or to stand back to back and walk away from one another, thus bringing the Tailltean marriage to a formal close. Such trial marriages (obviously related to the Wiccan ‘Handfasting’) were quite common even into the 1500’s, although it was something one ‘didn’t bother the parish priest about’. Indeed, such ceremonies were usually solemnized by a poet, bard, or shanachie (or, it may be guessed, by a priest or priestess of the Old Religion).
~ Lammastide was also the traditional time of year for craft festivals. The medieval guilds would create elaborate displays of their wares, decorating their shops and themselves in bright colors and ribbons, marching in parades, and performing strange, ceremonial plays and dances for the entranced onlookers. The atmosphere must have been quite similar to our modern-day Renaissance Festivals, such as the one celebrated in near-by Bonner Springs, Kansas, each fall.
~ A ceremonial highlight of such festivals was the ‘Catherine wheel’. Although the Roman Church moved St. Catherine’s feast day all around the calendar with bewildering frequency, it’s most popular date was Lammas. (They also kept trying to expel this much-loved saint from the ranks of the blessed because she was mythical rather than historical, and because her worship gave rise to the heretical sect known as the Cathari.) At any rate, a large wagon wheel was taken to the top of a near-by hill, covered with tar, set aflame, and ceremoniously rolled down the hill. Some mythologists see in this ritual the remnants of a Pagan rite symbolizing the end of summer, the flaming disk representing the sun-god in his decline. And just as the sun king has now reached the autumn of his years, his rival or dark self has just reached puberty.
~ Many commentators have bewailed the fact that traditional Gardnerian and Alexandrian Books of Shadows say very little about the holiday of Lammas, stating only that poles should be ridden and a circle dance performed. This seems strange, for Lammas is a holiday of rich mythic and cultural associations, providing endless resources for liturgical celebration.
Corn rigs and barley rigs,
Corn rigs are bonny!
I’ll not forget that happy night
Among the rigs with Annie!
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002
My quiet Saturday morning ended abruptly when my 12-year-old son, Billy, and one of his friends burst through the door.
“Hey Dad, announced Billy, “have you met the new neighbors?”
“Come on Dad, you have to meet them.”
“Some other time; I’m busy.”
“Dad, you have to meet them now.”
From the urgency in Billy’s voice, I assumed the neighbors were waiting outside. I set aside my project and went to the front of the house. No one was there.
“Where are they?” I asked.
“Well, Dad,” he explained, “we haven’t met them yet either, but our baseball is in their living room!”