Update 5:15pm – That was a fun tea! We’ve had some people in shopping today. It’s clouded up and the temp has dropped 4 degrees. I got a lot of herbs sorted out and put away and have more to do.
Update 2:30pm – Crone’s Tea at 3pm. No Wicca 102 tonight. Most of the class is down sick!
Update 1:45pm – Crone’s Tea begins at 3pm. The picture at the left is the hebe that I picked this morning. It’s not the same as the lavendar that I’ve got in the body of the newsletter. Look at the leaves and the way the flower stems branch out from each other. The candles have their wicks and I’m going to finish up cleaning the class table and then set up for the Tea!
Update Noon – We’re packing a couple of the orders at the moment, since Tempus is back. I was rhapsodizing about the weather and forgot to say that I harvested hebe this morning, which is already in the drying trays, some more hydrangea and a bunch of crocosmia flower that I just got into a vase on the counter. They’re *so* beautiful that I’m going to take a picture and post it!
- Update 11:20 – The Sun is definitely shining and it’s already above the forecast high of 67F! There are some high cirrus streaks and the usual pile of fog beyond the thermal shear line off-shore, but it’s beautiful weather! I’ve gotten orders taken care of and gotten the shop open long since, so I’m going to go process some herbs.
Wicca 102 at 5pm!It’s bright sunshine and nearly 64F out there! They’re still talking rain this afternoon, but there’s blue sky between the clouds. I’ve got the study window wide open and there air smells so *good*!For some darned reason two of the tomato buckets are sitting *on* the salad burnet in the garden. Tempus says that they were on the walkway last night. Was the wind that strong? Hmm… it’s pretty breezy, but they must not have been stable where they were sitting.I worked mostly on pictures of product yesterday, getting some pottery ones done early on, and sending out stuff for orders. I’m also starting on some for the website, but I want to make a spot up front for a “flat” of sand so I can do jewelry pictures in natural light.I did a reading earlier in the day and helped someone who’s hitting that point where upping the brightness of your spirit and taking up your power starts attracting the astral moths. That’s a scary thing because people think they’re being attacked or hexed or something and usually it’s just a natural part of the process. Light bulb on and the moths appear! …and they do some weird things rather just going “pffffffft” in the heat….and just in general. If things start getting weird around you, the first thing to do is to ground and center…. and then sit back to figure out what is going on around you. A lot of the time people get really, really freaked by things that add up to a mess, but they’re distinct pieces of things with separate causes… Right now, with Mercury retrograde (everyone seems to be breaking things this time, instead of losing them) odd things are going to happen. It’s not necessarily coming at you with ill intent! I’ll talk about this some more, maybe in tomorrow’s newsletter.Tempus was back from work at 1:30pm so he headed down to the post office to pick up the beading and candle supplies that were down there.One by one the folks that were going to help with the harvest called and said they couldn’t make it, so Tempus went up to the house by himself to do that. Lavendar, as much as I love it, is one of my specific allergen triggers, so he handled it so’s not to listen to my sneezing & wheezing all night. 🙂 There are 3 bags of lavendar, and we’re going to spread them out on sheets to dry, tacked up to the underside of the porch roof. It shouldn’t take but a day or two of dry weather. As long as I’m outside, I can handle the process of “sticking” them (getting the blossoms separated from the stems. Tempus says that there’s a bit more, since he harvested by the handful and left the harder ones for later.He made a loaf of ritual bread for esbat while he was up harvesting the lavendar.
Tempus also figured out how to get the crocosmia by the path to quit leaning over so far. It was hard to get through yesterday morning without getting soaked.
Rowan and Marius got to the shop in the late afternoon and we visited until time for esbat, then closed up and started the ritual. We went through the script for Lughnasadh and I’m in the process of making some changes.
I have more pictures to do today and I’m going to be harvesting some of the hebe before I head for the shop.
I’ll be working on getting the rest of the beeswax candles wicked… wait one… that came out funny… it’s sounds fine when you *say* it! I need to get wicks into the beeswax candles, not going to have to spank ’em for being bad! Oiyoiyoi! <grin> I also am hoping to start on some feather earrings today, but darned if I didn’t forget to order clasps, so the necklaces will have to sit a bit longer. <sigh>
…and yes, I did have the ending time for this moon phase wrong. Not sure how…. but New Moon ends Friday morning at 9:24…
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,
NASA Science News for July 18, 2012 – More than 8 years after landing on the Red Planet, Mars rover Opportunity is still running. Indeed, mission planners say the tireless robot is poised to complete a full marathon–the first ever long-distance race on an alien planet. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/18jul_martianmarathon/ VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC-rvKjBHfE
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is New. Phase ends at 9:24am on Friday. 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.
This is the time of year when the Big Dipper, in the northwest after dark, begins scooping down to the right as if preparing to scoop up water. And the dim Little Dipper, standing upright from the North Star at the end of its handle, begins to tip left starting its six-month downward fall.
Venus and Jupiter gradually move farther apart as they climb higher in the dawn. Sky & Telescope diagram
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.Sun in Cancer
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Tides for Alsea Bay
~Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
~Th 19 High 12:43 AM 7.7 5:50 AM Rise 6:34 AM 0
~ 19 Low 7:42 AM -1.1 8:55 PM Set 8:59 PM
~ 19 High 2:10 PM 6.4
~ 19 Low 7:37 PM 2.2
- Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rejoice in other people’s triumphs.******Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – How do you feel about politicians openly sharing their religious beliefs?******Quotes
~ Never wear a backward baseball cap to an interview unless applying for the job of umpire. – Dan Zevin
~ On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down. – Woody Allen
~ Perceive first, believe later. – Victor H. Anderson
~ Pleasure or pain are aspects of the mind only. Our essential nature is happiness. But we have forgotten the Self and imagine that the body or the mind is the Self. It is that wrong identity that gives rise to misery. – Sri Ramana MaharshiI was snow, I melted in your rays
The earth drank me: mist, now, and pure spirit,
I climb back to the Sun. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)******MagickMake a Solar Wheel or Corn Man WheelTurn a wire hanger into a circle (standard circle material for wreaths too), keeping the hook to hang it by.Make a small cardboard disk to glue the corn tips onto. You can decorate it with any design, for example, a pentagram or sun.Place ears of Indian “squaw” corn (it is smaller than regualr corn and fits easily on a coat hanger) with the tips inthe center of the circle and secure with hot glue to the cardboard disk. Use eight ears for a Solar Wheel, or five ears for a Corn Man. If all the ears of corn meet just right you won’t need the disk, but if they are uneven the disk is helpful.Wrap a bit of the husks of each ear around the wire on either side of the ear of corn, leaving some to stand out free from the corn.
Let dry overnight and hang on the front door.
Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
Make a Corn Wheel
Lammas is the time of the first harvest, and grains, especially corn, are abundant. The eight ears of corn on this wreath represent the eight sabbats. The shucks look like the rays of the sun, a very fitting symbol of the season.
You will need:
a round wire or other hoop on which to build the wreath
8 ears of corn of equal length — dried or fresh
a short piece of ribbon or twine (for hanger)
florists wire (optional)
- Fashion a round hoop wide enough to accommodate the length of two ears of corn.
- Using ribbon or twine, form a loop to serve as a hanger. Tie or glue this securely to the hoop.
Position the eight ears of corn inside the circle, paying close attention to the illustration. Be sure to keep the hanger/ribbon positioned at the top of the wreath.
Tie or wrap the corn shucks around the hoop. (They can be held in place with florists wire, if need be.)
- Use stray ends of the shucks to cover the hoop completely. (If using dried corn, the shucks should have been soaked in water before starting.)
- Use florists wire to keep the shucks in place.
Cut a small, round piece of cardboard. Lay the wreath on the table and position the cardboard circle in the middle of the hoop.
- Using a glue gun or some other fast drying glue, adhere the tips of the ears to the cardboard circle on the BACK SIDE of the wreath, being careful that the cardboard is not obvious from the front.
- You may want to cut out the middle of the cardboard circle so it can not easily be seen from the front.
- Allow the glue to dry and hang.
Silliness – Parting Chips
~ While my son was on the Navy carrier USS George Washington, the air wing was busy with training missions. After talking to a pilot, one air-traffic controller accidentally left his microphone on and remarked to a nearby buddy, “That guy sounded just like Elmer Fudd.”
~ The airwaves got strangely quiet as everyone listened, realizing that the pilot had also heard the comment. After about ten seconds, the pilot broke the silence by announcing: “Be vewy, vewy quiet. We aw hunting submawines.”