It’s already 60F and very overcast, although it’s getting brighter, just the way it did yesterday.
I got some yarrow harvested as I was heading for the shop yesterday along with a calendula or two and the self-heal is starting to bloom! I also cut the tansy and a bit of sweet grass. We got through getting the shop open and Tempus did headers before watering the planters and then headed out to work, only to be back in just a few minutes since he wasn’t needed after all.
The sun came out and Tempus went outside and started making tippy-tappy noises as he worked on getting the pole socket up for the open flag. We got a lot of herbs processed and just kept going on that since no one came in for Crystals. We then got thoroughly distracted since Darwinia stopped by to tell us about her new ducks and about her trip to Russia!
Tempus finished hanging the sample board for the feather eyelashes and we just kept on doing various chores of that sort all day. We shifted the rolling sewing machine table so that I can work on those projects and still see out the front door, swapping it for the large sofa that’s been living in the back of the shop. That’s been a problem for a while. I’ve got a lot of herb boxes to move and sort!
Late in the afternoon I managed to bash my hand on the incense table hard enough that it swelled up. I spent the rest of the day alternately holding it in the air and soaking it in cold water to get the swelling back down. It doesn’t look like I did any more than bruise it, but it *hurt*, and that put paid to me finishing what I started on.
Tempus spent the tail end of the day with some of last year’s lavendar, finishing “sticking” it. He’s got a bit more to do, but made a good start.
We came home still in daylight, but it was dark well before we ate dinner. Tempus made Tuna Surprise by my directions, since we had some hotdog buns going stale and this was a way to use ’em up. Tuna Surprise is a dish that I grew up with at school. The cafeteria used to serve it every couple of weeks. Canned tuna, diced cheese and mayo, mixed with something to give it texture (trad is chopped celery & pickle relish, Tempus used black olives and sweet pickle slices) is spread on hotdog buns laid open on a cookie sheet and baked until melted and the buns are starting to crisp. It’s tasty and it’s a fish dish that most folks don’t object to, although the cheaper the tuna you use, the “fishier” it tastes!
We’ve got an 1/2 dozen requests for a Wicca 101 Intensive and we’re thinking about doing a mid-week one in August. If you’re interested, let me know.
I had scheduled a Practical Craft of making soap bars today. I can’t handle the materials with a bruised hand, so I’m going to have to cancel. Sorry!
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
The Moon is in Diana’s Bow. 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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! Phase ends on Tuesday at 9:24pm.
Arcturus is the brightest star high in the west after dark at this time of year. It and Vega, almost overhead, are the two leading stars of summer. Look off to the right of Arcturus, in the northwest, to spot the Big Dipper.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Pisces-Cetus border) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are high in the southern sky before the first light of dawn. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
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 enters Leo at 3:01am
Moon in Virgo
Mercury, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Pluto Retrograde
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Tides for Alsea Bay
~Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
~Su 22 High 2:46 AM 7.2 5:53 AM Rise 9:57 AM 7
~ 22 Low 9:24 AM -0.7 8:52 PM Set 10:24 PM
~ 22 High 3:51 PM 7.1
~ 22 Low 9:49 PM 1.4
~ The important thing is to not stop questioning. – Albert Einstein
~ The Law of Attraction says that like attracts like, so when you think and feel what you want on the inside – the law will use people, circumstances and events to magnatize what you desire. – Rhonda Byrne
~ The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. – Elizabeth Stanton (1815-1902) US reformer
~ The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers. – Dave Barry
The god of dirt
came up to me many times and said
so many wise and delectable things, I lay
on the grass listening
to his dog voice,
frog voice; now,
he said, and now,
and never once mentioned forever – Mary Oliver, (Dream Work)
Magick – Crone’s Corner – Celebrating Lughnasadh, or Lammas
~ Lughnassadh (pronounced “LOO-nahs-ah”) or Lammas, is one of the Greater Wiccan Sabbats and is usually celebrated on August 1st or 2nd, although occasionally on July 31st. The Celtic festival held in honor of the Sun God Lugh (pronounced “Loo”) is traditionally held on August 7th. Some Pagans celebrate this holiday on the first Full Moon in Leo. Other names for this Sabbat include the First Harvest Festival, the Sabbat of First Fruits, August Eve, Lammastide, Harvest Home, Ceresalia (Ancient Roman in honor of the Grain Goddess Ceres), Feast of Bread, Sabbat of First Fruits, Festival of Green Corn (Native American), Feast of Cardenas, Cornucopia (Strega), Thingtide and Elembiuos. Lughnassadh is named for the Irish Sun God Lugh (pronounced Loo), and variant spellings for the holiday are Lughnasadh, Lughnasad, Lughnassad, Lughnasa or Lunasa. The most commonly used name for this Sabbat is Lammas, an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “loaf-mass”.
~ The Lughnassadh Sabbat is a time to celebrate the first of three harvest celebrations in the Craft. It marks the middle of Summer represents the start of the harvest cycle and relies on the early crops of ripening grain, and also any fruits and vegetables that are ready to be harvested. It is therefore greatly associated with bread as grain is one of the first crops to be harvested. Wiccans give thanks and honor to all Gods and Goddesses of the Harvest, as well as those who represent Death and Resurrection.
~ This is a time when the God mysteriously begins to weaken as the Sun rises farther in the South, each day grows shorter and the nights grow longer. The Goddess watches in sorrow as She realizes that the God is dying, and yet lives on inside Her as Her child. It is in the Celtic tradition that the Goddess, in her guise as the Queen of Abundance, is honored as the new mother who has given birth to the bounty; and the God is honored as the God of Prosperity.
~ Symbols to represent the Lammas Sabbat include corn, all grains, corn dollies, sun wheels, special loaves of bread, wheat, harvesting (threshing) tools and the Full Moon. Altar decorations might include corn dollies and/or kirn babies (corn cob dolls) to symbolize the Mother Goddess of the Harvest. Other appropriate decorations include Summer flowers and grains. You might also wish to have a loaf of whole cracked wheat or multi-grain bread upon the altar.
~ Deities associated with Lughnassadh are all Grain and Agriculture Deities, Sun Gods, Mother Goddesses and Father Gods. Particular emphasis is placed on Lugh, Demeter, Ceres, the Corn Mother and John Barleycorn (the personification of malt liquor). Key actions associated with Lammas are receiving and harvesting, honoring the Parent Deities, honoring the Sun Gods and Goddesses, as well as celebration of the First Harvest.
~ It is considered a time of Thanksgiving and the first of three Pagan Harvest Festivals, when the plants of Spring wither and drop their fruits or seeds for our use as well as to ensure future crops. Also, first grains and fruits of the Earth are cut and stored for the dark Winter months.
~ Activities appropriate for this time of the year are the baking of bread and wheat weaving – such as the making of Corn Dollies, or other God & Goddess symbols. Sand candles can be made to honor the Goddess and God of the sea. You may want to string Indian corn on black thread to make a necklace, and bake corn bread sticks shaped like little ears of corn for your Sabbat cakes. The Corn Dolly may be used both as a fertility amulet and as an altar centerpiece. Some bake bread in the form of a God-figure or a Sun Wheel .
~ It is customary to consume bread or something from the First Harvest during the Lughnassadh Ritual. Other actions include the gathering of first fruits and the study of Astrology. Some Pagans symbolically throw pieces of bread into a fire during the Lammas ritual.
~ The celebration of Lammas is a pause to relax and open yourself to the change of the Season so that you may be one with its energies and accomplish what is intended. Visits to fields, orchards, lakes and wells are also traditional. It is considered taboo not to share your food with others
~ Traditional Pagan Foods for the Lughnassadh Festival include homemade breads (wheat, oat and especially cornbread), corn, potatoes, berry pies, barley cakes, nuts, wild berries, apples, rice, roasted lamb, acorns, crab apples, summer squash, turnips, oats, all grains and all First Harvest foods.
~ Traditional drinks are elderberry wine, ale and meadowsweet tea.
~ It is also appropriate to plant the seeds from the fruit consumed in ritual. If the seeds sprout, grow the plant with love and as a symbol of your connection to the Divine. A cake is sometimes baked, and cider is used in place of wine.
~ As Summer passes, Wiccans remember its warmth and bounty in the food we eat. Every meal is an act of attunement with Nature
From Miss Daney’s Folklore, Magic and Superstitions
I deliver pizza to help cover my college tuition. Once I called on customers who sent their seven-year-old son to pay me. As he approached the screen door, I noticed he was carrying a check in one hand and two dollars in the other, which I assumed was my tip.
To my dismay, he pocketed the bills before handing me the check, which was for the exact cost of the pizza.
“Could that have been a tip?” I asked, trying not to sound accusatory.
“Yep,” he replied proudly. “Not bad for just a walk from the living room and back!”