Update 3:45 – Except for taking two short breaks to get my lunch eaten I’ve been really busy today. Lots of people have been in shopping, some from Eugene or Portland, some from Idaho, one from Minnesota, of all places, several from Nevada and bike, motorcycle, RV and “thumb” tourists taking trips up or down the coast. I’ve mostly been pricing and inventorying jewelry that I dug out of boxes. I *still* haven’t gotten the clasps on the necklaces, but I have to go get the classroom cleaned up for class. Tempus has been running in and out all day. They’re building a home for Darwinia’s ducklings.
Here’s a pic of some of the bracelets….. the top one is Ocean Jasper, the 2nd Lapichite (a mix of malachite & lapis, the two others are cubic zirconia.
Wicca 102 at 5pm.
It’s overcast again. There’s a light drizzle, just enough to feel, but not even to dampen the ground. They’re saying we’ll get a little sun this afternoon, but fog tonight. Hmm….
The whole Juan de Fuca plate is doing a shake, rattle & roll routine over the last several days. There’ve been two big ones down at the corner and a couple off of Gold Beach and one just off Netarts…less than 4 miles out to sea. Go to http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/ and click on any of the squares in our area.
I was busy all yesterday morning. I finally sat down to have some lunch after 1:30! I did up a bunch of headers before that. I tried to place a bindi order several times and got nowhere, so I put a message through to their help desk, but didn’t hear back during the day.
The sun was out again, when I was eating and the sky above it blue, but it only shoved the fog line a little ways out to sea and Bayshore was still under it. The cloud line walked up over us around 5pm, so the sun was going in and out and finally vanished around 6:30.
I finished filling up the Hanna’s Honey (honey stick) display. We have new stock in licorice, wintergreen and sour cherry, plus new flavors of sour lemon and sour apple! I’ve put some of the lemon in my tea and it’s really tasty!
Jeanne was in late in the afternoon and we talked about OCPPG. Taylor has sent me his info as well.We’re talking about doing a panel discussion since we have so many very experienced people. What do you all want for a topic?
I forgot to mention yesterday that the programs are in for Pathways to Transformation! It looks really, really good this year.
Herbs Outdoors didn’t have anyone coming, so since Tempus got back 4-ish I just stayed and talked to Jeanne and we did some after we got home.
I didn’t manage any necklaces, but I did get the clasps sorted out and put away, ready to start this morning.
Tempus finished watering the planters and then we headed home around 7:45.
As of 8:30 there were potpies in the oven, a pile of blackberry vines in the compost pile, potatoes in the planters and a scrubbed porch. I think we did pretty well for a couple of old farts!
Tempus is doing yardwork today at a client’s house. I’ll be at the shop all day, but my first thing is going to have to be getting the class table cleared enough for the 102 class tonight. After that I have more clipart to work on, a couple of requests for information, an order or 3 and then the necklaces. I have enough sand for a sand-tray to photograph them on, too.
The shop opens at 10am and we’ll be there through class time. 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,
The Moon is at the Quarter at 1:56am. 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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Phase ends on Tuesday at 8:27am.
By 10 or 11 p.m. the Great Square of Pegasus is up in the east, balancing one one corner — an early warning of the inevitable approach of fall.
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.
Runic half-month of Thorn, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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Tides for Alsea Bay
~Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
~Th 26 Low 12:45 AM 0.7 5:57 AM Rise 2:41 PM 44
~ 26 High 6:41 AM 5.2 8:48 PM
~ 26 Low 12:14 PM 1.8
~ 26 High 6:45 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – Listen to the morning sounds: bird’s songs; wind in the tree; the roar of traffic; children’s voices. What do these sounds convey to you?
“To Be Or Not To Be”: Spoken by Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 1
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d.
Celebrating Lughnasadh, or Lammas – Crones Corner
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 multigrain 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
Two long-time golfing buddies got to the course one day and decided that this day they would play the ball where it lies … “No matter what!”
On the 14th hole, one of them sliced his ball and it ended up on the concrete cart path. As he reached down to pick up and move his ball, his friend said, “Wait a minute! We agreed that we would not improve our lies! Remember? No matter what!”
“But I’m entitled to relief — it’s in the rules of golf!”
“Our agreement supersedes the rules. Not allowed.”
Finally, in disgust, the man went to the cart and grabbed a club. He stood near his ball and took a few practice swings, each time scraping the club on the pavement and sending out showers of sparks.
Finally, he took his shot. The club hit the cement again and sparks went flying, but his ball shot straight toward the green, landed softly, and rolled to a stop no more than two inches from the cup.
“Great shot!” his friend exclaimed. “What club did you use?”
The man answered with a wry smile. “Your 7 iron.”