It’s 53F and brilliant sunshine.
We seem to run out of weekend far too quickly. It took me several hours to clear up back mail and to get some numbers sorted out for a project, yesterday morning. After that… I’m still trying to track down info for the OCPPG handbook and cannot get responses out of just a few people. I’ve been nagging since May 1 and we’re several days past the final deadline….
I stopped around 2 and made a trial run on some brie-filled biscuits. It didn’t work. <sigh>
No one showed for Herbs Outdoors, and it had turned so beautiful, all the clouds gone away, that we decided to play hooky and go to Seal Rock Park. I took a picture of the plum tree just before we left. It looks like we might have some plums this year! Mom started this one from a pit when we first moved out here and I finally planted it in the summer of 2001. It bore fruit before she Crossed, and she was very happy about that.
We parked in the regular lot in the Seal Rock State Park proper instead of one of the overlooks because I wanted a yander at the tide pools on the north side of Elephant Rock. Can’t get there from the park! You have to walk down from the tiny park at the north end of Seal Rock, which we might do another day. So we stopped at each of the viewing platforms and looked at what we could see. There was a crabbing boat going by when we first got there. We walked down and around to the beach, and Tempus got a picture of some purple lupines growing right in the sand. That’s his boot. ^ ^ ^ ^
We poked along, getting pictures of things, me splashing in the water and soaking my hem, watching the oystercatchers nesting on the side of Elephant Rock, and then poking in the tidepools and watching folks getting pictures and getting soaked…. one was a young woman, who perched high and dry on a mussel-covered rock, but was “got” when two waves slapped the sea side of the rock at the same time. Her Mom got a great picture…. of her screeching! 🙂
<<< Here’s a pic of the anemones, mussels and barnacles in one of the tidepools. <<<<
Tempus walked back to the parking lot after the car and met me at the top of the steps and we rolled on home, rather scorched (oops) from the sun, but quite happy.
I’m going to put more of the pictures up over on Facebook, since I spent awhile after that developing them.
I’ve been asked to put together a workshop up in the Seattle area about some of my embroidery, for later this year, and we were trying to work out some details during the late afternoon into the evening and I tried to get back to work on the handbook, but fell asleep.
Tempus worked outside for a bit, watering planted areas that need it, digging out a couple of blackberries that were in ankle-lashing places and “practiced vegetable bondage”, tying the Red Devil crocosmias up, so we don’t have to wade through them to walk on the path to the front of the house. I got a short nap and then got back to work, sorting files in the file cabinet, since he had found me some papers.
…and then got back to work on OCPPG. I’m trying to get the track lists done. …and when Tempus decided to turn in I got the pix uploaded to facebook and quit, too.
Today I’m going to be home trying to finish out the class lists and make some sense out of the schedule. Tempus is going to be at the shop sorting books.
This is awesome, “Changing the Creepy Guy Narrative” http://www.readability.com/read?url=http%3A%2F%2Fchrisbrecheen.blogspot.com.au%2F2013%2F07%2Fchanging-creepy-guy-narrative.html%3Fm%3D1 Go read it. It’s worth it!
Today’s Feast is in honor of what may be a god named Lu Pan, but is usually referred to as a Feng Shui Wheel, or luopan. I don’t know how these really intersect, but Lu Pan is referred to in modern pagan literature as a Chinese god of carpenters and construction workers and the luopan is an instrument that determines how a house should be built. What is the connection? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lu_pan
Today’s plant is New Zealand Flax, Phormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe averts poverty. For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phormium For the traditional uses of the plant fiber http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax
The shop opens at 11am, today! Spring hours are 11am-7pm Thursday 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop at 541-563-7154.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar –
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. 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. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/22 at 11:16am. 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. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends on 7/20 at 11:16pm.
Mars and Jupiter are low in the east-northeast during early dawn. Jupiter is far and away the brightest at magnitude –1.9. Look just upper right of it for Mars, magnitude +1.6. Binoculars help. Jupiter is drawing closer to Mars daily. They’ll pass just 3/4° apart on the morning of July 22nd.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree month of Tinne/Holly – Jul 8 – Aug 4 – Energy and guidance for problems to come.
Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Tinne Holly Jul 8 – Aug 4 – Tinne – (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holly
Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Grey
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
to study this month – Ioho – Yew – Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Green
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxus_brevifolia
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 18 Low 3:25 AM 0.0 5:49 AM Set 1:46 AM 68
~ 18 High 9:43 AM 5.0 8:56 PM Rise 4:58 PM
~ 18 Low 2:49 PM 2.5
~ 18 High 9:06 PM 8.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I let Spirit (My Higher Self, God/dess, My Spirit Guides, The One, The Force, Infinite Source) purify any remaining thoughts and feelings of needing to be “right.”
~ I do not want to father a flock, to be the fetish of fools and fanatics, or the founder of a faith whose followers are content to echo my opinions. I want each man to cut his own way through the jungle. – Aleister Crowley
~ We can pay people to clean our house, do our taxes, teach us piano, and fix broken bones, but nobody can do our inner work for us. Nobody. To truly take responsibility for ourselves, we must grow up psychologically and spiritually, so we can respond to life as mature and authentic men and women. -Mariana Caplan
~ This earth that we live on is full of stories in the same way that, for a fish, the ocean is full of ocean. Some people say when we are born we’re born into stories. I say we’re also born from stories. – Ben Okri (via Terri Windling)
~ Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. – Unknown
Family Celebration from Scattered Thoughts by Stephanie Pflumm
Relatives gather for
Brothers and sisters,
cousins and nephews,
aunts and uncles,
nieces and in-laws,
under the same roof.
It’s hard to forget
around a table
sharing everyone’s cooking
like a family
together for the holidays. – ©Copyright 2004, Stephanie Pflumm, All Rights Reserved Worldwide. http://www.ozarkrockexchange.com/home.shtml
Lammas, or Lughnassad, occurs in late July and early August. It is marks the middle of Summer and the beginning of the harvest. Canning goes into full swing, and magickal cabinets are stocked with herbs before the onset of fall. This is also a time to prepare your household for fall and the upcoming Winter months. It is the first of three harvest festivals and is usually associated with ripening grain. It is time to celebrate the fruits of the harvest but also to be aware that summer is passing and winter is on its way.
We honor the weakening Sun God and give thanks for the seeds and the plants that went through the death process (harvest) in order to be reborn next season. The Sun God is waning, but the Goddess is full of abundance. Even as he wanes, he lives on inside her as her child. The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses. The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods. Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown. It is a festival of plenty and prosperity.
Decorate the altar and house with grains such as barley, oats and wheat — also fruits and veggies. Begin gathering and drying herbs, flower, grains or seeds for spellworking in the next year. Make magickal oils now with fresh herbs. Braid onion and garlic charms. Onion is sacred to the sun — because of its shape, and its dye is a golden amber to burnt apricot. When the onion is cut, it reveals the symbolism of the moon. Garlic, too, is sacred to the moon — the crescent shape of the cloves. It exorcises evil and protects. Collect rain and storm water for use in spellwork or to empower objects, add dried mugwort and store in glass bottles. Make a corn wheel. Bake a loaf of bread on Lammas. If you’ve never made bread before, this is a good time to start. Honor the source of the flour as you work with it: remember it was once a plant growing on the mother Earth. If you have a garden, add something you’ve harvested–herbs or onion or corn–to your bread. If you don’t feel up to making wheat bread, make corn bread.
Corn Dolly –Another way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. . She’s your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you. Make a corn dolly to save for next Imbolc.
Herbs to use in your magic at Lughnasadh: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, Irish moss, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, garlic, onion, basil, mint, aloe, acacia, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy, hazelnut, blackthorn, elder, bee pollen.
STONES: Cat’s-eye, citrine, aventurine, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone.
Foods appropriate for Lammas are breads, berries, crab apples, and any locally ripe produce.
At this time, witches cast spells for connectedness, career, health, and financial gain. Spells for abundance are completely appropriate now. As the sun is growing weaker, it is a good time to do grounding and sun meditations, then use the golden rays of the sun (gathered during meditation) in spellcasting.
This is the perfect holiday to honor the prosperity and generosity of Mother Earth. It is a season to throw away useless thoughts and habits and to form new ideas which bring renewed strength. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. Lughnasad is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire.