It’s completely clouded over at the moment. “Overcast at 1000 feet”, says the computer weather. This is supposed to burn off later in the morning. It was only 52F when I got up and an hour later it’s going on 60F.
I’m watching a very confused hummingbird flying looking in the study window. He bonked himself on the glass trying to get at my orchid, which is blooming, after flying all over the porch looking for the feeder that the raccoons destroyed.
Tempus headed for the shop at the regular time, and that’s when I actually woke back up and got to work on re-doing the info on the main blog page for OCPPG. The Elements info got posted around 12:30, then the activities at 1:45.
…and then Patra got to the shop, so Tempus and I had to talk back forth about getting her paid for sales and he had to help get her pictures packed up. They’re not selling for us and she has some shows to do…
Then the Workshops were done around 3pm and the rest of the classes by 3:50. Phew! There’s a lot more to do, but that is the main bulk. Next step is finishing a schedule. So I took a nap…
I actually got a few minutes to chat with Raven when I woke up. We haven’t either of us had the time for awhile. He said something fantastic about his new guinea pig, “He looks like he got in a fight with a cowlick!” That’s about as descriptive as you get. 🙂
Tempus worked on the car for awhile after he closed up the shop. “Quart and a half of tranny fluid. at least two quarts motor oil, and half the little bottle of power steering fluid” …. eek….we’re putting a lot of use on that poor beast!
I spent awhile outside weeding, before Tempus got home. It was chilly enough that there weren’t any mosquitoes, even right around sunset. He tried to make it home so that we could watch from down on the beach, but didn’t quite, so I couldn’t see the sun, but it was beautiful anyway, watching the light redden as the edge of the shadow climbed the trees, then the sky, listening to the birds singing to the last of the day, sounding sleepy.
We had salad for supper and I went on with tracking down a new supplier for some of the bags that we use at the shop and ended up incredibly frustrated, (they’ve tripled in cost since I bought that last batch in 2005?) so I went to bed.
Today I’m going to be at the shop, working on books, first, then trying to clear the classroom table, then on the schedule for OCPPG….which I’m planning to tape down on the table. 🙂 Tempus is going to be with me for at least part of the day, hopefully working on more boxes. I know I’ll end up embroidering, at least for a bit, maybe I can get back to work on fixing the amulet display.
Today’s Feast is in honor of the sinking of the Mary Rose in 1545 in a naval battle. <<<< She was a ship of the English navy in the time of Henry VIII. A contemporary account says that she turned and a gust of wind hit that heeled her over and she took on enough water through open gunports to sink her! (although there’s some argument about whether it happened that
way.) There has been a marvelous project to conserve and restore the ship, <<<<< begun in 1971. In 1982 the ship was raised and extensive work has been done since, including building a museum specifically for the ship, the many artifacts it contained and what is known about the times. There is a museum website with a lot of information here:www.maryrose.org and a Facebook page, “Mary Rose Museum”.
Today’s plant is the cobra lily, Darlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.
The shop opens at 11am today! Summer 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.
Telescope users observing the waxing gibbous Moon from most of North America tonight can watch the Moon’s invisible dark limb creep up to and occult the 4.4-magnitude star Xi Ophiuchi. Only Florida and the West miss out. Some times of the star’s disappearance: in western Massachusetts, 12:38 a.m. EDT; Atlanta, 12:32 a.m. EDT; Chicago, 11:10 p.m. CDT; Winnipeg, 10:50 p.m. CDT; Kansas City, 11:00 p.m. CDT; Austin, 11:07 p.m. CDT; Denver, 9:39 p.m. MDT. Start watching early.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8 in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9 in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, before the beginning of dawn. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Uranus-and-Neptune-in-2013-190064991.html
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
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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
F 19 Low 4:26 AM -0.7 5:50 AM Set 2:37 AM 78
~ 19 High 10:52 AM 5.5 8:55 PM Rise 6:03 PM
~ 19 Low 3:59 PM 2.5
~ 19 High 10:06 PM 8.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I deepen my awareness of the consciousness of freedom, from which my empowering actions spring.
~ The question is not when we will die. The question is how we will live. – unknown
~ Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. – Unknown
~ I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damned business. – Chester Allen Arthur (1830-1886) US President (21st), VP (20th)
~ Importance may sometimes be purchased too dearly. – Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice by Jan Austen
Fairies – sometimes banshees or females, sometimes fershees or males – often kept company with mortals, and became greatly attached to them. Every Samain a banshee used to visit Fingin Mac Luchta, king of South Munster in the second century, and bring him on a round of visits to the shees, to see all the precious things therein. A banshee follower of a mortal was usually called a lennan-shee (‘fairy-lover’), and instances of such attachments are innumerable. – Joyce, Soc. Hist. Ireland, Vol. 1. p. 265;
If the Sabbat falls on a rainy day, you could collect rainwater in a glass or earthenware container, add dried mugwort, and use to empower appropriate objects. – from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
Do a Harvest Chant when serving the corn bread at dinner: Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
The Earth Mother grants the grain,
The Horned God goes to his domain.
By giving life into her grain,
The God dies then is born again.
Have a magickal picnic
Have a magickal picnic with libations to the earth of bread and wine!
Prepare a basket for each person with decorations of flowers and summer greenery (real or artificial) and stalks of wheat if you can get them. It is traditional among the Slavs to wear head wreaths and tuck a candle into the basket.
Fill each basket with some kind of bread. You can add cheese and fruit to make it a real picnic. I would also add bottles of water or cider to the kids’ baskets, water and wine to adults (or hard cider).
Talk a walk into a park, green space or wilderness. Every so often stop and give special places and trees a piece of bread and a libation (water or cider for the trees, no alcohol! Wine goes on pathways and stones.) As you give each offering and libation thank the tree, rock or place for its gift of being there for you. Let the space feel your love and appreciation. Kids love to give the bread and you may have to stop them either giving it all in one chunk or breaking it into crumbs!
When you’re out of bread and drink, except for a serving for yourself, stop and have your picnic, glorying in the beauty of the world and the summer, giving thanks for every bite and thanking the spirits of wheat, corn, fruit, cow, fruit tree for their gifts and bounty and thanking the people with you for their friendship, company and participation in this rite.
If there is a river/stream nearby it is also traditional when it is getting dark to float your (biodegradable, only!) wreaths down it, decorated with a lighted candle if conditions (think fire danger?) allow. These are accompanied by a thank you to water and wish for blessings to spread throughout the land.
Walk home in the dusk, enjoying the breath of the summer.
Activity suggested by “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel) written out by Anja ©M. Bartlett 2013