It’s been quite thoroughly overcast, but the sun just broke through. It’s already 59F and the forecast high is 61F. It’s a typical summer morning.
I skipped the Daily Dozen yesterday morning, hurrying to check the plums after eating the blueberries. <grin> Tempus was out there within seconds, but Brea beat us to the shop for all that. We had 3 of the young folks, so Brea worked with one and I worked with the others. We had a great class!
Marius was there by that point and I rumpused around finding stuff for the historical recreation demo that’s happening at the Toledo Summer Festival next weekend. By late in the afternoon we had also discussed schedule for OCPPG and some other things and made the acquaintance of a couple of ladies who are moving to the area who do Akashic Record readings and Reiki. He headed home at the point and Tempus sent me to get a nap.
I woke up coughing from the smell of paint. Tempus said he only got a little whiff, not even enough to identify, but it hit my lungs pretty hard. I got hit again about an hour later, so wheezed into the evening. Neither one of us has any idea who was painting!
We got some “oops” news over the weekend about the OCPPG site, but it’s fixed! Laura’s Studio by the Bay is going to rent us space over that weekend! The biggest problem there is water, so we’re probably going to rent a porta-pot for the weekend, just to be on the safe side, and ask folks to do their mug/dish scrub-ups elsewhere, and use a lot of paper for the feast. I have a whole lot of paper plate supporters, and we already ask folks to bring their own mugs and chairs. We’ll be holding the potluck, some of the workshops, the larger classes and the Prison Ministry Panel there. My house is going to be the “kid nap” spot and maybe a couple of classes. The rest of the workshops will be at the shop and then more classes and the Faining at Jeanne’s, where the meditation garden is. We gots it!
I got the schedule partway and then ground to a halt. I got to worrying about who else wasn’t going to be at the event until Saturday, so I put a note up on the Facebook group. Please let me know if you’re teaching and *can’t* make it on Friday!
The fog rolled in as we were closing up the shop. Light started going away in spurts and walking out the door you could see the fog line with a bright edges and red-gold bits above the were scooting along at a great rate, rolling over Bayshore. We drove up the seawall and you could really see the movement. By the time we were up on the straight-away, the fog was blowing in clumps across the highway. We drove back into sunshine, coming up the hill, but within minutes the light went out up at the house, too.
During the evening I started setting up newsletters, figuring that I’m going to be finishing the schedule today and then doing more formatting and setup on Tuesday. Hearts of Space is free on Sundays, so I listened to that several times. I posted a few photos to Facebook and then decided to crawl into bed. Tempus had crashed long before.
I’m doing a reading today at 11:30 and then Tempus is heading home to work there. I’ll probably do a little more on the schedule and then pull out fabrics to make a few altar cloths. I also need to print the stuff that I set up for a blackwork display board. I intended it for the Toledo Summer Festival, but I’m thinking maybe I ought to put it up at the shop, afterwards. Hmmm…
Today’s Feast is the Neptunalia, celebrated by the Romans in honor of Neptune, god of the sea and Salacia, goddess of the wide-open waters and salt springs. Oddly, no one seems to know much about the festival other than a hint about games, except for the building of leafy canopies to party under. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptunalia and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_(god)
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.- Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
The shop opens at 11am! 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 Full Blessing Moon occurs at 11:16am. 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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 7/23 at 11:16pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends on 8/5 at 2:561pm.
Monday, July 22, 2:16 p.m. EDT – Full Moon – The Moon travels across the sky tonight in western Capricornus. The Full Moon of July is usually called the Hay Moon or Buck Moon. In Cree it is called Opaskwuwipizun, meaning “Moon when ducks begin to molt.” The Full Moon rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the Moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.
Twinkly Regulus is now 1¼° below Venus at dusk.
At Dawn – Mars and Jupiter – The two planets Mars and Jupiter will be in a close conjunction less than a degree apart at the feet of the Gemini twins.
At Dusk – Regulus and Venus – Venus will pass just north of the bright star Regulus in Leo. As twilight fades away, spot Venus low in the west-northwest. Look 1¼° to its lower left for much fainter Regulus. Bring binoculars.
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
M 22 Low 6:59 AM -2.0 5:53 AM Set 5:59 AM 98
~ 22 High 1:27 PM 6.9 8:52 PM Rise 8:38 PM
~ 22 Low 6:58 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dance for healing!
~ All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~ Avoidance is time wasted. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ A well-spent day brings happy sleep. – Da Vinci
~ Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it. – Robertson Davies
Esbat ~ Snow Moon 2005
Most Benevolent and Beautiful
Silvered Lady reflecting the light
surrounded in white
Crystaled snowflakes dancing about
like last summer’s fireflies
They surround and dance with thee
The soft snow quiets the grounds
the silence of the forest
the icy blast of breath of winter
The crisp crunch of footsteps
of the forest folk
disturbs the deafness
as they gather, listening now to hear
the Gods own heartbeat
from within Goddess womb
the beating of promise
of renewal and future
redemption from past left behind
A shake of Her snowy mane
sends forth tiny reflective spears
reminders that change is part of life
Gathering these for remembrance
crystals we will lay out
to be charged anew in their light
For even not seen
The Gods light shines forth
from within the womb
And her brightness
is doubled as she shines
with love for her children
Lady of the Hunt
Queen of the lands
of crystals and snow
Let us walk
in the safety
of thy steps
As we move forward
in the land of shadows
Blessed Snow Queen
walk with us these months
to welcome once more the Spring
Help us each to overcome
the barrenness which we have suffered
remove the burdens and free us
Let our lives renew
during this time of darkness
and time of leaving past behind
Let us reflect on past
and use it as a springboard
to envision and live a more productive future.
Helps us to dip deep
into the cauldron within
and utilize the gifts we are given
Help each of us to see
that we are our own best tools
and the solutions to our struggles lie within us
Guide us to use our gifts wisely
not to waste or doubt
but to walk forward strong in faith and conviction
Teach us to approach or practice
not as beggars and whiners
but as the Priests and Priestess we are
Help us to stand boldly
in the face of troubles and woes
and overcome our personal weaknesses
Lead us forth to Victory
in our daily life problems
and over our shortcomings
Help each of us to see
the renewal and rebirth
in our personal lives
Let each of us strive to become the bear
seek to be more close
with you this winter
And to rejoice together
as we waken the earth together
once more in the spring
So Mote it Be! – Written and Submitted By Ruby RedPepper , ©11/15/2005
Date: August 1 or 2, or the first Full Moon of Leo
Symbols: All Grains, Breads, Threshing Tools, Berries (especially Blackberries)
Deities: Harvest and Grain Deities, New Mother Goddesses
Colors: Gray, Yellow, Gold, Green
Herbs: cornstalks, heather, frankincense, and wheat may be burned; acacia flowers, corn ears, hollyhock, myrtle, oak leaves, and wheat may be decorations.
Lughnassadh (Loo-NAHS-ah) is named for the Irish sun God, Lugh, and is usually looked upon as the first of the three Pagan harvest festivals.
Lughnasadh is primarily a grain harvest, one in which corn, wheat, barley and grain products such as bread are prominently featured. Fruits and vegetables which ripen in late summer are also a part of the traditional feast. 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 Father of Prosperity.
The threshing of precious grain was once seen as a sacred act, and threshing houses had small wooden panels under the door so that no loose grain could escape. This is the original meaning of our modern word “threshold”.
From “Celtic Myth and Magick” by Edain McCoy
The following are a few suggestions for activities that may be incorporated into the Sabbat ritual or engaged in during the day.
Make sand candles to honor the Goddess and the God of the sea.
If you don’t live near a beach, you can achieve the same effect by putting sand in a large box, adding water, and working from there. This is definitely a porch or kitchen job, and newspapers are recommended under your work area for easy clean-up.
Melt wax form old candles (save the stubs from altar candles) in a coffee can set in a pot of boiling water. Add any essential oil you want for scent (or scent blocks from a candle supply store). Scoop out a candle mold in wet sand (you can make a cauldron by scooping out the sand and using a finger to poke three “feet”in the sand). Hold the wick (you can get these ready-made in arts and crafts stores) in the center and gently pour in the melted wax. Wait until it hardens, then slip your fingers under the candle and carefully lift it out and brush off the excess sand.
String Indian corn on black thread for a necklace.
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 objects.
Create and bury a Witch’s Bottle.
Make a Corn Dolly to save for next Imbolc. Double over a bundle of wheat and tie it near the top to form a head. Take a bit of the fiber from either side of the main portion and twist into arms that you tie together in front of the dolly. Add a small bouquet of flowers to the “hands,” and then you can decorate the dolly with a dress and bonnet (the dress and bonnet may be made out of corn husks if you
wish, or and cotton material is fine too).
Bake corn bread sticks. You can find a cast-iron mold shaped like little ears of corn in kitchen supply shops. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/4 cup of sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shortening
Sift dry ingredients together, add eggs, milk, and shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into molds and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Collect blackberries and make a fresh pie marked with the Solar Cross.
Have a magickal picnic with libations to the earth of bread and wine.
Sprout wheat germ in a terra cotta saucer .
Make a Solar Wheel or Corn Man Wheel:
Turn 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 regular 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) GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies