No Herb Workshop. Crystals at Noon, Sewing at 3pm.
It’s 57F, still and cloudy/foggy. It looks like the storms in the Valley touched off a bunch of new fires, drattit. They’re still saying we have a 30% chance of rain today, thunderstorms, even out here.
Yesterday was quite busy at the shop. I was still trying to clear the new computer. I might have succeeded. I hope I have…. We had a large number of people in, shopping and one stayed almost the whole day, so I got a lot of embroidery done. The Duckmeister showed up for a bit and we got to chat, but only for a couple of minutes.
It never really got bright. The sun tried to come out and didn’t quite make it and then the fog rolled in and got thicker and more chilly as the afternoon went on. Tempus got back well past 7pm, so we couldn’t make it to the Starhawk talk in Newport. We just came home, ate and crashed.
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Today there’s no Herb Workshop this morning, or rather, all anyone would be doing is putting things away. There’s just too much in the dryers and such! Crystals is the tumblers, which are mostly agates in the one, but some interesting stuff in the other. Sewing is a BYOP. (Bring your own project.) Besides that I’m getting my class stuff together, since I’m going to be teaching blackwork at an event in Burnt Woods tomorrow.
Today’s Feast is in honor of John Barleycorn, the personification of the harvest, the God in the Grain. The song goes back at least to the 16th century, at least in theme, but there are a lot of different versions out there and a lot of recordings, since the theme is an interesting conceit. A lot of people don’t think to break down the last name. “Barley” is obvious, but “corn” is the old word for “grain”, from before maize picked up the name. In the song, the barley grain is taken through the stages of growth, harvest, threshing, malting and being turned into beer as though it’s a person being, “cut off at the knee”, “threshed me skin from bone”, “bunged me in a vat”, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barleycorn A similar Scottish poem from the same time frame refers to “Allane”, (Ale – in) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quhy_Sowld_Nocht_Allane_Honorit_Be
Today’s plant – Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
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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! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 8/11 at 2:51am.
The waxing crescent Moon shines well to the left of Venus low in twilight,. Keep watching on subsequent evenings as more and more of the Moon’s sunlit side turns our way, what with the Moon increasing its angular separation from the Sun.
Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter shine in the east-northeast before and/or during dawn. Jupiter is the highest and brightest (magnitude –1.9). Look for faint Mars (magnitude +1.6) to Jupiter’s lower left. Look lower left of Mars as dawn begins to brighten for Mercury (brightening from magnitude 0 to —1 this week, but sinking lower). Castor and Pollux are to their left, and Orion is much farther to their right.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL), hazel
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. Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
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Coll/Hazel – Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL) – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 10 High 2:57 AM 6.8 6:14 AM Rise 10:18 AM 8
~ 10 Low 9:20 AM 0.2 8:29 PM Set 10:00 PM
~ 10 High 3:39 PM 7.1
~ 10 Low 9:52 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Laugh. Play. Dance. Let go.
~ Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ All literature is gossip. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~ The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore. – Dale Carnegie
~ Little beginnings sometimes have great endings. – Benvenuto Cellini
For thirty years people have been asking me how I reconcile X with Y! The truthful answer is that I don’t. Everything about me is a contradiction and so is everything about everybody else. We are made out of oppositions; we live between two poles. There is a philistine and an aesthete in all of us, and a murderer and a saint. You don’t reconcile the poles. You just recognize them. – Orson Welles; to Kenneth Tynan, 1967
Magick – January 28, 2013 – Earth Chakras – Caretaking the Soul of Gaia by Madisyn Taylor
Just as you have energy centers in your body called Chakras, so too does Mother Earth.
As we walk upon the earth, we walk upon a living being more similar to ourselves than we imagine. Just like us, the earth has both a physical body and an energetic body, complete with a chakra system identified by ancient mystics and modern scientists alike. Gaia, as the earth is called when acknowledged as a living entity in her own right, has her own life force and her own path of unfolding, separate from us, but including us. Human beings and Gaia are intertwined on every level, not just the physical, and an awareness of her chakras can help us to acknowledge, heal, and enable her on her path, just as she selflessly returns the favor to us.
It is generally agreed that Gaia has seven major chakras distributed evenly across her body and connected to one another via two lines of energy that intersect at various points on the earth. The first chakra is located at Mount Shasta in Northern California; the second is in Lake Titicaca in South America; the third chakra is in Uluru-Kata Tjuta in Australia; the fourth chakra resides in Glastonbury in England; the fifth chakra is at the Great Pyramid in Mount of Olives; the sixth chakra is in Kuh-e Malek Siah in Iran, and the seventh chakra is in Mount Kailas in Tibet. In addition to her seven major chakras, she has minor chakras and other vortexes of energy that are significant to her life-energy system, and all these energy centers need caretaking. Just as we can heal ourselves through our own chakras, we can heal and support Gaia through hers.
While it would be a wonderful experience to visit one of the earth’s chakras, you can always participate in loving and healing Gaia wherever you are. Maintaining an awareness of the regions in which her chakras reside can be very powerful. You may place photos of the locales on your altar, sending healing energy to each of her chakras during your meditations. As you consciously connect your energy system to her energy system, the true meaning of groundedness reveals itself’, it is a relationship with Gaia in which we acknowledge our calling as the caretakers of her soul. What do you think? Discuss this article and share your opinion http://discuss.dailyom.com/cgi-bin/discuss/displaytopic.cgi
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