It is utterly *beautiful* outside! I’m going to go down to the park to pick berries before heading for the shop. It’s just too lovely to waste even a minute! It’s already 67, nearly the forecast high. There’s a nice breeze and the leave on the alder are shining like metal. The barometer is dropping, but there’s no rain forecast.
Yesterday started later than Sundays usually do, since we didn’t have to be to the shop until 11. The last thing before climbing into the car, I was harvesting Lady’s Mantle, which is in glorious bloom all over the yard.
We got to the shop and Kim sorted and packed her stuff which meant that we had stuff strewn all over the front of the shop. Tempus spent a large chunk of the day putting things back into the storage areas, and I think there’s still some over by the reading desk! 🙂 She and Marius headed for Eugene, but came back in the early evening. No luck.
I got things set up for the leatherworking workshop and ended up running it twice. The good thing is that I’ve completely sorted all the tools and projects and I actually know what I have! The bad part is that I know that I just don’t have the ability any longer to do the leatherwork that I really enjoyed. It makes my hands hurt far too badly. Well….
Today I really want to chase Tempus back home to work in the kitchen, before Robyne gets out here for the holiday…and I believe he’s coming tomorrow. The blackberry vines that are sprouting in all the wrong places have to be dealt with, too. I have to finish putting away the materials from yesterday, do a bunch of cutting out and start sewing, which also means that I need to have Tempus pull out the box of altar cloths. …well, considering how much other sewing that I have, I’m not likely to get to that, but still…. But we’ll be open until 7pm. The Wicca 101 class is done, so we won’t be open well into the evening the way we’ve been over the last couple of months.
On Wednesday during the late afternoon, several of us are going to get together to harvest some of the herbs like lavendar and rose petals. I need a certain amount for the shop, but anything that’s left beyond that can get shared out to whomever wants it. I particularly have far more rose petals going to waste this year than I’m happy with. There’s quite a bit of weeding still to do, as well.
Thursday we’re going to be open all day and the cookout starts at 6pm. It’s potluck. Tempus and I usually set up to do “dawgs” and burgers and we have enough Peeps left to do “roasted chicken” :-), and folks bring whatever else. We stay open through the fireworks time, plus at least an half hour beyond that and we will be open on the 4th. We set up right in the parking lot and folks can walk over to the beach (It’s a little over a block) or just stay and watch, there.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1908 that a massive explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, knocking over 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi). This is also known as the “Tunguska event“. This event, while beloved by UFOlogists and Conspiracy Theorists, most likely was some kind of meteoric airburst event, whatever the source of the material, comet or asteroid, but there are other possibilities… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
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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. Phase ends at the Full on 7/12 at 4:25pm. 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 7/1 at 1:08pm.
Now the thickening crescent Moon is higher and easier to see in twilight, with Jupiter farther to its lower right and stars of Leo above it.
Mars (magnitude 0.0, in Virgo) is high in the southwest in twilight, with Spica to its left. Watch Mars move closer to Spica every day! They set in the west after midnight. In a telescope, Mars’s gibbous disk is about 9.5 arcseconds tall and shrinking. Use our Mars Profiler to find which side of the planet will be facing Earth when you plan to look.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What you think about and focus on, you attract to you. When you focus on what you do want you attract it; when you focus on what you do not want, you attract it. It’s that simple.
~ Do what you love, love what you do, and deliver more than you promise. – Harvey McKay
~ There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela
~ Nothing is more endangered in the modern world than the powerful combination of hard work toward meaningful goals joined with an exuberant embrace of the present moment. – Tom Morris
~ Show me a man who is a good loser and I’ll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss. – Jim Murray
Now shoemakers will have a frisken
All in honour of St Crispin. – Traditional rhyme, St Crispin’s day (10/25)
Incense – Sandalwood, Rose, Aloes, Chamomile, Passionflower, Frankincense
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. Acacia, all grains, blackberry, calendula, frankincense, grape, heather, mistletoe, oak, rose, sandalwood, sunflower, Grapes, heather, crabapple, pear
STONES: Cat’s-eye, citrine, aventurine, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone. Aventurine, Citrine, Peridot, Sardonyx
Foods appropriate for Lammas are breads, berries, crab apples, and any locally ripe produce. Breads, Cornbread, Cider, Blackberry pies and jellies, Rice, Meadowsweet tea, Berries, Nuts, Turnips, Oats, Elderberry wine, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oat cakes, Beer/mead, Rice milk
Decorations – Corn dollies, any wheat weaving crafts, Shafts of grain, Sunflowers, Indian corn, Bread
Colors: Pumpkin orange, sunny yellow, muted brown and sage green Yellow, Orange, Green, Brown, Red Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown.
flowers sacred to Lammas:
goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, basil, mint, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy.
Offerings: Bread, Cider, Cakes
Spellwork – Spells for prosperity, Abundance, Good fortune, Connectedness, Career, Health, Financial gain
The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses.
The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods.
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.
« middle of Summer
« beginning of the harvest
« Canning goes into full swing
« magickal cabinets are stocked with herbs
« prepare your household for fall and the upcoming Winter months.
« first of three harvest festivals
« associated with ripening grain
« fruits of the harvest
« be aware that summer is passing and winter is on its way.
« 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.
« 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.