It’s marvelously sunny, even though the computer is saying “scattered clouds”. The one computer thermometer says 63F (that one must be right on the water) and the other says 71F, which is what it feels like, here.
Yesterday I was up at 10 and working on the newsletter. Tempus got up around 11. I was hoping he’d sleep himself out, but no…. He ran around doing all kinds of things, a lick and promise on the kitchen, laundry, sweeping….of course coffee and cereal….and just to amuse me, wearing a tie and socks and house shoes…. oh, I forgot his amber pendant and the rubber bands in his braid… He kept making me giggle all morning. I know it was warm, but not *that* warm!
I, on the other hand, had a long sleeved nightgown on and twice wrapped up in my warmsie…. mostly my feet, though, not the rest of me. By 2:30 it was starting to cool down from the high of 75F and by 4, I was comfortable in a house dress. My lunch was a grilled cheese and some egg flower soup.
Tempus took off to run errands and pick up Robyne after we got a shopping list together. For Thursday, I’m going to make the corn salad that was in yesterday’s newsletter and I have a couple of stews that I want to try simple versions of, since they can sit in the fridge for several days, if need be.
I had been working on more pictures for one of the pages on the Mab’s blog. It’s one on some of the embroideries and needlework that I inherited. The one I was working on was from a special quilt that was stitched by my mother-in-law that had been almost destroyed in the fire we had when we were living in Portland. The page is here: http://mabscreations.wordpress.com/project-gallery/old-embroideries/
I got the bread out and formed and rising and then baking, but I was overheating in the kitchen and starting to wear out because of it and longing for a bath, which I finally got. So then they got home and we all sat for a bit and talked and then because it was so late and we were all very tired, we went down to the China Restaurant, had supper and came home and went to bed at 9pm!
I was up again by midnight, working on the Yearly Calendar Special, and then transferring pictures into files. After that I worked on a page of herb stuff for the historical blog which is here: http://housecapuchin.wordpress.com/portfolio/herbal-projects/ When Tempus left to do his paper route, I crawled back into bed with a book, finally dropping off.
Today there are a lot of chores to get through and Tempus is doing some for a friend during the afternoon. It’s Summer Harvest Day! We’ll be working harvesting and drying plants that will be used to make sachets and other products. We’re starting at 3pm and you’re welcome to take home a share of the plunder! Lavendar, roses, Lady’s Mantle, some sweetgrass, woodruff and other plants are ready for picking! Please bring a drink container for yourself, and any shears or garden scissors that you may have and a kneeling pad or garden seat, or whatever you use. Anja has hats, gloves and digging equipment. Facebook Anja (MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett) for any questions. Address is 380 Double Eagle Drive, Waldport, Oregon
2015! Our Yearly Pre-Order Calendar Special is starting today! Details are here: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/clearance-and-sales/ Check back every-so-often because I will probably add a few things to the special during the next couple of weeks.
Y’all know that I’m interested in costumes from all eras, right? Well, so is this lady. I spent part of the afternoon going page by page through her re-creation of the Pelican Portrait dress. http://www.naergilien.info/my-costumes/elizabethan-costumes/
Today is Midpoint Day! According to Wikipedia, “July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 182 days remaining until the end of the year. This day is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years, and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon. In countries that use summer time the actual exact time of the midpoint in a common year is at 1:00 p.m.; this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. This is due to summer time having advanced the time by one hour. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year’s Day in common years.”
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is a Waxing Crescent. 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Waxing Quarter on 7/5 at 4:59am.
Can your scope separate a double star 1.0 arcsecond wide? High overhead, 44 Bootis provides a fine test! And one of its components is a weird variable star too. See the article and chart in the July Sky & Telescope, page 52.
Mercury will be low in the dawn sky all month. This is not a very good apparition of Mercury, though being close to Venus will help you to find it. This is the view half an hour before sunrise in the Northern Hemisphere.
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 – Relationships are the proving grounds for my growth.
~ A wagging tongue is the beginning of ill works. – Norse Adage
~ Pray for what you want, but work for the things you need. – Sufist Proverb
~ A life without love is like a year without summer. – Swedish Proverb
~ A fool and his money are soon elected. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
On All Saints’ Day hard is the grain,
The leaves are dropping, the puddle is full;
At setting off in the morning
Woe to him that will trust a stranger. – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)
The Celtic harvest festival on August 1st takes its name from the Irish god Lugh, one of the chief gods of the Tuatha De Danann, giving us Lughnasadh in Ireland, Lunasdál in Scotland, and Laa Luanys in the Isle of Man. (In Wales, this time is known simply as Gwl Awst, the August Feast.)
Lugh dedicated this festival to his foster-mother, Tailtiu, the last queen of the Fir Bolg, who died from exhaustion after clearing a great forest so that the land could be cultivated. When the men of Ireland gathered at her death-bed, she told them to hold funeral games in her honor. As long as they were held, she prophesied Ireland would not be without song. Tailtiu’s name is from Old Celtic Talantiu, “The Great One of the Earth,” suggesting she may originally have been a personification of the land itself, like so many Irish goddesses. In fact, Lughnasadh has an older name, Brón Trogain, which refers to the painful labor of childbirth. For at this time of year, the earth gives birth to her first fruits so that her children might live.
Tailtiu gives her name to Teltown in County Meath, where the festival was traditionally held in early Ireland. It evolved into a great tribal assembly, attended by the High King, where legal agreements were made, political problems discussed, and huge sporting contests were held on the scale of an early Olympic Games. Artists and entertainers displayed their talents, traders came from far and wide to sell food, farm animals, fine crafts and clothing, and there was much storytelling, music, and high-spirited revelry, according to a medieval eye-witness account:
“Trumpets, harps, hollow-throated horns, pipers, timpanists, unwearied…fiddlers, gleemen, bone-players and bag-pipers, a rude crowd, noisy, profane, roaring and shouting.”
This was also an occasion for handfasting, or trial marriages. Young men and women lined up on either side of a wooden gate in a high wall, in which a hole was carved, large enough for a hand. One by one, girl and boy would grasp a hand in the hole, without being able to see who was on the other side. They were now married, and could live together for year and day to see if it worked out. If not, the couple returned to next year’s gathering and officially separated by standing back to back and walking away from each other.
Throughout the centuries, the grandeur of Teltown dwindled away, but all over Ireland, right up to the middle of this century, country-people have celebrated the harvest at revels, wakes, and fairs – and some still continue today in the liveliest manner. It was usually celebrated on the nearest Sunday to August 1st, so that a whole day could be set aside from work. In later times, the festival of Lughnasadh was christianized as Lammas, from the Anglo-Saxon, hlaf-mas, “Loaf-Mass,” but in rural areas, it was often remembered as “Bilberry Sunday,” for this was the day to climb the nearest “Lughnasadh Hill” and gather the earth’s freely-given gifts of the little black berries, which they might wear as special garlands or gather in baskets to take home for jam.
As of old, people sang and danced jigs and reels to the music of melodeons, fiddles and flutes, and held uproarious sporting contests and races. In some places, a woman—or an effigy of one—was crowned with summer flowers and seated on a throne, with garlands strewn at her feet. Dancers whirled around her, touching her garlands or pulling off a ribbon for good luck. In this way, perhaps, the ancient goddess of the harvest was still remembered with honor.
Lughnasadh herbs: Grapes, heather, crabapple, pear
Lughnasadh colors: Pumpkin orange, sunny yellow, muted brown and sage green
Lughnasadh offerings: Bread, Cider, Cakes
Lughnasadh is a time to honor Hermes/Mercury, Thoth, Frey, Lugh, Macha.
August 1st marks the Celtic holiday of Lughnasadh (pronounced loo-na-sa), which is the beginning of the grain harvest.
In days past, candidates for king would go to the Fayre of Tailtiu. Tailtiu was the queen of the Fir Bolg (an ancient celtic race) , the daughter of Mag Mor and the foster mother of Lugh. She died of exhaustion after the labor of clearing the lands of Ireland for cultivation, and in commemoration, Lugh held a festival for her. Two weeks prior to festival day, it was customary to climb a hill and survey the land before harvest. The festival then commenced, and lasted for four weeks – two weeks past the actual day.
The last chaff of wheat or grain to be cut was kept and crafted into a corn doll, symbolizing Lugh. At Lughnasadh, she is called the Corn Mother. In the spring, she becomes Corn Bride, the Maiden Goddess Bride.
It was Lugh who invented draughts (checkers), ballplay and horsemanship and these sacred games were important in the celebration of the festival, as they were used to show off strength and skill. In addition, this festival was used to gather news, settle arguments and arrange marriages and alliances. Mighty feasting and drinking were the underlying theme of this wonderful festival.
It is prophesied that, as long as the custom shall be maintained, there will be corn and milk in every house, peace and fine weather for the feast.
This is the season when everything seems at its richest – trees crops and long warm days. These are called the ‘dog days’ of Summer, because Sirius (The Dog Star) rises and sets with the sun between mid-July and September.
The word ‘Lammas’ comes from “loaf mass” which celebrates the bread made from the first grain to be harvested. It is in honor of the Corn Mother that we now eat fresh bread and cakes. – WebCreature