It’s quite cloudy, even more so than yesterday and we just had a prolonged rumble of thunder! It’s 56F and not supposed to get much over 60 today, maybe clearing in the afternoon. The towhee on the feeder doesn’t care. He has plenty of seed and that’s enough for him.
As we were coming down the seawall yesterday morning the Bay was like wrinkly silver with grace notes of floating ducks and crab pots and one boat. It was quiet customer-wise up until around 1pm, but a couple of us whomped through a lot of prep and put-away on the herbs in the back for the Herbs Indoor workshop. Tempus and I sat down to have lunch and then it got busy. It was still clouded over, although the day had been forecast to be clear.
I was dealing with the “sleepies” mid-day. I have *no* idea why, since I actually got enough sleep Friday night. Getting up a little early, though, maybe have been what did it. We were a little skimpy on customers and Cliona said the same, although sometimes that happens in early July, where folks come in on Thursday and Friday, but Saturday is slower.
Past 1, the sky suddenly cleared, but by 5 it was clouded up again. Guerin came in the early afternoon and worked on the library, getting all the shelving done, which has been waiting for awhile. There were 3 of us for Sewing. Geruin worked on sachets. Debbie sanded inkle loom pegs and I worked on a new design for a pincushion. That pretty much carried us through about 6pm.
He got us some supper made, ramen with ham and peas, but we were both pretty tired and turned in as soon as we could.
Today we have the Wicca 101 class for young folks again. I don’t know if any of them will make it, but I need to be there, which meant getting up at 8am. <sigh> Yeah, I hate getting up, too. 🙂
This afternoon is the House Capuchin project day. Anyone is welcome to drop in, or come in and shop. It’s just that a bunch of different projects will be making noise all over the place. 🙂 Come take a look, or come play!
Today’s Feast is in honor of the birthday of John Dee, Renaissance mathematician and mage. He was Queen Elizabeth I’s personal astrologer, among many high-placed and well-remembered friends, but in magickal circles, he is most known for his studies with Edward Kelley and the Enochian language that came out of that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dee
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type ofallergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word for the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has traditionally been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother and there are a number of more modern medical uses. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! –Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Full moving to Waning Gibbous at 4:25pm. 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 7/13 at 4:25pm. 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 at the Tide Change on 7/26 at 3:42pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/18 at 7:08pm.
This is the evening when Mars shines closest to Spica >>> . Look southwest at nightfall. They’re 1.3° apart. Fiery Mars is the brighter one.
Mercury is low in the glow of sunrise, just 7° lower left of brilliant Venus all week. Mercury brightens from magnitude +0.4 to –0.4 this week.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Runic 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 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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Celtic Tree Month of 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.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
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 Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditations – Smell the freshness of the morning. Now close your eyes and let it take you where it will.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – What safety lessons did you receive when you were younger? Write a few paragraphs describing a memorable one and how it affected you. Alternate – What safety lesson have you had to teach that actually saved a life or directly helped someone avoid injury.
~ A traveler am I, and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul. – Kahlil Gibran
~ Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with assholes” – William Gibson
~ The respect of those who you respect is worth more than the applause of the multitude. – A. Glasow
~ He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience. – William Golding (1911-1993) English writer
One of the great minds of the Information Age is a Nigerian American named Philip Emeagwali. He had to leave school because his parents couldn’t pay the fees. He lived in a refugee camp during your civil war. He won a scholarship to university and went on to invent a formula that lets computers make 3.1 billion calculations per second. Some people call him the Bill Gates of Africa. – US President Bill Clinton; ‘Remarks in an address to the Joint Assembly’, House of Representatives Chamber, National Assembly Building, Abuja, Nigeria, August 26, 2000. Philip Emeagwali, a creator of the Internet, was born on August 23, 1954.
Lughnasadh Bread Spell
In Wiccan tradition, and in many others, Lughnasadh is a day for preparing food from early ripening fruits like apples. It is also a time for baking bread in honor of the harvest.
Combining the two, make an applesauce bread. Stir the batter clockwise, focusing on any craft or sport in which you wish to excel. As you stir, chant,
“Flour from grain,
the spell begins,
let the power rise within;
Apples from trees,
Tailtiu, bring _______
to my heart.”
Fill in the blank with a word that describes the area in which you want to encourage improvements or develop mastery. Eat the bread to internalize the energy.
Time-friendly alternatives here are buying frozen bread and adding diced apples to it, having toast with apple butter, or just enjoying a piece of bread and apple anytime during the day. Chant the incantation mentally. Then bite with conviction!
Adapted from Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess”
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Dash of salt
- Optional powdered sugar
Grease a 9-inch fluted tart pan or a shortbread mold. Stir together the flour and cornmeal. In another bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt on medium high until combined. Add the flour mix and beat. Put the dough into the pan and score into 12 wedges. Prick each piece with a fork three times, all the way through. (If you’re using a shortbread mold, don’t do this step.) Bake at 325º F for 25-30 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes.
Yield: 12 wedges
Source: Better Homes and Gardens, Christmas Cookies
Use for: Yule, Lughnasadh, Mabon
The Lammas Bannock
In Scotland, the first fruits were celebrated by the making of a ‘bonnach lunastain’ or Lunasdál bannock, or cake. In later times, the bannock was dedicated to Mary, whose feastday, La Feill Moire, falls on August 15th, two days later than the date of Lammas according to the old reckoning. A beautiful ceremony, which, no doubt, had pagan origins, attended the cutting of the grain (usually oats or bere.) In the early morning, the whole family, dressed in their best, went out to the fields to gather the grain for the ‘Moilean Moire,’ the ‘fatling of Mary.’ They laid the ears on a sunny rock to dry, husked them by hand, winnowed them in a fan, ground them in a quern, kneaded them on a sheepskin, and formed them into a bannock. A fire was kindled of rowan or another sacred wood to toast the bannock, then it was divided amongst the family, who sang a beautiful paean to Mother Mary while they circled the fire in a sunwise direction.
Here is a modern recipe you can try:
8 oz flour
4 oz butter
2 oz caster sugar
1oz chopped almonds
1oz mixed candied peel
Set oven to 325F/Gas 3. Grease a baking sheet. Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the sugar and butter and rub in to form a dough. Add the almonds and mix in the peel, making sure they are evenly distributed. Form into a thick round on a lightly floured surface and prick all over with a fork. Place on the sheet and bake for about 45-60 minutes. Allow to cool and serve sliced thinly and buttered.
From: Country Cookery – Recipes from Wales by Sian Llewellyn.