I woke to bright sunshine and within the last hour we’ve gone from sun to cloud to sun to cloud to POUR to cloud to sun again. Go figure… We got an 1/2 inch of rain yesterday and almost an 1/8 so far today. In the sunshine the little droplets sparkle. There was a set of them lined up on the handle of the lawnmower that were just lovely.
I didn’t get back up yesterday until past 12:30 after being awake so long into the early morning. Tempus was actually up before me, although that was after nearly kicking me into next week at one point when his phone went off. I have no idea what that was all about, since I was so sleepy that I remember complaining and rolling over…. and that’s all!
By the time I got up the sun was coming through occasionally, but you couldn’t call it a
sunny day. My garden was *so* happy! There’s several inches of damp in the soil that was perfectly dry almost a foot down yesterday. I spent awhile tending plants and harvesting carrots.
Tempus took off in the early afternoon to do some chores for a friend, while I got caught up from the week on correspondence and reading. After awhile I got back to work on the newsletters. That was mostly fine-tuning. I know there are things I should have been doing, but that was about what I was up to, intellectually. Sometimes I forget to stop and take a break! …so then I got to working on that bid project.
...and only stopped in time to get a bath before esbat…and then we were late because the bread put in to thaw, scorched…. So everyone was waiting for us. We had a good esbat and talked over a bunch of things that needed to be done.
There are a bunch of new folks on the energy list. Please take a look for the upcoming moon cycle. https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/energy-list/
As Tempus and I were coming home, the sucker hole over Bayshore still had light from the western sky coming through, and it was past 10. Tempus crashed almost immediately, but I spent awhile trying to get some work done, but ended up turning in with a book.
Today I’m going to be at the shop, hopefully sewing a lot. Tempus is taking our elderly friend to do some shopping. I want to do another pair of the bunny tabards. >>>>>
Today’s Feast is that of St. Kinga, or Cunegunde, who was Grand Duchess of Poland in the 13th century. She was married, but she and her husband, the Grand Duke, Boleslav V, known as “the Chaste”, kept their chastity inside of marriage. When he died, she became a Poor Clare, eventually an abbess, having sold all her possessions and given the money to the poor. She’s a patron of Poland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinga_of_Poland
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch. – 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 7/24 at 7:55pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends on 7/26 at 3:42pm.
In a really dark sky, the Milky Way now forms a magnificent arch high across the whole eastern sky after darkness is complete. It runs all the way from below Cassiopeia in the north-northeast, up and across Cygnus and the Summer Triangle in the east, and down past the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot in the south.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Libra) shines in the south-southwest in twilight, to the upper left of the Mars-Spica pair. After dark, look for fainter Alpha Librae lower right of Saturn, and Beta Librae about twice as far above Saturn.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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 Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 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.
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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 – My next house will have no kitchen — just vending machines.
~ There are mysteries which men can only guess at, which age by age they may solve only in part. – Bram Stoker (1847-1912) English novelist
~ Don’t worry over what the newspapers say. I don’t. Why should anyone else? I told the truth to the newspaper correspondents – but when you tell the truth to them they are at sea. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
~ God knows no distance. – Mother Charleszetta Waddles (1912-2001) US nun
~ You don’t have to look poor, you know, you don’t have to look down. For money is a medium of exchange, and that’s all; but it is not a mind regulator unless you allow it to be. – Mother Charleszetta Waddles (1912-2001) US nun
Pale, beyond porch and portal,
Crowned with calm leaves she stands
Who gathers all things mortal
With pale, immortal hands. – Swinburne
Prayer for Lughnasadh
Now is the time of the First Harvest,
when the bounties of nature give of themselves so that we may survive.
O God of the ripening fields,
Lord of the Grain,
grant me the understanding of sacrifice as You prepare to deliver Yourself under the sickle of the Goddess and journey to the lands of eternal summer.
O Goddess of the Dark Moon,
teach me the secrets of rebirth as the Sun loses its strength and the nights grow cold. – Scott Cunningham
A CHANT FOR LAMMAS
Ashes to Ashes, dust to dust
We shall go as we can and do as we must.
The body may die but the Spirit is Free
To do greater wonders, so mote it be!
Ashes to ashes, clay to clay
We shall seek for our center and find our own way
The flesh may be blind but the Spirit can see
The Gods within all, so mote it be!
Ashes to ashes, sand to sand,
We will use all our talents to heal our great land
The flesh may be weak, but the Spirit in me
Is full with Her blessings, so mote it be!
*Perform as a chant, begin as a whisper and increase the volume as the collective level of energy grows.