Sunny and clear and 56F. The humidity is only 45%. There’s just a little bit of breeze. Little birs, mostly sparrows, have been all over the feeder this morning and they’re nibbled almost all of the see away. I have to remember to ask Tempus to refill the feeder.
Yesterday we were horribly late getting to the shop. I’m still not sure how it happened, but I had time to harvest carrots and get a picture and then Tempus was waiting for *me* and then I was waiting for *him* again. <sigh>
I was pretty achy from the salal berrying. I kept having to sit down, but I was kept pretty well on the hop from when we got there until about 2:30 and then it was steady until about 5. Tempus was out running earrands most of the day. I had a new white sage supplier (Carlos) stop by, so we are *well*-stocked at the moment. I’m still trying to get things into individual plastic, but I got the basic part done right away.
We have two new sizes, jumbo and mini. The jumbos are $20 and the minis $3, small $5, medium $7 and large $9. They’re sized differently from the Iron Lion smudges, being not as consistent a width, so some of the larges are the same length as the mediums, but lots fatter.
I spent a little while as things calmed down in the middle of the afternoon, doing two more of the little bunnies and setting up the next pair to dry. After that I did some picking up of the book area and sat down with a little embroidery, when I realized to my horror that the salalberry stains on my fingers were coming off onto the fabric! That put paid to that…. so, I tried to sit down at the sewing machine. …and had to keep getting up to take care of things up front. So I went back to sewing up front, but instead of embroidering I was sewing the covers to the pincushion base and setting up the ribbon/bead hangers.
Kim was in later in the day and she helped me get some of the smudges bagged and then we sat and chatted for a good while while I was working on pincushions. Tempus finally got back and after the customers were done, we closed up and went across the street for supper.
We got home just as the sun was setting and turned in fairly soon, or rather Tempus did and I intended to…and got caught up in talking to some friends online while I was doing pictures and then started hunting up Renaissance Dance videos. When I looked up it was nearly 2am!
Today we have Herbs Indoors at 11am and Sewing Workshop at 3pm. Both Tempus and I will be in the shop all day and unless I’m teaching a workshop, I’ll be available for readings.
Today’s Feast is in honor of Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged steed that he rides between the worlds. I don’t know how the Asatru celebrate him, but there seems to be a connection to some kind of shamanic practice. The eight legs might stand for supernatural speed or for transportation beyond the natural. The picture is Odin, riding Sleipnir, accompanied by the ravens, Hunin and Mumir (Thought and Memory) and the two wolves, Geri and Freiki (Greed & Gluttony). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slepnir
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
The shop opens at 11am today, although we should be there earlier! Spring hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although closing time is drifting later with the longer days. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Dark becoming New at 3:42pm. – 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. 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. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 7/28 at 3:42am. 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 Tide Change at the Full on 8/10 at 11:09am.
Saturday, July 26, 6:42 p.m. EDT – New Moon – The moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the sun, but can be seen low in the east as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the west an evening or two after New Moon.
Summer is hardly more than a third over, astronomically speaking. But already the Great Square of Pegasus, symbol of the coming fall, heaves up from behind the east-northeast horizon at dusk and climbs higher in the east through the evening. It’s balancing on one corner.
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 – Education liberates the child from the fetters of ignorance, illiteracy and poverty.
~ It’s these times that you remember for the rest of your life. – Unknown Author
~ I’ve never had a humble opinion. If you’ve got an opinion, why be humble about it? – Joan Baez
~ To be one’s own master is to be the slave of self. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
~ The most powerful force in the universe is gossip. – Dave Barry
Physics is becoming so unbelievably complex that it is taking longer and longer to train a physicist. It takes so long to train a physicist to the place where he understands the nature of physical problems that he is already too old to solve them. – Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist
Honoring Lugh – July 31st, 2007 – Color of the day: Red Incense of the day: Lavender
The evening of July 31 is the beginning of the Celtic holiday known as Lughnasadh (the Feast of the God Lugh). In Christian times, it was called Lammas (Anglo-Saxon for “Loaf Mass”). It has always been a special holiday for me, as it is my birthday! Lugh instituted this sacred time to honor his foster mother Tailtiu, who cleared the land in preparation for agriculture. Various divine women were honored at this time in Ireland, including Lugh’s wives Naas and Bui, the sorceress Carmun, and the goddess Macha. These goddesses seem to have given their lives or energies in order for the land to prosper. Thousands of years later, we can invoke their sacred names once more and make an offering of first fruits or a sacred loaf, lighting a flame in remembrance of their sacrifice. By: Sharynne NicMhacha
Lammas, or Teltane
Lammas, or Teltane is a cross-quarter day midway between summer solstice and fall equinox. Although the days are still long, the sun rises later and sets earlier. The rhythm of the earth is shifting and energies are beginning to draw inward. To ensure the balance between sun and earth energies necessary for a successful harvest, the ancient Celts celebrated a ritual marriage between earth and sun, male and female, each Teltane. Likewise, August is a time for us to bring about balance between our male and female aspects so that we can harvest the fruitfulness of our souls.
Great Spirit, I give thanks for the celestial harmony which turns the cosmic wheel this cross-quarter day. My energy, like Mother Earth’s, is beginning to draw inward. Yet I am aware that it is still a season of outgoing activity. May I find balance by aligning with the energies of earth and sky, sun and moon, male and female, through whose dance all creation comes into being.
Take a few letting-go breaths and mindfully feel your way into the place of inner stillness. Sense the energy of Mother Earth. Sense the energy of Father Sun. Weave them together in the meditation of bridging earth and heaven, simultaneously inhaling both energies into your heart, then exhaling their union back out into creation. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002
Lammas – Incense of the day: Ginger
Lammastide is traditionally a time of honoring the gods of harvest whose myths were associated with ritual sacrifice. One modern novel, Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon, describes a modern-day community that still performs human sacrifice for their crops. Many modern Witch covens select a harvest lord and corn maiden, as in the novel, to preside over their rituals for a full year. The young lord is honored with praise and gifts before he is ritually “sacrificed” (we’re talking symbolically, of course!) to feed the fields and ensure a good and bountiful harvest. The altar is decorated with produce. Bread is baked, and the scythe is displayed. Such rites are powerful as they capture the essence of the cycle of life—nature’s design that rules all living things. By: Ruby Lavender, Llewellyn
**Shooting an empty gun.
**Hunting in an empty forest.
**A few walls short of a complete house.
**A few crumbs short of the cake.
**His porch light is flickering.
**No grain in the silo.
**Receiver is off the hook.
**Too much yardage between the goal posts.
**Not the sharpest pencil in the box.
**About a half a bubble off level.
**Not the brightest crayon in the box.
**A few gunmen short of a posse.
**Missing some of dots on his dice?
**Only got One Oar In The Water.
**Not the quickest bunny in the forest.
**The porch lights on, but nobody’s home.
**Too much chlorine in the gene pool.
**Not the brightest bulb on the tree.
**Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
**The cheese has slipped off the cracker.
**Not the brightest star in the galaxy.
**Not the sharpest tack in the box.
**I.Q. of two, but takes three to grunt.
**Thinks the Hard Rock Cafe is a restaurant for boulders.
**Tried to read a book “between the lines.”
**A few chocolate chips short of a cookie.
**A few tantrums short of a toddler.
**A couple gallons short of a swimming pool.
**IQ lower than your average rock.
**A couple apples short of a bushel.
**Several aliens short of a UFO.
**A few CDs short of a jukebox.
**Elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.
**One brick shy of a fireplace.
**One bubble short of a bath.
**Wheels are spinning but the tires are off the ground.
**One eye closed and can’t see out of the other.
**One tree short of a hammock.
**He thinks the Mexican border pays rent.
**If he blew up a balloon his head would deflate.
**Two slices of bread shy of a sandwich.
**A few clowns short of a circus.
**A few fries short of a happy meal.
**An experiment in Artificial Stupidity.
**Dumber than a box of hair.
**A few peas short of a casserole.
**The wheel’s spinning, but the hamster’s dead!
**One fruit loop shy of a full bowl.
A few feathers short of a whole duck.
**Body by Fisher, brains by Mattel.
**Warning: Objects in mirror are dumber than they appear.
**Couldn’t pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel.
**He fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.
**An intellect rivaled only by garden tools.
**As smart as bait.
**Sharp as a marble.
**Doesn’t have all his dogs on one leash.
**Elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor.
**Forgot to pay his brain bill.
**Her sewing machine’s out of thread.
**His antenna doesn’t pick up all the channels.
**His belt doesn’t go through all the loops.
**If he had another brain, it would be lonely.
**Missing a few buttons on his remote control.