It’s marvelously foggy and only 53F. The fog is starting to burn off, though. It’s utterly still, only an occasional breath of breeze. ….and the porch roof is starting to drip. This will be gone, soon.
Yesterday was busy. It didn’t seem to start that way. We had plenty of time to get things open and set up for the day and then sit and look at each other, but afternoon got a bit nuts at times. It was good that both of us were there, because I did 3 readings and talked to a couple about handfasting and several other counseling things came up.
Nobody was in for herbs, so I kept on unpacking some of the new goodies. We have several sets of Runes from Lupa, plus a couple of copies of her Plant and Fungus Totems book. We also have a couple of copies of Katrina’s Tarot Transformational Counseling book and new copies of Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. There’s a whole box of pebbles, too, that I haven’t even started on.
I had an almost-disaster when working on the bunnies. I was trying to move the non-stick pad to where the still-wet tabard pair would not get smeared…. I managed to dump them all over each other, another blank *and* the other 1/2 of the fabric! Initially I though I had ruined it all, but Tempus suggested soaking and I ran them int the sink with the water on full force and except for some speckles it all came out again! 🙂 <phew!>
I did get the color-changing pendants strung and put out for sale, but forgot to get a pic. I did manage several others of various projects as you can see. So one other person was in for Sewing and I got a bit farther on the pincushions.
We didn’t close until nearly 8:30, because Tempus had a project going and I wasn’t paying attention. We stopped at the park for a minute to see the ocean and then come home and I got the pic of the crocosmia. It’s hitting full stride! …and then got a pic of the 8 plus foot fennel plant. I’m not going to be able to cut the stems and dry ’em whole this year. It’s too long!
So today we’ll see if there are any Job Corps students in for the Wicca 101 class. We’ll be opening at 11am at the latest. Project Day starts at noon and then will be things for empty hands to craft all afternoon! Also, around 1pm we’ll start a workshop on Renaissance Dance that lasts about an hour. It’s free.
Today’s Feast is National Sleepyhead Day in Finland. That made me giggle. The tradition is that the last person to wake gets water thrown on them. More recently there’s a tradition to dunk a celebrity in the ocean. 🙂 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Sleepy_Head_Day
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining – Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it, then rinse well. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythology and more about our variety here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
The shop opens at 11am today, although we should be there earlier! Summer hours are 11am-7pm. 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
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.
Quick, can you name the star cluster just off the handle of the Teaspoon in Sagittarius? If you said NGC 6774, you quality for a tiny inner sanctum of the sky elite. And yet it’s visible in binoculars — Gary Seronik calls it “an easy catch in my 10×30 image-stabilized binos.” See his Binocular Highlight column and chart for this V-shaped object in the August Sky & Telescope, page 45.
Mercury (about magnitude –0.3) is sinking away deep into the glow of sunrise this week, farther and farther to the lower left of Venus.
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 – Make this a truthful day!
~ You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. – John Bunyan
~ Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton
~ There is Brendan Foster, by himself, with 20,000 people. – David Coleman
~ A man may devote himself to death and destruction to save a nation; but no nation will devote itself to death and destruction to save mankind. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
Salvation by Lynn Ungar (Blessing the Bread)
By what are you saved? And how?
Saved like a bit of string,
tucked away in a drawer?
Saved like a child rushed from
a burning building, already
singed and coughing smoke?
Or are you salvaged
like a car part — the one good door
when the rest is wrecked?
Do you believe me when I say
you are neither salvaged nor saved,
but salved, anointed by gentle hands
where you are most tender?
Haven’t you seen
the way snow curls down
like a fresh sheet, how it
beautiful, without exception?
This project is rated EASY
This project was contributed by:
Yellow and green construction paper or printed pattern and crayons to color it
Step 1 – Make the Corn Picture
Cut out a corn cob shape from yellow construction paper and cut out some leaves from green construction paper. You might find it easiest to cut out the corn cob, then lay it on the green paper, then draw the leaves, then cut them out. You can glue the finished shape to thin cardboard if you want to make it sturdier.
Step 2 – Attach the corn
Put glue all over the corn cob section, the glue unpopped or popped corn (or both) to the cob.
Let the glue dry, then enjoy your decoration. Be sure to hang it up inside, where it won’t get wet!
Indian Corn Mosaics – These colorful corn mosaics will add a bright touch to your house! You’ll need to buy a jar of colored popcorn kernels. Draw a seasonal design on a piece of construction paper. Then glue the colorful kernels onto the design. Allow to dry and then hang!
Corn Magnets (Anja ©2013 M. Bartlett)
Sculpey or other oven-bake clay, in green, yellow, gold/ochre and brown. If you’re going to include other representations of the God you’ll also need blue and black.
Rolling pin or flat-sided bottle
Cookie cutters, presses, clay tools or just a small knife and a ruler
Something to poke a hole with… a skewer, an awl, a ball-point pen…..
craft magnets, the heavy-duty ones (AS&S has them http://www.sciplus.com/ http://www.sciplus.com/s/c_13/sf_125)
Glue that will stick both metal and plastic, like E-6000.
To make an ear of corn (maize)
- roll a small “worm” about 2 inches long of yellow.
- Partially flatten it, maybe I should say “squash down” instead of flatten?
- Squash one end flat, shoving it back up into the worm. This is the bottom of your “ear”
- Use your knife to make lines (just press down) longways and then widthways to make it resemble kernels on a cob.
- Roll out a flat sheet of green and cut two leaf shapes, no longer than your “worm”.
- Place them on the worm so that they meet on the bottom of the ear and cover the sides, but not the front.
- Roll the edges back, particularly at the top, to make it look like the leaves.
- Squish the bottom of the green together to make it look like the start of a stem.
- You may be done at this point, but it you want to go a little farther with it, take a tiny bit of the ochre and add a bit at the top shaped to look like the silk.
- Bake on the cookie sheet according to clay directions (they’re different for different brands!)
- When cool use the glue to stick the magnet to the back of the ear and let dry.
You can make wheat with this process, as well.
- Roll out a flat irregular sheet of green about 2 x2 inches
- Roll a very skinny worm of the ochre(less than 1/16 inch and two inches long) and place along the longest part of the green.
- Trim the green to an egg shape with the worm aligned along the axis. The large end is the bottom.
- Roll a 1/16 diameter ball of the ochre and put it about ½ inch in from the edge on the long worm. Squash flat.
- Now, you’re going to make the grains. You’re going to make worms and balls for these. Each worm is the length from the original worm to the edge the green. Roll the tip very small with your finger, measure and then cut.
- Roll a ball and smash it onto the worm, so that it just is a touch longer than the measurement.
- Lay these alternating, starting near the top and slightly overlapping the center worm. The worms are the “beards” and the balls are the “grains”.
- When you get to the bottom make one last ball, squash and add to just cover the bottom of the “worm”.
- Bake on the cookie sheet according to directions.
- Let cool.
- Glue a magnet to the back as before.
You can make many more shapes for these. If you have red or orange, you can make poppies, for instance, brown for bread loaves, etc.
To add the Youth and the Sage to the Grain God, take the original shape before baking. Make two 1 inch flat circles and place them under and to either side of the ear. Make sure they adhere to the original ear before baking.