Medicinal Wines workshop is at 7pm tonight!
It’s 69F, already past the forecast high for the day. There’s a cloud layer at 900 feet, but it’s thin enough that’s it’s sunny. I’ve been watching the little birds on the feeder and just being a vegetable for a little while I got my eyes open.
Yesterday was a long slog of a day, doing updates and trying to catch up from the past week. Tempus did some chores, early. Mostly he was working on laundry and a little in the kitchen. After that he took off to take our friend for his doctor’s appointment.
He got home around 6pm and we headed immediately for Newport to meet Marius. We had a nice drive to Corvallis and back although the amount of smoke in the air in the valley is appalling! We got the inkle looms dropped off, wandered around a bit, watching the various activities and then came back. We used the time while we were in the car to get some talking done about OCPPG, Elders’ Council, the Circle camping trip and so on. I did a little work on the computer and went to bed. Tempus actually had a day off, so he went to sleep at 11pm and he’s still asleep at going on 11am!
Today I have to work on setting up newsletters. Tempus is going to work in the kitchen and we’ll both do some fruit picking later. The Medicinal Wines workshop is at 7pm tonight at the shop. We’ll be making a tummy soother, a sangria and discussing recipes.
Today’s Feast is Hiroshima Day, the anniversary of the day the US dropped a nuclear bomb on this city. Sadako did not live to finish her 1000 cranes, but ever since, people fold them for her intent for life and peace. May we each fold 1000 cranes in our intentions, not for our own blessing, but that of our people and our world.
The Peace Memorial with strings of cranes.
So, the Flanders Poppy, Papaver rhoeas is today’s plant. It is an agricultural weed, also called “corn flower”, associated with crops since the earliest beginnings of agriculture, since it flowers abundantly in disturbed ground, such as at plowing, and then will flower and seed before the crops are harvested. This is how the poppies sprang up so quickly in the cemeteries of Flanders, as the dead soldiers were interred. These are not the same as the opium poppy Papaver somniferum. The Flanders Poppy and the White Poppy are the two associated with war and worn as symbols, the red poppy meaning the honoring of the dead soldiers and the white, the hope for peace. It is also associated with headaches, both from inhaling the scent and from the headaches from too much crying, from which the folk name, “Head Waak” (pronounced “whack”) comes. – Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos & Demeter – Poppies have been associated with sleep far more than death up until this past century and also with wealth. They are often used in magics to aid sleep. as an ingredient of dream pillows. In wealth & fertility magicks, the abundant seeds are eaten and carried to attract luck and money. A gilded poppypod can be worn as a necklace for the same purpose. They can be added to love foods and added to love sachets. The seeds are not the source of the addictive medicines, so are safe to carry. In more recent times, the associations with blood and death have started cropping up in spellbooks, so be careful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaveraceae
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 8/8 at 11:09pm.
Antares is well to the lower right of the Moon this evening. More than twice as far to the Moon’s upper left shines Altair >>>>.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.8) is just beginning to emerge from the glare of sunrise far to the lower left of Venus. Jupiter and Mercury are in conjunction, 1° apart, on the morning of August 2nd; bring binoculars. On August 18th, Jupiter will reach a much more striking conjunction with Venus higher in the dawn.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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 Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 6 Low 3:30 AM 0.2 6:09 AM Set 1:48 AM 69
~ 6 High 9:54 AM 5.0 8:35 PM Rise 4:59 PM
~ 6 Low 3:00 PM 2.8
~ 6 High 9:12 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a sharp day!
~ There are two sides to every question. – Protagoras
~ Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars. – Serbian Proverb
~ A fool too late bewares when all the peril is past. – Queen Elizabeth I of England
~ We who are clay blended by the Master Potter, come from the kiln of Creation in many hues. How can people say one skin is colored, when each has its own coloration? What should it matter that one bowl is dark and the other pale, if each is of good design and serves its purpose well. – Polingaysi Qoyawayma, Hopi
PIECES OF MYSELF
I tore off little pieces of my flesh,
And handed them to you. “Here”, I said,
“Now love me. Or if you can’t love me,
Then let me be myself.”
But the pieces of flesh were not enough
For you. “Give me more, give me all of
Yourself, hand over all your hopes and
I wound pieces of cloth around the bloody
Gashes. I stuck pieces of paper to the smaller
Wounds. There was peace for awhile.
Then came the first time that our wishes
And goals clashed. More pieces of myself
Were needed, to keep the peace.
This time the pieces of cloth had to be wider;
The tears that dripped upon the wounds
To heal them with their salt, were heavier
And more bitter.
Then came a time when I had outgrown
The need to be constrained. This time, you
Tried to tear of pieces of me yourself;
But I had learned to love myself, by that time.
“No,” I said. And then I said a little prayer,
And felt a peace come over me. “I am
A child of the Blessed Mother, and am whole
In that love.
Never again will anyone take pieces from
Me, either of my flesh, or of my heart; and
Love freely given and freely taken, does
Not take away, but adds to the soul.” © Copyright 11/1/05 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
[Note: from “Earth Power” by Scott Cunningham]
Sea Magic is that which is practiced near the ocean, or with objects which the ocean fashions or transforms.
The sea has for millennia been worshipped, feared, consecrated, prayed to, sacrificed to and otherwise revered. It has been the abode of Goddesses and Gods, mermaids and mermen, undines and serpents–hideous monsters and fetching sirens who lured sailors to their deaths on treacherous rocks.
Beneath its waves lie ancient, fabled lands and civilizations — Atlantis, Lemuria, Lyonesse, to name a few – and from it all life emerged. Thus, the sea is both the beginning and the end, the alpha and omega–the source of all life and that which quenches it.
In ancient times, as today, population centers were located close to rivers or on the coastline. Here was easy access to food–fish and shellfish, seaweeds–as well as a platform on which crafts of reeds and pitch, timber and hempen rope, and later of more sophisticated design could float and travel to distant lands.
Those people who depended on the sea for their food and thus their very lives personified it; Gods and Goddesses arose from its depths and spread their arms lovingly to embrace the simple peoples, or blew up waves that crushed their fragile boats and washed villages away.
Just as streams, wells and rivers have been revered, so too has the sea. Along with religious rites, magic was performed, as it still is today.
Many of the old deities of the sea are now the stuff of books — Poseidon, Isis, Llyr, Pontus, Mari, Neptune, Shony, Tiamat, Dylan, Manannan–all and many more have had libations poured to them, incense offered to them, sacrifices given to them.
What the books don’t seem to know is that they live still; their whispers are heard in the ocean’s sighs and their powers wax and wane with the Moon. They lie waiting to rise up and be recognized again.
Though you don’t have to worship the sea or its deities to practice sea magic, you must respect it as a vast storehouse of power. It is our ancestral mother, older than the continents upon which we live, older than mountains or tree or stone. It is time itself.
Though sea magic is best performed near the ocean, many spells can be adapted if you have acquire some of the tools of the sea witch. A bowl full of rain water into which you pour some sea salt will work in a pinch for the ocean, as will a tub of salted water. Search in antique shops and specialty houses for shells, sand, seaweed and so on.