It’s not quite 60F at the moment and beautiful sunshine is turning the leaves on the alder to metallic silver. There’s almost no breeze. A tiny hummingbird is sitting on the birdfeeder rope, just looking around. He spent a few minutes drinking from the syrup feeder and now he’s taking a break. A chickadee is nibbling seed and keeps looking up and around like he’s going to be attacked.
Yesterday flew by leaving me gasping by midnight, but still unable to go soundly to sleep until past 2am. After I got the newsletter out, I worked on setting up the newsletters for the week. Tempus made a yummy breakfast of hot cereal and bacon and eggs. I kept getting caught up in tying up loose ends of things that had come unknotted, and finding new ones that were fraying…
I still have a lot to get done on the newsletters, but I suddenly realized that I’d better get my recipes together for the Medicinal Wines workshop. In the middle of it all, I got a bath, which made me feel better and got me revved up so that I finished *just* before I was supposed to get picked up…
….and I sat, and I sat…. and finally got a text that my ride was running late…and arranged for another ride …and then Tempus showed up, so I cancelled that one and we *finally* got down to the shop and then everyone had to wait for me to get the table cleaned up and set up for the workshop. We only started 10 minutes late, but then my darned back decided to spasm right in the middle of the workshop when I stretched too far!
Despite all that, the workshop went pretty well. There’s a full write-up with all the recipes and links here: https://housecapuchin.wordpress.com/portfolio/medicinal-wines-workshop-8-6-14
We had some supper when we got home and Tempus turned in early and got another full night’s sleep. He looks a lot better, because he slept 12 hours Tuesday night and 10 last night. He needed the break!
Today we’re both headed for the shop. Tempus is going to be running errands off and on during the day. I’m expecting packages. He had some house repair to do on the rental. I want to start getting the pebbles that I got last week set out for sale. So, lotsa stuff…. Gonna be a busy day!
I’ve been giggling over the wording of this notice for an event in Vancouver, WA this coming weekend, so I’ m gonna share. “It was brought to our attention that the link on the Kingdom calendar that would give you directions places Archery Academy in the middle of China. Obviously, attendance does not depend on airline tickets followed by a camel caravan. (Yes, the place chosen is that remote!) If you need directions, try this link. You will receive much better luck….”
Today’s Feast is in honor of the Perseid Meteor Shower. They’re actually visible for most of the early part of this month, but peak right around now. Some years you can 2 or 3 in a minute. They’re a good excuse to go down to the beach with a couple of blankets! They appear to come out of the constellation of Perseus, the “radiant” of the shower. This set of meteors is a cloud of dust from the 130-year-comet, Swift-Tuttle. Most of the dust is 1000 years or more old, but there’s one stream that peeled off of the comet only a century and a half ago! This shower is the “Games of Lugh” that give their name to the Celebration of Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseids The Celts saw these as “spears of light” that reminded them of the contests held at funerals.
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. Theymake a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, theappetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
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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.
<<< Vega is the brightest star very high in the east after dusk, almost overhead. The brightest in the southeast is Altair >>>, nearly as bright. Altair is flagged by little Tarazed (3rd magnitude) a finger-width above it: an orange giant far in Altair’s background.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Libra) shines in the southwest in twilight to the upper left of Mars.
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).
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I delight in my world and my world delights in me.
~ I is another. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ It is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development. – Jim Rohn
~ Good service leads to multiple sales. If you take good care of your customers, they will open doors you could never open by yourself. – Jim Rohn
~ In a man-to-man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine. – Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) German Field Marshal.
Perhaps a meal ought not bear so much weight.
A dining room is not a synagogue.
Sometimes, however, food’s a pedagogue.
Sometimes one’s best text is what one ate.
One finds in food the sense in many senses,
Vested in a symbol that will last.
Even as a people needs its past,
Ritual foods dismantle time’s defenses. – © by Nicholas Gordon
Herbal Altar Pentacle – You will need: 4-5 blocks bakeable clay in color of your choice, 3-4 tbsp. dried herbs of choice (sage, wormwood, patchouli, basil, and mugwort are good), round piece of wood or cork in your choice of size, cookie sheet, hot glue sticks or hot glue gun. Using your fingers, mix the herbs into the clay. Divide the clay into five equal portions, then form them into long rolls by rubbing them between your palms. Position them on the wood or cork to form a five pointed star; join the smooth ends together, trimming if necessary. Remove the star from the round piece and place it on the baking sheet. Bake the star according to the package directions. After it cools, hot glue it to the wood or cork.
Herbal Energy Sachets – You will need 4 inch squares in assorted colors and patterns, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, and 1/4 inch ribbon. In a small bowl, mix the spices until you are pleased with the scent. Place one heaping tablespoon of the mixture in the center of each fabric square. Gather the corners together and secure with a piece of ribbon. Charge the sachet with love and energy while visualizig the person you will be giving it to.
Anja’s Note – For another way to stitch the containers for these, please see the photo essay here: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/photo-essays/making-herbal-sachets/