I’m running late this morning. Yesterday was a hard push to get a bunch of stuff done and it ran quite late, so I’m still home. Tempus has the shop open, never fear! Yes, he’s without adult supervision. 🙂
First we did some pix of various projects in progress. I got the soap a little farther along and then cleaned that up and started on tagging. Tempus had been pulling out pieces that we figured Faunus was going to need. I checked up on the oils (plantain and calendula), topped off and turned the rose sugar and by then Marius was there. We just kept going on tagging, bagging, counting until about 4pm.
By then I had even finished some of the projects that had been in the “if we get enough time” category, including some waxed linen covers that didn’t work right the first time and more of the pouches. By 5 it was all done, so we got into a few other projects. Marius is starting to make some really nice pearl pendants. Tempus is working on a bone needlecase and I got a ball or three finished.
Faunus arrived around 7pm and he and Marius went to the pizza place to pick up some sustenance and we all sat and talked and worked for a bit. Eventually we wound down and the last of the stuff was loaded (tables and largesse) and Marius and Faunus took off for his place. Tempus and I looked at the mess and said, “In the morning!” and that was our project day.
Today he’s already at the shop. I’m following as soon as I can get myself together. Hoping to get a batch of soap balls or wood butter done!
Today’s feast is for Petosiris, called Ankhefenkhons, who was the high priest of Thoth at Hermopolis and held various priestly degrees in the service of Sakhmet, Khnum, Amen-Re and Hathor. The son of Sishu and Nefer-renpet, he lived in the second half of the 4th century BCE under Persian rule. In his tomb inscriptions (his tomb is in the necropolis at Tuna el-Gebel) he prided himself on having restored the fortunes of the temples in which he served. There is a pseudepigraphic onomantic text, Petosiris to Nechepso, and it is possible that the priestly Petosiris described in this article is the inspiration for the attribution of authorship. Nechepso lived in the 7th century BC and that the text is likely 2nd century BC. http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/texts/petosiris.htm
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
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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 on 7/1 at 7:20pm. 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 6/30 at 7:20am.
The bright Moon forms a triangle with Saturn to its right and Antares >>> closer to its lower right.
Today Venus and Jupiter are 0.6° apart in the west at dusk (for the longitudes of the Americas). Venus and Jupiter have their conjunction this week! They’re the two bright “stars” close together in the west during and after twilight, shining at an impressive magnitude –4.6 and –1.8, respectively. On Friday June 26th they’re 2.2° apart. They appear closest together, just 0.3° apart, on the American evening of Tuesday June 30th. (This is their appulse. Their conjunction in right ascension, which is what’s tabulated in many almanacs, is on July 1st.) By July 4th they’ve widened to 1.9° apart. All the while, fainter Regulus creeps closer toward them from the upper left.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 28 Low 4:56 AM 0.2 5:34 AM Set 3:09 AM 80
~ 28 High 11:11 AM 5.2 9:05 PM Rise 5:44 PM
~ 28 Low 4:26 PM 2.5
~ 28 High 10:31 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Freedom Demands the Right to be Wrong.
~ For some reason, when you become a support to others, you become bigger than you are. – Susan Jeffers
~ A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – Lao Tsu
~ All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
~ Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out. – John Wooden
We remember the time when there was only love,
The time when all breathing was one.
We remember the seed of your being
Planted in the belly of the vast black night… – from The Ancient Ones by Patricia Reis
Incense – Sandalwood, Rose, Aloes, Chamomile, Passionflower, Frankincense
HERBS to use in your magic at Lughnasadh: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, Irish moss, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, garlic, onion, basil, mint, aloe, acacia, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy, hazelnut, blackthorn, elder, bee pollen. Acacia, all grains, blackberry, calendula, frankincense, grape, heather, mistletoe, oak, rose, sandalwood, sunflower, Grapes, heather, crabapple, pear
STONES: Cat’s-eye, citrine, aventurine, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone. Aventurine, Citrine, Peridot, Sardonyx
Foods appropriate for Lammas are breads, berries, crab apples, and any locally ripe produce. Breads, Cornbread, Cider, Blackberry pies and jellies, Rice, Meadowsweet tea, Berries, Nuts, Turnips, Oats, Elderberry wine, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oat cakes, Beer/mead, Rice milk
Decorations – Corn dollies, any wheat weaving crafts, Shafts of grain, Sunflowers, Indian corn, Bread
Colors: Pumpkin orange, sunny yellow, muted brown and sage green Yellow, Orange, Green, Brown, Red Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown.
flowers sacred to Lammas:
goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, basil, mint, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy.
Offerings: Bread, Cider, Cakes
Spellwork – Spells for prosperity, Abundance, Good fortune, Connectedness, Career, Health, Financial gain
The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses.
The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods.
connectedness, career, health, and financial gain. Spells for abundance are completely appropriate now. As the sun is growing weaker, it is a good time to do grounding and sun meditations, then use the golden rays of the sun (gathered during meditation) in spellcasting.
- middle of Summer
- beginning of the harvest
- Canning goes into full swing
- magickal cabinets are stocked with herbs
- prepare your household for fall and the upcoming Winter months.
- first of three harvest festivals
- associated with ripening grain
- fruits of the harvest
- be aware that summer is passing and winter is on its way.
- It is a festival of plenty and prosperity.
- Decorate the altar and house with grains such as barley, oats and wheat — also fruits and veggies.
- Begin gathering and drying herbs, flower, grains or seeds for spellworking in the next year.
- Make magickal oils now with fresh herbs.
- Braid onion and garlic charms.
- Onion is sacred to the sun — because of its shape, and its dye is a golden amber to burnt apricot. When the onion is cut, it reveals the symbolism of the moon.
- Garlic, too, is sacred to the moon — the crescent shape of the cloves. It exorcises evil and protects.
- Collect rain and storm water for use in spellwork or to empower objects, add dried mugwort and store in glass bottles.
- Make a corn wheel.
- Bake a loaf of bread on Lammas. If you’ve never made bread before, this is a good time to start. Honor the source of the flour as you work with it: remember it was once a plant growing on the mother Earth. If you have a garden, add something you’ve harvested–herbs or onion or corn–to your bread. If you don’t feel up to making wheat bread, make corn bread.
- Corn Dolly -Another way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. . She’s your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you. Make a corn dolly to save for next Imbolc.
- This is the perfect holiday to honor the prosperity and generosity of Mother Earth. It is a season to throw away useless thoughts and habits and to form new ideas which bring renewed strength. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. Lughnasad is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire.
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Lance Armstrong and his girlfriend were out at a party and he accidentally banged into two parked cars. So then he told the cops that his girlfriend was driving. That’s the kind of thing that can hurt the man’s image. – David Letterman