It’s 65F, well above the forecast high and lovely, lovely sunshine pouring down. There’s a stiff breeze already and the air coming in the study window smells so good….and doesn’t have nearly the amount of pollen in it anymore….
Yesterday was a crazy busy day, much busier than Saturday. I did a number of readings… at least three, but it was probably four and might have been more… I dunno. That’s how crazy it was! Marius was working on cutting out toys and did some sanding. Tempus worked on another needle and discovered that bone will split if you give it enough incentive (no, it’s not stuck into him….). He also dropped Robyne off at the bus station and then Robyne got in touch with us to say that he was safely home in the evening. I worked on herbs and pouches most of the day.
When we got home we picked and picked up plums, then ate and crashed
Today Tempus is at the shop after paying a couple of bills and going to the PO. I’m home trying really hard to catch up, which is why it’s past noon and this isn’t done yet! Ack!
Ken Gagne pic of a spiderweb from up Yachats River Road.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1415 when Jan Hus, an early religious reformer contemporary with John Wycliffe, was burned at the stake for heresy. It is celebrated in the Czech Republic in his honor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Hus
Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds… and it’s starting to get berries right now! – Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry
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Special Herbs Workshops at Ancient Light!
Beads made from the petals of the rose have been a popular home craft since the Victorian era, and possibly Medieval times, though information is sparse for the latter. Delicate, and delicately scented, they make a wonderful addition to the historically-based ensemble. This workshop provides instructions for the entire process, as well as the hands-on creation of one’s own starter set of beads. Be aware, this is a messy undertaking, and we do use essential oils. There is a $5 fee per person for materials. (If you choose to do both workshops, please see Anja for a fee reduction!)
Kate McClure, sometimes known as Lady Vilda, has been working with rose bead paste for a number of years. She has also been known to work with fabric, write a bit, and commune with Nature on a regular basis. Owned by four cats, she somehow finds the time to occasionally wander western Washington, in search of adventure.
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 7/15 at 6:24pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/8 at 1:24pm.
After nightfall, Altair shines in the east-southeast. It’s the second-brightest star on the eastern side of the sky, after Vega high to its upper left. Above Altair by a finger-width at arm’s length is little orange Tarazed. And a bit more than a fist-width to Altair’s lower left is Delphinus, the Dolphin, leaping leftward.
Venus and Jupiter are the two bright “stars” low in the west at dusk. They’re moving apart after their June 30th conjunction and are getting lower every week. But they still make an impressive pair, shining at an magnitude –4.7 and –1.8, respectively. Jupiter is the one on the right. They’re separated by 1.5° on July 3rd and 4.1° by the 10th. Look for fainter Regulus >>> to their upper left.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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
M 6 High 3:51 AM 7.3 5:39 AM Set 11:11 AM 82
~ 6 Low 10:33 AM 9:03 PM
~ 6 High 5:07 PM 7.3
~ 6 Low 11:09 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s not what’s outside of a woman that makes her a woman, her face is just a mask.
~ Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ If you believe you are hexed you are. – Kerr Cuhulain
Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ Adorned with cape, with tricorn, saintly soul singing in librarian tones an enameled song that coolly celebrates her chewing-gum enthusiasms. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~ Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends. – Proverb
They tell me poetry is a hard sell, there’s no money in it, it’s day is done. I don’t believe one word. Whether there be money in it or not was never poetry’s point, and it’s day will never be done… I suggest reading it line by line, letting every word sink in slowly — drink it as you would a fine liquor, sip by sip, until the last word is gone. – Papaveria Press
Today is a magical day in Japan. It is a day to celebrate a tradition that has its start in a love story. It is 7-7-07.
If you make a wish on this day, and if it does not rain, then your wish will come true. This year, it is especially lucky because it is the seventh day of the seventh month of the seventh year.
(Images from here).
THE TWO STARS:
Tanabata means “Festival of the stars.” This is a story about the two stars Altair (the boy) and Vega (the girl) which are the main stars in two constellations, Aquila the eagle and Lyra the musical lyre:
Altair and Vega are also two of the three stars of the Summer Triangle, and appear closest to each other in the summertime.
THE LOVE STORY:
There was a girl named Orihime – she was the daughter of the Sky God and she wove beautiful weavings. One day, she looked out of her window and saw the oxen-boy, Hikoboshi, and they fell in love. They spent so much time together that she didn’t have any time to weave, and so the Sky God separated the two, and allowed them to only meet each other on the seventh of the seventh.
Why is the Milky Way involved? “In the Chinese Calender, there is almost always a half moon on July 7th and they believe ORIHIME and [HIKOBOSHI] use that half moon as a boat to meet each other over the great river in the sky, AMANOGAWA [the Milky Way],” reports this site.
As long as the Milky Way does not overflow, i.e. it doesn not rain, everyone’s wish will come true on this day. So you can put on your bright summer cotton kimono, called the “yukata,” and you can go dancing in the parks, and you can write your wishes on brightly colored paper (as described here!) and tie them to a plant (in Japan, it would be a bamboo tree). And finally, you make that wish wholly and deliberately, and then you let go….
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
Color of the day: White – Incense of the day: Ginger
Lughnasadh was one of the four sacred feast days of the Celts. It marked the beginning of the harvest and was instituted by the god Lugh to honor his fostermother Tailtiu, who cleared the land for agriculture. Nasadh means an “assembly.” Huge Lugnasad assemblies took place in ancient Ireland, including one called the Feast of Carmun, in honor of a supernatural but ill-fated sorceress and warrior. Music, poetry, and the recitation of sacred lore took place, perhaps under the patronage of Lugh, a skilled harper, poet, and magician. Recite these lines from an ancient Irish poem to bring a harvest of abundance, creativity, and wisdom into your life:
Grain, milk, peace, and happiness,
Full nets, ocean’s plenty.
Feasts and fairs,
Knowledge and music,
Books of lore.
May there ever be given to us from the gods
The pleasant fruits of the earth! – By: Sharynne NicMhacha
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
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
– “Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but they’ll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you or your money more than Southwest Airlines.”
– “Your seat cushions can be used for flotation. In the event of an emergency water landing, please take them with our compliments.”
– “As you exit the plane, please make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.”
– “Last one off the plane must clean it.”
– From the pilot during his welcome message: “We are pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately none of them are on this flight.”
– This was overheard on an American Airlines flight into Amarillo, Texas, on a particularly windy and bumpy day. During the final approach, the captain was really having to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the flight attendant came on the PA and announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo. Please remain in your seats with your seatbelts fastened while the captain taxis what’s left of our airplane to the gate!”
– Another flight attendant’s comment on a less than perfect landing: “We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal.
– An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a, “Thanks for flying XYZ airline.” He said that in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally, everyone had gotten off except for this little old lady walking with a cane. She said, “Sonny, did we land or were we shot down?”
– After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the flight attendant got on the PA and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt up against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we’ll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.”
– Part of a flight attendant’s arrival announcement: “We’d like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you’ll think of us here at US Airways.”