68F and the clouds have burned off enough that the sun is shining brightly. There’s a lovely breeze and the air is sweet and I *missed* my chance to get out and get that back path useable! Tempus and I are supposed to tag team it. He’ll go through ahead and deal with the blackberry vines and I’ll come along behind, harvest roses and trim the bushes back. By the time I can be out there again (sun….I burn) he’ll have had to leave to do the shopping, drattit….
>>>> front path, the crocosmia are taking over! >>>>
Yesterday was difficult for me. Tempus went down to the shop on time because I was feeling really ill…. things got out of whack over the holiday weekend is all, but still…. I managed to get myself put together and he came back for me around 2 and then I ended up doing 4 readings, when I said I wasn’t gonna…. he put the sign out and I didn’t realize…. So, I didn’t get the stuff done that I had planned on.
<<<<<<<<< hydrangea <<<<<<<<<
I have a funny from a couple of days ago. I was hurrying to get my hair put up before we had to run out the door and pulled off my nightime hair-tie before combing things out. It felt like something snatched it out of my hand! I quickly scanned the floor and counter assuming it had fallen, but didn’t see it. Odd…. but I was in a hurry, so ignored that for the time being. When I came home and walked into the bathroom I finally saw it.
My spider plant was being helpful? But that explain the “snatched” feeling as it left my fingers. Who knew that a spider plant likes hair ties?
>>>>>>>> badly overgrown south steps >>>>>>>>
We had a good enough weekend that we planned to have a meal out and ended up at Ona. The waitress was someone that knew Art and we ordered a pair of his style of Manhattans in his memory. I wanted something light after some of the odd way I’d been eating over the weekend and got an appetizer plate of some delicious clams done in broth with onion, garlic and cherry tomatoes and served with a nice artisan bread. I also got a salad with their poppyseed and horseradish dressing (gotta get the recipe for that…yums) Tempus got fish and chips and actually cleared his plate, even though it was a substantial amount. We shared a bowl of ginger ice cream, too, also in Art’s memory, because Art and I both got some the time that we all had a meal there. A bit trieste, but a lovely meal and some good memories shared. I’m hoping it’ll leak off a bit more of Tempus’ grief over losing his friend.
Today….well, we were supposed to get that path done. Ain’t happnin’, I guess, so that will get put off for tomorrow. I have to get some fabric designs done and up, and the House Capuchin blog done for the week. Don’t forget about the rose beads workshops! Then orders… then my own house chores…. and then I’m going to do some articles, synopses really, of my toy research for another newsletter. Tempus is doing chores this morning, mostly kitchen, then is goign out to do the shopping (Senior Discount Day at Freddie’s) and then to the Metal Night at Marius’. I’m also hoping when the sun is lower to pick some more thimbleberries (got a couple dozen on Sunday…) and maybe harvest the salal patch.
Interesting. I was doing a google search for Bridget’s Bed for the article below and this pic from a couple of years ago came up!
Today’s feast is Tanabata. In Japan many trees will have wishes hung from their branches on this day, streamers of paper that have specific meanings written with a special ink. Sometimes the wishes are floated on rivers instead. There’s a separated lovers story associated with the festival, as well, various special foods and other fun things. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata and below in the Magick section!
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
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Love & Light,
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.
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.
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
Color: Dark Green
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 7 High 4:51 AM 6.6 5:39 AM Rise 12:00 AM 72
~ 7 Low -0.3 9:03 PM Set 12:22 PM
~ 7 High 5:56 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to dispel evil.
~ Diversity builds strength. Take a look at a circle; it faces 360 degrees looking outward and inward in all directions. – David Bennett
~ The angry man will defeat himself in battle as well as in life. — Samurai Maxim
~ Advertising is legalized lying. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer
~ Importance may sometimes be purchased too dearly. – Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice by Jan Austen
For April sobs while these are so glad,
April weeps while these are so gay, –
Weeps like a tired child who had,
Playing with flowers, lost its way. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
Corn Collage – This project is rated EASY – This project was contributed by: Madene Walker
- Popcorn kernels
- Popped popcorn
- 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.
You’re Done! Let the glue dry, then enjoy your decoration. Be sure to hang it up inside, where it won’t get wet!
Acorn Wreath – For The Kids – Parental supervision is recommended. This project is rated AVERAGE to do.
- Wicker wreath
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Flowers or other decoration
How To Make It
First, spread the newspaper on a flat surface. Lay your wreath down flat. Heat your glue gun.
Next, starting in the middle of the wreath begin gluing the bottom of the acorn. Place the glued part of the acorn in the middle of the wreath and stand the acorn straight up. Make 1 row in a straight line going all the way around the wreath. Repeat the process from top to bottom with the wreath still lying flat.
Decorate with flowers, bows, or even holiday ornaments. Be sure not to leave any open spaces except in the back. The back of the wreath shouldn’t have any acorns on it so when you set it down it is flat. This project was contributed by: Sabrina Dameron,
Corn Dolly – (For Lughnasadh) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/corndoll.html
- Wheat straw, hollow straws, or raffia
- Yarn or string
- Small amount of cloth
- Optional: A receptacle to display finished product, such as a basket or a horn of plenty
- Optional: Decorations for the dolly or her display case
If you’re using real wheat straw, you should get it when it is almost ripe but not totally dry yet. It should still be green at the bottom. Dry for a day, hung up, and then cut off the leaves and the head of the wheat below its first joint. When you use it it should be soaked before you try to bend it, for about half an hour. If you don’t have access to the real thing, the best craft material to use is raffia, and it doesn’t need to be moistened. It is easily found at the craft stores and resembles flattened straw.
There are a lot of ways to make a dolly out of the material, but here is just one easy way. First, take a large clump–maybe fifteen to twenty-five strands–and cut it so that it is about a foot and a half long. This will be the main body of the dolly. Fold it over in half. If it seems too long right now to be the size of dolly you want, you should cut it, because it is not going to get any shorter during the process. Now, where the stalks are folded is going to be the top of the dolly’s head. Take the string or yarn and tie it around the entire bundle about an inch and a half down from the top; that tie will be the mark of her neck.
Before you tie off the section that makes her body, you’ll need to make arms. This is easy; take more of your stalks and make a longer but thinner bundle–four to six stalks ought to do it–and fold them over. Tie off at the ends and cut the looped end so it is frayed just like the other side. The little frays represent her hands. Stick the arm bundle into the main bundle right under the neck, and then tie off the main bundle under the arms. That way they cannot slip out the bottom but can still be moved side to side or diagonally shifted.
At this point the bottom of the main bundle is frayed and splayed out a bit like a skirt. This is the simplest form of corn dolly, and it can now be considered finished if all you need is a very basic doll for your purpose. However, you can of course take a few extra steps, especially if this is to be ornamental rather than just ritually used.
You may want to make your corn dolly a dress. It is easy to cut a small piece of material–use a color or pattern that matches the season or a country print–and cut it in sort of an hourglass shape. Make a hole for the head at the center of the hourglass, and pull it over her head, then tie at the waist. The sides will be open but it doesn’t much matter since it’s just for effect. If you like you can even make a smaller version to make her an apron.
Also, a nice touch is giving her wheat stalk or raffia hair. Of course, for hair you can use any material, but we’ll take it for granted that you are not making the dolly to be professional-looking, it is a natural craft, so it is more likely that using the same material as you used for the rest of her body will be most appropriate. For hair, take a few strands of straw and loop them again; when looped it should be as long as you want her hair to be on either side. You’ll put it through the slightly closed loop made by her head. If you want this to be really easy, you may want to thread the hair piece in before tying it up, like you did with the arms. Otherwise it’s still possible but you may have trouble forcing it in. In any case, thread it through the head-hole and open it up on either side, then bring it up on top of her head and tie it in a double knot. You can then leave it loose if it looks nice, or give her a braid on either side. Then it is up to you how you dress her up; some nice touches are giving her a necklace, like a twig star or a string bracelet, or you can give her a bouquet of seasonal dried flowers for her hand. Use your imagination. But it is not considered part of the traditional craft to give her a face.
The corn dolly makes a nice addition to a basket of fallen leaves or pinecones, or a wall-mounted horn of plenty with dried flowers or wheat stalks (with the heads on) protruding from behind her.
This could be the same dolly used in other crafts, such as the dolly for Brigit’s Bed. If that is the case, keep these other rituals and their purposes in mind as she has come to another spoke on the wheel. If this dolly was created just for this Sabbat, it can be placed on the altar during ritual and used to represent the harvest; if you have gone the simple route and not dressed it up, it is appropriate to use it as if it is the sacrifice for the harvest, and buried outside with any other libations from the ritual. It can instead be kept and hung up in the kitchen during the season and through the winter, where it can be buried or converted to a Spring symbol when the winter is past.
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Today two men dressed as Batman and Captain America tried to rob someone at a gas station. They’re being charged with attempted robbery and mixing Marvel with DC. – Conan O’Brien