It’s only 58F, but it’s not even 6am, yet. Why am I awake? It’s quite thoroughly clouded over, so much so, that I thought it was a lot earlier than it is, but they say it’ll burn off later. I can just see the lightest of the alder leaves and the pink roses that go white when they open fully.
Ugh! The shop *reeked* of drying roses all yesterday! The first day they’re lovely. On the second day they smell like tea that’s going “off”. I had my nose right in that reek for most of the day! It’s worth it for the rose beads we’re doing, though. The rain (.03 inches….that’s rain?) in the morning meant that anything I had harvested was awfully wet. I put a fan on the basket so they’d stop sticking to each other. I did the path roses and the pink one that I usually get rosebuds from, but ran out of time for more. Gotta do more this morning.
Once we got to the shop I spent a little while getting things in order and then off and on all day in those roses, picking out the green bits and stems and unwinding partial buds. Finally around 5 I was able to do a little sewing on the machine, finishing up that huge batch of pouches. …and then Marius called. He decided not to come down for Sewing, but Tempus was going to have to be there for a mower, so I kept sewing.
Nick came in not too long before we had our usual closing time and we had a good chat. Tempus brought me a salad and then set out to do the vacuuming. I got a stack of pouches strung and counted. They’ll be finished this morning. We had to wait for a customer of Tempus’ to drop off his lawnmower and then we closed up.
After we got home I cut another gallon of plums. I have at least that many to do again, from what Tempus picked yesterday. We had supper and turned in.
Yeah, today Tempus has to run into Newport again. We forgot that we need a new hotplate by this Saturday. <sigh> So he’s going to get that, rosewater and a couple of other things and come back, run me back up to the house and then he’ll be here for the rest of the day. I have to get the newsletters set up.
Article about the Chambered Nautilus – http://www.wunderground.com/news/numbering-nautiluses-quest-save-living-fossil-20140709
Today’s Feast is Nicola Tesla Day. Despite all the good press given to Edison about electricity, Tesla was the one who came up with AC current, while Edison was insisting that DC was the only way to go. We’d have very different lives if Tesla had never lived. He was a strange man, with ideas that are different enough for some people to speculate that he wasn’t even human, but he was born in what is now Croatia and his family was from Serbia, his father an Orthodox priest and his mother the daughter of one. He had an eidetic memory and an aptitude for mechanical things from an early age. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla_Day#Nikola_Tesla_Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla
Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” , or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Makers because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia
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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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 7/11 at 6:24am.
<<< If you have a dark enough sky, the Milky Way now forms a magnificent arch high across the whole eastern sky after nightfall is complete. It runs all the way from below Cassiopeia in the north-northeast, up and across Cygnus and the Summer Triangle (crowned by bright Vega) in the east, and down past the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot in the south.
>>>> The waning crescent Moon passes the “fall and winter” stars of Taurus in the dawns of July. Look early! The Moon is plotted for its position at the time of twilight near the middle of North America: at latitude 40° north, longitude 90° west.
Uranus (magnitude +5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude +7.9, in Aquarius) are in the southeast and south, respectively, just before dawn begins to brighten. Finder charts.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
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 Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
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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
F 10 Low 2:38 AM 0.5 5:42 AM Rise 1:44 AM 39
~ 10 High 8:37 AM 5.3 9:01 PM Set 3:51 PM
~ 10 Low 2:12 PM 1.7
~ 10 High 8:38 PM 7.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t count your chickens, till the eggs hatch!
~ Civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained. – W. H. Auden
~ Closet space is like money. You use up as much as you have. – Ray Michel
~ Anything worthwhile is dangerous. – Victor H. Anderson
~ If you can’t change your mind, are you sure you still have one? – Russ Kick (Outposts)
What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. – Carl Sagan
LAMMAS: The First Harvest
Once upon a Lammas Night
When corn rigs are bonny,
Beneath the Moon’s unclouded light,
I held awhile to Annie…
Although in the heat of a Mid-western summer it might be difficult to discern, the festival of Lammas (Aug 1st) marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall. The days now grow visibly shorter and by the time we’ve reached autumn’s end (Oct 31st), we will have run the gamut of temperature from the heat of August to the cold and (sometimes) snow of November. And in the midst of it, a perfect Mid-western autumn.
The history of Lammas is as convoluted as all the rest of the old Folk holidays. It is of course a cross-quarter day, one of the four High Holidays or Greater Sabbats of Witchcraft, occurring 1/4 of a year after Beltane. However, British Witches often refer to the astrological date of Aug 6th as Old Lammas, and folklorists call it Lammas O.S. (‘Old Style’). This date has long been considered a ‘power point’ of the Zodiac, and is symbolized by the Lion, one of the ‘tetramorph’ figures found on the Tarot cards, the World and the Wheel of Fortune (the other three figures being the Bull, the Eagle, and the Spirit). Astrologers know these four figures as the symbols of the four ‘fixed’ signs of the Zodiac, and these naturally align with the four Great Sabbats of Witchcraft.
Christians have adopted the same iconography to represent the four gospel-writers. ‘Lammas’ was the medieval Christian name for the holiday and it means ‘loaf-mass’, for this was the day on which loaves of bread were baked from the first grain harvest and laid on the church altars as offerings. It was a day representative of ‘first fruits’ and early harvest.
In Irish Gaelic, the feast was referred to as ‘Lugnasadh’, a feast to commemorate the funeral games of the Irish sun-god Lugh.
However, there is some confusion on this point. Although at first glance, it may seem that we are celebrating the death of the Lugh, the god of light does not really die (mythically) until the autumnal equinox. And indeed, if we read the Irish myths closer, we discover that it is not Lugh’s death that is being celebrated, but the funeral games which Lugh hosted to commemorate the death of his foster- mother, Taillte. That is why the Lugnasadh celebrations in Ireland are often called the ‘Tailltean Games’.
The time went by with careless heed
Between the late and early,
With small persuasion she agreed
To see me through the barley…
One common feature of the Games were the ‘Tailltean marriages’, a rather informal marriage that lasted for only ‘a year and a day’ or until next Lammas. At that time, the couple could decide to continue the arrangement if it pleased them, or to stand back to back and walk away from one another, thus bringing the Tailltean marriage to a formal close. Such trial marriages (obviously related to the Wiccan ‘Handfasting’) were quite common even into the 1500’s, although it was something one ‘didn’t bother the parish priest about’. Indeed, such ceremonies were usually solemnized by a poet, bard, or shanachie (or, it may be guessed, by a priest or priestess of the Old Religion).
Lammastide was also the traditional time of year for craft festivals. The medieval guilds would create elaborate displays of their wares, decorating their shops and themselves in bright colors and ribbons, marching in parades, and performing strange, ceremonial plays and dances for the entranced onlookers. The atmosphere must have been quite similar to our modern-day Renaissance Festivals, such as the one celebrated in near-by Bonner Springs, Kansas, each fall.
A ceremonial highlight of such festivals was the ‘Catherine wheel’. Although the Roman Church moved St. Catherine’s feast day all around the calendar with bewildering frequency, it’s most popular date was Lammas. (They also kept trying to expel this much-loved saint from the ranks of the blessed because she was mythical rather than historical, and because her worship gave rise to the heretical sect known as the Cathari.) At any rate, a large wagon wheel was taken to the top of a near-by hill, covered with tar, set aflame, and ceremoniously rolled down the hill. Some mythologists see in this ritual the remnants of a Pagan rite symbolizing the end of summer, the flaming disk representing the sun-god in his decline. And just as the sun king has now reached the autumn of his years, his rival or dark self has just reached puberty.
Many commentators have bewailed the fact that traditional Gardnerian and Alexandrian Books of Shadows say very little about the holiday of Lammas, stating only that poles should be ridden and a circle dance performed. This seems strange, for Lammas is a holiday of rich mythic and cultural associations, providing endless resources for liturgical celebration.
Corn rigs and barley rigs,
Corn rigs are bonny!
I’ll not forget that happy night
Among the rigs with Annie! – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002
* You say “the city” and expect everyone to know that this means Manhattan.
* You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.
* The subway makes sense to you, and the subway should never be called anything like the Metro.
* Your door has more than three locks and is made of steel.
* You think Central Park is “nature.”
* You pay more each month to park your car than most people in the US pay on their mortgage.
* You haven’t seen more than 12 stars in the night sky since you went away to camp as a kid.
* You pay $5 without blinking for a beer that cost the bar 28 cents.
* You have 27 different take-out menus next to your tele- phone.
* Going to Brooklyn is considered a “road trip.” Of course, you only go there to attend weddings or funerals.
* America west of the Hudson is still theoretical to you.
* You have jaywalking down to an art form. You’re born with it.
* You take a taxi to get to your health club to exercise.
* You don’t hear sirens anymore.
* You live in a building with a larger population than most American towns.