60F and a nice breeze. It’s still humid because the dew hasn’t finished rising, but that will go away. It’s nothing like yesterday. It got up to 89 out here! Yes, 89! To those of you that are dealing with 90 and 100 degree temps that isn’t much, but we’ve been in the 60’s for weeks so that much of a jump was really wearing. The pollen level has dropped a bit more, even.
Yesterday was long and hot. The Herbs Workshop made honeysuckle soap balls and wood butter, although I screwed up the recipe, which I didn’t realize until late in the afternoon. I reversed the amounts. <sigh> I need to write those directions out for the recipe book and get some dividers in there so I can find stuff.
I ended up doing four readings, at least (I think there was one more) during the afternoon and then I started to crash from the heat. I got some sewing done, finishing up the napkins that I started the other day, some pouches and small bits, but then just couldn’t keep going. Tempus and I ended up just sitting and talking for the last hour of the day. It was cooling down by then, but the shop hadn’t quite managed it, even with the nice breeze flowing through. We ended up not leaving until 8:30 because the Newsoms were in for a visit and then several sets of folks, done with supper, and we were the only ones still open.
Today is the House Capuchin potluck and project day, so there will be people in odd costume all over the shop. We’re talking about doing some block printing and we have a person coming from the Valley who is going to work on the sewing machines, among other things. We’re going to be eating late in the day, rather than early because Marius won’t be getting home from the Valley event that he went to until later.
Today’s Feast is in honor of the sinking of the Mary Rose in 1545 in a naval battle. <<<< She was a ship of the English navy in the time of Henry VIII. A contemporary account says that she turned and a gust of wind hit that heeled her over and she took on enough water through open gunports to sink her! (although there’s some argument about whether it happened that
way.) There has been a marvelous project to conserve and restore the ship, <<<<< begun in 1971. In 1982 the ship was raised and extensive work has been done since, including building a museum specifically for the ship, the many artifacts it contained and what is known about the times. There is a museum website with a lot of information here: www.maryrose.org and a Facebook page, “Mary Rose Museum”.
Today’s plant is the cobra lily, Darlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.
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Love & Light,
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 7/31 at 3:43am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/20 at 6:24am.
The Big Dipper hangs in the northwest after dark. Follow the curve of its handle around by a little more than a Dipper-length and there’s bright Arcturus, due west. It’s the nearest orange-giant star, 37 light-years away. Arcturus is actually a very pale yellow-orange: ginger-ale color.
Mercury and Mars are down deep in the glare of sunrise.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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
Su 19 High 2:48 AM 7.1 5:50 AM Rise 9:37 AM 7
~ 19 Low 9:31 AM -0.5 8:55 PM Set 10:44 PM
~ 19 High 3:59 PM 6.6
~ 19 Low 9:49 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – For this is wisdom, to love and live, to take what fate or what we may give!
~ To be successful you have to take the position that you have always had the power to produce your desired result. – Kisha Parker
~ The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they’re alive. – O.A. Battista
~ A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent. – Martin L. King, Jr.
~ You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
When the birds appear all the male inhabitants of the neighborhood leave their customary occupations as farmers, bark-peelers, oil-scouts, wildcatters, and tavern loafers, and join in the work of capturing and marketing the game. The Pennsylvania law very plainly forbids the destruction of the pigeons on their nesting grounds, but no one pays any attention to the law, and the nesting birds have been killed by thousands and tens of thousands. – Forest and Stream, 1886
Lughnasadh Magick – The Sabbath of Mutual Respect by Marge Piercy
In the natural year come two thanksgivings,
the harvest of summer and the harvest of fall,
two times when we eat and drink and remember
our dead under the golden basin of the moon
food for the winter, too much now and survival
later. After the plant bears, it dies into seed.
The blowing grasses nourish us, wheat
and corn and rye, millet and rice, oat
and barley and buckwheat, all the serviceable
grasses of the pasture that the cow grazes,
the lamb, the horse, the goat, the grasses
that quicken into meat and cheese and milk,
the humble necessary mute vegetable bees,
the armies of grasses waving their
golden banners of ripe seed
round fruit that gleams with the sun
stored in its sweetness
ephemera of the summer garden, bloodwarm
tomatoes, tender small squash, crisp
beans, the milky corn, the red peppers
exploding like cherry bombs in the mouth.
We praise abundance by eating of it,
reveling in choice on a table set with roses
and lilies and phlox, zucchini and lettuce
and eggplant before the long winter
of root crops.
Fertility and choice
Every row dug in spring means weeks
of labor. Plant too much and the seedlings
choke in weeds as the warm rain soaks them.
The goddess of abundance Habondia is also
the spirit of labor and choice.
In another life, dear sister, I too would bear
six fat children. In another life, my sister, I too
would love another woman and raise one child
together as if that pushed from both our wombs.
In another life, sister, I too would dwell
solitary and splendid as a lighthouse on the rocks
or be born to mate for life like the faithful goose.
Praise all our choices. Praise any woman
who chooses, and make safe her choice.
Hadondia, Artemis, Cybele, Demeter, Ishtar,
Aphrodite, Au Set, Hecate, Themis, Lilith,
Thea, Gaia, Bridgit, The Great Grandmother of Us
All, Yemanja, Cerridwen, Freya, Corn Maiden,
Mawu, Amaterasu, Maires, Nut, Spider-Woman,
Neith, Au Zit, Hathor, Inanna, Shin Moo,
Diti, Arinna, Anath, Tiamat, Astoreth:
the names flesh out our histories, our choices,
our passions and what we will never embody
but pass by with respect. When I consecrate
my body in the temple of our history,
when I pledge myself to remain empty
and clear for the voices coming through
I do not choose for you or lessen your choice.
Habondia, the real abundance, is the power
to say yes and to say no, to open
and to close, to take or to leave
and not to be taken by force or law
or fear or poverty or hunger.
To bear children or not bear by choice
is holy. To bear children unwanted
is to be used like a public sewer
To be sterilized unchosen is to have
your heart cut out. To love women
is holy and holy is the free love of men
and precious to live taking whichever comes
and precious to live unmated as a peachtree.
Praise the lives you did not choose.
They will heal you, tell your story, fight
for you. You eat the bread of their labor.
You drink the wine of their joy. ….
Praise our choices, sisters, for each doorway
open to us was taken by squads of fighting
women who paid years of trouble and struggle,
who paid their wombs, their sleep, their lives
that we might walk through these gates upright.
Doorways are sacred to women for we
are the doorways of life and we must choose
what comes in and what goes out. Freedom
is our real abundance.
Blessings on this Lammas to you. pagans4peace ._,___
Silliness – Answers from Quiz Shows – National Lottery Jet Set
Eamonn Holmes: What’s the name of the playwright commonly known by the initials G.B.S.?
Contestant: William Shakespeare.
Chris Searle Show, BBC Radio Bristol
Searle: In which European country is Mount Etna?
Searle: I did say which European country, so in case you didn’t hear that, I can let you try again.
Caller: Er… Mexico?
— Something a blind man might use? A Sword
— A Song with the word Moon in the title? Blue Suede Moon
— Name the Capital of France? F
— Name a bird with a long Neck? Naomi Campbell
— Name an occupation where you might need a torch? A burglar
— Where is the Taj Mahal? Opposite the Dental Hospital
— A famous Scotsman? Jock
— Some famous brothers? Bonnie and Clyde.
— Something that floats in a bath? Water
— An item of clothing worn by the Three Musketeers? A horse
— Something you wear on a beach? A deckchair
— A famous Royal? Mail
— Something that flies that doesn’t have an engine? A bicycle with wings
— A famous bridge? The Bridge Over Troubled Waters
— Something a cat does ? Goes to the Toilet
— Something you do in the bathroom? Decorate
— A method of securing your home? Put the kettle on
— Something associated with pigs? The Police
— A sign of the Zodiac? April
— Something people might be allergic to? Skiing
— Something you do before you go to bed? Sleep
— Something you put on walls? A roof
— Something Slippery? A conman
— A kind of ache? A fillet of fish
— A Jacket Potato topping? Jam
— A food that can be brown or white? A potato
— Something sold by gypsies? Bananas
— Something Red? My sweater