Right at the moment it’s quite cloudy, although since the clouds’re at 300 feet, that’s going to burn off, I’m sure. We got a touch of drizzle last night, but it’s already vanished though it dropped the pollen count. It’s 63F and mostly still with the occasional leaf wave or toe-chilling sylph sneaking in the window.
Yesterday was a lot of fun once folks got there. We were really busy for a Sunday and I had two readings just as the potluck was getting going, but things worked out ok. We had two people specifically come in to buy birthday gifts.
House Capuchin didn’t complete a lot, but a wire-wrapped pendant, a set of napkins and some pouches and the banners cut out started the day and the evening went on with little animals getting sanded, spinning and we taught one person how to make her first sewing tool, a little pincushion, and she took home the materials to make a dozen more!
Today I’ll be at the shop most of the day. After we get the mess from yesterday cleaned up and sorted out, Tempus is going to get his tire and then come back up to the house to do some more chores. I need to harvest roses again this morning and honeysuckle and probably berries tonight. I’m going to try to find a way to sew today, since I’m really itching to get those banners done.
A heron at Sandy Point Park on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
In 1969 on this day the first moon landing was made. “”Contact light!” Three seconds later, Eagle landed and Armstrong said “Shutdown.” Aldrin immediately said “Okay, engine stop. ACA – out of detent.” Armstrong acknowledged “Out of detent. Auto” and Aldrin continued “Mode control – both auto. Descent engine command override off. Engine arm – off. 413 is in.” Charles Duke, acting as CAPCOM during the landing phase, acknowledged their landing by saying “We copy you down, Eagle.” Armstrong acknowledged Aldrin’s completion of the post landing checklist with “Engine arm is off.” before responding to Duke with the words, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Armstrong’s change of call sign from “Eagle” to “Tranquility Base” confirmed that landing was complete and successful, and Duke mispronounced his reply as he expressed the relief at Mission Control: “Roger, Twan– Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11
Today’s plant is Red Huckleberry, Vaccinium parvifolium, which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat), to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/23 at 9:04pm.
After nightfall, Altair shines high in the 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, look for Delphinus the Dolphin leaping leftward.
Venus and Jupiter remain two bright “stars” low in the west in twilight. They shine at magnitudes –4.7 and –1.8, respectively; Jupiter is the one on the right. They’re 6° apart this week. Look for fainter Regulus above them. They all move a little lower every day.
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
M 20 High 3:28 AM 6.6 5:51 AM Rise 10:35 AM 13
~ 20 Low 10:05 AM 0.0 8:54 PM Set 11:11 PM
~ 20 High 4:34 PM 6.6
~ 20 Low 10:34 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you know you made a choice that isn’t what you thought it would be, change it.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – At the end of ‘The Tale of Johnny TownMouse, “Beatrix Potter wrote: “One place suits one person, another place suits another person.” What kind of place suits you more? Explain your answer.
~ Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
~ A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
~ Give kind heed to the dead, sick-dead, Sea-dead, or word-dead; treat their bodies with respect and see that they are laid to rest with respect. – Volsunga Saga, c.21
~ You must learn the difference between persistence and entanglement. – Kerr Cuhulain
Behind the western bars
The shrouded day retreats,
And unperceived the stars
Steal to their sovran seats.
And whiter grows the foam,
The small moon lightens more;
And as I turn me home,
My shadow walks before.
The Clouds have left the Sky. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
Lammas Bounty Spell
Lammas is also called Lughnasadh; it is a celebration of plenty and optimism, and of nature’s infinite bounty. It is the time of the first harvests, and it marks midsummer’s joyous and fanciful energy. This spirit is celebrated, too, in Shakespeare’s A Mid-Summer’s Night Dream. To tap into this energy, gather a small bundle of long grass or reeds to braid, and light a white candle. Braid the grass as you speak this verse:
Fairies prancing in the meadow,
Spirits in the corn;
Green Man is flourishing everywhere
On this Midsummer morn.
Grains begin to ripen,
All things bear fruit.
Summer glistens with
Blossoms take root.
Fairies whisper secrets,
Powerful blessings to see.
Cycles move and all around,
they share their gifts with me.
Air to fire,
Fire to water,
Water to earth,
Earth to air.
Elements feed spirit,
And the circle glows.
At Lammas, day and night,
We witness Nature’s awesome might.
And blessing all,
’Tis Earth’s celebration Before the chill of fall.
Now braiding this grass,
I mark this day
Protect my hearth,
With the abundance of grain.
The blessings of the Goddess come again;
Place the braid above my door.
Hunger be banished now and then.
Blessings be drawn to this place,
Summer’s energy fill this space.
Air, fire, water, earth unite,
And bless us all this day.
Lammas is a bittersweet agricultural holiday, mingling joy at the current high season’s harvest with the knowledge that summer is soon at an end. Many cultures have “first fruit” rights on this day—the Celt’s version called Lughnasadh; the Anglo-Saxon version called hlaf-masse. In the Middle Ages, the holiday became set at August 1, taking its current form for the most part, with sheaves of wheat and corn blessed on this day. – By: Abby Willowroot through GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Researchers are working on a Breathalyzer that can tell if you’re driving while stoned. If the driver tries to dip the Breathalyzer in nachos and cheese, or tries to light it with a lighter, the gig’s up. – Conan O’Brien