Tempus was fairly busy at the shop yesterday and I worked hard at home on updates and writing. I was also fighting a computer problem. We’re really hoping that it’s not the whole motherboard that’s going, but just a software issue. It drove me nuts for awhile until I figured out how to keep it down to a dull roar.
Today we have the workshops and I’m hoping I can get some printing done as well.
Today’s Feast is the Horn Fair in Ebernoe in England. It’s a centuries-old fair, although it got revived about 150 years ago, so probably in a different form than in centuries past. It seems to be another fair that the English Revolution put on hiatus for awhile. It features a cricket match, and a roasted sheep whose horns are gifted to the winners. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebernoe_Horn_Fair
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
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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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 7/29 at 3:43pm.
Ceres is at opposition. The first-discovered asteroid glimmers south of Capricornus at magnitude 7.5, within binocular reach. Use the finder chart in the July Sky & Telescope, page 50.
The waxing gibbous Moon poses to the right of Saturn this evening, as shown below. Watch it pass Saturn and Scorpius over the next few nights.
Mercury is hidden in the sunset.
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 Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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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
Sa 25 Low 2:25 AM 1.3 5:56 AM Set 1:07 AM 56
~ 25 High 8:22 AM 4.6 8:50 PM Rise 3:28 PM
~ 25 Low 1:42 PM 2.5
~ 25 High 8:11 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What you learn today will insure tomorrow’s harvest.
~ Empowerment is about being effective, not exhibitionist. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Absence and death are the same – only that in death there is no suffering. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
~ Empowerment is as much about following a particular path as it is blazing one. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Life is the farce which everyone has to perform. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
VNV Nation – “Perpetual”
We are not separate from this earth, this sea, this sky.
We are no different from the dolphin, the salamander,
the macaque, or the crow.
We are of the same breath as the maple,
the iris, the daikon, or the plum.
…Come together. Breathe together. Live.
Lughnasadh, The Ritual – from http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usfl&c=holidays&id=13458
Author: Faeylinn, Posted: July 26th.
For those of us who celebrate Lughnasadh, this is a small reminder of what it represents and those who do not might find these facts interesting
As the Wheel of the Year turns once again, we are just about to step into Laughnasadh on July 31 or August 1st. This is one of the largest Sabbats that we celebrate, and on this sabbat we honor the Goddess for bringing forth the first fruits of the year. Yet the Goddess is still pregnant with the future harvest of autumn and she is nurtured as such. All the first fruits of the season are consumed especially any and all grains
We also honor the Holly King who is also known as the Corn King who gives his life for the love of the Great Mother. Most pagan cultures required that the last grain be left standing as an offering for the faeries or other nature spirits
Native Americans left the last corn stalk in the field for the Corn Grandmother to live in. Middle Eastern pagans buried the last harvested grain back in the earth to insure that the corn spirit would want to return the following year
The High Priest gives the High Priestess the Fivefold Kiss and then immediately himself delivers the Charge, substituting “she, her, hers” for I, me, mine
The Group spreads themselves around the Circle and starts a soft, rhythmic clapping
The High Priest picks up the green scarf, gathers it lengthwise like a rope and holds it with one end in each hand. He starts to move towards the High Priestess, making as though to throw the scarf over her shoulders and pull her to him; but she backs away from him, tantalizingly. While the group continues their clapping, the High Priestess continues to elude the pursuing High Priest… She weaves in and out of the group beckoning him to capture her with the scarf while other women in the group step in his way to help her elude him
After a short while the High Priestess allows the High Priest to capture her by throwing the scarf over her head to behind her shoulders and he pulls her to him. They kiss and separate, and the High Priest hands the scarf to another man. The other man then pursues his partner who eludes him and beckons to him and teases him in exactly the same way; the clapping goes on all the time. After a short while she too, allows herself to be captured and kissed. The pursuit-game continues until every couple in the circle has taken part. The last man hands the scarf back to the High Priest
Once again the High Priest pursues the High Priestess but this time much slower, beckoning more solemn, as though she is tempting him into danger; and this time the others do not intervene. The pursuit continues until the High Priestess places herself facing the altar about two or three paces away from it; the High Priest halts with his back to the altar and captures with the scarf. They embrace solemnly but wholeheartedly, but after a few seconds the High Priest lets the scarf fall to the ground and he steps back and drops to his knees, sit back on his heals and lowers his chin on his chest. The High Priestess spreads her arms, signaling for the clapping to stop
She then calls forward two women by name and places them one each side of the High Priest, facing towards him. The High Priestess picks up the scarf, and the three of them spread it between them over the High Priest. They lower it slowly and then release it, so that it covers his head like a shroud.
The group now spreads themselves around the perimeter of the circle and face inwards. The High Priestess then picks up the small loaf from the altar and holds it for a moment just above the bowed head of the High Priest. She then goes to the middle of the circle, holds the loaf up high in the direction of the altar and invokes
O Mighty Mother of us all, bringer of all fruitfulness, give us fruit and grain, flocks and herbs, that we may be mighty. By the rose of thy love, do thou descend upon the body of thy servant and priestess here. After a few moments’ pause, and gently at first, she starts her Corn Dance, all the time carrying the loaf as a sacred and magical object. She finishes Her dance by standing facing the High Priest (who is still motionless and dead) with the loaf still in her two hands, and says
Gather round, O Children of the Harvest
Behold the Holly King is dead—he who is also the Corn King. He has embraced the Great Mother, and died of his love. So has it been, year-by-year, since time began. But if the Holly King is dead—-he who is the God of the Waning Year—all is dead; all that sleeps in my womb of the Earth would sleep forever. What shall we do, therefore, that the Holly King may live again?
The Maiden says:
Give us to eat the bread of Life. Then shall sleep lead on to rebirth.
High Priestess says:
So mote it be
The High Priestess breaks small pieces from the loaf and gives one piece to each person, who eats it. She does not yet eat a piece herself but keeps enough in her hands for at least three more portions. She summons the original two women to stand on either side of the High Priest, she gestures to them to lift the scarf from the High Priest’s head; they do so and lay it on the ground.
The High Priestess says:
Come back to us, Holly King, that the land may be fruitful.
The High Priest rises, and says:
I am a battle-waging spear;
I am a salmon in the pool;
I am a hill of poetry;
I am a ruthless boar;
I am a threatening noise of the sea;
Who but I knows the secrets of the unhewn dolmen?
The High Priestess gives him a piece of the loaf and takes a piece herself; they both eat, and she replaces the last of the loaf on the altar.
The High Priest and Priestess then lead a ring dance, building up the pace so that it becomes more and more joyous, until the High Priestess cries “Down!” and everyone sits.
The Great Rite is then enacted.
The remaining portion of the loaf, after the Circle has been banished, becomes part of the Earth—Offering along with the last of the wine and cakes.
from Eight Sabbats for Witches by Steward Farrar
Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. – Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests:
I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide my car needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can under the table, and notice that the can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first.
But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking.
I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye–they need to be watered.
I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.
I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers…
Now I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.
Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day:
-the car isn’t washed,
-the bills aren’t paid,
-there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter,
-the flowers don’t have enough water,
-there is still only one check in my check book,
-I can’t find the remote,
-I can’t find my glasses, and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.
Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I’m really tired.
I realize this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail.
Don’t laugh — if this isn’t you yet, –your day is coming!
GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.
LAUGHING AT YOURSELF IS THERAPEUTIC