It’s 63F and very still. Despite the computer saying it’s clear, clouds mostly cover the sky although a thing sunshine is leaking through. A dove is calling, hoo-hooooo-hoo from the alder and a pine siskin is hopping around on the porch railing. The pollen count is down to 2.2.
Yesterday started with such lovely rain. It was less than a tenth of an inch, though, not really enough to clobber the fire danger. By noon it was mostly drying up and despite a lot of puffy clouds it was sunny right up until sunset.
Tempus and I were busy. The Herb Bunch finished sorting the plantain, started packaging the washing balls and started a rose water that went on all day. I finally got around the finishing up on the roses in the later part of the afternoon since we had customers steadily and I did an involved reading in the middle of it all. Tempus worked on one of the little rolling horses, working on the sanding all day, in between a long nap in the morning and customers during the rest of the day.
We decided to go to the Blue Whale in Yachats for dinner. I can recommend the Beer-Battered Trio and Tempus had a ground steak with portobello mushrooms and onions. By the time we were finished the sun was getting ready to set, our tummies were full and both of us were blinking sleepily and we came home and slept early.
Today Tempus is back from his newspaper route and snoring. I’m still trying to get my eyes open. … well no, he just wandered through muttering about coffee! 🙂 This afternoon is House Capuchin’s project day. I have some sewing to do on the machine and need to strain the rosewater, plus pouches need stringing and soap balls need wrapped. Wooden animals need sanded.
Today’s Feast is in honor of Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged steed that he rides between the worlds. I don’t know how the Asatru celebrate him, but there seems to be a connection to some kind of shamanic practice. The eight legs might stand for supernatural speed or for transportation beyond the natural. The picture is Odin, riding Sleipnir, accompanied by the ravens, Hunin and Mumir (Thought and Memory) and the two wolves, Geri and Freiki (Greed & Gluttony). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slepnir
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
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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.
Venus and Jupiter are getting awfully low in the west after sunset. But they’re bright, magnitudes –4.6 and –1.7, respectively. Jupiter stands 6° to Venus’s upper right. Look for them through the fading glow about 20 or 30 minutes after sundown, just above the horizon almost due west.
The Moon at dusk shines over Antares and left of Saturn, as shown below.
The tail of Scorpius is low due south right after dark. How low depends on how far north you live. Look for the two stars especially close together in the tail. These are Lambda and fainter Upsilon Scorpii, known as the Cat’s Eyes. They’re canted at an angle; the cat is tilting his head and winking. See the illustration below. The Cat’s Eyes point west (right) by nearly a fist-width toward Mu Scorpii, a much tighter pair known as the Little Cat’s Eyes. Can you resolve Mu without using binoculars? (It’s shown as single on the illustration.)
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.
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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 26 Low 3:25 AM 0.9 5:57 AM Set 1:44 AM 66
~ 26 High 9:38 AM 4.7 8:48 PM Rise 4:28 PM
~ 26 Low 2:47 PM 2.8
~ 26 High 9:03 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an alive day!
~ Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Jack Benny
~ A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. – John Wooden
~ A man who studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green. – Francis Bacon
She collected hearts and put them in a drawer;
Closing them away for a rainy day, or for a
Dearth/dry spell of dates.
Her buttons were the tears her lovers had shed
Over her; they had hardened like resins and
Made wonderful decorations on her clothes.
Her combs were made from the finger bones
Of those who had caressed her; each one a
Memory of a single, blissful night.
The silks and satins she wore were presents
From those desperate for her love; and
In her jewelry box, were the souls of those
Who had killed themselves over her.
Her music box played over and over
With the plaintive cries of abandoned wives,
Whose husbands she had taken away
Without a qualm; and only because she could. – © Copyright 11/5/05 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
The Lammas Bannock
In Scotland, the first fruits were celebrated by the making of a ‘bonnach lunastain’ or Lunasdál bannock, or cake. In later times, the bannock was dedicated to Mary, whose feastday, La Feill Moire, falls on August 15th, two days later than the date of Lammas according to the old reckoning. A beautiful ceremony, which, no doubt, had pagan origins, attended the cutting of the grain (usually oats or bere.) In the early morning, the whole family, dressed in their best, went out to the fields to gather the grain for the ‘Moilean Moire,’ the ‘fatling of Mary.’ They laid the ears on a sunny rock to dry, husked them by hand, winnowed them in a fan, ground them in a quern, kneaded them on a sheepskin, and formed them into a bannock. A fire was kindled of rowan or another sacred wood to toast the bannock, then it was divided amongst the family, who sang a beautiful paean to Mother Mary while they circled the fire in a sunwise direction.
Here is a modern recipe you can try:
8 oz flour
4 oz butter
2 oz caster sugar
1oz chopped almonds
1oz mixed candied peel
Set oven to 325F/Gas 3. Grease a baking sheet. Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the sugar and butter and rub in to form a dough. Add the almonds and mix in the peel, making sure they are evenly distributed. Form into a thick round on a lightly floured surface and prick all over with a fork. Place on the sheet and bake for about 45-60 minutes. Allow to cool and serve sliced thinly and buttered.
From: Country Cookery – Recipes from Wales by Sian Llewellyn.
Lughnasadh Bread Spell
In Wiccan tradition, and in many others, Lughnasadh is a day for preparing food from early ripening fruits like apples. It is also a time for baking bread in honor of the harvest.
Combining the two, make an applesauce bread. Stir the batter clockwise, focusing on any craft or sport in which you wish to excel. As you stir, chant,
“Flour from grain,
the spell begins,
let the power rise within;
Apples from trees,
Tailtiu, bring _______
to my heart.”
Fill in the blank with a word that describes the area in which you want to encourage improvements or develop mastery. Eat the bread to internalize the energy.
Time-friendly alternatives here are buying frozen bread and adding diced apples to it, having toast with apple butter, or just enjoying a piece of bread and apple anytime during the day. Chant the incantation mentally. Then bite with conviction!
Adapted from Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess”
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Dash of salt
- Optional powdered sugar
Grease a 9-inch fluted tart pan or a shortbread mold. Stir together the flour and cornmeal. In another bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt on medium high until combined. Add the flour mix and beat. Put the dough into the pan and score into 12 wedges. Prick each piece with a fork three times, all the way through. (If you’re using a shortbread mold, don’t do this step.) Bake at 325º F for 25-30 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes.
Yield: 12 wedges
Source: Better Homes and Gardens, Christmas Cookies
Use for: Yule, Lughnasadh, Mabon