It’s already 70F up here, although down by the water it’s in the upper 50’s. There’s some breeze, but not a lot. It should be a little cooler than yesterday, although it was nice in the shop except for the late afternoon.
Yesterday was a very busy day. Tempus ran around like a headless chicken as we were leaving because Thursday is trash day and with the extra days on his paper route (he did yesterday and today and then will do the weekend) he overslept and so did I. Well, we got to the shop and he ran a couple of errands, and then we got busy. Wow, did we get busy! I finally got yesterday’s newsletter out near 1pm and by then I had the new fans checked in along with some health balls (the kind that chime) and some more incense burners.
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I put together the boxes for Marius for the weekend’s displays, and then ran across the street to the fabric store to get some thread and then into the Chocolate Frog for some ice cream for a treat on a too-warm day. The Duckmeister was in during the afternoon, brought some eggs again. (Yum!) and we talked for awhile and then I realized I was late for a meeting and headed back out again. The Waldport Merchants are getting our association organized.
It was 9pm when we were done and the moon was rising in the trees, a silver ball in the pink of the Girdle of Venus. By the time Tempus and I had closed up and headed home it was far enough into twilight that I should have been stumbling coming up the path, but the moon lighted it up plenty well and the shadows of the clematis were sharp on the wall while I was holding the door for Tempus with the baskets.
Today I’m still not sure what we’re doing. I have to get newsletter stuff finished for the weekend, which I’ve been doing on Fridays, but it’s going to be warm up here and I need to get some sewing done, so I’m torn. I need to get berries harvested, too, since the blackberries are starting. ….well, I’m going to be home for part of the day, anyway. Tempus is heading out to the shop without me and I’m going to spend some of the time sorting out what we’re doing over OCPPG weekend since it’s not happening.
Yeah, that decision happened over the last few days. We just don’t have the crew to run it and I don’t have enough commitments from teachers to even 1/2-fill the event unless I teach through the whole thing, so…. well…. next year. There *will* be workshops over that weekend, though.
7/3/115 A Ken Gagne of this morning’s Yachats Blue Moon.
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens.This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 8/1 at 3:43pm. Blue Moon 7/31/15 3:43am – A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year, the third of four full moons in a season or some other subdivision like an astronomical sign. In 1946 someone misread and since then the 2nd full moon in a month is often called a blue moon. After 7/15, the next one will occur March 31, 2018. The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal “blue moon” (the moon appearing with a tinge of blue) may occur in certain atmospheric conditions; e.g., when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere. 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 8/13 at 7:53am.
Friday, July 31, 6:43 a.m. EDT – Full Moon – This is the second Full Moon in July, what is sometimes called a “Blue Moon.” It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise; this is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky. This evening, skywatchers in the Americas see the Moon rise about a half day past the moment when it’s exactly full. Can you detect the slightest out-of-roundness in the Moon’s profile yet?
Uranus rises near midnight in Pisces and is in the eastern morning sky
In the last week, Saturn has moved almost not at all with respect to the stars of Scorpius. That’s because it’s near the stationary point of its retrograde loop, which it reaches on August 2nd.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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
F 31 High 12:23 AM 8.4 6:02 AM Set 6:27 AM 99
~ 31 Low 7:19 AM -1.6 8:43 PM Rise 8:46 PM
~ 31 High 1:43 PM 6.9
~ 31 Low 7:19 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.
~ Silence is the warrior’s art and meditation is his sword. – Dan Millman
~ I have the heart of a man, not a woman, and I am not afraid of anything. – Queen Elizabeth I
~ If you are happy at the expense of another man’s happiness, you are forever bound. – Buddha
~ There’s always a way – if you’re committed. – Tony Robbins
Robert of Lincoln is gayly drest,
Wearing a bright black wedding-coat;
White are his shoulders
And white his crest. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
Date: August 1 or 2, or the first Full Moon of Leo
Symbols: All Grains, Breads, Threshing Tools, Berries (especially Blackberries)
Deities: Harvest and Grain Deities, New Mother Goddesses
Colors: Gray, Yellow, Gold, Green
Herbs: cornstalks, heather, frankincense, and wheat may be burned; acacia flowers, corn ears, hollyhock, myrtle, oak leaves, and wheat may be decorations.
Lughnassadh (Loo-NAHS-ah) is named for the Irish sun God, Lugh, and is usually looked upon as the first of the three Pagan harvest festivals.
Lughnasadh is primarily a grain harvest, one in which corn, wheat, barley and grain products such as bread are prominently featured. Fruits and vegetables which ripen in late summer are also a part of the traditional feast. The Goddess, in her guise as the Queen of Abundance, is honored as the new mother who has given birth to the bounty, and the God is honored as the Father of Prosperity.
The threshing of precious grain was once seen as a sacred act, and threshing houses had small wooden panels under the door so that no loose grain could escape. This is the original meaning of our modern word “threshold”.
From “Celtic Myth and Magick” by Edain McCoy
The following are a few suggestions for activities that may be incorporated into the Sabbat ritual or engaged in during the day.
Make sand candles to honor the Goddess and the God of the sea.
If you don’t live near a beach, you can achieve the same effect by putting sand in a large box, adding water, and working from there. This is definitely a porch or kitchen job, and newspapers are recommended under your work area for easy clean-up.
Melt wax form old candles (save the stubs from altar candles) in a coffee can set in a pot of boiling water. Add any essential oil you want for scent (or scent blocks from a candle supply store). Scoop out a candle mold in wet sand (you can make a cauldron by scooping out the sand and using a finger to poke three “feet”in the sand). Hold the wick (you can get these ready-made in arts and crafts stores) in the center and gently pour in the melted wax. Wait until it hardens, then slip your fingers under the candle and carefully lift it out and brush off the excess sand.
String Indian corn on black thread for a necklace.
If the Sabbat falls on a rainy day, you could collect rainwater in a glass or earthenware container, add dried mugwort, and use to empower objects.
Create and bury a Witch’s Bottle. This is a glass jar with sharp pointy things inside to keep away harm. You can use needles, pins, thorns, thistles, nails, and bits of broken glass; it’s a good way to dispose of broken crockery, old sewing equipment, and the pins that come in new clothes. Bury it near the entry to the house (like next to the driveway or the front door), or inside a large planter.Do a Harvest Chant when serving the corn bread at dinner:
The Earth Mother grants the grain,
The Horned God goes to his domain.
By giving life into her grain,
The God dies then is born again.
Make a Corn Dolly to save for next Imbolc. Double over a bundle of wheat and tie it near the top to form a head. Take a bit of the
fiber from either side of the main portion and twist into arms that you tie together in front of the dolly. Add a small bouquet of flowers to
the “hands,” and then you can decorate the dolly with a dress and bonnet (the dress and bonnet may be made out of corn husks if you
wish, or and cotton material is fine too).
Bake corn bread sticks. You can find a cast-iron mold shaped like little ears of corn in kitchen supply shops. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/4 cup of sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shortening
Sift dry ingredients together, add eggs, milk, and shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into molds and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Collect blackberries and make a fresh pie marked with the Solar Cross.
Have a magickal picnic with libations to the earth of bread and wine.
Sprout wheat germ in a terra cotta saucer (these can be found in nurseries for use under terra cotta flower pots). The sprouts can be
added to homemade bread or used as an offering. Children enjoy planting the seeds and watching them grow, too.
God the grain,
Lord of rebirth.
Return in spring,
Renew the Earth.
Make a Solar Wheel or Corn Man Wheel:
Turn a wire hanger into a circle (standard circle material for wreaths too), keeping the hook to hang it by.
Make a small cardboard disk to glue the corn tips onto. You can decorate it with any design, for example, a pentagram or sun.
Place ears of Indian “squaw” corn (it is smaller than regualr corn and fits easily on a coat hanger) with the tips inthe center of the
circle and secure with hot glue to the cardboard disk. Use eight ears for a Solar Wheel, or five ears for a Corn Man. If all the ears of
corn meet just right you won’t need the disk, but if they are uneven the disk is helpful.
Wrap a bit of the husks of each ear around the wire on either side of the ear of corn, leaving some to stand out free from the corn.
Let dry overnight and hang on the front door.
Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)