It was 49F when I got up at around 4am and it’s no warmer 3 hours later! It’s supposed to be cooler today, topping out around 70F.
Yesterday I had a set of tasks to complete and got every one of ’em done! That doesn’t happen very often! I had to work on newsletters, some display things, getting a couple of orders put together, writing a couple of short bits, editing another and sending it off. It was a lot and I ended up chugging through the day, ticking one after another off on the list. Tempus came back up to the house for me around 4pm and then I printed things, laminated some other and made sure that all the display stuff was ready for Marius when he got to the shop just past 6pm. After that I sewed for awhile. Tempus was getting headers onto the juniper berries at that point. They still need to be punched, but those will be out for sale today. At the very end of the day I was sorting out fabrics and cleaning the work table, so that we can do candles and have enough room for the herbs, as well.
Today we’re going get to the shop a little early and start the candle wax melting. We’ll be working on Herbs from 11am until that’s ready. 🙂 The dip candles will be going on all day as long as there’s interest, and then I’ll be sewing late in the day.
A green flash! Photo from 7/31/15 by Mark Nessel of the green flash from Yachats.
Today’s Feast is Lughnasadh, the “funeral games of Lugh”. It doesn’t mean that Lugh (light) is dead, but that he celebrated these games in honor of his mother, Tailtiu, who gave her body to become our planet. The Perseid meteor shower is associated with this festival, since meteors were sometimes called “lances” and lance-throwing was a feature of the games. This is celebrated all through the British Isles and in pagan custom as the first harvest, the wheat harvest, and many seemingly unrelated customs have been associated with it.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lughnasadh In the British Isles many fairs happen at this time of year. The feature of one in Ireland is a candy called, “Yellowman”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowman_(confectionary)
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon, the stuff that I’ve been harvesting berries from. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
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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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends on 8/6 at 7:03pm.
The Moon, now between Capricornus and Aquarius, is 1½ days past full when it rises this evening (for the Americas). Now the start of its waning gibbous phase is more definite.
Today is Lammas Day or Lughnasadh, one of the four traditional “cross-quarter” days midway between the solstices and equinoxes. Sort of. The actual midpoint between the June solstice and the September equinox this year comes at 8:29 a.m. August 7th Eastern Daylight Time (12:29 UT). That’s the exact center of astronomical summer.
Neptune rises in the late evening in the constellation Aquarius.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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 1 High 1:11 AM 8.4 6:03 AM Set 7:40 AM 99
~ 1 Low 8:00 AM -1.6 8:42 PM Rise 9:25 PM
~ 1 High 2:24 PM 7.3
~ 1 Low 8:08 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing each other.
~ The Wiccan Rede advises us to use our heads and solve the problem, rather than taking the easy way out. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates
~ I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. – Anne Frank
~ Peace in my heart, peace in this place, peace in our land and throughout the world peace. – UK Peace Foundation Mantra
Your Medicine is your life, and your life is represented by all things that you have done, said, that have been gifted to you and that you have gifted to others and it is all that you are. Your Medicine is all that you bundle together in the forms of things that you hold sacred to the world. If you believe only what you read to be true and so, you will then miss the greatest part of your Medicine because you will be limited, by yourself, to only what you see. There is more to life than what can meet one’s eye. – Three Eagles, Cherokee
God & Goddess Rattle – You will need: coping saw, 1 deer antler, base intact, 100 grit sandpaper, 8 1/3 yards thins suede thong or a 1 x 20 inch strip of thin suede, 40 small cowrie shells, predrilled if possible, small drill or swiss army knife with awl blade. Saw a 6-8 inch piece of the antler for the handle. Sand the edges of the cut end of the handle to eliminate any sharp burrs. Cut the thong into 18×20 inch lengths and cut both ends of each thong into tapering points. Tie each thong to the base end of the antler securely with a square knot. Drill or carefully enlarge predrilled holes in the shells to allow the leather thong to pass through. Slide four shells onto each thong and tie a knot after each to prevent them from sliding off.
Treasure Map – A Treasure Map is your wish list in pictorial form, without words. You will need a pile of magazines, scissors, yarn, glitter, glue, and some posterboard, or you can create your picture collage online. Choose pictures that embody the quality of what it is you seek. For example, if you are looking for a fulfilling love relationship, find a picture of a happy couple embracing and doing together all of the things you’d like to do with your mate. If you are seeking success or prosperity or good health, choose pictures that reflect what you seek. Material possessions may also be included on this map, of course. Keep an open spot in the center for a picture of YOU and connect all the other pictures to your own with the yarn. Now artistically sprinkle your collage with glitter! Treasure Maps are most effective when displayed, so put yours up somewhere that you will be able to see it often.
Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? Part 1 – (Many, many contributors….this is a compilation as I find them….)
Alexandrian/Gardnerian: To reveal this would be to break my oath of secrecy. I can say, though, that it really is an ancient rite, dating far back in time, back even before 1951, and I have learned it from an unbroken lineage. As Gerald said, it takes a chicken to make an egg.
Asatru: First, we don’t believe in a “One Chicken” or a “Hen and Rooster.” We believe in many chickens. Second, “crossing the road” is part of the three levels, or worlds, and the chicken simply crossed from one level to another. Hail to the Chickens!
British Traditional: The word “chicken” comes from a very specific Old English word (“gechekken”), and it only properly applies to certain fowl of East Anglia or those descended therefrom. As for the rest, I suppose they are doing something remotely similar to crossing the road, but you must remember that traditional roads are not to be confused with the modern roads….
Celtic: In County Feedbeygohn on Midsummer’s day, there is still practiced St. Henny’s Dance, which is a survival of the old pagan Chicken Crossing fertility rite. Today, modern pagans are reviving the practice, dedicated to the Hen and the Green Rooster.
Ceremonial: “Crossing the road” is a phrase that summarizes many magical structures erected and timed by the chicken to produce the energy necessary for the intention of the travel across the road. For example, the astrological correspondences had to be correct, the moon had to be waxing (if the chicken intended to come to the other side of the road) or waning (if the chicken intended to flee to the other side of the road), and the chicken had to prepare herself through fasting and proper incantations. Note: certain forms of invocation (summoning an egg *inside* your chicken self) can produce abnormal or even dangerous eggs and should only be conducted inside a properly erected barnyard….
Chaos: Thinking in terms of “roads” and “crossings” is simply looking at the formal, typically perceived structure of chicken crossing space-time. We, instead, focus on the possibility of chicken crossing itself; what appears to be a random act is thus actually the norm—it is the road which is the freak of chance. Indeed, quantum mechanics now demonstrates what we knew all along: two roads can simultaneously exist in the same place at the same time. Thus, by attuning ourselves to the dynamic energy (called “crossing”), we can manifest the road. Of course, to the knowledgeable, this appears as a chicken crossing the road.
Church of All Worlds: The Chicken arose from dinosaurian ancestry at the dawn of avian emergence. In the fullness of Time, the Chicken crossed the K-T Boundary in order ultimately to reach the compost heap, where it’s Sacred Mission is to incubate a network of information, mythology and experience to awaken the Chicken within and to provide omelets and buffalo wings, along with a context and stimulus for reawakening The Great Hen and reuniting Her chicks through barnyard community dedicated to responsible brooding and the continuing evolution of galliformity. Even though we are all but Eggs, the Chicken knows that the Rooster came first, which is why the True Chicken will always be a bit cocky! Thou Art Fowl!
Church of the Subgenius: Huh? Chicken, what chicken? *burp* Praise Bob!!!!
Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS): The chicken went to cross the road. Upon arriving at the crossing he met some fellow members. All felt he should send the idea out to committee first and debate the idea of crossing. After rigorous theological debate on every aspect of crossing the road, the committee set up a three-year plan for fulfilling the promise of crossing the road. The plan was then presented to chapters continentally and debated. Representatives brought reports back to the committee, who took their recommendations to the board of trustees who brought the whole thing to the annual meeting for discussion and a vote if a quorum was present. Debate continued. Given the structure of the regulations it was determined a mail ballot was in order. A committee to create the ballot was created. The ballot was sent to all members. Votes were tallied. Twenty percent send in their ballots deeming it okay to create a structure on crossing. Another committee was formed to implement the voters’ requests. Then they all adjourned for coffee.
Dianic: The chykyn (“chicken” is term of patriarchal oppression) sought to reclaim for herself the right to be on the other side of the road, after it had been denied to her for centuries. By doing so, she reawakened the power of the Hen within herself.
Druid: To get to the sacred grove, of course! Keep in mind that 99% of everything written about chickens-crossing-the-road is pure hogwash, based on biased sources. Yes, there were a few unfortunate chicken sacrifices in the past, but that is over now…