Yesterday started rather slowly and kept on that way, although a lot got done. We headed for the shop as early as we could, but it was 1:30 before I got the newsletter done and then I wrote and worked on newsletters for the rest of the day, well into the evening.
Tempus worked in back, getting a lot more clean-up done, mostly catch-up on stuff that’s been waiting. After we had some supper he headed up to the house to pick up some more stuff, mostly for the coming weekend’s wedding, but also the big mirror that’s going into the bathroom.
Tempus called me around midnight, since he was just starting Bayshore to find out whether I wanted to head out or not, but I was writing so I said to wait until that was done. He picked me up around 1:30, took me home and then was finished with his run and home around 3:30, a little early.
Today we have a lot to get done, but we can’t start until Tempus wakes. We have to dismantle that large construction in the back of the shop and get shelves up and didn’t manage to start, yesterday. We also have laundry and other chores to get done.
A photo of an egret in Yachats, by Ken Gagne from 7/12/16
Today’s Feast is in honor of the birthday of John Dee, Renaissance mathematician and mage. He was Queen Elizabeth I’s personal astrologer, among many high-placed and well-remembered friends, but in magickal circles, he is most known for his studies with Edward Kelley and the Enochian language that came out of that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dee
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type ofallergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word for the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has traditionally been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother and there are a number of more modern medical uses. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! –Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 7/19 at 3:57pm. 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 7/18 at 6:57am.
The Big Dipper, high in the northwest after dark, is now turning around to “scoop up water” through the evenings of summer and early fall.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.8, at the hind foot of Leo) is getting low in the west after dusk. It’s on the far side of its orbit from us and 34 or 33 arcseconds wide, almost the smallest it ever appears. As of July 4th Jupiter has a new satellite: NASA’s Juno spacecraft!
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh)
Runic half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 13 Low 2:39 AM 1.4 5:45 AM Set 1:30 AM 57
~ 13 High 8:28 AM 4.6 8:59 PM Rise 3:19 PM
~ 13 Low 2:02 PM 2.2
~ 13 High 8:29 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Laugh. Play. Dance. Let go.
~ Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. – Napoleon Hill
~ The reason why it was published in the form of a micro sub meson electronic component is that if it were printed in normal book form, an interstellar hitchhiker would require several inconveniently large buildings to carry it around in. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Imagination is intelligence with an erection. – Victor Hugo
~ It is nice to know that the computer understands the problem. But I would like to understand it too.Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist
Poem: “I Married You” by Linda Pastan, from Queen of a Rainy Country. © W.W. Norton & Company. Reprinted with permission.
I married you
for all the wrong reasons,
charmed by your
dangerous family history,
by the innocent muscles, bulging
like hidden weapons
under your shirt,
by your naïve ties, the colors
of painted scraps of sunset.
I was charmed too
by your assumptions
about me: my serenity—
that mirror waiting to be cracked,
my flashy acrobatics with knives
in the kitchen
How wrong we both were
about each other,
and how happy we have been.
Even the Thistle – By Fran Hafey/Mysti
Life had been really stressful lately and here we were already in the middle of July and it was extremely hot and humid for Virginia. I woke early on this morning and made note that it was cold in the house from having to have the air conditioner on day and night just to stay cool and be able to breathe. I noticed the trees rustling outside, so that meant there must be a breeze, so I decided to go out on the back porch to enjoy it.
Wow, what a difference out there in the heat, even in the early morning as the sun was coming up. I sat in one of the chairs on the porch and felt the sultry breeze on my face. The birds didn’t seem to mind at all how the humidity had already begun to creep upward just like the thermometer. They sang and went about their daily business.
I walked down the wooden ramp and was looking at some weeds growing along side the woods edge. I noticed a very large thistle growing behind one of the large oak trees and I caught myself thinking, “Oh look at that horrible thistle, I need to cut it down.”
I remembered back when I was a kid, with one older brother and two older sisters and a younger sister. We lived in the country on a small farm and were expected to do chores everyday. One of the chores I really didn’t like was to take a garden hoe and cut down all the thistles on the property. Our Dad said they were a nuisance and needed to be cut down early before they got big and went to seed and planted more, plus if they got big, they were like trying to cut leather! I always got blisters from that darn old wooden handled hoe. We would find those thistles in some of the oddest places and cut them down. Thistles can hurt if you touch them because of the spiney needles on each leaf and the outer shell of the flowers, so we were careful not to step on them either when going barefoot out in the country.
But, on this morning, back to the morning in July in my own home. I decided to take a longer look at this thistle growing behind the large oak tree. It was tall and had beautiful purple flowers growing on it. I remembered, when they got big like this how they would have the flowers and later the flowers would turn white and fluffy and blow away, planting more thistles. On one of those big purple flowers, there was the most beautiful blue butterfly I have ever seen. It rested on the flower as its wings slowly moved up and down to the swaying of the wind. It seemed to be enjoying its visit and I figured it was gathering pollen. The green of the plant was very healthy looking. The goldfinches came to it to check its bounty and sat right on top of those huge flowers, not caring if there were thistle-ly spikes all over it.
I realized at that moment, like many times before, that everything on the earth has a purpose, even this thistle that we used to cut down all the time. It was beautiful and it gave its pollen to the butterflies and I saw some bees enjoying it too. I decided not to go get a hoe and cut it down, at least not until it had served its purpose and then will began to dry up and fade away, usually when we have Indian summer or when the summer days begin to become shorter. Everything has a right to live and even when we don’t understand what purpose it may have in this life on our planet, it still is alive and its beauty and need is perhaps not for me, but for other creatures, nonetheless.
I paused. smiled and saw the sunlight shining brightly now on that thistle. and the butterfly flew away and circled around me, so beautiful and peaceful and a joy to my soul. I’m glad I got up early and was able to see the miracle of life even in what most call a weed, the thistle.
Take time each day to not only see with your eyes, hear with your ears and smell with your nose, but to feel the beauty all around you and know that everything has a purpose.
~~~~ About the Author: Fran Hafey is a Spiritual Counselor, Healer, Visionary Writer, Earth and Animal Activist and Teacher, living in the mountains of Virginia with her husband, dogs and birds. She provides guidance, inspiration and love via her Website, groups and newsletter on the World Wide Web. She’s currently working on publishing her own books about love, inspiration, magic and nature stories for Children of all ages.
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