Lovely sunshine came pouring into the solarium between the time I went out to finish with the garlics and came back in and changed the temperature by about 15 degrees in there! 62F, no wind, no clouds, just lovely weather!
Yesterday we got to the shop mid-afternoon and got some small chores finished. Tempus headed up to the house to work there and I stayed at the shop, sorting out some details for the wedding and doing some more writing.
The kids are a little nuts; not just the bride and groom, but brothers. I’m getting all kinds of questions. 🙂 Well, I’m pretty excited, myself! We had a bunch of details and timing to work out and one of the boys had gotten the date wrong. 🙂 He had to work out how to get the time off.
We’re at the shop already, and even have the doors open, although we haven’t had coffee, yet! Today Tempus is going to be working in the back, still. I have more to do on newsletters and I’m going to start a stew and then we still have to pack for the wedding!
Please remember, the shop will be open on Saturday with Ruth and Stella running things. No readings until Sunday mid-afternoon!
Today’s Feast is the Gentse Feesten in Ghent, Belgium. It’s a 10 day festival of music, puppet shows and mocking mimes that spreads all over the city. There are such things as a series of community sings, choral music, a world music, jazz, alternative http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentse_Feesten
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, Water, Magickal uses – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
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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.
Follow the waxing gibbous Moon as it passes over Mars, Saturn, and Antares. (These scenes are always drawn for the middle of North America. European observers: move each Moon symbol a quarter of the way toward the one for the previous date. For clarity, the Moon is shown three times actual size.) The Moon, in its monthly cycle around the sky, once again forms a long, squashed rectangle with Mars, Saturn and Antares. Mars shines below the Moon after dusk, Saturn glows farther to the Moon’s left, and under Saturn is Antares — as shown in the slightly earlier twilight scene above.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are very high now in the southeast to south before the first light of dawn. Background and finder charts.
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 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
Th 14 Low 3:38 AM 1.1 5:46 AM Set 2:01 AM 66
~ 14 High 9:42 AM 4.7 8:58 PM Rise 4:17 PM
~ 14 Low 3:00 PM 2.6
~ 14 High 9:17 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be grateful for people who make us happy; they are charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Journal Prompt – Why would? – Why should people your age help others? Write an editorial for the newspaper. Explain why people should volunteer in the community and name various places where they can help, such as homeless shelters, homes for the elderly and childcare centers.
~ It’s no use having a good memory unless you have something good to remember. – Unknown
~ Anyone who thinks they are too small to make a difference, has never been in bed with a mosquito. – Georg Grey
~ ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Lord Tennyson
~ A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
Oh, don’t the days seem lank and long,
When all goes right and nothing goes wrong,
And isn’t your life extremely flat,
When you’ve nothing whatever to grumble at? – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
Seed and Corn Necklaces
Dried beans (several different kinds and colors)
Dried corn which has already been removed from the cob
Dried corn on the cob (“Indian” corn)
1 yard heavy thread or dental floss for each child
1 tapestry needle for each child
finger bandages (just in case somebody gets stuck!)
- Prepare the strings in advance by threading the needles and knotting the end. Prepare the beans and dried corn by soaking overnight in water.
- Show the children the ear of dried corn (Not the corn you soaked!) and show them how the kernels can be removed from the cob. (Twist the cob firmly in your hands while holding it over a towel or blanket. The corn should pop off–once you get it started it isn’t difficult to remove all the kernels.)
- Show the children how to use the needle to poke a hole through the center of each corn kernel and bean. Alternate corn and beans or make some other pattern.
- When the strand of strung seeds is about 24″ long, set it aside overnight or hang it in the sun to dry (the seeds will shrink slightly). When it is dry, push together the seeds to cover any spaces which may have formed.
- Tie the ends together in an overhand knot and cut off excess string. Slip the necklace over your head or wind it around your wrist as a bracelet.
The months of August, September and October are typically the time for harvest festivals, feasts and celebrations in the northern hemisphere. It is a time when many cultures and spiritual paths celebrate the bounty of the Earth, give thanks for the blessings of this bounty and honor their deities connected with Harvest and the plant spirits.
It is a good time for us to reconnect with the cycles of Nature and receive teachings from the nature spirits and plant spirits. Study some of the plant species in your area (foods, flowers, trees, etc) and then take a walk outdoors and try to identify these species. You will notice that some of these plants are beginning to set seed, and it is very interesting to look at all the different types of seed that exist in Nature!
You can create a necklace of seeds to wear during a Harvest celebration, or you may choose to use your “necklace” as an altar decoration or candle garland. You can collect seeds from outdoors that are large enough to string onto a necklace, or you can get seeds from the produce you buy at the grocery store. Apples, gourds, squash, and corn are all good sources for seeds. Always use uncooked seeds (for instance, never use cooked corn on the cob because the kernels will decompose on your necklace rather than drying). “Indian” corn can also be used, but since it is already dry you will need to soak the kernels in warm water until they are soft enough to string onto your necklace. Larger seeds, like buckeyes and acorns, can be used but they require the use of a thin drill bit to get a good hole in them.
Use a sturdy, sharp needle and a heavy string such as dental floss, beading string or hand quilting weight thread. I like to double my string so that the necklace is very sturdy. Once strung, the seeds will dry and they may shrink a bit so make your necklace longer than you would like to account for this shrinkage. Hang the strung seeds in a well ventilated room until the seeds are dry. You can make the necklace long enough to slip over your head or you can add a clasp on the ends of your necklace. You can also wear them wrapped around your wrists or ankles several times (bells can be added if you plan to dance at your festival). You may also wish to add bits of raffia or stripped, dry cornhusk by tying the bits around your string at different intervals. You can also add any type of charms or stones to your necklace that are used at autumn celebrations in your tradition…..perhaps half of a black walnut, to represent Owl/Wisdom/Goddess. – Written by ScryeWulf for the Magickal Crafts Newsletter
Indian Corn necklace
- String Indian corn on black thread for a necklace.
- Small needle
- Black thread (carpet thread is the best)
- Awl or nail and hammer
- Block of wood
- Ear of Indian corn (multi-colored kernels)
- Shell the corn, picking out the individual kernels from the cob.
- Take your awl and poke a hole through each kernel. This is easiest if you put the kernel point down on the block of wood and push the awl through from the point where it was attached to the cob through the kernel into the wood.
- If you still can’t get the awl to go through soak the corn in warm water and then try again.
- String, tie and wear!
Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel) Edited to make complete directions by Anja 2009