It’s more cloudy than not, but when the sun comes through, it’s lovely! ….well, it’s lovely. The computer says, “Clear” and “Clouds at 1900 feet”. Not helpful. 🙂 It’s 63F and very little wind. Not much of a chance of rain, but we were getting spat at coming over the bridge.
Yesterday after I got the newsletter out Tempus puttered in back doing basic chores and I buckled down to work on the biscornu patterns, now that I have a good idea of what format works best for most of the people who were trying them. That took pretty much all day for the both of us.
We had a *lot* of people in shopping! That actually took more time than what all else we were doing. Usually we have some long dry spells, but nope… and some of them were fun people to chat with, some from a distance away, some on vacation and a couple just passing through who stopped.
I stayed at the shop to keep working on patterns. Tempus didn’t get on the road until 11:30, which makes for a late night. It was past 4 when we got home.
Today we have to get caught up on what we were trying to do yesterday with getting stuff pulled out of storage, stuff manipulated in the back and stuff *to* storage, but we’re both running on less than 6 hours sleep, so I dunno how much of that will happen.
Today’s Feast is the Neptunalia, celebrated by the Romans in honor of Neptune, god of the sea and Salacia, goddess of the wide-open waters and salt springs. Oddly, no one seems to know much about the festival other than a hint about games, except for the building of leafy canopies to party under. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptunalia and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_(god)
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.- Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 7/21 at 3:57am. 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 8/2 at 6:12pm. 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 at the Quarter on 7/26 at 4:pm.
Starry Scorpius is sometimes called “the Orion of Summer” for its brightness, its blue giants, and its prominent red supergiant (Antares in the case of Scorpius, Betelgeuse for Orion). But Scorpius is a lot lower in the south for those of us at mid-northern latitudes. That means it has only one really good evening month: July. Catch Scorpius due south just after dark now, before it starts to tilt lower toward the southwest. It’s full of deep-sky objects for binoculars and telescopes. Not to mention Mars and Saturn now nearby!
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
F 22 High 2:15 AM 7.8 5:53 AM Set 8:59 AM 95
~ 22 Low 9:04 AM -1.2 8:52 PM Rise 10:32 PM
~ 22 High 3:32 PM 7.0
~ 22 Low 9:16 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, you can bet the water bill is higher.
~ Plunge boldly into the thick of life. – Goethe
~ Bad counsel turns out badly. – Vatnsdæla Saga, c.3
~ Your job is to discover yourself and use yourself to change your world. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. – Jim Rohn
In Broken Images
He is quick, thinking in clear images;
I am slow, thinking in broken images.
He becomes dull, trusting to his clear images;
I become sharp, mistrusting my broken images.
Trusting his images, he assumes their relevance;
Mistrusting my images, I question their relevance.
Assuming their relevance, he assumes the fact;
Questioning their relevance, I question their fact.
When the fact fails him, he questions his senses;
when the fact fails me, I approve my senses.
He continues quick and dull in his clear images;
I continue slow and sharp in my broken images.
He in a new confusion of his understanding;
I in a new understanding of my confusion. – Robert Graves (In Broken Images)
This project is rated EASY
This project was contributed by:
- Popcorn kernels
- Popped popcorn
- Yellow and green construction paper or printed pattern and crayons to color it
- Make the Corn Picture
- Cut out a corn cob shape from yellow construction paper and cut out some leaves from green construction paper. You might find it easiest to cut out the corn cob, then lay it on the green paper, then draw the leaves, then cut them out. You can glue the finished shape to thin cardboard if you want to make it sturdier.
- Attach the corn
- Put glue all over the corn cob section, the glue unpopped or popped corn (or both) to the cob.
- You’re Done!
- Let the glue dry, then enjoy your decoration. Be sure to hang it up inside, where it won’t get wet!
Indian Corn Mosaics – These colorful corn mosaics will add a bright touch to your house! You’ll need to buy a jar of colored popcorn kernels. Draw a seasonal design on a piece of construction paper. Then glue the colorful kernels onto the design. Allow to dry and then hang!
Create and bury a Witch’s Bottle – Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
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.