Yesterday started in a haze of “tired”. We rolled out of bed, stumbled up to the car and dragged ourselves to the shop…. We had gotten in past 4am…. just not enough sleep. We managed to get some coffee in us and with that and each of us (at different times) getting a nap, we got through the day.
We had a lot of folks in shopping and I was still working on formatting embroidery designs. In the evening I start collected up some more of the design motifs that I’ve been playing with, trying to get the sorted, so that I stop repeating so many of them.
Tempus was up at the house and storage by then, doing laundry, pulling a couple of things that we’re getting rid of out of storage, then heading back to the house to grab some things from there that I need to look into before they go back to storage.
Today Herbs is starting in a couple of minutes and I have to clean up the work table for the feast tomorrow. Other than that, I have more patterns to work on. Tempus has to do another load of laundry and to work on that storage area in the back of the shop.
Today’s Feast is in honor of the Loch Ness Monster. Yesterday was the anniversary of the date in 1933 when interest was roused in the larger public, although stories about it seem to exist back to the 6th century, or were those attached to Nessie later? There are photos and films, sonar investigations and all kinds of evidence of something, but what is it? The monster is a cryptid, a critter that no one is sure exists! Some people believe it is a real creature. Some folks will tell you it’s all a hoax. <shrug> If I see it, I’ll tell you! There’s a lovely long article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Ness_Monster
Today’s Plant is Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium), which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. – Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat), to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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.
After nightfall, Altair shines in the east-southeast. It’s the second-brightest star on the southeastern side of the sky, after Vega high to its upper left. Above Altair by a finger-width at arm’s length is its sidekick, little orange Tarazed. And a bit more than a fist-width lower left of Altair, little Delphinus, the Dolphin >>> , leaps away from it.
Starry Scorpius is sometimes called “the Orion of Summer” for its brightness, its blue-giant stars, and its 1st-magnitude red supergiant (Antares). But Scorpius shines 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 in the 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 close by!
Mercury and Venus are very low in bright twilight. About 15 minutes after sunset, use binoculars or a wide-field telescope to start scanning for Venus just above the west-northwest horizon. Venus is magnitude –3.9; Mercury is about magnitude –0.5 (1/25 as bright), and it’s fading. Look for it to Venus’s upper left; they’re 4° apart on July 22 and 7° by July 29. On the 29th Mercury is about 1° to the right of Regulus, even fainter at magnitude +1.4. Good luck.
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 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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 23 High 3:01 AM 7.4 5:54 AM Set 10:08 AM 90
~ 23 Low 9:43 AM -0.9 8:51 PM Rise 11:05 PM
~ 23 High 4:12 PM 7.1
~ 23 Low 10:08 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them.
~ A toothache, or a violent passion, is not necessarily diminished by our knowledge of its causes, its character, its importance or insignificance.” – T. S. Eliot
~ A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
~ The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Cousteau
~ A woman is an occasional pleasure but a cigar is always a smoke. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
If you can master nonsense as well as you have already learned to master sense, then each will expose the other for what it is: absurdity. From that moment of illumination, a man begins to be free regardless of his surroundings. He becomes free to play order games and change them at will. He becomes free to play disorder games just for the hell of it. He becomes free to play neither or both. And as the master of his games, he plays without fear, and therefore without frustration, and therefore with good will in his soul and love in his being. – Malaclypse the Younger; Principia Discordia
Come in, come up the ladder,
spirits of rain, spirits of rain.
Come in, come and sit down,
spirits of cloud, spirits of cloud.
Listen: long ago, we were poor,
but we came out of that poor place.
We passed through that poor place
with your help, with your help.
Now come, help us again,
spirits of rain, spirits of cloud.
Come bring your showers,
come bring the heavy rain.
Come in, come up the ladder
spirits of cloud, spirits of rain. ~Invocation From The Sia People
Even in the midst of what appears to be plenty, we still have needs. Winter’s chill is gone, the harvest is burgeoning in the fields, the time of hunger seems past. Yet too much wind, too little rain, too little sun, too much rain – any of these can endanger the growth that seems so strong. A happy harvest is never inevitable.
Similarly, even when we seem to have much, we may still want more. It is possible, as a result, to become ungrateful for what we have, to spit in Fortune’s face. But, even if we look thankfully at all the good things life brings us, we will still find needs and wants unmet. This is life. Even those you are at the top of life’s mountain will still have unmet needs., thwarted desires. Acknowledge them, seek to satisfy them, but never forget to be thankful for what you have. By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion