I was up early enough this morning that I watched the sunlight on the trees and the shadows drawing back, finally illuminating the solarium, just as we were getting ready to leave. It’s quite clear and only 58F, but should get into the upper 60’s today.
Herbs Workshop concentrated on setting herbs to dry. We had quite a lot of harvest to work on! We were waiting for some borage to arrive. I had been promised some by several people and was hoping to candy flowers.
We were busy during the lunch hour. I went through a several boxes of stuff and then Tempus took them to storage. …and then it got quiet. It felt odd, but part of the issue I think was that the cop a couple of doors down was doing some kind of a workshop and everyone parked in the spots in front of us!
By mid-afternoon I was restocking and counting the bottles. Tempus finally got out to do the laundry after 5pm. Yeah, we were *that* kind of busy! Busy enough that when we got home we ate and just went to sleep.
Today I’ve been out harvesting herbs and greens for House Capuchin’s Project Day. It’s also their monthly potluck and one of the dishes is already cooking and smells *wonderful*! We’ll be open at the regular time (11am), but right at the moment we’re concentrating on getting the back cleaned up. Yes, there will be folks in costume at the shop today. It ought to be a fun day with various folks cooking, eating and making things. I love the look on our customers’ faces during some of these days. 🙂
Today’s Feast is that of St. Kinga, or Cunegunde, who was Grand Duchess of Poland in the 13th century. She was married, but she and her husband, the Grand Duke, Boleslav V, known as “the Chaste”, kept their chastity inside of marriage. When he died, she became a Poor Clare, eventually an abbess, having sold all her possessions and given the money to the poor. She’s a patron of Poland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinga_of_Poland
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
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Love & Light,
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.
The tail of Scorpius lies low due south right after dark. Look for the two stars especially close together in the tail. These are Lambda and fainter Upsilon Scorpii, known as the Cat’s Eyes. They’re canted at an angle; the cat is tilting his head and winking. The Cat’s Eyes point west (right) by nearly a fist-width toward Mu Scorpii, a much tighter pair known as the Little Cat’s Eyes. It takes very sharp vision to resolve Mu without binoculars!
Mars (magnitude –0.9, in Libra to the right of upper Scorpius) is still bright, though fading. It’s the yellow-orange light in the south-southwest at dusk, and lower in the southwest later in the evening. In a telescope, Mars is still about 13.5 arcseconds in diameter and very plainly gibbous.
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
Su 24 High 3:51 AM 7.0 5:55 AM Set 11:18 AM 82
~ 24 Low 10:24 AM -0.4 8:50 PM Rise 11:38 PM
~ 24 High 4:54 PM 7.3
~ 24 Low 11:04 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The poorest of all men is not the man without a cent but the man without a dream.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think people in other countries think of America and the American people? What do you think would be the biggest surprise an immigrant to the United States would have?
~ What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary. – Richard Harkness, The New York Times, 1960
~ Excellence comes not from a single act but from a lifetime of action. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Do the moment-to-moment work of dropping anything that wants to drag you down, and Reality itself will see to it that you rise. – Guy Finley
~ All styles are good except the tiresome kind. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God’s peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man’s company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian.’
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.’
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words –
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester –
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered –
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day. – William Shakespeare; King Henry V, Act iv, Scene 3. Spoken by Henry before the Battle of Agincourt, October 25, 1415
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 cups sliced apples
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup oil
- 4 eggs
- Combine all ingredients and mix well with an electric mixer or blender.
- Put into 2 greased floured pans.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.
- Good for freezing.
- 2 cups wholemeal flour
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- 7/8 pint buttermilk
- Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Beat egg and buttermilk into the dry mix.
- Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth.
- Shape the dough into two round shapes and place in lightly oiled loaf tins.
- Draw a cross in the bread (for symbolism and baking purposes).
- Bake at 375ºF for 40-45 minutes.
- For a softer crust wrap loaf in a clean towel after cooling.
Yield: 2 loaves
Source: Franklin & Mason, Lammas, Use for: Lughnasadh
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water (105ºF to 115ºF)
- 5 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups buttermilk
- Dissolve yeast in warm water.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl.
- Cut in shortening until mix resembles coarse meal.
- Mix baking soda and buttermilk in small bowl.
- Add mix to other mix and stir.
- Chill, covered with towel, for 8 hours.
- Knead 12 times on floured board. Roll to 1/2 inch.
- Cut into 2-inch rounds.
- Place on greased sheets and let rise in warm spot for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Bake until golden brown (about 15 min).
Yield: 24 biscuits
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook, Use for: Imbolc, Lughnasadh
Silliness – Oxymorons – Tight slacks