It’s nice and sunny again. 61F and not supposed to get too much warmer than that. It’s windy, though or it was earlier, but it seems to be calming down. There’s a tiny chance of rain tonight.
Yesterday Tempus was so tired that once the shop was open he curled up on the sofa and vanished. He slept peacefully, through customers, friends and even me dropping a metal bowl!I got the rings sorted out and ordered some mood rings, first, then started working on pictures.
Mandi was in for a bit, with her pug, Darth Vader. 🙂 Dawn stopped by with her little daughter. Dawn’s an R.N. now! …and Tempus slept on…. I had lunch (at 3pm!) and got my pictures finished …and he was still asleep! 🙂 He finally woke at 4:30.
>>>>>>>>>> My garden >>>>>>>>>
We sorted things around so that we had room for the Sabbat. Of course, I’m not going to be able to find the stuff I was working on, but oh well! We had a good Sabbat, 9 people, with lots of breads for the ritual and I blew my carb allowance for the week, I think. 🙂 Hey, if ritual foods have no calories, does that mean they have no carbs, either? ‘Coz in that case, I’m ok. 🙂
We’re opening the shop as I’m typing. My part’s done. Tempus has a few things to shift that are out of place from the Sabbat and then he’s going to make coffee, which we both need. Herbs Workshop is at 11am and I’ll be ready for it. We’re going to be trying to move things onto the newly put-together shelves so’s to get them off the shop floor and if we’re lucky, Tempus can go up and get another shelf unit or two late in the afternoon.
August 21, 2017! Get ready! http://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/oregon/
A Ken Gagne photo of a peahen and chicks from 7/16/15 from a farm up the Yachats River.
Today’s Feast is National Sleepyhead Day in Finland. That made me giggle. The tradition is that the last person to wake gets water thrown on them. More recently there’s a tradition to dunk a celebrity in the ocean. 🙂 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Sleepy_Head_Day
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining –Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it, then rinse well. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythology and more about our variety here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 8/1 at 1:45am.
As summer proceeds, Scorpius shifts westward from its highest stance in the south just after dark, and Sagittarius moves in from the east to take its place. So we’re entering prime time for the profusion of Messier objects in and above Sagittarius. How many can you locate with binoculars? Start with M8, the big Lagoon Nebula. It’s 6° above the spout-tip of the Sagittarius Teapot.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh)
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)
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.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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 30 Low 4:38 AM -0.7 6:02 AM Rise 3:01 AM 19
~ 30 High 11:04 AM 5.8 8:43 PM Set 6:05 PM
~ 30 Low 4:21 PM 2.4
~ 30 High 10:24 PM 8.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We fall in love…we fall out of love…we search for new loves..yearn for old loves….we have memories….we make new memories..we live every day of our lives..sometimes not the way that we want to…but we do it anyway…never forget to tell someone you love that you love them..never say never…and laugh it is good for your soul…
~ Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go. ~ Maya Angelou
~ Age is a very high price to pay for maturity. – Anonymous
~ A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer
~ This is an age in which one cannot find common sense without a search warrant. – George F. Will
INTO ANOTHER TIME
A pin or breath could perhaps slip between
this world and the alteration of the next,
not a doorway but two worlds of being;
Closeknit, only a slight hesitation between…
Will you walk or slip into another place or time,
Like two screens from a drive-in theatre,
Slanting as you drive by them but large;
Not knowing if it’s a world like yours or mine?
They are back-to-back together closely
Not screens now, but becoming other worlds.
Will they be like this world, or mostly
Like a Celtic Overworld or Summerland?
Like the Greek Elysian Fields, or even
Like Hades or Hecate’s Dark Underworld,
Fording the River Styx to reach them,
Pressing a coin in Charon’s hand.
Or will they be just like our world, with only
small differences that would surprise;
Would you see a face like your face
Or your love or parents in another guise?
Would this be death, or yet another dream;
Of what could be, would be, or will be, yet?
I hope you will be there, waiting for me;
I’ll not chance it, otherwise! – © Copyright 11/5/05, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Do a Harvest Chant when serving the corn bread at dinner: Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
-Corn husks, fresh or dried, about 6-8 pieces.
-Cotton balls, about 4
-Scraps of cloth, yarn, beads
-pipe cleaners (optional)
Note: If you are using dried husks, soak them in water to soften them. Fresh husks need no special preparation
Step 2: Make some arms by folding another husk and tying it near each end to make hands. Slip the arms between the husks that extend under the head. Tie the waist with string.Arrange enough husks around the figure’s waist so that they overlap slightly. Tie them in place with string.
Step 3: Fold the husks down carefully. For a woman wearing a long skirt, cut the husks straight across at the hem. to make a man, divide the skirt in two and tie each half at the ankles. Let the figure dry completely
Step 4: You can leave you figure as is, or give it a face, hair, or even some fancier clothes. Use a fine-tipped marker to draw facial features. Glue some fuzzy yarn on for hair. Add some tiny beads for buttons, and bits of fabric for aprons or vests. A pipe cleaner staff or cane will help the man stand upright.
Silliness – Signs and Notices – Road sign seen on the island of Cyprus. (translation of the Greek): ‘Caution: Road Slippery from Grapejuice’