Yesterday went pretty quickly. I worked on Herbs in the morning and when I didn’t have any students and a reading came in switched to that….then I got stuck to a pinterest board of sewing tools….drooled over them all day….. but did get some things done, anyway. I priced some more of the new stock. I cleaned up the area where I do headers and got working on some more of those. Late in the afternoon I got the rest of the nasturtiums transplanted and Tempus took them outside.
Tempus was very busy all day with various tasks. He got more stuff put away and shifted some more pieces of the storage area in back and set up the other planter by the door. He set up baked potatoes for supper and we had those with sour cream and bacon before he went to the house to pick up some stuff and I worked in back, shifting the sewing stuff. I did finally get to my mending pile, but by the time I was there I didn’t have enough oomph to pull out the machine and do so! I sat down and embroidered until he was ready to come get me.
We didn’t leave the shop until past 12:30 and went to sleep right away. I’ve been out this morning harvesting borage flowers and we’re going to try to pick up more at the farm stand in Yachats.
Today is House Capuchin’s Project Day. We have the flowers to candy this morning and then block printing among the other projects for the day! Yes, the shop is open, we just have a lot of folks *doing* things around the building. 🙂
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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. 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.
Use binoculars to see through the bright twilight to collect the full lineup of Jupiter, Mercury, Regulus, and Venus. The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist at arm’s length.
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 squinting one eye. 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 –0.7, just to the right of the head of Scorpius) is moving eastward (leftward) against the stars, back toward Saturn and Antares. The three form an ever-shrinking triangle in the south-southwest at nightfall. The triangle will turn into an almost straight, vertical line on August 23rd and 24th, when Mars slingshots between the other two. In a telescope this week, Mars is still 13 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)
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.
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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 31 Low 5:32 AM -1.1 6:03 AM Rise 3:56 AM 11
~ 31 High 12:00 PM 6.2 8:42 PM Set 7:00 PM
~ 31 Low 5:21 PM 2.2
~ 31 High 11:18 PM 8.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mental Floss prevents Moral Decay.
~ What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. – Bertrand Russell
~ One returns from the realm of the Fae either dead, mad or a poet… – most recently quoted by T. Thorn Coyle
~ Hope is the feeling that we have that the feeling that we have is not permanent. – Mignon McLaughlin
India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all. – William James Durant; attributed
Color of the day: Red , Incense of the day: Lavender
The evening of July 31 is the beginning of the Celtic holiday known as Lughnasadh (the Feast of the God Lugh). In Christian times, it was called Lammas (Anglo-Saxon for “Loaf Mass”). It has always been a special holiday for me, as it is my birthday! Lugh instituted this sacred time to honor his foster mother Tailtiu, who cleared the land in preparation for agriculture. Various divine women were honored at this time in Ireland, including Lugh’s wives Naas and Bui, the sorceress Carmun, and the goddess Macha. These goddesses seem to have given their lives or energies in order for the land to prosper. Thousands of years later, we can invoke their sacred names once more and make an offering of first fruits or a sacred loaf, lighting a flame in remembrance of their sacrifice. By: Sharynne NicMhacha
Lammas, or Lughnassad, occurs in late July and early August. It is marks the middle of Summer and the beginning of the harvest. Canning goes into full swing, and magickal cabinets are stocked with herbs before the onset of fall. This is also a time to prepare your household for fall and the upcoming Winter months. It is the first of three harvest festivals and is usually associated with ripening grain. It is time to celebrate the fruits of the harvest but also to be aware that summer is passing and winter is on its way.
We honor the weakening Sun God and give thanks for the seeds and the plants that went through the death process (harvest) in order to be reborn next season. The Sun God is waning, but the Goddess is full of abundance. Even as he wanes, he lives on inside her as her child. The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses. The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods. Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown. It is a festival of plenty and prosperity.
Decorate the altar and house with grains such as barley, oats and wheat — also fruits and veggies. Begin gathering and drying herbs, flower, grains or seeds for spellworking in the next year. Make magickal oils now with fresh herbs. Braid onion and garlic charms. Onion is sacred to the sun — because of its shape, and its dye is a golden amber to burnt apricot. When the onion is cut, it reveals the symbolism of the moon. Garlic, too, is sacred to the moon — the crescent shape of the cloves. It exorcises evil and protects. Collect rain and storm water for use in spellwork or to empower objects, add dried mugwort and store in glass bottles. Make a corn wheel. Bake a loaf of bread on Lammas. If you’ve never made bread before, this is a good time to start. Honor the source of the flour as you work with it: remember it was once a plant growing on the mother Earth. If you have a garden, add something you’ve harvested–herbs or onion or corn–to your bread. If you don’t feel up to making wheat bread, make corn bread.
Corn Dolly -Another way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. . She’s your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you. Make a corn dolly to save for next Imbolc.
HERBS to use in your magic at Lughnasadh: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, Irish moss, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, garlic, onion, basil, mint, aloe, acacia, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy, hazelnut, blackthorn, elder, bee pollen.
STONES: Cat’s-eye, citrine, aventurine, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone.
Foods appropriate for Lammas are breads, berries, crab apples, and any locally ripe produce.
At this time, witches cast spells for connectedness, career, health, and financial gain. Spells for abundance are completely appropriate now. As the sun is growing weaker, it is a good time to do grounding and sun meditations, then use the golden rays of the sun (gathered during meditation) in spellcasting.
This is the perfect holiday to honor the prosperity and generosity of Mother Earth. It is a season to throw away useless thoughts and habits and to form new ideas which bring renewed strength. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. Lughnasad is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire.
Silliness – Get a Haircut
A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut and we’ll talk about it.”
After about a month the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car. They again went to the father’s study where his father said, “Son, I’ve been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your Bible diligently, but you didn’t get your hair cut!”
The young man waited a moment and replied, “You know Dad, I’ve been thinking about that. You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair….”
To which his father replied,”Yes, and they walked everywhere they went!”