The sky is a lovely soft blue with little white puffies around the edges and the marine layer has rolled back nearly to the horizon. The bay was teal with brown stripes of sand just below the surface and one little spot peeking through that was covered with seagulls for some reason. It’s only 57F and even down by the water the wind isn’t running about 10mph.
We started yesterday morning at the shop with coffee and doughnuts. That’s definitely not the most physically healthy breakfast, but it does wonders for the psyche! As soon as I was done, I set up today’s newsletter, then went in the back to find some of my tools for today’s projects and to get the table scrubbed. I spent awhile mending pendulums.
Once all the House Capuchin folks started arriving projects came out and we spent the afternoon talking and working. In the late afternoon Will showed up with basil, mint, borage and fennel and we spent a couple of hours candying borage flowers, from which these pictures resulted. That’s what you’re looking at: the dehydrator, a flower, and the jar of them. We cooked the fennel bulb and had that with some scrambled eggs for supper.
We stayed way later at the shop then we figured on, since we had stuff to do after folks left.
Today we have to work on some paperwork, get my pills from the pharmacy and so on. I’m trying to get my spot where I do headers cleaned off enough so I can get some of this year’s harvest started going up onto the board. Tempus is going to run up to the house to work. We’re still trying to get it ready!
A green flash! Photo from 7/31/15 by Mark Nessel of the green flash from Yachats.
Today’s Feast is Lughnasadh, the “funeral games of Lugh”. It doesn’t mean that Lugh (light) is dead, but that he celebrated these games in honor of his mother, Tailtiu, who gave her body to become our planet. The Perseid meteor shower is associated with this festival, since meteors were sometimes called “lances” and lance-throwing was a feature of the games. This is celebrated all through the British Isles and in pagan custom as the first harvest, the wheat harvest, and many seemingly unrelated customs have been associated with it.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lughnasadh In the British Isles many fairs happen at this time of year. The feature of one in Ireland is a candy called, “Yellowman”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowman_(confectionary)
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon, the stuff that I’ve been harvesting berries from. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
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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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 8/2 at 1:45pm.
Shortly after sunset, Jupiter, Mercury, faint Regulus and Venus form a diagonal line in the west, as shown here. The line is 27° long. Look early in twilight and bring binoculars, because Venus is only about 4° high even just 20 minutes after sundown (for skywatchers near 40° north latitude). Regulus may be impossible. Good luck.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.7, between Leo and Virgo) is low due west in twilight. It sets around twilight’s end.
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
M 1 Low 6:20 AM -1.3 6:04 AM Rise 4:56 AM 5
~ 1 High 12:48 PM 6.5 8:41 PM Set 7:48 PM
~ 1 Low 6:15 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If there’s no pot of gold at the end of your rainbow, maybe you are at the wrong end.
~ I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
~ The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution. – Franklin Pierce (1804- 1869) 14th US president
~ With every rising of the sun, think of your life as just begun. – Anon
~ Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose. – Nancy Kerrigan
In Tyberius tyme
In Tyberius tyme, the trew imperatour,
Quhen Tynto hills fra skraiping of tour-henis was keipit,
Thair dwelt ane grit Gyre Carling in awld Betokis hour,
That levit upoun Christiane menis flesche, and rewheids unleipit ;
Thair wynit ane hir by, on the west syde, callit Blasour,
For luve of hir Iauchane lippis he walit and he weipit ;
He gadderit ane menzie of modwartis to warp doun the tour;
The Carling with ane yren club, quhen yat Blasour sleipit,
Behind the heil scho hat him sic ane blaw,
Quhil Blasour bled ane quart
Off milk pottage inwart,
The Carling luche, and lut fart
North Berwik Law.
The King of Fary than come, with elfis many ane,
And sett ane sege, and ane salt, with grit pensallis of pryd;
And all the doggis fra Dunbar wes thair to Dumblane,
With all the tykis of Tervey, come to thame that tyd ;
Thay quelle doune with thair gonnes mony grit stane,
The Carling schup hir on ane sow, and is her gaitis gane,
Grunting our the Greik sie, and durst na langer byd,
For bruklyng of bargane, and breiking of browis ;
The Carling now for dispyte
Is mareit with Mahomyte,
And wall the doggis interdyte,
For scho is quene of Jowis.
Sensyne the cockis of Crawmound crew nevir at day,
For dule of that devillisch deme wes with Mahoun mareit,
And the henis of Hadingtoun sensyne wald not lay,
For this wild wibroun wich thame widlit sa and wareit ;
And the same North Berwik Law, as I heir wyvis say,
This Carling, with a fals cast, wald away careit ;
For to luck on quha sa lykis, na langer scho tareit;
All this languor for love before tymes fell;
Lang or Betok was born,
Scho bred of ane accorne ;
The laif of the story to morne,
To you I sall telle. – Anonymous; quoted in Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832), Scottish writer; ‘Minstrelsy Of The Scottish Border’
Incense – Sandalwood, Rose, Aloes, Chamomile, Passionflower, Frankincense
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. Acacia, all grains, blackberry, calendula, frankincense, grape, heather, mistletoe, oak, rose, sandalwood, sunflower, Grapes, heather, crabapple, pear
STONES: Cat’s-eye, citrine, aventurine, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone. Aventurine, Citrine, Peridot, Sardonyx
Foods appropriate for Lammas are breads, berries, crab apples, and any locally ripe produce. Breads, Cornbread, Cider, Blackberry pies and jellies, Rice, Meadowsweet tea, Berries, Nuts, Turnips, Oats, Elderberry wine, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oat cakes, Beer/mead, Rice milk
Decorations – Corn dollies, any wheat weaving crafts, Shafts of grain, Sunflowers, Indian corn, Bread
Colors: Pumpkin orange, sunny yellow, muted brown and sage green Yellow, Orange, Green, Brown, Red Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown.
flowers sacred to Lammas:
goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, basil, mint, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy.
Offerings: Bread, Cider, Cakes
Spellwork – Spells for prosperity, Abundance, Good fortune, Connectedness, Career, Health, Financial gain
The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses.
The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods.
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.
- middle of Summer
- beginning of the harvest
- Canning goes into full swing
- magickal cabinets are stocked with herbs
- prepare your household for fall and the upcoming Winter months.
- first of three harvest festivals
- associated with ripening grain
- fruits of the harvest
- be aware that summer is passing and winter is on its way.
- 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.
- 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.