Bright sunshine and still none of the smoke-in-the-air that was starting this time last year. Not that there aren’t fires, but the smoke isn’t showing up out here, anyway. 55F and might get up to 68 today. The wind is just a good breeze here, but down by the water it’s hitting 20 mph. Sand ouchies!
Yesterday was very long, 7 hours plus on the road! While I was working at the shop, Tempus got the car loaded with the stuff that we had planned to take to the kids on their wedding weekend plus a couple of things that would have been forgotten that weekend in the flurry, like the matching warming tray and the bread box.
I had harvested some herbs for them and grabbed out the thyme and parsley plants that I had saved. I got the herbs into individual bags and labeled them and added some standard uses, in case the kids didn’t know. It was just bits from the garden, a couple of sprigs of this, a pinch or three of that….
I got some munchies together and then we headed out. Road construction caused some delays, but nothing too horrid or long, it was just that we had a deadline at the kids’ end. They had to be at work at 7pm and still have dinner beforehand. So we pushed straight on through.
We got to spend a couple of minutes chatting with them after getting the offloading done and telling them what all was where in the boxes. They had bought us the cutest little witch magnet while on their honeymoon! It’s going to live in a special place somewhere, dunno where, yet. I’m going to get a pic today, but the pictures are running about 2 weeks behind the newsletters, that’s why there’s rain on those crocosmia! Watch for it. 🙂
So there were hugs all ’round a couple of times and then we got back on the road, gassing up in King City, grabbing a couple of ice cream sandwiches and rolling on back. It was lovely weather for a drive, clear and blue sky, watching the late haying in progress and some grain harvesting. We were in too great a hurry to stop at any of the farm stands on the way in and everything was closed on the way back, but my mouth is watering for corn on the cob, now….
As we got to the coast range the sun was lowering and as we were coming down the far side the incoming marine layer ate it. Bits of cloud were tearing off and skittering inland as fast as they could go. As we drove down the coast, the light faded, although when we were on top of Cape Foulweather, we were above it and could see the light in the west. It was dark by the time we rolled into the driveway. We ate and I went right to sleep.
Today we’ve been at the shop since a few minutes before 11, although I only rolled out of bed at about 10:30. I’m still working on coffee and trying to get my brain together. We’ve been *busy*, at least 45 people through the door over the last hour and a half! There’s sewing this evening, too, and I need to start getting my class stuff together for Sunday’s blackwork embroidery classes up in St. Helens.
Today’s Feast is in honor of St. Oswald, an Anglo-Saxon king of the 7th century. He ruled two kingdoms that were joined into Northumbria, and started the switch-over to xtianity in that area. For that he was revered as a saint during the Middle Ages. When he was killed in battle, he was dismembered in the tradition of sacred kingship. More on the history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_of_Northumbria
Today’s plant is Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 8/4 at 1:45am. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at Tide Change on 8/18 at 2:27pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 8/7 at 1:45am.
Venus-Regulus conjunction. Shortly after sunset this evening and tomorrow evening, Regulus is hardly more than 1° from much brighter Venus. About 15 or 20 minutes after your local sunset time, scan for Venus very low above the western horizon with binoculars or a wide-field telescope. Tonight Regulus is to Venus’s lower left (for North America), as shown above. On Friday it’s below Venus.
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 –0.1 (1/35 as bright) and fading. Look for Mercury about 8° to Venus’s upper left this week.
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.
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 4 High 1:40 AM 7.9 6:07 AM Rise 8:08 AM 1
~ 4 Low 8:25 AM -1.1 8:37 PM Set 9:38 PM
~ 4 High 2:48 PM 7.0
~ 4 Low 8:35 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Contemplate the nature of Goddess, the nature of the Infinite, for a few minutes.
~ The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. – Ellen Glasglow
~ People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you’ll know exactly what to do. – Michelle Ventor
~ My heart burnt within me with indignation and grief; we could think of nothing else. All night long we had only snatches of sleep, waking up perpetually to the sense of a great shock and grief. Every one is feeling the same. I never knew so universal a feeling. – Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) English writer
~ A real friend never gets in your way–unless you happen to be on the way down. – Dr. Wayne Dyer
In the County of Hereford was an old Custom at Funerals, to hire poor people, who were to take upon them all the Sins of the part deceased. One of them I remember (he was a long, lean, lamentable poor rascal). The manner was that when a Corpse was brought out of the house and laid on the Bier; a Loaf of bread was brought out and delivered to the Sin-eater over the corps, as also a Mazer-bowl full of beer, which he was to drink up, and sixpence in money, in consideration whereof he took upon him all the Sins of the Defunct, and freed him (or her) from Walking after they were dead. – John Aubrey (March 12, 1626 – June, 1697), English antiquary and writer; Remains of Gentilism, 1688
Well, I can tell you what I mean by Kitchen Witchery. I cannot tell you if this is the same thing that other people mean by it.
I mean: My spirituality and my priestesshood and my magick are based around the concept that my home is my temple, all in it are consecrated and holy, and each action that I do is a portion of the ritual of my life.
I mean: Practicality is my watchword. Symbolism is great, but effectiveness is even greater. Rather than find myself stymied by, say the improper time of the moon, I alter my working so that it can be effective at this time of the moon. Rather than bemoan the fact that I can’t use candles, I’ll use crystals instead. Recipes are guidelines; so are spells. The important thing is knowing the principles so that you understand why using cold water will lengthen (perhaps terminally) the time your bread will take to rise, or why calling on Kali-Ma to bless an infant might be … counterproductive.
I mean: my sphere is the sphere of the home: food, health, relationships, community: on all levels. A person could take Kitchen Witchery into politics, on the grounds that what s/he is doing is improving the community at a political level; likewise military or law-enforcement. A person could likewise carry Kitchen Witchery into a medical or an activist career.
I mean: fancy is nice, Enlightenment is good, but a sound soul and a full belly are my direct goals, for myself and for the people who ask me for help. My butcher knife and a handful of iodized salt will work just fine: I have other uses for my money than paying other folks to carefully craft silver swords by the light of the waning moon in October.
And I mean: because of my relating the scales up and down, this is the true source of my impatience with Revenge and with the statement “Do what you wanna do” and with Luv Spells. You watch a family closely: you watch the shifting alliances with siblings, and their angers and reconciliation’s — or failures to reconcile; you watch who folks fall in — and out — of love with, and the pain, and the results; you watch the efforts to put food on the table and pay the housing; and you come to realize that permanent pain is not a viable solution to anything.
I hold with Abraham Lincoln on this one: “Always treat your friends as though they may one day be your enemies; and your enemies as though they may one day be your friends.” In my effort, as a Kitchen Witch, to assist in the formation and cleaning and fine-tuning of community, this thought is my constant guide.- By Mama Rose 1997, from GrannyMoon’s Feast Archives 2002.
Silliness – Skydiving Blind
A blind man was describing his favorite sport, parachuting. When asked how this was accomplished, he said that things were all done for him: “I am placed in the door with my seeing eye dog and told when to jump. My hand is placed on my release ring for me and out I go with the dog.”
“But how do you know when you are going to land?” he was asked. “I have a very keen sense of smell, and I can smell the trees and grass when I am 300 feet from the ground” he answered.
“But how do you know when to lift your legs for the final arrival on the ground?” he was again asked. He quickly answered: “Oh, the dog’s leash goes slack.”