It’s rather grey and gloomy again this morning. The clouds are sitting right down on top of the foothills, obscuring the distance. The air is still, damp and chill. We got almost a 10th of an inch of rain last night and a little more this morning, enough to make things drip. 56F, 88% humidity, only occasional wind gusts.
Yesterday was very long. Tempus was really tired, so he snoozed off and on. I had gotten more sleep than he, but was tired, too, so while I kept going all day I was really ready to head home at the end of it. I did 4 readings during the afternoon and we had a lot of customers, despite the gloom of the weather. Amy stopped by right at the end of the day and then we headed home.
Tempus is making coffee and going to get some of his stuff off the work table and then I’ll go back there to work on herbs. I’m also thinking that I’d like to do some cookery today and we have sewing in the afternoon. I’m going to start some more embroidery. Ok, gotta get to work!
Anybody need these? Who ya gonna call?!
Today’s feast is Nag Panchami, in honor of the Nagas. It is celebrated with sweets. swinging on swings, sisters doing nice things for brothers and snake worship. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naga_Panchami
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to
ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort – Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 the Tide Change on 7/8 at 9:07pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 7/7 at 9:07am.
Venus shines in the east-northeast in early dawn this month, while its background stars climb toward the upper right.
The Moon in the southwest this evening forms a broad triangle with <<<< Jupiter and Spica >>>> .
Mercury and Mars are deep down in the glow of sunset.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
Half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 1 Low 1:32 AM 1.6 5:36 AM Set 1:25 AM 48
~ 1 High 7:07 AM 5.4 9:04 PM Rise 2:12 PM
~ 1 Low 1:18 PM 1.1
~ 1 High 7:54 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Lifestyle is the art of discovering ways to live uniquely.
~ Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. – Oprah
~ Don’t let the past steal your present. – Cherralea Morgen
~ Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so. – Cicero
~ Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. – Harvey Mackay
SONG OF THE VALKYRIE
The wind is at my back.
It is raging, it is blowing
And I feel myself
Blown forward with it.
I scream a battle cry…
And this is my battle song:
To Freya! To Odin!
We own the Earth
With our spears;
We own the sky
With our flying steeds.
Sing battle songs
To wake our warrior
Swirl the wind higher,
We pound our spears
Upon the ground as we
We clash our swords
Upon our rounded shields.
Our armor shines golden
Our runes glow bright blue,
Our steeds stomp their feet
And sweep their wings
Hear ye our battle song!
To Freya! To Odin!
We own the Earth
With our spears,
We own the sky
With our flying steeds.
Mount up, Sisters!
Put on your bright helmets
And your falcon cloaks
We ride the winds!
We come, heroes…
Valhalla awaits you!
Onward to the battleground!
Heroes’ brave spirits
Flickering their last,
Will call to us
Blood to heated blood;
And will come with us
On our night ride.
Onward to Valhalla
We will go;
The winds urging us onward,
The birds in the sky
Answering our cries
With their own.
To Odin! To Freya!
We ride. – © Copyright 12/21/05, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
- Traditional Birthstone: Ruby
- Mystical Birthstone: Ruby
- Ayurvedic Birthstone: Ruby
- Flower: Pink Larkspur
- Chinese Floral Emblem: Lotus
- Sun Signs: Cancer / Leo)0(
The Month of July – Hay month – By Pip Wilson
Then came hot July, boiling like to fire,
That all his garments he had cast away.
Upon a lyon raging with ire
He boldly rode, and made him to obey:
(It was the beast that whilom did forray
The Nemaean forest, till the Amphitrionide
Him slew, and with his hide did him array:)
Behind his backe a sithe, and by his side
Under his belt he bore a sickle circling wide.
Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 – January 13, 1599), English poet; Faerie Queen, ‘The Cantos of Mutabilitie‘
The glowing Ruby shall adorn
Those who in warm July are born.
Then will they be exempt and free
From love’s doubt and anxiety.
The month of July
July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days. The seventh month of the year was named by Mark Antony for Julius Caesar. The Roman calendar had previously called it Quintilis, as it was the fifth month of their year.
The Dutch called this month Hooy-maand (‘hay-month’), and the old Saxon name was Maedd-monath (because the cattle were sent to the meadows to feed) and Lida aeftevr (the second mild or genial month). Just to confuse things, the Saxons also called this time of year Hen-monath (probably ‘foliage month’), a word most likely derived from the German hain, meaning ‘wood’ or ‘trees’. Another Saxon term was Hey-monath because at this time they mowed and made hay.
The old Irish name is based on ‘Julius’, namely, Iuil. The Frankish name for the month of July is related to Hewimanoth, meaning hay month, a name that continues in modern Ásatrú as Haymoon. In American backwoods tradition, this is Buck Moon.
Until the 18th century, July was pronounced as the girls’ name ‘Julie’. Even as late as 1798 William Wordsworth wrote:
In March, December, and in July,
‘Tis all the same with Harry Gill;
The neighbours tell, and tell you truly,
His teeth they chatter, chatter still.
Wordsworth, Goody Blake and Harry Gill
July begins on the same day of the week as April every year and also as January in leap years. Astrologically, this is the month of the house of Cancer (June 22 – July 22) and that of Leo (July 23 – August 23). July’s birthstone is ruby, signifying contentment and courage, and cornelian, signifying content.
With tossing and raking, and setting on cocks;
The finest for sheep and thy gelding allow.
Cut off, good wife, ripe bean with a knife.
Get grist to the mill to have plenty in store,
Let miller lack water as many do more.
Tusser, Thomas (1524 – ‘80), Five hundreth pointes of good husbandrie: as well for the champion or open countrie, as also for the woodland or severall ; mixed in everie month with huswiferie, over and besides the booke of huswiferie, London: ‘Printed in the now dwelling house of Henrie Denham in Aldersgate Street at the signe of the starre’, 1586
My emblem is the Lion, and I breathe
The breath of Libyan deserts o’er the land;
My sickle as a sabre I unsheathe,
And bent before me the pale harvests stand.
The lakes and rivers shrink at my command,
And there is thirst and fever in the air;
The sky is changed to brass, the earth to sand;
I am the Emperor whose name I bear.
HW Longfellow (1807 – ‘82); The Poet’s Calendar for July
Mt Fuji climbing, Japan (Jul 1 – Aug 31) – Through July until the end of August, the warmest season, it is a Japanese rite of passage to climb to the summit of Fujiyama (Mt Fuji), which Shinto tradition says is the home of gods. A favourite time to climb is through the night so the eighth and final station can be reached at sunrise. Fuji (Konohansakuyahime no Mikoto; Konohana Sakuya Hime) is an ancient fire goddess, grandmother of the indigenous Ainu people of Japan.
The last recorded eruption of this famous volcano occurred in 1707 during the Edo period (1603 to 1867). The climbing tradition also comes from an Edo period climbing cult. A sacred mountain since ancient times, Fujiyama’s summit was forbidden to women until the Meiji Era.
“Long, long ago Mt. Fuji and Mt. Yatsugatake were the highest mountains in Japan. The goddess of Mt. Fuji, Konohanasakuyahime, and the goddess of Mt. Yatsugatake, Oyamazumi began to argue and bicker.
“‘I’m the tallest mountain in Japan!’
“‘Oh no, I can see straight into your crater! I’m much higher than you!’
“This fighting didn’t seem to have an end until finally, an idea struck them: ‘Let’s use water!’
“Taking advantage of gravity, they placed a pipe full of water on the peaks of their respective mountains. When they opened both ends of the pipe, the water began to flow rapidly in the direction of Mt.Fuji! Oyamazumi squealed in delight, but Konohanasakuyahime was so enraged that she swept up a stick the size of Yamanashi prefecture and bashed Mt. Yatsugatake on the head over and over again. She hit it so many times, and with such force, that it broke into the eight peaks that it is named after today.” Source
Flushmania – When you go into a public restroom, and the whole place STINKS AS HELL, you flush ALL the toilets before doing what YOU have to do. (Related to Flushamnesia – When you forget to flush the toilet in a public restroom.)