3rd of July is the Fireworks in Waldport! That’s tomorrow! If you want to come celebrate with us we’re doing a cookout in front of the shop. Bring a dish to share! We’ve got the hotdogs! We’re only a block from the best spots to watch the display so come celebrate Independence Day with us! We’ll start around 5:30-6pm and go on all evening. The Wicca 101 class is doing a kind of open house for the evening, planning on going through class research projects, but mostly just talking.
Odd cloud distribution. It was bright, clear, sunny blue at home, and then we got into Waldport (2 miles, is all…..) and it was completely clouded over! That’s changed, already. It’s just a touch below 60F, clear, light breeze. The marine layer is out by the horizon. Nice summer weather.
Yesterday started well, although I was kinda sleepy during the early part of the day. We got busy and had some long fascination talks with a guy who wants to make candles and another who is an expert on myasthenia gravis. Talked crystals with one customer and incense with another. Kinda a cool day.
Got a spoon finished, and did a little Sewing while Tempus worked on a plate. I just didn’t have the energy to get to the herbs. <sigh> Then Tempus set up the work table so I could do a cheese. I also started carving the butter paddles that we’ve been needing.
Leslie came in for her class makeup and we finished around 9 or so. We sorted out the cheese and fridged things, then Tempus packed up the new loaf of bread and we headed home.
I’ve been out working in the garden. One of the supports for the bag garden is giving way, so we’re going to have to do something about that right away. I mostly was digging hawkweed (they’re almost all small, now!) but I harvested some fresh herbs to add to lunch and supper.
Today is house Capuchin’s project day. I’m hoping we’re going to work on the inkle loom that my Laurel requested along with the other projects we have going…. and probably have cheese. 🙂
Today is Midpoint Day! According to Wikipedia, “July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 182 days remaining until the end of the year. This day is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years, and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon. In countries that use summer time the actual exact time of the midpoint in a common year is at 1:00 p.m.; this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. This is due to summer time having advanced the time by one hour. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year’s Day in common years.”
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
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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.
Pic 070117 astro Venus shines in the east-northeast in early dawn this month, while its background stars climb toward the upper right.
By the time it’s fully dark, Altair >>> shines well up in the east. Helping to identify it is its little sidekick Tarazed (Gamma Aquilae), a finger-width above it or to its upper left. (They’re unrelated; Altair is 17 light-years from us; Tarazed is about 460.) Look left of Altair, by hardly more than a fist width, for the compact little constellation <<< Delphinus, the Dolphin.
Venus (magnitude –4.2) shines brightly in the east before and during dawn.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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
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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
Su 2 Low 2:40 AM 1.3 5:36 AM Set 1:53 AM 58
~ 2 High 8:24 AM 4.9 9:04 PM Rise 3:12 PM
~ 2 Low 2:13 PM 1.7
~ 2 High 8:43 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a day of acceptance of whatever comes to you. See it. Appreciate it. Understand it. Love it. Now, let it go…..
~ There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal. – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
~ There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything. – Lord Byron
~ There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. – Aldous Huxley
~ Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time. – Jim Rohn
This is your path, and no-one can walk it for you. The challenges you face will always be the greatest of challenges to you. Nobodies judgement of your trials nor your achievements is of any worth, for if their eyes are so cast upon your steps…they have blinded themselves to their own path. – Matthew Johnson
- Shell crafts to honor the ocean or beach
- Witch bottles a la Cunningham
- Shell frames
- Shell covered boxes or vases
- Shell “flowers”
- Herb Crafts to honor the earth
- Press and dry perfect leaves from various trees, vines, shrubs and herbs and make into placemats, bookmarks or pictures.
- Dry herbs
- Make simple wooden planters from 3 boards (bottom and sides) and two rocks (ends)
- Crafts to honor the air
- Perfect time to make a hummingbird feeder
- Bird feeders
- Pinwheels and other spinners
- Wind chimes
- Cookouts are the perfect Lughnasadh “craft”.
- Learn how to build a fire, properly.
Create and bury a Witch’s Bottle – Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
This is a glass jar with sharp pointy things inside to keep away harm. You can use needles, pins, thorns, thistles, nails, and bits of broken glass; it’s a good way to dispose of broken crockery, old sewing equipment, and the pins that come in new clothes. Bury it near the entry to the house (like next to the driveway or the front door), or inside a large planter.
Rainy Day – If the Sabbat falls on a rainy day, you could collect rainwater in a glass or earthenware container, add dried mugwort, and use to empower appropriate objects. – from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)