57F and overcast. There’s just enough wind to wave the treetops and the occasional zephyr rustles my petunias. There’s a 25% chance of zero inches of precipitation tonight. Which just sounds weird. I guess that means mist-with-an-attitude for the paper run!
Yesterday started normally and we did have a number of customers through during the day. I was busy with a student all afternoon. She came in from the Valley to hang out and talk and ended up making a 15-piece biscornu. Stitched the whole thing, unmarked, by the time she headed home. I filled and did the last seam, but dang…. I did quite a bit of stitching and filling, too, on my own pincushions. It was good to catch up and talk things over!
We headed home around 8pm and she headed back to the Valley. We had supper at home. Tempus made an awesome salad and we ate supper in bed and then crashed out for a bit, before heading upstairs. I got my hair done and visited a bit, then went back downstairs and faded out pretty soon. Tempus was still chatting. I remember him crawling into bed, but I dunno what time it was at that point!
I woke a little early this morning and got some work done on the home computer, sorting mostly. Once Tempus was up I went up and dug hawkweed until he was ready to head to the shop. We’ve already got people in, shopping! He’s running out to do errands this morning, but otherwise we’ll be open through 8pm. Yes, Sewing workshop this evening. I’m hoping I’m going to be working on my ruff…..
Ken Gagne pic of a spiderweb from up Yachats River Road from last year.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1415 when Jan Hus, an early religious reformer contemporary with John Wycliffe, was burned at the stake for heresy. It is celebrated in the Czech Republic in his honor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Hus
Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds… and it’s starting to get berries right now! – Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry
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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.
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
Th 6 Low 6:01 AM -0.3 5:39 AM Set 4:00 AM 90
~ 6 High 12:27 PM 5.6 9:03 PM Rise 7:00 PM
~ 6 Low 5:39 PM 2.7
~ 6 High 11:32 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an embraceable day!
~ When I give, I give myself. – Walt Whitman
~ When life gives you jerks, make jerky treats. – Bucky Katt
~ When truth and fairness are different from what is law, better it is to follow truth and fairness. – Bandamanna Saga, c.6
~ Whenever a man seeks your advice he generally seeks your praise. – Philip Chesterfield
A moon-flooded prairie; a straying
Of leal-hearted lovers; a baying
Of far away watching dogs; a dreaming
Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming
Of fireflies eddying nigh, —
And that is July! – James N. Matthews(1852–1910)
Indian Corn necklace – String Indian corn on black thread for a necklace.
- Small needle
- Black thread (carpet thread is the best)
- Awl or nail and hammer
- Block of wood
- Ear of Indian corn (multi-colored kernels)
- Shell the corn, picking out the individual kernels from the cob.
- Take your awl and poke a hole through each kernel. This is easiest if you put the kernel point down on the block of wood and push the awl through from the point where it was attached to the cob through the kernel into the wood.
- If you still can’t get the awl to go through soak the corn in warm water and then try again.
- String, tie and wear!
Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel) Edited to make complete directions by Anja 2009
The months of August, September and October are typically the time for harvest festivals, feasts and celebrations in the northern hemisphere. It is a time when many cultures and spiritual paths celebrate the bounty of the Earth, give thanks for the blessings of this bounty and honor their deities connected with Harvest and the plant spirits.
It is a good time for us to reconnect with the cycles of Nature and receive teachings from the nature spirits and plant spirits. Study some of the plant species in your area (foods, flowers, trees, etc) and then take a walk outdoors and try to identify these species. You will notice that some of these plants are beginning to set seed, and it is very interesting to look at all the different types of seed that exist in Nature!
You can create a necklace of seeds to wear during a Harvest celebration, or you may choose to use your “necklace” as an altar decoration or candle garland. You can collect seeds from outdoors that are large enough to string onto a necklace, or you can get seeds from the produce you buy at the grocery store. Apples, gourds, squash, and corn are all good sources for seeds. Always use uncooked seeds (for instance, never use cooked corn on the cob because the kernels will decompose on your necklace rather than drying). “Indian” corn can also be used, but since it is already dry you will need to soak the kernels in warm water until they are soft enough to string onto your necklace. Larger seeds, like buckeyes and acorns, can be used but they require the use of a thin drill bit to get a good hole in them.
Use a sturdy, sharp needle and a heavy string such as dental floss, beading string or hand quilting weight thread. I like to double my string so that the necklace is very sturdy. Once strung, the seeds will dry and they may shrink a bit so make your necklace longer than you would like to account for this shrinkage. Hang the strung seeds in a well ventilated room until the seeds are dry. You can make the necklace long enough to slip over your head or you can add a clasp on the ends of your necklace. You can also wear them wrapped around your wrists or ankles several times (bells can be added if you plan to dance at your festival). You may also wish to add bits of raffia or stripped, dry cornhusk by tying the bits around your string at different intervals. You can also add any type of charms or stones to your necklace that are used at autumn celebrations in your tradition…..perhaps half of a black walnut, to represent Owl/Wisdom/Goddess.
Written by ScryeWulf for the Magickal Crafts Newsletter
Seed and Corn Necklaces
Dried beans (several different kinds and colors)
Dried corn which has already been removed from the cob
Dried corn on the cob (“Indian” corn)
1 yard heavy thread or dental floss for each child
1 tapestry needle for each child
finger bandages (just in case somebody gets stuck!)
- Prepare the strings in advance by threading the needles and knotting the end. Prepare the beans and dried corn by soaking overnight in water.
- Show the children the ear of dried corn (Not the corn you soaked!) and show them how the kernels can be removed from the cob. (Twist the cob firmly in your hands while holding it over a towel or blanket. The corn should pop off–once you get it started it isn’t difficult to remove all the kernels.)
- Show the children how to use the needle to poke a hole through the center of each corn kernel and bean. Alternate corn and beans or make some other pattern.
- When the strand of strung seeds is about 24″ long, set it aside overnight or hang it in the sun to dry (the seeds will shrink slightly). When it is dry, push together the seeds to cover any spaces which may have formed.
- Tie the ends together in an overhand knot and cut off excess string. Slip the necklace over your head or wind it around your wrist as a bracelet.