Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
The sky was a big, blue bowl at home. I kept looking up just to enjoy the color. 63F 75% humidity in town, but 55% inland. There’s an odd thing. No clouds from overhead to the west, not even the marine layer in sight, but east of us there are scattered puffs of white and what look like cumulus, maybe even cumulo-nimbus over the Coast Range.
Yesterday was a good day. We got a tremendous amount done. I was working on OCPPG stuff and writing. Tempus was mostly doing cleaning, dishes from the feast and that sort of thing. Later I spent some time working on pincushions. I’m trying to get two displays of them done and ready to go.
Today Tempus and I spent some time at home working on various chores. There were screens to be made for the leek buckets, sweeping that needed to be done, laundry and general didn’t-have-time-during-the-week things that needed to be caught up. We spent several hours working outside, helping our landlady sort some things, watering gardens, and generally getting caught up. I spent some time on the hawkweed. I’m over 1750 of the darned things pulled this year!
So, we’re finally at the shop. We have things to put away and more cleaning up to do. I have to rearrange the crystal bottles again. What is it that makes people think that they all have to be top up when you can see what’s in ’em that way? …and they’re alphabetized, so you can find them, or supposed to be. Someone went through and not only put stuff back in all the wrong places, but basically consolidated them all against the back of the box, tops up. <sigh>
A Ken Gagne photo from up the Yachats River on 7/17/15.
Today’s Feast is in honor of what may be a god named Lu Pan, but is usually referred to as a Feng Shui Wheel, or luopan. I don’t know how these really intersect, but Lu Pan is referred to in modern pagan literature as a Chinese god of carpenters and construction workers and the luopan is an instrument that determines how a house should be built. What is the connection? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lu_pan
Today’s plant is New Zealand Flax, Phormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe averts poverty. For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phormium For the traditional uses of the plant fiberhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax
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Love & Light,
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 7/23 at 2:46am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 7/18 at 2:46pm. 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 7/21 at 2:46pm.
Set your alarm to catch the crescent Moon with Venus early in the dawn of Thursday the 20th.
Once the night is completely dark, look for the kite-shaped pattern of Bootes extending upper right from Arcturus. It’s two fists long.
The first “star” you’re likely to see coming out after sunset this month is bright Jupiter, in the southwest. Once you find it, examine the sky 30° above it (three fists at arm’s length) for Arcturus, two magnitudes fainter.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
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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
Tu 18 Low 2:45 AM 0.6 5:49 AM Rise 1:46 AM 38
~ 18 High 8:46 AM 5.0 8:56 PM Set 3:58 PM
~ 18 Low 2:16 PM 1.9
~ 18 High 8:41 PM 7.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A Clean House Is A Sign Of A Misspent Life
~ I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical….It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government. – Thomas Jefferson to James Madison (Jan. 30, 1787).
~ I is another. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ If the only tool you have is a hammer, you will treat the whole world as if it were a nail. – Edward de Bono
~ If you are looking for a major breakthrough in your life, you must overcome your limits. – Hanns-Oskar Porr.
The illusion has broken down, the system is in its death throes, if we remain calm, breathing deeply, breathe into our hearts, we can quickly turn chaos into an opening to follow our bliss, our life’s work the path of service we need to follow in order to fulfill our personal calling in the world and gift it to the humanity. We are in the new earth, time for us all to collectively be there. Lift the veil reveal the truth. – Raven Redbone
Do a Harvest Chant when serving the corn bread at dinner: Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
The Earth Mother grants the grain,
The Horned God goes to his domain.
By giving life into her grain,
The God dies then is born again.
Make a Solar Wheel or Corn Man Wheel
Turn a wire hanger into a circle (standard circle material for wreaths too), keeping the hook to hang it by.
Make a small cardboard disk to glue the corn tips onto. You can decorate it with any design, for example, a pentagram or sun.
Place ears of Indian “squaw” corn (it is smaller than regualr corn and fits easily on a coat hanger) with the tips inthe center of the circle and secure with hot glue to the cardboard disk. Use eight ears for a Solar Wheel, or five ears for a Corn Man. If all the ears of corn meet just right you won’t need the disk, but if they are uneven the disk is helpful.
Wrap a bit of the husks of each ear around the wire on either side of the ear of corn, leaving some to stand out free from the corn.
Let dry overnight and hang on the front door.
Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
Lammas is the time of the first harvest, and grains, especially corn, are abundant. The eight ears of corn on this wreath represent the eight sabbats. The shucks look like the rays of the sun, a very fitting symbol of the season.
You will need:
a round wire or other hoop on which to build the wreath
8 ears of corn of equal length — dried or fresh
a short piece of ribbon or twine (for hanger)
florists wire (optional)
- Fashion a round hoop wide enough to accommodate the length of two ears of corn.
- Using ribbon or twine, form a loop to serve as a hanger. Tie or glue this securely to the hoop.
Position the eight ears of corn inside the circle, paying close attention to the illustration. Be sure to keep the hanger/ribbon positioned at the top of the wreath.
Tie or wrap the corn shucks around the hoop. (They can be held in place with florists wire, if need be.)
- Use stray ends of the shucks to cover the hoop completely. (If using dried corn, the shucks should have been soaked in water before starting.)
- Use florists wire to keep the shucks in place.
Cut a small, round piece of cardboard. Lay the wreath on the table and position the cardboard circle in the middle of the hoop.
- Using a glue gun or some other fast drying glue, adhere the tips of the ears to the cardboard circle on the BACK SIDE of the wreath, being careful that the cardboard is not obvious from the front.
- You may want to cut out the middle of the cardboard circle so it can not easily be seen from the front.
- Allow the glue to dry and hang.
[Anja’s note – If you go to store this for next year, wrap it well and put it into a critter-proof container!]