Sunshine is pouring through the solarium roof. I haven’t actually been outside yet, but the weather from the computer report looks just like it’s been for a couple of weeks, now. There’s actually a chance of rain tonight! 30% chance of 0.01 inches of rain… 🙂
Yesterday was longer than we usually do on Tuesdays, since we were up earlier doing chores, and working outside and with our landlady for quite some time. We didn’t get to the shop and get the newsletter out until nearly 4pm, though, and even at 7:30 were only just finishing things like hard-boiling some eggs and baking a loaf of bread. Right about then I finished setting the newsletters up for the week. I still need to fill them in, but I needed to fill in a couple of files, first.
Tempus took off just after 9pm and was done the shopping and bagging papers just a little after 10pm. By then I was working on OCPPG stuff. …and then got sidetracked into uploading some pictures that I took this spring. So if the flowers on the newsletters are slightly out of season, you now know why!
By 1am I was as far on OCPPG stuff as I was able to get…and beginning to wear pretty thin, so I puttered, trying to work out some designs for the promo products for OCPPG.
He picked me up around 3am and we headed into Bayshore. I noticed Venus within minutes and then exclaimed, “The Moon is up!” Sure enough, Hecate’s Brooch was hanging in the sky, a bit south of Venus with Aldebaran between and the Pleiades above. She stayed with us for the whole run. By the very tail end, as it was getting light, but before it washed all the stars out, I’m pretty sure I saw Betelgeuse. (check the pic in the Astro section)
Clouds appeared as we went, hanging over the water of the bay and the river. They got thicker and thinner over the few hours, sometimes obscuring the stars, but making a lovely effect around the gradually rising Moon off and on. I had Tempus stop a couple of times, just so we could admire. Just before sunrise, except for fog bits over the water, the clouds pretty much confined themselves to the Coast Range.
We had a good run, talking over various projects that we’re working on and discussing how to do this and that. The sun wasn’t up yet, when we got home just before 6, and we fell right into bed.
Tempus is upstairs loading some heavy stuff for our landlady. We’re not planning on going into the shop today, since we have enough stuff to move that it’s going to take all day. We have some folks coming who are going to help move the big treadle machine up to the garage. I have some boxes to pack, or rather to go through and re-pack, since there are things that I need in those, and we can shift the boxes to storage later in the week, and there are some things that need to go to the shop from here that can go in one of the totes. Busy!
Today’s Feast is in honor of the sinking of the Mary Rose in 1545 in a naval battle. <<<< She was a ship of the English navy in the time of Henry VIII. A contemporary account says that she turned and a gust of wind hit that heeled her over and she took on enough water through open gunports to sink her! (although there’s some argument about whether it happened that
way.) There has been a marvelous project to conserve and restore the ship, <<<<< begun in 1971. In 1982 the ship was raised and extensive work has been done since, including building a museum specifically for the ship, the many artifacts it contained and what is known about the times. There is a museum website with a lot of information here: www.maryrose.org and a Facebook page, “Mary Rose Museum”.
Today’s plant is the cobra lily, Darlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.
The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
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. 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. Early in Thursday’s dawn, and even a bit earlier, Venus and the waning crescent moon shine together in the east, as shown here. Upper right of them is Aldebaran, and above Aldebaran are the Pleiades. Left of the Moon and Venus is 2nd-magnitude El Nath, Beta Tauri.
Mars is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
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
W 19 Low 3:50 AM -0.1 5:50 AM Rise 2:26 AM 27
~ 19 High 10:04 AM 5.4 8:55 PM Set 5:10 PM
~ 19 Low 3:23 PM 2.2
~ 19 High 9:37 PM 8.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You may not recognize it, but you are gifted for something! Whether it be big or small, do what you are gifted to do and you will be happy.
~ If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud. – Emile Zola
~ If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them. – Dalai Lama
~ If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up somewhere else. – Toby Keith
~ If you want to be a great leader, you’ve got to surround yourself with great people. – Lee Iacocca
If I say I am having a hagfish moment, steer clear because It means I doubt I have a functional brain and my only possible course of action is to cover myself in copious quantities of disgusting slime. – Martha Sherwood
Prayer for Lughnasadh
Now is the time of the First Harvest,
when the bounties of nature give of themselves so that we may survive.
O God of the ripening fields,
Lord of the Grain,
grant me the understanding of sacrifice as You prepare to deliver Yourself under the sickle of the Goddess and journey to the lands of eternal summer.
O Goddess of the Dark Moon,
teach me the secrets of rebirth as the Sun loses its strength and the nights grow cold. – Scott Cunningham
Lammas Bounty Spell
Lammas is also called Lughnasadh; it is a celebration of plenty and optimism, and of nature’s infinite bounty. It is the time of the first harvests, and it marks midsummer’s joyous and fanciful energy. This spirit is celebrated, too, in Shakespeare’s A Mid-Summer’s Night Dream. To tap into this energy, gather a small bundle of long grass or reeds to braid, and light a white candle. Braid the grass as you speak this verse:
Fairies prancing in the meadow,
Spirits in the corn;
Green Man is flourishing everywhere
On this Midsummer morn.
Grains begin to ripen,
All things bear fruit.
Summer glistens with
Blossoms take root.
Fairies whisper secrets,
Powerful blessings to see.
Cycles move and all around,
they share their gifts with me.
Air to fire,
Fire to water,
Water to earth,
Earth to air.
Elements feed spirit,
And the circle glows.
At Lammas, day and night,
We witness Nature’s awesome might.
And blessing all,
’Tis Earth’s celebration Before the chill of fall.
Now braiding this grass,
I mark this day
Protect my hearth,
With the abundance of grain.
The blessings of the Goddess come again;
Place the braid above my door.
Hunger be banished now and then.
Blessings be drawn to this place,
Summer’s energy fill this space.
Air, fire, water, earth unite,
And bless us all this day.
Lammas is a bittersweet agricultural holiday, mingling joy at the current high season’s harvest with the knowledge that summer is soon at an end. Many cultures have “first fruit” rites on this day—the Celt’s version called Lughnasadh; the Anglo-Saxon version called hlaf-masse. In the Middle Ages, the holiday became set at August 1, taking its current form for the most part, with sheaves of wheat and corn blessed on this day.
By: Abby Willowroot – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002