Minus Tide at 8:50 AM of -1.7 feet.
64F and sunny, at nearly suppertime, instead of the more usual lunchtime. The beach fog is coming inland and shadows are chasing each other down the highway. It’s not nearly as windy as the last two days, either, only gusting to 10mph.
Yesterday was a busy, busy day! We had a lot of people in and I was by myself, since Tempus was moving bookcases. I had gotten some herbs bagged and headered over the weekend, so I re-did the herb wall. It doesn’t look so bare, now!
Tempus didn’t get back to the shop until class was underway. We’re most of the way through Lesson 8, just having our “We did it!” party and catching up questions and research before taking a break until September to start 102!
We got going at nearly the normal time this morning, but had some garden chores and such to get done. …and the salal berries are
starting to ripen and we had to pick some …and then we got to the shop and Kaylee and Casey and their family walked in, so we spent several hours with them.
…and then, forgetting that I hadn’t yet got this out, I took a nap. ….which is why it’s suppertime already!
Tempus is currently re-organizing the
bulletin board. We have some eclipse info, got a new menu from the China Restaurant and there were some out of date things up, so that needed to be done.
I’m going to be at the shop pretty late tonight because of the paper route. I have a lot of writing to do and newsletter set-up and things of that sort.
Today’s Feast is the Horn Fair in Ebernoe in England. It’s a centuries-old fair, although it got revived about 150 years ago, so probably in a different form than in centuries past. It seems to be another fair that the English Revolution put on hiatus for awhile. It features a cricket match, and a roasted sheep whose horns are gifted to the winners. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebernoe_Horn_Fair
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
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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 8/7 at 11:11am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/27 at 2:46pm.
In bright twilight, look low and use the Moon to find your way to Mercury and Regulus. Mercury moves fast with respect to the background stars; the pair is drawn here for the 24th. Now, in the west in twilight, a thicker, higher crescent moon shines upper left of Mercury and Regulus. This evening the planet and star are in conjunction, with Mercury to Regulus’s lower right. (Their orientation in the scene here is for yesterday evening.)
Mars is hidden in conjunction 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
Tu 25 High 2:00 AM 8.4 5:56 AM Rise 8:39 AM 2
~ 25 Low 8:50 AM -1.7 8:49 PM Set 10:26 PM
~ 25 High 3:17 PM 7.3
~ 25 Low 9:01 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a purposeful day!
~ Pride and wrong often end badly. – Viga Glum’s Saga, c.7
~ Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.- Dali Lama
~ Sometimes the only way to know for sure where you really are in life is to get lost once in a while. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Statistics are like prisoners under torture; with the proper tweaking you can get them to say anything. – John Rothchild
Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers. Sara Coleridge (1802–52)
Lammas, or Lughnassad, occurs in late July and early August. It is marks the middle of Summer and the beginning of the harvest. Canning goes into full swing, and magickal cabinets are stocked with herbs before the onset of fall. This is also a time to prepare your household for fall and the upcoming Winter months. It is the first of three harvest festivals and is usually associated with ripening grain. It is time to celebrate the fruits of the harvest but also to be aware that summer is passing and winter is on its way.
We honor the weakening Sun God and give thanks for the seeds and the plants that went through the death process (harvest) in order to be reborn next season. The Sun God is waning, but the Goddess is full of abundance. Even as he wanes, he lives on inside her as her child. The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses. The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods. Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown. It is a festival of plenty and prosperity.
Decorate the altar and house with grains such as barley, oats and wheat — also fruits and veggies. Begin gathering and drying herbs, flower, grains or seeds for spellworking in the next year. Make magickal oils now with fresh herbs. Braid onion and garlic charms. Onion is sacred to the sun — because of its shape, and its dye is a golden amber to burnt apricot. When the onion is cut, it reveals the symbolism of the moon. Garlic, too, is sacred to the moon — the crescent shape of the cloves. It exorcises evil and protects. Collect rain and storm water for use in spellwork or to empower objects, add dried mugwort and store in glass bottles. Make a corn wheel. Bake a loaf of bread on Lammas. If you’ve never made bread before, this is a good time to start. Honor the source of the flour as you work with it: remember it was once a plant growing on the mother Earth. If you have a garden, add something you’ve harvested–herbs or onion or corn–to your bread. If you don’t feel up to making wheat bread, make corn bread.
Corn Dolly -Another way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. . She’s your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you. Make a corn dolly to save for next Imbolc.
HERBS to use in your magic at Lughnasadh: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, Irish moss, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, garlic, onion, basil, mint, aloe, acacia, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy, hazelnut, blackthorn, elder, bee pollen.
STONES: Cat’s-eye, citrine, aventurine, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone.
Foods appropriate for Lammas are breads, berries, crab apples, and any locally ripe produce.
At this time, witches cast spells for connectedness, career, health, and financial gain. Spells for abundance are completely appropriate now. As the sun is growing weaker, it is a good time to do grounding and sun meditations, then use the golden rays of the sun (gathered during meditation) in spellcasting.
This is the perfect holiday to honor the prosperity and generosity of Mother Earth. It is a season to throw away useless thoughts and habits and to form new ideas which bring renewed strength. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. Lughnasad is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire.
Gapiana – The little strip of land between the “You are now leaving” and “You are now entering” signs when you cross from one state into another.