Minus Tide at 9:33 AM of -1.2 feet.
Yesterday we decided that renting a truck for the piano made one heck of a lot more sense than trying to fasten it to our old battered trailer. So we have one reserved for noon. I set today’s newsletter up last night so that I could do it from home, even if this is absurdly early. Better that than having it come out at suppertime again!
It was an awfully short day. Tempus is still working on his route sheets so he can have a sub during the wedding, but he also ran around paying bills and I did some of ’em online. I finally settled in to paperwork in the evening and started knocking down the newsletter set-ups and some feast planning and some OCPPG stuff, to boot!
…and there’s a student who was having problems who needed some head-bopping…and another friend with health problems worried about an operation, so it was midnight before I could really concentrate, but I did get there.
Tempus picked me up at 3:30, later than usual, so we got back later, too. It’s just before 7am at the moment. He’s already snoring. I got
to see the Pleiades for a moment, but that’s all we saw
of the stars, because of the clouds.
So today we’re moving the piano. It’s likely to take most of the afternoon and into the evening. I’m going to stay at the apartment and try to keep sorting things and putting them away, now that we’ve uncovered some of the boxes. …and maybe take a nap in the middle of things.
Today’s Feast is in honor of Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged steed that he rides between the worlds. I don’t know how the Asatru celebrate him, but there seems to be a connection to some kind of shamanic practice. The eight legs might stand for supernatural speed or for transportation beyond the natural. The picture is Odin, riding Sleipnir, accompanied by the ravens, Hunin and Mumir (Thought and Memory) and the two wolves, Geri and Freiki (Greed & Gluttony). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slepnir …and there is a posited connection between his eight legs and the “eight tiny reindeer” of the Santa Claus tradition.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
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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.
Waxing further, the Moon passes the lineup of Spica, Jupiter, and Gamma (γ) Virginis.
If you have a dark enough sky, the Milky Way forms a magnificent arch very high across the whole eastern sky after nightfall is complete. It runs all the way from below Cassiopeia in the north-northeast, up and across Cygnus and the Summer Triangle high in the east under bright Vega, and down past the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot in the south.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, in Virgo) shines brightly in the southwest in early evening. Fainter Spica (magnitude +1.0) glitters 8 ° or 9° left of it. In a telescope, Jupiter has shrunk to 35 arcseconds wide.
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 26 High 2:50 AM 7.9 5:57 AM Rise 9:48 AM 7
~ 26 Low 9:33 AM -1.2 8:48 PM Set 10:58 PM
~ 26 High 4:00 PM 7.3
~ 26 Low 9:54 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I listen to my Self.
~ The greatest glory in living, lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Nelson Mandela
~ The king has many ears. – King Olaf Trygvisson’s Saga, c.89
~ The man that walks his own road, walks alone. – Norse Adage
~ The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven. – John Milton
The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun. – Napoleon Hill
Have a magickal picnic with libations to the earth of bread and wine. Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
Lammas Centerpiece – (For Lughnasadh) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/cntrpees.html
- Basket or floral pot
- Floral foam (to stick fake flowers into)
- Dried or fake flowers resembling wheat
- Dried or fake flowers in blue or orange
- Small fake sunflowers or sunflower vine
- Indian corn
- Raffia or husk to make dolly
Directions – Simply arrange the items in the basket or pot in an aesthetically pleasing fashion. The dolly is made by folding the raffia or husk so that a loop of it resembles the head of a doll, and then it is tied with white ribbon. Arms can also be added with extra husk or raffia, but that is unnecessary; the dolly can also be dressed as a pregnant woman at this time if desired.
Ritual use – The dolly can be made in ritual to symbolize the pregnant mother Goddess who is giving forth her bounty in the form of the harvest (but is still pregnant with the stored bounty of the future harvest). The dolly can be made and placed ceremoniously among the centerpiece.
Laminated Window Hangings for Lughnasadh
you will need:
- lined paper
- laminating paper
- Lughnasadh cookie cutters(the big ones)
- scissors & a single hole punch
- a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of wheat sheaves or ears, ears of corn, loaves of bread or other Lughnasadh figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.