63F and rather still in town. Even on the beaches it’s 12mph at most. Of course, the sun is bright and the sky is blue. …and we’re looking at warmer weather setting in. 71 tomorrow and Monday. 75 on Tuesday. 86 (!?!?!!!) on Wednesday. I’m not going to be a happy camper…
We had a number of folks in, some of ’em serious shoppers. I got the ritual ready and printed. Tempus made bread and then delicious sandwiches for lunch. I got a few more pincushions done and then we started setting up.
…and then it was a very small group, but we had a good ritual, anyway.
It took forever getting ready to go home and then I started wheezing, so it was late before I got to sleep, so although we try to come in early on Saturday it’s just past 10am instead of closer to 9.
I want to get the candle display finished today and the new candles set up. Herbs is at 11 and then Sewing at 3pm. I have a bunch of harvested herbs to sort this morning and then I’ll be doing pincushions again, but, if I can get the worktable cleaned back off, I’m going to be doing more cutting out.
A Ken Gagne photo of an Alsea Bay Sandpiper from 7/27/16.
Today’s Feast is actually for the 28th, but it’s the Silent Protest of 1917. 10K or up to 15K black people marched to protest lynchings and the E. St. Louis riots in silence. It was organized by the NAACP and churches and was a *really* effective statement. Women and children wore white and men wore black. This is the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. Yesterday’s Google Doodle was on this. Wiki article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Parade and another good article here: http://www.boweryboyshistory.com/2017/07/listening-silent-parade-1917-forgotten-civil-rights-march.html
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflower.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/30 at 8:23am.
Waxing further, the Moon passes the lineup of Spica, Jupiter, and Gamma (γ) Virginis. Lower right of the Moon at dusk, look for Spica. Right of Spica shines brighter Jupiter.
Venus (magnitude –4.0) shines brightly in the east before and during dawn, as shown here. Watch the changing shape of the triangle it forms from morning to morning with fainter orange Aldebaran to its upper right and orange Betelgeuse rising to its lower right.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Sa 29 High 5:30 AM 5.9 6:00 AM Rise 1:01 PM 32
~ 29 Low 11:43 AM 0.9 8:45 PM
~ 29 High 6:12 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I give the gift of love!
~ What was hard to bear is sweet to remember. – Portuguese proverb
~ What, you decide to pay attention to, has a huge effect on what happens to you and what you create in your life. – Bill Harris
~ Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge. – Da Vinci
~ Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. – Hermann Hesse
Queen Anne, Queen Anne, has washed her lace
(She chose a summer’s day),
And hung it in a grassy place
To whiten, if it may.
Queen Anne, Queen Anne, has left it there,
And slept the dewy night;
Then waked, to find the sunshine fair,
And all the meadows white.
Queen Anne, Queen Anne, is dead and gone
(She died a summer’s day),
But left her lace to whiten on
Each weed-entangled way!
(“Queen Anne’s Lace,” by Mary Leslie Newton; in “Silver Pennies,” Blanche Jennings Thompson, ed.; The Macmillan Company. 1925.)
Sand candles to honor the Goddess and the God of the sea
If you don’t live near a beach, you can achieve the same effect by putting sand in a large box, adding salted water, and working from there. This is definitely a porch or kitchen job, and newspapers are recommended under your work area for easy clean-up.
Melt wax form old candles (save the stubs from altar candles) in a coffee can set in a pot of boiling water. Add any essential oil you want for scent (or scent blocks from a candle supply store). Scoop out a candle mold in wet sand (you can make a cauldron by scooping out the sand and using a finger to poke three “feet” in the sand). Hold the wick (you can get these ready-made in arts and crafts stores) in the center and gently pour in the melted wax. Wait until it hardens, then slip your fingers under the candle and carefully lift it out and brush off the excess sand.
At least 12 garlic bulbs with the tops still attached. (Onions also braid well.)
Baling twine or soft jute parcel post string, cut into a 4 to 6 foot length
Lammas herbs for decoration (optional)
If desired, chant a rhyme while braiding to empower the braid for protection. Make this ritual as simple or as complex as you care to.
- Start with three of your twelve garlic bulbs.
- Use one end of twine to securely tie together the stems.
- Begin braiding the stems as you would hair for pigtails, working the twine as a unit with one of the stems.
- After making several crosses, begin adding additional garlic bulbs, taking care to space them evenly. (You’ll be combining several stems into one section of the braid; no one stem will extend for the entire length of the braid.)
- Use the twine to make a loop at the end of the braid (for hanging).
- Hang the braid in an airy, dry, shaded, place for two weeks.
- At the end of this period, check to see if the tops are completely dry. If not, allow them to hang there longer (until the tops are completely dry).
Variation: If desired, either weave in or glue on dried flowers — particularly those sacred to Lammas: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, basil, mint, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy.
Note: As stated above, the braids must be allowed to dry for at least two weeks before giving or displaying.
Note 2: Braids sometimes get very loose in the drying process. You can leave them this way (perfectly functional) or there are three other options.
Option 1 – After every third bulb tie a bit of string around the braid.
Option 2 – Wind thread around the entire braid, starting at the top and using it to tighten the whole structure.
Option 3 – This takes a gentle hand! You can reweave the braid. Start at the top and gradually reweave, tightening as you go.
Parental supervision is recommended. This project is rated AVERAGE to do.
What You Need
Hot glue gun
Flowers or other decoration
How To Make It
First, spread the newspaper on a flat surface. Lay your wreath down flat. Heat your glue gun.
Next, starting in the middle of the wreath begin gluing the bottom of the acorn. Place the glued part of the acorn in the middle of the wreath and stand the acorn straight up. Make 1 row in a straight line going all the way around the wreath. Repeat the process from top to bottom with the wreath still laying flat.
Then decorate with flowers, bows, or even holiday ornaments. Be sure not to leave any open spaces except in the back. The back of the wreath shouldn’t have any acorns on it so when you lay it down it is flat.
This project was contributed by: Sabrina Dameron,
Mallmanac – In a mall, the giant maze with blocks and numbers on it, otherwise known as the “Directory”.