The sky is a big blue bowl, full of haze, but no cloud except for the marine layer out by the horizon. There’s steam coming up off the beaches, but not like yesterday. It’s in the upper 50’s by the water and the low 70’s inland. The wind
is at around 10 in town, but gusting to nearly 20mph on the beaches. Our top temp for the week seems to have been dropped to 81, so maybe it’s not going to be so bad.
Yesterday was productive, but it was a slow and leisurely sort of productive. I made that beef in wine dish again and it cooked all day, smelling better and better as the day went on. This one didn’t get overcooked!
Today we’ve been doing some chores, already, and I’m hoping to do some sorting. Then tonight is the last class of the Wicca 101 course!
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens.This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park along Crestline. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
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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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 8/5 at 11:11pm.
The Big Dipper, still high in the northwest after dark, is turning around to “scoop up water” through the evenings of summer and early fall.
Mercury fades from magnitude +0.2 to +0.6 this week and is also sinking lower in the afterglow of sunset. Look for it just above the due-west horizon 30 minutes after sundown.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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.
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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
M 31 Low 1:54 AM 1.2 6:03 AM Set 12:53 AM 51
~ 31 High 7:49 AM 4.8 8:42 PM Rise 3:00 PM
~ 31 Low 1:26 PM 2.2
~ 31 High 7:51 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Stand tall, face each day, make your dreams come true…life will reflect all that you do…..
~ And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, its the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
~ Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. – John Keats
~ Daring is about trying. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Find time to honor our planet; hold Her as sacred & listen to the voice of your soul as She supports you. – Jackie L. Robinson
Winds are picking up on the morning beach walk. Still >50 miles/hr so the waves are still cleansing. Those watching think it is more insane than purifying. Isn’t that the way for independent business and spiritual people? Folks want to see and share what we do, until they gotta get in the waters of life. Life, like aging, is not for wimps or faint of heart. – KC Anton
Collect blackberries and make a fresh pie marked with the Solar Cross. Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
Brigid’s Blackberry Pie – Recipe by Edain McCoy – (Makes one nine-inch pie)
- 4 cups fresh blackberries (thawed frozen is okay)
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Unbaked pie crust
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a deep pie dish with the pie crust, or purchase a commercially-made one. Set aside. Mix all other ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. If it appears too “wet”, mix in a little more flour (about 2 tablespoons). Turn the fruit into the pie shell and dot with butter or margarine. You can bake the pie as is, or cover it with another pie crust. If you do this, pinch down the ends to hold it to the other crust. Then score the top several times with a sharp knife. Bake for 1 hour, or until the top crust is a golden brown. (Note: A sugar-free version can be made by substituting appropriate amounts of artificial sweetener.)
(The above recipe for “Brigid’s Blackberry Pie” is quoted directly from Edain McCoy’s book “The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways”, page 179, Llewellyn Publications, 1994)
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water (105ºF to 115ºF)
- 5 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups buttermilk
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Cut in shortening until mix resembles coarse meal. Mix baking soda and buttermilk in small bowl. Add mix to other mix and stir. Chill, covered with towel, for 8 hours. Knead 12 times on floured board, roll to 1/2 inch. Cut into 2-inch rounds. Place on greased sheets and let rise in warm spot for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Bake until golden brown (about 15 min).
Yield: 24 biscuits
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook, Use for: Imbolc, Lughnasadh