I’m doing this early and at the apartment, so the numbers are off from the usual. It’s 54F, but climbing rapidly, It’s a degree warmer than when I first opened the weather window! Wind’s at 4, expected to hit near 20 this afternoon. It’s very clear, according to the computer, but although I can see sun out in the trees, I haven’t been out to check, maybe better do that…. There must be a lot of water vapor in the air. The sky has a sortof milky tinge, but the air is cool and fresh and I just put the fan on to pull some of that sweet air into the apartment! …and it’s now 55F….Gonna be warm.
A spinning wheel showed up during the day, that needs some TLC, some of which was Tempus scrubbing it down in the late afternoon, but one piece snapped. It’s just a linkage, but it needs to be fixed. …and then another batch of stuff from the same place, a piece of the spinning equipment, a loom (or frame for one) and some other bits!
Tempus is already at the shop getting some things done, but when he gets back we have a lot of stuff to do at the apartment, mostly shifting things around, but some chores, too, and then there’s the paper route tonight.
A green flash! Photo from 7/31/15 by Mark Nessel of the green flash from Yachats.
Today’s Feast is Lughnasadh, the “funeral games of Lugh”. It doesn’t mean that Lugh (light) is dead, but that he celebrated these games in honor of his mother, Tailtiu, who gave her body to become our planet. The Perseid meteor shower is associated with this festival, since meteors were sometimes called “lances” and lance-throwing was a feature of the games. This is celebrated all through the British Isles and in pagan custom as the first harvest, the wheat harvest, and many seemingly unrelated customs have been associated with it.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lughnasadh In the British Isles many fairs happen at this time of year. The feature of one in Ireland is a candy called, “Yellowman”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowman_(confectionary)
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
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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.
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
Tu 1 Low 2:59 AM 1.1 6:04 AM Set 1:25 AM 61
~ 1 High 9:08 AM 4.7 8:41 PM Rise 3:58 PM
~ 1 Low 2:27 PM 2.7
~ 1 High 8:43 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am the one thing of which my trust is always worthy.
~ From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens – the garden outdoors, the garden of pots and bowls in the house, and the garden of the mind’s eye. – Katherine S. White
~ Honor life by living. – Yoda
~ I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
~ I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an enervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
The poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead
In summer luxury,—he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed. – John Keats (1795–1821)
August 1 – 3 – Drimes
The Greeks honor the first three days of August as a transition point in the year. Proverbs such as “August has come–the first step of winter,” and “Winter begins in August, summer in March,” reflect the sense of change which occurs on this quarter-day.
August is a favorite month because of its abundance. On the isle of Lesbos, August is welcomed with the exclamation “August! Figs and walnuts!” said while jumping across bonfires built at crossroads. This is also a time for house-cleaning, all night parties in vineyards and making offerings to the spirits of the dead. According to the Greeks, the third day of August predicts the weather for the next three months.
The first three days of August, the Drimes, are especially significant. They are called the “sharp days.” People avoid chopping wood, washing hair, swimming in the sea and (children especially) going out in the noonday sun. Washing clothes is also forbidden although if it must be done, putting a nail in the laundry will nail the sharp days. These proscriptions (like that on eating meat) recall the celebration of Tisha B’Av (see August 7) and the Hebrew month of Av usually overlaps with August.
August 1st is the start of a meat-free period which lasts until the Feast of the Assumption (August 15). Probably in earlier times, the fasting period extended from the new moon to the full moon of August and the feast of Artemis-Hecate. Urlin says Greek Christians, Copts and Armenians call this period of fasting “Assumption Lent.”
For all of the trepidation of the Sharp Days, August is a favorite month of the Greeks, where old prints show fruits or sheaves of wheat with the traditional verse: “August, my lovely month, come twice a year.” Storace writes:
this is the month that gives the greatest feeling of security, overflowing abundance, of ease and earned pleasure, when the farmers have stored in their cellars grains and corn, hay and feed for their animals, wood for their fires. August is the month of the richest eating, with its seemingly endless fruits and vegetables, “so many you need shawls to gather them,” one verse says.
Blackburn, Bonnie & Leofranc Holford-Strevens, The Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
Rufus, Anneli, The World Holiday Book, Harper San Francisco 1994
Storace, Patricia, Dinner with Persephone, Pantheon 1996
Urlin, Ethel L, Festivals, Holy Days and Saints’ Days: A Study in Origins and Survivals in Church Ceremonies and Secular Customs, republished by Gale Research 1979
St Faith – There are two Saint Faiths (see Oct 6). This one is the spurious daughter of the spurious St. Sophia (see Sep 18). Her sisters are Hope and Charity.
A good day for reviewing your beliefs. Or for pondering this selection from T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets:
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
St Peter’s Chains – A feast commemorating the escape of St Peter from the prison into which he was thrust by Herod. In the middle of the night he was awakened by a bright light heralding the presence of an angel. His chains fell off, the angel walked him past all of his guards and the iron gate to the city opened before them. Then the angel disappeared.
Ponder the things which keep you enchained and pray for divine intervention.
Turning the Wheel of the Year – Celebrate the holidays with us! Share your favorite ideas for each holiday. Rituals, recipes, poetry, ornaments, etc
Celebrate all of the holidays!!! Even the most obscure! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TurnTheWheel/
Resources : GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
)0( NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple.
Silliness – The Score
When I was visiting a friend who lived on the edge of a wilderness preserve, we drove along a rutted trail, and we saw a small creek ahead whose bridge was under water.
“We have a serious beaver problem,” our friend said. “They build dams that cause the creek to flood. Forest rangers take down the dams, and the beavers rebuild them.”
As we got closer, we could see a large scoreboard posted by the bridge.
It read: BEAVERS 3 RANGERS 0