It’s only 67F at the moment. There’s a breeze, but it’s only ruffling leaves and moving the pine branches. The cedars and spruces with the shorter needles are still. The sky is blue and supposedly clear, but there’s so much water vapor in the air that the edges of the bowl are white. …hmmm 71% humidity… maybe it’s not water vapor? We’re under an air quality alert, but it’s white, not brownish for smoke…. Ah…. Lane County, there’s no data on us out here! I doubt this is smoke, although it’s only toward the land and the marine layer is AWOL. It’s supposed to be cooling off, but 106F as the forecast high in Eugene doesn’t strike me as all that different. Our forecast high is 73.
Yesterday went by in a blur. It’s hard to keep track when I’m not at the shop! We slept late, having been up so long, but once the newsletter was out, chores went by in a hurry. I still haven’t gotten my clothes put away, but a pincushion top got finished, 3 boxes emptied, a couple more drawers re-organized and I found another stash of earrings!
Today I’m ouching, still, from Tuesday night’s paper run. I forgot my tricks to brace myself in the car so I don’t get bounced all over, so I’m probably going to sit a lot, maybe sew. I have a flag to fix, not for us, for the Interpretive Center.
…and Tempus is laughing. “You predicted it!” I had trimmed some branches from the hemlock that kept tangling in the car doors and had him put them into a tote, because when hemlock dries the needles shatter all over. ….He had a clean-up to do on the rug because the tote went over. 🙂
Vaccines…. think about it.
Today’s Feast is the Aomori Nebuta, a summer festival in Japan. It stems from events in the 800’s CE, but no one is certain which event/s it celebrates. It’s a huge tourist attraction with several processions/parades of lighted floats and costumed dancers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aomori_Nebuta
Today’s Plant is Vanilla Leaf or Sweet-After-Death, Achlys triphylla, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achlys_%28plant%29. It grows all up and down the West Coast of North America and there’s another species in Japan. It was used as an insect repellent by the local peoples and has a strong vanilla scent if dried properly. It is used in Crossing the Bridge rituals along with rosemary and often placed in the hands of those who are Crossing or have just Crossed or in spells to ease their way.
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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.
. . . but by week’s end Venus has entered the feet of Gemini, and the triangle it forms with Aldebaran and Betelgeuse has morphed quite a bit. Venus is holding almost steady with respect to your dawn landscape, while the background stars slide to the upper right from morning to morning.
Saturn shines left of the Moon at dusk, and lower left of it as night grows late.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high in the southeastern sky in the hours before the first light of dawn. Finder charts.
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.
Sun in Leo
Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 5:37pm
Uranus Retrograde at 10:31pm last night (1/2/18)
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5) Retrograde
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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
Th 3 Low 4:48 AM 0.4 6:06 AM Set 2:39 AM 78
~ 3 High 11:16 AM 5.3 8:38 PM Rise 5:45 PM
~ 3 Low 4:26 PM 2.9
~ 3 High 10:22 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Swing as high as you can on a swingset..by moonlight…
~ Kindle the light in other people, so we shine together. – activist and artist Lily Yeh
~ Language is the thread joining desire to its object, explaining its needs, expressing its cries. – Michelle Lovric
~ Life in itself is an empty canvas, it becomes whatsoever you paint on it. You can paint misery, you can paint bliss. This freedom is your glory. – Osho
~ Life is a test, and you’ve been given the power to survive it. – Kerr Cuhulain
The inside-out approach holds that if you want to have a happy marriage, be the kind of person who generates positive energy and sidesteps negative energy rather than empowering it. If you want to have a more pleasant, cooperative teenager, be a more understanding, empathic, consistent, loving parent. If you want to have more freedom, more latitude in your job, be a more responsible, a more helpful, a more contributing employee. If you want the secondary greatness of recognized talent, focus first on the primary greatness of character. – Principles of Growth and Change
Contrary to popular belief, a Book of Shadows is not a specific book or text. Many movies and television shows portray it as an ancient and mystical book filled with spells and incantations. Those new to the Craft soon realize that is not the case. Every Wiccan writes and keeps their own personal Book of Shadows. New Wiccans are often confused or overwhelmed with the prospect of creating such a book. Here is a guideline to help you start your own Book of Shadows (BoS).
First of all, there is no ‘right’ way to keep a BoS. There are as many variations as there are Wiccans. Some people don’t even keep one. If you belong to a coven, there may be a Book of Shadows belonging to the group that you will be expected to copy from. If you are solitary, you’ll have to start from scratch.
What to Use
The term Book of Shadows tends to conjure up large, leather-bound tomes with metal latches and buckles. Books like that are available but they are not cheap and can be cumbersome to use. Any blank book will do, even an artist’s sketchbook. Binders can be a practical choice, because you can move the pages around as your collection of information grows. Some very modern Wiccans use a DoS (Disk of Shadows) and keep their material on computer.
Another frequent question about making a BoS is what to write with. Some want to keep a beautiful and traditional book, and think the best writing utensil is a quill and ink. While this may be a good idea, you don’t want it to be too time consuming to take notes or record information. Your book just won’t get used. A fountain pen is a good compromise, but any pen or pencil is fine.
What Goes in It?
Quite frankly, anything you want. Your BoS is a very personal book, and it is completely up to you what goes in. The kind of material tends to fall into 2 categories: reference or personal. Reference material may include useful correspondences, moon phase dates, sabbat information, spells you might like to try, etc. You can find good reference material from books or on the Internet. Personal material might be a dream journal, poetry or artwork, results of spells you’ve done, recordings of astral work, etc.
Personally, I have two books. One is a large, 3-ring binder filled with computer printouts from various websites. This is my collection of reference material. I also keep a smaller, hand-written book for my more personal notes. I use a high-quality, roller ball pen for writing.
Don’t let yourself get caught up in putting together the perfect Book of Shadows. If you start it and don’t like how it’s turning out, start another one. As time passes, you’ll find it an invaluable tool.