It’s solidly overcast at the moment, but it’s only 9am. 59F, wind at 3 and the clouds should burn off later and have a sunny, or at least sunnier day than it looks like right now. …Checking the computer weather. Yeah, this is at 800 feet. Most of it will burn off. Looks like it’ll be a quiet comfortable day, weather-wise.
Yesterday was the kind of day where I really needed that scooter, below. 🙂 It started badly, but we had a lot of nice customers in, had some good chats! Things slowed down mid-afternoon, so I got a long nap, which really helped, and the some more coffee and a good lunch, which helped even more.
We’re not having just tire trouble with the car. The amount of leakage from the radiator has gotten noticeable, too, so Tempus went over to discuss it with the mechanic, and they were already closed.
So he started watering plants and then headed in back to make it possible for me to work on the flours/grains/mixes shelves again, trying to get that completely usable before I go on to the next shelf unit and then that stalled otu completely as the ritual clothing bag hit the deck and everything bailed out of the hangers inside it.
I eventually sat down with some embroidery after I sifted sand. We’re trying to get some washed sand to dry so it can be bagged and some used in pincushion mix. You have to wash to get the salt and dirt out….. Tempus went up to a yard sale to pick up a couple of things.
…and then we got caught on the phone with a friend for 1/2 an hour. It’s a good thing to talk, but it was hard sitting and waiting again for things to be out of my way. Eventually we got around to cooking some of the veg that need the shorter cooking time in the nuker and setting up the crockpot for the rest to cook overnight. We were both tired enough that it seemed to take forever….
We headed home around midnight, and got up early. We had breakfast at Mom’s Cafe this morning, treating ourselves for the first time in a long while. We’ve got a lot to do today and were talking about it over breakfast. I’m still trying to get those shelves done. Tempus has a few boxes to take to storage and then he has to go home, fix the lawnmower and cut the “verge”, the roadside strip that’s gotten tall, but just needs to be cut once, since the rain has already stopped. …but he’s going to nap, first, and then I will. 🙂 We’ll open at 11.
That looks like a fun idea!
Today’s feast is that of St. Sunniva, who mostly likely is a distorted version of the Norse/Teutonic solar maiden goddess, Sol/Sunne. Supposedly she and a bunch of companions fled an invasion of heathen into a cave, which sealed itself up when she prayed to not have to marry their king. Yup, they died there, but miracles started happening on that island soon after. Was there a young woman named after the goddess about whom the didn’t-want-to-marry-a-pagan story was told? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunniva or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%B3l_(sun)
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/12 at 7:48pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne, Tyr. Phase ends on 7/8 at 7:48am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 7/11 at 7:48am.
Aldebaran is just emerging from the glow of sunrise when the waning crescent Moon occults it, or passes close by it (depending on where you are) on the morning of July 10th. Warning: The Moon in these scenes is, for clarity, always drawn three times its actual apparent size.
The Big Dipper, high in the northwest after dark, is beginning to turn around to “scoop up water” through the evenings of summer and early fall.
Although Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility two months ago, it remains a stunning sight from evening twilight until it sets around 2 a.m. local daylight time. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.3 and is essentially tied with Mars as the night sky’s brightest point of light once Venus sets by 11 p.m. The gas giant resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales, >>> (ignore the coment thingie, please) 2.1° northwest of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [a] Librae). If you view the planet through a telescope tonight, its disk spans 41″ and displays spectacular cloud-top detail.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are up in the east and southeast, respectively, before the beginning of dawn. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 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
Color – Amber
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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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 8 Low 3:21 AM 0.9 5:40 AM Rise 2:13 AM 34
~ 8 High 9:19 AM 4.9 9:02 PM Set 4:13 PM
~ 8 Low 2:47 PM 2.0
~ 8 High 9:10 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – NO NEED TO FAKE HAPPY 😦 WHEN YOU ARE HAPPY 🙂
Journal Prompt – Personal taste – If you could design one room in a house to suit only your needs, what would it look like? (Challenge yourself to be as fanciful as you like. For example, would someone have a desk made of chocolate?)
~ I find that the more a fellow weeps, the less he feels. – Lord Chesterfield
~ I have always noticed that people will never laugh at anything that is not based on truth. – Will Rogers
~ I have great faith in fools; my friends call it self confidence. – Edgar Allan Poe
~ I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
Deep in the greens of summer sing the lives
I’ve come to love. A vireo whets its bill.
The great day balances upon the leaves;
My ears can hear the bird when all is still. –Theodore Roethke (1908–63)
Lughnasadh Bread Spell
In Wiccan tradition, and in many others, Lughnasadh is a day for preparing food from early ripening fruits like apples. It is also a time for baking bread in honor of the harvest.
Combining the two, make an applesauce bread. Stir the batter clockwise, focusing on any craft or sport in which you wish to excel. As you stir, chant,
“Flour from grain,
the spell begins,
let the power rise within;
Apples from trees,
Tailtiu, bring _______
to my heart.”
Fill in the blank with a word that describes the area in which you want to encourage improvements or develop mastery. Eat the bread to internalize the energy.
Time-friendly alternatives here are buying frozen bread and adding diced apples to it, having toast with apple butter, or just enjoying a piece of bread and apple anytime during the day. Chant the incantation mentally. Then bite with conviction! – Adapted from Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess”
Whole Grain Bread – Recipe by Dan & Pauline Campanelli
In a large mixing bowl combine:
- 2 cups milk (warm to the touch)
- 2 packages of dry baking yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
Cover this mixture and set aside in a warm place until it has doubled (about half an hour).
Add to this mixture:
- 3 tablespoons softened butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of unbleached white flour
Stir until bubbly. Now mix in:
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats
- 2 cups stone ground wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons sesame seed
With floured hands, turn this dough out onto a floured board and gradually knead in more unbleached white flour until the dough is smooth and elastic and no longer sticks to your fingers. Place this dough in a greased bowl, turning it so that the dough is greased. Then cover it with a clean cloth and keep it in a warm place to rise until it is doubled (about an hour).Then punch it down and divide it into two or more elongated loaves, roughly sculpted into mummiform shapes, and placed on greased cookie sheets. Cover these and return them to a warm place until they double again. Bake the loaves in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until they are done and sound hollow when tapped.
(The above recipe for “Whole Grain Bread” is quoted directly from Pauline & Dan Campanelli’s book “Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions”, page 132-133, Llewellyn Publications, 1991/1992) From Miss Daney’s Folklore, Magic and Superstitions
The Lammas Bannock – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm
In Scotland, the first fruits were celebrated by the making of a ‘bonnach lunastain’ or Lunasdál bannock, or cake. In later times, the bannock was dedicated to Mary, whose feastday, La Feill Moire, falls on August 15th, two days later than the date of Lammas according to the old reckoning. A beautiful ceremony, which, no doubt, had pagan origins, attended the cutting of the grain (usually oats or bere.) In the early morning, the whole family, dressed in their best, went out to the fields to gather the grain for the ‘Moilean Moire,’ the ‘fatling of Mary.’ They laid the ears on a sunny rock to dry, husked them by hand, winnowed them in a fan, ground them in a quern, kneaded them on a sheepskin, and formed them into a bannock. A fire was kindled of rowan or another sacred wood to toast the bannock, then it was divided amongst the family, who sang a beautiful paean to Mother Mary while they circled the fire in a sunwise direction.
Here is a modern recipe you can try:
- 8 oz flour
- 4 oz butter
- 2 oz caster sugar
- 1oz chopped almonds
- 1oz mixed candied peel
Set oven to 325F/Gas 3. Grease a baking sheet. Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the sugar and butter and rub in to form a dough. Add the almonds and mix in the peel, making sure they are evenly distributed. Form into a thick round on a lightly floured surface and prick all over with a fork. Place on the sheet and bake for about 45-60 minutes. Allow to cool and serve sliced thinly and buttered. – From: Country Cookery – Recipes from Wales by Sian Llewellyn.
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