There’s a last of fast-moving wispy cirrus cloud, but the bits are rather far between. 59F, Wind at 13mph. There’s enough humidity, though, that I hope it’s going to lower as the day goes on. You can see the water vapor in the air!
…and then I put books away and put other books on shelves. Tempus moved plants. ….and we moved two bookshelves, un-stacked and re-stacked and sorted, shifted the things that were in the way. … and put the boxes together for storage, plus a couple of display racks and some random boxes. Tempus got those out of the shop and up to storage. We’re having to shift things that we should sort and put away, but we’ve gotta have room for the things that we are going to have to shift somewhere as we’re packing to move.
It took awhile for him to get back and I was getting peckish, so I pulled out some of the cantaloupe and then some cheese curds. …and was talking to Seamus, got the recipe that he used for the potluck and then found a treasure trove in the form of a PDF of Renaissance and earlier cookery books! http://www.godecookery.com/PDF/CookingPDFs.html
He still wasn’t back by 7:45. I had talked to him around 7pm and he had fallen asleep in the car at the storage place. By the time he got back had spent about 20 minutes alternately putting my face into the desk or my water jug and the back of the chair and shelves behind me, because I just couldn’t stay awake any longer.
Once he was back we started to close up and then headed home before 9pm. We went to sleep right away, but were up in the middle of the night, discussing options.
I’ve been out this morning, harvesting. I have some rose cuttings to do and aside from the herbs that I cut, I snagged some flowers for the big vases. Suddenly the cut flowers are all over!
Herbs at 11am will be on rooting rose cuttings and then bundling herbs to hang dry. Sewing at 3pm will be BYOP (Bring your own project) or questions. Otherwise we’re still working on books. We’ve got the lights on and door open, already, although we’re not quite ready to roll everything out.
Today’s Feast is the Gentse Feesten in Ghent, Belgium. It’s a 10 day festival of music, puppet shows and mocking mimes that spreads all over the city. There are such things as a series of community sings, choral music, a world music, jazz, alternative http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentse_Feesten
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, Water, Magickal uses – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
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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 7/27 at 1:20pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 7:48am on 7/14. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/17 at
On Saturday evening the 14th, try to catch the thin crescent Moon above Mercury very low in bright twilight. Binoculars help. – As twilight fades, see if you can catch the Moon over Mercury very low in the west, well to the lower right of Venus as shown above. Your best view may be about 45 minutes after sunset. A slender crescent Moon passes 2° above Mercury in this evening’s sky. Binoculars should deliver the best views of the pair set against a colorful twilight sky. Look for a slender crescent Moon 2° above Mercury in this evening’s sky. A half-hour after the Sun goes down, the Moon hangs 9° (the approximate width of your closed fist when held at arm’s length) above the western horizon. Through binoculars, both objects should stand out against the colorful twilight background. A telescope reveals the magnitude 0.5 planet’s disk, which spans 8″ and shows a crescent phase.
One hour after sunset, as twilight fades further and the stars are coming out, you’ll find the two brightest stars of summer, <<< Vega and Arcturus >>>, equally near the zenith: Vega toward the east, Arcturus toward the southwest (depending on your location).
The Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower continues to ramp up this week. The shower won’t peak until the end of July, but you should see some of its meteors in the hours before dawn. The best time to look is between 3 and 4 a.m. local daylight time, just before twilight begins. Viewing conditions will be great this week because the Moon will be gone from the predawn sky. Unfortunately, our satellite will show a fat gibbous phase at the shower’s peak the night of July 29/30. To tell a Southern Delta Aquariid meteor from a random dust particle burning up in Earth’s atmosphere, trace the streak of light’s path backward. A shower meteor will appear to originate from the constellation Aquarius the Water-bearer.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, just above the Sagittarius Teapot) glows in the southeast in twilight and higher in the south by midnight. It’s 34° to the upper right of much brighter Mars.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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
©2018 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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 14 High 1:22 AM 8.9 5:45 AM Rise 7:40 AM 0
~ 14 Low 8:23 AM -2.4 8:59 PM Set 10:27 PM
~ 14 High 2:54 PM 7.1
~ 14 Low 8:24 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – By choosing self-control will I achieve freedom.
~ Success is the progressive realization of a worthwhile dream or goal. – Dexter Yager
~ Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. – Napoleon Bonaparte
~ The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. – Ernest Hemingway
~ The guy who complains about the way the ball bounces is usually the guy who dropped it. – Lou Holtz
A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip—
Builders of life’s companionship!
Oh, I envy them, as I see them there
Under the sky in the open air. – Edgar Guest (1881–1959)
Acorn Wreath – For The Kids – Parental supervision is recommended. This project is rated AVERAGE to do.
What You Need
- Wicker wreath
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- 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
Make a Solar Wheel or Corn Man Wheel
- Turn a wire hanger into a circle (standard circle material for wreaths too), keeping the hook to hang it by.
- Make a small cardboard disk to glue the corn tips onto. You can decorate it with any design, for example, a pentagram or sun.
- Place ears of Indian “squaw” corn (it is smaller than regualr corn and fits easily on a coat hanger) with the tips inthe center of the circle and secure with hot glue to the cardboard disk. Use eight ears for a Solar Wheel, or five ears for a Corn Man. If all the ears of corn meet just right you won’t need the disk, but if they are uneven the disk is helpful.
- Wrap a bit of the husks of each ear around the wire on either side of the ear of corn, leaving some to stand out free from the corn.
- Let dry overnight and hang on the front door.
Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
Make a Corn Wheel
Lammas is the time of the first harvest, and grains, especially corn, are abundant. The eight ears of corn on this wreath represent the eight sabbats. The shucks look like the rays of the sun, a very fitting symbol of the season.
You will need:
- a round wire or other hoop on which to build the wreath
- 8 ears of corn of equal length — dried or fresh
- a short piece of ribbon or twine (for hanger)
- florists wire (optional)
- Fashion a round hoop wide enough to accommodate the length of two ears of corn.
- Using ribbon or twine, form a loop to serve as a hanger. Tie or glue this securely to the hoop.
Position the eight ears of corn inside the circle, paying close attention to the illustration. Be sure to keep the hanger/ribbon positioned at the top of the wreath.
Tie or wrap the corn shucks around the hoop. (They can be held in place with florists wire, if need be.)
- Use stray ends of the shucks to cover the hoop completely. (If using dried corn, the shucks should have been soaked in water before starting.)
- Use florists wire to keep the shucks in place.
Cut a small, round piece of cardboard. Lay the wreath on the table and position the cardboard circle in the middle of the hoop.
- Using a glue gun or some other fast drying glue, adhere the tips of the ears to the cardboard circle on the BACK SIDE of the wreath, being careful that the cardboard is not obvious from the front.
- You may want to cut out the middle of the cardboard circle so it can not easily be seen from the front.
- Allow the glue to dry and hang.
[Anja’s note – If you go to store this for next year, wrap it well and put it into a critter-proof container!]