Yesterday started rather slowly. Tempus and I did various small chores until he left to get his check and then I worked on books for a bit. After a little while a whole bunch of customers came in… I think about 45 in two hours! Among the rest, one set were some friends of Alice’s who are going to take my greetings to her. She hasn’t been well this last winter, so we haven’t seen her for months. After that another lady who needed help in getting herself and her new place magickally cleansed came and we got her set up with what she needs to get started… and then I sat and panted for a little.
Tempus got back a few minutes after that and then ran right back out for another set of errands. Once he was finally back I begged to take a nap because I was so exhausted… and did. When I woke we scrabbled something together for supper and went home.
We both slept for a couple of hours and then got up and did some chores. I did a little embroidery…and then we went back to sleep.
We’re up early. I’m going to curl up on the sofa for another nap, but Tempus is going to get the table ready for the Herbs Workshop this morning. Sewing is at 3pm.
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Today’s Feast is that of Damo, daughter of Pythagoras. The story goes that he willed her all his writings and knowing their worth, she taught from them instead of selling them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damo_(philosopher) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. –Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
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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 7/27 at 1:20pm. 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 7/27 at 1:20pm.
As twilight fades on Friday evening July 20th, watch for Jupiter, then Spica, then Alpha and Beta Librae to emerge into view near the Moon. • Now Jupiter and Alpha Librae shine lower right of the Moon. To the Moon’s lower left is Antares, with other stars of upper Scorpius scattered around.
his mosaic shows the surfaces of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons images, as seen by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft. NASA/JPL/DLR
Perhaps no month better epitomizes summer in the Northern Hemisphere than July. And this month finds the season’s namesake asterism, the Summer Triangle, on prominent display. The trio’s brightest member, Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, stands nearly overhead shortly before midnight. The asterism’s second-brightest star, Altair in Aquila the Eagle, then lies more than halfway from the southeastern horizon to the zenith. Deneb, the luminary of Cygnus the Swan, marks the Summer Triangle’s third corner. Although it is this asterism’s dimmest star, it’s the brightest point of light in the entire northeastern sky.
Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4) graces the sky over the Brisbane Ranges March 3, 2013. This week, a different comet of the same name (PANSTARRS [C/2016 R2]) will glow in the sky. – cafuego (flickr) Comet PanSTARRS, C/2017 S3, has unexpectedly brightened to about 8th magnitude. It awaits your scope, or maybe even big binoculars, up in the northeastern sky before the beginning of dawn. See Bob King’s article and finder charts: PanSTARRS Comet, Rocked by Outburst, Goes Green .
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are nicely placed high on the southeastern side of the sky in the hour 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 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
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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
Sa 21 Low 2:46 AM 0.8 5:52 AM Set 1:35 AM 60
~ 21 High 8:46 AM 5.0 8:53 PM Rise 3:47 PM
~ 21 Low 2:18 PM 2.1
~ 21 High 8:41 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Play with Everything.
~ I now view my entire life, waking and sleeping, to be a continuous magical operation. – Lon Milo Duquette
~ If you have time to breathe you have time to meditate. – Ajahn Amaro
~ Align yourself with love, and everything will follow. This is the great return. – T. Thorn Coyle: Know Thyself
~ Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too. – Thomas Fuller
Very good in the grass to lie
And see the network ‘gainst the sky,
A living lace of blue and green,
And boughs that let the gold between. – Katharine Tynan Hinkson (1861–1931)
- Lughnasadh herbs: Grapes, heather, crabapple, pear
- Lughnasadh colors: Pumpkin orange, sunny yellow, muted brown and sage green
- Lughnasadh offerings: Bread, Cider, Cakes
- Lughnasadh is a time to honor Hermes/Mercury, Thoth, Frey, Lugh, Macha.
- August 1st marks the Celtic holiday of Lughnasadh (pronounced loo-na-sa), which is the beginning of the grain harvest.
In days past, candidates for king would go to the Fayre of Tailtiu. Tailtiu was the queen of the Fir Bolg (an ancient celtic race) , the daughter of Mag Mor and the foster mother of Lugh. She died of exhaustion after the labor of clearing the lands of Ireland for cultivation, and in commemoration, Lugh held a festival for her. Two weeks prior to festival day, it was customary to climb a hill and survey the land before harvest. The festival then commenced, and lasted for four weeks – two weeks past the actual day.
The last chaff of wheat or grain to be cut was kept and crafted into a corn doll, symbolizing Lugh. At Lughnasadh, she is called the Corn Mother. In the spring, she becomes Corn Bride, the Maiden Goddess Bride.
It was Lugh who invented draughts (checkers), ballplay and horsemanship and these sacred games were important in the celebration of the festival, as they were used to show off strength and skill. In addition, this festival was used to gather news, settle arguments and arrange marriages and alliances. Mighty feasting and drinking were the underlying theme of this wonderful festival.
It is prophesied that, as long as the custom shall be maintained, there will be corn and milk in every house, peace and fine weather for the feast.
This is the season when everything seems at its richest – trees crops and long warm days. These are called the ‘dog days’ of Summer, because Sirius (The Dog Star) rises and sets with the sun between mid-July and September.
The word ‘Lammas’ comes from “loaf mass” which celebrates the bread made from the first grain to be harvested. It is in honor of the Corn Mother that we now eat fresh bread and cakes. – WebCreature
Q – What do history teachers make when they want to get together? A – Dates!
Q – What do they talk about? A – The good old days!