The sky is cloudless except for a few fog remnants near the beaches and the marine layer is most of the way back to the horizon. 51F. Wind at 6mph with some gusts into the teens. The UV is at 8, so there will be some lobsters running around today. …and still no real chance of rain. I actually checked the three-month forecast…. There’s little chance of rain even that far out. Granted July, August and September are the driest months of the year, but I was kinda hoping for something in October….
We took yesterday pretty easy up until around 4pm when we finally got to the shop. We kept getting waking up during the morning hours by stomping and banging upstairs, so we were awake for good at around 12:30. I had given up on sleeping a bit earlier than that and took the time to finish the book I was working on. We got breakfast and I did a little sewing while Tempus was puttering on chores and things. We shifted some things that are ours to a blue-tape-marked space that’s supposedly “safe”. I hope, anyway…. That’s where our bikes are, and the picnic table and our garden shed.
Tempus spent a lot of time watering. After I re-loaded some of the newsletter files, I downloaded a bunch of patterns, sorted bits and then took a nap. While I was snoozing the person that knows about the place that we’re looking into was in and gave Tempus some more information. Hopefully, we’ll hear soon.
I spent a lot of time writing and catching up on mail. Eventually Tempus made us a good supper of hamburgers and then we headed home. I got my embroidery organized and the current project in a bag that is a lot smaller that the one I was using. We accomplished a few more chores and then went to bed. I’m really not sleeping well.
We need to get some things put away. There’s a car seat in the aisles, left over from taking plants over to Rayna’s. I have a cranesbill to put into a larger pot and get watered. Tempus needs to get a couple more things over to Rayna’s (the raspberry, the “misc pot” and my lavendar and bring back any ferns that went there (because that’s by mistake). …and we have a lot of little bits and pieces to put away. The ink just came, so….headers… and then a paper run tonight. Crazy day!
Today’s Feast is in honor of Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged steed that he rides between the worlds. I don’t know how the Asatru celebrate him, but there seems to be a connection to some kind of shamanic practice. The eight legs might stand for supernatural speed or for transportation beyond the natural. The picture is Odin, riding Sleipnir, accompanied by the ravens, Hunin and Mumir (Thought and Memory) and the two wolves, Geri and Freiki (Greed & Gluttony). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slepnir …and there is a posited connection between his eight legs and the “eight tiny reindeer” of the Santa Claus tradition.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
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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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 7/29 at 1:20am.
The dust veil covering Mars was thinning a little by July 10th, when Damian Peach took this image with the 1-meter Chilescope at 8:24 UT. South is up. “Various vague markings can be seen,” he writes. “The Oxus dark patch is clearly visible in the north.” Look at the odd coloration and details on the South Polar Cap!
Mars lies opposite the Sun in our sky tonight as it reaches peak visibility for 2018. It will actually be closest to Earth, and its absolute biggest and brightest, four days from now on the night of the 30th. But really, the difference between now and then is so tiny it’ll be undetectable.
This montage — beginning in late January and progressing through late April 2018 — shows how Mars appears to grow in size as it approaches Earth. During this time period, its distance from our planet decreased from 176.5 million to 80.2 million miles (284 million to 129 million kilometers), and its angular diameter grew from 4.8″ to 10.8″. – Damian Peach – The Red Planet appears low in the southeast as darkness falls and grows more prominent as the evening wears on and it climbs higher. By 1 a.m. local daylight time, it stands about 25° high in the south against the backdrop of stars in southwestern . The world shines at magnitude –2.8, brighter than it has been in 15 years. When viewed through a telescope, the planet’s ocher-colored disk spans 24.2″, though you likely won’t see much surface detail because a global dust storm continues to choke the martian atmosphere. The Red Planet will come closest to Earth in four days, when its disk will appear 0.1″ larger than it does tonight.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, above the Sagittarius Teapot) glows yellow in the south after dark. It’s about 30° 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 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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 26 Low 6:51 AM -0.7 5:57 AM Set 4:53 AM 96
~ 26 High 1:22 PM 6.0 8:48 PM Rise 8:14 PM
~ 26 Low 6:39 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Every dawn is a gift, wrapped in ribbons of color for you!
~ You know you have created God in your own image when God hates all the same people you hate. – Ann Lamott
~ Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist. – Adapted from Oscar Wilde
~ You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life. – Les Brown
Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays. –Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)
Laminated Window Hangings for Lughnasadh
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Lughnasadh cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of wheat sheaves or ears, ears of corn, loaves of bread or other Lughnasadh figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Cornhusk Chain – A simple cornhusk chain is a fun decoration for children to make, and looks great on an altar, your wall, or over a doorway. Patti Wigington
If you’re having a cookout and planning on eating corn on the cob, this is a great craft for using all those leftover corn husks. The fresh ones work best, but dried ones can be used if you soak them in water for ten or fifteen minutes and then pat them dry with paper towels.
Separate the husks lengthwise into strips about one inch wide. They should tear easily on their own. Form the first strip into a circle and staple it closed.
Take the second strip, loop it through the first, and staple (this is just like those paper chains you made in school when you were a child). Repeat until all the strips of husk have been added to the chain.
Once you’ve completed your chain, there are a number of things you can do with it.
- Place it on your altar, drape it over a window or a door, or hang it on the wall, just to represent the season itself.
- Use as a daily countdown until Lammas arrives.
- Chains come in handy in spellwork – use it to count off various aspects of a spell or a prayer.
As it dries, the husks will shrink and fade from green to tan, but it will still make a great Lammas decoration!
Make a Garlic Braid
At least 12 garlic bulbs with the tops still attached. (Onions also braid well.)
Baling twine or soft jute parcel post string, cut into a 4 to 6 foot length
Lammas herbs for decoration (optional)
If desired, chant a rhyme while braiding to empower the braid for protection. Make this ritual as simple or as complex as you care to.
- Start with three of your twelve garlic bulbs.
- Use one end of twine to securely tie together the stems.
- Begin braiding the stems as you would hair for pigtails, working the twine as a unit with one of the stems.
- After making several crosses, begin adding additional garlic bulbs, taking care to space them evenly. (You’ll be combining several stems into one section of the braid; no one stem will extend for the entire length of the braid.)
- Use the twine to make a loop at the end of the braid (for hanging).
- Hang the braid in an airy, dry, shaded, place for two weeks.
- At the end of this period, check to see if the tops are completely dry. If not, allow them to hang there longer (until the tops are completely dry).
Variation: If desired, either weave in or glue on dried flowers — particularly those sacred to Lammas: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, basil, mint, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy.
Note: As stated above, the braids must be allowed to dry for at least two weeks before giving or displaying.
Note 2: Braids sometimes get very loose in the drying process. You can leave them this way (perfectly functional) or there are three other options.
Option 1 – After every third bulb tie a bit of string around the braid.
Option 2 – Wind thread around the entire braid, starting at the top and using it to tighten the whole structure.
Option 3 – This takes a gentle hand! You can reweave the braid. Start at the top and gradually reweave, tightening as you go.
Silliness – For The Kids… – Q – What happened at the vampires race? A – It finished neck and neck!