The marine layer has walked right over the top of us and the eastern edge is over the foothills. You can see blue sky beyond it over the Coast Range. 57F, wind at 6mph and we got 0.01 inches of rain last night? The ground’s not even damp, at this point!
Yesterday was kinda crazy. Tempus ran out to pay bills before we were even done our coffee and then when he got back we were busy with customers. Even though we had ink the printer decided to malfunction and Tempus had to clear jammed paper out of it. Before that was past, Nick stopped by to talk about things. By the time we were done with that, it was 4pm and we still hadn’t eaten breakfast, so when I ate I did the “python coma” thing and started falling asleep, so curled up on the sofa.
…and then I woke in an asthma attack again. No idea what’s setting those off at the shop. It doesn’t make sense. So my voice was gone even when Tempus headed for Newport. I was writing, taking pictures and developing them, finding things and putting them away, and then I printed some headers, only to find that I had to clean off the paper cutter table before I even got started on those…. So I did some sewing.
I had torn my red jumper on the edge of the sofa, glad it was me and not a customer, but one of the staples seems to have broken. I got a hammer and pounded it down, but had to patch the jumper. <sigh> I also had a couple of projects to quickly stitch up.
I spent a good long while working on my beading table. I have a *lot* of earrings to make up. That’s been hanging fire all winter and we’re really low on the tarot earrings, so that one was first, since we finally have the cards.
I stopped that for a bit, since I couldn’t figure out what I had done with my awl, and did some sewing. Tempus was done with the bulk drops and starting the regular route at 12:45. He picked me up at 4:15 or so. We didn’t finish until 6:30, so we’re pretty out of it.
Today I have more sewing and more earrings to work on. …and I’m *way* sleepy and it didn’t help that we had people peering in the sunroom windows as we were getting up and then we had to get one of them to move his car so we could come to the shop!
Photo credit Edward Kopeschn Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards
Today’s Feast is that of Domhnach Chrom Dubh, a facet of the dying/rising harvest god that is associated with sacred wells. The Crooked Dark One, is the flip side of Lugh, the god of light. He was pretty scary from the sound of it. There’s only a little online about him. A few bits are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Brigid%27s_Well and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuim%C3%ADn_of_Kilcummin Picture from https://36.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lp7jdrVSUI1qepg91o1_r1_400.jpg
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuceMore on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
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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. 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. 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 8/11 at 2:58am.
Full Moon (exact at 4:20 p.m. EDT). Full Moon is opposition Moon, so it shines with brilliant Mars, which is just a day past its opposition. Full Moon dominates the sky all night. Our satellite appears Full when it lies opposite the Sun in our sky, just as Mars did yesterday, so you might expect the two to appear close to each other. You’d be right: The Full Moon lies 7° north of the Red Planet. Skywatchers in the Eastern Hemisphere get a bonus tonight as the Moon plunges through Earth’s shadow. Observers across most of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia will see a total lunar eclipse. Totality runs from 19h30m to 21h13m UT (that’s before dawn on the 28th for people in eastern Asia and Australia). The 103 minutes of totality make this the longest lunar eclipse since 2000.
Mars is 143 times farther from us than the Moon (and twice as large). It’s covered with rusty dark brown dust compared to the Moon’s dark gray dust. So why do they look orange and white in our night sky? That’s because they’re illuminated brilliantly by direct sunlight while the rest of the nighttime scenery around us, to which our eyes adapt, is much dimmer.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are well placed high in the southeast and south, respectively, in the hour before the first light 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 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
Full Blessing Moon at 1:20pm.
Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 3:41am.
Vesta (8/1), Mercury (8/19), Mars (8/27), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8) Retrograde
Color – Coral
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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
F 27 High 12:24 AM 7.5 5:58 AM Set 5:46 AM 99
~ 27 Low 7:26 AM -0.8 8:47 PM Rise 8:53 PM
~ 27 High 1:56 PM 6.2
~ 27 Low 7:18 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make friends wherever you go…and cherish the ones you have.
~ Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor. – Benjamin Franklin
~ The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt
~ See yourself doing the things you’ll be doing when you’ve reached your goal- E. Nightingale
~ Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten. – Gucci
ON the warm and perfumed dark
Glows the firefly’s tender spark.
Copse, and dell and lonesome plain
Catch the drops of lambent rain.
Scattered swarms are snarled among
Boughs where thrushes brood their young.
Little cups of daisies hold
Tapers that illume their gold.
See ! they light their floating lamps
Where the katydid encamps,
Glint the ripples soft and cool
On the grassy-cinctured pool,
Poise where blood-red roses burn,
And rills creep under drooping fern,
A Yeave inconstant spangles through
Vines that drip with fragrant dew,
And mid clumps of dusky pine
In the mournful silence shine.
They cling to tufts of the morass ;
The meadow lilies feel them pass ;
They deck the turf about the feet
Of lovers hid in shadows sweet,
And round the musing poet, gleam
Like scintillations of his dream.
O winged spark ! effulgent mite !
Live atom of the Infinite !
Thou doest what for thee is done,
In thy place faithful as the sun. . – Horatio Nelson Powers (1826–90)
Now is the time of the First Harvest,
when the bounties of nature give of themselves so that we may survive.
O God of the ripening fields,
Lord of the Grain,
grant me the understanding of sacrifice as You prepare to deliver Yourself under the sickle of the Goddess and journey to the lands of eternal summer.
O Goddess of the Dark Moon,
teach me the secrets of rebirth as the Sun loses its strength and the nights grow cold. – Scott Cunningham
A CHANT FOR LAMMAS
Ashes to Ashes, dust to dust
We shall go as we can and do as we must.
The body may die but the Spirit is Free
To do greater wonders, so mote it be!
Ashes to ashes, clay to clay
We shall seek for our center and find our own way
The flesh may be blind but the Spirit can see
The Gods within all, so mote it be!
Ashes to ashes, sand to sand,
We will use all our talents to heal our great land
The flesh may be weak, but the Spirit in me
Is full with Her blessings, so mote it be!
*Perform as a chant, begin as a whisper and increase the volume as the collective level of energy grows.