Nice and sunny with a blue, blue sky! 59F, wind at 3mph, AQI13, UV8. That chance of rain on Tuesday has gone over 50% and we could get 1/3 of an inch. The rain that’s possible next weekend is getting more likely, as well.
There wasn’t a lot left of yesterday, once the newsletter finally went out. I spent most of the rest of the day writing and very cranky.
Tempus did get the plants put where they need to go, but other than that we kept right on working with customers until the last batch around 9pm. We closed a bit after that.
Today is the House Capuchin Project Day from 1-5pm. We’ll be open from 11 until 7pm at least, maybe a bit later than that. I’m hoping to get the rest of the stuff from the holiday cleaned up and then get to work on the table in back, so I can get to some sewing that’s been hanging fire. I’ve got a lot of mending again, plus I have a skirt that I want to finish. I started one last summer that has pockets!
Today’s feast is Tanabata. In Japan many trees will have wishes hung from their branches on this day, streamers of paper that have specific meanings written with a special ink. Sometimes the wishes are floated on rivers instead. There’s a separated lovers story associated with the festival, as well, various special foods and other fun things. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata
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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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 7/2 at 12:16pm. 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 7/7 at 12:16am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/9 at 3:55am.Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility nearly a month ago, but it remains a stunning sight from shortly after sunset until morning twilight starts to paint the sky. It resides among the background stars of southern Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer, a region that climbs highest in the south around 11 p.m. local daylight time. Shining at magnitude –2.5, Jupiter is the night sky’s most conspicuous object with the exception of the Moon. When viewed through a telescope, the planet’s disk spans 45″ and shows striking cloud-top detail.
High in the northwest after dark, the Big Dipper hangs down by its handle as it begins its long, slow scoop toward the right. Low in the north-northeast, meanwhile, the upright W of Cassiopeia is slowly beginning to tilt and climb.
Tonight offers a nice opportunity for binocular users to track down one of summer’s finest open star clusters. NGC 6231 lies in the tail of Scorpius the Scorpion, just 0.5° north of the double star Zeta (ζ) Scorpii (which is another fine binocular sight). NGC 6231 shines at magnitude 2.6 and packs more than 100 stars into a region just 14′ in diameter, just half the size of the Full Moon. This part of Scorpius lies nearly due south around 11 p.m. local daylight time, though it doesn’t climb high from mid-northern latitudes.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, in southern Ophiuchus) is the white point glaring in the south-southeast as the stars come out. Orange Antares, fainter at magnitude +1.0, twinkles 7° or 8° to its lower right. Jupiter is at its highest in the south soon after dark. Jupiter and Antares form a wide, flat, almost isosceles triangle with Delta Scorpii (Dschubba) to their right. Delta, a long-term eruptive variable of the Gamma Cassiopeiae type, has been not much fainter than Antares for most of the last 19 years — after, without warning, brightening by half in July 2000. In a telescope Jupiter is 45 arcseconds wide. See Bob King’s observing guide to Jupiter.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for July – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-july-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
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
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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
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 7 High 4:13 AM 7.3 5:39 AM Set 12:10 AM 21
~ 7 Low 11:01 AM -1.1 9:03 PM Rise 11:29 AM
~ 7 High 5:40 PM 7.1
~ 7 Low 11:38 PM 1.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am grateful for the small things in my life!
~ Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. – Jules W Lederer
~ Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure. – Jack Lemmon
~ You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search. – Maxwell Maltz
~ Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.- M.Navratilova
A Moon-flood prairie; a straying
Of light-hearted lovers; a baying
Of faraway watching dogs; a dreaming
Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming
Of fireflies eddying nigh, —
And that is July! –James N. Matthews (1852–1910)
Come in, come up the ladder,
spirits of rain, spirits of rain.
Come in, come and sit down,
spirits of cloud, spirits of cloud.
Listen: long ago, we were poor,
but we came out of that poor place.
We passed through that poor place
with your help, with your help.
Now come, help us again,
spirits of rain, spirits of cloud.
Come bring your showers,
come bring the heavy rain.
Come in, come up the ladder
spirits of cloud, spirits of rain.~Invocation From The Sia People
Even in the midst of what appears to be plenty, we still have needs. Winter’s chill is gone, the harvest is burgeoning in the fields, the time of hunger seems past. Yet too much wind, too little rain, too little sun, too much rain – any of these can endanger the growth that seems so strong. A happy harvest is never inevitable.
Similarly, even when we seem to have much, we may still want more. It is possible, as a result, to become ungrateful for what we have, to spit in Fortune’s face. But, even if we look thankfully at all the good things life brings us, we will still find needs and wants unmet. This is life. Even those you are at the top of life’s mountain will still have unmet needs., thwarted desires. Acknowledge them, seek to satisfy them, but never forget to be thankful for what you have. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion”
The summer clouds are beautiful,
yes they are. Yes, they are.
The summer clouds are like flowers,
yes they are. Yes, they are.
The clouds blossom in the sky,
yes they do. Yes, they do.
The blossoming clouds are coming here,
yes they are. Yes, they are. ~ Zuni “Song of the Blue Corn Dance”
Summer is, indeed, a beautiful season. Yet it is also a busy one. Vacations, social engagements, outdoor concerts, and the usual press of work and laundry and errands and….
Summer whirls by. It is July already, when May seems to have been yesterday. How can we enjoy our lives when they are led at such a pace? What will you remember of this summer? If you are too tired to watch a firefly on a sultry night, too busy to notice that a favorite flower has bloomed, too much in transit to enjoy conversation with a friend – what will you have to hold, to treasure, in winters to come?
For we cannot savor what we rush through. Let some things slide this summer. Don’t worry about them.
You will never remember if you did the laundry and you will never forget the fragrance of new roses. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion”
Lammas Bounty Spell – Lammas is also called Lughnasadh; it is a celebration of plenty and optimism, and of nature’s infinite bounty. It is the time of the first harvests, and it marks midsummer’s joyous and fanciful energy. This spirit is celebrated, too, in Shakespeare’s A Mid-Summer’s Night Dream. To tap into this energy, gather a small bundle of long grass or reeds to braid, and light a white candle. Braid the grass as you speak this verse:
Fairies prancing in the meadow,
Spirits in the corn;
Green Man is flourishing everywhere
On this Midsummer morn.
Grains begin to ripen,
All things bear fruit.
Summer glistens with
Blossoms take root.
Fairies whisper secrets,
Powerful blessings to see.
Cycles move and all around,
they share their gifts with me.
Air to fire,
Fire to water,
Water to earth,
Earth to air.
Elements feed spirit,
And the circle glows.
At Lammas, day and night,
We witness Nature’s awesome might.
And blessing all,
’Tis Earth’s celebration Before the chill of fall.
Now braiding this grass,
I mark this day
Protect my hearth,
With the abundance of grain.
The blessings of the Goddess come again;
Place the braid above my door.
Hunger be banished now and then.
Blessings be drawn to this place,
Summer’s energy fill this space.
Air, fire, water, earth unite,
And bless us all this day.
Lammas is a bittersweet agricultural holiday, mingling joy at the current high season’s harvest with the knowledge that summer is soon at an end. Many cultures have “first fruit” rights on this day—the Celt’s version called Lughnasadh; the Anglo-Saxon version called hlaf-masse. In the Middle Ages, the holiday became set at August 1, taking its current form for the most part, with sheaves of wheat and corn blessed on this day.
By: Abby Willowroot, GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002
Silliness – Used Heart
A man has a heart attack and is brought to the hospital ER. The doctor tells him that he will not live unless he has a heart transplant right away. Another doctor runs into the room and says, “You’re in luck, two hearts just became available, so you will get to choose which one you want. One belongs to an attorney and the other to a social worker”.
The man quickly responds, “The attorney’s”.
The doctor says, “Wait! Don’t you want to know a little about them before you make your decision?”
The man says, “I already know enough. We all know that social workers are bleeding hearts and the attorney’s probably never used his. So I’ll take the attorney’s!”