Featured photo by the Duckmeister.
It’s raining! Honest to goodness rain! We’ve only gotten a tenth of an inch, so far, but this late into July this is really different. It’s likely to continue to be steady until evening and then taper off, until after midnight ought to be dry, with showers tomorrow morning again They’re talking about a total of nearly 2/3 of an inch. 60F, wind at 3mph and gusting, AQI20, UV8. More long-range there’s practically none in the forecast.
Yesterday was fairly busy, early, and then the customers tapered off. I wrote steadily all day. I’m not sure what all Tempus was up to, but he ran some errands early on, paying bills, mostly, and then worked in back for quite some time.
I did spend some time in the garden, yesterday, mostly harvesting some bits and pieces…. and raspberries. I had to get Tempus to fish some out that were out of my reach. There’s a piece of particle board out there that we need to get rid of that’s in the way of me getting all the way around those buckets that are behind the porch.
In the evening I curled up with book and embroidery and managed to make a biscornu and a snip cover that I finished this morning. Well, not *quite* done, it’s drying and in need of stuffing and a bit of felt to protect the inside bottom of the case from the points.
Today we’re going to have to take it easy. Last week was a strain, with all the stuff going on and a 6-day work week. Tempus is going to do some shopping this evening when he heads into Newport and tonight’s the paper run….with double-bags because of the rain, so it’ll take far longer than it’s been. Hopefully, the papers will be out on time.
I’m hoping to do some cooking tonight or better still some sewing. Tempus is working really hard on the table right now. I have a ton o’mending to do and I really went to finish that little overall set that I’m doing for Sioned and do up a small sunhat.
Today’s Feast is quoted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caprotinia )
“The Caprotinia, or feasts of Juno Caprotina, were ancient Roman festivals which were celebrated on July 9, in favour of the female slaves. During this solemnity they ran about, beating themselves with their fists and with rods. None but women assisted in the sacrifices offered at this feast.
Kennet says the origin of this feast, or the famous Nonae Caprotinae or Poplifugium, is doubly related by Plutarch, according to the two common opinions. First, because Romulus disappeared on that day, when an assembly being held in the Palus Caprae (“Goats’-Marsh”), suddenly a storm broke, accompanied with terrible thunder, and other unusual disorders in the air (see Plutarch’s Life of Numa). The common people fled all away to secure themselves; but, after the tempest was over, could never find Romulus, their king.
Or, else, from Caprificus, a wild fig-tree, because, in the Gallic war, a Roman virgin, who was prisoner in the enemy’s camp, got up into a wild fig-tree, and holding out a lighted torch toward the city, gave the Romans a signal to fall on; which they did with such good success, as to obtain a considerable victory.”
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
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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 7/2 at 12:16pm. 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. 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 7/15 2:#8am
Saturn is at opposition, reaching its peak visibility for 2019. shining upper left of the Sagittarius Teapot late these evenings at magnitude +0.1. This week it’s highest in the south for best telescopic viewing from about midnight to 2 a.m. daylight-saving time. The ringed world appears low in the southeast as darkness falls and climbs higher as the evening wears on. It stands about one-third of the way to the zenith in the southern sky around 1 a.m. local daylight time. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.1 against the background stars of northern Sagittarius.
When viewed through a telescope this week, the planet shows an 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a dramatic ring system that spans 42″ and tilts 24° to our line of sight. You should also see a handful of moons, led by 8th-magnitude Titan and three 10th-magnitude satellites: Tethys, Dione, and Rhea. Look more carefully and you might pick up the glow from 10th-magnitude Iapetus, which lies quite a bit farther from Saturn. Tonight, it conveniently lines up with Titan, standing 8.4′ west of the planet, or some 2.7 times farther away than its brighter sibling.
Now Spica shines below the Moon during and after dusk.
The First Quarter Moon lies high above the southwestern horizon as darkness falls. Our satellite officially reaches First Quarter phase at 6:55 a.m. EDT, so it appears a little more than half-lit in this evening’s sky. You can find it among the background stars of Virgo the Maiden, about one binocular field to the upper left of 1st-magnitude Spica.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is in the east just before the first sign of dawn.
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 Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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 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
Tu 9 Low 12:49 AM 1.4 5:41 AM Set 1:07 AM 42
~ 9 High 6:28 AM 5.9 9:02 PM Rise 1:54 PM
~ 9 Low 12:45 PM 0.5
~ 9 High 7:22 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I grow through my experiences.
~ You already have what you need. You already are what you need. – Alan Cohen
~ We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. – Stephen R. Covey
~ Be courageous! Have Faith! Go forward! – Thomas Edison
~ The important thing is to know how to take all things quietly. – Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English scientist
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)
Once upon a Lammas Night
When corn rigs are bonny,
Beneath the Moon’s unclouded light,
I held awhile to Annie…
Although in the heat of a Mid-western summer it might be difficult to discern, the festival of Lammas (Aug 1st) marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall. The days now grow visibly shorter and by the time we’ve reached autumn’s end (Oct 31st), we will have run the gamut of temperature from the heat of August to the cold and (sometimes) snow of November. And in the midst of it, a perfect Mid-western autumn.
The history of Lammas is as convoluted as all the rest of the old Folk holidays. It is of course a cross-quarter day, one of the four High Holidays or Greater Sabbats of Witchcraft, occurring 1/4 of a year after Beltane. However, British Witches often refer to the astrological date of Aug 6th as Old Lammas, and folklorists call it Lammas O.S. (‘Old Style’). This date has long been considered a ‘power point’ of the Zodiac, and is symbolized by the Lion, one of the ‘tetramorph’ figures found on the Tarot cards, the World and the Wheel of Fortune (the other three figures being the Bull, the Eagle, and the Spirit). Astrologers know these four figures as the symbols of the four ‘fixed’ signs of the Zodiac, and these naturally align with the four Great Sabbats of Witchcraft.
Christians have adopted the same iconography to represent the four gospel-writers. ‘Lammas’ was the medieval Christian name for the holiday and it means ‘loaf-mass’, for this was the day on which loaves of bread were baked from the first grain harvest and laid on the church altars as offerings. It was a day representative of ‘first fruits’ and early harvest.
In Irish Gaelic, the feast was referred to as ‘Lugnasadh’, a feast to commemorate the funeral games of the Irish sun-god Lugh.
However, there is some confusion on this point. Although at first glance, it may seem that we are celebrating the death of the Lugh, the god of light does not really die (mythically) until the autumnal equinox. And indeed, if we read the Irish myths closer, we discover that it is not Lugh’s death that is being celebrated, but the funeral games which Lugh hosted to commemorate the death of his foster- mother, Taillte. That is why the Lugnasadh celebrations in Ireland are often called the ‘Tailltean Games’.
The time went by with careless heed
Between the late and early,
With small persuasion she agreed
To see me through the barley…
One common feature of the Games were the ‘Tailltean marriages’, a rather informal marriage that lasted for only ‘a year and a day’ or until next Lammas. At that time, the couple could decide to continue the arrangement if it pleased them, or to stand back to back and walk away from one another, thus bringing the Tailltean marriage to a formal close. Such trial marriages (obviously related to the Wiccan ‘Handfasting’) were quite common even into the 1500’s, although it was something one ‘didn’t bother the parish priest about’. Indeed, such ceremonies were usually solemnized by a poet, bard, or shanachie (or, it may be guessed, by a priest or priestess of the Old Religion).
Lammastide was also the traditional time of year for craft festivals. The medieval guilds would create elaborate displays of their wares, decorating their shops and themselves in bright colors and ribbons, marching in parades, and performing strange, ceremonial plays and dances for the entranced onlookers. The atmosphere must have been quite similar to our modern-day Renaissance Festivals, such as the one celebrated in near-by Bonner Springs, Kansas, each fall.
A ceremonial highlight of such festivals was the ‘Catherine wheel’. Although the Roman Church moved St. Catherine’s feast day all around the calendar with bewildering frequency, it’s most popular date was Lammas. (They also kept trying to expel this much-loved saint from the ranks of the blessed because she was mythical rather than historical, and because her worship gave rise to the heretical sect known as the Cathari.) At any rate, a large wagon wheel was taken to the top of a near-by hill, covered with tar, set aflame, and ceremoniously rolled down the hill. Some mythologists see in this ritual the remnants of a Pagan rite
symbolizing the end of summer, the flaming disk representing the sun-god in his decline. And just as the sun king has now reached the autumn of his years, his rival or dark self has just reached puberty.
Many commentators have bewailed the fact that traditional Gardnerian and Alexandrian Books of Shadows say very little about the holiday of Lammas, stating only that poles should be ridden and a circle dance performed. This seems strange, for Lammas is a holiday of rich mythic and cultural associations, providing endless resources for liturgical celebration.
Corn rigs and barley rigs,
Corn rigs are bonny!
I’ll not forget that happy night
Among the rigs with Annie!
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