Featured photo by Julie Markham.
It’s quite overcast, but bright. It looks like the showers predicted for this morning didn’t materialize and the first chance of the clouds clearing off is likely midday tomorrow. 65F, wind at 5 mph and gusting, AQI8, UV8. There’s very little chance of rain out for 10 days or more, now.
By mid-afternoon yesterday all errands except the evening shopping were done and we were still trying to track down who changed the address on one of our packages that came in last week. We found it at the old house address, finally, but who had that address?
I had been spending time writing between things and then Tempus headed in back to work on getting the table to the point where I could sew. I tore one of our sheets last night and the mending pile was getting out of hand again.
Tempus didn’t get far enough for me to sew in the machine, so I nabbed some of the hand mending and my embroidery. I got a nap in the early evening before Tempus took off for Newport. By then we had gotten 1/2 an inch of rain.
I spent awhile writing, and then did a bit more embroidery, then put together some stuff to take in the back for the next bit. Tempus had turned the mattress on the nap bed, so it was a lot more comfy than it’s been.
He got going on the bulk drops at about 11 and then the regular route at 12:30. …and when he got done with South Beach there was an extra paper. <sigh> So he re-ran the first part of the route, trying to figure out where it had come from. I spent awhile on the computer, working on some patterns for Mab’s Creations waiting for him to go on with the route. He did, finally, but it was late enough that I didn’t finish out the route with him.
We’re just getting moving at 1pm. He missed a drop, misreading a stop notice, so he’s heading out to fix that. Once he’s back, he’ll go on with what we were doing yesterday. I’m hoping that my pattern comes in today, so I can get the outfit that I was to make for Sioned done. We have a bunch of things to pack and ship, too, so I need to find all the pieces.
Today’s Feast is Nicola Tesla Day. Despite all the good press given to Edison about electricity, Tesla was the one who came up with AC current, while Edison was insisting that DC was the only way to go. We’d have very different lives if Tesla had never lived. He was a strange man, with ideas that are different enough for some people to speculate that he wasn’t even human, but he was born in what is now Croatia and his family was from Serbia, his father an Orthodox priest and his mother the daughter of one. He had an eidetic memory and an aptitude for mechanical things from an early age. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla_Day#Nikola_Tesla_Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla
Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” , or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Makers because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia
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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 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 2:38am.
After nightfall, Altair shines in the east-southeast. It’s the second-brightest star on the eastern side of the sky, after Vega high to its upper left. (Jupiter and Saturn don’t count.) Above Altair by a finger-width at arm’s length is little orange Tarazed. A bit more than a fist-width to Altair’s lower left is little Delphinus, the Dolphin, leaping leftward.
The Big Dipper’s familiar shape lies high in the northwest as darkness falls these July evenings. One of the summer sky’s finest binocular double stars marks the bend of the dipper’s handle. Mizar shines at 2nd magnitude, some six times brighter than its 4th-magnitude companion, Alcor. Even though these two are not physically related, they make a fine sight through binoculars. (People with good eyesight often can split the pair without optical aid.) A small telescope reveals Mizar itself as double — and these components do orbit each other.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, in Sagittarius) comes to opposition on July 9th. It’s the steady, pale yellowish “star” low in the southeast after dark, about 30° east (lower left) of Jupiter. Look to Saturn’s lower right for the Sagittarius Teapot. With a telescope you’ll want to observe Saturn when it’s highest — from about midnight to 2 a.m. daylight-saving time — since it’s still far south this year (declination –22° now) and thus never very high for us northerners. Saturn’s rings are tilted a wide 23° to our line of sight, nearly as open as they’ve been for the last few years.
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
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
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 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
W 10 Low 2:02 AM 1.1 5:42 AM Set 1:35 AM 53
~ 10 High 7:48 AM 5.4 9:01 PM Rise 3:05 PM
~ 10 Low 1:42 PM 1.2
~ 10 High 8:15 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To be real, be yourself!
~ Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity. – Lou Holtz
~ The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. – Robert Green Ingersoll
~ Love doesn’t make the world go ’round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile. – Franklin P. Jones
~ Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr
Dog Days bright and clear, indicate a happy year;
But when accompanied by rain, for better times our hopes are in vain. – proverb
If the Sabbat falls on a rainy day, you could collect rainwater in a glass or earthenware container, add dried mugwort, and use to empower appropriate objects. – from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
Sprout wheat germ in a terra cotta saucer – Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel) (these can be found in nurseries for use under terra cotta flower pots).
The sprouts can be added to homemade bread or used as an offering. Children enjoy planting the seeds and watching them grow, too.
God the grain,
Lord of rebirth.
Return in spring,
Renew the Earth.
[Anja’s note: These belong to god mourning rituals from the Near East and Middle East. This was also done in Greece and Egypt]
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.
Parental supervision is recommended. This project is rated AVERAGE to do.
What You Need
- Wicker wreath
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Flowers or other decoration
How To Make It
- First, spread the newspaper on a flat surface. Lay your wreath down flat. Heat your glue gun.
- Next, starting in the middle of the wreath begin gluing the bottom of the acorn. Place the glued part of the acorn in the middle of the wreath and stand the acorn straight up. Make 1 row in a straight line going all the way around the wreath. Repeat the process from top to bottom with the wreath still laying flat.
- Then decorate with flowers, bows, or even holiday ornaments. Be sure not to leave any open spaces except in the back. The back of the wreath shouldn’t have any acorns on it so when you lay it down it is flat.
This project was contributed by: Sabrina Dameron,
Silliness – Confucius Says – Honeymoon over when man who whispered sweet nothings before now say nothing sweet.