Featured photo by Maeona Urban.
It’s still overcast, although it’s supposed to clear off some, later. We got 0.03 inches of rain, yesterday, according to Newport Airport…. I’m certain that there was more than that, here, but nothing registered. 63F, wind at 1mph, AQI7, UV8. There’s a small chance of rain a week from now. We’ll see.
First thing yesterday, after I caught up with mail, was to do count for the register, Next I set to work on some Mab’s Creations drawings and finished up a page on Sioned’s bib >>> for the Mab’s Creations website. https://mabscreations.wordpress.com/resources-how-to/an-example-of-how-to-stack-patterns/
Tempus ran out to do some errands around 4pm. I was expecting a pattern from which to do a small sunsuit and the same set of problems as the earlier stuff likely applies….but it hadn’t arrived, anywhere. I got the fabric and floss pulled out, at the least, to start the chicken scratch embroidery.
Hey, where did the rain come from? At least we had some here, although the local weather station said, “Dry conditions will continue”. …. Whut? The parking lot was wet, at the least. Tempus was insisting that what we saw coming down must have been dehydrated water…
Today I’m probably going to be stitching a lot, I hope. I’m also hoping that Tempus will get either the laundry or the table done. 🙂
Today’s Feast is the Kronia, held in honor of Chronos and Rhea, the oldest of the god/dess creator pairs in ancient Greece. It was a topsy-turvy festival where owners waited on their slaves and everyone let the class distinctions go for a day in honor of the Golden Age. More on the festival here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kronia and on Chronos here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronos
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. I harvested some yesterday afternoon around 4pm and here at nearly 9am, having washed my hands several times, I can still detect it! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
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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.
The Sun’s outermost major planet, Neptune, now rises before midnight local daylight time. But the best time to look for this ice giant world comes when it climbs about 40° high in the southeast as morning twilight commences. The magnitude 7.9 planet lies in Aquarius, 1.2° east-northeast of 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii. You can confirm your sighting of Neptune through a telescope, which reveals the planet’s 2.3″-diameter disk and blue-gray color.
One hour after sunset, as twilight is fading and the stars are coming out, you’ll find the two brightest stars of summer, Vega>>> and <<< Arcturus, equally near the zenith: Vega toward the east, Arcturus toward the southwest (depending on your location).
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.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for July – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-july-2019
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
Th 11 Low 3:11 AM 0.5 5:43 AM Set 2:04 AM 64
~ 11 High 9:11 AM 5.2 9:01 PM Rise 4:14 PM
~ 11 Low 2:43 PM 1.8
~ 11 High 9:07 PM 7.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Yes to Freedom!
~ Successful self development also involves taking more selftime to be quiet & think for oneself! – Patrick Driessen
~ And sometimes, with his marvellous range, in spite of his personal tang, he seems to have been more than any single man: a harmonious human multitude. – Carl Van Doren on Benjamin Franklin
~ The respect of those who you respect is worth more than the applause of the multitude. – A. Glasow
~ As the Dalai Lama says, a child’s first teacher is the mother. The mother is the one who teachers them right from wrong and how to be a good person in the culture…Such lessons are highly valued in Tibet. – Grandmother Tsering Dolma Gyaltong, one of our Wise Women – from Tibet.
When the heat like a mist veil floats,
And poppies flame in the rye,
And the silver note in the streamlet’s throat
Has softened almost to a sigh.
It is July. – Susan Hartley Swett (1843–1907)
Priest – Let your breathing slow. Feel your feet sink into the earth. Sink down to sit if you wish, letting your energy come to rest. Feel your body pulse with energy. …Feel it releasing that warmth into the air. …Feel the pulse in your legs. …Feel it in your hands. …Your head…..your thighs ….your arms. … Feel your breath moving in and out. …Let it slow. ….slow …let your eyes drift shut.
Priestess – Breathe…. Let your attention drift downward until it rests in the cradle
of your pelvis.
Imagine that you are standing in the middle of a wide plain. As far as you can see there is nothing but grass and grain ripening to a golden yellow.
The buzz of summer insects fills your ears as your nose is treated to the sweet smell of summer hay.
The azure sky is unmarred by cloud.
The sun is warm and comforting.
It is one of those idyllic hazy, lazy days.
Bask in the feeling.
You are warm, healthy, and safe.
After a few minutes, you feel a slight change in the air and turn in the direction from which a cooler air makes you shiver.
You look out again at the plain.
At first, nothing seems to be different. The grain is still yellow, the sky is blue, and the insects buzz about their daily work. Yet something is different.
It takes you a few moments actually to realize what it is.
Far at the edge of your sight at the border of the plain, there is darkness. Not the kind of darkness that is cast by a cloud. This is real darkness… nighttime kind of darkness… and it stands like a wall reaching from the ground to the heavens way out there. It is kind of creepy and ominous lurking out there.
That wall of darkness seems to be leaching the light out of the rest of the world. It is still bright where you are, but you notice that the sunlight seems to fade as it gets closer to that wall of night. Even with the sun shining in the clear sky, within a few miles from the wall, the air is the color of twilight. A shadow world stretches now between you and the wall. And you stand on the threshold of it.
You notice another thing that was not there before—a single stalk of corn just a few paces away in the shadow world. You walk up to it. The green stalk is very tall, its golden tassels reaching close to seven feet into the air. Its leaves are fairly sparse, growing on opposite sides of the stalk and almost creating the impression of a human body with arms and legs. At about waist high, there is a single ear of corn.
You reach for the ear, but just before you touch it, you realize you are looking into a beautiful face the color of gold. His hair is gold and he wears the gold of the grain and the green of the leaves.
This is John Barleycorn, the God in the Grain!
Priest – Tell me your name!
Priestess – You say your name quietly.
Priest – The Holly King has been born. The long night of winter is approaches.
Priestess – We are now in the Shadow Time between summer and winter: that liminal space where change happens more easily.
Priest – Your actions determine if those changes are for the better or the worse. What harvest do you wish?
Priestess – As you ponder this, he holds up the ear of corn from the stalk. He strips back the cornhusk and silk. The light yellow kernels of corn are full, moist, and sweet.
Priest – What harvest do you seek to reap? What seed of this harvest do you plan to keep and what will you plant for next year’s crop?
Priestess – Hold your hands out for that which you seek!
He begins to move about the circle, distributing seeds as the Priestess continues:
Priestess – The fruit of each harvest becomes part of what you replant for future harvests. You need to decide now what you want next year’s harvest to look like. Your choices now will decide the outcome. Put your intention for next year’s harvest into your seeds and place them in your bag. Tie the bag shut with “So Mote it Be”! When you have done so, you look up and realize that you are alone once again. God of the Grain is gone and the darkness has moved just a step closer.
Priest – It is time to move back to our everyday world. Close your eyes and let your breath settle into a comfortable rhythm. Let go of the energy and let it spiral down. Let it bring relaxation down through your body. Let the energy flow down, down to your feet and then continue through the floor. Let your energy continue below this building. Touch your energy to Mother Earth as you come back into everyday awareness. Take a moment to reflect on what you will reap in this harvest. When you are ready, open your eyes.
Priestess – May our wishes and intentions be carried above and below.
All – As above, so below.
Silliness – NO Nursing Home for me!
With the average cost for a Nursing Home per day reaching $188.00,there is a better way when we get old & feeble. I have already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn for a combined long term stay discount and senior discount of $49.23 per night. That leaves $138.77 a day for:
1. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in any restaurant I want, or room service.
2. Laundry, gratuities and special TV movies. Plus, they provide a swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge, washer, dryer, etc. Most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have free shampoo and soap.
3. They treat you like a customer, not a patient. $5 worth of tips a day will have the entire staff scrambling to help you. There is a city Bus stop out front, and seniors ride free. The Handicap bus will also pick you up (if you fake a decent limp). To meet other nice people, call a Church bus on Sundays. For a change of scenery, take the Airport shuttle Bus and eat at one of the nice restaurants there. While you’re at the airport, fly somewhere. Otherwise, the cash keeps building up.
4. It takes months to get into decent nursing homes. Holiday Inn will take your reservation today. And you are not stuck in one place forever, you can move from Inn to Inn, or even from city to city. Want to see Hawaii? They have a Holiday Inn there too.
5. TV broken? Light bulbs need changing? Need a mattress replaced? No problem. They fix everything, and apologize for the inconvenience. The Inn has a night security person and daily room service. The maid checks to see if you are ok. If not, they will call the undertaker or an ambulance. If you fall and break a hip, Medicare will pay for the hip, and Holiday Inn will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of your life.
6. And no worries about visits from family. They will always be glad to find you, and probably check in for a few days mini-vacation. The grand kids can use the pool. What more can you ask for?
So: As I reach the Golden age I’m facing it with a grin. I’ll just check into the Holiday Inn!