Daily Stuff 7-14-19 Genste Feesten

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 5:56 AM of -1.0 feet. House Capuchin Project Day from 1-5pm….although we’ll probably be doing competitive baby minding… 🙂

Sunny! I see a few white bits, but they’ll likely burn off. 64F, wind at 5mph and gusting, AQI18, UV8. Some chance of rain in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday nights.

Yesterday was fun, what with Herbs and Sewing and doing a lot of cookery. Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep well, so I’m groggy and cranky and the kids are already in Otis at 10:30! So I have to scramble around and get things done quickly, so I’ll be ready when they get here. So excited!


220px-Gentse_feesten_04Today’s Feast is the Gentse Feesten in Ghent, Belgium. It’s a  10 day festival of music, puppet shows and mocking mimes that spreads all over the city. There are such things as a series of community sings, choral music, a world music, jazz, alternative  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentse_Feesten

plant pic coltsfoot herb Petasites_frigidus_1030071016 Trip25 coltsfootToday’s Plant is ColtsfootPetasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, Water, Magickal uses – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus

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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. 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. 

Now the Moon shines between Jupiter and Saturn, as shown above. Notice how steadily the two planets glow compared to twinkly bright stars.

Pluto reaches opposition
The distant dwarf planet glows at 14th magnitude at its peak this week, and appears as a pinpoint of light even through the largest telescopes. The New Horizons spacecraft revealed a stunningly diverse world when it flew past four years ago, however.

Today marks the peak of Pluto’s 2019 appearance. The distant world reaches opposition, which means it lies opposite the Sun in our sky and remains visible all night. It glows dimly at 14th magnitude, however, so you’ll need an 8-inch or larger telescope with good optics to spot it visually. Pluto currently lies in northeastern Sagittarius, some 1.9° northwest of the 6th-magnitude star 53 Sagittarii.
Venus (magnitude –4.0) remains very low in bright dawn. You can search for it barely above a flat east-northeast horizon about 20 minutes before sunrise. Bring binoculars. Good luck.

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

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 7:05pm
Ceres (7/17), Mercury (7/31), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27), Chiron (12/12) Retrograde

Color: Gold

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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.

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su  14      Low   5:56 AM    -1.0   5:45 AM     Set  3:51 AM      90
~    14     High  12:29 PM     5.9   8:59 PM    Rise  7:28 PM
~    14      Low   5:36 PM     2.7
~    14     High  11:30 PM     8.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Think positive. If you fall in the creek, check your pockets for fish.


Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Who or what makes you laugh? Explain why you think this person or thing is funny.



~   I studied the lives of great men and famous women; and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy, enthusiasm, and hard work. – Harry S. Truman (1884 – 1972), 33rd U.S. President
~   A language is a dialect with an army and a navy. – Max Weinrich
~   In summer, the song sings itself. – William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) US poet
~   What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else. – Hal Boyle

Black bees on the clover-heads drowsily clinging,
Where tall, feathered grasses and buttercups sway,
And all through the fields a white sprinkle of daisies,
Open- eyed at the setting of day. – Abba Gould Woolson (1838–1921)


Lughnasadh Magick – Crafts

Harvest Necklace

The months of August, September and October are typically the time for harvest festivals, feasts and celebrations in the northern hemisphere. It is a time when many cultures and spiritual paths celebrate the bounty of the Earth, give thanks for the blessings of this bounty and honor their deities connected with Harvest and the plant spirits.

It is a good time for us to reconnect with the cycles of Nature and receive teachings from the nature spirits and plant spirits.  Study some of the plant species in your area (foods, flowers, trees, etc) and then take a walk outdoors and try to identify these species.  You will notice that some of these plants are beginning to set seed, and it is very interesting to look at all the different types of seed that exist in Nature!

You can create a necklace of seeds to wear during a Harvest celebration, or you may choose to use your “necklace” as an altar decoration or candle garland. You can collect seeds from outdoors that are large enough to string onto a necklace, or you can get seeds from the produce you buy at the grocery store. Apples, gourds, squash, and corn are all good sources for seeds.  Always use uncooked seeds (for instance, never use cooked corn on the cob because the kernels will decompose on your necklace rather than drying).  “Indian” corn can also be used, but since it is already dry you will need to soak the kernels in warm water until they are soft enough to string onto your necklace.  Larger seeds, like buckeyes and acorns, can be used but they require the use of a thin drill bit to get a good hole in them.

Use a sturdy, sharp needle and a heavy string such as dental floss, beading string or hand quilting weight thread.  I like to double my string so that the necklace is very sturdy.  Once strung, the seeds will dry and they may shrink a bit so make your necklace longer than you would like to account for this shrinkage.  Hang the strung seeds in a well ventilated room until the seeds are dry. You can make the necklace long enough to slip over your head or you can add a clasp on the ends of your necklace. You can also wear them wrapped around your wrists or ankles several times (bells can be added if you plan to dance at your festival).  You may also wish to add bits of raffia or stripped, dry cornhusk by tying the bits around your string at different intervals. You can also add any type of charms or stones to your necklace that are used at autumn celebrations in your tradition…..perhaps half of a black walnut, to represent Owl/Wisdom/Goddess.

Written by ScryeWulf for the Magickal Crafts Newsletter

Indian Corn necklace

  • String Indian corn on black thread for a necklace.
  • Small needle
  • Black thread (carpet thread is the best)
  • Awl or nail and hammer
  • Block of wood
  • Ear of Indian corn (multi-colored kernels)
  1. Shell the corn, picking out the individual kernels from the cob.
  2. Take your awl and poke a hole through each kernel. This is easiest if you put the kernel point down on the block of wood and push the awl through from the point where it was attached to the cob through the kernel into the wood.
  3. If you still can’t get the awl to go through soak the corn in warm water and then try again.
  4. String, tie and wear!

Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel) Edited to make complete directions by Anja 2009

Seed and Corn Necklaces

Dried beans (several different kinds and colors)
Dried corn which has already been removed from the cob
Dried corn on the cob (“Indian” corn)
1 yard heavy thread or dental floss for each child
1 tapestry needle for each child
finger bandages (just in case somebody gets stuck!)

  1. Prepare the strings in advance by threading the needles and knotting the end. Prepare the beans and dried corn by soaking overnight in water.
  2. Show the children the ear of dried corn (Not the corn you soaked!) and show them how the kernels can be removed from the cob. (Twist the cob firmly in your hands while holding it over a towel or blanket. The corn should pop off–once you get it started it isn’t difficult to remove all the kernels.)
  3. Show the children how to use the needle to poke a hole through the center of each corn kernel and bean. Alternate corn and beans or make some other pattern.
  4. When the strand of strung seeds is about 24″ long, set it aside overnight or hang it in the sun to dry (the seeds will shrink slightly). When it is dry, push together the seeds to cover any spaces which may have formed.
  5. Tie the ends together in an overhand knot and cut off excess string. Slip the necklace over your head or wind it around your wrist as a bracelet.


Silliness – Confucius SaysMan who jumps through screen door likely to strain himself.


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