It’s marvelously sunny, but with a lot of cloud. Someone just posted a pic on facebook of one shaped like a poodle! The pavement was wet during the night, and a tenth of an inch of rain, registered. 68F, wind at 2mph, AQI9, UV8. There’s still a small chance of rain showers early Thursday morning, about 60% chance of another tenth. This is a wet July!
Yesterday flew by. I spent the early part of the day, writing and writing and writing. Tempus had a bunch of errands in the late afternoon and by the time he was back I was so desperate for a nap that I slept until past midnight and we never got supper!
We spent several hours at that point doing some cookery that had to happen before things turned bad. It was all foil packs: chicken corden bleu (that we had some of today) cheesy ham and potatoes, summer greens and veg. All of it went into the freezer, but the two cordon bleu and one cheesy ham and potato for tomorrow. I still have to do the sweet potatoes and bacon ones, but I didn’t have the right kind of cheese for those, so we put them off. I’ve been trying to get ahead on the cooking, because we just don’t eat right over the summer unless I do!
Once we were at the shop and doing. we had a bunch of things to catch up on, some dishes, some paperwork, and Tempus is out doing laundry again, because the washer that he had done the towels in had “soured” and they smelled horrible.
I’m going to the FUll Moon Circle tonight in Nye Beach. Tempus is going to drop me and the basket of whacky-thumpers off and the folks from the Frog promised me help to get back. I still have to fill my water bottles and find some warm clothes for if the wind comes up.
Tempus is going to head over to Freddie’s and do a little shopping, just snacky things and gas for the car, before the paper route, and then he’ll pick me up in the middle of the run. We’ll see how far I get tonight.
Today’s Feast is the anniversary date of the Hijri Calendar, the main religious calendar for Islam. Year 1 is our 622CE. It’s a lunar calendar, which means that the dates for the hajj and Ramadan and other celebrations shift around, compared to the solar-based calendars. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_calendar
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Arborvitae plicata, which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata – Masculine, Sun. Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage.
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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 7/16 at 2:38pm. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 7/18 at 2:38am. Eclipses – Lunar eclipses always occur on the day of the Full Moon. Positive magicks should not be performed in these months until after the eclipse is over. – Associated God/esses: Kali, Shiva the Destroyer. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/31 at 8:12pm.
Full Moon arrives at 5:38 p.m. EDT. It rises in the southeast just as the Sun sets and reaches its peak in the south around 1:30 a.m. local daylight time. The Moon lies near the border between the constellations Sagittarius the Archer and Capricornus the Sea Goat. As the Moon makes its way across the sky tonight, residents across most of Europe, Africa,
and Asia will see it pass through Earth’s shadow. This partial lunar eclipse runs from 20h01m to 23h00m UT. Maximum eclipse occurs at 21h31m UT, when 66 percent of the Moon lies in our planet’s shadow. Map, timetable, and full details. For us in North America, the full Moon shines on just as normal as can be, about 10° east of Saturn.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, in southern Ophiuchus) is the white point glaring in the south during and after dusk. Orange Antares, fainter at magnitude +1.0, twinkles 7° or 8° to its lower right. Jupiter and Antares form a wide, shallow, 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 it brightened by some 50%, without warning, in July 2000. In a telescope Jupiter is still a good 44 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 Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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
Tu 16 High 12:13 AM 7.9 5:47 AM Set 5:29 AM 98
~ 16 Low 7:20 AM -1.2 8:58 PM Rise 9:08 PM
~ 16 High 1:55 PM 6.2
~ 16 Low 7:09 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.
~ Either dance well or quit the ballroom. – Greek Proverb
~ Show me a man who is a good loser and I’ll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss. – Jim Murray
~ Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it and it darts away. – Dorothy Parker
~ I have given the name Manly Cove to this place today, because of the confidence and manly behaviour shown by the natives. They seemed desirous of our hats and attempted to seize some. Like King, Bowes had to order pants to be pulled down for the ‘Indians’. They expressed a wish to know of what sex we were. – Captain Arthur Phillip, from the log of HMS Supply, January 22, 1788 – Manly, near Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour)
Deep in the greens of summer sing the lives
I’ve come to love. A vireo whets its bill.
The great day balances upon the leaves;
My ears can hear the bird when all is still. –Theodore Roethke (1908–63)
Lughnasadh Bread Spell
In Wiccan tradition, and in many others, Lughnasadh is a day for preparing food from early ripening fruits like apples. It is also a time for baking bread in honor of the harvest.
Combining the two, make an applesauce bread. Stir the batter clockwise, focusing on any craft or sport in which you wish to excel. As you stir, chant,
“Flour from grain,
the spell begins,
let the power rise within;
Apples from trees,
Tailtiu, bring _______
to my heart.”
Fill in the blank with a word that describes the area in which you want to encourage improvements or develop mastery. Eat the bread to internalize the energy.
Time-friendly alternatives here are buying frozen bread and adding diced apples to it, having toast with apple butter, or just enjoying a piece of bread and apple anytime during the day. Chant the incantation mentally. Then bite with conviction!
Adapted from Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess”
The Lammas Bannock – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm
In Scotland, the first fruits were celebrated by the making of a ‘bonnach lunastain’ or Lunasdál bannock, or cake. In later times, the bannock was dedicated to Mary, whose feastday, La Feill Moire, falls on August 15th, two days later than the date of Lammas according to the old reckoning. A beautiful ceremony, which, no doubt, had pagan origins, attended the cutting of the grain (usually oats or bere.) In the early morning, the whole family, dressed in their best, went out to the fields to gather the grain for the ‘Moilean Moire,’ the ‘fatling of Mary.’ They laid the ears on a sunny rock to dry, husked them by hand, winnowed them in a fan, ground them in a quern, kneaded them on a sheepskin, and formed them into a bannock. A fire was kindled of rowan or another sacred wood to toast the bannock, then it was divided amongst the family, who sang a beautiful paean to Mother Mary while they circled the fire in a sunwise direction.
Here is a modern recipe you can try:
- 8 oz flour
- 4 oz butter
- 2 oz caster sugar
- 1oz chopped almonds
- 1oz mixed candied peel
Set oven to 325F/Gas 3. Grease a baking sheet. Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the sugar and butter and rub in to form a dough. Add the almonds and mix in the peel, making sure they are evenly distributed. Form into a thick round on a lightly floured surface and prick all over with a fork. Place on the sheet and bake for about 45-60 minutes. Allow to cool and serve sliced thinly and buttered. – From: Country Cookery – Recipes from Wales by Sian Llewellyn.
- 2 cups wholemeal flour
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- 7/8 pint buttermilk
Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat egg and buttermilk into the dry mix. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth. Shape the dough into two round shapes and place in lightly oiled loaf tins. Draw a cross in the bread (for symbolism and baking purposes). Bake at 375ºF for 40-45 minutes. For a softer crust wrap loaf in a clean towel after cooling.
Yield: 2 loaves
Source: Franklin & Mason, Lammas, Use for: Lughnasadh