Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Tempus got back from tending the birds and sat for a few before we got going on the other chores. I got the holly finished before he was ready to do anything else. …and I’m sorry that I missed yesterday’s Lore in the Magick section. I’m going to go back in and fix that!
Tempus made a new bread recipe and it turned out to be really good. It uses egg, which he hasn’t been doing. The bread was soft and more roll-like than his usual. Our late supper was that and some leftovers (pork, onions and cheese) turned into a hot sandwich. Yummers!
We got cooking going in the middle of the afternoon after Tempus got the dehydrator cleaned up, thawing some frozen stuff, making a sauerkraut to ferment (Oh, I need to go burp it! ..and did. Oops. I need to take a towel with me next time. Some self-burpers are on the way from Ball Canning.) setting up the dehydrator with the mushroom spice (we still need to find a grinder.) and making the batter for the girdle cakes.
…and then Jay got assigned to fry the girdle cakes. He had fun. I did the first ones and he went on from there. By then the tripot had pork and onions and a beef stew. The third crock went to the girdle cakes. …and then we ate until we were stuffed and found only tiny corners to tuck marzipan and violet comfits into. 🙂
We got the doors open on time this morning. Tempus is out trying to get a couple of plants out of the sun (they’re not doing well….) and I’ve been sorting left over herb headers and working on the debris from Friday and Saturday. Lots more to do!
…and I had a reading come in as I was about to get this out. That’s why we’re so late.
Today’s Feast is the Neptunalia, celebrated by the Romans in honor of Neptune, god of the sea and Salacia, goddess of the wide-open waters and salt springs. Oddly, no one seems to know much about the festival other than a hint about games, except for the building of leafy canopies to party under. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptunalia and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_(god)
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.- Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/24 at 6:18pm.
Got a really dark sky? Or planning to vacation under one? The Milky Way arches high across the eastern sky now — from Perseus and Cassiopeia low in the north-northeast, across Cygnus and through the Summer Triangle high in the east, and down through Sagittarius and the tail of Scorpius low in the south. Bring a low-power, wide-field scope for some grand star fields. And for an unusual excursion, bring the July issue of Sky & Telescope to hunt out some of the spooky dark nebulae in Ophiuchus over Jupiter — using Richard Wild’s “Going Deep” column and chart starting on page 57.
The Big Dipper’s familiar shape appears halfway up the northwestern sky as darkness falls. 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.
arcseconds wide this week. See Bob King’s observing guide to Jupiter.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, in Sagittarius) is the steady, pale yellowish “star” in the south-southeast after dark, 31° east (left) of Jupiter. Look to Saturn’s lower right for the Sagittarius Teapot. In a telescope Saturn’s rings are tilted a wide 23° to our line of sight, not quite as open as they’ve been for the last couple of years.
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
M 22 High 4:10 AM 6.1 5:53 AM Set 11:26 AM 79
~ 22 Low 10:50 AM 0.4 8:52 PM
~ 22 High 5:26 PM 6.4
~ 22 Low 11:30 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts.
~ Absence makes the heart grow fonder. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
~ The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. – Bertrand Russell
~ Self-respect is a product of doing difficult things, and doing them well. – George Bernard Shaw.
~ Sometimes it is best to take time to be quiet and think! – Patrick Driessen
Sing a song of seasons,
Something bright in all,
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall. – Robert Louis Stevenson(1850–94)
Have a magickal picnic with libations to the earth of bread and wine. Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
Do a Harvest Chant when serving the corn bread at dinner: Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
The Earth Mother grants the grain,
The Horned God goes to his domain.
By giving life into her grain,
The God dies then is born again.
Corn Husk Herbal Sachet
During the late summer, particularly around the Lammas season, corn is in abundance. It’s everywhere, and if you’ve ever picked fresh corn straight from the fields, you know how delicious it tastes! When you pick your own corn – or even if you buy it from your local farmer’s market – you typically have to figure out what to do with all those leftover husks. You can use them to make a corn dolly or a husk chain if you like. Another great way to use them is by making corn husk herb sachets.
- Several corn husks
- Dried herbs of your choice
- A hot glue gun
Not sure which herbs to use? Check out our list of Herbal Correspondences.
Weave the Husks
Trim the ends off the husks, and cut them into strips – I find that about 1/2” – 3/4” in width is the most manageable size. Weave several strips together as shown in the photo (I used five going in each direction, for a total of ten). Once you’ve created a square, use your hot glue gun to anchor the stray edges into place, so you have a nice even edge.
Add Your Herbs
Fold the square in half and glue the short sides together, creating a small pocket. Fill the pouch with herbs of your choice, and then hot glue the long open edge closed.
To give your sachet some magical mojo, select herbs based upon purpose and intent:
- Healing: Apple blossom, lavender, fennel, chamomile, sandalwood, wintergreen, peppermint
- Money/prosperity: Bay leaf, basil, chamomile, Buckeye, myrtle, apple, sunflower, pennyroyal
- Love: Allspice, apple blossom, catnip, lavender, clove, yarrow, marjoram, basil.
- Strength: Oak, acorns, bay leaf, thistle, yarrow.
Once your glue has dried you can place these sachets around your house or in your drawers. The corn husks will dry naturally, and you’ll be left with scented woven packets. If you like, decorate them with a pretty ribbon, some berries, or other seasonal items.
Silliness – Searching
A business owner tells her friend that she is desperately searching for an accountant.
Her friend asks, “Didn’t your company hire an accountant a short while ago?”
The business owner replies, “That’s the accountant I’ve been searching for!”