After being fogged in most of the day, it’s really something at the moment. The streetlights that I can see have halos! 55F, wind at 2-12mph and gusting, AQI27, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. It should be foggy until mid-morning, then partly sunny during the afternoon (They got that wrong for yesterday! We’re too close to the beach.) and then clouding up at night, again. Tomorrow ought to be like today, but after that it’s more sun that cloud with some possible wind on the weekend.
It got humid/muggy, yesterday. Even in the low 60’s it was sticky. Lots of sirens again. We’ve had a bunch of car accidents, people having to be picked off the rocks, boat problems, one grass fire….. I spent the day writing. …and then a “whump” and lots of sirens right out front! Some lady totaled Cut Above’s planter on the Willow Street side of the building. Fire truck, cops, ambulance…. Apparently she had been weaving all over the highway, coming into town, according to one witness.
I did a little work on outdoor plants, tending and harvesting. I have more sweetgrass, some tiny potatoes and a couple of garlics. Tempus got out to do laundry about 4pm. We had our first noses through the door after 5pm and they were 3 of 4! Two good sales. I was working on the other blogs by then. I made a plate of leftovers and nibbled and by 6:30 I was really sleepy. I kept dozing off at my desk, so I went out and did a little more plant tending to try to stay awake. It didn’t work.
Tempus got back just before 7 and caught me dozing. With a grin he went in back and set the nap bed up and tucked me in. When I woke up for a bit, he fed me a dinner of leftovers and then I went right back to sleep. He finally closed while I was eating, got himself some supper and then did some small chores, waiting for me.
Now, I’m back at my home computer. I have more writing to do. …and I totally forgot about taking pictures of the plants. Gah…. So I found my fabric and started working on a rag doll in an old “ethnic” style…. Slavic. …and got the photos… and developed the photos… and uploaded the photos. Tempus was still napping. He finally headed out at 2 and I was still writing.
Today is the first day of our weekend. We’re intending to sleep in and catch up. I’ve laundry to put away, more dishes to accomplish so I can get the table clear enough to sew, and Tempus has to shift the rollies. Bulk route tomorrow night. I dunno if I’m going or not, probably not, but Tempus has a few things to pick up at the store.
Today’s Feast is that of Damo, daughter of Pythagoras. The story goes that he willed her all his writings and knowing their worth, she taught from them instead of selling them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damo_(philosopher) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. –Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
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 8/3 at 8:59am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 10:33pm on 7/21. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/24 at 10:33pm.
Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) has now established itself as a fine early-evening object. At sunset tonight, it is nearly 25° above the northwestern horizon for observers at northern latitudes. It’s still about 16.5° high an hour later. Currently observed to be magnitude 1.6, its fuzzy, 2.3′-wide coma and perhaps a bit of its fainter tail may be visible to the naked eye from a dark location. To really bring out the comet’s beauty, you’ll want binoculars or a small scope. Look for it about 23° west (below) Merak, the star that marks the lower righthand corner of the Big Dipper’s cup. The comet will continue to appear higher each night relative to the day before, traveling upward to slide beneath the cup of the Big Dipper. Its closest approach to Earth is still upcoming on July 23, when it passes within 64.1 million miles (103.2 million kilometers) of our planet.
We’re not yet halfway through summer, but already W-shaped Cassiopeia, a constellation of fall and winter evenings, is climbing up in the north-northeast as evening grows late. And the Great Square of Pegasus, emblem of fall, rises to balance on one corner just over the eastern horizon.
Summertime is the best time to try spotting noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds. These wispy, eerie clouds hang high in Earth’s atmosphere — about 50 miles (80 km) above the surface, far higher than the lower atmosphere where other clouds and weather occur. Noctilucent clouds comprise ice crystals that form on dust grains high in the atmosphere, which are then illuminated by the Sun. Because of their height, these clouds can reflect light long after the Sun has set (or before it rises) from an observer’s location.
Mercury becomes visible very low in the dawn this week, as shown above. Mercury remains at about the same height from morning to morning, even as it brightens from a puny magnitude +0.9 on July 18th to –0.2 on the 25th. That’s almost three times brighter! It’s because Mercury is swinging around the Sun and showing us more of its sunlit side.
Old Farmer’s Almanac July Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-july-summer-triangle
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh),
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.
Tu 21 High 12:56 AM 8.2 5:52 AM Rise 6:44 AM 0
~ 21 Low 8:03 AM -1.7 8:53 PM Set 10:03 PM
~ 21 High 2:37 PM 6.5
~ 21 Low 7:55 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Buy Your Self Flowers.
~ The smaller the understanding of the situation, the more pretentious the form of expression. – John Romano
~ Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. – Margaret Lee Runbeck
~ There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
~ Expect more than others think possible. – Howard Schultz
Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays. –Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)
Lammas, or Lughnassad, occurs in late July and early August. It is marks the middle of Summer and the beginning of the harvest. Canning goes into full swing, and magickal cabinets are stocked with herbs before the onset of fall. This is also a time to prepare your household for fall and the upcoming Winter months. It is the first of three harvest festivals and is usually associated with ripening grain. It is time to celebrate the fruits of the harvest but also to be aware that summer is passing and winter is on its way.
We honor the weakening Sun God and give thanks for the seeds and the plants that went through the death process (harvest) in order to be reborn next season. The Sun God is waning, but the Goddess is full of abundance. Even as he wanes, he lives on inside her as her child. The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses. The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods. Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown. It is a festival of plenty and prosperity.
Decorate the altar and house with grains such as barley, oats and wheat — also fruits and veggies. Begin gathering and drying herbs, flower, grains or seeds for spellworking in the next year. Make magickal oils now with fresh herbs. Braid onion and garlic charms. Onion is sacred to the sun — because of its shape, and its dye is a golden amber to burnt apricot. When the onion is cut, it reveals the symbolism of the moon. Garlic, too, is sacred to the moon — the crescent shape of the cloves. It exorcises evil and protects. Collect rain and storm water for use in spellwork or to empower objects, add dried mugwort and store in glass bottles. Make a corn wheel. Bake a loaf of bread on Lammas. If you’ve never made bread before, this is a good time to start. Honor the source of the flour as you work with it: remember it was once a plant growing on the mother Earth. If you have a garden, add something you’ve harvested–herbs or onion or corn–to your bread. If you don’t feel up to making wheat bread, make corn bread.
Corn Dolly -Another way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. . She’s your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you. Make a corn dolly to save for next Imbolc.
HERBS to use in your magic at Lughnasadh: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, Irish moss, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, garlic, onion, basil, mint, aloe, acacia, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy, hazelnut, blackthorn, elder, bee pollen.
STONES: Cat’s-eye, citrine, aventurine, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone.
Foods appropriate for Lammas are breads, berries, crab apples, and any locally ripe produce.
At this time, witches cast spells for connectedness, career, health, and financial gain. Spells for abundance are completely appropriate now. As the sun is growing weaker, it is a good time to do grounding and sun meditations, then use the golden rays of the sun (gathered during meditation) in spellcasting.
This is the perfect holiday to honor the prosperity and generosity of Mother Earth. It is a season to throw away useless thoughts and habits and to form new ideas which bring renewed strength. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. Lughnasad is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Do you know why nobody talks about Abraham Lincoln’s crimes? Because he’s in a cent. (Innocent)