Partly cloudy, 53F, wind at mph and gusting, AQI42, UV8. 20% chance of rain today and tonight. Rain has dropped out of the forecast. I’m guessing that we’re likely to stay cool today from the marine layer running up and over. It’s still supposed to be hot in the Valley.
Still sick. Tempus is kinda doing ok, so he kept the shop open, yesterday. It got pretty warm.
Today’s Feast is that of Domhnach Chrom Dubh, a facet of the dying/rising harvest god that is associated with sacred wells. The Crooked Dark One, is the flip side of Lugh, the god of light. He was pretty scary from the sound of it. There’s only a little online about him. A few bits are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Brigid%27s_Well and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuim%C3%ADn_of_Kilcummin Picture from https://36.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lp7jdrVSUI1qepg91o1_r1_400.jpg
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (syn. Montia perfoliata, (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/27 at 5:33am. 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 8/1 at 8:59pm.
omet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) continues to delight as an evening comet. An hour after sunset, it’s roughly 30° high in the northwest. You can find it by drawing a line between the two rightmost stars in the Big Dipper’s cup — Dubhe (at the top) and Merak (bottom) — and continuing the line south another 15° from Merak to spot the comet. Magnitude 3 Al Kaphrah is nearby, about 3° north-northeast of NEOWISE. The comet is just a bit fainter than magnitude 2 and you’ll likely need binoculars or a small telescope to see it. But with optical aid, you should also spot the comet’s tail, which stands out best in photographs. NEOWISE recently passed Earth on July 23, when it was just 64.1 million miles (103.2 million kilometers) from our planet. As it continues to pull away from the Sun and Earth’s orbit, it will continue to dim, although observers can expect to enjoy this binocular object for at least the rest of the month.
Now Spica is two fists lower right of the Moon . Closer to the Moon’s lower left (for North America) is the wide binocular double star Alpha Librae (Zubenelgenubi), magnitudes 2.8 and 5.1, separation 331 arcseconds.
First Quarter Moon occurs at 8:33 A.M. EDT, making this evening is an excellent time to consider some lunar observing. With moonrise occurring in the afternoon, the Moon will still be high in the south at sunset and won’t set until after midnight. Even a small telescope or pair of binoculars will bring out immense detail on our satellite’s face, which appears to observers on Earth as half in daylight and half in darkness during this phase. The line dividing the two is called the terminator, and it’s an excellent starting point for your observing campaign. Along this line, features will appear with the sharpest contrast, as taller mountaintops and crater rims catch the sunlight, while lower-lying areas remain in shadow. Along the terminator at First Quarter are several craters, including Archimedes, Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus, Arzachel, and Maginus. Also visible are several darker “seas,” or maria, which are actually the smooth remnants of ancient lava flows. Among those that are easy to spot at First Quarter are the isolated Mare Crisium in the Moon’s upper right quadrant (for Northern Hemisphere observers), as well as Mare Serenitatis, Mare Tranquillitatis, and Mare Fecunditatis, which form much of the large, dark region to Crisium’s lower left.
Venus (magnitude –4.6, in Taurus) rises in deep darkness about 1½ hour before the very beginning of dawn. As dawn gets under way, Venus blazes brightly in the east. Look for Aldebaran, 160 times fainter at magnitude +0.9, moving farther away to Venus’s upper right each morning. The Pleiades glimmer more than a fist at arm’s length above Aldebaran. The bright star nearly three fists to Venus’s upper left is Capella. In a telescope Venus is a thick crescent, shrinking this week from 30 to 28 arcseconds tall and waxing from 39% to 42% sunlit.
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 Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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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.
M 27 Low 12:40 AM 1.1 5:59 AM Set 12:27 AM 41
~ 27 High 6:27 AM 5.6 8:47 PM Rise 2:13 PM
~ 27 Low 12:25 PM 1.1
~ 27 High 6:58 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am ready to live in empowered transformation.
~ It was Coyote gave fire to man – out of pity, yes, but also because he foresaw the possibility of arson. – Eldri Littlewolf, Faery priestess
~ If you aren’t fire with enthusiasm, you will be fired, with enthusiasm. – Vince Lombardi
~ Diffusing ignorance diffuses hatred. – Jeff Mann
~ Enlightenment is a decision that now you are not interested in creating problems, that’s all. – Meditation = Solution
I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass. – Walt Whitman (1819–92)
- Consecrate salt and water – I bless you, salt. I bless you, water. Join together for our purification.
- Ground, Center, Meditation
- Purify participants – cense and aspurge
Priestess – It is high summer. The days are hot and the nights sultry. The first harvest is taken in and we rejoice in the bounty that is provided.
Priest – In our modern world it is easy to forget how important a successful harvest was to our ancestors. They had cause for celebration: a good harvest meant survival in the dark, cold months ahead. A poor or bad harvest signaled the beginning of difficult times.
Priestess – Even though we can nip out to the supermarket whenever we need something, this is a good time to give thought to where our food originates and reverence for the cycles that produce it. Better still, tending a garden keeps us in touch with the Goddess and her bounty.
Priest – Even if your garden consists only of tomatoes or herbs grown in pots on a balcony, these taste all the sweeter for having been nurtured by your own hands.
Priestess – Tonight’s circle is created to give thanks for what the Lord and Lady provide. The late summer harvest is a time of transformation: a time to take stock of how the year has unfolded thus far, what you have done, and what you are ready to reap.
Priest – The fruits of the seeds planted in the spring—physical and spiritual—are ready to be gathered in.
Priestess – A circle is a symbol of completeness and continuity.
Priest – It is the Wheel of the Year, the cycle of life.
The Priestess takes the hand of the Priest – Hand to hand the circle is cast. This passes around the circle until it is complete
Priestess – The circle is cast. We stand in a place not of time and space, beyond the boundaries of our Earth.
Priest – This is the meeting place of Joy & Truth. See that both remain in your hearts long after this Circle has faded into Memory.
Each quarter lights a lamp from the altar and a bread from the basket and raise it in both hands.
East – Come ye spirits of east, powers of air, bring the cool morning breeze. Be with us this night. (set down bread by lamp)
All – Be with us this night,
South – Come ye spirits of south, powers of fire, bring the hot, sultry summer afternoons. Be with us this night. (set down bread by lamp)
All – Be with us this night,
West – Come ye spirits of west, powers of water, bring the warm rains that nourish the fields. Be with us this night. (set down bread by lamp)
All – Be with us this night,
North – Come ye spirits of north, powers of earth, bring the beauty of ripe, golden
fields. Be with us this night. (set down bread by lamp)
All – Be with us this night.
The Priest and Priestess move their lamps to the right places on the altar speaking from the East of the altar. After speaking, each bread is placed with each lamp. Priest’s bread goes into the paten.
Priest – Lord Lugh, lord of the harvest, the bounty of your seed ripens in the fields and orchards. Nourish us, protect us. Be with us this night.
All – Be with us this night,
Priestess – Lady Gaia, mother of us all, your great swollen belly provides abundance. Nourish us, protect us. Be with us this night.
All – Be with us this night,
Kiss of perfect love and perfect trust
Litany of the Lord and Lady
Priest begins to walk the circle with the cups of grapes giving one to each participant.
Priestess – Take a look at your life. What began earlier in the year, has grown, and is ready to come fully into your life? Hold your little cup between your hands. Think of what you want to reap in this time of harvest.
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.
After this point Priestess will speak while the Priest pays attention to the participants (meditation) until…
… Priestess – May our wishes and intentions be carried above and below.
All – As above, so below.
Priestess – Now, eat one of your grapes, taking the intention into yourself. …Put the next in the offering bowl… Now we’ll take turns feeding each other with the wish for our intentions to be fulfilled.
Priest – This is Lughnasadh, the time of Lugh.
Priestess – This is the time of the first harvest.
Priest – We celebrate the bounty of Gaia and Lugh.
Priestess – We give thanks for what the Lord and Lady provide.
Great Rite (wordless)
Each participant faces his or her respective direction while speaking. The Priest and Priestess face the altar.
Priestess – Lady Gaia, we thank you for your blessing and presence in our circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. We bid you farewell.
All – We bid you farewell, Lady Gaia.
Priest – Lord Lugh, lord of the harvest, we thank you for your blessing and presence in our circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. We bid you farewell.
All – We bid you farewell, Lord Lugh.
West – Spirits of west, powers of water, we thank you for your blessing and presence in our circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. We bid you farewell.
All – We bid you farewell, spirits of west.
South Spirits of south, powers of fire, we thank you for your blessing and presence in our circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. We bid you farewell.
All – We bid you farewell, spirits of south.
East Spirits of east, powers of air, we thank you for your blessing and presence in
our circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. We bid you farewell.
All – We bid you farewell, spirits of east.
North Spirits of north, powers of earth, we thank you for your blessing and presence in our circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. We bid you farewell.
All – We bid you farewell, spirits of north.
Everyone joins hands around the circle.
Priestess – As all good things must sometimes end, Go forth with the love the Goddess sends.
Priest – For if your heart is always true, This circle will come back to you.
Priestess – The Circle is open, but unbroken.
Priest – May the Joy of the God and Goddess be ever in your hearts.
All – Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again. Blessed be.
All Feast, sharing the breads and other foods.
On the Altar
- Center Altar
- Dish of salt
- Dish of water
- Center candle
- 7 rolls/breads placed in a basket on the altar,
- Plate of cups of grapes
- Spiced Iced tea in the chalice
- Wand (optional)
- Quarter lamps and Altar lamps are set on the altar.
Silliness – Ridiculous Job Interview
Fresh out of business school, the young man answered a want ad for an accountant. He was being interviewed by a very nervous man who ran a three-man business.
“I need someone with an accounting degree,” the man said. “But mainly, I’m looking for someone to do my worrying for me.”
“Excuse me?” the young accountant said.
“I worry about a lot of things,” the man said. “But I don’t want to have to worry about money. Your job will be to take all the money worries off my back.”
“I see,” the young accountant said. “And how much does the job pay?”
“I will start you at eighty-five thousand dollars”
“Eighty-five thousand dollars!” the young man exclaimed. “How can such a small business afford a sum like that?”
“That,” the owner said, “is your first worry.”