Partly cloudy and cool. It should be sunny once the clouds burn off. 50F, winds are calm, AQI31, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. Foggy tomorrow morning again. There’s about a 50% chance of showers on Monday, but otherwise it’s the same partly cloudy to mostly sunny…..
Yesterday I started feeling a little better, but the coughing is bad. I have zero energy and some interesting joint pain…. but other than making it hard to sleep, I have a little more brain, at least. I’ve spent a little time at the computer today, but mostly I’m catching up on reading and trying to sew, a little.
Tempus made bread last night and cooked up a potato/cheese/bacon dish that I had set up for supper a few nights ago. The pickles are seeing good use. 🙂
Today, he’s planning to open at the usual time. You probably won’t see me.
Today’s Feast is National Sleepyhead Day in Finland. That made me giggle. The tradition is that the last person to wake gets water thrown on them. More recently there’s a tradition to dunk a celebrity in the ocean. 🙂 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Sleepy_Head_Day
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining –Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it, then rinse well. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythology and more about our variety here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
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 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.
Comet 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.
The two brightest stars of summer are <<<<<< Vega, nearly overhead after the night is fully dark, and Arcturus>>>>> shining in the west. (Brighter Jupiter in the southeast doesn’t count!) Draw a line down from Vega to Arcturus. A third of the way along that line, it crosses the dim Keystone of Hercules. Two thirds of the way to Arcturus it crosses the dim semicircle of Corona Borealis with its one modestly bright star, Alphecca or Gemma. Vega and the star of the Keystone closest to it form an equilateral triangle with Eltanin to their north, the nose of Draco the Dragon. Eltanin is the brightest star of Draco’s quadrilateral head; he eternally eyes Vega.
Neptune, Mars, and Uranus create a trio of planetary delights early this morning. By 1:30 A.M. local time, all three are well above the southeast horizon, with the Red Planet blazing at magnitude –1. It’s currently among the dim stars of Pisces the Fish, but you can use two nearby bright stars to find it: Draw a line between Hamal in Aries and Fomalhaut in Piscis Austrinus, and Mars is the only bright object halfway along it. 27.5° west of Mars is magnitude 7.8 Neptune — you’ll need at least binoculars to see its small, bluish disk, but a telescope is better. And just 23° east-northeast of Mars is magnitude 5.8 Uranus. Keen-eyed observers may see it without optical aid from a dark location, but binoculars or a small scope will bring its gray disk into view for anyone to enjoy. Follow the line from Mars to Uranus further still, and you’ll hit the sparkling Pleiades. This open star cluster is easily recognizable and requires no optical aid to enjoy. Many mistake it for the Little Dipper because of its small, dipper-shaped configuration, but the former is both larger and currently much higher overhead in the north, sprouting from the North Star (Polaris) at the end of its handle.
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 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.
Th 30 Low 4:07 AM -0.4 6:02 AM Set 2:06 AM 74
~ 30 High 10:36 AM 5.4 8:43 PM Rise 5:51 PM
~ 30 Low 3:38 PM 2.8
~ 30 High 9:46 PM 8.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – honest is da best policy
~ Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. – Arundhati Roy
~ Don’t water your weeds. – Harvey Mackay
~ A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations. – Patricia Neal
~ May your heart be an altar, from which the bright flame of unending thanksgiving ascends to Heaven.- St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, Embrace the World (via Danielle LaPorte, via T. thorn Coyle)
The sun went down in beauty,
~ Peacefully sank to rest,
Leaving its golden reflection
~ On the great Mississippi’s breast;
Gleaming on the turbulent river,
~ In the coming gray twilight,
Soothing its restless surging,
~ And kissing its waters goodnight. – –George Marion McClellan (1860–1934) [Anja’s note – I’ve a temptation to change this to “the great Columbia’s breast” …and “Gleaming on the strong current, Soothed from its restless surging….”]
- Small loaf of whole grain bread on the paten
- Sun tea and chalice
- Tray with cups of grapes, one for each
- Basket of fruit
- Quarter lamps
- Pentacle in circle center has holly wreath crossed by grain scepter
- Wreaths of summer flowers or grain
- 3 have rosemary wands and a white square of gauze
- 1 of these has a green opaque cloth
Priestess – This is the time of Light, the days of summer and warmth. Gaia, our Mother Earth, is swollen with the fruits of the harvest. The hay harvest and first grains are ready and new potatoes, tomatoes and herbs are flourishing. All the seeds that we planted in spring are beginning to give back to us.
But…our God has gone into the grain. Who now is our protector? Who now is the giver of the wisdom of men?
This is the time of the Games of Lugh where the Holly King of the Waning Year must be found.
Purify with the elements
Priestess takes the hand of the first person to her left and says, “Hand to hand the circle is cast.” that person repeats the phrase and takes the hand of the next person and so on.
The priestess raises her hands and the whole circle follows, loosing hands at the top of the arc.
Priestess – We stand in a place not of our Earth, beyond the bounds of time and space.
East – (lighting candle) Come spirits of Air, bring us the cool morning breeze!
South – (lighting candle) Come spirits of Fire, bring us the warmth of noon!
West – (lighting candle) Come spirits of West, bring us the fogs and mists!
North – (lighting candle) Come spirits of Earth, bring us the beautiful fields of ripe golden grain!
Priestess – Lights the candle – O mighty mother of us all, bringer of fruitfulness, you give us fruit and grain, flocks and herds and children to the tribe that we may be mighty. By the rose of thy love, descend up the body of your servant and priestess here!
Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who of old was called Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Ceridwen, Diana, Arionrhod, Brigid and by many other names:
“Whenever you have need of anything, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, you shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me who is Queen of all the Wise.
You shall be free from slavery and as a sign that you be free you shall be naked in your rites.
Sing, feast, dance, make music and love, all in My presence, for Mine is the ecstasy of the spirit and Mine also is joy on earth. For My law is love unto all beings.
Mine is the secret that opens upon the door of youth, and Mine is the cup of wine of life that is the Cauldron of Ceridwen, that is the holy grail of immortality.
I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal and beyond death I give peace and freedom and reunion with those that have gone before.
Nor do I demand aught of sacrifice, for behold, 1 am the mother of all things and My love is poured out upon the earth.”
Hear the words of the Star Goddess, the dust of whose feet are the stars of heaven, whose body encircles the universe:
I who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars and the mysteries of the deep waters, I call upon your soul to arise and come unto me.
For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.
From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return.
Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold—all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
And you who seek to know Me, know that your seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.
For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.”
Here I am, but who is to be our Lord, now? Find for us the Holly King!
The Morrigans step forward, putting on their veils.
1st – I am Annan
2nd – I am Macha
3rd – I am Badb
All – I am the Morrigan!
They circle around the inside of the circle 3 times, tapping each covener on head or shoulder with the rosemary wands, chanting “Look in thy heart!”
After the 3rd time they stand back to back at the center pointing at coveners in turn.
Annan asks, “What is thy harvest?” Covener answers, then
Macha asks, “What…” and so on, leaving the priest for last.
His answer is:
Priest – “I am the battle-waging spear;
I am a salmon in the pool;
I am a hill of poetry;
I am a ruthless boar;
I am a threatening noise of the sea;
I am a wave of the sea;
Who but I knows the secret of the unhewn dolmen?”
The Morrigans pull him to the center of the circle and he drops to his knees facing the altar. They circle him, covering him with the green cloth, chanting “Hoof and Horn”. Under the cloth he puts on the holly wreath and picks up the scepter. When they have circled 3 times they stop at east, south and west leaving the priestess in the North.
Badb – Come battle-waging spear!
Macha – Come wave of the sea!
Annan – Come Brigdhe’s hill of inspiration!
Badb – Come ruthless boar!
Macha – Come threat of the sea!
Annan – Come wise salmon!
Badb – Come King of the Waning Year!
Macha – Come wise one!
Annan – Come King of the Harvest!
Priestess – Come to us, Holly King!
The Morrigans grab the cloth and throw it up and off him, out of the circle
Priest (stands) – I am he!
Priestess – “Welcome, welcome, thrice welcome.” Kisses him and turns him to face the coveners. “Behold the Holly King!”
The Morrigans step back into the circle and take off their veils.
The Priest lights the God candle.
Priest picks up the tray of cups of grapes and, going around the circle, gives one to each covener saying, “Receive my gift!”
Priestess – (when he’s done) Take a look at your life. What began earlier in the year, has grown and is ready to come fully into your life? Hold the cup in your hands and when you have the image firmly in your mind, eat one grape and then bring another to the altar as an offering.
Priest – When you have done that, move about freely with all those here and feed grapes to each other with a blessing or a wish for each. When your cup is empty go back to your spot.
Priest and Priestess feed each other a grape with a wish, then begin to chant.
As friends in a circle,
A gift for you,
May the Goddess grant
Your wishes true.
When all have gone back to their places the priestess says:
Priestess – May our wishes and intentions be carried above and below.
Priest – As above so below. So mote it be.
Work for the night happens here.
The priest/ess kneel in facing each other in front of the altar and perform the symbolic Great Rite, passing the cup and plate with the blessings “May you never thirst.” and “May you never hunger.”
Priest and Priestess settle back and pull out the goodies and all feast.
When all are done Priest/ess stand and face each other over the altar.
Priestess – It is time to move back to our everyday world. Close your eyes and let your breath settle into a comfortable rhythm.
Priest – Let go of the energy and let it spiral down, down to your feet. (pause) Let it continue through the floor. (pause) Let it continue to spiral down below the building. (pause) Touch your energy to Mother Earth.
Priestess – Take a moment to reflect on what you will reap in this harvest.
Priest – When you are ready, open your eyes and look around you and give thanks silently for all those here tonight and all those who have gone before us.
Priestess (raising her arms to release the energies) – Bright Radiant Goddess, powerful Earth Mother, thank you for having been with me and with us tonight. We ask your blessing, Lady, now and forever. Blessed Be. (puts out the candle)
Priest (raising his arms to release the energies) – Holly King, you of the Waning Sun, King of the harvests, Protector of us all! Thank you for having been with me and with us tonight. We ask your blessing until you come again. Blessed Be. (puts out the candle)
East – Spirits of Air, we thank you for joining in our circle and we ask for your blessing as you depart. May there be peace between us now and fever. Blessed be. (puts out the candle)
South – Spirits of Fire, we thank you for joining in our circle and we ask for your blessing as you depart. May there be peace between us now and fever. Blessed be. (puts out the candle)
West – Spirits of Water, we thank you for joining in our circle and we ask for your blessing as you depart. May there be peace between us now and fever. Blessed be. (puts out the candle)
North – Spirits of Earth, we thank you for joining in our circle and we ask for your blessing as you depart. May there be peace between us now and fever. Blessed be. (puts out the candle)
Priestess – The Circle is open, but unbroken. May the peace of the Goddess go in your hearts.
Priest – Merry meet, merry part and merry meet again. Blessed be!
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why did the orange stop rolling down the hill? Answer: It ran out of Juice.