Minus Tide at 7:08 AM of -2.4 feet. The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. No Herbs in the Garden today.
[posting at 4am] Some small clouds, but a gorgeous Moon! 52F, wind at 1-2mph, AQI 10-40, UV8. Chance of rain 12% today and 8% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 3pm today to 2am on Thu. Forecast – All week is going to be mostly sunny to partly cloudy. Highs 65-68. Lows 50-56. The prescribed burn is out. No fires or firespots, but the smoke from the CA fires is up and over us.
Monday, on the way home (we headed that way at 7pm) there was a heron in Lint Slough, standing on a rock. I burst out laughing when I saw it and Tempus asked why since he was driving and couldn’t see. The silly bird was standing in a perfect “Snoopy the Vulture” pose, straight out of the Sunday comics! The only thing missing was the spiraling googly eyes!
We were so hot, that instead of going straight home. we drove down to the floating docks at the park and went out to sit in the shade of the boathouse with the cool breeze off the water blowing on us. We talked about a bunch of things and Tempus got to see the signs of the rising tide on the floating pier posts. They also squeaked and complained and we got to giggling at the sounds (very rude!) that the wiggling bits were doing. We finally were cooled off enough that when the sun started to walk off with our shadow, we headed home.
We were too tired to eat much, so we turned in as soon as we could and were both back up in time for Tempus to head out on the paper run. I spent most of the evening finding and putting small stuff away, and sorting out some papers that have gotten neglected for other things. Eventually, I took my tablet to bed and did a little outlining for some new articles, then read until I got sleepy.
I was up near the usual time and went into the living room where it was much cooler. Tempus woke around 3, and I hadn’t gotten anything done. We had coffee and mini-cherry pies for breakfast and eventually soup and sandwich for lupper/sunch. 🙂 an early evening meal, anyway… I managed to spend a little while in the garden, mostly weeding, and then Tempus got everything watered and planted a start of Oregon Grape that we hope will take. Eventually we were back inside and he worked on getting more stuff put away and cleaning the counter. It really needed it…. then we turned in for a nap.
I woke a bit before he did and when Tempus was up and ready, we headed in to town. He dropped me at the shop and I started setting up newsletter frames for the rest of the month. I haven’t done that for quite awhile, but WordPress is finally allowing copying from one post to the next in an easy way, and I need to have frames for while I’m gone. The newsletter may look odd from the 22-26th of this month. I’m still not sure how I’m going to be getting those done, but at worst, with filled in templates, Tempus can post them at the right time. It might mean that the Facebook links don’t get posted…. Or that they post with an incomplete newsletter… I’m still not sure how all that works….
Today we’re planning on getting a start from the sign planter rose and one from Jeanne’s rose and getting them into pots at home, so we can keep an eye on them. After we get the starts we’re going to head to the Farmer’s Market for some fresh stuff and then home to bed. I’m hoping it’ll stay cool enough to sleep.
Today’s Feast is in honor of the birthday of John Dee, Renaissance mathematician and mage. He was Queen Elizabeth I’s personal astrologer, among many high-placed and well-remembered friends, but in magickal circles, he is most known for his studies with Edward Kelley and the Enochian language that came out of that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dee
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word for the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has traditionally been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother and there are a number of more modern medical uses. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning 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 7/14 at 11:38pm. 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 7/28 at 10.55am.
Full Moon (exact at 2:38 p.m. EDT). The Moon rises around sunset. By dark it’s up in the southeast, between Sagittarius and Capricornus.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth in its orbit, at 5:06 A.M. EDT. At that time, it will sit 221,993 miles (357,263 km) from our planet. That means that this month’s Full Moon is a Super Moon — the unofficial term for a Full Moon that occurs at or around perigee, when our satellite looks biggest and brightest. You may feel like you’ve read that term a lot this year — and it’s true. July’s Super Moon is 2022’s third Super Moon in a row, and it won’t be the last. We’ve got one more Super Moon in August to cap off the run. According to astrophysicist and eclipse expert Fred Espenak, we won’t get another until July 2023.
July’s Full Moon is also known as the Buck Moon. Like all Full Moons, it rises opposite the Sun in the sky, roughly around sunset, and will remain visible until sunrise. Our satellite shines brightly inside the handle of the Teapot asterism in Sagittarius, arcing through the southern sky overnight. For those in the western U.S. and Canada, the Moon will occult magnitude 3.3 Tau (τ) Sagittarii — you can check the International Occultation Timing Association’s page on the event to see whether it’s visible from your location.
Arcturus and Vega are about equally far from the zenith in late twilight as the stars come out: Arcturus >>>> toward the southwest, <<< Vega toward the east. Once it’s dark, draw a line from Arcturus to Vega. A third of the way along the line is dim, semicircular Corona Borealis with its one moderately bright star, Alphecca. Two thirds of the way along the line is the dim Keystone of Hercules.
Venus, magnitude –3.9, rises just as dawn begins. As dawn brightens, look for Venus low in the east-northeast. If the sky isn’t too bright yet, try for Aldebaran to Venus’s upper right by a fist at arm’s length or a little more. And maybe even the Pleiades above Aldebaran. Brighter Capella shines farther to Venus’s upper left.
Runic half month of Feoh – 6/29-7/13 The first rune, Feoh, is sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 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
Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Neptune 12/3 Retrograde
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Color – Topaz
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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.
Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Grey
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Green
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 13 Low 7:08 AM -2.4 5:44 AM Set 5:10 AM 98
~ 13 High 1:46 PM 6.5 8:59 PM Rise 9:42 PM
~ 13 Low 6:52 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I have alot of special people in my life, and thank you for being a part of it.
Journal Prompt – What if? -What would happen if animals could talk? What are some of the questions you would like to ask animals?
~ You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
~ Movies are written in sand: applauded today, forgotten tomorrow. – DW Griffith
~ Compassion is a verb. – Thich Nhat Hanh
~ Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary. Oscar Wilde
~ The cure of the part should not be attempted without the cure of the whole. No attempt should be made to cure the body without the soul and if the head and the body are to be healthy, you must begin by curing the mind. That is the first thing. Let no one persuade you to cure the head until he has first given you his soul to be cured. For this is the great error of our day in the treatment of the human body, that physicians first separate the soul from the body. – Plato
Lughnasadh Magick – Lore
Pagan Studies –LAMMAS: The First Harvest
Once upon a Lammas Night
When corn rigs are bonny,
Beneath the Moon’s unclouded light,
I held awhile to Annie…
Although in the heat of a Mid-western summer it might be difficult to discern, the festival of Lammas (Aug 1st) marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall. The days now grow visibly shorter and by the time we’ve reached autumn’s end (Oct 31st), we will have run the gamut of temperature from the heat of August to the cold and (sometimes) snow of November. And in the midst of it, a perfect Mid-western autumn.
The history of Lammas is as convoluted as all the rest of the old Folk holidays. It is of course a cross-quarter day, one of the four High Holidays or Greater Sabbats of Witchcraft, occurring 1/4 of a year after Beltane. However, British Witches often refer to the astrological date of Aug 6th as Old Lammas, and folklorists call it Lammas O.S. (‘Old Style’). This date has long been considered a ‘power point’ of the Zodiac, and is symbolized by the Lion, one of the ‘tetramorph’ figures found on the Tarot cards, the World and the Wheel of Fortune (the other three figures being the Bull, the Eagle, and the Spirit). Astrologers know these four figures as the symbols of the four ‘fixed’ signs of the Zodiac, and these naturally align with the four Great Sabbats of Witchcraft.
Christians have adopted the same iconography to represent the four gospel-writers. ‘Lammas’ was the medieval Christian name for the holiday and it means ‘loaf-mass’, for this was the day on which loaves of bread were baked from the first grain harvest and laid on the church altars as offerings. It was a day representative of ‘first fruits’ and early harvest.
In Irish Gaelic, the feast was referred to as ‘Lugnasadh’, a feast to commemorate the funeral games of the Irish sun-god Lugh.
However, there is some confusion on this point. Although at first glance, it may seem that we are celebrating the death of the Lugh, the god of light does not really die (mythically) until the autumnal equinox. And indeed, if we read the Irish myths closer, we discover that it is not Lugh’s death that is being celebrated, but the funeral games which Lugh hosted to commemorate the death of his foster- mother, Taillte. That is why the Lugnasadh celebrations in Ireland are often called the ‘Tailltean Games’.
The time went by with careless heed
Between the late and early,
With small persuasion she agreed
To see me through the barley…
One common feature of the Games were the ‘Tailltean marriages’, a rather informal marriage that lasted for only ‘a year and a day’ or until next Lammas. At that time, the couple could decide to continue the arrangement if it pleased them, or to stand back to back and walk away from one another, thus bringing the Tailltean marriage to a formal close. Such trial marriages (obviously related to the Wiccan ‘Handfasting’) were quite common even into the 1500’s, although it was something one ‘didn’t bother the parish priest about’. Indeed, such ceremonies were usually solemnized by a poet, bard, or shanachie (or, it may be guessed, by a priest or priestess of the Old Religion).
Lammastide was also the traditional time of year for craft festivals. The medieval guilds would create elaborate displays of their wares, decorating their shops and themselves in bright colors and ribbons, marching in parades, and performing strange, ceremonial plays and dances for the entranced onlookers. The atmosphere must have been quite similar to our modern-day Renaissance Festivals, such as the one celebrated in near-by Bonner Springs, Kansas, each fall.
A ceremonial highlight of such festivals was the ‘Catherine wheel’. Although the Roman Church moved St. Catherine’s feast day all around the calendar with bewildering frequency, it’s most popular date was Lammas. (They also kept trying to expel this much-loved saint from the ranks of the blessed because she was mythical rather than historical, and because her worship gave rise to the heretical sect known as the Cathari.) At any rate, a large wagon wheel was taken to the top of a near-by hill, covered with tar, set aflame, and ceremoniously rolled down the hill. Some mythologists see in this ritual the remnants of a Pagan rite symbolizing the end of summer, the flaming disk representing the sun-god in his decline. And just as the sun king has now reached the autumn of his years, his rival or dark self has just reached puberty.
Many commentators have bewailed the fact that traditional Gardnerian and Alexandrian Books of Shadows say very little about the holiday of Lammas, stating only that poles should be ridden and a circle dance performed. This seems strange, for Lammas is a holiday of rich mythic and cultural associations, providing endless resources for liturgical celebration.
Corn rigs and barley rigs,
Corn rigs are bonny!
I’ll not forget that happy night
Among the rigs with Annie!
Lughnasadh Incense Recipes
2 tsp Heather
1 tsp Frankincense
1 tsp Apple Blossoms
1/4 tsp Blackberry leaves
1/4 tsp wood base
1/8 tsp salt petre
Self-burning, no charcoal need. Do place on sand to burn.
20 drops clove bud oil
23 drops sandalwood oil
1 cup oak moss
2 cups dried pink rosebuds
2 cups dried red peony petals
1 cupdried amaranth flowers
1 cup dried heather flowers
1/2 cup dried cornflowers.
Mix the clove bud and sandalwood oils with the oak moss and then
add the remaining ingredients,Stir the potpourri well and store in a
tightlycovered ceramic or glass container.
From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – vulcant (VUL kant) – n. (chemical symbol: Vu) The stale air that emanates from a flat tire.