Full Corn Moon: August 15, 2019

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Full Corn Moon: August 15, 2019

5:29 am PST / 6:29 am MST / 8:29 am EST

The Old Farmer’s Almanac calls this full moon the Sturgeon Moon because the Native people of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain knew this was the best time to catch these large fish. I have also seen it called the Barley Moon or Corn Moon, as this moon is also associated with grain and the rebirth we celebrated at Lughnasadh.

Other names for this moon are Dog’s Day Moon (Colonial American), Harvest Moon (China), Fruit Moon (Cherokee), Women’s Moon (Choctaw), Moon When All Things Ripen (Dakotah), Dispute Moon (Celtic), Lightning Moon (Pagan).

This August moon will be in the eccentric sign of Aquarius. Even though the energy of this moon is much more gentle than the Aquarius moon we had in February the key will lie in being careful not to let your heart rule over your head. This moon is also about harvesting the thought seeds that we planted in the springtime. Carry the harvest theme over into your magickal workings for the day. What can you sacrifice (harvest) today that will help you in the future? Spiritual and physical health are also good areas to work on at this time.

Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Garnet, Red Agate, Red Jasper and Tigers Eye (both gold and red.)

Sacred Herbs: Chamomile, Basil, Rosemary, Rue

Deities: Hecate, Mars, Hathor, Thoth

Full Moon Ritual Incense Anon 2 parts Sandalwood 2 parts Frankincense 1/2 part Gardenia petals 1/4 part Rose petals a few drops Ambergris oil Burn during Esbats or simply at the time of the Full Moon to attune with the Goddess.  http://www.paganlibrary.com/recipes/full_moon_ritual_incense.php    Full Moon Oil #1 Anon 4 parts Gardenia 2 parts Lotus 1 part Jasmine Anoint the body prior to Esbats to attune with Lunar energies.  http://www.paganlibrary.com/recipes/full_moon_oil_1.php

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The Celtic Tree Month of Hazel (Coll) August 5th – September 1st.


The Celtic Tree Month of Hazel (Coll) August 5th – September 1st.

HAZEL LORE: The Tree of Knowledge

Long ago, hazel trees were prized by the Romans who used the limber twigs to support their grape vines. These vines were sacred to the Roman god Bacchus, and goats who were found feeding on them were sacrificed to Bacchus and roasted on hazel spits. The Romans were also responsible for giving Scotland it’s Latin name of Caledonia. Hazel trees were plentiful in Scotland and the Romans called it Cal-Dun or Hill of Hazel. Since the medieval times hazel has been held sacred, particularly in Ireland where it is part of a Celtic triad – Apple for beauty; Hazel for wisdom; Oak for strength. These trees were in fact so sacred that cutting one unnecessarily carried the penalty of death. Hazel was often used in funeral pyres and it was also found in the coffins of people of note like chiefs and rulers.

In Irish legend, 9 hazel trees grew around the sacred well of Connla. The trees produce flowers and fruit (nuts). The nuts fell into the well and were eaten by the salmon, the legend says that the salmon will have the exact number of spots as the number of nuts it has eaten. The salmon became the carrier of all knowledge.

PLANT INFORMATION This tree is found all over the world ( Europe, North Africa, Asia, Britain and the US). It can be found growing in damp places, hedgerows, and oak woods. It resembles a large shrub more than a tree although it grows to heights of 12-20 feet. Hazel trees have heart shaped leaves and produce yellowish catkins (male) along with reddish flowers (female) which can be seen between April and May. There are aproximately 15 species of Hazel and they all produce nuts, called hazelnuts, filberts or cobnuts depending on where you live. The nuts are ripe by September and can be eaten right off the tree, The uneaten nuts fall off the tree and will actually germinate if left. The wood from this tree is tough and limber. It is used to make walking sticks, fishing poles, baskets and hampers. It’s an excellent firewood and the charcoal is used for making gunpowder and crayons.

Hazel is used for divination and dowsing rods are often made from it. This was actually documented by Roman author, and philosopher, Pliny the Elder. The art of dowsing is called rhabdomancy and traditionally a divining rod was cut at night and from the eastern side of the tree. Before the 17th century these dowsing rods were used not only to find water but treasure, thieves and murders. An interesting fact is that this form of dowsing is still practiced in the Celtic nation of Cornwall. Cornish legend says that the dowsing rod is guided to water or ore loads by piskies who guard the hazel trees. The nuts can also be used for divination. It is said that if you eat hazel nuts prior to divinatory workings you will gain increased knowledge. You can also use the wood, leaves, and nuts in dark moon rituals. The nuts were talismans carried for various reasons. People carried them to prevent toothaches. And they were said to help cure snakebites. Along this line St. Patrick used a hazel rod to drive all the snakes from Ireland. In Scandinavia this tree was sacred to the Thunder God, Thor and were used to protect a person again being struck by lightning.

In Scotland, on Halloween, 2 hazel nuts are given the names of lovers and put into the embers of the fire. If they burn quietly and stay together, the lovers will remain together. But if they crack and move apart they are ill matched. Hazel nuts are also considered good luck, and said to increase fertility. New brides were often given strings of hazel nut as gifts.

Ancient sailors also wore crowns of woven hazel twigs called wishing caps. These caps offered protection against bad storms at sea. The ancient druids believed that that if you wore such a crown you could become invisible.

This wood is also good for crafting wands and record of them can be found in ancient Egyptian and Chaldean records. According to Greek myth Apollo gave a hazel wand to Mercury. With it Mercury was able to instill good virtues into mankind.

HAZEL PEOPLE If you are a hazel person you should pay attention to your own natural rhythm. It is easy for you to be impatient and you should sit back and let thing s happen naturally. You will be much happier. Hazel people are also understanding, moody, honest and tolerant partners and have excellent ideas of right and wrong. Choosing Hazel or Hazelnut as a magickal name represents someone who is wise and experienced.



Folk Names: Coll, Poets Tree and Dripping Hazel

Deity Associations: Mercury/ Hermes, Thor, Artemis, Arianrhod, Mannen Mac Lir, Ogma and Diana.

Ruled by: Mercury and the Sun

Star Signs: Virgo, Libra, Gemini

Sacred Stones: Lapis, Amethyst, Sapphire

Colors: Brown, Dark Blue

Animals: Salmon, Crane

Key Word: Intuition

Written by CatSister/LBolotin 2010/ Updated 2019 from the following resources:
The New Book of Magickal names by Phoenix McFarland
Flower and Tree Magic by Richard Webster
Whispers from the Woods by Sandra Kynes

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 1, 2019 “Lammas/Lughnasadh Edition”

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 1, 2019: Lammas/Lughnasadh Edition

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat


“As in the bread and wine, so it is with me.
Within all forms is locked a record of the past
And a promise of the future.
I ask that you lay your blessings upon me, Ancient Ones,
That this season of waning light
And increasing darkness may not be heavy.
So Mote It Be!”
– Faille, Lammas Ritual



ThoughtCo: Lammas Craft Projects

Looking for some fun and inexpensive ways to decorate your home for Lammas? Make an easy grapevine pentacle, apple candleholders, a cornhusk chain and Lammas incense as a way to celebrate the season.



Wise Woman Herbal: Lammas by Susun Weed

The least known of the eight major Pagan holy days is Lammas, celebrated on the first of August. (The other primary holy days are the Summer and Winter Solstices, the Spring and Fall Equinoxes, and the Cross Quarter Days of Imbolc and Beltane.)

Lammas, or “Loaf Mass,” is the Feast of the First Harvest, the Feast of Bread. This Holy Day honors the women who created agriculture and bred the crops we cultivate, especially the grains, or corn. In the British Isles, celebrants make corn dollies from the last of the newly-harvested wheat.



Pioneer Thinking: Lavender Bath Salts

If you love soaking your stresses away in a hot, fragrant tub, then you’ll want to save this recipe for lavender bath salts. It’s quick and simple to make, for yourself or as a gift.



Raven & Crone: Lammas, Lughnasadh Rituals, Spells and Activities

For the Lammas ritual contained here you will need your regular altar supplies. It is appropriate to have corn husks, corn dollies, wheat and grain decorating the altar and the quarters. In addition you will need:



Pagan Library: Lammas Night

I stood before my altar at Lammastide
And asked the Lord and Lady to be my guides.
“Please show to me a vision that I may see
What sacrifice is worthy to give to Thee.”



“Once upon a Lammas Night
When corn rigs are bonny,
Beneath the Moon’s unclouded light,
I held awhile to Annie…
The time went by with careless heed
Between the late and early,
With small persuasion she agreed
To see me through the barley…
Corn rigs and barley rigs,
Corn rigs are bonny!
I’ll not forget that happy night
Among the rigs with Annie!”
– Robert Burns


EarthSky News: Spot the young moon in early August

From most of the world on August 1, 2019, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll see the waxing crescent moon after sunset. After all, the new moon happens on August 1, 2019, at 3:12 UTC; translate UTC to your time. At that instant of new moon, according to astronomers’ definitions, the old moon becomes a young moon again, as the moon transitions out of the morning sky and into evening sky.


Patheos-Pagan: 5 Simple Ways to Bring Lammas to Our Modern Lives

Lammas. Probably one of the most overlooked of Pagan and Heathen holidays – and it’s not the only option this time of year. We don’t know when it was first celebrated, but it certainly goes as far back as early medieval England. There, it was a celebration of the wheat harvest. It was also the time that tenants would present their rent payments to the landlord – usually in the form of wheat.



Inner Journey:


“Once, when we were discussing a world peace project with my teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, somebody asked him, ‘Where is all the money going to come from?’ And he replied without hesitation, ‘From wherever it is atthe moment.'”
— Deepak Chopra

How can you open to greater trust that you’ll always have what you need?

Fear, doubt, anxiety and disbelief all serve to repel abundance from us. Faith, love and gratitude for the gifts of our lives keep energy and abundance flowing. The more we trust in our well being, the more it will be realized.

“Manifestation is an act of trust. It is the soul pouring itself out into its world, like a fisherman casting a net to gather in the fish he seeks; with each cast properly made, we will bring what we need to us, but firstwe must hurl ourselves into the depths without knowing just what lies beneath us.”
— David Spangler


A Note from the Universe

By design you are stronger than whatever you may create.

Including the lions and tigers and bears now in your life.

Oh, my

The Universe


Today’s Recipe: Mixed Greens with Blueberries and Feta

This salad boasts savory and sweet ingredients to make it a favorite all around the table. Blueberries, currently in season, can be swapped out for other antioxidant and fiber-rich fresh fruit as it comes in season like cherries, raspberries, and peaches. Top salad with salmon or roasted poultry for a complete dinner.


Magical Correspondences for Lammas/ Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh (loo-nas-ah)-Northern Hemisphere: August 1
Southern Hemisphere: February 1

Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter day

Colors are Yellows, Red, Bronze, Brown, Orange, Dark Green

Food: Corn and Grains, Nuts, Cider, Ale BeerBread, all garden produce,

Scents & Herbs: Frankincense, Hollyhock, Rose, Heather, Hops, Sunflower,Marigold,Blackthorn, Yarrow, Vervain, Sandalwood, Basil

Sacred Stones:  Carnelian, Citrine Amber, Tiger’s Eye, Obsidian

Deities: Lugh, Cerridwen, Isis, Ceres

This Sabbat is also known as the Feast of Bread and is a time of transformation. It is the first of the 3 harvest celebrations and was seen by our ancestors as the beginning of Autumn.

Sacred Symbols: Corn and Gourds, Corn Dollies, Harvest Tools, the Cornucopia and the Cauldron

Daily Wisdom
Aug 1, 2019


“Instinct is the nose of the mind.”
-Madame De Girardin

I love this! The nose doesn’t “think” – it just senses- our brain then translates what scent is coming through. Our instinct is the same way- sometimes we don’t know why we know something, but we just do. So rather than try to translate or decipher this information in the brain, it might do us well to just go with it every once in awhile, and find out just where our intuition leads us.

-Lissa Coffey



Daily Tarot: Death

There’s a sense of security in what is old, and with something new coming into your life it’s natural to be a bit afraid. Give this new situation a chance and give yourself time to get comfortable with the new conditions. It could be as simple as getting your hair cut or changing your glasses frames, but it could be much bigger than that


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Thought For The Day: Aug. 1, 2019 Lammas Blessings!”

Happy Lammas/ Lughnasadh!

Bright blessings for the first of this seasons harvest festivals! Harvest is most often thought of as the bounty of the garden but the truth is that it’s much more.  Take time today to  acknowledge and harvest some of your inner bounty, the things you have been  growing, working on and lovingly tending for yourself. Harvest what’s ready now and make room for new blessings!

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The Celtic Tree Month of Holly July 8th- Aug. 4th



The Celtic Tree Month of Holly (Tinne)

July 8th until August 4th.


Holly has long been associated with death and rebirth in both Pagan and Christian lore and plays an important part of the Winter Solstice. In one Arthurian tale Gawain (representing the Oak King battles with the Green Knight who is armed with a holly club that is the symbol of winter. Both the Holly and the Oak are important during the Summer Solstice. During this time the Sacred White Horse of Oak transforms into the Unicorn of Holly. In ancient Rome holly was thought to ward against lightning strikes and keep witches away. It was also a popular gift to give friends during the Saturnalia, which was celebrated during the Winter Solstice.


Holly is an evergreen shrubby tree, easily recognized by it’s shiny dark green toothed leaves and blood red berries. This plant is considered POISONOUS and should not be ingested!! Holly was used for the crafting of wheel shafts for chariots and spear shafts as well. The wood of the holly is white and particularly fine grained and closely resembles ivory. The berries can be used to make dye.


Holly can be used for spells rest, sleep and to ease the passage of death. Holly should also be used when attracting a familiar. It is said that a man who carries a bag of holly leaves and berries will attract women. It is also said that the ancient Druids advised people to take holly boughs into their homes during the cold season as shelter for the fairies and other little people.


Those born during this month are strongly connected to the earth and can have amazing physical strength. Their matter of fact solidness and generous spirit is admired and respected by others. Holly people also tend to be very religious or spiritual in an advanced way, and they are usually the last to see it. They are honest, hardworking, truthful and pretty tolerant of most situations. They are the person you want on your side during a fight, if the cause is just one. They see both sides of an argument and will only take sides if they have to.

As a magickal name Holly is very festive and would be good for a sexy and attractive person. Someone who chooses this name knows they have a temper and can become “prickly” when crossed.

Folk Names for Holly: Tinne (evergreen)
Element: Earth
Deities: Dana, Nuada, Gaia, Ceres, Persephone, Thor, Indra

Ogham symbol: Tinne
Associated Tree: Holly
Colors: Dark Gray
Animals: War Horse
Key Word: Balance

Written by CatSister/LBolotin 2010 from the following resources:
The New Book of Magickal names by Phoenix McFarland
Flower and Tree Magic by Richard Webster

Autumn Holly photo by Paul griffiths/ freeimages.com

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Midsummer Correspondences



Midsummer Correspondences

Colors: Blue, green, gold or yellow, orange, white and red
Plants and Herbs: Anise, Mugwort, Chamomile, Rose, Lily, Cinquefoil, Lavender, Fennel, Sun Flower, Mistletoe, Hemp, Thyme, Larkspur, Nettle, Vervain, St. John’s Wort, Heartsease, Fern, Wormwood, Chickweed, Heather, Yarrow,

Trees: Oak, Holly

Sacred Stones: Agate, Alexandrite, Fluorite, Moonstone, Pearl, Emerald, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Diamond, Tiger’s Eye, all green stones

Food: Honey, Mead, Summer Fruits & Vegetables, lemons, oranges, Honey Cakes, Strawberries

Things To do: Picnics, leaving food for the faeries, jumping bonfires, gathering herbs.

Spells: Fire spells, Empowerment, Healing, Love Magick, Protection, Purification, making and charging amulets.

Incense and Oils: Heliotrope, saffron, orange, frankincense & myrrh, wisteria, cinnamon, mint, rose, lemon, lavender, sandalwood, pine

Animals: Wren, Robin, Peacock, Frog, Butterfly, Horse, Cattle

Other Creatures: Fairies, Satyrs, the Firebird, dragon, the Thunderbird

Sacred Symbols: The Sun, Love Amulets, Shells, Summer fruits & flowers, Solar Wheel, Balefire, Stone Circles, Sundial, Swords, Blades, Feathers, Witches’ Ladder, Gods Eye

Goddesses: Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Venus, Bast, Aphrodite, Yemaya, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Amaterasu, Hestia.

Gods: Father Sun/Sky, Oak King, Holly King, Arthur,  Baal, Baldur, Helios, Horus, Hephaestus, Jupiter/ Zeus , Lugh, Osiris, Ra, Sol.


Gathered from A Druids Herbal, and various internet resources.

The Magickal Herbs of Mid Summer



The Magickal Herbs of Mid Summer

Fairy Offering: Sprinkle Sage or Vervain mixed with tobacco around your garden as an offering to the Elementals and fairies who help things grow.

Chamomile: This sun herb can be used to protect your home from dark powers.

Chickweed: This is a love herb that can be used to attract or improve a relationship.

Chickory: This sun herb is used to over come obstacles, and win the favor of important people.

Cinquefoil: Use this herb for protection, purification and for abundance.

Delphinium (larkspur): Use this herb to gain selfless skills of leadership. If you gaze at the Mid Summer fire through a bunch of delphinium it is said to strengthen your eyes.

Dogwood: Used for protection.

Elder Flower: This fairy flower can be used in wish fulfillment spells and blessings of people, places and things. This is a sacred fairy tree and it is said The Elder Mother, a powerful dryad who lives in the Elder, will haunt any person who cuts down her trees. The stems of this tree plant are used to make panpipes and if you stand or sleep beneath an Elder you will see the King of the Fairies and his court go by.

Fennel: Use this herb in the Mid Summer bonfire and if you hang it in your home it will bring health and protection.

Lavender: Use this herb in the Mid Summer bonfire as an offering to the Lady and Lord. It can be used in love spells to attract men and if placed in the home promotes joy, peace, and healing.

Male Fern: This plant is said to attract women. It also brings luck and if you burn it indoors it will bring rain.

Meadowsweet: This fragrant plant is used for bridal bouquets and in love spells.

Mugwort: Crowns of  mugwort were traditionally made and worn at Mid Summer. It is the protective herb of travelers and works against fatigue, wild animals, evil spirits and sunstroke. Made into tea it is said to bring prophetic visions and can help with scrying. Use the tea to cleanse mirrors and crystal balls.

Pine: Use for peace.

Rose: Traditional flower for love.

St. Johns Wort: This herb is picked at Mid Summer and dried over the Mid Summer fire. It is a powerful protective plant that help keep evil from your home. The scent of this plant will cause evil spirits to flee. It is the custom in Brittany to pray and ask for permission to harvest this plant. It is always picked with the left hand. With your white handled knife loosen the dirt around the plant and then pull the whole thing from the ground. The roots should be intact. This herb symbolizes the dismemberment of the god and considered a sacrifice.

Adapted by Cat from A Druids Herbal For The Sacred Earth Year by Ellen Evert Hopman