Daily Stuff 6-26-12

Hi, folks!

The sun’s been hiding behind clouds off and on, but when it’s shining the gold of the light is just amazing! It’s already warmer than the forecast high of 59F. The porch thermometer is trying to tell me it’s 70F, but I think the sensor is in the sunlight. There’s just enough of a breeze the make the trees dance, but hardly enough to push air through the open window…and the air smells so good!

Wait… open window? It must be summer! I left the window open all night and didn’t notice until I’d been out here for a couple of hours. At that point I really noticed because an errant sylph snuck up under my nightie hem and tickled my knees and those fingers were *cold*!

Tempus filled the feeders before I woke up and there’s a hummingbird that’s been drinking. How he’s parked himself on the cord that hold the seed feeder and is preening and looking round at the morning. Ah, there he goes! There’s been a lot of chickadees and I sat and watched one cleaning his toes for a while.

I was looking out the window for a bit again, standing by the other desk, and realized just how much work we need to do out in the garden. Tempus has promised me that he’ll give me a hand with some of the work today, which for him is going to mostly be getting my trimmer out, so that I can use it, finding me some copper wire, so that I can foil the slugs, harrowing the dug-up part of the herb garden and then putting more of the old compost pile into the compost ring. I’ve ½ a dozen herb plants that need to go into the ground and we need to get the tomatoes into the other planters. After that I’ll get into weeding and harvesting. I’m hoping that he’s going to spend a little while on setting up the irrigation drippers on the porch. We can run the watering rings on the garden, but the porch will need to be done every day.

Yes, I did get some more pictures up here. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150726131854148.496132.714224147&type=3&l=b5973a333d There are already at least 3 times that many blossoms on the cinquefoil and I’m going to have to cut the blossoms from the Lady’s Mantle or that will take over the garden.

The hummingbird is back for a minute…and he brought two friends…

I need to run the trimmer in the front yard, too, to take the seed heads off the grass before they can fully form, then Tempus is going to have to rake. I’ve been regularly spending 10-15 minutes each morning pulling grass and weeds along the paths and in the flower beds out front.

I didn’t get to the doctor, yesterday, but I did get some of my pills until I can. I processed herbs all day, trying to get caught up just on the stuff that’s drying. I did get some more tags made and a few earrings made and we now have more of the small red bags of charcoal.

If you haven’t tried the Shoyeido charcoal, you might want to think about it. It’s takes a little more fussing than just lighting an incense stick, but it has a nice, light scent all its own, that you can use to take out musty smells, like those in a bathroom or kitchen. It makes a really nice charcoal to sprinkle herbs or resins on. Best still it’s safe to use in the house, unlike the “charcoal briquette” cups that most of us have used. Those are actually made from processed coal. Shoyeido is real charcoal, processed wood and won’t leave an oily film on things or create toxic smoke from the sulphur and nitrates in the briquettes. It doesn’t actually smoke, at all. That’s the thing about real charcoal that has made people make use of its characteristics for 10’s of millennia.

The fiddly part is that you need to light it in a candle, holding one end in the flame until it glows. Don’t use a lighter. It takes long enough to light that a lighter gets overly hot and we had one explode, once upon a time.

There’s a photo essay here on how to light it. http://www.ancientlight.info/products/charcoal_essay.html#charcoal_essay

I also have to figure out how to make the WordPress blog work today. That’s my big task, especially since it’s raining outside? Well! It looks like just a shower, but that’s a bit of a shock. So, I’ll get the blog stuff worked out and then work in the garden.

The shop is closed on Tuesday. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. 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!

Love & Light,

Anja

***

Today

The Moon is at the Quarter at 8:30pm. 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.
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. Phase ends at 11:52pm on Sunday.
First-quarter Moon this evening (exact at 11:30 p.m. EDT). The Moon shines in Virgo, below the line from Saturn to Mars. Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Virgo) shines in the southwest as twilight fades. Below it by 5° is Spica. Later after dark they move lower to the west-southwest. Jupiter (magnitude –2.0) shines low at dawn, to the upper right of Venus. Don’t confuse it with Venus to its lower left. The two planets remain 5° or 6° apart this week, crossing the background of Aldebaran and the Hyades.

Celtic Tree Month of Duir  OakJun 10Jul 7
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Runic half-month of Dag, 6/14-6/28 – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Scorpio enters Libra 10:15am
Chiron, Neptune, Venus, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Black

******

©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

******

www.wunderground.com
Jun. 26, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:33 AM PDT, 9:04 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 4:56 AM PDT, 9:41 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:08 AM PDT, 10:29 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:05 AM PDT, 11:32 PM PDT
Moon, 1:14 PM PDT, 12:18 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 44m
Length of Day, 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m 29s shorter.
Waxing Crescent, 45% of the Moon is Illuminated

******

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
/Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
Tu  26      Low  12:03 AM     1.8   5:34 AM     Set 12:19 AM      35
26     High   5:36 AM     5.7   9:05 PM    Rise  1:15 PM
26      Low  11:54 AM     0.7
26     High   6:33 PM     7.2

******

Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I act with purposeful awareness of clarity.

******

Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – If you could plan your next birthday party, what would you do?

******

Quotes

   You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. – James Lane Allen
A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. – Herb Caen
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. – James Dent

In that moment you are drunk on yourself
You lock yourself away in cloud after cloud of grief;
And in that moment you leap free of yourself
The moon catches you and hugs you in its arms.
That moment you are drunk on yourself, the friend abandons you.
That moment you leap free of yourself, the wine of the friend,
In all its brilliance and dazzle, is held out to you. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

******

Magick

IMAGINAL CELLS AND THE BODY POLITIC – A Story for Our Times – [Somehow I managed to drop the name and attributions for this story, which I know that I picked up from the Radical Fairy list. If you know the author, please let me know so I can fix this!]

When a caterpillar nears its transformation time, it begins to eat ravenously, consuming everything in sight.  (It is interesting to note that individuals are often called “consumers” and one of the largest manufacturers of heavy construction machinery is called “Caterpillar,” Inc.)  The caterpillar body then becomes heavy, outgrowing its own skin many times, until it is too bloated to move. Attaching to a branch (upside down, we might add, where everything is turned on its head) it forms a chrysalis—an enclosing shell that limits the caterpillar’s freedom for the duration of the transformation.
Within the chrysalis a miracle occurs. Tiny cells, that biologists actually call “imaginal cells,” begin to appear. These cells are wholly different from caterpillar cells, carrying different information, vibrating to a different frequency–the frequency of the emerging butterfly. At first, the caterpillar’s immune system perceives these new cells as enemies, and attacks them, much as new ideas in science, medicine, politics, and social behavior are viciously denounced by the powers now considered mainstream. But the imaginal cells are not deterred.  They continue to appear, in even greater numbers, recognizing each other, bonding together, until the new cells are numerous enough to organize into clumps. When enough cells have formed to make structures along the new organizational lines, the caterpillar’s immune system is overwhelmed. The caterpillar body then become a nutritious soup for the growth of the butterfly.
When the butterfly is ready to hatch, the chrysalis becomes transparent (much as the Internet is making many hidden actions transparent). The need for restriction has been outgrown. Yet the struggle toward freedom has an organic timing.  Were the chrysalis opened too soon, the butterfly would die.  As the butterfly emerges, it opens its “right wing” and its “left wing,” and then flies away to dance among the flowers.
The awakening of the global heart results from transforming the body politic from the unconscious, over-consuming bloat of the caterpillar into a creature of exquisite beauty, grace, and freedom. This coming of age process takes us to a new mythic reality, a larger story, ripe with meaning and direction. It takes us from the naïve egocentricity of childhood into a larger reality of interdependent reciprocity. It is not a passage that ends in the gray grimness of adult responsibility, denying the colorful spirituality of childhood innocence. Rather, it is a reclaiming of wholeness that denies little, and embraces all.

Catalysts for the Coalescence of Consciousness
            The awakening of consciousness happens first in individuals.  It is a shift from third chakra, ego-based consciousness to fourth chakra, relational consciousness, a shift from I to We.  It is a realization that we are in this together, that we are interdependent, integral agents, part of a larger unity that needs each of us as individual agents. This awakening could result from spiritual practices such as yoga or meditation, psychotherapy, workshop experiences, disenchantment from one’s “normal” life, or any manner of doorways through which we awaken from the trance of consumption and exploitation to a higher vision of perpetual reciprocity, compassion, and unity. At first such individuals might feel alone or isolated; they might be misunderstood or even attacked by others for their strange ideas.
When these individuals find others of like mind, they are strengthened and reinforced. They feel less alone, more empowered, and inspired. They literally “vibrate” at a higher frequency.  They catalyze each other. This is how the imaginal cells come together, organize amongst themselves and become centers of awakening in the new body politic.
We call these imaginal cells “co-hearts,” people who are simultaneously called by something in their own hearts to share with others, to serve and to save what they love. Co-hearts can be of any kind:  healing co-hearts, artistic co-hearts, democratic co-hearts, yoga co-hearts, gardening co-hearts, parenting co-hearts.  They can be lovers or friends, business associates or volunteers in an organization.  Co-hearts share a kin-dom – not a kingdom ruled by a king but a kin-dom where everyone is kin. Co-hearts are like the cells, and kin-doms are the organs of the body politic. We recognize that at all levels we are part of a larger whole.
Our workshops focus on awakening the imaginal cells, through personal healing and transformation, and teaching spiritual practices.  Our Sacred Centers hubs act as kin-doms for the awakening of global heart consciousness, by bringing together the imaginal cells so that they are strengthened and can survive the onslaughts of the collapsing cultural values.  They then become like life-boats: islands of sanity, celebration, and joy in the emerging transformation, agents in the dawning age of the heart.

******

Silliness – GCF: Wine Connoisseur?
When it comes to wine I’m very particular about what I buy. There are two things I look for before making my selection.
First, the word “Wine” must appear somewhere on the label. This is something upon which I insist.
Second, I look for a sign nearby that says “On Sale.”

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Hi, folks!

The sun’s been hiding behind clouds off and on, but when it’s shining the gold of the light is just amazing! It’s already warmer than the forecast high of 59F. The porch thermometer is trying to tell me it’s 70F, but I think the sensor is in the sunlight. There’s just enough of a breeze the make the trees dance, but hardly enough to push air through the open window…and the air smells so good!

Wait… open window? It must be summer! I left the window open all night and didn’t notice until I’d been out here for a couple of hours. At that point I really noticed because an errant sylph snuck up under my nightie hem and tickled my knees and those fingers were *cold*!

Tempus filled the feeders before I woke up and there’s a hummingbird that’s been drinking. How he’s parked himself on the cord that hold the seed feeder and is preening and looking round at the morning. Ah, there he goes! There’s been a lot of chickadees and I sat and watched one cleaning his toes for a while.

I was looking out the window for a bit again, standing by the other desk, and realized just how much work we need to do out in the garden. Tempus has promised me that he’ll give me a hand with some of the work today, which for him is going to mostly be getting my trimmer out, so that I can use it, finding me some copper wire, so that I can foil the slugs, harrowing the dug-up part of the herb garden and then putting more of the old compost pile into the compost ring. I’ve ½ a dozen herb plants that need to go into the ground and we need to get the tomatoes into the other planters. After that I’ll get into weeding and harvesting. I’m hoping that he’s going to spend a little while on setting up the irrigation drippers on the porch. We can run the watering rings on the garden, but the porch will need to be done every day.

Yes, I did get some more pictures up here. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150726131854148.496132.714224147&type=3&l=b5973a333d There are already at least 3 times that many blossoms on the cinquefoil and I’m going to have to cut the blossoms from the Lady’s Mantle or that will take over the garden.

The hummingbird is back for a minute…and he brought two friends…

I need to run the trimmer in the front yard, too, to take the seed heads off the grass before they can fully form, then Tempus is going to have to rake. I’ve been regularly spending 10-15 minutes each morning pulling grass and weeds along the paths and in the flower beds out front.

I didn’t get to the doctor, yesterday, but I did get some of my pills until I can. I processed herbs all day, trying to get caught up just on the stuff that’s drying. I did get some more tags made and a few earrings made and we now have more of the small red bags of charcoal.

If you haven’t tried the Shoyeido charcoal, you might want to think about it. It’s takes a little more fussing than just lighting an incense stick, but it has a nice, light scent all its own, that you can use to take out musty smells, like those in a bathroom or kitchen. It makes a really nice charcoal to sprinkle herbs or resins on. Best still it’s safe to use in the house, unlike the “charcoal briquette” cups that most of us have used. Those are actually made from processed coal. Shoyeido is real charcoal, processed wood and won’t leave an oily film on things or create toxic smoke from the sulphur and nitrates in the briquettes. It doesn’t actually smoke, at all. That’s the thing about real charcoal that has made people make use of its characteristics for 10’s of millennia.

The fiddly part is that you need to light it in a candle, holding one end in the flame until it glows. Don’t use a lighter. It takes long enough to light that a lighter gets overly hot and we had one explode, once upon a time.

There’s a photo essay here on how to light it. http://www.ancientlight.info/products/charcoal_essay.html#charcoal_essay

I also have to figure out how to make the WordPress blog work today. That’s my big task, especially since it’s raining outside? Well! It looks like just a shower, but that’s a bit of a shock. So, I’ll get the blog stuff worked out and then work in the garden.

The shop is closed on Tuesday. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. 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!

Love & Light,

Anja

***

Today

The Moon is at the Quarter at 8:30pm. 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.
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. Phase ends at 11:52pm on Sunday.
First-quarter Moon this evening (exact at 11:30 p.m. EDT). The Moon shines in Virgo, below the line from Saturn to Mars. Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Virgo) shines in the southwest as twilight fades. Below it by 5° is Spica. Later after dark they move lower to the west-southwest. Jupiter (magnitude –2.0) shines low at dawn, to the upper right of Venus. Don’t confuse it with Venus to its lower left. The two planets remain 5° or 6° apart this week, crossing the background of Aldebaran and the Hyades.

Celtic Tree Month of Duir  OakJun 10Jul 7
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Runic half-month of Dag, 6/14-6/28 – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Scorpio enters Libra 10:15am
Chiron, Neptune, Venus, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Black

******

©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

******
www.wunderground.com

Jun. 26, 2012, Rise, Set

Actual Time, 5:33 AM PDT, 9:04 PM PDT

Civil Twilight, 4:56 AM PDT, 9:41 PM PDT

Nautical Twilight, 4:08 AM PDT, 10:29 PM PDT

Astronomical Twilight, 3:05 AM PDT, 11:32 PM PDT

Moon, 1:14 PM PDT, 12:18 AM PDT

Length Of Visible Light, 16h 44m

Length of Day, 15h 31m

Tomorrow will be 0m 29s shorter.

Waxing Crescent, 45% of the Moon is Illuminated

******

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon

           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible

Tu  26      Low  12:03 AM     1.8   5:34 AM     Set 12:19 AM      35

    26     High   5:36 AM     5.7   9:05 PM    Rise  1:15 PM

    26      Low  11:54 AM     0.7

    26     High   6:33 PM     7.2

******

Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I act with purposeful awareness of clarity.

******

Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – If you could plan your next birthday party, what would you do?

******

Quotes

   You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. – James Lane Allen

   A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers

   A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. – Herb Caen

   A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. – James Dent

In that moment you are drunk on yourself
You lock yourself away in cloud after cloud of grief;
And in that moment you leap free of yourself
The moon catches you and hugs you in its arms.
That moment you are drunk on yourself, the friend abandons you.
That moment you leap free of yourself, the wine of the friend,
In all its brilliance and dazzle, is held out to you. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

******

Magick

IMAGINAL CELLS AND THE BODY POLITIC – A Story for Our Times – [Somehow I managed to drop the name and attributions for this story, which I know that I picked up from the Radical Fairy list. If you know the author, please let me know so I can fix this!]

When a caterpillar nears its transformation time, it begins to eat ravenously, consuming everything in sight.  (It is interesting to note that individuals are often called “consumers” and one of the largest manufacturers of heavy construction machinery is called “Caterpillar,” Inc.)  The caterpillar body then becomes heavy, outgrowing its own skin many times, until it is too bloated to move. Attaching to a branch (upside down, we might add, where everything is turned on its head) it forms a chrysalis—an enclosing shell that limits the caterpillar’s freedom for the duration of the transformation.

Within the chrysalis a miracle occurs. Tiny cells, that biologists actually call “imaginal cells,” begin to appear. These cells are wholly different from caterpillar cells, carrying different information, vibrating to a different frequency–the frequency of the emerging butterfly. At first, the caterpillar’s immune system perceives these new cells as enemies, and attacks them, much as new ideas in science, medicine, politics, and social behavior are viciously denounced by the powers now considered mainstream. But the imaginal cells are not deterred.  They continue to appear, in even greater numbers, recognizing each other, bonding together, until the new cells are numerous enough to organize into clumps. When enough cells have formed to make structures along the new organizational lines, the caterpillar’s immune system is overwhelmed. The caterpillar body then become a nutritious soup for the growth of the butterfly.

When the butterfly is ready to hatch, the chrysalis becomes transparent (much as the Internet is making many hidden actions transparent). The need for restriction has been outgrown. Yet the struggle toward freedom has an organic timing.  Were the chrysalis opened too soon, the butterfly would die.  As the butterfly emerges, it opens its “right wing” and its “left wing,” and then flies away to dance among the flowers.

The awakening of the global heart results from transforming the body politic from the unconscious, over-consuming bloat of the caterpillar into a creature of exquisite beauty, grace, and freedom. This coming of age process takes us to a new mythic reality, a larger story, ripe with meaning and direction. It takes us from the naïve egocentricity of childhood into a larger reality of interdependent reciprocity. It is not a passage that ends in the gray grimness of adult responsibility, denying the colorful spirituality of childhood innocence. Rather, it is a reclaiming of wholeness that denies little, and embraces all.

 Catalysts for the Coalescence of Consciousness

            The awakening of consciousness happens first in individuals.  It is a shift from third chakra, ego-based consciousness to fourth chakra, relational consciousness, a shift from I to We.  It is a realization that we are in this together, that we are interdependent, integral agents, part of a larger unity that needs each of us as individual agents. This awakening could result from spiritual practices such as yoga or meditation, psychotherapy, workshop experiences, disenchantment from one’s “normal” life, or any manner of doorways through which we awaken from the trance of consumption and exploitation to a higher vision of perpetual reciprocity, compassion, and unity. At first such individuals might feel alone or isolated; they might be misunderstood or even attacked by others for their strange ideas.

            When these individuals find others of like mind, they are strengthened and reinforced. They feel less alone, more empowered, and inspired. They literally “vibrate” at a higher frequency.  They catalyze each other. This is how the imaginal cells come together, organize amongst themselves and become centers of awakening in the new body politic.

            We call these imaginal cells “co-hearts,” people who are simultaneously called by something in their own hearts to share with others, to serve and to save what they love. Co-hearts can be of any kind:  healing co-hearts, artistic co-hearts, democratic co-hearts, yoga co-hearts, gardening co-hearts, parenting co-hearts.  They can be lovers or friends, business associates or volunteers in an organization.  Co-hearts share a kin-dom – not a kingdom ruled by a king but a kin-dom where everyone is kin. Co-hearts are like the cells, and kin-doms are the organs of the body politic. We recognize that at all levels we are part of a larger whole.

            Our workshops focus on awakening the imaginal cells, through personal healing and transformation, and teaching spiritual practices.  Our Sacred Centers hubs act as kin-doms for the awakening of global heart consciousness, by bringing together the imaginal cells so that they are strengthened and can survive the onslaughts of the collapsing cultural values.  They then become like life-boats: islands of sanity, celebration, and joy in the emerging transformation, agents in the dawning age of the heart.

******

Silliness – GCF: Wine Connoisseur?
When it comes to wine I’m very particular about what I buy. There are two things I look for before making my selection.
First, the word “Wine” must appear somewhere on the label. This is something upon which I insist.
Second, I look for a sign nearby that says “On Sale.”

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