Daily Stuff 7-13-12

Hi, folks!

Overcast again. About 60F. Sound familiar? 🙂

I harvested on the way out yesterday morning, mostly roses, but as I was snapping off the blooms and buds I started realizing that I was feeling dampness on my face.It wasn’t really rain and didn’t even get my glasses spotted, but I felt it, a cool, sweet touch.

We were a touch late at the shop again. I don’t know why we just can’t seem to get there on time! Worse yet, I don’t know why we had just as much a problem at 11am as at 10am…. <sigh> Well, we got there, got the shop open and Tempus took off for work.

Almost before we were open Sainey Trawalley showed up. He’s the man that I get the Ghambian baskets from. I’ve been dealing with him for years, now. He brings his big maroon Ford van full of the most fascinating beadwork and baskets and masks and such. All I get is the baskets, but the glimpses of the other stuff… <sigh> I wish I could get some of the beadwork, at least. Well, I got baskets! Small, large, bulbous, flat-sided baskets! …and hats….and two really fascinating grass fans… I’m going to try to get some pictures and put them up today. I didn’t manage it yesterday through getting the price tags printed and then wading through the plant materials. …which I have to go on with today, as well.

Back to the baskets…. No, he still doesn’t have the two-handled ones, but I have more of the largest baskets and in some fun colors. ($35) He also had small baskets…smaller than the last set and a couple of dollars cheaper! ($10) Then there was one bright-colored basket of an in-between size that was more pear-shaped… a really flattened, squatty pear…. and some baskets in very bright colors that had flat sides. (20) The newer hats have ties and are priced at $16 and those fans… well, they’re really different! …and $12….

So then I worked on plant materials and then got sidetracked putting more of the feather art up for display and putting away some of the extra things and packing materials for those into a box so that they don’t get separated.

So then I worked on plant materials some more and then got sidetracked into answering questions about Pan-Pagan. ….which is coming together.

So then I worked on plant materials some more and then got sidetracked into an e-mail and then a phone call from a couple that we’ve been doing some energy work for. I asked permission to post this for those of you that remember them.  “Hey there! We used to live in newport last fall, and talked to you on the phone then. We met with you at your store in mid march, after our long journey on foot with back packs, having traveled a long distance from newport to bend, then prineville, camping in the snow an through the columbia gorge to the coast again. We went to licoln city, and depote bay during the terrible storms on foot, and nearly died in the terrible wind, before we came to see you…. We are well since our last meeting with you in march. We went south a bit and caught a ride to sea side,or., we worked a bit both findind temp. Jobs. John got his i.d. Straightend out and are still waiting for the plastic version of it, to catch up to us via mail forwarding from my original p.o.box in newport. Yea! Hope all is well with you all there. We managed a small hotel in gearheary,ore, while the owners were waiting for the originally hired managers to show up from alaska. It was interesting and very tirrering. Now we are in north bend on the south coast of oregon. Good weather here. Hard to find work. do you have any ideas? Say your web site looks great! We have a cell phn. Now. A cheapy. And are close to the library here. Latter

So then I worked on plant materials some more and then got sidetracked into sitting down and resting my feet and my dratted hip that’s acting up.

Tempus got in from work and ran back out to take some clothing down to the consignment shop.

…a whole day of sidetracks….

There was some sun in the afternoon, but then it clouded back up. It was running in the low 60’s all day.

Class went well and we’re part-way through lesson one. It’s odd having just one in the class….

…and then we were at the shop until nearly 10pm finishing up on paperwork and necessary faxes. …and went home and dropped….

Today, is more of the same, I think, mostly finishing the things I mentioned above.

The shop opens at 10am. 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

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 Space Weather News for July 12, 2012 – http://spaceweather.com
EARTH-DIRECTED X-FLARE: Big sunspot AR1520 erupted on July 12th around 16:53 UT, producing an X-class solar flare and hurling a CME directly toward Earth.  Forecasters expect the cloud to arrive on July 14th.  Its impact could spark moderate to severe geomagnetic storms, allowing auroras to be seen at lower latitudes than usual.  Check http://spaceweather.com for more information and updates.

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Today

The Moon is a Waning Crescent. 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.

Waning Crescent Moon – From 10 ½ days after full moon or rather 8 days before new moon until 3 days before. Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term. Phase ends on Saturday at 9:24am

During dawn on Saturday morning, the waning crescent Moon in the east is upper right of Jupiter and lower right of the Pleiades.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Pisces-Cetus border) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south before the first light of dawn.

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne  Holly  Jul 8Aug 4
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Runic New Year and half-month of Feoh, 6/29-7/13
Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, 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 Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick (Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992) Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings.

Sun in Cancer

Moon in Taurus

Uranus Retrograde at 2:49am
Chiron,
Neptune, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Pink

Planting 7/12&13

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©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Wunderground

Jul. 13, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 5:44 AM PDT 8:58 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 5:09 AM PDT 9:34 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 4:23 AM PDT 10:20 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 3:26 AM PDT 11:16 PM PDT
Moon 1:28 AM PDT 4:32 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 16h 25m
Length of Day
15h 14m
Tomorrow will be 1m 33s shorter.

Waning Crescent, 29% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height     Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~~~~~~/Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                 Visible
F   13      Low   3:31 AM     0.8   5:45 AM    Rise  1:28 AM      33
~~~13    High   9:47 AM     4.6   8:59 PM     Set  4:32 PM
~~~13     Low   2:46 PM     2.9
~~~13    High   9:01 PM     7.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fear is an ironic thing….Although we are its recipients; we are also its creators…

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – I complained that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet. — Persian proverb

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Quotes
~   Be your own light. – Buddha
~   Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
~   Before you change something you had best be sure that you understand what it is you are doing. History is full of examples of well intentioned efforts to change the world that led to catastrophe due to an imperfect understanding of how things truly were. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   Can anyone remember love? It’s like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright

~   “I hear you are have been called to the plants. To be a Yerbera.”
~   It was special for Omen to hear that, out of this powerful old woman’s lips. “Oh, yes, I so want to! I know just what I want to do.”
~   “Si,” the Doña Rosa said. “And first you will have to accept how little you know. And start asking the earth, and the plants, what they want from you. The mistake is thinking we exist to help people live longer, when our role is to remove the poisons that keep them from learning how to be more alive. More awake. Their spirits intact. To be healed is to be whole. That’s what this calling is all about, young one. Whether you work with me, or learn it on your own. – Jesse Wolf Hardin, from The Medicine Bear

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Magick
Lughnasadh Bread Spell
In Wiccan tradition, and in many others, Lughnasadh is a day for preparing food from early ripening fruits like apples. It is also a time for baking bread in honor of the harvest.

Combining the two, make an applesauce bread. Stir the batter clockwise, focusing on any craft or sport in which you wish to excel. As you stir, chant,
“Flour from grain,
the spell begins,
let the power rise within;
Apples from trees,
now impart,
Tailtiu, bring _______
to my heart.”

Fill in the blank with a word that describes the area in which you want to encourage improvements or develop mastery. Eat the bread to internalize the energy.

Time-friendly alternatives here are buying frozen bread and adding diced apples to it, having toast with apple butter, or just enjoying a piece of bread and apple anytime during the day. Chant the incantation mentally. Then bite with conviction! – Adapted from Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess” 

Whole Grain Bread – Recipe by Dan & Pauline Campanelli
In a large mixing bowl combine:
2 cups milk (warm to the touch)
2 packages of dry baking yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup dark brown sugar

Cover this mixture and set aside in a warm place until it has doubled (about half an hour).

Add to this mixture:
3 tablespoons softened butter
2 eggs
1 cup of unbleached white flour

Stir until bubbly. Now mix in:
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup of rolled oats
2 cups stone ground wheat flour
2 tablespoons sesame seed

With floured hands, turn this dough out onto a floured board and gradually knead in more unbleached white flour until the dough is smooth and elastic and no longer sticks to your fingers. Place this dough in a greased bowl, turning it so that the dough is greased. Then cover it with a clean cloth and keep it in a warm place to rise until it is doubled (about an hour). Then punch it down and divide it into two or more elongated loaves, roughly sculpted into mummiform shapes, and placed on greased cookie sheets. Cover these and return them to a warm place until they double again. Bake the loaves in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until they are done and sound hollow when tapped.

(The above recipe for “Whole Grain Bread” is quoted directly from Pauline & Dan Campanelli’s book “Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions”, page 132-133, Llewellyn Publications, 1991/1992)

From Miss Daney’s Folklore, Magic and Superstitions

Soda Bread
Ingredients:
2 cups wholemeal flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
7/8 pint buttermilk

Instructions:
Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat egg and buttermilk into the dry mix. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth. Shape the dough into two round shapes and place in lightly oiled loaf tins. Draw a cross in the bread (for symbolism and baking purposes). Bake at 375ºF for 40-45 minutes. For a softer crust wrap loaf in a clean towel after cooling.

Yield: 2 loaves
Source: Franklin & Mason, Lammas, Use for: Lughnasadh

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Silliness – GCF: New Bicycle

Johnny was one of those holy terrors. You know, the kind of child that is into everything, can’t keep still, drives you crazy. His father was surprised when Johnny’s mother suggested that they buy him a bicycle for his birthday.

“Do you really believe that’ll help improve his behavior?” the father asked.

“Well, no,” the mom admitted, “But it will spread it over a wider area.”

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