Daily Stuff 7-28-12

Hi, folks!

Herbs at 11! Crystals will start between 11:30 and noon. Sewing at 3pm! All these are freebies. Product that we create in class pays for my time in teaching.

It’s overcast and 59F. They’re predicting 70, but we didn’t get to anywhere near that yesterday, and they’re saying that today’s temps are going to be like yesterday’s… That doesn’t quite work! The overcast was at 400 feet when I first got up, at 900 when I left for the shop and now it’s at 1200…. going to break up soon, I hope.

The crows were calling as I was getting ready to leave. They sound like grumpy old guys complaining about their innards….

The native crocosmia, the bright orange variety, are getting ready to bloom. The scarlet ones, the tall hybrids, are in full bloom, but I love the orangey ones, too.

…and yes the newsletter is late but because I’m already down at the shop! Tempus had an early job time. The newsletter’s late because I’m early. Somehow that doesn’t sound quite right. 🙂

On the way to the shop yesterday I harvested quite a bit of horehound and self-heal, plus the last few of the cherries and some other bits and pieces. Most of those will get dealt with this morning in the Herbs Workshop.

We came down the seawall into town and the fog was marvelous, all tangled in the trees on the other side of the bay and obscuring the top of the bridge completely. There were a lot of seabirds, (gulls and ducks mostly) floating in the light chop on the bay and a lot of crab pots and small boats. All the seals have moved, too many people down on the point. They’ll be back in the fall. We had people in as soon as we got here and Tempus took off for another job around 11. The sun struggled mightily to get through the cloud layer and occasionally succeeded, but it was quite chilly. I huddled in a shawl and dealt with cold fingers all morning!

It was a busy, productive day. It eventually turned marvelously sunny and bright and lots of people were out walking, enjoying the weather. I spent a lot of it with customers, some with folks who are new in town, telling them about what’s where. I ended up working on a major re-do of part of the website that I didn’t get to last winter, the music section. It’s *way* different than it used to be! I had to do a full inventory of what’s in stock, to start, and got some of the books done while I was at it. I also realized that before adding the rest of the herbs and such to the board I’d better inventory what’s actually there, which we didn’t get to until well into the evening.

Tempus got back around 6:30 and we sat and talked over the day for a bit. He went out to water the planters and then took the bike over to Ray’s for some supper stuff.

We were just closing up at 10:30, having done quite a bit of inventory (mostly herb wall), although we got delayed by a local who comes in during the evenings, occasionally. There’s a brilliant gibbous moon hanging over the bluff at the south end of town, Tempus called me outside to look. …and then I had someone who needed some counseling come in, so we didn’t actually leave until past 11.

And then I wrote the following around 11:30. “Omg, the stars are *incredible*! Despite the Moon! You can only barely see Scorpio’s claws where he’s snapping at the Moon, but the Teapot is really visible and Pegasus and I saw my favorite Dolphin and… and…. I’m going back outside to look some more!!!!!” and I came back in as things started to cloud up and went to bed.

We have all the usual Saturday workshops going today. Herbs is mostly processing although we’ll talk about yarrow and self-heal a bit and with any luck will get into making either soap or soy wax candles. Crystals will be about setting up the big tumbler and how’s and why’s. Sewing is a “bring your own”. I’ve still got some of the Yule sewing to do.

I need to keep going on the inventory and the website update today. I want to get the little table with the rest of the stock for the herb wall cleaned off and folded up. After that I should spend a little on the OCPPG handout and contact a couple more of the teachers.

Oh… and I’ll be available to do readings late in the day, counseling all day.

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,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. 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 on Tuesday at 8:27am.

Before or during dawn Saturday morning, telescope users near North America’s West Coast can see Jupiter’s satellites Io and Europa both casting their tiny black shadows onto Jupiter’s face from 4:45 to 5:33 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Fiery Antares shines lower right of the waxing gibbous Moon tonight.

Venus and Jupiter (magnitudes –4.6 and –2.2) shine dramatically in the east before and during dawn. They’ve widened to about 14° apart now, with Jupiter higher. Look for Aldebaran, much fainter, lower right of Jupiter. Also near Jupiter are the Hyades, and higher above are the Pleiades.

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne  Holly  Jul 8Aug 4
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
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.
Runic half-month of Thorn, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor (right). 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.

Sun in Leo
Moon in Sagittarius
Mercury, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Black


©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Tides for Alsea Bay
~Day         High      Tide   Height    Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~              /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
~Sa  28      Low   3:06 AM    -0.1   6:00 AM     Set  1:22 AM      66
~      28     High   9:31 AM      5.0   8:45 PM    Rise  4:58 PM
~      28      Low   2:32 PM      2.7
~      28     High   8:49 PM      8.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Yes to Freedom!


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – What its children become, that will the community become. — Suzanne La Follette


~   Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality. – Arthur Koestler (1905-1983) Hungarian writer

~   David wasn’t thinking of being king when he was tending sheep; he was just doing what God set before him. – John Fisher
~   Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself, were it possible. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
~   Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. – Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch philosopher

So many other glorious things to be said
The Spirit will say them to you now, not me.
Rather, you yourself will whisper them in your own ear
Neither I – or someone other than I – will say them,
You who are myself! – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)



The Rigs O’ Barley
It was upon a Lammas night
When corn rigs are bonnie,
Beneath the moon’s unclouded light,
I held away to Annie:
The time flew by wi’ tentless heed
Till ‘tween the late and early,
Wi’ sma’ persuasion, she agreed
To see me thro’ the barley.

Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
An’ corn rigs are bonnie:
I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
Amang the rigs wi’ Annie.

The sky was blue, the wind was still,
The moon was shining clearly:
I set her down, wi’ right good will,
Amang the rigs o’ barley:
I ken’t her heart was a’ my ain:
I lov’d her most sincerely;
I kiss’d her owre and owre again,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.
Corn rigs…

I lock’d her in my fond embrace;
Her heart was beating rarely:
My blessings on that happy place,
Amang the rigs o’ barley!
But by the moon and stars so bright,
That shone that hour so clearly!
She aye shall bless that happy night,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.
Corn rigs…

I ha’e been blythe wi’ comrades dear
I ha’e been merry drinkin’;
I ha’e been joyfu’ gatherin’ gear;
I ha’e been happy thinkin’:
But a’ the pleasures e’er I saw,
Tho’ three times doubled fairly,
That happy night was worth then a’,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.

Corn rigs… – ~Robert Burns


Silliness – GCF: Penguins

Reported in Audubon Society Magazine:

A Mexican newspaper reports that bored Royal Air Force pilots stationed on the Falkland Islands have devised what they consider a marvelous new game.

Noting that the local penguins are fascinated by airplanes, the pilots search out a beach where the birds are gathered and fly slowly along it at the water’s edge. Perhaps ten thousand penguins turn their heads in unison watching the planes go by, and when the pilots turn around and fly back, the birds turn their heads in the opposite direction, like spectators at a slow-motion tennis match.

Then, the paper reports, “The pilots fly out to sea and turn directly to the penguin colony and overfly it.

Heads go up, up, up, and ten thousand penguins fall over gently onto their backs.

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