Daily Stuff 7-31-12

Update 8:30pm – Tempus and I are working on a pasta salad for the next few days. It’s macaroni and chicken with celery, radish, cucumber, spring onion & onion and spiced with a little wasabi and dill seed. Tempus got another small dresser that we’re going to use at the shop cleaned off. I’ll have to tack some fabric on it to give it a back, but we’ll be taking that down in the morning. I did a bit more in the garden, mostly weeding, but I got some garlics that had sprouted into the ground.

Update 5pm – This is *supposed* to be my day off! Well, that’s not happening…. Still working on music updates and newsletter. Tempus is out cutting the grass and he’s going to do some other yardwork. I dunno where he gets the energy….

Update 12:30pm – What craziness! I’m still trying to get hold of people that I was supposed to talk to earlier and hoping that we haven’t totally missed each other. I’ve spent some time outside, harvesting roses and calendula and little catnip, weeding the path and the sweet william. Now I’ve got some lunch.

Update 11:30am – We have definitely been dealing with Mercury Retrograde all morning! The Internet has been flaky…dumped the newsletter 3 times. Tempus left the phone off the hook in his study by mistake and I couldn’t figure out why I had no dial tone and I had 3 calls coming in, that I’ve probably missed. He had to run back up here before heading back out to work and they had a miscommunication on a job that’s going to be for tomorrow, not today. Oi!

I forgot to mention that Shari finished the Wicca 101 class last night. Congratulations!

…and the Sun is finally shining, so I’m heading out to the garden for a little bit.

Hi, folks!

When I walked into the study there was bright sunshine and the sky was blue… It’s not now! It’s all clouded over and the eaves are dripping. I think that may have been just dew running off, but still…. There are some bands of cloud offshore and north of us, but everything south of us is clear. It’s around 60F again, although the porch thermometer is trying to tell me that it’s around 70.

I’m still very sleepy. I was supposed to go to a meeting this morning, but Tempus is working and the getting back and forth is too complicated, so I’m just going to keep working on the newsletter stuff and get this out.

We’ve had a crow out in front of the shop around mid-afternoon every day for several days in a row. I haven’t been putting anything out for him, but on Sunday a couple of the young folks took their lunch out there and sat very still while he hopped up and helped himself! Then yesterday afternoon I watching him through my window by the fairy garden for a while as he hopped around the front, landing on the book barrow at one point, and then got back to work. A few minutes later I hopped up to go tend the candle wax and as I rounded the end of the counter there was a squawk and whirring wings as he hastily flew out the front door. I think he was nearly to the pentacle rug, judging by the splotch he left on the floor.

I harvested some roses and quite a bit of the fully-open yarrow flower, plus some other “bits & bobs” on the way out to the car, then sat on my little rollie seat weeding the pathway while waiting for Tempus. I did make some headway.

I got a picture of the volunteer sweet pea that’s come up in the south-most planter.

 By noon it had turned really pretty outside. There was a cool breeze. The temp was 65F. The sky turned a lovely soft blue with white “poofies” and some pink or slightly grey, but not threatening, at all. By then I was hard at work on website updates; music pages first and then books. BTW, I know that it’s easier to buy from Amazon, but if you look at our products, you might find some deals, and we do ship.

We have 3 Ginger and White Tea candles finished. They need tags, but otherwise are complete. I still have to figure cost, though they’ll be set out for sale on Wednesday.

I have the meditation section of the CD’s updated for the website.

Diana has her ice chunks in pop bottles in the freezer to get ready for today’s trip to pick up stuff in the Valley. I’ve got to finish getting our order ready.

The rest of the day was phone, customers and the occasional visitor. Tempus got back around 7, but had to get some paperwork done and we didn’t leave the shop until around 9:15.

At that point the sky was so lovely that I asked him to drive up the seawall. There was a line of cloud along the horizon, but above it was a deep primrose, shading through yellow to blue. The water of the bay and the ocean turned a metallic blue/silver. Someone had a beach fire going on Yaquina John Point and a seal was watching from Bayshore.

Coming up Range Drive I watched the Moon. When we got home it was casting clematis leaf shadows on the door. I tried to get some pictures of moon-shining spiderwebs, but I don’t know if they turned out, yet.

I’m hoping I’m going to get some garden time in today, but mostly it’s the usual “home day” stuff of laundry and other chores, and setting the newsletter up for this next week. As soon as that’s done I have to do more on the music pages for the website and then more of the correspondence about OCPPG.

Did I say that Taylor Ellwood is going to come teach at OCPPG, as well? He sent me “blurbs” for his workshops.

Workshop: Ley-lines, power-spots and communicating with the land
In this workshop we’ll discuss what leylines and power spots are, the different between an artificial leyline and a natural one, and how leylines can be used to connect with other planets and stars, as well as how to communicate and develop a relationship with the land. Number of students: up to 40 accepted.
Facility: A decent sized room
Cost: $20 per person

Workshop: Basic Space/Time Magic
In this workshop, we will look at the elements of space and time and their role in magical work, as well as how we can work with space and time as active principles of our magical practice. I will also provide a list of space/time magic entities you can work with, if you want to explore space/time magic further.
Number of students: up to 40 accepted.
Facility: A decent sized room
Cost: $20 per person

…and the sun is shining brightly again! Go figure!

I’m listening to AllClassical.Org and they’re playing Raspigi’s The Birds this morning and just got to the section called “The Hen”. …and Tempus handed me my egg… <grin>

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 to Full as of 8:27am. 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. Tide change is Wednesday evening at 8:27pm.

During early dawn Wednesday and Thursday mornings, look low in the east to spot brilliant Venus, magnitude –4.6. Look 2° upper left of it (roughly a finger’s width at arm’s length) for Zeta Tauri, magnitude 3.0. That’s a brightness difference of just over 1,000 times! Binoculars will be necessary as dawn brightens.
Mars and Saturn (magnitudes +1.1 and +0.8, respectively) are low in the west-southwest at dusk. Saturn stands 4½° above similarly-bright Spica. Mars is approaching closer to them every day and will pass between them on August 13th and 14th.

Celtic Tree Month of TinneHolly  Jul 8Aug 4, CollHazel  Aug 5Sep 1
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
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 Capricorn
Pallas, Mercury, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Grey


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Tinne  Holly  Jul 8Aug 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
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.

from Wikimedia commons

Coll  Hazel  Aug 5Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


Tides for Alsea Bay
~Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
~Tu  31      Low   6:01 AM    -1.4   6:03 AM     Set  4:30 AM      93
~    31     High  12:31 PM     6.4   8:42 PM    Rise  7:34 PM
~    31      Low   5:53 PM     2.1
~    31     High  11:48 PM     8.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Live life vibrantly and energetically.


Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Explain why you think you are or are not a good loser.



~   I have the heart of a man, not a woman, and I am not afraid of anything. – Queen Elizabeth I
~   I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it ceased to be one. – Mark Twain (1835 – 1910), Writer and humorist
~   If you always give, you will always have. – Chinese Proverb
~   If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. – Publius Syrus

The Dial of Flowers - Felicia Hemans
a lovely thought to mark the hours, 
As they floated in light away, 
By the opening and the folding flowers, 
That laugh to the summer's day. 
Thus had each moment its own rich hue, 
And its graceful cup and bell, 
In whose colour'd vase might sleep the dew, 
Like a pearl in an ocean-shell. 
To such sweet signs might the time have flow'd 
In a golden current on, 
Ere from the garden, man's first abode, 
The glorious guests were gone. 

So might the days have been brightly told-
Those days of song and dreams 
When shepherds gather'd their flocks of old 
By the blue Arcadian streams. 

So in those isles of delight, that rest 
Far off in a breezeless main, 
Which many a bark, with a weary quest, 
Has sought, but still in vain. 

Yet is not life, in its real flight, 
Mark'd thus even thus on earth, 
By the closing of one hope's delight, 
And another's gentle birth ? 

Oh ! let us live, so that flower by flower, 
Shutting in turn, may leave 
A lingerer still for the sunset hour, 
A charm for the shaded eve.

A flower dial is a cute concept that a gardener with a lot of time and plant knowledge can do. The idea is that the flowers open at specific times of the day, the way 4 O’Clocks got their name…. So you plant them in the style of a sun dial and they open to tell the time!


The summer clouds are beautiful,
yes they are. Yes, they are.
The summer clouds are like flowers,
yes they are. Yes, they are.
The clouds blossom in the sky,
yes they do. Yes, they do.
The blossoming clouds are coming here,
yes they are. Yes, they are. ~ Zuni “Song of the Blue Corn Dance”

Summer is, indeed, a beautiful season. Yet it is also a busy one. Vacations, social engagements, outdoor concerts, and the usual press of work and laundry and errands and….

Summer whirls by. It is July already, when May seems to have been yesterday. How can we enjoy our lives when they are led at such a pace? What will you remember of this summer? If you are too tired to watch a firefly on a sultry night, too busy to notice that a favorite flower has bloomed, too much in transit to enjoy conversation with a friend – what will you have to hold, to treasure, in winters to come?

For we cannot savor what we rush through. Let some things slide this summer. Don’t worry about them.

You will never remember if you did the laundry and you will never forget the fragrance of new roses. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion


Silliness – GCF: Fitness

I was walking to lunch with my friend Tristan and discussing the need to start an exercise program. A mutual friend, Chris, joined us on the walk and after listening to us talk about fitness, Chris said, “I’m exercising every day.”

“You’re exercising?” we asked. “Daily?”

“Yeah!” he replied. “I swim after work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. And I run on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”

We stopped walking, and I asked Chris, “How long have you been doing this?”

“Oh, I don’t start until next week!” he replied.

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