Minus tide at 7:47 AM of -0.6 feet/
Herbs Outdoors at 3pm!
It’s rather dim, even at nearly noon. The regular fog layer is hovering just above the trees. It would it have burned off except there’s another layer at 1200 feet that needs to go, first. It’s 56 and breezy. The wind chime gives out a desultory clonk every so often. It’s 56F. No summer, right?
Yesterday started later than usual. Tempus had to do a lawn mower repair before he came home and then had a lot of groceries to put away. I worked on newsletter stuff until I got way sleepy, took a nap, and got right back to it.
…and jumped up appalled, realizing that I had been supposed to be at a meeting an hour earlier! So Tempus and I raced out of the house and drove up there. It went well, despite our being horribly late, but I didn’t get to talk to as many people as I wanted to. Ah well…
It was marvelously foggy as we drove back, cones and shafts of light being thrown out between tree branches. Tempus turned in quickly and I typed for a bit, then followed with a book.
Today I have more of the same, but I have to get on into OCPPG handbook stuff. Now that I have most of the ads, I’m getting closer to having it ready to go! Also, Herbs Outdoors at 3 is going to be on mulching, and we have esbat at 7pm.
Today’s Feast is in honor of the Perseid Meteor Shower. They’re actually visible until August 24th this year, but peak over the next week. Some years you can 2 or 3 in a minute. They’re a good excuse to go down to the beach with a couple of blankets! They appear to come out of the constellation of Perseus, the “radiant” of the shower. This set of meteors is a cloud of dust from the 130-year-comet, Swift-Tuttle. Most of the dust is 1000 years or more old, but there’s one stream that peeled off of the comet only a century and a half ago! This shower is the “Games of Lugh” that give their name to the Celebration of Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseids
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
The shop opens at 11am! Spring hours are 11am-7pm Thursday 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop at 541-563-7154.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar –
The Moon is New. 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. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open. Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 8/8 at 2:51am.
Bright Vega passes closest to overhead around 10 or 11 p.m., depending on how far east or west you are in your time zone. How closely it misses your zenith depends on how far north or south you live. It passes right through the zenith if you’re at latitude 39° north (Washington DC, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Lake Tahoe). How closely can you judge this by looking?
Saturn (magnitude +0.7, in Virgo) glows in the southwest as twilight fades, with Spica 12° to its lower right. As night grows darker look almost as far to Saturn’s left for fainter Alpha Librae.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL), hazel
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. Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
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Coll/Hazel – Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL) – 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 7 High 1:01 AM 7.4 6:10 AM Rise 7:09 AM 0
7 Low 7:47 AM -0.6 8:33 PM Set 8:37 PM
7 High 2:08 PM 6.6
7 Low 7:52 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Freedom Demands the Right to be Wrong.
~ The opposite of love is not hate, its indifference. – Elie Wiesel
~ It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
~ The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule. – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
~ I follow the religion of Love; whatever way Love’s camels take, that is my religion and my faith. – Ibn al-‘Arabi
Frozen Fog from Scattered Thoughts by Stephanie Pflumm
frozen in the trees
transforms the dreary
with fallen clouds
on a freezing night,
leaves them touched
by this crystalline blessing,
a moment of grace
the quiet lifeless
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Magick – Hail All-father, Wise Warrior,
One-eyed wanderer, Come sit at my fire.
Tell me of your wisdom stories,
The scenes your missing eye sees.
You who chooses the slain,
Look on my deeds and when my time comes
To run the sky with you,
Let my end be worthy of song.
In the meantime, let me feel
Excitement and poetry and fury and joy,
Let me understand sacrifice,
Think long, Remember well, And Journey Far.
Odin, Witness this.