It’s chilly and breezy at the moment and the air smells damp. The porch roof is dripping. It’s only 50F! No wonder I’m chilly! It’s only 6:30, though, and despite forecasts of “overcast”, it’s quite clear with a lot of smoke color to the east.
Yesterday was a steady slog of chores. We found out in the late morning that the friends from the valley were coming out today, so we just kept on with laundry and newsletter and kitchen stuff. Past mid-afternoon I got a message that the lady with some plants was in town, so Tempus went down to pick ’em up. I have a few chive plants, a couple of basil and a thyme.
When Tempus got back we went out to pick berries and do some yardwork. He was mostly clipping blackberry vines each time I yelled “Ow!” 🙂 We picked a lot of blackberries, a good handful of huckleberries and I had a basket of salal to do, still. That’s the last of the salal in the tended patch, although there’s tons down in the park.
We came in and had our crock-pot potatoes, then went back out to plant the new stuff into a box garden and tie up the tomato. Once that was done, Tempus went back to cutting out blackberries and I came in to pick over the salal, then got back to work on newsletters.
Today our friends are coming out from the Valley. I don’t know how long they’re going to stay. I have sewing to do and harvested herbs to process, dunno how far I’m going to get…. Sewing this afternoon runs from 3-6pm.
A Ken Gagne pic from 7/31/15 of the Yaquina Bay Bridge
Today’s Feast is Hiroshima Day, the anniversary of the day the US dropped a nuclear bomb on this city. Sadako did not live to finish her 1000 cranes, but ever since, people fold them for her intent for life and peace. May we each fold 1000 cranes in our intentions, not for our own blessing, but that of our people and our world.
The Peace Memorial with strings of cranes.
So, the Flanders Poppy, Papaver rhoeas is today’s plant. It is an agricultural weed, also called “corn flower”, associated with crops since the earliest beginnings of agriculture, since it flowers abundantly in disturbed ground, such as at plowing, and then will flower and seed before the crops are harvested. This is how the poppies sprang up so quickly in the cemeteries of Flanders, as the dead soldiers were interred. These are not the same as the opium poppy Papaver somniferum. The Flanders Poppy and the White Poppy are the two associated with war and worn as symbols, the red poppy meaning the honoring of the dead soldiers and the white, the hope for peace. It is also associated with headaches, both from inhaling the scent and from the headaches from too much crying, from which the folk name, “Head Waak” (pronounced “whack”) comes. –Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos & Demeter – Poppies have been associated with sleep far more than death up until this past century and also with wealth. They are often used in magics to aid sleep. as an ingredient of dream pillows. In wealth & fertility magicks, the abundant seeds are eaten and carried to attract luck and money. A gilded poppypod can be worn as a necklace for the same purpose. They can be added to love foods and added to love sachets. The seeds are not the source of the addictive medicines, so are safe to carry. In more recent times, the associations with blood and death have started cropping up in spellbooks, so be careful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaveraceae
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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. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 8/14 at 7:53am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends on 8/6 at 7:03pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 8/9 at 7:53pm.
Uranus and the Moon – Wednesday/Thursday, Aug. 5/6, dawn – The moon will be close to Uranus just before sunrise. In southern South America, the Falkland Islands, and parts of Antarctica, the moon will actually occult Uranus.
Thursday, Aug. 6, 10:03 p.m. EDT – Last Quarter Moon – The Last Quarter Moon rises around midnight in Aries, far below that constellation’s leading stars and sets around 3 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
Now that the evening is moonless, explore the telescopic sights of Scutum with Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders column, charts, and photos in the August Sky & Telescope starting on page 54.
Mercury and Jupiter within 0.6 degrees – Thursday, Aug. 6, dusk – Mercury and Jupiter will pass close to each other, appearing within the same telescope field
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
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. 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.
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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 6 High 5:50 AM 6.0 6:09 AM Set 1:42 PM 64
~ 6 Low 11:47 AM 1.1 8:35 PM
~ 6 High 6:12 PM 7.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The wildflowers of happiness are often found in the woods of difficulty.
~ The public is wiser than the wisest critic. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
~ Positive anything is better than negative nothing. – Elbert Hubbard
~ Drag your thoughts away from your troubles…by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. – Mark Twain
~ Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. – Henry Ford (1863-1947) American Industrialist
Clownlike, happiest on your hands,
Feet to the stars, and moon-skulled,
Gilled like a fish. A common-sense
Thumbs-down on the dodo’s mode.
Wrapped up in yourself like a spool,
Trawling your dark, as owls do.
Mute as a turnip from the Fourth
Of July to All Fools’ Day,
O high-riser, my little loaf.
Vague as fog and looked for like mail.
Farther off than Australia.
Bent-backed Atlas, our traveled prawn.
Snug as a bud and at home
Like a sprat in a pickle jug.
A creel of eels, all ripples.
Jumpy as a Mexican bean.
Right, like a well-done sum.
A clean slate, with your own face on. – Sylvia Plath (1932-1963), American poet, and writer of novels and short stories
- Sculpty or Fimo (found at most craft stores or Wal-Mart)
- leaf of desired shape and size
- oven proof bowl approximately the size of the leaf
- acrylic pain (optional)
- acrylic sealer (if you’re going to paint it)
- On a cookie sheet or tin foil, oll out the Sculpty or Fimo with a rolling pin or flatten with your hand until it is approximately 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick.Smooth.
- Press leaf on top of fimo so that impression is made.
- Trim off the excess fimo from around the leaf.
- Remove the leaf.
- Carefully remove the fimo leaf from the cookie sheet and place in the bowl so that the edges curve upwards.
- Bake in the oven according to the direction on the package – usually 200 or 250 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes. Allow to cool.
- Paint and seal with acrylic, if desired.