It’s still only 52 which means the breezes that creep in the wide-open window chill my toes, but it’s warming fast. It should get to around 65 today. The humidity is dropping fast as the sun climbs and the pollen levels are low. …although so are the water levels in the area. (see Ken’s pic below)
Yesterday was fun, laid-back, productive and profitable. Can’t ask for better! I did a little harvesting as we ran out to the car, then processed that and the honeysuckle and roses that I had harvested along with the berries on Wednesday. The back end of the shop smells awesome!
I ended up spending quite some time explaining about Wicca to a fellow who came in during the morning and then my friends from the Valley showed up and we got a too-short visit. (All such visits are too short, even if they’re two weeks long!) She brought me a lovely little box and we hugged a lot and then they were gone. <sigh> I dropped a bunch of threads and tools into the box, right away!
I got a batch of pouches finished and then started the next and a few odd ones. Those all got cut and sewn by the end of the day. Tempus had to help me with folding and hanging fabrics that got washed. We both worked with frequent customers and he finished another little toy horse and then started on my yarn bowl.
Today Tempus is going to be at the shop by himself. I’ve got some info to track down and phone calls to make and the newsletters to finish getting ready for the weekend and if I get far enough I might have him come get me so I can do a little more sewing. We’ll see.
This is a pic of the North Fork of the Yachats River from this morning by Ken Gagne. He says he’s never seen the water levels so low.
Today’s Feast is in honor of the Perseid Meteor Shower. They’re actually visible for most of the early part of this month, but peak right around the 13th this year. 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 The Celts saw these as “spears of light” that reminded them of the contests held at funerals.
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, theappetite 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
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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.
Mercury, Jupiter and Regulus >>>> within 1 degree – Friday, Aug. 7, dusk – These three bright objects will form a tight triangular pattern low in the western sky after sunset.
The Moon, just past last quarter, rises around 1 a.m. tonight. By early dawn Saturday morning it’s high in the east, forming a triangle with Aldebaran to its lower left and the Pleiades farther to its upper left.
In early dawn these mornings, use binoculars to look for Mars below Castor and Pollux, as shown below
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
F 7 Low 1:02 AM 0.5 6:10 AM Rise 12:24 AM 52
~ 7 High 7:05 AM 5.5 8:34 PM Set 2:49 PM
~ 7 Low 12:45 PM 1.7
~ 7 High 7:10 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
~ I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! – Dr. Seuss
~ You need to replace guilt with responsibility. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. – Jim Rohn
~ Don’t try to shape what you see, let the world show you its shape. – Kerr Cuhulain
“You sing a lot about the past. You always sing about the past; you can’t live in the past, you know.” And I say to him, “I can go outside and pick up a rock that’s older than the oldest song you know and bring it back here and drop it on your foot.” Now, the past didn’t go anywhere, did it?” ~ Utah Philip
Brown Sugar Body Scrub
Mix almond oil, Vitamin E and fragrance or essential oil together in a glass bowl. Add the brown sugar and mix in well. Divvy up into jars and have a great time using it!
Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe
(1) Melt 8 oz. of White/Opaque Melt and Pour soap base
(2) Melt 8 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base
(3) Optional: Grind up 1/2 oz. of Oatmeal in coffee grinder for a smoother,
lighter exfoliation. Also, the smaller the particle, the easier to suspend in the soap.
(4) Combine the two bases
(5) Add your Fragrance Oil – approximately 1/2 oz. (Oatmeal, Milk and Honey is a good one!) and stir in well
(6) Optional: Add colorant
(7) Add the oatmeal and stir. Wait 20 or 30 seconds – is the oatmeal sinking to the bottom of your bowl/Pyrex or is it staying suspended. If it is staying suspended, skip to step 8
(8) If the oatmeal is sinking, this simply means that your base is not thick enough to support the oatmeal. Either cover the bowl/Pyrex with saran wrap and wait for the base to cool, or stir the melted base until it is becomes thick enough to suspend the oatmeal.
(9) Pour your oatmeal soap into molds
(10) Spritz with alcohol to finish the soap and break up any bubbles on the top of the soap
(11) Wait 2 to 3 hours (or even better, overnight!) to pop the soap out of the molds. Wrap with saran wrap and you’re done!
Old Fashioned Beauty Bath
Makes an invigorating bath!
One pound Barley
One pound Bran
One pound Oatmeal
One pound Brown Rice
One-half pound Bay Leaves
One-half pound dried Lavender Flowers
Boil all of these ingredients in four quarts of rainwater for sixty minutes, then strain the mixture. Use 2 quarts of the liquid for each tub of bathwater. An extra rinse after this herbal bath is unnecessary and would deprive you of some of its benefits. Follow it with a vigorous towel drying.
Cleopatra’s Milk Bath
Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a clear glass bottle. Use 1/2 cup of the mixture per bath – soak for 20 minutes. Tie a ribbon and a sprig of dried flowers to the jar for a ready gift!
Ginger Cinammon-Salt Body Scrub by “AJ”
This body scrub has the fresh, invigorating scents of both ginger and cinnamon!
Mix all ingredients together, then gently rub over your damp skin (except your face) to slough off dry skin. Rinse with warm water.