Yes, I switched the yesterday’s and today’s newsletters! Oops!
Minus tide at 6:34 AM of -1.7 feet.
Yesterday I got the newsletter out early, only to find that I had switched yesterday’s and today’s. <sigh> I was hurried enough that I didn’t notice that WordPress had given me a prompt for tomorrow’s newsletter until too late. Well, the info is still good. Tempus got back with the doughnuts just as I was finishing up.
We were really busy yesterday. I had a reading during the afternoon, but we had a steady flow of customers all day and well into the evening. There were a bunch of people here for project day and the cookout, as well. 14, if I counted right!
Project Day was productive, getting a bunch of small projects done and tagged. We had some folks stop by on their way home from Coquille. A couple more came in from the Valley for the day. The cookout was great, far too much food and yummy stuff at that. There are leftovers, still and everyone took some home. The fireworks were lovely and we sat around and chatted until the traffic thinned out, then went home, put away a few things and collapsed.
Today we’re cleaning up from the cookout. There are already customers in the shop and we’re running around putting things away. Once that’s done I have to set up a tomato soup from the fresh salsa from last night and see whether I can get some more herbs packaged, pictures edited and some writing done.
6-23-15 Ken Gagne Yachats River Mouth
Yesterday’s celebration was the Waldport Fireworks! The towns along the coast alternate days, so Newport and Yachats have displays on the 4th, but Waldport and
Depoe Bay are on the 3rd. It’s pretty darned crazy as far as traffic goes, since even the Alsea Bridge traffic stops moving during the display. The fireworks go off from Bayshore Point and are visible all up and down the bay and through most of town.
Fireworks go back to the 7th century in China and are part of religious celebrations and festivals all across the world. The techniques used to create the displays are amazing. Wikipedia has a good article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
The Day of Remembrance for Knjaz Sviatoslav the Great – Cherven (July) 3 – Sviatoslav, the Great Pagan Knjaz of Rus fought an extremely devastating war with Byzantium. Sviatoslav had not the least bit of respect for Christianity. He enlarged the lands of Rus from Hasar’s land on the Volga River to the Danube in the Balkans. Pechenegs was expelled and stopped the influx of Christianity. At the time of Tsargrad’s siege, Sviatoslav sufferred some losses, and his persecution by the Christians continued. “Then he saw that they were intractable, he had hatred for the Christian priests. People were sent to Kiev and it was ordered, ‘Burn and destroy all the Christian churches and temples in Kiev.’ And later he went himself to Kiev, wanting all Christians to be killed. So let it be.” Thus in 980, Sviatoslav’s people destroyed the churches and placed representations of the pagan Gods on its remains. (Knjaz: “King” of the Rus; the scandinavian anaolog – Konung) (Tsargrad: The Old Russian name for Constantinople )
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 7/4 at 4:01am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/4 at 4:01am. 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 7/5 at 4:01pm. 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. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/19 at 3:57pm.
New Moon (exact at 7:01 a.m. EDT).
More binary bounty! After dark, Vega is the brightest star very high in the east. Barely lower left of it is 4th-magnitude Epsilon (ε) Lyrae, the Double-Double. It forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta (ζ) Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon. And a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much tougher, but plainly resolved in any telescope. Delta (δ) Lyrae, below Zeta, is much wider and easier.
Earth is at aphelion, its farthest from the Sun for the year (3% farther than at perihelion in January).
Mars (magnitude –1.4, in Libra) is now only Sirius-bright; it was closest to Earth on May 30th. It’s the yellow-orange light in the south during and after dusk. Mars shrinks from 16 to 15 arcseconds in diameter this week, as Earth pulls ahead of it in our faster orbit around the Sun. See our telescopic guide to Mars in the April Sky & Telescope, page 48, or the version online. And set ourMars Profiler for your time and date.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh)
Runic half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 3 Low 6:34 AM -1.7 5:37 AM Rise 5:10 AM 3
~ 3 High 1:02 PM 6.5 9:04 PM Set 8:17 PM
~ 3 Low 6:24 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I work for enjoyment and satisfaction – not just to earn a living. I use my mind and thoughts to enhance my life.
~ A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live. – Dr. Martin Luther King.
~ Ignore those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead. – Unknown
~ Do not take life too seriously – you will never get out of it alive. – Elbert Hubbard
~ A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
I Still Believe (The World Is Good ) from Anna: The Dreams of a Young Girl by Allanna Linville
I still believe
The world is good,
In spite of fear,
In spite of pain
A fire begins
With just a spark
That lights the path–
I’ll be that flame.
I still believe
The world is good,
In spite of tears,
In spite of war.
Mankind can be
A kinder man,
As was the plan
When we began.
I still believe
The world is good,
In spite of hate,
In spite of death.
In just a day
A dream can start.
Give me the dream;
I’ll be its breath.
I still believe
The world is good,
In spite of rage,
In spite of strife.
Our hearts will beat
Like they are one.
Let us choose peace–
Let us choose life.
We still believe
The world is good.
That there is hope
In the grip of fear.
May those who fear
Invoke my name.
May it give them strength,
Destroy their pain.
We still believe
In the Law of Love.
In the face of Love
Hate cannot stand.
Our spirits sing
A single prayer:
A lasting Peace,
The Hope of Man.
We still believe
We are one race.
In spite of skins
We are one blood.
That seeds of Truth
Lie in all beliefs
That make us one,
That lead the way,
That shows to me
The world is good.
We still believe the world is good.
Lughnasadh Magick – The Sabbath of Mutual Respect by Marge Piercy
In the natural year come two thanksgivings,
the harvest of summer and the harvest of fall,
two times when we eat and drink and remember
our dead under the golden basin of the moon of plenty.
food for the winter, too much now and survival
later. After the plant bears, it dies into seed.
The blowing grasses nourish us, wheat
and corn and rye, millet and rice, oat
and barley and buckwheat, all the serviceable
grasses of the pasture that the cow grazes,
the lamb, the horse, the goat, the grasses
that quicken into meat and cheese and milk,
the humble necessary mute vegetable bees,
the armies of grasses waving their
golden banners of ripe seed
round fruit that gleams with the sun
stored in its sweetness
ephemera of the summer garden, bloodwarm
tomatoes, tender small squash, crisp
beans, the milky corn, the red peppers
exploding like cherry bombs in the mouth.
We praise abundance by eating of it,
reveling in choice on a table set with roses
and lilies and phlox, zucchini and lettuce
and eggplant before the long winter
of root crops.
Fertility and choice
Every row dug in spring means weeks
of labor. Plant too much and the seedlings
choke in weeds as the warm rain soaks them.
The goddess of abundance Habondia is also
the spirit of labor and choice.
In another life, dear sister, I too would bear
six fat children. In another life, my sister, I too
would love another woman and raise one child
together as if that pushed from both our wombs.
In another life, sister, I too would dwell
solitary and splendid as a lighthouse on the rocks
or be born to mate for life like the faithful goose.
Praise all our choices. Praise any woman
who chooses, and make safe her choice.
Hadondia, Artemis, Cybele, Demeter, Ishtar,
Aphrodite, Au Set, Hecate, Themis, Lilith,
Thea, Gaia, Bridgit, The Great Grandmother of Us
All, Yemanja, Cerridwen, Freya, Corn Maiden,
Mawu, Amaterasu, Maires, Nut, Spider-Woman,
Neith, Au Zit, Hathor, Inanna, Shin Moo,
Diti, Arinna, Anath, Tiamat, Astoreth:
the names flesh out our histories, our choices,
our passions and what we will never embody
but pass by with respect. When I consecrate
my body in the temple of our history,
when I pledge myself to remain empty
and clear for the voices coming through
I do not choose for you or lessen your choice.
Habondia, the real abundance, is the power
to say yes and to say no, to open
and to close, to take or to leave
and not to be taken by force or law
or fear or poverty or hunger.
To bear children or not bear by choice
is holy. To bear children unwanted
is to be used like a public sewer
To be sterilized unchosen is to have
your heart cut out. To love women
is holy and holy is the free love of men
and precious to live taking whichever comes
and precious to live unmated as a peachtree.
Praise the lives you did not choose.
They will heal you, tell your story, fight
for you. You eat the bread of their labor.
You drink the wine of their joy. ….
Praise our choices, sisters, for each doorway
open to us was taken by squads of fighting
women who paid years of trouble and struggle,
who paid their wombs, their sleep, their lives
that we might walk through these gates upright.
Doorways are sacred to women for we
are the doorways of life and we must choose
what comes in and what goes out. Freedom
is our real abundance.
Blessings on this Lammas to you. pagans4peace ._,___
– Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
– Movie nudity is virtually always female.
– You know stuff about tanks.
– A five day vacation requires only one suitcase.
– Monday Night Football.
– You don’t have to monitor your friends’ sex lives.
– Your bathroom lines are 80% shorter.
– You can open all your own jars.
– Old friends don’t give you guff if you’ve lost or gained weight.
– Dry cleaners and haircutter’s don’t rob you blind.
– When clicking through the channel, you don’t have to stall on every shot of someone crying.
– Your butt is never a factor in a job interview.
– All your orgasms are real.
– A beer gut does not make you invisible to the opposite sex.
– Guys in hockey masks don’t attack you. – You don’t have to lug a bag of useless stuff around everywhere you go.
– You understand why Stripes is funny.
– You can go to the bathroom without a support group.
– Your last name stays put.
– You can leave a hotel bed unmade.
– When your work is criticized, you don’t have to panic that everyone secretly hates you.
– You can kill your own food.
– The garage is all yours.
– You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
– You see the humor in Terms of Endearment.