The solarium is still shaded, but I can see sunny spots through the trees. It’s 56 with a light breeze, supposed to get to 64 or so today, but we’ve got a good chance of rain, starting tomorrow night and running through the weekend.
Yesterday started slowly as is usual for our weekend. We did a bunch of small chores, then headed out for a quick trip to the house and then to the shop. When we got there I picked plums and harvested some more herbs and then Tempus discovered that the front door had been kicked in. There’s nothing left in there to steal, but we had to wait for the cops to file the report. Tempus dropped me at the shop afterwards while he went back to get the things that we had intended to pick up.
I started getting the newsletters for the week set up. The earlier I do that, the smaller the chance that I’m going to get caught at the last minute trying to put it together! Tempus came back for me about 6 and spent a little time bringing things in and putting them where he intended.
When we got back home I worked on my herbs for awhile, harvesting sorrel, nasturtium blossoms and greens to go with supper. We had those with some of the tomato soup and a few leftover goodies from the cookout
Tempus was home early last night. He got in around 3am and he’s soundly asleep. We’re going to have to get some things done here that getting delayed at the house put off, then go up there to get some more loads out to storage. We’re pretty well down to things of sentimental value and stuff that’s going to need further sorting.
Ken Gagne pic of a spiderweb from up Yachats River Road from last year.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1415 when Jan Hus, an early religious reformer contemporary with John Wycliffe, was burned at the stake for heresy. It is celebrated in the Czech Republic in his honor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Hus
Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds… and it’s starting to get berries right now! – Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/8 at 4:01pm.
Can you see the thin crescent Moon yet, low in the west in twilight? Jupiter and Regulus point the way, more or less, as shown above.
As evening grows late, even the lowest star of the Summer Triangle climbs high in the east. That’s Altair, a good three or four fists at arm’s length below or lower right of Vega. Inside the Summer Triangle, near the line from Vega to Altair, is the grand double star Albireo, 2nd magnitude. But do you know about the “false Albireo” in the same binocular field? It consists of Alpha and 8 Vulpeculae, a wider pair that’s also orange and blue. See Mathew Wedel’s Binocular Highlight in the July Sky & Telescope, page 43.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, in southern Ophiuchus) glows about 18° east (left) of Mars. To Saturn’s lower right by 6° is Antares. Look near the middle of the long Mars-Saturn-Antares triangle for Delta Scorpii (Dschubba). See our telescopic guide to Saturn in the June Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
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
W 6 High 1:54 AM 8.3 5:39 AM Rise 8:17 AM 2
~ 6 Low 8:48 AM -1.7 9:03 PM Set 10:34 PM
~ 6 High 3:20 PM 6.9
~ 6 Low 8:55 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Become present to the earth, and open to the sky. Then begin.
~ My friends are my estate. – Emily Dickinson
~ A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm. – Charles M. Schwab
~ No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. – Albert Einstein
~ Bad counsel comes to a bad end. – The Saga of Magnus Barefoot, c.6
No one rises above who he or she has been without first having fallen down. The best time — in fact, the only time — to make a real change in your life is in the moment of seeing the need for it. He who hesitates always gets lost in the hundred reasons why tomorrow is a better day to get started! – Guy Finley
I was reading about Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival, for the first time a couple nights ago. Tanabata has all the ingredients for a good festival: a poignant backstory about two lovers separated by the entire Milky Way, a begrudging Sky Emperor that allows them to meet ONLY ONCE A YEAR, plenty of regional variation in the tradition, and of course awesome decorations. You also get to make a wish on Tanabata, writing them down on pieces of paper and hanging them on bamboo trees in the hopes that the two lovers will see them as they cross the Milky Way.
I’ve seen pictures of this festival in movies and, I suspect, console games like Harvest Moon, but didn’t actually know what it was until very late in the day of Tanabata, July 7. All the stores were closed, so I quickly made some colored streamers on my printer and hung them on the basil plant on my deck.
When I showed the picture of the plant to my sister, she asked where I had gotten the streamers from. She suggested that I post the template online, so I’ve cleaned it up a bit and am making it available for download. And since Tanabata is celebrated on July 7, August 7 or July 31st, depending on what region you’re in, you still have two more chances to make a wish this year. It’s not too late!
Using the Tanabata Streamer Template
First, I should disclaim this by saying this template is not an authentic decoration from Japan. On the other hand, it is something cool to do for yourself; I don’t think it’s as huge a cultural faux pas as washing your face with the oshibori in polite company, or drowning your nigiri in soy sauce at the sushi bar, but STILL…consider yourself warned! 🙂
STEP 4: Write a Wish on the back of the strip. I made a rhyming wish as an example; apparently people also write haiku and other poems. That might make the wish more potent? Something to consider, especially if you are planning on making OUTRAGEOUS wishes. Since I had a lot of strips, I wrote down wishes for other friends and family who said they could use a boost.
STEP 5: Hang the strips on a bamboo tree. It was already 10PM so I didn’t have time to go get an actual piece of bamboo. I considered using some of the leftover chopsticks from pork lunchbox night, but they are actually some kind of soft wood instead. So I hung the streamers on the basil plant on my deck. At least it smells nice and is edible.
What I like about this custom is that it projects your wish into the world. Our wishes color our perception, and sometimes that’s enough to open doors; my own wish was crafted with this in mind. So far, nothing has come to pass, but I remain hopeful—and that is exactly how I wished to feel this weekend 🙂