It was pouring in Yachats for a bit this morning, but we only got .01 inches! Rain is expected to start around 2pm, though mostly tonight, just like tomorrow, Saturday and Monday nights. 58, overcast and damp-ish with only a breeze.
Yesterday started very slowly. I got up and got the newsletter out, then went back to sleep. Tempus got up and *he* went back to sleep and when we were finally both awake we really took it easy for awhile. Eventually we were up and doing chores, but it took until 3:30 until we left for the shop first, and then house.
I unpacked and put away a bunch of things for cooking, now that I have the shelves free for that purpose, and started on cleaning up more stuff from that area. Eventually Tempus took off for the house and I kept working, pricing stock, working on the newsletter pieces and finding new stock to order. As soon as the ink is in, I’ll be getting headers onto more herbs, I think.
I called Tempus before 8pm and he was just taking another load to storage. We consulted on some stuff going to the apartment and then I got back to work trying to track down a cheaper source for some of the bottles that we carry at the shop. Not long after that I finished getting the newsletters set up and then got to work cleaning up my beading table area. Clouds were rolling in, and I kept getting distracted by the ever-changing display.
Once we’ve got the shop open today Tempus has to run some errands. He’s picking up some beads for me from upriver and we have to do bank and such. Else, we’ll have the shop open. Sewing is moving to the evening and at Ancient Light again. The experiment didn’t work.
Interesting. I was doing a google search and this pic from a couple of years ago came up! That’s our Spoonflower fabric design for an altar cloth!
Today’s feast is Tanabata. In Japan many trees will have wishes hung from their branches on this day, streamers of paper that have specific meanings written with a special ink. Sometimes the wishes are floated on rivers instead. There’s a separated lovers story associated with the festival, as well, various special foods and other fun things. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata and below in the Magick section!
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
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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.
The thin waxing crescent Moon hangs low in the west at dusk. Look for Regulus about 3° to its right or upper right, as shown above. Much farther to their upper left is Jupiter.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are well placed in the southeastern sky before the first light of dawn. Background and finder charts.
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
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 7 High 2:40 AM 7.8 5:40 AM Rise 9:21 AM 6
~ 7 Low 9:30 AM -1.2 9:02 PM Set 11:08 PM
~ 7 High 4:02 PM 6.9
~ 7 Low 9:45 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What you think about and focus on, you attract to you. When you focus on what you do want you attract it; when you focus on what you do not want, you attract it. It’s that simple.
~ As you breathe in cherish yourself. As you breathe out cherish all beings. – Dalai Lama
~ It’s okay to send flowers, but don’t let the flowers do all the talking. Flowers have a limited vocabulary. About the best flowers can say is that you remembered. But your words tell the rest. – Jim Rohn
~ The smallest deed is better than the grandest of intention. – Larry Eisenberg
~ Let us rather run the risk of wearing out rather than rusting out. – Theodore Roosevelt
Ice before Martinmas,
Enough to bear a duck.
The rest of winter,
Is sure to be but muck! – English traditional proverb
It was upon a Lammas night,
When corn rigs are bonnie,
Beneath the moon’s unclouded light,
I held away to Annie:
The time flew by wi’ tentless heed
Till ‘tween the late and early,
Wi’ sma’ persuasion, she agreed
To see me thro’ the barley.
Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
An’ corn rigs are bonnie:
I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
Amang the rigs wi’ Annie.
The sky was blue, the wind was still,
The moon was shining clearly:
I set her down, wi’ right good will,
Amang the rigs o’ barley:
I ken’t her heart was a’ my ain:
I lov’d her most sincerely;
I kiss’d her owre and owre again,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.
I lock’d her in my fond embrace;
Her heart was beating rarely:
My blessings on that happy place,
Amang the rigs o’ barley!
But by the moon and stars so bright,
That shone that hour so clearly!
She aye shall bless that happy night,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.
I ha’e been blythe wi’ comrades dear;
I ha’e been merry drinkin’;
I ha’e been joyfu’ gatherin’ gear;
I ha’e been happy thinkin’:
But a’ the pleasures e’er I saw,
Tho’ three times doubled fairly,
That happy night was worth then a’,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.