After the soaking last night there was some sun, earlier. Now, it’s mostly just barely enough to throw a shadow. The computer says there wasn’t any rain….well, I looked at my plants this morning and they’re as wet as if I had watered, so there was at least some. It’s breezy, too. There are supposed to be some rain showers today.
Yesterday was a little crazy to start. We got the shop open and Tempus headed upriver to get my beads and came back with some chocolate mint and a bunch of organic lettuce, as well! I was working on computer housekeeping, mostly, since there was a lot to finish up and also putting up pointers for the Arnica Harvest picnic that is going on, Sunday, in the Tillamook area.
Amy had missed the post, and showed up at Sabrina’s, but she went to the shop and then left before I got back. Stella was there for the evening session and we talked quite a lot, then Tempus and I closed up. He did a bunch of running around and then headed out on his paper route, getting home around 4am.
Today we scrambled out of bed, late, and then got here to the shop as quickly as we could. We were open on time. Tempus has to run into Newport today. I’ll be at the shop. I need to process pictures and then do some photos of the new stock. I’m hoping that Tempus will get the time to head for the house to work there while I’m putting away the beads that
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Today’s feast is that of St. Sunniva, who mostly likely is a distorted version of the Norse/Teutonic solar maiden goddess, Sol/Sunne. Supposedly she and a bunch of companions fled an invasion of heathen into a cave, which sealed itself up when she prayed to not have to marry their king. Yup, they died there, but miracles started happening on that island soon after. Was there a young woman named after the goddess about whom the didn’t-want-to-marry-a-pagan story was told? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunniva or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%B3l_(sun)
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/11 at 5:52pm.
The waxing crescent Moon shines in the west at dusk. Jupiter shines some 3° or 4° upper left of it for North America. As night comes on, look for Sigma Scorpii, magnitude 4.0, glimmering 0.9° to Jupiter’s upper left (not shown on the twilight chart above).
Mercury is hidden in conjunction with the Sun.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
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 Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
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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
F 8 High 3:26 AM 7.2 5:41 AM Rise 10:24 AM 13
~ 8 Low 10:11 AM -0.8 9:02 PM Set 11:38 PM
~ 8 High 4:45 PM 6.8
~ 8 Low 10:37 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – May the Earth keep you safe, the Sun keep you warm, and the Moon help you to see any harm, until we meet again!
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The Pledge of Allegiance says, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” What do these words mean to you?
~ Everything begins with creativity. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Pray for what you want, but work for the things you need. – Sufist Proverb
~ I don’t think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it. – Mike Ditka
~ Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
I repeat that we all stand before history. I and my colleagues are not the only ones on trial. Shell is on trial here, and it is as well that it is represented by counsel said to be holding a watching brief. The company has, indeed, ducked this particular trial, but its day will surely come and the lessons learned here may prove useful to it, for there is no doubt in my mind that the ecological war the company has waged in the delta will be called to question sooner than later and the crimes of that war be duly punished. The crime of the company’s dirty wars against the Ogoni people will also be punished.
On trial also is the Nigerian nation, its present rulers and all those who assist them. I am not one of those who shy away from protesting injustice and oppression, arguing that they are expected of a military regime. The military do not act alone. They are supported by a gaggle of politicians, lawyers, judges, academics and businessmen, all of them hiding under the claim that they are only doing their duty, men and women too afraid to wash their pants of their urine.
We all stand on trial, my lord, for by our actions we have denigrated our country and jeopardised the future of our children. As we subscribe to the subnormal and accept double standards, as we lie and cheat openly, as we protect injustice and oppression, we empty our classrooms, degrade our hospitals, and make ourselves the slaves of those who subscribe to higher standards, who pursue the truth, and honour justice, freedom and hard work. Ken Siro-Wiwa, Nigerian environmental activist; statement made just before his execution on November 10, 1995
Collect blackberries and make a fresh pie marked with the Solar Cross. Activity taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
BERRIES WITH GERANIUM CREAM – Check your local farmers market or Chef’s Garden (800-289-4644) for the geranium leaves or experiment with other leaves such as fresh basil or mint.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped pesticide-free rose-scented geranium (pelargonium) leaves
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3 cups blackberries (13 oz)
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries (8 oz)
- Heat cream, geranium leaves, and sugar in a metal bowl set over a pot of simmering water
- Stir until sugar is dissolved and cream is hot but not boiling, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly, then chill until cold, about 45 minutes.
- Pour cream through a sieve set into a bowl and discard solids.
- Beat together cream cheese and cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until thickened (cream should not hold peaks), about 2 minutes.
- Divide blackberries and blueberries among 6 bowls or parfait glasses and top with cream.
Cooks’ note: Cream can be beaten up to 4 hours ahead and chilled, covered. Makes 6 dessert servings.
Lemon blueberry Pancakes
- 2 Teaspoons Grated Lemon Rind
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Blueberries
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 3/4 Cup Milk
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1 Egg
- Beat egg until fluffy
- Beat in remaining ingredients except blueberries just until smooth.
- Stir in blueberries.
- Grease heated griddle.
- For each pancake, pour about 3 tablespoons of batter from a large spoon or from pitcher onto hot griddle.
- Cook pancakes until puffed and dry around edges.
- Turn and cook other side until golden brown.
Silliness – Shark!
There is this atheist swimming in the ocean. All of the sudden he sees this shark in the water, so he starts swimming towards his boat.
As he looks back he sees the shark turn and head towards him. His boat is a ways off and he starts swimming like crazy. He’s scared to death, and as he turns to see the jaws of the great white beast open revealing its teeth in a horrific splendor, the atheist screams, “Oh God! Save me!”
In an instant time is frozen and a bright light shines down from above. The man is motionless in the water when he hears the voice of God say, “You are an atheist. Why do you call upon me when you do not believe in me?”
Aghast with confusion and knowing he can’t lie the man replies, “Well, that’s true I don’t believe in you, but how about the shark? Can you make the shark believe in you?”
The Lord replies, “As you wish,” and the light retracted back into the heavens and the man could feel the water begin to move once again.
As the atheist looks back he can see the jaws of the shark start to close down on him, when all of sudden the shark stops and pulls back.
Shocked, the man looks at the shark as the huge beast closes its eyes and bows its head and says, “Thank you Lord for this food for which I am about to receive…”