It’s 64F and rather humid. It’s windy enough that the Bay was ruffled to a matte surface, although without any whitecaps. We got almost 1/2 an inch of rain in the last 24 hours and it shows although there’s no standing water in the plates under the plant pots. They were *that* dry! Huge white puffy clouds are sailing past, but rather low, and the sunshine is bright.
Yesterday started in a flurry, but calmed down once we were at the shop. I got my pictures edited and started taking more. Tempus made us bacon and eggs for a meal. I guess I’d call it brunch, but it was delicious, whatever the name! He took off fairly soon after that for Newport and some errands. I was doing some research into Slavic clothing. Eventually he was back and I got a nap.
We had a number of folks in during the day, mostly browsing, but it was fairly busy for a rainy day. We had a good esbat, very informal, but the main thing is the we’re going to not do OCPPG this year, except as a couple of workshops. Anja and Loren and Marius are all too crazy busy to try to set it up without there being a lot of interest shown, so…. next year.
Herbs is at 11am today. We’re going to be doing ball sachets as well as processing dried herbs and starting some new ones drying. Sewing this afternoon is at 3pm. I’ll be working on a hand-hem. Otherwise the shop will be open as usual, although we’re going to try to close on time tonight, since I have to be up at 7am for the Arnica Harvest.
Today’s Feast is quoted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caprotinia )
“The Caprotinia, or feasts of Juno Caprotina, were ancient Roman festivals which were celebrated on July 9, in favour of the female slaves. During this solemnity they ran about, beating themselves with their fists and with rods. None but women assisted in the sacrifices offered at this feast.
Kennet says the origin of this feast, or the famous Nonae Caprotinae or Poplifugium, is doubly related by Plutarch, according to the two common opinions. First, because Romulus disappeared on that day, when an assembly being held in the Palus Caprae (“Goats’-Marsh”), suddenly a storm broke, accompanied with terrible thunder, and other unusual disorders in the air (see Plutarch’s Life of Numa). The common people fled all away to secure themselves; but, after the tempest was over, could never find Romulus, their king.
Or, else, from Caprificus, a wild fig-tree, because, in the Gallic war, a Roman virgin, who was prisoner in the enemy’s camp, got up into a wild fig-tree, and holding out a lighted torch toward the city, gave the Romans a signal to fall on; which they did with such good success, as to obtain a considerable victory.”
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
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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. 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.
Jupiter now shines lower right of the Moon during and after dusk.
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
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
Sa 9 High 4:14 AM 6.6 5:41 AM Rise 11:25 AM 20
~ 9 Low 10:52 AM -0.1 9:01 PM
~ 9 High 5:27 PM 6.8
~ 9 Low 11:32 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is a box full of mystery.
~ You don’t have time to be timid in this life. You should not waste any part of this gift that the Gods have given you. You aren’t here to repeat the mistakes that you made in past lives. You are here to improve your lot in life. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Good service leads to multiple sales. If you take good care of your customers, they will open doors you could never open by yourself. – Jim Rohn
~ Empowerment is a lifetime commitment. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process, and nature in marking man’s papers will grade him for wisdom as measured both by survival and by the quality of life of those who survive. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
I never saw a purple cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one. – Gelett Burgess, American poet, born on January 30, 1897
Ashes to ashes, clay to clay
We shall seek for our center and find our own way
The flesh may be blind but the Spirit can see
The Gods within all, so mote it be!
Ashes to ashes, sand to sand,
We will use all our talents to heal our great land
The flesh may be weak, but the Spirit in me
Is full with Her blessings, so mote it be!
*Perform as a chant, begin as a whisper and increase the volume as the collective level of energy grows.
Silliness – Classic Quips From Late Night – “A new poll shows that Americans now believe that Bill Clinton is more honest than President Bush. At least when Clinton screwed the nation, he did it one person at a time.” –Jay Leno