Beautiful, beautiful weather! The sun is shining in a blue, blue sky. It’s 66F and what clouds there are are the marine layer out to sea and a few white puffies. There’s just enough breeze to keep it cool.
Yesterday started late but once we were at the shop a lot started to happen. I got going on the OCPPG stuff, now that we’ve worked that out and got all the pages set up and updated as much as I could. I need to take a drive around town and check out the food spots!
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We actually had folks in shopping during the day. We didn’t have the lights on, but people do tend to come in if the door is open. Tempus, after he got back from dropping off the old alternator and doing a little shopping, washed down the “wedges” that we used to use for display. Tempus ran around to a couple of the local folks to see if someone wanted them and the fabric store decided to make use of them.
There was some bad news yesterday. The fellow in Yachats who’s been running the farmstand of his garden extras that he was giving away free, had someone walk off with the *whole* set-up, not just the food, but the baskets, table, bowls and even the donations….. We’ve offered him the old coffee table and some baskets to help replace his wonderful gift to the community.
At about 1/4 past 8 I noticed that suddenly the shop went dark. There was still sunlight hitting the BoS table, but my office space and most of the rest of the shop was shadowed by the fabric store building. A month ago it was 9pm when that happened….. Tempus headed out not long after that for the paper route.
I finally published the last of the messed-up set of newsletters. In the process I discovered that I had missed one somehow in mid-June, as well. No clue how…. and then finished getting about 1/2 the info into this coming week’s newsletters.
Today we’re starting the day late again. I’ve been working in the garden, trimming and harvesting and watering. We have storage stuff to deal with, plus trying to get the rest of the pieces from the sales floor into the back. Tempus is hopefully going to get up to storage at some point.
A heron at Sandy Point Park on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
In 1969 on this day the first moon landing was made. “”Contact light!” Three seconds later, Eagle landed and Armstrong said “Shutdown.” Aldrin immediately said “Okay, engine stop. ACA – out of detent.” Armstrong acknowledged “Out of detent. Auto” and Aldrin continued “Mode control – both auto. Descent engine command override off. Engine arm – off. 413 is in.” Charles Duke, acting as CAPCOM during the landing phase, acknowledged their landing by saying “We copy you down, Eagle.” Armstrong acknowledged Aldrin’s completion of the post landing checklist with “Engine arm is off.” before responding to Duke with the words, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Armstrong’s change of call sign from “Eagle” to “Tranquility Base” confirmed that landing was complete and successful, and Duke mispronounced his reply as he expressed the relief at Mission Control: “Roger, Twan– Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11
Today’s plant is Red Huckleberry, Vaccinium parvifolium, which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat), to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium
Perun’s Day – Cherven (July) 20 – This is the holiday on which the Great God of Thunder, Perun, is celebrated. On this day human sacrifices (the slaying of a man or woman for God), were made on 12th of Cherven (July). At that time, a bull was also sacrificed and people feasted on the animal. The King and the Volvhs organized a spectacular fete with plays and much merry-making. “In the year 6491, the old men would make the decision; ‘Cast lots on a boy and a girl. Destiny will decide who will be sacrificed.’ There was a Varagian Christian who had a son. The lot [for sacrifice] fell on his son.” (From Povest Vremeniih Let [The Tale of Years Past])
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 7/21 at 3:57am. 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 8/2 at 6:12pm.
We’re only a third of the way through summer, but already W-shaped Cassiopeia, a constellation of fall and winter evenings, is climbing up in the north-northeast as evening grows late. And the Great Square of Pegasus >>>, emblem of fall, comes up to balance on one corner just over the eastern horizon.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.8, at the hind foot of Leo) is getting rather low in the west at dusk. It’s on the far side of its orbit from us and 33 arcseconds wide, almost the smallest it ever appears.
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 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
W 20 High 12:51 AM 7.9 5:51 AM Set 6:46 AM 99
~ 20 Low 7:49 AM -1.2 8:54 PM Rise 9:20 PM
~ 20 High 2:17 PM 6.5
~ 20 Low 7:45 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Law of Probable Dispersal – Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
~ Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. – George Eliot
~ A person’s actions are often worse than their intentions. – The Saga of Hrafnkel Freysgothi, c.10
~ The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different. – Peter Drucker.
~ To realize that we are the creator of our life is liberating. Some people don’t want to know that they create the bad stuff as well as the good. But once we see it, then we know where our power lies. And then we can change. ~ Maggie Spilner
A Moon-flood prairie; a straying
Of light-hearted lovers; a baying
Of faraway watching dogs; a dreaming
Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming
Of fireflies eddying nigh, —
And that is July! –James N. Matthews (1852–1910)
Prayer for Lughnasadh
Now is the time of the First Harvest,
when the bounties of nature give of themselves so that we may survive.
O God of the ripening fields,
Lord of the Grain,
grant me the understanding of sacrifice as You prepare to deliver Yourself under the sickle of the Goddess and journey to the lands of eternal summer.
O Goddess of the Dark Moon,
teach me the secrets of rebirth as the Sun loses its strength and the nights grow cold. – Scott Cunningham
This prayer should be done at night, between dusk and dawn.
“Hail Dark Lady of the Crossroads,
of wisdom hard-won,
grant me Thy blessing, purify my heart,
and teach me the truth of my soul;
show me that death is but the gateway to life.
Your sigh becomes summer’s whisper
turning to bright-edged Autumn.
A hint of frost lies upon the air.
An intimation of an ending –
the dying god –
hangs upon the air.
Your finger points toward summer’s loss
and reminds us to prepare for
the long, solitary night.
Go into the garden and turn over the earth. Breathe deeply of its moistness. What secrets does it tell you?
In the Name of the Dark Crone: I intuit the Harvest.
“I bow to Thee Hecate, Diana, Mari and thank
Thee for Thy blessing – the Cauldron of Night
full of life, and death, and life again;
Thy magic gives me wings.
Silliness – The Balloonist
A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?”
The man below says: “Yes, you’re in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field.”
“You must work in Information Technology,” says the balloonist.
“I do,” replies the man. “How did you know?”
“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but it’s no use to anyone.”
The man below says “You must work in Management.”
“I do,” replies the balloonist, “But how did you know?”
“Well,” says the man, “you don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.”