Yesterday the newsletter went out so late…. Tempus was dealing with the tire right off the bat and I ended up setting up this newsletter and then going on to others, along with pictures and such. At about 4:15 Tempus headed over to the store to use a couple of the week’s coupons and Amy arrived. We waited and waited for Will and at 5:15, long after Tempus had come back and then headed over to get the tire for the car, and we were about to take off in Amy’s car, she got there. We shifted stuff over and headed for Eugene.
We had a lovely drive down and back and a fun evening with folks doing crochet, making chain, doing silk painting and felting and just catching up with each other. We didn’t get back until nearly 1am!
I called Tempus who was in Bayshore right about then and he picked me up as he came into Waldport and we finished the run together. I was falling asleep between the last few drops and went out completely as we drove the short way home from the last drop, to wake with a sleepy-stupid, “Whuh” after we had stopped in the driveway! I did get a good look at the stars all during the run and in the little bit of time waiting for Tempus to get stuff from the car. I saw 3 meteors while I was standing there looking up!
Today we’re taking the china cabinet to the kids that just got married. They’re getting the intact sets of china and crystal. We’re going together, for one thing because we’d both like to see them and for another so that we can talk and I can keep Tempus awake on the way home. 🙂 It oughta be a nice drive.
Vaccines…. think about it.
Today’s Feast is the Aomori Nebuta, a summer festival in Japan. It stems from events in the 800’s CE, but no one is certain which event/s it celebrates. It’s a huge tourist attraction with several processions/parades of lighted floats and costumed dancers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aomori_Nebuta
Today’s Plant is Vanilla Leaf or Sweet-After-Death, Achlys triphylla, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achlys_%28plant%29 . It grows all up and down the West Coast of North America and there’s another species in Japan. It was used as an insect repellent by the local peoples and has a strong vanilla scent if dried properly. It is used in Crossing the Bridge rituals along with rosemary and often placed in the hands of those who are Crossing or have just Crossed or in spells to ease their way.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 8/4 at 1:45am. 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 Tide Change on 8/18 at 2:27pm.
As the stars come out, Vega shines near the zenith (if you’re in the mid-northern latitudes), and Arcturus shines in the west. A third of the way from Arcturus up to Vega, look for Corona Borealis >>> , the Northern Crown, with its one modestly bright star: Alphecca or Gemma. Two thirds of the way to Vega is the dim Keystone of Hercules, with its 6th-magnitude globular cluster M13.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune(magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are very high in the southern sky well before the first light of dawn. Info and finder charts.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh)
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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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 3 High 12:56 AM 8.2 6:06 AM Rise 7:04 AM 0
~ 3 Low 7:46 AM -1.3 8:38 PM Set 9:06 PM
~ 3 High 2:11 PM 7.0
~ 3 Low 7:51 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – And… At the end of your days, be leaning forward – not falling backwards.
~ All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. – Galileo Galilei
~ A friend should bear his friend’s infirmities. – William Shakespeare
~ Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. – James Dean
~ Forethought is better than afterthought. -Vatnsdæla Saga, c.40
In the darkness I reach for light,
I pray that you will find me.
In the darkness my hand searches,
I pray that you will find it.
In the darkness my heart longs,
I pray that you will hear it.
In the darkness I am pulled free,
And I pray you don’t see my tears. – Doug Starr 9/29/05
Through life’s trials and hardships we arise beautiful and free. –Julia Butterfly Hill
Throughout her life, butterflies have appeared to Julia Butterfly Hill in times of need, sometimes in reality and sometimes in dreams and visions. For Julia–as for so many of us–the butterfly has became a symbol of transformation.
We can all internalize the process of the butterfly, which is really about understanding–and then letting go of–our attachments. What does the cocoon have to do with it? Why are times of cocooning so important, even though our culture urges us to produce endlessly without respite?
Find out what lessons the butterfly holds for us, as explained by this great compassionate activist, here: http://go.care2.com/e/htU/cM/eQQq
Silliness – Signs and Notices – A sign advertising a Company wide skiing race: Let’s see who can go downhill the fastest.