Yesterday started well, and I was going like gang-busters and then it got later and later, I got slower and slower and eventually my spoons ran out. Tempus did a vacuum repair and some other things, then headed back for the apartment around 4:30 for a 1 1/2 hour job, but wasn’t back until nearly 8pm…. We got our wires crossed…. I was cutting out pincushions and long before he got back I was just slumped at the desk.
We had a lot of customers in early on. By 5pm the marine layer was up on the beach and the fog blowing past, just past the buildings on the bay. This morning it’s all low fog and rather dim, but it seems to be getting brighter.
I realized this morning that I need to pot up a couple of parsley plants. They’ve been in the little 4 inch pots for a year and I completely forgot about them! I remembered enough to snag one out and re-pot it a couple of weeks ago, but there are 3 more to do and they’re starting to grow like crazy but straight up, they way they do when potbound.
I don’t know for certain how long we’ll be here today. I want to go home around suppertime, actually, rather than waiting until the usual closing time. Tempus is insisting on being open today, although I was hoping for a little time to go down and sit by the water.
Today’s feast is that of “Kiril-Metodii“ or Saints Cyril and Methodius. They were brothers in the 9th century from the Byzantine end of Christianity and did a lot to christianize (as far as it went….) the Slavs. It was during their time that the Glagolitic (grandfather to Cyrillic) alphabet was developed, the Slavs say by the two brothers, but others say by St. Jerome. The Czechs credit them with “civilizing the wild tribes”, not speaking of themselves of course. 🙂 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius
Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
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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 7/8 at 9:07pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 7/7 at 9:07am.
Waxing toward full, the Moon passes over Antares and Saturn later in the week. The Moon shines above orange Antares this evening. Upper right of Antares, and lower right of the Moon, is the near-vertical row of three stars marking the head of Scorpius. The top star of the row is Beta Scorpii or Graffias, a fine double star for telescopes. Just 1° below Beta Sco is the fainter, very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2 Scorpii, not quite vertical. Binoculars may show their slight color difference. Left of Beta by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii, another fine telescopic double. High power in good seeing reveals that Nu’s brighter component is itself a close binary, separation 2 arcseconds.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are well placed in the east and southeast, respectively, before the beginning of dawn. Finder charts.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 5 Low 5:20 AM 0.1 5:38 AM Set 3:24 AM 83
~ 5 High 11:42 AM 5.4 9:03 PM Rise 6:05 PM
~ 5 Low 4:54 PM 2.6
~ 5 High 10:53 PM 7.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happy feelings will attract more happy circumstances. It is so very important that you find ways to shift your feelings so they are more positive. The more things you can feel joyful, happy, and grateful about, the more you will attract positive, wonderful things.
~ I believe that I am in hell, therefore I am there. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ I can give you a six word formula for success: ‘Think things through – then follow through. – Eddie Rickenbacker
~ I saw and was silent, I saw and pondered, I listened to the speech of men. – Norse Adage
~ In fashion of wolves, in befits kin not, amongst themselves, to strive. – Hamthesmal 31
Song Of Gratitude
Thank you Sun for shining,
Thank you light of day,
Thank you night for falling,
And stars that come our way,
Thank you mighty splendor
That seasons bring to share
Thank you beauty shining
For us everywhere.
Thank you little children
That keep us young at heart,
Thank you cycles circling
That bring us each new start,
Thank you lovely flowers
And thank you fertile seeds,
Thank you gifts that come to us
In answer to our needs.
Time and tide flow onward,
Life brings joy and pain–
Bright bouquets of memory,
Things we can’t explain
As our hearts are opened
We find how many care,
The world becomes a garden,
With much for all to share.
Thank you blessed garden,
Thank you useful space
Thank you work that must be done,
And thank you precious shade,
Thank you tuneful Robin
Singing in the tree,
Thank you Beauty shining
Everywhere to see.
)0( Written and Submitted by Tasha Halpert www.heartwingslovenotes.com
Today is a magical day in Japan. It is a day to celebrate a tradition that has its start in a love story. It is 7-7.
If you make a wish on this day, and if it does not rain, then your wish will come true. This year (2007) , it is especially lucky because it is the seventh day of the seventh month of the seventh year.
(Images from here).
THE TWO STARS: Tanabata means “Festival of the stars.” This is a story about the two stars Altair (the boy) and Vega (the girl) which are the main stars in two constellations, Aquila the eagle and Lyra the musical lyre:
THE LOVE STORY:
There was a girl named Orihime – she was the daughter of the Sky God and she wove beautiful weavings. One day, she looked out of her window and saw the oxen-boy, Hikoboshi, and they fell in love. They spent so much time together that she didn’t have any time to weave, and so the Sky God separated the two, and allowed them to only meet each other on the seventh of the seventh.
Why is the Milky Way involved? “In the Chinese Calender, there is almost always a half moon on July 7th and they believe ORIHIME and [HIKOBOSHI] use that half moon as a boat to meet each other over the great river in the sky, AMANOGAWA [the Milky Way],” reports this site.
As long as the Milky Way does not overflow, i.e. it doesn not rain, everyone’s wish will come true on this day. So you can put on your bright summer cotton kimono, called the “yukata,” and you can go dancing in the parks, and you can write your wishes on brightly colored paper (as described here!) and tie them to a plant (in Japan, it would be a bamboo tree). And finally, you make that wish wholly and deliberately, and then you let go….
I was reading about Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival, for the first time a couple nights ago. Tanabata has all the ingredients for a good festival: a poignant backstory about two lovers separated by the entire Milky Way, a begrudging Sky Emperor that allows them to meet ONLY ONCE A YEAR, plenty of regional variation in the tradition, and of course awesome decorations. You also get to make a wish on Tanabata, writing them down on pieces of paper and hanging them on bamboo trees in the hopes that the two lovers will see them as they cross the Milky Way.
I’ve seen pictures of this festival in movies and, I suspect, console games like Harvest Moon, but didn’t actually know what it was until very late in the day of Tanabata, July 7. All the stores were closed, so I quickly made some colored streamers on my printer and hung them on the basil plant on my deck.
When I showed the picture of the plant to my sister, she asked where I had gotten the streamers from. She suggested that I post the template online, so I’ve cleaned it up a bit and am making it available for download. And since Tanabata is celebrated on July 7, August 7 or July 31st, depending on what region you’re in, you still have two more chances to make a wish this year. It’s not too late!
Using the Tanabata Streamer Template
First, I should disclaim this by saying this template is not an authentic decoration from Japan. On the other hand, it is something cool to do for yourself; I don’t think it’s as huge a cultural faux pas as washing your face with the oshibori in polite company, or drowning your nigiri in soy sauce at the sushi bar, but STILL…consider yourself warned! 🙂
STEP 2: Print, then cut paper into long strips. You’ll have to trim off the ends, of course. I just make them wide enough to feel right.
STEP 3: Punch Holes. This is so you can thread some string or something through them.
STEP 4: Write a Wish on the back of the strip. I made a rhyming wish as an example; apparently people also write haiku and other poems. That might make the wish more potent? Something to consider, especially if you are planning on making OUTRAGEOUS wishes. Since I had a lot of strips, I wrote down wishes for other friends and family who said they could use a boost.
STEP 5: Hang the strips on a bamboo tree. It was already 10PM so I didn’t have time to go get an actual piece of bamboo. I considered using some of the leftover chopsticks from pork lunchbox night, but they are actually some kind of soft wood instead. So I hung the streamers on the basil plant on my deck. At least it smells nice and is edible.
What I like about this custom is that it projects your wish into the world. Our wishes color our perception, and sometimes that’s enough to open doors; my own wish was crafted with this in mind. So far, nothing has come to pass, but I remain hopeful—and that is exactly how I wished to feel this weekend 🙂
Barfaroma – The stink that eminates from a person immediately after he has thrown up.