Minus Tide at 8:57 AM of -1.0 feet.
Yesterday was another long, busy, day. We were as crazy as on Friday and Saturday, but had cleaning up to do and plenty of customers in and for most of the day Tempus was home, moving furniture. He managed to take a header carrying one piece and made a mess of his shin, but I’m the one moaning and groaning today, go figure….
He was back in time for class, which went well, although a lot of it was talking about OCPPG and the future, rather than the actually classwork, but we did get some time in, and Leslie and Tempus got a few minutes to talk over some more repairs, this time to her landlord’s equipment.
Today I woke up really late and Tempus hadn’t been motivated to do anything but read on the computer. This past week was tired and today is when it usually shows…. I was awake at 9, but fell back asleep and then didn’t wake until past 1! I did some weeding in the garden and then Tempus had to get the garbage, so I went in and talked with Jeanne for awhile and then had to put this together from scratch, since I never got this far yesterday!
I have a *lot* of newsletter stuff to do and a bunch of the OCPPG setup, as well, so I’m going to have my nose to the grindstone well into the night, since tonight is the paper run. It’s been awhile since I went and with the just-past-full Moon it’ll be a treat for me!
I’m also hoping to spend a little time either sewing or working on getting the herb stuffs in better order, or both. I don’t do well with just sitting all day….
…and we just had someone in here looking for lamps, again…. 🙂
Today’s Feast is the Kronia, held in honor of Chronos and Rhea, the oldest of the god/dess creator pairs in ancient Greece. It was a topsy-turvy festival where owners waited on their slaves and everyone let the class distinctions go for a day in honor of the Golden Age. More on the festival here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kronia and on Chronos here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronos
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. I harvested some yesterday afternoon around 4pm and here at nearly 9am, having washed my hands several times, I can still detect it! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 7/23 at 2:46am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/16 at 12:26pm.
Venus starts the week above Aldebaran and ends the week closer to Aldebaran’s upper left.
Double stars in the top of Scorpius. The two brightest points due south after twilight ends are Saturn and, right or lower right of it, Antares. To the right and upper right of Antares is the nearly 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° lower left of Beta Sco is the fainter, very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2 Scorpii, oriented diagonally. Binoculars may show their slight color difference. Upper 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.
Mars is lost behind the glare of the Sun.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
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 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
Tu 11 High 1:59 AM 7.4 5:43 AM Set 8:13 AM 97
~ 11 Low 8:57 AM -1.0 9:00 PM Rise 10:37 PM
~ 11 High 3:30 PM 6.4
~ 11 Low 8:58 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Today is going to be a great day So..don’t little bunny fufu your way thru it, ‘cuz all your fans will see you!!
~ Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold. – Zelda Fitzgerald
~ Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. – Samuel Johnson
~ Often times it is not numbers that wins the victory, but those who fare forward with the most vigor. – Færeyinga Saga, c.19
~ Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sonnets to Orpheus, Part One, XII
Bless the spirit that makes connections,
for truly we live in what we imagine.
Clocks move along side our real life
with steps that are ever the same.
Though we do not know our exact location,
we are held in place by what links us.
Across trackless distances
antennas sense each other.
Pure attention, the essence of the powers!
Distracted by each day’s doing,
how can we hear the signals?
Even as the farmer labors
there where the seed turns into summer,
it is not his work. It is Earth who gives. – Rainer Maria Rilke (In Praise of Mortality, translated and edited by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)
It was upon a Lammas night,
When corn rigs are bonnie,
Beneath the moon’s unclouded light,
I held away to Annie:
The time flew by wi’ tentless heed
Till ‘tween the late and early,
Wi’ sma’ persuasion, she agreed
To see me thro’ the barley.
Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
An’ corn rigs are bonnie:
I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
Amang the rigs wi’ Annie.
The sky was blue, the wind was still,
The moon was shining clearly:
I set her down, wi’ right good will,
Amang the rigs o’ barley:
I ken’t her heart was a’ my ain:
I lov’d her most sincerely;
I kiss’d her owre and owre again,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.
I lock’d her in my fond embrace;
Her heart was beating rarely:
My blessings on that happy place,
Amang the rigs o’ barley!
But by the moon and stars so bright,
That shone that hour so clearly!
She aye shall bless that happy night,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.
I ha’e been blythe wi’ comrades dear;
I ha’e been merry drinkin’;
I ha’e been joyfu’ gatherin’ gear;
I ha’e been happy thinkin’:
But a’ the pleasures e’er I saw,
Tho’ three times doubled fairly,
That happy night was worth then a’,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.
Corn rigs… ~Robert Burns