Minus Tide at 9:31 AM of -0.8 feet. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
I had a good time yesterday at the shop. The pressure wasn’t on, which meant I got things done, like newsletter setup, and then we had some visits from friends, which was fun. I made oat flour during the evening and worked on the shelves in back, getting storage sorted out, which felt good to have finished.
Tempus picked me up around 3am and we had a lovely drive. Venus was up while we were doing Bayshore, very golden. Pretty sure it’s near 1/2-phase and it’s startling. That low, it looked like a bright light from a house, high on one of the hills….and then I started seeing glimmers as the north-eastern sky was getting lighter. I may have caught the beginning of astronomical twilight. The air was fresh and chill and we talked quite a lot as we went. We missed the ISS, although we were watching for it. That was disappointing. I had forgotten to check the chart before we left, so we weren’t certain when to look, but I would have caught something moving, or so I woulda thunk….
As we came back into Waldport, the thermometer read 48F and then we were rolling out 34, watching Venus getting whiter and brighter with Aldebaran (bright star in Taurus) really visible below, unlike most of the stars which were washed out by the moon. On the way out the hills were just starting to show against the lightening sky. We went out to the spring to fill our jugs and on the way back I watched the odd effect of the moonlight balanced against the dawn. Things seemed to be illuminated from both sides, kinda weird effect.
The sky had started to get a reddish edge that got more and more obvious as we were doing the rest of the Waldport drops and when we were done (just past 5:30) it was nearly day, although the sun wasn’t up, yet, and we came home yawning.
Today we’ve slept in a bit. We have some chores to do, then we’ll head for the shop for a bit, then come home and finish chores.
Today’s Feast is Naadam. This is a traditional sports event in Mongolia that is mostly contests in wrestling, horse-racing and archery. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naadam
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupines (the “sweet lupines”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
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.
Binoculars will help with finding Mercury and its fainter neighbors. Their visibility in bright twilight is exaggerated here.
Europa: now you see it, now you don’t. Telescope users in western North America can watch an unusual event on Jupiter’s eastern limb this evening. At 9:18 p.m. PDT, Europa emerges out of occultation from behind the planet, seeming to bud off from Jupiter’s edge. And then just three minutes later it fades away again into eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow. The events are gradual. Use high power to see Europa so close to the planet’s glare.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in Virgo) shines showily in the southwest to west during evening. Spica (magnitude +1.0) glitters 10° left of it. In a telescope, Jupiter has shrunk to 37 or 36 arcseconds wide.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
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 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 12 High 2:37 AM 7.2 5:44 AM Set 9:14 AM 93
~ 12 Low 9:31 AM -0.8 9:00 PM Rise 11:09 PM
~ 12 High 4:06 PM 6.5
~ 12 Low 9:41 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fear is an ironic thing….Although we are its recipients; we are also its creators…
~ People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity. – Andrew Carnegie
~ Practice is nine tenths. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience. – Miguel de Cervantes
~ Realists do not fear the results of their study. – Feodor Dostoyevsky
Sometimes We Don’t Talk Much, Debbie And I
so today we take an afternoon drive to an orchard
buy two jars of dark honey, an acorn squash,
three cucumbers, six ears of corn, a gigantic muskmelon,
a sack of hot peppers for seventy-five cents, a half-dozen tomatoes,
a small basket each of Jonathans, McJonathans
talk all the way there
through the corn-green countryside,
through small towns clustered
north of Omaha
like beautiful mushroom rings around an old stump,
and we talk about the living it takes
years fall down like rain,
and we drive our red car
through the green hills back to Omaha
where our children
nestle like mice
in an old grain bin,
and we bring back our box
filled with fresh fruits and vegetables
and we bring back ourselves,
filled with our lives.
Poem: “Sometimes We Don’t Talk Much, Debbie And I” by Greg Kosmicki, from Some Hero of the Past. © Word Press. Reprinted with permission.
Corn Bread Ear Sticks
Recipe by StormWing
Purchase an iron mold shaped like little ears of corn in flea markets or kitchen supply shops, or look in grandma’s kitchen wherever she keeps her bakeware – there just might be one there already! Grease lightly and preheat in a 425 degree oven. You will need:
3/4 cup Flour
3/4 cup Yellow Corn Meal
1/4 cup Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 cup Milk (or Buttermilk if you prefer)
1/4 cup Shortening
Sift dry ingredients together. Add milk, eggs, shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into preheated and greased molds and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
From Miss Daney’s Folklore, Magic and Superstitions
Bake corn bread sticks.
You can find a cast-iron mold shaped like little ears of corn in kitchen supply shops. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup corn meal
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup shortening
Sift dry ingredients together, add eggs, milk, and shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into molds and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Dash of salt
- Optional powdered sugar
Grease a 9-inch fluted tart pan or a shortbread mold. Stir together the flour and cornmeal. In another bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt on medium high until combined. Add the flour mix and beat. Put the dough into the pan and score into 12 wedges. Prick each piece with a fork three times, all the way through. (If you’re using a shortbread mold, don’t do this step.) Bake at 325º F for 25-30 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes.
Yield: 12 wedges
Source: Better Homes and Gardens, Christmas Cookies
Use for: Yule, Lughnasadh, Mabon
Silliness – Burglar
A burglar, needing money to pay his income taxes, decided to rob the safe in a store.
On the safe door he was very pleased to find a note reading: “Please don’t use dynamite. The safe is not locked. Just turn the knob.”
He did so. Instantly a heavy sandbag fell on him, the entire premises were floodlighted, and alarms started clanging.
As the police carried him out on a stretcher, he was heard moaning: “My confidence in human nature has been rudely shaken.”