Last Minus Tide at 10:46 AM of -0.1 feet.
Gorgeous weather again. 66F, light breeze, and hagfish all over the highway. 🙂 https://twitter.com/ORStatePolice/status/885597812980711424 Bet that smells “lovely”! 🙂
Yesterday went pretty well, once I was at the shop. We were busy with customers. We got stuff done. Sewing was Tempus, me and Amy and more stuff got done. Tempus and I got a shopping list together and we headed out a little early (past 8) to park me at the apartment and for him to go on to do more shopping.
I settled in to watch some more Tudor Monastery Farm, sew and do a little more in the apartment, but dozed off pretty early…then got startled awake and didn’t go back to sleep for quite awhile, got surprised by Tempus showing up at the apartment because I was dreaming about a conversation with a large parakeet… since that wasn’t in the book I was reading I assume it was a dream. …and then couldn’t go back to sleep, so he picked me up right after he finished Bayshore and I finished the route with him.
Of course, now I’m horribly tired! I’m hoping to make pickling broth today, but I’m so very sleepy. I’m also hoping to get some of the pincushions filled that I’ve been working on. Well, we’ll see.
Today’s Feast is the Gentse Feesten in Ghent, Belgium. It’s a 10 day festival of music, puppet shows and mocking mimes that spreads all over the city. There are such things as a series of community sings, choral music, a world music, jazz, alternative http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentse_Feesten
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, Water, Magickal uses – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
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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.
Binoculars will help with finding Mercury and its fainter neighbors. Their visibility in bright twilight is exaggerated here.
Mercury is having a poor apparition low in evening twilight this month. But it’s bright enough (magnitude –0.2 this evening) that you can pick it up anyway if the air is good and clear. Your best chance is probably about a half hour after sunset, as shown above.
One hour after sunset, as twilight is fading deeper and the stars are coming out, you’ll find the two brightest stars of summer, <<< Vega and Arcturus >>> , high overhead equally far from the zenith: Vega toward the east, and Arcturus toward the southwest (depending on your location).
Venus (magnitude –4.2) shines brightly in the east before and during dawn. Aldebaran, much fainter at magnitude +0.9, is about 5° below Venus at the beginning of this week, then lower right of it, then directly right of it around week’s end.
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
F 14 High 4:04 AM 6.5 5:45 AM Set 11:22 AM 80
~ 14 Low 10:46 AM -0.1 8:59 PM
~ 14 High 5:23 PM 6.7
~ 14 Low 11:25 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When You are at the end of Your rope tie a big knot and hang on!
~ Supporting your friends helps them to believe in themselves, which in turn enhances their power, and yours. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Taking action is the only thing that will get you everything you want. – Paul V Harris
~ The glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. – Walt Whitman
~ The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal. – Aleister Crowley
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day? – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)
John Barleycorn ~ Robert Burns
There was three kings into the east,
Three kings both great and high,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn should die.
They took a plough and plough’d him down,
Put clods upon his head,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn was dead.
But the cheerful Spring came kindly on,
And show’rs began to fall;
John Barleycorn got up again,
And sore surpris’d them all.
The sultry suns of Summer came,
And he grew thick and strong;
His head weel arm’d wi’ pointed spears,
That no one should him wrong.
The sober Autumn enter’d mild,
When he grew wan and pale;
His bending joints and drooping head
Show’d he began to fail.
His colour sicken’d more and more,
He faded into age;
And then his enemies began
To show their deadly rage.
They’ve taen a weapon, long and sharp,
And cut him by the knee;
Then tied him fast upon a cart,
Like a rogue for forgerie.
They laid him down upon his back,
And cudgell’d him full sore;
They hung him up before the storm,
And turn’d him o’er and o’er.
They laid him out upon the floor,
To work him further woe;
And still, as signs of life appear’d,
They toss’d him to and fro.
They wasted, o’er a scorching flame,
The marrow of his bones;
But a miller us’d him worst of all,
For he crush’d him between two stones.
And they hae taen his very heart’s blood,
And drank it round and round;
And still the more and more they drank,
Their joy did more abound.
John Barleycorn was a hero bold,
Of noble enterprise;
For if you do but taste his blood,
‘Twill make your courage rise.
‘Twill make a man forget his woe;
‘Twill heighten all his joy;
‘Twill make the widow’s heart to sing,
Tho’ the tear were in her eye.
Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
Each man a glass in hand;
And may his great posterity
Ne’er fail in old Scotland!