Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 10:16 AM of -0.6 feet. Photo credit Edward Kopeschn Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards. Sewing at 6pm!
The sun is coming and going with some clouds at 2300 feet. That’s not our usual morning rising fog or the marine layer. 60F and barely enough wind here in town to blow the petunia petals around, but on the beaches the gusts are hitting 14mph in spots.
Yesterday was quite something. We did get the piano moved thanks to Toni and her family!. Tempus was up a 10:30 he was so anxious about it, and got the truck almost on time. I was ouching badly enough that I didn’t want to try to drive the car, so it stayed over at Grandpa’s Feed.
Once he headed out I worked with trying to shift things so that we could get the piano in and doing more sorting. They were at the apartment for a few, because Tempus brought me some coffee from the shop and then they headed for Toledo. I found a couple of boxes…or rather they’d gotten un-buried… that the contents need to go into Jeanne’s bookshelves and I sorted another box-full or three of ours, now that there’s room.
…and then I got out of the way. Huffing and puffing and bumping and moving the boards that the piano was skidding on and getting things out of the way, but it made it! The piano has some new scuffs, scratches and dings, but I don’t think they were from moving it, actually, probably from where it was sitting over the last year.
We still don’t have my box of music or the other tables because no preparations had been made to move the piano at the other end, even though they knew we were coming. It took several minutes to rouse someone there! …and then, they had no clue why everyone was there. <sigh> …or where the other things we were shifting…or supposed to be shifting…. were. At least they helped with getting the piano across the lawn….
So afterwards Tempus was exhausted. I tried to put things back, but that didn’t get finished until this morning….well, it’s still not done. I’ll be working on that tonight. He finally got up and got the laundry another step down the road, so I have clean clothes today and our herb cloth (the one that we use to contain the mess from that prep) got washed *and* all clean bedding. That was nice to crawl into last night.
I spent some time harvesting this morning, mostly oregano and thyme and did a bit of weeding and munching on salal berries and one lone raspberry. I’ve gotten fewer than a dozen off the bush this year.
Today I just got some stock in of candles and a few tarot decks, so that’s first, and more is waiting at the PO. We have Sewing at 6pm and then I’ll go home and work there while Tempus does his paper route. Busy!
Photo credit Edward Kopeschn Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards
Today’s Feast is that of Domhnach Chrom Dubh, a facet of the dying/rising harvest god that is associated with sacred wells. The Crooked Dark One, is the flip side of Lugh, the god of light. He was pretty scary from the sound of it. There’s only a little online about him. A few bits are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Brigid%27s_Well and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuim%C3%ADn_of_Kilcummin Picture fromhttps://36.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lp7jdrVSUI1qepg91o1_r1_400.jpg
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuceMore on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
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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 8/7 at 11:11am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/27 at 2:46pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/30 at 8:23am.
Waxing further, the Moon passes the lineup of Spica, Jupiter, and Gamma (γ) Virginis. The first “star” you’re likely to see coming out after sunset is Jupiter in the southwest. It’s about a fist at arm’s length left of the Moon this evening, as shown here. Once you find Jupiter, examine the sky about three fists above it for Arcturus, two magnitudes fainter. As night deepens, you can see that the Moon forms the right-hand end of a gently curving arc with, to its left, faint Gamma Virginis, Jupiter, and Spica.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, in the legs of Ophiuchus) glows steadily in the south at nightfall. Fiery Antares, less bright, twinkles 13° to Saturn’s lower right. Delta Scorpii, the third-brightest object in the area, catches the eye about half that far to the upper right of Antares.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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
Th 27 High 3:40 AM 7.3 5:58 AM Rise 10:55 AM 14
~ 27 Low 10:16 AM -0.6 8:47 PM Set 11:27 PM
~ 27 High 4:43 PM 7.2
~ 27 Low 10:48 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I give thanks for the abundance and prosperity in my life.
~ Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought. – Henri L. Bergson
~ Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last. – Aristotle
~ To kvetch is human, to act, divine. – Homeshuling
~ Warriors identify the true nature of their problems and take responsibility for their solution. – Kerr Cuhulain
A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip—
Builders of life’s companionship!
Oh, I envy them, as I see them there
Under the sky in the open air. – Edgar Guest (1881–1959)
Stand in the Fields Spell – August 8th, 2006 – Color of the day: Red – Incense of the day: Juniper
One of the most important steps to civilization was the invention of agriculture, especially the cultivation of grain. Over time, our ancestors changed the plants they grew. Corn and barley shaped the new world. Here is a song in praise of grain, at a time when it stands tall in fields yet is still vulnerable to all sorts of hazards before the harvest.
Standing in the fields
Blue corn and green,
Mother and maid-
Standing in the meadow
Awaiting the blade.
Sing of the old ones,
Who were before we were born.
Sing of the scarecrow
And John Barleycorn.
Bow to the east wind,
And feed from the Sun.
Bow to the west wind;
The rain has begun.
Bow to the north wind,
Which brings winter’s cold.
Bow to the south wind,
As green turns to gold.
The proud and the plain.
Pray for the farmers
Who bring in the grain. – By: Elizabeth Barrette
Come in, come up the ladder,
spirits of rain, spirits of rain.
Come in, come and sit down,
spirits of cloud, spirits of cloud.
Listen: long ago, we were poor,
but we came out of that poor place.
We passed through that poor place
with your help, with your help.
Now come, help us again,
spirits of rain, spirits of cloud.
Come bring your showers,
come bring the heavy rain.
Come in, come up the ladder
spirits of cloud, spirits of rain.~Invocation From The Sia People
Even in the midst of what appears to be plenty, we still have needs. Winter’s chill is gone, the harvest is burgeoning in the fields, the time of hunger seems past. Yet too much wind, too little rain, too little sun, too much rain – any of these can endanger the growth that seems so strong. A happy harvest is never inevitable.
Similarly, even when we seem to have much, we may still want more. It is possible, as a result, to become ungrateful for what we have, to spit in Fortune’s face. But, even if we look thankfully at all the good things life brings us, we will still find needs and wants unmet. This is life. Even those you are at the top of life’s mountain will still have unmet needs., thwarted desires. Acknowledge them, seek to satisfy them, but never forget to be thankful for what you have. By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion”
The summer clouds are beautiful,
yes they are. Yes, they are.
The summer clouds are like flowers,
yes they are. Yes, they are.
The clouds blossom in the sky,
yes they do. Yes, they do.
The blossoming clouds are coming here,
yes they are. Yes, they are. ~ Zuni “Song of the Blue Corn Dance”
Summer is, indeed, a beautiful season. Yet it is also a busy one. Vacations, social engagements, outdoor concerts, and the usual press of work and laundry and errands and….
Summer whirls by. It is July already, when May seems to have been yesterday. How can we enjoy our lives when they are led at such a pace? What will you remember of this summer? If you are too tired to watch a firefly on a sultry night, too busy to notice that a favorite flower has bloomed, too much in transit to enjoy conversation with a friend – what will you have to hold, to treasure, in winters to come?
For we cannot savor what we rush through. Let some things slide this summer. Don’t worry about them.
You will never remember if you did the laundry and you will never forget the fragrance of new roses. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion”