Minus Tide at 10:07 AM of -0.5 feet. D&D group meets at 5pm.
Partly cloudy, enough to thin the sunlight, off and on. 62F and wind at 9mph. We’re expecting some higher winds (20-30mph!) this afternoon, though. The UV is at 9. For goodness sake people, wear sunblock and a hat! We’re seeing too many lobsters walking through the door! …and a good friend just got a melanoma diagnosis, so it’s really on my mind….
So we both kept busy. I made some bean pickle, broth for a soup and finished off another broth, plus making supper. I ended up spending most of a couple of hours, organizing the flour/grain/pasta area in back. With all those specialty flours we’ve been using/making over the last couple of years, there’s quite a lot!
Tempus ran back and forth putting things away, moving things that were in the wrong place, and getting things that I was requesting, but in between sat and worked on the frame pieces for the Hedeby Bag we’re making.
So today we started on cleaning up her kitchen. We have a long way to go, but we got the most immediate perishables out.
We have the shop open now and I’m going to be working in back, starting to get things ready for tomorrow’s fireworks cookout. …and Arnemetia and Rayna both stopped by already, to give us hugs.
Planet Parade for the 4th article – https://www.almanac.com/blog/astronomy/astronomy/fourth-july-planets-parade-worlds
Today is Midpoint Day! According to Wikipedia, “July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 182 days remaining until the end of the year. This day is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years, and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon. In countries that use summer time the actual exact time of the midpoint in a common year is at 1:00 p.m.; this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. This is due to summer time having advanced the time by one hour. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year’s Day in common years.”
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
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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 7/12 at 7:48pm. 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 7/6 at 12:51am.
Ganymede, Jupiter’s biggest moon, crosses Jupiter’s face tonight from 8:35 to 10:21 p.m. EDT, distantly followed by its tiny black shadow much later: from 12:58 to 2:42 a.m. EDT (when Jupiter is getting low or setting for Easterners). Meanwhile, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit the planet’s central meridian around 9:48 p.m. EDT.
Skygazers can catch a peek of Mercury in this week’s early evening sky. The innermost planet stands 10° high in the west-northwest a half-hour after sunset. Although Mercury glows brightly this evening, at magnitude 0.0, you might need binoculars to spot it initially against the twilight glow. Through a telescope, Mercury shows a disk that spans 6.8″ and appears slightly more than half-lit.
Mars is the “star” planet of the summer! It’s now a dramatic, Jupiter-bright magnitude –2.2, rising in Capricornus around the end of twilight. Mars is highest in the south, in best telescopic view, in the hour or so before the first light of dawn. It’s 21 arcseconds in diameter, on its way to 24.3 arcseconds around its closest approach on the night of July 30-31. But Mars is in the throes of a widespread dust storm! Dust has enveloped much of the planet, obscuring many major dark surface features and reducing contrast for many others. There are signs that the storm is losing strength, but poor visibility of much of the surface should persist for a long time. See our article Big Dust Storm Blows up on Mars, updated several times. See also our telescopic guide to Mars in the July Sky & Telescope, page 22. You’ll want a Mars map that shows which features are facing Earth at your time and date, such as our Mars Profiler online.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic New Year and 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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 2 High 3:08 AM 6.8 5:36 AM Set 9:48 AM 88
~ 2 Low 10:07 AM -0.5 9:04 PM Rise 11:56 PM
~ 2 High 4:48 PM 6.2
~ 2 Low 10:20 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What goes up must come down. Unless of course you overdose on Viagra. 🙂
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Think about a time when you first felt like you were really growing up. Tell about that time, including both what happened and how you felt. Make the reader feel what you felt by using strong description and figurative language.
~ We make our own fortune and call it destiny. – Benjamin Disraeli
~ What you dislike in another take care to correct in yourself. – Thomas Sprat
~ Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. For boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. – Goethe
~ When we ask the Creator for strength, we will receive tests and difficulties to make us strong. When we ask for wisdom, the Creator will give us many problems to solve. When we ask for great courage, the Creator will give us heroic obstacles to overcome. – Walking the Red Road
When the heat like a mist veil floats,
And poppies flame in the rye,
And the silver note in the streamlet’s throat
Has softened almost to a sigh.
It is July. –Susan Hartley Swett (1860–1907)
If the Sabbat falls on a rainy day, you could collect rainwater in a glass or earthenware container, add dried mugwort, and use to empower appropriate objects. – from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
Have a magickal picnic with libations to the earth of bread and wine. Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
Do a Harvest Chant when serving corn bread at dinner: Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
The Earth Mother grants the grain,
The Horned God goes to his domain.
By giving life into her grain,
The God dies then is born again.
Sprout wheat germ in a terra cotta saucer – Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel) (these can be found in nurseries for use under terra cotta flower pots).
The sprouts can be added to homemade bread or used as an offering. Children enjoy planting the seeds and watching them grow, too.
God the grain,
Lord of rebirth.
Return in spring,
Renew the Earth.
[Anja’s note: These belong to god mourning rituals from the Near East and Middle East. This was also done in Greece and Egypt]