Featured photo by Jacob Andrew Colvin. No Herbs today, Sewing at 3pm.
The computer says it’s overcast and there are a lot of clouds up there, but the sunlight is coming through and it’s pretty bright. UV is at 8. I scorched a little in just 5 minutes working on the hawkweed until I got sane and moved into the shade. There’s a little extra wind on the beaches, but it’s barely even getting into the teens, there and 5mph here.
Yesterday wasn’t as busy as it could have been, but busy enough. Both of us were so tired that not much big happened, but I re-set all of the pincushions, fixed a couple of holes in displays, caught up on mail and worked with customers. Tempus had to run in to Newport, so he did a little shopping, that I’ll work on today.
The China restaurant gave us an order of chow mein that hadn’t picked up, right when they closed, and I ate quite a bit of it, surprisingly. It tasted really good! Carlie was in not long after that, shopping for a little. We headed home around 10pm and Tempus crashed for awhile. I read some then pulled out my embroidery again.
He went out to do some chores, despite it being dark. We found that some of my plants were herked around and someone had been in the solarium and that explained why I tripped over the pulled-out hose.
Today has been interesting, so far. I had trouble sleeping last night, so was groggy and we didn’t get moving nearly as quickly as I had planned. Then Tempus was taking awhile, so I harvested greens for the stew and then went up and dug hawkweed until he came up….35 more…. but then we discovered the flat tire. …and that we didn’t have the right stuff to fix it, so had to yell for help. The Chocolate Frog came to the rescue….brought Tempus a can of flat fix and brought me to the shop and I’ve managed to wrestle most of the stuff out the door, so we’re open. Oi!
….except they’re smokers and so I’m fighting off an asthma attack…. I’m sitting at my desk, wheezing and trying to figure out where Tempus put the coffee….
It’s past noon, so no Herbs today. *Really* hoping that no one showed up without notice and was disappointed! Sewing is supposed to be at 3pm, and I’m still planning on that today. I have to try to clear the walkway, still, but I’m going to wait until I quit wheezing….
…and he’s here. Got the flat fix in and it seems to be holding. Looks like a knife hole, though….
Today’s feast is Tanabata. In Japan many trees will have wishes hung from their branches on this day, streamers of paper that have specific meanings written with a special ink. Sometimes the wishes are floated on rivers instead. There’s a separated lovers story associated with the festival, as well, various special foods and other fun things. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
The shop opens at 11am. Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. 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 7/12 at 7:48pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne, Tyr. Phase ends on 7/8 at 7:48am.
In twilight every day Regulus is sliding closer to Venus, which outshines it by more than 100 times. Mercury, 15° to Venus’s lower right, is becoming pretty easy to see if you catch it at the right time.
After dark, Altair shines in the east-southeast. It’s the second-brightest star in the eastern sky, after Vega high to its upper left. Above Altair by a finger-width at arm’s length is little orange Tarazed. And a bit more than a fist-width lower left of Altair is little Delphinus, the Dolphin, leaping leftward.
Observers of the outer solar system can get a good view of Uranus before dawn. The best time to look for it is shortly before twilight begins around 3:30 a.m. local daylight time. Uranus then lies 25° above the eastern horizon among the background stars of southwestern Aries the Ram. This morning, use binoculars to find the magnitude 5.8 planet 4.3° northeast of the 4th-magnitude star Omicron (o) Piscium. A telescope reveals Uranus’ blue-green disk, which spans 3.5″.
Saturn (magnitude 0.0, just above the Sagittarius Teapot) glows in the southeast in twilight and higher in the south by midnight. It’s 34° to the upper right of much brighter Mars.
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
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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 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
Color – Grey
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 7 Low 2:19 AM 1.5 5:40 AM Rise 1:43 AM 45
~ 7 High 8:00 AM 4.8 9:03 PM Set 3:03 PM
~ 7 Low 1:47 PM 1.7
~ 7 High 8:21 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Mother Teresa, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.
~ Everyone should have the wish to …DARE! – Alessio ‘RedPuma’ Secondini Morelli
~ Excellence is not a skill it is an attitude. – Ralph Martson
~ Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it. – Georg Grey
~ Hospitality is one form of worship. – The Talmud
Black bees on the clover-heads drowsily clinging,
Where tall, feathered grasses and buttercups sway,
And all through the fields a white sprinkle of daisies,
Open-eyed at the setting of day. –Abba Gould Woolson (1838–1921)
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!
Silliness – A Following Person
A teacher was sitting at her desk grading papers when her first-grade class came back from lunch. Alice informed the teacher, “Paul has to go to the principal’s office.”
“I wonder why,” the teacher mused.
“Because he’s a following person,” Alice replied.
“A what?” the teacher asked.
“It came over the loudspeaker: ‘The following persons are to go to the office.'”