Minus Tide at 9:56 AM of -1.6 feet. Tomorrow’s newsletter is likely to be very late since there’s no internet at the house, anymore.
It’s solidly overcast at 700 feet and very humid (92%). 59F with the wind at 13mph. Closer to the water it’s even more, but inland there’s hardly any wind. It’s supposed to be partly sunny this afternoon.
Yesterday morning was actually chilly! Of course, I rarely see 8:30 in the morning… 🙂 It was a nice change from stewing…. Tempus went to pick up the Job Corps students at about 8:15 while I checked mail and when they came in, we were started on class by 9am…. and didn’t quit, except for a lunch break, until 3:20! They’re a very motivated bunch.
The shop was busy. There were about 50 people through the door, not counting the class people, so we were kept hopping!
We’ve been cleaning this morning and I harvested honeysuckle blooms again. Tempus is heading back home for an inspection and he’s going to water the plants. I’m going to be at the shop all day. I have a stack of crystals to check in and then more books.
Today’s Feast is the anniversary date of the Hijri Calendar, the main religious calendar for Islam. Year 1 is our 622CE. It’s a lunar calendar, which means that the dates for the hajj and Ramadan and other celebrations shift around, compared to the solar-based calendars. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_calendar
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Arborvitae plicata, which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata – Masculine, Sun. Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage.
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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 7/27 at 1:20pm. 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 7/17 at 7:48am.
On Saturday evening the 14th, try to catch the thin crescent Moon above Mercury very low in bright twilight. Binoculars help. Now the crescent Moon in twilight shines upper left of Venus. Its sunlit bulge points down almost straight toward Venus — and, as always, exactly straight toward the Sun.
The Great Christmas Comet of 2011 (Comet C/2011 W3, Lovejoy)appears next to the Milky Way in this image taken near Roma in Queensland, Australia. The haze of yellow light to the left is Zodiacal light, while the ghostly green light to the right is airglow. – Naskies/Wikimedia Commons for more – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C/2011_W3_ (Lovejoy)
Observers with telescopes should get their first good views of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner before dawn in mid-July. The comet currently glows at 10th magnitude against the photogenic northern Milky Way of southern Cepheus. This morning, Giacobini-Zinner lies midway between 3rd-magnitude Zeta (ζ) Cephei and 4th-magnitude Delta (δ) Cep. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21P/Giacobini%E2%80%93Zinner
Mercury, low in the afterglow of sunset, fades this week from magnitude +0.4 to +1.1 while sinking even lower. Look for it in the west-northwest, about 18° lower right of Venus, about 30 minutes after sunset. Binoculars help, especially by the end of the week.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 16 High 3:07 AM 8.1 5:47 AM Rise 10:10 AM 10
~ 16 Low 9:56 AM -1.6 8:57 PM Set 11:39 PM
~ 16 High 4:28 PM 7.3
~ 16 Low 10:18 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mastery, you are my friend. You are with me always.
Persuasive – Think of something you value highly, that you wish your family valued, too. Write a letter that will persuade them of its value.
~ The two most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. – Harlan Ellison
~ There is no pleasure in life equal to that of the conquest of a vicious habit. – Unknown
~ There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people. – Fannie Hurst (1889-1968) US writer
~ This evening is as brief as the twinkling of an eye yet such twinklings is what eternity is made of. – Fred Rogers
My emblem is the Lion, and I breathe
The breath of Libyan deserts o’er the land;
My sickle as a sabre I unsheathe,
And bent before me the pale harvests stand.
The lakes and rivers shrink at my command,
And there is thirst and fever in the air;
The sky is changed to brass, the earth to sand;
I am the Emperor whose name I bear. – HW Longfellow (1807 – ‘82); The Poet’s Calendar for July
20 drops clove bud oil
23 drops sandalwood oil
1 cup oak moss
2 cups dried pink rosebuds
2 cups dried red peony petals
1 cupdried amaranth flowers
1 cup dried heather flowers
1/2 cup dried cornflowers.
- Mix the clove bud and sandalwood oils with the oak moss, first.
- Add the remaining ingredients,
- Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002
Lughnasadh Incense Recipe
2 tsp Heather
1 tsp Frankincense
1 tsp Apple Blossoms
1/4 tsp Blackberry leaves
1/4 tsp wood base
1/8 tsp salt petre
Self-burning, no charcoal needed. Do place on sand to burn. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002
BERRIES WITH GERANIUM CREAM – Check your local farmers market or Chef’s Garden (800-289-4644) for the geranium leaves or experiment with other leaves such as fresh basil or mint.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped pesticide-free rose-scented geranium (pelargonium) leaves
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3 cups blackberries (13 oz)
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries (8 oz)
- Heat cream, geranium leaves, and sugar in a metal bowl set over a pot of simmering water
- Stir until sugar is dissolved and cream is hot but not boiling, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly, then chill until cold, about 45 minutes.
- Pour cream through a sieve set into a bowl and discard solids.
- Beat together cream cheese and cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until thickened (cream should not hold peaks), about 2 minutes.
- Divide blackberries and blueberries among 6 bowls or parfait glasses and top with cream.
Cooks’ note: Cream can be beaten up to 4 hours ahead and chilled, covered. Makes 6 dessert servings.
Silliness – Even More Signs Technology Took Over Your Life – – You own a set of itty-bitty screw-drivers and you actually know where they are.