First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:32 AM of -0.3 feet.
The sky is a soft blue and the sunshine almost too bright. There are some scattered bits of cloud over the Coast Range and the marine layer over the ocean hasn’t pulled back all that far, not even 1/2-way to the horizon. 54F, wind at 12mph, with gusts to 20. …in the forecast, even the days where the barometer dips way low there’s still no chance of rain. Yachats is already on restricted water use.
Yesterday started way early, so I crashed again around 10:30, taking a nap on the sofa. Unfortunately (and we have no clue what triggered it..,) I got dragged out of a nice snooze by an asthma attack, which walked off with my voice for a bit.
Tempus was puttering and putting things away, since we’re finding bits and pieces all over the place. Eventually I got as far as making a jar of mixed nasturtium seeds…too many packets to fit in a jar. …and then potted up some more of the things that are going to go into the window. I’m not sure where they went, because the bases stayed on the table!
Tempus made my a yum sandwich for lunch. We had people coming in, but it wasn’t overwhelming. I did a reading. He did finally get the plants over to Rayna’s. There’s at least one more load. …and the newly potted ones went into the window. …and I was cold. I ended up wearing my sweater most of the day… and left it at home this morning. <sigh>
I mostly spent the afternoon trying to put things where they need to go… I made a little progress…but only a little. 😦 Tempus put together a good supper of pickled beets, chops and baked potato.
Today we got up at a more normal hour for us and got a few chores done. Tempus is going to go back for a load of plants once he has the stuff in the car offloaded and the table in back cleared off. I have some more of the books to deal with, some more plant re-potting and tending to start with.
Later I need to get the eggs pumped out, then prepared for freezing, any that I’m not going to cook up today. It’ll be fun using the new egg pump! …but I’m sure to lose at least one shell in the process. Once that mess is cleaned up I’m hoping to either start another watermelon pickle or get some sewing done. I have one skirt that’s partly finished and another that just takes some TLC, but I found that another of my daily use skirts is starting to shred at the top edge. <sigh> Of course, that means I need Tempus to fetch things again.
Paper route is tonight. That means that I’ll be at the shop late, but once Tempus has headed out the door will be locked and I won’t answer unless I know you’re coming! You can call the shop phone or Facebook me.
Today’s Feast is that of St. Kinga, or Cunegunde, who was Grand Duchess of Poland in the 13th century. She was married, but she and her husband, the Grand Duke, Boleslav V, known as “the Chaste”, kept their chastity inside of marriage. When he died, she became a Poor Clare, eventually an abbess, having sold all her possessions and given the money to the poor. She’s a patron of Poland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinga_of_Poland
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum, which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
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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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 7/27 at 1:20pm.
Then on Tuesday evening the 24th the Moon pairs up with Saturn, Jupiter’s farther-off relative. The Moon shines with Saturn tonight, as shown here. Saturn, the most distant bright planet, is 3,420 times farther away and 35 times as wide. The waxing gibbous Moon passes just 2° north of Saturn tonight, helping point the way to the magnificent ringed planet. The two are on display nearly all night among the background stars of northern Sagittarius, hanging in the southeastern sky as darkness falls and climbing high in the south by 11 p.m. local daylight time. The pair will look nice with the naked eye or binoculars, but telescope users will want to target the magnitude 0.2 planet on another night this week when the Moon isn’t so close. Saturn reached its peak a month ago, when it appeared opposite the Sun in the sky, and our view of the ringed planet remains spectacular. A telescope reveals the world’s 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a dramatic ring system that spans 41″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.
Mars is the “star” planet of the summer — and it comes to opposition at the end of this week! It’s a firespot blazing like nothing else in the late-night sky. At magnitude –2.7 or –2.8, it’s a half magnitude brighter than even Jupiter. And its color lends it extra drama. Spot Mars appearing low in the southeast near the end of twilight. After dark it rises higher and shifts southward, a weird anomaly like no celestial object you normally see. Mars is highest in the south, in best telescopic view, around 1 a.m. daylight-saving time, though it’s at a southerly declination (—26°) in southern Capricornus. >>> Mars is nearly at its closest, biggest and brightest. It will maintain its peak size of 24.3 arcseconds for about a week around its closest approach on the night of July 30-31. And a bit of good news for telescopic observers: The dust that still blankets the Martian globe has started to thin a little, allowing faint, low-contrast views of some dark surface features. See Observers Anxious for Dust to Settle as Mars Opposition Approaches. Can you identify any markings? For a Mars map that shows which features are facing Earth at your time and date, use our Mars Profiler.
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
Tu 24 Low 5:32 AM -0.3 5:55 AM Set 3:21 AM 85
~ 24 High 12:03 PM 5.6 8:50 PM Rise 6:40 PM
~ 24 Low 5:11 PM 2.8
~ 24 High 11:04 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life always Mirrors back to us the Feelings We have Inside.
~ Problems stem from the notion that we are somehow separate and superior to nature; we are part of it and should work with it. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Style is a magic wand, and turns everything to gold that it touches. – Logan Pearsall Smith
~ Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice. – Unknown
~ If we’re going to do great work, it means that some people aren’t going to like it. And if the people who don’t like it don’t have an impact on what happens to the work after it’s complete, the only recourse of someone doing great work is to ignore their opinion. – Seth Godin
O summer day, surpassing fair,
With hints of heaven in earth and air. – Eben Eugene Rexford (1848–1916)
Bake corn bread sticks. You can find a cast-iron mold shaped like little ears of corn in kitchen supply shops. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup corn meal
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup shortening
Sift dry ingredients together, add eggs, milk, and shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into molds and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Corn Bread Ear Sticks
Recipe by StormWing
Purchase an iron mold shaped like little ears of corn in flea markets or kitchen supply shops, or look in grandma’s kitchen wherever she keeps her bakeware – there just might be one there already! Grease lightly and preheat in a 425 degree oven. You will need:
- 3/4 cup Flour
- 3/4 cup Yellow Corn Meal
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon Salt
- 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup Milk (or Buttermilk if you prefer)
- 1/4 cup Shortening
Sift dry ingredients together. Add milk, eggs, shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into preheated and greased molds and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. – From Miss Daney’s Folklore, Magic and Superstitions
Cornbread (goes with Harvest Bread Basket)
- 3/4 cup flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups yellow corn meal
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat a greased 9×9 pan in a 425ºF oven for 20-22 minutes. Pour bread mixture into hot pan and place back in oven for 20 minutes. Serve hot with butter or honey. Can be frozen for up to a week. Yield: 1 large loaf
[Anja’s Note – This recipe can be used for cornsticks, although you need to really butter the mold. If you are baking in a pan, try adding ½ cup grated cheddar, or ¼ cup of chopped onion/spring onion/garlic scapes, or ¼ cup cooked, crumbled bacon…. Or all of the above!] Source: McCoy, The Sabbats Use for: Lughnasadh, Mabon
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Dash of salt
- Optional powdered sugar
Grease a 9-inch fluted tart pan or a shortbread mold. Stir together the flour and cornmeal. In another bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt on medium high until combined. Add the flour mix and beat. Put the dough into the pan and score into 12 wedges. Prick each piece with a fork three times, all the way through. (If you’re using a shortbread mold, don’t do this step.) Bake at 325º F for 25-30 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes.
Yield: 12 wedges
Source: Better Homes and Gardens, Christmas Cookies
Use for: Yule, Lughnasadh, Mabon
Silliness – For The Kids…
Q – Whose son was Edward, the Black Prince? A – Old King Coal!