The sky to the west is solidly clouded over, (at 1300 feet), but the sky to the east is about half white, puffy clouds and the other half is soft clear blue sky. 70F! It hasn’t been that warm in awhile. Wind at 4mph and the clouds are thick enough that the UV is at 7. There’s still only a 60% chance of rain over Sunday to Tuesday, but they’re talking about 1/2 an inch, if it happens!
Yesterday we had a lot of bits and pieces to do: bank deposit, making appointments, that kind of thing. I spent a lot of the day doing photos and writing. Late in the day Diane showed up and we had a good chat and then Toni and Cassie, ditto…and they had been to the Frog and fed me chocolate. 🙂 By the time they headed out it was 6:30 and clouded up again.
Tempus and I started consulting about food and containers at that point. We needed to take some of the borscht home and put away some broths and figure out what the white stuff was in the cherry jam jar (…turned out to be bacon grease.) I wanted to start a cheese so I could get it cooked today. Well, it was culturing a tvarog which has to sit out, overnight. 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk, 4 1/2 of milk and 2 cups cream all went into a 1/2 gallon jar to sit out overnight.
“Forest Fire up Highway 34 being fought by multiple-agencies – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has been notified by Oregon Department of Forestry of a fire that originated on private property on East Fall Creek Road off of Hwy 34. The fire is currently 12-14 acres and does not currently pose a threat to any structures. Residents in the area may see visible smoke and an increase of emergency vehicles accessing East Fall Creek Road. Oregon Department of Forestry is the primary response jurisdiction and has air assets as well as ground response crews already on scene with additional resources in route. Additional information will be provided via Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office or Oregon Department of Forestry when available.”
Yeah, it’s dry….
We didn’t got home as early as we’d planned, but we ate supper and then I went to sleep pretty early. Tempus was writing a letter and was up for what seemed like 1/2 the night. I woke just at dawn and read a little and did some embroidery and finally went back to sleep at around 6:30, then slept like a log until 1:30!
Tempus had been up doing chores for quite awhile and when I got up, I got dressed and headed for the huckleberry bushes, then the salal, and then I heard him at the car and headed back in his direction. I’ve got to take some boxes home or small jars, so I can get those properly harvested.
We’re at the shop, now. First thing is the new tires on the car. Tempus is heading that way as soon as he’s done with his coffee. We’ve got to work on the book inventory today, because I want to get those pages up. I have newsletter stuff to do, some stock to check in, an order to put together for the salt lamps…that kind of thing… and then tonight is the paper run.
I’m also going to be doing the tvarog this evening and possibly some other cookery… not sure what, yet, but might be another try on the watermelon pickle, or lentils or chowder or…. I’ll figure it out later. 🙂
Photo of the full moon and Mars by Arthur Bartlett
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens.This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park along Crestline. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
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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 8/11 at 2:58am. 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 8/4 at11:18am.
During the peak of the Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower on July 30, observers can witness up to 25 meteors per hour appearing to come from the constellation Aquarius the Water-bearer, though a concurrent Full Moon may lessen the view.
Starry Scorpius is sometimes called “the Orion of Summer” for its brightness and its prominent red supergiant (Antares in the case of Scorpius, Betelgeuse for Orion). But Scorpius passes a lot lower in the south than Orion for those of us at mid-northern latitudes. That means it has only one really good evening month: July. Catch Scorpius due south just after dark, before it starts to tilt lower toward the southwest.
Now just four days past opposition, Mars comes closest to Earth. At 4 a.m. EDT, the Red Planet lies 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers) from us. Mars this week is closer to Earth than it has been in 15 years! It’s a firespot blazing at magnitude –2.8, twice as bright as Jupiter. You won’t be able to detect any differences in the ruddy world’s appearance, however. At closest approach, Mars shines 0.01 magnitude fainter and its disk appears 0.05″ bigger than it did at opposition. And its color lends it extra drama. Spot Mars low in the southeast in 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 midnight or 1 a.m. daylight-saving time, though it’s at a southerly declination (—26°) in southern Capricornus. Mars is exactly closest on the night of Monday July 30th, showing a disk 24.3 arcseconds wide, but the difference all week is insignificant. Mars was at opposition on the 27th. And a bit of good news for telescopic observers: The dust that still blankets the Martian globe is thinning a little, allowing faint, low-contrast views of some dark surface markings. Can you identify any of these features? For a Mars map that shows which are facing Earth at your time and date, use the Mars Profiler. And see the backyard astronomer’s observing guide: See Mars at Its Best Since 2003.
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
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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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 31 High 2:51 AM 6.9 6:02 AM Set 9:42 AM 92
~ 31 Low 9:36 AM -0.3 8:42 PM Rise 10:54 PM
~ 31 High 4:05 PM 6.5
~ 31 Low 9:52 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done.
~ Whatever happens, take responsibility. – Anthony Robbins
~ When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out. – David Weatherford
~ Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.- Kerr Cuhulain
~ The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. – Buddha
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 (1843–1907)
Lammas, or Teltane is a cross-quarter day midway between summer solstice and fall equinox. Although the days are still long, the sun rises later and sets earlier. The rhythm of the earth is shifting and energies are beginning to draw inward. To ensure the balance between sun and earth energies necessary for a successful harvest, the ancient Celts celebrated a ritual marriage between earth and sun, male and female, each Teltane. Likewise, August is a time for us to bring about balance between our male and female aspects so that we can harvest the fruitfulness of our souls.
Great Spirit, I give thanks for the celestial harmony which turns the cosmic wheel this cross-quarter day. My energy, like Mother Earth’s, is beginning to draw inward. Yet I am aware that it is still a season of outgoing activity. May I find balance by aligning with the energies of earth and sky, sun and moon, male and female, through whose dance all creation comes into being.
Take a few letting-go breaths and mindfully feel your way into the place of inner stillness. Sense the energy of Mother Earth. Sense the energy of Father Sun. Weave them together in the meditation of bridging earth and heaven, simultaneously inhaling both energies into your heart, then exhaling their union back out into creation.
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002
Blackberries – School for the Seasons 8/13/05
Although I’m the Queen of Holidays, my good intentions always outrun my abilities. I’m sorry to report I did not go blackberry-picking on Lammas, as I intended, except in the most casual way during a walk along the lake, but that’s OK because my daughter took over the holiday tradition and showed up on Lughnasad Eve with three containers full of freshly-picked, still warm blackberries, which we’ve enjoyed in the past weeks in a variety of ways including in pancakes, topping yogurt, and (my favorite) with Hagen Daaz Light Vanilla Bean ice cream.
Last night my daughter took the last of the remaining blackberries (which were beginning to ferment even though kept in the refrigerator) and distilled them down into a delicious syrup, with a faint flavor of wine, spiced with black pepper and cloves.
May you allow yourself the spontaneity of lazy days of summer,