We did finally hear from the fellow business owner who’s been dealing with problems from the Carr Fire in Redding. Many of us are sending good energy his way for his shop to survive and no one else to be hurt. “Thanks for that! The info I have is as follows…our “front” has stalled on its East-ward run. The fire is growing incrementally north and south. 1500 structures are gone 800+ were houses. Loss of life is 6-7. Sadly 2 of those were children. 12-15 folks sill missing. The smoke is very heavy. And my wife suffers from asthma. So it is masks on outside. I have a heart murmur…so I develop arrhythmias if I do too much in the smoke. We are currently holding a distance of 6-7 miles from the fire line. And quite stable. We have a Recovery camp-a river-and the Interstate between us and the action. We are well supplied, comfortable and safe at the moment. Thank you again for your good wishes and prayers.”
Tempus and I spent most of the afternoon doing the book inventory after he got the new tires on the car. . I was thinking to try to get one page of those up tonight and the others as quickly as we get sections of the inventory finished. The magazines are done, but I had to work a little on the new book inventory before it wa be ready.
We ate at the China Restaurant and ended up sitting down with a couple of our customers who were having a birthday supper! Tempus headed out almost right away for the paper route when we got back. He started on the bulk drops at 10:30 and on the regular route at 12:30.
I was working on newsletter fill-ins and then finally got started on sorting out the stuff for the new blog pages. I started at cheese at around 1, heating very slowly, but it went way over temperature because I got distracted. Dunno what it’ll taste like.
Tempus called at 3:40 to say he was starting the northern Waldport drops and I suddenly realized that I hadn’t finished the cheese! …and got it hung, quickly …and I got picked up at 4:10.
We had a good, quiet run. You can tell that it’s the first of August, because even at 5am it really wasn’t light. It wasn’t until nearly 6am that we could see things really plainly, and we finished at 6:20.
So I’m going to finish up the cheese and then we’ll head home to sleep, but I have a doctor visit at 3pm, so we don’t get to sleep for as long as usual. We’ll probably stop at the shop after that.
A green flash! Photo from 7/31/15 by Mark Nessel of the green flash from Yachats.
Today’s Feast is Lughnasadh, the “funeral games of Lugh”. It doesn’t mean that Lugh (light) is dead, but that he celebrated these games in honor of his mother, Tailtiu, who gave her body to become our planet. The Perseid meteor shower is associated with this festival, since meteors were sometimes called “lances” and lance-throwing was a feature of the games. This is celebrated all through the British Isles and in pagan custom as the first harvest, the wheat harvest, and many seemingly unrelated customs have been associated with it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lughnasadh In the British Isles many fairs happen at this time of year. The feature of one in Ireland is a candy called, “Yellowman”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowman_(confectionary)
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
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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 at 11:18am.
With the advance of summer the Sagittarius Teapot, now moving into the south after dark, is starting to tilt and pour from its spout to the right. The Teapot will tilt farther and farther for the rest of the summer — or for much of the night if you stay out late.
Venus dominates the western sky after sunset. The dazzling object shines at magnitude –4.3 among the background stars of western Virgo. The planet appears 10° high an hour after sundown and sets just after 10 p.m. local daylight time. When viewed through a telescope, Venus appears 21″ across and 57 percent lit.
Though NASA’s Juno spacecraft reached the end of its budgeted mission at Jupiter last month, we can still relish in images it captured — as well as hope the mission gets extended. Gerald Eichstadt/NASA/JPL/MSSS
Jupiter (magnitude –2.1, in Libra) shines in the south-southwest in twilight. It’s between Spica about 20° to its lower right, and the head of Scorpius about 20° to its left. Catch Jupiter with your scope in late twilight before it gets low.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for August 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-august-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
W 1 High 3:31 AM 6.6 6:03 AM Set 10:43 AM 86
~ 1 Low 10:09 AM 0.1 8:41 PM Rise 11:20 PM
~ 1 High 4:38 PM 6.6
~ 1 Low 10:38 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
Journal Prompt – Current Affairs – Current Affairs – What are some ways you could make your pet’s life better? (If you don’t have a pet, think of ways you would make your pet’s live better if you had one.)
~ More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin. – Unknown
~ A positive attitude brings strength, energy and initiative. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Do not turn back when you are just at the goal. – Publilius Syrus
~ We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes. – John F. Kennedy
Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive; I have a precious human life; I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings; I am going to have kind thoughts towards others; I am not going to get angry or think badly about others; I am going to benefit from others as much as I can. – Dan DeClark
Smudging is a great way to cleanse a sacred space, and most people use smudge sticks made of sweetgrass or sage for this purpose. Although they are available commercially—and are fairly inexpensive—it’s easy to make your own if you’ve got herbs growing in your garden, or if there’s a place nearby where you can go wildcrafting.
- Scissors or garden clippers
- Cotton string
- Plants such as sage, mugwort, rosemary, lavender, or juniper
Cut off pieces of the plants in lengths about 6 – 10 inches long. For more leafy plants, you can make the pieces shorter, but you may want to use a longer piece for a plant that has fewer leaves.
Bundle Your Herbs
Cut a length of string about five feet long. Put several branches together so that the cut ends are all together, and the leafy ends are all together. Wind the string tightly around the stems of the bundle, leaving two inches of loose string where you began. You can use any kind of herbs you like.
Although the use of wrapped smudge sticks is generally attributed to Native American cultures and practices, the burning of fragrant herbs in a ritual context is found in numerous societies throughout history. Herbs were burned in ancient Egypt, and the practice is recorded and documented in a tablet inscription that has been dated back to 1500 b.c.e. Many eastern spiritual systems, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shinto, utilize burning herbs – either loose or as compacted incense – in ritual practice. For the ancient Greeks, smudging was included in rituals to contact the dead, and often was used in tandem with ritual fasting.
Wrap the remaining length of string around the base of the branches several times to secure it. Then, gradually, work your way along the length of branches until you reach the leafy end. Return the string back up to the stems, creating a bit of a criss-cross pattern. You’ll want to wind the string tightly enough that nothing gets loose, but not so tight that it cuts off pieces of the plants.
When you get back to the stems, tie the remainder of the string to the 2″ loose piece you left at the beginning. Trim off any excess pieces so that the ends of your smudge stick are even.
Dry Your Smudge Sticks
Place the bundle outside or hang it up for drying. Depending on what type of herb you used, and how humid your weather is, it may take a couple of days or as much as a week to dry out. Once your smudge sticks have dried completely, you can store them in a bag or box in a dark cabinet until it’s time to use them and then burn them in ritual for smudging simply by lighting one end.
Safety tip: Some plants may have toxic fumes. Do not burn a plant unless you know it is safe to do so. [Anja’s note: This also goes for allergens or sensitivity triggers, juniper being a case in point!]
Dawn Combs over at Hobby Farms has some great tips on nine different herbs you can burn as incense – and if they’re safe for burning as incense, they’re safe to burn in smudging ceremonies. Dawn recommends you burn your herbs – whether incense or sticks – using “a heat tolerant vessel. Traditionally this is an abalone shell with a bit of sand in the bottom. You might also use a charcoal disc beneath the herbs to keep them smoking, especially in the case of resins.”