Daily Stuff 7-2-10 Midpoint Day

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:13 AM of -1.7 feet.

It’s been clouded over but bright for what I’ve seen of today, although they’re saying it’s due to clear. The light is brightening and then dimming in fits and starts, so I’d guess there are several layers of cloud and if we lose this low one, yeah, it’ll clear. 64F, wind at 4mph and gusting, AQI10, UV8. No chance of rain above 15 percent (in the middle of nights) for the next 10 days.

Yesterday was a little rocky to start, but we got going, eventually. We had a fair number of customers, everyone was “just browsing”.

I got a nap before class, which went well. This was the last review of 102. The students have their homework for the next couple of months and then we’ll start 103 in September when the two of us that work retail won’t be quite so insane.

Tempus and I took the opportunity to sleep in this morning and then we started here by working in back. I’m starting to sort out my sewing supplies and he made a delicious hot sandwich filling of a leftover chop, cheese, onion and some of the mustard greens that we have in the pots. I have cookery to accomplish tonight, herbs to work on during the afternoon before the mosquitoes show up and then headers to finish putting together, plus some inventory work. Not going to be a quick day at all. I’m also hoping to go to the fiber arts group meeting at the library. We have the paper run tonight, as well, so busy, busy!

…and then I had a surprise counseling/planning session, so two hours later….

For a celebration of Jan Kupalo in Czech Republic. This is a Solstice celebration, where everyone sings, gets wet in rivers or lakes and floats wreaths with candles on the water. That’s what the wildflowers are for…. There was another pic associated with this where pairs of girls are carrying baskets, mostly with picnic, but at least one with small white taper candles.

Today is Midpoint Day! According to Wikipedia, “July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 182 days remaining until the end of the year. Balance_scale_IMGP9755This day is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years, and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon. In countries that use summer time the actual exact time of the midpoint in a common year is at 1:00 p.m.; this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. This is due to summer time having advanced the time by one hour. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year’s Day in common years.”

StrawberriesToday’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis  Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry

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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 7/2 at 12:16pm. 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 7/2 at 12:16pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 12:16am. 

As the Moon returns to the evening sky as a waxing crescent, is passes the difficult Mercury-Mars-Pollux-Castor lineup . . .

As the Moon returns to the evening sky as a waxing crescent, is passes the difficult Mercury-Mars-Pollux-Castor lineup . . .
The two brightest stars of summer, Arcturus and Vega, are about equally high overhead shortly after dark: Arcturus toward the southwest, Vega toward the east. Arcturus and Vega are 37 and 25 light-years away, respectively. They represent the two commonest types of naked-eye stars: a yellow-orange K giant and a white type-A main-sequence star. They’re 150 and 50 times brighter than the Sun, respectively — which, combined with their nearness, is why they dominate the evening sky.
New Moon (exact at 3:16 p.m. EDT). Total eclipse of the Sun for parts of the South Pacific, northern Chile, and central Argentina. Partial eclipse for most of South America and parts of Central America. Maps, details.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is low in the east just before the first sign of dawn.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
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

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Cancer
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27)Retrograde
Color: Maroon

©2019 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

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu   2     High  12:03 AM     8.4   5:36 AM    Rise  5:30 AM      1
~     2      Low   7:13 AM    -1.7   9:04 PM     Set  9:16 PM
~     2     High   1:46 PM     6.4
~     2      Low   6:58 PM     2.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is something wrong if you are always right.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Do you think it is necessary to have alcohol at a party in order to have a good time?



~   Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: Could have, might have, and should have. – Louis E. Boone
~   The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. – Omar Bradley, U.S. Army Gen.
~   Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy. – Sarah Ban Breathnach
~   What counts is a way to get along with people that will bring us personal satisfaction and, at the same time, not trample upon the egos of those we deal with. – Les Giblin

Beyond me in the fields the sun
Soaks in the grass and hath his will;
I count the marguerites one by one;
Even the buttercups are still. – Archibald Lampman (1861–99)


Lughnasadh Magick – Craft

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

Lammas Potpourri

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

Lammas Centerpiece – (For Lughnasadh) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/cntrpees.html


  • Basket or floral pot
  • Floral foam (to stick fake flowers into)
  • Dried or fake flowers resembling wheat
  • Dried or fake flowers in blue or orange
  • Small fake sunflowers or sunflower vine
  • Indian corn
  • Raffia or husk to make dolly


Simply arrange the items in the basket or pot in an aesthetically pleasing fashion. The dolly is made by folding the raffia or husk so that a loop of it resembles the head of a doll, and then it is tied with white ribbon. Arms can also be added with extra husk or raffia, but that is unnecessary; the dolly can also be dressed as a pregnant woman at this time if desired.

Ritual use:

The dolly can be made in ritual to symbolize the pregnant mother Goddess who is giving forth her bounty in the form of the harvest (but is still pregnant with the stored bounty of the future harvest). The dolly can be made and placed ceremoniously among the centerpiece.


Silliness – Confucius Says – Man who fall in vat of molten glass make spectacle of self.

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