Daily Stuff 7-8-19 Sunniva

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 11:52 AM of -0.3 feet. Wicca 102 is done. No class tonight!

It’s quite overcast at the moment, but supposed to clear off later. 62F, wind at 2mph, AQI16, UV8. It’s definitely fire weather, now. Someone managed to get one going in Tillamook and they’re fighting it right now, hoping for several more hours with little wind. The chance of rain for tomorrow night has gone up over 80%. Looks like probably…..

Yesterday just sailed past in a rush. We stayed pretty busy with customers in the early part of the day. Tempus spent a long time in back, working on cleaning. Projects got worked on, but more organizing than actual work.

In the early evening Tempus spent quite awhile watering outside and we moved a bunch of plants around. I also got some vegetable ends planted….celery, onion, spring onions….

…and then once I came back in I sat down with embroidery. Again, most of what I did was organizing and putting away, sorting out the chaos of last week.

Today is going to be more of the same. I also really need to get those headers printed and Tempus needs to get to the bank and then go pay bills.

Smudges – Not just sage!

150px-StSunniva220px-The_Chariot_of_the_Sun_by_CollingwoodToday’s feast is that of St. Sunniva, who mostly likely is a distorted version of the Norse/Teutonic solar maiden goddess, Sol/Sunne. Supposedly she and a bunch of companions fled an invasion of heathen into a cave, which sealed itself up when she prayed to not have to marry their king. Yup, they died there, but miracles started happening on that island soon after. Was there a young woman named after the goddess about whom the didn’t-want-to-marry-a-pagan story was told?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunniva or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%B3l_(sun)

Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum  The darned things are next to impossible to get plant motif herb Equisetum_arvense_frrid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.

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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 7/2 at 12:16pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/9 at 3:55am. 

This image shows the biggest Full Moon of 2013. – Jared Bowens

First-quarter Moon tonight (exactly so at 3:55 a.m. Tuesday morning PDT). As the stars come out, look for Arcturus nearly 30° (about three fists at arm’s length) above the Moon, and Spica less than half that far to the Moon’s left.
How old are the craters you see on the Moon with a small scope? Bright, splashy Tycho is young at age 85 million years. The lava-flooded craters in and around the edges of the maria obviously predate the maria, most of which flowed onto the lunar surface between 3 and 3.5 billion years ago. Find the ages of many telescopic favorites with Charles Wood’s “How Old Is That Crater?” in the July Sky & Telescope, page 52.

Dwarf planet Ceres – The largest object in the main asteroid belt is Ceres. This natural-color view of the dwarf planet comes courtesy of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which orbited the world from 2015 to 2018. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

The dwarf planet Ceres appears highest in the south as darkness falls and makes a tempting target during the early evening hours. Glowing at 8th magnitude, it’s easy to find through binoculars or a telescope among the bright stars near the border between Scorpius and Libra. The best way to find it is to star-hop from the lovely 2nd-magnitude double star Beta (β) Scorpii. Tonight, Ceres lies 2.7° west-northwest of this star.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, in southern Ophiuchus) is the white point glaring in the south-southeast as the stars come out. Orange Antares, fainter at magnitude +1.0, twinkles 7° or 8° to its lower right. Jupiter is at its highest in the south soon after dark. Jupiter and Antares form a wide, flat, almost isosceles triangle with Delta Scorpii (Dschubba) to their right. Delta, a long-term eruptive variable of the Gamma Cassiopeiae type, has been not much fainter than Antares for most of the last 19 years — after, without warning, brightening by half in July 2000. In a telescope Jupiter is 45 arcseconds wide. See Bob King’s observing guide to Jupiter.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for July – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-july-2019 
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4

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 Virgo entered Libra last night at 11:07pm.
Chiron Retrograde at 4:40pm. (12/12)
Ceres (7/17), Mercury (7/31), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27) Retrograde

Color: Silver

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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.

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.

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M    8     High   5:16 AM     6.6   5:40 AM     Set 12:40 AM      31
~     8      Low  11:52 AM    -0.3   9:02 PM    Rise 12:42 PM
~     8     High   6:31 PM     7.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day –

Meditation – Lie in the grass and watch the clouds float by. What do they look like? What do the shapes and patterns mean to you?


Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – If you could learn one foreign language, which one would you choose? Explain your answer.



~   Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. – Nietzsche
~   I could argue all day about the significance of facing east in religious rituals, but a clean table is a clean table. – Emperor Norton I
~   Philosophy is a kind of journey, ever learning yet never arriving at the ideal perfection of truth. – Albert Pike
~   And this is what comes from dabbling; I mean, you can’t practice Witchcraft while you look down your nose at it. – Practical Magic

Cool in the very furnace of July
The water-meadows lie;
The green stalks of their grasses and their flowers
They still refresh at fountains never dry. –John Drinkwater (1882–1937)


Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes

Squash Salsa


  • 1 yellow squash (peeled)
  • 1 zucchini (peeled)
  • 1 Carrot (peeled)
  • 3 Serrano chiles
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 tablespoon marjoram
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tomatillos
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 tomato
  • 1Salt


  1. Finely dice all
  2. Mix in large bowl
  3. Let sit for an hour before serving

Amagansett Corn Salad – Anja’s version
Originally By Peter http://food52.com/recipes/224-amagansett-corn-salad

Serves 4

  • 8ears of white corn
  • 2quarts cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons high-quality balsamic vinegar (If you add ginger to this you’ve got a sauce!)
  • 1medium red onion
  • 1quart sugar snap peas (green beans if the peas aren’t available)
  • 1handful rough-chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley, cilantro or even finely chopped celery or spinach
  • salt, preferably a large, coarse sea salt.
  • Wasbi powder or horseradish, even ginger)
  1. Strip raw corn from ears. You can use a fancy corn stripper or just run your chef’s knife down the side of each ear about 8 times.
  2. Slice all cherry tomatoes in half or quarters depending on your preference.
  3. Chop the red onion into a large dice.
  4. If using the sugar-snap peas cut in half or thirds to make more bite-sized.
  5. Add some rough chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley for greens, even finely chopped celery.
  6. Toss all vegetables in a bowl, along with the vinegar, salt and pepper.
  7. That’s it. Enjoy!

Cherry Tomato Clafoutis – http://food52.com/recipes/344-cherry-tomato-clafoutis

Author Notes: I was inspired by some really gorgeous, dark red cherry tomatoes in the Greenmarkets the other day. They reminded me of, well, cherries, which led me t (…more)- Meredith Shanley

Serves 4 for lunch

  • 3eggs
  • 1/3cup whole milk
  • 1/3cup cream
  • 1/2cup flour
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1/4teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 12-14cherry tomatoes
  • 2ounces goat cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350, liberally butter a ceramic or glass baking dish (preferably round or oval)
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and cream. Add salt, pepper, and flour, whisk until just combined.
  3. Place tomatoes into buttered baking dish, spread evenly. Pour custard mixture over top.
  4. Dot with goat cheese. Bake in oven until puffed and lightly browned, about 30-35 minutes.
  5. Serve warm with chopped fresh herbs/salad on top


Silliness – I’m thinking about selling my theremin… …I haven’t touched it in years.

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