Daily Stuff 7-28-19 Ólavsøka

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Geri Hoekzema. House Capuchin Project Day 1-5pm.

Saturday was a little crazy. Herbs workshop went very well. We’re starting incense. We spent awhile bagging resins and powders and started a white sage and lavender blend that will “cook” for a week and get bagged next Saturday.

We had quite a number of customers in both during and after. One, at least, was quite serious about wanting to get in on the Herbs Workshop as her health permits. Others were in “just browsing” or with questions and there were some serious shoppers.

Tempus got me my leftovers from Friday night for lunch and then I faded, so I went in back for a nap. When I got up it was getting really warm in the shop, but I got my packing done, then Tempus got stuff out to the car.

He took a few minutes to run up to storage to get the gas cans and put a few dollars worth of fuel in the car and when he came back we got the rest of my stuff together (food, by that point), closed and headed out.

We had a nice drive through to Eugene. Oregon’s coast is spectacular, no matter what, and it was perfect weather, driving through the sun-gold of a late summer evening. We chatted all the way through, in a very desultory fashion, since it had already been a long day. There was a surprising amount of traffic, but only one bumper-hugger on the whole trip.

We broke the trip in the middle, gassing up in Florence, and then hitting a McD’s drive-through for sustenance (and to empty the other tanks 🙂 ). The sun set while we were getting gas and the drive along the Siuslaw river with the lingering sky-glow reflecting on the water, punctuated by ducks and herons made me smile.

After we turned at Mapleton we started seriously discussing a new class idea that I have, for ideas for getting people to tell stories in a non-US, non-English way, giving them a setting and flavor that isn’t Disney or Hollywood, or even standard fairy-tale. While we were talking first Jupiter was visible, and then Scorpio (where he’s located at the moment) then Saturn and the Sagittarius Teapot. Both reflected in Triangle Lake, just a glimpse, but how beautiful!

It was full dark when we got to Alys’ place. Alys and Emma helped Tempus get my demo stuff to Alys’, then Tempus headed home and Alys and Emma helped me get things upstairs. I sorted stuff out for the morning, hanging up my costume, etc., we said our goodnights and I read until I fell asleep.

I posted this on Saturday, with Sunday’s info, because I had thought to finish up when I got home from Eugene late Sunday evening (except that I didn’t until Monday, more on that later). I was doing embroidery and my kid toys at the Lane County Fair. Only subscribers  saw this on Saturday and it looked a little weird, with pointers at the top, no pictures and no proper weather…. So now, Tuesday morning, I’m catching up and will be posting as the day goes on!

Little free library box in Vancouver, WA – Photo by Geri Hoekzema

220px-Faroe_stamp_330_olavsoka_-_horses_on_paradeToday’s Feast is Ólavsøka, a big midsummer festival in the Faroe Islands. Parliament opens on this day. The name is St. Olaf’s Wake, after the death of St. Olaf in 1030CE, but the parliament predates that. There’s a concert and boat races, football and a bunch of other stuff going on…and it actually starts the night of the 28th…  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%93lavs%C3%B8ka

plant pic miners lettuceToday’s plant is Candy FlowerClaytonia siberica, (also called Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica

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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 7/31 at 8:12pm. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 7/30 at 8:12am. 

Evenings this week are a great time to explore the constellation Sagittarius the Archer. This star group lies due south and at peak altitude around 11 p.m. local daylight time, well after the last vestiges of twilight have faded away. The brightest stars within the constellation form the shape of a teapot — a distinctive asterism once you’ve found it. The central regions of the Milky Way pass through Sagittarius, so it’s always worth exploring this area through binoculars or a telescope.
After nightfall, Altair shines in the east-southeast. It’s the second-brightest star on the eastern side of the sky, after Vega very high to its upper left. Above Altair by a finger-width at arm’s length is little orange Tarazed.
A bit more than a fist-width to Altair’s left or lower left is little Delphinus, the Dolphin, leaping leftward.
Above the midpoint between Altair and Delphinus is even fainter, smaller Sagitta, the Arrow.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) Observers of the outer solar system can get a good view of Uranus before dawn. The best time to look for it is shortly before twilight begins around 4 a.m. local daylight time. Uranus then lies 45° high in the east-southeast against the backdrop of southern Aries the Ram. This morning, use binoculars to find the magnitude 5.8 planet 2.3° south-southeast of the magnitude 5.7 star 19 Arietis. A telescope reveals Uranus’ blue-green disk, which spans 3.6″.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for July – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-july-2019 
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 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.

Sun in Leo
Moon in Gemini
Mercury (7/31), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27), Chiron (12/12) Retrograde

Color: Yellow

Harvest 7/27-8

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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
Su  28      Low   4:29 AM     0.0   5:59 AM    Rise  2:27 AM      23
~    28     High  10:56 AM     5.3   8:46 PM     Set  5:53 PM
~    28      Low   3:58 PM     2.9
~    28     High  10:02 PM     7.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Forgive someone for something right now. Release the resentment and anger. This practice is for you to become happier. Telling the other person that you forgive them is completely optional, and is merely a bonus, Dear Friend!


Journal Prompt – What is? – What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?



~   Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer
~   I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. – Louisa May Alcott
~   I have, thanks to my travels, added to my stock all the superstitions of other countries. I know them all now, and in any critical moment of my life, they all rise up in armed legions for or against me. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~   Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Press close bare-bosom’d night—
press close magnetic nourishing night!
Night of south winds—night of the large few stars!
Still nodding night—mad naked summer night. – –Walt Whitman (1819–92)


Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes 


Silliness – Cucumbers

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