Cloudy and cool and quiet after the M-80’s going off up until 2am! 54F, winds are calm, AQI33, UV9. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. This afternoon and tomorrow should be sunny. The rest of the 10 day looks like clouds and a little breeze during the afternoons, maybe some sun. We’ll see.
Yesterday I got moving a little earlier and then needed a nap. <sigh> I got photos done of plants and pendulums, of my new banner and a bunch of other needed things. The weather went weird…. 20% chance, right? Well, it never rained, but it looked and smelled like it was going to. When I was outside you could see little drops of moisture dancing on the breeze, but they didn’t fall, or if they did, they evaporated immediately. Weird….
Photo processing happened…. a blog post happened. ….sorted out some mail…. got a bunch of ads for Mab’s Creations posted… waited for Tempus to get the table clear so I can sew. …and made supper and got a nap and waited.. <sigh>
I had a weirdie. A lady from Ottawa got hold of me wanting to know if the “cream heart” was available. Cream heart? It turned out, for some reason, that the photo that Facebook added to that one ad was of a thread waxer. She didn’t know what that was and hadn’t tried to go to the website. <sigh> The photo was *supposed* to be the norse needleholder, which it was in the other 5!
Tempus headed out around 2am….table still not done. Well, it was done enough for meatballs/dumplings, so I had asked Tempus to get out that equipment before he left. I got out grater and parmesan, breadcrumbs, eggs and spices and got to work. I had to keep taking breaks because that parmesan was *hard*! No clue how long we’d had it. I got the dumpling dough set up and then worked on the meatball mush and then let them sit to absorb liquids. …and then I got to thinking about things and put the meatball and dumplings into the fridge. I really didn’t want to do those with an open pot of boiling broth and have things all closed up around me and then try to sleep in the heat. <sigh> So I pulled out tomato stuffs and my little smokies and set those up in the crockpot.
I had a really interesting time of it, finishing this newsletter. I was entering the poems for July and it started to stick, not crash, just stick, but it meant that getting the poem just for today’s stuff took 1 1/2 hours. …It took until 5:30 for the computer to unstick enough to get the crafts part done!
Today we’ll be open at 1. I’m not sure whether Tempus is going to do laundry, probably tomorrow, but he has a lot of things that need to be finished at the shop. I’m having to nag and I absolutely hate that!
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. This 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.”
Today’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
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 7/4 at 9:44pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 7/3 at 9:44am.
Look for Antares to the lower right of the bright Moon this evening. The name Antares means anti-Ares, “rival of Mars” in Greek. Because both are fiery orange. Around 1 or 2 a.m. these nights (depending on where you live in your time zone) you can compare them directly. By then Mars and the Moon will be getting low in the southwest, and Mars will have risen to the same height in the east. But Mars, magnitude –0.5, is currently four times brighter than than Antares, magnitude +1.o. This will skew your color comparison. The brighter something is, the paler (closer to white) its color appears to our eyes regardless of the color’s actual hue and saturation. Think of an overexposed photograph.
Asteroid 532 Herculina is at opposition this morning at 10 A.M. EDT. It occupies the same region of the sky as Iris, and this time to the northeast (left) of,— the Teapot asterism. It’s about 6.7° north-northeast of Kaus Borealis and glows at magnitude 9.5.
While you’re in the region — which is where you’ll also find Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto to the east — consider searching out M22 (NGC 6656), a globular star cluster about 24′ across. An easy magnitude 5.2, this cluster is about 50 percent larger than the famous great globular M13 (NGC 6205) in the constellation Hercules. You can even compare them directly, as magnitude 5.3 M13 is visible high in the east, about 2.5° south of Eta (η) Herculis.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is well up in the southeast before dawn, east of Mars.
Old Farmer’s Almanac June Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-2020-see-stars-move
Old Farmer’s Almanac July Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-july-summer-triangle
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
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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
Th 2 Low 5:18 AM -1.1 5:37 AM Set 3:27 AM 85
~ 2 High 11:43 AM 5.8 9:04 PM Rise 6:53 PM
~ 2 Low 4:53 PM 2.4
~ 2 High 10:56 PM 8.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a Light day!
~ If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. – Publius Syrus
~ …and when you stop stumbling around in circles lost, and stand still, you find yourself and must sit awhile by your own hearth and get reacquainted with this stranger. – Bronwynn Forrest Torgerson
~ Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. – Frank Tyger
~ You can’t give people pride, but you can provide the kind of understanding that makes people look to their inner strengths and find their own sense of pride. – Mother Charleszetta Waddles (1912-2001) US nun
Then came hot July, boiling like to fire,
That all his garments he had cast away.
Upon a lyon raging with ire
He boldly rode, and made him to obey:
(It was the beast that whilom did forray
The Nemaean forest, till the Amphitrionide
Him slew, and with his hide did him array:)
Behind his backe a sithe, and by his side
Under his belt he bore a sickle circling wide. – Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 – January 13, 1599), English poet; Faerie Queen, ‘The Cantos of Mutabilitie‘
Craft Ideas list for Lughnasadh
Shell crafts to honor the ocean or beach
- Witch bottles a la Cunningham
- Shell frames
- Shell covered boxes or vases
- Shell “flowers”
Herb Crafts to honor the earth
- Press and dry perfect leaves from various trees, vines, shrubs and herbs and make into placemats, bookmarks or pictures.
- Dry herbs
- Make simple wooden planters from 3 boards (bottom and sides) and two rocks (ends)
Crafts to honor the air
- Perfect time to make a hummingbird feeder
- Bird feeders
- Pinwheels and other spinners
- Wind chimes
Cookouts are the perfect Lughnasadh “craft”.
Learn how to build a fire, properly.
Silliness – Someone Really Stinks
A young couple were on their honeymoon. The husband was sitting in the bathroom on the edge of the bathtub saying to himself, “Now how can I tell my wife that I’ve got really smelly feet and that my socks absolutely stink? I’ve managed to keep it from her while we were dating, but she’s bound to find out sooner or later that my feet stink. Now how do I tell her?”
Meanwhile, the wife was sitting in the bed saying to herself, “Now how do I tell my husband that I’ve got really bad breath? I’ve been very lucky to keep it from him while we were courting, but as soon as he’s lived with me for a week, he’s bound to find out. Now how do I tell him gently?”
The husband finally plucks up enough courage to tell his wife and so he walks into the bedroom. He walks over to the bed, climbs over to his wife, puts his arm around her neck, moves his face very close to hers and says, “Darling, I’ve a confession to make.”
And she says, “So have I, love.”
To which he replies, “Don’t tell me, you’ve eaten my socks.”