It’s cloudy, cool and quiet again, in Waldport. It certainly wasn’t quiet, earlier! After a beautiful day as soon as the sun went down, “pop, bang and boom” is all we heard. I actually got jerked out of a nap around midnight, by what sounded like 3 M-80’s in the street! 52F, wind at 0-3mph and gusting, AQI37, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Even with the pollen count through the roof again it looks like a nice day today. We should see sun in the afternoon. The rest of the forecast looks just like that with a slight chance of showers early Tuesday morning and a minescule chance of a shower on Friday.
Yesterday I got enough sleep that I was up at 10am, rather than noon, the way I’ve been. I did mail and messages, first, answered a counseling question and then got into it with a friend over name formation in late 14th century Bohemia. 🙂
We had people walk in the door as soon as it was open, even with the table in the way and no lights on! They came back in 15 minutes, thankfully. I can’t always get us open the way things are set up, now, and today was one of those days. Those two were of 8 people in the first few minutes and then it went dead again.
Tempus got us coffee and headed out to put his check in the bank and pick up mail. He came back with packages and we busied ourselves. I got my fancy hair-covers…. they fit kinda like a cross between a headband and a bandana. It’s a tube, but my hair is up off my neck and I don’t look like the bad end of a hair-dressing accident. Bright colors, too! We also got the next batch of masks and there are some kid sizes in this batch.
We got some lunch, finally, and of course I started to fade. <sigh> I managed to keep going and we got the table clear enough for me to do the dumplings and meatballs. We each had some and they were pretty good…. but by then it was nearly 7pm, so I got a nap.
Once I was back up I got some stock ordered, then did a little sewing and then we both got naps. Once Tempus was ready to head out, he saw to it that I was tucked up in bed, with sewing, embroidery, a book and some newspapers and he was out the door well before 2am. After awhile I decided that I was getting sleepy enough that I’d better get the newsletter done.
I ended talking to Amor, online. He had the night off. Wow, I got sleepy before the newsletter was ready. I was blinking and wobbling. Hopefully, it’s ok. Today the shop will be open. I’m not planning on anything particular today, just to keep on keeping on. I’ll probably do some more sewing and if Tempus gets the table clean, I’ll get that Sioned outfit cut and started being sewing!
Happy Independence Day!
Today’s feast is Independence Day in the USA. The Declaration of Independence was passed on July 2 and officially signed on August 2 (although a number of signers may have put their “John Hancocks” on the paper on July 4), but this is the date that it was made public. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)
- The reading of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall. –The long version – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJJxFGXLIz0
- VIDEO: Frederick Douglass’ Descendants Deliver His ‘Fourth Of July’ Speech – https://www.npr.org/2020/07/03/884832594/video-frederick-douglass-descendants-read-his-fourth-of-july-speech
- Fireworks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DRaRwUjliM
….and something that I wrote, yesterday with the pic that sparked it.
We liberals love this country. We love “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We love, “Freedom and Justice for all!” We also love the people that make up this country. We prefer to allow dissent, but stupid ignorance and deliberate misinformation start sounding like the rooster on top of the manure pile screaming that he’s king of the world, and yeah, you’re supporting the brat kicking the seat.
Today’s plant is Blue Elderberry, Sambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede [poem]. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.” From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_cerulea orhttp://en.wikipedia.org
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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on at 7/6 at 9:44am. Eclipses – Lunar eclipses always occur on the day of the Full Moon. Positive magicks should not be performed in these months until after the eclipse is over. – Associated God/esses: Kali, Shiva the Destroyer. Exact at 9:44pm.
Penumbral Eclipse begins – Jul 4 at 8:07:23 pm – Not visible, below the horizon
Maximum Eclipse – Jul 4 at 9:29:51 pm – Visible
Penumbral Eclipse ends – Jul 4 at 10:52:21 pm – Visible
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 7/20 at 10:33am
Full Moon (exactly full at 12:44 a.m. tonight EDT). This evening the Moon shines next to the handle of the Sagittarius Teapot, as shown above. How much of the Teapot can you see through the moonlight? It’s about the size of your fist at arm’s length. Much easier are bright Jupiter and Saturn, shining to the Moon’s lower left.
With a bright Moon in the sky all night, consider taking some time to admire our only natural satellite. On full display are its dark maria, or seas, which are actually ancient volcanic lava flows that smoothed the surface as they cooled. Perhaps the most famous is the Sea of Tranquility, where Apollo 11 first set astronauts on the Moon. It’s located on the eastern side of the Moon (west in the sky), between the Sea of Serenity and the Sea of Fertility. Look also for the huge, rayed craters Copernicus (lunar west) and Tycho (lunar south).
Earth is at aphelion, its farthest from the Sun for the year at 5 A.M. PDT. We’re one part in 30 farther from the Sun than at perihelion in January. Although Earth’s orbit around the Sun is very nearly circular, its eccentricity of 0.0167 means it’s not perfectly circular. Thus, Earth does have a closest and farthest point from the Sun throughout the year.. At this time, our planet lies 94.5 million miles (152.1 million kilometers) from the Sun.
Today is also the 15th anniversary of the Deep Impact probe smashing into Comet 9P/Tempel 1, making the mission the first spacecraft to ever send material flying off of a comet. Tempel was later revisited by the Stardust-NExT mission six years later. Discovered in 1867, the 3.73-mile-wide (6 km) comet is about half the size of the impactor that scientists believe was responsible for the downfall of the dinosaurs.
Venus (magnitude –4.7) shines brightly in the east during dawn. Look for Aldebaran, much fainter at 1st magnitude, under it. Their separation shrinks from 3½° on the morning of July 4th to 1° on the 11th and 12th. Also, before dawn grows bright, catch the Pleiades about 11° above Venus. Binoculars help. And use the binocs to try for the Hyades stars right around Venus as plotted in the second frame below. In a telescope Venus is a large crescent, shrinking this week from 40 to 35 arcseconds tall and waxing from 21% to 30% sunlit.
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
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh),
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 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
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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
Sa 4 Low 6:55 AM -1.8 5:38 AM Set 4:59 AM 97
~ 4 High 1:31 PM 6.3 9:04 PM Rise 9:05 PM
~ 4 Low 6:40 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – No matter how much a private room in a hospital costs, they only give you a semiprivate gown.
Journal Prompt – Current Affairs – What do you collect—such as stickers, baseball cards, rocks? Explain why you started your collection. (If you don’t collect anything, describe what you would like to collect or explain why you don’t like to collect things.)
~ The best way to hold a man is in your arms. – Mae West
~ The unique conditions of ancient woodland make it our richest wildlife habitat, and it is literally irreplaceable. – Ms Williams, head of campaigns at The Woodland Trust
~ Though my soul may set in darkness, It will rise in perfect light. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. – Sarah Williams
~ I have observed dreams and visions very carefully, and am now certain that the imagination has some way of lighting on the truth that the reason has not, and that its commandments, delivered when the body is still and the reason silent, are the most binding we can ever know. – W.B. Yeats
A Moon-flood prairie; a straying
Of light-hearted lovers; a baying
Of faraway watching dogs; a dreaming
Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming
Of fireflies eddying nigh, —
And that is July! –James N. Matthews (1852–1910)
Whole Grain Bread – Recipe by Dan & Pauline Campanelli
In a large mixing bowl combine:
- 2 cups milk (warm to the touch)
- 2 packages of dry baking yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
Cover this mixture and set aside in a warm place until it has doubled (about half an hour).
Add to this mixture:
- 3 tablespoons softened butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of unbleached white flour
- Stir until bubbly. Now mix in:
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats
- 2 cups stone ground wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons sesame seed
With floured hands, turn this dough out onto a floured board and gradually knead in more unbleached white flour until the dough is smooth and elastic and no longer sticks to your fingers. Place this dough in a greased bowl, turning it so that the dough is greased. Then cover it with a clean cloth and keep it in a warm place to rise until it is doubled (about an hour).Then punch it down and divide it into two or more elongated loaves, roughly sculpted into mummiform shapes, and placed on greased cookie sheets. Cover these and return them to a warm place until they double again. Bake the loaves in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until they are done and sound hollow when tapped.
(The above recipe for “Whole Grain Bread” is quoted directly from Pauline & Dan Campanelli’s book “Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions”, page 132-133, Llewellyn Publications, 1991/1992)
From Miss Daney’s Folklore, Magic and Superstitions
In Wales, harvest celebrations were not for the weak-stomached. An 18thc account describes a feast of ‘the contents of a brewing pan of beef and mutton, with arage and potatoes and pottage, and pudding of wheaten flour, about twenty gallons of light ale and over twenty gallons of beer.’ After this, the guests were expected to drink more beer and dance to the music of the fiddle. Well, harvesting was very hard work, but for our more sedentary modern lifestyle, here is a low-fat version:
Cawl Cynhaeaf – Harvest Broth
2 1/2lbs. Welsh neck of lamb
1/2lb broad beans
1 medium carrot
1 small turnip
1 small cauliflower
5 sprigs of parsley
1 qt. water
salt and pepper
Remove as much fat as possible from the meat. Place the meat in a large saucepan and cover with the water.Bring to the boil and skim any fat from the surface of the liquid. Shell the peas and beans. Peel and dice the carrot, onion and turnip. Add the vegetables,
except the cauliflower, to the meat. Season. Cover the saucepan and simmer slowly for 3 hours. 30 minutes before serving the broth, cut the cauliflower into sprigs and add to the saucepan. Serve hot decorated with sprigs of parsley.
From: Country Cookery – Recipes from Wales by Sian Llewellyn.
Boxty – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm – If you have mashed potatoes left over, you can turn them into another traditional Irish dish.
Boxty (Potato Griddle Cakes) – makes12 x 3-inch pancakes (4 to 6 servings)
1 cup hot unseasoned mashed potatoes
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup grated unpeeled raw potatoes
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup milk
Butter or margarine, for frying
In large bowl mix together mashed potatoes and 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in eggs and grated potatoes, then the flour, baking powder, salt, caraway seeds and pepper. Blend in milk. Heat 1 tablespoon butter to sizzling in large nonstick skillet. Drop potato mixture, about 2 1/2 tablespoons at a time, into skillet to form pa tties. Flatten slightly. Fry over medium-high heat until crisp and browned, turning once. Repeat with remaining potato mixture, adding butter to skillet as needed.Serve hot.
An old rhyme goes:
Boxty on the griddle,
boxty in the pan,
if you can’t make boxty,
you’ll never get a man.
From: Janet Warren, A feast of Scotland, Lomond Books,1990, ISBN 1-85051-112-8.