Who decided we were going to get a rain shower tonight? I never saw it, but the pavement’s wet and there are puddles. It was dry when Tempus left. 58F, winds are calm, AQI25, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. I hope they’re closer to right than it is tonight! The chance of rain is dropping out of the forecast. Pretty much this next 10 days is supposed to be mostly sunny with 20% chance of rain or less (and that at night) …and the temps finally creeping up to the mid-60’s.
We took our time getting moving yesterday and didn’t finish our 2nd cups of coffee until nearly 5pm. Tempus ran errands before I was even out of bed. I got a shopping list put together. …and then realized I wasn’t going because I didn’t have any clean clothes! Oh, I had crappy clothes, but not anything I wanted to wear in public….
So I got into the Zoom chat for the Arts and Sciences for the closest SCA group and spent awhile with them. I got kinda frustrated because Tempus insisted on talking with me about stuff while I was in the middle of discussions. Worse, it was stuff that I knew he was going to want to talk about while he was in the store, or stuff that wasn’t anything I could help with. <sigh> But after he was out the door (bulk route night) I finished my discussions got some supper and went to bed to read for awhile. I dozed off.
He called and woke me, but I knew he was going to keep calling for awhile, so I didn’t try to go back to sleep, just finished my book between the next 1/2 dozen calls. He kinda had a cow over 16 lemons…. well, I plan to do a double batch of lemon curd (takes 6) and to make some limoncello (takes 10), which I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years.
Today is going to be interesting. Once we’re up we’re heading for Milwaukee (OR) to pick up a small dishwasher and then heading right back. It’s at least 6 hours on the road, but it’ll give us plenty of time to talk about projects and such. The biggest problem is whether Tempus is going to get enough sleep to work with. We’re hoping to have enough energy at the end of the run to stop at Freddie’s to get the stuff that he didn’t have time for last night, plus I need a couple of clothing things that I didn’t want him to have to hunt for.
Today’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 rid 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.
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 7/19 at 10:33pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/12 at 4:29pm.
At the end of these long summer twilights, check the sky low in the northwest and north. Would you recognize noctilucent clouds if you saw them? They’re the most astronomical of all cloud types, being formed on meteor dust very high in the upper atmosphere. They’re fairly rare, though they’ve been growing more common in recent decades as Earth’s atmosphere changes. See Bob King’s Nights of Noctilucent Clouds.
This is the time of year when the two brightest stars of
summer, Arcturus >>> and <<<< Vega, are equally high overhead at the end of twilight. Arcturus is toward the southwest from the zenith, Vega is toward the east. Arcturus and Vega are 37 and 25 light-years away, respectively. They represent the two commonest types of naked-eye star: a yellow-orange K giant and a white 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.
Crane your head back this evening to find Corona Borealis the Northern Crown high in the sky after dark. If you’re having trouble spotting this small constellation, locate bright, golden-hued Arcturus (magnitude –0.05) in the south and scan about 20° northeast of the star. The Crown consists of seven stars that form a wide, curved horseshoe shape between Hercules and Boötes. This crown also hides a surprise: the recurrent nova T Coronae Borealis, or T CrB. Located 1° southeast of magnitude 4.2 Epsilon (ε) Coronae Borealis, T CrB is a binary star system containing a white dwarf and a red giant star. Over time, the white dwarf pulls material from its companion, until enough has built up on the surface of the dwarf that it sets off a runaway thermonuclear explosion, lighting it up without destroying the white dwarf in the process. Although the system is currently too faint to see without optical aid (around magnitude 10, typically the limit for binocular observing), it’s been known to reach magnitudes of 2 or 3 — visible to the naked eye — during an outburst. And it’s nearly due for one, already experiencing a period of high activity. Knowing that, this may be a good region of the sky to check every so often; and don’t be surprised if a “new” star appears one night, visible as a small “spur” off the curved crown’s shape.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is up in the east just before dawn, about midway between Venus and Mars.
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 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
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.
W 8 High 2:44 AM 7.5 5:41 AM Set 9:13 AM 92
~ 8 Low 9:45 AM -1.1 9:02 PM Rise 11:42 PM
~ 8 High 4:23 PM 6.5
~ 8 Low 9:53 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If it’s still in your mind, it is worth taking the risk.
Journal Prompt – Persuasive – Some business people argue that child labor is essential in third-world countries because the money children earn prevents families from starving. How would you answer this argument?
~ You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That is assault, not leadership. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
~ A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke – and that the joke is oneself. – Clifton Fadiman
~ Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack. – Harry Emerson Fosdick, American religious leader.
~ No amount of self-improvement can make up for a lack of self-acceptance. – Robert Holden, Writer
Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne. –Barry Cornwall, English poet (1787–1874)
Lemon blueberry Pancakes
- 2 Teaspoons Grated Lemon Rind
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Blueberries
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 3/4 Cup Milk
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1 Egg
- Beat egg until fluffy
- Beat in remaining ingredients except blueberries just until smooth.
- Stir in blueberries.
- Grease heated griddle.
- For each pancake, pour about 3 tablespoons of batter from a large spoon or from pitcher onto hot griddle.
- Cook pancakes until puffed and dry around edges.
- Turn and cook other side until golden brown.
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water (105ºF to 115ºF)
- 5 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups buttermilk
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Cut in shortening until mix resembles coarse meal. Mix baking soda and buttermilk in small bowl. Add mix to other mix and stir. Chill, covered with towel, for 8 hours. Knead 12 times on floured board, roll to 1/2 inch. Cut into 2-inch rounds. Place on greased sheets and let rise in warm spot for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Bake until golden brown (about 15 min).
Yield: 24 biscuits
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook, Use for: Imbolc, Lughnasadh
- 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 cup dried 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