There are a lot of stars out there! 51F, wind at 0-4mph, AQI28, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. This is the time of year when the weather reports are all the same. Sunny days, cloudy nights, cool…some wind. 🙂 Right now, though, the highs are in the mid-60’s.
Photos of our friend
Yesterday we got up at 1, so Tempus got a few really necessary hours of sleep, coffeed and started getting ready. Just as we were about to go I got a phone call. It turns out that our friend, Jim, that you can see in a lot of the photos of the 3rd July cookouts, had a massive stroke last night and Crossed. His daughter called just as we were about to head out. We talked for awhile and I told her when was a good time to call to talk.
..and we set out at 2:45. We gassed up in Newport, got some lunch at the Dairy Queen in Toledo and then just drove. It was a perfect day for a drive, except that the fan in the air conditioner in the car isn’t working right, so I spent most of the day far too warm for me. I did have my hand fan, but I’m going to get one of those neck fans, so I don’t end up with blistered hands and aching arms from fanning myself.
There already some yellowing leaves on trees that do that, but most things are lush and green. We went up and down and down and up on Rt.20. It’s nice to have the new pavement, makes a real difference for this car-sicker. We turned onto I-5 after seeing haying going on and winter wheat being harvested along the part where 34 and 20 are the same road. We stopped at the first rest area after that, and I was appalled to see not a single mask in sight. That after the road signs that say, “COVID-19 is still spreading! Keep space! Wear a mask!”…. Wow….
We hit traffic on the far side of Salem. Keizer exit backed up for miles, but if you were in the center lane it wasn’t too bad. I-205 was just rolling, although the traffic was heavy and we turned off that at the Oregon City/Milwaukee exit. We had seen lots of boats on the various rivers, but the parks along there that you could see were pretty crowded.
We got to Havoise’s and talked for a little while her son and Tempus got the dishwasher into the car. They have a whole porch full of rocks. I hadn’t a clue that her husband had been a field geologist! It reminded me of my Daddy’s friend who was a field geologist who joked that that was the only reason you wouldn’t have to roll him around like a beachball, Toting rocks kept him down to roly-poly, rather than beach ball.
We got gas again and of all people we saw Nick! He’s working at that station! We traded hugs (can’t miss Nick hugs!) and headed back. I was *really* miserable at that point since I was sitting in the sun, but after we got onto I-5 and were past the 1/2-way point that eased off until where we turned at 34/20 I was ok. It didn’t hurt that we stopped at A&S for root beer floats. 🙂 …but the sun was going behind the coast range and it cooled rapidly. We tooled on through Corvallis and Philomath and then into and over the Coast Range as it got darker and darker. I kept dozing off, but Tempus was doing ok. I was having some really odd dreams as I faded in and out, too.
We crested the last hill going into Newport and it was not-quite-dark, just enough light to see ocean and cloud and sky over the lights of the city. We turned and as we were heading south out of town there was a strip of ocean and cloud visible for quite a distance. Ocean and cloud were buttoned together with the lights of the fishing boats. 🙂
It was fully dark and just past 10 as we rolled into town. Still 66F! The shop (where we had to unload) was horribly warm. That’s going to have to get solved before we open today. We fell into bed and slept for a bit over 3 hours. I woke coughing from the gunk in my lungs from being in the Valley (every time….) but Tempus slept until his phone rang. He’s headed out on the paper route and I’m going to take my sewing back to bed with me.
Today has to be laundry day. I don’t know how late we’re going to stay open because I still need to get some things at Freddies, so I may do the bulk route with Tempus. I know we should be open on time, hopefully before, so we can clear the “warm” before we actually have to start working. I want to see whether I can track down enough pieces to do the bead-weaving this week.
Today’s Feast is quoted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caprotinia )
“The Caprotinia, or feasts of Juno Caprotina, were ancient Roman festivals which were celebrated on July 9, in favour of the female slaves. During this solemnity they ran about, beating themselves with their fists and with rods. None but women assisted in the sacrifices offered at this feast.
Kennet says the origin of this feast, or the famous Nonae Caprotinae or Poplifugium, is doubly related by Plutarch, according to the two common opinions. First, because Romulus disappeared on that day, when an assembly being held in the Palus Caprae (“Goats’-Marsh”), suddenly a storm broke, accompanied with terrible thunder, and other unusual disorders in the air (see Plutarch’s Life of Numa). The common people fled all away to secure themselves; but, after the tempest was over, could never find Romulus, their king.
Or, else, from Caprificus, a wild fig-tree, because, in the Gallic war, a Roman virgin, who was prisoner in the enemy’s camp, got up into a wild fig-tree, and holding out a lighted torch toward the city, gave the Romans a signal to fall on; which they did with such good success, as to obtain a considerable victory.”
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
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.
Early morning is a great time to seek out the famous Double Cluster in Perseus the Hero. Designated Perseus h and Perseus χ (NGC 869 and NGC 884, respectively), these open clusters are visible under dark conditions with no optical aid, and pop out readily with binoculars or a small scope. Located 11° east-southeast of Navi, the star that forms the middle point of Cassiopeia’s W asterism, each cluster is about 30′ across (the size of the Full Moon) and each is a relatively comfortable magnitude 4.3. Together, they are also cataloged as Caldwell 14. Of the two, NGC 869 (the western component) is considered slightly richer and more compact than its companion. Both lie roughly 7,500 light-years from Earth and are physically close in space, separated by only a few hundred light-years.
After dark, the lowest star of the Summer Triangle shines high in the east-southeast. That’s Altair, a good three or four fists at arm’s length lower right of bright Vega and lesser Deneb.
Before the waning gibbous Moon rises in late evening to light the sky, look left of Altair by hardly more than a fist at arm’s length for the compact little constellation Delphinus, the Dolphin.
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 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 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.
Th 9 High 3:29 AM 7.0 5:42 AM Set 10:18 AM 86
~ 9 Low 10:24 AM -0.6 9:01 PM
~ 9 High 5:03 PM 6.4
~ 9 Low 10:44 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Married life is very frustrating:
~ An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her. – Agatha Christie
~ Dear IRS: I would like to cancel my subscription. Please remove my name from your mailing list. – Joe Cockler
~ Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning. – Rich Cook
~ If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. – Rene Descartes
Bend low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
So lazy and hum-strumming. – Carl Sandburg (1878–1967)
Lughnasadh Magick – Lore – http://www.pagannews.com/cgi-bin/sabbats1.pl?Lughnasadh
- Lughnasadh herbs: Grapes, heather, crabapple, pear
- Lughnasadh colors: Pumpkin orange, sunny yellow, muted brown and sage green
- Lughnasadh offerings: Bread, Cider, Cakes
- Lughnasadh is a time to honor Hermes/Mercury, Thoth, Frey, Lugh, Macha.
August 1st marks the Celtic holiday of Lughnasadh (pronounced loo-na-sa), which is the beginning of the grain harvest.
In days past, candidates for king would go to the Fayre of Tailtiu. Tailtiu was the queen of the Fir Bolg (an ancient celtic race) , the daughter of Mag Mor and the foster mother of Lugh. She died of exhaustion after the labor of clearing the lands of Ireland for cultivation, and in commemoration, Lugh held a festival for her. Two weeks prior to festival day, it was customary to climb a hill and survey the land before harvest. The festival then commenced, and lasted for four weeks – two weeks past the actual day.
The last chaff of wheat or grain to be cut was kept and crafted into a corn doll, symbolizing Lugh. At Lughnasadh, she is called the Corn Mother. In the spring, she becomes Corn Bride, the Maiden Goddess Bride.
It was Lugh who invented draughts (checkers), ballplay and horsemanship and these sacred games were important in the celebration of the festival, as they were used to show off strength and skill. In addition, this festival was used to gather news, settle arguments and arrange marriages and alliances. Mighty feasting and drinking were the underlying theme of this wonderful festival.
It is prophesied that, as long as the custom shall be maintained, there will be corn and milk in every house, peace and fine weather for the feast.
This is the season when everything seems at its richest – trees crops and long warm days. These are called the ‘dog days’ of Summer, because Sirius (The Dog Star) rises and sets with the sun between mid-July and September.
The word ‘Lammas’ comes from “loaf mass” which celebrates the bread made from the first grain to be harvested. It is in honor of the Corn Mother that we now eat fresh bread and cakes.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: How do you make the number one disappear? A. Just add a ‘g’ and it’s gone!