We meant to go out to look at the comet tonight, but I slept right through, dagnabbit! It’s clear, 51F, wind at 0-6mph and gusting, AQI37, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Today should be sunny and clear again, but after today we’re looking at least some cloud each day. The temps are climbing, too, hitting the upper 60’s, now. Afternoons could be quite breezy some days.
Yesterday we got going a little early at the shop and were surprised to hear thumping and footsteps above us! I guess they’re finally starting on roof repairs. It’d have been nice to have some notice? Hmm…. We were working in back, trying to get some things sorted around, since we had gotten up a bit early. They thundered around for about 45 minutes and that was it, although there’s a bunch of particle board dumped near the back door.
We were a bit late opening, then. Tempus got the mail and we got some things like some headbands for me, a teacup, one of the backdrops that we’re going to use for classes and things of that sort. Linda stopped by. We had a good chat. It’s nice to see people again.<sigh>
My friend, Joanne, who is vacationing in Seal Rock, stopped by with her daughter. They wandered around in the shop, bought some books and we sat and talked for an hour, at least. It was good to see them “with skin on” for once, since we normally meet up in the virtual world.
Tempus was out watering, since the plants really needed it, and he came back in and asked me if I had moved the fig tree…. it was gone, along with several empty plant pots. Now, who walks off with a potted plant that would take a burly guy or two to shift? …but someone did…. Nothing but a squashed spot left in the ground where it had been. My comfrey walked off a couple of weeks ago and another small pot of flowers, but the big one? I put up a notice on Facebook and got a lot of support, but I also contacted the guy that had sold me the original. I was offered a lilac, some dahlias and some more comfrey, but Matthew showed up with not just one but *five* small trees, just before our closing time! He’s also going to drop off a bag of twigs for my cheese, so the day ended well.
I got a nap after supper and when I woke Tempus had made bread and he brought me a buttered roll with lemon curd. Yum! I got some computer housekeeping done, then took my sewing to bed with me. That and a book was my evening. Tempus made me a sandwich from his good bread before he headed out at.
Today we’re still going to be at the shop, but probably won’t be available up front. We have a lot to do in back, from moving rollies to putting away cans and canning jars. I’m kinda hoping to do the bulk route tonight, since I want to get some meat and I need some underwear, and I can do that shopping while Tempus picks up the bulk papers.
Today’s Feast is the Gentse Feesten in Ghent, Belgium. It’s a 10 day festival of music, puppet shows and mocking mimes that spreads all over the city. There are such things as a series of community sings, choral music, a world music, jazz, alternative http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentse_Feesten
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, Water, Magickal uses – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 7/15 at 10:33pm.
Jupiter is at opposition tonight, at 1 A.M. PDT, opposite the Sun as seen from Earth. For all practical purposes, this is when Jupiter is its closest and brightest for the year. All this July and August Jupiter is the brightest point in the night, until Venus rises in the early morning hours. At that time, the gas giant will sit 385 million miles (619 million km) from Earth. You can catch it this morning in the southwestern sky, blazing at magnitude –2.8 in the constellation Sagittarius. Its disk spans 48″.
At the time of opposition, all four of its Galilean moons will be on display. But act fast — by 1:17 A.M. PDT, Europa will disappear behind the planet’s western limb. It won’t reappear before sunrise.
6.8° east of Jupiter is magnitude 0.1 Saturn, on its way to its own opposition early next week. Its disk currently spans 18″ and its rings stretch nearly 42″ east-west. The nearly 3,000-mile-wide (4,800 km) Cassini Division is on full display.
Three doubles at the top of Scorpius. The head of Scorpius — the near-vertical row of three stars upper right of Antares — stands highest in the south right after dark. The top star of the row is Beta Scorpii or Graffias, a fine double star for telescopes. Just 1° below it is the very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2 Scorpii, not quite vertical. They’re both 4th magnitude. Binoculars show their slight color difference; they’re spectral types B9 and G2. Left of Beta by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii, another fine telescopic double. Or rather triple. High power in good seeing reveals Nu’s brighter component itself to be a close binary, separation 2 arcseconds and aligned almost north-south.
The Moon passes 4° south of Uranus at 5 A.M. PDT. You can catch the magnitude 5.8 ice giant easily with binoculars or a small scope in the predawn hours. It currently lies in Aries, roughly halfway along an invisible line drawn between the bright stars Hamal and Menkar. An hour before sunrise, Earth’s satellite has already approached to within 10.8° of the planet, lying directly east of the ice giant.
Mars rises due east around midnight daylight saving time, shining bright orange (magnitude –0.7) between Pisces and Cetus. Watch for it to come up below the Great Square of Pegasus. By the first light of dawn Mars shines grandly high and bright in the southeast like a distant bonfire in the sky. In a telescope Mars grows from 12 to 13 arcseconds in apparent diameter this week; we’re approaching it as Earth speeds along in our faster orbit around the Sun. Mars is still very gibbous, 85% sunlit. Look for its white South Polar cap and for subtler dark surface markings. For a map of the side of Mars facing you at your date and time, use our Mars Profiler. The map there is rectangular; remember to mentally wrap it onto the side of a globe.
Today also marks the 55th anniversary of Mariner 4’s flyby of Mars — the first successful Red Planet flyby ever achieved. It is the 5th anniversary of New Horizons’ flyby of Pluto, also the first of its kind.
Old Farmer’s Almanac July Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-july-summer-triangle
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh),
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.
Tu 14 Low 2:46 AM 1.5 5:46 AM Rise 1:31 AM 42
~ 14 High 8:33 AM 4.5 8:58 PM Set 3:25 PM
~ 14 Low 2:03 PM 2.3
~ 14 High 8:32 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Remember those things that made you glad.
~ Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. – Camille Pissarro
~ A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. – Yoda
~ Only by melting the ice in the heart of Man does Man have a chance to change and begin using his knowledge wisely. – Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq
~ Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go. ~ Maya Angelou
See what delights in sylvan scenes appear!
Descending Gods have found Elysium here.
In woods bright Venus with Adonis stray’d,
And chaste Diana haunts the forest shade. – –Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
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”
- Floating candles
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 – Ad Campaign
I saw a new local ad campaign being run for the northern snow birds by our county tourist board. Against a drop dead sunset beach picture, It reads:
“Come to the SW coast of Florida this winter for your family vacation! It’s got everything…”
“Sand for the children, fishing galore for Dad, sun for the wife, and plenty of sharks for the mother-in-law.”