Clear, starry and chilly at the moment. It was breezy in Newport, but that’s died down as the evening went on. 52F, says the phone company sign. We ought to have sun in the morning and then some clouds creeping in as the day goes on. If it’s anything like today the beach fog is going to try to crawl ashore, at the least. Wind is at 0-1mph and gusting. AQI 38, UV8, Pollen still high. Chance of rain 10% today and tonight. The rest of the 10-day looks pretty much the same, but with more chance of cloud. Highs ought to creep upward to 67 on Monday and then back down again.
We slept in yesterday. Both of us were awfully tired. We coffeed and got the shop doors open and Tempus picked up mail. I got my new pressing mat. It’s small enough for me to maneuver unlike my larger ones.
I watered plants, not enough, but some. Tempus was working on the sink, trying to fix that leaky faucet. …and looking up part numbers and hunting a place to get them from. I got a shopping list together and then we set up when I was going to be working on later.
…and headed for Newport. There had been a minor breakdown on the presses, so we didn’t stay at the newspaper, but headed over to Freddie’s. Tempus got me started, grabbed the potting soil and then headed back. I went upstairs and found some good deals on winter clothes (a sweater and two turtlenecks for $16!) and then went hunting for a nightie…. ’nuffins. I just want an old lady nightie, fergossakes! I’d settle for some long t’s, even! …but it’s all pajamas. I don’t want pants to sleep, argh! That’s probably TMI, but really…..
So I got the other stuff I needed and started in on the food shopping. I swear, it gets more complex every time I go. I finally gave up on coffee, and left Tempus to get that and I got the wrong sugar, so he had to sort that out, after. Lots of canned goods later and thises and thats, a couple of roasts, a bottle of wine and some veggies and I was pooped.
I sat over by the middle entrance, chatting with John Lusk, who was at that register tonight. We haven’t seen each other since the fall, and we just talked about this and that (it was a slow evening) between him needing to help folks.
Tempus showed up at about 10:30 and got the stuff sorted that needed it and we loaded up the car and finished the route. After we were done, we drove out to the Haunted Lighthouse lookout to see if we could see the comet. I did. He’s not sure. It’s not a bright comet, the pictures are actually better, honestly. Aquila was easy to see, for once. With only the one bright star it can be hard to find. Scorpio and the Sagittarius Teapot were bright in the direction of home and Jupiter and Saturn are easy to find to the left of the Teapot and the steam of the Milky Way.
We rolled home, offloaded groceries and he sat down with his half of the sub sandwich that I got. I set up one pork roast (they were a BOGO, so I got two) with the last of the sauce Bob that had been in the freezer and a whacking lot of onions. That’s the 2nd dish for the Virtual Potluck that’s on Sunday. The first was the lemon curd. I’ve got tricolor carrots for another one.
Tempus has gotten everything that needed it into the fridge and freezer and I had a braunschweiger sandwich for the last of my supper. I have to put away the canned goods, yet, but he has to move the box of tablecloths that’s wandered away from where it belongs before I have enough room to work back there and I’m hoping he’s going to get a nap before he goes to do the Oregonian route. …
Today we’re going to be working on the faucet and trying to hook up the dishwasher. It’s going to be a long day, but I’m also hoping to get the plants watered the rest of the way. Laundry is going to have to wait until after the faucet is done.
Today’s Feast is that of the Dioscuri, the twins, Castor and Pollux, venerated in Greece, Rome, by the Celts and across the empire. One was human and one immortal and not wanting to be parted, even in death, the immortal one begged the gods to let him and his brother stay together. Thus they became the constellation of Gemini. There’s a good Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_and_Pollux
Today’s Plant is the Carnation, Dianthus carophyllus, which has some medical uses, such as for upset stomach and fever. The fragrance was historically used for vinegar, beer, wine, sauces and salads. Carnation cultivars with no fragrance are often used by men as boutonnières or “button holes”. There are a lot of associations for different colors of the flowers here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus#Symbolism –
Masculine, Sun, Fire. – Attract love or friendship, improve or deepen relationships. Promotes feeling of security and confidence. Worn by witches for protection during the “Burning Times”, adds energy and power when used during a ritual as an incense. Use in all-purpose protection spells. Gives strength and energy to the sick. Place fresh carnation on the altar during healing spells and add dried flowers to healing sachets and incenses. Burn to enhance creativity or to achieve balance. Use in bath spells.
- Carnation, Pink – Unforgettable. Mother Love
- Carnation, Purple – Whimsical and Changeable.
- Carnation, Red – Admiration. Accomplishment
- Carnation, White – Innocence and Pure Love.
- Carnation, Green – Homosexuality
- Carnation, Yellow – Good Cheer, Joy, “Just because….”
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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 7/18 at 10:33pm.
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.
Pluto reaches opposition at 3 P.M. EDT. The tiny world shines at magnitude 14.3 and is 3.07 billion miles (4.95 billion km) from Earth. Nestled close to Jupiter and Saturn in the sky, Pluto is visible all night, with the best viewing later in the evening and early into tomorrow morning, when it’s highest above the horizon. To find it, center bright Jupiter in your scope — you can’t miss it. Pluto is about 1.8° east-southeast of the gas giant, with a disk less than an arcsecond across. If you can spot it visually, it will simply appear as a dim, dull “star.” Imaging through larger scopes with even a simple digital camera should help reveal it. The New Horizons flyby, now five years ago, revolutionized our understanding of the dwarf planet. Although the spacecraft’s brief visit is long over, its data is still revealing new details, including the possibility that Pluto formed “hot” through collisions, rather than through “cold” material slowly building up over time in the outer solar system.
NEOWISE becomes an evening comet – Comet NEOWISE has been wowing morning observers, but by July 16, it’s also visible after sunset. You can find it in Lynx, just below the Big Dipper.
Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.8, and +0.1, respectively) are coming to opposition: Jupiter on the night of July 13th, Saturn on the 20th. They rise around sunset, loom low in the southeast in twilight, and climb as the evening grows late. Jupiter is brightest; Saturn is 7° to its lower left. Farther to Jupiter’s right, look for the Sagittarius Teapot. The two planets are highest around midnight. Keep up with the telescopic interplay of Jupiter with its moons and their shadows, and find the transit times of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, in the July Sky & Telescope, page 50.
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.
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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Most friction in life is caused by the tone of the voice.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. — Benjamin Franklin
~ Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit. – Conrad Hilton, Founder – Hilton Hotels
~ A person asked: “The permanent -what is it?” Joshu said: “That which is impermanent.” The person asked: “Why is the permanent impermanent?” Joshu said: “Life! Life!”
~ It’s not who you are…but what you do that defines you. – Batman Begins
~ Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. – Sir Isaac Newton
~ To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. – Joseph Chilton Pierce
Queen Anne, Queen Anne, has washed her lace
(She chose a summer’s day),
And hung it in a grassy place
To whiten, if it may.
Queen Anne, Queen Anne, has left it there,
And slept the dewy night;
Then waked, to find the sunshine fair,
And all the meadows white.
Queen Anne, Queen Anne, is dead and gone
(She died a summer’s day),
But left her lace to whiten on
Each weed-entangled way! – “Queen Anne’s Lace,” by Mary Leslie Newton; in “Silver Pennies,” Blanche Jennings Thompson, ed.; The Macmillan Company. 1925.
Comin thro’ the Rye
Silliness – To Help You Smile – My wife caught me looking at optical illusions instead of doing the yard-work. I said “it’s not what it looks like!”