Daily Stuff 7-19-20 Mary Rose

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Josh Orkin. Minus Tide at 6:43 AM of -1.2 feet. The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday. House Capuchin’s Virtual Project Day from 1-5pm. Virtual Potluck from 6-8pm!

It’s partly cloudy and foggy near water. 50F, wind at 0-2 mph, AQI30, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Today we should have sun and a good capful of wind in the afternoon. The fog will probably repeat tonight and tomorrow but then we should have just partly cloudy weather for a few days and then go to all sunny and clear!

Yesterday was a little nerve-wracking, mostly because I was trying to get newsletter frames done (there’s a good reason to not do them on Saturday) in between customers, clean-up and other things. I finally was finished at about 5:30. I’m not complaining about customers! We had people from as far away as Portland, in fact, most were from the Valley. One was a lady in a wheelchair (spina bifida) that I’ve only ever seen online! Sentila stopped by with a bag of salad, bread and some kind of sweet, bless her! I had been craving salad, but hadn’t had the time to actually do anything about it. …and it was a delicious loaf of a beer and olive bread.

We *finally* managed to get to the fridge clean-out that’s been needed for awhile. Late in the afternoon, pushing suppertime, nobody was coming in, so we got to work. Man, that takes awhile, especially with washing shelves and such. Arthur posted a fan video for the Timbers. Sioned tried to eat the cane. 🙂

Jeffrey (honey man) stopped by for his payment and we chatted for a bit. He’s worried over the COVID numbers going up again, too. It had gotten pretty windy during the afternoon. He was having some trouble with it with his booth and things trying to fly. We were having trouble with things flying off of the bulletin board.

I got a nap and when I got up we kept going on the fridge until it was all sorted out. Tempus ran load after load of dishes and I put things away. I pulled some things that needed to be soup and got that set up and then we had supper. We still have one last batch of things that need to be dumped and washed, but we’ll get those first thing today. …and I need to spend time emptying the dishwasher again. We stopped with that last batch because there wasn’t any more room!

Tempus was dozy after that. I curled up with a book and embroidery and waited for it to be time for him to head to Newport, which happened just past 1:30.

Flower! This is a plant that looked completely dead back in September, so we trimmed back.

Today is our “different” day. It’s Project Day, so I have the pouch to finish that I’ve been pecking at for awhile and some embroidery. Tempus has some needles to finish and sanding on some wooden animals. It’s also the Virtual Potluck, so I’m going to be working in back quite a bit. We have a number of dishes ready to go and there’s the soup, but I need to plate things and get photos. Once we’re done eating it’s going to be *nice* to just drop things into the dishwasher, which means they might get put away, right away.

Photo by Josh Orkin on 7-11-20 Used with permission.


Today’s Feast is in honor of the sinking of the Mary Rose in 1545 in a naval battle. <<<< She was a ship of the English navy in the time of Henry VIII. A contemporary account says that she turned and a gust of wind hit that heeled her over and she took on enough water through open gunports to sink her! (although there’s some argument about whether it happened that


way.) There has been a marvelous project to conserve and restore the ship, <<<<< begun in 1971. In 1982 the ship was raised and extensive work has been done since, including building a museum specifically for the ship, the many artifacts it contained and what is known about the times. There is a museum website with a lot of information here: www.maryrose.org and a Facebook page, “Mary Rose Museum”.


Today’s plant is the Cobra LilyDarlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.

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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 7/20 at 10:33am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 10:33am on 7/20. 

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) has now established itself as a fine early-evening object. At sunset tonight, it is nearly 25° above the northwestern horizon for observers at northern latitudes. It’s still about 16.5° high an hour later. Currently observed to be magnitude 1.6, its fuzzy, 2.3′-wide coma and perhaps a bit of its fainter tail may be visible to the naked eye from a dark location. To really bring out the comet’s beauty, you’ll want binoculars or a small scope. Look for it about 23° west (below) Merak, the star that marks the lower righthand corner of the Big Dipper’s cup. The comet will continue to appear higher each night relative to the day before, traveling upward to slide beneath the cup of the Big Dipper. Its closest approach to Earth is still upcoming on July 23, when it passes within 64.1 million miles (103.2 million kilometers) of our planet.

The Summer Triangle meets the Milky Way – The three bright stars of the Summer Triangle occupy the upper left section of this stunning portrait of the summer Milky Way. Brilliant Vega appears near the top of the image, while Deneb lies to its lower left in the Milky Way’s plane and Altair to the lower right, just below our galaxy’s disk. The photographer captured the scene above Lake Alqueva in Portugal’s Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve. – Miguel Claro

After nightfall, spot Altair in the east-southeast. It’s the second-brightest star on the whole eastern side of the sky, after Vega high to its upper left. Above Altair by a finger-width at arm’s length is little orange Tarazed. A bit more than a fist to Altair’s left or lower left is little Delphinus, the Dolphin, leaping leftward.
In honor of the recent images released by Solar Orbiter, consider trying your hand at solar observing today — with the right equipment, of course. A specialized solar filter or solar scope can reveal features including sunspots and prominences, while using solar projection can allow you to sketch sunspots just as Galileo did. (For a great tutorial on solar projection, check out this 2009 column by Astronomy contributor Glenn Chaple.)
Regardless of how you choose to observe the Sun, always observe safely. Never look directly at the Sun with or without a telescope unless you have a properly rated filter or other specialized protective equipment. Even then, remember that elements such as your finder scope are not filtered and don’t use them to center your scope.

Jupiter on its opposition date, July 14th, imaged by Christopher Go in the Philippines. South is up. The Great Red Spot has barely come around the following (celestial east) limb. Blue festoons in the Equatorial Zone have merged to form a great blue patch. Writes Go, “The North Equatorial Belt shows chaotic upheaval; complex rifts and outbreaks.” The South Equatorial Belt is quieter, though a bright line of cloud along its center divides it in two.

Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.8 and +0.1, respectively) are at opposition this month: Jupiter on the night of July 13th, Saturn on the 20th. So they rise around sunset, loom low in the southeast in twilight, and climb higher 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 in the south around midnight. Keep up with the telescopic interplay of Jupiter with its moons and their shadows, and find all 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

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Cancer
Jupiter (9/12), Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Retrograde
Color: Amber

Planting 5/18-19

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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.

Holm Oak

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.

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Su  19      Low   6:43 AM    -1.2   5:50 AM    Rise  4:33 AM      4
~    19     High   1:19 PM     6.0   8:54 PM     Set  8:34 PM
~    19      Low   6:24 PM     2.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – More life, less rush.


Journal Prompt – What? – What effects does watching violence have on people?



~   It is better to be true to what you believe, though that be wrong, than to be false to what you believe, even if that belief is correct. – Anna Howard Shaw, American preacher, physician and suffragist
~   A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Forgiving creates a new way to remember. – L Smedes
~   Plunge boldly into the thick of life. – Goethe
~   Hope is patience with the lamp lit. – Tertullian

this is the garden: colours come and go,
frail azures fluttering from night’s outer wing
strong silent greens serenely lingering,
absolute lights like baths of golden snow. –e e cummings (1894–1962)


Lughnasadh Magick – Chants/Prayers

Prayer for Lughnasadh

Now is the time of the First Harvest,
when the bounties of nature give of themselves so that we may survive.
O God of the ripening fields,
Lord of the Grain,
grant me the understanding of sacrifice as You prepare to deliver Yourself under the sickle of the Goddess and journey to the lands of eternal summer.
O Goddess of the Dark Moon,
teach me the secrets of rebirth as the Sun loses its strength and the nights grow cold. – Scott Cunningham

Ashes to Ashes, dust to dust
We shall go as we can and do as we must.
The body may die but the Spirit is Free
To do greater wonders, so mote it be!

Ashes to ashes, clay to clay
We shall seek for our center and find our own way
The flesh may be blind but the Spirit can see
The Gods within all, so mote it be!

Ashes to ashes, sand to sand,
We will use all our talents to heal our great land
The flesh may be weak, but the Spirit in me
Is full with Her blessings, so mote it be!

*Perform as a chant, begin as a whisper and increase the volume as the collective level of energy grows.

Stand in the Fields Spell – August 8th, 2006 – Color of the day: Red  – Incense of the day: Juniper

One of the most important steps to civilization was the invention of agriculture, especially the cultivation of grain. Over time, our ancestors changed the plants they grew. Corn and barley shaped the new world. Here is a song in praise of grain, at a time when it stands tall in fields yet is still vulnerable to all sorts of hazards before the harvest.

Standing in the fields
Blue corn and green,
Mother and maid-
Standing in the meadow
Awaiting the blade.
Sing of the old ones,
Who were before we were born.
Sing of the scarecrow
And John Barleycorn.
Bow to the east wind,
And feed from the Sun.
Bow to the west wind;
The rain has begun.
Bow to the north wind,
Which brings winter’s cold.
Bow to the south wind,
As green turns to gold.
Honor ancestors,
The proud and the plain.
Pray for the farmers
Who bring in the grain. – By: Elizabeth Barrette


Silliness – To Help You Smile – My dog can predict when an earthquake is going to happen. But television doorbell versus actual doorbell baffles him every time.

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