Daily Stuff 8-1-20 Lughnasadh

Hi, folks!

Featured photo Mark Nessel. Minus Tide at 5:56 AM of -1.2 feet. The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday.

It’s overcast, but not particularly foggy, despite what the computer says, and where did those green rain splotches on the map come from? 60% chance of rain, around sunrise? Highs around 60F   56F, winds are calm, AQI24, UV8. 60% chance of rain early, then dropped to 6% by 9am.  and 20% tonight. AFter this morning the 10-day forecast is the same as it’s been, more sun than cloud, but there’s a slight chance of rain again on Monday and then Thursday. Odd for August, but it’s that early morning rain that happens sometimes.

Yesterday I didn’t try to be out front at all. I’m hitting that stage where I’m finally better enough to know that I’m sick and miserable. That’s not a bad thing, because I recognize it, but it makes me want to bite something…. At least I can finally sleep, and I may have caught up, but still….. …and I’m getting really sick of salal tea…. So I spent some time cooking. If Tempus was going to get what I have he would have already, so I just did some for us. First a cake, then a chicken and tomato dish.

Tempus did have to close for a bit to go get his check, but otherwise he was in the shop. It was slow during the day, but picked up in the late afternoon. Some decent sales…. not summer numbers, not hardly, but we’re getting by. Winter is going to be interesting this year….

We’ll be open from 1pm on today, no clue how long Tempus is planning on staying open. I’m hoping to keep working on the table runner which was most of the embroidery that I got done today.

A green flash! Photo from 7/31/15 by Mark Nessel of the green flash from Yachats.

lughnasadh harvesting cornToday’s Feast is Lughnasadh, the “funeral games of Lugh”. It doesn’t mean that Lugh (light) is dead, but that he celebrated these games in honor of his mother, Tailtiu, who gave her body to become the earth beneath our feet. The Perseid meteor shower is associated with this festival, since meteors were sometimes called “lances of light” and lance-throwing was a feature of funeral games. This is celebrated all through the British Isles and in pagan custom as the first harvest, the wheat harvest, and many seemingly unrelated customs have been associated with it.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lughnasadh In the British Isles many fairs happen at this time of year. The feature of one in Ireland is a candy called, “Yellowman”.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowman_(confectionary)

063014 salalToday’s Plant is SalalGaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant.  – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal

Today’s plant

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 8/3 at 8:59am.  Waxing Gibbous Moon From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 8/1 at 8:59pm. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 8/4 at 8:59pm.


Billy Hunt – Not exactly the coast, but, vintage Oregon. Comet Neowise, Crater Lake, Jul 19, Used with permission

We’ve now entered the tail end of the Alpha Capricornid and Delta Aquiariid meteor showers, both of which peaked overnight July 28/29. However, you might still spot sporadic shower meteors over the next few days, particularly in the early morning hours between moonset and sunrise.
Another nighttime sight that’s winding down is Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE). The comet is about 50° high at sunset, although you’ll likely need to wait for the sky to darken before you can find it. It’s currently in the west-southwest, sailing through the constellation Coma Berenices. Observers report the comet is now magnitude 4, meaning it’s barely visible to the naked eye under good conditions. NEOWISE’s fuzzy coma and tail require binoculars or a small scope to really pick out, while stacked or long-exposure images will offer the best views.

On August 1st, the almost-full Moon shines with just-past-full Jupiter and Saturn. The Moon and planets appear full when they’re at opposition: opposite the Sun as seen from Earth. But planets move westward with respect to your landscape as the year revolves, while the Moon moves east from night to night. So, when the Moon and an outer planet appear near each other in the sky, one is on its way to its opposition and the other is past its opposition.
Another way to put this: Planets near a waxing Moon are always past opposition. Planets near a waning Moon are always on their way to opposition.

The nearly full Moon this evening forms a triangle with Jupiter and Saturn, more or less as shown above. These sky scenes are always drawn exact for a viewer at latitude 40° north, longitude 90° west: near the middle of North America. They’re close enough for the rest of the continent, but don’t expect perfection if you’re in Boston or Florida or California.
The Moon passes 1.5° south of Jupiter at 5 P.M. PDT. You can find the pair already in the southeastern sky at sunset, rising higher as twilight fades. They’re located in Sagittarius, with Saturn nearby. The ringed planet glows at magnitude 0.2 and sits less than 8° due east of magnitude –2.7 Jupiter. With the Moon brightening the sky, it will be difficult to seek out fainter targets, so take some time tonight to enjoy the giant planets through binoculars or a telescope. For most of the night, only three of Jupiter’s largest moons are visible: Io, Ganymede, and Callisto. Europa is obscured first by the planet itself and then by its large shadow. The icy moon fully reappears around 1:45 A.M. E.D.T. on the 2nd. Given the glare, it may be difficult to see most of Saturn’s moons. The largest and brightest — Titan — may stand out roughly 1.5′ northeast of the planet’s center. Additionally, focus on Saturn’s gorgeous rings; see if you can spot the dark Cassini division that separates the two brightest rings, A and B.
Tiny Pluto is also nearby; it’s sitting roughly between Jupiter and Saturn, less than 3.5° east-southeast of Jupiter. At magnitude 14.6 it’s a serious challenge requiring a large scope or a camera, particularly with the bright Moon so close.Today is Lammas Day or Lughnasadh, one of the four traditional “cross-quarter” days midway between the solstices and the equinoxes. Sort of. Over the centuries since this tradition took root in Europe, the calendar drifted with respect to Earth’s position in its orbit. So in 2020, the midpoint between the June solstice and the September equinox actually falls on August 5th, at 10:08 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (17:08 UT). That minute is the exact center-balance of astronomical summer: the very top of the circle of the year (as defined by the astronomical seasons, in the Northern Hemisphere.)
Mercury glimmers low in the east-northeast during dawn. It’s bright, growing from magnitude –0.9 to –1.3 this week, but it gets a little lower each morning. Look for it about 30° lower left of brilliant Venus.

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)
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1

Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.

Sun in Leo
Moon in Capricorn
Jupiter (9/12), Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Retrograde
Color: Blue

©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

Sa   1      Low   5:56 AM    -1.2   6:04 AM     Set  3:45 AM      90
~     1     High  12:33 PM     6.1   8:41 PM    Rise  7:50 PM
~     1      Low   5:41 PM     2.7
~     1     High  11:33 PM     8.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Use Your imagination.


Journal Prompt – What is? – What’s the most difficult part about being you?



~   My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the keys to my destiny. – Elain Maxwell
~   A Lawyer will do anything to win a case, sometimes he will even tell the truth. – Patrick Murray
~   We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. – Anais Nin
~   The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. – Linus Pauling

All Nature helps to swell the song
And chant the same refrain;
July and June have slipped away
And August’s here again. –Helen Maria Winslow (1851–1938)


Lughnasadh Magick – August Lore

WHAT IS THE FLOWER FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST? – August’s bright, showy flowers capture the essence of sunny, late summer days. The August birth flowers are the gladiolus and the poppy.

August Birth Month Flower: The Gladiolus

  • The gladiolus, or ‘sword lily,’ represents remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation.
  • Gladiolus indicates that the heart is being “pierced with love.”


August Birth Month Flower: The Poppy – The other August flower is the poppy.

  • A red poppy signifies pleasure;
  • A white poppy is given for consolation; and,
  • A yellow poppy wishes wealth and success.

SOURCE: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

AUGUST BIRTHSTONE: COLOR AND MEANING by Martie Majoros – August’s birthstone, the peridot, symbolizes strength. – The largest peridot ever found weighs 319 carats. You can see it in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

AUGUST BIRTHSTONE COLOR – It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color. It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele.


  • Peridot has been found in volcanic lava in Hawaii and in meteorites that have fallen to Earth.
  • In the 1700s, a meteorite that landed in Siberia contained many peridot crystals that were large enough to be used for jewelry.
  • When set in gold, this gem was said to protect the wearer from nightmares.
  • Peridot is believed to help depression. If you dream that you find a peridot while digging in the garden, you will have an unexpected visitor.

SOURCE:  The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Month of August – August is named to honor the first Roman emperor and grandnephew of Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar.

Lammas Day – This observance, traditionally observed on August 1, marked the beginning of the harvest, and especially celebrated the first wheat crop, or that of corn. It derives from the ancient English festival the Gule of August, a pagan dedication of the first fruits that the early English church later converted to Christian usage. On Lammas Day, loaves of bread were baked from the first-ripened grain and brought to the churches to be consecrated. The word “lammas” comes from the Old English hlaf, “loaf,” and maesse, “mass” or “feast.” Through the centuries, “loaf-mass” became corrupted in spelling and pronunciation to Lammas.

To the Celts, this was Lughnasaid, the feast of the wedding of the Sun god and the Earth goddess, and also a harvest festival. In Ireland, baskets of blueberries are still offered to a sweetheart in commemoration of the original fertility festival. In Scotland, the Lammastide fairs became famous for trial marriages that could be ended without question after a year.

Much lore is associated with this day, including this proverb: After Lammas Day, corn ripens as much by night as by day.

SOURCE:  The Old Farmer’s Almanac


Silliness – To Help You Smile – I saw my daughter wearing an old watch of mine.
I asked “Does it tell the correct time?”.
She said “no, you have to look at it.”

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