Minus Tide at11:03 AM of -0.9 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs Workshop re-starts Thursday 7/8 from 7-9pm.
There’s some high cloud making veils across the sky, but it’s thickening again. 54F, winds are calm, AQI 8-23, UV9. Chance of rain 9% today and 24% tonight. It should be partly cloudy again today with a high around 63F. …and that’s the forecast for each of the next 10 days! There’s a smoke plume blowing up from the fires in the Mt. Shasta area. It’s reached to just south of Florence. Nothing much new on the fires in our state, but there are 3 new firespots.
Yesterday was just…. long…. Heading in to town I saw a bunch of ducks on the Eckman Lake shore and one very large bird. Odd-looking. It wasn’t until we were even with them that I realized it was a pile of ducklings!
The shop was pretty busy, but Tempus was gone from the time we finished our coffee until past 5:30. I know it’s 45 miles up and back to Thyme Garden, but that was way longer than I anticipated. …and then he had things he still wanted to do before we got home…. cutting the weeds in the parking lot, for one.
Once we were home, he realized that he had forgotten my purse and basket and the extension cord that he needed for the air fryer, so back he went. I cooked up a batch of veg … ate some … cut up the watermelon … ate some … Got icing on the cake and got that put by … and he still wasn’t back, so I cooked up a batch of meatballs, got a 2nd helping of the veg and then went to bed. I’m not sure what took him so long, but when I woke around midnight he was soundly asleep.
It had clouded up late the afternoon, but when we headed back down-river tonight the sky was clear. The Moon wasn’t very high, yet, and Her light was soft on the river. It was 56 by the phone company thermometer and very quiet, which was welcome after the heavy traffic on the highway during the day.
Today being our weekend, once we’re home we’ll probably sleep late. I have plants to get into their pots and watering to do, but before we even head home I want to get a few nasturtium seeds into the planters at the shop, because those plants are getting kinda old. I have a long list of things to accomplish at home, mostly still putting up hooks and getting things into place, but I also want to load the pantry, so that we can put pots and pans and such away.
Tonight is the bulk route in the evening, so I’ll be back in town a little early, whether or not I go with Tempus to do some shopping.
Today’s feast is for Petosiris, called Ankhefenkhons, who was the high priest of Thoth at Hermopolis and held various priestly degrees in the service of Sakhmet, Khnum, Amen-Re and Hathor. The son of Sishu and Nefer-renpet, he lived in the second half of the 4th century BCE under Persian rule. In his tomb inscriptions (his tomb is in the necropolis at Tuna el-Gebel) he prided himself on having restored the fortunes of the temples in which he served. There is a pseudepigraphic onomantic text, Petosiris to Nechepso, and it is possible that the priestly Petosiris described in this article is the inspiration for the attribution of authorship. Nechepso lived in the 7th century BC and that the text is likely 2nd century BC. http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/texts/petosiris.htm
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
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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 7/9 at 6:17pm. 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 7/1 at 2:11pm .
This is the time of year when, after dark, the dim Little Dipper floats straight upward from Polaris — like a helium balloon on a string, escaped from some summer-evening party. Through light pollution, however, all you may see of the Little Dipper are Polaris at its bottom and Kochab, the lip of the Little Dipper’s bowl, at the top.
An hour or two after sunset, Ursa Major is balanced on her front paws and above her head is a pair of galaxies not to be missed. M81 and M82 are two relatively nearby spirals with a history — following a close pass several hundred million years ago, both galaxies underwent gravitational effects that caused them to begin forming vast quantities of stars. Today, the two appear about 35′ apart on the sky (slightly greater than the diameter of the Full Moon) and you can capture both in a low-power eyepiece or perhaps even your finder scope.
M81, also called Bode’s Galaxy after its discoverer, Johann Bode, is a tightly wound spiral galaxy. M82, also called the Cigar Galaxy, appears long and thin (like its namesake) because we are seeing it edge-on. Despite the fact that M81 is brighter, M82 is often easier to see because its light is more concentrated, meaning it has a higher surface brightness.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is low in the east before dawn begins.
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
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR JUNE 2021: SEE THE STARS MOVE – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-see-stars-move
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Retrograde
Color – Red
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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 29 High 4:07 AM 7.1 5:35 AM Rise 12:26 AM 80
~ 29 Low 11:03 AM -0.9 9:05 PM Set 11:05 AM
~ 29 High 5:46 PM 6.7
~ 29 Low 11:33 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Being focused in the moment allows you to release the fear of the future and the guilt of the past.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about one of your first away-from-home experiences.
~ Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. – Aleister Crowley
~ God bless … God damn. – Last words (attrib.) of James Thurber ), American humorist who died on November 2, 1961
~ He pulled off his pistols and got up on a chair to dust off some picture frames, and I drew my pistol and shot him. – Bob Ford quoted by Triplett at the inquest into the death of Jesse James
~ I am determined to solve (1) the Danzig question; (2) the question of the Corridor; and (3) to see to it that a change is made in the relationship between Germany and Poland that shall ensure a peaceful co-existence. – Adolph Hitler, speech before the Reichstag, Berlin, September 1, 1939 Source
Warm in December, cold in June, you say?
I don’t suppose the water’s changed at all.
You and I know enough to know it’s warm
Compared with cold, and cold compared with warm.
But all the fun’s in how you say a thing. – Robert Frost (1874–1963)
Magick – A NYC Taxi driver wrote:
I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.
After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.
There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.
‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.
She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.
She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her.. ‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.’
‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown?’
‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly..
‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ‘I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice.. ‘The doctor says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.
We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.
Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘I’m tired.Let’s go now’.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse.
‘Nothing,’ I said
‘You have to make a living,’ she answered.
‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.
‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said. ‘Thank you.’
I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life..
I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?
On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.
We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.
But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Q:What’s the best part about living in Switzerland? Beats me- but the flag’s a big plus.