Daily Stuff 7-1-21 Nag Panchami

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs Workshop re-starts Thursday 7/8 from 7-9pm.

That smoke plume has moved east of us, but it must be thick in the Valley. What rain there is should be done by sunrise. Cloudy and 59F, winds are calm, AQI 36-60, UV9. Chance of rain 36% today and 15% tonight. The forecast for the next 10 days is that same as was forecast for yesterday… until the rain showed up. Your guess is as good as mine….. highs mid-60’s and partly cloudy! It looks like the Cutoff fire is out, although there’s a firespot near Medford. The 4 other fires (Lovelett Corral, Joseph Canyon, Dry Creek and S-504) are unchanged, and WRENTHAM MARKET (over10000 Acres) is 38% contained. There are 6 firespots (including Medford) and RATTLESNAKE is at 1070 Acres, RYEGRASS 0444 PR is at 100 Acres and FINNIGAN 0408 RN at 1000 Acres.

garlic with bulbils and blossom

Fig tree

Yesterday just went. We didn’t get to bed until 11 (breakfast was my chowder bowl from the other night, broiled with cheese) and I was back up at 4pm with Tempus up just a bit later. After a snack of cottage cheese with a bit of jam and fresh raspberries we got to work. We have a compost bucket, now, and a very empty fridge, the laundry is all put away, most of the dishes clean, various towels changed out for clean, and supplies re-stocked, the front valance put up (still needs a curtain) and a bunch of other small chores taken care of. I even got the pantry filled, so we have more room in the cupboard for some of the cooking implements. The cover has to wait until my muslin shows up. We had brats, later.

Garlic blossom

That 9% chance of rain started as misty bits early on, but it was just enough to wet everything down and by evening 24% the streets were wet and Tempus was grumping about having to deal with the air fryer in the rain. I can’t handle it smoking indoors.


With the rain/drizzle I never got photos, it was too dark, but one of the good discoveries was that the bucket that I harvested the foxglove out of held one of the tiny fig trees that did make it! Right now there are carrots all around it, just tops to be harvested for stew. I’m hoping for some brighter weather today so I can get pix of the bean plants which are getting huge!


Today I don’t know if we’re getting home in the morning. If I understand right, today’s another try at getting the car window done. We’ll be open at 1pm. Tempus has errands to run, since a bunch of packages got to the PO yesterday. I have to check that stuff in, and do some filing, since that has built up to a scary volume. Bulk route in the evening….

6/23/20 Photo by Jamie Marie, Girl In Water Photography. Used with permission


Today’s feast is Nag Panchami, in honor of the Nagas. It is celebrated with sweets. swinging on swings, sisters doing nice things for brothers and snake worship.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naga_Panchami

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Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to
ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue,  to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort – Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Aries

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 . 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 7/5 at 6:17am.

Last Quarter Moon – Last Quarter Moon occurs July 1, meaning our satellite will be visible during daylight hours. – Bernal Saborio (Flickr)

Last-quarter Moon (exact at 2:11 p.m. PDT). The Moon rises around 1 a.m. tonight daylight-saving time, shining at the Cetus-Pisces border. Any time from then until early dawn, look high above the Moon for the Great Square of Pegasus standing on one corner. Over the next week and a half, our satellite will shrink as a waning crescent until it disappears at New Moon on the 9th.

3-30-21 – 8th-magnitude Nova in Cassiopeia. Nova Cassiopeiae 2021, now also known as V1405 Cassiopeiae, has faded a trace to about magnitude 8.1 as of March 26th, after it was discovered at 9.6 on March 18th and quickly peaked around 7.7. For finder charts and more info, see Bright Nova Erupts in Cassiopeia. Moonlight will give you trouble with binoculars, even large ones, but the moonlight will be gone from the early-evening sky starting on the 30th. To get a light curve with the most up-to-date brightness measurements, go to aavso.org and in “Pick a Star”, enter “V1405 Cas” and choose “Plot a light curve”. There, visual observers’ estimates are the open black circles, and photoelectric V magnitudes are the green squares. (You can see calendar dates instead of Julian Days using “Preferences”.) And where’s Cassiopeia itself? Catch it sinking in the north-northwest right after the end of twilight. Look early before it gets too low

Nova Cassiopeiae carries on… and on… It’s been 3½ months since Nova Cas 2021 erupted on March 19th to magnitude 7.7. Surprisingly, it has stayed roughly that bright ever since — except for swelling to 5.3, faint naked-eye visibility, for a week in May before dropping back to about 7.7. It’s been wavering slightly since then. As of June 24th it was still 7.6. The nova is moderately low in the north-northeast after dark depending on your latitude. It climbs higher later in the night. Charts and comparison stars.

…But not Nova Herculis. This one leapt up to 6.3 on June 12th and faded fast. As of June 24th it was down to 11.8 visually. See Bright Nova in Hercules on a Roller Coaster Ride.

It’s finally time to welcome planet Mercury back into the sky. The solar system’s smallest planet will now begin appearing about an hour before sunrise, rising in the east with the horns of Taurus the Bull. Half an hour before sunrise, Mercury is a scant 7° high, glowing at magnitude 0.8. It currently hangs about 9° east-northeast of ruddy Aldebaran, the eye of the Bull. Binoculars should show the tiny planet, whose disk spans 9″; however, take care to stop observing several minutes before sunrise at your location to avoid accidentally catching our star’s glare in your optics.

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 – White
Harves 7/1&2
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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
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                  Visible
Th   1      Low  12:40 AM     2.2   5:36 AM    Rise  1:11 AM      61
 ~    1     High   6:08 AM     5.6   9:04 PM     Set  1:18 PM
 ~    1     Low  12:37 PM     0.7
 ~    1     High   7:19 PM     6.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You were born an original, don’t die a copy.


Journal Prompt – Would you? – Would you rather be rich and famous or just rich? Why?



~   Beauty, truth, friendship, love, creation – these are the great values of life. We can’t prove them, or explain them, yet they are the most stable things in our lives. – Jesse Herman Holmes
~   Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance. – Václav Havel, Czech playwright, human rights campaigner and president, born on October 5, 1936; from ‘Letter to Czechoslovakian leader Alexander Dubcek’ (August 1969)
~   Good works are links that form a chain of love.  – Mother Teresa
~   Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, – Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. – William Congreve; ibid, Act 3, Scene 2

Cool in the very furnace of July
The water-meadows lie;
The green stalks of their grasses and their flowers
They still refresh at fountains never dry. –John Drinkwater (1882–1937)


Lughnasadh Magick – Lammas, or Teltane

Lammas, or Teltane is a cross-quarter day midway between summer solstice and fall equinox. Although the days are still long, the sun rises later and sets earlier. The rhythm of the earth is shifting and energies are beginning to draw inward. To ensure the balance between sun and earth energies necessary for a successful harvest, the ancient Celts celebrated a ritual marriage between earth and sun, male and female, each Teltane. Likewise, August is a time for us to bring about balance between our male and female aspects so that we can harvest the fruitfulness of our souls.


Great Spirit, I give thanks for the celestial harmony which turns the cosmic wheel this cross-quarter day. My energy, like Mother Earth’s, is beginning to draw inward. Yet I am aware that it is still a season of outgoing activity. May I find balance by aligning with the energies of earth and sky, sun and moon, male and female, through whose dance all creation comes into being.

Take a few letting-go breaths and mindfully feel your way into the place of inner stillness. Sense the energy of Mother Earth. Sense the energy of Father Sun. Weave them together in the meditation of bridging earth and heaven, simultaneously inhaling both energies into your heart, then exhaling their union back out into creation. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002

Teltane — Celebrate! – https://medium.com/the-story-hall/teltane-celebrate-a8dd4db3862a [Anja’s note – Beautiful pix with this article! Go visit! By Hawkeye Pete Egan B., Aug 1, 2017

Happy Teltane, everyone!

Today is the ancient Celtic celebration known as Teltane. It is a cross-quarter day, as we reach the halfway point between the Summer Solstice and the Autumnal Equinox. Although the days are still long, the sun rises later and sets earlier. The rhythm of the earth is shifting, and energies are beginning to draw inward. To ensure the balance between sun and earth energies necessary for a successful harvest, the ancient Celts celebrated a ritual marriage between earth and sun, male and female.

 “Even as the fullness of the Sun hung heavy in the summer sky, our ancestors noticed that each succeeding day saw the Sun rising later and setting earlier. As an assurance that the Sun would retain its power until the harvest was complete, the Celts celebrated a ritual marriage on this day between Lugh, the Sun, and Eire, the Earth. This cosmic mating of the male and female energies was vital to the maintenance of harmony and abundance.

“We have seen in our time the effects of imbalance of yin and yang. The restoration of this harmony and abundance in our lives and on our planet is a sacred task that each of us must shoulder. The male and female in each of us must learn to love itself, and, from that, to love the other.

 “On Teltane, or Lammas, or Lughnassad, Lugh, the Celtic god of Light buried his foster mother Tailltiu beneath a great mound in Ireland. This signifies the withdrawal of the Mother Goddess into the earth in preparation for the falling seeds that will need her care if they are to germinate in winter.” (From The Essene Book of Days by Danaan Parry © Earthstewards Network Publications, Bainbridge Island WA)

I pay attention to the cycles of the seasons, and like to note the ways that different cultures recognized and honored them. For me, it’s important to remember these things. It’s one of the little ways that helps me to realize there’s always a lot more to this life than the appearances; that cycles far beyond the reach of mass media and the news cycle have an impact on us.

I choose to tune into these more natural cycles, rather than the hideous news cycle. I mean, really, how much more news about the current administration can I really take? I choose to not pay it much mind, nor to feed the cycles of hatred, the self-smug notion that “my side is right, and yours is nuts”.

I don’t need any of that. None of it does a damn thing for my soul. Like Pete Townsend once wrote — “I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution, take a bow for the new revolution, smile and grin at the change all around me, pick up my guitar and play, just like yesterday, and then I’ll get on my knees and pray, we don’t get fooled again”.

No, I’d rather celebrate Teltane today. I’d rather celebrate life. Today, I celebrate health, the seasons, nature, life, and wish everyone I know, and those I don’t, an abundant and glorious day.

Ain’t it just grand just to be alive?

Originally published at cowbird.com


Silliness – Punny Thought – If you’ve never tried blindfolded archery.. you don’t know what you’re missing!

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