Daily Stuff 7-2-21 Midpoint Day/Beachcombers’

Hi, folks!

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

Overcast and 60F, wind at 1-6mph and gusting, AQI 43, UV9. Chance of rain 8% today and 16% tonight. Pollen high. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 2pm today to 2am Saturday. The 10-day forecast is still the same: partly cloudy, highs in the mid 60’s, lows in the mid-50’s with maybe a touch more sun and a couple of degrees higher as we get in the next weekend. The smoke plume from the CA fires and from a couple of our own is covering pretty much from the Coast Range East, except for parts of the Valley closer to Portland. It looks like the Lost Creek fire is out. S503, Joseph Canyon, Finnegan, Ryegrass and Rattlesnake are pretty much unchanged. Lovelet Corral is 30% contained. Wrentham is down to 7222 Acres and is 78% contained. Sunset Valley, Bologna and Black Mountain are all new fires, none large, and there are 6 new firespots.

We had to make an emergency bank run yesterday morning that threw things off. We ended up not going home. It was a day that *really* needed coffee as we were about to open. The phone was ringing 15 minutes before that, but we were open on time.

I started with mail and messages as usual, then went on to some paperwork before Tempus finally was out doing errands. He brought a whole stack of mail and packages back from the PO, so that was my job for the rest of the day and I have a few pieces that still need assembled/tagged sitting on my desk.

My artichoke plant from 2013. It didn’t survive being transplanted.

We weren’t all that busy, but it was fairly steady. I did set up a new set of signage, because the first 6 people through the door were all unmasked. Tempus had to clean the table, though, so I could laminate and that didn’t happen until suppertime. We had meatballs with peas, corn and mushrooms for supper and then Tempus took off for the bulk route.

I’ve spent some time reading and a bit, writing. Beachcombers starts this evening. I put the schedule in below. I have this to do and a bit more laminating and I still have some cooking to start, if I have the energy.

Today Tempus is trying again on the car window, after that he has a bunch of errands to run and I totally spaced until just now that he needs a shopping list and I didn’t print it. Gah…. We don’t know if he’s going to get back before opening time or not, but he does have a long list of stuff to get, since it’s only this every-other-week thing when he can bring frozen stuff home. We’ll probably close on time, to go home to get some sleep, rather than doing the Beachcombers activities…although we’d like to. <sigh>

Robin with worms – Photo by Ronald Breeze on 6/23/20 Used with permission

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Today is Midpoint Day! According to Wikipedia, “July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 182 days remaining until the end of the year. This day is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years, and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon. In countries that use summer time the actual exact time of the midpoint in a common year is at 1:00 p.m.; this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. This is due to summer time having advanced the time by one hour. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year’s Day in common years.”

Strawberries

Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis  Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 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.

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Mars and Venus mingle all month – Mars and Venus share the same region of sky all month, coming closest in mid-July. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly & Kellie Jaeger

This month, there’s a race between Venus and Mars in the post-sunset sky. Over the next few weeks, you’ll see Venus overtake Mars as they skim across Cancer and end the month within the bounds of Leo the Lion.

Venus and Mars point a line to Regulus in the western twilight. The stars of the Beehive, behind Venus this evening, are way too faint to be plotted. But they’re there. . .

Venus shines low in the west-northwest during twilight, with vastly fainter Mars now just 6° to its upper left. They set before twilight’s end. Venus hardly moves now with respect to your landscape from week to week, but its background stars are sliding right along, toward the lower right.

Jupiter, Moon, and M44 rising – The moon rises alongside Jupiter and the Beehive Cluster in this 2014 shot. – Jeff Sullivan (Flickr)

Tonight, brilliant Venus (magnitude –3.9) lies within the northern regions of the stunning Beehive Cluster in the center of Cancer, also known as Praesepe and M44. There is a bit of time to enjoy the sight before they set around 10 P.M. local time, and binoculars or any small scope should net you a great view, especially if you’ve got a clear, dark western horizon. Astrophotographers will especially want to capture the scene. Try binoculars or a wide-field scope — but this will be a difficult observation if it’s possible at all! You’ll have to catch the narrow time window between the sky being too bright and Venus and the Beehive getting too low and setting. That window may or may not exist, depending on your optics, the sharpness of your eyes for faint stars in twilight, and the clarity of the air.

Just over 6° east of Venus sits Mars, glowing at a fainter magnitude 1.8. The Red Planet spans roughly 4″ — a small but still rewarding target in binoculars or a telescope.

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 – Rose
Harvest 7/1&2
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                  Visible
F    2      Low   1:49 AM     1.8   5:37 AM    Rise  1:31 AM      51
~     2     High   7:20 AM     4.9   9:04 PM     Set  2:21 PM
~     2      Low   1:26 PM     1.3
~     2     High   8:04 PM     6.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – No intention of ours, no matter how noble it may be, is any better or stronger than our ability to remember it!

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Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – What do you like most about yourself? What do you like least about yourself? Explain your answers.

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Quotes

~   Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him. – Samuel Johnson
~   Every man must get to Heaven his own way. – Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, born on January 24, 1712
~   Fair weather first day of September, fair for the month. – English traditional saying
~   Growth, in some curious way, I suspect, depends on being always in motion just a little bit, one way or another. – Norman Mailer

A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip—
Builders of life’s companionship!
Oh, I envy them, as I see them there
Under the sky in the open air. – Edgar Guest (1881–1959)

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Lughnasadh Magick – Crafts

Lughnasadh Incense Recipe
2 tsp Heather
1 tsp Frankincense
1 tsp Apple Blossoms
1/4 tsp Blackberry leaves
1/4 tsp wood base
1/8 tsp salt petre

Self-burning, no charcoal needed. Do place on sand to burn. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002

Corn Husk Herbal Sachet

During the late summer, particularly around the Lammas season, corn is in abundance. It’s everywhere, and if you’ve ever picked fresh corn straight from the fields, you know how delicious it tastes! When you pick your own corn – or even if you buy it from your local farmer’s market – you typically have to figure out what to do with all those leftover husks. You can use them to make a corn dolly or a husk chain if you like. Another great way to use them is by making corn husk herb sachets.

You’ll Need

  • Several corn husks
  • Dried herbs of your choice
  • A hot glue gun

Not sure which herbs to use? Check out our list of Herbal Correspondences.

Weave the Husks – Trim the ends off the husks, and cut them into strips – I find that about 1/2” – 3/4” in width is the most manageable size. Weave several strips together as shown in the photo (I used five going in each direction, for a total of ten). Once you’ve created a square, use your hot glue gun to anchor the stray edges into place, so you have a nice even edge.

Add Your Herbs – Fold the square in half and glue the short sides together, creating a small pocket. Fill the pouch with herbs of your choice, and then hot glue the long open edge closed.

To give your sachet some magical mojo, select herbs based upon purpose and intent:

  • Healing: Apple blossomlavender, fennel, chamomile, sandalwood, wintergreen, peppermint
  • Money/prosperity: Bay leaf, basil, chamomile, Buckeye, myrtle, apple, sunflower, pennyroyal
  • Love: Allspice, apple blossom, catnip, lavender, clove, yarrow, marjoram, basil.
  • Strength: Oak, acorns, bay leaf, thistle, yarrow.

Once your glue has dried you can place these sachets around your house or in your drawers. The corn husks will dry naturally, and you’ll be left with scented woven packets. If you like, decorate them with a pretty ribbon, some berries, or other seasonal items.

Make Your Own Smudge Sticks

Smudging is a great way to cleanse a sacred space, and most people use smudge sticks made of sweetgrass or sage for this purpose. Although they are available commercially—and are fairly inexpensive—it’s easy to make your own if you’ve got herbs growing in your garden, or if there’s a place nearby where you can go wildcrafting.

You’ll Need

  • Scissors or garden clippers
  • Cotton string
  • Plants such as sage, mugwort, rosemarylavender, or juniper

Cut off pieces of the plants in lengths about 6 – 10 inches long. For more leafy plants, you can make the pieces shorter, but you may want to use a longer piece for a plant that has fewer leaves.

Bundle Your Herbs – Cut a length of string about five feet long. Put several branches together so that the cut ends are all together, and the leafy ends are all together. Wind the string tightly around the stems of the bundle, leaving two inches of loose string where you began. You can use any kind of herbs you like.

Although the use of wrapped smudge sticks is generally attributed to Native American cultures and practices, the burning of fragrant herbs in a ritual context is found in numerous societies throughout history. Herbs were burned in ancient Egypt, and the practice is recorded and documented in a tablet inscription that has been dated back to 1500 b.c.e. Many eastern spiritual systems, including HinduismBuddhism, and Shinto, utilize burning herbs – either loose or as compacted incense – in ritual practice. For the ancient Greeks, smudging was included in rituals to contact the dead, and often was used in tandem with ritual fasting.

Wrap the remaining length of string around the base of the branches several times to secure it. Then, gradually, work your way along the length of branches until you reach the leafy end. Return the string back up to the stems, creating a bit of a criss-cross pattern. You’ll want to wind the string tightly enough that nothing gets loose, but not so tight that it cuts off pieces of the plants.

When you get back to the stems, tie the remainder of the string to the 2″ loose piece you left at the beginning. Trim off any excess pieces so that the ends of your smudge stick are even.

Dry Your Smudge Sticks – Place the bundle outside or hang it up for drying. Depending on what type of herb you used, and how humid your weather is, it may take a couple of days or as much as a week to dry out. Once your smudge sticks have dried completely, you can store them in a bag or box in a dark cabinet until it’s time to use them and then burn them in ritual for smudging simply by lighting one end.

Safety tip: Some plants may have toxic fumes. Do not burn a plant unless you know it is safe to do so.

Dawn Combs over at Hobby Farms has some great tips on nine different herbs you can burn as incense – and if they’re safe for burning as incense, they’re safe to burn in smudging ceremonies. Dawn recommends you burn your herbs – whether incense or sticks – using “a heat tolerant vessel. Traditionally this is an abalone shell with a bit of sand in the bottom. You might also use a charcoal disc beneath the herbs to keep them smoking, especially in the case of resins.”

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Silliness – What’s Politics?

A little boy goes to his dad and asks, “What’s politics?”

Dad says, ” Well son, let me try to explain it this way: I’m the breadwinner of the family, so let’s call me Capitalism. Your Mom, she’s the administrator of the money, so we’ll call her the Government. We’re here to take care of your needs so we’ll call you the People. The nanny, we’ll consider her he Working Class. Now your baby brother, we’ll call him the Future. Now, think about that and see if that makes sense.”

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad has said. Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him, he finds that the baby has severely soiled his diaper. So the little boy goes to is parent’s room and finds his mother fast asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny’s room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny. He gives up and goes back to bed.

The next morning, the little boy says to his father ” I think I understand politics now.”

The father replies, “Good son, tell me in your own words what you think it is.”

The boy promptly answers, “Well, while Capitalism is screwing the Working Class, the Government is asleep, the People are being ignored, and the Future is in deep trouble.”

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