The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Tammy Cassford Photography. Herbs Workshop re-starts Thursday 7/8 from 7-9pm.
Mostly cloudy & 58F, wind at 2-5mph and gusting, AQI 28, UV8. Pollen High. Chance of rain 10% today and 13% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 3-11pm on Monday. Most of the long range forecast, as well as today is for partly cloudy, highs mid-60’s, but Tuesday night into Wednesday early there’s almost a 50% chance of rain. Total amount 0.05, so we’re talking mist, not pour. Friday and Sunday could be quite sunny, too. The smoke plume from the Salt Fire (Weed, Mt. Shasta) is heading NE, now. One new first spot. 11 Fires.
- DIXIE CREEK – 570 Acres – Contained: 25%
- BLACK MOUNTAIN 0475 PR – 150 Acres – Contained: 50%
- LEWIS ROCK – 150 Acres
- BOLOGNA – 140 Acres
- LOVLETT CORRAL – 110 Acres – Contained: 95%
- JOSEPH CANYON – 7610 Acres – Contained: 95%
- RATTLESNAKE – 5479 Acres – Contained: 65%
- S-503 FIRE – 6680 Acres – Contained: 97%
- FINNIGAN 0408 RN – 1000 Acres
- WRENTHAM MARKET – 7222 Acres – Contained: 100%
- SUNSET VALLEY – 987 Acres – Contained: 100%
Yesterday was a little odd. We were up way earlier than usual, but I got dozy enough that I curled back up at 11 and then woke late, Tempus having let me sleep knowing that I’d gone short for a couple of nights. He had the shop open when I woke and then made coffee.
We weren’t all that busy except for one group of youngsters…. They seemed to be mid-teens to young adults, all in a group. It was pretty lively for a bit, then. We had other people through, mostly browsing, one guy saying that he was happy to have found our store, so I made sure he had a business card.
Both Tempus and I were busy during the day trying to sort out some of the problems from the accident, fielding phone calls, text messages and facebook posts, calling people to work out how to do some things, and what to do in other cases.
Lisa (optometrist Lisa whose office is in Newport, but had been down here a lot for a few years) stopped by at closing to take Tempus back to the house to get some food and clothes to tide us over and to water the garden. He also got a photo of the first strawberry of the year. That pot-full didn’t take well to being moved home, but it’s got a lot of setting fruit and blooms, now!
We ate once he was back, the leftover pizza and some other bits, plus I finally got the ice cream that he promised me back on Thursday. 🙂 I got a nap and I’ve been writing, since. Tempus did some shop chores and now he’s gone to bed. I’m awfully glad we *can* do that, with no alternative….
Today we’ll be open at 1, since it’s the 3rd day of the weekend. I’m hoping that Tempus will have enough oomph to move some things for me, plants and boxes, mostly, but he also needs to get back to work on the herb wall and I have some shells for him to place….and there are more for me to price and inventory and photograph.
There might not be a newsletter tomorrow. I’m planning to go home, since a friend has offered to drive me there. I’m intending to put out a short version before I head there, with it scheduled to be published on Facebook Tuesday morning, but that’s not quite the same. Tempus is going to have to go into Newport to get a vehicle worked out, so I want to work on the garden and maybe do some sewing, maybe bake a cake… and there are more things to hang up on the walls, sort out and put away…
Today’s feast is that of “Kiril-Metodii“ or Saints Cyril and Methodius. They were brothers in the 9th century from the Byzantine end of Christianity and did a lot to christianize (as far as it went….) the Slavs. It was during their time that the Glagolitic (grandfather to Cyrillic) alphabet was developed, the Slavs say by the two brothers, but others say by St. Jerome. The Czechs credit them with “civilizing the wild tribes”, not speaking of themselves of course. 🙂 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius
Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
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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 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 7/8 at 6:17am.
As dawn begins on Monday morning the 6th, the waning crescent Moon hangs between the Pleiades above it and Aldebaran below it, as shown above.
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around our planet, at 10:47 A.M. EDT. At that time, it will sit 251,867 miles (405,341 kilometers) from Earth. Rising early in the morning, you can spot the thin crescent in the southeastern portion of Aries the Ram, nearly level above the horizon with the Pleiades (M45) open star cluster in nearby Taurus.
About 23.5° directly above the Moon is the constellation Triangulum. Although it’s one of the sky’s smallest constellations, it still holds several great targets, including M33: The Pinwheel Galaxy. This faint, oval-shaped object is visible to sharp-eyed observers without optical aid, but is really best viewed with binoculars or a smaller scope at low power (e.g., a 4-inch telescope with 30x magnification). You’ll find M33 about 4.3° west-northwest of Triangulum’s magnitude 3.4 alpha star, Mothallah.
The Moon isn’t the only object reaching a far point in its orbit today. Earth also reaches aphelion, the farthest point in its orbit around the Sun, at 6 P.M. EDT. Then, our planet will be 94.5 million miles (152 million km) from our star.
Venus (magnitude –3.8) shines low in the west-northwest during twilight. Tiny Mars, nearly 200 times fainter at magnitude +1.8, is closing in on Venus from the upper left. They’re separated by 6° on July 2nd, closing to 2° by the 9th. They’ll be in conjunction, ½° apart, on July 12th and 13th. Both planets set before twilight ends.
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 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
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR JULY 2021: THE SUMMER TRIANGLE – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-july-summer-triangle
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Retrograde
Color – Coral
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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
M 5 Low 4:42 AM 0.4 5:38 AM Rise 2:35 AM 23
~ 5 High 11:02 AM 4.9 9:03 PM Set 5:28 PM
~ 5 Low 4:04 PM 2.8
~ 5 High 10:09 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is too short to hide your feelings. Don’t be afraid to say what you feel.
Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – Create a never-before-discovered bird or animal. After you describe how it looks, tell more about it—such as what unusual things it can do, what it eats, and what kinds of sounds it makes.
~ Republicans always pull down the shades though there is seldom a reason. Democrats never pull down the shades though they always should. – Paul Harvey
~ Some men see things as they are and ask “Why?”. I dream of things that never were and ask “Why not?”. – US Senator Robert Kennedy, born on November 20, 1925 , according to his brother Edward Kennedy; paraphrasing George Bernard Shaw
~ The camera lies all the time; lies 24 times/second. – Brian De Palma, American film director, born on September 11, 1940
~ The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube. – Norman Mailer
Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers. Sara Coleridge (1802–52)
Lughnasadh Magick – Lore – Our Lady of the Harvest – School for the Seasons 8/13/04
I believe the Full Moon Festival of August is one of the oldest Goddess holidays that has been continually celebrated. At this turning point in the year, between the yang energy of summer solstice and the turning inward of the autumn, the Goddess comes into her own as protector, provider and mediator between the worlds.
Known by many names, at this time of the year she is revered as Artemis, Hecate and the Blessed Virgin Mary. All three are associated with the moon. All three are invoked for protection of the grain and the fruit which is so vulnerable to storms in these weeks before harvest. And all three are mediators between the worlds: Artemis in her origin as Goddess of the shamanistic cultures of the North, Hecate as the one who stands at the crossroads between life and death, and Mary as the mediator between Earth and Heaven.
This feast of the goddess was first celebrated in Greece at the full moon of Metageitnion (August 29th this year). In Erkhia, Artemis (as Hecate) was invoked, along with Kourotrophos, and beseeched for protection summer storms, which could flatten and destroy the crops.
In Rome, the Greek lunar festival honoring Artemis-Hecate was placed on the fixed solar calendar on August 13th and called the Nemoralia, also known as Diana’s Feast of the Torches. Roman women made torchlight processions to the temples of Diana and Hecate or visited the groves of Diana with their hunting dogs leashed. Hair-washing was an important ritual activity.
The story of the Virgin Mary’s Assumption (as she was dying, her body was lifted up into Heaven) was first recorded at the start of the 3rd century (about 150 years after the incident it relates). At the time, Mary was living at Ephesus, where she was living under the care of the apostle, John. Ephesus was one of the most famous sanctuaries of Artemis, the home of the famous statue of Artemis with many breasts, symbolizing the productive and nurturing powers of the earth. Mary, is also well known for her nurturing and protecting qualities (she is so tender-hearted she cannot deny any sincere request for help).
After witnessing her miraculous assumption, the story goes that the apostles declared this event should be commemorated on the thirteenth of Ab (the full moon of the Jewish lunar month that usually falls in August) “on account of the vines bearing bunches of grapes and on account of the trees bearing fruit, that clouds of hail, bearing stones of wrath, might not come, and the trees be broken, and the vines with their clusters.” Clearly Mary was seen as a protector of the crops and a mediator between the worlds.
As early as the tenth century, the aroma of herbs and flowers was associated with Mary’s victory over death, and people brought medicinal herbs and plants to church (periwinkle, verbena, thyme) to be incensed and blessed, bound into a sheaf and kept all year to ward off illness, disaster and death. In central Europe, August 15 was called Our Lady’s Herb Day. Gertrud Mueller Nelson’s mother kept this holiday alive by taking her daughters on walks, gathering wild grasses, a custom I’ve adopted in Seattle. It’s amazing how many kinds of wild grass grow on my city block.
This is the start of Our Lady’s Thirty Days, a tide which lasts until Harvest or Michaelmas and coincides with the astrological sign of Virgo, when animals and plants lose their harmful qualities and all food is considered wholesome. This period of benevolence also coincides with the seven weeks following the full moon of the Jewish month of Av, which are sometimes called the Weeks of Comfort. The readings for these weeks are comforting, promising peace and prosperity.
- On the Nemoralia, August 13th, make washing your hair a ritual. This seems to be an act that was seen as a luxury after a period of fast and deprivation, perhaps even lack of water. So embellish your usual grooming rituals by adding perfume, candles, whatever seems indulgent to you.
- To celebrate the Assumption, go for a walk on Sunday, August 15th. Observe and gather the abundance of the earth mother: the wild herbs, grains and edible plants that you find growing.
- The full moon of Artemis-Hecate falls on August 29th this year. Celebrate by eating garlic or leaving an offering for Hecate at a crossroads.
Nelson, Gertrud Mueller, To Dance With God: Family Ritual and Community Celebration, Paulist Press 1986
Urlin, Ethel L, Festivals, Holy Days and Saints’ Days: A Study in Origins and Survivals in Church Ceremonies and Secular Customs, republished by Gale Research 1979
Warner, Marina, Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary, Vintage 1983
Waskow, Arthur, Seasons of Our Joy: A Modern Guide to the Jewish Holidays, Beacon 1982
In the Library: Books on Bread
Bread for All Seasons, Beth Hensperger, Chronicle 1995
Although I haven’t tried any of the recipes in this book, I love to feast on the gorgeous color pictures and I appreciate the way Hensperger incorporates other fruits of the season into the bread, along with history and folklore about the way bread is featured in seasonal celebrations.
The Italian Baker, Carol Field, Harper Collins 1985
Carol Field is one of my favorite cookbook writers, particularly because she’s as knowledgeable about folklore as she about cooking. I’ve found her recipes (except for the one above) intimidating and complex, but the folklore is outstanding. This book is dense with recipes and with information about the role bread has played in Italian culture over time.
On the Web: Great Links
One of my readers, Jennifer, sent me a link to a reproduction of a beautiful old Book of Days from the 1800’s which has been posted on the website of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s library.
I particularly appreciated this link because I spent many happy hours in the college library (at Reed College) poring over the pages of a similar edition of Chamber’s Book of Days, which definitely sparked my passion for these calendar customs.
Jennifer notes that the only way she’s found to print the pages is to import them one at a time into Microsoft Digital Imaging Software and size them to fit one page.
Another reader, Carmine, sent me a link to a great article called “For the Summer of It” by Ellen Goodman.
Flower of the Month: Dallying with Dahlias
The Flower of August is the dahlia. Click here to read more about the dahlia’s connection with the Aztec hummingbird-war god, Huitzilopochtli.
If you’d rather read my grumblings about the sorry state of flower folklore scholarship and ideas on creating your own floral calendar go to this page first.
Silliness – Punny Thought – Knock Knock. Who’S There? Panther. Panther Who? Panther No Panth- I’M Goin’ Thwimmin’!