Daily Stuff 7-7-21 Tanabata

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Jacob Andrew Colvin. Herbs Workshop re-starts Thursday 7/8 from 7-9pm.

Foggy and 56F, wind at 1-4mph and gusting, AQI 36-60, UV8. Chance of rain 15% today and tonight. Now that what little rain we got is over, the forecast is all partly cloudy highs low-to-mid 60’s, lows mid-50’s. 4 new firespots, Making progress on the older fires, but there are two new(er) ones


  • JOSEPH CANYON – 7610 Acres – Contained: 95%
  • S-503 FIRE – 6680 Acres – Contained: 97%
  • WRENTHAM MARKET – 7222 Acres – Contained: 100%
  • FINNIGAN 0408 RN – 1000 Acres
  • RATTLESNAKE – 5479 Acres – Contained: 65%
  • LEWIS ROCK – 448 Acres – Contained: 15%
  • DIXIE CREEK – 541 Acres – Contained: 75%


  • JACK FIRE – Size: 500 Acres
  • BOOTLEG – Size: 3000 Acres

So I’m going to have to start with Monday, since I bollixed yesterday’s newsletter somehow. We had a reasonably busy day for the 3rd of a 3-day-weekend and as usual by the end of it we were pretty wiped out. Tempus spent a lot of the day trying to work out what to do about the car. AAA said they would pay the towing fee, so we relaxed a bit about that. …and his boss was going to pick him up Tuesday morning to go get a rental car, so that was another thing worked out.

Estella came to pick us up to take us home after we closed, but ended up quite a bit ahead of time. She said she must have mis-read her clock. We were so glad to see her we ended up just chitter-chattering for quite some time, and I forgot to get the stuff from the fridge and the box of supplies as well as to push “publish” on the newsletter.

So we went home and I worked in the garden for a bit, while she got a chance to see our little place and then she headed out. We got some dinner, talked a little and went to bed. I was up for awhile during the night, puttering at various chores, and then up and down for quite some time. Tempus scolded me when he got up, because I was trying not to wake him and he’d rather I try to sleep.

He got us some coffee and headed out shortly after. I worked for awhile, mostly sorting projects, and then went back to bed and slept for several hours. When I got up I started sewing pillowcases. It’s a fairly mindless task and will get that project bag out from underfoot. I’m not sure whether I’ll use them for gifts or set them out at the shop. I never got out into the garden, because it started to rain just when I was thinking about it. It kept getting later and later and I started to worry about Tempus because he thought he might be done by mid-afternoon…

He wasn’t. He showed up paast 8:30pm! He did go out to the spring, but we got another bit of bad news during the day. AAA *isn’t* going to pay the tow fee because the cops called it in, not Tempus. Whut? It’s apparently part of the fine print. Gah…. so that’s $1K that the cops cost us by being nice. …and we have to pay it before we can get our stuff out of the car….

I had my stuff together, so we drove into town and I sat down to get the newsletter out and discovered that it had vanished. Dunno what happened… the computer had restarted, but there should have been a draft online and there wasn’t… so yesterday’s newsletter just didn’t happen at all.

I had my every-other-Tuesday meeting that I was nearly 2 hours late for, but I did get there and worked on finishing that doll while we were talking. One of the people from West Kingdom wants me to teach for one of their events. It’s going to be online, so I can do it. We were also talking about the Lane County Fair, which is two weeks from now. They’re going to try to find me a place to stay. We’re not going to be able to afford a motel, I don’t think.

As soon as I left the meeting I got started on this newsletter. I’m really sleepy, so I hope I’m making sense. Tempus will be picking me up after the Oregonian route, since he’s done the bulk route by now. We’ll sleep late, I’m sure, and there are a lot of things I’m hoping to take home with us, that got forgotten yesterday, which need to be finished or put up. I need to work in the garden today, and to take some pictures and it needs to be watered, as well. The echinacea is about to go into full bloom.

Shipwreck of the Peter Iredale, Warrenton, OR. Photo by Jacob Andrew Colvin‎ from Lost in Oregon (on Facebook) on 070417. Used with permission.


Today’s feast is Tanabata. In Japan many trees will have wishes hung from their branches on this day, streamers of paper that have specific meanings written with a special ink. Sometimes the wishes are floated on rivers instead. There’s a separated lovers story associated with the festival, as well, various special foods and other fun things. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata

motif plant Herb Wild Ginger

Today’s plant is Wild gingerAsarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Gemini

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. 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.

The waning crescent Moon poses above Aldebaran and Mercury on the mornings of, respectively, July 6th and 7th.

On Wednesday morning the 7th look for Mercury, low but continuing to brighten, below the thin Moon, as shown above. Zeta (ζ) Tauri close to Mercury this morning is only 3rd magnitude; you might try for it with binoculars or a telescope.

Early risers can find a popular naked-eye asterism in the southeast this morning: the Circlet of Pisces. This grouping of seven stars is located in the western portion of Pisces the Fish, directly south of another asterism: the Square of Pegasus. Pisces’ Circlet comprises Gamma (γ), 7, Theta (θ), Iota (ι), 19, Lambda (λ), and Kappa (κ) Piscium. Of these, magnitude 3.7 Gamma is the brightest, so don’t expect the Circlet to be particularly striking! Still, it’s an easy, relatively large naked-eye pattern to find, with a diameter of roughly 6° (meaning you could fit 12 Full Moons, each 0.5° across, inside it). If you’re looking for a more challenging target this morning, consider the galaxy NGC 7679, which sits roughly in the middle of the Circlet and glows at magnitude 12.5. It’s best seen with a telescope. You’ll find NGC 7679 about halfway along a line drawn between Theta and Kappa Piscium. This starburst galaxy is undergoing a period of intense star-forming activity; it’s also considered a Seyfert galaxy, meaning its central supermassive black hole is actively feeding and sports a brightly glowing accretion disk.

Antares and the rest of starry Scorpius are at their highest in the south just after these long July twilights finally fade away. The head of Scorpius is the near-vertical row of three stars upper right of Antares. Three fine doubles stars await you here. The top star of the row is Beta Scorpii or Graffias, a fine binary for telescopes: separation 13 arcseconds, magnitudes 2.8 and 5.0. Just 1° below it is the very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2 Scorpii, diagonal from upper right to lower left. They’re 4th magnitude and ¼° apart. Binoculars show their slight color difference; they’re spectral types B9 and G2. Upper left of Beta by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii, separation 41 arcseconds, magnitudes 3.8 and 6.5. In fact this is a telescopic triple. High power in good seeing reveals Nu’s brighter component itself to be a close double, separation 2 arcseconds, magnitudes 4.0 and 5.3, aligned almost north-south.

NGC 6121 M4

And more: In the same binocular field with Antares, or nearly so, are two very different globular star clusters for binoculars and telescopes. M4 is a big, dim fuzzy relatively nearby for a globular. M80 is fainter and much more compact; in fact it can be hard to distinguish in binoculars from an 8th-magnitude star. It’s a bigger and denser cluster than M4 but more than four times as far away. Use the chart for them with Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column in the July Sky & Telescope, page 43.

High overhead by sunset is Boötes the Herdsman. With no bright moonlight to wash out the stars tonight, it’s time to test your (averted) vision with the “pop-up” companion of Izar (Epsilon [ϵ] Boötis). Epsilon is a magnitude 2.4 star located about 10.3° north-northeast of bright Arcturus, the constellation’s alpha star. Once you’ve found Izar, look slightly away from it, keeping it in the corner of your vision (this is called averted vision). Do you notice a dimmer companion popping into view? This is W Boötis, also called 34 Boötis, which can be better seen with a small telescope. Through your scope, compare and contrast the two stars’ colors — brighter, larger Izar appears yellow to most, while W Boötis looks almost green by contrast (to some). W’s magnitude changes over time because the star is variable, with a period that ranges from 25 to 33 days as it swings between magnitude 4.7 and 5.4. Saturn (in Capricornus) and brighter Jupiter (in Aquarius) show up by late evening. Saturn rises around the end of twilight. Jupiter comes up one hour later, to Saturn’s lower left. They’re up in fine view after midnight, and they’re highest in the south at their telescopic best in the hour before dawn begins. See “Saturnian Challenges” in the July Sky & Telescope, page 52.

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
Planting 7/3-5
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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.

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. 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

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Tu   6      Low   5:26 AM     0.0   5:39 AM    Rise  3:02 AM      16
~     6    High  11:57 AM     5.3   9:03 PM     Set  6:30 PM
~     6      Low   4:53 PM     3.1
~     6    High  10:49 PM     7.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I’m fearless because I’ve been afraid.


Journal Prompt – Memories – Make a timeline of your life—listing only the most important events that have happened so far.



~   If you wish to be loved, be modest; if you wish to be admired, be proud; if you wish both, combine external modesty with internal pride. – William James Durant; attributed
~   Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it … While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it. – Learned Hand (1872 – 1961)
~   Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. – Napoleon Bonaparte
~   People didn’t expect me to have emotion like other women. – Ingrid Bergman

In the dewy fields the cattle lie
Chewing the cud ‘neath a fading sky;
Dobbin at manger pulls his hay:
Gone is another summer’s day. – –Walter de la Mare (1873–1956)


Lughnasadh Magick – Crafts


Silliness – Fresh From Jail

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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