Daily Stuff 7-8-21 Sunniva

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 6:44 AM of -0.8 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs Workshop re-starts TODAY! Thursday 7/8 from 7-9pm.

Cloudy and 56F, winds are calm. It’s quiet enough that the big trucks on the highway seem shockingly loud as they blast through town. AQI 8-30, UV8. Chance of rain 5% today and % tonight. Long range looks just the same, partly cloudy, high’s mid-60’s, lows mid-50’s. The Jack Fire east of Roseburg is putting out quite the smoke plume and it’s up to 2395 Acres.The Bootleg fire has hit 11000 Acres. Both of them have lots and lots of fire spots all around them. Lovlett Corral didn’t show on the map yesterday, but it’s back. Joseph Canyon is unchanged, but there’s a new fire east of it and one across the state line north and lot of fire spots. …and there are more firespots all over eastern Oregon……

  • WRENTHAM MARKET – 7222 Acres – Contained: 100%
  • S-503 FIRE – 6680 Acres – Contained: 97%
  • RATTLESNAKE – 5479 Acres – Contained: 65%
  • LOVLETT CORRAL – 110 Acres – Contained: 95%
  • LEWIS ROCK – 448 Acres – Contained: 30%
  • DIXIE CREEK – 541 Acres – Contained: 75%


Yesterday was thrown all off kilter. It took Tempus longer than usual to finish the route and then he had to go clear out the wrecked car. We were loaned some money so we could. One more thing to pay back. Here goes all the profit for the year up to here! Hopefully, we’ll have a good tail to the summer and got some of it back.


Once Tempus was back at the shop he got us some coffee and he went to run errands. I worked on the crystals order that had come in. We’ve got some cute fossil “bugs”. They’re real fossils, but sitting on a spangle for legs and with googly eyes and they have silly names. 🙂 They’re a good kid giftie since they’re only $1.50. We also have small boxes of shells for $4. There is a glorious piece of gold sheen obsidian that’s been made into an athame, a batch of tumbles that I haven’t gotten to, yet, and some rose quartz and selenite candle-holders.


Once he was back it was already suppertime and he hadn’t been to bed since 8am on Tuesday! So we went home. Our neighbors that were so concerned about the wreck (having seen the car in the ditch not long after it happened) were outside using their grill and wanted to talk a bit. I got supper heating while he was watering plants, then I got photos while he got supper served. It was a simple throw-together out of cans, mostly: chicken, waterchestnuts, peas, carrots, corn and a bunch of leftover olives. I made a dessert of a couple of slices of brown bread with cream cheese, topped with fresh raspberries that I had just picked. …and we went to bed.


I was back up at about 12:30 and got the new bag dispenser hung up. It’s for the small bags, bread bags, plastic shopping bags, and that gets *those* out of the drawer. I set up the new clock (It matches the curtains, I think it’s cool!), but didn’t try to hang it up. I want to make sure it’s keeping time, first. The metal heron for outside is still in the box, just didn’t have enough time.

Teeny-weeny radishes

I got Tempus up and we drove back into town. There was a deer on the verge right by the park entrance. Everything is very still. You couldn’t even hear cars, when we went to come in, then a big truck rolling south on the highway was audible, the coming over the bridge, clunking when it hit the expansion joints, whooshing through town and gone.

Tempus headed out right at 2, which bodes well for getting done on time. He’s going to stop at Chef’s Store, but there are only a few things on the list. Hopefully, we’ll be able to go home to sleep this morning.

Turnip going to seed

We’ll have the shop open at 1pm and be open up until the Herbs Workshop starts at 7pm. We’re not going to be set up for doing the herbal candles, yet, so we’ll be working on processing some of the recent harvest and discussing those plants.

Calendula seed heads

Btw, we’re *very* low on the bulk sage smudges. I had someone come in on Monday and buy us nearly out. I’ve placed an order with our supplier, but we’ll only have the ones in the assortments on the incense wall until that comes in. Two weeks, they said.

North Garden at the shop 7/1/20 by Anja


Today’s feast is that of St. Sunniva, who mostly likely is a distorted version of the Norse/Teutonic solar maiden goddess, Sol/Sunne. Supposedly she and a bunch of companions fled an invasion of heathen into a cave, which sealed itself up when she prayed to not have to marry their king. Yup, they died there, but miracles started happening on that island soon after. Was there a young woman named after the goddess about whom the didn’t-want-to-marry-a-pagan story was told?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunniva or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%B3l_(sun)

plant motif herb Equisetum_arvense_fr

Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum  The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Gemini enters Cancer at 6:51am

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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the New on 7/9 at 6:17pm.

Sagittarius above a Cape Cod beach house – The famous Teapot asterism in Sagittarius stands out to the upper right of this vacation home, while the central regions of the Milky Way arc through the top of the image. – John Chumack

With the advance of summer the Sagittarius Teapot, in the south-southeast lower left of Scorpius after dark, is starting to tilt and pour from its spout to the right. The Teapot will tilt farther and farther for the rest of the summer — or for much of the night if you stay out late.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was crossing the planet’s central meridian on May 21st when Christopher Go took this stacked-video image centered on 21:09 UT (when the System II central-meridian longitude was 358°). South is up. Lower right of the spot are two of Jupiter’s satellites: dark gray Ganymede and smaller, bright orange Io with its darker polar regions. The black circle lower left of the Red Spot is Io’s shadow. Contrast is enhanced. A dark line now nearly encircles the Red Spot Hollow. It looks like a continuation of the two narrow dark bands at left; the whole thing has taken on the “snake head” pattern we’ve seen before. The Red Spot is the snake’s enormous eye. His nose points right (toward celestial east; following). Don’t get too excited; Jupiter shows nowhere near this level of detail visually, especially from latitudes higher than Go’s near-equatorial 10° N. For those of us less ideally placed, Jupiter remains fairly low in poor telescopic seeing even as dawn begins.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should be on the planet’s central meridian around 2:45 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time tonight. Around that time Callisto and Ganymede are both at their farthest east of the planet, while Io and Europa are close in to Jupiter’s west. There, Europa will disappear into eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow around 3:39 a.m. EDT. For timetables of many more the phenomena among Jupiter and its satellites this month, good worldwide, see the July Sky & Telescope, pages 50-51.

Mercury meets the Moon – Mercury appears level with the crescent Moon the morning of July 8. The location of Uranus is also shown — you can find it with binoculars. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly & Kellie Jaeger

The Moon passes 4° north of Mercury at 1 A.M. EDT, but you won’t be able to spot the pair until they rise about 85 minutes before sunrise. Now magnitude 0.1, Mercury should be a bit easier to spot, while the thin crescent Moon will present more of a challenge. Both lie level with each other above the horizon as they rise in Taurus, and they stand about 3.5° high an hour before sunrise. Zeta (ζ) Tauri, one of the two tips of the Bull’s horns, sits just 0.5° above Mercury. Can you separate them easily by eye? Through binoculars or a telescope, you’ll see Mercury is just 46 percent lit and spans about 7″ in apparent diameter. Nearly 8° to Zeta’s upper right is Elnath, the other horn. This star shares the designations of Beta Tauri and Gamma Aurigae, as it sits on the boundary between Taurus and Auriga.

Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is fairly 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  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 – Purple
Planting 7/8
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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.

Holm Oak

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
Th   8      Low   6:44 AM    -0.8   5:41 AM    Rise  4:15 AM      4
~     8     High   1:22 PM     5.8   9:02 PM     Set  8:28 PM
~     8      Low   6:22 PM     3.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you are forgiving you do not become a doormat. You become the door.


Journal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if your jelly sandwich fell upside down on the floor?



~   I like a man who attempts the impossible. – J.P. Morgan
~   I wish to preach … the doctrine of the strenuous life. – Theodore Roosevelt, born on October 27, 1858
~   I won’t say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I’m going to be if I grow up. – Lenny Bruce
~   If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all. – John Keats; Letter to John Taylor, February 27, 1818

Beyond me in the fields the sun
Soaks in the grass and hath his will;
I count the marguerites one by one;
Even the buttercups are still. – Archibald Lampman (1861–99)


Lughnasadh Magick – Meditation – Journey into the Coming Darkness

Imagine that you are standing in the middle of a wide plain.

As far as you can see there is nothing but grass and grain ripening to a golden yellow.

The buzz of summer insects fills your ears as your nose is treated to the sweet smell of summer hay.

The azure sky is unmarred by cloud.

The sun is warm and comforting.

It is one of those idyllic hazy, lazy days.

Bask in the feeling.

You are warm, healthy, and safe.

After a few minutes, you feel a slight change in the air. You imagine your eyes opening and you look out again at the plain. At first, nothing seems to be different. The grain is still yellow, the sky is blue, and the insects buzz about their daily work. Yet something is different. It takes you a few moments actually to notice it. Far at the edge of your sight at the border of the plain, there is darkness. Not the kind of darkness that is cast by a cloud. This is real darkness… nighttime kind of darkness… and it stands like a wall reaching from the ground to the heavens way out there. It is kind of creepy and ominous lurking out there.

Furthermore, the wall of darkness seems to be leaching the light out of the rest of the world. It is still bright where you are, but you notice that the sunlight seems to fade as it gets closer to that wall of night. Even with the sun shining in the clear sky, by the time you are a few miles from the wall, the air is the color of twilight. A shadow world stretches now between you and the wall. And you stand on the threshold of it.

You notice another thing that was not there before—a single stalk of corn just a few paces away in the shadow world. You walk up to it. The green stalk is very tall, its golden tassels reaching close to seven feet into the air. Its leaves are fairly sparse, growing on opposite sides of the stalk and almost cre­ating the impression of a human body with arms and legs. At about waist high, there is a single ear of corn.

You reach for the ear, but just before you touch it, a hand grabs your arm. You turn around to face a middle-aged man with a long lion-like mane of hair dressed in the gold of the grain. His grip is firm, but his eyes are friendly. He asks for your name, and you give it. He tells you that the Dark King has been born and that the long night of winter is approaching. We are now in the Shadow Time between summer and winter-that liminal space where change happens more easily. Your actions determine if those changes are for the better or the worse.

He asks you what harvest you seek to reap. What seed from this harvest do you plan to keep and what will you plant for next year’s crop? The fruit of each harvest becomes part of what we replant for future harvests. You need to decide now what you want next year’s harvest to look like. Your choices now will decide the outcome.

As you ponder these questions, he picks the ear of corn from the stalk. He strips back the cornhusk and silk. The light yellow kernels of corn are full, moist, and sweet. He asks you to pluck three kernels from the ear. You do so. He tells you to close your eyes and put your intention for next year’s harvest into those three seeds. When you are done, plant the kernels in the soil and open your eyes. When you have done so, you notice that you are alone once again. The Red God is gone and the dark­ness has moved just a step closer.


Silliness – Silly Q&A –  – Q:What do you call an exploding dinosaur? Dino-mite

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