Minus Tide at 7:21 AM of -1.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon, 1-6pm. Featured photo by The Duckmeister.
Partly cloudy and 56F, wind at 1-5mph and gusting, AQI 8-30, UV8. Chance of rain 7% today and 16% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY today from 2-11pm. Same forecast: partly cloudy, mid-60’s, mid-50’s… It looks like 4 new firespots and down to 8 fires showing.
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Yesterday was another of those days that “just went”. We got home around 9 and crawled into bed right away. I was up a little before noon and finished off the watermelon before waking Tempus. We had a beautiful drive back into town with blue sky and puffy white clouds pouring clear light onto the river.
I spent most of the day working on paperwork and shells. Tempus had errands to run and catching up with people. We had a few customers, mostly browsers. Other than that and the initial picking up of things nothing much happened until 7pm.
We had our first Herbs Workshop since last March. It was good to see people again. We just sat and worked on prepping dried herbs for awhile, then Linda went out and harvested another to cut up, and then I did. She left her lavendar, though. 😦 I had Tempus put it on his desk, so I don’t have to sneeze from it. We stopped around 8:30. My fingers were sore from various tasks during the day and then cutting up sweetgrass just did them in.
Tempus headed out around 10pm for the bulk route and then the subscriber route after. I got a long nap and then started on this. I have some reading to do afterwards.
Today is more of the same, except that I’m really hoping some of the orders come in. I have fabric coming for some of the home projects, plus some findings for other projects and some more bits for stock.
I’m going to have to get at the plants in the window, although I need to get Tempus to clear some more stuff and then clear my readings desk, maybe I can start up some of those on Saturday. The other windowsill…. I’m going to have to pull all of the plants and see what’s ok and not. I haven’t been able to properly water in there for a month and they’re suffering.
Today’s Feast is quoted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caprotinia )
“The Caprotinia, or feasts of Juno Caprotina, were ancient Roman festivals which were celebrated on July 9, in favour of the female slaves. During this solemnity they ran about, beating themselves with their fists and with rods. None but women assisted in the sacrifices offered at this feast.
Kennet says the origin of this feast, or the famous Nonae Caprotinae or Poplifugium, is doubly related by Plutarch, according to the two common opinions. First, because Romulus disappeared on that day, when an assembly being held in the Palus Caprae (“Goats’-Marsh”), suddenly a storm broke, accompanied with terrible thunder, and other unusual disorders in the air (see Plutarch’s Life of Numa). The common people fled all away to secure themselves; but, after the tempest was over, could never find Romulus, their king.
Or, else, from Caprificus, a wild fig-tree, because, in the Gallic war, a Roman virgin, who was prisoner in the enemy’s camp, got up into a wild fig-tree, and holding out a lighted torch toward the city, gave the Romans a signal to fall on; which they did with such good success, as to obtain a considerable victory.”
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
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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. 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. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/23 at 7″37pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 7/11 at 6:17am.
Nova Cas gets jumpy. It’s been 3½ months since Nova Cassiopeiae 2021 erupted to magnitude 7.7 in mid-March. It has stayed roughly that bright ever since (making it officially a “slow nova”) except for briefly swelling to 5.3, faint naked-eye visibility, for a week in May. Since then it’s been wavering — and now faster. As of July 2 it was about 7.7, having dropped from 6.6 (a loss of two thirds of its brightness) in just the previous three days. The nova is fairly well up in the north-northeast after dark depending on your latitude. It climbs higher later in the night. See Bob King’s new update: Noctilucent Cloud Show, a Mercurial Nova, and More, with charts and comparison stars for the nova.
As twilight comes to its end, you’ll now find the two brightest stars of summer, Vega and Arcturus, equally near the zenith: Vega toward the east, Arcturus toward the southwest (depending on your location). About a third of the way from Arcturus to Vega is the faint semicircle of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, with its one modestly bright crown jewel, Alphecca or Gemma, on its front. Nearly two thirds of the way from Arcturus to Vega is the Keystone of Hercules. For more see Fred Schaaf’s “The Path from Arcturus to Vega” in the July Sky & Telescope, page 45.
New Moon occurs at 6:17 A.M. PDT. No Moon — or moonlight — means it’s a great time to enjoy some of the sky’s fainter gems.
Slowly tailing Leo the Lion toward the horizon in the west this evening is Coma Berenices. Within this smaller constellation is the stunning star cluster Melotte 111, often simply called the Coma Berenices star cluster. To find it, look in the relatively empty portion of the sky that falls between Boötes (to the east), Leo (to the west), and the arc of the Big Dipper’s handle (to the north). The cluster sits in this region, about 2.3° south-southwest of magnitude 4 Gamma Comae Berenices. If your skies are clear and your surroundings dark, you’ll likely spot the cluster with no aid at all, appearing as a small, fuzzy patch of light. Zooming in with binoculars will net you numerous stars. Coma Berenices is home to two other appealing deep-sky objects: the Blackeye Galaxy (M64) and globular cluster M53. Both can also be seen with binoculars or studied in more detail with a telescope. To locate the Blackeye Galaxy, scan about 5.2° northwest of Alpha (α) Comae Berenices until you come across the galaxy’s oval-shaped magnitude 8 glow. Bump up your magnification, and you might spot the dark dust lane blocking a portion of the galaxy’s light — the “black eye” for which it was named. Much closer to Alpha (about 1° northeast of the star) is M53, a globular cluster whose magnitude 7.6 glow is easiest to find in 60mm (or larger) binoculars.
Jupiter dominates at magnitude –2.6. Saturn, 20° to Jupiter’s west (right), is a more modest +0.4. They’ll reach opposition in August. Before dawn, look 20° below or lower left of Jupiter for Fomalhaut. It forms an isosceles right triangle with Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter is at the (almost) right angle.
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 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 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
Color: Dark Grey
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Green
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
F 9 High 12:06 AM 7.6 5:41 AM Rise 5:04 AM 1
~ 9 Low 7:21 AM -1.1 9:02 PM Set 9:19 PM
~ 9 High 1:59 PM 5.9
~ 9 Low 7:02 PM 3.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Journal Prompt – Personal taste – Do you believe in God? Why or why not?
~ I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That’s what sitting on your ass does to your face. – Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer/songwriter, born on September 21, 1934
~ I am making this statement as a willful defiance of military authority because I believe that the War is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it. – Siegfried Sassoon, British poet and writer, born on September 8, 1886, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer
~ I hate all those weathermen, too, who tell you that rain is bad weather. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing, so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little. – Billy Connolly
~ I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck. – Aleister Crowley; attributed
How pleasant the lives of the birds must be,
Living in love in a leafy tree!
And, away through the air, what joy to go;
And to look on the green, bright earth below. – Mary Howitt (1799–1888)
Lughnasadh Magick – Lore
Sacred Feast of Lughnasadh – August 1st, 2006
Color of the day: White – Incense of the day: Ginger
Lughnasadh was one of the four sacred feast days of the Celts. It marked the beginning of the harvest and was instituted by the god Lugh to honor his fostermother Tailtiu, who cleared the land for agriculture. Nasadh means an “assembly.” Huge Lugnasad assemblies took place in ancient Ireland, including one called the Feast of Carmun, in honor of a supernatural but ill-fated sorceress and warrior. Music, poetry, and the recitation of sacred lore took place, perhaps under the patronage of Lugh, a skilled harper, poet, and magician. Recite these lines from an ancient Irish poem to bring a harvest of abundance, creativity, and wisdom into your life:
Grain, milk, peace, and happiness,
Full nets, ocean’s plenty.
Feasts and fairs,
Knowledge and music,
Books of lore.
May there ever be given to us from the gods
The pleasant fruits of the earth!
By: Sharynne NicMhacha
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”.
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