The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Alan Murphy. Herbs Workshop re-starts Thursday 7/8 from 7-9pm.
Overcast now, going to mostly sunny in the afternoon. 55F, wind at 0-1mph and gusting, AQI 7-28, UV8. Chance of rain 9% today and tonight. To day is set to be just like the rest of the 10-day forecast; mostly sunny, high’s low 60’s, lows, low 50’s. 4 firespots. The fires down south are still pretty bad, although the rest look to be doing a little better
- ELBOW CREEK – 1000 Acres
- LYLE HILL – 135 Acres – 90%
- JOSEPH CANYON – 7610 Acres – 100%
- RATTLESNAKE – S5479 Acres – 65%
- BRULER – 156 Acres
- GRANDVIEW 0558 OD – 5971 Acres – 20%
- LEWIS ROCK – 368 Acres – 95%
- DIXIE CREEK – 541 Acres – 75%
- JACK FIRE – 15248 Acres – 25%
- LOG – 4830 Acres
- BOOTLEG – 227234 Acres – 7%
It’s been a long time since I had a “siege” of migraines. That’s what I call it when I just get over one and the next one starts. I woke today with one and fought it all day. Tempus left me home rather than subject me to the fluorescent lights. I managed to sleep through the worst of it and then spent the rest of the afternoon in my easy chair, since the main room was darker than the bedroom.
Once I could handle the light, I rested against the back of the chair and watched the clouds trotting past for hours. Migraines take away most of my energy and all of my ambition, and I’ve been missing sky and cloud and trees for awhile, so that was soothing. I watched them from bright white in a blue sky to more and more pale, to light gold, then pink gold, then grey. I read a little in the dimmer light. I’m finishing a book on Mary Tudor, who was queen of France for a little while. At about the time we were fixing supper I realized that there was a bit of unmoving, very white cloud. I grinned when I put my glasses on since it was the waxing crescent Moon and not a cloud at all!
Tempus got home at about 7:30. He waited to make sure that no one turned up for Herbs that we weren’t expecting, since he had warned the others. He said that the day at the shop went well, except for the groups of un-masked people. There are getting to be more and more and that’s a little scary with the news out of California. Sales were decent and he had paperwork to do.
He set up another batch of the surprise sandwiches for supper and we had brownies for dessert and headed for the shop, getting here about 9. The views of the river were lovely; silver water, deep green hills, grey and gold clouds and pale sky.
He took off for Newport and I caught up on messages. Yes, I was still dealing with the migraine, but I was at a point where I could work through it. A couple of hours later I went in back for a nap, but I’m back up and working again.
I’m not sure how I’m going to get through today. Hopefully, the migraine will let loose. If it doesn’t, I’m going to be a mess, because Tempus has to go into Newport tomorrow to run some errands.
So, we’ll be open at 1pm, and should stay open to 6pm. I don’t know how much I’ll get done, but I have stuff to work on, packing herbs and things like that, even if I don’t have much oomph.
Today’s Feast is the anniversary date of the Hijri Calendar, the main religious calendar for Islam. Year 1 is our 622CE. It’s a lunar calendar, which means that the dates for the hajj and Ramadan and other celebrations shift around, compared to the solar-based calendars. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_calendar
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Arborvitae plicata, which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata – Masculine, Sun. Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/17 at 3:11am.
In late twilight, Spica shines three or four finger-widths lower left of the first-quarter Moon (exactly first-quarter at 6:11 a.m. EDT Saturday the 17th). High above them is brighter Arcturus, tinted with a lower color temperature: yellow-orange.
(Ignore Saturn….) The tail of Scorpius is low due south right after dark, to the lower right of the Sagittarius Teapot. How low depends on how far north or south you live: the farther south, the higher. Look for the two stars especially close together in the tail. These are Lambda and fainter Upsilon Scorpii, known as the Cat’s Eyes. They’re canted at an angle; the cat is tilting his head a little to the right and winking (Upsilon is fainter than Lambda; they’re magnitudes 1.6 and 2.6). Both are blue-white supergiants, 700 and 500 light years away, respectively. Yes, the nearer of the two is the fainter one. Between the Cat’s Eyes and the Teapot’s spout are the open star clusters M6 and especially M7, showy in binoculars. A line through the Cat’s Eyes points west (right) by nearly a fist-width toward Mu Scorpii, a much tighter pair known as the Little Cat’s Eyes. They’re oriented almost exactly the same way as Lambda and Upsilon, and like those, they’re not a true binary: they’re 500 and 800 light-years away. Can you resolve the Mu pair without using binoculars?
By two hours after sunset, the sky is dark and it’s time to turn your binoculars or telescope to the south, where you’ll find the constellation Scorpius, with his bright red heart and winding tail. The Scorpion is also home to one of the nearest globular clusters to Earth: M4, which sits a mere 7,200 light-years away. Because of its close proximity, this richly populated cluster of more than 100,000 stars spans a whopping 36′ — slightly more than the Full Moon! But that large diameter somewhat spreads out its magnitude 5.6 glow, making it a bit difficult to spot with the naked eye unless your viewing location is very dark. Additionally, M4 sits behind partially obscuring clouds of gas and dust, which dim and redden its appearance. You’ll find M4 about 1.3° west of bright Antares, the constellation’s well-known alpha star. Through smaller binoculars, M4 will appear like a fluffy cotton ball; larger binoculars or a small (4-inch) telescope will start to resolve myriad member stars.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Capricornus) and brighter Jupiter (magnitude –2.7, in Aquarius) rise in the east-southeast a little later: Saturn around the end of twilight, brighter Jupiter an hour later to Saturn’s lower left. They’re highest in the south, at their telescopic best, around 3 a.m. daylight saving time. See “Action at Jupiter” in the July Sky & Telescope, page 50, and “Saturnian Challenges,” page 52. Both will reach opposition in August. Before dawn, look 20° lower left of Jupiter for Fomalhaut. It now forms an almost perfect isosceles right triangle with Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter is at the right angle.
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 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), Chiron (12/19) Retrograde
Color – Purple
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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 16 High 5:19 AM 5.9 5:47 AM Set 12:21 AM 31
~ 16 Low 11:46 AM 0.4 8:57 PM Rise 12:57 PM
~ 16 High 6:25 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen more carefully…
Journal Prompt – Wiki – If you had to move across the country what belongings would you get rid of?
~ I will praise the water Ardvi Sura Anahita, the efficacious against the Daevas, devoted to Ahura’s lore, and to be worshipped with sacrifice within the corporeal world, furthering all living things [?] and holy, helping on the increase and improvement of our herds and settlements, holy, and increasing our wealth, holy, and helping on the progress of the Province, holy [as she is?] . [Ardvi Sura Anahita] who purifies the seed of all male beings, who sanctifies the wombs of all women to the birth, who makes all women fortunate in labour, who brings all women a regular and timely flow of milk. – An ancient hymn to Ardvi Sura
~ Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together. – Eugène Ionesco
~ If All Saints’ Day will bring out the winter, St Martin’s Day will bring out Indian summer. – American traditional proverb
~ If people lose their land, they have nothing. You lose your land – you lose your culture, you lose self. – Richard Gere, American actor and activist for Tibet’s freedom, born on August 29, 1949
Balmily, balmily, summer wind,
Sigh through the mountain passes;
Over the sleep of the beautiful deep
Over the woods green masses
Ripple the grain of valley and plain,
And the reeds and the river grasses. – Ina Donna Coolbrith (1841–1928)
Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes
- 1 yellow squash (peeled)
- 1 zucchini (peeled)
- 1 Carrot (peeled)
- 3 Serrano chiles
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 Clove garlic
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 tablespoon marjoram
- 4 tsp olive oil
- 2 Tomatillos
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 1 tomato
- Finely dice all
- Mix in large bowl
- Let sit for an hour before serving
Cherry Tomato Clafoutis – http://food52.com/recipes/344-cherry-tomato-clafoutis
Serves 4 for lunch
- 1/3cup whole milk
- 1/3cup cream
- 1/2cup flour
- 1/2teaspoon salt
- 1/4teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 12-14cherry tomatoes
- 2ounces goat cheese
- Preheat oven to 350, liberally butter a ceramic or glass baking dish (preferably round or oval)
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and cream. Add salt, pepper, and flour, whisk until just combined.
- Place tomatoes into buttered baking dish, spread evenly. Pour custard mixture over top.
- Dot with goat cheese. Bake in oven until puffed and lightly browned, about 30-35 minutes.
- Serve warm with chopped fresh herbs/salad on top
Amagansett Corn Salad – Anja’s version
Originally By Peter http://food52.com/recipes/224-amagansett-corn-salad Serves 4
- 8ears of white corn
- 2quarts cherry tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons high-quality balsamic vinegar (If you add ginger to this you’ve got a sauce!)
- 1medium red onion
- 1quart sugar snap peas (green beans if the peas aren’t available)
- 1handful rough-chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley, cilantro or even finely chopped celery or spinach
- salt, preferably a large, coarse sea salt.
- Wasbi powder or horseradish, even ginger)
- Strip raw corn from ears. You can use a fancy corn stripper or just run your chef’s knife down the side of each ear about 8 times.
- Slice all cherry tomatoes in half or quarters depending on your preference.
- Chop the red onion into a large dice.
- If using the sugar-snap peas cut in half or thirds to make more bite-sized.
- Add some rough chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley for greens, even finely chopped celery.
- Toss all vegetables in a bowl, along with the vinegar, salt and pepper.
- That’s it. Enjoy!
Silliness – Eucalize Legalyptus