Minus Tide at 8:26 AM of -1.9 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin Project Day from 1-5pm.
It should be partly cloudy today, after the fog lifts. 54F, foggy and winds are calm. AQI 31-61, UV8. Chance of rain 8% today and 12% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 6am on Tuesday. The 10-day forecast is pretty much the same: dry, partly cloudy, temps in the mid-60’s, except for
Wednesday and Thursday where it could get closer to 70. The smoke plume is getting nasty again. If you draw a line from Coos Bay to Eugene to Mt. Hood, what to the left is clear and to the right is a right mess. 6 firespots.
There were three fires in or near town during the day, yesterday. One was on Bay Street where a truck caught fire and torched the hill above it. Very, very close call, because there are houses all around there. There were two more, one out 34 close to a house, and another “wildland fire” that was taking off just as the trucks got there. That’s too close.
- Bootleg Fire – 46% – 408248 acres
- Log Fire – 16337 acres
- Jack Fire – 57% – 19956 acres
- Darlene 0572 Ne Fire – 85% – 686 acres
- Bruler Fire – 44% – 195 acres
- Grandview 0558 Od Fire – 95% – 6032 acres
- Rattlesnake Fire – 65% – 5479 acres
- 0630 Rn Fire – 125 acres
- Elbow Creek Fire – 28% – 21928 acres
- Snake River Complex Fire – 74% – 107679 acres
Yesterday was odd again. Tempus showed up at the car place right when they opened at 8. He sat there until nearly 3pm, only to find that the car needs yet more work and will have to wait until Monday. That meant I was at the shop, opened by myself and never got any coffee. Well, I survived, but by the end of the day I was really worn out. He did take off long enough to see what he could find in the way of RV parts and supplies in Newport and was pleased to see that Freddie’s has a selection.
We had a number of people in. It was pretty steady all afternoon. There was a couple from Idaho who are vacationing out here, a family that got 3 of the Pirates’ Treasure buckets (as a gift, they were thrilled) and some little things. There was a lady hunting incense. There were a number of “just looking” and several people who got lost in the books for awhile. …and the usual number of smudge sticks, small crystals and so on, plus one lady with a haunting problem that we discussed for most of an hour.
Right at the end of the day Tempus watered the plants out front and refilled the bottles for the indoor plants. It had gone all foggy. The upper part of town was mostly obscured. After that we headed home. The clouds lasted almost to our place upriver, but there was still sunshine on the hills when we got there. We ate and as we were eating the clouds crawled up and over. We slept. I was up at about 12:30, so spent a few minutes working on narrow hems on the sewing machine. Tempus has crashed out on the sofa again. I think I need to say something. ….Hmm… the trucks are running late. <sigh> …and he headed out at about 3:15. I’m having trouble getting motivated to write. I’m still pretty tired!
Today is our “different day”. I have hand sewing to work on and threading some pouches. I’m hoping that Tempus will do some bone carving. The shop will be open from 1-6, as usual.
Today’s Feast is the Horn Fair in Ebernoe in England. It’s a centuries-old fair, although it got revived about 150 years ago, so probably in a different form than in centuries past. It seems to be another fair that the English Revolution put on hiatus for awhile. It features a cricket match, and a roasted sheep whose horns are gifted to the winners. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebernoe_Horn_Fair
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 7/25 at 7:36am. 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 8/8 at 6:50am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/31 at 6:16am.
The Moon passes 4° south of Jupiter at 9 P.M. EDT. Two hours later, the pair has cleared the horizon, with magnitude –2.8 Jupiter now nearly 4.8° northwest of the Moon. Both lie in Aquarius and will continue to rise overnight — the best time to view them. The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter currently sits about 380 million miles (613 million kilometers) from Earth. From that distance, its disk spans 48″. Late tonight, the four Galilean moons are arrayed around it with two on either side: Io (closer) and Callisto to the east and Europa (closer) and Ganymede to the west.
If you follow Jupiter into the early hours of July 26, you’ll see Io’s shadow cross onto the disk around 3:10 A.M. EDT, followed by the moon itself roughly 35 minutes later.
Look again to Arcturus high in the west. In astronomy lore today, Arcturus may be best known for its cosmic history: It’s an orange giant some 7 billion years old, older than the solar system, racing through our part of space on a trajectory that indicates it was born in another galaxy: a dwarf galaxy that fell into the Milky Way and merged with it. But in the astronomy books of our grandparents, Arcturus had a different claim to fame: It turned on the lights of the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago celebrating “a century of progress.” Astronomers rigged the newly invented photocell to the eye end of big telescopes around the US and aimed them where Arcturus would pass at the correct moment on opening night. The star’s light crept onto the cells, the weak signals were amplified and sent over telegraph wires to Chicago, and on blazed the massive lights to the cheers of tens of thousands. Why Arcturus? Astronomers of the time thought its was 40 light-years away (modern value: 36.7 ±0.2). So the light would have been in flight since Chicago’s previous such event, the World’s Columbian Exhibition in 1893. And earlier? Arcturus was the first of the familiar nighttime stars to be seen in the daytime with a telescope: by Jean-Baptiste Morin in 1635.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, in Capricornus) and brighter Jupiter (magnitude –2.8, in Aquarius) rise in the east-southeast in twilight, Jupiter an hour after Saturn. By late evening they make an impressive duo in the southeast. Jupiter will grab your eye first. Find Saturn 20° to its upper right. They’re highest in the south, at their telescopic best, around 2 a.m. daylight saving time. See “Action at Jupiter” in the July Sky & Telescope, page 50, and “Saturnian Challenges” starting on page 52. They’ll reach opposition next month, so they’re already about as close and big as they’ll get.
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 – Gold
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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
Su 25 High 1:24 AM 8.5 5:56 AM Set 7:31 AM 99
~ 25 Low 8:26 AM -1.9 8:49 PM Rise 10:25 PM
~ 25 High 2:58 PM 6.8
~ 25 Low 8:26 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you have the choice of two exciting things, choose the one you have never done.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Some books are to be tasted; others swallowed; and some to be chewed and digested. — Francis Bacon
~ It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing. – Marianne Moore
~ Keep on trucking. – Robert Crumb
~ Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action. – Mother Teresa
~ Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. – Jean de la Fontaine
Queen Anne, Queen Anne, has washed her lace
(She chose a summer’s day),
And hung it in a grassy place
To whiten, if it may.
Queen Anne, Queen Anne, has left it there,
And slept the dewy night;
Then waked, to find the sunshine fair,
And all the meadows white.
Queen Anne, Queen Anne, is dead and gone
(She died a summer’s day),
But left her lace to whiten on
Each weed-entangled way! – “Queen Anne’s Lace,” by Mary Leslie Newton; in “Silver Pennies,” Blanche Jennings Thompson, ed.; The Macmillan Company. 1925.
Lughnasadh Magick – Lore
Lammas, or Lughnassad, occurs in late July and early August. It is marks the middle of Summer and the beginning of the harvest. Canning goes into full swing, and magickal cabinets are stocked with herbs before the onset of fall. This is also a time to prepare your household for fall and the upcoming Winter months. It is the first of three harvest festivals and is usually associated with ripening grain. It is time to celebrate the fruits of the harvest but also to be aware that summer is passing and winter is on its way.
We honor the weakening Sun God and give thanks for the seeds and the plants that went through the death process (harvest) in order to be reborn next season. The Sun God is waning, but the Goddess is full of abundance. Even as he wanes, he lives on inside her as her child. The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses. The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods. Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown. It is a festival of plenty and prosperity.
Decorate the altar and house with grains such as barley, oats and wheat — also fruits and veggies. Begin gathering and drying herbs, flower, grains or seeds for spellworking in the next year. Make magickal oils now with fresh herbs. Braid onion and garlic charms. Onion is sacred to the sun — because of its shape, and its dye is a golden amber to burnt apricot. When the onion is cut, it reveals the symbolism of the moon. Garlic, too, is sacred to the moon — the crescent shape of the cloves. It exorcises evil and protects. Collect rain and storm water for use in spellwork or to empower objects, add dried mugwort and store in glass bottles. Make a corn wheel. Bake a loaf of bread on Lammas. If you’ve never made bread before, this is a good time to start. Honor the source of the flour as you work with it: remember it was once a plant growing on the mother Earth. If you have a garden, add something you’ve harvested–herbs or onion or corn–to your bread. If you don’t feel up to making wheat bread, make corn bread.
Corn Dolly -Another way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. . She’s your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you. Make a corn dolly to save for next Imbolc.
HERBS to use in your magic at Lughnasadh: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, Irish moss, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, garlic, onion, basil, mint, aloe, acacia, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy, hazelnut, blackthorn, elder, bee pollen.
STONES: Cat’s-eye, citrine, aventurine, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone.
Foods appropriate for Lammas are breads, berries, crab apples, and any locally ripe produce.
At this time, witches cast spells for connectedness, career, health, and financial gain. Spells for abundance are completely appropriate now. As the sun is growing weaker, it is a good time to do grounding and sun meditations, then use the golden rays of the sun (gathered during meditation) in spellcasting.
This is the perfect holiday to honor the prosperity and generosity of Mother Earth. It is a season to throw away useless thoughts and habits and to form new ideas which bring renewed strength. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. Lughnasad is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Q: Why wasn’t the cat moving? It was on paws!