The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs Workshop at 7pm.
Wow! An 8.2 earthquake in the Aleutian Islands! There was a tsunami warning for a bit, but it’s been cancelled. Go here for info https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ You’ll need to set it to your own parameters and get used to the various functions, but it’s worth playing wiht.
It’s clear right now, but they’re still talking about partly cloudy today. I’d guess it’ll cloud up by sunrise and then clear off. 53F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 25-43, UV. Chance of rain 6% today and 8% tonight. Pollen levels are finally down to “moderate”. There is finally a tiny chance of rain in the 10day Forecast! Next Wed/Thurs there’s a chance of less than 1/10 of an inch, but it’s there. The rest of it is mostly cloudy, temps mid-60’s, low-mid 50’s. The smoke plume is completely covering our state, but the worst of it has gone away. There’s only one firespot. The Log fire isn’t being posted any more, not because it’s out, but because it joined up with the Bootleg fire, which is why containment dropped on that fire, too.
- Snake River Complex Fire – 87% – 108996 acres
- Elbow Creek Fire – 50% – 22901 acres
- 0630 Rn Fire – 125 acres
- Rattlesnake Fire – 65% – 5479 acres
- Bruler Fire – 53% – 195 acres
- Grandview 0558 Od Fire – 100% – 6032 acres
- Jack Fire – 61% – 22244 acres
- Bootleg Fire – 53% – 413400 acres
Yesterday was a rest day for reals! The night before Tempus took a bad spill onto concrete and I’ve been fretting. He seems to be ok at the moment, but the car accident and then a splat isn’t good for him. He’s been so exhausted, too, missing out on the morning sleep because of the car issues.
Well, we got a good start on making up for it, yesterday! He was running late because he was moving slowly, trying to not aggravate whatever injuries might have happened. We didn’t get home until nearly 11, because we had to stop and run some errands and pick things up at the PO. We turned in almost right away. I was back up around 2 for quite awhile because it got too hot in the bedroom for me. I ditzed around, doing small chores, unpacking the stuff from the PO and putting it away (we’ve invested in some glass storage/cooking dishes, small ones) and getting fed, a bit. I fell asleep in my chair and woke around 5 and crawled back into bed… and slept… and slept… and Tempus changed position every so often, but didn’t wake and we slept…. and his phone went off at 1am! That’s a lot of sleep! …and I’m still a bit sleepy. Go figure!
So , not much got done on things that we need to do at home, but the rest was more important. Tempus is actually feeling ok, not in pain, although he’s got some aches that he’s nursing.
We’re hurting though for our son, Amor, the one that’s in the Air Force. His little dog, Puka, had been having some health issues. Puka Crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday, cuddled up in Amor’s arms in his favorite sweater. Amor held him as he stopped breathing. Amor’s response to “how are you doing?” was “I’ll make it. He’s in a good spot, and went out comfy. Sad, but not too bad.”
We headed down river by 1:30. I nabbed a minute while Tempus was getting things together to look at the stars. Cygnus is still high overhead, but well past the zenith and beginning to twist to the west, that pirouette that the constellations do as they progress. We can’t see the Sagittarius Teapot or Scorpio at home, since the hill topped with the tall evergreens blocks that view. I can’t see them at the shop, either, with the bright streetlights and I miss them. Jupiter was just high enough to see over the trees. I sat in the car, waiting, and saw a bright star in the SE where I didn’t expect one. It turned out to be the Moon, risen for an hour or so, shining through a tree! By the time Tempus came out, She had vanished from my sight, but he was seeing a whole constellation through a different tree. 🙂 Her light was washing out most of the stars. On the way downriver there’s a point where the road turns far enough that we could see Her and the light path on the Alsea.
Today we’ll be open at 1pm. I *think* the car stuff is done for the moment. I hope, anyway. If Tempus ends up having to be late again, I think I’m going to chase him in back to nap. If not, today is laundry day and then some shopping and the bulk route in the evening.
Also we have Herbs Workshop tonight. I’m hoping to start the Beeswax unit that I’d been planning for July. We’re going to have to do some harvest stuff on top of it, since we’re running so late, but that’s not a big problem. Mostly I have to get the worktable cleared today and pull out the tools for dipping wax.
Today’s Feast is actually for the 28th, but it’s the Silent Protest of 1917. 10K or up to 15K black people marched to protest lynchings and the E. St. Louis riots in silence. It was organized by the NAACP and churches and was a *really* effective statement. Women and children wore white and men wore black. This is the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. There was a Google Doodle last year on this. Wiki article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Parade and another good article here: http://www.boweryboyshistory.com/2017/07/listening-silent-parade-1917-forgotten-civil-rights-march.html
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflower.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
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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 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.
Sunset challenge. I’ve said Regulus and Mars are disappearing for the season down to Venus’s lower left. Well, if you’d like one last challenge, Regulus and Mars this evening are in conjunction, 0.6° apart. Get Venus in your lowest-power, widest-field eyepiece as soon after sunset as you can. Then shift to watch 8° to Venus’s lower right to see whether you can pick up Regulus and fainter Mars before they get too low and set in the fading twilight, as shown here:
Fourth star for the Summer Triangle. The next-brightest star near the Summer Triangle is Rasalhague, the head of Ophiuchus. First identify the Triangle. Face east soon after dark and crane your neck high to spot bright Vega. Look two fists lower left of it for Deneb. Three or four fists lower right of Vega is Altair. Next, Rasalhague. As you still face east, it’s three fists to the right of Vega and three fists upper right of Altair. Admittedly, at 2nd magnitude it’s not as bright as the three Triangle stars. But include it and you’ve got a giant, flattened quadrilateral.
Mars passes 0.7° north of Regulus, the heart of Leo the Lion, at noon EDT. By half an hour after sunset, the pair should be visible in the west, roughly the same distance apart (although Mars has now moved just slightly northeast of the star). Magnitude 1.8 Mars is a bit fainter than the magnitude 1.4 star — can you tell the difference? As the sky grows darker, you’ll see that Mars has a distinct ruddy glow, compared with the bluer star. About 9.5° east of the pair is bright Venus, blazing at magnitude –3.9. Although it started out the month behind (west) of Mars, it’s now pulled ahead in their race. Venus spans 13″ and appears 83 percent lit — compare this with smaller and more distant Mars, which appears only 4″ across but is virtually fully lit. You’ll have a bit more time to observe Venus, which sets just before 10 P.M. local time; Mars and Regulus will disappear below the horizon about 40 minutes earlier.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, in Capricornus) and brighter Jupiter (magnitude –2.8, in Aquarius) shine in the east-southeast as the stars come out. Saturn is a lone, steady yellowish point. Jupiter shines brighter about two fists at arm’s length to Saturn’s lower left. By late evening they make an impressive duo higher in the southeast. They’re highest in the south, at their telescopic best, around 1 or 2 a.m. daylight saving time. Saturn reaches opposition on August 1st, Jupiter on August 19th, so they’re already essentially as close and big as they’ll get. See “Action at Jupiter” in the July Sky & Telescope, page 50, and “Saturnian Challenges” starting on page 52. Also “Dog Days with the Gas Giants” in the August issue, page 49.
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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 – Turquoise
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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
Th 29 High 4:39 AM 6.2 6:00 AM Set 12:08 PM 76
~ 29 Low 11:06 AM 0.5 8:44 PM Rise 11:54 PM
~ 29 High 5:36 PM 6.8
~ 29 Low 11:57 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is only one success–to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your fondest memory of an animal or pet you once had?
~ Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union. – Samuel Goldwyn (attrib.)
~ Rage, rage against the dying of the light. – Dylan Thomas
~ She gave you the impression that, if your imagination had to sin, it could at least congratulate itself on its impeccable taste. – Alistair Cooke, on Greta Garbo
~ Television has brought back murder into the home–where it belongs. – Alfred Hitchcock
this is the garden: colours come and go,
frail azures fluttering from night’s outer wing
strong silent greens serenely lingering,
absolute lights like baths of golden snow.
this is the garden: pursed lips do blow
upon cool flutes within wide glooms, and sing
(of harps celestial to the quivering string)
invisible faces hauntingly and slow. – e. e. cummings (1894–1962)
Lughnasadh Magick – Lore
Crone’s Corner – Celebrating Lughnasadh, or Lammas
Lughnassadh (pronounced “LOO-nahs-ah”) or Lammas, is one of the Greater Wiccan Sabbats and is usually celebrated on August 1st or 2nd, although occasionally on July 31st. The Celtic festival held in honor of the Sun God Lugh (pronounced “Loo”) is traditionally held on August 7th. Some Pagans celebrate this holiday on the first Full Moon in Leo. Other names for this Sabbat include the First Harvest Festival, the Sabbat of First Fruits, August Eve, Lammastide, Harvest Home, Ceresalia (Ancient Roman in honor of the Grain Goddess Ceres), Feast of Bread, Sabbat of First Fruits, Festival of Green Corn (Native American), Feast of Cardenas, Cornucopia (Strega), Thingtide and Elembiuos. Lughnassadh is named for the Irish Sun God Lugh (pronounced Loo), and variant spellings for the holiday are Lughnasadh, Lughnasad, Lughnassad, Lughnasa or Lunasa. The most commonly used name for this Sabbat is Lammas, an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “loaf-mass”.
The Lughnassadh Sabbat is a time to celebrate the first of three harvest celebrations in the Craft. It marks the middle of Summer represents the start of the harvest cycle and relies on the early crops of ripening grain, and also any fruits and vegetables that are ready to be harvested. It is therefore greatly associated with bread as grain is one of the first crops to be harvested. Wiccans give thanks and honor to all Gods and Goddesses of the Harvest, as well as those who represent Death and Resurrection.
This is a time when the God mysteriously begins to weaken as the Sun rises farther in the South, each day grows shorter and the nights grow longer. The Goddess watches in sorrow as She realizes that the God is dying, and yet lives on inside Her as Her child. It is in the Celtic tradition that the Goddess, in her guise as the Queen of Abundance, is honored as the new mother who has given birth to the bounty; and the God is honored as the God of Prosperity.
Symbols to represent the Lammas Sabbat include corn, all grains, corn dollies, sun wheels, special loaves of bread, wheat, harvesting (threshing) tools and the Full Moon. Altar decorations might include corn dollies and/or kirn babies (corn cob dolls) to symbolize the Mother Goddess of the Harvest. Other appropriate decorations include Summer flowers and grains. You might also wish to have a loaf of whole cracked wheat or multigrain bread upon the altar.
Deities associated with Lughnassadh are all Grain and Agriculture Deities, Sun Gods, Mother Goddesses and Father Gods. Particular emphasis is placed on Lugh, Demeter, Ceres, the Corn Mother and John Barleycorn (the personification of malt liquor). Key actions associated with Lammas are receiving and harvesting, honoring the Parent Deities, honoring the Sun Gods and Goddesses, as well as celebration of the First Harvest.
It is considered a time of Thanksgiving and the first of three Pagan Harvest Festivals, when the plants of Spring wither and drop their fruits or seeds for our use as well as to ensure future crops. Also, first grains and fruits of the Earth are cut and stored for the dark Winter months.
Activities appropriate for this time of the year are the baking of bread and wheat weaving – such as the making of Corn Dollies, or other God & Goddess symbols. Sand candles can be made to honor the Goddess and God of the sea. You may want to string Indian corn on black thread to make a necklace, and bake corn bread sticks shaped like little ears of corn for your Sabbat cakes. The Corn Dolly may be used both as a fertility amulet and as an altar centerpiece. Some bake bread in the form of a God-figure or a Sun Wheel .
It is customary to consume bread or something from the First Harvest during the Lughnassadh Ritual. Other actions include the gathering of first fruits and the study of Astrology. Some Pagans symbolically throw pieces of bread into a fire during the Lammas ritual.
The celebration of Lammas is a pause to relax and open yourself to the change of the Season so that you may be one with its energies and accomplish what is intended. Visits to fields, orchards, lakes and wells are also traditional. It is considered taboo not to share your food with others
Traditional Pagan Foods for the Lughnassadh Festival include homemade breads (wheat, oat and especially cornbread), corn, potatoes, berry pies, barley cakes, nuts, wild berries, apples, rice, roasted lamb, acorns, crab apples, summer squash, turnips, oats, all grains and all First Harvest foods. Traditional drinks are elderberry wine, ale and meadowsweet tea.
It is also appropriate to plant the seeds from the fruit consumed in ritual. If the seeds sprout, grow the plant with love and as a symbol of your connection to the Divine. A cake is sometimes baked, and cider is used in place of wine.
As Summer passes, Wiccans remember its warmth and bounty in the food we eat. Every meal is an act of attunement with Nature
From Miss Daney’s Folklore, Magic and Superstitions
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Q: What do you call 52 slices of bread? A deck of carbs!.