Minus Tide at 6:19 AM of -0.6 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Overcast and 58F, winds are calm, AQI 27-80, UV8. Chance of rain 24% today and 14% tonight. Our chance of rain seems to have evaporated, although there’s still a tiny chance Saturday night. Other than that we’re pretty much back to the normal partly-cloudy-highs-low-60’s, except that Mon/Tues are like to be quite sunny and then temps should peak at around 69 on Wednesday. The whole state is covered with the smoke plume and our AQI is souring. Most of the state is green, except for Medford, which means the smoke isn’t “puddling” under an inversion, but there’s supposed to be some hot weather coming…. 13 firespots. They’re getting some containment on the small fires and Bootleg is starting to come closer. Do your rain dances….
- Wise Fire – 132 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 360.5 acres
- Smith Fire – 140 acres
- Big Hamlin Fire – 200 acres
- Yainax Fire – 100 acres
- Snake River Complex Fire – 90% – 109444 acres
- Elbow Creek Fire – 95% – 22960 acres
- Black Butte Fire – 4000 acres
- Mud Springs Fire – 10% – 517 acres
- Mm 206 Fire – 40% – 694 acres
- Cottonwood Creek Fire – 50% – 159 acres
- Janus Fire – 300 acres
- Bruler Fire – 75% – 195 acres
- Ninemile Fire – 143 acres
- Gales Fire = 1268 acres
- Middle Fork Complex Fire – 10% – 2806.4 acres
- Kwis Fire – 25% – 204 acres
- Chaos Fire – 420 acres
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 3% – 1255.2 acres
- Jack Fire – 54% – 23280 acres
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 862.7 acres
- Bootleg Fire – 87% – 413765 acres
Yesterday went pretty quickly, although not as much got done as what I would have liked. Tempus said that I didn’t wake when he came in, so we ended up not going home. I didn’t realize he was there until I went to get up to use the bathroom and rolled over onto him! I was up around 11 or so. I puttered with the plants for awhile and got Tempus up in enough time to make coffee.
We were pretty busy. We had a steady flow of customers (mostly looking, but some actually purchasing) during the whole day although it slowed down, didn’t stop, right up until the usual closing time. Tempus ran some errands in the late afternoon, bank and mail, mostly, but he had to go get some things that I had planned to bring with for today. I worked on herb headers for most of the day, but then got stymied by the printer deciding that it didn’t like cardstock, so I fought that right up until Herbs Workshop.
During the day, one dad and little daughter pair came in and she got the last of the pirates treasure buckets. I handed it to her, warning her that it was heavy and her eyes kept getting bigger and bigger as she took the weight of it. 🙂 They dumped the sand over in the treasure chest sandbox, because they had a long drive home, but she was enthralled with “real treasure”. That’s the last of those until I can find some more inexpensive sand buckets. The ones online are either minis or cost too much.
One person had some other commitments, but the one that was there, helped with hanging and sorting herbs for about an hour, then headed home. I got a nap after that, then got back to work on herbs, but eventually ran out of oomph, so I started putting this together. Tempus had headed out around 9:30…bulk route night….
Today it looks like Tempus is going to get the car worked on after he’s done with the paper route, so he’ll be late getting back. We’ll open at 1pm. I’m hoping he will get the south window cleaned up, so that I can start putting plants back there. We don’t have them all labeled, yet, but some plants for sale are ready. Right now we’re trying to figure out how to display them. We had figured on putting them on the rolling table, but most of what we have are more indoor plants that don’t like full sun, so they’ll probably end up in the aisle up front.
Today’s Feast is Hiroshima Day, the anniversary of the day the US dropped a nuclear bomb on this city. Sadako did not live to finish her 1000 cranes, but ever since, people fold them for her intent for life and peace. May we each fold 1000 cranes in our intentions, not for our own blessing, but that of our people and our world.
The Peace Memorial with strings of cranes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_and_the_Thousand_Paper_Cranes
So, the Flanders Poppy, Papaver rhoeas is today’s plant. It is an agricultural weed, also called “corn flower”, associated with crops since the earliest beginnings of agriculture, since it flowers abundantly in disturbed ground, such as at plowing, and then will flower and seed before the crops are harvested. This is how the poppies sprang up so quickly in the cemeteries of Flanders, as the dead soldiers were interred. These are not the same as the opium poppy Papaver somniferum. The Flanders Poppy and the White Poppy are the two associated with war and worn as symbols, the red poppy meaning the honoring of the dead soldiers and the white, the hope for peace. It is also associated with headaches, both from inhaling the scent and from the headaches from too much crying, from which the folk name, “Head Waak” (pronounced “whack”) comes. –Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos & Demeter – Poppies have been associated with sleep far more than death up until this past century and also with wealth. They are often used in magics to aid sleep. as an ingredient of dream pillows. In wealth & fertility magicks, the abundant seeds are eaten and carried to attract luck and money. A gilded poppypod can be worn as a necklace for the same purpose. They can be added to love foods and added to love sachets. The seeds are not the source of the addictive medicines, so are safe to carry. In more recent times, the associations with blood and death have started cropping up in spellbooks. Those are “goth” rather than witchy, so be careful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaveraceae
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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. 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 8/6 at 6:50pm. 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 8/8 at 6:50am.
Bright Vega passes closest to overhead around 10 or 11 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you are in your time zone. How closely it misses your zenith depends on how far north or south you are. It passes right through your zenith if you’re at latitude 39° north (Washington DC, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Lake Tahoe). How closely can you judge this just by looking?
Deneb crosses closest to the zenith two hours after Vega. But to see Deneb exactly straight up you need to be farther north, at latitude 45°: Portland, Minneapolis, Montreal, southern France, northern Italy.
Although the Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower peaked last Friday, the Moon is now much more favorable for spotting meteors streaking away from its radiant in Aquarius. The Water-bearer sits in the southern sky early this morning, and the shower’s radiant is just 2.5° southeast (to the lower left) of bright Jupiter.
Plus, the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks next week under favorable conditions —so stay tuned! — is now ramping up with a radiant in the eastern sky. That radiant sits 2.5° northeast of magnitude 3.8 Miram.
With the Southern Delta Aquariids waning and the Perseids still gaining momentum, the sky won’t exactly be filled with meteors. But chances are still high you may catch an errant bright streak from one of these showers. To maximize the chances of catching one, start looking about two hours before sunrise (around 4 A.M. local time) from a location with as little artificial light pollution as possible. Turn your gaze in a direction about 40° to 60 ° away from either radiant — this is where the brightest meteors typically occur.
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 AUGUST 2021: THE MILKY WAY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-august-perseid-meteors-milky-way
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL),
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19) Retrograde
Color – Purple
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Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 6 Low 6:19 AM -0.6 6:09 AM Rise 3:51 AM 7
~ 6 High 12:56 PM 5.8 8:34 PM Set 8:00 PM
~ 6 Low 6:03 PM 3.0
~ 6 High 11:47 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I dissolve thoughts that suggest there is no freedom. I stop arguing for limitations.
Journal Prompt – Why would? – Why should kids your age help others? Write an editorial for the school newspaper. Explain why students should volunteer in the community and name various places where they can help, such as homeless shelters, homes for the elderly and childcare centers.
~ Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. – Omar Bradley
~ A man of knowledge chooses a path with heart and follows it. – Carlos Castaneda
~ The Warrior lives in the NOW, directly experiencing the present moment. Now is the time for action. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive. – Hafiz
Bright, bright, restless bright, through the sun- burnt meads,
Wavers the butterfly ;
Ever across its path a pilot invisible leads
A sylphid fleet of the thistle’s light and feathery seeds,
And August passeth by. – Edith Matilda Thomas (1854–1925)
Magick – Hedge Witch Aesthetic
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Q:Why was the tree soooo happy? Because he didn’t arbor any ill feelings!