Minus Tide at 6:57 AM of -0.9 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing Workshop 3pm. Masks required.
Foggy and mostly overcast. 58F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 23-43, UV8. Chance of rain 42% today and 31% tonight. Today there’s an actual chance of some rain, although for only 0.02 inches…. We have a couple of mostly sunny, but cool days, next, then we’re back to partly cloudy with the high temps in the upper 60’s. The smoke plume has pulled back from the Valley and the Coast and is pretty much only in eastern Oregon, although there are some places where it looks like the air is pretty chewy…. 11 firespots, one of which is west of Dunes City (south of Florence) Hmm… Medford is one of the spots with chewy air. Dang, that’s a *lot* of new fires, although they’re making good progress on some of the older ones.
Fires – New
- Wild Cat Fire – 149 acres
- Inc 369 Fire – 152 acres
- Little Bend Creek Fire – 226.9 acres
- Hole In The Ground 0778 Ne Fire – 310 acres
- Spring Creek Fire – 143 acres
- Devils Knob Complex Fire = 1500 acres
- Big Hamlin Fire – 300 acres
- Smith Fire – 140 acres
- Jack Fire – 54% – 23644 acres
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 3% – 1970.2 acres
- Kwis Fire – 25% – 204 acres
- Middle Fork Complex Fire – 10% – 3308.15 acres
- Gales Fire – 1268 acres
- Ninemile Fire – 143 acres
- Bruler Fire – 75% – 195 acres
- Janus Fire – 380 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 380.5 acres
- Bootleg Fire – 87% – 413765 acres
- Cottonwood Creek Fire – 95% – 159 acres
- Mm 206 Fire – 40% – 694 acres
- Mud Springs Fire – 85% – 517 acres
- Black Butte Fire – 7645 acres
- Wise Fire – 132 acres
- Elbow Creek Fire – 95% – 22960 acres
- Snake River Complex Fire – 90% – 109444 acres
Yesterday was just crazy busy. Tempus didn’t get back until nearly 1pm, but he has gotten the car repairs scheduled for this morning. He didn’t get any sleep, only a nap between the bulk route and the subscriber route and a bit of a doze waiting for Murphy. We got the shop open and got coffee and started our day. Well, I did. He sat down with his computer and coffee and faded out. We steadily had customers from about 1:30 to 5pm. There was one break mid-afternoon, when Tempus woke up, when he worked on vacuuming the south windowsill. He finally decided that he’d better clean the filter, so the plants aren’t back there, yet. That’ll have to be today.
I didn’t manage to do anything else other than check mail. Yeah, *that* kind of busy! One young lady who is planning on attending the Wicca 101 class stopped by to chat for awhile, and I had another couple who are dealing with a poltergeisting teen stop by for some sympathy. Problems started up with the lack of school time and it’s only just starting to calm down. Thankfully, it’s nothing worse than throwing things, turning on faucets and stuff falling over, not even much breakage, and once they explained to the kid what was happening and why, things slowed down to a minimal level, but it’s still unnerving. Apparently the plumbing in their place is old and when a faucet goes on suddenly things rattle in weird places, too. That doesn’t help! 🙂 At least kids grow out of it, eventually.
I packed up stuff from the freezers to make a supper and after I woke Tempus up again we headed home. He got the garden watered while I got supper together and we ate. I went right to bed, but he stayed up for a bit, finishing watering the plants that aren’t on the drip line. I did a little more of that right before we heading back into town.
I was back up at midnight and did some sewing. The pillowcases are all hemmed, so I can do construction sewing, now. Tempus was up at 1 and we headed for the shop. It was mostly overcast, but I could see Jupiter and Cygnus and a few other stars, and just before I got into the car, a meteor! There was a lot of fog on the way in. Tempus got some of the bundled herbs hung up for me and then took off for the paper route.
Today I’m hoping that I can chase Tempus in the back to actually sleep. He’s dragging and that worries me. He’s only gotten 1/2 the sleep he needs since Wednesday…. Well, I can deal with the front, mostly. I’m hoping he’ll be able to get the windowsill done, so I can get the plants back up there, and that there’s enough room for whoever shows for Sewing to actually sit. Right now there’s enough for me and one other, is all! I’m planning on heading home right at closing, so I can feed Tempus and get him into bed.
Harvest Holiday – Serpen (August) 7 – This is a holiday of bread, a holiday of the harvest. In the fields people cease their reaping in honor of Volos’s beard. Thanks are brought to Volos and to Mother Earth in gratitude for a large harvest.
Today’s Feast is in honor of the Perseid Meteor Shower. They’re actually visible for most of the early part of this month, but peak right around the 13th this year. Some years you can 2 or 3 in a minute. They’re a good excuse to go down to the beach with a couple of blankets! They appear to come out of the constellation of Perseus, the “radiant” of the shower. This set of meteors is a cloud of dust from the 130-year-comet, Swift-Tuttle. Most of the dust is 1000 years or more old, but there’s one stream that peeled off of the comet only a century and a half ago! This shower is the “Games of Lugh” that give their name to the Celebration of Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseids The Celts saw these as “spears of light” that reminded them of the contests held at funerals.
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant.
Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
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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. 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.
Have you been seeing any Perseids meteors yet? For now you’ll only see the very occasional Perseid during your observing sessions, but their numbers are gradually increasing. The shower is due to peak late next Wednesday night, August 11, but occasional forerunners begin showing up as much as two or three weeks beforehand. Already the sky is moonlessly dark. For more on this year’s Perseids see the August Sky & Telescope, page 48. It’s almost certainly a Perseid around this time of year if, when you trace its path backward far enough across the you find that this line intersects the northern part of Perseus.
If you’ve got a telescope and a hankering for a challenge, tonight is your night. It’s the perfect time to try for the Cat’s Eye Nebula, also cataloged as NGC 6543. This planetary nebula — created when a Sun-like star sloughs off its outer layers as it ages — sits about one-third of the way between Polaris at the end of the Little Dipper’s handle and the head of Draco the Dragon. The nearest bright signpost is Zeta (ζ) Draconis, a 3rd-magnitude star about 5° west-northwest of the nebula, which is located in a relatively empty region of sky. This can actually make it a bit harder to find, so be patient and take your time. The Cat’s Eye is small — only about 16″ across — but this gives it a relatively high surface brightness that lets it be seen even with a small (4-inch) scope. But because it is so small, you’ll need to pump up the magnification to differentiate it from a star. This is where a larger telescope will help, and may even begin to show its complex shape and structure. In any scope, however, you may discern its blue-green color.
Mercury is buried deep in the sunset, lower right of dimmer Mars.
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. Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
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 – Blue
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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
Sa 7 Low 6:57 AM -0.9 6:11 AM Rise 4:53 AM 3
~ 7 High 1:30 PM 6.1 8:33 PM Set 8:39 PM
~ 7 Low 6:44 PM 2.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.
Journal Prompt – Expository – What situation has caused you to confront your ethics recently?
~ Parenting classes are available to everyone right now: on TV, on video, on computer disk, and in book and tape form. Therefore, there’s no excuse not to become an extraordinary parent – if you want to. – Mark Victor Hansen
~ It all depends on how you look at things and not on how things are, in themselves. – Carl Jung
~ A man doesn’t know what he knows until he knows what he doesn’t know. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
~ Fortunate is the one who is blessed by friends who understand and accept without judgment and expectation! – SanDanYi
And from the hot field’s farthest edge
The cricket’s soft refrain
With mellow accent tells the tale
That August’s here again. – Helen Maria Winslow (1851–1938)
Magick – Solar Witch Aesthetic
Silliness – 64 different laughs