Minus Tide at 4:00 AM of -0.5 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Partly cloudy and 54F, winds are calm, AQI 49-62, UV7. Chance of rain 9% today and 19% tonight. The forecast is for mostly sunny, now, with a tiny chance of rain early Thursday morning and Thurs. and Fri. nights. highs in the low 60’s until Tuesday when they should climb to the mid-and upper 60’s for a few days. 9 or 10 firespots. Not sure whether the one is or not. Uh-oh…there’s a new fire. The coast is out from under the plume, but just barely. That explains the odd light that didn’t persist until sunset.
Fires – New
- Twin Peaks Fire – 450 acres
- Snake River Complex Fire – 89% – 109444 acres
- Elbow Creek Fire – 96% – 22960 acres
- Black Butte Fire – 30% – 20747 acres
- Patton Meadow Fire – 30% – 6405 acres
- Fox Complex Fire – 30% – 7229 acres
- Bootleg Fire – 100% – 413717 acres
- Wild Cat Fire – 300 acres
- Ike Butte Fire – 23% – 118 acres
- Poole Cr. Fire – 23% – 3641 acres
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 15% – 13697.5 acres
- Big Hamlin Fire – 9383 acres
- 495 Fire – 1236 acres
- Mule Creek Fire – 400 acres
- Smith Fire – 250 acres
- Near Minky Fire – 1723 acres
- Jack Fire Fire – 51% – 23693 acres
- Little Bend Creek Fire – 226.9 acres
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 3% – 14587.16 acres
- Chaos Fire – 420 acres
- Kwis Fire – 25% – 1440 acres
- Middle Fork Complex Fire – 7% – 12757.15 acres
- Gales Fire – 6448 acres
- Ninemile Fire – 143 acres
- Knoll Fire – 60% – 544 acres
- Bruler Fire – 80% – 195 acres
- Janus Fire – 5024 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 5120.2 acres
Yesterday Tempus had dozed off, trying to get his computer to re-start, when I woke up. I woke him, we got things together and headed home in a pretty morning. We went almost straight to bed and when we woke it had clouded up and even rained a tiny bit!
We had coffee and talked for a bit, then I went out to work on plants and Tempus worked on dishes. I got a bunch of things into pots, mostly starts, but some starts that just needed a bigger pot. The vivipary tomato, sadly, rotted enough to fall in, which killed some of the starts. There are more seeds there, though. Speaking of seeds, I stripped the nasturtiums of seed pods hoping not to have them all over the deck again. No cartoon walking on marbles if I can help it! …and I have more starts to do in a few days, since several of the starts shed leaves as that was going on.
I was a touch late for my meeting, but I got to hear most of it, since the camera was misbehaving. As soon as we were heading off into discussion, I bowed out and tried re-starting the browser, but that didn’t work, so I ended up having to re-start the computer, which did. I’m going to do another class for one of these on dolls, since that’s the direction things derailed for awhile. I finished the little slavic doll, finally, and I have to get pictures today, so I can finally send it to the intended recipient.
By the time we were done I was talking with Raven online and Tempus had headed for Newport. He ran out of time to get the pizza again. Tuesday night is the special price at Papa Murphy’s….. That’s ok, there’s next week. I ended up talking with various people on and off and then finally got started on the newsletter around midnight.
Today I don’t know what time we’re going to get home. There’s car stuff this morning, if I remember right. I’m really hoping that Tempus will get the wood together for the porch frame, so I can untangle the beans and get them climbing. If we don’t do it today I can write off a harvest, mostly likely. …but there are a lot of other chores to do yet, more garden stuff, photos, more cuphooks… all the stuff that got missed last week. <sigh> It’s possible that we’ll go on long enough that I may decide to stay home overnight rather than coming in to the shop to work online. That will mean that Thursday’s newsletter might come out in the afternoon, rather than early morning.
“The Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920. The Constitution allows the states to determine the qualifications of voters, subject to limitations imposed by later amendments. Until the 1910s, most states disenfranchised women. The amendment was the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, which fought at both state and national levels to achieve the vote. It effectively overruled Minor v. Happersett, in which a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment did not give women the right to vote. The Nineteenth Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1878 by Senator Aaron A. Sargent. Forty-one years later, in 1919, Congress approved the amendment and submitted it to the states for ratification. It was ratified by the requisite number of states a year later, with Tennessee‘s ratification being the final vote needed to add the amendment to the Constitution. In Leser v. Garnett (1922), the Supreme Court rejected claims that the amendment was unconstitutionally adopted.” – Wikipedia, More here: –https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution
Vetiver root – Vetiveria zizanioides, Chrysopogon zizanioides, vetyver, vertivert, khus khus or khus – This is a type of grass that grows long roots, deeper than most other grasses. Often woven into sleeping mats it also smells better than mothballs in sachets. It repels bugs and rats and, used wet, acts as a cooling scented curtain in hot climates. It’s used as a fixative in soaps, and lotions and can be used for acne and other
skin conditions. As khus syrup it is added to foods. Makes a great incense especially combined with sandalwood. – Feminine, Earth, Mercury, Capricorn – Uplifting. Helps get one through the times when nothing works. Calming for PTSD. Aids in deep sleep and good dreams. (esp. essential oil, called Oil of Tranquility). Helps in processing grief. Attracts money and repels thieves. Can be used to promote love in same-sex couples. More here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Chrysopogon_zizanioides
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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 8/22 at 5:02am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 8/20 at 5:02pmPDT.
Way, way, way down low in the bright afterglow of sunset, Mercury and Mars are in conjunction only 0.1° apart (for North America). About 15 or 20 minutes after sunset, use binoculars or a small telescope to try to pick up Mercury a few degrees above the horizon. It’s a trace to the right of due west, far lower right of Venus. You’ve got a fairly good chance; Mercury is currently magnitude –0.5. Mars is another story; at magnitude +1.8 it’s only an eighth as bright. Good luck with that. . . . Mercury will pass 0.08° south of Mars at midnight EDT in a close conjunction. Neither planet is visible at that time, however, so instead, catch them just after sunset, when they are low in the west and nearly as close: about 0.1° apart. Home in on the pair with binoculars or a telescope to better see Mercury, magnitude –0.6, to the lower right (west) of Mars, magnitude 1.8. Be quick, though, as the two planets set within an hour of the Sun. (Take care to never use binoculars or a telescope while the Sun is still in the sky, as the chances for accidentally pointing them at the Sun are still high.)
After dark, look above the waxing gibbous Moon for 2nd-magnitude Sigma Sagittarii (Nunki). It’s the brightest star in the handle of the Sagittarius Teapot. The Moon’s dark limb occults Nunki for Florida and other parts of the southernmost US, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean; map and timetables.
20.5° farther west of the pair is brilliant Venus, blazing at magnitude –4 in Virgo. Venus remains visible for longer, finally sinking blow the horizon around 9:30 P.M. local time. It sits within 7.5° of Porrima, also known as Gamma (γ) Virginis, a beautiful binary system in which each star is roughly the mass of the Sun. These near-twin stars are separated by just over 3″, with only 0.1 magnitude difference in brightness.
If you’re planning to stay up late to observe, you’ll want to set Jupiter — now located at the border between Aquarius and Capricornus) — in your sights around midnight EDT. At that time, the Galilean moons Io and Ganymede sit just 8″ from Jupiter’s western limb. Io’s shadow passes in front of and slightly dims Ganymede between 12:15 A.M. and 12:34 A.M. EDT (on the 19th; late Aug. 18 in all other U.S. time zones). Two minutes after the event ends, Io slips into Jupiter’s long, dark shadow. Ganymede follows suit, disappearing 7 minutes later. Meanwhile, as these events are proceeding, Europa begins a transit across the disk on the planet’s eastern side at 12:37 A.M. EDT. Its shadow precedes it onto the cloud tops by 3 minutes.
Venus, brilliant at magnitude –3.9, shines pure white in the west during twilight. It sets around twilight’s end.
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 – White
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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
W 18 Low 4:00 AM -0.5 6:23 AM Set 1:43 AM 73
~ 18 High 10:42 AM 5.5 8:16 PM Rise 6:11 PM
~ 18 Low 3:37 PM 3.2
~ 18 High 9:38 PM 7.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I rejoice in laughter whenever I hear it” (I Can Do It Calendar by Louise Hay)
Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Whom do you trust the most and why?
~ A warrior’s thoughts go to his community. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ We’re not interested in the views of painted, perfumed gigolos. – Paul Keating on Andrew Peacock
~ A goal without a plan is just a wish. – unknown
~ Spirit and Mind are the most important Magickal Weapons. – Kerr Cuhulain
In the grey summer garden I shall find you
With day-break and the morning hills behind you.
There will be rain-wet roses; stirs of wings;
And down the wood a thrush that wakes and sings. – Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967)
Magick – Crafts
Herbal Altar Pentacle – You will need: 4-5 blocks bakeable clay in color of your choice, 3-4 tbsp. dried herbs of choice (sage, wormwood, patchouli, basil, and mugwort are good), round piece of wood or cork in your choice of size, cookie sheet, hot glue sticks or hot glue gun. Using your fingers, mix the herbs into the clay. Divide the clay into five equal portions, then form them into long rolls by rubbing them between your palms. Position them on the wood or cork to form a five pointed star; join the smooth ends together, trimming if necessary. Remove the star from the round piece and place it on the baking sheet. Bake the star according to the package directions. After it cools, hot glue it to the wood or cork.
Almost any smooth, porous stone can be turned into a fragrant diffuser. Using a pipette or a cotton swab apply your favorite essential oils to the stones. Sit them in a sunny window and enjoy the scent. Refresh as needed. Enjoy! Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com
Kitchen Wreath – You will need a wire ring in desired size, florist’s wire, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, assorted sprigs of kitchen herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, lavender, lemon balm, and mint), wire cutters, and ribbon. Gather together three or four sprigs of the same herb, then wind a short length of wire around the stems to secure them. Place the bunch on the ring. Secure another bunch of herbs in the same fashion, place them close to the initial sprigs, then wrap the wire end around the ring. Continue in this fashion until the entire ring is covered. Use small bunches of cinnamon sticks to cover any bare spots, then finish with a ribbon bow. Note: for better flexibility and working ease, soak dried herb sprigs in cold water for one hour before you begin.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Q:What Goes- Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Thump? A Man Laughing His Head Off!