Minus Tide at 9:40 AM of -0.8 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ronald Breeze. Sewing Workshop at 3pm. ByoP!
[posting at 6:30pm] Our typical summer high pressure system is sitting off the coast. There’s a disorganized swirl/high about 1/2-way between Hawaii and Alaska. There was sun earlier, but it’s clouded up. 59F, wind at 1-11mph and gusting, AQI 8-45, UV9. Chance of rain 8% today and 24% tonight. Forecast – Today(59/52) Overcast. Tomorrow(60/51) Tiny chance of AM showers, over by 8am. Mon-Sat(62-65/5–54) Partly cloudy, temps climbing during the week. Sun(65/54)Mostly sunny. Summer weather! Willow Creek fire, no new info. 1 firespot, just south of Silverton.
Thursday evening was a bit hurried. We closed up and headed home as soon as the bread was done. I swiped a roll and really puzzled Tempus…. We had the leftover squash and some of the soup for supper, then I went to take a nap and Tempus headed out on the bulk route. He had some time between the bulk and subscriber routes and got a nap, but also found some more info on my tablet. Long press…. <sigh> The tablet version of right-click.
Once I was back up, I prepped vegetables. I need to remember to take regular ziplocs home, since there are only the re-useables there and I don’t want those out of circulation. I read. Got “lunch”, since I hadn’t had one during the day. Got dessert (a bread roll with Nutella(TM). After that I read and got another nap, but then didn’t get back to sleep until after 8am. <sigh> Well, I’m doing better than last winter. I’m ok on 7 hours sleep! Marginally ok, but awake, at least.
Our UPS packages were here. I had gotten a free book from a competion and chose one that I’m going to give to Sioned. “1001 things in the Sea”. I also got the new order of crystals and rings. We have hematite rings in plain and rainbow in assorted sizes ($3 each) and a batch of semi-precious stone rings, also asst sizes ($6). We have some charging plates and wands and a few news pendulums, as well, along with some fluorite crystals and amethyst clusters. The rings are out for sale, but the other things are going to need to be priced and set up in displays.
Tempus ran errands off and on all day. We’ve got a leaking tire, again, since they’re getting pretty worn, and he needed to go to the bank, PO, re-fill propane, and so on. We weren’t all that busy. It was all people, “just looking”.
Today we’ll open at 1pm. Mostly, other than checking in new stock, I’m going to be writing and then the workshop at 3pm will be whatever anyone brings in to work on.
Today is Midpoint Day! According to Wikipedia, “July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 182 days remaining until the end of the year. This day is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years, and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon. In countries that use summer time the actual exact time of the midpoint in a common year is at 1:00 p.m.; this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. This is due to summer time having advanced the time by one hour. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year’s Day in common years.”
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
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 7/12 at 11:38am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/6 at 7:14pm.
In twilight this evening, look west for the waxing crescent Moon. Look left of the Moon for Regulus and above the Moon for slightly fainter Algieba, Gamma Leonis, as shown above. Binoculars help reveal the color difference between the two stars. Algieba is a wide optical double for binoculars and a much closer true binary (5 arcseconds) for telescopes.
Asteroids are numbered in the order in which they were discovered. So, lower-numbered asteroids were discovered first — and perhaps it should come as no surprise that these tend to be the biggest and brightest of the bunch. But this month, you can net a high-numbered asteroid with little effort: 387 Aquitania’s eccentric orbit is bringing it close to the Sun at the same time Earth is relatively far from our star. That means this small main-belt world is visible with a 3-inch scope under dark skies and only needs a 6-incher in regions with moderate light pollution. Such good alignments between Aquitania and Earth only happen every 100 years, so you won’t get another chance like we’ll have this month anytime soon. Tonight, Aquitania sits a little less than 8° east of the 7th-magnitude globular cluster M14 in Ophiuchus. The asteroid itself is just over the border in Serpens Cauda, and roughly 0.5° east of a 6th-magnitude field star. Several 10th-magnitude globular clusters float nearby, including NGC 6535 4.5° to the asteroid’s north-northwest, IC 1276 2.6° to its south-southeast, and NGC 6539 3° to its south. The small world will move just a few degrees against the background this month, sliding southwest toward several open clusters; we’ll check back in with Aquitania in a few weeks.
Hopefully you’ve been able to enjoy the early-morning parade of planets currently providing a view across the solar system. The naked-eye planets still sit along the ecliptic in order of distance from the Sun in the predawn hours, but Mercury is quickly dropping out of sight as it moves toward a July 16 superior conjunction, when it will pass around the far side of the Sun. So, if you want to see this rare lineup before it disappears, this weekend may be one of your last chances. This morning, Mercury is just 4° high in the east some 20 minutes before sunrise. Its small disk has brightened over the past few weeks and is now magnitude –0.8, so as long as you have a clear view of the horizon, you should be able to spot it. The next planet in line, brilliant Venus (magnitude –3.9) sits 13.5° west (to the upper right) of Mercury. To Venus’ lower right is the bright red giant Aldebaran, which may still be visible in the growing twilight. Look roughly 43° west of Venus to land on magnitude 0.4 Mars. The Red Planet is just 13′ (0.2°) due south of 4th-magnitude Omicron (ο) Piscium this morning, though to catch this meetup, you’ll need to look 30 to 60 minutes earlier (at least) to catch them in a darker sky, before the star disappears as dawn begins to approach. Continuing outward, Jupiter sits 20.5° west of Mars, just at the border of Cetus and Pisces. And Saturn caps off the line in Capricornus, another 43° west of Jupiter and still sitting near 3rd-magnitude Deneb Algedi. about:blank
Saturn, magnitude +0.7 in Capricornus, rises in the east-southeast around the end of twilight. It’s highest in the south for best telescopic viewing shortly before dawn (about 2 hours before sunrise). The little star 1½° below or lower right of Saturn is Delta Capricorni, magnitude 2.8.
Runic half month of Feoh – 6/29-7/13 The first rune, Feoh, is sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Neptune 12/3 Retrograde
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Color – Indigo
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 2 High 2:29 AM 7.1 5:36 AM Rise 8:46 AM 6
~ 2 Low 9:40 AM -0.8 9:04 PM Set 11:46 PM
~ 2 High 4:24 PM 6.0
~ 2 Low 9:37 PM 3.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Breaking free demands filling your own heart first, with absolute, unapologetic honesty. It is a matter of going back to where we all started.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Did you grow up with lots of money or very little? How much money (give numbers, it makes things interesting)?
~ Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought. – Napoleon Hill
~ Bathe your eyes on Bartimy Day, You may throw your spectacles away. – English traditional proverb
~ I will be as good unto ye as ever a Queen was unto her people. No will in me can lack, neither do I trust shall there lack any power. And persuade yourselves that for the safety and quietness of you all I will not spare if need be to spend my blood. – Queen Elizabeth I; to the Lord Mayor and people of London on the eve of her coronation
~ About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
Do not trust the eraser. Prefer
crossed out, scribbled over monuments
to something once thought correct
. Instead: colors, transparencies
track changes, versions, iterations
. How else might you return
after discards, attempts
and mis takes, to your
Copyright © 2022 by Rosamond S. King. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 1, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.
Lughnasadh Magick – Crafts
Make a Solar Wheel or Corn Man Wheel
- Turn a wire hanger into a circle (standard circle material for wreaths too), keeping the hook to hang it by.
- Make a small cardboard disk to glue the corn tips onto. You can decorate it with any design, for example, a pentagram or sun.
- Place ears of Indian “squaw” corn (it is smaller than regualr corn and fits easily on a coat hanger) with the tips inthe center of the circle and secure with hot glue to the cardboard disk. Use eight ears for a Solar Wheel, or five ears for a Corn Man. If all the ears of corn meet just right you won’t need the disk, but if they are uneven the disk is helpful.
- Wrap a bit of the husks of each ear around the wire on either side of the ear of corn, leaving some to stand out free from the corn.
- Let dry overnight and hang on the front door.
Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
This project is rated EASY
This project was contributed by Madene Walker
What You Need
- Popcorn kernels
- Popped popcorn
- Yellow and green construction paper or printed pattern and crayons to color it
Step 1 – Make the Corn Picture
Cut out a corn cob shape from yellow construction paper and cut out some leaves from green construction paper. You might find it easiest to cut out the corn cob, then lay it on the green paper, then draw the leaves, then cut them out. You can glue the finished shape to thin cardboard if you want to make it sturdier.
Step 2 – Attach the corn
Put glue all over the corn cob section, the glue unpopped or popped corn (or both) to the cob.
Let the glue dry, then enjoy your decoration. Be sure to hang it up inside, where it won’t get wet!
Acorn Wreath – For The Kids – Parental supervision is recommended. This project is rated AVERAGE to do.
What You Need
- Wicker wreath
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Flowers or other decoration
How To Make It
- First, spread the newspaper on a flat surface. Lay your wreath down flat. Heat your glue gun.
- Next, starting in the middle of the wreath begin gluing the bottom of the acorn. Place the glued part of the acorn in the middle of the wreath and stand the acorn straight up. Make 1 row in a straight line going all the way around the wreath. Repeat the process from top to bottom with the wreath still laying flat.
- Then decorate with flowers, bows, or even holiday ornaments. Be sure not to leave any open spaces except in the back. The back of the wreath shouldn’t have any acorns on it so when you lay it down it is flat.
This project was contributed by: Sabrina Dameron
Silliness – Fry Day