Daily Stuff 7-6-20 Jan Hus

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. There might not be a newsletter for Thursday morning. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Anja.

 [posting at 7:30pm] Rain gauge – Trace. It’s been cloudy and humid all day, and spitty early on, but not much accumulation (official is 0.04in). 59F, (official high was 74!) wind at 1-10mph and gusting, AQI 8-43, UV8. Chance of rain 21% today and 15% tonight. Forecast – Today(64/56) mostly cloudy, tiny chance of “spits” before sunrise, no accum. Tomorrow(64/53) AM clouds, PM sun. Fri(66/54) partly cloudy. Sat(66/53) mostly sunny. Sun/Mon(70/55) sunny. Tue(68/56) partly cloudy. Wed(67/54) mostly sunny. Thu(69/55) sunny. The Willow Creek fire isn’t showing on the map, now. One firespot in the King’s Valley area, almost due north of Blodgett.

Monday night it was nearly 9pm when we headed home. I had pulled a lot from the fridge and freezer to re-stock at home. We fell into bed once that was all put away. I had to deal with asthma up until about 4 in the morning, though, so it wasn’t until then that I really slept…and I slept hard. I had no idea when Tempus got in until I started to roll over and whacked him! ….but I slept until past 2pm and he got up 3-ish, so we both fell a bit better.

Tempus had done a little shopping in the morning before coming home, since we needed a few things. I was putting that away when he went to drain the tanks and made the nasty discovery that the folks who trim grass around the park managed to put a hole in our drain tube, again, a really *huge* hole this time. Thankfully, we had a spare, but that’s just not right.

We had meatball sandwiches after our coffee and brownies and then headed into town. I started in on writing, but Tempus took the car to get a small amount of gas and get the leaky tire pumped back up. The leaky sewer hose cost us getting into town in time to get the tire patched. <sigh>

I still have a meeting to go to, but I promised Tempus that we’d be on our way back home around 8pm.

Today I hope he’s going to get the tire patched before coming home, and he can sleep while I do the Herbs in the Garden stuff. I’m not going to try for the Farmer’s Market today, since I only found some of the stuff from last week Monday evening! I’m going to get a soup going overnight, since one of the things he brought was two flats of chicken and that will give us something along with the casserole (just a cheese and noodle….) that I did last night. The 2nd flat of chicken is going into the freezer, because I’m intending to make a medieval dish from it, chicken with fennel flowers in almond sauce…. but that’ll be next week, once the fennel really blooms.

Sea Stacks off Gold Beach from highway 101 taken by Anja on 7/5/19

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Today is the anniversary of the day in 1415 when Jan Hus, an early religious reformer contemporary with John Wycliffe, was burned at the stake for heresy. It is celebrated in the Czech Republic in his honor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Hus This is the real beginning of the Reformation, which took most of another century to produce Martin Luther and the 95 Theses, which start from Jan Hus’ teachings.

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Today’s plant is Evergreen Huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds… and it’s starting to get berries right now! – Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Libra

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. 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 7/11 at 11:38pm.

First Quarter Moon – The Moon reaches its First Quarter phase Wednesday evening, when half of its visible face is in sunlight. – NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

First-quarter Moon (exact at 7:14 p.m. PDT). Because our Moon is up all evening, this is a popular phase to observe. The Moon is in Virgo, with Spica to its left and fainter Gamma Virginis (Porrima) closer to its right or lower right. This stunning double star is an easy-to-observe magnitude 3.5 and its components can be split with a small telescope. (This is not always true, however — the stars have an elliptical orbit that brings them close and then takes them farther apart again. Their last close approach, when they appeared just 3″ apart, was in 2005, and their next approach won’t occur for nearly 200 years.)

Gamma Vir is a fine close double star for telescopes. Its current separation is 3 arcseconds, and the components are nearly equal in brightness: spectral type F0 V; somewhat larger and hotter than the Sun. They orbit each other in 169 years. The pair is 38 light-years away.

Seldom-seen maria – Consolidated Lunar Atlas/UA/LPL; Clementine (NASA/JPL/USGS)

But the Moon is definitely our main attraction tonight, with half of its visible face now in sunlight. The terminator is the line dividing night from day on the surface, and it’s where you’ll find the most detail. Some features you may want to search out include the craters Hipparchus and Albategnius just south of the lunar equator, as well as Mare Frigoris in the lunar north. Fully illuminated now are features that include the Seas of Serenity, Tranquillity, Nectar, Crises, and Fertility. Look also for Vallis Alpes, a large, straight cleft in the Montes Alpes mountain range along the northeastern rim of Mare Imbrium.

Vega

Arcturus

Brighter Arcturus shines very high above the ¼ Moon. Arcturus and Vega are about equally far from straight overhead shortly after dark: Arcturus >>> toward the southwest, <<< Vega toward the east. Arcturus is pale yellow-orange; Vega is icy bluish white. Star colors are mostly subtle, and different people have an easier or harder time seeing them. To me, the tints of bright stars show a little better in the dark blue of a late-twilight sky than in a fully dark sky. For instance, compare Vega and Arcturus in twilight and after dark. Do their colors stand out a little better or worse for you one way or the other? Binoculars, of course, always make star colors much more obvious.

Venus (magnitude –3.9) rises just as dawn begins. Look for it above the east-northeast horizon. It’s very far lower left of bright Jupiter, by six or seven fists at arm’s length.

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

Sun in Cancer

Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Neptune 12/3 Retrograde
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug
Color – Brown
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.

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.

Holm Oak

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
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
W    6      Low  12:20 AM     2.4   5:39 AM     Set 12:48 AM      36
~     6      High   5:43 AM     5.4   9:03 PM    Rise  1:12 PM
~     6      Low  12:10 PM     0.8
~     6      High   6:54 PM     6.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – Remember the last time you spoke to a person who later died.

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Quotes

~   Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx
~   You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-savings time. – Dave Barry
~   He is the greatest job and investment destroyer since the bubonic plague. – Paul Keating on John Howard
~   Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Answer July by Emily Dickinson

Answer July—
Where is the Bee—
Where is the Blush—
Where is the Hay?

Ah, said July—
Where is the Seed—
Where is the Bud—
Where is the May—
Answer Thee—Me—

Nay—said the May—
Show me the Snow—
Show me the Bells—
Show me the Jay!

Quibbled the Jay—
Where be the Maize—
Where be the Haze—
Where be the Bur?
Here—said the Year—
This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on July 2, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.

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Lughnasadh Magick – Crafts

Lammas Centerpiece – (For Lughnasadh) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/cntrpees.html

Materials:

  • Basket or floral pot
  • Floral foam (to stick fake flowers into)
  • Dried or fake flowers resembling wheat
  • Dried or fake flowers in blue or orange
  • Small fake sunflowers or sunflower vine
  • Indian corn
  • Raffia or husk to make dolly

Directions: Simply arrange the items in the basket or pot in an aesthetically pleasing fashion. The dolly is made by folding the raffia or husk so that a loop of it resembles the head of a doll, and then it is tied with white ribbon. Arms can also be added with extra husk or raffia, but that is unnecessary; the dolly can also be dressed as a pregnant woman at this time if desired.

Ritual use: The dolly can be made in ritual to symbolize the pregnant mother Goddess who is giving forth her bounty in the form of the harvest (but is still pregnant with the stored bounty of the future harvest). The dolly can be made and placed ceremoniously among the centerpiece.

Corn Magnets (Anja ©2013 M. Bartlett)

Materials
 Sculpey or other oven-bake clay, in green, yellow, gold/ochre and brown. If you’re going to include other representations of the God you’ll also need blue and black.

Rolling pin or flat-sided bottle
Cookie cutters, presses, clay tools or just a small knife and a ruler
Baking sheet
Something to poke a hole with… a skewer, an awl, a ball-point pen…..
Oven
craft magnets, the heavy-duty ones (AS&S has them http://www.sciplus.com/ http://www.sciplus.com/s/c_13/sf_125)
Glue that will stick both metal and plastic, like E-6000.

To make an ear of corn (maize)

  • roll a small “worm” about  2 inches long of yellow.
  • Partially flatten it, maybe I should say “squash down” instead of flatten?
  • Squash one end flat, shoving it back up into the worm. This is the bottom of your “ear”
  • Use your knife to make lines (just press down) longways and then widthways to make it resemble kernels on a cob.
  • Roll out a flat sheet of green and cut two leaf shapes, no longer than your “worm”.
  • Place them on the worm so that they meet on the bottom of the ear and cover the sides, but not the front.
  • Roll the edges back, particularly at the top, to make it look like the leaves.
  • Squish the bottom of the green together to make it look like the start of a stem.
  • You may be done at this point, but it you want to go a little farther with it, take a tiny bit of the ochre and add a bit at the top shaped to look like the silk.
  • Bake on the cookie sheet according to clay directions (they’re different for different brands!)
  • When cool use the glue to stick the magnet to the back of the ear and let dry.

You can make wheat with this process, as well.

  • Roll out a flat irregular sheet of green about 2 x2 inches
  • Roll a very skinny worm of the ochre(less than 1/16 inch and two inches long) and place along the longest part of the green.
  • Trim the green to an egg shape with the worm aligned along the axis. The large end is the bottom.
  • Roll a 1/16 diameter ball of the ochre and put it about ½ inch in from the edge on the long worm. Squash flat.
  • Now, you’re going to make the grains. You’re going to make worms and balls for these. Each worm is the length from the original worm to the edge the green. Roll the tip very small with your finger, measure and then cut.
  • Roll a ball and smash it onto the worm, so that it just is a touch longer than the measurement.
  • Lay these alternating, starting near the top and slightly overlapping the center worm. The worms are the “beards” and the balls are the “grains”.
  • When you get to the bottom make one last ball, squash and add to just cover the bottom of the “worm”.
  • Bake on the cookie sheet according to directions.
  • Let cool.
  • Glue a magnet to the back as before.

You can make many more shapes for these. If you have red or orange, you can make poppies, for instance, brown for bread loaves, etc.

To add the Youth and the Sage to the Grain God, take the original shape before baking. Make two 1 inch flat circles and place them under and to either side of the ear. Make sure they adhere to the original ear before baking.

Lammas Potpourri

20 drops clove bud oil
23 drops sandalwood oil
1 cup oak moss
2 cups dried pink rosebuds
2 cups dried red peony petals
1 cupdried amaranth flowers
1 cup dried heather flowers
1/2 cup dried cornflowers.

  1. Mix the clove bud and sandalwood oils with the oak moss, first.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients,
  3. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.

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Silliness – Lots of Ears

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