Yup, I’m going there – Solar Eclipse Day

Photo courtesy of Nasa

Hey there,

Well you know I’m going to be here today.  If you didn’t, are ya new?  🙂  Any of my regular readers know that a large part of my beliefs, or woo woo is the night sky.  Today, we are going to experience a solar eclipse.  In fact, the solar eclipse is happening right now elsewhere, but here in Southern Ontario we will see it starting around 1:10 p.m. this afternoon.  Get your pinhole cameras ready!

What, exactly is a solar eclipse?  Well, plain and simple, without the sky nerd text…a solar eclipse happens when the Moon (which circles the Earth) passes between the Earth and the Sun and sends a shadow across the Sun, virtually blocking it out.  We get to see it because it’s happening during our daylight hours. Depending on where you live on the Earth you will see a full to partial darkening of the Sun by today’s New Moon.  Here where I live under the blue roof,  it is expected that we will have about a 70% shadow over the Sun.

The good news? The Sun is actually shining today! Yay!  I know, it is Summer, however anyone reading from anywhere else in the world…our Summer here this year has been rather cool with not as much Sun as we expect. Ok, no whining about the weather – I’m not, because I melt in the heat, especially when we have day after day of it.

This whole solar eclipse thing – on the level that we will experience it here today, is kind of a once in a lifetime thing.  That’s what the big deal is about.  Actually getting to watch as the Moon passes across the Sun should give most people, even those who don’t really pay much attention to this stuff, a feeling or realization of how the Earth, the Moon and the Sun “work” and that we are, in fact, just a speck in a much larger universe.  We all know the Moon is there.  But today?  Today we actually get to see the Moon, or the Moon’s shadow roll past.  It will get people thinking – and talking – and that’s such a good thing!  Especially with all the negative things that have been happening lately.  Something else to think about.

It’s very cool.

For a sky watcher like myself?  I’m “over the Moon” – pun intended. 🙂

It’s very eerie and still and quiet outside this morning.  Almost like nature knows that something big is occurring.

It’s a big week for me too.  Not just because it’s my birthday week – the 23rd is the big day – but because there’s a lot going on in the sky for my birth chart right now. It’s not a milestone birthday for me, but planet-wise, there is lots of movement in different areas of my life.  (Rats.  Just remembered I have to get my license renewed, driver’s, that is…)

The biggie?  Today, August 21st, the solar eclipse day, is the peak date for my Progressed Sun to be square my Ascendent.  That is a biggie.  First, progressed means the progression of a planet, in this case the Sun, through the years of your life and how it affects you in different areas.  The Sun progression is very slow and usually in an average long life span of a human, the Sun will only travel through about a quarter of your birth chart. Many go through their entire life without the Sun ever really zeroing in on any particular area. It’s there, but it stays in the background.  When it “lands” or touches or relates with another planet or house, changes are in the air.  My Ascendent is Cancer, or the Earth Mother sign.  The Ascendent is in your first house; your style, the first impression you make.  A square usually means some tension, or difficulty. Depending on which house – there are twelve, representing various areas of your life – the Sun is in, that tells you where to expect the changes.

Without giving away my secrets – and I am secretive and can keep a secret – there are definitely big changes happening for me right now with regard to what is important, my interests and how I project myself in the world.  Yup, my Earth Mother is definitely coming through more and more as I progress.

I had dinner with a friend a couple of weeks ago.  She is someone who I’ve been acquainted with for about 20 years.  We know each other, but we don’t know each other on a really personal level.  I probably know a lot more about her than she does about me.  She is chatty and I…keep things close.  We enjoy each other’s company and the conversation is always lively.  She soooo doesn’t get what I’ve gone through with leaving the corporate world and now being a caregiver for my parents.  We saw each other much more often when I was the “corporate” me.  That’s ok.  I still very much enjoy our dinners and getting caught up.  I did the corporate world for 34 years.  I remember.  We lead much different lives, but that’s what makes the conversation interesting!

I always get the questions:  “So, are you going back to work?” and “Aren’t you bored?”.

Ummmm, first of all, define “work”.  And bored?  I don’t have time to be bored.  Haha – this is just the tip of the iceberg in all things Earth Mother and the changes and the morphing that I have been going through.

What have I been up to?

Gardening, for one.  Not just my flowers and herbs, but I’m growing veggies now, which is some work and now that there is harvesting, something has to be done with the food – that’s work.  I also volunteer some time gardening at a community garden through my garden club.  I’m part of a garden club and love all things plants. (But you already know that!)  I make my own medicine, vinegars, tinctures and oils using plants.  I teach classes sometimes.  I’m part of a book club and I read.  A lot.  I organize a social meet-up group – and we are busy, I’m in the process of organizing a social art group and getting that set up. I deal with all of my parents’ needs.  I write.  You’re thinking, “not very much lately”, but I have been writing, I just haven’t been writing here.  Not expanding on that one just yet.  I’m out on the boat, weather permitting and have a social life at the boat club.  I love to cook and I love to make things by hand.  I go to classes and workshops, of many varieties.  I am constantly researching things and learning.  I love all things art and nature.  There’s my Ascendent.  I’ve always loved all things art and nature and to learn, but now I’m giving myself the time and space to live in it and do my own thing.  And then there’s the thinking…lots and lots of thinking.  Also of course, I own a house, and they don’t run themselves. 🙂  Lots of “I’s” there, huh? Permission given to be a little selfish during this progression…besides, the Sun and the Moon are in Leo…

Nope, I’m not bored.  I’ve created a whole different world for myself in the past five years.  Five is my number, I’ve written about that before here.  So the Sun, progressing or shining his spotlight on my Ascendent at this time makes perfect sense.  This world, this so-not-corporate world, is the one I feel most at home in.  Still a bossy pants – some things never change…

“Am I going back to “work”?”  “Not the corporate world work”, I thought, “How about never?  Is never good for you?”  I’ve found my happy place.  I’m reinventing myself and in change mode and it feels pretty good.

Think the whole woo woo, sky and planet thing is a bunch of bunk?  I challenge you to have your birth chart prepared by someone who knows what they’re doing.  I guarantee, you will be amazed at what you find out about yourself. 🙂  Contact me if you’d like a recommendation.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams”
-Henry David Thoreau

Sorry to disappoint if you were looking for some plant talk today.  Instead, a little sage wisdom and advice. (See what I did there?) 🙂  The pouring out of feelings; the emptying of the soul.  We’ll talk about sage another time – hint – sage is feminine, all about the woo woo and yes, you can smoke it! 🙂

Today’s colour is ivory.

Enjoy the wonder of today’s solar eclipse in Leo!  Yes, Leo is ruled by the Sun on this “Moon-day”.  Mo(o)nday is ruled by the Moon, also in Leo today, doubly powerful, full speed ahead with all things ego.

Until next time,

-Debra

O Sun, wherefore art thou?

Hey there,

O Sun, wherefore art thou?  That doesn’t sound so much like complaining, does it?  Fancy. 🙂

Took a wee break and now I’m back.  Did you miss me? 🙂

Two words:  New. Phone.

Two more words:  @#!&%!! Frustrating.

Enough said

Into August we go – my birth month.  Yep, another spin around the Sun for me…not yet, but soon; I’m on the cusp, first full day of Virgo.  Right now we bask in all things Leo – can you feel the Sun’s energy? (When we are blessed with it, this year!)  Leo is of course ruled by the Sun and the Sun represents the outer you, or your ego.  The colours? Gold, yellow, amber, orange – the colours of Sun-day. Warm, summery, fun.  Many of the greenies that flower in August are yellow.  Cool fact.

So how does your garden grow?  My veggies are kind of at the in between stage right now.  The early, cooler weather crops are not doing well in the heat, although I’m still harvesting lettuces and Swiss Chard, the radish and spinach have called it quits.  I’m going to re-seed end of August for another cool weather crop in the Fall.  Something went bums up with the peas.  The vines grew, developed the pods, but they never ripened, got soft and then the vines died…hmmm still looking into that one.  It couldn’t have been lack of rain!  They aren’t chewed, so I don’t think anything got into them.  Anyone have any ideas?  Maybe I should have harvested them when they were fully formed, but yellow?  They are called green peas for a reason. >: I’ve left them on the trellis to shade the lettuce, but it doesn’t look pretty…

The hot weather veggies:  cucumbers, beans, mellon, squashes and tomato are all coming along, but not nearly ready to harvest.  Lots of tomatoes on the vines, but very green.  I’m harvesting beans and will be harvesting beets and carrots soon.  We haven’t had a lot of hot Sun, although we did get some this week.  I did call this the year of experiment, garden-wise, so I’m waiting things out.  The early crops were good and I will be harvesting garlic when things dry up a bit, next week.

Endings are new beginnings.
Edit the story and continue the book.

I just got back from visiting in the City (Toronto) for a few days.  Down to see my daughter’s new abode and to visit Mr. G (my grandkitty) 🙂  Lots of walking and it was very hot.  Such a different world from the one here at Blue Roof Living.  I always love to visit – a few days is enough to experience the fast pace, the people, the food, do a little shopping, visit a gallery or two, get caught up.  I usually go for a spin through the financial district, my old stomping grounds from what seems like a lifetime ago, and then back I go to my kitties, the greenies, the birds, the fresh air, the dark night sky and the quiet:  home.  I usually take transit down – I’m not a big fan of driving in the City.  When I get back, there’s Pearl (my VW Bug rag top), patiently waiting for me and all is as it should be again.

Always fun to visit, but I’m not sure I could live there anymore.

Breeaaathe – and into a frenzy of spot watering my gardens as soon as I get my stuff in the door.  (Um, I might have bought a few new plants and tucked them in, here and there.)

It hasn’t been a great Summer to get out on the boat – our Civic Holiday long weekend is upon us; fingers crossed for some Sun and Wind.

Nothing too new critter-wise here (other than insects) – Niles is settling in.  Niles is the latest kitty to call the blue roof home. Ralph brought him home and he’s certainly paying for that…Niles is not far out of kittenhood and is in constant play mode.  (If he would stay still long enough, I’d take his picture and let you see him!)  Ralph is entering his golden years.  Playing is ok for a while, then, enough already, time to rest. Niles will push him one step too far…and then WHACK >ouch<…poor Niles – he’ll learn the hard way. Winnie, in her platinum years, just slugs him whenever she sees him, so he steers clear of Winnie – she doesn’t have the patience for a young whipper snipper like him.  Her mode is called “cranky”.

Winter should be interesting.  If Niles wants a bed by the fire, he’d better win over Winnie first…that’s her domain!

My stone wall?  Sigh  That’s not going nearly as quickly as I had anticipated.  It’s either raining or I can’t stand to be down by the trees for the mosquitoes – they are so fierce this year.  Even with my bug stuff on, I get badly bitten. So not happy about that.  There will be a push in the Fall to get some more work done on it.

One nice thing about the plentiful insects this year (I do try to find something good) is the butterflies!  Lots of them and they are so beautiful…I’ve been studying up on the different kinds and I’ve got most of the ones you find in Southern Ontario in my meadow. YAY!

Gee, that may call for a new book! 🙂 I’ve discovered Mourning Cloaks, Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and Red Admirals.  Of course, I always have lots of Monarchs, because I have lots of Milkweed in the meadow.

Look at these beauties on the Sea Holly.  Mourning Cloak on left above and Red Admiral on right.

And lots of Bees, which is always a good thing. The Meadowsweet, left above, is alive with Bees – all different kinds.  Look at that big Bumble Bee in the Hosta flower above right.

So, the flower gardens and the insects have most certainly benefited from all the rain we’ve had this year.

What have I been harvesting?  St. John’s Wort, for one.  This herb has also been called Touch and Heal, among other things. Hypericum Perforatum looks like the photo above on the left.  The photo to the right of that shows my jar of the flowers and leaves packed in oil, harvested about two weeks ago.  The jar in the middle, below them shows another harvest, flowers and leaves in oil that have been sitting for almost one month.  Can you see the colour of the oil?  Red!  Historically, the pigment from the crushed flowers was believed to signify the blood of St. John, who was beheaded.  Also the herb is usually flowering around June 24th, which is St. John’s Day.  You know me, I’m more about the woo woo, but interesting fact all the same!  I will leave the jars sitting in the Sun for two Moon cycles.  The Sun extracts the energy of the plant and harvesting by the Moon extracts her energy…it’s a twofer.

What would I use this red oil for?  I would use it topically for any kind of nerve pain.  Sciatica, Shingles, etc. It is also good for sun burn, but be careful with exposing your skin to the Sun while using it, as it can make you susceptible to burns. I’ll make a salve with the oil, incorporating it with beeswax – less messy to use that way.

Let’s turn to the night sky.  We get to experience some neat stuff this month in the sky.  The full Moon is this coming Monday, the 6th.  Mondays are ruled by the Moon.  We also experience a Lunar Eclipse on the afternoon of the Full Moon.  Two weeks later, on Monday the 21st, the New Moon, we experience a Solar Eclipse at almost the same time in the afternoon.  Very interesting.

Jupiter will be very close to the Moon in the week of the New Moon – especially mid week, in the West. Jupiter has been in the night sky since April and we’ll be losing sight of the King Planet before too much longer.  August is also an excellent time to see Saturn in the West to the left of Jupiter.  Because of the tilt of the planet right now, you can easily see Saturn’s rings with good binoculars or a telescope.  Venus still shines brightly in the East before dawn.  The Milky Way is still very easy to see overhead late evening.  A magic wash of light.

Hmmm, where are we tonight…the Moon is in Capricorn.  Very matter of fact, follow the rules kind of day.

Today’s colour is coral.

Well now, lots of goodies and photos this time around.  A little payback for being away. 🙂 For my Canadian readers, do enjoy your August long weekend, whatever you may be up to.  Our season is so fleeting, especially this year.  Enjoy safely.

Until next time,

-Debra