Astrology | Comet Neowise closest to Earth July 23

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology, Psychic

Tonight July 23 comet Neowise makes its closest approach to the earth at 01:14 UT/GMT, at a distance of 0.69 AU (103 million km; 64 million mi) while located in the constellation of Ursa Major the Big Dipper or Bear.

For the next few days with the naked eye Comet, Neowise will be visible then fading as it appears closer to the sun. It will still be visible with binoculars but then it’s by bye for another 6,000+ years until it returns again. 

The Birth chart of the closest approach on July 23 

What stands out as Comet Neowise at 20 degrees LEO conjunct Fixed Star MERAK in the Side of the Great Bear, the second-largest star of this constellation.

“Fixed star Merak is like Mars (violent death, ultimate ruin by folly or pride. If rising, wealth, power, courage, generosity, ingenuity, rise to authority, martial success, subject to cuts, wounds…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for July 23, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for July 23, 2020
sukhuma — that which is delicate, or that which is fine, subtle, minute

Yo ca mettaṃ bhāvayati
Appamāṇaṃ paṭissato
Tanū saṃyojanā honti,
Passato upadhikkhayaṃ.

For one who mindfully develops
Boundless loving-kindness
Seeing the destruction of clinging,
The fetters are worn away.

Itivuttaka 1.27
The Udāna and the Itivuttaka, trans. John D. Ireland

Daily Words of the Buddha for July 22, 2020

Kāyena saṃvaro sādhu; sādhu vācāya saṃvaro;
manasā saṃvaro sādhu. Sādhu sabbattha saṃvaro.
Sabbattha saṃvuto bhikkhu
sabbadukkhā pamuccati.

Good is restraint in the body; good is restraint in speech;
good is restraint in thought. Restraint everywhere is good.
The monk restrained in every way
is freed from all suffering.

Dhammapada 25.361
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Daily Words of the Buddha for July 21, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for July 21, 2020
ñāṇa — knowledge, intelligence, insight, conviction, recognition

Cakkhumā,
visamānīva,
vijjamāne parakkame.
Paṇḍito jīvalokasmiṃ,
pāpāni parivajjaye.

A person with good eyes,
encountering a treacherous, uneven place,
would try hard to avoid it.
A wise person, in the world of life,
should avoid evil deeds.

Udāna 5.43
Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Hau’ōli Aloha Lāʻpūle

Hau’ōli Aloha Lāʻpūle ka pōʻe ʻapau. Nō ko ʻianei manāʻo ʻia ʻōukōu a pau i kā ʻĀiwa lā ʻe hele aku, ʻāe hana hou ‘aoʻao me ko ʻōukōu aloha keiki. Noho malaria kōʻu mau makamaka a me ʻŌhana.

Happy aloha Sunday, everyone. Wishing you all a fantastic day. Go out and create new cherished memories with loved ones. Stay safe, my friends and family.

Astrology | 2020 2nd Cancer New Moon begins Water Sheep Month

Susan Levitt

Lamb or Goat

July 20 2020 at 10:33 am PDT is a new Moon in Cancer, the second Cancer new Moon in a row. This is because 2020 is a leap year with two additional lunar cycles. There have been two Metal Snake months in May and June in Chinese astrology, and two Cancer new Moons in June and July in Western astrology.

The Moon is ruled by Cancer, a very comfortable sign for the Moon. Cancer rules the 4th house of home, family, and nurturing. Continue to take care of self and others, focus on family connections, and creative ways to nurture.

This new Moon begins Water Sheep month in Chinese astrology. Sensitive Water Sheep is a kind and gentle soul, bringing a peaceful and gracious tone to this lunar month. Sheep is a symbol of love and peace, making this the time for healing after the exciting yet chaotic energy of…

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Herbalism: A new era (Coronavirus – an Invitation) — John J Slattery Bioregional Herbalist, Forager, Author

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

A bioregional herbalist’s look at the Coronavirus (CoV 2019) and important herbs to consider prior to and during exposure

So I thought I’d take some time to write about some of the herbs that I feel will be important upon exposure to CoV-2, but first, to help put some of this in perspective.

Mexican elder leaf (Sambucus mexicana, syn. S. cerulea subsp. mexicana, syn. S. cerulea, etc.)

Elder s one that is often brought up in any discussion of viruses. Not only does elder help prevent attachment through inhibition of neuraminidase, but it also protects ACE-2 making it exceptionally important at the early stages of prevention and limiting the initial impact of the virus. Another aspect of the elder’s effect on humoral immunity is to increase T cell production. This is important due to the virus’ effects on the dendritic cells of the lungs as the progression advances. This hinders…

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La’au Lapa’au | A Day In the Garden – Urban Moonshine

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

GO INTO THE GARDEN EVERY DAY, NO MATTER WHAT.

That’s the promise I made at the start of the season. It will be a daily ritual, a practice to keep me in tune with the growth and health of the garden, and a sure way not to miss a bit of garden gossip. Like a bustling city full of honking horns, buses whizzing by, and street conversations half-heard, there is endless activity to observe. Cucumber beetles rapidly working to destroy the cucumber crop. Birds ravishing the cherry tree singing loudly to their friends to join in on the feast. Earthworms patiently turning the soil underfoot. Never a dull moment, but you need to go to the garden every day to keep up.

That has been my biggest lesson gardening this year. If you’re not there to enjoy the first ripe strawberries, the squirrels will be happy to take on that…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for July 18, 2020

Attā hi attano nātho,
attā hi attano gati.
Tasmā saṃyamamattānaṃ
assaṃ bhadraṃva vāṇijo.

One is one’s own protector,
one is one’s own refuge.
Therefore, one should control oneself,
even as a trader controls a noble steed.

Dhammapada 25.380
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Daily Words of the Buddha for July 17, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for July 17, 2020
aṭala — solid, firm, strong

Kodhaṃ chetvā sukhaṃ seti,
kodhaṃ chetvā na socati.
Kodhassa visamūlassa
madhuraggassa brāhmaṇa;
vadhaṃ ariyā pasaṃsanti
tañhi chetvā na socatī.

Slay anger and you will be happy,
slay anger and you will not sorrow.
For the slaying of anger in all its forms
with its poisoned root and sweet sting —
that is the slaying the nobles praise;
with anger slain one weeps no more.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.187
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Astrology | Talk Talk Moon conjuncts Gemini Venus

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology, Psychic

The Moons in GEMINI and its all about the communication. Mercury is newly straightforward from turning Direct July 12. So we are just getting up to speed.

Moon sextiles CHIRON in ARIES the wounded healer making it easy to whisper about what ails you.

Moon sextiles MARS in ARIES

Talking about impatience, anger, frustration, feeling imprisoned by Covid-19 restrictions, vent, let off some steam, debate. Hot argument day.

Moon conjuncts VENUS

VENUS is in her beautiful evening star formation watch her live here

Talking romantically with the Moon and with another Star as she loves to have two lovers, admirers, conversations, things to do at the same time.

Use your Charm its off the charts right now. Venus is at Her beautiful evening Star journey. Romance and flirty sparks will fly

NOTE the MOON will be OUT OF BOUNDS JULY 18-20

Expect a wild chaotic emotional ride July 18-20 when…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for July 16, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for July 16, 2020
tapati — to shine, to be bright

Sukhaṃ yāva jarā sīlaṃ,
sukhā saddhā patiṭṭhitā,
sukho paññāya paṭilābho,
pāpānaṃ akaraṇaṃ sukhaṃ.

Good is virtue until life’s end,
good is faith that is steadfast,
good is the acquisition of wisdom,
and good is the avoidance of evil.

Dhammapada 23.333
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Daily Words of the Buddha for July 15, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for July 15, 2020
titikkhā — endurance, forgiveness

Sace labhetha nipakaṃ sahāyaṃ
saddhiṃ caraṃ sādhuvihāridhīraṃ,
abhibhuyya sabbāni parissayāni,
careyya tenattamano satīmā.

If for company you find a wise and prudent friend
who leads a good life,
you should, overcoming all impediments,
keep their company joyously and mindfully.

Dhammapada 23.328
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

La’au Lapa’au | DIY RECIPE OF THE MONTH: ORGANIC BUG REPELLENT

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

It’s that time of year for patio-chillin’, outdoor grillin’, and camping adventures. When you are looking for something that isn’t laden with chemicals that will keep the pesky insects away, try this DIY Bug Repellent.

I sometimes change up the essential oils I use, but following the lead of many other home-made bug spray recipes, find this blend to be the best in practice (and smells fantastic!). The oil you don’t want to skip is the Citronella because of its power to keep the buzzing at bay.

As with all Essential Oils (EO), test on sensitive skin first to make sure you don’t have any adverse reactions and avoid eyes.

(Added bonus, I sometimes steep rosemary and lavender in my water and witch hazel mix, store in the fridge for a few days before adding to the blend for added oomph!)

THIS MONTHS RECIPE: BUG REPELLENT

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

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Daily Words of the Buddha for July 14, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for July 14, 2020
tāṇa — shelter, protection, refuge, esp. of shelter & peace offered by the dhamma

Yo ca dhammamabhiññāya
dhammamaññāya paṇḍito,
rahadova nivāte ca
anejo vūpasammati.

Thoroughly understanding the Dhamma
and freed from longing through insight,
the wise one rid of all desire
is calm as a pool unstirred by wind.

Itivuttaka 3.92
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika