Daily Stuff 1-21-19 Kings’ Crusade

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 7:01 PM of -1.8 feet. Wicca 101 at 6:30pm.

Well, that was unexpected! We *both* overslept and no clue why, since we went to bed early. We’ve just gotten the shop open, so we’re here, now, even if I haven’t had any coffee, yet.

The pavement is wet. The puddles are drying and there’s bright sunshine out there…and I do mean bright. It’s not as dim as it was a month ago. 50F, no wind, UV at 2 and AQI at 23. We got just under 2/5 of an inch of rain yesterday and just under a tenth since midnight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR WINDS for 24 hours from 4am tomorrow. The rain should start back up as showers tonight and peak early Wednesday and then be dry for most of the next week.

Yesterday started with that long car trip. We were open well before noon, and though we weren’t busy, we had a few sales and some who came in to browse. With the rain, folks who enjoyed the gorgeous weather on Saturday were in the mood to be indoors and shop.

I spent most of the day cooking, and putting away the things that I took with me on Saturday. We had our potluck in the evening, which was poorly attended, but we had enough to try some of the soups and enough left over for a couple of sets of them to hand off to some of the people who couldn’t be there, for approval. I also always have the pickled things and cheeses that get set out for those, although I’m about to gear up for the feast in February and make a lot more. I also made up a hot dish of little smokies and mushroom cream sauce that we had with some good bread and the last of the tvarog.

I worked on pictures and writing up Saturday all day, too, in between other things, but didn’t finish. I’m hoping that will get done today. If you’re interested in the potluck pictures and recipes they’re going to show up here (https://wp.me/p8ngGY-1ZK), later today.

Of course, during the evening there was the eclipse and we ran in and out (*cold* outside!) watching it.

Today, well, we’re open. There are still some things to sort out, mostly the big trays and serving crocks, but I’m going to take the time since we have to pull them out, to re-set the boxes and try to find all the serving utensils.

As far as I know we have class this evening. We were on the last of lesson 4, last time, so working on Creation stories and then we’ll go on to Lesson 5, Living Pagan.

Another Ken Gagne photo from the morning of 1/21/15. Table Rock in Yachats.

nasturtium Kapuziner-Kresse_7148Today’s plant is NasturtiumTropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; motif flower Nasturtium-TropaeolumPatriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus

feast Albigensian_Crusade_01Today in 1189 the 3rd Crusade began, sometimes called the Kings’ Crusade since Richard Lionheart of England, Phillip II of France and Frederick Barbarossa put it together.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Crusade  The Crusades were an odd phenomenon, part political, part religious and really caused more damage than they did any good. On the other hand, they set off the industrial revolution of the Middle Ages (wind and water power) and eventually the Renaissance. Also, there were a *lot* of crusades that didn’t include the holy land at all, hacking up heretics in Provence, anyone?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusades We’re still paying the price for the hubris that set the whole thing off.

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 1/22 at 9:16pm. 
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/4 at 1:04pm. 

A Venus-Jupiter conjunction – The two brightest planets had a stunning conjunction in March 2012. Brilliant Venus then appeared 3° to the upper right of slightly fainter Jupiter. This week, the two planets approach within 2° of each other. – Jamie Cooper

Venus, which has been approaching Jupiter for many days, appears closest to Jupiter tomorrow morning the 22nd. They’ll be about 2½° apart in early dawn. And look for fainter Antares 8° to Jupiter’s right.

This asteroid glows at 9th magnitude this week as it approaches with 19 million miles (31 million km) of Earth, the closest it will come to us until 2056. – NASA/JPL/JHUAPL

Near-Earth asteroid 433 Eros continues its close encounter with Earth this week. It glows at 9th magnitude, bright enough to see through small telescopes. The asteroid resides in southwestern Auriga, and tonight it passes 2° west of 3rd-magnitude Iota (i) Aurigae. This region lies high in the east after darkness falls and passes nearly overhead around 9 p.m. local time. Be sure to catch Eros this month — it won’t be as close or as bright again until 2056.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 3:00 p.m. EST. It then lies 222,042 miles (357,342 kilometers) away from us. Think photo opportunity! Attach your camera or phone to a tripod, move around to frame the planet pair with some foreground scenery, and zoom in. Do it before dawn gets too bright!
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of
Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic,Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. 

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Leo
Color: White

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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark

Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences
Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.

Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming

Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M   21     High  12:48 AM     7.4   7:45 AM     Set  8:15 AM      99
~    21      Low   6:07 AM     2.7   5:10 PM    Rise  6:06 PM
~    21     High  11:58 AM     9.6
~    21      Low   7:01 PM    -1.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Today Is Not a Dress Rehearsal


Journal Prompt – Wiki – “If someone gains, someone else loses.” How much does this reflect life, and how much does it come up short. Reflecting upon this, how could your attitudes have been different during events in your past?



~   Drop your mind into the bottomless well of your heart. With every heartbeat feel the pulse of almighty Life. – Yogananda
~   Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil. – Marcus Aurelius
~   Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed. – Dale Carnegie
~   Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true.  This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s.  They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence, when you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably. – Walt Disney

The sleet streams,
The snow flies;
The fawn dreams
With wide brown eyes. – William Rose Benét (1886–1950)


Imbolc Magick – Brigdhe’s Cross

Brigids Cross

A Brighid’s Cross can be made with wheat stalks, grasses, reeds or rushes. Gather a few dozen reeds of the same length. If they tend to break when you bend them, soak them in water to soften them, so that they will bend easily.

  1. Hold one reed vertically, and fold another in half around the middle of the first.
  2. Fold next reed over the reeds one and three. (It will be parallel to the 2nd reed)
  3. Fold next reed over the reeds one and three. (It will be parallel to the 2nd reed)
  4. Continue to work in a circular fashion, until you have used up your reeds, or created enough of a “woven” center to the cross. Hold the reeds together with a loop of bright ribbon at each “point”.
  5. Can be decorated with early spring flowers, with thyme, basil, bay and any other medicinal cooking herbs that look pretty.

Brighid’s Cross

These crosses were exchanged as symbols of protection in ancient times. Let the children hand these Brighid’s Crosses out to guests at any ritual you attend or host.

Method # 1 – Items needed:

  • a handfull of wheat stalks
  • warm water
  • clothespins
  • clear or red thread and needle


  1. Soak wheat stalks in warm water until pliable
  2. Fold one stalk of wheat in half, leaving the kernels sticking out
  3. Fold another one the same way, and thread through the first one. (It now looks like a long “L” )
  4. Fold the third the same way, and insert through the second wheat stalk. (It now looks like an L with a tail )
  5. Fold and insert the fourth stalk through the third
  6. Use the clothes pins to help keep the shape as you weave more wheat
  7. Continue folding and threading the wheat stalks until you have several wheat woven through each “arm”
  8. Allow to dry with the clothespins in place
  9. Using the thread and needle, sew the stalks together – this is cheating, but I find that it’s necessary!
  10. Hang over the fireplace or stove

Method #2 – Brighid’s Crosses

Materials: Dried Wheat Stalks, Brown Thread.

  1. Take eight stalks with sheaves still attached.
  2. Place four stalks on flat surface with two sheaves at the top and two sheaves at the bottom.
  3. Measure approx. 6″ of stalk between the sets of sheaves and cut off excess.
  4. Tie all four stalks together with the brown thread, first under the top sheaves, then above the bottom sheaves.
  5. Cut off excess thread.
  6. Repeat this procedure with the other four stalks, shortening the length between the sheaves to 4″.
  7. Carefully separate the first set of stalks (two in front and two in back) and slip the second set through approx. 1″ from the bottom of the top sheaves.
  8. Tie some thread in a knot just under the arms of the cross.
  9. Take the excess ends and diagonally wrap the thread over the opposite corresponding arm and back to the knot.
  10. Tie off in back and cut off excess ends.

How To Make A Brighid’s Cross

A Brighid’s Cross can be made with wheat stalks, grasses, reeds or rushes. Gather a few dozen reeds of the same length. If they tend to break when you bend them, soak them in water to soften them, so that they will bend easily.

Hold one reed vertically, and fold another in half around the middle of the first.

Fold next reed over the last one.(It will be parallel to the first reed)

Fold next reed over the reeds one and three.(It will be parallel to the 2nd reed)

Continue to work in a circular fashion, until you have used up your reeds, or created enough of a “woven” center to the cross. Hold the reeds together carefully, and tie each end together with string, so that the cross won’t fall apart.

About the Brighid’s Cross – The Brighid’s Cross is traditionally made on February 1-2 (Brighid’s Day, Candlemas, Imbolc), and it is a symbol of protection and prosperity for the coming year. – Submitted By Krissy to GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2004


Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!

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