Daily Stuff 9-18-20 Samuel Johnson

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Paula Pardi. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 7:48 AM of -0.6 feet. Doubled on evening tide. Minus Tide at 8:13 PM of -0.1 feet. The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday.

I think we can stop the rain dances, although I’ve been talking with Perun all day, hoping no more fires get triggered. Cloudy 57F, winds are calm, AQI7-46, UV5. 50% chance of rain today and 40% tonight. There should be less rain as the day goes on, both today and tomorrow. Might even get a bit of sun late in the afternoon. We’ll have a couple of foggy days and maybe one of sun and then the rain should be back again Wednesday evening. Highs around 60, low’s in the 50’s.

I got the chicken “flour” done and got myself some melon for a snack and then curled up with a book and some embroidery after the newsletter was out. I worked steadily for quite some time, waiting for Tempus to be home.

I got up around 9:30 and did paperwork for hours. Why is there so *much*? Tempus got up around noon and headed for Newport within minutes to get that package. I got the shop most of the way open on time, but Tempus had the rocks still sitting on the rolling table, so I couldn’t shift it. He was back at about 1/4 past and got things the rest of the way done, and then made coffee, bless him.

We sat and talked about some of the tasks that need doing and what we’ve planning for our anniversary. Then Linda stopped by. She bought some stuff and picked up some plant goodies and we got to chat. I’ve been missing her. Other than Linda we might have had 5 people in all day.

I was working on stocking the new bracelets by then. We have a batch of inexpensive ones that just came in before we closed up due to the fires. I’m re-filling the bracelet rack. Tempus got us some food and I started getting sleepy, so he chased me off to nap…. and I didn’t nap, I slept…. hard….

Since I got up I’ve been reading, but I realized the time and figured I’d better get onto this. I’ve also been enjoying that rain is falling. Once I’m done here, I need to get some bacon cooked, for the various project over this weekend.

Today we’ll be open on time. I’m hoping to get Tempus going on shifting the table, so that I can sort out the compounding station. He’s planning to make bread so that I can finish that chicken dish. I’ll be working on getting the bracelets stocked…and I have a few necklaces, too.

The beach on Monday morning, 9/15/19. Yachats, where the 804 drops to the beach, looking north. – Photo by Paul Pardi, used with permission

220px-Samuel_Johnson_by_Joshua_ReynoldsToday is the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Samuel Johnson (born 9/18/1709 d. 12/13/1784), English lexicographer (A Dictionary of the English Language). He was the son of a poor bookseller, and grew up in poverty (which haunted him the rest of his life). Despite his humble origins, after Shakespeare he is the most quoted person in the English language. More in Wikipedia:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Samuel_Johnson .

Pseudotsuga_menziesii_cone douglas firToday’s Plant is the Douglas FirPseudotsuga menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. They are commonly used as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. –Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii

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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 10/1 at 2:05pm. New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 4pm on 9/18. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 9/21 at 4pm.  

Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper with Polaris between.

You can see in the stars that the season is changing; we’ve reached the time of year when, just after nightfall, Cassiopeia has already climbed a little higher in the northeast than the Big Dipper has sunk in the northwest. Cas stands high in early evening during the chilly fall-winter half of the year. The Big Dipper takes over for the milder evenings of spring and summer. Almost midway between them stands Polaris. It’s currently a little above the midpoint between the two.
The Moon reaches perigee, when it is closest to Earth in its orbit, at 9:48 A.M. EDT this morning. At that time, it will be 223,123 miles (359,082 kilometers) from Earth. It’s also a mere three-percent-lit crescent, visible largely during daylight hours and setting only an hour after the Sun. At Sunset, the young Moon is about 5° north of Mercury; both are low in the west, sinking with the not-yet-visible stars of Virgo. Half an hour after sunset, the magnitude 1 star Spica may appear, a scant 4° above the horizon. Mercury is even lower, but a bright magnitude –0.1. If you manage to catch the planet with a telescope, you’ll see its 6″-wide disk is 78 percent lit.

Spy a young Moon – Earthshine lights up the “dark” side of a slender crescent Moon in a scene skygazers can enjoy both Saturday and Sunday evening. – Jared Bowens

You’ll have slightly more time to spend on the Moon — look for earthshine, which occurs when sunlight reflecting off Earth illuminates the portion of our satellite in shadow. The delicate crescent will sink lower in the deepening twilight, leaving a dark sky overnight for deep-sky observers to celebrate. Some possible targets you may want to try for tonight include the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the Triangulum Galaxy (M33), and the Ring Nebula (M57). Early in the evening, you may even catch 9th-magnitude Comet 88P/Howell, about 3.5° west of globular cluster M80 in Scorpius tonight.
Venus (magnitude –4.2, in dim Cancer) rises in deep darkness two hours before dawn begins, in the east-northeast about 20° below Pollux and Castor. By the time dawn gets under way, Venus shines fairly high in the east. To Venus’s upper right is Procyon. Venus and Procyon form a nearly equilateral triangle with Pollux above. Right or lower right of Procyon shines brighter Sirius. It’s the brightest star but nowhere near a match for Venus. In a telescope, Venus continues to shrink slowly into the distance; it’s now about 18 arcseconds in diameter. And as it rounds toward pass behind the Sun it’s becoming more gibbous; it’s now 65% sunlit.

Old Farmer’s Almanac September Sky Maphttps://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-september-pegasus-measuring-sky
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Libra
Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4), Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde

Color: Rose

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Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet      Sunset                                  Visible
F   18     High   1:24 AM     8.2   7:00 AM    Rise  8:22 AM      0
~    18      Low   7:48 AM    -0.6   7:20 PM     Set  8:29 PM
~    18     High   1:59 PM     8.2
~    18      Low   8:13 PM    -0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fortune is found where grace meets effort. You’ve made the effort. Now appreciate the grace.


Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your current state of mind?



~   A generous attitude is a balm to the soul. – T. Thorn Coyle: Know Thyself
~   Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever – Gandhi
~   We know all their gods; they ignore ours. What they call our sins are our gods, and what ~   they call their gods, we name otherwise. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze. – John Updike


Mabon Magick – Crafts

Pagan Studies – Altar Decorations

When it comes to autumn decorating, think “progressive”!  September’s leaf crafts complement Samhain and Thanksgiving decorations.  Choose solid colors in green and gold and orange when you decorate for fall.  Adding and removing a few holiday-specific items each month will keep decor fresh, without requiring a monthly overhaul.

Once you have a permanent working altar, keep it clean and fresh by designating a certain day each week to clean it up!

I try to do this every Sunday morning. Take off the melted wax and ash, smudge, dust and polish! This is a part of your sacred space, treat it well and it will do the same for you! )0( GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

Horn of Plenty – (For Mabon) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/hrnoplty.html


  • Horn of plenty–plastic or basket-woven
  • Fake or real fruits of the harvest: Grapes, citrus fruit, corn, pumpkin, especially apples

Directions – Simply place the fruit inside the horn so that it is aesthetically pleasing. It is best to make it look as if the bounty is spilling outwards, extending its nourishment.

Ritual use – The horn itself, before being filled, can be used in ritual as a symbol to “drink” from to symbolically consume the harvest. It is symbolic of the mother Goddess’s womb. It can then be filled as a symbol that the fruits of the Goddess never run dry.

Mabon – Practical Craft: Weaving A CornucopiaSEPTEMBER 23, 2015https://anoldpath.wordpress.com/category/mabon-2/

From:  The Wiccan Year By:  Judy Ann Nock

Practical Craft – Weaving A Cornucopia

Mediterranean in origin, the symbol of the cornucopia was embraced by the Celts. An emblem of fertility, the cornucopia is associated with numerous deities in many pantheons. The Celtic horse goddess, Epona, is often depicted with the cornucopia. Her popularity and power is evidenced in how completely she was assimilated into Roman culture. She is also a goddess of grain and is frequently pictured with a dish of wheat. Embracing this goddess, who represented prestige, the Romans were quick to adopt her symbols, which are representative of abundance, and worship her.

Another Celtic deity who bears the emblem of the cornucopia is also one of the greatest and most ancient of the Celtic gods. He is Cernunnos, the horned one, the god of the wild woods. His horns link him to the agricultural cycle, for the horns of Cernunnos are the horns of the stag, and not the bull. The horns of the deer are shed in the autumn and sprout in the springtime. Cernunnos represents the forces of nature and prosperity. In sculptures, he is often seen accompanied by the cornucopia.

In the Roman pantheon, the cornucopia is the symbol of Flora and Fortuna. It represents the inexhaustible bounty of the fruits of the earth. In Greece, the horn of plenty was the horn of Amalthea, the foster mother of Zeus. The cornucopia is a perfect symbol of the harvest season. The craft of weaving also makes for a lovely meditation. The cornucopia will be a beautiful centerpiece for your harvest altar.

Most of the materials for weaving a cornucopia can be found in nature. You will need to collect three lengths of vine (wisteria, honeysuckle, grapevine, or any other woody vine would make a good choice), each about two feet long, and ten slender green twigs, about a quarter of an inch thick or less. The twigs should all be about twelve inches long and relatively straight or only slightly curved. You will also need basket reeds, which are available in most craft stores, usually sold by the coil. A single coil will be more than enough to complete this project. The width of the reed will depend on how thick the twigs are; select a reed size that is no more than half as thick as the twigs, or less. The reeds will need to be soaked prior to weaving or they will not be pliable and will snap. If basket reeds are unavailable, raffia is a good substitute. You can even use brightly colored yarn for a more festive and decorative final product. Whatever you choose, it is the intention behind the craft that will enhance its significance.

Gather your materials and spread them out in front of you. Hold your hands in the invoking gesture as you call to mind you successes and gains of the past year. Begin by tying the three equal lengths of vine together at one end using reeds or yarn, and then braid them. Bring the ends together to form a loop and tie them together.

Begin securing the frame by winding reeds or yarn in tight circles completely around the braid. When you come to each of the ten twigs, or “ribs,” wrap the reed or yarn twice around the twig where it meets the braid and then continue wrapping the circle. When you have completed lashing the circle, hide the end of the lasher reed by tucking it inside the rim. This will make the frame sturdier and the rim more attractive.

The reed or yarn that you choose to weave through the cone is called the weaver. Start near the rim with a long length of the weaver and hold it between your thumb and forefinger as you wind it tightly around the first rib, wrapping it in a complete circle. Move on to the next rib, pulling it tight, and circle the weaver around the second rib, and so on. When you have gone around all the ribs and are back at the beginning, tuck the starting end under the weave to hide it. Continue winding the weaver around the ribs, reciting a song to Adsagsona, the Celtic goddess of spells. Adsagsona is a powerful divinity of magic. Also called “she who seeks out,” she is reputed to be able to find the object of any blessing or any curse:

“Adsagsona, weaver of spells, who in all magic and mystery dwells, as I weave your cone of power, I call for your blessing in this hour! May our table ne’er be empty, but blessed by the horn of plenty.”

When you reach the tip of the cone, wrap the end of the weaver in a complete circle around the tip, making a loop. Thread the end of the weaver through the loop and pull it tight. Cut the final end to about a quarter inch and tuck it inside the weave. Place the finished cornucopia on your altar and fill it with offerings of the season: small gourds, vegetables, grains, dried herbs, or whatever you feel represents your devotion the best. Enjoy the beauty of the craft you have created and express gratitude for all of the gifts that the goddess has bestowed upon you.



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