Daily Stuff 1-29-21 Concordia

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:25 PM of -1.0 feet. The shop is open only by appointment until the COVID #s come down, and we’re planning to stay closed until 2/1 and maybe another week after that. Watch here for notifications about that! For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door! Featured photo by David Bruerd.

It’s only partly cloudy and the Moon is glorious! 37F, wind at 0-6 mph and gusting, AQI 17-29, UV1. Chance of rain 62% today and 94% tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 11am to 8pm and a GALE WATCH for all of Friday evening into the night. We’re looking at 2 1/2 inches of rain over the next three days, plus wind tonight. The forecast changed abruptly this afternoon…. The rain will taper of into Wednesday when we might see some sun, but showers on the days after that.

Yesterday, most of what I got done was finding photos. What I’m doing is mostly for my embroidery blog. I’m pulling every pic of that from my files and getting them into one place. That way I don’t have to sort through food, family and garden, as well!

Late in the day Tempus helped me get the indoor plants watered. They still need another dose and I have a couple of plants to move, but at least we got started. I’m going to try to get him to clear the work table today, and drag trays back there, so that I can thin them out and get some starts into bigger pots.

…and more of the cloths and other laundry need to happen….. but he has a bunch of errands to run, so we’ll see how much of that happens.

We’re definitely not going to be opening on Monday, maybe Thursday, but probably Feb. 11. Still doing paperwork and sorting things. The pile of boxes for the new place is growing.

Portland in the middle of January 2017, Pic by David Bruerd


Today’s Plant is Cow parsnipHeracleum lanatum, or Indian CeleryGrowing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. –Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum

feast 0129 concordiaToday is the Roman Feast of Concordia, the day of “getting along”. Not so much peace as “Pax”, but being able to work together for the good of all, agreement, often translated as “Harmony” …. It’s amazing how many feasts dedicated to peace and peaceful pursuits the Romans had when we think of them as a warlike people. More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_%28mythology%29

The shop is open only by appointment until the COVID #s come down, and we’ll probably stay closed until 2/1.Watch here for notifications about that! For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 1/29 at 11:16pm. 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 2/10 at 11:06pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/4 at 9:37am.

The Moon, a day past full, rises in late twilight. Once it’s well up look for Regulus 4° or 5° to its lower right, and Algieba, slightly fainter, a similar distance to the Moon’s left or lower left.

Rising only 30 minutes before the Sun, Venus makes for a challenging morning target in the eastern sky. Still, it’s bright at magnitude –3.9, increasing your chances of spotting it. If you can catch it through binoculars or a telescope, you’ll see its disk is roughly 10″ across and nearly full (97% lit). Do take care when following it in the brightening sky, however — set an alarm for several minutes before local sunrise and call an end to using any optical aid at that time. This will eliminate the chance of accidentally swinging your optics toward the Sun after it’s risen, which can cause severe and permanent eye damage.

Venus’ fellow inferior planet, Mercury, is stationary against the background stars at 9 P.M. EST this evening. Before today, it was tracking northeast; now it will make a U-turn and head southwest. Tonight, you can follow this speedy planet in the west for more than an hour after sunset.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR JANUARY 2021: THE BRIGHTEST SKY OF THE YEAR – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-january-brightest-sky

Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.

Sun in Aquarius

Moon in Leo

Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Color – Purple
Planting 1/29
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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
F   29     High   1:21 AM     7.0   7:37 AM     Set  8:37 AM      99
~    29      Low   6:39 AM     3.0   5:22 PM    Rise  6:32 PM
~    29     High  12:24 PM     8.7
~    29      Low   7:25 PM    -1.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Some folks wear their halos much too tight…


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. — William Faulkner



~   Once the curtain is raised, the actor is ceases to belong to himself. He belongs to his character, to his author, to his public. He must do the impossible to identify himself with the first, not to betray the second, and not to disappoint the third. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~   As soon as I began, it seemed impossible to write fast enough – I wrote faster than I would write a letter – two thousand to three thousand words in a morning, and I cannot help it. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
~   The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak. – Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch philosopher 
~   We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell

Outside your shadow, I can go
A free moon in a crystal arc;
Circling at dusk with lunar cold
Above, below, your cone of dark. – –Kathryn Worth (1898–1969)


Imbolc Magick – Recipes

Cape Cod Cranberry Scones – From: ak399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Carole A. Resnick), Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, 11/07/91


  • 2 1/2 cups  all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp   baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp     baking soda
  • 3/4 cup     butter or margarine
  • 1 cup       cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp       grated orange peel
  • 2/3 cup     sugar
  • 1/2 cup     buttermilk or sour milk


Preheat oven to 400F.

In mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; cut in butter with pastry blended or two knives.  Stir in cranberries, orange peel and sugar; stir in buttermilk just until ingredients are moistened. Working on floured surface, shape dough into two 8-inch circles, 1/2-inch thick.  Cut each circle into eight wedges and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned.

Apple Scones – From: kati@glnserv.UUCP (Lady Dragon) – Servings: 18

  • 2 c Flour
  • 3 t Baking Powder
  • 2 T Sugar
  • 1/2 t Cinnamon
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 6 T Shortening
  • 1/2 c Apples, peeled, chopped fine
  • 1/2 c Raisins
  • 4 T Cold Apple juice or water
  1. Preheat oven to 400 deg F.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients.
  3. Cut in shortening as you would for a pie crust.
  4. Stir in apples and raisins.
  5. Add enough juice to make a stiff dough.
  6. On floured surface, roll dough about 1/2″ thick.
  7. Cut into triangles
  8. Bake on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, or until light brown.

Orange Poppy Seed Scones – From: jamie.wernitznig@his.com (Jamie Wernitznig)


  • 2 1/4 cups  flour
  • 1/2 cup     sugar
  • 1/4 cups    poppyseed
  • 1 tsp       cream of tartar
  • 3/4 tsp     baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp     salt
  • 1/2 cup     butter
  • 1/4 cup     orange juice
  • 1           large egg
  • 1 tsp       orange peel


1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2.  Mix all dry ingredients together.  Cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles cornmeal.

3.  Beat the egg slightly into the orange juice; add liquid mixture to dry mix and gently shape dough into a ball.

4.  Cut the ball in half, and pat each half out on a floured surface into a circle about 1/2 inch thick, and 8 inches around.  Cut into wedges and place on a baking sheet.

5.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.

Irish Herb Scones – Source: Vera Gewanter, “A Passion for Vegetables”

from http://www.unc.edu/~reddeer/recipe/rec_mabon.html#herbscone

  • 1/2 pound Mealy potatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon Savory
  • 1/4 teaspoon Marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon Powdered sage
  • Oil for frying

Boil or bake the potatoes, then pass through a foodmill. Mix the flour, salt, oil & herbs with the potatoes. On a floured board, roll this dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Cut into triangles 3 or 4 inches wide.

Fry in very hot oil on both sides until light golden.


Silliness – Science and Math are funny – Science jokes test well with an intelligent cohort. As long as you manipulate the variables and have a solid control group….


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