Daily Stuff 2-4-21 Limbo Festival

Hi, folks!

The shop is open only by appointment until we re-open on 2/11, assuming that the COVID #’s are still coming down. 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 Brenda Peterson.

There were lots of stars tonight, although it’s clouded up. 40F, wind at 0-3 mph and gusting, AQI 8-36, U2V. Chance of rain 6% today and 50% tonight. No alerts tonight. Whaddya know! Today ought to be dry, with a little sun, midday. Friday and Saturday are likely to be wet, and there’s a good chance of showers for every day this week, except for Wednesday. Highs in the upper 40’s.

Yesterday was a sleepy, coughing, kind of day. The stupid cough is back. I was free of it for a couple of days. It makes it hard to stay asleep, but also wears me out. Well, I got some stuff done, mostly stupid stuff where it doesn’t matter whether I make a mistake.

Tempus got the pricing gun fixed. I’m hoping it stays that way. Assuming that I actually get some sleep tonight I’ll be working with that, today. He spent quite awhile working in back and made a supper dish of the last of the pork roast with some mushroom soup that was very tasty. He got the outside plants watered. He also ran a bunch of errands today.

Since I was coughing so hard I curled up in the nap bed for several hours during the evening, reading and embroidering. We just traded places, and I want to get this done before he has to leave.

Today I hope to work on stock, as I said above, water plants and get somewhat farther on those photos that I’m sorting. Tempus might be going out to do laundry. If not today then in the next couple of days. We have more cloths, as well as clothes, to do.

Photo from the morning of 2/4/19 of the Alsea Bay, the bridge and the snowy beach, by Brenda Peterson.

plant snowberry Symphoricarpos_albusToday’s plant is the SnowberrySymphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus

feast 0204 Limbo_DanceLimbo Festival, Trinidad and Tobago – “Few of the Americans who take part in a favorite party tradition realize that it originally served as a sacred funeral ritual from the West Indies – it is called the Limbo. In Trinidad, the Limbo was a part of a funeral dance. Mourners at the funeral would walk towards a horizontal bamboo pole and would attempt to walk forward, while bending backwards at the waist in order to move under the pole without knocking it off of its supports. The act was meant to symbolize the passage that the soul of the departed would take between life and the afterlife.” (quoted from Pip Wilson’s Almanac) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbo_%28dance%29

The shop is open only by appointment until we re-open on 2/11, assuming that the COVID #’s are still coming down. 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

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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 2/6 at 11:06pm.


Last-quarter Moon (exact at 1:47 p.m. EST). Tonight the Moon rises around midnight depending on your location. Find Arcturus about three fists to the Moon’s upper left and lesser Spica about half as far to the Moon’s upper right. By early dawn on Friday the 5th the Moon is high in the south, Arcturus is very high over it, and Spica is to its right. Much less far to the Moon’ lower left are the head of Scorpius and Antares.

Today is also the late astronomer Clyde Tombaugh’s 115th birthday. Tombaugh is perhaps most famous for his discovery of Pluto on February 18, 1930. The tiny world, now classified as a dwarf planet, leads a long line of major planets in the morning sky. Dedicated observers can catch Pluto about 30 minutes before sunrise, roughly 4° high (and rising) in the east. But at magnitude 14, it will be an extremely challenging target in the quickly brightening sky, within reach of only large telescopes or long-exposure images.

As the minutes until sunrise tick by, you’ll first see Venus (magnitude –3.9) and then Saturn (magnitude 0.6) clear the horizon. Jupiter rises nearly simultaneously beside the Sun, making it invisible in the morning glare. Take care when observing this close to sunrise, as accidentally swinging your optics toward our star can result in serious and permanent eye damage.

Tonight, the staff of Astronomy magazine will take part in a special celebratory Explore Alliance Global Star Party. We will be joined by Alan Stern, David Levy, Abby Bollenbach, and Michael Bakich. This is your chance to learn more about how we produce the magazine you love and our personal science interests, as well as take a closer look at Pluto and its history with some of the world’s leading experts. The event will begin at 7 P.M. CST; you can tune in at ExploreScientific.com/live, which includes links to watch the show via YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and Twitter.

Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is several degrees below Mars in early evening. In binoculars Uranus is a little pinpoint “star.” But with an apparent diameter of 3.6 arcseconds, it’s a tiny, fuzzy ball at high power in even a smallish telescope with sharp optics — during spells of good seeing. Finder chart (without Mars).

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february

Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.

Sun in Aquarius


Moon in  Scorpio 

Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Color – White
Mercury (2/20) Retrograde
Planting 2/3-2/5
©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
Th   4     High   5:13 AM     8.2   7:30 AM    Rise 12:44 AM      61
~     4      Low  12:06 PM     1.2   5:30 PM     Set 11:18 AM
~     4     High   6:05 PM     5.7
~     4      Low  11:35 PM     2.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s not what’s outside of a woman that makes her a woman, her face is just a mask.


Journal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite game? Why?



~   Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general
~   All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~   You have to ‘be’ before you can ‘do’, and do before you can ‘have’. – Zig Ziglar
~   Man’s Reason is in such deep insolvency to sense, that tho’ she guide his highest flight heav’nward, and teach him dignity morals manners and human comfort, she can delicately and dangerously bedizen the rioting joys that fringe the sad pathways of Hell. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer

And then the snows came, and the squirrel slept
Within the upper chambers of the oak;
And through the night the watchful rabbit leapt
And the wild fox within his den awoke. – James Newton Matthews (1852–1910)


Magick – Recipes

Quarter Days Cleaning Spell – September 29th, 2006

Color of the day: Coral
Incense of the day: Ylang-ylang

Today is one of the British Quarter Days, which honor the change of seasons. The wheel always turns, but Quarter Days remind us to stop and do some cleaning. For this simple cleansing, you will need a white taper candle and holder, salt water, a smudgestick, and a feather. Set up a small altar and place the items on it. Take the smudgestick and feather and walk around the house counter-clockwise. Using the feather, blow smoke into every corner of the house. Say: “I ask air and fire to clear this house of any negativity.” After you’ve smudged, take the saltwater and repeat your path. As you walk, say: “I ask water and earth to clear this house of any negativity.” Return to the altar and say: “Lord and Lady, this place is clear. Bless all the occupants and hold them dear. So mote it be!” By: Olivia O’Meir

Heartwings Love Notes 177 Lessons In The Attic

Heartwings says, ” Being good to yourself means giving yourself the space to do what you need to do when you need to do it.”

In order to fill the days between when we sell the house and when we move, I have been spending time cleaning up the attic. Whenever I go there I am reminded of my mother and her accumulations. Once when I visited her I noticed six or seven irons bought at yard sales in her linen closet. When I asked her why she had so many, she said because they might just come in handy. I knew better than to try to argue. Now it is my turn to deal with the quantities of things that I have kept in case they might come in handy.

There are other things I would rather be doing. Yet because I am between homes, my life right now feels as though it is in limbo. I can’t pack up any more stuff because we are showing the house and it must not be disordered with boxes. I can’t move anything into the new house because we rented it back to the former owner for a couple of months while hers is being built. I have an unusual amount of free time with nothing special to do.

Normally I would use this free time to work on my creative efforts. However, whenever I think about writing a poem or working on my projected new cookbook I draw a blank. This is frustrating. With the exception of writing this column and Good Earthkeeping for our weekly newspaper, all my energy is focused into the moving process as well as on planning for the new house.

I am experiencing yet another lesson in being patient with myself. What is good is that as I give myself the space to do what I seem to need to do, I am able to relax more into what is happening without judging myself for it. In the past I might have tried to overcome my lack of creative effort. Now I let myself be and instead go clean the attic.

May you discover good ways to fill your time when you cannot do what you would prefer to do when you would prefer to do it.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

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Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why are dogs bad dancers? Answer: Because they have two left feet.


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