Daily Stuff 2-17-21 Fornicalia

Hi, folks!

The shop re-opens tomorrow, 2/18. Winter hours will be Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Josh Orkin.

Everything is wet from an earlier shower, but it’s just cloudy. 46F, wind at 4-10mph and gusting, AQI 22-39, UV2. Chance of rain 4% today and 55% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through this afternoon. Today ought to be pretty weather and dry, but the rain will be back around sunrise on Thursday. Thursday and Friday look like some pretty heavy rain, but after that the chance and the amounts ease off out through the end of the 10-day.

Yesterday went pretty quickly. When I got up I worked hard for several hours, writing, but by 1pm I was falling asleep at my desk. Tempus chased me in back and I slept for 4 hours, missing Sash completely. Apparently they had fun. Sash got his pickled eggs to take home, too.

When I got back up I wrote a little and caught up on mail and then I had a meeting to go to with a group of folks in Eugene. We all were working on various crafts and compared notes and chatted for a couple of hours. …and then I went back to bed. Good grief!

So I slept until midnight and then wrote some more. I have more still to do, yet. <sigh>

Today we have to re-set displays. Loren and Sash did one, yesterday, but there are 4 more to do. …and then more stuff to get ready to re-open. There’s stuff pulled out all over that shouldn’t be.

Photo by Josh Orkin – Late afternoon sun aligns with the river Yachats River Valley 2-12-2020

plant Vanilla leaf Achlys_triphylla_1033Today’s Plant is Vanilla Leaf or Sweet-After-Death, Achlys triphylla,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achlys_%28plant%29 . It grows all up and down the West Coast of North America and there’s another species in Japan. It was used as an insect repellent by the local peoples and has a strong vanilla scent if dried properly. It is used in Crossing the Bridge rituals along with rosemary and often placed in the hands of those who are Crossing or have just Crossed or in spells to ease their way.

Magick soda breadFornicalia is a feast from ancient Rome of bread and ovens and the goddess Fornax, the personification of the oven. It is the day that the spelt (wheat) for the mola salsa (sacred cakes) was toasted. We know that this crocus_susianus-wildbulbsdoteuday was the last of the festival which ran over several days, although either the beginning date danced around the calendar or kept changing. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fornax_%28mythology%29  (follow the links and other references) Today is another day sacred to the crocus, crocus susianus. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus_angustifolius

The shop re-opens tomorrow, 2/18. Winter hours will be Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. 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

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 2/27 at 12:17am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/19 at 10:47am.

The Moon, waxing through first quarter, passes similar-looking Mars and Aldebaran high in the evening sky.

The Moon shines below Mars this evening (by about 12° for North America). Look to the Moon’s right by the same distance, and there are the brightest stars of Aries, magnitudes 2.0, 2.6, and 3.9 from top to bottom.

The Pleiades star cluster – The brightest object in Charles Messier’s list of deep-sky objects, the Pleiades (M45) ranks as a favorite among all observers. – Bob Franke

Above Mars by a lesser distance are the Pleiades.

The Moon passes 3° south of the solar system’s other ice giant, Uranus, at 11 A.M. EST. It’s visible after dark, located in Aries the Ram. You’ll want binoculars or a small scope to easily spot the magnitude 5.8 planet about 9.5° southeast of Sheratan, the constellation’s beta star. The planet will appear as a 3″-wide blue-gray “star” that, like Neptune last night, has a flatter, more disklike appearance than the background stars, distinguishing it as a planet.

Six Mars portraits taken over the past three weeks show the current appearance of its albedo markings all around the globe. Labeled are some of the most prominent ones visible in amateur telescopes. Credits: Damian Peach (top left, right); Mark Schmidt (top middle); Chris Go (bottom left) and Anthony Wesley (bottom middle and right)

Once you’ve glimpsed the second-to-last planet from the Sun, there’s something else that’s sure to have already caught your eye: Look 15° east, near the border of Aries and Taurus, to see Mars. The Red Planet is an easy-to-spot magnitude 0.7, with a 7″-wide disk that, unfortunately, shows little detail through a telescope. Still, dedicated observers with larger instruments and video capture technology may be able to make out the bright Tharsis region in the center of the disk around 7 P.M. EST. By 9 P.M. EST, the brighter spot of Olympus Mons is coming into view in the northeast. And stay tuned, because Mars isn’t through for the week just yet: Tomorrow, NASA’s Mars 2020 mission will reach the Red Planet.

Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in western Aries) is roughly 15° below Mars in early evening. In binoculars Uranus is a little pinpoint “star.” But with an apparent diameter of 3.5 arcseconds, it’s a tiny, fuzzy ball at high power in even a fairly 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 Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Sun in Aquarius

Moon in Taurus

Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18
Color – White
Mercury (2/20) Retrograde
©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

Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet    Sunset                                Visible
W   17     High   3:55 AM     7.3   7:12 AM   Rise 10:06 AM      23
~    17     Low  10:27 AM     1.8   5:48 PM
~    17     High   4:16 PM     5.9
~    17     Low  10:08 PM     2.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We carry our mornings within us–let them out.


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Pick a noteworthy figure in politics, sports, music, or film about whom you know a great deal and whom you admire. Write a narrative about this person’s life and work.



~   Oh! too convincing – dangerously dear –  In woman’s eye the unanswerable tear! – Lord Byron
~   An inconvenience is an unrecognized opportunity. – Confucius
~   Everyone lives by selling something. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~   Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks. – Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day. – –Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)


Ostara Magick – Correspondences

Herbs & Flowers – lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, jasmine, crocus flowers, daffodils, Irish moss, snowdrops, and ginger, daffodil, jonquils, woodruff, violet, gorse, olive, peony, iris, narcissus and all spring flowers, acorns, celadine, cinquefoil, dandelion, dogwood, rose, tansy, honeysuckle
Colors – lemon yellow, pale green and pale pink, silver, grass green, all pastels, Robin’s egg blue, violet, and white. light green,

Offerings – bread and cakes, eggs, first fruits of the season.

Deities – Cernunnos, Druantia, Corn Maiden, Attis, Eastre, Persephone, Nerthus, Asherah

Deities: Diana, Artemis
Stones – aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone.

Gemstones: amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone and red jasper.
Animals  – rabbits and snakes.

Mythical beasts  – unicorns, merpeople, and pegasus.

Incense – make a blend from any of the following scents or simply choose one… jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, dragon’s blood, cinnamon, nutmeg, aloes wood, benzoin, musk, African violet, sage, strawberry, lotus, violet flowers, orange peel, rose or rose petals.

Symbols – eggs, rabbits, spring flowers, green and yellow jellybeans
Candles – gold, green and yellow
Foods – eggs, egg salad, hard-boiled eggs, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey and ham. May also include foods made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, as well as pine nuts. Sprouts are equally appropriate, as are leafy, green vegetables, leafy greens, dairy foods, flower dishes.


Silliness – A Fishing Lure

A couple of young boys were fishing at their special pond off the beaten track. All of a sudden, the Game Warden jumped out of the bushes.
Immediately, one of the boys threw his rod down and started running through the woods. The Game Warden was hot on his heels.
After about a half mile, the young man stopped and stooped over with his hands on his thighs to catch his breath, so the Game Warden finally caught up to him.
“Let’s see yer fishin’ license, Boy!” The Warden gasped.
With that, the boy pulled out his wallet and gave the Game Warden a valid fishing license.
“Well, son,” said the Game Warden. “You must be about as dumb as a box of rocks! You don’t have to run from me if you have a valid license!”
“Yes, sir,” replied the young guy. “But my friend back there, well, he don’t have one.”


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