Daily Stuff 2-28-21 temp

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 7:34 PM of -0.5 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Walter Duvall. I miss having classes and other get-togethers!

Overcast and chilly. 41F, wind at 1-3mph and gusting, AQI 18-55, UV2. Chance of rain 6% today and 11% tonight. There’s a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY in effect until 4pm today. The forecast changed rather drastically. We’re now expecting dry and partly sunny weather through Thursday with the highs reaching the mid-50’s. From Friday on we’re expecting showers, although the chance at any one point is barely over 50%.

Yesterday I worked pretty hard for several hours, even to getting the shop open on time, but I wore out by mid-afternoon and Tempus took over for me. He stayed open later than we’ve been, almost to 8pm and actually had two sets of customers after 6pm!

Tempus dug around under and beside my desk for quite a long while today. He found the stock (mostly loose quartz crystals!) from the box that he flipped, grabbing the phone. The phone was our Alaska boy reassuring us that he was fine after the earthquake… that I hadn’t actually seen had happened, yet. 🙂 So, I looked it up for him and got him the details. ….and then Tempus crawled under the desk to remedy the “flip”.

I’ve been doing a lot of sorting, trying to reduce the mess that the area around my desk has gotten to. I’m finally most of the way there. I’d *be* there if I weren’t also trying to get new stock priced and set out. ….which is why that box was there to be flipped. Not sure I got ’em all back….

Tempus made us stuffed burgers again today and they were delicious! I’ve been working on embroidery and reading during the evening. I’m going to get this out and then go to sleep, I hope.

Today is our “different day”. I didn’t get so far as cooking, yesterday, so I’m going to try again today.

Photo taken by Walter Duvall at the Agate Beach Recreation Site

plant motif flower snowdrop Galanthus_nivalis

Today’s plant is the snowdrop, Galanthus. It was called that in Gerard’s Great Herbal in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time. Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers” and, in parts of Yorkshire, “snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige). It is used in spells for making you think and for sorting out problems, also to chase the negative effects of sorrow and grief.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop

DNA feast 0228

On 2/28/53 the final link in how DNA works was found by Francis Crick and Jim Watson. The two men finally figured out how the base pairs linked up. A letter by Crick to his son Michael was found recently and was auctioned by Christie’s, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/science/a-dna-lesson-from-the-pen-of-francis-crick.html?ref=science&_r=1& More on DNA itself here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 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

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 2/28 at 12:17pm. 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 3/13 at 2:21am. 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 3/5 at 5:30pm.

Dawn Planets

The morning triangle of planets formed by Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn has been flattening over the past several days as Mercury’s declination drops. But at the same time, the tiny planet is growing brighter and easier to see against the twilight sky. Mercury, now magnitude 0.3, stands a mere 3° west of Jupiter this morning. Saturn is now 5.5° to Mercury’s west. All three are located in Capricornus, slightly southeast of where the Sun is rising. Try viewing them about half an hour before sunrise, taking care not to use any optics — such as binoculars or a telescope — within a few minutes of when the Sun is scheduled to appear at your location. Looking at these planets gives you a view out through the solar system. All three are currently on the far side of the Sun from our viewpoint. Mercury is closest to Earth at 0.85 astronomical unit, where 1 astronomical unit, or AU, is the average Earth-Sun distance. Next in line is Jupiter, which sits 6 AU away, and lastly is Saturn, at 10.8 AU.

Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper with Polaris between.

It’s the end of February. So soon after dark now, the Big Dipper rises as high in the northeast as Cassiopeia has descended to in the northwest. Midway between them, as always, is Polaris.

Venus is out of sight in the glare of the Sun.

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

Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress. 

Sun in Pisces

Moon in Virgo enters Libra at 11:17pm.

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Yellow
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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

Su  28     High   1:16 AM     7.7   6:54 AM     Set  8:02 AM      99
~    28      Low   7:08 AM     1.4   6:03 PM    Rise  7:59 PM
~    28     High   1:01 PM     8.4
~    28      Low   7:34 PM    -0.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is stronger than Pride, so when you follow your heart, trust the person that you love.


Journal Prompt – Friends – If you need inspiration and put on your favorite CD, which one is it? What is your favorite song on this CD? Why do these lyrics “speak” to you? If you met the artist, what would you ask him? If you could be in the front row, where would you see him/her in concert?



~   Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you. – Hafiz
~   No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is. – Irvin Himmel
~   Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit & strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili. – Harry James
~   Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity. – Irving Kristol

When the days are longer, longer,
And the sun shines stronger, stronger,
And the winds cease blowing, blowing,
And the winter’s chance of snowing
Is lost in springtime weather. – Nora Perry (1831–96)


Ostara Magick – Recipes

FlyOffthePlate Potatoes http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/ostara-recipes.html This was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.


  • 4 large roasting potatoes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup goose fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Scrub the potatoes.  Cut them into bite-sized chunks.
  3. Put 1/2 cup goose fat into a small bowl.
  4. Crumble 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary into it.
  5. Stir to combine.
  6. Put about half the potatoes into 8×11″ baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. Drizzle about half the herbed goose fat over the potatoes.
  9. Stir to coat evenly.
  10. Add the rest of the potatoes.
  11. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  12. Drizzle on the rest of the herbed goose fat.
  13. Stir carefully, being careful not to knock pieces out of the dish.
  14. Cook at 400ºF for one hour. Toward the end, test the potatoes with a fork. When done, they should be tender, and the top layer will be brown and crispy on the highest points.


Any type of roasting or multipurpose potato should work.  I used red ones because the skins contrast nicely with the white centers.

The goose fat is what makes this recipe splendid rather than ordinary.  Its reputation as a supreme cooking ingredient is well justified.  If you don’t have any, you can try a variation of this recipe using duck fat, chicken fat, or even cooking oil.  But goose fat is so awesome that it’s actually sold in jars as an ingredient in its own right, so you can find it at gourmet suppliers.  I simply siphoned mine out of the “Herbal Roast Goose” that I made earlier.
Rosemary goes very well with potatoes.  However, you can try other herbs such as thyme or oregano if you prefer.

This recipe was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 5/1/10, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.

Carrot Pecan Wild Rice – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/

  • 1 1/2 cups wild rice
  • 2 carrots sliced  into 1/2-inch rounds1/4 cup raisins
    1/4 cup pecans
  • The zest and juice from 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 4 tablespoons  melted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add wild rice to a sauce pot with about 4 1/2 cups of water, and cover.
  2. Bring the rice to a boil and then simmer for about 40 minutes according to the package directions.
  3. While the rice is cooking, slice carrots into 1/2-inch rounds and then simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes until they are tender.
  4. In a large bowl combine raisins, pecans, the zest and juice from an orange, chopped parsley, melted butter and salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. To the large bowl combine the wild rice and carrots.
  6. Mix and serve hot or cold.

Makes 8 servings.

Fruit and Spinach Salad – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/

  • 1 pound fresh spinach, torn
  • 4 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained (I would use Clementine fresh oranges here!) 
  • 1 star fruit, sliced


  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel


Arrange spinach and fruit on salad plates. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the dressing ingredients; shake well. Drizzle over salads; serve immediately.


Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: What looks like red paint but is dry? Answer: Dried red paint


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