Daily Stuff 3-18-21 Urban Dionysia

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Clear and chilly at the moment, but rain is due at 3am. 39F, wind at 1-5mph and gusting, AQI 23-45, UV3. Chance of rain 93% today and 85% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 5am to 7pm today and a GALE WARNING from 7pm tonight through 11am on Friday. There’s a big swirl of a weather system directly west of us that’s pushing a front ashore. That’s going to make from today through Saturday at lunchtime messy and wet. We should get a break Sunday afternoon through evening on Monday. Tuesday and Friday are predicted to have a little sunshine, otherwise it’s all showers…

Eye level bamboo

Great…. now WordPress broke the copy/paste function and no one knows how to fix it, yet…. <sigh> Tomorrow’s newsletter may look strange. Interesting, copying the feast/plant/photo worked just fine. …and copying internally… but the template won’t copy. <sigh> …and the paste from the files is working, thank goodness! This would be pretty skimpy, else! …and really oddly, the files over the last several days have been switching fonts, some of them to ones that are hard for a dyslexic like me to read. I hope I caught all the typos and that it wasn’t too hard on you folks!

Flowering apricot

Yesterday was hard on me. We slept late, both being really tired and I coughed and coughed and coughed. It wore me out. I worked on getting more things inventoried and we finally gave up and ordered a new pricing gun because the old one, after all the time spent cleaning and fixing it, only gave me a dozen labels before it gave up again.


Tempus had picked up a chocolate pie (there was a coupon), so that and coffee was breakfast. That was sweet of him. He spent quite a lot of time doing the watering both inside and out, and he got the new strawberries into a pot instead of the cardboard box.

Tea bush

In the evening we spent the time with the crystals inventory. We’re about 1/2-way, just got what’s on the board. Tempus is going to have to go through the backstock and clean that up and then we’ll work on that, as well. We have to wait for the new pricing gun to finish up a lot of what we got from Dennis, but some managed to get set out for sale. I do have to get tags on the shungite and get that into that display. I got a lot of things bagged with a price, so that I can set up to do them over the weekend. Most of those need headers and I started on those files, as well.


Today there’s a lot to do. I need to bag some sweetgrass and smudges still. I forgot about them in the box. We’re not busy enough, yet, to be too worried about the smudges that haven’t been priced. I have a sampling in the display, at least I have enough brain cells for that. …and with no traveling for spring break this year, we shouldn’t have a rush that depletes the displays too badly before we’re ready for it. Tempus needs to get to the PO and up to storage today, among other things, and tonight is a bulk route night. He also has to get some photos for me, unless I can manage to get outside and work a bit.

Hoping that the pricing gun shows up on Friday, but they’re saying Monday… …and I want to get to some cooking! I’m anxious to try those stuff pears!

Pic from 3/14/17 by Ken Gagne – Talon wading in the Yachats River, hunting a tidbit.


I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea HollyEryngium maritimum, isn’t one. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.

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Today in Ancient Greece began the Urban Dionysia, the festival of the great tragedies in Athens, particularly during the 5th century BCE, although the festival continued will into the time of the Roman Empire. For 5 days, Satyr plays ended each day’s presentation of a 3-part tragedy (..think the Lord of the Rings movie, followed by a Bugs Bunny cartoon, all in one day…) and there was a competition for dithyrambs (ecstatic poetry that was sung and danced to) and short comedies, along with processions and sacrifices. There was another festival in summer, which featured comedies. Theater was sacred to Dionysus and theaters were considered to be temples. Inspiration came from the god. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysia#City_Dionysia

The shop is closed today. 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

Moon in Taurus enters Gemini at 4:47pm.

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 3/28 at 11:48am. 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 3/17 at 2:21pm. 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 3/21 at 7:40am.

Moon Apogee/Perigee – * For a good explanation of what this is – https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/lunar-perigee-apogee.html

The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point from Earth in its orbit, at 1:03 A.M. EDT. It will then stand 251,812 miles (405,252 km) from our planet.

The waxing Moon shines with the delicate Pleiades on the evening of the 18th, then with Mars on the 19th, and between the horn-tips of Taurus on the 20th (for evenings in the longitudes of the Americas). The crescent smiley-Moon is drawn here about three times its actual apparent size.

In early evening look for the Pleiades glimmering to the right or upper right of the Moon, as shown above. Aldebaran and Mars shine over the Moon, like two orange eyes over a very tiny smile-mouth (smaller than drawn above). If you were inclined to see this as a face with a personality, what would it be its message to you from up there? Give it a try. That’s what your imagination is for.

Tonight, the Moon stands in Taurus; look west of this constellation to find Aries the Ram, whose brightest star is magnitude 2 Hamal. The star’s name, appropriately, means “the lamb” in Arabic. Nearly 10.5° south of Hamal is Uranus, which, at magnitude 5.9, is near the limit for naked-eye observing. If you’re in a particularly dark, clear location, you may be able to spot it. If not, binoculars will easily show its 3″-wide blue-gray disk.

Constellation of Cetus. Menkar is near the top left.

Continue about 13.5° southeast of Uranus and you’ll find Menkar, the magnitude 2.5 alpha star of Cetus the Whale. Although Cetus’ star Mira (12.8° southwest of Menkar and now very close to the horizon) is a more well-known variable star, Menkar is also variable, changing in brightness by about six percent with no known regular period.

Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn have been doing a slow tease very low in bright dawn for the last couple weeks. Now they’re becoming less shy and more ready to catch your attention. Jupiter and Saturn are climbing a little higher and easier to see each morning, while lower Mercury still maintains almost the altitude it’s had for the last two weeks while brightening just a trace. Look very low in the east-southeast 40 or 30 minutes before sunrise. They form a diagonal line, as shown below; the line changes a little every morning. With a sky this bright, binoculars will help. Mercury is about magnitude 0.0, Jupiter is mag –2.0, and Saturn is magnitude +0.7.

Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.

Sun in Pisces

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR MARCH 2021: THE BIG DIPPER https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-march-big-dipper

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month
of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn Alder Mar 18Apr 14
Color – Turquoise
Planting – 3/16-18
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Th  18     High   3:57 AM     7.4   7:22 AM    Rise  9:55 AM      16
~    18     Low  10:44 AM     1.0   7:27 PM
~    18     High   4:54 PM     5.9
~    18     Low  10:25 PM     2.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Easy live!


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – May Smith



~   When an old American Black woman was asked the secret of her long life and excellent health, she said, “When I works, I works hard; when I sits, I sits loose; when I worrys, I goes to sleep.” – Author Unknown
~   Knights think for themselves, eliminating useless habits and routines., unfettered by dogma. They don’t blindly mimick anyone. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   When leaving work late, you will go unnoticed. When you leave work early, you will meet the boss in the parking lot. – Lampner’s Law of Employment
~   You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-savings time. – Dave Barry

The little white clouds are racing over the sky,
And the fields are strewn with the gold of the flower of March,
The daffodil breaks under foot, and the tasseled larch
Sways and swings as the thrush goes hurrying by. – –Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)


Ostara Magick – Crafts

Glitter Eggs – Brush the top half of your egg with a thin layer of craft glue and roll in glitter. Allow to dry, flip, and repeat the process until the entire egg truly shimmers.

Glitter Eggs

This sparkling spring holiday craft is even easier than paper-covered eggs, and makes a fun activity for family and friends of all ages.

Gather Your Materials: You’ll also be using wooden eggs for this holiday craft. The only other items you’ll need are: small sponge brushes, decoupage glue, glitter (a variety of spring-inspired colors), disposable containers and wax paper for drying. Use our Materials List to make sure you don’t miss anything. (You can also do these on paper or plastic eggs, anything non-edible!)

Tip: Feel free to paint the eggs any color you desire prior to covering in glitter, in case a little bit of the wood peeks through. Simply paint eggs and let dry prior to your decorating party.

Step 1: Set up a decorating station by placing a small amount of decoupage glue in one disposable container and placing each glitter color in its own disposable container. Set out wax paper nearby for drying.

Step 2: Use the sponge brush to add a thin coating of decoupage glue all over the egg.

Step 3: Quickly roll the glue-covered egg in the glitter until completely coated. You can use small tongs or spoon glitter over the egg to help keep it off of your fingers.

Step 4: Place eggs on wax paper to dry for about an hour.

Tip: Get creative by coating half of your egg using one glitter color, and the other half in another.

Display your pretty eggs and baskets in your home décor throughout the spring holiday season. You can also use them as table décor or homemade gifts for the spring holiday next month.

Clean Up:
From scraps of paper to a dusting of glitter, Swiffer® SweeperVac® uses Dry Sweeping Cloths and a powerful cordless vacuum to get it all, big and small. It’s the perfect tool for cleaning up after crafting with family and friends.


There is something about colored Easter eggs that makes me smile. Maybe it satisfies my inner child. Mostly, it just isn’t something you see every day. And you can’t buy them! They are a labor of love. Colored eggs are special and add a festive touch to your home this time of year. Colored eggs are also a great symbol when creating an altar for Ostara.

Here are a few ways you can have colored eggs, dyed naturally!

For bright YELLOW to orangish colored eggs:
Place eggs in a pot with yellow onion skins, cover with water. Boil 10 minutes. The eggs will turn darker the longer you leave them in the onion skin water.

For LAVENDER colored eggs:
Boil eggs with a package of frozen blueberries for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. Let the eggs stand in the blueberries overnight for a darker color.

For PINK colored eggs:
Boil eggs with a package of frozen raspberries for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. Let the eggs stand in the raspberries overnight for a darker color.

For BLUE colored eggs:
Boil some red cabbage, remove leaves from the water. Let cool. Boil eggs in separate pot. Set the boiled eggs in the cold cabbage water overnight in the refrigerator.

These “dyes” are better than the artificial kind you can buy in the stores! You can see how my colored eggs turned out by clicking here: http://www.goddessvision.net/Ostaraeggs.htm

David and I wish you a Happy Springtime that turns out EGGS-actly the way you wish for it to!



Silliness – Happy Thought – Monday mornings shouldn’t start until noon…******

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