Daily Stuff 3-25-21 Hilaria

Hi, folks!

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

It’s just cloudy at the moment, but it hasn’t dried up from earlier 43F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 12-39 , UV5. Pollen (grass) is moderate. Chance of rain 51% today and 10% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through midnight. We have a couple of dry days coming after today’s chance of rain, but Sunday is likely to be wet again, maybe Monday, too, but after that we have a bunch of dry days in a row forecast! Time to do yardwork?

Trilliums by Jamie Marie from Girl in Water photography on 4/2/19

Yesterday was busy enough, but we didn’t get done nearly what we had hoped. A lot of the paperwork/prep work took way longer than it should have. It didn’t help, either, that I was up and down and Tempus got up late. He’s been really tired over the last several days (sleep debt) and I’m trying to get him to slow down and sleep. He listened, and went back to bed at 10 or so. We didn’t really spend any time at the shop.

Fern Fiddles by Beth Kattleman on 4/5/19

I did a lot on inventory work (all on computer) and made some lists of things that we need from storage. Eventually I started doing more work on the marzipan class that I’m doing on the 3rd, putting an history section together. That’s a rabbit hole that I hadn’t done much with. I’ve been concentrating on the doing and eating! I’ve been getting pulled sideways from working on this because I asked some questions on a couple of cookery groups and people have some interesting information.

Tempus should be heading out around 2am. I’m not sure what all we’ll be doing today, other than opening the shop at 1pm. We have a lot of picking up to do, since starting the staging made a mess, the crystals still need to be finished and we’re almost at the point of needing laundry again. It’s also bulk route day, so Tempus will be heading out early and I need to put a shopping list together.

…and those packet meals need to be finished or I’m going to lose the carrots… yikes! Hmm.. I have broth, maybe I ought to make carrots soup with some? Well, I’ll think on it.

Crab Salad – photo by Ken Gagne on 3/24/19

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Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it misnamed “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william

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The Hilaria, the festival of Joy, is part of the celebrations in the Roman Republic and Empire surrounding Attis. What a wonderful name for a festival! Today, however, is the feast of the Mother of the Gods, Cybele and the resurrection of Attis that was held on the first day after the Vernal Equinox when it could be seen that day was longer than night. It was celebrated with games, and later in Roman history with processions and masquerades.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilaria and more on Cybele here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybele

 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

Moon in Leo enters Virgo at 8:@5pm.

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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 3/26 at 11:48.

And now the waxing gibbous Moon works its way across Leo, on its way to full on the 28th.

This evening the gibbous Moon shines at the Sickle of Leo, more or less between Regulus to its lower right and Algieba (Gamma Leonis) to its upper left, as shown above (depending on your location). This line of three turns vertical, with the Moon still near its middle, by about 1 a.m. Also this evening, a line drawn from Aldebaran through Mars points straight to Capella far beyond.

As soon as Jupiter rises high enough to view from your location this morning, you’ll want to train your telescope on the giant planet, where two of its moons are keeping things exciting. Around 6:25 A.M. EDT, you’ll see Ganymede already in front of the gas giant’s eastern limb. But keep watching — minutes later, Io will pop out from behind the planet, also to its east. As dawn brightens the sky, Ganymede continues across the disk as Io pulls farther away. Zoom out a bit and you’ll see Europa just over 2′ to Jupiter’s east, while Callisto sits nearly 3′ to the planet’s west. See how long you can follow Ganymede’s journey with the rising Sun quickly approaching.

Venus is out of sight in conjunction with the Sun.

 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.

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

Sun in Aries

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 18 – Apr 14
Color – Purple
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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  25      Low   4:47 AM     3.0   7:09 AM     Set  6:03 AM      80
~    25    High  10:31 AM     7.3   7:35 PM    Rise  4:00 PM
~    25       Low   5:27 PM     0.0
~    25     High  11:54 PM     6.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Think of yourself in a garden, the sounds of the birds and the fragrances of the flowers. Come and Enjoy the Beauty of this New Day.


 Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your earliest memory of your mother? Recall it with as much detail as possible.



~   May you always have a sunbeam to warm you; a moonbeam to charm you; a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you; laughter to cheer you; faithful friends near you; and whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you! – Irish blessing.
~   With every rising of the sun, think of your life as just begun. – Anon
~   Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. – Napoleon Hill
~   In things that a man would not be seen in himself, it is a point of cunning to borrow the name of the world; as to say, “The world says,” or “There is a speech abroad.” – Francis Bacon; Of Cunning

And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring,
And the rose-bud breaks into pink on the climbing briar,
And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire
Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring. –Oscar Wilde


Magick – Lore – 12 Vegetables and their magical powers – Contributor Raven – A little part of an encyclopedia for vegetables and their magical uses. – For full info and some lovely pictures go to: https://aminoapps.com/c/pagans-witches/page/item/12-vegetables-and-their-magical-powers/MQdW_bnET0IgBYwlvZ5L3XxDzLP1ZglMgGB


  • Beet
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Paprika
  • Potato
  • Radish
  • Tomato

Beet – Gender: Feminine, Planet: Saturn, Element: Earth, Magickal properties: Love – Magickal Use: If a man and woman eat of the same beet, they will fall in love. Beet juice is used as an ink in love magic, and is also a blood substitute.

Cabbage – Gender: Feminine, Planet: Moon, Element: Water, Magickal properties: Luck – Magickal Use: Cabbage should be planted in the garden the first thing after a couple has been married, if they wish to have good luck in their marriage and garden.

Carrot – Gender: Masculine, Planet: Mars, Element: Fire, Magickal properties: Fertility, Lust – Magickal Uses: The seeds, eaten, help women become pregnant. Carrots are eaten to promote lust and to cure impotence.

Celery – Gender: Masculine, Planet: Mercury, Element: Fire, Magickal properties: Mental Powers, Lust, Psychic Powers – Magickal Uses: Chew the seeds to aid in concentration, or use in spell pillows to induce sleep. Burned with orris root, celery seeds increase psychic powers. The stalk, along with the seeds, induces lust when eaten. Witches supposedly ate celery seeds before flying off on their brooms so that they wouldn’t become dizzy and fall!

Corn – Gender: Feminine, Planet: Venus, Element: Earth, Magickal properties: Protection, Luck, Divination – Ritual Uses: The Corn Mother, or Goddess, is a deity of plenty and of fertility, long worshipped throughout the East and North America. The Zunis utilize different colors of corn in their religious rituals. Blue corn meal is used to bless and is scattered as an offering. – Magickal Uses: Reach into a bin of corn, pull out any ear, count the grains. Allow twelve grains of corn for each year and it will tell your age. An ear of corn is placed within the cradle to protect the baby against negative forces. A bunch of cornstalks hung over the mirror brings good luck to the household, and a necklace made of dried red corn kernels prevents nosebleed. Pollen from corn was used to make rain by ancient Meso-American peoples, probably by tossing it into the air. At one time, in the mountains of the United States, if a birth was difficult, red corncobs were burned on the doorstep of the cabin (or even under the bed) to speed up the process.

Cucumber – Gender: Feminine, Planet: Moon, Element: Water, Magickal properties: Chastity, Healing, Fertility – Magickal Uses: The fruit of the cucumber, when eaten, hinders lust. The peel bound onto the forehead relieves headache pain, while the seeds are eaten to promote fertility.

Leek – Gender: Masculine, Planet: Mars, Element: Fire, Magickal properties: Love, Protection, Exorcism – Magickal Uses: When two people eat leeks they will fall in love with each other. Leeks are also carried as protective amulets, and are bitten to break hexes and drive away evil.

Lettuce – Gender: Feminine, Planet: Moon, Element: Water, Magickal properties: Chastity, Protection, Love Divination, Sleep – Magickal Uses: Rub lettuce juice onto the forehead or eat the leaves to have no trouble falling asleep. Lettuce, when grown in the garden is protective, but some say that if too great an amount is raised, sterility will result in the household. If you wish to preserve yourself against temptations of the flesh, eat lettuce. When eaten, lettuce also prevents seasickness. Plant lettuce or cress seeds in the form of the name of someone you love. If the seeds sprout well, so too will love between you.

Paprika – Gender: Masculine, Planet: Mars, Element: Fire, Deities and Beings: Ares, Mars – Magickal Uses : The fruit is used for boosting spellwork, energy, fidelity, hex breaking and love

Potato – Gender: Feminine, Planet: Moon, Element: Earth, Magickal properties: Image Magic, Healing – Magickal Uses: Potatoes are often used as poppets, and the “eyes” can be used as eyes in fashioning other kinds of poppets. A potato carried in the pocket cures toothaches and guards against rheumatism, warts, and gout. To protect against contracting a cold, a potato should be carried in the pocket or purse all winter—the same potato.

Radish – Gender: Masculine, Planet: Mars, Element: Fire, Magickal properties: Protection, Lust – Magickal Uses: When carried, the radish protects against the evil eye. It increases lust when eaten. A type of wild radish was carried in Germany to determine the whereabouts of sorcerers.

Tomato – Gender: Feminine, Planet: Venus, Element: Water – Magickal properties: Prosperity, Protection, Love – Magickal Uses: Place a large red tomato on the mantle to bring prosperity to the home. Replace every three days. When a tomato is placed on the windowsill or any other household entrance it repels evil from entering. The plants in the garden are protective, since the yellow flowers and bright red fruits scare off evil. The tomato, when eaten, has the power of inspiring love.

Source: Encyclopedia of magical herbs by Scott Cunningham and others


Silliness – Murphy’s Laws Of Combat – Anyone who has ever been associated with the military has heard some of these!

– If the enemy is in range, so are you.
– Incoming fire has the right of way.
– Don’t look conspicuous, it draws fire.
– There is always a way.
– The easy way is always mined.
– Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammo.
– Professionals are predictable, it’s the amateurs that are dangerous.
– The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions: a. When you’re ready for them. b. When you’re not ready for them.
– Teamwork is essential, it gives them someone else to shoot at.
– If you can’t remember, the claymore is pointed at you.
– The enemy diversion you have been ignoring will be the main attack.
– A “sucking chest wound” is natures way of telling you to slow down.
– If your attack is going well, you have walked into an ambush.
– Never draw fire, it irritates everyone around you.
– Anything you do can get you shot, including nothing.
– Make it tough enough for the enemy to get in and you won’t be able to get out.
– Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself.
– If you are short of everything but the enemy, you are in a combat zone.
– When you have secured an area, don’t forget to tell the enemy.
– Never forget that your weapon is made by the lowest bidder.


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