Daily Stuff 4-12-21 Yuri’s Night

Hi, folks!

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

It got good and windy yesterday! A couple of times Tempus had to go rescue the flags. Clear and cold, now. 35F, winds are calm, AQI 18-38, UV6. Chance of rain 1% today and 0% tonight. The grass pollen is high and the tree pollen isn’t far behind. Sunny and warming, even at night. Highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s right through the week into Monday. At that point it’s going to cloud up and high’s will be in the upper 50’s. There’s a chance of rain, but under 50% chance of showers.

I promised! He still hasn’t worn the shirt, though.

Yesterday was antsy and got up far too soon. I haven’t done very many Zoom classes. Well, I used the time to review my notes, then got mail and messages taken care of. I got Tempus up around 12:30, and we got coffee once we were at the shop and then I sorted out the laundry. I checked in with the person running the class and we got things sorted around, so that the class would run smoothly. We only had one student, though. <sigh> Well, it’s recorded, so now I have one that I can point to!

A bonus pic of the grandbaby and her mom.

Tempus had to run the shop around me. He had change in his apron and got the other computer set up to take cards. Every so often his bright yellow minion hat would show up behind me and he’d be fishing another receipt out of the printer. 🙂 Carlie was in! I was already in the throes of set-up, so all I managed was a quick wave and “Hi!”, but she and Tempus talked for quite a bit.


Class turned out to be 1 1/2 hours. That’s not too bad. Lecture was 1 hour, just as I had planned and then we did a run-through of how to make the balls, then I did questions. It worked out fine, I think. I was tired afterwards. Tempus made me a delicious sandwich, but I started to fade. We sat and talked for a bit, but by 5pm I was dozing off in the rocker, so he chased me into the back. That’s what I got for getting up early!

Raspberry blossom

So, when I woke, he was gone. So was the “home basket” and in its place was my big box of extra baskets that I’ve been wanting. One of today’s tasks is going to be getting those sorted out and put up, and then send the box back to storage. Tempus had gone to storage, dragged out the recliner and gotten that into our new place! Dehumidifier and air purifier today, mattress tomorrow and then we can move in!

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Tempus is going to have more storage digging to do and to go get an air purifier and set that and the dehumidifier up. He might also get an inline water heater. We’ve been talking about doing that, since the water tank is kinda small for a decent hot shower. He found that out washing out the drawers. I have writing to do, and I’m hoping to go out to our new place in the evening for a bit, to actually put some things away. We have some rearranging to do, as well. Exciting!

A Ken Gagne photo from 4/18/16

plant herb kinnikinnick Arctostaphylos-uva-ursi

Today’s plant is KinnikinnickArctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi  More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry


Today’s Feast is Yuri’s Night, a modern festival created in honor of the first true space flight. It was on April 12th in 1961 at the height of the space race. It is supposed to raise awareness of space science. Yuri Gagarin was the man who flew the Vostok in a full orbit of our planet. Ironically, he was killed in a MIG accident in 1968, leading to all kinds of interesting conspiracy theories. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri%27s_Night . and more on Gagarin here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin

The shop opens at 1pm. Spring 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 Aries enters Taurus at 10:44am.

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 4/26 at 8:32pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 10:31am on 4/13.

Red and blue – On March 30, 2019, Mars approached within 3.3° of the Pleiades star cluster in Taurus the Bull. A thin layer of clouds diffused the light from the Red Planet, producing the halo. – Ayman Naguib

Mars is crossing the line between the horntips of Taurus, Beta and Zeta Tauri, this evening and tomorrow evening. Mars is only a bit brighter than Beta. But compare their colors: Beta is a bluish-white B7 star.

Asteroid 3 juno

Whether you’re taking a second peek at Comet C/2020 R4 (ATLAS) or simply up early this morning, consider scanning the predawn skies with binoculars or a telescope for Asteroid 3 Juno, currently around magnitude 10.9 and located in Ophiuchus. This morning, the asteroid is about 0.6° southeast of magnitude 4.6 Mu (μ) Ophiuchi. Also nearby are several star clusters: globulars M14 (magnitude 7.6) and NGC 6366 (magnitude 9.5), as well as open cluster IC 1257 (magnitude 13.1). The third object discovered in the main belt, Juno is actually the 10th largest asteroid, spanning about 145 miles (234 kilometers) across. Planetary scientists estimate it contains about 1 percent of the total mass in the asteroid belt. Juno will stand stationary against the background stars tonight at 10 P.M. EDT, although it’s below the horizon for North American viewers at that time.

Jupiter and Saturn (both in Capricornus) are low in the southeast just before and during early dawn. Saturn is slightly the higher of the two (depending on your latitude), but it’s much dimmer at magnitude +0.7. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.1, about 13° to Saturn’s lower left.

Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55  Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

NIGHT SKY FOR APRIL 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-april

Sun in Aries

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month 
of Fearn Alder Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – Grey

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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
M   12     High   1:22 AM     7.6   6:37 AM    Rise  7:13 AM      0
~    12      Low   7:50 AM     0.3   7:58 PM     Set  8:46 PM
~    12     High   1:55 PM     6.9
~    12      Low   7:50 PM     1.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Time is all we have.


 Journal Prompt – What is? – What is a famous place you have seen or want to see?



~   It’s the best job in picture business because when you’re a director, you’re God. And you know that’s the best job in town. – Burt Lancaster
~   I’ve designed films I’ve never seen. – Edith Head, Hollywood wardrobe mistress, born on October 28, 1907
~   Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world.  – Mother Teresa
~   No pen could describe it, nor tongue express it, nor thought conceive it unless by one in the extremity of it. – Daniel Defoe (c. 1660 – 1731), British novelist, on the Great Storm of 1703; The Storm, 1704

This is the weather the cuckoo likes,
And so do I;
When showers betumble the chestnut spikes,
And nestlings fly. – –Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)


Beltane Magick – Recipes

Beltane Oil 2 – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

When mixing oils, use either almond oil or any other colourless lightweight oil.
Wear to rituals or use to anoint candles.
5 drops Patchouli
5 drops Cypress

Green Man Cake

Make this cake to celebrate Beltane and the spirit of the forest. Image © Patti Wigington 2009

The Green Man is an archetype often represented at Beltane. He is the spirit of the forest, the lusty fertility god of the woodlands. He is Puck, Jack in the Green, Robin of the Woods. For your Beltane celebrations, why not put together a cake honoring him? This spice cake is easy to bake, and uses a delicious cream cheese frosting and rolled fondant to create the image of the Green Man himself. This recipe makes either one 9 x 13″ sheet cake, or 2 8-inch rounds.

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 90 minutes


  • 2 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 C cornstarch
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 C milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp rum-flavored extract
  • 1 C butter, softened (don’t use margarine)
  • 2 C firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 2 C confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 package white fondant
  • Green food coloring
  • Leaf-shaped cutters


Preheat oven to 350, and lightly grease and flour your cake pan. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl and blend well. In another bowl, combine milk, eggs, vanilla and rum extracts together.

Add the softened butter to the flour mixture, and beat until it forms a clumpy sort of dough. Gradually add the liquid mixture in, blending it a little at a time until all the milk mixture has been combined with the flour mixture. Beat until completely smooth, and then add the brown sugar. Mix for another thirty seconds or so. Scoop batter into the pan and spread evenly.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan. Once you have it out of the pan, you can begin frosting the cake.

To make the cream cheese frosting, combine the cream cheese and the butter in a bowl, mixing well. Add the vanilla extract. Finally, stir in the confectioner’s sugar and blend it in. Spread this evenly over the cake, and allow it to sit for an hour or so to firm up.

To make the Green Man himself, you’ll need green fondant. If you’ve never worked with fondant before, it can be a little tricky, but with some practice you’ll be able to use it easily. Roll out the fondant and knead it into a ball. Add the green food coloring in very small amounts and blend it in, until you’ve got the shade of green you want.

Roll the fondant out until it’s about 1/8″ thick. Use the leaf-shaped cookie cutters to cut out different sized leaves. Score lines on them, to look live leafy veins. Place them on top of the frosted cake and press in place, layering them to form a Green Man. Roll two small pieces into balls, flatten them down, and put them in to create eyeballs in amongst the leaves. Reminder – fondant tends to dry quickly once it’s rolled out, so only cut off small pieces. The cake in the photo was made using a block of fondant about the size of a package of cream cheese.

Tip: if you’re in a hurry, or you’re not much of a baker, you can use any boxed spice cake mix. Also, if you have dietary restrictions, you can use other spice cake recipes, such as this great Gluten-free version.


Silliness – Home Schooling

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