Daily Stuff 4-20-21

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed today. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Melissa Jo Barker.

It’s mostly cloudy with an occasional chill draft sneaking around my ankles. 51F, wind at 2m4ph and gusting, AQI 20-37, UV5. Chance of rain 10% today and 14% tonight. The pollen is low. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 1-11pm today. Partly to mostly cloudy through Friday, then a couple of days where there’s a 75% chance of rain. On Monday that drops to 50%, but stays possible through the end of the 10-day. Much more seasonal weather!

Yesterday went by much faster that I expected, but I way overslept again and didn’t get to the shop until 3:30. This has gotta stop! Tempus had the shop open and said it had been quiet, that far. It stayed that way, only a couple of shoppers in.

I had a bunch of writing to do, so got to work. I whomped through all that and by suppertime was ready for something else. I ended up repotting some lilies that were getting crowded. One pot ended up as 5! My desk was a mess….. So I watered plants at both ends of the shop.

I started working on some clipart and the computer suddenly went nuts, refused to delete or cntrl-x or anything, finally refusing to type, even. At that point I realized that the keyboard batteries had gone dead, so asked Tempus to go get some and yes, it cured the problem.

Clematis flower from 4/26/16

Today we have to work at the house. I have a lot of sewing to do and various purchases to place and more stuff, but I don’t know how much will happen, since so much depends on what Tempus needs to do. He’s planning on going to storage, at the least, while I’m working at the house, and he needs to pick up mail.

“This picture always makes me feel peaceful and I hope it does the same for you. I crawled inside one of the tiny beach caves to capture this and although it’s a phone pic, I really love the perspective of looking out. “Yachats, Oregon – April 2018 – Photo by Melissa Jo Barker Photography on 4/1/20. Used with Permission

092415 Lovage

Today’s Plant is Lovagelevisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. –Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage

Vadersolstavlan, (sun-dog painting, or weather-sun painting) created in 1535, is the oldest painting of the city of Stockholm and is believed to have been painted of a real (i.e. not imagined) event, shortly after this weather phenomenon happened. It’s also the oldest depiction of “sun dogs”.  More on the painting here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4dersolstavlan

The shop opens at 1pm. Springr 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

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. 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 4/25 at 8:32am.

Located about 600 light-years away, the Beehive star cluster (M44) is one of the closest open clusters to Earth. theilr on Flickr

This evening, use binoculars to pick out M44, the Beehive star cluster, about 4° or so below the Moon. That’s roughly two-thirds or three-quarters the width of a typical binocular’s field of view. This much moonlight is hardly ideal for viewing a deep-sky object, but the Beehive stars are not difficult in binocs, and the Moon does make a very handy reference point to start from.

Arcturus shines brightly in the east these evenings. It’s the pointy end of a long, narrow kite-shaped asterism formed by the brightest stars of Bootes, the Cowherd. The kite is currently lying on its side, extending to Arcturus’s left. The head of the kite, at the far left, is bent slightly upward. The kite is 23° long: about two fist-widths at arm’s length.

Asteroid 4 Vesta sits a mere 35′ from magnitude 5.5 51 Leonis tonight. The asteroid, which glows an easy magnitude 6.6, can be picked up with binoculars even from a relatively light-polluted city. 51 Leo is located roughly halfway along and slightly below a line drawn from magnitude 2.6 Zosma to magnitude 2 Algieba in the Lion. Glance slightly southeast of 51 Leo to find Vesta. Tonight is the last good night for a few days to observe this particular asteroid. The Moon’s bright light will interfere with your asteroid viewing until the 24th. Vesta will reach its stationary point two days from now, after which it will halt its northwestern motion to make a tight turn and swing back around, moving southeast with respect to the background stars of Leo. Discovered in the early 19th century by Wilhelm Olbers, Vesta spans about 310 miles (500 kilometers) and is the second-largest body in the main asteroid belt after 1 Ceres.

Uranus and Neptune remain hidden low in evening and morning twilight, respectively.

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 Taurus

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month
of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – Black
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  20      Low  12:44 AM     3.9   6:23 AM     Set  3:24 AM      44
~    20     High   6:20 AM     6.3   8:07 PM    Rise 12:26 PM
~    20      Low   1:54 PM     0.7
~    20     High   8:56 PM     5.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a remembering day!


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Life is too short to be small. — Benjamin Disraeli



~   People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing- that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar
~   I love deadlines.  I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by. – Douglas Adams
~   The Night is also a religious concern – and even more so – when I viewed the Moon and Stars through Herschell’s telescope – and saw that they were worlds. – Lord Byron
~   …the hill has not yet lifted its face to heaven that perseverance will not gain the summit of at last. – Charles Dickens (1812-1870) English Novelist

Fair Flora! Now attend thy sportful feast,
Of which some days I with design have past;
A part in April and a part in May
Thou claim’st, and both command my tuneful lay;
And as the confines of two months are thine
To sing of both the double task be mine. – Latin poet Ovid, Fasti; for Flora (Floralia) April 28-May 3


Beltane Magick – Recipes

Tender Dandelion Salad – Recipe
Gathering our own salad is such a lovely way of connecting to the natural world. Dandelion greens – available in your own organic back yard or in the supermarket – are bursting with valuable carotenoids and vitamins, a true spring tonic that will enliven and nourish you and your family.

We include a great spring dressing recipe, too: add a little zip to all your salads!


3 cups dandelion leaves
2 thin slices red onion, separated into rings

1. On a sunny day, grab a basket and venture out on a foraging expedition. Be sure to choose dandelions leaves from areas that have never been sprayed, and are at least six feet from roadways, to avoid heavy metal contamination.

2. When you have about 3 cups of young, tender leaves, bring them indoors and wash them gently.

3. Serve, chilled if you like and topped with onion, along with the following dressing:



2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon anise seed (optional)
2 teaspoons fresh peppermint, chopped
2 teaspoons tamari
2 ½ teaspoons honey mustard or miso

1. Combine all ingredients and whisk thoroughly to blend.

Adapted from The Seasonal Detox Diet by Carrie L’Esperance (Inner Traditions, 2002).From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

GOAT CHEESE & SPINACH TURNOVERS http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html

1 Tablespoon Olive oil
1/2 cup Diced red onion
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 bunches Fresh spinach, stemmed and chopped
2 ounces Soft fresh goat cheese
1/3 cup Toasted pine nuts
3 Tablespoons Grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon Minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon Grated lemon peel
4 Frozen phyllo pastry sheets, thawed
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted

Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté 5 minutes. Increase heat to high. Add spinach and sauté until wilted, about 5 minutes. Drain spinach mixture, pressing on solids to release as much liquid as possible. Transfer to bowl and cool completely. Add goat cheese, pine nuts, parmesan, rosemary and lemon peel. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface. Cut lengthwise into 3 strips. Brush with butter. Place 1 rounded Tablespoon filling at 1 end of dough strip. Starting at 1 corner, fold pastry over filling, forming triangle. Repeat, folding up length of pastry as for flag. Brush with butter. Repeat with remaining pastry, butter and filling. Transfer turnovers to baking sheet. Cover and chill. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake turnover until golden, about 12 minutes. Cool slightly and serve. Makes 12

Vegetarian Barley and Bean Soup Recipe – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html Ten 1-cup servings

  • 1 c Chopped onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves; minced
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 6 c Water
  • 28 oz Canned tomatoes, chopped — undrained
  • 1 can VAN CAMP’s Kidney Beans, 15oz — drained
  • 9 oz Frozen green beans or peas
  • 1 c Sliced carrots
  • 1 c Sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 c Medium Barley
  • 1 ts Basil
  • 1/2 ts Oregano
  • 1/2 ts Salt (optional)
  • 1/4 ts Black pepper
  1. In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, cook onion and garlic in until onion is tender.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low; cover.
  5. Simmer 45 to 50 minutes or until barley is tender, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add additional water if soup becomes too thick upon standing.

NOTE: To use Quick Barley, substitute 2/3 cup quick barley for medium barley and decrease water to 5 cups. Prepare recipe as directed above except simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until barley is tender, stirring occasionally.


Silliness – Jolly Green Giant

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