Daily Stuff 4-27-21 – Robigalia

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:35 AM of -1.3 feet. The shop is closed today. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Anja.

The moon was gorgeous as we were heading downriver. The Alsea was dull silver against the pines on the far shore, wreathed in mist, which was blowing from the east. Now, it’s foggy and getting more so by the minute. 43F, wind at 2-5 mph and gusting, AQI 6-35, UV6. Chance of rain 4% today and 8% tonight. This next ten days should be mostly dry, but cloudy with the usual chance of an overnight sprinkle. Highs in the mid-to-upper 50’s.

Yesterday wasn’t all that busy at the shop again. We did have a few people in shopping. One stopped to chat about shamanism and first nations stuff. I got more headers done, a batch of pendants (triple moon!) and started on some pendulums.

Tempus got out to the dump with that batch of stuff today. One step farther along! He stopped at the PO and picked up some packages, one of which was a replacement for my favorite water bottle that hit the deck last week and broke. It was a different pattern, though. 😦 So I have to navigate Amazon’s return policy. He also got to Chef’s Store and was heading for Oceana, but they’re closing early, now, 6pm.

Fedex dropped off my tins for the marzipan and our new air purifier which is running full-bore in the bedroom at home, right now. I got the first batch of pictures of the marzipan in the tins. I’m going to start on some “fancies” tonight. Well, I already have. These are going to be the chocolate dips. Tempus is going to pick up candied ginger for me today, at some point. That’s the 2nd “fancy”, the other two for the bottom layer of the tin are just rolled in sugars. At that point, I start with the flowers and such. I hope I can track down the candy papers….

My lovely plum tree. Sad that the new owners cut it down.

We closed a bit late and headed home. We ended up with pork egg rolls for supper, since the lasagna was going to take too long. I got a long nap and so did Tempus. He set up the air purifier, too, and brought a lot of things in from the car.

Who’s that under the leaf?

More plants headed that way, plus some boxes of assorted baking equipment. He found my snowflake mini-loaf/casserole pans, so those are in the cupboard. I have to run the muffin tins through the dishwasher. Some of those are going to live at the shop, but the big twelves and the jumbo are going into the pot locker at home. We’re still looking for the pie tins and cake pans.

I spent a frustrating hour trying to get the computer at home online only to find out that the local internet was down, so I’m back at the shop for the night, so I can get this out. We’re going to have to see what we can figure out for a home computer. This laptop isn’t working well at all for me and it leaves Tempus without a shop computer. I spent another hour embroidering and sorting sewing projects before Tempus was ready to head out.

Today when Tempus gets done with papers we’re going to head home and sleep. Once we’re up I have plants to work on and more sewing. I want to start getting more of the curtains up and I have an overdue gift exchange embroidery project that’s getting very close to being ready to go, plus some things for Sioned, little fabric picture books. These would have been perfect for her last year, but at least she’ll get them. We have lasagna for supper. Haven’t had that for several years, other than my home-made roll-up version. It’s bulk route night, so Tempus is going into Newport a little early to do some shopping.

Beautiful rhody – Photo by Anja 6/3/17

motif,tree celtic duir oregon white oak garry

Today’s Plant is Oregon White OakQuercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. –Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining –Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water.  Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak  Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron

feast 0425 robigalia

Robigalia, held in ancient Rome on 4/25, was a sacrifice of a dog to prevent a particular type of wheat-rust mildew from occurring in the new grain crops. It also included chariot races, a communal meal and other typical observances. Robigus was the personification of the mildew, so needed to be sacrificed to, although dogs were usually sacred to the underground/afterlife deities, such as Hecate.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robigalia

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Scorpio

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. 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 4/28 at 8:32am.

Open star cluster M35 – This bright star cluster in western Gemini plays host to Mars the evenings of May 18 and 19. The sparkling stars of M35 dominate this scene, while the fainter, more compact, and more distant open cluster NGC 2158 lurks just to its right. – Behyar Bakhshandeh

This evening M35 is ¾° below or lower left of Mars. The moonlight remains bright.

The Moon reaches perigee — the closest point to Earth in its orbit around our planet — at 11:22 A.M. EDT. It will then sit just 222,064 miles (357,377 kilometers) away.

Full Moon – Our nearest celestial neighbor appeared 99 percent illuminated when this photographer captured it — easily enough to warrant the description “Full.” Although Full Moon is usually the worst time to look for lunar details, quite a bit remains visible in this shot. – John Chumack

Located in Libra and rising within an hour of sunset, the bright Moon will dominate the sky tonight. It’s admittedly a bit difficult to observe fine detail on the Moon when it’s Full, as the direct angle of the sunlight hitting the lunar surface washes out the landscape as shadows are all but eliminated. Despite this, it’s a great time to observe certain features, such as the dark seas, or maria. The Seas of Serenity and Tranquility sit in the lunar northeast (northwest on the sky), while the Ocean of Storms seems to dominate the lunar west (east in the sky). In the lunar northwest lies the large Sea of Rains (also called the Sea of Showers). Several of the Moon’s bright craters, many of which feature large sprays of light-colored rays, also stand out tonight. In the lunar south, the large crater Tycho clearly dominates. On the Moon’s western side (again, east in the sky), look for Kepler, Aristarchus, and Copernicus. In the lunar east, there’s Stevinus and Langrenus. The Full Moon can be bright, particularly when you’re observing with binoculars or a telescope. You can cut down the glare with a Moon filter or by pumping up the magnification even more — this shrinks your field of view, which also reduces the amount of light bouncing off the light lunar surface and into your eyes.

New nova – Look for Nova Cas 2021 after dark by finding the W of Cassiopeia, then using Schedar and Caph as pointer stars. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

Novae update:   Nova Cassiopeiae 2021 (V1405 Cas) was still holding at about magnitude 7.8 as of April 23rd. It’s been about like that ever since the day after its March 18th discovery, with only a very slight fade and rebrightening in the interim. But it has sunk low in the north after nightfall, especially for observers at southerly latitudes, so you’re better off catching it when it’s higher in the north-northeast before the start of dawn. For charts see Bright Nova Erupts in Cassiopeia. That’s quite unlike the more recent Nova Sagittarii 2021 No. 2 (V6595 Sgr) and Nova Scorpii 2021 (V1710 Sco). Both of those have faded from magnitude 8 or 8.5 at discovery to 11 or 11.5. See A Bouquet of Novae Brightens April Nights.

Comet C/2020 R4 (ATLAS) – This month’s Messier marathons feature a Kuiper Belt arrival in front of the Milky Way’s Great Rift in Aquila. Comet ATLAS covers a large swath of sky during April, passing a plethora of deep-sky objects on the way. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Comet ATLAS continues at about 9th magnitude. It’s now crossing Corona Borealis and Bootes in fine, high view in the east by late evening. See Make the Most of Comet ATLAS.

Uranus and Neptune are hidden in the glare of the Sun.

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

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month
of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Pluto Retrograde at 1:04pm (10/6)
Color – Scarlet
Planting – 4/27
©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  27     High  12:53 AM     8.8   6:12 AM     Set  6:45 AM      99
~    27      Low   7:35 AM    -1.3   8:16 PM    Rise  9:25 PM
~    27     High   1:50 PM     7.4
~    27      Low   7:33 PM     1.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not spend $1000 worth of emotion on a 5-cent trivia.


Journal Prompt – Wiki – What do you dislike most about your appearance?



~   I’ll tell you what freedom is to me – no fear.- Nina Simone
~   It is the first time the Honourable Gentleman has got out from under the sunlamp. – Paul Keating to Andrew Peacock
~   He hoped and prayed that there wasn’t an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn’t an afterlife. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~   Misfortunes one can endure. But to suffer for one’s own faults – ah! – there is the sting of life. – Oscar Wilde

O my heart now feels so cheerful as I go with footsteps light
In the daily toil of my dear home;
And I’ll tell you the secret that now makes my life so bright—
There’s a flower at my window in full bloom. – Lucian B. Watkins (1878–1920)


Beltane Magick – Ritual Pieces

Stag Call Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The men gather around the fire, next to their partners, and they say in unison:

“I am the stag of seven tines;
I am a wide flood on the plain;
I am a wind on the deep waters;
I am a shining tear of the sun;
I am a hawk on a cliff;
I am fair among flowers;
I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke.”
Graves, Robert; “The White Goddess”; Farrar 1970

The Beltane Chasehttp://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Traditional

I shall go as a wren in spring
With sorrow and sighing on silent wing
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.


And we shall follow as falcons grey
And hunt thee cruelly as our prey
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Then I shall go as a mouse in May
In the fields by night and cellars by day
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

But we shall follow as fat tom cats
And chase thee through the corn and vats
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Then I shall go as an Autumn hare
With sorrow and sighing and mickle care
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

But we shall follow as swift grey hounds
And dog thy tracks by leaps and bounds
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Then I shall go as a Winter trout
With sorrow sighing and mickle doubt
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

But we shall follow as otter’s swift
And snare thee faster thou can’st shift
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Aye, and I’ll come home again.


Silliness – Punny Thought – If A Piñata Doesn’t, Break Is It Broken? (We don’t know the answer)                               

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