Daily Stuff 5-7-21 Lusitania

Hi, folks!

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

8 fire spots, but that wildfire from yesterday is 50% contained. Mostly cloudy at the moment. 45F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI 12-41, UV7. Chance of rain 24% today and 6% tonight. Pollen still high. Today’s chance of rain kinda evaporated and the rest of the week looks dry and partly cloudy.

Yesterday flew by again. We ended up crashing at the shop because I fell back asleep on the nap bed while Tempus was trying to find something online, and then he dozed off on the sofa!

I managed to drag myself awake in time for the Wildfire webinar at noon. Not much new information. <sigh> When he woke it was just a few minutes to opening up, so we scrambled to set up breakfast and coffee, got the shop open and sat there, blinking. It had been raining, and showered again several times, so we had time to get awake. Both of us were hurting. I must have slept in a weird position and sleeping sitting up didn’t do Tempus any good, either.

I got messages and mail taken care of and then did some computer housekeeping for awhile. Late in the afternoon I worked in back for awhile, sorting out some of the marzipan stuff and then caught a nap. Of course, that did the trick and Tempus was busy with customers! He said there were several sets, just shopping.

When I woke he was setting up some supper and I spent awhile putting books in boxes to go home and then cutting out coupons. He took off for the bulk route a little early, so’s to try to get some shopping time in. I’ve been doing some reading and listened to the recording of a class I did last month. I think I did ok. 🙂 ….then I started on this.

Today Tempus is planning to do laundry. I’ll be minding the shop. I’m hoping to work on tarot earrings today, again, and we have a whacking lot of stuff to take home and put away.

This is a photo of the Alsea Bay Bridge at night by Daniel Schoon from the Visions of Oregon page on Facebook. Used with permission (and yes, that’s a comet in the sky)

elder month Husband_and_wife_trees - Blackthorn Ruis

Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. –Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa


This is the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, a Cunard Line passenger ship (although it was carrying ammo) sunk by a u-boat, which became a rallying cry against Germany leading into WWI. More on the sinking here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_the_RMS_Lusitania  and on the ship herself here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Lusitania Actually, the main reason that this ship has stuck in my mind is that my grandmother, Marie Stransky Picek, as she was emigrating from Bohemia in the Austro-Hungarian empire, was scheduled to come to the US on this ship, but she got to Bremerhaven (a journey of 400 miles, made mostly by pony-cart and rail) way early (3 months early!) and ended up making the trip on the Mauretania instead, as a 2nd class passenger, thereby missing the fatal voyage.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Mauretania_%281906%29

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 4:52am.

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/11 at noon. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 5/11 at noon.

The two inner planets gradually become more insistent about making themselves known in twilight.

Mercury is now easily spotted in twilight if you have a good view to the west-northwest. But Venus, despite its brightness, can still be tricky 8° below. The visibility of points in bright twilight is exaggerated here:

Arch of Spring 2014 (ignore the planets)

Higher in the west as night falls, little Mars is approaching the base of the Arch of Spring: the long line from Procyon on the left to Capella on the right. Mars will stand exactly on this line next Tuesday May 11th. You can watch its daily progress toward and across this line more precisely by holding a yardstick or other straightedge to the sky from Procyon to Capella, or by stretching a string tightly from one star to the other between your hands. Beware of the tricky illusion that a line in the sky that’s parallel to the horizon will be a straight line. Nope! The horizon is indeed a great circle around the celestial sphere; so it’s straight for a viewer at the center of the sphere, meaning you. But a circle drawn around the sky at some constant altitude above the horizon will be a small circle, not centered on you, so its rim will appear bent. Severely so across a large span of sky. Many people cannot believe that this would be true. That’s why to bring the straightedge or piece of string, rather than trying to judge a straight line from Procyon to Capella by eye  with the horizon enticing you to make it a reference. Prove it to yourself!

Summer is still seven weeks away, but the Summer Triangle is beginning to make its appearance in the east, one star after another. The first in view is bright Vega. It’s already visible low in the northeast as twilight fades. Next up is Deneb, lower left of Vega by a little more than two fists at arm’s length. Deneb takes about an hour to appear after Vega does, depending on your latitude. The third corner of the triangle is Altair, which shows up far to their lower right by midnight.

Whose shadow? – On May 7, Ganymede’s shadow is already transiting when Jupiter rises. But Callisto is closer to the planet’s eastern limb, making it seem like it’s responsible for the dark spot. Callisto begins its own transit at 5:48 A.M. EDT. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Jupiter rises just before 3 A.M. local time this morning. Currently magnitude –2.2, it’s is a bright, easy-to-spot target, especially as it climbs away from the horizon in the hours before sunrise. Jupiter has four large moons — Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto — which are visible with larger binoculars or, more ideally, a small telescope. The shadow of Ganymede, the planet’s largest moon, is already crossing the disk when Jupiter rises this morning. But when you zoom in on the scene, you’ll see that Callisto is closer — just off the eastern limb of the planet — making you think it’s responsible for the shadow. After Ganymede, Io and Europa (in that order) are farthest from the planet, all to the east. Callisto begins its own transit at 5:48 A.M. EDT, while Ganymede’s shadow is still traversing the disk; the latter will finally disappear at 6:17 A.M. EDT. That sight is out of reach of East Coast observers and tricky for those in the Midwest. Observers in the western U.S. will get a much better view.

Jupiter and Saturn (at dim Capricornus) rise more than an hour before the first light of dawn. As dawn begins, spot them in the southeast. Jupiter grabs the eye at magnitude –2.2. Saturn, 16° to Jupiter’s right or upper right, is one fifteenth as bright at magnitude +0.7.

Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.

NIGHT SKY FOR May 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms

Sun in Taurus

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month
of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Pluto Retrograde (10/6)
Color – Rose
Harvest 5/7-9

©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
~F    7      Low   4:56 AM     1.5   5:58 AM    Rise  4:40 AM      21
~     7     High  10:42 AM     6.0   8:28 PM     Set  4:33 PM
~     7       Low   4:53 PM     1.1
~     7     High  11:10 PM     7.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is too short to spend it at war with yourself.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think about ghosts?



~   Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; Each to his passion; what’s in a name? – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
~   To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease. – Lao Tzu
~   Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~   The most heroic word in all languages is revolution. – Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader

I lie stretched out upon the window-seat
And doze, and read a page or two, and doze,
And feel the air like water on me close,
Great waves of sunny air that lip and beat
With a small noise, monotonous and sweet,
Against the window—and the scent of cool,
Frail flowers by some brown and dew-drenched pool
Possesses me from drowsy head to feet. –Stephen Vincent Benet (1898–1943)


Magick – Summer Gods

  • Aten is depicted as an anthropomorphic being (like most of the other ancient Egyptian gods), Aten was represented by the disc of the sun, with rays of light emanating outward. Although his early origins aren’t quite known – he may have been a localized, provincial deity – Aten soon became known as the creator of mankind. In the Book of the Dead, he is honored with “Hail, Aten, thou lord of beams of light, when thou shinest, all faces live.”
  • Apollo (Greek): The son of Zeus by Leto, Apollo was a multi-faceted god. In addition to being the god of the sun, he also presided over music, medicine, and healing. He was at one point identified with Helios. As the worship of him spread throughout the Roman empire into the British Isles, he took on many of the aspects of the Celtic deities and was seen as a god of the sun and of healing.
  • Horus (Egyptian): Horus was one of the solar deities of the ancient Egyptians. He rose and set every day, and is often associated with Nut, the sky god. Horus later became connected with another sun god, Ra.
  • Huitzilopochtli (Aztec): This warrior god of the ancient Aztecs was a sun god and the patron of the city of Tenochtitlan. He battled with Nanahuatzin, an earlier solar god. Huitzilopochtli fought against darkness and required his worshipers to make regular sacrifices to ensure the sun’s survival over the next fifty-two years, which is a significant number in Mesoamerican myths.
  • Lugh (Celtic): Similar to the Roman god Mercury, Lugh was known as a god of both skill and the distribution of talent. He is sometimes associated with midsummer because of his role as a harvest god, and during the summer solstice the crops are


Silliness – ….and part 4…. Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? From the viewpoint of other famous/infamous authors and other personalities…

MOSES:  And God came down from the Heavens, and he said unto the Chicken, “Thou shalt cross the road.”  And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.

FOX MULDER:  You saw it cross the road with your own eyes.  How many more chickens have to cross the road before you believe it?

JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Can’t you people see the plain truth? That’s why they call it the ‘other side.’ Yes, my friends, that chicken was gay. If you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the Liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like ‘the other side.’ That chicken should not be crossing the road. It’s as plain and as simple as that.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white?

GRANDPA:  In my day, we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken had crossed the road and that was good enough for us.

RICHARD NIXON:  The chicken did not cross the road.  I repeat, the chicken did NOT cross the road.

JERRY SEINFELD:  Why does anyone cross a road?  I mean, why doesn’t anyone ever think to ask “What the heck was this chicken doing walking around all over the place, anyway?”

SIGMUND FREUD: The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.

BILL GATES:  I have just released the Chicken Office 2000, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook.

BILL GATES 3.0: I have just released eChicken2013, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of e-Chicken2013. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.

OLIVER STONE:  The question is not, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Rather, it is, “Who was crossing the road at the same time, whom we overlooked in our haste to observe the chicken crossing?”

ZEUS: Release the chickens!

CHARLES DARWIN:  Chickens, over a great period of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically dispositioned to cross roads.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.:  I dream of a world where *all* chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.

NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI:  The point is that the chicken crossed the road. Who cares why?  The end of crossing the road justifies whatever motive there was.

ALBERT EINSTEIN:  Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road moved beneath the chicken depends on your frame of reference.
Tempus adds: “It’s all about perspective!”

SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he’s a maverick!

BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period. 

JOHN McCain: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.

COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

DICK CHENEY: Where’s my gun?

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish it’s lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

BUDDHA:  Asking this question denies your own chicken nature.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON:  The chicken did not cross the road; it transcended it.

TRUMP. Chickens should not be able to cross roads. They bring disease and crime. We need to build a wall!

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY:  To die.  In the rain.

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

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