Daily Stuff 5-18-21 Mt. St. Helens

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Daniel Schoon .

Overcast and 48F. Winds are mostly calm. AQI 12-37, UV7. Chance of rain 21% today and 26% tonight. The forecast has changed. We’re likely to be alternating showery and partly sunny days for awhile. There’s not a lot of rain in the forecast, nor a very high chance of it, but it’s more likley that not. 9 fire spots on the map, 1/2 of which are trailing a significant amount of smoke, but that fire from yesterday is out, already.

Yesterday felt a little odd since I wasn’t in the shop during the day. We had headed home with various things to be dealt with at the normal time, slept, then Tempus lit the oven for me before he headed back in to get the shop open.

He was pretty busy, trying to get some signage up, dealing with customers, and then mid-afternoon an old friend, the guy who was the best man at our wedding, showed up with his wife and they sat and talked for quite some time.

I worked on getting things put away, got one curtain up and sorted some dishes, then started on the duck. It supposedly had giblets. I never found any…. It roasted/steamed for two hours, then I poured off the liquid and let it dry for another 1/2 hour while I made the glaze…. and then realized I had turned off the oven, but also the pilot light that I can’t reach! <sigh> So the duck went into the fridge. It was completely cooked, maybe even overcooked. What I’ll do is get the meat off of the carcass, add the glaze and re-heat.

I got a few more buttons onto the 50 button dress, then worked on a small piece of embroidery and sorted more supplies and finally pulled out some leftovers for supper, since Tempus was long overdue. I left those sitting and crawled into bed, waking at midnight. He had put stuff away, but I found out later, he was too tired to eat, so he just crawled in next to me.

It was quiet at home, mostly clouds, but with a few stars showing. Driving into town we watched the Moon over the river, floating in and out of clouds. He got a sandwich and sat for a bit, then headed out to start the paper route. I caught up on mail before he left and have been working on this, since. I’m going to get some things together to take home in the morning before I curl up on the nap bed.

Today we have a lot of “fixing” to do after we get some extra sleep. I have to do the duck, but Tempus has a lot of hooks and hangers to put up and a few pictures. I’m going to try to get more of the curtains sewn, and I’m still trying to figure blackout curtains for the bedroom. I don’t really want to spend $50-$80 for curtains that don’t fit! Tonight is bulk route night, so I’ll be heading into town for the evening, unless Tempus wants to do a major shopping run.

A picture from 5/7/15 by Daniel Schoon of Thor’s Well.

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Today’s plant is Oregon IrisIris tenax. I grew up calling iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29

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Today’s Mt. St. Helens day, the anniversary of the eruption in 1981 that killed a number of people and disrupted life in the PNW for quite some time. “Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!” were the last words of David Johnston, a geologist on the team of those monitoring the volcano, knowing that his life was on the line, as close as he was to the obviously ready-to-blow mountain, chose to give other people some warning. Innkeeper Harry Truman chose to stay with his life-long dream of a resort in the area. 55 others also perished, mostly loggers and people who lived along the path of the major lahar that actually crossed I-5, making it unusable for a period of time! Several movies and documentaries have been made about the eruption and the area now has a lot of museums dedicated to the events and the remediation of the damage. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_eruption_of_Mount_St._HelensOregon Field Guide, tons of videos – https://www.opb.org/news/article/mount-st-helens-eruption-anniversary-40-history/?fbclid=IwAR3MK0EJeghMnjYQqq3qo5cBd20yaRDI5QC22ZHpF9wS33zlwSUeS5IjB9g

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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,
Anja

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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 on5/26 at 4:14am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/19 at 12:13pm.

The Moon steps across Leo as it passes through first quarter, just like it does every May.

This evening the Moon hangs in western Leo, below the front of the Sickle as shown below. As soon as night is fully dark, look almost two fists at arm’s length below the Moon for the dim head of Hydra.

Neptune’s banded atmosphere – The Hubble Space Telescope captured Neptune’s colorful cloud bands in August 1996. The ice giant’s atmosphere looks mostly bluish because methane absorbs longer-wavelength light. – NASA/JPL/STSc

The solar system’s most distant planet, Neptune, rises a few hours before dawn in the constellation Aquarius. The magnitude 7.8 planet is within reach of binoculars, glowing about 7.5° south of the Circlet in Pisces and 5.4° east of 4th-magnitude Phi (ϕ) Aquarii. Spanning just 2″ due to its great distance of 30 AU, the ice giant will appear as a flat, bluish “star.” To its west are much brighter Jupiter — also in Aquarius and easily visible with the naked eye — and Saturn, again a naked-eye object in Capricornus.

Since you’ve already got your binoculars out, let’s look farther above Neptune in the western portion of Pegasus. There you’ll find M15 — one of the galaxy’s oldest globular clusters. With a visual magnitude of 6.2 and a girth of about 18′, this densely concentrated cluster is a rewarding object for any observer.

Uranus is hidden in the glow of dawn.

Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.

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
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of
Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Pluto Retrograde (10/6)
Color – Silver
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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The very old hawthorn at St. Mars, England.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  18     High   4:42 AM     6.5   5:45 AM     Set  2:01 AM      29
~    18      Low  12:09 PM     0.1   8:41 PM    Rise 11:21 AM
~    18     High   7:13 PM     5.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept peace, love, and mastery in all aspects of life. 

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Journal Prompt – What would you? – What would you do if you had all the money in the world?

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Quotes

~   A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t. – Rhonda Hansome
~   What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary. – Richard Harkness, The New York Times, 1960
~   Don’t look back, don’t regret, because even though you can’t change the past, you can make the future brighter. -Hera EG
~   A clear breeze has no price, the bright moon no owner.”- Song Hun

The later the blackthorn in bloom after May 1st, the better the rye and harvest. – Traditional English proverb

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Magick – Herbalists Terms

Caution: All herbal potions will have an effect on you in the mundane. A catnip potion for love will make you sleepy. A mugwort potion for astral travel will stimulate menstrual flow and calm nerves. A St. John’s Wort potion for protection will also lift your mood. You should be aware of the medicinal properties of every herb you ingest. And if you have a medical condition, proceed with caution. When in doubt about the effects of an herb, ask your health practitioner. Also remember more is not necessarily better. People think that just because herbs are sold over the counter that there is no limit to what they can consume. Not so. Herbalists kick around a lot of terms, so let’s define a few of them:

Potion –Well, witchy herbalists kick this one around. 😉 It’s an herbal tea prepared during the appropriate lunar phase and made with herbal ingredients possessing the correct magickal properties. Potions concocted for love magic are called philtres.

Infusion – A strong tea. Many recipes will call for a full oz. of herb to one pint of water. Some think that’s too much. I think Cunningham called for one teaspoon dried herb for every cup of water. I just throw in the amount that feels right. This is simply the process of soaking the herb in water. Heat water until just boiling, pour it over the herb, cover the cup, let sit undisturbed for 15-30 minutes. Drink it. Wash with it. Pour it in your bath or anoint yourself with it.

Solar infusions – Put fresh or dried herbs in a jar with cool water. Place in the sun for 1-2 days. Solar infusions seem to have more plant spirit. It’s good to work with the astrological signs here if possible — an appropriate sun sign or other aspect.

Lunar infusions – Same as solar infusions, but placed under the moonlight. Choose the best moon signs and phases here.

Decoction – A decoction is made like an infusion, but here it is OK to boil the herb. Usually decoctions are made from roots or other herbs with constituents that are not easily extracted. Roots, seeds, and stems make good decoctions. Begin with cold water, and add the toughest roots, etc., first. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes covered. Then let cool completely. If adding leaves or dried herbs to a decoction, you can take the decoction off the stove and steep your less hardy herbs as you would an infusion. Be sure to cover throughout the process so your volatile oils don’t boil away. Strain. Some recommend one oz. of herb to one pint water. Others use one part herb to 20 parts water.

Tincture – If long term storage is required, you will probably want to make a tincture. A tincture contains alcohol. Into a mason jar with lid, place 4 oz. of herb and 8 oz. of alcohol. (I use brandy). Seal the jar and keep it out of sunlight for two weeks. Begin this process on the new moon and finish on the full moon. Be sure to swish the herbs around in the jar daily. Strain

Wash – A weak tea or infusion that is used externally. A mild wash — 1/4  oz. herb to one pint boiling water — can be used to cleanse magickal tools, crystals, or other magickal uses.

Aspurger (Anja’s note, this should actually be called an “aspurgent”) – A weak tea (wash) put in a watering can or spray bottle used for spraying an area or thing. Many witches like to use the more natural tree limb with leaves still attached. Dip it in the wash and shake it through the area. Especially good for cleansing spells or exorcism when working with rooms, houses, or large areas.

Ointments/Balms – I include balms in these definitions because the oils used in balms are heated to a liquid state during preparation. Simply melt lard/vegetable shortening/or any fatty substance to a liquid form over low heat. Pour in herbs and let them simmer for about nine minutes. Strain out the herbs and store in an airtight jar. One cup fatty substance to three tablespoons powdered herb. For external use.

Perfumes – …are made by blending essential oils together to create a fragrance. Choose oils to match your magickal intention, then add them to 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup witch hazel tincture, and 1/2 cup water. Shake well, then dab on pulse points. Aromatic herbs work best here.

Oils – Many of the essential oils you find in herbal shops have been distilled with steam. You can make oils at home by crushing herbs and placing them in a jar. Cover them with warmed oil (virgin olive, safflower, and almond are all good). Steep for 48 hours in sunlight. Strain and repeat, adding fresh herbs. You might do this several times until the oil smells good and strong like the herb. Store in dark bottles. I use oils to anoint candles and other magickal tools, myself, just about everything. I love them.

Flower essences – These work on energetic and psychic levels. Pick the flower and place them in fresh spring water — just let them float on the top of the water. Place flowers and/or gems in your crystal bowl full of water in full sunlight for several hours. This process will extract the life essence and energy matrix from the materials. This is known as your Mother Essence. Add brandy as a preservative. From this essence will come your stock bottles.

The recipe – Two drops of the Mother Essence in one ounce pure water with a teaspoon of brandy. This is your stock bottle. From these stock bottles will come your dosage bottles. Simply combine 2 drops from your stock bottles into one ounce pure water and a teaspoon brandy in a dropper bottle. You can take your dose directly from the dosage bottle or drop the elixir into a glass of water. Works like homeopathic medicines.

Gem elixirs – Made like flower essences, but using crystals and gems instead of flowers. (Be careful here, many minerals are poisonous!)

Fluid Condensers — you need two handfuls of herb, cold water to cover them, a cauldron or cooking pot, and gin or vodka. Place herbs and water in a pot with a tight fitting lid. Boil for 20 minutes. Cool for 13 minutes, then strain out herbs. Bring to a boil again and evaporate one-half of the liquid. Take from the heat and cover. When cool, add an equal amount of gin or vodka. Three drops of your own blood from your thumb will personalize the condenser and add energy. To use the condenser, put it in a cauldron or pot and simmer to release the herbal magic. Actually, those aromatherapy candle/ simmering potpourri holders work very well here. Place the liquid in the top bowl and light a tea light beneath it. Let it evaporate and release its magickal properties into the air. This liquid can be used as holy water — sprinkle on parchment in petition spells, pour into the earth as a libation, sprinkle tools or working area, etc. You can also make one for each of the four elements and simmer them on your altar during workings.

These are a few methods for making magickal potions. The thing that lifts these potions from the mundane, medicinal level to a magickal level is your enchantment of them and magickal timing. Enchant your herbs at the appropriate moon phases and signs (or other planetary aspects) before preparation by running your fingers through the herb while visualizing your need. You may want to simply enchant the finished potion. Gerina Dunwich uses a chant that I really like:

Herbal potion, cauldron brew,
Now be charged with magic true.
With intent I speak this charm,
All be blessed and none be harmed.
Ever minding the rule of three,
As I will, so mote it be.

Or how about:

Brew of flowers, Witches’ tea,
Filled with magic powers be.

A chant you create yourself will have more power and pertain to the spell you are casting. Remember to visualize and focus your intent into the potion and herbs.

So how do you know which sort of potion to make? Obviously infusions are asiest. They can be made quickly and don’t require a lot of prep time. If I want my magic to affect my environment, I might make a magickal perfume. These work well in harmony spells, or to attract a mate, or for glamoury spells. I like oils for anointing myself and my tools (including poppets). Flower essences (which are easily bought in health food stores) assist me with inner work. I love them! I sometimes use the mugwort flower essence before reading tarot cards. I would need to make a decoction if I wanted a dandelion root potion for a psychic boost. The potions that use brandy, gin, or vodka are for long term storage. So if I wanted to make a mugwort tincture with all the fresh mugwort from my garden, I would make a tincture. (Tinctures are also excellent for healing potions).

Speaking of healing potions, here’s another chant to use while making (courtesy of Dunwich):

Witches’ potion, I enchant thee
By intent and thrice told verse.
Be a tool of magic for me
Work thy spell to heal and nurse.
Witches’ potion, be now blessed
By power of the universe.
In the cauldron effervesce,
Maladies and pain disperse.
Harming none I know decree
This charm is done. So mote it be!

Repeat this three times as you visualize your intent while the potion boils or brews.

As with poppets, if I’m adding more than one herb, I like to add them in multiples of three. For instance, for a divination potion, I might choose mugwort, yarrow, and dandelion root. I would make a decoction of my dandelion root, take off the burner, then steep (infuse) mugwort and yarrow in the decoction.

For prosperity, I might make an infusion of herbs I know are safe to drink, or I might make a wash to sprinkle my work area and wallet with the inedible mandrake or may apple or periwinkle. The possibilities are endless, really. What you choose is just a matter of what works best for you. Experiment and see what you like.

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Silliness – Punny Thought – Would you like to hear a joke about pizza? Never mind- its too cheesy!…..

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