Daily Stuff 5-23-21 Defenestration

Hi, folks!

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

Overcast. 50F, winds are calm, AQI 23-48, UV8. Chance of rain 47% today and 61% tonight. Pollen is high again. Forecast One fire spot NW of Newburg and one just south of Salem. There’s a chance of showers right between 10 and 11am today and then rain is likely tomorrow, up to 1/3 of an inch! Hopefully, that will taper off on Tuesday and leave Wednesday just cloudy, but more showers are predicted for Thursday. After that we’re looking at partly cloudy for a few days.

Yesterday was pretty miserable for me. I didn’t run a temp, just felt achy, brain-free, frustrated, sleepy and whiny…. and with a nasty headache that Tylenol didn’t seem to touch. Tempus was tired, since the papers ran so late. He didn’t get in until 9:30, so he was short on sleep.

We got the shop open on time and he ran over to Pacific Sourdough to pick up our box. That did help. Yummies are welcome when the body isn’t happy….

I ended up taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon. I think Tempus couldn’t stand me any more, and he kept dozing off on the sofa unless we had customers in. …and we did have some customers. Not a lot for a holiday weekend, but some.

We were late heading home, since some of those customers came in right when we were thinking about closing and then Tempus put stuff together to take home for supper. He made hamburgers with grilled onions and cheese and we had buttered brussels sprouts with that and some of the leftover veg in cream sauce that we’ve been pecking at this week.

We crashed after that, waking at 1 and driving back into town. Papers are on time this morning, at least! It’s very quiet, overcast, no dew, stormlight…. hmmm….

Today is the day I’m actually teaching from 1-3pm. I’m hoping that things are as set up as I think they are…. I have to check on some things. We’ll have to come in early, so I have an hour or so of set-up time to iron out tech difficulties…. there are always some! The shop will be open. Hopefully Tempus won’t have to interrupt class for anything….

Yachats own Whale in the Park sculpture. It actually spouts, although is sometimes turned off during droughts. Photo by Ken Gagne on 5/22/16 The funny story associated with this is that a whale washed ashore in a storm and liked Yachats so well, that there he stayed!

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Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called St Anthony’s Turnip)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.

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Today is the anniversary of the 2nd Defenestration of Prague that happened in 1618. That such a funny word. It means that someone’s been chucked out a window! In the case of the two Prague Defenestrations they happened as a political protest of injustice. This 2nd one was in response to the political decisions imposed on the Czechs (who were mostly Protestant at this time) unjustly taking away their religious freedom by imposing Catholicism and destroying Protestant nobles.  It directly led to the 30 Years War. The folks responsible for implementing the orders were chucked out the window of the assembly room in Praszky Hrad (the castle seat of the government, picture above). They fell down the castle wall and down a slope. It didn’t kill them. They said it was the intervention of the Virgin Mary, but the Protestants insisted that they had fallen into a dungheap! There is more info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenestrations_of_Prague and some about the ensuing war here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Years%27_War

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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 8pm.

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 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 5/24 at 4:14pm.

Now, find Spica less than a fist to the Moon’s right.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a facility like the Very Large Array (VLA)? Now’s your chance to find out: The VLA is hosting an hour-long free virtual tour starting at 1 P.M. MDT today. The tour will take you behind the scenes of this amazing array to learn more about how staff operate and maintain the site. Advance registration is required; you can sign up here.

Time for your closeup – The Dawn spacecraft captured this image of Vesta in 2011, from a distance of about 3,200 miles (5,200 kilometers). You certainly won’t get this view through binoculars, but you can still easily spot the small world this week. – NASA/JPL/MPS/DLR/IDA/Björn Jónsson

Now that the waxing Moon has left the area, you can pick up asteroids 4 Vesta and 29 Amphitrite again, both in Leo the Lion this evening. Let’s start with the easier magnitude 7.5 Vesta, located 3.3° due west of magnitude 3 Chertan in the Lion’s haunches. To further help with your search, the asteroid also currently sits 19′ due east of a magnitude 8 field star, HIP 53710. You should be able to easily pick up Vesta with binoculars, although you won’t see its motion over the course of a single night. Instead, return to this region for a few nights in a row to pick up its movement, which should become readily apparent after about three days. Amphitrite is fainter — around magnitude 10 — but can still be seen with larger binoculars or a small scope. It recently passed by Regulus, the Lion’s heart, and is now about 2° east-southeast of the bright luminary. You can pick it up just 25′ northeast of magnitude 8 HIP 50110, another field star.

Little lizard – Lacerta the Lizard contains none of the 200 brightest stars, no named star, no meteor shower, and no Messier object. But it does contain the open cluster NGC 7243. It’s also home to BL Lacertae, a famous active galaxy. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Rising after Cygnus this evening is a dim constellation you might not be familiar with: Lacerta the Lizard. You can find it south of Cepheus the King and about 20° to the east of Deneb in neighboring Cygnus the Swan. This small star figure contains a diamond-shaped head that includes both its alpha and beta stars, which are magnitude 3.8 and 4.4, respectively. The tip of its tail is 4th-magnitude 1 Lacertae. Although Lacerta has no Messier objects, it is home to magnitude 6.4 NGC 7243, an open cluster about 2.6° west of Alpha (α) Lacertae. The Lizard also contains the famous active galaxy BL Lacertae. This highly variable object is actually the bright disk of material swirling around a supermassive black hole deep within the galaxy’s center. The disk flares and dims as the material within it moves, changes, and even disappears into the black hole. Although BL Lac is faint (it ranges from magnitude 14 to 17), experienced observers with large amateur scopes or good astrophotography skills can capture it.

Saturn is stationary at 4 P.M. EDT, ending its motion southeastward toward Theta [θ] Capricorni and swinging around to move southwest, away from the star. We’ll take a look at the ringed planet in another few days.

Mars (magnitude 1.7, in central Gemini) glows in the west right after dark. A few finger-widths above it are Pollux and Castor. Mars, being on the far side of its orbit from us, is no brighter than even Castor, the fainter of the Pollux-and-Castor “twins.” Don’t expect anything in a telescope; Mars is a mere 4.3 arcseconds wide, just a tiny blob.

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

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of
Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Saturn Retrograde at 2:21am. (10/10)
Pluto (10/6) Retrograde
Color – Gold
©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
Su   23      Low   4:54 AM     0.4   5:41 AM     Set  4:14 AM      80
~    23     High  10:52 AM     6.2   8:46 PM    Rise  5:31 PM
~    23       Low   4:43 PM     1.2
~    23     High  10:56 PM     8.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I understand the meaning of peace.  I let peace express itself through me.

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Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your opinion of someone who has bad manners?

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Quotes

~   It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do. – Elbert Hubbard
~   He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. – Raymond Hull
~   You’re never going to finish anything if all you do is start things. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   Creation begins in imagination and imagination begins in wonder. – Spike Humer

Whoever makes a garden
Has never worked alone;
the rain has always found it,
The sun has always known. – Douglas Malloch (1877-1938)

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Litha Magick – Lore

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S LORE – Pagan Studies

Cinquefoil, campion, lupine and foxglove nod on your doorstep; Nutka rose, salal bells, starflower and bleeding-heart hide in the woods, fully green now. Litha has come, longest day of the year, height of the sun. Of old, in Europe, Litha was the height too of pagan celebrations, the most important and widely honored of annual festivals.

Fire, love and magick wreathe ’round this time. As on Beltane in Ireland, across Europe people of old leaped fires for fertility and luck on Midsummer Day, or on the night before, Midsummer Eve, according to Funk and Wagnall’s Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend. Farmers drove their cattle through the flames or smoke or ran with burning coals across the cattle pens. In the Scottish Highlands, herders circumambulated their sheep with torches lit at the Midsummer fire.

People took burning brands around their fields also to ensure fertility, and in Ireland threw them into gardens and potato fields. Ashes from the fire were mixed with seeds yet to plant. In parts of England country folk thought the apple crop would fail if they didn’t light the Midsummer fires. People relit their house fires from the Midsummer bonfire, in celebration hurled flaming disks heavenward and rolled flaming wheels downhill, burning circles that hailed the sun at zenith.

Midsummer, too, was a lovers’ festival. Lovers clasped hands over the bonfire, tossed flowers across to each other, leaped the flames together. Those who wanted lovers performed love divination. In Scandinavia, girls laid bunches of flowers under their pillows on Midsummer Eve to induce dreams of love and ensure them coming true. In England, it was said if an unmarried girl fasted on Midsummer Eve and at midnight set her table with a clean cloth, bread, cheese and ale, then left her yard door open and waited, the boy she would marry, or his spirit, would come in and feast with her.

Magick crowns Midsummer. Divining rods cut on this night are more infallible, dreams more likely to come true. Dew gathered Midsummer Eve restores sight. Fern, which confers invisibility, was said to bloom at midnight on Midsummer Eve and is best picked then. Indeed, any magickal plants plucked on Midsummer Eve at midnight are doubly efficacious and keep better. You’d pick certain magickal herbs, namely St. Johnswort, hawkweed, vervain, orpine, mullein, wormwood and mistletoe, at midnight on Midsummer Eve or noon Midsummer Day, to use as a charm to protect your house from fire and lightning, your family from disease, negative witchcraft and disaster. A pagan gardener might consider cultivating some or all of these; it’s not too late to buy at herb-oriented nurseries. Whichever of these herbs you find, a gentle snip into a cloth, a spell whispered over, and you have a charm you can consecrate in the height of the sun.

In northern Europe, the Wild Hunt was often seen on Midsummer Eve, hallooing in the sky, in some districts led by Cernunnos. Midsummer’s Night by European tradition is a fairies’ night, and a witches’ night too. Rhiannon Ryall writes in West Country Wicca that her coven, employing rites said to be handed down for centuries in England’s West Country, would on Midsummer Eve decorate their symbols of the God and Goddess with flowers, yellow for the God, white for the Goddess. The coven that night would draw down the moon into their high priestess, and at sunrise draw down the sun into their high priest. The priest and priestess then celebrated the Great Rite, known to the coven as the Rite of Joining or the Crossing Rite.

Some of Ryall’s elders called this ritual the Ridencrux Rite. They told how formerly in times of bad harvest or unseasonable weather, the High Priestess on the nights between the new and full moon would go to the nearest crossroads, wait for the first stranger traveling in the district. About this stranger the coven had done ritual beforehand, to ensure he embodied the God. The high priestess performed the Great Rite with him to make the next season’s sowing successful.

In the Middle Ages in Europe, traces of witchcraft and pagan remembrances were often linked with Midsummer. In Southern Estonia, Lutheran Church workers found a cottar’s wife accepting sacrifices on Midsummer Day, Juhan Kahk writes in Early Modern European Witchcraft: Centres and Peripheries, edited by Bengt Ankarloo and Gustave Henningsen. Likewise, on Midsummer Night in 1667, in Estonia’s Maarja-Magdaleena parish, peasants met at the country manor of Colonel Griefenspeer to perform a ritual to cure illnesses.

In Denmark, writes Jens Christian V. Johansen in another Early Modern European Witchcraft chapter, medieval witches were said to gather on Midsummer Day, and in Ribe on Midsummer Night. Inquisitors in the Middle Ages often said witches met on Corpus Christi, which some years fell close to Midsummer Eve, according to Witchcraft in the Middle Ages, by Jeffrey Burton Russell. The inquisitors explained witches chose the date to mock a central Christian festival, but Corpus Christi is no more important than a number of other Christian holidays, and it falls near a day traditionally associated with pagan worship. Coincidence? Probably not.

Anciently, pagans and witches hallowed Midsummer. Some burned for their right to observe their rites; we need not. But we can remember the past. In solidarity with those burned, we can collect our herbs at midnight; we can burn our bonfires and hail the sun.

By Melanie Fire Salamander and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

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Silliness – Top Ten Reasons to Ask Your Boss For A Raise

10. You take your paycheck to the bank and the teller bursts out in hysterical laughter.
9. The Red Cross calls and offers you emergency assistance.
8. Your only charge cards are for the Salvation Army, ARC, and DAV thrift stores.
7. You work full time and you still qualify for food stamps.
6. You empty out your piggy bank and then cook the bank and serve it for your Easter ham.
5. All you can think about morning, noon and night is clipping grocery coupons. 
4. You file your income taxes and the IRS returns them stamped, “Charity Case — Return To Sender.”
3. You set the world record for mailing $1.00 rebate requests to Young America, Minnesota.
2. You pay all your bills, put your remaining $1 bill into your billfold and it goes into shock.
1. You get arrested for taking the coins out of the fountain in the mall.

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