Daily Stuff 5-26-21 Fortinalia

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:20 AM of -2.1 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Irene Photography.

Overcast and 49F, winds are calm, AQI 13-36, UV8. Chance of rain 8% today and 96% tonight. Pollen High. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 7pm to 11am tomorrow. The chance of rain starts to climb around 10pm tonight and it could be intense for a bit. It should slack off for a bit around lunchtime and then the chance goes up to nearly 50% overnight again. After tomorrow the temps ought to be in the 60’s and partly cloudy skies are forecast through Wednesday, with a chance of showers after that.

Yesterday went by in a rush, since we slept so late. I tried to get up at noon, but just couldn’t stay awake. It was sometime after 3pm that we finally got going and an hour later before we had enough coffee onboard to actually function. We puttered at a few small things, but I spent most of an hour outside working on plants before it finally occurred to me that I was actually getting sunburned. It wasn’t bad, not that late, but I’m noticing, now! I made starts from a bunch of very leggy geraniums and trimmed dead stuff mostly. I’ll do more today.

We headed for the shop at 5pm and spent a (turned-out-to-be) useless hour trying to hook up the laptop for my class on Saturday. It’s just too old and slow. I should have realized. Well, worse was that it mucked up my ability to use the camera on my desktop! It took about 20 minutes of troublehooting programs and checking in with people to see if they knew what might be wrong and then about 15 minutes to shut things down and then power back up. Thankfully, that worked!

Tempus had headed out to do laundry, around 6pm. I was late for the A&S meeting, but not horribly. It was on the basics of making mead, but I listened to see if he had something new. Nope. I signed off at 8 and was almost asleep when he got back, and then he headed out to do the bulk route papers after I fell asleep.

I was up around 11 and wrote for a bit, before putting this together. I have some ordering to do, but one of the websites is down, drattit. I’ll probably call Tempus as soon as I’m done here, just to check in and then work on marzipan in back.

Today we might sleep late again today. I know Tempus can use the rest, since he pushes himself too hard during the week. I have a lot more work to do on plants and Tempus has a long list of repairs and things to re-work at home. I’ve already got my basket full of this-and-that that we need at home and I have more of the list to find, including some things that I’m going to have to remind him about this morning. Well, on to the next step…

Sunrise over Tatras, Slovakia, 5/5/19, – Irene Photography, Tatra Spis Pinneny. Those mountains look almost too familiar. Used with permission.


Today’s feast is the Fortinalia, or sacred well day. It was celebrated in ancient Rome on October 13 and pagans today keep the feast in May as a thank you to the wells that give us clean water and to the wells of inspiration that we dip from to create our magick. Usually flowers and ribbons are brought to the wells. I’ve done clean-ups around artesian springs on this day, too, and the pipe that has awesome spring water out rt. 34, usually has a bouquet and a dozen ribbons every year! More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontinalia

Today’s plant is the Pacific BlackberryRubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry

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,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Sagittarius

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 5/26 at 4:14am. 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 5/27 at 4:14pm. Eclipses – Lunar eclipses always occur on the day of the Full Moon.Positive magicks should not be performed in these months until after the eclipse is over. – Associated God/esses: Kali, Shiva the Destroyer. Exact at 4:14am. 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

Morning Moon eclipsed – Bright Antares sits about 7° southeast of the Moon on May 26 as a lunar eclipse gets underway. The complete event is not visible from the continental U.S. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Wednesday morning kicks off with a lunar eclipse, portions of which are visible from the central and western U.S. The partial eclipse begins as the Moon enters the darkest portion of Earth’s shadow at 4:44 A.M. CDT, just as our satellite is roughly 10° above the horizon, amid the stars of Scorpius. Totality will begin at 6:11 CDT and last for 14 minutes; however, the Moon is setting or has already set for much of the Midwest, so only observers farther west will get to see the sight. In the Pacific time zone, totality ends at 4:25 A.M. and the partial phase ends at 5:52 A.M.; by then, the Moon has set for most locations. Totality is so short because the Moon is just skimming the northern part of Earth’s shadow. Although total lunar eclipses are typically called Blood Moons, our satellite will likely turn more orange than red, thanks to this shallow path through the shadow.

Yes, this is photoshopped. Not mine, but *gorgeous*

Look for Antares less than a fist to the right of the Moon after dark. Orange Antares is the brightest and most colorful star of upper Scorpius. Full Moon officially occurs at 7:14 A.M. EDT. May’s Full Moon is called the Flower Moon; this Full Moon is also a Super Moon, which occurs while the Moon is at or close to perigee (which it reached last night). You may recall that April’s Full Moon was also a Super Moon, but May’s Full Moon is 0.04 percent bigger, thanks to its slightly closer proximity. Those who couldn’t catch the eclipse or simply wanted to sleep in can instead enjoy our satellite as it rises this evening, still 99 percent illuminated.

Neptune, in Aquarius 20° east of Jupiter, lurks low in the east-southeast just before dawn begins.

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. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..

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
Pluto (10/6) Saturn Retrograde (10/10)
Color – Brown
Harvest 5-26&7
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
W   26     High  12:18 AM     9.0   5:38 AM     Set  5:48 AM      99
~    26      Low   7:20 AM    -2.1   8:49 PM    Rise  9:38 PM
~    26     High   1:47 PM     6.9
~    26      Low   7:08 PM     2.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.


Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – Explain ways in which the weather has some direct effect on your life.



~   Build a bridge and get over it – Paul Sheppard
~   Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, as you can all read the Book? – Sogoyewapha, “Red Jacket” – Senaca
~   A vision without action is called a daydream; but then again, action without a vision is called a nightmare – Jim Sorensen
~   To become a butterfly, do you think that it feels fear as it breaks out of the cocoon? Though it’s fear may be unfounded, once it’s wings are spread, it soars to new heights it could not imagine as a caterpillar. So, when feeling the pangs of anxiety and fear, find yourself a moment and imagine yourself as an emerging butterfly. ~ Wravyn

Would that thou couldst last for aye,
Merry, ever-merry May!
Made of sun-gleams, shade and showers,
Bursting buds, and breathing flowers. – William D. Gallagher (1808–94)


Litha Magick – Crafts

deborah <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com> wrote:

To: Hearth_Witch@yahoogroups.com
From: “deborah” <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:47:50 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Door Ornaments
Midsummer Door Ornaments
Items Needed:
· Small broom, about 1′ by 8″
· Plastic seasonal flowers ~ {Roses, Wildflowers}
· 3 different colours of ribbon, about 12″-16″ long
· Some thin wire ~ {strip garbage bag twist-ties of their paper
· Ornament oriented to the sabbat
· Wire Cutters
· Scissors
Directions: (Note, if doing this project with children, please watch the scissors and wire cutters) Take the wire cutters and cut the flower stems to a height that is workable. With the wire, begin tying into them the seasonal flowers and the berries at the base of the broom nearest where the bristles begin. Make sure the leaves of the flowers lie flat against the bristles. This will be a great background for the colour of the flowers to contrast against.

Take the berries and the fruit and lay them between the flowers and then tie them of with the wire. As soon as all of that is in, pick out your favourite Midsummer ornament.

Take the ribbon and tie in a bow or a knot, either will do, around the wire. Let some of the extra drape around and under the broom.

When you want to hang this, simply take a bit of wire and string it through the top of the broom handle and nail it to the door, hang it in a window or wherever you prefer. To hang it with the bristles pointing upwards, weave the wire up through the bristles and then twist it a few times for some extra strength.


Brightest Blessings )O( Aradian


Stangs are less commonly used forms of staves. Basically, it is a two-pronged staff (see illustration below). The easiest way to find one is to get one that has fallen off of a tree. You can also fashion the prong from papier-mâché, or commission a woodworker or metal smith to make one for you, if you have the means. The Stang is ancient Roman in origin, and was used to represent the two-faced god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. His two faces looked simultaneously into the past and future. Some traditions use stangs to mark the ritual entry and exit point of a magick circle, and see it as a portal between the physical world and the world of spirit. Decorate the stang in the same way you would a staff. You may also use it for the same purposes as a staff.


Midsummer Feather Wreath – (For Litha) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/feather.htmlMaterials

  • Craft wire
  • Red feathers
  • Yellow feathers
  • Decorative ivy vines
  • Glue gun


Form a braided wreath with brown craft wire. Then form another braided wreath that fits inside the first one. Glue yellow feathers to one wreath until the craft wire cannot be seen; do the same with the red feathers on the other wreath. Then place one wreath on top of the other and wind them together with the ivy vines.

Ritual use:

You may wish to leave the wreaths separate until the Litha ritual, at which point you bind the yellow wreath and the red wreath together to symbolize the marriage of the God and Goddess. Since yellow and red are so interchangeable in whom they represent, it is up to you if you want to assign one wreath to the God and one to the Goddess.


Silliness – Punny Thought – Superman ruins a lot of button down shirts.

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