Daily Stuff 6-5-21 Gobnait

Hi, folks!

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

The stars were out at home and it was only 55 in the house! In town, there was a heavy overcast and it’s drizzling, now. 51F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 16-31, UV5. Chance of rain 69% today and 10% tonight. This drizzle ought to end by 7am or so. There’s another spike of possible precipitation tomorrow around 2pm. Monday and Wednesday might be dry, but there’s a chance of showers all week, increasing as time goes on. Temps are probably going to hit 60 near the end of the week. 1 firespot near Medford and a new fire up in the far NE corner of the state. They’ve made a little progress on Sycan. It’s 75% contained. Total of 4 fires, now.

Angelica seed head

Yesterday sailed on past again. When we were driving home both the sky and the river were very blue. We got a snack and went to sleep pretty much right away. I woke at 11 and decided to get some time in on the plants, which turned out to be a very good thing. I potted up the blueberry and the two begonias, got some extra dirt on plants that needed it and checked up on the rest, moving some plants into where they’ll be once the block and boards are in place.


We headed for the shop and got open on time, then Tempus made coffee, which really helped. By then the roast smelled absolutely delicious. It really was. We made sandwiches of it for lunch and “pecked” during the later part of the day to where neither of us wanted any supper!



We had a few people in during the day, a couple asking directions to other places, some shopping. One was a lady who caught me online, asking about sage. She came in and we talked a bit.

bulbils in the stem of a garlic

Tempus had to run an errand in Newport and by the time he got back he was sleepy enough that even though he had chased *me* into the back to nap, he fell asleep on the sofa with the shop still open. As far as we know, no one came in. Oi…. Well, we got closed up and went home and he went straight to bed. I puttered, mostly putting things away, and then followed.

Tiny, tiny plants

I have some writing to do tonight and then I think I’m going to curl up on the nap bed. I’m still tired. We’ll be open at 1pm today, but I’m hoping to go home at closing time and get a few more licks in on the plants, with Tempus help. …Oof. I just finished the last of my leftovers and I’m falling asleep! I’d better get this finished and out before I do!

…and I just bounced my face off the desk…. <yawn>

The Charles Bridge in Prague under the FUll Moon. Photo by Pavel Voita. Used with permission.

mahonia aquifolium oregon grape plant

Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon GrapeMahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. – Feminine, Earth – carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa


There is an Irish saint, Gobnait, who is worshiped as the patroness of bees who, according to Nigel Pennick, is a version of the goddess Domna, who is the goddess of perambulation to sacred stones and cairns. Gobnait’s feast day is 2/11 and I’m not finding info on Domna at all! Gobnait still has a number of centers of worship in Ireland and even a couple of sacred wells. Melissa is the name that I’m used to seeing in conjunction with bees, as the priestesses of Demeter.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobnait and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa#Ancient_Greek_Mythology Also see today’s Magick section!

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 Aries

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 5/10 at 3:53am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 6/5 at 3:53pm. 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 6/8 at 3:53pm.

Venus now shines alone, at the trailing foot of Castor.

Have you ever seen Alpha Centauri? At declination –61° , this magnitude-zero shiner is permanently out of sight if you’re north of latitude 29°. But if you’re at the latitude of San Antonio, Orlando, or points south, Alpha Cen skims just above your southern true horizon for a little while late these evenings. When does this happen? When should you look? Just about when Alpha Librae, the lower-right of Libra’s two brightest stars, is due south over your landscape. At that time, drop your gaze down from there!

A total solar eclipse – There hasn’t been a total solar eclipse since the Great American Eclipse in August 2017. This view of the 2017 event records the Sun’s corona from Rexburg, Idaho. – John Fisanotti

Make your plans for the eclipse of the Sun coming up on the morning of June 10th! The eclipse will be annular for the few of you in north-central Ontario and points north across the arctic. But a partial eclipse will occur northeast of a line from the Carolinas through North Dakota. In the US Northeast and eastern Canada, the rising crescent Sun will be spectacular! For full details, maps, and local timetables, see Joe Rao’s article in the June Sky & Telescope, page 34. Europe and most of Russia will see the partially eclipsed Sun high in the middle of the day.

Mercury is out of sight in inferior conjunction with the Sun.

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 MAP FOR JUNE 2021: SEE THE STARS MOVE – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-see-stars-move

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of
Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Mercury (6/22), Pluto (10/6), Saturn Retrograde (10/10)
Color – Indigo
Harvest 6/4&5
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The very old hawthorn at Saint-Mars-sur-la-Futaie, France, planted in the 3rd century!

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
Sa   5      Low   4:29 AM     1.1   5:33 AM    Rise  3:25 AM      26
~     5     High  10:20 AM     5.2   8:57 PM     Set  4:30 PM
~     5       Low   4:03 PM     1.8
~     5     High  10:20 PM     7.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I took a train today to see if I could get away from me, no matter how far or fast I sped I found myself one step ahead.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate — that’s my philosophy. — Thornton Wilder



~   The uglier the woman, the more you gotta kiss her. Makes her feel good. – Muhammad Ali
~   A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~   Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue. – Confucius
~   You cannot choose your battlefield, God does that for you; But you can plant a standard Where a standard never flew. – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer

Ah, happy day, refuse to go!
Hang in the heavens forever so!
Forever in midafternoon,
Ah, happy day of happy June! – –Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford (1835–1921)


Litha Magick – Lore


Silliness – Silly Q&A – Q: What kind of joke do you tell to a vegetarian? One they’ve never herbivore..

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