Daily Stuff 6-26-21 Ich Bin ein Berliner

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:43 AM of -2.4 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Pattie Huggins Deitrick. Herbs Workshop re-starts Thursday 7/8 from 7-9pm.

Foggy and 55F, winds are calm, AQI 51-91, UV9. Chance of rain 9% today and 11% tonight. Except for tomorrow’s heat (and we’re forecast 73F) the rest of the forecast looks pretty good. Cloudy and mid-50’s at night, sunny to partly sunny during the days and mid-60’s. Summer weather! The Cutoff Fire is 85% contained. The S-503 FIRE is up to 60% containment. The other two are unchanged, but there are 4 more firespots. Keep your fingers crossed that the weekend heat doesn’t create more problems!

Yesterday started off sleepy. Until I had my 2nd cup of coffee, and had gotten involved with a mutual political rant with Tempus, I kept putting my face into my desk. Eventually he got going on errands, although the laundry still needs to happen. I was catching up on messages and mail, and got a time arranged to pick up my plants from Thyme Garden. They’re out of angelica. <sigh> …but I’m getting a lovage plant and that will be awfully nice. I’ve missed having that herb, fresh.

We had a number of people in during the day. One was a lady who took the 101 intensive many years back, but is now living out here. Her husband it working at the Hatfield Center. Others were just shopping, or small sales, but not stopping to talk.

Late in the afternoon Tempus got the outside plants watered and grabbed the plants and pots around the side of the building to take home. Both trips home yesterday were graced by dabbling ducks in Eckman Lake. They’re so funny-looking! We got offloaded and I discovered tiny tomatoes on my oldest plant. While Tempus was finishing up I went in and got supper ready, and we both just sat, then ate, then went to bed. The bedroom was full of light from the nearly-set sun, but I just rolled over and was out…. That’s tired.

Before we headed back in for the night I tried the magnets on the doors. Nope. The easy way to put up curtains won’t work, but I had a good thought…. velcro…. Gotta order some, because all I have is white, but that will make life a *lot* easier! The Moon was shining through the clouds which were really low. They were tangling in the tops of the evergreens at home and we drove in through thick fog, probably marine layer, since Tempus said that was looking very creepy as we were heading home, earlier. The papers are running really late. Last night they were both late and messed up. Late is bad enough. Tempus didn’t head out until well after 3pm.

Today is going to be messy. We’ll be open on time, but I’m going to bet on us both being sleepy. That’s what coffee is for, though. I keep thinking that there’s something I’m supposed to be doing today, but can’t think of what. That’s more than a little creepy. …Finally figured it out. This weekend is the Athenaeum. I need to check in on that today. Gotta go find the schedule.

Birds Off Yachats – Pattie Huggins Deitrick on 6/23/19


Today is the anniversary of President Kennedy’s Ich Bin ein Berliner speech, probably his best speech of all. It was a foreign policy speech aimed more at the Soviets than the Germans he was speaking to, specifically about the division of the city by the Berlin Wall that didn’t come down until 1989. Btw, he didn’t quite call himself a jelly doughnut, although the line might have made some people smile. Kinda like a pun in English… pare, vs. pair, vs. pear… There’s a good article and a video of the speech at this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_bin_ein_Berliner


Today’s Plant is Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula), an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge” wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. –Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at7:09am

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 7/9 at 6:17pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/1 at 2:11pm .

Very early risers on Sunday morning June 27th will find Saturn over the waning gibbous Moon, with Jupiter off to their upper left.

Look south in early dawn on Sunday morning the 27th, and there’s Saturn over the waning gibbous Moon, as shown above. Jupiter watches from their upper left.

The Queen oversees all – The constellation Cassiopeia the Queen appears at upper right in this image taken near Arlanda Airport in Sweden. Lights from a plane as it takes off have left the wavy line near the horizon. – Jens Dahlin (Flickr)

As the Sun sets, Cassiopeia the Queen is starting her upward arc in the sky as she circles around Polaris, the North Star. Cassiopeia is one of several circumpolar constellations, which are close enough to the North Pole that they appear to rotate around it. From many northern locations, such constellations are always above the horizon. Cassiopeia is easily recognizable as a W-shaped asterism in the sky. That W is facing right-side up early this evening, then slowly turns to stand on its left side by sunrise tomorrow. The stars that make up the asterism are, from left to right, Segin (Epsilon [ϵ] Cas), Ruchbah (Delta [δ] Cas), Navi (Gamma [γ] Cas), Schedar (Alpha [α] Cas), and Caph (Beta [β] Cas). Although not part of the W, Achird (Eta [η] Cas) lies just below a line connecting Gamma and Alpha, and about two-thirds of the way from the former to the latter. Achird is a beautiful binary star with a bright blue primary and a dimmer orange-red secondary, separated by 11″.

On the eastern side of the sky, the big Summer Triangle holds sway after dark. Its top star is Vega, the brightest in all the east. The brightest to Vega’s lower left is Deneb. Farther to Vega’s lower right is Altair. The Milky Way (if you have a dark sky) runs a little inside the Triangle’s lower edge. As evening grows later and even Altair rises high, look left of Altair, by hardly more than a fist, for the compact little constellation Delphinus, the Dolphin. Did you spot it? Then try for even fainter, smaller Sagitta, the Arrow, to Altair’s upper left and just a little closer. The Arrow aims lower left, past the nose of Delphinus.

Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke – Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke passes closest to Earth on June 12. Three days later, on the 15th, it skims less than 1° from the Helix Nebula. The positions of Jupiter and Saturn are shown on the 15th. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The early-morning Saturday sky features a close encounter between Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke and the bright southern star Fomalhaut, alpha star of Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish. Rising after 1:30 A.M. local time, the comet floats just 1.7° east-northeast of the bright magnitude 1.1 star. Just two weeks past its closest approach to Earth, Pons-Winnecke is roughly magnitude 11 and will require a larger telescope of 6 inches or more to enjoy. The Moon is also in the area, which may wash out the comet’s more feeble light. Pons-Winnecke will continue traveling southeast against the background, so you can try returning to the area in a few days, when your prospects for spotting it will have improved.

Stormy planet

If you’re looking for a brighter but still challenging target, try for Neptune, which sits north of the comet in the corner of Aquarius. Now 5.7° east-northeast of Phi (ϕ) Aquarii, Neptune is stationary against the background stars at 6 A.M. EDT. The planet, which shines at magnitude 5.8 and is within easy reach of most binoculars, is just 7′ east of a magnitude 7.2 field star. The pair might almost appear like a double star, but spend a few moments looking and you’ll likely notice Neptune’s “flatter,” more disklike appearance.

Mercury glimmers very faintly very low in the east-northeast as dawn grows bright. If you want to try for it with binoculars or, better, a wide-field telescope, don’t confuse it with twinklier Aldebaran to its upper right. 

Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28  Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

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

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak,
Jun 10 – Jul 7
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Retrograde
Color – Blue
Planting 6/25
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  26     High   1:33 AM     8.8   5:33 AM     Set  7:25 AM      98
~    26      Low   8:43 AM    -2.4   9:05 PM    Rise 11:22 PM
~    26     High   3:22 PM     6.7
~    26      Low   8:38 PM     2.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t be so open-minded that your brains fall out.


Journal Prompt – Personal taste – Would you like to be famous? Why or why not? What would you like to be famous for?



~   The best way to keep young is to keep going in whatever it is that keeps you going. With me that’s work, and a lot of it. And when a job is finished, relax and have fun. – Ingrid Bergman
~   The boundary line between self and external world bears no relation to reality; the distinction between ego and world is made by spitting out part of the inside, and swallowing in part of the outside. – Norman O Brown; ibid, ch. 8
~   The Path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire – the light of daring burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain. – Helene Blavatsky; in Wisdom of the Ages at Your Fingertips, MCR software, 1995
~   The subjective actress thinks of clothes only as they apply to her; the objective actress thinks of them only as they affect others, as a tool for the job. – Edith Head; The Dress Doctor, with Jane Kesner Ardmore, 1959

There were four apples on the bough,
Half gold half red, that one might know
The blood was ripe inside the core;
The colour of the leaves was more
Like stems of yellow corn that grow
Through all the gold June meadow’s floor. – Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)


Magick – Craft

Witch’s Ladder – You will need 1 yard red satin cord (Mother), 1 yard white satin cord (Maiden), 1 yard black satin cord (Crone), 9 feathers of different colors. Optional : stones for specific magickal purposes and extra scraps of cord in the colors that correspond to your purpose. Gather the cords together and tie an overhead know about six inches from the ends. Braid the cords together to invoke the power of the Three-phase Goddess. If you are using stones or other colors of cord, braid these in at random intervals. Tie another know when the braiding reaches six inches from the end. Take a feather and place it in the center of the braid. Know the cord around it. If there is a certain purpose you have in mind, keep your mind focused on that intent while you work. Continue placing the rest of the feathers on the cord and weaving them in. You might want to use some hot glue to keep the feathers in place. When you’re done, you can add some bells or other trinkets. – http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html

Fairy Dust – *Here’s a fun thing to do around the campfire. at boy scout camp we made Fairy Dust for all the boys. You take a big handful, make a wish and toss it into the fire. It makes a “poof” and glitter ascends into the air. It was tons of fun and the kids asked us for some each night.
Mix 3 parts white granulated sugar to 1 part glitter.
Shake or stir till mixed. The measurements are not exact…add as much glitter as you like to make a nice display.
The sugar will make the poof when it hits the fire and the glitter will float up into the air….
have fun – Susan

Crone’s Corner –  Faery Chair – A pretty garden project idea from FamilyFun magazine by Leslie Garisto Pfaff – For years, my daughter has been convinced that our garden is inhabited by fairies–and when I walk out among the flowers on a summer’s night, I’m inclined to believe her. If you’d like to invite the wee folk into your own backyard, why not offer them a comfy place to sit? Any old chair will do–as long as it’s fully in bloom.


  • An old chair, preferably one that’s past its prime (only faeries will sit in it ) but sturdy enough to survive the elements
  • Exterior paint in one or more colors
  • 1 packet of morning glory seeds
  • tools
  • paintbrushes


  1. Give your chair one or two base coats of paint ( we chose lavender both for its magickal properties and the way it complements green ). If you like, you can accent the chair with other colors.
  2.  When the paint is dry, place the chair in the garden where it will receive full to partial sun. Make sure there’s loosened garden soil around the legs of the chair.
  3. A few inches out from each chair leg, plant three to six morning glory seeds, following the directions on the seed packet. When the morning glories just start to twine, thin them down to one or two plants per chair leg. Water the plants regularly, especially in full sun—and keep an eye out for faery footprints.

Originally published in FamilyFun magazine.
From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives


Silliness – Social Distancing

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