Daily Stuff 7-17-21 Anastasia

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Jon MacCulloch. Herbs Workshop re-starts Thursday 7/8 from 7-9pm.

It was only partly cloudy up-river, but foggy here in town. Cloudy and 53F, winds are calm, AQI 8-33, UV8. Chance of rain 10% today and 11% tonight. Forecast is still the same. More sun than cloud, highs in the low 60s, lows in the low 50s. No rain. We need to start doing rain-dances again, I think. Even aggressive mist would help. The nasty fires are to the south. The Bootleg is scary. It’s covering an area the size of NYC! 6 firespots on the map. Elbow Creek (NE) went from 1000 to 10000 acres on just one day! The smoke plume is covering about 2/3 of the state, although the north and west 1/3 is clear.

  • ELBOW CREEK – 10000 Acres
  • JOSEPH CANYON – 7610 Acres – 100%
  • Lyle Hill – 135 Acres – 90%
  • BRULER – 156 Acres
  • GRANDVIEW 0558 OD – 6013 Acres – 31%
  • LEWIS ROCK – 368 Acres – 99%
  • DIXIE CREEK – 541 Acres – 75%
  • DARLENE 0572 NE – 686 Acres – 35%
  • JACK FIRE – 16667 Acres – 35%
  • BOOTLEG – 273582 Acres – 22%
  • LOG – 7626 Acres

Red Elderberry

Yesterday was a marginally productive day despite migraine. I’m sure I looked quite silly, but I discovered that if I put my gardening hat on it shaded my eyes from enough of the fluorescents that I wasn’t in really bad shape, just bad. Tempus got in quite late and left me sleeping in back instead of us going home in the morning. We got up, coffeed and got started on the day. I mostly was doing paperwork, since I really didn’t have more that a couple of brain cells to rub together.

Wild cucumber

Tempus went out mid-afternoon to the bank, the PO and Ray’s. I got several packages out of that, one was the cutest coat for Sioned. It’s got long bunny ears! …and bright red so that if she does take off at a run, she’s visible. That was Arthur’s trick at that age…. …and I got a Haagen-Daaz ice-cream bar, too! There was a special, so I begged. 🙂 I know Tempus feels sorry for me about the dratted headache.

Wild cucumber – Doggone if the thing isn’t hanging in a tree!

…and yeah, it’s *still* got me, even tonight. I really dislike these long ones because while the headache is constant the feeling of weighing about 2 tons comes and goes. I’m fine one minute and slumped in my chair the next. Luckily, it wasn’t getting through to the customers.

One more of that silly cucumber. Btw, it’s native and not edible by humans

We did have people in, mostly just shopping, and about 1/2 masked. <sigh> One fellow stopped to have a good long chat with sympathetic ears about finding groups to work with and the problems associated with kundalini awakening. I got him a copy of the ABCDEF, since he’s hit some bad groups, already. That’s a problem for a lot of people, because the “guru problem” is a big thing in almost every religion.

Ripening thimbleberries

I had an online meeting at 6pm, but we were heading home around 6:30. It was still bright outside, enough to hurt. I ended up putting my mask over my *eyes*! Once we were hitting shadowed green spaces along the highway it wasn’t so bad.

Thimbleberries. I got to eat one!

I took the camera into the garden and got pictures of the tomatoes, then got a basket and harvested greens and tops that were going to seed. I also found 4 strawberries. I’m enjoying those. Thank you, Jeannie! I’m glad that plants came back from being rather decrepit last winter.

Begonia – I cut some blooms from this for my tiny vase at home, and you can’t see where they were cut from. That’s how many blooms on the plant!

Tempus got supper together from the last of the surprise mix, frozen peas and brownies. He told me to sit still and just cloud watch. That was nice and I fell into bed once I had eaten. I had to scold him some time later ,when I got up to use the bathroom. He had fallen asleep in his chair, but he did get a few hours of solid sleep.

A different color of nasturtium.

A surprise as we were leaving to come back to the shop. The sky was partly clear. Something very bright was above the trees in the southeast, Jupiter? Scorpio was really bright is Cygnus is well west of the zenith, just in the 10 days or so of overcast. As we came downriver the fog was pretty thick in spots. It obscured lights across the river and haloed the overheads in McKinley’s.

Harvested greens and radish thinnings.

Once I get this out I need to start a barley pottage from the pork broth from the roast. I have those greens and I’ll add barley, mushroom and onion and probably some beef broth, garlic and caraway to have a savory dish for Sunday. We still don’t know if anyone is coming for the in-person, or if it will all be online, still, makes it hard to plan….

Tempus got a radish!

Tempus is going to stop by Murphy’s before he comes home, so we probably won’t get home this morning. <sigh> If we have a car out of it and not a rental that will be a plus, though. We’ll be open at 1pm. I’m not sure what all I’m going to be up to doing other than sitting, but I’m hoping maybe this stupid headache will let go, at least. Tempus said he’ll help with signs if I get them laminated and plants if I’m up to working on them. That’ll be good.

Comet Neowise on 7/15/20 taken by Jon MacCulloch over Waldport.


Today is the anniversary of the date of the deaths of the Russian Royal family (the Romanovs) during the Bolshevik Revolution. Anastasia is the best known of the family at this point as the details have dropped from memory during the almost-century since the murders. Anastasia was the next-to-youngest in the family and was rumored to have survived the massacre. Alas, that has been proved to not be the case.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Duchess_Anastasia_Nikolaevna_of_Russia  There is a possibility that her older sister Maria survived (and had been rumored to be Anastasia), although it hasn’t been proved. We’ll probably never know for certain.

plant pic Rhododendron_occidentale_Strybing

Today’s Plant is the Western AzaleaRhododendron Occidentale. I talked a while back about the azaleas being a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 11:38am PDT

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 7/23 at 7″37pm.  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 7/17 at 3:11am. 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 7/22 at 7:37am.

Now Mars moves away lower right of Venus, while brighter Regulus homes in from the upper left. Regulus will pass 1° from Venus on the evening of the 21st.

The Moon is still essentially first-quarter this evening (at the evening times for the Americas). Spot Spica a fist to the Moon’s lower right, and Arcturus three times as far to the Moon’s upper right.

Cassiopeia inches along sideways low due north during and after dusk. This is the view from 40° north latitude. Seen from the southern US, Cas will be down on the horizon. (Because yes, the Earth is round.)

Cassiopeia is now well past its bottoming-out for the year as seen soon after dark. Look for its tilted W pattern lowish in the north-northeast. The farther north you live, the higher it will be.

Orange Antares and the rest of starry Scorpius are highest in the south just after dark, with Antares about three fists left of the Moon. Don’t let the moonlight stop you! Scorpius is bright, and it’s rich in double stars for binoculars and telescopes bright enough to shine through. Here’s a rundown: The head of Scorpius is the vertical row of three stars to the right of Antares. The top of the row is Beta Scorpii, a fine telescopic binary: separation 13 arcseconds, magnitudes 2.8 and 5.0. Just 1° lower left of it is the very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2 Scorpii, diagonal from upper right to lower left. They’re 4th magnitude and ¼° apart. Binoculars show their slight color difference; they’re spectral types B9 and G2. Upper left of Beta by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii, separation 41 arcseconds, magnitudes 3.8 and 6.5. In fact this is a telescopic triple. High power in good seeing reveals Nu’s brighter component itself to be a close double, separation 2 arcseconds, magnitudes 4.0 and 5.3, aligned almost north-south.

And the tail of Scorpius, the constellation’s other end, is about two fists lower left of Antares. Look for the two stars especially close together in the tail. These are Lambda and fainter Upsilon Scorpii, the Cat’s Eyes, 0.6° apart. They’re canted at an angle; the cat is tilting his head to the right and winking (Lambda is brighter than Upsilon; they’re magnitudes 1.6 and 2.6). A line through the Cat’s Eyes points right or lower right by nearly a fist toward Mu Scorpii, a much tighter pair known as the Little Cat’s Eyes. These are oriented almost exactly the same way as Lambda and Upsilon, but they’re only 0.1° apart, and fainter: magnitudes 3.0 and 3.5. A cat six times farther away?

Mercury this week sinks even lower down toward the east-northeast horizon in bright dawn. But it does continues to brighten: from magnitude –0.8 to –1.5.

Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR JULY 2021: THE SUMMER TRIANGLE – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-july-summer-triangle

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/
Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19) Retrograde
Color – Indigo
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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.

Holm Oak

Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  17      Low  12:54 AM     1.4   5:48 AM     Set 12:44 AM      42
~    17     High    6:33 AM     5.4   8:56 PM    Rise  2:11 PM
~    17      Low  12:34 PM     1.2
~    17     High    7:11 PM     7.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I receive goodness and freedom from the Universe. 


Journal Prompt – Describe – Describe each member of your family one by one. Ad photos and personality descriptions.



~   I don’t consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.  – Leonard Cohen
~   I don’t think anybody should write his autobiography until after he’s dead. – Samuel Goldwyn (attrib.)
~   I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said, ‘I want to be left alone.’ There is a whole world of difference.” – Greta Garbo
~   I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it. – Marianne Moore; in New York Mirror, May 31, 1959

Bend low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
So lazy and hum-strumming. – Carl Sandburg (1878–1967)


Lughnasadh Magick – Lore

Honoring Lugh – July 31st, 2007 – Color of the day: Red – Incense of the day: Lavender

The evening of July 31 is the beginning of the Celtic holiday known as Lughnasadh (the Feast of the God Lugh). In Christian times, it was called Lammas (Anglo-Saxon for “Loaf Mass”). It has always been a special holiday for me, as it is my birthday! Lugh instituted this sacred time to honor his foster mother Tailtiu, who cleared the land in preparation for agriculture. Various divine women were honored at this time in Ireland, including Lugh’s wives Naas and Bui, the sorceress Carmun, and the goddess Macha. These goddesses seem to have given their lives or energies in order for the land to prosper. Thousands of years later, we can invoke their sacred names once more and make an offering of first fruits or a sacred loaf, lighting a flame in remembrance of their sacrifice. By: Sharynne NicMhacha

Purification Paste Spell – Incense of the day: Ginger 

Lammastide is traditionally a time of honoring the gods of harvest whose myths were associated with ritual sacrifice. One modern novel, Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon, describes a modern-day community that still performs human sacrifice for their crops. Many modern Witch covens select a harvest lord and corn maiden, as in the novel, to preside over their rituals for a full year. The young lord is honored with praise and gifts before he is ritually “sacrificed” (we’re talking symbolically, of course!) to feed the fields and ensure a good and bountiful harvest. The altar is decorated with produce. Bread is baked, and the scythe is displayed. Such rites are powerful as they capture the essence of the cycle of life—nature’s design that rules all living things. By: Ruby Lavender, Llewellyn 


Silliness – Punny Thought – The secret of the universe is @*&^^^ NO CARRIER

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