Daily Stuff 7-18-21 Lu Pan

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin Project Day and Potluck 1-7pm.

Clear and 49F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 12-31, UV8. Chance of rain 9% today and 13% tonight. Today and Thursday/Friday ought to be clear. The rest of the week mostly sunny, lows in the low 50’s, highs in the low 60’s. All but one of the 4 new firespots are around the Bootleg and Log fires. No, I take that back. There’s another around the Jack Fire that I missed. It looks like they’re making some incremental progress on the big fires, finally. The smoke plume has shifted a bit to the east, so it’s closer to 1/2 the state is covered.

  • BOOTLEG – 290196 Acres – 22%
  • LOG –  8466 Acres
  • JOSEPH CANYON – 7610 Acres – 100%
  • ELBOW CREEK – 10941 Acres – 10%
  • JACK FIRE – 16764 Acres – 35%
  • DARLENE 0572 NE – 686 Acres – 61%
  • LEWIS ROCK – 368 Acres – 99%
  • GRANDVIEW 0558 OD – 6013 Acres – 43%
  • LYLE HILL – 135 Acres – 100%

Blooming oregano

Yesterday was a blur. I was at the shop, but hiding in the back in the nap bed alcove. This migraine is *finally* starting to let go, but only just. I hope it’s the last of the set.

Re-grown veg and marjoram (harvested for the pottage)

Tempus is getting pretty tired. He goes a little short on sleep each night and as our workweek goes on it builds up. He managed to keep the shop going, working with customers, although it was pretty slow.

Baby tomato

My soup was finished in time for a late lunch. Tempus brought me some and put the rest in the fridge for today. I’m going to have to go in back after this goes out and start setting things out, so I can have that ready without having to fight for it, if the headache comes back.

Baby tomato

He finally closed the shop door late in the afternoon so that he would hear the bell and dozed off on the sofa. I was feeling up to being out front by around 4:30, so I sat in my chair with my hat on and tried to get some writing done. I had a lot of good ideas but nothing worked out. <sigh> At least the ideas are saved.

more Baby tomato!

Somewhere around 6:45 Tempus woke himself and starting rustling around, trying to get the shop closed up for the night. We went home, had potpies for supper and turned in. While the potpies were cooking he got the watering done.

Peas trying to bloom

It’s chillier tonight than it’s been. The sky is quite clear and Cygnus was really bright, westering from the zenith. No fog tonight, so lights on the other side of the river had shimmery trails. I had left my jacket at the shop, so I was shivering by the time we got here. I did have a light hoodie, but it wasn’t quite enough.

One pea on a very small vine.

Today is our “different day”. We might have some people actually here for the potluck, so I’m cooking on that basis. If they don’t show, we eat well for the week. 🙂 Tempus is doing some shopping this morning, catching up with what didn’t happen earlier in the week. We’ll be open at 1pm, and I’m hoping I’ll be in decent enough shape to mind the store so he can go in the back and nap.

A Ken Gagne photo from up the Yachats River on 7/17/15.


Today’s Feast is in honor of what may be a god named Lu Pan, but is usually referred to as a Feng Shui Wheel, or luopan. I don’t know how these really intersect, but Lu Pan is referred to in modern pagan literature as a Chinese god of carpenters and construction workers and the luopan is an instrument that determines how a house should be built. What is the connection? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lu_pan

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Today’s plant is New Zealand FlaxPhormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. We have a basket that was made of the leaves. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe averts poverty. For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phormium For the traditional uses of the plant fiberhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in  Scorpio 

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 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.

Venus (magnitude –3.9) continues to shine low in the west during twilight. Lower left of it is tiny Mars, 200 times fainter at magnitude +1.8. Mars gets lower every day. Both planets set before twilight ends. Upper left of Venus you’ll find Regulus early in the week, moving closer to Venus day by day. It’s brighter than Mars by a half magnitude, not even counting their different amounts of atmospheric extinction. It passes 1° from Venus on the 21st.

Cassiopeia is now well past its bottoming-out for the year. Look for its tilted W pattern slowly moving up in the north-northeast. The farther north you live, the higher it will be.

Asteroid 2 Pallas is stationary in the constellation Pisces at 4 P.M. EDT today. The second asteroid ever discovered, it is the third-largest asteroid in the Main Belt and orbits the Sun once every 4.6 years. Tonight, Pallas sits north of the Circlet in Pisces, just at the border between Pisces as Pegasus. The magnitude 10 world will need binoculars or, depending on your sky conditions, a small telescope to easily find. It’s located about 2.3° east-northeast of 4th-magnitude Theta (θ) Piscium, and is roughly even with the star above the horizon as they rise late tonight around 10 P.M. local time. You’ll want to let them climb higher for the best views, which will occur after midnight and into the early hours of tomorrow morning.

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 – Coral
Planting 7/3-5
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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
Su  18       Low   2:04 AM     0.9   5:49 AM     Set  1:09 AM      53
~    18     High   7:57 AM     4.9   8:56 PM    Rise  3:28 PM
~    18      Low   1:30 PM     1.8
~    18     High   8:02 PM     7.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Buddhist temple, when a novice asks to see the Buddha, they show him/her a mirror…


Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Who has more power the government or the people?



~   My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out. – Dylan Thomas
~   Nature abhors a moron. – HL Mencken
~   Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. – Norman Vincent Peale
~   I ain’t no doctor but I’m losin’ me payshkence. – Popeye

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain! – Katharine Lee Bates (1859–1929)


Lughnasadh Magick – Crafts

Cornhusk Chain – A simple cornhusk chain is a fun decoration for children to make, and looks great on an altar, your wall, or over a doorway. Patti Wigington

If you’re having a cookout and planning on eating corn on the cob, this is a great craft for using all those leftover corn husks. The fresh ones work best, but dried ones can be used if you soak them in water for ten or fifteen minutes and then pat them dry with paper towels.

Separate the husks lengthwise into strips about one inch wide. They should tear easily on their own. Form the first strip into a circle and staple it closed.

Take the second strip, loop it through the first, and staple (this is just like those paper chains you made in school when you were a child). Repeat until all the strips of husk have been added to the chain.

Once you’ve completed your chain, there are a number of things you can do with it.

As it dries, the husks will shrink and fade from green to tan, but it will still make a great Lammas decoration!

Harvest Necklace

The months of August, September and October are typically the time for harvest festivals, feasts and celebrations in the northern hemisphere. It is a time when many cultures and spiritual paths celebrate the bounty of the Earth, give thanks for the blessings of this bounty and honor their deities connected with Harvest and the plant spirits.

It is a good time for us to reconnect with the cycles of Nature and receive teachings from the nature spirits and plant spirits.  Study some of the plant species in your area (foods, flowers, trees, etc) and then take a walk outdoors and try to identify these species.  You will notice that some of these plants are beginning to set seed, and it is very interesting to look at all the different types of seed that exist in Nature!

You can create a necklace of seeds to wear during a Harvest celebration, or you may choose to use your “necklace” as an altar decoration or candle garland. You can collect seeds from outdoors that are large enough to string onto a necklace, or you can get seeds from the produce you buy at the grocery store. Apples, gourds, squash, and corn are all good sources for seeds.  Always use uncooked seeds (for instance, never use cooked corn on the cob because the kernels will decompose on your necklace rather than drying).  “Indian” corn can also be used, but since it is already dry you will need to soak the kernels in warm water until they are soft enough to string onto your necklace.  Larger seeds, like buckeyes and acorns, can be used but they require the use of a thin drill bit to get a good hole in them.

Use a sturdy, sharp needle and a heavy string such as dental floss, beading string or hand quilting weight thread.  I like to double my string so that the necklace is very sturdy.  Once strung, the seeds will dry and they may shrink a bit so make your necklace longer than you would like to account for this shrinkage.  Hang the strung seeds in a well ventilated room until the seeds are dry. You can make the necklace long enough to slip over your head or you can add a clasp on the ends of your necklace. You can also wear them wrapped around your wrists or ankles several times (bells can be added if you plan to dance at your festival).  You may also wish to add bits of raffia or stripped, dry cornhusk by tying the bits around your string at different intervals. You can also add any type of charms or stones to your necklace that are used at autumn celebrations in your tradition…..perhaps half of a black walnut, to represent Owl/Wisdom/Goddess.

Written by ScryeWulf for the Magickal Crafts Newsletter

Indian Corn necklace

String Indian corn on black thread for a necklace.

  • Small needle
  • Black thread (carpet thread is the best)
  • Awl or nail and hammer
  • Block of wood
  • Ear of Indian corn (multi-colored kernels)
  1. Shell the corn, picking out the individual kernels from the cob.
  2. Take your awl and poke a hole through each kernel. This is easiest if you put the kernel point down on the block of wood and push the awl through from the point where it was attached to the cob through the kernel into the wood.
  3. If you still can’t get the awl to go through soak the corn in warm water and then try again.
  4. String, tie and wear!

Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel) Edited to make complete directions by Anja 2009

Seed and Corn Necklaces

Dried beans (several different kinds and colors)
Dried corn which has already been removed from the cob
Dried corn on the cob (“Indian” corn)
1 yard heavy thread or dental floss for each child
1 tapestry needle for each child
finger bandages (just in case somebody gets stuck!)

  1. Prepare the strings in advance by threading the needles and knotting the end. Prepare the beans and dried corn by soaking overnight in water.
  2. Show the children the ear of dried corn (Not the corn you soaked!) and show them how the kernels can be removed from the cob. (Twist the cob firmly in your hands while holding it over a towel or blanket. The corn should pop off–once you get it started it isn’t difficult to remove all the kernels.)
  3. Show the children how to use the needle to poke a hole through the center of each corn kernel and bean. Alternate corn and beans or make some other pattern.
  4. When the strand of strung seeds is about 24″ long, set it aside overnight or hang it in the sun to dry (the seeds will shrink slightly). When it is dry, push together the seeds to cover any spaces which may have formed.
  5. Tie the ends together in an overhand knot and cut off excess string. Slip the necklace over your head or wind it around your wrist as a bracelet.


Silliness – **  Moms Are Smarter  ** Come with me… [Anja says: yeah this is kinda funny to contemplate, but it must have been written by the fed-up parent of an obnoxious teen-ager…. wow…]

My son came home from school one day, with a silly grin on his face,
He thought he was smarter than me, his Mom, and could put me in my place.

HE SAID: Guess what I learned in Civics 2, that’s taught by Mr. Wright,
It’s about the laws of the land today, its called THE CHILDREN’S BILL OF RIGHTS.
IT SAID: I don’t have to clean my room, I don’t have to cut my hair. Nobody can tell me what to eat, My freedom of speech is guaranteed. It’ my choice of what I read, or watch on TV. I have freedom of religion, and regardless of what you say, I don’t have to ask your God for help — I DON’T HAVE TO PRAY. I can wear an earring in my ear, And, if I want, can pierce my nose. It’s my choice if I so desire, to tattoo Satan’s numbers across my toes. AND if you try to spank me, I will charge you with the crime, and I can back up all my charges, with the marks on my behind.

HE SAID: Don’t ever touch me, this body is only for my use, not for your hugs and kisses and stuff, that’s just another form of child abuse.
HE CONTINUED WITH: Don’t fill my head with morals, like your mama did to
you, That’s what’s called mind control, And it’s illegal too! Mom, I have these children’s rights, you can’t do a thing to me, I can call Children’s Services, better known as C. S. D.

MY TURN!!!! My very first impression was, to toss this boy out the door, But here was a chance to teach him a lesson, for once and ever more. I took my time and mulled it over, I couldn’t let this go. This kid of mine didn’t realize, that he was messing with a pro!

AND AWAY WE GO…………. The next day we went shopping, and in spite of every plea,  I didn’t buy him 501s or shirts designed by Nike. I had called and talked to C. S. D., they said they didn’t care, if I bought him K-Mart shoes, or a pair of Nike Airs.
AND THEN: I canceled his appointment to test his driving skills, I’d probably be dead by now, if only looks could kill!

I SAID: There’s no time to stop and eat, or pick up stuff to munch, I think you should follow C. S. D.’s advice, And make yourself a sack lunch. So, what if you are too hungry, to wait ’til dinner time? Well, we’re having liver and onions, Cause it’s a favorite dish of mine.

He ASKED: Can we stop to get a movie, so I can watch it on the VCR?
Absolutely not! I sold the TV in your room and bought new tires for my car.    I also rented out your room, you really don’t need a bed. C.S.D. says all that’s required of me is to put a roof over your head. I only have to buy your clothes, and the food that you must eat, The money you used to get for an allowance, will buy me something neat. No more eating after we shop, no more joking along the way, I too have a BILL OF RIGHTS, that goes into effect today! What’s the matter, are you crying? Are you down on your knees?
Why are you asking God for help?……… WHY NOT CALL THE C.S.D.?
(Author Unknown)

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