Daily Stuff 8-19-21 Rustic Vinalia

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 5:00 AM of 1.0 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by GirlInWaterPhotography.

We’re definitely in the smoke plume again. The sunset light…the late afternoon light was really strange looking. Mostly cloudy and 58F, wind at 2-6mph and gusting, AQI 52-61, UV7. Chance of rain 23% today and 37% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 5pm Friday. Very small chance of rain today and only 0.02 inches…. The rest of the week should be partly cloudy to sunny, highs in the low to mid 60’s. There’s a tiny chance of rain next Saturday again. The whole state is covered with smoke! AQI isn’t too bad, most places, excluding east of Medford. No new fires at least.


  • Snake River Complex Fire – 89% – 109444 acres
  • Elbow Creek Fire – 96% – 22960 acres
  • Black Butte Fire – 39% – 21454 acres
  • Patton Meadow Fire – 0% – 6538 acres
  • Fox Complex Fire – 35% – 7362 acres
  • Bootleg Fire – 100% – 413717 acres
  • Little Applegate Fire – 150 acres
  • Wild Cat Fire – 300 acres
  • Ike Butte Fire –  23% – 118 acres
  • Poole Cr. Fire – 23% – 3641 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 15% – 15717.5 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 14988 acres
  • 495 Fire – 1236 acres
  • Mule Creek Fire – 400 acres
  • Smith Fire – 250 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 1723 acres
  • Jack Fire – 51% – 23703 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 226.9 acres
  • Inc 369 Fire – 152 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 3% – 14988 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 420 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 25% – 1440 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 7% – 13546.15 acres
  • Gales Fire – 6448 acres
  • Ninemile Fire – 143 acres
  • Knoll Fire – 75% – 544 acres
  • Bruler Fire – 80% – 195 acres
  • Janus Fire – 5074 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 5170.2 acres

Yesterday took off at an angle to what we expected. Tempus *didn’t* have car work to be done, so he was back by 9 and we stopped at the Farmer’s Market before we headed home. I picked up a couple of kinds of tomatoes, lemon and pickling cucumbers, some *really* ripe yellow plums, some ripe, some not-ready-yet nectarines, a bunch of cilantro with roots for once, and a marvelous stripy eggplant! We were home, sitting in our recliners by 9:30 or so. We talked a little, noshed on the fruit and veg and went to bed. I got up at 2 and did a little work, then crawled back in. At some point between then and 4 when I woke again, Tempus got up and did a few things including figuring out how to deal with the water… yeah….

We had a notice from park management that water supplies are direly low at the park, has to be boiled even, so we packed up the most vulnerable plants and brought them to the shop, working here for most of the evening. A lot of the starts are on the glass shelves again, and some plants are going into the window, a few outside and I have more to do, still. I was planning on doing this next, but the water sitch got me going.

Tempus got the pieces together for the porch support, but we ran out of light. <sigh> He had to run home to pick up some things, including his phone and the main room air purifier, right around dark, and then went out to the spring with a water jug.

I was writing. I’ve been working on getting someone to make Bartholomew Baby blanks (it’s a renaissance era doll) for a couple of decades. We have someone who has made a batch of nine, of which 5 are coming here. He said he was “raided by brigands”, two of the ladies who live in his vicinity, showed up and talked him out of 4. I’m doing a write-up of my research into the style, so that the folks who are going to clothe some of these critters have something to work with and to send on with the doll to the recipients. …and then I side-tracked onto tanini recipes. 🙂

Once Tempus was back he crawled into the nap bed. I had just gotten myself a sandwich, so after that I was consumed, I followed, still tasting his lovely rye bread. That sandwich as almost ambroisa: good ham, cream cheese, sliced lemon cucumber all on a good light bohemian rye roll! I was back up around midnight, writing some more.

Flowers when we got to our room

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. We have a lot to do. Tempus is going to finish that support, take it home and set it up and give the most needed plants some water from here. I have some paperwork to do, and since Tempus figured out how to make cardstock work again, I have a bunch of things to print, mostly herb headers, but we’ve bagged a lot in the last few weeks! Herbs Workshop is at 7pm and I hope I’m going to actually have the wax melted properly. Let me know if you’re planning to show up, so I know what to prep! I’ll be starting the wax melting when we open the shop…but beyond that….

Photo by Jamie Marie (GirlInWaterPhotography) from Yachats of a juvenile heron during minus tide. I’m not certain, but that looks like Neptune Park, south of Yachats. 8/18/17 Used with permission


Today’s Feast is the Rustic Vinalia, an ancient Roman feast dedicated to Venus as protector of the Vinyards. They were immensely important in Rome, being a provider of a major food, as well as wine. More about this feast here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinalia

Plant photo pearly everlasting Anapahlis_margaritacea

Today’s Plant is Pearly EverlastingAnaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Capricorn

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 8/22 at 5:02am. 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 8/20 at 5:02pmPDT.

Dark shadow – In 2019, the Juno spacecraft caught this stunning image of a swatch near Jupiter’s equator, showing the dark shadow of Io passing over the disk. – NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill (CC-BY)

The Moon forms a great, curving arc with Saturn and brighter Jupiter, which are to its left. Jupiter reaches opposition at 5 P.M. PDT tonight. Opposition simply means that, from our viewpoint on Earth, the planet is opposite the Sun in the sky. When at opposition, a planet rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, soaring through the skies all night and offering the best, brightest look at its disk. Among other things, this means the tiny black shadows of Jupiter’s moons cross the face of the planet very close to the moons themselves. Both the shadows and the moons enter and exit Jupiter’s edges just a few minutes from each other. See timetables for all these events (as well as for when Jupiter’s Great Red Spot transits the planet’s central meridian) in the August Sky & Telescope, pages 51-52. Tonight, Jupiter is just inside the eastern border of Capricornus, roughly 3.6° northeast of 3rd-magnitude Deneb Algedi. The planet is a bright magnitude –2.9 and warrants a closer look with binoculars or, better yet, any telescope. Jupiter has several differently colored cloud bands on display, as well as a bonus: Its Great Red Spot — a churning, Earth-sized storm — is transiting tonight. This great tempest reaches the middle of the planet’s disk at 9:24 P.M. EDT, roughly half an hour before another exciting event is set to start. At 6:50 P.M. PDT, both Io and its shadow simultaneously slip onto the planet’s eastern side. The pair continues across the disk together, both exiting at 12:08 A.M. EDT (August 20 for those in the Eastern time zone).

ariadne sym 43

While you’re in the area, there’s another solar system object at opposition today: Asteroid 43 Ariadne reached opposition at midnight. PDT in Aquarius, not far from Jupiter. Swing your gaze a little less than 8° north-northwest of the giant planet to find the 10th-magnitude world, which sits 3.5° east of magnitude 2.9 Sadalsuud. Discovered in 1857, Ariadne is roughly 60 miles (95 km) across along its largest dimension.

3-30-21 – 8th-magnitude Nova in Cassiopeia. Nova Cassiopeiae 2021, now also known as V1405 Cassiopeiae, has faded a trace to about magnitude 8.1 as of March 26th, after it was discovered at 9.6 on March 18th and quickly peaked around 7.7. For finder charts and more info, see Bright Nova Erupts in Cassiopeia. Moonlight will give you trouble with binoculars, even large ones, but the moonlight will be gone from the early-evening sky starting on the 30th. To get a light curve with the most up-to-date brightness measurements, go to aavso.org and in “Pick a Star”, enter “V1405 Cas” and choose “Plot a light curve”. There, visual observers’ estimates are the open black circles, and photoelectric V magnitudes are the green squares. (You can see calendar dates instead of Julian Days using “Preferences”.) And where’s Cassiopeia itself? Catch it sinking in the north-northwest right after the end of twilight. Look early before it gets too low

Nova Cas fades. – Nova Cassiopeiae 2021 has bounced around in brightness ever since erupting to magnitude 7.7 in March — including brightenings to magnitude 5.5 in early May and 6.0 around July 27th. As of August 6th it was down to about 8.1. Charts and comparison stars. It really can’t keep this up forever. . . .

Planet Uranus reaches its stationary point tonight in the constellation Aries at midnight EDT. The best time to find it is early in the morning, so if you’re staying up overnight, you can catch it in the hours before dawn on the 20th. It’s located in the southern part of the constellation, about 5.7° north of 4th-magnitude Mu (μ) Ceti. Binoculars should net you the magnitude 5.8 planet pretty easily.

Mercury and Mars are very deep in the sunset. You might have a chance for Mercury. About 15 or 20 minutes after sunset, look for it with binoculars or a wide-field scope just above your west horizon about 20° (two fists at arm’s length) lower right of Venus. Mercury dims from magnitude –0.8 to –0.4 this week, so earlier in the week is better. Much-fainter Mars is in Mercury’s vicinity, passing it by a mere 0.1° at their conjunction on the 18th (as seen in twilight for the Americas). But since Mars is only magnitude 1.8, you probably have zero chance. Prove me wrong?

Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR AUGUST 2021: THE MILKY WAY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-august-perseid-meteors-milky-way

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel,
Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL),

Uranus Retrograde at 6:40pm. (1/18/22)
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19) Retrograde
Color – Crimson

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Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible

Th  19      Low   5:00 AM    -1.0   6:24 AM     Set  2:44 AM      83
~    19     High  11:41 AM     6.0   8:14 PM    Rise  7:05 PM
~    19      Low   4:46 PM     2.9
~    19     High  10:40 PM     8.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You are amazing. Remember that.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – If you don’t know where you want to go, any road will take you there. – African-American proverb

Describe – Describe a family tradition.



~   Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious. Phillips Brooks
~   Life flows so beautifully when you accept the situation and don’t resist ‘what is! – Sharon Tucker Caldararo
~   Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. – Thomas Carlyle
~   To conquer without risk is to triumph without glory. – El Cid

The poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead
In summer luxury,—he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed. – John Keats (1795–1821)


Magick –

The MaenadsUrsula K. Le Guin

Somewhere I read
that when they finally staggered off the mountain
into some strange town, past drunk,
hoarse, half naked, blear-eyed,
blood dried under broken nails
and across young thighs,
but still jeering and joking, still trying
to dance, lurching and yelling, but falling
dead asleep by the market stalls,
sprawled helpless, flat out, then
middle-aged women,
respectable housewives,
would come and stand nightlong in the agora
as ewes and cows in the night fields,
guarding, watching them
as their mothers
watched over them.
And no man
that fierce decorum. – From Finding My Elegy by Ursula K. Le Guin. Copyright © 2012 by Ursula K. Leguin. Reprinted with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

Shungite  – the stone of transformationShields from harmful electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) from cell phones, computers, Wi-Fi, cell towers, TVs, etc

Assists in evolving spiritually, Restores emotional balance, Powerful protective stone – shields the wearer from negative energies of all kinds, including psychic protection, Removes negative energies and thoughts, Provides healing on all levels: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual., Cell rejuvenation,Catalyst for growth and transformation, Increases personal power, Raises vibration, Grounds energies to the earth, Promotes positivity, Clears and balances aura and chakras, Enhances metaphysical abilities, Boosts energy, Normalizes sleep, Works with all the chakras

Shungite is a black, lustrous, non-crystalline mineraloid consisting of more than 98 weight percent of carbon. It was first described from a deposit near Shunga village, in Karelia, Russia, from where it gets its name. Shungite has been reported to contain fullerenes. – Wikipedia

Shungite has been used in medical treatment since the early 18th century. Peter the Great set up Russia’s first spa in Karelia to make use of the water purifying properties of shungite, which he had himself experienced. He also instigated its use in providing purified water for the Russian army. The anti-bacterial properties of shungite have been confirmed by modern testing. – Wikipedia


Silliness – Bramhall editorial cartoons – Misinformation

Bramhall editorial cartoons: bit.ly/3k4Mmee

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