Daily Stuff 8-23-21 Vulcanalia

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:02 AM of -1.2 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Chilly and clear. 45F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI 15-41, UV6. Chance of rain 3% today and 12% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from noon to 11pm today. Sunny today and next weekend. The rest of the time partly cloudy and highs in the low 60’s, a bit higher on the sunny days. 7 firespots, mostly right around the fires. The smoke plume has pulled back from the coast and upper valley and thinned, elsewhere. It’s only bad around the fires in the southern Cascades, right now. They’ve been checking up on the smaller fires this morning and it looks like the Black Butte fire is getting a closer to containment. …and we’re down to 23….


  • Snake River Complex Fire – 100% – 109444 acres
  • Elbow Creek Fire – 96% – 22960 acres
  • Black Butte Fire – 85% – 22348 acres
  • Patton Meadow Fire – 52% – 8947 acres
  • Fox Complex Fire – 52% – 9771 acres
  • Bootleg Fire – 100% – 413717 acres
  • Little Applegate Fire 0 150 acres
  • Wild Cat Fire – 300 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 25% – 22053.3 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 15% – 11777 acres
  • Mule Creek Fire – 400 acresSmith Fire – 250 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 1723 acres
  • Jack Fire – 51% – 23767 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 226.9 acres
  • Inc 369 Fire – 152 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 3% – 22268 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 420 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 25% – 1485 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 10% – 15615.15 acres
  • Gales Fire – 13596 acres
  • Ninemile Fire – 143 acres
  • Janus Fire – 6492 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 6588.2 acres

lemon cucumber

Yesterday sailed right on past. It seemed too short. I was right. We didn’t get home in the morning. We got up not long after noon, had coffee and pie and started right in. Tempus worked in back for a bit. I was working on finding links and talking with various people online. Eventually he was working on wood pieces and then on filling water bottles.


I had an online counseling session, early on, with someone who hasn’t had any kind of psychic training, but has some sensitivity and needed some help. We had one spate of customers where we were just nuts for about 45 minutes…and that was it for the day. Of course, it’s when I was in a video chat with someone, who understands, at least, when I have to vanish. Chat was from 3-4pm.


At that point I went in back and set up an eggplant casserole that turned out to be really tasty. I also finished the pickles with some onions on top, a bit more vinegar and salt. After that I took the two peaches that were getting a touch mushy in spots, bruised apparently and turned them into a peach jam. Licking my fingers before heading to the bathroom to wash up, I decided those were some *lovely* peaches! Of course, the bruised ones are the sweetest.

Blooming oregano – the bees are going nuts!

I was sitting back at my desk, just signing off with the House Capuchin stuff when the phone rang. It was Sash. He was assaulted by a customer in the drive-through, who was either trying to break his arm or climb it. She ended up charged with the assault, but dang…. I must admit that it set of my Molly Weasley instincts! My first thought was, “Not *my* kiddo, you *****!”, but mostly Sash needed some Mom time to help him calm down….sympathy… Mom hugs, even at a distance. Dang, what is *wrong* with people?

some large succulent starts

We started trying to get out the door right at 6pm. Took 45 minutes…. but I got the potatoes and the eggplant casserole into the oven, made a couple of mini-salads and dinked around, putting things away and getting stuff into better places while Tempus worked on the trellis. We’re *still* not quite there, but the top stringers are ready to go into place. He was reinforcing the uprights. I also untangled what I could of the beans. I think I got maybe 1/2 of ’em. <sigh> …and harvested 3 of the echinacea flowers. The others still have pollen or just aren’t ripe, yet.

The eggplant casserole

So, we ate when he stopped when it got dark. The casserole only took 45 minutes, but my potato was a little crunch on one end, but edible. He put his back in for another hour! Granted those were large potatoes, but it shouldn’t take 3 hours…. we have to find our over thermometer, since I’m certain that it’s not coming up to full temperature. …and we turned in.


I was up again around midnight. He got up a little after 1 and I think I may have dozed off in my chair since I was a little groggy. We got things together and headed back into town. His phone rang almost immediately, which means he might have an early night. That would be good. I got so sleepy that I went in back and fell asleep for a couple of hours. I’m heading right back there, when I’m done with this.

Almost ready

Today I’m not sure how our schedule is going to work. What I’m hoping is that he’ll go home almost right after we open and get the stringers on the trellis. Once that’s done, we’ll close for 15 minutes or so and switch places. After that I can get the string up and start getting the beans to climb and then I can sew. At the shop I have plants to water and some rearranging. I also need to do more herb headers, and hunt in back for the needlework canvas that seems to have wandered away… oh, and a pillow form for that odd fabric….. Tempus needs to get some tools put away and to work on bills and I also have more paperwork. It never ends… 🙂

A Ken Gagne photo of an egret from 7/17/14

feast Vulcanalia

Today’s feast is the Vulcanalia, sacred to the god Vulcan and the nymphs. Vulcan is the god of the forge and fires. The Divine Sun is part of this festival and work was begun by candlelight so as to emphasize that good aspects of fire. The bad aspects we’re seeing in in the air, at the moment. The eruption that buried Pompeii and Herculaneum occurred during this festival in 79CE.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcanalia#Vulcanalia


Today’s plant is the Pacific BlackberryRubus ursinusThere are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Pisces

Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 8/23 at 5:02pm PDT. 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 9/6 at 5:52pm. 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 8/30 at 12:13am.

By 10 or 11 p.m. the waning Moon is well up in the east-southeast. Spot bright Jupiter off to its upper right. They form a nearly equilateral triangle with Fomalhaut, the Autumn Star, rising below Jupiter. How early and low can you first see it? Is this your first sighting of Fomalhaut for this year’s apparition?

A distant world’s close encounter – Neptune lies in eastern Aquarius at opposition the night of September 9/10, when it lies just 0.1° from 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The Moon passes 4° south of Neptune at 10 P.M. EDT. At that time, the pair are still relatively low in the east, both in southeastern Aquarius. The bright Moon, although beautiful, will make finding the distant ice giant more challenging.

Neptune glows just slightly brighter than 8th magnitude and can generally be seen with either binoculars or a telescope. It will appear as a slightly “flat” star sitting directly between two slightly brighter (magnitude 6.5 and 7) field stars. It also forms the apex of a triangle with the Moon and 4th-magnitude Phi (ϕ) Aquarii as its base.

Another 4° or so north of Neptune is the Circlet of Pisces — an asterism, or unofficial grouping of stars, that traces out the head of one of the two fish that make up the constellation. The Circlet contains Seven stars: Gamma (γ), 7, Theta (θ), Iota (ι), 19, Lambda (λ), and Kappa (κ) Piscium. Don’t mistake bright Beta (β) Piscium as one of the Circlet’s stars — it lies a little above the halfway point of a line drawn between Gamma and Theta, and is not part of the asterism.

Venus, brilliant at magnitude –3.9, shines pure white in the west-southwest during twilight. It still sets around twilight’s end.

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

Sun in Virgo

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),
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – White
planting 8/22-4

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from Wikimedia commons

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
M   23     High   1:16 AM     8.1   6:29 AM     Set  7:35 AM      99
~    23      Low   8:02 AM    -1.2   8:08 PM    Rise  9:15 PM
~    23     High   2:23 PM     7.1
~    23      Low   8:11 PM     1.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A tiger doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.


Journal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if someone got in front of you when you were in line at the movies?



~   Acquiring a degree or initiation is meaningless unless it really indicates a certain mastery has been attained. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   Yesterday, on a personal matter against me, we had old dozy over there, the Honourable Member for Wentworth. – Paul Keating on John Hewson
~   Don’t let someone become a priority in your life when you are just an option in theirs. – Unknown
~   A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. – William Blake

The slow soft toads out of damp corners creep;
And evening’s breath, wandering here and there
Over the quivering surface of the stream,
Wakes not one ripple from its summer dream. – P. B. Shelley (1792–1822)


Mabon Magick – Lore – The Sabbat of MABON -Autumn Equinox, September 22 or 23

Also known as Harvest Home, this Sabbat is named for Mabon , the Divine Youth of antiquity who was hidden yet ever remains as the Sun. His name literally means ‘son’. Mabon (Harvest Home, Autumn Equinox) is a celebration of Thanksgiving for the blessings and abundance of the year, for the food, clothing and shelter which sustains us now and will continue to sustain us through the quiet, dark months of Winter. We celebrate the manifestation of the fruits of our labors and look forward to rest and repose after the harvesting. It is the time of the last preparations before the coming of darkness in Winter. As such, it is also the time to prepare the spirit for an interval of introspection and inner growth.

Mabon is the time of equilibrium, when light and dark, day and night are equal. On this day, we have 12 hours of sunlight, 12 hours of moonlight. The forces of light and dark meet this day, however, after this day, the night gains in strength and meditations and inner workings become more and more intense. For a moment, Time pauses and then begins his journey from the powers of light and activity into the powers of darkness and introspection. We bid farewell to the Sun who has fully matured, passed his prime and is turning old. We begin to welcome the coming of winter.

The celebrations of this Sabbat are serious yet joyous. They traditionally include hayrides, canning parties, winemaking, fairs which show off our harvests, meditations and preparation for study and inner work. One tradition is the making and burying of the corn dolly. Create your corn dolly from the husks of ears of corn, then charge it with the qualities and goals you are working on, finally bury it as a seed. When spring comes, if you have truly made your preparations, those qualities and goals will become a part of you and your life.

Mabon falls during the astrological sign of Libra, the sign of the Scales of Balance. Thus the energies of this time are those of balance, consideration and fruitful partnerships. Mabon is particularly sacred to Cerridwen, water oriented Goddess of Autumn, to whom was entrusted the guardianship of the Seeds of the future and the arts of Prophesy. She is able to look into the mysteries of the dark of winter and of the Otherworld. Her symbol is the Cauldron and her sacred fruit is the Apple. All nuts and seeds are sacred to her. Cernunnos in His role as Lord of Darkness and protector of all things wild and free was given to him the gifts of life by Cailleache, the crone aspect of Cerridwen, at this time of year.

This year, Mabon falls on the anniversary of a time of great turmoil, confusion and imbalance due to the horrific events on September 11th. Please focus your Mabon meditations and celebrations on helping to strengthen Balance and Clarity throughout the world. Send your thoughts and energy to facilitate the wisdom of Cerridwen so that the Seeds of the Future are positive for all of us, that we may come through this time of darkness wiser and clearer and that all of us, throughout the world, may live in balance. So mote it be.

Mix 1 cup dark brown sugar, 1cup raisins, 1 cup water and 1 cup lard. Bring to a simmering boil for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool. After cooling completely, beat in 1 egg. Add 3 cups flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and one teaspoon each of powdered cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Beat into mixture for 2 minutes and pour into greased cake pan. Top with 1 cup of chopped nuts of your choice and bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes, Serve with butter or cream. Happy Harvest!


Silliness – Oops!

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