The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Walter Duvall.
Foggy and 52F, winds are calm, AQI 17-52, UV6. Chance of rain 9% today and 11% tonight. It’s supposed to cloud up this afternoon. We’ll see. Most of the next 10 days is the same partly-cloudy-low-to-mid-60’s that we’ve been seeing, but on Monday the temp could get up to 68 and the chance of rain is no longer just a wavy line. It’s staying under 25%, but it’s actually there, finally. Almost the whole state is under the smoke plume again. It got bad enough in Eugene in the late afternoon that some friends were complaining. A tiny bit of the northwest, and a larger bit of the northeast are clean. 11 firespots, one just east of Depoe Bay. …and all but two are in the Cascades, now….
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 29% – 39863.45 acres
- Big Hamlin Fire – 42% – 14998 acres
- Smith Fire – 10077 acres
- Jack Fire – 55% – 23987 acres
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 26% – 36150.25 acres
- Gales Fire – 13596 acres
- Janus Fire – 4% – 11234 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 7% – 11330.2 acres
- Middle Fork Complex Fire – 21% – 21490.15 acres
- Mule Creek Fire – 400 acres
- Near Minky Fire – 1723 acres
- Little Bend Creek Fire – 226.9 acres
- Chaos Fire – 420 acres
Close to contained
- Black Butte Fire – 95% – 22445 acres
- Bruler Fire – 91% – 195 acres
- Patton Meadow Fire (not on the map!)
- Fox Complex Fire – 9754 acres
Yesterday was a pretty good day. We got some good sleep in the morning and drove back into town in brilliant sunshine. So much for “partly cloudy”! Not a single wisp to be seen! The sky is turning to that deep autumnal blue as the sun isn’t quite as high. Watching that reflecting in the river is just beautiful. Lots of fishing boats. I’m guessing salmon is running?
We had plenty of time to get the shop open and got coffee almost right away, which was necessary. Tempus also made some cheese toast and that was very tasty. He dozed off at his computer while I was whomping through messages and mail. I even got as far as necessary paperwork, entering purchases in the spreadsheet before I started to yawn.
He took over and I caught a short nap and felt immensely better. He got himself together and took the laundry to get that done. I finished the paperwork, did a little writing…. I haven’t mentioned any customers! …well, that’s because we had only two by that point, “just looking”. There were 1/2 a dozen from that point on, the last well past 6pm. By that point I was “pecking”, not doing much of anything, so I pulled up a kindle book and read until he got back. We ended up not having Herbs last night, since the work area is a dreadful mess and Tempus has to do about 2/3 of the cleanup and there was no time. I have to get that cleaned up today, since the kids are coming on Sunday and I want to cook something tasty for them.
We had fish sandwiches for supper. Very yummy! He got another nap and then headed out on the paper route, since it was the early night with the bulk route. I had curled up in back with a book, but dozed off for a bit, then came out here to get back to work. I’ve been tracking down bits and pieces of info, things I’ve been curious about. I made a list the other night and I’m about 1/2-way through.
Today he’s going to be late getting back, yet another part that we’re waiting for! I’m hoping to have him pick up a couple of things at Freddie’s in the morning, maybe I can finally get the potted cheddar made? We’ll be open at 1pm, as usual. I’m hoping to water plants both at the shop and home and work on herb headers, but that depends on how busy we are.
Today is the Day of Remembrance for the Pagan People of Novgorod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novgorod mentions this, not at all!). Many Slavs, particularly those who are trying to re-create the destroyed faith of our ancestors, count this as a day of blackest mourning and are very, very bitter about it, as bitter as about the horrid things done at Arkona.
“When the people of Novgorod were notified that Dobrinja wanted to Christianize them, they held a “Veche” (Thing) and decided to swear an oath: ‘Do not let Dobrinja into town. Do not let our idols be destroyed.’ Dobrinja sent word to them offering them silver, but the people refused him and would not let him enter the city.” The highest Volvh under the direction of a Slavic Pagan Priest, named Bogomil, (also known as Nightingale or “Solovey”), Voevoda Ugonay goes on to declare, went about the city on a horse, declaring with a loud voice: ‘Better for us to die than to let our Gods see disgrace.’ However, Dobrinja prevailed and each of the idols were cast into the river and the wooden sculptures were incinerated. This, truly, was a day of great mourning and sadness for the Pagan People. The events which happened on this day demonstrates all the “love” and essence of Christianity. ” – Iokimovskaja Letopis from http://www.irminsul.org/arc/010sz.html
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 9/5 at 5:52am.
The coming of September means that Scorpius, the proudly starring constellation of the southern sky in July, is tilting over and lying low in the southwest after dark, preparing to bed down and drift off for the season. (Ignore Saturn, pic is from 2015!)
Rising in the southeast as darkness falls after sunset are the solar system’s giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn. Brighter Jupiter (magnitude –2.9) sits near magnitude 2.8 Deneb Algedi in eastern Capricornus. With a telescope, you should be able to see a few of its distinctive colored cloud bands, as well as its four largest moons. Just after sunset in the Eastern and Central U.S. time zones, Ganymede sits alone on the planet’s east. To the west, Io and then Europa are closer to the Jupiter’s limb, while Callisto lies much farther west. Just after 10:30 P.M. EDT, Io disappears behind the planet. Keep watching, and Europa does the same, a little over an hour later (at 11:42 P.M. EDT). Jupiter’s shadow stretches out to the planet’s east, so even though Io clears the disk around 12:50 A.M. EDT Saturday morning (late Friday elsewhere in the U.S.), it won’t become visible until it slips out of the shadow around 1:11 A.M. EDT. Europa suffers a similar fate: It emerges from behind the disk just after 2:30 A.M. EDT Saturday morning, and finally clears the shadow around 3:23 A.M. EDT.
About 17° west of Jupiter is magnitude 0.3 Saturn. Zoom in on it with a telescope to first enjoy its stunning rings, which stretch about 42″ across. Once you’ve looked your fill, then find the planet’s largest, brightest moon, magnitude 8.5 Titan. Tonight, Titan sits about 1′ north of Saturn, while several other of the ringed planet’s dimmer moons — 10th-magnitude Rhea, Dione, Tethys, as well as 12th-magnitude Enceladus — cluster closer to the rings. For those with large amateur scopes or astrophotography equipment capable of reaching past 14th magnitude, asteroid 949 Hel sits just beyond Titan, about 1.5′ to Saturn’s north tonight. This tiny main-belt asteroid is a little less than 40 miles (64 km) across and was discovered in 1921.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, at the Aquarius-Pisces border) are high in the southeast to south in the early-morning hours.
Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR SEPTEMBER 2021: PEGASUS & MEASURING THE SKY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-september-pegasus-measuring-sky
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Coral
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Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Many Shades of Green
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 3 Low 5:06 AM 0.2 6:42 AM Rise 2:37 AM 19
~ 3 High 11:44 AM 5.8 7:48 PM Set 6:36 PM
~ 3 Low 4:58 PM 3.1
~ 3 High 10:41 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day –
Some people pass your way.
You may never even know why.
Some people you grow to love
As minutes together slip by.
Some people are always there
To encourage and make you see
That you are someone special
When you feel that cannot be.
Some people are like angels
Encouraging you on each day
They see something that you may not
In a kind word or deed you say.
Some people are ministering angels
Sent straight from heaven above
Just remember to always thank them
When they reach out to you in love.
Journal Prompt – Conversely, which superhero do you find to be the most overrated and why?
~ God Almighty has set before me two great objects: the suppression of the slave trade, and reformation of manners. – William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833), English abolisher of the British slave trade (among other great injustices); from his diary, October 28, 1787. (By “manners,” Wilberforce meant what we might call “morals” today.)
~ Habit is the denial of creativity and the negation of freedom; a self-imposed straitjacket of which the wearer is unaware. – Arthur Koestler
~ The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. — Albert Einstein
~ No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
A shadow rests upon the fields.
As earlier Suns are setting;
The corn has reached the tasseled age,
Its silken tresses netting. –Stephen H. Thayer (1839–1919)
Mabon Magick – Meditation – Mabon Balance Meditation – Celebrating the Dark and the Light – https://www.thoughtco.com/mabon-balance-meditation-2562287
Mabon is one of those times of year that affect people in different ways. For some, it’s a season to honor the darker aspects of the goddess, calling upon that which is devoid of light. It’s a time of both positive and negative energy. For others, it’s a time of thankfulness, of gratitude for the abundance we have at the season of harvest. No matter how you see it, Mabon is traditionally a time of balance.
After all, it’s one of the two times each year that has equal amounts of darkness and daytime.
Galina Krasskova over at Patheos sums it up beautifully. She says,
“On this holy tide, we hail the hunter and the hunted, the predator and the prey, the plough and the scythe, the blessings of growth and of decay. We honor our resources, and the frugality and careful planning of every ancestor whose careful household management got their families safely through the cold constraints of winter. Mabon is a time of remembrance and of culling away, of honoring what we have, what we need, but also what we can provide to others. It is a time to look clearly at where we are weak in spirit, where we are strong, and where we stand somewhere in between, a time to take stock of our portion of gratitude and blessings for the coming season.”
Because this is, for many people, a time of high energy, there is sometimes a feeling of restlessness in the air, a sense that something is just a bit off-kilter.
If you’re feeling a bit spiritually lopsided, with this simple meditation you can restore a little balance into your life.
Setting the Mood
Now that fall is here, why not do an autumn version of Spring Cleaning? Get rid of any emotional baggage you’re dragging around with you. Accept that there are darker aspects to life, and embrace them, but don’t let them rule you.
Understand that a healthy life finds balance in all things.
You can perform this ritual anywhere, but the best place to do it is outside, in the evening as the sun goes down. Decorate your altar (or if you’re outside, use a flat stone or tree stump) with colorful autumn leaves, acorns, small pumpkins, and other symbols of the season. You’ll need a black candle and a white one of any size, although tealights probably work best. Make sure you have something safe to put them in, either a candle holder or a bowl of sand.
Light both candles, and say the following:
A balance of night and day, a balance of light and dark
Tonight I seek balance in my life
as it is found in the Universe.
A black candle for darkness and pain
and things I can eliminate from my life.
A white candle for the light, and for joy
and all the abundance I wish to bring forth.
At Mabon, the time of the equinox,
there is harmony and balance in the Universe,
and so there shall be in my life.
Meditate on the things you wish to change. Focus on eliminating the bad, and strengthening the good around you. Put toxic relationships into the past, where they belong, and welcome new positive relationships into your life. Let your baggage go, and take heart in knowing that for every dark night of the soul, there will be a sunrise the next morning.
Author Jenny Heston says of Mabon, and its point as a period of balance,
“While we harvest and celebrate the glorious gifts we are receiving we have to accept that the soil is dying, and release. We have food to eat, but warmth is gently tucking behind us and cold and dark lie ahead. Now if this if making you gulp a little, don’t! Remember you can’t experience light without the dark and vice versa. When the day and night are of equal length, it offers a powerful vibration and harmony between the time of creation (night) and the time of manifestation (day). This allows the flow between creation and manifestation to be more seamless and flows with ease and effortlessness. There are no limits on what you can manifest during an Equinox, however, for a Spring (Southern Hemisphere) it is a time of new beginnings and for us in Autumn it is a time to harvest, release and let go.”
Silliness – Murphy’s Laws Of Combat
– If the enemy is in range, so are you.
– Incoming fire has the right of way.
– Don’t look conspicuous, it draws fire.
– There is always a way.
– The easy way is always mined.
– Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammo.
– Professionals are predictable, it’s the amateurs that are dangerous.
– The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions: a. When you’re ready for them. b. When you’re not ready for them.
– Teamwork is essential, it gives them someone else to shoot at.
– If you can’t remember, the claymore is pointed at you.
– The enemy diversion you have been ignoring will be the main attack.
– A “sucking chest wound” is nature’s way of telling you to slow down.
– If your attack is going well, you have walked into an ambush.
– Never draw fire, it irritates everyone around you.
– Anything you do can get you shot, including nothing.
– Make it tough enough for the enemy to get in and you won’t be able to get out.
– Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself.
– If you are short of everything but the enemy, you are in a combat zone.
– When you have secured an area, don’t forget to tell the enemy.
– Never forget that your weapon is made by the lowest bidder.
– Friendly fire isn’t.