Daily Stuff 9-9-21 Jan a Eliska

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs Workshop at 7pm.

Foggy and 58F, winds are calm, AQI 38-45, UV6. Chance of rain 14% today and 18% tonight. Today and tomorrow are likely to be cloudy with a chance of showers overnight. After that, through Thursday it’s likely to be more sun than cloud, but at that point there’s a shift. They’re actually predicting 1/4 inch of rain on Friday, 9/17! The Black Butte fire dropped off the map. That’s promising! Most of the state is under the smoke plume. The coast is pretty light, most of the Valley is one shade darker. The Cascades are the worst, but east is still pretty bad. South and east of Medford is pretty chewy…. 13 firespots? What happened? …and 2 new fires, although the one looks like it might be a re-light of an older fire.


  • Cougar Peak Fire – 20000 acres
  • 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 6306 acres


  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 35% – 60099.45 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 63% – 18814 acres
  • Smith Fire – 15% – 39790 acres
  • Jack Fire – 55% – 23990 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 35% – 43220 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 20% – 27481.35 acres
  • Gales Fire – 11% – 25909 acres
  • Janus Fire – 7% – 17865.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 7% – 17962 acres


  • Near Minky Fire – 4867 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 8230 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 23774 acres

At or near containment

  • Black Butte has dropped off the map
  • Fox Complex Fire – 100% – 9754 acres
  • Little Applegate Fire – 100% – 128 acres
  • Wild Cat Fire – 100% – 215 acres
  • Mule Creek Fire – 100% – 1016 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 98% – 1485 acres

Juniper sap tear

Yesterday and the day before were mostly sleep. We really needed to catch up! Tempus got clobbered by a deer…well, the car did, actually, and has headlights to replace again. The deer did run off…. Parts for the car to be fixed this morning…. maybe… can we actually count on it this time? This car really has deer karma….

knapping detritus

Other than sleep I spent some time putting up a few decorative bits at home, watering plants, cooking a little, embroidering and sewing. I’ve re-done one of the embroidered masks with elastic that goes around my head and neck instead of over the ears. This is the trial run, if this works as well as it looks like I’ll start doing the rest of them, now that I figured out I *can* do them on the sewing machine. By hand was killing my fingers….

I’ve picked up one of my samplers that I was using to work out patterns and added some bits to it, then did a few scissor bob size embroideries using some of the motifs. It feels good to be working on those again. I did a couple more altar cloths that I have to get into inventory and also made a small patchwork pouch to carry a couple of sewing tins at a time in, since I had to put the tote bag that I *was* using in the wash. Ew….. dead grapes all over the side….

A lot of small chores happened, mostly pick-up-and-put-away, but I did manage to get the blackout curtain back up on the door in the bedroom. The glue had failed and it took some experimenting to find one that wouldn’t. Part of the mounting points for the other curtain are done, a couple more are drying.

The garden did get watered, although I’m going to have to do it again on Friday, I’m certain. I’m also going to be harvesting some beans, since several are plenty big enough. I want ’em to fill out a little and then I’ll pick and take pix.

I think other than sleep Tempus mostly did dishes. 🙂

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Tempus is going to stop by Murphy’s to see if the parts are in, now that more have had to be ordered…. I need to remember to start the wax in the morning so it’ll be melted by workshop time and Tempus needs to do a round of getting extra stuff away from the work area. If I have time I want to try the cashew and cocoa marzipan, and I have a couple of packages that need to go out today. I have a bunch of candles to check in and inventory, some beeswax, some are going to need to be tested. Plants need to be watered and Tempus is going to try again to get my bead table area useable. I really, really, really need to do tarot earrings…. and there’s his b-day gift and a couple more necklaces and some jewelry mending and…. and….

Herbs tonight is doing dip candles. If we have new people, I’ll also do the unit on beeswax: what is it, how to find it, how to use it, how to clean it.

…and we did the numbers…. No OCPPG. <sigh> We’re not going to be able to get the equipment to run the event online in time, even borrowing, even renting…. so… cancelling again this year. ….drattit….

A photo by Ken Gagne from 9/8/16 of a heron out looking for a snack as Ken was photographing the sunset.


Today marks the 710th anniversary of the marriage of John (Jan) of Luxembourg, later called John the Blind, and the last child of the Přemyslid dynasty of Bohemia, Eliska. Their son was Charles IV whose feast we celebrated on the 2nd! More here from 2016’s celebrations: http://wp.me/p6tYq4-1u2


Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root.  Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush the flower between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 11:05pm.

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 9/20 at 4:55pm. Diana’s BowOn the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 9/11 at 5:52am.

Reentering the evening sky to start a new lunation, the thin Moon hangs upper right of Mercury, then upper right of Venus, low in the west-southwestern twilight. Little Spica switches position with respect to them from the 8th to the 9th. (The Moon is drawn three times its actual apparent size.)

Now catch the more obvious crescent Moon paired with white-light Venus low in the west-southwest in twilight, as shown above. They’ll be 4° apart for North America. Can you make out Spica below them? Moving eastward across the sky, the Moon passes 4° north of Venus at 10 P.M. EDT. Both will have set by that time, but shortly after sunset they’re nearly as close, hanging together in eastern Virgo. The Moon is now three days past New and 11 percent lit, while Venus has brightened slightly to magnitude –4.1. With a telescope, you can see that Venus is 70 percent lit and spans 16″.

Scattered stars – NGC 6633 is an open cluster in Ophiuchus that makes a great binocular target. – Roberto Mura/Wikimedia Commons

As Venus and the Moon sink in the west, look higher above the horizon to find the large constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer. The 11th-largest constellation in the sky, this region is rich in deep-sky objects that make great targets with so little moonlight to interfere. Numerous star clusters and nebulae are scattered throughout the figure, but the only spiral galaxy worth pointing your telescope to is NGC 6384. Try finding it tonight by dropping 5.5° due south of Rasalhague, the constellation’s magnitude 2 alpha star. Alternatively, NGC 6384 is located just 3.7° northwest of magnitude 2.8 Cebalrai (Beta [β] Ophiuchi). This stunning spiral glows at magnitude 10.4, so it’ll need a larger scope (8 inches or so) to really enjoy much detail. It spans 6.2′ by 4.1′, with a roughly oval or rectangular shape.

Neptune (magnitude 7.8, at the Aquarius-Pisces border) is fairly high in the southeast as early as 10 p.m.

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 Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. 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

Sun in Virgo

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 – Pink
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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
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
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
Th   9     High   2:28 AM     7.6   6:49 AM    Rise  9:50 AM      3
~     9      Low   8:45 AM     0.1   7:37 PM     Set  9:17 PM
~     9     High   2:57 PM     7.9
~     9      Low   9:17 PM     0.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditations – Smell the freshness of the morning. Now close your eyes and let it take you where it will.


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about something that you and your siblings do together now.



~   In thy home be joyous and generous to guests discreet shalt thou be in thy bearing. – Norse Adage
~   All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~   Love and you shall be loved. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~   If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. – Epicetus, Greek philosopher

Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.

Thus the little minutes,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
Of eternity. – Julia A. Fletcher (1823–1908)


Mabon Magick – Lore

Autumn Equinox, Northern Hemisphere – Pip’s Almanac – (Spring Equinox in the south)

In astronomy, the autumnal equinox signals the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere: the moment when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward; the equinox occurs around September 2224, varying slightly each year according to the 400-year cycle of leap years in the Gregorian Calendar.

In the southern hemisphere, the equinox occurs at the same moment, but at the beginning of spring. There are two conventions for dealing with this: either the name of the equinox can be changed to the vernal equinox, or (apparently more commonly) the name is unchanged and it is accepted that it is out of sync with the season.

At the equinox, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. In the northern hemisphere, before the autumnal equinox, the sun rises and sets more and more to the north, and afterwards, it rises and sets more and more to the south.

This is when the Neopagan Sabbat of Mabon is celebrated. Also, Autumnal Equinox Day is an official national holiday in Japan, and is spent visiting family graves, and holding family reunions. Source: Wikipedia

Why do the equinoxes not always occur on the same days each year? 

“The Earth takes approximately 365.25 days to go around the Sun. This is the reason we have a leap year every 4 years, to add another day to our calendar so that there is not a gradual drift of date through the seasons. For the same reason the precise time of the equinoxes are not the same each year, and generally will occur about 6 hours later each year, with a jump of a day (backwards) on leap years.”   Source

Autumn Equinox, ancient Egypt

In ancient Egypt, the Autumn festival commemorated the grief of Isis at her loss and her joy with the rediscovery of Osiris, her husband, and Horus, her son.

Autumn Equinox, ancient Rome

Autumn Equinox was a time of Diana, Roman goddess of the hunt, of the Moon, of springs and brooks, of the country and forest, chastity and of child-birth. Women prayed to her for offspring. She was thought of as the protector and mother. Worship of this deity was later transformed by Christianity into the cult of the Virgin Mary.

Autumn Equinox, Europe

Autumn Equinox is the time when village elders gathered food and grain and at night left it at the doors of the poor to ensure that they would have food for the coming winter:

Food an’ gifts outside the door –
A welcome treat to cheer the poor.
Never, ever must they see
That even one was left by me. 

The Equinox Error: The Fallacy of Fall’s Arrival link to article

Autumn Equinox festival at Chichén Itzá
, Mexico (Sep 1726)

At the Castillo, a Mayan pyramid built c. 1000 – 1200 at Chichén Itzá, Mexico, on the equinoxes a jagged shadow is thrown down the northern staircase. It looks like a serpent going down, meeting a stone snake’s head at the base.

Festival of Mikeli, ancient Latvia (Sep 22 – 24) Day 1: the Catching of Jumis

Mikeli was during the dzelzs nedela meaning ‘the week of iron’. The holiday was sacred for both Mikelis and Jumis.

Mikelis and Jumis

In Latvian mythology, Mikelis was one of dievadeli, sons of Dievs, the supreme god. He was a god of astronomy, prophecy and abundance.

Jumis was an agriculture and fertility god, and in the Latvian language the word also applies to ‘double-plants,’ such as two corn stalks, two trees that have grown together and share a trunk or stem, or two fruits or vegetables that have grown together. He was depicted as a short man with clothes that resemble ears of wheat, hops and barley.

On the first day, a ritual called the Catching of Jumis (Jumja kersana; Apjumibas; Rudenaji; Raudonoji) took place. Jumis, represented by a double-headed stalk of grain, was said to be hiding in the last of the unharvested fields. This last cut was saved until the end, so as to please Jumis, and invite him back the following spring. When the reaping was finished, a ‘Jumis-clump’ was left uncut. The ears of this grain were then tied in a knot and bent to the ground, being weighed down with stones or surrounded with soil. The grain from the Junis-clump was rubbed out of the ears and scattered in the tilled soil, thus ensuring that the strength and spirit of the harvest was directed back into the Mother Earth, so that it could appear again in the new sowing.

These last stalks were tied with special twine, taken home in a procession and placed in a barn, separate from the rest of the harvest, symbolizing a ‘captured’ Jumis, thereby ensuring the following year’s harvest would be at least as successful. The grasses were then used during the winter to cure sick livestock. Chicken was eaten at the evening’s feast.

The festival was held at the end of the harvest season, when Jumis’s gift of food had been received. After Mikeli it was considered that the gates were open for Winter.

A Jumis-loaf was baked at Mikeli, larger than the usual bread loaf, and it was a great honour to eat it. The second day was a feast and party, and the third day was a market day, and also the only day men proposed to their prospective wives.

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Higan (O-Higan; Higan no Chu-Nichi), JapanCelebrated at both the Spring Equinox and Autumn Equinox

This is an important festival in the Japanese calendar which, Since January 1, 1873, Japan has been based on the Gregorian Calendar, with local names for the months and mostly fixed holidays (before 1873 a lunisolar calendar was in use, which was adapted from the Chinese calendar). Higan is the week-long period of Buddhist memorial services peculiar to Japan and held twice a year.

On or around the day of the Autumn Equinox, Japanese people celebrate Shuubun-no-hi, also known as Higan (Higan no Chu-Nichi). There is another Higan at the time of the Spring Equinox, which is also called Higan no Chu-Nichi. Both are usually observed on the Sunday on or immediately preceding the equinoxes. The middle days of each Higan, Shunbun no hi (Spring Equinox) and Shuubun no hi (Autumnal Equinox) are national holidays.

The name Higan means ‘the other shore’ and derives from the Buddhist notion that there is a river that marks the division of the mundane world and the afterlife. This river is one of illusions, passion, pain and sorrow. Only when one crosses the river, swimming against the currents of temptation, to the other shore, does one gain enlightenment.

During the whole of this week there is a Buddhist observance, three days either side of the equinox, when the spirits of one’s ancestors are commemorated. Usually on the equinoctial day, families and friends visit their family tombs, where they tend and weed the graves of their loved ones. They leave flowers, incense and ohagi (sweet rice balls covered with soybean paste) –  it is tradition that ancestors’ spirits prefer food that is round. The visitors sweep the ground, say prayers, and may even have a bit of a family party, drinking sake rice wine.

Japanese consider this period the changing of the season. Usually around the autumnal Higan the Japanese summer heat-wave weakens, and the weather changes to autumn. Thus the Japanese have a saying, “Atsusa samusa mo Higan made” (“Neither heat in summer, nor cold in winter last beyond higan”).


Silliness – Aisle Seat – I had someone ask for an aisle seat on the plane so that their hair wouldn’t get messed up by being near the window.

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