Daily Stuff 9-11-21 9/11

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by GirlInWater Photography. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.

Clear and 50 F, wind at 0-6mph and gusting, AQI 6-34, UV5. Chance of rain 3% today and9 % tonight. Right through Thursday the forecast is for mostly sunny with high’s in the low-mid 60’s. Friday and Saturday the forecast is for showers, a 50% chance of 1/2 an inch… After that’s back to the same-old-same-old. The smoke plume is mostly in the Cascades and east. The Valley is getting a break. Only 2 firespots.

Large Fires

  • Cougar Peak Fire – 83339 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 35% – 63711.45 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 64% – 18957 acres
  • Smith Fire – 18% – 43259 acres
  • Jack Fire – 55% – 23990 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 35% – 44476 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 24462 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 20% – 29785.35 acres
  • Gales Fire – 14% – 28213 acres
  • Janus Fire – 7% – 19252.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire –  9% – 19349 acres

Smaller

  • Silver Creek Fire – 300 acres
  • Big Meadow Fire – 3500 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 4867 acres
  • 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 6535 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 8569 acres

At or near containment

  • Little Applegate Fire – 100% – 128 acres
  • Wild Cat Fire – 100% – 215 acres
  • Mule Creek Fire – 100% – 1016 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 98% – 1485 acres

Beans! This was the evening’s salad.

Yesterday went by in a blur. We had a few people in shopping. One was a nice lady with her really cute and omgs-well-behaved daughter (only 6, acted like a quiet teen!) Others were folks just browsing and a couple buying gifts.

Garlics getting big

Tempus got back just before we needed to open. We have achieved turn-signals! …the rest of the parts have to wait until Tuesday, at least. <sigh> He needed to head almost right back into Newport to pick up his check and run a couple of errands. He got the boxes shipped, though, and we got some bills done, both online and dropped at the PO.

Tomatoes

I hadn’t gotten the wax going early enough, so that part didn’t happen, but a bunch of books got checked in and landed on the shelves, tarot decks, ditto. I ended up having to spend time sorting out some things in the inventory files, which always takes forever.

Moon

We got our pizza ingredients together and headed home. I set up and baked the pizzas (cut the dough in two, so it’d bake more evenly), then baked potatoes for twice-baked that I’ll work on tonight. I did pictures before I started on the pizza. I watched the Moon become visible tangled in a tall cedar on the hill to the southwest, then as She kicked free and floated across a clear spot, finally sinking into a stand of pines as the sky was turning a deep blue.

Some regrown veg. The slugs have eaten the turnip leaves right down to the stem.

Tempus was so tired he was dozing while I was putting the pizza together and I chased him off to bed as soon as he had eaten. Our salads were green beans from the garden and nasturtium flowers. Once the potatoes were most of the way done, I turned the oven off, but left them in to finish baking then got them pulled out and ziplocked when I got up from a long nap and before we headed back in.

Fall crop raspberries

The sky was *really* clear! I was finding some constellations that I can’t normally pick out, like Corona Borealis! …and Jupiter! Wow… really, really, clear and steady. When I was a kid someone told me a story about the planets and Jupiter in his long cloak carrying a lantern. I got reminded tonight.

Geranium start

So Tempus headed out a bit after 2 and after chasing several distractions I’m finally working on this.

Berries

He’s normally a bit late getting in on Saturday mornings because of having to set up the Sunday paper inserts, so it doesn’t add to the time the Sunday route takes. We’ll be open at 1pm. Sewing Workshop is at 3pm and we might stay open a bit later than our posted hours, but I know how tired Tempus is and I want to get him home and in bed as early as I can manage. I have a number of cooking classes (online) during the afternoon, so he’s not going to be able to nap.

Low tide – Another from 9-5-17 By Jamie Marie @ girlinwaterphotography

Satyagraha is a term for non-violent resistance used by Mahatma Gandhi, who is honored on this day.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyagraha

Gandhi envisioned satyagraha as not only a tactic to be used in acute political struggle, but as a universal solvent for injustice and harm.

He founded the Sabarmati Ashram to teach satyagraha. He asked satyagrahis to follow the following principles (Yamas described in Yoga Sutra):[23]

  1. Nonviolence (ahimsa)
  2. Truth – this includes honesty, but goes beyond it to mean living fully in accord with and in devotion to that which is true
  3. Not stealing
  4. Non-possession (not the same as poverty)
  5. Body-labour or bread-labour
  6. Control of desires (gluttony)
  7. Fearlessness
  8. Equal respect for all religions
  9. Economic strategy such as boycott of imported goods (swadeshi)

On another occasion, he listed these rules as “essential for every Satyagrahi in India”:

  1. Must have a living faith in God
  2. Must be leading a chaste life, and be willing to die or lose all his possessions
  3. Must be a habitual khadi weaver and spinner
  4. Must abstain from alcohol and other intoxicants

…and of course today is the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

There is still a lot of controversy and plenty of conspiracy theories surrounding the event. Whatever else, it shook the spirit of America. We’d been invulnerable for so long, and suddenly, “It can’t happen here” did. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks

Of all the 911 tributes and memes that are out there, I still think this one is the best. I watched it again tonight and I started sobbing before they even knelt.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyP0JsyvYnA

Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe. – Masculine, Sun, Fire, Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, (add red, rather than pink blossoms). White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 9/20 at 4:55pm. Diana’s Bow – On 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/13 at 1:39pm.

Cold, lonely Neptune – This slightly unusual view of Neptune shows the distant planet in red and near-infrared light from the Hubble Space Telescope. – Judy Schmidt (Flickr)

The two brightest stars of September evenings are always Vega high overhead and Arcturus in the west, both magnitude zero. Draw a line from Vega down to Arcturus. A third of the way down you cross the dim Keystone of Hercules.

Look left of the thick crescent Moon for the head stars of Scorpius lined up not quite vertically, and farther left for orange Antares. Halfway between the Moon and Antares (for the Americas) is the brightest of the head stars, the long-term eruptive variable Delta Scorpii. It’s been holding fairly steady around magnitude 1.8 since 2010. Delta Sco is one of the Gamma Cassiopeiae class of hot variable stars spinning at nearly breakup speed. Read about the original at Meet Gamma Cassiopeiae, the Classic Eruptive Variable.

The Moon reaches perigee — the closest point to Earth in its orbit around our planet — at 6:03 A.M. EDT. At that time, our satellite will sit 228,951 miles (368,461 kilometers) away.

Around that time (i.e., before the sky starts to grow light with the dawn) is when you’ll want to look for the false dawn, or zodiacal light, which appears before sunrise at this time of year. The best time to see it is on a clear, dark morning when there is no Moon in the sky. Look east toward the constellation Cancer, low on the horizon, and Gemini the Twins, sitting just above it. The zodiacal light will appear as a soft, delta-shaped glow thrusting upward from the horizon and stretching along the ecliptic, the plane of our solar system. This glow is created by sunlight scattering off dust particles in the inner solar system, which are often left by comets as they skim through, throwing off dust and gases as they heat up. More recently, researchers using data from the Juno spacecraft’s trip between Earth and Jupiter discovered that some or even much of this dust could also come from the planet Mars.

Mercury (about magnitude +0.2) is very deep down in the sunset, 16° lower right of Venus this week. You might have a chance at it with binoculars or a wide-field scope. About 15 or 20 minutes after sunset, scan for it just above your horizon due west. Good luck. Between Venus and Mercury is fainter Spica, magnitude +1.0.

We continue to have three bright evening planets this week: Venus low in the west-southwest at dusk, Jupiter higher in the southeast to south during evening, and dimmer Saturn nearly two fists to Jupiter’s right. By late evening, faint Uranus and Neptune lurk high in the east.

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 – Indigo
planting 9/19&11

©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                  Visible
Sa   11     High   4:13 AM     6.6   6:51 AM    Rise 12:24 PM      17
~    11      Low  10:02 AM     1.4   7:34 PM     Set 10:14 PM
~    11      High   4:12 PM     8.0
~    11      Low  11:02 PM    -0.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I give the gift of love!

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – How are your father and grandfather alike?

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Quotes

~   As at Catherine, foul or fair, So will be the next Februaire. – English traditional proverb
~   Much suspected by me, Nothing proved can be. – Queen Elizabeth I; reputedly carved onto a window at Woodstock Manor, Oxfordshire
~   Anything can be told to a friend. – Egil’s Saga, c.56
~   A man who studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green. – Francis Bacon

In the dreamy silence
Of the afternoon, a
Cloth of gold is woven
Over wood and prairie. –Alexander Posey (1873–1908)

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Mabon Magick – Lore

Crone’s Corner Fall Equinox (Mabon)

The Fall Equinox or Meán Fómhair is the Autumnal equinox, on or around September 21st. It is the Neopagan equivalent of Thanksgiving, and the first day of the fall. It is at once the winding down of things, but not the end. It can be linked to the move to maturity and preparing for new stages of life or advancement it is the last great feast of the year and time to take stock. Most traditions include final harvesting (symbolic or actual), stalk bundling, and preparing for the times that will come.

Feasts consist of stews, meats, pumpkins, wines, ale, and seasonal vegetables (mostly vine or root types.)

The deities honored my most traditions are “royal” or complex (with differing manifestations), such as Bran (sometimes Vran) and branwen – or Lugh and The Morrigan. Ancestors that complement these complex divinities can also be honored.

The plans that were made on Samhain should now have run their natural courses to completion.

Then, as the wheel of the year keeps turning, it’s back to Samhain…As previously stated, Not all Neopagan traditions will practice the same holidays in the same way or have the same views on them. Celebrate them in ways that seem right to you, even if you can only consider the symbolism of them, mark them in your own way. The Neopagan festivals are reminders of the Agricultural/natural cycle of life that we are now so far from. In a world were foods and goods are less and less seasonal, it is a nice way to re-connect.-And besides, Who doesn’t like an excuse to celebrate?

Pagan Studies : HarvestTime

The bittersweet time of year is upon us. Gather the fruits of the season now: pumpkins, gourds, cranberries, and corn. Light candles of yellow for health, orange for sharing the harvest, and purple for deepening spiritual awareness. Hang a braid of garlic for protection from the coming winter. Make a simple grapevine wreath for your door, and entwine it with bittersweet stems. Fashion a new broom, or buy one from your favorite broom-maker, and place it outside your front door. On a clear breezy day, make a clean sweep of the house in a widdershins direction. Open windows and hang out rugs and blankets. Gather fresh air energy into your space. Burn sprigs of rosemary for preservation and longevity. Clear out stagnant forces, and rededicate your home to peace ~: Karri Allrich

 GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies  

By the ruler’s command,
I speak in the solemn presence of the Goddess,
whose praises are heard all the way
to the upper reaches of the Izusu River:
I speak humbly, concerning the offerings
of the harvest fruits, which will be brought here,
to this divine banquet, to be blessed and purified
and presented to the goddess. Humbly I speak. ~Noriko, Japanese Prayer

At this time of year, in many cultures, feasts celebrating the harvests were held. A typical part of such festivals was the offering of first fruits, which meant that some portion of the harvest was designated as belonging to the divine. Sometimes this portion was used to maintain the priestesses or priests who served the Goddess or God; sometimes it was distributed among those in need; often it became part of the feast, partaken by all in the community. What happened to the food after it was offered was not the point; what was important was the fact that it became, symbolically, sacred.

Our lives would be much enhanced if we would offer part of everything we earn, everything we are given, to the divine. A drop of wine, spilled on the ground, reminds us that we are not the owners of what we consume. The earth owns us all. We would do well to remember that. By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 

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Silliness – Pregnant Pigs

A farmer buys several pigs, hoping to breed them for ham, bacon, etc…. After several weeks, he notices that none of the pigs are getting pregnant, and calls a vet for help. The vet tells the farmer that he should try artificial insemination. The farmer doesn’t have the slightest idea what this means but, not wanting to display his ignorance, only asks the vet how he will know when the pigs are pregnant.

 The vet tells him that they will stop standing around and will, instead, lay down and wallow in the mud when they are pregnant.

 The farmer hangs up and gives it some thought. He comes to the conclusion that artificial insemination means he has to impregnate the pigs. So, he loads the pigs into his truck, drives them out into the woods, has sex with them all, brings them back and goes to bed.

 Next morning, he wakes and looks out at the pigs. Seeing that they are all still standing around, he concludes that the first try didn’t take, and loads them in the truck again. He drives them out to the woods, bangs each pig twice for good measure, brings them back and goes to bed.

 Next morning, he wakes to find the pigs still just standing around. One more try, he tells himself, and proceeds to load them up and drive them out to the woods. He spends all day shagging the pigs and, upon returning home, falls listlessly into bed.

The next morning, he cannot even raise himself from the bed to look at the pigs. He asks his wife to look out and tell him if the pigs are laying in the mud.

“No,” she says, “they’re all in the truck and one of them’s honking the horn.”

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