Daily Stuff 9-18-21 Samuel Johnson

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 5:34 AM of -0.5 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne Walter Duvall. No Sewing Workshop this afternoon.

Rain (that feels so good to write!) 57F, wind at 1-7mph and gusting, AQI 4-34, UV5. Chance of rain 100% today and 99% tonight. Glorious rain today! Showers tomorrow morning, then sunny on Monday and Friday, and partly sunny/cloudy the rest of the forecast. It could get up to 70F on Tuesday and Wednesday night there’s a small chance of a shower or 3. Temps (other than Tuesday) in the low 60’s. 3 firespots. The smoke plume is heading NE from the fires and covered a bit under 1/2 the state, but the coast and Valley are mostly clear. The Medford area is mostly green and yellow. Bend, now…..

Large Fires

  • Cougar Peak Fire – 6% – 87755 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 49% – 67710.95 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 92% – 19350 acres
  • Smith Fire – 28% – 46865 acres
  • Jack Fire – 55% – 24164 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 36% – 49060 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 45% – 27903 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 43% – 30139.35 acres
  • Gales Fire – 37% – 28567 acres
  • Janus Fire – 15% – 22335.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 15% – 22432 acres

Smaller

  • Big Meadow Fire – 75% – 2636 acres
  • 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 6% – 6976 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 22% – 9269 acres

At or near containment

  • Near Minky Fire – 88% – 4869 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 98% – 1485 acres

Yesterday seemed to be all typing and typing.. I did get more than just that done, though. We had a few customers in, but it was fairly quiet, even more after the rain started around 4:30. I worked on candles, getting some of those headered and hung and some more of them inventoried and priced, although they don’t have stickers yet. Maybe on Monday…. I was still typing at 6….at 7pm…and which point I was pestering Tempus to go home because I had worn really thin.

We got home around 8 and it was nearly dark. I could hear the plants singing quietly about the rain. We got supper (some of the pork and veg stew) and went right to bed, waking just in time to come back to the shop, although I got a few minutes before Tempus woke to sit and listen to the rain. I’m still pretty tired and ready to go back to sleep, but I have to finish a shopping list for Tempus. He’s hoping to get the tires on the car and get back here in time to open.

Whether he’s back or not, I’ll have the shop open at 1pm. Once he’s back, though, I have some cooking to do, part of what the shopping list is about. Tomorrow is 3rd Saturday and we’re supposed to have some House members here for that potluck instead of it just being virtual the way we’ve done for 1 1/2 years, now…. So I have cheese to make and potted cheddar and borscht and set up some of the veg for tomorrow. ….pickling broth…. and decide which nibbles are going to be on the table…. hardboiled eggs for pickling….and pea flour and cracked barley…. Oof…. It’ll be fun, but a lot of work. I wonder how much I’ll be able for?

…and some sadness…. last weekend… and it looks like a real accident, not stupidity…. – Steve Allen, death at Devils Churn – https://yachatsnews.com/27124-2/

The beach on Monday morning, 9/15/19. Yachats, where the 804 drops to the beach, looking north. – Photo by Paul Pardi, used with permission

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Today is the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Samuel Johnson (born 9/18/1709 d. 12/13/1784), English lexicographer (A Dictionary of the English Language). He was the son of a poor bookseller, and grew up in poverty (which haunted him the rest of his life). Despite his humble origins, after Shakespeare he is the most quoted person in the English language. More in Wikipedia:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Samuel_Johnson .

Pseudotsuga_menziesii_cone douglas fir

Today’s Plant is the Douglas FirPseudotsuga menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. They are commonly used as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. –Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 1:22pm.

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. 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 9/19 at 7:55am.

Wild Ducks Take Flight in Open Cluster
The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image, dappled with blue stars, of one of the most star-rich open clusters currently known — Messier 11, also known as NGC 6705 or the Wild Duck Cluster. Messier 11 is an open cluster, sometimes referred to as a galactic cluster, located around 6000 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). It was first discovered by German astronomer Gottfried Kirch in 1681 at the Berlin Observatory, appearing as nothing more than a fuzzy blob through the telescope. It wasn’t until 1733 that the blob was first resolved into separate stars by the Reverend William Derham in England, and Charles Messier added it to his famous catalogue in 1764. Messier was a comet hunter and the catalogue came into being as he was frustrated by constantly observing fixed, diffuse objects that looked like comets (for example, objects that we now know to be clusters, galaxies and nebulae). He wanted a record in order to avoid accidentally observing them again and confusing them with possible new comets. This particular stellar cluster was noted down as the eleventh such object — hence the name of Messier 11.
Open clusters are typically found lying in the arms of spiral galaxies or in the denser regions of irregular galaxies, where star formation is still common. Messier 11 is one of the most star-rich and compact of the open clusters, being almost 20 light-years across and home to close to 3000 stars. Open clusters are different to globular clusters, which tend to be very dense, tightly bound by gravity, and contain hundreds of thousands of very old stars — some of which are nearly as old as the Universe itself. Image: ESO

The Wild Duck Cluster (M11) is a great target this evening. Located in Scutum, it’s still relatively high in the south after sunset. You can find M11 by dropping 1.8° southeast of 4th-magnitude Beta (β) Scuti, also known as 6 Aquilae. M11 is a bright, rich cluster of nearly 3,000 young stars estimated to be between 220 million and 250 million years old. With a visual magnitude of about 6, a keen-eyed observer might just be able to see it from a dark location — although the Moon may interfere with any attempts to find it without optical aid this evening. However, with either binoculars or a wide-field telescope, this beautiful cluster is easy to find and a real crowd-pleaser. It stretches about 14′ across and its brightest stars form a rough v shape, which is how the cluster earned its name.

The Moon passes 4° south of Jupiter in eastern Capricornus at 3 A.M. EDT. Both are setting in the west at that time, about 11° above the horizon and still visible. But if you don’t want to get up early, they’ll be up again this evening, already climbing above the eastern horizon as the Sun sets and now almost 10° apart. That will actually make it easier to zoom in on Jupiter after dark to see some detail, such as its alternating light and dark bands of clouds and four Galilean moons.

Tonight, three moons (in order: Ganymede, Europa, and Io) stretch out to Jupiter’s east — Io is closest to the planet — and Europa sits to Jupiter’s west. If you keep watching long enough, you’ll see tiny Io approach the planet and slip onto the disk just after 11:15 P.M. EDT. It’s followed by its shadow, which appears as a dark spot on Jupiter’s face just after midnight EDT on the 19th (still late on the 18th in other time zones). Io will finish its transit an hour and a half later, and its shadow will finally disappear from the disk around 2:20 A.M. EDT on the 19th.

Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper with Polaris between.

You can see in the stars that the season is changing: We’ve reached the time of year when, just after nightfall, cold-weather Cassiopeia has already climbed a little higher in the northeast than the warm-weather Big Dipper has sunk in the northwest. Cassiopeia bedecks the high northern sky in early evening during the fall-winter half of the year. The Big Dipper takes over for the milder evenings of spring and summer. Almost midway between them stands Polaris. It’s currently a little above the midpoint between the two.

Jupiter and Saturn shine in the southeast to south these evenings. They’re magnitudes –2.8 and +0.4, respectively, on opposite sides of dim Capricornus. Jupiter starts the evening as slightly the lower of the two. Saturn glows 17° (almost two fists) to Jupiter’s upper right. They level out around 9 or 10 p.m. daylight-saving time. By then they’re about at their highest in the south at their telescopic best. After that they start to tilt the other way, with Saturn now the lower one.

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 – Blue

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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  18      Low   5:34 AM    -0.5   6:59 AM     Set  4:06 AM      88
~    18    High  12:03 PM     6.8   7:21 PM    Rise  6:54 PM
~    18      Low   5:44 PM     2.0
~    18    High  11:33 PM     7.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I manifest all things in association with clarity.  I breathe clarity into my body.

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Journal Prompt – Where? – Where would you prefer to be right now—mountains, desert, beach—and why?

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Quotes

~   Ah, well, then I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~   Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~   Hand out hope. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   I am burning. If anyone lacks tinder, let him set his rubbish ablaze with my fire. – Rumi

TO AUTUMN – John Keats (1795-1821)

    SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
        Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
    Conspiring with him how to load and bless
        With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
    To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
        And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
            To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
    With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
        And still more, later flowers for the bees,
        Until they think warm days will never cease,
            For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

    Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
        Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
    Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
        Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
    Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
        Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
            Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
    And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
        Steady thy laden head across a brook;
        Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
            Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

    Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
        Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
    While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
        And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue;
    Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
        Among the river sallows, borne aloft
            Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
    And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
        Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
        The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
           And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

Harmon lists – To Autumn is the most anthologized poem in the English language. It was written on September 19, 1819

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Mabon Magick – Crafts

Laminated Window Hangings for Mabon

you will need:
–  lined paper
–  laminating paper
–  crayons
–  Mabon cookie cutters(the big ones)
–  scissors & a single hole punch
–  a pencil
what to do:

  1. Lightly trace the shapes of vegetables or other Mabon figures with your pencil.
  2. Cut out those shapes with scissors.
  3. Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
  4. Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
  5. Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window. 

How to Make a Wine Cork Pumpkin – Posted by Erika Pitera – Wondering what to do with all those spare corks you have hanging around? Why not make a pumpkin to celebrate fall? You only need about 30 minutes and a few supplies and the result is an adorable table decoration you can enjoy year after year. http://www.mygourmetconnection.com/entertaining/party-ideas-decor/how-to-make-a-wine-cork-pumpkin.php

What You’ll Need To Make A Wine Cork Pumpkin

Materials:

  • 25 recycled wine corks
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft knife
  • Green felt
  • Scissors
  • Jute twine

Instructions:

  1. Dilute the paint with a bit of water and paint both ends of all but one cork. Allow to dry.
  2. Arrange the corks in rows (4 on the bottom, then 5, then 6, then 5 and 4 on the top row) and hot glue them together. For best results, try to match up the corks so they’re the same length in each row.
  3. Take the one remaining cork and cut off part of it with the craft knife. Hot glue it on top as the stem.
  4. Cut leaf shapes from the green felt and hot glue them on around the “stem.”
  5. Tie a short length of twine around the stem to resemble the vine.

Finished project measures approximately 5″H x 5″W x 1-3/4″D

Pagan Studies – Harvest Necklace

The months of August, September and October are typically the time for harvest festivals, feasts and celebrations in the northern hemisphere. It is a time when many cultures and spiritual paths celebrate the bounty of the Earth, give thanks for the blessings of this bounty and honor their deities connected with Harvest and the plant spirits.

It is a good time for us to reconnect with the cycles of Nature and receive teachings from the nature spirits and plant spirits.  Study some of the plant species in your area (foods, flowers, trees, etc) and then take a walk outdoors and try to identify these species.  You will notice that some of these plants are beginning to set seed, and it is very interesting to look at all the different types of seed that exist in Nature!

You can create a necklace of seeds to wear during a Harvest celebration, or you may choose to use your “necklace” as an altar decoration or candle garland. You can collect seeds from outdoors that are large enough to string onto a necklace, or you can get seeds from the produce you buy at the grocery store. Apples, gourds, squash, and corn are all good sources for seeds.  Always use uncooked seeds (for instance, never use cooked corn on the cob because the kernels will decompose on your necklace rather than drying).  “Indian” corn can also be used, but since it is already dry you will need to soak the kernels in warm water until they are soft enough to string onto your necklace.  Larger seeds, like buckeyes and acorns, can be used but they require the use of a thin drill bit to get a good hole in them.

Use a sturdy, sharp needle and a heavy string such as dental floss, beading string or hand quilting weight thread.  I like to double my string so that the necklace is very sturdy.  Once strung, the seeds will dry and they may shrink a bit so make your necklace longer than you would like to account for this shrinkage.  Hang the strung seeds in a well ventilated room until the seeds are dry. You can make the necklace long enough to slip over your head or you can add a clasp on the ends of your necklace.  You can also wear them wrapped around your wrists or ankles several times (bells can be added if you plan to dance at your festival).  You may also wish to add bits of raffia or stripped, dry cornhusk by tying the bits around your string at different intervals. You can also add any type of charms or stones to your necklace that are used at autumn celebrations in your tradition…..perhaps half of a black walnut, to represent Owl/Wisdom/Goddess. – Written by ScryeWulf for the Magickal Crafts Newsletter

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