Daily Stuff 9-23-21 Discovery of Neptune

Hi, folks!

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

Foggy and mostly cloudy. 50F, winds are calm, AQI 20-34, UV4. Chance of rain 4% today and 6% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 2pm today through 2am on Friday. TOday through Saturday and next Wednesday should be dry, with possible showers Sunday through Tuesday. Highs, except for Friday’s 68F, should hover around 60. Air quality over almost the whole state is green! 4 firespots.

Large fires

  • Cougar Peak Fire – 52% – 91332 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 51% –  69941.95 acres
  • Smith Fire –  33% – 49071 acres
  • Jack Fire –  55% – 24165 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 42% – 50376 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 45% – 28823 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 55% – 30928.35 acres
  • Gales Fire – 51% – 29356 acres
  • Janus Fire – 20% – 24740.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 20% – 24837 acres


  • Near Minky Fire – 83% – 4868 acres
  • 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 16% – 7234 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 46% – 9408 acres

At or near containment

  • Big Meadow Fire – 95% – 2643 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 100% – 19377 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 98% – 1485 acres

Rainbow carrots

Yesterday Tempus woke me when he got in…. still no tires! It was already pretty late, and I made us later by needing coffee and having a melt-down over (of all things) not being able to find my ergonomic vegetable peeler. It’s the only one I can use, anymore. The others leave horrible ridges on my hands and they *hurt* to use. Of course, it was in the dish drainer at home… <sigh>

Pears, asian pears and a peach

We stopped at the Farmer’s Market and I got a lot of summer squash, another batch of shallots and a whole bag of small white and red onions for pickling, a peck of green beans (I want dilly beans!) a couple of fennel bulbs, a batch of pears, cherry tomatoes, some jerusalem artichokes, and a couple of kinds of grapes!


Once we got home and Tempus found my peeler, I spent a couple of happy hours sorting things out and prepping a couple of dishes for the week, plus noshing on grapes and cherry tomatoes. I pulled out the rainbow carrots that Tempus got for Sunday that didn’t get used and peeled and cut those, too.

At that point I made myself a cup of hot tea and a sandwich and sat in my chair and started watching the beautiful cumulus clouds that mostly covered the sky and I found myself dropping off! ….well, it was past 5 by then. I went in and curled up next to Tempus who had been sound asleep since about 10 minutes after we got home. From that point on I napped, got up and read or sewed, noshed, napped, lather, rinse repeat. 🙂 I got a couple of patchwork pouches made and some other small stuff, and a little embroidery, but nothing substantial.

Tempus didn’t wake until it was nearly time to come back into town. We got him a sandwich that he nibbled up until just a few minutes ago. I had the tote basket ready to go and the vegetables that I need to work on here. I still need to make pickling broth. Tempus is cooking my leftover bread bowl from the chowder the other night with cheese. I never got that far today.

….He’s heading out at a bit after 2am. I’m working on this and eating my bread bowl. I have to get the fennel taken care of, but else I’m going to turn in early. How can I still be tired?

The Candy Club order came in yesterday while we were still at the shop, so that’s going to be first on the list for today. I probably ought to get the pickling broth done, and then I need to start in on the incense resins. I want to get the headers done before Herbs Workshop and then tomorrow I can pack bags and get those ready. I’m hoping to do a batch of Clearing Incense during the workshop time.

A photo from 9/20/18 by Walter Duvall of Yaquina Bay on a quiet afternoon.

Astro neptune

Today in 1846 – Discovery of Neptune by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams; verified by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle. The planet was named for Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_%28planet%29

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Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria ×ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis  Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 5:38am.

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 10/6 at 4:05am. 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 9/28 at 6:57pm.

The big asteroid 2 Pallas, a little past opposition, stands high in the southeast by 10 p.m., in small-telescope reach at magnitude 8.4. This week it’s only 7° or 8° upper right of Neptune, magnitude 8.7. Which is also, necessarily, a little past opposition. Read about both and hunt them down using the finder charts in Asteroid Pallas Makes a Point in Pisces.

The MESSENGER spacecraft captured these views of the solar system’s innermost planet as it orbited between 2011 and 2015. – NASA

Mercury passes 1.7° south of Spica at 8 A.M. EDT; however, neither is visible at that time. Instead, try looking west as soon as the Sun sinks below the horizon, where Mercury and Spica, still roughly the same distance apart, are setting quickly. See how soon you can spot the pair in binoculars or a telescope, with slightly brighter Mercury sitting to Spica’s lower left. You’ll need a clear horizon to find them and if you can get to higher ground, there’s an even better chance you can catch the pair before first Mercury, then Spica, sets.

Spica, also known as Alpha (α) Virginis, is some 1,900 times brighter than the Sun, which is why it’s so bright in our sky, even at a distance of 250 light-years. It is also a tight binary system, with its two components separated by some one-tenth the distance between Earth and the Sun. Both are blue-white class B stars, and at least one of the two is massive enough to end its life as a supernova when its fuel has been exhausted.

Jupiter and Saturn continue to shine in the southeast to south during evening. They’re magnitudes –2.8 and +0.4, respectively, 16° apart on opposite sides of dim Capricornus. During twilight bright Jupiter, on the left, is slightly the lower of the two. They level out not long after dark, and later they tilt the other way, with Saturn now the lower one. Saturn sets around 2 or 3 a.m. daylight-saving time, followed down by Jupiter about an hour later. In the evening look for 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut some 22° (two fists) lower left of Jupiter. And less than 2° below or lower left of Jupiter is 3rd-magnitude Delta Capricorni, described in the caption above. Also, see Amateurs Spot New Impact Flash at Jupiter. With two videos of it taken by diligent, tireless amateur Jupiter-impact monitors!

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

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 – Green
Planting 9/23-5

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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  23     High   2:32 AM     7.1   7:05 AM     Set  9:47 AM      96
~    23      Low   8:37 AM     1.1   7:11 PM    Rise  8:41 PM
~    23     High   2:40 PM     7.6
~    23      Low   9:09 PM     0.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.


Journal Prompt – What if? – If it were your job to decide what shows can be on t.v., how would you choose?



~   Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. – Abraham Lincoln
~   I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. – Claude Monet (1840-1926) French landscape painter
~   We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing. – Mother Teresa
~   Love is the Water of Life. – Rumi

The sunflower children
Nod to the sun.
Summer is over,
Fall has begun! – Anon.


Magick – Crystals to keep out of water.


Silliness – Catapult

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