Daily Stuff 9-25-21 Pyanopsia

Hi, folks!

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

High cloud and fog, 50F, winds are calm, AQI 35-50, UV5. Chance of rain 11% today and 35% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY for 5am-11pm Sunday. GALE WATCH for Sunday morning through night. Mixed weather today, then showers tonight turning into wind and rain on Sunday. That’s likely to persist, getting less aggressive, through Thursday, with a break on Wednesday. From Friday on, a mix of cloud and sun. No firespots. There’s smoke over the western Siskyous and coast as far north as Bandon. The large fires are creeping very slowly towards containment, but it’s a long process…..

Large Fires

  • Cougar Peak Fire – 60% – 91334 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 54% – 69994.95 acres
  • Smith Fire – 36% – 49124 acres
  • Jack Fire – 58% – 24165 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 45% – 50426 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 45% – 28850 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 55% – 30928.35 acres
  • Gales Fire – 51% – 29356 acres
  • Janus Fire – 20% – 24753.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 20% – 24850 acres


  • Near Minky Fire – 83% – 4869 acres
  • 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 16% – 7235 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 46% – 9429 acres

At or nearing containment

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

Still no tires….We’ve got proper headlights and new bulbs, now, though, and an answer to what’s going with the light on the dash. Computer malfunction, so we’ve gotta save up for that, now. Tempus didn’t get back until well past time to open.

We weren’t all that busy, mostly lookers, but there were a few sales. I worked on mail, messages and some correspondences research and a little writing. Tempus broke down boxes and got some of that mess gone, and then went to the PO. We have the new BBI Media magazine issues, more of the little “growing” eggs, and a few other bits and pieces…. and our anniversary gift to us showed up, finally. Ordered last April and just got it! It’s a pair of little meditating baby dragons. 🙂

Late in the afternoon I finally got the fennel prepped most of the way and into the fridge, and then we started collecting stuff up to go home…like the laundry basket, and some sewing pieces that turned up while I was going through a box, and of course, the clean dishes.

I harvested some sorrel and nasturtiums for a salad, but Tempus didn’t get himself lunch until late in the afternoon, so he didn’t want supper. I ate while he got the clean sheets onto the bed and then we both turned in. I was back up at around 11:30. I got a snack, then put stuff away (including laundry) and organized some more of the sewing stuff and some of the cupboards. I finally found a good spot for the cutting boards. That’s going to help.

When we were heading back into town the Moon was high and bright in a lopsided oval of clear sky with Pegasus just past the zenith. Jupiter is *way* west of where it’s been, getting close to the trees again. As we rolled along the highway the clouds closed in until the Moon was surrounded by a corona in a high haze, and the fog was getting pretty obvious. The computer is saying “clear”, but there are no stars here in town, not even Jupiter….all obscured.

Today Tempus is supposed to try again on tires (24th time is a charm?) which means he’ll be back late again. We’ll be open at 1pm and I’m going to try to finish up with the fennel and trying for a pickling broth, so I can pickle the onions and dilly beans. Sewing Workshop mid-afternoon. I’ll be working on my sampler. I hope we’ll get home early enough to water. Things in the garden are very dry again. …but I need to water at the shop, too.

Fairy Garden 5/19/13 by Anja


Today’s feast is the Pyanopsia (Πυανόψια) or Pyanepsia (Πυανέψια) was an ancient Greek festival in honor of Apollo, held at Athens on the 7th of the month Pyanepsion (October). The name literally means “bean-boiling”. Various legumes were stewed and given to Apollo as a “ripener of fruits”.  A suppliant branch”, was also offered, that sounds almost like our Christmas trees, but it was left up for a year and then replaced. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanopsia


Today’s Plant is SalalGaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant.  – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Taurus enters Gemini at 5:36pm.

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.

Saturn and Titan – Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is easily visible around the ringed planet this week, along with several of its siblings. (Granted, this Cassini view is a bit closer than your backyard telescope will get you.) – NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Cygnus the Swan floats just about straight overhead these evenings. Its brightest stars form the big Northern Cross. When you face southwest and crane your head way, way up, the cross appears to stand upright. It’s about two fists at arm’s length tall, with Deneb as its top. Or to put it another way, when you face that direction the Swan appears to be diving straight down (something real swans never do).

The Milky Way erupts from Mount Rainier – The photographer captured a bright meteor next to the summer Milky Way, which appears to be erupting from the active volcano Mount Rainier in Washington. The Leonid meteor shower peaks late this week under the bright light of a waning gibbous Moon. – Matthew Dieterich

The Moon won’t rise now until about an hour after dark. So take this opportunity to look for the Milky Way running straight up from the west-southwest horizon, along the backbone of Aquila and to the just right of bright Altair high in the south, along the shaft of the Northern Cross overhead, and straight down through Cassiopeia and northern Perseus to the east-northeast horizon.

As the Moon starts to wane, the Sun is now setting over the Sea of Serenity. This paints the lunar landscape with reverse lighting, where sunlight is coming from the opposite direction as when the Moon is waxing. It’s a unique chance to view familiar features looking almost alien. Tonight after moonrise, point your telescope to the lunar east (west in the sky) to find the 200-mile-long (322 kilometers) Serpentine Ridge, also called Dorsa Smirnov. This complex feature was formed as areas just below the surface, which is covered in dark lava, collided, causing the terrain above them to buckle and wrinkle.To the ridge’s upper right (northeast) is Posidonius — a crater stretching nearly 60 miles (95 km) across. This oval patch houses a wealth of detail, including a sinuous rille, which are features planetary scientists think were formed by flows of lava or perhaps collapsed lava tubes. The one inside Posidonius snakes across the crater floor for more than 80 miles (130 km).

Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in southern Aries) climbs high in the east by midnight.

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  Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. 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
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Bblack
Planting 9/23-25

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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
Sa  25     High   3:59 AM     6.3   7:08 AM     Set 11:56 AM      86
~    25     Low   9:40 AM     2.3   7:07 PM    Rise  9:30 PM
~    25     High   3:37 PM     7.2
~    25     Low  10:29 PM     0.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Some marriages are made in  heaven, but they ALL have to be maintained on earth…


Journal Prompt – What? – What are some rules you have to follow at home?



~   No truly great man ever thought himself so. – William Hazlitt
~   I shall adopt new views as fast as they shall appear to be true views. – Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
~   To err is human, to forgive, divine. – Alexander Pope
~   There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life; music and cats. – Albert Schweitzer

Silence again. The glorious symphony
Hath need of pause and interval of peace.
Some subtle signal bids all sweet sounds cease,
Save hum of insects’ aimless industry. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)


Magick – Renamed, Reclaimed. By Boone Ogden ©2012

from leaf and bough and needled cone
to earth in shot straight silent line
a droplet forms and spheres and dies
rain dripping its odd tattoo

muttering mists and soaken moss
tumbled stone and mushroom frost
the mountain weeps for its true name
and longs for its remembrance

for many years the mother came 
and hand on heart, she kneeled and prayed
her sacred tears, and whispered vows
seeped into nook and crevice

and driven down in long blue lines
deep into earth and rock it pried 
her offering to God, divine
her singing slowly filtered

ten thousand years passed slowly by
and others came, and knelt, and cried
for those that were, forgotten lives
their hopeful prayers were mingled

vibrating down through layered rock
became a single soaring song
the rush of air the flight of foam
its humming buzz was roaring

love resonated deep inside
and started touching people’s lives 
who blankly stared, and then just cried
at the beauty of the message

and one day soon, the signs of man
will rust and fall with autumns hand
our people’s song, now whole and bright
will bubble to the surface

then thunder round, and geyser out
fly as instant as a shout
and lift our faces, make our minds
return to give us purpose

and at that time, on mountainsides
sweet chanting song and sacred drone
will circle up and spiral out
and cover all the hurting

an end of things, a new rebirth
a lesson that we should have learned 
and hands held round each others hearts
now wiser we’ll move forward

the steady drip, a beating heart
of waves and tides and moonlight
now listen close, the song is there
a hummingbird wings flutter


Silliness – Truisms

1. Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!
2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case  you have to eat them.
3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4. Drive carefully … It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
5. If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8. Never buy a car you can’t push.
9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
10. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
11. Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12. The second mouse gets the cheese.
13. When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
16. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
1.7 We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
18. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
19. Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
20. Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate!

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