Daily Stuff 9-26-21 Fall of Jerusalem

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin Project Day from 1-5pm.

Overcast 54F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 23-37, UV4. Chance of rain 91% today and 97% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 2pm. GALE WARNING from 2pm through 3am. TOday is likely to be messy, both wind and rain, but tomorrow it should slack off until Tuesday morning is just showers and then through Wednesday just clouds. There’s a small chance of showers on Thursday and then we’re back to partly cloudy again. Highs hovering around 60F. We’re back in the smoke plume from the fires in CA with monitors in the Siskyous going orange and red and the ones east of the Cascades all yellow.

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

Yesterday felt way longer than it really was. We didn’t get home in the morning, but still no tires…. We were open on time and Tempus got us coffee and cheese toast for breakfast, then we both settled down with our computers. We had some people in shopping during the day, normal fall numbers…. It’s getting quiet. Sewing was just us chickens. Made some progress on my sampler.

We started closing up at 6, but didn’t get on the way home until 7. I did a flap-through on the garden to check for things that might be damaged by rain, then heated up some supper and we ate. I was in bed well before 8pm, but I’m not sure when Tempus came in. He said he dozed off with his supper in his lap…..

It was starting to drizzle as we were coming back into town. Tempus got the phone call way early. I think we had pulled in to the shop at 1:15 and it was no later than 1:30 when he was trying to head back out the door. I’ve been putzing, though, I fell down a rabbit hole into wedding costumes around the world and didn’t come back up until about 3:20…..

Today is our “different day”. We’ll be open at 1pm. I have an online meeting to attend, though, and then the House Capuchin online stuff. I’m hoping to work on some food things, since I keep not getting that far, but I also need to work on my sampler and water plants. That’s going to mean Tempus is the one up front. I don’t think it’s going to strain him much, looking at the weather report. 🙂

Photo by Ken Gagne on 9/25/16 Used with permission


Today is the anniversary of the day in 70CE when Jerusalem fell to Roman forces during the “Great Revolt”. The inhabitants were starving and had been for months, while the besieging armies crucified those who were trying to escape, sometimes 500 in a day where the folks inside the city could see them. The walls were razed and the city burned to the ground. Some information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Jewish%E2%80%93Roman_War#Fall_of_Jerusalem

plant flower Dogviolet6

Today’s Plant is the Early Blue VioletViola adunca – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/  Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Gemini

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.

Nova Cassiopeiae 2021 carries on, fluctuating unpredictably as it remains in binocular view six months after its March explosion. As of September 21st it was back up to magnitude 6.7, more than twice as bright as its original March eruption from its 15th-magnitude baseline. 

Bright Arcturus, pale yellow-orange, shines ever lower in the west-northwest at nightfall. The narrow kite shape of its constellation, Bootes, extends two fists at arm’s length to Arcturus’s upper right. Arcturus is where the kite’s downward-hanging tail is tied on.

Ursa Major, Ursa Minor
Copyright 1995 Jerry Lodriguss
24mm f.2 Nikkor working at f/3.5
20 minute exposure
hypered Kodak Royal Gold 400
3:17 am May 27, 1995
Massai Point, AZ

To the right of the top of the kite, the Big Dipper is turning more level. And this is the time of year when, during the evening, the dim Little Dipper “dumps water” into the bowl of the Big Dipper way down below. The Big Dipper will dump it back in the evenings of spring.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot side, imaged on August 7th by Christopher Go with a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain scope. This is a stacked-video image, de-rotated across frames and with colors and contrast boosted. South is up. Note the fine detail in the Great Red Spot! The South and North Equatorial Belts have mostly diminished to narrow dark-reddish lines. Small, dark-red spots continue just north of the NEB. Much of the Equatorial Zone continues pale yellow-tan.

Tonight Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should cross the planet’s central meridian around 10:42 p.m. EDT (7:42 p.m. Pacific). It remains in good view for about an hour before and after that time.

Moon Apogee/Perigee – * For a good explanation of what this is – https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/lunar-perigee-apogee.html

The Moon reaches the farthest point from Earth in its orbit, known as apogee, at 5:44 P.M. EDT. At that time, our satellite will sit 251,432 miles (404,641 km) away.

Aquarius after sunset – On January evenings after the Sun sets, Aquarius offers a host of targets, including Neptune, M2, and M72. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

Asteroid 89 Julia, a 90-mile-wide (145 km) main-belt world, is skimming through Aquarius the Water-bearer this month. Tonight, its 9th-magnitude glow sits just over 2° north of the gorgeous globular cluster M2, which shines with an integrated brightness of magnitude 6.5. You should be able to easily capture both in the same binocular field, although a telescope will be best for viewing M2 in a bit more detail. This celestial cotton ball contains some 150,000 stars and, although it’s second on Charles Messier’s list, was not discovered by the French comet hunter. Instead, Jean-Dominique Maraldi found it in 1746 — 14 years to the day before Messier did.

Mercury is stationary at midnight EDT tonight. The solar system’s innermost planet had been traveling toward the southeast, or prograde. Now, it will make a tight turnaround in Virgo and begin moving northwest, or retrograde, coming to another halt and pivoting again on October 17.

Venus, brilliant at magnitude –4.2, shines low in the southwest during twilight. And it still sets around twilight’s end.

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 – Gold
Harvest 9/26&7

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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
Su  26     High   4:48 AM     5.9   7:09 AM     Set 12:59 PM      79
~    26      Low  10:13 AM     2.9   7:06 PM    Rise 10:02 PM
~    26     High   4:10 PM     7.0
~    26      Low  11:15 PM     0.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Avoiding failure is to avoid progress.


Journal Prompt – How do you feel? – How would you feel if you were going to be on a show? Why?



~   The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity. – Sir. Winston Churchill
~   The superior man is satisfied and composed, the mean man is always full of distress. – Confucius
~   IME the first Lord in the younited States of A mericary Now of Newburyport it is the voise of the peopel and I cant Help it and so Let it goue Now as I must be Lord there will foller many more Lords pretty soune for it dont hurt A Cat Nor the mouse Nor the son Nor the water Nor the Eare then goue on all is Easey Now bons broaken all is well all in Love Now I be gin to Lay the corner ston and the kee ston with grat Remembrence of my father Jorge Washington the grate herow 17 sentreys past before we found so good a father to his shildren and Now gone to Rest – Lord Timothy Dexter
~   Sad but true: Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done. – Peter Drucker


The breezes taste
     Of apple peel. 
The air is full 
     Of smells to feel- 
Ripe fruit, old footballs, 
     Burning brush, 
New books, erasers, 
     Chalk, and such. 
The bee, his hive, 
     Well-honeyed hum, 
And Mother cuts 
Like plates washed clean 
     With suds, the days 
Are polished with 
     A morning haze. – John Updike


Magick – Crafts – This is a modified version of the Theban (Witch’s) alphabet, set up for back-stitch or double-running stitch embroidery.


Silliness – Answering Machine Message 203

Despite the best efforts of the telephone company, you really DID reach 555-1234. But that didn’t help much, did it? You still have to talk to a machine.

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