Daily Stuff 9-28-21 Thesmaphoria

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Cloudy with a green blob of rain approaching that ought to hit about sunrise. 53F, wind at 1-8mph and gusting, AQI 55-62, UV4. Chance of rain 72% today and 9% tonight. Chance of rain today, tomorrow cloudy and breezy, Thursday showers, Friday sunny and breezy! From that point on it’ll be the usual partly cloudy. 2 firespots. The smoke plume is covering half the state along a line from sw to ne.

Large fires

  • Cougar Peak Fire – 75% –  91730 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire –  58% – 70109.95 acres
  • Smith Fire – 42% – 49239 acres
  • Jack Fire – 68% – 24165 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 56% – 50426 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 45% – 28850 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 55% – 30928.6 acres
  • Gales Fire – 51% – 29356.25 acres
  • Janus Fire – 20% – 24797.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 20% – 24894 acres


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

At or near containment

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

Yesterday wasn’t a particularly good one for me, because I felt ill most of the day… still do, in fact. I must have eaten something that upset my innards, but this has been doing on for a few days and it got bad enough to notice yesterday.

We had gone home after I got the newsletter out and I didn’t wake until Tempus alarm went off, although he had set it to get up a bit before the usual time. We headed in to the shop and I was still drowsy enough that I don’t remember much except some joking about how I *really* need coffee in the mornings. Oh… and egrets, both in the marshy area east of the Eckman Lake causeway and one in Lint Slough.

I did mail and messages and then sat, feeling miserable. I needed to write (I’m going to have to finish that report after I’m done here, but I couldn’t get going. Tempus finally chased me into the back to lie down. He dealt with customers and kept things going.

A picture of sunstones from our Rabbit Hill trip a couple of years ago. They’re the pale gold translucent ones that you see scattered among the other pebbles.

Paul and I had made plans to talk on the phone later in the afternoon, in any case, and I talked in back (Tempus brought me the remote phone) and then after we took a break I sat at my desk, since the remote was garbling what we were saying more as the charge level dropped. We ended up talking until almost 7pm.

The sunstones are all over.

Tempus and I got the shop closed for the night and headed home. We had our leftovers from last night for supper and there’s a bit more for snacks today. We did get some good sleep and headed right back. <sigh> It feels like lather/rinse/repeat on some of the newsletters!

There were some stars out at home, between billows of cloud. I expected the same in town, but Jupiter was big and bright and I could see a lot of stars! Not anymore, though….


…and I spaced yesterday that I’m doing a class on marzipan tonight and need to get ready. Urf….. Tempus is going to check in with Murphy on the next set of repairs (try 26 on tires?), so he might be home early, might not…. It’s going to be interesting.

A photo from 9/27/16 by Ken Gagne of the Carson Ranch in the Yachats River Valley

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Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize, having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Siberia, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.

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The Thesmaphoria is an ancient festival in honor of Demeter celebrated in Greece. This festival appears to predate the worship of the Olympian gods. In some places it was a harvest festival, in others in honor of the autumn seed-sowing. More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thesmophoria

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Gemini enters Cancer at 6:34am.

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.

Nearly First Quarter Moon – Tuesday morning, the Moon is still a little more than 50 percent illuminated. Studying features along the terminator, where night meets day, reveals much about the lunar landscape. – NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

The Moon rises around 11 or midnight in Gemini, down below Capella and the rest of Auriga. As the Moon approaches Last Quarter this evening at 9:57 P.M. EDT, the best time to view it will actually be early this morning before sunrise. At that time, our satellite will still be a little more than 50 percent lit, hovering between the horns of Taurus the Bull. You can enjoy the Moon in many ways with little or no magnification. Getting a close-in view with binoculars or a telescope, though, will let you better study features along the terminator, which divides lunar night from day. This morning, several round, rugged craters are visible along this line of shadow in the lunar south, while larger, darker seas dominate its northwestern side (which appears east in our sky).

Orion the Hunter rises over the Grand Canyon in this image, snapped from the parking area for Yavapai Point. – InSapphoWeTrust (Flickr)

An hour later look off to the Moon’s right, and there’s Orion stepping up over the eastern horizon (for viewers at mid-northern latitudes).

The Pleiades and Hyades – The Pleiades (right) and the Hyades (left), two young open star clusters in the constellation Taurus the Bull, appear prominent on February evenings. – Rogelio Bernal Andreo (DeepSkyColors.com)

As long as you’re in the area of the sky, Taurus is also home to two famous and easy-to-spot star clusters: the Hyades and the Pleiades (M45). Both look best at low magnification — and in fact, many observers enjoy them using no observing tools at all. Your telescope’s low-power finder scope is also an excellent way to take in these young star clusters. The Hyades, which are dusted across Taurus’ nose near bright red Aldebaran, are some 625 million years old. The Pleiades are much younger: only about 100,000 million years old.

Jupiter and Saturn continue to shine in the southeast to south during evening. They’re magnitudes –2.7 and +0.5, 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 soon after dark, and later they tilt the other way, with Saturn now the lower one. Saturn sets around 2 a.m. daylight-saving time, followed down by Jupiter about an hour later. In the evening look for 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut 23° (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 videos of it taken by two amateur Jupiter-impact monitors.

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), Mercury 10/18, Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – White
Planting 9/28-30

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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.

Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision. to study this month

Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  28      Low  12:11 AM     1.1   7:11 AM     Set  2:57 PM      62
~    28     High   6:57 AM     5.3   7:02 PM    Rise 11:26 PM
~    28      Low  11:47 AM     3.8
~    28     High   5:40 PM     6.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you don’t love me by now, you never will. I am who I am.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think about quasi ghosts?



~   Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk. – Doug Larson
To become a Knight is to stop being a victim, say “Never Again!”, and take charge of your life. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world. – Annie Lennox
~   There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the 3 things we crave most in life- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind- are always attained by giving them to someone else. – Peyton Conway March

September strews the woodlot o’er
With many a brilliant color;
The world is brighter than before,
Why should our hearts be duller? – Thomas W. Parsons (1819–92)


Magick – Seasonal poem for meditation.

Sometimes We Don’t Talk Much, Debbie And I

              so today we take an afternoon drive to an orchard
buy two jars of dark honey, an acorn squash,
three cucumbers, six ears of corn, a gigantic muskmelon,
a sack of hot peppers for seventy-five cents, a half-dozen tomatoes,
a small basket each of Jonathans, McJonathans

and Akanes,
                       talk all the way there
through the corn-green countryside,
                                  drive around
through small towns clustered
                              north of Omaha
     like beautiful mushroom rings around an old stump,

                       and we talk about the living it takes

                              talk until
                       years fall down like rain,

          and we drive our red car
                                  through the green hills back to Omaha
                          where our children
                                   nestle like mice

                                                                    in an old grain bin,
          and we bring back our box
                       filled with fresh fruits and vegetables
                                  and we bring back ourselves,
filled with our lives.

Poem: “Sometimes We Don’t Talk Much, Debbie And I” by Greg Kosmicki, from Some Hero of the Past. © Word Press. Reprinted with permission.


Silliness – Working Man Blues – My best job was being a musician, but eventually I found …I wasn’t noteworthy. 

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