Daily Stuff 10-4-21 Jejunium Cereris

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Josh Orkin.

Clear and 47, but we’re expecting rain before sunrise? …but then it’s expected to be cloudy, most of the day. Wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI 18-29, UV3. Chance of rain 60% today and 24% tonight. Today maybe rain, Tuesday rain, Wednesday maybe showers. Thursday through Saturday should be dry, but then we’re back to showers. Highs will be dropping to the mid-50’s at best and lows in the 40’s…. 7 firespots and no smoke. The Cougar Peak fire is at 90% containment, and some of the other large fires are getting closer.

Large Fires

  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 65% – 70110.05 acres
  • Smith Fire – 42% – 49239 acres
  • Jack Fire –  83% – 24165 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 71% – 50409 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 65% – 28840 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 55% – 30928.6 acres
  • Gales Fire – 75% – 29356.25 acres
  • Janus Fire – 20% – 24797.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 20% – 24894 acres


  • 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 58% – 7230 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 72% – 9432 acres

At or nearing containment

  • Big Meadow Fire – 100% – 2643 acres
  • Cougar Peak Fire –  90% – 91795 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 100% – 19377 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 90% – 4864 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 100% – 1485 acres

Yesterday was nicely busy all day. It meant that a few things didn’t happen, but they were wants, not needs. We didn’t get home in the morning, common for Sundays, both because the papers run late and they’re bigger and there are more to deliver.


We were up at 12:30, Tempus working on coffee, me dealing with mail. We were open on time and had a few customers early on, but then it got quiet and we worked on our various projects. I was mostly writing and processing pictures. Tempus worked in back awhile and then got on the computer. Sash called and needed to talk to Papa for awhile. Loryea stopped by and we talked feast for quite some time.

When I asked Tempus when we were going to be ready to head home, he got up and did a couple of hours worth of chores, so we didn’t get home until past 8. We had already eaten, so I went to bed right away, but woke a couple of hours later and then only dozed.

Photo by Brandy Lynn from 10/16/18. She calls this the “lumin effect” when the sap is still in the leaves, but they’ve changed color and they appear to glow. The effect vanishes in a day or so as the sap leaves. Used with permission

I spent a little while as we were getting ready to head back out gazing at the stars. Jupiter is nearly to the bottom of the gap in the trees. Pegasus has slid away from the zenith and is flapping west. The Pleiades are 1/2-way up the sky and Orion is well above the horizon, already.

pine bit and mushrooms

Today I’ve spent some time writing, already, and I’ll keep at that until the House Capuchin newsletter is done for the week. We’ll be open at 1pm and working on getting the chores done that didn’t happen yesterday, so we’re ready for our weekend.

River Otter – Photo by Josh Orkin, taken 10/2/20 on the Yachats River, Used with Permission

Today’s feast is the Jejunium Cereris, Fast of Ceres, Roman Empire – This was a fast introduced in 191 BCE by command of the Sibylline books. Fasting was not common in the Graeco-Roman world. This one was held in honour of the goddess Ceres and followed the general feasting as carried out in the Eleusinian festival. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_%28Roman_mythology%29#Expiations and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_%28Roman_mythology%29#Ceres_and_Magna_Mater

Today’s plant is the cobra lilyDarlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Virgo

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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on10/4 at 4:05pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the New on at 10/6 at 4:05am.

This mosaic shows the surfaces of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons images, as seen by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft. NASA/JPL/DLR

Jupiter’s moon Io enters onto the planet’s face at 9:19 p.m. EDT, followed by its tiny black shadow one hour later. Io leaves Jupiter’s western side at 11:36 p.m. EDT, again followed by its shadow an hour later. See the “Action at Jupiter” timetables for the whole month, good worldwide, in the October Sky & Telescope, pages 50-51.

Dusty remains – The Crab Nebula (M1) is a supernova remnant left by the explosion of a massive star at the end of its life. Tucked inside — and invisible in this image — is a pulsar. – Roman Vanur (Flickr)

With such dark skies at our disposal, it’s time to hunt down a famous deep-sky object: M1, also known as the Crab Nebula. Rising late in the evening, this target is best sought out in the few hours before sunrise, when the sky is at its darkest and Taurus, which houses this remnant of a once-massive star, is high in the southeast. M1 sits just 1.1° northwest of the Bull’s right (left on the sky) horn, marked by the bright star Alheka (Zeta [ζ] Tauri). You can find the Crab’s 8th-magnitude glow in binoculars, but a telescope will net you even more photons if you want a bit of an easier view. Still, the Crab will likely look like a small gray smudge to the eye in even a medium-sized telescope. It comes out best when photographed, which will begin to show some of its intricate structure. But although it may not look like much without some work, the Crab came onto the scene with a bang — or, at least, a flash. Astronomers now know this cloud of stellar debris was left behind when a massive star exploded in a brilliant supernova, which was recorded by ancient astronomers in A.D. 1054. The so-called guest star reached magnitude –6 (brighter than Venus!), rendering it visible during the day and casting dim shadows at night. Recent work indicates it may be a unique kind of supernova called an electron-capture supernova, a class of stellar explosions theorized for decades but only confirmed earlier this year.

Jupiter and Saturn continue to shine in the southeast to south during evening, 16° apart on opposite sides of dim Capricornus. Jupiter is the eye-grabber at magnitude –2.7. Saturn, to its right, is a twentieth as bright at mag +0.5. By the end of twilight they sit equally high in the south-southeast. As evening progresses watch them tilt to the right, with Saturn the lower one. Saturn sets around 1 or 2 a.m. daylight-saving time, followed by Jupiter about an hour later.
After dark look 23° (two fists at arm’s length) lower left of Jupiter for 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut. About 2° lower left of Jupiter, spot 3rd-magnitude Delta Capricorni. Here’s a beginner’s telescopic guide to Jupiter

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 FOR OCTOBER 2021 – BRIGHT PLANETS AND METEOR SHOWERS – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR OCTOBER 2021: CONSTELLATIONS, THEN AND NOW – STARGAZING FOR THE OCTOBER NIGHT SKY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-october-constellations-then-and-now

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
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 – Grey
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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
M    4      Low   5:45 AM     0.1   7:18 AM    Rise  4:56 AM      9
~     4     High  12:03 PM     7.2   6:51 PM     Set  6:31 PM
~     4       Low   6:05 PM     1.3
~     4     High  11:57 PM     7.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Before acting, ask yourself does this action increase life force and evolution, or decrease your life force and distract you from the path?


Journal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if you were in the middle of the lake and your boat began to leak?



~   All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~   And in the air are no streets, no channels, no point where one can say of an antagonist, “If he wants to reach my capital he must come by here.” In the air all directions lead everywhere. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer
~   The place to begin building any relationship is inside ourselves, inside our Circle of Influence, our own character. – Paradigm of Interdependence
~   Bah! The thing is not a nose at all, but a bit of primordial chaos clapped on to my face. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer

In night when colors all to black are cast,
Distinction lost, or gone down with the light;
The eye a watch to inward senses placed,
Not seeing, yet still having powers of sight. – Lord Brooke Fulke Greville (1554–1628)


Samhain Magick – Recipes



Young and newly married, I relaxed under a pecan tree on a hot Texas summer day, drinking iced tea and getting to know my new sister-in-law, Estelle. Not much older than I, but already the mother of three, Estelle seemed to me experienced and wise. “Get yourself some girlfriends, Linda,” she advised, clinking the ice cubes in her glass. “You’re going to need girlfriends. Go places with them; do things with them.”

What a funny piece of advice, I thought. Hadn’t I just gotten married? Hadn’t I just joined the couple-world? I was a married woman, for goodness sake, not a young girl who needed girlfriends.

But I listened to this new sister-in-law. I got myself some girlfriends. As the years tumbled by, one after another, gradually I came to understand that Estelle knew what she was talking about. I remembered that she had said the word “girlfriends” with emphasis. As I went along, I discovered the subtle difference between friends and girlfriends.

You go to work with friends, go to dinner with friends, go to church with friends, belong to clubs with friends. You send friends greeting cards. You need friends in your life; all girlfriends were once only friends.

But a girlfriend is different. A girlfriend is not “just like a sister.” Sisters have a distinct bond, sometimes good, sometimes bad. Sisters flow from family attachment; girlfriends choose each other. A sister also can be a girlfriend.

As a thank-you to my sister-in-law and to the other girlfriends in my life, I offer this praise of girlfriends. Here is what I know about girlfriends:

Girlfriends don’t compete.

Girlfriends bring casseroles and scrub your bathroom when you’re sick.

Girlfriends keep your children, and keep your secrets.

Girlfriends give advice when you ask for it. Sometimes you take it, sometimes you don’t.

Girlfriends don’t always tell you that you are right.

Girlfriends might send you a birthday card, but they might not. It does not matter in the least.

Girlfriends laugh with you and you don’t need canned jokes to start the laughter.

Girlfriends don’t yammer about you behind your back.

Girlfriends pull you out of jams.

Girlfriends don’t keep a calendar that lets them know who hosted the other last.

Girlfriends will give a party for your son or daughter when they get married or have a baby in whichever order that comes!

And girlfriends are there for you, in an instant and truly, when the hard times come.

Girlfriends listen when you lose a job or a husband.

Girlfriends listen when your children break your heart.

Girlfriends listen when your parents’ minds and bodies fail.

My girlfriends bless my life.

Once we were young, with no idea of the incredible joys or the incredible sorrow that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other. I want to tell younger women to take my sister-in-law’s advice. Get yourself some girlfriends. You are going to need them.
 [forwarded by Trudy Fuller]
Mikey’s Thot for the Day: Love is like a rose. You have to see past the thorns to appreciate its beauty.
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