Daily Stuff 10-6-21 Mad Hatter Day

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 7:29 PM of -0.1 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

It’s dry at the moment, but clouding up and there’s a big green blodge of rain offshore. 49F, wind at 2-8mph and gusting, AQI 2-45, UV4. Chance of rain 38% today and 7% tonight. There’s a possibility of rain in the late morning again, and then it should clear up. Thurs/Fri, Sat should be dry but SUn/Mon there’s a good chance of showers. Tuesday dry again, but after that… showers/rain. 5 firespots and the smoke plume is back, covering about 1/3 of the state to the southeast.

Large Fires

  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 65% – 70110.05 acres
  • Smith Fire – 42% – 49239 acres
  • Jack Fire – 83% – 24165 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 74% – 50409 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 77% – 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 – 25% – 24894 acres


  • 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 45% – 7230 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 89% – 9432 acres

At or nearing containment

  • Cougar Peak Fire – 90% – 91810 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 100% – 19377 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 97% – 4864 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 100% – 1485 acres

The Beans are still growing.

Monday was a pretty good day, all ’round. I was really tired by the end of the day, but other than that things were good. I got the House Capuchin newsletter done in good time, got a little research done, some plant watering and Loryea came in late in the afternoon and we are *definitely* full up on pendants again! I’ll be pricing and setting those out on Thursday.

The small beans

Supper wasn’t what we had planned, just sandwiches, but Tempus and I were too tired to do more than that and turned in almost before we were done chewing. I was back up again before midnight and started in on the vegetables that I had taken home. By the time Tempus had headed out for the papers I had 3 jars of cooked vegetables: carrots, golden beets and red beets. …and then I washed up and went back to bed!

Bergamot and Bay

I’m not certain what time Tempus got in in the morning. I woke up and he was there, so I rolled over and snuggled up and dropped back off before I looked at the clock. I finally woke around 1pm and he got up not long after 3. I had spent an hour embroidering, then a few minutes reading up in a new embroidery book, then starting a pattern from that on my sampler. I put that away not long after he was up.

Fig, Strawberry, Raspberry

We had coffee and I went out to do garden pictures (that’s what’s in here today) and when I came back in we had our 2nd cups and then the last of the cupcakes. I cooked up a pot of potatoes. A few small chores happened along with discussing what else needs to be done, soonest. We had beets and potatoes and cheese for supper. We had planned on pork chops, but it was getting later than was comfortable for that, so those will be tonight.

The red leaves are blueberry!…and the pea is creeping across with dandelion and leek below

We got things ready and headed for the shop in the last of the twilight. Venus was bright in the west. The clouds and rain of the morning had blown away during the day and while there were some clouds, (a roll cloud, maybe?) it was a pretty evening. I worked on pictures for quite some time, got through mail and messages and by then Tempus was heading for Newport.

I got a nap then came back up here to get this done.

Today Tempus may go to Murphy’s for the tires (still try 29) we’ll see. I’m hoping to get to the Farmer’s Market, although the only folks that are likely to be there is the one farm stand, and then we need to go to the post office, since I should have two packages there. Not sure of timing but in any case we’re going to sleep in, at least for a bit. It depends a little on how well I sleep for the rest of the night after this is done, but Tempus should sleep until late afternoon, at least. At that point, we’ve chores to do and supper ought to be good.

Flying Pelicans 9/30/18 by Ken Gagne


Mad Hatter Day is a silly holiday opposite April Fool’s on the calendar. It is one of the Discordian Holy Days. More info here:  http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ari/madHatter.html and info on Alice in Wonderland here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland and the Hatter here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hatter

ChamomileChamaemelum nobile also called Anthemis Noblis – Calming. anti-inflammatory, sedative, relieves stomachaches and diarrhea in infants, menstrual cramps , excellent insect repellent, hair rinse for blondes, Small amounts of pollen residue in the tea may cause dermatitis or other allergic symptoms in people sensitive to ragweed, chrysanthemums, and other members of the daisy family.  Probably the most common use for this is in dream pillows. The fruity, applelike aroma of this chamomile will help you relax, making for easier sleep – even in a strange place. – Masculine, Sun or Venus, Water – Patron herb for the garden promotes healing energies which were good for all plant species. Chamomile in your garden guarantees success. Good as a meditation incense, for centering, peace, sprinkle in your home for protection, healing, money. The strong association chamomile has with the Sun is an underlying indication of its modern usage. Through incense or ritual drink it is used to assist a priest’s call upon a Sun God (working with any of the solar deities). Some traditions have also used chamomile at Midsummer to give honor to the Father of Nature. Chamomile is renowned for its promise of success so once you have finished an amulet, sprinkle in a little chamomile.  Wiki article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamaemelum_nobile

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Libra

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. 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. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 10/20 at 7:57am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 10/7 at 4:05pm

Jupiter flanked – At 9:50 P.M. EDT on October 5, Io has just reappeared from the depths of Jupiter’s shadow. On the other side of the planet, Europa is closing it; it will pass behind the planet at 10:14 P.M. EDT. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

Jupiter’s moons are playing hide-and-seek tonight. Shortly after sunset, train your telescope on the bright gas giant, which now sits nearly 2° northwest of magnitude 2.9 Deneb Algedi in Capricornus. At 9:48 P.M. EDT, Io slips out from behind Jupiter’s long shadow, reappearing about 20′ east of the planet’s limb. On the other side of the disk, Europa is closing in from the west; the icy moon slides out of sight behind the planet at 10:14 P.M. EDT. Jupiter’s other two large moons, Ganymede and Callisto, sit far off to the west, with Callisto currently farthest from the planet.

While you’ve got your telescope trained on Capricornus, swing over to the western side of the constellation, where Saturn sits a little less than 16° west of Jupiter. A dimmer 0.4 to Jupiter’s magnitude –2.7, Saturn nonetheless stands out in a telescope with its stunning ring system, which stretches roughly 40″ end to end. Saturn’s largest and brightest moon, Titan, is due north of the ringed planet tonight. You’ll find its magnitude 8.5 glow about 56″ north of the center of the planet’s disk.

New Moon occurs at 4:05 A.M. PDT, meaning our night sky will be completely dark and Moon-free. The Moon reaches this phase when it sits directly between Earth and the Sun so only its farside is illuminated, leaving its entire nearer face in shadow and hidden from our view. This is exactly the situation needed for a solar eclipse to occur, and sometimes it does. However, because the Moon’s orbit doesn’t exactly line up with the position of the Sun in the sky, not every New Moon causes a solar eclipse. (The next one will come before the end of the year, on December 4 — but it only touches land in Antarctica.)

Now that it’s October, Deneb has replaced Vega as the zenith star of early dark evening (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). Accordingly, Capricornus has replaced Sagittarius as the zodiacal constellation low in the south. This year, of course, Capricornus is overwhelmed by its two bright temporary residents: Jupiter and Saturn.

Pluto astro – By NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute – http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/Science- Photos/image.php?gallery_id=2&image_id=243, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45707703

Pluto is stationary at 9 A.M. EDT. If you have a large enough telescope, you can try finding this distant world after dark tonight. It’s located in Sagittarius, northeast of the Teapot asterism’s handle. The tiny dwarf planet, which glows at magnitude 15.2, sits within 7′ of a 7th-magnitude field star, HIP 97138. Pluto was previously moving southwest, but now it has reached a turnaround and will begin pulling away to the east-northeast as October progresses.

Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in southern Aries) climbs high in the east by 11 or midnight.

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 Directs at 11:29am.
Saturn (10/10), Mercury (10/18), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Brown

©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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   5      Low   6:23 AM     0.1   7:20 AM    Rise  6:11 AM      3
~     5     High  12:35 PM     7.7   6:49 PM     Set  6:55 PM
~     5       Low   6:47 PM     0.6

W    6     High  12:45 AM    7.7   7:21 AM    Rise  7:28 AM      0
~     6      Low   6:59 AM     0.3   6:47 PM     Set  7:18 PM
~     6     High   1:07 PM      8.2
~     6      Low   7:29 PM     -0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – No pain, no gain.


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about a cultural clash/experience you have had with a culture other than your own.



~   Legend remains victorious in spite of history. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~   First thing we’ll do, kill all the lawyers. – Shakespeare Henry VI
~   Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. – William Shakespeare
~   Biologically the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer


October’s the month 
When the smallest breeze 
Gives us a shower 
Of autumn leaves. 
Bonfires and pumpkins, 
Leaves sailing down – 
October is red 
And golden and brown. – Anon.


Samhain Magick – Lore – Pagans and Deathhttp://paganwiccan.about.com/od/DeathandDying/ss/Pagans-And-Death.htm

Is death the end, or just another beginning?

For many modern Pagans, there is a somewhat different philosophy on death and dying than what is seen in the non-Pagan community. While our non-Pagans see death as an ending, some Pagans view it as a beginning of the next phase of our existence. Perhaps it is because we view the cycle of birth and life and death and rebirth as something magical and spiritual, a never ending, ever turning wheel. Rather than being disconnected from death and dying, we tend to acknowledge it as part of a sacred evolution.

In The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, author Starhawk says, “Imagine if we truly understood that decay is the matrix of fertility… we might view our own aging with less fear and distaste, and greet death with sadness, certainly, but without terror.”

As the Pagan population ages – and certainly, we are doing so – it’s becoming more and more likely that at some point each of us will have to bid farewell to a fellow Pagan, Heathen, Druid, or other member of our community. When that happens, what is the appropriate response? What can be done to honor the person’s beliefs and send them on their way in a way that they themselves would have valued, while still managing to maintain sensitivity in dealing with their non-Pagan family members and friends?

Views of the Afterlife

Many Pagans believe that there is some sort of afterlife, although that tends to take varying forms, depending on the individual belief system. Some followers of NeoWiccan paths accept the afterlife as the Summerland, which Wiccan author Scott Cunningham described as a place where the soul goes on to live forever. In Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, he says, “This realm is neither in heaven nor the underworld. It simply is — a non-physical reality much less dense than ours. Some Wiccan traditions describe it as a land of eternal summer, with grassy fields and sweet flowing rivers, perhaps the Earth before the advent of humans. Others see it vaguely as a realm without forms, where energy swirls coexist with the greatest energies – the Goddess and God in their celestial identities.”

Members of non-Wiccan groups, particularly those who follow a more Reconstructionist slant, may see the afterlife as Valhalla or Fólkvangr, for those who adhere to a Nordse belief system, or Tir na nOg, for individuals who participate in a Celtic path. Hellenic Pagans may see the afterlife as Hades.

For those Pagans who don’t have a defined name or description of the afterlife, there is still typically a notion that the spirit and the soul live on somewhere, even if we don’t know where it is or what to call it.

Tawsha is a Pagan in Indiana who follows an eclectic path. She says, “I don’t know what happens to us when we die, but I like the idea of the Summerland. It seems peaceful, a place where our souls can regenerate before they reincarnate into a new body. But my husband is a Druid, and his beliefs are different and focus more on the Celtic view of the afterlife, which seems a little more ethereal to me. I think it’s really all just different interpretations of the same place.”

Anubis guided the souls of the dead through the underworld. Image © Getty Images LONDON – OCTOBER 03: A 25 ft model of Anubis stands in Trafalgar Square on October 3, 2007 in London, England. The model is to publicise a forthcoming Egyptian exhibition at the O2 Arena in London. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Deities of Death and the Afterlife

Cultures have, since the beginning of time, honored deities associated with the process of dying, the act itself, and the journey of the spirit or soul into the afterlife. Although many of them are celebrated during the harvest season, around Samhain, when the earth itself is slowly dying, it is not uncommon to see them called upon as someone is approaching their last days, or has recently crossed over.

If you follow an Egyptian, or Kemetic, path, you may choose to honor Anubis, the jackal headed god of death. Anubis’ job is to determine whether the deceased is worthy of entering the underworld, by taking the individual’s measure. To help ease their passing, you may choose to sing or chant to Anubis about the dying or dead person’s accomplishments.

For Pagans who follow an Asatru or Heathen belief system, prayers and chants to Odin or to the goddesses Hel and Freya might be appropriate. Half of the warriors who die in battle go to spend the afterlife with Freya in her hall, Folkvangr, and the others go to Valhalla with Odin. Hel takes charge of those who have died from old age or sickness, and accompanies them to her hall, Éljúðnir.

A Maryland Heathen who asked to be identified as Wolfen says when his brother died, “We had this huge ceremony with a big bonfire, lots of drinking and toasts, and song. My brother had already been cremated, but we added his ashes to the fire, and we sang a song honoring him and his accomplishments, and introducing him to Odin and Valhalla, and then we continued it by calling upon our ancestors, going back about eight generations. It was what he wanted, and probably the closest thing to a Viking funeral that you can get in suburban America.”

Other deities you may wish to call upon as someone is dying, or has crossed over, include the Greek Demeter, Hecate, and Hades, or the Chinese Meng Po. Be sure to read more about:Deities of Death and the Afterlife.

Funerary Rites

In many countries in the modern world, the practice of burying the dead is common. However, it’s a relatively new concept by some standards, and in some places, it’s almost a novelty. In fact, many of today’s contemporary funeral practices might be considered a bit strange by our ancestors.

In other societies, it is not uncommon to see the dead interred in trees, placed on giant funeral pyres, closed up in a ceremonial tomb, or even left out for the elements to consume.

One trend that is increasing in popularity in the Western world is that of “green burial,” in which the body is not embalmed, and is simply buried in the soil with no coffin, or with a biodegradable container. While not all areas permit this, it is something worth looking into for someone who truly wishes to be returned to earth as part of the cycle of life and death.

Luminarias candles and chalk message on ground, night. Image © Getty Images; Licensed to About.com

Memorial and Ritual

How will you be remembered when you’ve crossed over?

Many people – Pagans and otherwise – believe that one of the best ways to keep someone’s memory alive is to do something in their honor, something that keeps them alive in your heart long after theirs has stopped beating. There are a number of things you can do to honor the dead.

Rituals: Hold a memorial ritual in the individual’s honor. This can be as simple as lighting a candle in his or her name, or as complex as inviting the entire community together to hold a vigil and offer blessings for the person’s spirit as they cross over into the afterlife.

Causes: Did the deceased person have a favorite cause or charity that they worked hard to support? A great way to memorialize them is to do something for that cause that meant so much to them. Your friend who adopted all of those shelter kittens would probably love it if you made a donation to the shelter in her name. How about the gentleman who gave so much time to cleaning up local parks? What about planting a tree in his honor?

Jewelry: A popular trend during the Victorian era was to wear jewelry in the deceased’s honor. This might include a brooch holding their ashes, or a bracelet woven from their hair. While this may sound a bit morbid to some folks, bereavement jewelry is making quite a comeback. There are a number of jewelers who offer memorial jewelry, which is typically a small pendant with a hole in the back. Ashes are poured into the pendant, the hole is sealed with a screw, and then the friends and family of the dead can keep them nearby any time they like.

Be sure to read the following articles on death, dying and the afterlife:

Caring for Our Dead: Every society, throughout history, has found some way to attend to the proper care of their dead. Let’s look at some of the different methods in which various cultures have said farewell to their loved ones.

Ray Buckland on Death and Dying: Wiccan author Ray Buckland recently did a presentation on a Pagan view of death and dying. He has graciously allowed us permission to share that presentation here on the Pagan/Wiccan website.

What Happens to Your Magical Items After You Die? Since so many members of the Pagan community work as solitaries, and may never come into contact with other Pagans during their lifetime, one issue that comes up as our population ages is that of what to do with magical tools and other items after death.

A Pagan Blessing for the Dead: This simple memorial ceremony can be performed for a deceased loved one. It invokes the powers of the earth, air, fire and water to send the departed off to their next destination.

Prayer for the Dying: This prayer is one which may be said by or on behalf of a dying person, and addresses the need we have to feel at home in the last moments of life.

Prayer to Hel: In Norse mythology, Hel features as a goddess of the underworld. She was sent by Odin to Helheim/Niflheim to preside over the spirits of the dead, except for those who were killed in battle and went to Valhalla. It was her job to determine the fate of the souls who entered her realm.

Prayer to Anubis: This prayer honors the Egyptian god of the underworld, Anubis. He is honored as the god who takes our measure when we cross from this life into the next.

Prayer to the Gods of Death: At Samhain, the earth is growing cold and dark. It is a time of death, of endings and beginnings. This prayer honors some of the deities associated with death and the underworld.


Silliness – After failing to win a Nobel prize for several years running, a scientist quit his job and purchased a small farm right next to a major highway. He didn’t tend the crops, he simply walked out into the field each day and stared intently for hours on end at the road. Eventually, his wife asked him what he was doing. “Oh, nothing much,” he replied, “just waiting for someone to recognize me as being out standing in my field.”

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