Daily Stuff 10-7-21 Joe Hill

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:13 PM of -0.7 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Thom Iverson.

Mostly clear and 42F, wind at 0-4mph, AQI 1-33, UV3. Chance of rain 2% today and 16% tonight. It should be clear most of the day with a high of 56F. Tomorrow and Saturday, mostly cloudy, then Sun/Mon there’s a good chance of rain. Then Tue/Thur/Sat should be partly cloudy with showers possible on Wed/Fri/Sun. The smoke plume is only covering the SE corner of Oregon. 6 firespots.

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

Chives, Grape hyacinth and Geranium

Yesterday was totally not what I was expecting to do! Tempus (on try 29) finally got “new shoes” on the car. Iow, it finally has the tires. Otoh, he didn’t get back to the shop until 3pm (or past….I think) and had to run right back out on some errands. I hadn’t slept well, having had trouble with getting comfortable, so I was tired and cranky and uncoffeed.

There was a Getty Museum webinar that we had both planned to attend at 4pm, and I had completely forgotten about doing the previous newsletter. It wasn’t worth it. (He got there about 1/2-way through.) The one expert on Illuminated Manuscripts was pretty good and came up with an interesting thought about time in the Middle Ages…. that it was seen as circular where we would say it was linear, and what did that do to their world view? Fascinating thought.


Otoh, the “expert” on mechanical clocks…. which is really what we were there for… was…. not expert… I actually knew more on most of it than she did. She also had an annoying habit of saying, “That’s a great question!” (at least 30 times in the talk!) when she was floundering for an answer. Pretty obvious…. She was talking at the “you tube level”, not at any kind of an expert level and some of her answers…. well, for example…. they asked her why the early monumental clocks had mostly astrological info on them and she responded with something along the lines of, “Well, people really liked astrology and educated people studied it.” Not an helpful answer, really. (…and actually *way* off the mark. Yes, I do know….) The *really* bad part of that is that she had the questions well ahead of time. If she had been a student in one of my classes, the best grade she would have gotten was a “D”. ….for “dreadful”.

Supposed to be a potato bucket, but it’s leeks and regrowing beets, now.

So, Tempus got us coffee and got a few things done, and we headed home at 7, or a little after. It was twilight at least. That meant that I got none of the outside things done at home and I was too tired by then to even think about that, or even to wait for pork chops. I got supper put together: frozen pre-cooked meatballs, potatoes, carrots and some cheese on top. It was tasty, but by the time I was done I was dozing off between mouthfuls. I think Tempus was, too.

Lemongrass makes awesome tea!

We did get some good sleep and when we got up, had the energy to gather the dishes. Tempus filled the dishwasher, but forgot to start it and had to call and talk me through getting it going. There was one star visible at home (Eltanin, I think, from the placement) but it was clouded up, otherwise. It was *really* foggy on the way into town, especially on the Eckman Lake causeway, but quite clear, here, in town!

I need to get the lovage harvested

I’m still tired enough that I keep falling down rabbit holes that have nothing to do with this newsletter. Worse yet, I managed to put out a post on one of the other blogs for the first time in a year and got hit on yesterday’s newsletter, a post to a friend, and that blog post, by a creeper, who laughed when I called him that. <sigh> Yes, he’s blocked, now…. Why are there so many weirdos? Nasty weirdos, not the good kind…..


Today we’re supposed to be open at 1pm. Tempus was supposed to be doing laundry today. I still have about 6 hours worth of work to do at home. I don’t know how this is going to work out…. Herbs tonight will be on incense again, talking a little about the local products rather than imported. We might even get as far as packaging some pine resin. …and we *still have clearing incense to make, among others.

…and I fell into *another* rabbit hole, but this put a smile on my face. Home Free’s voices are wonderful and this is just…. well, go watch it and see if you smile, too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ajrTkCAVNY

Photo from 10/1/18 by Thom Iverson of the bridge that crosses the Mckenzie river where it comes out of Clear Lake

Today’s Feast is in honor of Joe Hill (d. November 19 [qv], 1915), American labor activist, songwriter (‘The Preacher and the Slave‘) and member of the Industrial Workers of the World, better known as the Wobblies. He was executed for murder after a controversial trial, and after his death became the subject of a famous folksongJoe Hill. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUR2PDTptO0 His last words, to his supporters, were “Don’t mourn for me. Organize!” More at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Hill and  http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct7.html …and Pete Seeger’s song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_yC4ffyGiw

Today’s Plant is YarrowAchillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes an aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower –Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow

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 Libra enters Scorpio at 7:22am.

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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 10/10 at 4:05pm.

This whole giant pattern was named “the Andromegasus Dipper” by the late Sky & Telescope columnist George Lovi and is shaped sort of like a giant Little Dipper with an extra-big bowl

The Great Square of Pegasus balances on its corner high in the east through much of the evening. Away from the Great Square’s left corner extends the main line of Andromeda, three 2nd-magnitude stars about as bright as those of the Square and spaced similarly far apart. (The three include the Square’s corner.) This whole dipper-shaped pattern was named the Andromegasus Dipper by the late Sky & Telescope columnist George Lovi — joining the Big and Little Dippers, the Milk Dipper of Sagittarius (nowadays usually subsumed into the Teapot), and the tiny dipper pattern of the Pleiades.

Venus crosses from Libra into Scorpius today. When you catch this evening star shortly after sunset tonight, you’ll see that its magnitude –4.3 glow is now 2.3° west of 2nd-magnitude Delta Scorpii, also called Dschubba. This star is one of three that make up the Scorpion’s head and its name means, appropriately, “the forehead.” Venus itself is now 59 percent lit and 20″ across. It sets around 8:30 P.M. local time, so you should have a good while after sunset to observe it. Look farther to the planet’s east and you’ll run smack dab into 1st-magnitude Antares, Scorpius’ alpha star, whose red hue reveals that it is an aging red supergiant star whose color, as its name implies, rivals Mars.

Six Mars portraits taken in September 2020 show the current appearance of its albedo markings all around the globe. Labeled are some of the most prominent ones visible in amateur telescopes. Credits: Damian Peach (top left, right); Mark Schmidt (top middle); Chris Go (bottom left) and Anthony Wesley (bottom middle and right)

The Red Planet itself reaches conjunction with the Sun at midnight EDT. Because it’s now on the opposite side of our star as Earth, the planet is not only invisible from our point of view, but it’s also harder for radio signals to reach it. That’s because emission from the Sun, which sits between our planets, can interfere with attempts to communicate between the two. So, NASA has announced it will refrain from sending commands to its fleet of martian missions until October 16, when conditions are more favorable. The missions are currently following preplanned programs, carrying out their orders autonomously until next week. Don’t worry, though, Mars lovers — it will pull out of the Sun’s glare and reappear in the early morning skies by December.

Neptune (magnitude 7.8, at the Aquarius-Pisces border) is already well up in the in the southeast by the time darkness is complete.

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
Saturn (10/10), Mercury (10/18), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – White
Planting 10/7&8

©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
Th   7     High   1:33 AM     7.7   7:22 AM    Rise  8:46 AM      0
~     7      Low   7:36 AM     0.7   6:45 PM     Set  7:44 PM
~     7     High   1:40 PM     8.5
~     7      Low   8:13 PM    -0.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mastery energizes my actions.


Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your opinion of people polluting the environment?



~   Mikey’s Thot for the Day: A loser is a window washer on the 44th floor who steps back to admire his work.
~   People have to learn sometimes not only how much the heart, but how much the head, can bear. – Maria Mitchell
~   A wise man never loses anything if he has himself. – Michel de Montaigne
~   They tell me poetry is a hard sell, there’s no money in it, it’s day is done. I don’t believe one word. Whether there be money in it or not was never poetry’s point, and it’s day will never be done… I suggest reading it line by line, letting every word sink in slowly — drink it as you would a fine liquor, sip by sip, until the last word is gone. – Papaveria Press

October leaves are lovely 
They rustle when I run 
Sometimes I make a heap 
And jump in them for fun. – Anon.


Samhain Magick – Crafts

A Lollipop Witch

Materials include a flat lollypop, black and orange construction paper, black crepe paper, orange chenille stem, black dots made with paper punch for eyes, red, black, or orange yarn for hair, tacky glue.

  1. Cut face and hat from construction paper following pattern instructions.
  2. Cut crepe paper strip 10″ long and 4″ wide. (Cut a four inch strip from the package and cut it into ten inch sections.)
  3. Cut orange chenille stem in half. Use one piece for arms.
  4. Glue orange circles to lollypop (head) add eyes and draw a felt pen mouth if desired.
  5. Cut six 5″ pieces of yarn for the hair and glue to head.
  6. Shape half circle into cone to make witch hat. Trim if necessary, shape to fit head and glue back seam.
  7. Glue hat to head.
  8. Gather black crepe paper around lollypop stick.
  9. Twist chenille stem tightly to hold it under the candy head about one inch from the top of the crepe paper, letting stem stick out on each side for arms. Fold crepe paper down from face to form neck ruffle on dress.
  10. Bend chenille stem ends to form hands.
  11. Add a toothpick and paper broom if desired.

Magick Mirror (For Samhain)http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/mirror.html


  • A convex piece of glass (like an old clock face or glass bowl)
  • A wooden circle that will fit on the bottom of the bowl
  • Black enamel paint
  • Divination herbs


Make sure the glass is clean first. Paint two coats of black enamel paint on the back of the glass, and also paint the wood black, leaving no signs of drips or strokes. Let dry. To prepare for use, take crushed herbs (such as mugwort or any others suggested for divination) and dissolve them in water. Let the herbs steep overnight (covered with a cloth) and then strain them out, and use the infusion to paint over the enamel. Do three coats, allowing to dry in between. Glue the glass onto the wood.

Ritual use:

The magick mirror can be used for divination during a Samhain ritual.

CRAFT STICK SPIDERWEBS – This is a project from happyhourprojects.com – You can find the full post here:http://happyhourprojects.com/?s=craft+stick+spiderweb  This is only a few of the pictures/and truncated directions! Please visit her site for the full thing!

  • 4.5 inch Wood Craft Sticks
  • Silver Paint and Paintbrush
  • Aleene’s Craft Glue
  • White Yarn
  • Plastic Spiders (I raided my fake cobwebs for a few)
  • Paint Sticks
  • Cut several 8 foot pieces of yard
  • Tie one end around the center of the form, and wrap in each direction.
  • Wrap yarn around each spoke.
  • Work your way around, making sure to space the yarn slightly
  • When you fill the form out to the ends of your sticks, tie a knot. Cut off excess
  • Tie long strings on the ends to hang them, or trim the ends off to tuck them into corners!
  • Glue on a spider and you’re ready to roll…..


Silliness – Betty White

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