Daily Stuff 10-17-21 Cyrus the Great

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. House Capuchin Project Day and Potluck from 1-6pm.

We can actually clearly hear the ocean tonight, for the first time in a long while. Mostly overcast, 52F, wind at 1-3mph and gusting, AQI 3-36, UV2. Chance of rain 94% today and 45% tonight. Most of today will be rainy, but it will be easing off in the evening. Monday should be dry, but the rain will be back Tuesday night and it looks like to stay…. 20 firespots. Wow!

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
  • Janus Fire – 20% – 24797.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 70% – 24894 acres

At or near containment

  • Cougar Peak Fire – 98% – 91810 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 100% – 19377 acres


Yesterday mostly went as planned, but awry at the last minute….. We got the shop open on time and started in. I had intended to cook and then had a bunch of paperwork to do, which I really hadn’t finished before Sewing Workshop time. We had some customers in off and on all day. Fairly evenly spaced, but with large time gaps.

Our guardian

I was the only one there for workshop, so I got photos, did a bit on the sampler, then got Tempus to pull out the bookmark box, and a couple of drawers of stitchables, sorted out what I needed and then set up a bunch of bookmark blanks with the ribbon ends already in place. In the evening I got all of those into a bag with appropriate colors of floss. I just need to find a packet of needles and I’ll have a project bag ready to go.


While I was working on the bookmarks, Loryea came in and we re-stocked on rings. I have some tiny ones again, and an assortment of standard sizes with a larger ring or two. Monday, those will be going into stock and out for sale.

Another plant

Tempus was making bread, but started so late that I wasn’t going to get my stuff done at home, so we packed up what I needed and headed that way, stopping at Ray’s for some raisins. The Moon was handing in the still-blue sky, decorated with a bit of pinkish cloud. He got the oven going for me and the pear and dough concoction went in. After he left I discovered that the eggs hadn’t come with us. <sigh> …and then the oven went out before the pear stuff was done cooking! Ugh! So I did what prep stuff I could, mostly peeling shallots, starting a blueberry jam and boinling up some greens and went to bed.

Seed pods

Tempus didn’t get back until 10:30, but we did get a few hours sleep. When we were heading back to the shop I looked up to see a blank, very bright sky. It was almost completely overcast and the Moon is close enough to Full phase to really light things up!

Saved Seed packets – Saving up for spring!

He did a little on putting things away and pulling other things out, then headed out on the paper route. I’m going to do a little more cookery and finding dishes and such before I turn in.

Today the usual monthly House Capuchin potluck is going to start at 1pm, instead of after we close, since we have folks coming in from the Valley. The shop will be open 1-6pm, but ought to smell interesting, at the least. 🙂 I’m going to be mostly with the potluck folks, but Tempus can help you with whatever you need.

A pic from 10-13-15 Looking onshore at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s Maryland. That’s the Hooper Strait Lighthouse that was moved to the museum when I was a kid.


I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea HollyEryngium maritimum isn’t a thistle. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.


Today is the anniversary of the day in 539BCE when Cyrus the Great liberated Babylon and released the Hebrews from that captivity. He was quite a leader and apparently a good man beyond his war abilities. He may have written the first declaration of human rights and certainly practiced religious tolerance, even to the point of making certain that the Hebrews, who had been captive quite awhile had the money to rebuild the Temple that had been destroyed when the Captivity started.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrus_the_Great#Religion_and_philosophy

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall 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 Pisces

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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 10/18 at 7:57pm.

We can’t look away. Long-lasting, ever fluctuating Nova Cassiopeiae 2021 was finally down to about magnitude 8.2 as of October 14th. That’s still barely fainter than when it exploded last March. Charts and comparison stars.

This is the time of year when, in early evening, W-shaped Cassiopeia stands on end high in the north-northeast — and when, lower left of Cas in the north, the dim Little Dipper extends leftward from Polaris. Below or lower right of Cassiopeia is star-scattered Perseus. Look lower left from Perseus, or far below Cas, for bright (zero-magnitude) Capella.

The Moon passes 4° south of Neptune at 10 A.M. EDT. By this evening, they’re 5.8° apart at sunset and rising higher as darkness falls. Once twilight is gone, try finding the solar system’s most distant planet with binoculars or a telescope. Its magnitude 7.7 glow sits 3.5° east-northeast of Phi (ϕ) Aquarii, which itself shines at magnitude 4.2.

Mercury is stationary at 9 P.M. EDT, but isn’t visible in the evening due to its position relative to the Sun. Instead, you’ll want to catch it in the morning, when it’s 7° high 30 minutes before sunrise. The small planet is magnitude 1.1 and just over 2° south-southwest of the star Porrima in Virgo. Its disk appears 9″ wide in binoculars or a telescope and is a small crescent just 19 percent lit. Mercury was previously moving northwest (retrograde) at a steady clip; now, it will swing around and begin moving southeast (prograde). Mercury is heading toward its best morning apparition of the year. By about Monday October 18th, look for it low above the east horizon about 50 minutes before sunrise. On that morning it’s still only magnitude +0.7, so you may want binoculars. But it brightens and gets a little higher every day. Just four days later, on Friday morning the 22nd, Mercury is more than twice as bright at magnitude –0.2. Next week it will nearly double in brightness again. Don’t confuse Mercury with Arcturus, which is above the east-northeast horizon (depending on your latitude) off to Mercury’s left.

Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.

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
Mercury 10/18, Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Yellow
Planting 10/16&17

©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
Su  17       Low   5:05 AM     0.4   7:35 AM     Set  4:16 AM      85
~    17     High  11:28 AM     7.4   6:28 PM    Rise  5:45 PM
~    17       Low   5:37 PM     1.5
~    17     High  11:27 PM     7.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Choose happy!


Journal Prompt – Wiki – How do you feel when you see something beautiful? Have you ever seen something so beautiful it makes you cry?



~   Too low they build who build below the skies – Edward Young
~   Human nature is characterized by conflict, the state of being torn between opposing desires. This leads to disharmony of the mind. Therefore one has to be unceasingly aware at all times.- Yuehzou
~   Anything worthwhile is dangerous. – Victor H. Anderson
~   The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you. – Rita Mae Brown.

The hollow winds begin to blow,
The clouds look black, the glass is low;
The soot falls down, the spaniels sleep,
And spiders from their cobwebs peep. – Dr. Edward Jenner (1749–1823)


Samhain Magick – Lore

Hallowmas by Rhiannon Cotter

At Hallowmas, the veil between the worlds of life and death, conscious and unconscious, grows thin as we celebrate, in darkness, the end of the old year and the coming of the new. Hallowmas is a time of weeding and pruning ourselves under the auspices of our ancestors and guides and of remembering those parts of us lost during the past year. Hallowmas is a time to honor those who have come before us for their knowledge and help on the spirit plane, especially those sacrificed during the Burning Times. But beware, sexual union on Hallowmas can result in the reincarnations.

Samhain tidbit – From: http://www.joellessacredgrove.com/Holidays/samhain.html
Samhain (SOW-in or SAV-ayn) marked the beginning of the old Celtic new year, and many Celtic Pagans still observe Samhain as the renewal of the Wheel of the Year.

This was the night that the old God died, returning to the Land of the Dead to await rebirth at Yule, and a time when the Crone Goddess would go into mourning for her lost son/consort, leaving her people in temporary darkness.

As in days long past, Celtic Pagans believe that the veil between the world of the living and that of the dead is at its thinnest on this night, and that the spirits of our departed loved ones walk the earth, visit family and friends, and join in the ritual celebrations. This makes Samhain a prime night for any type of spirit contact rituals.

The feeding of the dead is a widespread practice, even in modern Celtic lands. In Brittany and Ireland food is always left out for these spirit travelers, and candles are placed in windows to guide them along their way, and these were the origins of the modern Halloween customs of the jack o’lantern and trick-or-treat. – Taken from “Celtic Myth and Magick” by Edain McCoy

Samhain tidbit – From: http://web.archive.org/web/19991008194455/salemtarot.com/samhain.html

Also known as: Halloween, ShadowFest, Martinmas, Old Hallowmas Samhain is the Witches’ New Year’s Eve, with November 1st being the first day of the new year. It marks the end of summer and the beginning of winter. It is the final harvest of the year. This is the time of the year when the ancient tribes harvested for the last time during the year, and prepared for the long months of winter. Food was stored, animals brought in from the fields, and animals needed for food supply were slaughtered and prepared for long storage. Activity was moved from outdoors to indoors, by the warmth of the hearth fire.

The ancient tribes celebrated the Celtic Feast of the Dead, a practice which is carried on today. Samhain is a time when we honor our ancestors and the memory they left behind. On Samhain the veil between the worlds is the thinnest. It is a powerful time for divination and contacting those who have walked these lands before us.

This is the time of the season which the Crone rules. She is one aspect of the triple Goddess, made up of Crone, Maiden, and Mother. It is She who opens the Western gate for those who have departed to travel into Summerland. She rules areas of death and regeneration, occult sciences, healing, and the wisdom of the ages. She comes in the form of Cerridwen, Hecate, Arianrhod, and Persephone, among many others. We use the Crone to assist us in transition from one life to the next, leaving one level of our existence and entering the next. This brings us into the Womb of the Mother to assist us in being reborn once again. For it is through Her Wisdom and guidance we learn lessons from experience past and begin life anew from the wisdom gained.

Ritual fires of Samhain were lit at the fall of dusk on the sacred hilltops, of ancient times, for the protection of people and land. Today we use fire in our Magic Circle to build a shield of protection and to light the Path for the future. Witches perform rituals, using the Crone’s assistance, to leave behind that which they do not want to carry on into the future; outdated habits, past relationships, insecurities and those things which do not serve us to carry on. Magic is done to better our lives, the lives of those around us, and all connected to the web of life It is customary for Witches to dress on Samhain eve, the costume reflect the Witches projection for the upcoming year. It is a
festive, joyful time, where we visit friends and share treats stories
and memories. – © Copyright 1996, Christina Aubin; used by permission.


Silliness – Working Man Blues – Thought about becoming a witch, so I …tried that for a spell.

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