Daily Stuff 10-18-21 Nicholas Culpeper

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm on Monday and is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Shiela Datz.

Mostly cloudy, 48F, winds are calm, AQI 5-36, UV1. Chance of rain 5% today and 6% tonight. We should get some sun in the middle of today, but it’s likely to be a bit chilly with a high of 56. Tuesday should start the same, get up to around 60, midday, and then cloudy up into showers in the evening. The rest of the 10-day looks to be wet, highs in the mid-50’s with some wind on Sunday and possible thunderstorms next Tuesday. 9 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
  • Janus Fire – 80% – 24797.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 80% – 24894 acres

At or nearing containment

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

Yesterday was exhausting, but tremendous fun! I got far too little sleep, working on cookery at home Saturday evening, and then getting up at 8:30 to get things set up at the shop. We had a whole tray of various nibbles and the garlic butter that I made paired beautifully with the smoked salmon that one of the ladies brought when put on one of Tempus’ wonderful seed bread rolls. I’m still burping garlic. 🙂 The ladies also brought several cheeses, fig tarts, small meat pies and some other things while I had an egg porridge, beet greens with cheese and a dish of root vegetables in butter sauce.

We ate until we were stuffed and then nibbled some more while we talked and talked and talked! We finally divvied up the food, making sure that everyone had a little of each, after it had all been sampled, extensively. They had to leave by 4, and we suggested that they not go down the coast on the way home, lest they get caught by dark in the coast range, so they went up to Newport and took 20 over to I-5 instead.

Tempus and I pecked at getting the foods put away over the next couple of hours. We were both just *so* tired by then! We had a few customers in during the early part of the day, but none later… well, a drippy Sunday… who wanted to be out in it? …and poor Loryea ended up with a sinus headache, feeling miserable, and not wanting to take a chance on it being something other than that, didn’t get to attend the potluck.

Amor called at just about the time that we were starting to pack up before heading home and he and Tempus talked for most of an hour. I kept falling asleep at my desk trying to write up the day, and then sitting in the rocker trying to get foods put away, and in back at the work table. I fell asleep at my desk again as I started the process of pricing the new rings. I even dozed off in the bathroom at one point. 🙂

So we headed home at 7, put away the foods that we had taken home and fell into bed. Heading back here, the Moon was dipping in and out of the clouds and a few stars and Jupiter were doing the same. The sky was very bright and the hills across the river and the bright sky reflected in glassy water. It’s very quiet tonight.

Today I have to write and to finish checking in the rings. Once that’s done I have headers to do. We’ll be open at 1pm and I think I’m going to take tonight at home, so there won’t be a Tuesday newsletter, and some things are doubled up here. I have some sewing to get done, most urgently, and I want to do up a chowder since I have most of a gallon of whey.

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Today’s Plant is SalalGaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually.The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. 

It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant.  –Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as in the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It works well in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress.


Today is Nicholas Culpeper’s Birthday. If you’ve ever heard of Culpeper’s Herbal, he’s the author of this 16th century classic! He was a pioneer in herbal references and associations and while a lot of his work has been disproved, most hasn’t. A lot of practical and empirically-gathered information got kept in his herbal which would have been otherwise lost. Along with the Herbal he published a manual on childbirth and many translations of texts used in medicine. “Culpeper was a radical in his time, angering his fellow physicians by condemning their greed, unwillingness to stray from Galen and their use of harmful practices such as toxic remedies and bloodletting. The Society of Apothecaries were similarly incensed by the fact that he suggested cheap herbal remedies as opposed to their expensive concoctions.”  (from Wikipedia)  More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Culpeper

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Aries

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.

Monday 10/18

How soon after sunset can you see the big Summer Triangle? Face southeast and look high. There’s Altair, currently the triangle’s bottom point. Vega, the Triangle’s brightest star, is nearly at the zenith (as seen from mid-northern latitudes). Deneb is a bit farther to Altair’s upper left.

Vega is the brightest star very high west of the zenith after dark. Less high in the south-southwest is Altair, not quite as bright. Still near the zenith is the third and least bright star of the Summer Triangle, Deneb. Look lower left from Altair by three or four fists at arm’s length, and you hit can’t-miss-it Jupiter. Extend that line two fists farther on, and you hit Fomalhaut.

Jupiter on October 6th, imaged by S&T’s Sean Walker with a 12-inch reflector in New Hampshire. North is up. “Last night we were treated to some excellent seeing conditions.” he writes. “I spent hours shooting and observing the planet, watching the GRS transit, as well as the dark barges in the NEB, and the series of white ovals south of the SEB. It was a magical night of observing — I was seeing the first diffraction ring around Io and Europa; don’t think I can ever recall seeing that before. Wish I could have shared it with others.”

Next, it’s Jupiter turn to stand stationary against the background stars. It comes to a halt in Capricornus at 7 A.M. EDT. The gas giant, which had been moving southwest, will now swing around and begin sliding northeast, pulling away from Deneb Algedi. Because the planet sets two hours after midnight, the best time to catch it is this evening after dark. And tonight, Ganymede is just about to slip onto Jupiter’s large disk at sunset in the Eastern time zone. The moon then takes just over 3½ hours to cross the planet’s face, moving from east to west.

If you stick around longer, Ganymede’s shadow slips onto the disk just after 11 P.M. EDT, followed by the small moon Io around 1 A.M. EDT on the 19th. Io’s shadow eventually follows, too, and observers with clear skies at 2:20 A.M. EDT on Tuesday morning (11:20 P.M. PDT on Monday night) will glimpse a three-for-one: Ganymede’s shadow about to slide off Jupiter’s western limb, with bright Io slightly more than midway across the disk and its own smaller shadow near the eastern limb.

Mars remains out of sight behind the glare of the Sun.


Look two fists left of the brilliant Moon this evening for the brightest stars of Aries, not far apart. Through the moonlight, can you see one of them, or two, or three? Hamal is magnitude 2.0. Sheratan to its right or upper right is is mag 2.6. Mesarthim, closer to the lower right of Sheratan, is more challenging at mag 3.9. Averted vision helps.

Hidden within Hercules the Strongman is a spectacular ball of ancient stars often called the Hercules Globular Cluster. Cataloged as M13 in Messier’s not-a-comet list, this ancient cluster was discovered by Edmond Halley (for whom the famous comet is named) in 1714. You’ll find M13 2.5° south of Eta (η) Herculis, which shines at magnitude 3.5. The cluster itself glows at magnitude 5.8 and spans about 20′ — nearly the size of the Full Moon. Because the Moon is also up in the sky tonight, you’ll likely need binoculars or a small scope to tease out this cosmic fuzzball from the background. But note its position and come back when there is no Moon out, and you may see it without any optical aid at all. M13 contains more than 100,000 stars and is so dense that in some cases, stars within the cluster collide, creating younger-looking stars called blue stragglers.

Venus, brilliant at magnitude –4.4, shines in southwest during twilight, crossing from Scorpius into the feet of Ophiuchus. It sets about a half hour after twilight’s end. On Saturday the 16th Venus is passing 1.4° north (upper right) of Antares, which is much fainter, orange, and twinkling. Every evening thereafter, Antares falls away farther to Venus’s lower right. By the 22nd they’re a good 6° apart.

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 directs at 8:17am
Jupiter went direct at 10:30 Sunday evening
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Ivory

©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
M   18      Low   5:46 AM     0.7   7:36 AM     Set  5:24 AM      91
~    18     High  12:01 PM     7.7   6:26 PM    Rise  6:05 PM
~    18       Low   6:19 PM     0.9

Tu  19     High  12:16 AM     7.1   7:37 AM     Set  6:30 AM      96
~    19      Low   6:24 AM     1.0   6:25 PM    Rise  6:24 PM
~    19     High  12:31 PM     7.9
~    19       Low   6:57 PM     0.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – High intention operates in the midst of trust.  Trust operates in the midst of high intention.


Journal Prompt – Describe – Describe the most ludicrous outfit you can think of.



~   Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it. – Horace Mann
~   It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
~   And do as adversaries do in law. Strive mightily but eat and drink as friends. – William Shakespeare, in The Taming of the Shrew
~   Anyone who can walk to the welfare office can walk to work. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist

Octobers face, benign and mellow,
Turns nuts to brown and leaves to yellow;
But (like the Scorpion, sting in tail)
He ends with frost and scourging hail. – Jan Struther (1901–53)


Samhain Magick – Craft & Prayer

Prayer to the Deities of Death

The harvest has ended, and the fields are bare.
The earth has grown cold, and the land is empty.
The gods of the death are lingering over us,
keeping a watchful eye upon the living.
They wait, patiently, for eternity is theirs.

Hail to you, Anubis! O jackal headed one,
guardian of the realm of the dead.
When my time comes, I hope
you may deem me worthy.

Hail to you, Demeter! O mother of darkness,
May your grief be abated
when your daughter returns once more.

Hail to you, Hecate! O keeper of the gate,
between this world and the underworld.
I ask that when I cross over,
you may guide me with wisdom.

Hail to you, Freya! O mistress of Folkvangr,
guardian of those who fall in battle.
Keep the souls of my ancestors with you.

Hail to you, O gods and goddesses,
those of you who guard the underworld
and guide the dead on their final journey.
At this time of cold and dark,
I honor you, and ask that you watch over me,
and protect me when the day arrives
that I take my final journey.



 1. Drive through the drive thru in reverse and let your passenger order
2. Ask prices of everything on the menu then order something that you did not ask the price for.
3. Pretend like your window is broken. Tell the employee this. Order with your door open, pay with your door open. Roll down window and take food through the window.
4. Go to McDonalds and demand a big breakfast at 11:30 at night. Put up a fight.
5. Pay for a large order in pennies and nickels unwrapped.
6. Order in another language. Be careful what neighborhood you are in.
7. When asked if they can take your order, tell them you are just window shopping and drive on.
8. Laugh sadistically when asked if you would like ketchup.
9. Ask how they fit into that little box.
10. If they make you wait, make them wait when they come back on.
11. Demand to speak to the manager. When he comes on, complain that you did not like the way the employee said “May I take your order?”
12. When asked if they can take your order say ” No, why can I take yours?”
13. If they ask you to wait, order anyway and keep doing it till they yell at you.
14. Pretend like your car broke down. Ask for assistance in moving it. When they come out, drive away.
15. Tell them you have to use the bathroom.
16. Order a cup of water and two napkins. That’s it.
17. Don’t order when they come on. Just sit there. If a line forms behind you, get out of the car and cause a scene.
18. When they hand you your food, hand them a bag back with all the trash from your car in it.
19. Just stare at them when you pay and get your food. Don’t break your stare.
20. Honk your horn the whole way through the line.

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