Daily Stuff 10-21-21 St. Ursula

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:08 PM of -0.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. No Herbs Workshop this week.

Lots of high cloud, although the computer is trying to tell me it’s clear. 58F, wind at 0-6mph and gusting, AQI 11-44, UV2. Chance of rain 100% today and 94% tonight. GALE WARNING from 9am to 5pm. Showers should start before lunchtime and then rain and wind could get impressive mid-afternoon. Not “impressive” by winter standard, but mostly because this looks like the first real storm of the season. It looks like rain and showers for the whole week at this point, up to 9 inches worth! Only 3 firespots on the map.

Large Fires

  • Smith Fire – 42% – 49239 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 80% – 50409 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 77% – 28840 acres
  • Janus Fire – 80% – 24797.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 85% – 24894 acres

At or nearing containment

  • Cougar Peak Fire – 98% – 91810 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 100% – 70110.05 acres
  • Jack Fire – 90% – 24165 acres

I was a lot sleepier yesterday than I had counted on. The mattress on the nap bed has a leak and I end up with sore spots and odd bruises sleeping on it, so I got a nap, but not much more, after the newsletter went out, and then got up and wrote on the various blogs for several hours. At about the time I expected Tempus to show up I started playing a game and did that for quite a long while. Yeah, he was late, not sure why.


So we went home and crawled in and slept. I’m pretty sure I was up by 3, but not really awake. I kept dozing off in my chair. We had coffee and some food by 5, but then Tempus wanted to talk about a project he has in mind and it was a couple of hours before he ran back to the shop to get the things we had forgotten.

The biggest one of those was the pear and dough dessert casserole that I started baking on Saturday, took to the shop on Sunday, only to realize it didn’t fit in the convection oven and then I kept forgetting since. Once we had that Tempus got the oven lighted and it got cooked while we were putting some supper together. So, at that point I went back to bed. Not much accomplished over our weekend. <sigh>

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. I have plants that really need to be watered and more headers to work on. I think I’m going to call off Herbs for tonight, though. I’ll try to get the newsletter out early and then have Tempus take me home, so I can sleep.

A Ken Gagne photo of spindrift in Yachats from 10/5/15.


Today’s Plant is RhubarbRheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.


Today’s feast is that of St. Ursula who was martyred for refusing the advances of a Hun prince….supposedly. She may be a Christianized version of a bear/moon goddess from far earlier in history or even the goddess Freya. “Her legend, probably unhistorical, is that she was a princess who, at the request of her father King Dionotus of Dumnonia in south-west Britain, set sail to join her future husband, the pagan govrnor Conan Meriadoc of Armorica, along with 11,000 virginal handmaidens. After a miraculous storm brought them over the sea in a single day to a Gaulish port, Ursula declared that before her marriage she would undertake a pan-European pilgrimage. She headed for Rome with her followers and persuaded the pope, Cyriacus (unknown in the pontifical records), and Sulpicius, bishop of Ravenna, to join them. After setting out for Cologne, which was being besieged by Huns, all the virgins were beheaded in a massacre. The Huns’ leader shot Ursula dead, in about 383 (the date varies).” – Quoted from Wikipedia   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Ursula

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 Taurus

Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 10/21 at 7:57pm. 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 11/4 at 2:15pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/28 at 1:05pm .

Orionid meteor shower – The best time to spot Orionid meteors is early in the morning, when the radiant is high in the sky. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The Orionid meteor shower peaks today, but the fainter meteors will have a hard time contending with the still-bright Moon. Our satellite will unfortunately bump down the number of shooting stars you’ll see from the shower’s maximum expected rate of 20 meteors per hour at peak. Still, if you want to try your luck, the shower’s radiant, which sits 10° north of Betelgeuse in Orion the Hunter, rises around 10:30 P.M. local time this month. But your best bet is to step outside early this morning, when the radiant is 65° high two hours before sunrise and the Moon is several constellations away in Aries. The shower will remain active for another week and a half, but rates will drop dramatically after today’s peak passes.

The Pleiades star cluster – The brightest object in Charles Messier’s list of deep-sky objects, the Pleiades (M45) ranks as a favorite among all observers. – Bob Franke

Once the Moon is well up in the east tonight, look left of it by about a fist and a half for the little Pleiades cluster. Can you pick out this sparkle-patch through the moonlight? Binoculars make it easy. Look a little more than a fist below the Pleiades for orange Aldebaran on the rise.

Speaking of the Moon, our satellite passes 1.3° south of Uranus at 6 P.M. EDT. The pair rise around 7 P.M. local time, now just over 2° apart in eastern Aries the Ram. Uranus, which is often visible to the naked eye under clear, dark skies, will definitely need some optical aid to spot tonight. Its magnitude 5.7 glow will be lost in the glare of the Moon’s bright light, but you may pick it up with binoculars or a telescope, sitting northeast of the Moon and 11.7° southeast of Aries’ alpha star, Hamal.

Neptune (magnitude 7.8, at the Aquarius-Pisces border) is already well up in the in the southeast at twilight’s end.

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
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Crimson
Planting 10/21&22

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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 make 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  21     High   1:42 AM     7.0   7:40 AM     Set  8:39 AM      99
~    21      Low   7:30 AM     1.8   6:22 PM    Rise  7:06 PM
~    21     High   1:26 PM     8.0
~    21      Low   8:08 PM    -0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fewer things. More peace.


Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – How would you improve the food in your school or workplace’s cafeteria?



~   Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know. –Tolkien
~   Genius is talent exercised with courage.-  Ludwig Wittgenstein
~   All of your characteristics are useful somehow, depending on the context in which you chose to use them. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   If you want to hurry up Federation, you ought to make a syndicate to hire a few German cruisers to bombard Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for 20 minutes. – Rudyard Kipling, who was in Sydney on November 14, 1891

The splendor falls on castle walls
And snowy summits old in story:
The long light shakes across the lakes,
And the wild cataract leaps in glory.
Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.

O hark, O hear! how thin and clear,
And thinner, clearer, farther going!
O sweet and far from cliff and scar
The horns of Elfland faintly blowing!
Blow, let us hear the purple glens replying:
Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.

O love, they die in yon rich sky,
They faint on hill or field or river:
Our echoes roll from soul to soul,
And grow for ever and for ever.
Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
And answer, echoes, answer, dying, dying, dying. – Alfred Tennyson, British poet laureate, died on October 5, 1892; from ‘The Princess’, Chapter III


Samhain Magick – Lore

Samhain tidbit From:  http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/samhainlore.htm – Samhain Lore (October 31st)

Samhain, (pronounced SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SAM-hayne) means “End of Summer”, and is the third and final Harvest. The dark winter half of the year commences on this Sabbat.

It is generally celebrated on October 31st, but some traditions prefer November 1st. It is one of the two “spirit-nights” each year, the other being Beltane. It is a magical interval when the mundane laws of time and space are temporarily suspended, and the Thin Veil between the worlds is lifted. Communicating with ancestors and departed loved ones is easy at this time, for they journey through this world on their way to the Summerlands. It is a time to study the Dark Mysteries and honor the Dark Mother and the Dark Father, symbolized by the Crone and her aged Consort.

Originally the “Feast of the Dead” was celebrated in Celtic countries by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the “wandering dead”.  Today a lot of practitioners still carry out that tradition. Single candles were lit and left in a window to help guide the spirits of ancestors and loved ones home. Extra chairs were set to the table and around the hearth for the unseen guest. Apples were buried along roadsides and paths for spirits who were lost or had no descendants to provide for them. Turnips were hollowed out and carved to look like protective spirits, for this was a night of magic and chaos. The Wee Folke became very active, pulling pranks on unsuspecting humans. Traveling after dark was was not advised. People dressed in white (like ghosts), wore disguises made of straw, or dressed as the opposite gender in order to fool the Nature spirits.

This was the time that the cattle and other livestock were slaughtered
for eating in the ensuing winter months. Any crops still in the field on Samhain were considered taboo, and left as offerings to the Nature spirits. Bonfires were built, (originally called bone-fires, for after feasting, the bones were thrown in the fire as offerings for healthy and plentiful livestock in the New Year) and stones were marked with peoples names. Then they were thrown into the fire, to be retrieved in the morning. The condition of the retrieved stone foretold of that person’s fortune in the coming year. Hearth fires were also lit from the village bonfire to ensure unity, and the ashes were spread over the harvested fields to protect and bless the land.

Various other names for this Greater Sabbat are Third Harvest, Samana, Day of the Dead, Old Hallowmas (Scottish/Celtic), Vigil of Saman, Shadowfest (Strega), and Samhuinn. Also known as All Hallow’s Eve, (that day actually falls on November 7th), and Martinmas (that is celebrated November 11th), Samhain is now generally considered the Witch’s NewYear.

  • Symbolism of Samhain: Third Harvest, the Dark Mysteries, Rebirth through Death.
  • Symbols of Samhain: Gourds, Apples, Black Cats, Jack-O-Lanterns, Besoms.
  • Herbs of Samhain: Mugwort, Allspice, Broom, Catnip, Deadly Nightshade, Mandrake, Oak leaves, Sage and Straw.
  • Foods of Samhain: Turnips, Apples, Gourds, Nuts, Mulled Wines, Beef, Pork, Poultry.
  • Incense of Samhain: Heliotrope, Mint, Nutmeg.
  • Colors of Samhain: Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold.
  • Stones of Samhain: All Black Stones, preferably jet or obsidian.

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