Daily Stuff 11-1-21 Día de los Muertos

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Raining and 53F, wind at 1-18mph and gusting, AQI 17-54, UV1. Chance of rain 96% today and 15% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 8am to 5pm. It looks like rain and then showers until suppertime. Rain through Thursday with a couple of long breaks, the showers after that. High’s mid-to-upper 50’s through Saturday, then dropping to the low 50’s. Low’s mid-to-upper 40’s. 28 firespots, one pretty close to Waldport in the old cemetery it looks like

Large fires

  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 80% – 50409 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire –  75% – 30928.6 acres
  • Janus Fire –  87% – 24797.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 87% – 24894 acres

At or nearing containment

  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 100% – 70110.05 acres
  • Jack Fire – 95% – 24165 acres

Yesterday was long and tiring, even though we didn’t get much done. Tempus didn’t get in until past 10am, so we didn’t get home in the morning. I spent a lot of the day writing, and then making a mess of my fingertips prepping dried oregano. The House Capuchin stuff was pretty quiet, too.

Tempus was working on his computer for a lot of the day, but he also ended up helping customers because my good ear was too blocked up to hear. It “popped” late in the afternoon, but I still couldn’t hear very well. We had one set of Trick-or-Treaters all weekend long and that after closing time on Sunday…. I’m eating too much of the candy….

Tempus set up the cot bed that we bought last summer for me for later. Maybe it’ll be easier on me than a flat air mattress or a flatter futon. Venus, Jupiter and Saturn were clear in the deep twilight sky as we were packing up. We headed home, got supper and slept. My ear is worse, drattit. It’s raining and overcast, now, where it was still sunny, earlier, and clear.

So, right before he headed out on the paper run, Tempus hauled out the giftie that he got us for Halloween. He found butterbeer! It’s from FlyingCauldron.com, apparently. They had a display at Freddies and he knew I’d love it. It’s more kidly than adult-friendly, rather too sweet, but it tastes about the way I figured butterbeer would. How fun!

…and someone decided to remember Chuck (of Chuck’s Video) by putting a bowl of Tootsie Rolls in front of the door, there….

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. I have more headers to do and more writing. With any luck my fingers will behave better today. Tempus is going to do laundry today and if he has time left over will start taking down the Halloween stuff. I have to figure out where we stashed some of the holiday stock….

Photo by Ken Gagne of his dog Hershey in the sunset

Juniper Berry – Juniperus of the cypress family Cupressaceae – These range from a shrub to a tall tree and sometimes are wildly contorted by wind and age. The berry is actually a cone with the “petals” fused together. Used as a spice, especially for game meats, it’s tasty, if you don’t overdo it. It’s the main flavoring for most varieties of gin, as well and an essential oil is made from some varieties. – Mars, Sun, Aries, Masculine, Fire –

Juniper sap tear

Primarily applies to preservation of health. Attracts healthy energies, drives out bad. A lesson in moderation. Often used in cleansing rituals, especially the “tears” of the resin. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniper

Dias Muertos 1

Today’s feast is Día de los Muertos. This is celebrated in Mexico and in the US with remembrances of those who have gone on. It’s not a time of mourning, as such, but a time to remember and celebrate. Offerings of marigolds, sweets, alcohol and breads are taken to cemeteries where the living feast with the dead. There are a lot of interesting links on this page:  http://www.mexconnect.com/tags/day-of-the-dead More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia_de_los_Muertos

“On All Saints’ Day hard is the grain,
The leaves are dropping, the puddle is full;
At setting off in the morning
Woe to him that will trust a stranger.” – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)

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 Virgo enters Libra at 4:11pm.

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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 11/3 at 5:15am.

As dawn begins to brighten late this week, the waning crescent Moon walks down through Virgo to pose low and thin over Mercury and Spica.

Draco, Ursa Minor

Draw a line from Altair, the brightest star very high in the southwest after dark, to the right to Vega, very high in the west and even brighter. Continue the line onward by half that far, and you hit the Lozenge: the pointy-nosed head of Draco, the Dragon. Its brightest star is orange Eltanin, the tip of the Dragon’s nose, always pointing toward Vega.

R Aquilae – The star R Aquilae is the AAVSO’s featured variable star for August. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

Just to Altair’s upper right, by a finger-width at arm’s length, is orange Tarazed (Gamma Aquilae), looking like Altair’s little sidekick but actually a much bigger and brighter star far in the background. Altair is 17 light-years away. Tarazed is about 360 light-years away, and it puts out 100 times as much light!

Auriga the Charioteer – The constellation Auriga is home to Almaaz (Epsilon [ϵ] Aurigae), November’s featured variable star. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The American Association of Variable Star Observers is an amateur organization dedicated to observing celestial objects whose brightness changes over time. This year, they’re highlighting a different star each month, and November’s featured variable star is Almaaz, also known as Epsilon (ϵ) Aurigae. Almaaz is a 3rd-magnitude star located a little less than 3.5° southwest of easy-to-spot Capella. The pair will rise around 5:30 P.M. local time tonight roughly even with each other, with Capella on the left and Almaaz on the right. Wait a little while for them to get higher, then turn your focus to Almaaz, which is part of a small asterism called The Kids. Together with Haedus I (Zeta [ζ] Aur), and Haedus II (Eta Aur), these three stars form a tall, thin triangle south-southwest of Capella. Almaaz itself is a rare, hot, F-type supergiant star that is also in a binary eclipsing system. That means it has a partner star that crosses in front of it every 27 years — and each eclipse lasts for 2 years! When eclipsed, Almaaz appears roughly the same brightness as Haedus I (magnitude 3.7); when uneclipsed, it is magnitude 3. The last eclipse occurred between 2009 and 2011, so Almaaz is currently uneclipsed and at its brightest. Compare it to Haedus I 2.8° to its south to see the difference.

Mercury, in Virgo, is still in its best morning apparition of the year. Look for it low above the east-southeast horizon in early dawn, about 50 to 40 minutes before your sunrise time. It remains bright at magnitude –0.8 all week. Passing through its vicinity is fainter Spica, magnitude +1.0. On the morning of November 3rd the thin Moon stands close above them, as shown =above.

Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.

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

Sun in Scorpio

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Lavendar
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns.

‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.’”   Source: Earth, Moon and Sky

Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises

to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI, M



Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
M    1      Low   4:16 AM     0.9   7:54 AM    Rise  3:45 AM      21
~     1     High  10:41 AM     7.4   6:05 PM     Set  4:54 PM
~     1       Low   4:59 PM     1.6
~     1     High  10:47 PM     6.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is not without pain but the misery is optional


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Don’t worry about knowing people; just make yourself worth knowing. — Unknown



~   Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality. – Arthur Koestler (1905-1983) Hungarian ~   writer
~   Forgiveness liberates the soul. That’s why it’s such a powerful weapon. – Nelson Mandela
~   I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward. – Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer
~   Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. – Rabindranath Tagore


A GULL on the grey of the dull sky flying,
The dark surf whitening along the shore,

And over the ocean a chill breeze sighing
Like straying souls in the Nevermore.

The grasses are curled in a matted tangle,

The leaves are withered, and damp, and brown ;

Aloft in the wet air bare branches wrangle,
And answer the dark sky frown for frown.

And the bird comes down from its fitful flying,
The blue sky shows through the shifting grey ;
But still like a dirge for some loved one dying

The wind is moaning across the bay.  – JAMES BERRY BENSEL.


Samhain Magick – Lore – DIAS DE LOS MUERTOS – http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20111102/NEWS01/111020330/Dia-de-los-Muertos-Mexican-celebration-honoring-loved-ones-spreads-throughout-US Written by Kym Klass

<<<<<< Day of the Dead altars often include photographs of deceased family members, flowers and skeleton imagery. / MICKEY WELSH/ADVERTISER

The altar, or “ofrenda,” is built to celebrate Los Dias de los Muertos, or The Days of the Dead. All three traditional calendars — Christian, Aztec and Maya — coincide on the first days of November to honor beloved members of the community who have passed on to the afterlife. Some of the items include:

  • Butterflies and hummingbirds: Aztecs believed souls might return as butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Atole: An ancient drink made from corn meal and water flavored with various fruits
  • Candles: It is believed that spirits of the deceased are attracted to the light
  • Papel Picado: Traditional paper cutting art
  • Sand painting: Used to guide the spirits toward the altar
  • Santos: Images of saints beloved by those who passed on
  • Virgin of Guadalupe: The patron saint of Mexico

They honor the dead in respectful celebration.

At burial sites, or intricately built altars, photos of loved ones are centered on items including skeleton figurines, bright decorations and candles.

“Candles attract the souls and lights their way back to their home,” said Pa­ela Long, coordinator of international studies at Auburn Montgomery. “We (also) choose dishes that were the favor­ite dishes of those who passed … and also liquor.”

The Mexican and Mexican-American celebration, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, honors departed souls of loved ones who are welcomed back for a few intimate hours. The tra­dition — celebrated Nov. 1 and 2 — makes offerings in recognition of loved ones who have died, and dates back to 3500 BC. The first two days in November coincide with the similar Roman Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

In the past decade or so, the traditional Latin American holiday with indigenous roots has spread throughout the U.S. along with migration from Mexico and other countries where it is observed. The celebration has become popular in the American Southwest, and is increasingly being observed in the South, with people seeing the day of remembrance as “hip,” Long said.

“The Day of the Dead is being recognized (in America) by those in their 20s and in the schools,” she said. In fact, AUM’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosted a Dia de los Muertos observance for the first time Monday. The past couple of years the office has coordinated festivities for Cinco de Mayo, a date observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

“It is important to look at other cultural events,” said Timothy Spraggins, assistant provost for the department. “A lot of people think that getting people of different cultures together is diversi­ty. But it’s about getting to know them and understanding what their differences are, and understanding each other and their community rituals.”

Not only are U.S.-born Latinos adopting Dia de los Muertos , but various underground and artistic non-Latino groups have begun to mark the early November holiday through colorful cel­ebrations, parades, exhibits and even bike rides and mixed martial arts fights, according to an Associated Press report.

Pre-Columbian in origin, many of the current themes and rituals associated with Dia de los Muertos are mixtures of indigenous practices and Roman Catholicism. The holiday is celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil and parts of Ecuador.

The growing Latin American population in the U.S. and the increased influence of Hispanic culture here in everything from food to television programming are major factors in the growth of Day of the Dead celebrations.

But the holiday’s increased popularity may also coincide with evolving attitudes toward death, includ­ing a move away from private mourning to more public ways of honoring departed loved ones, whether through online tributes or sidewalk memorials.

For some in the U.S., the Day of the Dead remains personal as they use the occasion to remember loved ones. But for others, it is a chance to honor late celebrities or just an opportunity to dress up as a favorite Day of the Dead character.

“It is a way to treasure and appreciate someone’s life,” said Isabel Rubio, executive director of the Hispan­ic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), a nonprofit organization created in 1999 that aims to improve the quality of life for Latinos living in Alabama.

“Reflecting on someone’s death doesn’t have to be a purely somber thing,” she said. “Especially in Mexico, the Day of the Dead celebration is popular and an important part of their culture. It is a day that brings together the American and the His­panic immigrant community.”

And it is a day Long said students from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) reclaimed after noticing schoolchildren shopping for Halloween costumes at Walmart in Mexico in 2000 and 2001.

“They were imitating American culture,” she said. “And students at UNAM and a couple of other universities started going over the top with (the Day of the Dead celebration), such as turning an entire campus building into a ‘Day of the Dead’ house.”

Shortly thereafter, Long said, younger school children began to take notice and the schools in Mexico started talking more about the Day of the Dead in the context of the Mexican culture.

Long said the Christian aspect of the celebration began in the first century AD.

“The impulse is to commune with our Christian dead — to remember those who have gone on before us and to remember them as heroes and role models,” she said. “The Day of the Dead has combined a Christian and Native American spiritu­ality to it. I think it has a dif­ferent flavor altogether.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Silliness – Working Man Blues – So then I got a job in a fitness-center, but they said I …wasn’t fit for the job.

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