Daily Stuff 11-2-21 Mictecacihuatl

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Weather (at 6pm). Partly cloudy 54F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 38-54, UV1. Chance of rain 24% today and 9% tonight. Today (Tuesday) should be overcast, with a small chance of showers, mid-afternoon. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 1-6pm. By lunchtime on Wednesday we should start seeing rain that will last into Thursday evening. After that it’s a middling chance of showers for the rest of the 10-day. High temps will drop during the week from near 60 to just above 50, while the low temps should stay in the upper 40’s. Just two firespots, but there are more fires on the map again.

Large Fires

  • Smith Fire – 42% – 49239 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 89% – 9435 acres
  • 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

  • Little Applegate Fire – 100% – 128 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 100% – 70110.05 acres
  • Jack Fire – 95% – 24165 acres

The huge fennel in 2014

Yesterday Tempus got in late, but we went home, anyway, and then overslept. While I was waiting for him to finish up I watched the puddle in the driveway that was reflecting cedar and spruce. I lone raindrop made a magic circle and then the breeze started making the reflections shudder and ruffle. Another raindrop and another and 3 more and then I was pulling my silly self into the car and watching raindrops on the windshield while I shut the door on the downpour. All the ducks and other birds were tucked into the greenery on the north side of the lakes/ponds away from the river. The was a whole flock of gulls standing on the green in front of the hardware store, too.

It was 1:30 when we got to the shop, so we scrambled to get opened up… and then sat. 2 sets of customers came through, then Loryea, who left with payment checks for all the goodies that we got over the last few weeks, and then then young folks from up in Alsea who come to some of the House stuff. They brought their little girl and we talked SCA and life and feast and such. …and I had a fellow walk in here just at 6pm looking for crosses. <sigh>

In between I wrote and worked on mail (I was behind on sorting from the beginning of October and I have a bunch of reading left.) I found some interesting recipes and finally got through all of that around 5:30 or so. Tempus was (long since) out doing laundry and got done at 7:30.

There won’t be a newsletter on Wednesday. I’m going try to get some sewing done. Today we’re going to do chores and sleep! There are some repairs we have to get done and a couple of projects to finish, as well, plus putting away dishes and laundry and cleaning up after a rough week. I don’t have to cook for a couple of days, yet, though.

Photo from 10/30/16 by Ken Gagne of a favorite play place along the Yachats River for his dog.

motif, tree celtic duir oregon white oak

Today’s Plant is Oregon White OakQuercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining –Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water.  Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron


Today’s Feast of All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead descend from the indigenous celebrations of the goddess Mictecacihuatl. Most “Catrina” figures that are all over during this celebration are descendants of this Lady of the Dead. I wonder if “St. Death” has gotten mixed in there somehow. Today is the Day of the Faithful Dead, after All Saints, and All Innocents.

“On All Saints’ Day the tops of the branches are bent;
In the mouth of the mischievous, disturbance is congenial:
Where there is no natural gift there will be no learning”. – 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

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.

In early dawn Wednesday morning, have a try for the thin Moon, Mercury, and Spica forming a triangle very low in the east-southeast, as shown above. Bring binoculars in case you don’t catch just the right, brief time window between the triangle being too low and the sky becoming too bright for Spica, the faintest of the three.



Around 10 p.m., depending on where you live, zero-magnitude Capella rises exactly as high in the northeast as zero-magnitude Vega has sunk in the west-northwest. How accurately can you time this event? Sextant not required. . . but it would help.

This week Jupiter crosses the meridian (is highest due south) around 7 or 8 p.m. daylight-saving time, depending how far east or west you live in your time zone. And when Jupiter crosses the meridian now, so does the nose star of upside-down Pegasus: Enif, aka Epsilon Pegasi. “Enif” is from the Arabic for nose, a designation adopted from the Greeks’ take on Pegasus. At magnitude 2.4, Enif is easy to spot 25° above Jupiter. That’s about 2½ fists at arm’s length. Sharp eyes or binoculars reveal that it’s yellow-orange; it’s a K3 supergiant.

Enif is your starting point for finding the fine fall globular cluster M15, Queen Anne’s Lace per Josh Urban, located 5° to the star’s northwest (upper right these evenings). At 6th magnitude M15 is within binocular range as a tiny glowball, and a 6-inch telescope may begin to resolve some of its sugarpile starspecks. Use the finder chart with Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column in the October Sky & Telescope, page 43.

Taurus the Bull is now rising in the evening, and he’s got his eye — literally — on a visitor from the asteroid belt. Dwarf planet 1 Ceres skims a mere 7′ due south of the bright star Aldebaran tonight and tomorrow morning. By midevening, Aldebaran is already 15° high in the east. This red giant star glows a bright magnitude 0.9 and is easy to find east-southeast of the famous Pleiades star cluster (M45). Ceres is magnitude 7.7 — much dimmer, of course, but still brighter than any other of the faint stars within 20′ of Aldebaran. You can catch the pair with binoculars or a telescope, although the former might be more difficult from an urban, light-polluted sky. The largest body in the main belt, Ceres has been promoted from asteroid to dwarf planet. Just a bit less than 600 miles (965 kilometers) across, it was first spotted in 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi. This relatively nearby icy world was visited in 2015 by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which spent the next three years in orbit, until the depletion of the craft’s fuel brought the mission to an end.

Venus, a brilliant magnitude –4.6, shines in southwest during and after twilight, right or lower right of the vastly fainter Sagittarius Teapot. Venus now stays up for nearly an hour after dark. It will continue to get a little higher and brighter into early December.

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 – Scarlet
©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
Tu   2      Low   5:00 AM     1.0   7:56 AM    Rise  4:59 AM      13
~     2     High  11:15 AM     8.0   6:04 PM     Set  5:17 PM
~     2      Low   5:43 PM     0.7
~     2     High  11:42 PM     7.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept the change that Death brings, in order that I may receive the transformation of rebirth.


Journal Prompt – Friends – What is most important to you in a friend–loyalty, generosity, honesty–why?



~   It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude. – Zig Ziglar
~   Behind an able man, there are always other able men. – Chinese Proverb
~   The struggle ends when the gratitude begins. – Neale Donald Walsch
~   [While] solipsism may be logically consistent with present quantum mechanics, monism in the sense of materialism is not. – Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist


IT was a soft November eve, and a faint yellow dye,
Pale as a winter primrose, tinged the margin of the sky,
While leaves, like brown-winged butterflies, came
eddying from the oak,

And spiral shafts of purest blue curled up of cottage smoke.  – EDWARD CAPERN.


Magick – Crafts

Cauldron Candles – Website now defunct

Items needed:

  • ·      wax (left-over candles will work fine)
  • ·      candle wicking (wicking from broken candles work fine, too)
  • ·      bucket
  • ·      sand
  • ·      coffee can and pan
  • ·      pencils or chop sticks
  • ·      small cauldron (optional)


1.   Put the sand in the bucket and wet with water until it holds its shape when pressed.

2.   If you have a small cauldron, press it into the wet sand.

3.   If you DON’T have a small cauldron, use your fist to make the impression. With a pencil (eraser end) make three indentations at the bottom of the impression – these will be the cauldron legs.

4.   Insert the candle wick into the bottom of the impression. Lay the chop stick over the top of the impression and set the wick against it so it will help support the wick once you pour the wax

5.   Put the wax into the coffee can and set the coffee can in a pot of boiling water until the wax melts. DON’T EVER LEAVE THE STOVE. Wax can catch fire!

6.   Wearing oven mitts, pour the wax into the impression in the sand.

7.   Allow to cool thoroughly. When cool, scoop the candle out with your hand.

Fall Leaf Stained Glass

Items needed:

  • ·      fall leaves
  • ·      wax paper
  • ·      iron
  • ·      towel
  • ·      picture frame


1.   Collect as many different colored and size fall leaves as possible!

2.   Cut two pieces of wax paper slightly larger than your picture frame.

3.   Lay one piece of the wax paper on the towel, and arrainge the leaves in a pleasing design.

4.   Lay the other  piece of wax paper over the leaves, and lay another press the two together using a hot iron and moving quickly but firmly

5.   Tape the “stained glass” to the picture frame and cut off the excess

6.   Hang in a window for best results.

Cut a Perfect Paper Pentagram in One Magic Snip of the Scissors  – Shanleora, Elsie’s friend and pagan mommy of two, sent in this fun project to share with you. Thanks, Shan!

Step 1

Step 1. Fold an 8-1/2″ x 10″ piece of paper in half.

Step 2

Step 2. Fold and unfold in half both ways to form creased center lines. (Note: be sure paper is still folded in half.)

Step 3

Step 3. Bring corner (1) right to meet the center line. Be sure to fold from the vertical crease line.

Step 4

Step 4. Bring corner (1) left till edges coincide, then make the fold.

Step 5

Step 5. Bring corner (2) left and fold.

Step 6

Step 6. Bring corner (2) right until edges coincide. Then fold.

Step 7

Step 7. Cut on the angle as shown in the picture. Then unfold the small piece.

Step 8

Step 8. Marvel at your perfect (we hope!) 5-pointed star! If your star is not perfect, take a fresh piece of paper (8-1/2″ x 10″ — not 8-1/2″ x 11″) try again!


Silliness – Don’t drink and fly

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