Daily Stuff 11-4-21 St Emeric

Hi, folks!

11/3 First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:27 PM of -0.3feet. 11/4 – Minus Tide at 7:11 PM of -1.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs Workshop at 7pm.

Blustery with the occasional shower. There’s a big green blodge that’s been walking up and over us while I type. You can hear it pattering on the door, occasionally. 59F, wind at 1-28mph and gusting up into the 30’s! AQI 10-68, UV1. Chance of rain 96% today and 99% tonight. HIGH WIND WARNING until 1pm. GALE WARNING until 7pm. It looks like the worst of this batch will be in the late morning and should clear by evening, turning into showers again on Friday. Saturday and Sunday will be quite wet. Through Sunday we’re looking at a couple of inches of rain and then things ought to taper off through the 10-day. 55 firespots?

Large Fires

  • Smith Fire –  42% – 49239 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 89% – 9435 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 80% – 50409 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

Another motif on the sampler

Monday night was quiet. We went home, ate, slept…. I was up and sewing when Tempus headed out on the paper route, but went back to bed before he got home and then, although I was up for an hour or so in the early afternoon, I went back to bed and we both slept until past 4pm. I got caught up, at least.

On Tuesday I made a chicken/rice/vegetables/cream sauce dish for a few days. It turned out to be quite tasty. I spent a little time in the garden, finding enough for a small salad and getting some of the tallest peas climbing the strings. We did a few chores and then Tempus headed out for the paper route and I went back to alternating getting the clean stuff put away, reading and embroidering. I don’t have enough room to cut out some of the things I need to work on at home. I’ve got to figure something out because there are are 4 fabrics waiting and 5 jumpers. …and I need to work out something to mend our open flag, too. It’s whipping the hems to bits, now that it’s getting windy again.

Peas and new lettuce

Yesterday we slept pretty late again. I’m still having problems with my hands so most of my time was spent on embroidery, but we did some more cleaning chores and that took most of the evening. I got a nap, but Tempus never did crawl back in. We headed to the shop at midnight. I’ve been trying to catch up on mail. Tempus snoozed, but he headed out at 2am, after having grabbed a snack. I ate at home, but I’m going to get a snack before I’m done, I think.

Bookmark (yes, these will be available for purchase, be advised that they’re expensive!)

Today we’re planning to be open at 1pm, but I have to go in to get my ears cleaned, since I still can’t hear, so it might mean we’re closed for an hour or so in the afternoon. Herbs is at 7pm. We’ll be working on incense again. …I just had a cat staring into the window from the sign planter…. I laughed and he jumped a country mile!

Photo by Ken Gagne on 11/3/16 at Eckman Lake. Mallards, an egret and a Great Blue Heron.

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Today’s Plant is Cow parsnipHeracleum lanatum, or Indian CeleryGrowing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum

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Feast day of St Emeric, Hungarian prince – Emeric, born in 1007, was the son of St Stephen of Hungary. His father had trained him to succeed him but the young man died before his father, killed in a hunting accident in 1031. His tomb at Szekesfehervar, Hungary, was a pilgrims’ site, and many miracles were reported there. He was canonized with his father in 1083. The name Amerigo (cf Amerigo Vespucci, after whom America is named) is a variant of Emeric. More here: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=3110 and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emeric_of_Hungary_%28saint%29

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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Scorpio

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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the New on 11/4 at 2:15pm. 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 11/19 at 12:57am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 11/6 at 2:15am.

Capella

After dark this week Capella shines well up in the northeast, and the Pleiades are well up in the east-northeast three fists to Capella’s right. As evening grows later, you’ll find orange Aldebaran climbing up below the Pleiades. By about 10 p.m. (depending on your location), Orion is clearing the eastern horizon below Aldebaran.

Crescent Moon ISS Nasa – Though the New Moon is hidden by the Sun’s glare, in the days that follow, a beautiful crescent Moon will grace the sky. This image of the crescent Moon and Earth’s atmosphere was taken aboard the International Space Station. – NASA

New Moon occurs at 5:15 P.M. EDT, leaving us with a moonless sky this evening — perfect for viewing the distant planet Uranus, which reaches opposition at 8 P.M. EDT.

Slow travels – Uranus reaches opposition Nov. 4. It is visible all night, traveling through the sparse skies of southern Aries. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The ice giant is currently located in Aries, some 18° southwest of the Pleiades and visible all night long. The best time to view it is late in the evening, near midnight, when it’s highest in the sky and above the thicker, more turbulent air near the horizon. Uranus’ disk spans 4″, which is tiny, to be sure — but take into consideration its distance, which is now 1.75 billion miles (2.8 billion km) from Earth. To find Uranus’ magnitude 5.7 glow tonight, look first for Omicron (ο) Arietis, a star of the same magnitude. If you need a little help finding this faint star, use brighter magnitude 4.3 Mu (μ) Ceti, which lies 5° due north of Omicron Ari. Uranus appears as a “flat” blue-green star less than 1° west of Omicron. Some observers with dark skies will spot the planet without any optical aid, but binoculars or a telescope will boost your vision in more light-polluted areas or earlier in the evening.

Mars remains out of sight deep in the glow of sunrise.

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 MAP FOR NOVEMBER 2021: CONSTELLATIONS IN THE WATER – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-november-constellations-water
NIGHT SKY FOR NOVEMBER 2021 – NOVEMBER’S GUIDE TO BRIGHT PLANETS – https://www.almanac.com/content/night-sky-november

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 – Turquoise
Planting 11/4&5
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
W    3      Low   5:42 AM     1.2   7:57 AM    Rise  6:17 AM      6
~     3     High  11:49 AM     8.6   6:02 PM     Set  5:42 PM
~     3      Low   6:27 PM    -0.3

Th   4     High  12:35 AM     7.4   7:58 AM    Rise  7:37 AM      1
~     4      Low   6:23 AM     1.4   6:01 PM     Set  6:09 PM
~     4     High  12:25 PM     9.0
~     4      Low   7:11 PM    -1.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a friendly day!

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? Why?

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Quotes

~   A great question is one you can ask yourself, one that disturbs your status quo and scares you a little bit. – Seth Godin
~   No one can claim to be called Christian who gives money for the building of warships and arsenals.  – Belva Lockwood (1830-1917) US attorney
~   I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines. – Henry David Thoreau
~   You are the only person on earth who can use your ability. – Zig Ziglar

And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither,
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch hazel wither. –Robert Frost (1874–1963)

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Magick – How To Make Incense – Incense Making Basics For New Incense Crafters – https://www.theincensedragon.com/how-to This site carries supplies!

Although I’ve often read that making incense “from scratch” is extremely difficult, in reality it’s simple. Just like baking or painting, the fundamentals of incense making are quite simple, yet you can spend a lifetime mastering the finer aspects. The basic formula for natural incense is very simple:

Base + Binder + Aromatic + Water = Incense Dough

Once you have a properly mixed batch of incense dough, you can form it into any shape you wish. Sticks and cones are the most common forms, but you are truly limited only by your imagination.

Base

The base material in your incense replaces the charcoal or other outside heat source used in non-combusting forms of incense. Good base materials burn well and burn evenly. Bases can be tricky because some of them (sandalwood, for example) have very prominent scents of their own. You have two choices in that regard. You can either use a base with very little scent or you can choose one with a scent that compliments the rest of your blend.

Sandalwood, cedar, and pine are all excellent bases that can add a very strong scent to your incense blend. There are types of these woods you can find that are “oil extracted” or are of lower quality that have very little scent, but most often you will need to plan for the scent of the base along with your aromatic ingredients.

Red sandalwood (which is not actually sandalwood), alder, and charcoal are all very low-scent base materials. You might find them easier to work with as a new incense maker because they contribute so little to the overall scent.

Binder

The binder is a form of glue that holds the incense together in the shape you choose. There are two basic types of binders: gum binders and wood binders.

Wood binders are easy to work with and, in most cases, act as a base material in addition to be a binder. Common wood binders include joss powder (sometimes called jiggit) and “tabu no ki” (sometimes, incorrectly, called “makko”). They are forgiving binders and are a good choice for new incense makers. The big drawbacks are the amount of wood binder you need to use. Many recipes are 75% wood binder. Most wood binders aren’t as strong as gum binders, which is both a positive and a negative.

Gum binders (such as guar gum or xanthan gum) are much more powerful than wood binders. A typical incense recipe will use just 1/8 teaspoon of binder for every 2 Tablespoons of material. Because of their strength, adding too much gum binder to a recipe can cause it to bind so strongly it can’t burn. Gum binders add no scent of their own to the blend, so you don’t have to worry about their impact on the scent.

Aromatic

The final dry component is arguably the most critical. The aromatic ingredients are what you actually want to smell. The base and binder are there in order to heat the aromatics and release their scents.

All manner of herbs, resins, and woods have wonderful aromatic properties. Using an aromatic base that compliments the other aromatic components is a good way to start any recipe. For example, using sandalwood as a base for an incense the has aromatics like frankincense or patchouli, will often result in amazing results. Sometimes an incense maker will pick a base and then look for aromatics that compliment it. Other times, the incense maker will choose a set of aromatics and then look for the best base to compliment, or at least not interfere with, them.

In addition to dried and powdered aromatics, many incense makers also include liquid scents such as essential oils, decoctions, hydrosols, and other extracts.

Liquid

Whether you choose a wood or gum binder, you must add water to your blend in order to “activate” the binder. While you do need to use a water-based liquid, it doesn’t need to be plain water. Any liquid that is mostly water will work to activate your binder. That means that water, tea, coffee, milk, fruit juices, and other liquids can be used to activate your binder. Herbal teas and wine are commonly used liquids. Keep in mind, however, that essential oils do not contain water. You can supplement the amount of water you use with some oils, but you cannot use oils in place of water.

Using Makko

Although tabu no ki is sometimes called makko, the truth is that makko is a blend that often includes tabu no ki, but it is much more than that single ingredient. Makko is actually a special base and binder blend. It has several uses, but its most popular use is to simplify incense making. I offer a traditional Japanese makko that includes tabu no ki and clove. I suspect it also contains sandalwood, but of course, the recipe is a secret. The makko that I make, Magic Makko, is actually a combination of 9 different ingredients and includes 2 wood binders, 1 gum binder, along with ingredients to improve the burn and to enhance the scent of the ingredients that you use. If you purchase makko from someone, make sure that it is actually makko and not plain tabu no ki. Don’t get me wrong, I make lots of incense with pure tabu no ki, but when you ask for “makko”, make sure that’s what you get. Nothing makes it easier to start making incense than a good batch of makko!

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Silliness – Top 26 ways to deal with Stressful Lives

 1.Jam miniature marshmallows up your nose and sneeze them out. See how many you can do at a time.
2.Use your Mastercard to pay your Visa, and vice-versa.
3.Pop some popcorn without putting the lid on.
4.When someone says “Have a nice day”, tell them you have other plans.
5.Make a list of things to do that you have already done.
6.Dance naked in front of your pets.
7.Put your toddler’s clothes on backwards and send him to pre-school as if nothing is wrong.
8.Fill out your tax form using Roman Numerals.
9.Tape pictures of your boss on watermelons and launch them from high places.
10.Leaf through “National Geographic” and draw underwear on the natives.
11.Tattoo “Out to Lunch” on your forehead.
12.Go shopping. Buy everything. Sweat in it. Return it the next day.
13.Buy a subscription to Sleazoid Weekly and send it to your boss’s husband/wife.
14.Pay your electric bill in pennies.
15.Drive to work in reverse.
16.Find out what a frog in a blender really looks like.
17.Tell your boss to “blow it out your mule”, and let him figure it out.
18.Sit naked on a shelled hard-boiled egg.
19.Polish your car with earwax.
20.Read the dictionary upside down and look for secret messages.
21.Start a nasty rumor and see if you recognize it when it comes back to you.
22.Braid the hairs in each nostril.
23.Write a short story using alphabet soup.
24.Stare at people through the tines of a fork and pretend they’re in jail.
25.Make a language up and ask people for directions in it.
26.Replace the filling of a Twinkie with ketchup and put it back in the wrapper.

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