Daily Stuff 11-10-21 Martini

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 11:30 PM of -0.1 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Showers at the moment and 46F, wind at 0-5mph and gusting, AQI 10-54, UV2. Chance of rain 99% today and 98% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 6am Friday. Morning should be dry, but showers and then rain after that. Rain all week, less on the weekend and by next Wednesday it should be tapering off. The good part is that the temps are rising. After today temps should be in the upper 50’s through Monday and then drop again. Only two firespots. If today’s map is right we’re outlasting the fires…. only 4 left on the map.

Large fires

  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 89% – 9432 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire –  86% – 50563.15 acres

At or nearing containment

  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 100% – 70109.85 acres
  • Jack Fire – 98% – 24165 acres

Monday evening was quiet. We ate, slept, I got up and embroidered/read. There was some interesting rain coming down at one point. Must have been hail to be that loud!

Yesterday was a sleepy day. Tempus didn’t get home until 10 and we went to bed almost right away. I was up at 1:30 (having slept at least some during the night). I cooked a pot of potatoes and set up some brown bread and cream cheese for a breakfast, read/embroidered awhile, watched the sky a bit and then went back to bed!

We actually got up closer to 5pm. We did a little in the way of chores, had coffee, listened to the rain pounding down and headed for the shop.

I almost made it to my meeting on time. 5 minutes late, but it wasn’t really rolling, yet. It was an interesting discussion and I embroidered for quite a bit of it, finishing the green leaf bookmark and then working on the blue ashmolean one. I signed out of that around 10pm and after trying to nap, and not succeeding, got up and worked on recipes and such for the feast and a shopping list to get some things for the trial dishes. I’m going to try to get this done and then go to sleep…. I hope.

Today we do have a lot of cleaning to do at home. The floors and counters need done and Tempus still needs to get to the stove top. I’m hoping to cook a stuffed pumpkin, too, or maybe just do the pulp for pumpkin bread. I haven’t made any since we moved away from the house! I’m also planning pumpkin pie and pumpkin pasties. 🙂 …but not all in one day. We have 5 pumpkins to use up.

A wonderful Ken Gagne picture of the beautiful morning sky above Nancy Kroemer’s pond up the Yachats River Valley on 11/8/16. Used with permission

Broadleaf PlantainPlantago major, greater plantain, (another 9 Herbs Charm ingredient) is a weed that is native to most of Europe and northern and central Asia, but is one of the most abundant and widely distributed medicinal herbs in the world. Mash up leaves and apply to scrapes, stings, and sores. This takes out the sting, keeps down infection and promotes healing. A tea made from the leaves sooths mouth sores and, swallowed, can help calm diarrhea. Young leaves are nutritious and tasty. Older leaves can be chopped and boiled and used like spinach. Plantain is high in vitamins A, C, and K and calcium. The dried seeds can be chewed as a snack, (which leads to one of the old names, “Old Man’s Waybread”), or ground for flour and/or added to bread. It survives being stomped on in pathways and lawns, which makes it a good garden plant. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantago_major – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Make a red sachet and bind it to your head for headaches, sprinkle powder in your shoes to keep tired feet from hurting when you have to overdo it. Hang a sachet in the car to repel evil. Also for amulets in healing and removing fevers.


Festival of Martini, ancient Latvia – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia: In ancient Latvia, Martini (Mārtiņi) was the name of a festival, celebrated on November 10, marking the end of the Autumn and the beginning of Winter. The festival marks the transfer from Usins to Martins, two deities of horses. Usins is invoked during the summer, while Martins (see St Martin) is a Winter god. The festival marked the end of the preparations for Winter, such as salting meat and fish, storing the harvest and making preserves. Martini also marked the beginning of masquerading and sledding, among other wintry activities. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81rti%C5%86i and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Martin%27s_Day … plus a Czech Lore page with a bunch of links and pictures. – St. Martin of Tours – History, Folklore and Festivities – https://www.medieval.eu/st-martin-of-tours-history-folklore-and-festivities/

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 Capricorn enters Aquarius at 7:03pm.

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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/11 at 4:46am.

When the Moon passes Saturn, then Jupiter, consider how near and far they actually are. Saturn is 4,000 times farther from us than the Moon is just now, and it’s physically 35 times larger in diameter. Jupiter is 1,900 times more distant than the Moon and 41 times larger.

This evening, look for Jupiter upper left of the Moon and for lesser Saturn roughly half as far to the Moon’s right, as shown above. Watch through the evening as this pattern moves lower toward the west-southwest, gradually rotating a bit clockwise as it goes.

Saturn and Titan – Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is easily visible around the ringed planet this week, along with several of its siblings. (Granted, this Cassini view is a bit closer than your backyard telescope will get you.) – NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

The Moon passes 4° south of Saturn at 6 A.M. PST. This pair will be easier to catch, still fairly high in the south at sunset. The Moon will then be 6.2° southeast of the magnitude 0.6 planet, working its way toward Jupiter to the east. It will meet up with the solar system’s largest planet tomorrow.

Multiple images of Titan

Saturn looks stunning through a telescope, its rings stretching 38″ across. Those rings are currently tilted 19° to our line of sight, showing us their northern side. Once it’s fully dark, look also for Saturn’s brightest and largest moon, Titan. Tonight, it sits just less than 3′ due east of the ringed planet, glowing at magnitude 8.8. Even with the relatively bright crescent Moon nearby, you should be able to spot it. It’s headed toward the planet’s south and will sit due south of Saturn in just four days.

If you’re up early — and up for a challenge — Mercury and Mars sit less than 1° apart this morning. To spot them, you’ll need a clear eastern horizon and an alarm set to alert you just before the Sun rises. At that time, put your binoculars or telescope away to avoid accidentally damaging your eyes. The two planets are barely 4° high 30 minutes before sunrise. Mercury is brighter at magnitude –0.9, while the Red Planet is a fainter magnitude 1.6 — difficult to spot in the encroaching dawn without optical aid. Through a telescope, Mercury is 5″ wide and 94 percent lit, while Mars — physically larger but also more distant — stretches 4″ across.

Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in southern Aries) is well up in the east by 7 p.m. standard time. See Bob King’s Uranus Queues Up for Opposition.

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. Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche

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 – Maroon
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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


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
W   10     High   5:20 AM     6.7   7:06 AM    Rise  1:29 PM      30
~    10     Low  10:34 AM     3.6   4:54 PM     Set 10:44 PM
~    10     High   4:13 PM     7.6
~     10     Low  11:30 PM    -0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Inhale the future. Exhale the past.


Journal Prompt – What if? – If you had to describe yourself as a colour, which would you choose?



~   Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent. Rumi
~   Those who have lost an infant are never, in a way, without an infant. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~   A censor is an expert in cutting remarks. A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
~   As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author


GOODNIGHT, little shivering grasses !
‘Tis idle to struggle and fight
With tempest and cruel frost-fingers ;
Lie down, little grasses, to-night.

The roses have gone from the garden,
And hidden their faces so fair;
The lilies have never uplifted
Since frost found them bending in prayer.

The aster and dahlia fought bravely,
Till Ice, with his glittering crest,
A diamond dagger laid over
The bloom of each velvety breast.

The leaves of the forest lie faded,
Dry stubble is left after grain ;
Yet you, little grasses, still struggle,
Still hope for the soft summer rain.

Nay, nay, even now there is weaving
Above you the fleece of the snow,
The star-pattern tracks the white shuttle
Through the loom of the storm to and fro,

Until over the moor and the mountain
‘Twill lie like a thrice-blessed stole,
And the beggarly rays of November
Be made in the day-dawning whole.

Fear not for the springtime awaking ;
‘Tis sure as the path of a star ;
The Watcher unsleeping is ready
The doorway of sleep to unbar

In time for that stir in the forest
For the ears of a mortal too fine,
When rootlets commence their spring-plowing,
And maple trees call up their wine.

Goodnight, little shivering grasses !
Lie down ‘neath the coverlet white,
And rest till the cuckoo is singing ;
Goodnight, little grasses, goodnight !  – MRS. ETHELINDA [ELLIOTT] BEERS.


Magick – Crafts

Simple Ritual Soaps – Categories: Pagan Crafts  [Note: original source unknown]
 his is a very super simple way to create your own ritual soaps. Ritual soaps can be created to cleanse and purify yourself as part of an overall ritual. Think about your purpose and then select herbs and oils to correspond to your need.

You will need: 1 bar of plain white soap, unscented (like Ivory brand soap) 1/4 cup of very warm water, several drops of essential oil and crushed herbs

Grate the bar of soap using a simple metal kitchen grater (if you use a food processor it may or may not work, and I believe magick is more empowered with spirit when you use simple hand tools).

Place the grated soap into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Knead the soap, water, oils, and herbs together with your hands and form your soap into simple ball shapes or some other simple shape.

Since you do not need a lot of ritual soap at one time, I usually make about 3 or 4 small shaped soaps from this recipe. While you are making your soaps keep your magickal purpose in mind and perhaps sing or chant something appropriate, for instance:

“Air moves us, Fire transforms us, Water heals us, Earth grounds us, and the power of the Wheel goes round and round, and the power of the Wheel goes round!”

While using your ritual soaps, whether in the bath or shower, you can visualize the soap/herbs/oils healing, cleansing and purifying you! And the water rinsing away your problems and any negative stress. While these soaps can be created specifically for ritual, they can also be used as a soothing soap to effectively calm your spirit and invigorate you in a positive way.

Check out today’s Pagan Planner: http://www.turningthewheel.org/deccalendar.htm


Silliness – The Island

From a passenger ship, everyone can see a bearded man on a small island who is shouting and desperately waving his hands.
“Who is it?” a passenger asks the captain.
“I’ve no idea. Every year when we pass, he goes nuts.”

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