Daily Stuff 11-14-21 Surtsey

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Arthur Bartlett. House Capuchin Project Day 1-5pm.

[posting at 6pm] Overcast after the pretty sunshine, earlier, 57F, wind at 1-12mph and gusting, AQI 26-34, UV1. Chance of rain 45% today and 62% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 10pm Sat through 7am Mon. Likely damp in the day, tapering off to a dry evening. Monday is likely to rev up to some wind and rain in the morning and then dry out again in the late evening. Tues./Wed. dry, Thurs and Saturday some serious rain with showers between. 12 firespots. The Bull Complex Fire is almost contained.

Large Fires

  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 86% – 50563.15 acres
  • Janus Fire – 87% – 24797.8 acres

At or nearing containment

  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 100% – 70109.85 acres
  • Jack Fire – 98% – 24165 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 95% – 24894 acres

creeping strawberry

Friday evening Tempus just dropped when we got home. He slept right up until it was time to head out for the paper route and I made him take his leftover pizza, so he had *something* in his stomach. I sepnt most of the evening reading and embrodering and going over lists.

garden sorrel

He went splat when he got in, too, and then *I* overslept, so we were a few minutes late at the shop. There was someone waiting right at the door, too! It was nice to see the sunshine and pretty white clouds, egrets in the wetlands and a bunch of canada geese where the seagulls were on the stormy days.

Turnip greens, regrown

Yesterday he worked on the dishwasher, getting it cleaned back up and then did some test runs and a larger roaster to make sure it was back up and going properly. After that he went out to run some errands, filling the propane bottle and mail and such.

February roses

We have our Old Farmer’s Almanacs in! They’re $10 each, $7 if you pre-ordered! 3 have already been picked up. They’re sitting right on top of the shungite display!


I never did find my jumprings and split rings. I ordered them specially for the bookmarks and now I can’t find them, despite using them once, already. …and I even went through the drawers… argh…. so I embroidered during the Sewing Workshop time and then got a few photos. Dang… not what I was hoping for.

Rugosa rose in February

I had harvested some greens in the morning for the chicken stuffing (It’s a feast trial run, Birka recipe.) and Tempus washed those and hard-boiled my eggs right at the end of the day while I was working on this and then I had to actually make the stuff up.


Today is our “different day”. I’m not sure what Tempus is going to be working on, but I have online stuff to do, some sewing, and more headers.

I found an ethnic dance performance that reminds me of some of the stuff I was doing as a teen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iizWLueLK8E&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2wVPy7XsSs5dCnfl7w86Die37XKh7eeQ2HVJpZA3b0h-QbDrVIm3uvf4Y

A photo from 11/12/16 by Arthur Bartlett of Puget Sound

While BasilOcimum basilicum,  is usually thought of for culinary use, it has a lot of magickal properties, as well. Called great basil, Saint-Joseph’s-wort, king of herbs, and royal herb, it has leaves, buds and seeds that are all used in cooking, and it’s a good companion plant for tomatoes. Many varieties make good ornamental garden plants and some even are bug repellent! It is good as a tea for calming the nerves, settling the stomach, and easing cramps and good for the bladder. In tincture form, also makes a good hair rinse for brunettes. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil  –Masculine, Mars, Fire – Protection (especially from poisons), love, wealth (if carried in your wallet), healing relationships, ensuring faithfulness in a mate, courage, fertility, exorcism. An ingredient of the Purification bath sachet. Add to love sachets and incenses. In Crossing the Bridge rituals it has long been used to open the gates for the spirit to pass through.


On today’s date in 1963 the island of Surtsey first appeared off Iceland. This is a volcanic island arising from the Atlantic Ridge. Many small islands appeared and disappeared around it while the eruption continued. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surtsey

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 7:48am

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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 11/17 at 3:57pm.

Leonid meteors – A Full Moon near the Leonids’ peak means you’re better off searching for shower meteors the week before maximum. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

In early evening Altair shines in the southwest about halfway up the sky, three or four fists left of brighter Vega. Altair is the only bright star in that area. It’s the eye of Aquila, the Eagle. Just upper right of Altair, by a finger’s width at arm’s length, is 3rd-magnitude Tarazed. Down from there runs Aquila’s dim backbone, along the Milky Way when the sky is dark and moonless.

This arrangement reminds me of another Summer Triangle bird, Cygnus the Swan, whose long neck and backbone also run along the Milky Way. Cygnus currently flies high to Aquila’s upper right.

Algol in Perseus should be at its minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours tonight centered on 12:36 a.m. EST (9:36 p.m. PST). Algol takes several additional hours to fade and to rebrighten.

Space rock on your face – This month, Ceres cuts across the Hyades, sprinkled across the face of Taurus the Bull.

Dwarf planet 1 Ceres, the largest body in the main belt, is currently trekking across the loose Hyades open cluster, sprinkled across the narrow nose of Taurus the Bull. Visible in the east by midevening, look first for Taurus’ bright red eye, Aldebaran, about 16° high by 9 P.M. local time. Just slightly west (to the upper right) of this star as Taurus rises on his side are the Hyades, which sit some 150 light-years away and contain some 400 times the mass of the Sun. This young cluster hosts 10 stars of 4th magnitude or brighter — easily visible with the naked eye. Turn binoculars or a small scope on the region, and you should easily pick up Ceres’ magnitude 7.7 glow. Tonight, it’s just over 2° west of Aldebaran and nearly 1.5° southeast of magnitude 3.8 Delta (δ) Tauri. It’s in a small region relatively devoid of stars immediately nearby, moving slowly west-northwest. Come back over the next several days (until the Moon grows too bright on the 18th) to watch for the single spot that moves against the glittering background.

Venus, a very brilliant magnitude –4.7, shines in the southwest during and after twilight. This week it’s crossing the vastly fainter Sagittarius Teapot. Venus doesn’t set now until more than an hour after dark. It will continue to shine just a little higher and brighter through the end of November.

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 – Yellow
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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
Su  14      Low   2:37 AM     1.1   7:12 AM     Set  2:16 AM      72
~    14     High   9:09 AM     7.5   4:50 PM    Rise  3:12 PM
~    14      Low   3:35 PM     1.8
~    14     High   9:19 PM     6.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The warmth of the covers; the knowledge that today no demands await you. Give thanks to the Goddess for this respite.


Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – Imagine that you had a chance to talk to a cave man. List the questions you would like to ask.



~   Success is not a destination:  It is a journey.  The happiest people I know are those who are busy working toward specific objectives.  The most bored and miserable people I know are those who are drifting along with no worthwhile objectives in mind. – Zig Ziglar, Professional speaker
~   Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. – Dale Carnegie
~   Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
~   Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin


In Spring the Poet is glad,
And in Summer the Poet is gay ;
But in Autumn the Poet is sad,
And has something sad to say:

For the Wind moans in the Wood,
And the Leaf drops from the Tree ;
And the cold Rain falls on the graves of the Good,
And the cold Mist comes up from the Sea :

And the Autumn songs of the Poet’s soul
Are set to the passionate grief
Of Winds that sough and Bells that toll
The Dirge of the Falling Leaf. – BYRON FORCEYTHE WILLSON.


Magick – Crafts for Thanksgiving

Hand and Foot Turkey Craft

This cute turkey is made from your child’s handprints and footprints, cut out of construction paper. It makes a very nice Thanksgiving decoration.


  • Brown, red, orange and yellow construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes (optional)


  1. Trace around the child’s feet using brown construction paper and cut out. These two pieces will be the turkey’s body.
  2. Trace around the child’s hands using red, orange, and yellow construction paper and cut out, two each color. These 6 pieces will be the turkey’s feathers.
  3. Glue the two footprints together to make the turkey’s body. (The heels make the head area.)
  4. Cut out a round wattle and an orange beak. Glue the wattle, beak, and googly eyes (or paper eyes) to the turkey’s head.
  5. Make two legs from paper and glue then to the back of the body (or use pipe cleaners and tape them to the back).
  6. Glue the handprint “feathers” to the back of the turkey.

You can now decorate your house for Thanksgiving with these cute turkeys. Don’t forget to put the child’s name and age on the back of the turkey.

Enchanted Learning Software’sString of Leaves  – Make a string of leaves to decorate a room. These simple-to-make strings make a great Fall or Thankgsiving decoration. You can drape the strings across rooms, over windows and from the chandeliers.

[Pic–string of leaves1] Supplies needed:

  • Construction paper (orange, red, yellow, brown, and other earth tones)
  • Crayons or markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue, tape, or staples
  • A long piece of green or brown yarn or string

Draw a leaf on a piece of construction paper. Make sure to draw a thick stem on the top (your leaf will hang from this stem, which will be folded over).

Cut out the leaf. Draw the leaf veins if you wish. Fold the leaf’s stem in half.

Attach the leaf to a long string using tape, glue, or staples. Make more leaves and attach them to the string.

Hang your string of leaves across the room for a wonderful Thanksgiving decoration.


Silliness – A patron asked the librarian why Tales of Robin Hood had been withdrawn from the collection. The librarian replied, “Too much Saxon violence.”

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