Daily Stuff 11-19-21 Man in the Iron Mask

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 6:47  of -0.4 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Everything is wet and it’s getting foggy. 52F, wind at 1-13 mph and gusting, AQI 18-48, UV1. Chance of rain 24% today and 6% tonight. There’s a chance of rain again before sunrise, but after that it should dry out through Monday evening. We might even see some sun. It sounds like a good time to get the outdoor things done…. like Tempus getting up on the roof with a caulking gun….. The rest of the forecast looks like mostly showery, maybe dry on Wednesday. Two firespots and two fires?


  • Janus Fire – 87% – 24797.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 95% – 24894 acres


Yesterday Tempus surprised me in the morning. He had come in while I was in the bathroom and sat down in the sofa area. I came out and sat behind my computer and when he realized I was there, walked up to the counter (it was still very dark in the shop) and said something. I jumped a country mile!


We drove home watching the play of light on the water all the way. Eckman lake had a lot of ducks. It looked like a rippled mirror except where those were, since there were arrowhead prints on the water of them all coming together. There was one spot where I dunno whether it was bath or fight, but water was flying 10 feet into the air from the splashing! We crawled into bed and Tempus stayed that way until nearly 12:30, but I had to get up after some really disturbing dreams, to get a cup of tea and replace the nasty images with ones from a book I’m working on and then climb back in to sleep for another hour or so.

Camellia blooming in November

We got to the shop on time and I promptly had to deal with a bunch of coughing from my asthma. Tempus quickly made me a cup of warm chai to calm it down and just about the time it did, Sash called. He needed to touch base with Mama for a bit, needed a little sympathy over an abscessed tooth and to talk out a problem he’s having with one of his team members. Raven needed some mom-time, too, but we were chatting online.

Lobster mushrooms… these tasted horrid.

When we got off the phone Tempus had made waffles to go with our coffee. I started in on e-mail messages at that point and then started writing on this… <sigh> Not getting much else done, although I’m hoping to wring out a few minutes to do some headers… Tempus has to clear the table in back for Herbs, still. …and he did.

Herbs went pretty well. Tempus was working on adding a burning ingredient to one blend. Linda was extruding sticks, and got about 1/2 a batch done, but it looks like the extruder broke. I’m going to get it apart in the light and see what happened. I was working on headering incense and re-stocking the wall, and eventually pulled out and starting grinding some vetivert.

I have my embroidery and a book pulled out. That’ll be next after this goes out and if I’m awake later I’ll be working on checking in a stack of books that we got on Tuesday, then maybe the Full Moon Farms order (which has been sitting) and oh gee…. I need to get the box together to mail to the kids for Sioned. Oh, boy…. May have to do that in the morning.


We had a trial run of an idea that Tempus had about emergency candles. I have a bunch stashed, basically they’re re-melted wax with a good wick in a recycled jar with a lid. I fill ’em about 1/2 full and add a lighter. We’ve added a step. I bought some light sensitive pebbles over the summer and we glued one to the lid of an e-candle, so that it can be found in the dark. It seems to work!


….and I’ve been getting distracted. I got a nap, watched the eclipse, found a funny animals pix page, found a really funny youtube…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiu54fd6Pu0 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik on a banjo…. Ok, let me get this done….

Today we should be open on time. I have more headers to create, since I found a stash of bagged herbs. Stuff gets shoved into strange places during the summer and then it usually takes into January to find everything. That’s part of why we often close for part of that month.

Ken Gagne pic from 11/18/16 “On my way back from a fishing trip this is what the Newport North Jetty was looking like with huge waves crashing up against the rocks.”

plant motif flower mydicentra bleeding heart

Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heartlamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods in the spring. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis

The Gettysburg Address – Possibly the best-known speech at the current time, these 271 words were delivered on this day as a dedication of a soldier’s cemetery. It used to be memorized in school. Read it today. It says a lot that we need to remember. More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gettysburg_Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. —Abraham Lincoln

Masque_de_fer_selon_Warin 11-19-13 Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask is a figure mostly of fiction and legend, but there is an historical basis. This date in 1703 marks his death. Held for more than forty years in prison (the 19th-Century folklorist Robert Chambers says only the last five years of his imprisonment were actually in the Bastille) during the reign of King Louis XIV, the Man in the Iron Mask was an unknown prisoner. Most probably he was a general with whom the king was furious although he was originally admitted under the name of a valet privy to embarrassing events and was buried under the name, “Matthioli” . More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_in_the_Iron_Mask

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Taurus enters Gemini at 6:33am

Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 11/20 at 12:57pm. 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 12/3 at 11:43pm.

The full Moon on the 18th will shine all bright and innocent during the evening for North America, with no hint of what’s to come in a few hours. On the 19th, because the Moon is plotted for well after dark in the Central time zone, we see it here.

The Moon, just past full, shines in early evening almost exactly halfway between the Pleiades above it and Aldebaran below it, depending on your location. The Moon is precisely in line between them around the end of twilight for much of North America’s East Coast. Holding up a ruler or a pencil to the sky, how accurately can you time the Moon’s passage across this line? To mark the center of the Pleiades, pick Alcyone, the cluster’s brightest star. Watch the Moon move farther east of this line hour by hour through the night, as it creeps eternally eastward in its orbit around Earth.

Venus and Nunki. As twilight deepens toward dark this evening, spot dazzling Venus low in the southwest. Just 0.2° to its left, if you’re viewing from North America, is the brightest star of the Sagittarius Teapot handle: 2nd-magnitude Nunki (Sigma Sagittarii). Bring binoculars; Nunki is only 1/500 as bright as Venus. That’s because at Nunki’s distance of 225 light-years, it’s 30 million times farther from us than Venus at 4 light-minutes. Binoculars may also show the other three stars of the Teapot handle in the same field of view. They’re 89, 120, and 230 light-years away, roughly typical for run-of-the-mill naked-eye stars.

Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest celestial objects after the Sun and the Moon, blaze during and after twilight a little less far apart every week. Venus is low in the southwest; Jupiter is high in the south. Saturn glows less than halfway from Jupiter to Venus. Watch this line of three shorten for the next month.

Neptune (magnitude 7.9, at the Aquarius-Pisces border) is already high in the southeast at nightfall.

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 – Coral
Harvest 11/19-21
©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
F   19     High  12:35 AM     6.7   7:18 AM     Set  7:38 AM      99
~    19      Low   5:58 AM     2.9   4:45 PM    Rise  5:02 PM
~    19     High  11:48 AM     8.3
~    19      Low   6:47 PM    -0.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t explain; your friends don’t expect it, and your enemies won’t believe it.


Journal Prompt – Expository – Select one of the following statements and rewrite is descriptively, showing it instead of telling it. In other words, paint a picture with words. Be sure to appeal to the reader’s senses. The crowd loudly cheered. The room is a mess. The meal smelled delicious.



~   The politician is the creature of the public sentiment – [he] never goes ahead of it because he depends on it. – Lucy Stone; ibid
~   He can who thinks he can and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. – Picasso
~   When an old American Black woman was asked the secret of her long life and excellent health, she said, “When I works, I works hard; when I sits, I sits loose; when I worrys, I goes to sleep.” – Author Unknown
~   Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life. – Lord Byron

SEE ! I survive because I bowed my head,
Hearing the snow’s first footfall in the air ;

I felt his cold kiss on my cheek with dread,
And to my sister said, ” Beware ! “

And stooped beneath my bank and let him pass.
Next morn the brook was glass :

My simple sister in her pride,
Disdained to bow her head, so drooped and died.  – THOMAS WILLIAM PARSONS.


Magick – Links to Thanksgiving Pintables

7 Free, Printable Thanksgiving Decorations and Crafts – https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/free-printable-thanksgiving-decorations-1356363

14 Free Printable Place Cards for Thanksgiving – https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/free-printable-place-cards-for-thanksgiving-4111313

9 Free Thanksgiving Printables – https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/free-thanksgiving-printables-1356369

Free Puzzles and Word Games for Thanksgiving – https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/thanksgiving-puzzles-2809152

Free Turkey Clip Art – https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/free-turkey-clip-art-1356373


Silliness – For his part – What did the bald man say when he was given a comb for his birthday?”
“Oh, thank you! I’ll never part with it!”

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