Daily Stuff 11-22-21 Pentacle Day

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:33 PM of -0.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm today. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Josh Orkin.

[posting at 9pm] Partly cloudy and 45F, wind at 0-6mph, AQI 16-30, UV1. Chance of rain 92% today and 72% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 9am Mon to 1pm Tues. It should stay dry today until afternoon and start with showers. They’re saying 1/3 of an inch in 24 hours…. Once it dries out on Tuesday it’ll be chilly but dry, through the next spate on Thursday. The rest of the forecast is mixed at this point. 12 firespots and the last two fires on the map are both at 100% containment.


Saturday evening I did a lot of prep for yesterday’s cooking, and then read and embroidered a bit. Tempus didn’t get in until past 10am and we both had to struggle out of bed. We made it in time, though. He got us coffee and some breakfast and then I started cooking. First was sweet-sour cabbage, then some tiny carrots, then setting up the chicken in a tripot, then the peas-in-a-bag. It’s an odd way to cook them, I think, and it took until 6:30, an hour longer than it said! I had to skip the bread-in-a-bag, because the peas took so long, so I made the lauschmutz (creamed leeks and pork) …and then I managed to drop the bag back into the boiling broth and it was all over, both me and the floor! We had a nibble tray of olives, bread and potted cheese earlier. We finally ate for real at about 8:15….


The shop got busy a couple of times and we did have some sales, but all around the middle of the afternoon. Nothing after 4pm. Tempus did some work on the car and I wrote and had my embroidery at my desk.

Bagging the peas

I’m going to rest this evening, and then we’ll open today at 1pm… somehow the tenses don’t work there…. I’m writing this Sunday evening and Monday we’ll be open at 1pm… Ok, that’s a little better… awkward…. I have headers to do. Tempus got some chopped for me and I have more to write as I find bagged stuff.

We also have more plant watering to do inside and if the weather holds I want to get that last planter prepped for winter.

…and hope that it’s not as cold tomorrow!

A photo of Heceta Head on 11/14/19 taken by Josh Orkin (Used with permission)


I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea HollyEryngium maritimum isn’t one. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.


Today in 2006 the first Pentacle was placed on a military grave in a state cemetery in Nevada, anticipating the approval of the Pentacle symbol on United States soldiers’ tombstones (excerpt from  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentacle )
“After a ten year legal battle, the circled pentagram (referred to as a pentacle by applicants and the court case) was added to the list of 38 approved religious symbols to be placed on the tombstones of fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery on 24 April 2007. The decision was made following ten applications from families of fallen soldiers who practiced Wicca. The government paid the families $225,000 to settle their pending lawsuits.” – Associated Press (23 April 2007). “Wiccan symbol OK for soldiers’ graves”CNN.com. Archived from the original on 26 April 2007.
“Burial and Memorials: Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers”United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007.

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Cancer

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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/27 at 4:28am.

The bowl of the Little Dipper is swinging down after dark at this time of year, lower left of Polaris due north. The Little Dipper’s lip is Kochab, equal to Polaris in brightness; the rest of it is dim. By about 11 p.m. it hangs straight down from Polaris.

Tonight, let’s turn our gaze toward Pegasus, already high overhead after sunset. Near the western edge of this constellation is the globular cluster M15. This ancient swath of stars holds an added bonus: Pease 1, the first planetary nebula discovered inside a globular cluster. M15 sits just over 4° northwest of 2nd-magnitude Enif, which marks the end of the Winged Horse’s nose. If you’re using binoculars or a small scope, the cluster will look like a fuzzy cotton ball hanging against the dark background of the sky. M15 glows at magnitude 6.2 — just visible with the naked eye from a dark site on a dark night — and spans about 18′ across. It sits about 33,600 light-years away. Pease 1 can be seen in amateur instruments, but you’ll need a large scope with an aperture of at least 12 inches, and more likely 16 to 20 inches to net a reliable sighting. Alternatively, you can set up your camera (or smartphone) to take a long-exposure image, which will collect many more photons than your eye and more easily bring out the planetary’s soft glow. The SEDS Messier site has a helpful finder chart if you’re interested in this challenge.

Mars, far and faint at magnitude +1.6, is emerging low in the sunrise. Try for it with binoculars just above the east-southeast horizon about 45 minutes before sunup. You’re catching Mars at the very start of its new apparition, which will run for almost two years. (Mars’s opposition, the near-midpoint of the apparition, will come on the night of December 7, 2022 — when, by coincidence, the Moon, necessarily full, will occult it for much of North America!).

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 Sagittarius

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 – White
Planting 11/22&3
©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
M   22     High   2:35 AM     6.5   7:22 AM     Set 10:37 AM      94
~    22      Low   7:41 AM     3.7   4:43 PM    Rise  7:03 PM
~    22     High   1:18 PM     7.8
~    22      Low   8:33 PM    -0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is tough but so are you.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Perfection never exists in reality, but only in our dreams.– Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs



~   A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~   If there are two possible ways to spell a person’s name, you will pick the wrong one. – Second Law of Business Meetings, Corollary – If there is only one way to spell a name, you will spell it wrong anyway.
~   If you define things, you limit them – Taoism
~   The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: That’s the essence of inhumanity. – George Bernard Shaw

The Leaves of the Trees
(to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)

The leaves of the trees turn orange and red
orange and red, orange and red
The leaves of the trees turn orange and red
All through the town.

The leaves of the trees come tumbling down
tumbling down, tumbling down
The leaves of the trees come tumbling down
All through the town.

The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish
Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish,
The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish
All through the town. – Irmgard Guertges


Magick – Crafts, Something to do with the photos that you took. – Crystal Pendant Family Photo Ornaments – http://www.rookno17.com/2012/11/crystal-pendant-family-photo-ornaments.html  (go to original link for more!)

Crystal Family Ornaments Photo 1

Crystal Family Photo Pendant Ornaments Directions


  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Plaid’s Folk Art Acrylic Paint — Metallic Silver or Gold
  • Chandelier Crystals (From the craft store or home improvement store)
  • Family photos, scanned and reduced to fit the dimensions of the crystal. 
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • paper towel
  • paint brush
  • Pinch bails (from the beading section of the craft store — silver or golddepending on your preference)
  • Beads of your choice
  • Crimp tubes
  • Crimp bead covers
  • All-in-one jewelry pliers
  • Silver or gold beading wire (thin enough to pass through the beads when doubled-up.)

Step 1: Print out photos in high quality on regular printer paper. Lay crystal on top of photo and trace with a pencil. Cut along the inside of the pencil marks.

Step 2: Set crystal on piece of paper towel. Apply a thin coat of Dimensional Magic to the back of the crystal, leaving a 1/8″ border.  Gently set the photo (face down) on top of the Dimensional Magic. Using a finger, press the photo into place. The paper towel will prevent the Dimensional Magic from running to the front of the crystal. You can apply firm pressure without getting your other hand sticky. Work out any wrinkles, then set aside to dry for a few minutes.

Step 3:  When Dimensional Magic is dry, paint the back of the paper with the Folk Art Metallic paint. Allow to dry for a few minutes, then brush on a second coat.

Step 4: When the second coat of paint is dry, you’re ready to start beading. To bead:

Pinch a bail into place with your all-in-one tool. If the hole in the crystal has been sealed by the photo, use a pin or needle to open it back up.

Thread a 9″-10″ piece of wire through the bail. Lock into place by threading a small bead through both ends of the wire (length will depend on how long you would like the finished ornament to be).

Continue adding beads by threading both ends of the wire through the hole.

When you’ve achieved the desired length, thread the ends of the wire through a crimp tube, in opposite directions, to create a loop. Pinch crimp tube in place with your all-in-one tool. Then use the tool to trim the loose ends of the wire.

Your ornaments are ready to hang from the tree or wrap as a gift.

The Dimensional Magic Crystal Pendants can also be attached to a larger bail and hung from a necklace.  I’ll be featuring a tutorial for these braided lace and chain necklaces later in the week.

I have a feeling it’s going to be a real Mod-Podge-apalooza here in the coming weeks.  To stay up to date on the latest crafty goodness from Plaid, follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest!
Disclosure:  I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are genuine and 100% my own.


Silliness – No Stuffing

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