Daily Stuff 12-3-21 Day of Remembrance for Bogatir Svatogor

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 5:56 PM of -1.5 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Holiday hours 12/24 until 8pm. Closing on 12/31 at 4pm. Closed 12/25 and 1/1. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Abstract Clear night sky

[posting at 4am] Clear and 41F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI 4-365, UV1. Chance of rain 4% today and 10% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4pm. Partly cloudy today, high of 50F. Rain starting in the late morning on Saturday. Sunday and Friday should be dry with showery days between. Highs are going to drop below 50, though, and Friday’s low could be 36! 22 firespots? 3 fires on the map 100% contained.

Re-grown veg

I got the shop open and started catching up on messages and email. I managed to stay focused while he was gone. He was back around 2pm and we had the rest of our coffee and some of the pasties. They make a good breakfast.

Re-grown veg

I’m not even sure what all I ended up working on all day, other than catching up, but I was just starting to try to track down the resin prices so that I can put a price on the incense sticks when Amor called. He wanted to bounce some ideas off me about society and politics and all. We ended up running up to 6:50 and I really needed to get those prices! ….and couldn’t. I’ve looked everywhere and can’t come up with a price on the site, paypal, an invoice…. and I know that I put the price on the jar, but that’s gone, too. So, I left a message and hope to hear tomorrow. …and the sticks are too long for the 2×4 bags that I can’t find, either…. so I’m going to have to get some.

Re-grown veg

Yesterday was kinda draggy. I didn’t sleep well for the last part of the morning, because I got mixed up. The nap bed clock hasn’t been re-set, and (being very sleepy) I tried to wake Tempus an hour before and then he was up and down for awhile, and then I was worried he wouldn’t wake *me*, so I went more than a bit short on sleep. He got me coffee before he headed out for his appointment.

The slugs are getting most of the strawberries before they ripen, but it’s still blossoming and setting fruit!

What I was doing ran into the first bit of workshop time, so Tempus pulled out the incense cones that he made and tried it. It burned for at least 20 minutes and I think it was closer to 30! So we talked about what to do about incense and then started into the sachets/potpourris section. Mostly it was history and a lot about floors and how they were treated with strewing herbs and what that meant.

A lovely african violet that I got from a local.

We finished up just before 9 and Tempus took off for Newport at the same time. I got a snack and a nap and got back to work, finally getting to my e-mails, only to discover that they had scheduled me for a doc appointment on Wednesday…. not seeing e-mail until today I blew the appointment! Gah…. I hate this online stuff where there’s no accommodation for schedules. So I have this to do and then some writing before I turn in.

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Tempus is going to have to run errands in Newport, I think, so I’m making a short shopping list. I’m hoping to get some help with plants again. I’m probably going to have to withdraw some of the “for sale” plants and replace them with ones that have been getting more light. Well, we’ll see.

Drone footage of the Neskowin Ghost forest – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10rLo2LNGEk

Yachats sunset on 11/30/15 by Ken Gagne


Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon

Bona Dea Feast Tellus_-_Ara_Pacis

Today’s feast is to Bona Dea, the Good Goddess! This was an exclusively women’s religious festival in ancient Rome. Men could be punished with blindness for profaning the rites. Bona Dea’s true name and face, due to her modesty, were unknown to men. She was the goddess of virtuous womanhood, venerated by everyone from emperors to slaves, but mostly by women, children and plebs. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Dea

magick motif slav Kolovrat Rodnover

Day of Remembrance for Bogatir Svatogor – Studen (December) 3 – The date refers back to the time of the Great Barrow Gulbishe and the first fight with Pechenegs. Awesome were the honors at the funeral for this great noble warrior. His implements and armor were gigantic, twice as large as the ordinary in size. Today, say a toast to this great warrior. (Bogatir: “Greatest Hero” in Old Russian )

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Holiday hours 12/24 until 8pm. Closing on 12/31 at 4pm. Closed 12/25 and 1/1. 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 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 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. 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 12/3 at 11:43pm. 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 12/18 at 8:36pm. 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 at 11:43am on 12/5.

Far behind Jupiter and Saturn — from hundreds of thousands to millions of times farther than the two planets— how many faint stars of the Capricornus pattern can you make out once it’s dark?

Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest celestial objects after the Sun and Moon, continue to blaze in Capricornus during and after twilight this week. Venus dazzles in the southwest. Jupiter shines some 30° to Venus’s upper left, high in the south to south-southwest. As twilight fades, dimmer Saturn emerges midway between them.

Vega still shines brightly well up in the west-northwest after dark. The brightest star above it is Deneb, the head of the big Northern Cross formed by the brightest stars of Cygnus. At nightfall the shaft of the cross extends lower left from Deneb. By about 11 p.m., it plants itself more or less upright on the northwest horizon.

Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) is finally entering its best week! It should be 5th or 6th magnitude, high in the east before the very first light of dawn in the vicinity of Arcturus. Tomorrow morning December 4th finds it 9° upper left of Arcturus as seen from North America. The comet should peak around 4th or 5th magnitude — meaning it will still probably require optical aid (a comet is more diffuse than a star) — around December 10th or 11th. By then it’ll be much lower at the beginning of dawn, starting to lose its battle with morning twilight. See “Comet Leonard Races Across the Sky” in the December Sky & Telescope, page 48, with the finder charts you’ll need to pinpoint the exact location among the stars to examine for it.

The hero and the demon – Perseus the Hero is home to the Demon Star, Algol. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

It’s time to hunt down the American Association of Variable Star Observers’ final featured variable star for the year: Algol. Also called the Demon Star, Algol (cataloged as Beta Persei), sits within Perseus the Hero. It’s already nearly 49° high in the northeast an hour after sunset and still climbing. Algol is an eclipsing binary system in which one component crosses in front of the other from our point of view, dimming its magnitude predictably every 2.867 days. This takes the star from magnitude 2.1 at its brightest to magnitude 3.4 — 70 percent dimmer — and is noticeable to the naked eye. To determine where the star is in this cycle, compare it to nearby Mirfak (Alpha [α] Persei), which is a steady magnitude 1.8. At its brightest, Algol is roughly as bright as Mirfak; at its dimmest, it is noticeably fainter than the alpha star. In addition to its well-charted variability, Algol has a second claim to fame: Its more massive component (3.5 times the mass of our Sun) appears less evolved (earlier in its life cycle) than its less massive component, which is dying star weighing in at a mere 0.81 solar mass. This gave rise to the famous so-called Algol paradox, because more massive stars evolve and age more quickly than less massive stars. So, how could the less-massive star have evolved quicker than its more massive counterpart in this case? The truth is that it didn’t: Instead, the less-massive star is only less massive today because it’s lost so much of its mass to its companion star, which has beefed up its own mass by sucking material away from its partner. So, the star that started out more massive has truly evolved faster, but simply lost most of its mass over time. Although the eclipsing binary component of this system is the cause of its variability, Algol does contain at least one more star, which orbits the eclipsing pair every 1.86 years.

Neptune (magnitude 7.9, at the Aquarius-Pisces border) is high in the south after dark.

Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2021https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-december-rotation-stars

Sun in Sagittarius

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) (Nov 25 – Dec 22)
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Rose
Harvest – 12/3
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries. The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).

Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Chieftain
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
F    3      Low   4:52 AM     2.5   7:35 AM    Rise  6:51 AM      3
~     3     High  10:51 AM     9.6   4:37 PM     Set  4:12 PM
~     3      Low   5:56 PM    -1.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Every day is a chance to change your life.


Journal Prompt – Wiki – Name three people whose lives have been improved by knowing you, and explain why.



~   Treason! Treason! – Last words of Richard III of England, who was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field, in 1485; his best men had deserted him
~   We are one species. We are starstuff. ~ Carl Sagan
~   We can no longer plead ignorance. We cannot evade it. We may spurn it. We may kick it out of the way. But we cannot turn aside so as to avoid seeing it. Let us make reparation to Africa, as far as we can … – William Wilberforce
~   When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn’t know how to play them when I was drunk. – Richard Burton

To the cold December heaven
Came the pale Moon and the stars,
As the yellow Sun was sinking
Behind the purple bars. – Charles Dawson Shanly (1811–75)


Yule Magick – Crafts

How about some Citrus Candles??           (used Stuff 2006)

Hollowed-out lemons become fragrant yellow cups for candles. Using a serrated knife and small ice-cream scoop, remove pulp from lemon halves. Wash and dry lemon shells, then insert a votive candle into each one. (try and find a citrus scented yellow candle or use a vanilla or plain-colored candle). Pour rock salt around candles to add sparkle. )0( 

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Anja’s notes – In our wet ocean climate don’t try to use rock salt! You’ll end up with a puddle and put the candle out as soon as it burns down to the level of the water. Use glass pebbles or bits instead Stand the shells up in the same stuff.

You can also use orange or grapefruit rinds for this, or even Satsuma, Mandarin or tangerine shells. For the orange or grapefruit follow the same directions although you can use 3” pillar candles in most grapefruit shells. For the last three cut each shell carefully around the middle and gently pull away from the pulp segments.

Protective Pinecones – November 13th, 2007

Color of the day: Maroon Incense of the day: Lavender

For a beautiful and functional arrangement, try this simple technique. Gather ten pinecones. Spray paint five of them gold. Take the other five and apply spray glue to the tips. Dust with ground cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and orange zest. Tie holly leaves and pine needles in little bundles with red ribbon. Attach the pinecones to a straw wreath with wire, and tuck the greenery, along with baby’s breath, into the open spaces. Place white candles nearby. As you hang the wreath, channel vibrations of protection into it. Visualize a blue light slowly surrounding the entire area. When you light the candles each night, call upon these energies and allow the blue bubble to form over the whole house. By: Tammy Sullivan

12 Days of Christmas: Scented Beeswax Ornaments from Soap Queen…

To kick things off, these Scented Beeswax Ornaments are the perfect addition to your Christmas tree. Scented with Woodland Elves Fragrance Oil, these ornaments smell like a fresh pine, clove and juniper. If you have a fake tree this year, these ornaments are a great way to bring the fresh Christmas tree scent inside!

What You’ll Need: 
Medium 9 Ball Silicone Mold 30% off until Nov. 11th at noon, PST 
16 oz. White Beeswax 
4 oz. Woodland Elves Fragrance Oil 
1/2 tsp. Merlot Mica 
1/2 tsp. Super Pearly White Mica 
1/2 tsp. Gold Sparkle Mica 
1/2 tsp.  Green Chrome Oxide 
1/2 tsp. Cellini Red Mica 

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Note: This recipe makes several batches of ornaments. Once you make the first batch and remove the cooled ornaments, reheat the beeswax in the microwave to make another!  
ONE: To a separate heat safe containers,  add 1/2 tsp. of Super Pearly White Mica, Green Chrome Oxide, Gold Sparkle Mica, and Merlot Mica. To the container containing Merlot Mica, add 1/2 tsp. Cellini Red Mica. 

TWO: To each container, add 2 tbs. of Woodland Elves Fragrance Oil and use a spoon to thoroughly mix.

THREE: If necessary, use a mini mixer to get rid of any clumps.

FOUR: Melt beeswax over a double boiler. If you’d like you can use the microwave, just be careful! Because beeswax has an extremely high melting point, the container can get very hot (and possibly explode) if microwaved too long. Pour the melted beeswax evenly into each container, about 4 ounces.

FIVE: Use a spoon to thoroughly mix the wax, fragrance and colorants.

SIX: Using droppers, add 6 mL of wax into each cavity using various colors to complete the first layer. Allow to cool and harden. For our ornaments, we used a combination of red/gold and green/white, but you can use whatever color combinations you like! 
Note: Work quickly, as the wax will harden in the droppers if it gets too cool. 

SEVEN: Using the droppers, add 6 mL  of wax on top of the hardened first layer using a contrasting color. Allow to full cool and harden.

EIGHT: Continue layering colors until each cavity has three 6 mL layers of beeswax.

NINE: After pouring the last layer, place a ribbon on top of the melted wax, and hold for several seconds until the wax cools and is able to support the ribbon. Once the ornaments are fully cool, remove from the mold and enjoy!


Silliness – 20 ways to get kicked out of a coven – (no author given – if anyone knows who wrote this please say)

  1. Take the ritual sword from the altar and make sounds like Darth Vader… “Luke, I am your father!”…and start making light saber noises.
  2. Start skat-singing when chanting.
  3. Take the ritual athame from the altar and start cleaning your nails with it.
  4. When taking a sip of the ritual wine, act like a wine snob and comment on it.
  5. When doing the spiral dance, make a conga line.
  6. Call down the Goddess with “Get your ass down here, Big Momma!”.
  7. Call down the God with “Our Father, who art in Heaven…”
  8. When chanting the names of the Goddess, randomly include Pokemon names.
  9. When being smudged, complain about second-hand smoke.
  10. In a drumming circle, laugh insanely and start drumming the beat to Wipe Out”.
  11. When in a skyclad circle, randomly point and laugh.
  12. When the ritual wine goblet is passed to you, chug it and ask for more.
  13. Invoke Satan.
  14. Take out a bible and start evangelizing.
  15. Light up a cigar.
  16. Bring a cute furry creature and offer it as a blood sacrifice.
  17. Talk a lot about casting spells for revenge against people who have offended you.
  18. At a handfasting say “Thank God! Maybe now i’ll get some
  19. When in circle, answer your cell phone.
  20. Respond to “So Mote it Be!” with “Amen!”
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