Daily Stuff 12-16-21 Las Posadas

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter 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 Barret Spangler. Herbs Workshop, 7pm.

[posting at 4am] [rain gauge at midnight on 12/16 – 1 3/4inches] It’s wet and cold, but not raining at the moment. 41F, wind at 1-9mph and gusting, AQI 2-34, UV1. Chance of rain 24% today and 20% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 10pm tonight. Today and tomorrow should be dry, probably more cloudy than not, but rain and wind is forecast for Saturday. Sunday, rain. Monday, light rain and after that should be just showery for several days. Still looking at high’s in the mid-upper 40’s and lows mostly below 40. 3 firespots, two mostly-contained fires.

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Monday night was another “crash” night. Tempus got one bag of muffins to the neighbors on one side and then we slept. When he headed out I got some minor cleaning done along with my usual reading and embroidery.

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Tempus got in at a reasonable hour, Tuesday morning and I was up, but dozy, around 1pm. Around 1:30 something weird happened. There was a rumble, almost like thunder, then a second one and the house swayed! …there were a couple more rumbles after that, too. It turned out that the Air National Guard was on maneuvers off the coast, rather close to Waldport, and they ended up causing a few sonic booms!

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When Tempus got up I had been watching the sun in a lovely blue sky decorated with swiftly-moving white clouds, but there were some darker bits closing in, that started raining on us before dark. He got us coffee and I made him a bowl of pumpkin bread, heated up, with cream. It’s tasty that way! He got a bag of muffins to the neighbors on the other side, and then needed to take off for the bulk route. I had been cooking. I baked a creamed chicken/mushroom/leeks dish that we had with carrots for supper and then made another chicken/tomato/onion/spinach dish for a couple more meals and got them put by for later.

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I got a nap, then got up and worked on leather thimbles, both setting up a project box so I can find pieces, and actually making one set in sizes from 3-11. Those will go into the inventory today. We’ve been out since late summer, but this was the first time I had all the components together. I’m also writing sizes on the inside of the thimbles, to make it a little easier to find which one you need. Sizes are approximate. It *is* leather….

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On Wednesday Tempus got in a bit later than usual, around 10am. He had stopped at the shop and dozed off after finding a few things that I had been asking for. Neither of us had much ambition, although we did get some stuff done, like picking up the tools that have been on the floor up front and getting the paper bags folded to take back to the shop. I finally got the fabrics into the closet and moved the boxes. There’s more to do, but it’s a start, at least. He got the last of the muffins delivered, too.

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When he turned in, I got a nap, then got up and worked on thimbles a bit more. I’ve done two strips worth and then are 11 to go! We don’t need that many for stock, so I’m probably only going to do one more strip’s worth. I finally just sat and read while I waited for him to wake back up.

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Tempus has had some “fun” over the last few nights, mostly with ice and ice pellets, but he had to sit out a short-lived blizzard condition at one point. It wasn’t sticking, but he couldn’t see! It was raining hard when we left to come to the shop.

I’m here at the shop overnight, so I can get this out. It’s chilly in here, since we haven’t had the heat on since Monday. I’m hoping he gets done early enough that we can go home to sleep. We’ll be open at 1pm. We have a lot of things to get done, from clearing the table in back, to getting the incense materials put away and pulling out the potpourri materials, watering indoor plants and getting a bit farther on the bookmark project and then there’s the Herbs Workshop at 7pm.

A pic from 2016’s ice storm in the Valley, courtesy of Barret Spangler and published under a Creative Commons “Attribution 4.0 International” license – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Used with permission.


Today’s plant is the cobra lilyDarlingtonia
, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of.
A good article about Darlingtonia:  http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the
wayside in Florence is here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.

Las Posadas, Mexico – This custom apparently derives from Spain, but is celebrated mostly in Central America and the Southwestern US. It includes Nativity parades, and plays resembling those of the mummers along with breaking of piñatas and lots of parties. There’s even a celebration in Portland that ends up with Santa collecting gifts for needy children.  More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Posadas

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 Taurus enters Gemini at 12:43pm.

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. 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 12/17 at 8:36am.

The Moon crosses Taurus as it waxes toward full, on the night of the 18th.

At dusk on the 16th, the gibbous Moon is still to the right of the line from Aldebaran to the Pleiades, as drawn here for the middle of North America. Later in the night, it crosses that line.

Leonard’s time to shine – Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) is on fine display this week after passing by the globular cluster M3 early in the month. – Chris Schur

Comet Leonard has been emerging just above the southwest horizon in evening twilight, a little bit higher each day. But you’ll be looking through a not-fully-dark sky. This evening offers an easy pointer to the exact spot to examine with binoculars. In the southwest, draw a line from modest Saturn diagonally down through brilliant Venus, extend the line on by half again as far or just a little more, and there you are! When to look? Fifty minutes after sunset might be a time to start hunting with binoculars or a wide-field telescope. But the best time window (if any) between a too-bright sky and a too-low comet will depend on your latitude and the clarity of the air. The farther south you are the better. If you’re as far north as 40°N (Denver, New York), Comet Leonard will be 8° above the horizon 50 minutes after sunset. Seen from 30°N (New Orleans, the Gulf Coast) it will be 10° up at that time. Good luck.

Left of Orion after dinnertime is the constellation Gemini. Castor and Pollux, the head stars of the Gemini stick-figure twins, are at its left end; the twins are lying on their sides. Castor is the higher one.

Venus has become an unmistakable beacon in the evening sky, seated in northeastern Sagittarius and setting some two hours after the Sun. Nearby, just one constellation over in Capricornus, is Saturn, glowing a much more muted magnitude 0.6 to Venus’ spectacular magnitude –4.9. The two began the month 18° apart and have been creeping closer over the past two weeks. Tonight, they reach their closest approach, separated by 14°. Once you’ve found Venus, simply scan east on the sky, along the ecliptic, to find dimmer Saturn. Beyond it, now having passed into Aquarius, is Jupiter, now magnitude –2.2. Take some time to enjoy these planets through a telescope. Venus is the smallest of the three but also the closest to Earth. It presents a disk that is just 15 percent illuminated but spans 50″ on the sky. Its phase will continue to diminish but its size grow for the rest of the month. Saturn, the farthest of the three and middling in physical size, appears 16″ wide, flanked by its fantastic rings, which stretch 35″ end to end. Now is the time to view this planet with a telescope, as it will continue sinking toward the horizon in the coming weeks. Finally, the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter, appears 37″ across and is flanked by all four of its Galilean moons this evening. Europa lies alone to the planet’s east, while, stretching from closest to farthest, are Io, Ganymede, and Callisto to the west.

Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries north of the head of Cetus) is very high in the southeast in early evening. See Bob King’s story and finder chart.

Runic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13

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)
Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Turquoise
Planting 12/14-16
©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
Th  16      Low   4:13 AM     3.2   7:47 AM     Set  5:30 AM      89
~    16     High  10:11 AM     8.2   4:38 PM    Rise  3:05 PM
~    16       Low   5:19 PM     0.1
~    16     High  11:47 PM     6.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Today, I embrace my emotions, and recognize that it is healthy.


Journal Prompt – When? – When you look at an elderly person’s hands what do you see?



~   Oh, had I received the education I desired, had I been bred to the profession of the law, I might have been a useful member of society, and instead of myself and my property being taken care of, I might have been a protector of the helpless, a pleader for the poor and unfortunate. – Sarah Moore Grimké, American abolitionist, attorney, judge and feminist, born on November 26, 1792; As quoted in The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina (1969) by Gerda Lerna
~   That the materially poor can ever be spiritual is out-and-out absurd. – Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh), Indian cult leader, who left the USA for India on November 17, 1985
~   The people who have really made history are the martyrs. – Aleister Crowley; attributed
~   The pigeons were picked up and piled in heaps, until each [hunter] had as many as he could possibly dispose of, when the hogs were let loose to feed on the remainder. – John James Audubon, Birds of America. Martha, the last Passenger pigeon, died on September 1, 1914.

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 – Recipes

Chicken Crescent Rolls
2 cups cooked cubed chicken
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons milk
8 ounce can of crescent rolls

  1. Mix cream cheese and milk.
  2. Add chicken.
  3. Separate crescent rolls into 4 rectangles and seal perforations.
  4. Put ½ of the chicken mixture in the center of each rectangle.
  5. Bring 4 corners of dough to center and seal.

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet 20-25 minutes until brown.

Cannoli for Kids
15 ounces of ricotta cheese
¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
½ teaspoon grated orange peel
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
10 sugar ice-cream cones

In a large bowl with electric mixer at low, beat ricotta cheese, sugar,
orange peel and vanilla just until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover
and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

To serve, spoon mixture directly into ice-cream cones or into decorating bag
without tip and then pipe decoratively into cones.

Crunchy Bananas
2 bananas
½ cup orange juice
½ cup wheat germ, coconut, crushed cereal or granola

  1. Cut bananas into 1” thick slices.
  2. Push a fork or popsicle stick into a banana slice.
  3. Dip it in orange juice and then rolls in the crunchy foods.
  4. These may be frozen if desired to make a banana pop.


Silliness – Bumper Snickers – Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.

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