Daily Stuff 1-7-22 Jinjitsu

Hi, folks!

We’re taking our usual Winter Vacation and will be closed from 1/4 until 1/20 if the COVID numbers come down. If they stay high it might be longer than that. If you need something contact us here or on Facebook. We can make time to be at the shop. Featured photo by Jessica Smith/Carlock.

 [posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 12/6 – 1.1 It was dry most of the afternoon, but it’s raining again. 51F, wind at 4-23mph and gusting into the 40’s, AQI 8-36, UV1. Chance of rain 97% today and 42% tonight. HIGH WIND WARNING until 10am Fri. FLOOD WATCH through 4pm. We actually under a storm warning, right now, but the storm should pass by lunchtime. We should see some sun Saturday and Sunday, then showers Mon., rain Tues, showers Wed. From then on, partly cloudy. highs are going to gradually climb to the mid-50’s, lows (except for Sat night 39F!) should climb from the low to upper 40’s over the week.

Wednesday evening I did some small chores, mostly things like finding hardware for putting up a shelf and sorting out what was in the hardware drawer that Tempus still needs to fix. I went to bed early, but didn’t sleep well. I’m dealing with a bad tooth. I was actually awake when Tempus got in at about 7am and reading.

I finally got back to sleep and was awakened by Tempus thinking we needed to be at the shop at 3pm, not 5. We got the fridge cleaned out and some pick-up-and-put-away done, then I went out and re-strung the peas. It looks like 9 plants survived, even if they’re a little battered. What’s amazing me are the lettuces that look perfect fine once the peas were lifted up. Protected?

We stopped to pick up mail and some garden supplies have come in, plus some tarot decks. Once that was sorted I started in on this. The doll/bucket for Sioned arrived. It’s supposed to be for valentine’s, but it’s going with the holiday box which might go out tomorrow. I hope. Tempus has been working in back, cleaning off the table, since he thought was had Herbs tonight, and getting the ooky stuff dumped. I’m heading home as soon as this is done and will work on some cookies and/or pumpkin or tea bread.

Today we need to start on some of the UFP’s (unfinished projects!) at home. I think we’ll be at the shop from 3-5 or so.

Clematis pods – 12/31/18 by Jessica Smith-Carlock

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Today’s Plant is Oregon AshFraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” ,  or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia

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Jinjitsu (Festival of Seven Herbs), Japan – Seven-herb rice soup (nanakusa-gayu) is prepared on the seventh day of January, a day known as jinjitsu, literally ‘Human Day’. It is also called Nanakusa no sekku. On the morning of January 7, or the night before, people place the nanakusa (seven edible wild herbs of spring), rice scoop, and/or wooden pestle on the cutting board and, facing the good-luck direction, chant “Before the birds of the continent (China) fly to Japan, let’s get nanakusa” while cutting the herbs into pieces. The pictures are the herbs in process and the soup/congee itself. More here:  http://www.angelfire.com/de/poetry/Holy_Days/jan.html(search for “nana”) , here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinjitsu and here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanakusa-no-sekku Recipe here: https://www.justonecookbook.com/nanakusa-gayu-seven-herb-rice-porridge/

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 9:26pm PST.

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 3:48pm on 1/17. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/9 at 10:11am.

Mercury easily outshines Saturn. They’re never going to reach conjunction this time. Mercury will approach closer to Saturn until getting within 3.4° of it on January 12th, then Mercury will reverse course and back away down toward the Sun

Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation from the Sun today at 6 A.M. EST, when it is 19° from our star. It is now shining at magnitude –0.5 and still visible in the evening planetary lineup in the west, even as Venus has disappeared for its inferior conjunction with the Sun tomorrow. At sunset, Mercury is now 14° high in Capricornus, just under 6° west-southwest of Saturn. Keep an eye on this region as it grows darker to see some nearby bright stars pop out against the background: Fomalhaut in Piscis Austrinus, Altair in Aquila, and Diphda in Cetus. Farther above the horizon, about 65° high an hour after sunset, is the Square of Pegasus, drawn from Markab, Algenib, Alpheratz, and Scheat.

The Moon passes 4° south of Neptune at 5 A.M. EST. Although not visible at the time, the pair can be caught in the evening sky, where they sit 7° apart an hour after sunset. Neptune, which requires binoculars or a small telescope to observe, is just less than 19° east-northeast of Jupiter. The solar system’s outermost planet is currently about 3.3° northeast of 4th-magnitude Phi (ϕ) Aquarii. Over the course of the month, it will slowly inch away from the star, ending January about 4° from this luminary. Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is high in the south-southwest after dark. It adds an invisible (to the naked-eye) planet to the Venus-Saturn-Jupiter line, 20° upper left of Jupiter.

Antares and Mars are gradually getting higher in the brightening dawn. Bring binoculars. Your best chance might be 60 minutes before sunrise, earlier in a darker sky than shown above.

Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books,

Sun in Capricorn

Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20,
Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Rose
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark

Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.

Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
F     7     High   4:16 AM     7.6   7:52 AM    Rise 11:21 AM      20
~     7     Low  10:05 AM     2.7   4:54 PM     Set 11:00 PM
~     7     High   3:40 PM     7.3
~     7     Low  10:22 PM     0.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Creativity is not a competition.


Journal Prompt – What if? – What if you lived your life in reverse (being born old, etc.)?



~   Waiting for the German verb is surely the ultimate thrill. – Flann O’Brien; The Hair of the Dogma (1977), published posthumously
~   Yield not to evils, but attack all the more boldly. – Virgil; Eclogues
~   A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. – James Dent
~   Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then. – Samuel Johnson

I’m bright as an angel, and light as a feather,
But heavy and dark, when you squeeze me together.
Though candor and truth in my aspect I bear,
Yet many poor creatures I help to insnare.
Though so much of Heaven appears in my make,
The foulest impressions I easily take.
My parent and I produce one another,
The mother the daughter, the daughter the mother. – Jonathan Swift, “On Snow” (1667–1745)


Imbolc Magick – Brighids Crossroads Divination By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide

One of the many aspects of the goddess Brighid is that of a crossroads deity. She knows where we’ve been, and can guide us to where we belong.

Imbolc is a time when the Wheel of the Year has reached a crossroads between light and dark. The earth is about to quicken, and yet no one knows exactly what lies ahead of us. There are twists and turns on the path to come, although where it leads is anyone’s guess.

Among her many aspects, Brighid is considered a goddess of the crossroads. She is said to be able to see where we’ve been, and where each road might take us, should we choose to follow it. A Brighid’s Cross unites the four elements, and creates paths which travel in the four directions. Because of this, Imbolc is an ideal time for divination. Not sure where your headed this year, or what choices lie before you? Let Brighid help guide you as you weave a crossroads of your own in her honor. As you create a Brighid’s Cross as part of this divination, ask her to inspire you, and guide you towards the right path in the coming months.

For this divination, you’ll want to find a place where you can be alone and undisturbed. If it’s warm enough, try to get outside, perhaps out in the woods where two paths intersect. Before you begin, read the instructions here on how to Make a Brighid’s Cross. Have all your supplies on hand prior to beginning your divination ritual.

Begin by closing your eyes, and thinking about where you’ve been in the past year, spiritually, emotionally, even physically. What things have you done that bring your regret? What things have brought you joy? Is there anything you wanted to do, but didn’t get a chance to? Picture yourself wandering along a path, out of the past and into the present. Let your mind roam freely, and visualize yourself approaching a crossroads. Perhaps it’s a place in a forest, where a pair of deer trails run together. Maybe it’s in the mountains, where streams intersect. Or maybe you picture yourself out in a wide open space, with roads connected in the middle of nowhere.

Regardless, see yourself at that crossroads. You are at the center, and branching out from where you stand are many paths. Each leads in a different direction. Each path will take you to something new. Begin creating your Make a Brighid’s Cross, and as you weave the straws together, think about what may lie in each direction. As you look out over your choices, thinking about which way to travel, Brighid herself is standing beside you. Continue weaving your cross, and watch her. She points out one of the roads.

When you’ve finished your cross, close your eyes once more, and meditate on the path which Brighid indicated for you. What lies in that direction? Is it something familiar and comforting? Something new and unknown? Focus on the cross you’ve made, and let this newly chosen path inspire you. Know that it will ultimately bring you to something good and positive and strong.

When you’ve finished, you may wish to make an offering to Brighid as a gesture of thanks for her guidance.


Silliness – Even More Signs Technology Took Over Your Life – – While contemporaries swap stories about their recent hernia surgeries, you compare mouse-induced index-finger strain with a nine-year-old.

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