Daily Stuff 8-25-12 Opiconsivia

Update 1pm – The sun is shining, but through thin cloud, the fog didn’t rise all that far! I’ve been packing incense resins and just kept going since no one was here for Crystals. I’m going to rinse, sort and re-fill the tumblers starting in just a few minutes.

Hi, folks!

Herbs Workshop at 11am. Crystals at noon. Sewing Workshop is at 3pm.

At dawn it was clear. Where’d the fog come from? The computer is saying, “overcast at 200 feet”. We’re in the cloud layer, then?

I woke just before dawn and there was a lovely star shining through the bedroom window. A while later, when I was ready to go back to bed, there was a deep maroon streak along the horizon, which was only just lightened enough to see some blue above it.

Looking out the window I can see that the white rose re-bloomed. Well, it’s not exactly white, more of a really, really pale pink.

Yesterday was pretty busy at the shop, folks running in and out all day long. By the time Tempus got back I was quite ready to just sit down.

I started by making sure the rest of the books got onto the shelf, but worked on counting small crystals the rest of the day, sorting and packaging. I also worked on the newsletter and a few more handbook bits. <sigh> That thing is *going* to get finished!

I spent a little while on the computer after I got home, talking to a couple of our kids and setting up the newsletter this morning. I crawled into bed with a book after that, listening to the Eugene Celebration on the radio and fell asleep pretty early.

Right now I’m drooping over a cup of coffee. Tempus and I have been discussing the day. He’ll put the Readings sign out when he gets back from work, which should be 3pm at the latest.

Today’s feast is the Opiconsivia, Roman Empire, a harvest festival of the goddess Ops Consiva, ‘Lady Bountiful the Planter’, whose shrine was in the Regia at Rome.

Originally a Sabine goddess, Ops (‘plenty’, from which we get the word ‘opulent’) was a fertility deity and earth-goddess in Roman mythology, associated with Bona Dea (the ‘Good Goddess’). Her husband was Saturn, or Consus, perhaps in an aspect of Saturn. Ops was worshipped under the name of Consivia today by the Vestal Virgins, who opened a special room filled with sacred objects to perform their rites to ensure the fertility of the earth. Today only the Vestals and one of the pontifices could be present. Because her abode was in the earth, she was invoked by worshippers while they were seated and touching the ground.

Both Ops and Consus were deemed chthonian (infernal) deities which made the vegetation grow.

On August 10, a festival took place in her honour, and the Opalia was held on December 19. (from Wilson’s Almanac on this date http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/aug25.html) For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiconsivia

The shop opens at 10am. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!

Love & Light,




Today’s Astro & Calendar

The Moon is waxing gibbous. 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.  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. Phase ends on Wednesday at 6:58pm.

The Moon at nightfall shines about equidistant from Antares to its lower right and the Teapot of Sagittarius pouring to its left.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Pisces-Cetus border) and Neptune(magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) reach good heights in the southeast by late evening. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune at http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Uranus-and-Neptune-in-2012-138059253.html.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Runic half-month of As, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Sagittarius
Pallas, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Brown


©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


from Wikimedia commons

Hazel  Aug 5Sep 1– Coll – (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Sa  25      Low   1:33 AM     0.1   6:32 AM     Set 12:13 AM      53
~    25     High   8:02 AM     5.3   8:04 PM    Rise  3:51 PM
~    25      Low   1:09 PM     2.9
~    25      High   7:25 PM     7.6



Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – Lie in the grass and watch the clouds float by. What do they look like? What do the shapes and patterns mean to you?


Journal Prompt – Wiki – If money wasn’t an issue, what kind of house would you have?


~   America is a nation that conceives many odd inventions for getting somewhere but it can think of nothing to do once it gets there. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~   Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
~   Daring is like water, finding the way in through the smallest space to get you to your goal. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. – Jeremy Kitson

The soul’s extravagance is endless.
Spring after spring after spring…
We are your gardens dying, blossoming. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)



Magick – MabonRecipes

CORN PUDDING – SERVES 6 TO 8 – From Arcamax recipes

2 ½      cups corn (3 ears depending on cob size or 1 16-oz bag of frozen corn
¼         cup white sugar
½         Tsp salt
2          Tbsp flour
2          Tbsp breadcrumbs
1/3       Tsp baking powder
1          cup milk
4          Large eggs
1          cup shredded cheddar cheese

1.         Spray a 9- by 13-inch pan with olive oil spray or lightly grease it.
2.         Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Do this with a spoon or spatula so you don’t smash up the corn.
3.         Pour the batter in the pan and bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. The top will be slightly browned and a knife inserted in the corn pudding should come out clean. If the knife does not cone out clean, bake it a bit more.
Tip:  For the creamiest taste, serve it immediately. It still tastes great served a bit later or even reheated the next day.

EASY BAKED SQUASH – This works for any kind of “keeper” squash, the kind with a hard rind: butternut, acorn, even mini-pumpkins!

Squash – It takes an amount about the size of a fist per serving. 1 mini-pumpkin is one serving.
Aluminum foil
Sugar (optional) I use raw sugar because it’s pretty and adds a light molasses flavor

1.         Pre-heat oven to 350F.
2.         Wrap squash in aluminum foil.
3.         Put on a pie pan or cookie sheet in case of leaks.
4.         Bake for at least 1 hour, or until package feels soft, when pushed on. Some large butternuts will take up to 2 ½ hours!
5.         Let sit on counter or other heat-proof surface until you can touch it. (10-15 minutes)
6.         Peel back foil, and use fork to punch a circle around it about ¼ of the way down the sides.
7.         Pull off the skin at that point. Discard seeds and strings. Scoop out the flesh.
Put a pat of butter on each serving and sprinkle with sugar, if desired.

Tip:  Mini-pumpkins can usually be served still in their skin with the top pulled off, the seeds and strings discarded, butter/sugar put inside and the top, with the stem, put back.

Mabon Wine Moon Cider
4 cups apple cider
4 cups grape juice
2 cinnamon sticks, 4 inches long
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
additional cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long

In a 4 quart sauce pan, heat cider and grape juice. Add cinnamon,
allspice, and cloves. Bring it to a light boil, then lower heat, and
simmer for 5 minutes. serve with a ladle from a cauldron. makes 8 cups.
MOONCRAFTS online newsletter vol. 36

Double Baked Caramel Pears – Just as tasty as they sound – From, “California Sizzles…Easy and Distinctive Recipes for a Vibrant Lifestyle,” published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.

3 large ripe firm Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and split lengthwise
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
13 square caramels
1 teaspoon dark rum
Cooking juices from pears
Vanilla ice cream

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 to 2 teaspoons rose water

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In an 8-inch square baking pan, arrange pears, cut side down with tops pointing toward center.  Set aside.
2.  Combine brown sugar, 2 Tablespoons rum, lemon juice and butter in microwaveable dish.  Heat on high in microwave until butter is melted, about 30 seconds.  Brush mixture over pears.
3.  Bake, uncovered, until pears are just tender, 20-25 minutes, brushing with pan juices 2 times during baking.  Reserve pan juices.  (Pears can be baked 1 day ahead, covered and refrigerated; let come to room temperature before reheating.)
4.  Melt caramels with 1 teaspoon rum and pan juices in deep microwaveable dish on medium (50 percent power) in microwave for 1 – 1-1/2 minutes, stirring twice.  Watch carefully to avoid scorching.  Stir until smooth.
5.  Cut pear halves lengthwise into quarters.  Pour sauce evenly over pears. Bake uncovered at 300 degrees until heated through, about 12 minutes. Spoon caramel sauce over pears once during reheating.
6.  To serve, arrange 3 pear quarters in individual dessert dishes.  Top with scoops of vanilla ice cream.  Spoon caramel sauce over ice cream.

Copyright 1999 by The Junior League of Pasadena, Inc.  All rights reserved.  Visit The Junior League of Pasadena website (http://www.jrleaguepasadena.org/pasadena/index.jsp) to purchase copies of California Sizzles and other fine cookbooks, or call their cookbook hotline at (626) 796-0162.


Silliness – Computer Repair

Caller : Hi, our printer is not working.
Customer Service: What is wrong with it?
Caller : Our mouse is jammed.
Customer Service: Mouse? What mouse? Printers don’t *have* a mouse !
Caller: Mmmmm??.. Oh really?… I guess I’d better send a picture.

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