Daily Stuff 6-19-14 Minerva Temple

goldfinch 01There’s a lovely little goldfinch on the feeder, almost dull compared to the brilliance of sunlight on the green leaves of the alder! It’s one of the little guys in the pic, but that doesn’t do justice to the brilliance of color. Now there’s a siskin on the feeder. It’s 65F and we’ll likely get some rain tonight, but then none for a week. There’s only just enough breeze to stir the leaves this lovely morning.

motif bird Cardinal redYesterday I got started just a little late on my morning. I was sleepy enough to just roll over and doze off again, but when I finally got up, I was wide awake and got the newsletter out quickly and was hunting up book values. That got very frustrating, and in the early afternoon I was working on OCPPG stuff and then *that* got frustrating, and I just did some writing.

plant motif bird duck flower daisySo I made scalded milk cheese during the afternoon (yes, I’ll put the recipe in, soon), and got some pictures and did a little sorting and putting away and then found a box of old class handouts and papers that needed to be gone through. I ate a roll with a little of the cheese, late in the afternoon, but couldn’t find a way to get the whey back into the milk jug. …and then I suddenly grew a brain and used a small measuring cup with a spout to bail and pour. <sigh> Sometimes I wonder about me. 🙂

motif food cakeTempus got home in time for us to head down for esbat and we had a good one, followed by supper at the China Restaurant, which gives us lunch for today. 🙂

He’s heading for the shop in a couple of minutes. I have cooking to do today, making darioles and the base for the soup for Sunday, plus some more writing.

motif food butterAurora posted this yesterday and I snagged the story with permission. How many people are having problems with keys? How many of us have *constant* problems? 🙂

“Larry and I rode the Bearskin Trail today. First I dropped him off at Blue Lake so he could ride the ten miles to the south trail head. I met him there and we switched, with me intending to ride the ten miles back to Blue Lake. While waiting for him, I took Ruby for a walk on the trail, and took the keys out of the car and put them in my pocket (can you tell where this is going?). Larry came back and off I went. Five miles into the ride, I stopped to take off my windbreaker, reached into my pocket and – yes, I had his keys, so no way he could meet me at the end of my ride. I had to turn around and pedal back, dreading the mother of all tongue-lashings. When I was still a couple of miles away, the bike path crossed a road, and there was a fellow sitting in his car in the trail parking lot. Never shy (or cautious) at times like this, I went up and asked him to give me and my bike a lift. The guy was so nice, unloaded all his tools and gear out of his car, left them sitting there, loaded in my bike and took me to meet my doom. Actually, Larry was surprisingly cool about the whole thing – no tantrums or histrionics. Next time he gets mad at me for no reason, I’ll remember this episode and figure it’s just payback. No, I’m not getting senile – I’ve had an issue with keys since I was in my twenties. Oh, the stories I could tell…..”

OCPPG Logo 2014So, we’re at the point with the Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering that we’re looking for teachers/activity leaders and advertisers. If you’ve taught or advertised in the past we’ve tried to contact you. Some folks we don’t have current contact info on, so please get back to us! We do line ads for $1 and Clergy ads are $5 (business card) and other business cards are $10. Look here for more info and the current advertisers:  https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/oregon-coast-pan-pagan-gathering/oregon-coast-pan-pagan-gathering-2014/ocppg-advertisers/

170px-Minerva-Vedder-Highsmith-detail-1Today’s feast is in honor of Minerva’s Temple in Rome, which had a commemoration of some kind on this date, two months after the anniversary of the temple’s founding. No one’s sure what they did, why or how, just the basic fact of “they did something….” She was the goddess of wisdom and has been honored down through the millenia. There’s a good Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerva

plant tree maple Acer_macrophyllum_1199Today’s Plant is Big-leaf MapleAcer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Quarter moonThe Moon is Waning GibbousWaning 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 New on 6/27 at 1:08am. 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 Waning Quarter on 6/19 at 11:39am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends 6/22 at 1:08pm. 

Waning Quarter moonThursday, June 19, 2:39 p.m. EDT – Last Quarter Moon –The Last Quarter Moon rises around 1 a.m. and sets around 1 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky. Now that the Moon is out of the evening sky, plan some new deep-sky hunts with your scope! You may know of the splendid globular star clusters M10 and M12 in Ophiuchus. But what about the lesser-known galaxies to their northwest? Track them down with Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article and chart in the June Sky & Telescope, page 56.
Astro uranusUranus, in Pisces, is low in the east just before dawn begins.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Rune Runic Month 12 DaguzRunic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.

Sun in GeminiSun in Gemini

Moon in PiscesMoon in Pisces enters Aries at 2:@6pm
Neptune, Mercury, Saturn and Pluto Retrograde
Color: Purple

Planting 6/18-19


©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


motif,tree celtic duir oregon white oak garry

Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
duir oak Quercus_roburDuir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

duir celtic tree month Snowbowlaspensto study this month
 – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Th  19      Low  12:21 AM     1.5   5:31 AM    Rise 12:56 AM      60
~    19      High   6:00 AM     6.2   9:04 PM     Set  1:25 PM
~    19      Low  12:24 PM     0.2
~    19      High   7:02 PM     7.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – As the sun shines upon you and the day must come to an end reflect upon the people you met and how you made a new friend. Remember to be caring, kind and happy. because you never know why someone is snappy and your smile could change their day.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – I wish… – I wish there really was _____. If there really was, then…..



~  The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. – Theodore Roosevelt
~  Love is something you do – the giving of self, the sacrifices you make – even for people who offend or do not love in return. Love is a value that is actualized through loving actions. – Be Proactive
~  If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. – George Bernard Shaw
~  All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think, even if you start from a position of thinking it’s pretty damn complicated in the first place. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Nature’s Way

As I go down the path chosen by me
I’ll follow my feet to see what I see
The souls I meet along the way
Teach me lessons each day
I’m amazed how each path does cross
Just pick a side , give the quarter a toss
You go your way, I’ll go mine
Sooner or later we will find
Our paths will cross again one day
This is just Nature’s way. – Written and Submitted By Nitefetch 2003 © 


Heron Bar Litha 2013Litha Magick – Crafts

Sun Sachets – These are a fun goodie to make to give away. You can do them up with a fragrant potpourri inside or fill them with “sun munchies” for your friends.


1 piece each of yellow, orange and red tulle or other lightweight material. (Tulle circles are available in the wedding section of craft stores)
Gold glitter and glue
Bright red yarn
1 each bright colored summer fabric flower


1 needle with an eye large enough for the yarn


«  Dried rose petals
«  Dried marigold and sunflower petals sprinkled with an essential oil that says “summer” to you
«  “gorp” made from sunflower seeds, butterscotch hard candies, red M&M’s and “orange slices” or orange jelly beans or gummi bears


  1. Cut 3 circles of the tulle, 1 from each color: 9” yellow, 8” orange, 7” red
  2. Stack the circles on top of each other in order
  3. Thread the yarn onto the needle. Do not tie a knot in the yarn.
  4. Stitch through all 3 circles, taking large (1” long) stitches about 1 inch in from the edge of the smallest. IOW, you will be stitching around a 6’ diameter circle, catching all three layers.
  5. Pull yarn through, leaving about a 6” “tail”.
  6. Put dots of the glue on the parts of the tulle that show on the outside of the 6” stitched circle, then sprinkle with glitter.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Run the yarn through the base of the silk flower.
  9. Clip off yarn, leaving 6” tails at both ends.
  10. Repeat with however many circles you have.
  11. Put about 2 tablespoons of your filling in the center of each circle.
  12. Pull up yarn evenly around the filling, making a pocket and evening up the ends of the yarn.
  13. Slide the flower up the yarn to the gathered part, then wrap the yarn several times around the top of the packet and tie.
  14. Spread the tulle out on the top so the glittered parts show.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Daffynitions – Castanet: What they did to fill the role of Frankie Avalon’s movie girlfriend.

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