Daily Stuff 9-20-15 Telesterion

Hi, folks!


motif sunny bright weatherIt was hot in Medford, but cold in the mornings! Pix tomorrow and Tuesday! If what I’m writing below doesn’t make sense, it was an historical re-creation thing!

plant flower motif bluebellSaturday was more than a little crazy. I got the newsletter out and then started getting myself put together for the day. Marius and I took off from the hotel first and drove straight down to the site. It took Rowan and Tammi a little longer to get moving.

plant flower motif birdcherryWhen Marcus and I got to the site the early court was in progress, so we settled off to one side. As soon as we saw Seamus the largesse box got handed off. 20 wood butter, 3 drop spindle sets, 33 washing balls and an awful lot of pouches, We watched court and the invocation of the lists and then before the combat started set up our space for the day.

plant flower motif blackberryWe had a bunch of our “many hands” projects for people to work on during the day including wooden animals and balls. I also brought the balls display which got handled and dinked with and I gave one ball to one of the kids and saw it in the air, later. Tammi learned how to make a sachet and the sample one that I did went to Sadb. I spent most of the day working on a simple blackwork piece so I could show folks as I went. Marcus sanded several of the small animals. Sadb brought her blackwork, and she’s made a lot of progress! She has a lovely needlebook and her sampler is really coming along.

plant flower motif buckthornRowan got stuck in the A&S pavilion all day until the final court, but she came over with her wheel at that point. The tournament was great! It’s fun to watch the displays of martial artistry, but we often couldn’t tell who was fighting. They did take a break right before the Finals and the final battle was really amazing. The two fighters had similar styles so it really was an even fight. Hail Turk and Vestia, the new Heirs of the Summits!

plant flower motif bulbacodiumWe left site around sunset, drove to the hotel and then to Texas Steakhouse to have some supper and I came back to the hotel and crashed, hard.

Then I got frustrated that the internet connections wouldn’t work… and then ran out of time to keep playing with it…..

Today we have Curia and Moot in the morning and then we’ll be traveling home.

Love this pendant! No, not carrying it. <sigh>


Eleusinian_hydria_Antikensammlung_Berlin_1984.46_n2Today’s Feast is the day when the initiates entered the Telesterion during the Eleusinian Mysteries. This was the climax of the rite where the triple ear of wheat was shown. The Mysteries endured for centuries only to be stamped out at the end of the 4th century CE. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleusinian_Mysteries

Nettle Urtica_dioica0Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica,otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.

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Love & Light,


Waxing Crescent MoonWaxing 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 9/27 at 7:51pm. 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 9/21 at 1:59am.

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The waxing Moon passes over Saturn and Scorpius this weekend. The blue 10° scale is about the size of your fist held out at arm’s length.
Zodiacal light – Friday, Sept. 11–Thursday, Sept. 24, before dawn – The best time in the year to see the dim glow of the zodiacal light in the pre-dawn eastern sky, the light reflected from millions of interplanetary particles. It lies along the ecliptic.




Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Rune Runic Month 18 Kenaz Kebo KenRunic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in VirgoSun in Virgo
Moon in SagittariusMoon in Sagittarius
Neptune (9/24/15), Pluto (9/25/15), Mercury (10/9), Vesta (11/13/15) and Chiron (11/27/15) Retrograde
Color: Yellow


©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.


motif plant fruit Grape muin celtic tree monthCeltic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
blackberry muin celtic tree monthMuin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
grove muin celtic tree monthto study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Su  20     High   6:08 AM     5.5   7:01 AM    Rise  1:59 PM      34
~    20      Low  11:26 AM     3.0   7:18 PM     Set 11:48 PM
~    20     High   5:32 PM     6.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love has the quality of informing almost everything- even one’s work. ~ Sylvia Ashton-Warner


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – When? – When are you happiest?



~  Learn to accept in silence minor aggravations. – Sir William Osier
~  Every Winner has scars. – Herb Caisson
~  As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. – Seneca
~  Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there.” – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer

A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness. – John Keats, English poet, born October 31, 1795, ‘Endymion’,


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Mabon Magick – Recipes

Italian Mushroom Soup

  • 1 stick butter
  • 5 c. beef stock
  • 1 lb. fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 lg. minced onion
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 c. vermouth or red cooking wine
  1. Melt butter on medium low heat.
    2.  Add mushrooms and onions and cook about 10 minutes.
    3.  Stir in tomato paste.
    4.  Add stock and vermouth and simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors.
    5.  Salt and pepper to taste.
    6.  Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

Harvest Soup
4 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, diced
6-8 small potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper, optional
2 cans or 1 pint green beans, drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can baby peas, drained
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 quart V-8 juice
1 lb. diced ham or beef stew meat
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Combine all ingredients in crockpot.  Cover with lid and cook on high for 6-7 hours.
Recipe taken from “Crazy About Crockpots – 101 Soups & Stews for Less than $.75 a Serving”  by Penny E. Stone, published by Champion Press. “Crazy About Crockpots – 101 Soups & Stews for Less than $.75 a  Serving” is available for $12.00 from Parents & Teens at: https://www.wmsecure.com/%7Ehistoryg/specialbookorder.html

Fresh Mushroom Soup

  • 1 lb. fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 c. nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tsp. onion flakes
  • 1 tbsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tbsp. sherry
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Slice caps and stems of mushrooms in thick pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan and saute the mushrooms quickly until just crisp tender.
  3. Combine all other ingredients in blender and mix until thick and foamy.
  4. Add mushrooms and blend again at lowest speed for 4 or 5 seconds or until mushrooms are chopped into fine pieces but not pulverized.
  5. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and heat slowly, stirring with a wire whisk to keep from burning.

Yield: about 1 1/4 quarts.  1 cup = approximately 180 calories.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Deep Thoughts from the Shower – April Fools Day is the one day of the year that people critically evaluate news articles before accepting them as true. – via Shower Thoughts

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