Daily Stuff 9-4-16 Great London Fire

Hi, folks!

weather Sunny brightIt was chilly leaving the apartment this morning, but the thermometer at the phone company says 62F. The sky is clear and blue with a few white puffy clouds over the coast range and some him of marine layer clouds all the way out by the horizon.

090216 plantsYesterday there were two of us for Herbs again. We processed lavendar, sage blossom, purple basil and some other herbs. When that was done I sat for a bit, catching up on mail.

090216 Succulent1Tempus was working on a lucet during the day. We pecked at other chores and I spent a couple of hours embroidering. He also walked down to the Frog and got me a dark chocolate truffle and himself a vodka and an orange chocolate.

090216 Succulent2We ended up staying late into the evening. Tempus was scanning pages from the book I got the other day and I was working on patterns.

Today the House Capuchin project day starts at noon. I’m hoping to make a pitcher of sekanjabin from some fresh mint that I harvested this morning.

Good article about the skyshow in the west after sunset this week. http://www.almanac.com/blog/astronomy/astronomy/dont-miss-triangle-moon-saturn-and-mars?trk_msg=21SFNDMO9BMKR6I0TO3SH60IDS&trk_contact=J5D09JVVNEPDDNSEBO9E134AKG&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Read+More!&utm_campaign=%23listrak%5ccontent+url%3d%22http%3a%2f%2fwww.almanac.com%2fnewsletter-subject%22%23


Great_Fire_of_London feastToday’s Feast is in remembrance of the Great London Fire. The city of London, England suffered an horrible fire in 1666. Two-thirds of the city was destroyed and on the 3rd day of the fire St. Paul’s Cathedral burned to the ground. Six acres of lead roof poured down into the streets like water. One of the interesting things is that there are only 6 recorded deaths. Guesses are that the actual deaths, of the folks who couldn’t escape the fire and of those who died of disease and exposure in the temporary camps that were set up before people could be moved out of the city, are in the 100,000 range. There’s more in here:

Sambucus_caerulea_7997Today’s plant is Blue Elderberry, Sambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede [poem]. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.” From WikipediaFeminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_cerulea

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Dianas Bow 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 at the Tide Change on 9/16 at 12:05pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 9/5 at 2:03pm.

WEBvic16_Sep02ev The Moon has stepped farther to the upper left of Venus in the afterglow of sunset. Can you pick out little Spica twinkling below the Moon?
astro mars antares 0916Zooming deep, Damian Peach caught Mars passing 2° above Antares on August 25th. Their colors appear the same here, though your eyes may see fainter Antares as distinctly redder. Almost filling the frame are nebulae in three forms: reflection nebula lit by Antares, dark nebulae in the vicinity of Rho Ophiuchi (which is outside the top of the frame), and hydrogen-red emission nebula, especially around Sigma Scorpii at right.The globular clusters M4 and NGC 6144 shine through from the far background. Peach used a 106-mm F/5 wide-field apo astrograph refractor and a FLI Proline camera. Click for full-res, labeled image.
Astro mercuryMercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – (MUHN, like “foot”), 
Rune Runic Month 17 Rad RaidhoRunic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in VirgoSun in Virgo
Moon in LibraMoon in Libra
Mercury (9/22), Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1), Ceres (12/9)  and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Amber


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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   4     High   2:48 AM     7.0   6:43 AM    Rise  9:59 AM      5
~     4      Low   9:03 AM     0.7   7:46 PM     Set  9:33 PM
~     4     High   3:12 PM     7.2
~     4      Low   9:31 PM     0.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a powerful day!


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Current Affairs – List the qualifications you have for some kind of a job—such as delivering the newspaper or babysitting. (Alternatively, the qualifications you had before your first “real” job…)



~  I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum. – Claes Oldenburg
~  From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. – Arthur Ashe
There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. – Louis L’Amour
~  When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old. – Mark Twain

Katie Where Are You Now

This striped bag from long ago,
Given to me by a friend I knew
Is useful still, and many days
I see it and use it, in what I do.
But I haven’t seen or heard from the friend
Who gave me this bag, so long ago,
I wonder sometimes where she could be,
And wish that I somehow could know.
The world is wide and so many folk
Have come into my life and left it again,
We’ve opened our hearts and shared our lives,
Now only the memories remain.
And the thought-shall I see you again one day, my friend?
Or was our last chapter itself, the end?

Written and Submitted by Tasha Halpert



Mabon2 divMabon Magick – Recipes

Mama’s Mulled Spiced Cider – Beverage – Hot, Party Recipe – Winter, 8 servings – can be halved, doubled or more, Party perk recipe doubles this

  • ½ gal or rough cider or apple juice
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp grated orange peel
  • cinnamon sticks
  • orange wheels (see garnish – fruit)
  • 1 star anise or ¼ tsp aniseed
  • Microwave-safe measuring cup (2-cup, at least) measuring spoons, strainer, something to keep the cider hot in (soup pot with lid, Party Perk) 8 mugs, sharp small knife
  1. Put 1 cup of apple juice into measuring cup and add spices.
  2. Zap in microwave for 4 minutes, stirring every minute. Don’t let it boil! If it does, just stop there and go on.
  3. Let sit for 15 minutes, at least.
  4. Pour apple and orange juices into pot (or Party Perk) and warm on medium for about 15 minutes, stirring every so often. (Party Perk takes 1 hour to warm)
  5.  Turn temperature to low.  (Not on Party Perk, see above)
  6. Put strainer over pot or Party perk and pour spiced juice from measuring cup through it. Stir and let finish warming, covered.
  7. Set out the mugs.
  8. Add a cinnamon stick to each.
  9. Split each orange wheel from the center to one edge and push the split down over the rim of the mug until the slice stands up.
  10. Add juice and serve. There will be seconds.

Mabon Ruby Red Wine


General Purpose Wine Yeast

  • 1 1/2 Pounds White Sugar
  • 2 Pounds Blackberries
  • 2 Pounds Elderberries
  • 1/2 Pound Raisins
  • 6 Pints Cold Water
  • 2 Pounds Sloes
  • 1 Pound Apples
  • Yeast Nutrient
  • Pectic Enzyme
  • 1 campden tablet


  1. Juice the berries, raisins and apples in an electric juicer and remove any pits you find in the pulp.
  2. Place juice, pulp, 6 pints of water, the campden tablet and enzyme in a large clean container
  3. Cover and leave for 1 full day.
  4. Mix in 1 1/2 pound sugar, and the yeast nutrient.
  5. Re-cover and leave for 48 hours, stirring at least once per day.
  6. Strain liquid into a new container,
  7. Add another pound of sugar.
  8. Re-cover and for another 36 hours.
  9. Pour liquid into a fermenting jar and age as you would any wine.

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


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Late Night Funny – Turned out it was the highest-rated debate for the Democrats ever. More than 15 million people tuned in to watch Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the three high school principals they invited to fill out the stage. – Jimmy Kimmel

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