Daily Stuff 9-13-16 Lectisternium

Hi, folks!

motif sunny bright weatherIt’s lovely and sunny, but too warm. I was fine in the shade, but moved faster to get out of the sun as I was doing some flower photos this morning. We’ve got the shop closed up because we cooled it off last night. The computer shows 75F and winds at 12mph!

090816-flower14Oi! That was fun…not…. I got yesterday’s newsletter out only to realize I had put it on the wrong day’s draft, so I had to scurry around and fix it! Luckily I was able to just cut and paste the appropriate parts, but dang…. Well….

090816-flower09So Tempus was sawing wood. I don’t mean snoozing, really cutting wood. He finally got the wand lengths that we’re keeping cut down so they all fit. By then I was getting the wood butter tins that are for sale cleaned up and ready to set out.

091016-flower2During the day we had a steady flow of customers and a steady flow of chores to be accomplished. I put out the weekly House Capuchin report and then worked on a page of Charles IV links. It’s pretty cool stuff….700th anniversary of his birth and they did a lot of pageantry…think our Bicentennial, combined with the Middle Ages!

082416 Flower3Late in the afternoon as Tempus finishing the brakes, I got stuff ready for class and then Amy came in while I was finishing up. She decided not to stay for class. We have three people and things went well last night, I think.

The brakes are working fine today which is really nice, but I’m rather dreading the time of the afternoon when the sun comes through the shop windows…. I have newsletters to set up and photos to process and of course there’s the paper route tonight and I need to make up a shopping list.


pulvinar-Today in the Roman Empire is the Feast of the Lectisternium. This is a sacrifice where images of the gods reclining and goddesses seated were served with feast foods as though they were the honored guests. The picture is of a carved stool of the sort used in dining. More info here:  http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/secondary/SMIGRA*/Lectisternium.html


Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian CeleryGrowing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum

Mabon pentacleThe shop opens at 11am! Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Gibbous 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. 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. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 9/15 at 12:05am.

Bootes ArcturusAs dusk turns to night, Arcturus twinkles due west. It’s getting lower every week. And off to its right in the northwest, the Big Dipper is turning more and more level.
Astro uranusUranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) Astro neptuneand Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are well up by 11 or midnight in the southeast and south, respectively. Info and finder charts.

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 Runic 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 AquariusMoon in Aquarius
Mercury (9/22), Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1), Ceres (12/9)  and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Black


©2016 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
Tu  13      Low   4:45 AM     0.3   6:54 AM     Set  3:15 AM      81
~    13     High  11:11 AM     6.3   7:30 PM    Rise  5:48 PM
~    13      Low   4:52 PM     2.3
~    13     High  10:42 PM     7.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting on the beach, a warm breeze tickling your skin and the comforting sound of waves breaking on the shore.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt What does this quote say to you? – In the “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame, Mole says, “Toad’s hour, of course! …I remember  now! We’ll teach him to be a sensible Toad!” Do you think people can be taught to be sensible? Explain your answer.



~  All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~  Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality. – Arthur Koestler (1905-1983) Hungarian writer
~  Genius is talent exercised with courage.-  Ludwig Wittgenstein
~  No amount of self-improvement can make up for a lack of  self-acceptance. – Robert Holden, Writer

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems. – Arthur O’Shaughnessy, Poems of Arthur O’Shaughnessy


Mabon2 divMabon Magick – Recipes

4 eggs
1 1/2 cups honey
1 cup oil
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup walnuts (optional)
powdered sugar
Beat eggs. Add honey and oil and mix well. Add dry ingredients. Stir in
carrots and nuts if used. Grease and flour a 9 inch by 13 inch pan.
Pour batter into pan and smooth it out. Bake at 350F for 45 to 50 minutes.
(This recipe can be made into cupcakes using the paper cupcake liners.)
Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Cool.

Just before serving, sprinkle liberally with sifted powdered sugar.

YIELD: 3 1/2 dozen cupcakes
From 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.

Ashtoreth’s Saffron Crescent Cakes


  • egg
  • 3/4cup milk
  • 1/4cup Honey
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 3 T Baking powder
  • 1/3cup Vegetable oil
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 1/2tsp saffron


  1. Mix egg, milk, oil, and honey in a large bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until just mixed.
  3. Turn out onto a floured board and press into a circle
  4. Cut into wedges with a pizza cutter
  5. Roll up, starting at the rounded edge.
  6. Place on greased cookie sheet with points down and shape into crescents.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes at 400F.

Adapted from Celebrating The Autumn Equinox by Kristin Madden


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – A Nicer Approach

Every night, after dinner, a man took off for the local tavern. He spent the whole evening there, and arrived home very drunk around midnight each night.

He always had trouble getting his key into the keyhole and getting the door opened. His wife, waiting up for him, would go to the door and let him in. Then she would proceed to yell and scream at him, for his constant nights out, and coming home in a drunken state. But, Harry continued his nightly routine.

One day, the wife was talking to a friend about her husband’s behavior, and was particularly distraught by it all.

The friend listened to her, and then said, “Why don’t you treat him a little differently, when he comes home? Instead of berating him, why don’t you give him some loving words, and welcome him home with a kiss? He then might change his ways.”

The wife thought that might be a good idea.

That night, Harry took off again, after dinner. And, about midnight, he arrived home, in his usual condition.

His wife heard him at the door, and quickly went to it, and opened the door, and let Harry in.

This time, instead of berating him, as she had always done, she took his arm, and led him into the living room. She sat him down in an easy chair, put his feet up on the ottoman and took his shoes off. Then she went behind him, and started to cuddle him a little. After a little while, she said to him, “It’s pretty late, dear. I think we had better go upstairs to bed, now, don’t you think?”

At that, Harry replied, in his inebriated state, “I guess we might as well. I’ll be getting in trouble with the stupid wife when I get home anyway!”

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