Daily Stuff 9-15-17 Greater Eleusinian Mysteries

Hi, folks!

55F with almost no wind, but there’s so much water vapor in the air (84%) that the air itself is too bright to look at. Lots of fishing boats in the Bay.

Yesterday was a long day, but very productive. Tempus was mostly cleaning while I was writing and finding newsletter pieces. Most of the stuff from the weekend is put away, now, and we almost have enough of a workspace for me to do the pickled cabbage. I’m hoping we’re going to get that done this morning, so it’ll be ready for Sunday.

Sewing in the evening was just me, so I spent it sorting out projects and then when I got home, cutting out a new set. I also finished and turned a few more of the pieces that I’ve been working on, since I have my turners back out of the display.

Well, in between watching Cassini….

Tempus headed for Newport around 9pm and wasn’t rolling until 11:30, but he got in not long after 5. I spent the evening alternating reading, dozing, computer work, and cutting out fabrics, and then after sleeping for several hours woke just in time to see the last few minutes of Cassini’s life.

The internet glitched at just the wrong moment and dumped the connection with about 1 minute to go! It meant that after I got everything back I watched it as a recording, after all.

Muhgawd that lady taught us a lot, and right up until about 45 seconds before she broke apart on her way down into the atmosphere, and after that there was telemetry right up until the last second and beyond! Not only the information about Saturn, itself, but there was some stuff about the jets and vapor of Enceladus that was fascinating and getting to see the actual surface of Titan (…that was the Huygen’s Probe that Cassini carried that far)., and finding so many other moons, and actually figuring out what makes up the rings!  …and the photos! Try searching “Cassini Saturn Moons Images” for some of them. Rest in Peace, lady Cassini, and thank you!

…and for something funny, Elon Musk released a “blooper reel” yesterday of some of the failures of SpaceX. It’s the music that makes it so very funny, so listen to it with the sound up. …and yes, those bells are actually in the music. It’s the Liberty Bell march by Sousa…. …and I can almost hear the groans in the control rooms over those glitches.

Today is another work day. Tempus and I are both sleepy, but we’ll keep on until closing, which is still at 7pm, although that’s likely to change, soon. I’m hoping I can do that pickled cabbage this morning and then set up a soup so I can try doing my dumplings. I have some more newsletter files to pick up the data for, still, mostly the astronomy stuff.


plant poppy wheatGreater Eleusinian Mysteries – This day was the climax of the festival when initiates were shown an ear of wheat as the symbol of death/life/rebirth. The festival went on for many days with special events, sacrifices, rituals and processions. More information here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleusinian_Mysteries#Greater_Mysteries . The Mysteries were secret and initiates simply didn’t write about them, so all we know are the bits and scraps that were public. Eleusis was where the Oomphalos, the belly-button stone of the World. was situated.

plant red elderberryToday’s plant is Red ElderberrySambucus racemosa. It’s a large shrub that has white flower clusters in the spring and red berry clusters late in the summer. Planet: Venus, Element: Water Deity: Hel, Holda, The White Lady, Magickal properties: Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing  The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits. Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand.  Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don’t burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.” More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_racemosa and here:http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning 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 Tide Change on 9/19 at 10:30pm. 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 on 9/15 at 10:30am. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 9/18 at 10:30am. 

By the Saturday morning the 16th, brightening Mercury and still-faint Mars are almost kissing-close low in the east before dawn
Before sunrise on Sunday morning the 16th, Mercury is only about 0.3° from dimmer Mars. Bring optical aid to scan very low in the east, lower left of Venus, as shown here.
Mercury is having a good apparition low in the dawn. Its brightness more than doubles this week, from magnitude +0.2 to –0.8. On the morning of September 10th Mercury is closely passing Regulus, which is much fainter at magnitude +1.4. On the 16th it’s going even closer by Mars, magnitude +1.8. Look for this action down to the lower left of brilliant Venus. Bring binoculars.
This evening Saturn‘s biggest and brightest moon, Titan, stands about four ring-lengths to Saturn’s east. A 4-inch telescope will begin to show the orange color of its smoggy atmosphere.

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine, Sep 2 – 29
Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/KeboSeptember 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 Virgo
Moon in Cancer enters Leo at 6:09pm
Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Pink

Planting 9/14-15


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Celtic 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).

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to 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
F   15      Low   3:08 AM     0.0   6:56 AM    Rise  1:46 AM      32
~    15     High   9:45 AM     6.1   7:26 PM     Set  4:54 PM
~    15      Low   3:14 PM     2.8
~    15     High   9:09 PM     7.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I remember freedom. I remember who I Am. I am free.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Describe – Describe something unusual that happened while you were eating in a restaurant.



~  I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. – Albert Einstein
~  I see life both as a gift and a responsibility. – Millard Fuller
~  If a man has done his best, what else is there? – George S. Patton
~  If only we could go back in time and treat people who turn out rotten, when they were young… – Ke’reth Epetai Makura

…it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very, very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


Mabon Magick – Studies

Persephone Returns Ritual – Crone’s Corner

Heton Lampador Haera, the torchlit procession of initiates of the Eleusinian Mysteries, represents Grain Goddess Demeter searching for her daughter Persephone. As we prepare for the season when Persephone returns to the underworld and the land becomes cold and dark, we give thanks for the gifts her mother has bestowed. A Demeter ritual is one that can solidify our appreciation of all that we have, and enhance the shift of the seasons. Dress in robes of autumn colors, and burn candles of red, orange, gold, and violet. Place autumn fruits and vegetables on the altar—especially apples, pumpkins, and corn. Display a pomegranate in a prominent spot. Pomegranates are sacred to Persephone, who after swallowing three of the seeds was taken into the underworld. Gaze upon the abundant gifts of the earth, and give thanks to Demeter for providing all the gifts you possess.  ~ Ruby Lavender, GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives Crone’s Corner – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/

Touch the Earth Ritual

As the fields of August begin to bring forth the bounty provided for us by the Goddess, it is now time to get in touch—literally—with the Earth. At sunset, respectfully approach a newly harvested field, and speak these words:

You, who have nurtured our sacred seed,
and fulfill our every need.
You, who have are known as Demeter and Ishtar,
who follow the seasons
by Sun and Moon and star.
You, whom we call Mother Earth,
please accept my deepest thanks.

Now, kneel forward until your forehead and palms touch the ground. Feel the life–force, and accept this power even as your own energy sinks deep into the soil. During this ritual, cast no spell, nor ask for anything. Simply touch the Earth, and give thanks. ~ James Kambos  )0(  From The Morning Feast Archives , Crone’s Corner – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Late Night Funny – Congressional leaders are still upset with President Trump’s decision on the DACA immigration plan. They called it “brainless,” “heartless,” and “cowardly.” All Trump needs are some ruby slippers, and he’s off to see the wizard! – Jimmy Fallon

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