Daily Stuff 6-8-18 Bona Mens

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Wicca 101 at 7pm.

Rain! It’s been so long that it took me a minute when I went out into the sunroom and was locking the apartment to realize what I was hearing. My first thought was that something had grown tall enough to hit the fan and was “bipping” it. 🙂 57F and the wind at 3mph. The highest around is over on Bayshore Loop and that’s 8mph. It’s supposed to keep right on through Sunday with a small chance on Monday and a smaller still on Thursday. Right now it’s just a gentle dripping, the kind of rain that waters deep and thoroughly. …and it should end up as about an inch, better still. …and the rain is making the car tires hiss as they go past.

Yesterday was just a slog. I was pretty tired after the morning’s gardening and ended up taking a nap mid-afternoon, but other than that I just kept working. I got the week’s newsletters set up and did some shop paperwork and sorted out some things in back, mostly canning jar stuff. Tempus got going on dishes and managed to whomp through an awful lot. I think we’re starting to see the bottom of the things that have been pulled out of boxes and needed to be put away.

Leslie stopped by at about the time that Tempus was heading for Newport. She and I got a chance to chat for awhile and she brought me some lovely fresh thyme! I spent the rest of the evening writing as Tempus started running the paper route. He picked me up after the Bayview loop to take me home. I didn’t manage to sleep until late, but I got a little embroidery done. …and read, of course. I’m working my way through a volume of essays about history and just hit early Christianity after finished a couple of articles on the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Tempus got in just past 6am but he managed to get up and come in on time. He left me sleeping, so I’m just getting this going, but I was out harvesting in the rain. It felt good, although I’m kinda clammy, now.

Today I have the harvested flowers and herbs to deal with, first, then some books, since we have some room for more, and then I want to try to organize some of the canning jars… try, anyway. Class tonight and I’m hoping to go home as soon as that’s done. Tempus is heading into Newport for some errands and shopping. Oh, I’ve also got a package to send out.

This picture of a wave crash was taken by Mark Nessel on 5/25/15 ‎and posted on the Yachats Community Facebook group. Used with permission (C)2015 Mark Nessel

150px-Bas_relief_from_Arch_of_Marcus_Aurelius_showing_sacrificeToday ‘s feast is that of Bona Mens in the old Roman Empire. Mens is the personification of the “good mind” and had a temple on the Capitoline Hill. It’s long gone and there were apparently no records made of what it looked like. There’s a wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mens

Today’s Plant is the local larkspursdelphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the  Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shades of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums (dolphins) after the shape of the nectary. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum   Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 6/13 at 12:43pm. 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 6/9 at 12:43am. 

Venus starts June below Pollux and Castor in late twilight, but by June 8th, the background stars have slid to the lower right while Venus stays in place. Castor and Pollux will line up with Venus on June 10th and 11th. (These scenes are oriented for a skywatcher near 40° north latitude.) Venus passes 5° due south (lower left) of 1st-magnitude Pollux this evening. The planet has brightened slightly (to magnitude –4.0) since early in the week, and shines 100 times brighter than the star.
A diagram showing the phases of Venus, printed in Popular Science Monthly in 1909. – Popular Science Monthly Volume 75
Vega is the brightest star very high in the east after dark. Just lower left of it is 4th-magnitude Epsilon Lyrae, the Double-Double. Epsilon forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon. And a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much tougher, but plainly resolved in any telescope. Delta Lyrae, below Zeta, is a much wider and easier pair. Notice its colors.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, in Libra) shines well up in the south-southeast as twilight fades. It’s highest in the south, presenting the sharpest views in a telescope, by 11 or midnight daylight-saving time. It’s still a generous 44 arcseconds in equatorial diameter. See our telescopic guide to observing Jupiter in the May Sky & Telescope, page 48.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for June 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-june-2018
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 

Runic Half-month of / Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Aries
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30) Retrograde
Color – Purple

Harvest 6/8-9

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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 Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

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


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F    8      Low   3:03 AM     2.0   5:32 AM    Rise  2:46 AM      39
~     8     High   8:35 AM     5.2   8:59 PM     Set  3:06 PM
~     8      Low   2:42 PM     1.3
~     8     High   9:15 PM     6.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is not without pain but the misery is optional.


Journal Prompt – Describe – Describe your most important possession.



~  Don’t let the winds of change blow you hither and thither through life. Take charge of your life! – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Dream always of a peaceful, warless, disarmed world. – Robert Muller
~  Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes. – Chinese Proverb
~  I have, thanks to my travels, added to my stock all the superstitions of other countries. I know them all now, and in any critical moment of my life, they all rise up in armed legions for or against me.  – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor

Hush, close your eyes
And I’ll keep you safe
Allow you to weep
And sing you to sleep
Don’t be afraid
Remember I’m here
The noise in the street
Will soon disappear
When the soft face of mercy
Is lost behind a veil
I will stay with eyes open
Stay here with eyes open
To watch over you
And take away the sadness and the fear
Hide in my arms
And dream golden dreams
Forgetting the world
Of men and machines
When the soft eyes of mercy
Are blinded by the dark
I will stay with eyes open
Stay here with eyes open
To watch over you
And take away the sadness and the fear
I’ll be here. – Songwriters: Emil Adler / Julie Flanders


Litha Magick – Recipes

Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream


In the 9″ x 13″ UNGREASED pan, layer the ingredients in this specific order:

  • 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 pound fruit of your choice
  • 1 pound of peaches
  • box of cake mix
  • chopped pecans
  • melted butter
  • sugar


  1. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden brown.
  2. Let stand until lukewarm.
  3. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  4. You can reheat individual cobbler servings for 1 minute in microwave.
  5. To reheat the whole pan, bake for 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Lemon or Lime Ice Box Pie (Cracker Barrel copycat) – Rain Redknife – source: recipezaar.com — adapted by Rain

1 graham cracker crust
one 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
Zest of one lemon or lime
2 drops yellow or green food coloring
8 ounces Cool Whip or similar whipped topping
Vanilla wafers

  • Mix sweetened condensed milk, half the zest, food color and juice, and beat on medium high speed until well blended.
    Fold in 1/3 cup whipped topping.
  • Pour filling into crust
  • Carefully smooth remainder of whipped topping on top of lemon filling.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of zest.
    Place vanilla wafers around the edge of the pie; you can lay them flat or insert them edgewise..
  • Cover pie (the wafers keep the covering up off the topping) and freeze.
  • Pie may be kept in freezer for several days until ready to serve.
  • Take from freezer 10 minutes before serving.

GOOSEBERRY FOOL – <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com>
4 cups Gooseberries
1/4 cup Water
2 cups Sugar
Whipped cream

  • Cook gooseberries in water until done (or you may use the equivalent of canned gooseberries).
  • Mash gooseberries in blender or food processor.
  • Beat sugar into hot gooseberries.
  • Cool mixture in fridge or freezer

When cold, mix with stiffly whipped cream and pour into sherbet glasses for serving.


Silliness – Moth Man

A guy walks into a dentist’s office and flops right down on the couch.
“Doc”, he says, “Here’s the problem. I think I’m a moth”
“Well”, says the doctor, “That certainly is a problem, but why did you come into a dentist’s office?”
“The light was on.”

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