Daily Stuff 6-17-18 Ludi Piscatorii

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 10:17 AM of -1.8 feet.. House Capuchin Project Day, Noon to 5pm. House Potluck at 5pm.

The sky is blue from horizon to horizon! The marine layer is there, a different shade of blue, granted, but nearly on the horizon. 61F, Wind at 8mph although higher on the jetties, and the forecast is dry all the way out.

Yesterday started with a blast of insanity. By 11:30 I finally got a chance to sit down to check on things and discovered that today’s newsletter frame had vanished. How? By then display was up, the things for it all found and folks manning it. ….and I was kinda wiped out, so I sat for a few, got this together and trying to re-frame my brain.

We really didn’t have that many people in, pre-parade. Dunno if they were shearing off because of the display? …but some folks *did* stop by to say hi. Some of them were previous students, who had been at Job Corps. We also had two Job Corps youngsters who want to start the 101 class.

I got out front and set up my camera and in a few minutes I was taking pictures as the parade started. There are a lot and it’s going to take me a few days to process them. That was fun.

The display got a lot of people asking questions and was manned all afternoon. Jalida made one ball cover during the day, so we have that up front. Pickles, bread and stew got chomped on all day long and late in the day we headed down to the Frog and got some taffy and chocolate.

We tore down at about 5pm and most things got started being put away. There’s more of that to do this morning, mostly a lot of folding, but we have to get the roast done, soonest. The stew from yesterday got cooked overnight again, with some potatoes to cut down the salt. That’s the 2nd time I’ve over-salted something and I don’t know how…..

I took a nap very late in the afternoon. I had too, ‘coz I was dragging. Jay ended up napping sitting up on the sofa. Tempus napped everywhere he sat. 🙂 Eventually, by 9pm pretty much everyone had headed out. Tempus took me home and came back to do a few more things and I slept. …which I really needed. The Moon was a thin sliver in the west with Venus right next to Her.

The vendors’ market is up. The fishermen and clammers are out in force, honoring Father Tiber? Or Mother Pacific? Or maybe the spirit of Alsi. 🙂 Last day of Beachcombers, our project day and then our potluck, later!

220px-36-pesca,Taccuino_Sanitatis,_Casanatense_4182.Today’s feast is the Ludi Piscatorii, the day of the fishermen, in honor of Father Tiber, the Tiber River in Italy. (although Wikipedia has it as 6/7…)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludi_Piscatorii It is also the day of St. Botolph, according to Nigel Pennick, who is an English saint, patron of travelers and fishermen.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Botolph Fishing has been a main source of food since the neolithic and the first permanent settlements, such as those at Lepensky Vir (7000BCE or so) were based on fishing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepenski_Vir

primrose shop 020713Today’s Plant is the PrimrosePrimula vulgaris. This plant, because it is easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside in February and March. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and theplant flower primrose primula vulgarisyoung flowers can be made into primrose wine.  – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya – grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing 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 6/27 at 9:53pm. 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 6/18 at 12:43am. 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 6/20 at 5:29am. 

The thickening waxing crescent Moon now adds to the interest in the western twilight. . . The crescent Moon, far upper left of Venus, shines near Regulus tonight. Almost as bright as Regulus is orange Gamma Leonis (Algieba), higher above the Moon.
Mercury (magnitude –1 to –0.5) is rapidly becoming more easily visible in evening twilight, very far to the lower right of Venus. Catch it in the narrow time window between when the sky is still too bright and when Mercury sinks too low and sets.
South is up. Like a white snake with a giant eye chasing its tail around the planet, a strong white band in the South Tropical Zone extends from the Great Red Spot westward (preceding; left here) almost all the way around to the snake’s nose. In the last three weeks, the nose has been catching up to the tail. Will this continue until they merge? Christopher Go in the Philippines has long been imaging Jupiter with his 14-inch scope at every opportunity. Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility in early May, but it remains a stunning sight from evening twilight until it sets around 3 a.m. local daylight time. The giant planet appears best when it climbs highest in the south around 10 p.m. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.4 and is the night sky’s brightest point of light once Venus sets around 11 p.m. The gas giant resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales, 1.5° northwest of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [a] Librae). If you view the planet through a telescope tonight, its disk spans 43″ and displays spectacular cloud-top detail.
Although Saturn will reach opposition and peak visibility in 10 days, observers will be hard-pressed to see it as inferior this week. The ringed planet rises at 9 p.m. local daylight time and appears highest in the south around 1:30 a.m. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.1 and stands out against the background stars of northern Sagittarius. If you target the planet through binoculars this week, you’ll find it 2.6° northwest of the 5th-magnitude globular star cluster M22 and 3.5° south of the similarly bright open cluster M25. But the beautiful world looks best through a telescope, which reveals its 18″-diameter disk and a stunning ring system that spans 42″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-june-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
 Runic half-month of Daguz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. 

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

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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
Su  17     High   3:16 AM     8.2   5:31 AM    Rise 10:03 AM      12
~    17      Low  10:17 AM    -1.8   9:03 PM
~    17     High   4:57 PM     7.0
~    17      Low  10:32 PM     2.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the name of the maiden: I will play at least once a today! – Galen Gillotte


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Have you ever had an incident because you overslept?



~  Think not of the faults of others, of what they have done or not done. Think of your own faults, of the things you have done or not done. – Dhammapada
~  Think of some ways you could comfort yourself, other than by eating. Here’s a starter list: hug yourself or another person, take a hot bath, stroke your face or pat yourself on the arm, tell yourself that you’re good and that you love yourself. – Norris Chumley
~  This moment is your portal to the future. Use it wisely! – M. Ross
~  To follow, without halt, one aim: that’s the secret of success. – Anna Pavlova

Fair and green is the marsh in June;
Wide and warm in the sunny noon.
The flowering rushes fringe the pool
With slender shadows, dim and cool. – –Antoinette Alcott Bassett (b. 1857)


Litha Magick – Lore

deborah <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com> wrote:

To: Hearth_Witch@yahoogroups.com
From: “deborah” <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2006 16:24:04 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Litha, The Summer Solstice
Litha, The Summer Solstice – by Gordon Ireland

Litha is also known as the summer solstice, Midsummer, All Couples Day, and Saint John’s Day. Litha is one of the fire festivals and occurs on the longest day of the year. This is the time of year when the sun reaches its highest apex, at the Tropic of Cancer. It is the day when light overcomes darkness, a day of power. Litha also is one of the “quarter days” or the Lesser Sabbats.

Litha, as a Wiccan holiday, has the Sun/God reaching full power, and the Goddess pregnant with child. She holds promise of the bounty of the harvest yet to come. Litha’s name, depending which author you read, has its roots in Greco-Roman, (McCoy, page 149) or according to Our Lady of the Prairie Coven, Litha means opposite of Yule. This may possibly have Saxon roots, though that is pure speculation. No others authors that were researched for this article offered any explanation as to the origins of Litha other than it is name for Midsummer.

Midsummer traditionally marks the beginning of summer (i.e. schools out). Actually midsummer marks the actual middle of the Celtic summer, falling between Beltane and Lughnasadh. Midsummer is known also as a night of magic, made famous by William Shakespeare with his play Midsummer’s Nights Dream. As a Quote from Puck can attest to:

Captain of our fairy band,
Helena is here at hand;
And the youth, mistook by me,
Pleading for a lover’s fee.
Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
(Shakespeare, Act 3, Scene 2)

June in Europe and America is historically the busiest month for weddings, hence All Couples Day. This tradition begins because this time of the year was a time of rest for the Ancient Celts, the time between planting and harvesting. June allowed time for the wedding festivals and rest. This is best described in an English child’s nursery rhyme.

“…marry in the month of May
most surely you will rue the day.
Marry in June when roses grow
And happiness you’ll always know…”
Author Unknown (McCoy, 167)

Saint John’s Day celebrates the birth of St. John exactly six months before the birth of Christ as he foretold of Christ’s coming. The Celts, as was their way, easily adopted this day and incorporated into their summer solstice festivities just as they did with Beltane/May Day. A poem demonstrates how the Celts and other cultures were able to incorporate the various pagan meanings of Litha with a Christian one.

In praise of St. John–
May he give health to my heart.
St. John comes and St. John goes,
Mother, marry me off soon!
Author Unknown (Henes, page 61)

Litha’s celebrations are as varied as the authors who write them are. The times that the ritual should take place are also varied. McCoy suggests that the ritual take place on the eve before June 21. (Pages 163-66) McCoy further states that during the ritual one should jump over or walk in between two purifying fires. (Pages 153-54) Author of Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons, Cycles and Celebrations, Donna Henes, says that Midsummer is a sun festival and is best done during the daylight hours between sunrise and high noon. (Page 56)

Litha rituals as all ritual should be personal. Several of the authors give basic outlines some for covens, some for the solitary. Most of the authors used for this essay are Wiccan. This particular point of view uses a very pregnant Lady and a Lord at the height of his powers. This ritual, no matter what the tradition or the Gods/Goddesses involved should include either the sun or a fire, or both.


Silliness – Even More Signs Technology Took Over Your Life – – You are able to argue persuasively the Ross Perot’s phrase “electronic town hall” makes more sense than the term “information superhighway,” but you don’t because, after all, the man still uses hand-drawn pie charts.


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