Daily Stuff 8-2-18 William II Rufus

Hi, folks!

Open Circle for the Lughnasadh Sabbat tomorrow evening 8/3 at 7pm at Ancient Light.

It’s completely overcast and there may have been a touch of precipitation last night, since the honeysuckle was wet. Yep, 0.01 inches again. Mist was wisping up from the hills and you couldn’t see the Coast Range, and more mist was lifting from the beaches. 61F wind at 3mph and the clouds are supposed to burn off around 2pm.

Yesterday, before we headed home after the paper route, I got the cheese spiced and salted and put away. We fell into bed and then, groaningly, got up at 1:30, so we could make it to my doctor’s appointment. Turns out I have an abscess. <sigh> So, a new antibiotic… I hope I don’t end up with a weird reaction. We went to the shop after the appointment and eventually Tempus was able to get my pills.

…and the new product pages are finally getting started. I decided to start with the books. This is the main product page. https://wp.me/P2xgQ8-73i Right now all that is there are new books, but there are links to those pages.

After all that, Tempus was working on the car, trying to trace a radiator leak. I got a chowder made. …and we ate it and headed home.

I went to sleep pretty soon, just exhausted. I was up in the middle of the night and went out to listen to the waterfall by the koi pond for a little, then embroidered and read for several hours.

We’re only just at the shop and not even quite open, yet. I have a couple of plants to repot, one of which is a volunteer jade plant that’s sitting on top the old leaves of a lily. The other is a plantain. The folks who are working on the house “trimmed” the back path and destroyed all the plantain, so I nabbed up a couple that still had roots from the pile of leavings and I’m going to see if they’ll take. I had been hoping to save the seed from a lot of those. The seeds used to get used in bread and they’d be an interesting addition, very high fiber, and just chewed they have an interesting taste.

We’ll be open in a few minutes and stay open until Tempus heads for Newport for the paper route. I have a bunch of things to shift at the shop and I’m hoping to get another chunk of book pages inventoried and up and maybe start another tvarog or get some more of the herbs sorted out.

Valiente wise

Death_of_William_RufusToday’s Feast is for William II Rufus, the 2nd Norman king of England, who may, in the tradition of sacrificial kingship (if it existed) have been shot and killed on this day. Well… he died, anyway. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rufus  He was hated, to put it mildly,  and his body was left where it fell, after he had been shot by one of his own hunting party, which included his brother. The Rufus Stone (same article) has this wording, “Here stood the oak tree, on which an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrrell at a stag, glanced and struck King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, on the breast, of which he instantly died, on the second day of August, anno 1100. King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, being slain, as before related, was laid in a cart, belonging to one Purkis to take the king’s body to Winchester Cathedral on his cart, and drawn from hence, to Winchester, and buried in the Cathedral Church, of that city.”

nasturtium Kapuziner-Kresse_7148Today’s plant is NasturtiumTropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles.The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation. They are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus

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Love & Light,


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 8/11 at 2:58am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/4 at 11:18am. 

Bright Vega passes closest to overhead around 10 or 11 p.m. daylight time, depending on how far east or west you are in your time zone. How closely it misses your zenith depends on how far north or south you are. It passes right through your zenith if you’re at latitude 39° north (Washington DC, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Lake Tahoe). How closely can you judge this by looking? Then Deneb crosses closest to the zenith almost exactly two hours after Vega.
Evenings this week are a great time to explore the constellation Sagittarius the Archer. This star group lies due south and at peak altitude between 10 and 11 p.m. local daylight time, well after the last vestiges of twilight have faded away. The brightest stars within the constellation form the shape of a teapot — a distinctive asterism once you’ve found it — though it’s misshapen this year with the presence of Saturn just north of these stars. The central regions of the Milky Way pass through Sagittarius, so it’s always worth exploring this area through binoculars or a telescope.
Cassini captured this beautifully backlit image of Saturn and its icy rings on May 9, 2007, from a distance of a mere 700,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers). – NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, above the Sagittarius Teapot) glows yellow in the south after dark. It’s about 30° to the right or upper right of much brighter Mars. In a telescope Saturn’s rings are still tilted 26° to our line of night, nearly as open as we ever see them.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for August 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-august-2018
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll 

Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.

Sun in Leo
Moon in Aries
Mercury (8/19), Mars (8/27), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8) Retrograde
Color – Turquoise

Harvest 8/1-3

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th   2     High   4:16 AM     6.1   6:05 AM     Set 11:46 AM      78
~      2      Low  10:43 AM     0.6   8:40 PM    Rise 11:46 PM
~      2     High   5:14 PM     6.7
~     2      Low  11:30 PM     1.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.


Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – What instrument would you most like to play in the school band? Explain your answer. (If you already play an instrument, explain why you chose that instrument.)



~  Your body is not the battery, it is the transformer. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else. – Will Rogers
~  Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last. – Publilius Syrus
~  Love has the quality of informing almost everything- even one’s work. – Sylvia Ashton-Warner

Bend low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
So lazy and hum-strumming. – Carl Sandburg (1878–1967)


Magick – Songs and Chants of the Goddess – By Circle of Women

Earth My Body
“Earth My Body, Water My Blood, Air My Breath and Fire My Spirit”

Circle Round For Freedom
Circle round for freedom, circle round for peace for those us in prison, circle for release.
Circle round the planet, circle for each soul for our future generation, keep the circle whole.

Oh Ho the Pretty Chain – A Traditional Shaker Hymn
O’ ho the pretty chain that binds us all together O’ ho it’s links are love that’s wrought by faithful labor and while this love we do maintain our spirits flow together within this chain will remain it’s linked to pretty mother’s.

We Shall Lift Each Other Up
Humble yourself in the sight of your sister, bend down low and humble yourself in the sight of your brother, ask him what he knows and
We shall lift each other up, higher and higher We shall lift each other up Humble yourself in the sight of our children, we need to know what they know and
Humble yourself in the sight of love, bend down low and Humble yourself in the sight of Jah Love and let your love light show.

Simple Gifts – Traditional Shaker
“Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free ‘tis a gift to come down where we ought to be and when we find ourselves in the place just right twill be in the valley of love and delight when true simplicity is gained to bow and to bend we shant be ashamed to turn, turn twill be our delight till by turning, turning we come round right

Umamu Ya Jabula – Traditional South African
Umamu Ya Jabula – (call and response)
Mangifee ke kia (Call)
Umamu Ya Jabula (response)

Ancient Mother
Ancient Mother I hear you calling
Ancient Mother I hear your song
Ancient Mother I hear your laughter
Ancient Mother I taste your tears

Mother of Darkness / We All Come From the Goddess (Medley)
Mother of darkness, Mother of light
Earth beneath us, soul in flight
songs of love and love of life
guide us to our hearts (x2)

We all come from the Goddess
and to her we shall return
like a drop of rain
flowing to the ocean

O’ She Will Bring / Musical Priestess (Medley) – Traditional Celtic

She will bring the buds in the spring and laugh among the flowers
In summer’s heat her kisses are sweet she sings in leafy bowers
She cuts the cane and gathers the grain when leaves of fall surround her
Her bones grow old in wintery cold she wraps her cloak around her

Siyahamba – Traditional South African Freedom Song
Siyahamb ekukhanyeni kwenkos (x4)
We are marching in the light of God(x4)

Celebrate the Rain
Celebrate the rain fallin’ down
celebrate the green trees grownin’ from the ground
celebrate the new paradise we’ve found
celebrate the rain fallin’ down.

Spirit of the Plants
The spirit of the plants has come to me in the form
of a beautiful dancing green woman (x2)
Her eyes fill me with peace, her dance fills me with peace (2x)
The spirit of the plants has come to me and has blessed me with great peace (2x)
Her eyes fill me with peace, her dance fills me with peace (2x)

Down by the Riverside
I’m gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside, down by the riverside, down by the riverside (2x)
Ain’t gonna study war no more
I ain’t gonna study war no more, I ain’t gonna study war no more,
I ain’t gonna study war no more

Full Moonlight Dance
Under the full moon light we dance
spirits dance we dance
joining hands we dance
joining souls rejoice

Mother I Feel You

Mother I feel you under my feet, mother I hear your heart beat (2x)
Father I see you when the eagle flies, flight of the spirits
gonna take us higher

Woman Am I, Blessed Am I
Woman Am I, spirit am I
I am the infinite with in my soul
I have no beginning and I have no end
all this I am
Blessed am I, spirit am I
I am the infinite within my soul
I have no beginning and I have no end
all this I am

May The Circle Be Open
May the circle be open but unbroken
May the love of the Goddess be ever in your heart
merry meet and merry part and merry meet again
Blessed be, blessed be, blessed be

We all come from the Goddess – A Medley
We all come from the Goddess,
and to her we shall return
Like a drop of rain flowing to the ocean.

(Repeat) Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana!


The Goddess is alive and magick is afoot!
The Goddess is alive and magick is afoot!
(Return to beginning)


SillinessCircle Etiquette (varied sources) – Original Authors Unknown

  • Never summon Anything you can’t banish.
  • Never put asafoetida on the rocks in the sweat lodge.
  • Do not attempt to walk more than 10 paces while wearing all of your ritual jewelry, dream bags and crystals at the same time.
  • When proposing to initiate someone, do not mention the Great Rite, leer, and say, “Hey, your trad or mine?”
  • Never laugh at someone who is skyclad. They can see you, too.
  • Never, *ever* set the Witch on fire.
  • Looking at nifty pictures is not a valid path to mastering the ancient grimoires. Please read thoroughly and carefully from beginning to end so that your madness and gibberings will at least make some sense.
  • A good grasp of ritual and ritual techniques are essential! In the event of a random impaling, or other accidental death amongst the participants, (see next rule) a quick thinker can improvise to ensure successful completion of the Rite. Make them another sacrifice, Demons really love those.
  • Watch where you wave the sharp pointy items.
  • Avoid walking through disembodied spirits.
  • Carry an all-purpose translator’s dictionary in case the ritual leader begins talking in some strange and unknown language.
  • Avoid joining your life force to anything with glowing red eyes.
  • If asked to sign a contract or pact and you are experiencing doubts or reservations, sign your neighbor’s name. Malevolent entities rarely ask for photo ID.
  • Blood IS thicker than water. Soak ritual garments an extra 30-45 minutes.
  • While drunken weaving may be mistaken for ecstatic dancing, slurring the names of Deities is generally considered bad form.
  • If the ritual leader should ask for a volunteer, resist the urge to raise your hand! While it is true that volunteering will most likely gain you stature and prestige amongst the group, thereby allowing you to advance quickly through the ranks, it is equally likely to get you strapped to a table and eaten alive by a drooling demonic horde.
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