Daily Stuff 8-24-18 Bartholomew Fair

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:24 AM of -0.2 feet.

There are multiple layers of cloud moving in different directions up there….. One layer with a lot of bright white mare’s tails is moving SW to NE. Another of lumps that are more grey is moving N to S. There are lumpy lines of cumulus that look that be going crossways to both. 62F, wind at 5mph, AQI down to 14!!!! There’s a small chance of rain Sunday night and next Friday.

Yesterday was tiring. We got plenty of sleep, but we were pretty busy. We’re still trying to sort out the chaos from Wednesday, as well as me working on headers for herbs and trying different tactics for making bookmarks, Tempus cutting business cards, doing some dishes, and lots more little stuff.

Sentila stopped by in the morning. I don’t get to see her nearly often enough. <sigh> Both of us busy…. Leslie and her son stopped by, since we had found them a cool little frog hanging rack, and they dropped off some little cat-shaped licorice drops.

Tempus headed for Newport to start the paper route at 9pm. Except for one bobble with a paper drop that he missed, and then had to backtrack to figure out which, it went pretty smoothly. I got picked up at about 4:15. As we were heading over the bridge toward Bayshore, I couldn’t figure out what the orange light on the horizon was. “Wow, that’s big! What fishing boat….? ….Duh….it’s the *Moon*!” 🙂 She was setting into a bank of cloud and the exact color of good cheddar cheese! Orion was already high when we started, but Sirius didn’t come over the trees until deep twilight. It was a pretty morning.

Before I got picked up I worked on getting my mother’s pages from the original website re-done. This isn’t a one-night project. I’m going to be pecking at it for a couple of weeks, and most of the pages aren’t quite finished. They need clipart and more photos….many of which are in storage… The main page is here: https://wp.me/P2xgQ8-789 Links are going live as quickly as I can do them. I managed 8 last night, and there are two sub-pages that are going to take some time.

Today we have to get the clutter out of the aisles and do more dishes. We had a flood of people in here as we opened….about 20 people in 15 minutes. We’re both really tired, too… but the air smells good, finally!

purple snail

Feast 0824 Bartholomew_FairToday’s feast is the Bartholomew Fair, which may have descended from the Mania, the feast of Ceres, Mania, and the Manes, in the sense of honoring cthonic and grain deities. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomew_Fair On the Manes here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manes and Mania (goddess of the dead) here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mania_(mythology)

Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree MonthToday’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus

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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 8/26 at 4:56am. 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 8/24 at 7:56pm. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 8/27 at 7:56pm. 

The Northern Lights and two meteors above Finland. Dave Grubb/Flickr
After dark as August nears its end, the Great Square of Pegasus looms up in the east, balancing on one corner. Its stars are only 2nd and 3rd magnitude. Extending leftward from the Square’s left corner is the main line of the constellation Andromeda, made of three stars (including the corner) about as bright as those forming the Square. This whole giant pattern was named “the Andromegasus Dipper” by the late Sky & Telescopecolumnist George Lovi. Shaped sort of like a giant Little Dipper with an extra-big bowl, it currently lifts its contents upward.

Ursa Major, Ursa Minor
Copyright 1995 Jerry Lodriguss
24mm f.2 Nikkor working at f/3.5
20 minute exposure
hypered Kodak Royal Gold 400
3:17 am May 27, 1995
Massai Point, AZ

The constellations Ursa Major the Great Bear and Cassiopeia the Queen lie on opposite sides of the North Celestial Pole, so they appear to pivot around the North Star (Polaris) throughout the course of the night and the year. In late August and early September, these two constellations appear equally high as darkness falls. You can find Ursa Major and its prominent asterism, the Big Dipper, about 30° above the northwestern horizon. Cassiopeia’s familiar W-shape, which currently lies on its side, appears the same height above the northeastern horizon. As the night progresses, Cassiopeia climbs above Polaris while the Big Dipper swings below.
Mars continues to move westward relative to the background stars, and today it crosses the border from southwestern Capricornus into eastern Sagittarius. But its stay among the Archer’s stars won’t be lengthy. The planet reaches its stationary point on the 28th and will move back into the Sea Goat on September 1.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, above the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot) glows yellow in the south at nightfall. It’s about 23° left or upper left of Antares, and about 27° right or upper right of Mars.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for August 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-august-2018
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll 
Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that gives order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. Runic 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

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Aquarius
Mars (8/27), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color – Purple

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


from Wikimedia commons

Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   24      Low   6:24 AM    -0.2   6:30 AM     Set  4:36 AM      93
~    24     High  12:49 PM     6.2   8:07 PM    Rise  7:30 PM
~    24      Low   6:21 PM     2.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept clarity, peace, and order in all aspects of life.


Journal Prompt – Favorites – What’s your favorite place to escape from life temporarily? A park? A mall?



~  Dachshund – A half-a-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long. – HL Mencken
~  A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells. – Grandma Moses
~  To see me as a person on screen would be one of the dullest experiences you could ever wish to experience. – Peter Sellers
~  … whosoever takes those Scriptures, and makes exposition upon them, from their imagination, and tells you that is the word of God, and hath seen nothing: That they are the false Christs and false Prophets … Men must speak their own experienced words, and must not speake thoughts. – Gerrard Winstanley

A day of torpor in the sullen heat
Of Summer’s passion: In the sluggish stream
The panting cattle lave their lazy feet,
With drowsy eyes, and dream. – James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)


Mabon Magick – Mushroom Soups – Nothing that I love better than mushroom soup on a chilly day!

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

  • 1/2 c. wild rice
  • 2 tbsp. margarine
  • 1 c. minced leek (white part only)
  • 1/3 c. minced celery
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger root
  • 1 c. diced mushrooms
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • Salt & Pepper

Cook rice; drain.  Meanwhile, heat margarine or butter in medium saucepan.  Add leek, celery and ginger and cook over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue cooking until they get a bit soft and then add broth. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer, covered for 10 minutes.  Add rice and season soup to taste with salt and pepper.

Mushroom Soup and Brie

  • 1 1/2 lbs. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 oz. butter
  • 1 med. onion
  • 1 minced shallot (if available)

Saute above ingredients.  Stir in:

  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 3 c. beef or chicken broth
  • 1 c. port (or dry wine)

Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, cook 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups cream (or half and half).  Ladle into bowls.  Cover with slices of brie and run under broiler.  Serve with crusty French bread.

Mushroom and Barley soup

  • 1/4 lb. coarse barley
  • 1/8 lb. dried mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 qts. beef or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 pt. sour cream
  1. Wash mushrooms thoroughly.  Let soak 1 hour in cold water to cover.
  2. Add rinsed barley.
  3. Pour on 1 1/2 quarts water.  Salt to taste.
  4. Bring to boil, then simmer briskly until barley is soft.  (Takes up to an hour, sometimes!)
  5. Remove soup from heat
  6. Remove mushrooms, cut in fine pieces, replace in soup.
  7. Allow mixture to cool to well below boiling (if you have a thermometer it needs to be down to below 150o
  8. Stir in sour cream gradually and serve hot.

Italian Mushroom Soup

  •  1 stick butter
  • 5 c. beef stock
  • 1 lb. fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 lg. minced onion
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 c. vermouth or red cooking wine
  1. Melt butter on medium low heat.
  2. Add mushrooms and onions and cook about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato paste.
  4. Add stock and vermouth and simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.


Silliness – Even More Signs Technology Took Over Your Life – While contemporaries swap stories about their recent hernia surgeries, you compare mouse-induced index-finger strain with a nine-year-old.

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