Daily Stuff 9-4-18 Great London Fire

Hi, folks!

It’s nice and sunny out, but you can tell the sun is lower in the sky. The humidity is high, too, which means there’s water vapor, can’t really call it cloud, in between us and the sun. 53F, wind at 17, gusting into the 20’s. AQI is at 17 and it looks like the next chance of rain has shifted to the end of the weekend into next Monday.

I did *not* expect yesterday to go crazy! Of course the first thing in the morning was my inability to put out the newsletter because WordPress said I had “violated the terms of service agreement.” Of course, I hadn’t. I went through the whole agreement again….took 1 1/2 hours for the fine-toothed comb…. and then in the mid-afternoon a tech finally got back to me saying that their anti-spam software had wrongly taken the site down. Gah!

So we were crazy with customers. It took a couple of hours after I got the 2nd notice before I could finally get the newsletter out, and then more time after that to be able to finally sit down and get Tempus out to get milk and run the other errands. While he was doing that I finally set up the carrot soup that I’ve been trying to get to since Thursday. …and then I sat down, caught up on mail and waited and figured out that at least the day had been profitable.

I did a reading in the middle of the evening and was really tired afterwards, but we hadn’t had supper, yet, so we stayed pretty late. Mars was bright in the south. We went home and got only a little packing done. We did more this morning after we were waked up by the estate guy. No one told us they were bringing a dumpster today, so Tempus had to move the car and then we got delayed leaving because we had to answer some questions.

We’re at the shop, now. Tempus has gone across to find out when they’re going to work on the car radiator. Now that the water pump is fixed, we have to get a new radiator in because *it’s* starting to leak. <sigh> We’ve plans to head into Newport to do some grocery shopping and then come back here and get some more done on shifting the things that are in the way. Tonight’s the paper run again. Oof…. lots to do!


Today’s Feast is in remembrance of the Great London Fire. The city of London, England suffered an horrible fire in 1666. Two-thirds of the city was destroyed and on the 3rd day of the fire St. Paul’s Cathedral burned to the ground. Six acres of lead roof poured down into the streets like water. One of the interesting things is that there are only 6 recorded deaths. Guesses are that the actual deaths, of the folks who couldn’t escape the fire and of those who died of disease and exposure in the temporary camps that were set up before people could be moved out of the city, are in the 100,000 range. There’s more in here:

Sambucus_caerulea_7997Today’s plant is Blue ElderberrySambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede [poem]. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.” From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_cerulea

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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 9/9 at 11:01am. 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 9/5 at 2:01am. 

Find Regulus just below Mercury on the morning of the 5th, then and closer to Mercury’s right on the 6th. As dawn brightens tomorrow morning, use binoculars or a wide-field telescope to spot Regulus twinkling about 1.6° below brighter Mercury. Look very low above the east-northeast horizon, as shown here. Then on Thursday morning the 6th they’ll appear even closer, with Regulus 1.2° to Mercury’s right.
The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness at 1:40 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning. Observers on the East Coast who start watching around midevening can see the star’s brightness diminish by 70 percent over the course of about five hours. Those in western North America will see Algol brighten noticeably from late evening until dawn starts to paint the sky, when the star passes nearly overhead. This eclipsing binary system runs through a cycle from minimum (magnitude 3.4) to maximum (magnitude 2.1) and back every 2.87 days.
Venus (magnitude –4.6) shines low in the west-southwest in twilight. In a telescope Venus is a fat crescent about 40% sunlit and 30 arcseconds tall. For the best telescopic seeing catch Venus as early as you can, preferably long before sunset while it is still high.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for September 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-september-2018
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 

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 Gemini enters Cancer at 5:03am.
Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color – Black

Planting 9/4-5

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu   4      Low   2:15 AM     0.4   6:43 AM    Rise 12:48 AM      42
~     4     High   8:48 AM     5.4   7:47 PM     Set  4:15 PM
~     4      Low   1:58 PM     3.0
~     4     High   8:06 PM     7.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I miss the laughter. I miss your smile. I miss sharing our fears, our dreams and our greatest moments of sorrow. For what was real then is no longer real. The truth does not matter. You have made a choice based not on facts, but it is okay for today. I have learned to let it go and to move on. I walked with you and talked with you. I spent time with you. You called me friend and I called you family. Miles and years are now between us and I am not the person you wanted me to be, but I am the best I can be. I no longer speak to you and you no longer speak to me. The events that have made us different are the things I desire to forget the most, but each passing moment seems like a life time.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it. – Henry Ford



~  Hello, Americans, it’s Paul Harvey. Standby for news. – Paul Harvey; his method of signing on the air
~  A chattering crow lives out nine generations of aged men, but a stag’s life is four times a crow’s, and a raven’s life makes three stags old, while the phoenix outlives nine ravens, but we, the rich-haired Nymphs, daughters of Zeus the aegis-holder, outlive ten phoenixes. – Hesiod, quoted by Plutarch, Obsolescence of Oracles 415c
~  A man is nothing without his good name. – Roscoe Conkling ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, American movie star, charged with the rape and manslaughter of Virginia Rappé on September 5, 1920
~  The more backwoodish a social group, juvenile or adult, the stricter its conception of the normal, and the readier it will ridicule any departure from it. – Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-born writer, born on September 5, 1905

September is a time
Of beginning for all,
Beginning of school
Beginning of fall. – Anon.


Mabon Recipes

Mama’s Mulled Spiced Cider, Beverage – Hot, Party Recipe – Winter, 8 servings – can be halved, doubled or more, Party perk recipe doubles this

  • ½ gal or rough cider or apple juice
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp grated orange peel
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 orange wheels (see garnish – fruit)
  • 1 star anise or ¼ tsp aniseed

Microwave-safe measuring cup (2-cup, at least) measuring spoons, strainer, something to keep the cider hot in (soup pot with lid, Party Perk) 8 mugs, sharp small knife

  1. Put 1 cup of apple juice into measuring cup and add spices.
  2. Zap in microwave for 4 minutes, stirring every minute. Don’t let it boil! If it does, just stop there and go on.
  3. Let sit for 15 minutes, at least.
  4. Pour apple and orange juices into pot (or Party Perk) and warm on medium for about 15 minutes, stirring every so often. (Party Perk takes 1 hour to warm)
  5.  Turn temperature to low.  (Not on Party Perk, see above)
  6. Put strainer over pot or Party perk and pour spiced juice from measuring cup through it. Stir and let finish warming, covered.
  7. Set out the mugs.
  8. Add a cinnamon stick to each.
  9. Split each orange wheel from the center to one edge and push the split down over the rim of the mug until the slice stands up.
  10. Add juice and serve. There will be seconds.

Mabon Wine Moon Cider
4 cups apple cider
4 cups grape juice
2 cinnamon sticks, 4 inches long
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
additional cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long

In a 4 quart sauce pan, heat cider and grape juice. Add cinnamon,
allspice, and cloves. Bring it to a light boil, then lower heat, and
simmer for 5 minutes. serve with a ladle from a cauldron. makes 8 cups.
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Mabon Ruby Red Wine (for next year)


  • General Purpose Wine Yeast
  • 1 1/2 Pounds White Sugar
  • 2 Pounds Blackberries
  • 2 Pounds Elderberries
  • 1/2 Pound Raisins
  • 6 Pints Cold Water
  • 2 Pounds Sloes
  • 1 Pound Apples
  • Yeast Nutrient
  • Pectic Enzyme
  • 1 campden tablet


  1. Juice the berries, raisins and apples in an electric juicer and remove any pits you find in the pulp.
  2. Place juice, pulp, 6 pints of water, the campden tablet and enzyme in a large clean container
  3. Cover and leave for 1 full day.
  4. Mix in 1 1/2 pound sugar, and the yeast nutrient.
  5. Re-cover and leave for 48 hours, stirring at least once per day.
  6. Strain liquid into a new container,
  7. Add another pound of sugar.
  8. Re-cover and for another 36 hours.
  9. Pour liquid into a fermenting jar and age as you would any wine.


Silliness – Stop Sign

A woman drove a mini-van filled with a dozen screaming kids through the mall parking lot, looking for a space. Obviously frazzled, she coasted through a stop sign.

“Hey, lady, have you forgotten how to stop?” yelled an irate man.

She rolled down her window and yelled back, “What makes you think these are all mine ?”

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