Daily Stuff 9-15-18 Greater Eleusinian Mysteries

Hi, folks!

This is the full Saturday newsletter, replacing the “stuff” that was posted on Friday. Closing at 5pm today (Saturday)! No workshops today! Anja’s out of town.

Yesterday was kinda hard in the morning. Both of us were sleepy and so much needed to get done that it was hard to keep going.

Tempus took off for Newport to run his errands and was back by 3:30 with a pile of things from the PO, and then he had to go back because there was yet another po box key.

…and then I couldn’t find my split rings and then I couldn’t find my tunic and then something else disappeared…. all the while Tempus was making bread. Eventually, I had enough pieces for the weekend, so I finished packing.

…and then he had to get oil and our card got declined…. apparently compromised… and we were already 1/2 an hour past when I had to leave.

We finally got going at 6…. We had a nice drive, and it was only just getting dark once I was at the site. The Moon and the stars and planets were gorgeous, but I was getting awfully tired. Yseult, Emma and I left the site early enough that I was crawling into bed at 10pm. I slept pretty well, on a hide-a-bed with an air mattress on it.

Today was the day that Tempus was by himself at the shop.

I was doing Arts & Sciences things all day until the evening Court and then he picked me up. More on that in the next newsletter!


plant poppy wheatGreater Eleusinian Mysteries – This day was the climax of the festival when initiates were shown an ear of wheat as the symbol of death/life/rebirth. The festival went on for many days with special events, sacrifices, rituals and processions. More information here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleusinian_Mysteries#Greater_Mysteries . The Mysteries were secret and initiates simply didn’t write about them, so all we know are the bits and scraps that were public. Eleusis was where the Oomphalos, the belly-button stone of the World. was situated.

plant red elderberryToday’s plant is Red ElderberrySambucus racemosa. It’s a large shrub that has white flower clusters in the spring and red berry clusters late in the summer. Planet: Venus, Element: Water Deity: Hel, Holda, The White Lady, Magickal properties: Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits. Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand.  Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don’t burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.” More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_racemosa and here:http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm

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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 9/24 at 7:52pm. 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 9/16 at 4:15pm. 

Watch the waxing Moon step eastward above Venus, Jupiter, and Antares. The Moon hangs over Antares at nightfall, as shown here. Far to the Moon’s left are Saturn, then Mars. To the Moon’s lower right is Jupiter. And look far to Jupiter’s lower right to catch Venus before it sets.
Early on the Sunday morning the 16th, a 7.2-magnitude star in Taurus will be occulted for up to 5 seconds by the faint (12th-magnitude) asteroid 80 Sappho, along a shadow track running from central California to Maine. Details, map, and finder charts.
Uranus continues to climb higher in the late evening sky. The ice giant world lies in the southwestern corner of Aries, 12° south of the Ram’s brightest star, 2nd-magnitude Alpha (α) Arietis. At magnitude 5.7, Uranus glows brightly enough to see with the naked eye from under a dark sky, though binoculars make the task easier. To confirm a sighting, point your telescope at the suspected planet. Only Uranus shows a disk, which spans 3.7″ and sports a distinctive blue-green hue.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, above the spout-tip of the Sagittarius Teapot) glows yellow in the south at nightfall, well to the right of brighter Mars.

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

Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102 

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Sagittarius
Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Black

©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
Sa  15     High   5:31 AM     6.0   6:56 AM    Rise  1:30 PM      29
~    15      Low  11:11 AM     2.3   7:27 PM     Set 11:16 PM
~    15     High   5:16 PM     7.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Pamper Your Self.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – You can’t unscramble eggs. — John Pierpont Morgan



~  Do it big, do it right and do it with style – Fred Astaire
~  Love is something you do – the giving of self, the sacrifices you make – even for people who offend or do not love in return. Love is a value that is actualized through loving actions.  – Be Proactive
~  Victory belongs to the most persevering. – Napoleon Bonaparte
~  Humor is just another defense against the universe. – Mel Brooks

And now the autumn season waits,
In mellowing forms of fruitage. – Stephen Henry Thayer (1839–1919)


Mabon Magick – Poems


Oh, join us at the feast, Great Mother!
Come into our banquet hall,
Partake of the hot spice rum and cakes
While your hounds bask by the fire.

You shall have the main chair, the one
At the head of the table, to be your throne.
We will play cheerful music on the dulcimer,
And sing sweet songs of thanksgiving.

We will listen to anything you say,
And will share anything you wish us to.
There is great joy at being in your company,
We will gather around your feet to listen.

Oh, join us at the feast, Great Mother!
We have decorated the banquet hall for you,
Put velvets for your hounds to sleep upon,
And have candles in the sconces on the wall.

We will dance to your glorious moon,
Dance for you and sing to celebrate;
Joining together in the community of Souls
That bask in your all-encompassing love. – © Copyright 09/21/05 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

Summer sun begins to wane

Summer sun begins to wane,
The trees all fall asleep
The harvest’s in, the birds fly south
The leaves are piling deep.

Indian Summer Days are rare,
Long nights bring morning frost,
Fall flowers drying in the fields
Life’s beauty fades, is lost ~ Catriona Lovett (c) 2002


Silliness – Bumper Snickers – Imagine if birds were tickled by feathers…

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