Daily Stuff 9-16-18 Fête of Cornely

Hi, folks!

Featured photo By Northwest Weather Photos. This is a re-issue of this day’s newsletter. I had a toothache on Sunday and was so crazy busy that the newsletter was way short…. Well, this is an update.

Wow, did it rain this morning! It was bucketing down as we left the apartment and I saw the moment when the upper part of the driveway overflowed and ran down to meet the gutters as I was standing under a hemlock waiting for Tempus to open the car. Now, at 6pm. The sun is shining, wind at 4mph, temp at 59F, AQI 9! Wow, the air is washed clean again!) and we got over 4/5’s of an inch of rain!

Yesterday was amazing. There’s a full writeup here: https://wp.me/p8ngGY-1G2  but I’ll summarize for this newsletter.

This was a huge day! So much going on! So much happy!

I was up early, pretty excited about the day. I knew it was too early to disturb anyone else, so I browsed the library shelves (me and books, I swear….) and found a book on musical instruments and curled up with it for an hour or so. When Yseult knocked on the door I was so into the book that I actually yelped. 🙂 Quietly, thank goodness. 🙂 I spent the day in the A&S pavilion. I had my spoons and mostly finished the carving on the butter spreader and worked on the handle of one spoon. When my hands gave out, I got going on the collar band and then kept working on that during court.

I got to say hi to a lot of people that I haven’t seen for awhile and give and get hugs. The Coronet tourney was beautiful to watch, as usual. Later in court, I sat and embroidered while other friends were knitting chain, inkle-weaving and doing other crafts. A good friend was given an award for research in the Sciences, a young teen that I know was given a youth award for achievement in the Arts and Sciences and three dear friends are going to be made Laurels (the highest award for A&S) in the next several months. It’s something that several of us in the apprentice group have been working on, trying to get more active laurels in our geographic area and to have it be 3 of our group… awesome.

After court, while it was still a little light, those of us who had been in the A&S tent started packing up our things. I sat with everyone who brought their food back from the event potluck, while I was waiting for Tempus, and ate far too many russian tea cakes and baklava.

He finally got there an hour and a half after he was expected because customers had kept him busy, but he got there. We hugged and said our goodbyes and headed home, talking the whole way over my day, his day and all the stuff that had happened. Both of us were ravenous by the time we hit Florence, so since A&S was already closed we went to McD’s, and then drove straight home, through some rather thick fog along the coast. The Heceta Head Light is shining again.

…and home and bed.

…and his day was very, very busy. The customers right at the last were the least of that. He had one couple in with a little girl who *really* wanted a sand bucket and she asked him so sweetly that he said it would be a dollar (which is what we paid…ok, we’re suckers for the small ones) She said brightly, “I have a dollar!” so she got her bucket. 🙂

By Northwest Weather Photos

170px-Heiliger_CorneliusFête of Cornely (St Cornelius), at Carnac, Brittany, France, who may be the old worship of a horned god in disguise.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Cornelius He was a Pope under the persecutions before the Roman empire was christianized. In the Rhineland, he was also a patron saint of lovers. and a legend tells of a young artist who fell in love with a young woman whose father forbade the marriage, remarking that he would only consent if the pope did as well. Miraculously, the statue of Cornelius leaned forward from the altar and blessed the pair, and the two lovers were thus married. A legend told at Carnac states that its stones were once pagan soldiers who had been turned into stone by Cornelius, who was fleeing from them. He is the patron against earache, epilepsy, fever, twitching, and also of cattle, domestic animals, earache sufferers, epileptics, and the town of Kornelimünster, Germany where his head is located.

220px-Symphoricarpos_albus_003Today’s plant is the SnowberrySymphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus

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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. 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 9/23 at 7:52am. 

First Quarter Moon arrives at 7:15 p.m. EDT. Our satellite rises in the southeast around 2 p.m. local daylight time, but it doesn’t become prominent until the Sun sets around 7 p.m. (The Moon then lies due south and about one-third of the way to the zenith.) After darkness falls, the Moon’s half-lit orb appears in southeastern Ophiuchus, to the right of Saturn and its host, Sagittarius the Archer.

• Mars mosaic astro – By combining roughly 1,000 Viking Orbiter images, researchers created this stunning mosaic of Mars that shows surface features at a scale of just over half a mile (1 kilometer) per pixel. NASA/JPL/USGS

Mars continues to put on a great show these September evenings. The Red Planet appears in the south-southeast as darkness falls and climbs highest in the south around 9:30 p.m. local daylight time. The world shines at magnitude –1.7, almost imperceptibly fainter than Jupiter. When seen through a telescope, surface features on the 18″-diameter disk continue to sharpen as the global dust storm dissipates. Mars currently lies among the dim background stars of southwestern Capricornus. And at 9 a.m. EDT today, the planet reaches perihelion — its closest approach to the Sun during its 1.88-year orbit — when it lies 128.4 million miles from our star.
Uranus is easy in binoculars at magnitude 5.7 near the Aries-Pisces border — if you have a finder chart and know the constellations well enough to use it. Neptune (at opposition September 7th) is harder at magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius. By late evening they’re well up in the east and southeast, respectively. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune

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
2nd Quarter exact at 4:15pm
Moon in Sagittarius
Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Yellow

©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
Su  16      Low  12:14 AM     0.7   6:57 AM    Rise  2:28 PM      38
~    16     High   6:39 AM     5.6   7:25 PM     Set 11:57 PM
~    16      Low  12:07 PM     3.0
~    16     High   6:09 PM     6.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Watch more sunsets.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think that people with different ancestry or cultural backgrounds sometimes have problems getting along with each other?



~  Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. – Euripides (484 – 406 BCE)
~  Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish. – Quintilian; De Institutione Oratoria
~  It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly. – Anatole France (1844 – 1924)
~  When you want to fool the world, tell the truth. – Prince Otto von Bismarck

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound…
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. – Wendell Berry


Mabon Magick – Recipes

Harvest Salad – by Anja

Go through your garden, (or go to the farmer’s market!) and harvest various greens: lettuce, cabbage, beet leaves, basil, parsley, green beans, spinach, turnip, carrot and parsnip tops, any green herbs that are growing, then go check your yard for dandelion leaves, and plantain. When you have ½ a bowl full, nab things like one ripe tomato, an ear of corn, one pepper, one squash, a cucumber or any other fresh vegetables you might have. Thank the garden spirits for giving you these lovely things!

When you have a little bit of everything, take things in and wash them, roll up leaves and chop them fine. Scrub peel and dice the vegetables and toss it all together in a bowl. Take ½ a cup of yogurt and some shredded cheese and mix it up then toss that on top, followed by some chopped bacon or ham or chicken and mix well.

Eat with good bread and butter, a glass of good wine and a joyful heart.

Make sure you take a little bowlful and a piece of bread and a little glass of wine out for the spirits and thank them again for your harvest.

BEAN SALAD – ANJA’S – Easy to prepare the day before a picnic.

1          16 oz can corn
1          16 oz can red bean
1          16 oz can navy bean
1          16 oz can black bean
1          16 oz can green bean
1          small onion
3          Tbsp Chinese marinade
1/2       Cup sugar
1          tsp Ground ginger
½         cup wine vinegar
½         cup vegetable oil

1.         Drain and rinse canned ingredients.
2.         Chop onion.
3.         Put all the ingredients other than vinegar and oil into a mixing bowl and stir.
4.         Then add vinegar and oil and toss lightly.
5.         Refrigerate overnight to let the flavors mix together.
Tip:  Pour excessive juices off the salad before serving, or use a slotted spoon.

CUCUMBER TOMATO ONION SALAD – Arcamax 4-6 servings

2-3       large cucumbers
2          Tomatoes
1          Small onion
¼         Cup fresh cilantro
¼         cup lemon juice
1          Tbsp olive oil
1          Tbsp grated fresh ginger root
¼         Tsp ground cumin
¼         Tsp coriander
½         tsp salt

1.         Peel, ¼ and slice cukes.
2.         Chop tomatoes, cilantro & onion.
3.         Grate ginger
4.         Put in a bowl and toss.
5.         Combine remaining ingredients in a cruet and shake well.
6.         Pour over salad and toss.
7.         Chill for about 1 hour before serving.
The Skinny: Not much room for improvement here.


1          16 oz can wax beans
1          16 oz can kidney beans
1          16 oz can chickpea
1          16 oz can green bean
1          Red bell pepper
1          Green bell pepper
1          red onion
2          Tbsp soy sauce
¾         Cup sugar
1          Ground ginger
½         cup apple cider vinegar
½         cup vegetable oil

1.         Drain and rinse canned ingredients.
2.         Chop peppers and onion.
3.         Put all the ingredients other than vinegar and oil into a mixing bowl and stir.
4.         Then add vinegar and oil and toss lightly.
5.         Refrigerate overnight to let the flavors mix together.
Tip:  Pour excessive juices off the salad before serving.


Silliness – Top Secret

When my son was in the Air Force, my wife and I visited quite often. On our first visit, we were allowed inside this top secret Communications Center, but everything in sight was covered up so we could look around everywhere — Heck, even the toilet paper in the Men’s room was disguised.
Anyway, at the exit, there’s a sign above the door, which reads: “You have been exposed to Top Secret Material. Please destroy yourself before leaving the building.”

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