Daily Stuff 9-26-18 Fall of Jerusalem

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne

An crewmember aboard the International Space Station captured this image of the Full Moon, awash in airglow, hovering beyond Earth’s horizon on December 4, 2006. – NASA

49F with the Moon hanging in a clear sky. Wind at 7mph.

Oof…. well, the last few days were the last of the moving stuff. We have one more set to get out of the back yard and one more piece from the garage, but otherwise we’re pretty well done, thank goodness! We found some treasures. One was a pic of my mother from back in the 60’s.

Tempus worked most of the day on putting up a frame for storage in the back of the shop, but the car developed *another* glitch, this time in the brakes. We’re hoping that this will be it for that set. We got the car back in the late afternoon.

I went splat… that’s about the only way to describe it. It’s not that I’m done, by any means, but the pressure of getting my part done by a specific date is gone and as always, when the pressure goes off, I collapse for a bit. I spent most of the day reading and embroidering tucked up on the sofa, when I wasn’t napping.

We went across the street for supper and had a good one. Neither of us have been eating well for several days, grabbing bites when we could, more than truly eating, so it was good to have a “re-set”.

I fell asleep after supper and then woke when Tempus headed out to start the papers. I settled back down to some more embroidery. …and went back and forth to the computer, mostly doing house-keeping. He was doing bulk drops by 11:15 and then the regular route at 12:20. I fell asleep not long before the time I’m normally picked up, so he left me here and finished the route on his own, getting in at 6:30, but with an extra paper, so he had to work out where that happened.

So I decided while he was working on that to get this newsletter out. We’re going to sleep late and then get back to sorting stuff around….hoping to get the freezer today.

Photo by Ken Gagne on 9/25/16


300px-Arch_of_Titus_MenorahToday is the anniversary of the day in 70CE when Jerusalem fell to Roman forces during the “Great Revolt”. The inhabitants were starving and had been for months, while the besieging armies crucified those who were trying to escape, sometimes 500 in a day where the folks inside the city could see them. The walls were razed and the city burned to the ground. Some information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Jewish%E2%80%93Roman_War#Fall_of_Jerusalem

plant flower Dogviolet6Today’s Plant is the Early Blue VioletViola adunca – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/  Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.

The shop opens at 11am. Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 9/26 at 7:52am. 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 10/8 at 8:47pm. Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 10/8 at 8:47pm. 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 10/2 at 2:45am. 

Every September, the late-night waning gibbous Moon crosses late-night Taurus.

As the stars come out in late twilight, Cassiopeia is already higher in the northeast now than the sinking Big Dipper >>> is in the northwest. You’ll find Cassiopeia’s broad W pattern almost standing on end.
Speaking of Mars, as darkness falls tonight, look low in the south-southwest for magnitude 1.1 Antares >>> (Alpha Scorpii) and compare it to magnitude –1.7 Mars, which lies in the south within the boundaries of the constellation Capricornus. You’ll note that both objects have a reddish hue, and that tips us off as to why the star carries its common name. “Antares” is a Greek combination of “anti” and “Ares” — literally, the “rival of Mars” or, according to some translations, “equal to Mars.”
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.

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
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 

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 Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra
Moon in Aries
Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), and Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Yellow

Harvest 9/25-26

©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
W   26     High   1:47 AM     7.3   7:08 AM     Set  8:36 AM      99
~    26      Low   7:58 AM     0.8   7:06 PM    Rise  8:21 PM
~    26     High   2:04 PM     7.6
~    26      Low   8:25 PM     0.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you find a dream inside your heart don’t ever let it go…. For dreams are the tiny seeds from which tomorrow’s grow.


Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Who controls the TV remote control in your family?



~  We must know a force greater than our weaknesses. – Jean Toomer
~  Dream big, and dare to fail. – Colonel Norman Vaughan, American dogsled driver and explorer, drove a dog team in Richard E. Byrd ‘s 1928 expedition to the South Pole
~  I had rather do and not promise than promise and not do. – Arthur Warwick
~  A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men’s lives should not stake their own. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer

O sweet September rain!
I hear it fall upon the garden beds,
Freshening the blossoms which begin to wane. – Mortimer Collins (1827–76)


Magick – Mushroom Soups

Fresh Mushroom Soup

  • 1 lb. fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 c. nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tsp. onion flakes
  • 1 tbsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tbsp. sherry
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Slice caps and stems of mushrooms in thick pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan and saute the mushrooms quickly until just crisp tender.
  3. Combine all other ingredients in blender and mix until thick and foamy.
  4. Add mushrooms and blend again at lowest speed for 4 or 5 seconds or until mushrooms are chopped into fine pieces but not pulverized.
  5. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and heat slowly, stirring with a wire whisk to keep from burning.

Yield: about 1 1/4 quarts.  1 cup = approximately 180 calories.

German Winter Mushroom Soup

  • 2 qts. water
  • 1 lb. fresh mushrooms (dried may be used)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 lg. onion
  • Sauerkraut juice or vinegar to taste
  • Roux — browned butter sauce
  • Chopped noodle dough (1 c. or more if desired)
  1. Soak mushrooms in salt water 20 minutes.
  2. Clean, slice and cook, with large onion 20 minutes.
  3. Drain and rinse.
  4. Add mushrooms to 2 quarts water, season to taste.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Pour about 1 cup boiling mushroom water to the roux.
  7. Stir to make a smooth paste, return to the boiling mushrooms.
  8. Add chopped noodle dough to the boiling mushrooms, cook until the dough is tender.  Add sauerkraut juice to taste.


  • 1/2 stick margarine or butter (brown)
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  1. Brown all ingredients, remove from flame.
  2. Add boiling mushroom water, stir for a smooth paste.
  3. Return to mushrooms.


  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 egg
  1. Mix all ingredients to make a stiff dough.
  2. Chop to make fine crumbs.
  3. Add to the boiling mushroom soup.

French Cream of Mushroom Soup

  • 1/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 lb. mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped (about ¼ c.)
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. each salt & dried savory
  • Pinch white pepper
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 2 c. rich beef broth or 1 (14 ½ oz.) can regular strength beef broth
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 c. half and half
  • 2 tbsp. dry vermouth
  1. In a 3 quart pan over moderately high heat, melt butter.
  2. Add mushrooms and shallots and cook, stirring often, until mushrooms brown lightly and most of their liquid is gone.
  3. Sprinkle with flour, salt, savory, and pepper.
  4. Add tomato paste.
  5. Stir mushrooms to coat with added ingredients.
  6. Remove from heat and gradually blend in beef broth.
  7. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  8. Puree mushroom mixture in blender or food processor until smooth, mixing in lemon juice at end.
  9. Return to cooking pan, blend in half and half and stir often over medium heat until steaming. Do not boil.
  10. Taste and add salt if needed.
  11. Add vermouth and serve at once.

Makes about 5 cups, 4 servings.


Silliness – Prepare to Fry!

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