Daily Stuff 11-6-18 St. Leonard

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Samuel John Klein. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:46 PM PM of -0.4 feet.

The rain yesterday was unexpected and a lot of folks were complaining, especially when the 2nd batch came through mid-afternoon. It’s 49F (but it’s only 7am) predicted to be about the same as yesterday. Wind at 4mph and not much of a chance of rain.

Yesterday was pretty slow again, but we’re whomping through a lot of cleaning and sorting. I had a reading, late in the day. Lisa stopped by to say hi and we talked a little about the theme for Beachcomber’s (Legends of the Sea).

I had a taste for a burger and since the day got away from us and Chubby’s was closed, anyway, we ended up over at the Salty Dawg for supper. It was Monday night football, so a fellow handed us a pair of tickets for the half-time drawing and whaddya know, we won a knife set!

When we got home I crashed out for a couple of hours, then got up and got back to writing. Tempus tried an experiment with the air-fryer, doing home-fries. We finally got the cheese sorted out, but he wants me to hold off on doing more for awhile.

A bunch of the giant-leaved plants that Jeanne loved.

Today Tempus is going out to do some more laundry. He’s also going to stop at the PO, since we should have some orders in by now. I’ve got at least one book in there that I’ve been waiting for since last spring! We still need to get our ballots turned in and I want to get my bead table cleaned off, finally. …and the paper route tonight, but for now, I’m going back to bed! 🙂

A photo by Samuel John Klein from 11/05/16 of a Mt. Hood sunrise with the shadow of the mountain being cast across a cloud layer. We used to watch for that at this time of the year, when we were still living in Portland, not just on clouds, but often you could see the same thing in the morning mist.

plant herb flower goldenrod Solidago_canadensis_20050815_248My mother used to recite, when the weather turned to fall, “The goldenrod is yellow, the leaves are turning brown, the trees in the apple orchard, with fruit, are bending down.” Today’s plant is GoldenrodSolidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis

250px-San_leonardo_abateToday we’ve got an odd feast. There are several celebrations of “St. Leonard” on this day, but the only saint of this name that I can find doesn’t see to have even the slightest connection to the celebrations! There are a Bavarians who celebrate him with a parade of painted wagons and a whip-cracking contest as a patron saint of drovers. There’s a candle procession in another spot and an historical veneration of St. Leonard by Crusaders. What’s that have to do with this guy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_of_Noblac

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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 11/7 at 8:02am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 8:02am on 11/7. 

Sometime between about 8 and 9:30 p.m., depending on where you are, zero-magnitude Capella rises exactly as high in the northeast as zero-magnitude Vega has sunk in the west-northwest. How accurately can you time this event? Astrolabe not required. . . but it might help.
A lone bright star now hangs low in the south at midevening. First-magnitude Fomalhaut — often called “the Solitary One” — belongs to the constellation Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish. From mid-northern latitudes, it climbs 20° above the horizon at its best. How solitary is Fomalhaut? The nearest 1st-magnitude star to it, Achernar at the southern end of Eridanus the River, lies some 40° away. It doesn’t appear quite as isolated as normal these November evenings, however, because brilliant Mars hangs about 20° to its northwest.

Earthbound observers get superb views of Mercury in mid-April, though the detail will pale in comparison to what the MESSENGER spacecraft ¬captured up close. – NASA/JHUAPL/CIW

Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation today and climbs highest in the southwestern sky after sunset. Although the innermost planet stands 23° east of the Sun, it barely scrapes the southwestern horizon for observers at mid-northern latitudes. Use binoculars to hunt for the magnitude –0.3 object some 4° high a half-hour after sunset. Mercury appears much more conspicuous from the Southern Hemisphere, where it stands 16° high 30 minutes after sundown and doesn’t set until 90 minutes later.
The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness at 2:32 a.m. EST tomorrow morning. If you start watching it early this evening, you can see its brightness diminish by 70 percent over the course of about five hours as its magnitude drops from 2.1 to 3.4. This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days. Algol appears nearly overhead around midnight local time and remains well above the northwestern horizon until dawn.
Venus (magnitude –4.3) is rapidly emerging from the glow of sunrise; it’s a little higher and easier to spot every morning. Look for it just above the east-southeast horizon. In a telescope Venus is a dramatically thin crescent. Follow it up higher past sunrise and into the day for sharper telescopic views.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for November – NA, yet
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27.
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24 

Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter. 

Sun in Scorpio
Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 5:02am
Venus (11/16), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), Juno (12/23), and Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Black

Planting 11/6

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'”   Source: Earth, Moon and Sky

Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises

to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI, M



Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu   6      Low   5:01 AM     1.2   7:01 AM    Rise  5:41 AM      4
~     6     High  11:07 AM     8.7   4:59 PM     Set  4:59 PM
~     6      Low   5:46 PM    -0.4
~     6     High  11:57 PM     7.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.


Journal Prompt – What is? – What is a current fad? Explain why you do or do not like it.



~  Betrayal is the only truth that sticks. – Arthur Miller
~  All art is quite useless. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~  The invariable mark of a dream is to see it come true. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~  An economist’s guess is liable to be as good as anybody else’s. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist

Dry leaves upon the wall,
Which flap like rustling wings and seek escape,
A single frosted cluster on the grape
Still hangs—and that is all. – Sarah Chauncey Woolsey (1835–1905)


Thanksgiving Magick – Crafts

Wheel of the Year Candle – Starting thinking about this now for the new year! You will need candlewax from each Sabbat candle you use througout the year, a candle mold, and a new wick. This takes a whole year to make. You have to save some of the wax from the candles you used on each Sabbat and keep them in a special place for the whole year. As each Sabbat passes, add the next piece of wax. Since you used them for the Sabbat rituals, they have more power. Once the wheel of the year has made a complete cycle, melt the wax from the eight Sabbats together. Pour the melted wax into a candle mold, or cut a plastic cup in half; add a wick to the bottom of the cup and pour in the wax. Place it in the freezer to harden quickly. Keep it in your sacred space to bring a wonderful coming year. You could also do this with wax from the 13 Full Moons in a year. http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html

Turkey Pumpkin                    

Turn a pumpkin into a turkey. This idea can be used with any size pumpkin, from mini to large. Young children will need help piercing the pumpkin skin to attach the decorations.


  • Pumpkin
  • Crayons, markers, paint, or colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Thick craft glue, rubber cement or hot glue
  • Toothpicks, or skewers, or popsicle sticks
  • Card stock or thin cardboard or construction paper

You will need to cut out tail feathers and wing feathers that are the right size for your pumpkin — which will be the body. Use colored construction paper or color your own on card stock. Cut as many as you wish. Your turkey can have a huge feathery tail and wings OR you can use only 5 feathers to create the effect you want!

You also need to cut out a turkey head and neck — think of a circle head attached to a long narrow triangle neck. You can do it, I’m sure!

Attach your head/neck piece to a popsicle stick with glue. Be  sure to leave about an inch of stick to poke into the pumpkin. Draw on a beak, a neck wattle and a face. When it’s all dry and done press the stick into the pumpkin where you want it. IF it is too difficult, someone who is old enough can use a knife to make slits for the sticks.

Glue the feathers to sticks in the same manner to create wings and the tail.

If you want to try to glue feathers directly to the pumpkin, it will work with some kinds of glue — perhaps you can use thumbtacks to help. Rubber cement is good for this because if you paste some onto the pumpkin and some onto the feather then let them almost dry before you put them together, they stick VERY firmly!


Silliness – Holmes and Watson

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were camping in the forest. They had gone to bed and were lying beneath the night sky. Holmes said, “Watson, look up. What do you see?”
“I see thousands of stars.”
“And what does that mean to you?” Holmes asked.
“I suppose it means that of all the planets in the universe, we are truly fortunate to be here on Earth. We are small in God’s eyes, but should struggle every day to be worthy of our blessings. In a meteorological sense, it means we’ll have a sunny day tomorrow. What does it mean to you, Holmes?”
“To me, it means someone has stolen our tent.”

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