Daily Stuff 9-13-19 Feast of the Lectisternium

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. We will be closing right at 6pm since Tempus needs to drive me into the Valley for the Renn Faire this evening.

The sky is blue today, instead of that milky color. Yes, there are clouds, but the sunshine is bright! 67F, wind at 2mph, AQI34, UV5. …and I’m going to get wet on Sunday. <groan>

Yesterday was a nutty day. It wasn’t horribly busy… some busy, but small sales, but I was running around finding bits and pieces and Tempus was in and out to storage and other errands.

We didn’t close at 6, just left the doors open, ‘coz it was still hot in the shop and I was still finding things and Tempus was rummaging in storage again. I got to thinking that I had a bunch of prints on the walls at the house and I could use the frames on the things that I take to these demos rather than them getting torn up. He couldn’t find them though.

Tempus started pulling things in at 8pm. I was trying to get pictures of some of the things I’ve made over the last few days, but my tripod fell apart again, and he had to fix it. Once that was done I got my pictures and within a couple of minutes the notice that the papers were out came through and he headed for Newport…. only to run back in since he forgot to get the lawn mower put inside…

By then I was online working out details for the weekend with some folks. It looks like my sunblock will work, but I discovered that it’s going to turn me either green, blue or purple…. Not a good fit with a Renn costume….so I need to hunt up some of my regular, that makes me itch, but better that than burnt.

I spent awhile doing computer stuff, but listening to Avi Kaplan and Peter Hollens. Nice stuff! …and the I put olives in small jars, finished the batch of tvarog, and cut ham and cheese into cubes for meals over the weekend. I had to find my granola bars…. …and put blue ice into the freezers and all the kind of thing.

…and then I couldn’t get hold of Tempus. He didn’t call in at the regular time and I was getting a “all circuits are busy now, message…. and I got worried.

…but it turned out that the rain was degrading the signal and he was just running late… He picked me up at 3:15 and then I got dropped at home at 4:20. He ran in to put the ham away and then took off to finish the route.

It had rained around midnight, which meant that Bayshore, at least, was quite foggy. The nearly full moon was lighting things up from behind, though, so the clouds were bright for nighttime, almost enough to make me think it was starting to get light. It wasn’t, of course. Even by the time that Tempus got home at 6:05 it wasn’t, quite.

We have to get the car packed and Tempus is supposed to run some errands in Newport. Dunno how this is going to play out. …actually, he just decided that he’ll get what I need here in town and do his errands on Monday. We’re running short of time.

Yes, we’ll be open until 6pm….

9/9/18 by Walter Duvall, morning has broken”, Yaquina Bridge

pulvinar-Today in the Roman Empire is the Feast of the Lectisternium. This is a sacrifice where images of the gods reclining and goddesses seated were served with feast foods as though they were the honored guests. The picture is of a carved stool of the sort used in dining. More info here:  http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/secondary/SMIGRA*/Lectisternium.html


Today’s Plant is Cow parsnipHeracleum lanatum, or Indian CeleryGrowing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Moon MagickThe 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 9/13 at 9:33pm. 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 9/15 at 9:33pm. 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 9/28 at 11:26am. 

The Harvest Moon rises – On the evening of September 19, 2013, the photographer captured the Harvest Moon rising above Canada’s Ottawa River. – Adam Moncrieff

Full Moon arrives at 12:33 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning (9:33 p.m. PDT this evening), so our satellite looks completely illuminated all night. Luna rises in the east shortly after the Sun sets and peaks in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time. The Moon lies among the dim background stars of eastern Aquarius, due south of the Great Square of Pegasus. As the Full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox, this is also the Harvest Moon. In early autumn, the Full Moon rises about half an hour later each night compared with a normal lag close to 50 minutes. The added early evening illumination supposedly helps farmers bringing in their crops.

Shine on, shine on Harvest Moon. (It’s full on the 13th.).

And then watch for 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut rising to the Moon’s lower right, by about two fists at arm’s length. How early can you see it? The farther south you live, the higher and easier Fomalhaut will be. The sky scenes drawn here are always drawn for latitude 40° north.

Moon Apogee/Perigee – * For a good explanation of what this is – https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/lunar-perigee-apogee.html

The Moon also reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, today. At 9:32 a.m. EDT, it lies 252,511 miles (406,377 kilometers) from Earth’s center. They’re calling this a “Harvest Micromoon” since it’s the smallest in decades!
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is well up in the east by 11 or midnight daylight saving time and highest in the south around 3 or 4 a.m.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for September – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-september-2019
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 Pisces exact at 9:33pm.
Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27), Chiron (12/12), Uranus (1/10/20)Retrograde
Color: White

Planting 9/12-14

©2019 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
F   13     High  12:26 AM     7.3   6:53 AM     Set  6:11 AM      98
~    13      Low   7:04 AM     0.0   7:31 PM    Rise  7:49 PM
~    13     High   1:19 PM     6.8
~    13      Low   7:13 PM     1.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a Light day!


Journal Prompt – Persuasive – Many adults are concerned about the best ways to prevent young people from smoking. Write an editorial aimed at adults, suggesting ways to do this.



~   One evening I sat Beauty on my knees – And I found her bitter – And I reviled her. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~   Truth is, I’ve always been selling out. The difference is that in the past, I looked like I had integrity because there were no buyers. . – Lily Tomlin
~   Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~   The first place to look for anything is the last place you would expect to find it. – Law of the Search, Corollary: It will not be in the last place you expect to find it.

On the Ides of September, at midnight, two planets were seen in conjunction to such a degree that it appeared as though they had been one and the same star; but immediately they were separated from each other. – Gervase of Canterbury, describing the transit of Mars across Jupiter, September 13, 1170


Mabon Magick – Lore

Harvest Full Moon – School for the Seasons 09-16-05


A harvest moon!
And on the mats —
Shadows of pine boughs.

At least once a year I like to focus on the moon, that other rhythmic presence in our lives, which, like the seasons ebbs and flows. I see looking back on last year that I also wrote about the moon at this time of the year, when the Moon is featured in so many seasonal festivals.

This particular full moon which peaks on Saturday evening, September 17, is the Harvest Moon, the name given to the moon nearest the Autumn Equinox, because the light of this moon is so bright that farmers could work in their fields, harvesting crops late into the night.

This full moon (of the eighth Chinese lunar month) is also the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, when Chinese women gathered in the courtyards to feast, drink and write poems in praise of the Moon. You can learn much more about this festival in my article at


And find ideas for celebrating it at:


And this is also the full moon of the Greek month of Boedromion which marks the start of the Eleusinian Mysteries. People came from all over the Classical world to Eleusis in Greece to participate in eight days of rituals which re-enacted Demeter’s search for her missing daughter, rituals that culminated in a performance or revelation in an underground cave that offered a vision of immortality.

Does it seem like the Harvest Moon is bigger and brighter than other full moons? It always does to me but I’ve yet to find an adequate explanation for this effect. Christopher Dewdney explains that in September the relationship between the ecliptic plane (on which the planets orbit) shifts in relationship to the earth and the moon rises more or less at the same time every night for the three nights of the Harvest full moon (normally it rises 50 minutes later every night). I don’t know why this would make it seem bright but it does make it more noticeable.
The full moon has long been connected with madness (the very word lunacy comes from Luna, the Roman moon goddess), aggression, accidents and births. Scientific studies have started confirming these folk beliefs.

Pat Thomas in Under the Weather lists some of the connections established by scientists. We eat more (8%) and drink less (26%) during the full moon. Our bodies also retain more water (interesting, since the moon has long been associated with water, partly because of its effect on the tides). Some surgeons refuse to operate during the full moon and studies suggest that patients are more likely to experience post-operative bleeding near the full moon.

Several studies show that emergency calls increase during a full moon (although calls to a suicide prevention line peak during the new moon, the dark phase of the lunar cycle). One study showed that schizophrenic patients exhibited more negative behavior at the full moon but a study of psychiatric emergency room visits found that they were highest at the first quarter moon and lowest at the full moon. Other studies have shown that violent crimes are more common during the full moon.

For every study that shows a correlation between the moon and human behavior, there is another study debunking it. Pat Thomas mentions a report done in the early 1970’s by government scientists that found that people were more likely to have accidents during the phase of the moon the same or opposite to that under which they were born. This finding was so ridiculed that funding for the project was withdrawn.

Moon phase may also affect conception, according to Dr Eugene Jonas, a doctor from the former Czechoslovakia, whose research done in the 1970s showed that women are more likely to conceive when the moon is the same phase it was in when they were born. Again, this theory is ridiculed by the scientific community. But when Joanna Powell Colbert and I were teaching Moon Magic classes, we relayed this information to the women in our classes and got interesting feedback. One woman who had been trying to conceive for years used this principle and got pregnant within months. Another woman finally understood how she had become pregnant during her period—it coincided with the phase of the moon when she was born. (This means most children would have moon phases similar to those of their mothers, if the pregnancy followed a completely natural course.)

Birth rates increase (but only slightly, by 1%) during the full moon. Folk beliefs from many cultures say children born at the full moon are healthier and luckier than other children. In central Africa, the people of the Baganda tribe bathe their first born child under the light of the first full moon after its birth to bring it health and wealth. A lovely custom to adopt.

Donna Henes has written very poetically about the effects of the full moon in Moon Watcher’s Companion:

“When the moon is full, the seas rise up to reach it, sending wild waves of enthusiastic welcome Oysters spread their shells wide, stretching to swallow it whole in the same way that they one day may slide down someone’s slippery throat. Wolves howl at it, ears pricked, eyes glued adoringly on the object of their attention. Heads thrown back in ecstasy, they sit up very straight like any good dog and sing to it songs of atavistic refrain.”
In the lunar cycle, the full moon is the culmination. Henes points out that the Gaelic word for the full moon, Gealach, is the root for the word that means good fortune. It is considered especially lucky for romance and was the time chosen for marriages by the ancient Greeks, Celts and German Jews during the Middle Ages.

One of my Slow Time students, Sharon remembered her very Roman Catholic grandmother putting an empty change purse on the windowsill under the full moon, to guarantee that her pockets would never be empty. Sharon wrote: “It must have worked, for although she was never wealthy, she never wanted for money either.  So for me, the idea of the fullness of the moon translating into culmination and fulfillment was something I grew up with.”

Claudia Thompson, whose website Moonsurfing, I recommend below, believes this particular full moon (in Pisces) is a special time for making wishes. She suggests going outside, raising up your arms and welcoming the moon’s light into your body (this is sometimes called “drawing down the moon”). Then ask for what you really want, feel what it would be like to receive that and expand that energy back out into the world, imagining that the world supports your vision. Claudia writer: “this Full Moon is so powerful that when you do this, it’s highly likely that you’ll get what you want.”

Z Budapest writes in her book, Grandmother Moon, that full moon energy is best used for three activities: ritual, making love and dancing. So consider this your homework assignment.

Let me close with this lovely quote from Donna Henes which captures the flavor of the lunar cycle using a metaphor so appropriate for the Harvest Moon:

“The new moon is the arbor, the full moon is the grape, and the waning moon is the wine (stored in the dark moon cellar).”


Budapest, Z, Grandmother Moon: Lunar Magic in Our Lives–Spells, Rituals, Goddesses, Legends & Emotions Under the Moon, Harper SanFrancisco 1991
Dewdney, Christopher, Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World After Dark, Bloomsbury 2004

Henes, Donna, The Moon Watcher’s Companion, Donna Henes 2002

Thomas, Pat, Under the Weather: How the Weather and Climate Affect Our Health, Fusion Press 2004

Thompson, Claudia, http://www.moonsurfing.com


Silliness – Quotes

“My girlfriend is at that stage when her biological clock is telling her it’s time for her to be making me feel guilty and immature.” — Kevin Hench

“I’m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.” — e e Cummings (1894-1962)

While I was shopping in the mall with my three children, a display in the window of a lingerie store caught my eye. “Do you think Daddy would like this?” I asked the kids, as I pointed to the lacy pajamas with matching robe.
“No way,” my horrified six-year-old son replied. “Daddy would NEVER wear that!”

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