Daily Stuff 9-17-19 Hildegard von Bingen

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Look for revised newsletters from the weekend today and tomorrow!

It’s been raining/showering all day, even if the computer is only saying “0.01 inches” which I don’t believe for a second… We’re going to have to get our own rain gauge again, I guess because this hasn’t been accurate for months. 60F, wind at 18mph and gusting into the 20’s (or higher in storm cells), AQI34, UV5. We have an 80% chance of rain today (well, no, it’s raining, now!) and 90% tonight, which includes thunderstorms. It’s supposed to dry out a bit for most of the week, after tomorrow with another possible set of showers next Sunday.

A visitor on the porch from some years back

Yesterday was not a fun day for me. I overstressed my physical self over the weekend with the usual results. I really didn’t get all the much done, except with Tempus’ help. Some writing, sorting and unpacking, the books (more below) and some pix, is most of it. I rested, then worked, then ouched, then rested, lather, rinse, repeat.

Tempus made us a lovely supper of pork chops, my sauerkraut and some carrot pickles, rice and mixed veg in butter sauce.

Yes, we have a bunch of new books, just five titles, but I’ll be able to slowly re-stock, again, now that I have a new supplier. Inner and Outer Temple by Chris Penczak, and Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, Wicca for the Solitary and Living Wicca by Scott Cunningham. So, we’re starting to work out priorities for new books. If you have a wish-list, let me know, because we might be able to get them sooner for you.

Today we were supposed to go to Sash’s, but work schedules… so we’re going tomorrow. We’ve been doing chores and working on clean-up from the weekend. …and apparently we’re going to have to move all the plants. My “garden” was passed on by the last fire marshall, but now this one is insisting it all has to go, even our back steps. Dunno what we’re supposed to do in case of fire, but he’s being…. well, so we have to move things.

…and paper route tonight, even with the interesting weather predicted, so it’s going to be a double-bag, slow route tonight. …and I *still* have a lot of writing to finish!

Sunset on 8/16/18 looking out from the shop door…

220px-HildegardFeast day of Hildegard von Bingen, virgin, abbess and Medieval Polymath. She was a mystic, who probably had migraines, at least the descriptions of her visions start with what sounds like migraines…. but where she took it and how she interpreted it is pretty darned amazing! She wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as well as letters, songs used in church ritual, and poems as well as a piece that is considered to be the oldest surviving morality play. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hildegard_of_Bingen

motif plant Herb Wild GingerToday’s plant is Wild gingerAsarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum

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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 9/28 at 11:26am. Waning Gibbous MoonBest 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 9/21 at 7:41pm. 

Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper with Polaris between.

You know the season is changing; we’ve reached the time of year when, just after nightfall, Cassiopeia has already climbed a little higher in the northeast than the Big Dipper has sunk in the northwest. Cas reigns high in early evening during the chilly fall-winter half of the year. The Big Dipper takes over for the milder evenings of spring and summer. Almost midway between them stands Polaris. It’s currently a little above their midpoint.
Neptune’s neighbor in the outer solar system, Uranus, also puts on a nice show this week. It rises shortly after the last vestiges of twilight fade away and climbs 25° high in the east by 11 p.m. local daylight time. It reaches its peak some 60° above the southern horizon at 3:30 a.m. The ice giant planet glows at magnitude 5.7 against the backdrop of southern Aries the Ram. Use binoculars to find the planet 2.3° south of the similarly bright star 19 Arietis. A telescope reveals Uranus’ blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″.

Jupiter on August 27th with the Great Red Spot near the central meridian, imaged by Damian Peach with the 1-meter Chilescope. “It’s quite amazing just how different [the Red Spot’s] region appears compared to back in May-June,” he writes. South is up.

Jupiter (magnitude –2.1, between the feet of Ophiuchus) is the white dot hanging in the south-southwest as twilight fades away. Get your scope on it early before it sinks lower into even poorer seeing. Orange Antares, much fainter at magnitude +1.0, twinkles 8° to Jupiter’s lower right. In a telescope, Jupiter is only 37 arcseconds wide and shrinking.

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 Aries enters Taurus at 3:31am.
Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27), Chiron (12/12), Uranus (1/10/20)Retrograde
Color: Red

Planting 9/17-19

©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
Tu  17     High   2:55 AM     6.7   6:58 AM     Set 10:14 AM      93
~   17      Low   9:01 AM     1.2   7:23 PM    Rise  9:22 PM
~    17     High   3:07 PM     7.2
~    17      Low   9:34 PM     0.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You’ll notice that a turtle only makes progress when it sticks out its neck…


Journal Prompt – Expository – You have one hour to come up with the most interesting television show you can and describe/pitch it.



~  Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. –Mark Twain
~  Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~  As I live and am a man, this is an unexaggerated tale – my dreams become the substances of my life. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~  Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is. – Mahatma Gandhi

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


Mabon Magick – Lore

Mabon – September 23rd

  •  Mabon herbs: Acorn/Oak Benzoin, Fern, Grains, Honeysuckle, Marigold, Milkweed, Myrrh, Passionflower, Rose, Sage, Solomon’s Seal, Thistle, Vegetables
  •  Mabon colors: Gold, rich, red, yellow, orange
  •  Mabon offerings: Grains, meats fruits of the harvest
  •  Mabon is a time to honor Apollo, Demeter/Ceres, Dionysus/Bacchus, Hathor, Thor, Gabriel, Gaia/Tellus.

As the summer draws to a close, we are once again brought to the time of Mabon. The second harvest ritual of the year, Mabon is also the Autumnal equinox, and one of the times of the year when day equals night. In times of old the farmers would harvest by moonlight to avoid the insufferable heat of the day, hence the phrase “harvest moon”. This is also around the time of year when livestock was slaughtered so meats were plentiful. Of course the colors of this sabbat are in correspondence with nature, warm colors, gold tones, rich warm reds, yellows and oranges.

This ritual is one in which we will give thanks to the Gods for the bountiful harvest of this year, but also evaluate the year that has past and decide what you will “harvest” and keep with you, and what it is best to give back to the earth. It is a time to seek out that balance and mirror nature, work towards an equilibrium in your life, shed those things that are weighing you down. In a Mabon ritual you may expect to find homage to a dying God who knows his time with us will soon draw to a temporary close, dying at Samhain to be reborn of the Goddess at Yule. You may also see depictions of the Goddess becoming her crone aspect and leaving the earth for the winter such as enactments of the Goddess Persephone going down to spend the next few months in the underworld. Themes that dominate and those of storing and preparing for the winter and lean times, reflection and then relaxation and preparations to enjoy another winter by the hearth. Mabon is also a time for feasting, friends and family, a time of abundance and plenty. And, of course we must keep in mind the aspects of festival and celebration of nature, and remember to be free and love the earth and all that surrounds us. – Melanie Van Hooten


Silliness – Maid Talk

“Hey, Mom,” asked Johnny “Can you give me twenty dollars?”
“Certainly not.”
“If you do,” he went on, “I’ll tell you what dad said to the maid when you were at the beauty shop.”
His mother’s ears perked up and, grabbing her purse, she handed over the money. “Well? What did he say?”
“He said, ‘Hey, Marie, make sure you wash my socks tomorrow.’ “

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