Daily Stuff 9-20-19 Telesterion

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

There’ve been more clouds than sun today, but there are shadows, occasionally. They’re beautiful fluffy low things, but not rain clouds. 65F, wind at 6mph and gusting, AQI60, UV5. AQI of 60? No wonder I’m sneezing! Rain is likely tomorrow night into Sunday and then again starting on Thursday.

Yesterday was a long day. We were busy the whole time, mostly with finishing up sorting things out from the weekend, but there were some bills to pay and stock to check in. Late in the afternoon Tempus took laundry over to Cap’n Squeaky’s and got back with just enough time to make a sandwich and head for Newport.

We have Old Farmer’s Almanacs! There are only 4, since this is a bit of a trial run, so if you want one, nab soon! I also got a bunch more of the tiny bottles in and this time I also picked up some small funnels that are the right size for filling dram bottles and larger. I have some more of the 2 dram amber bottles, but we have to find the corks that I got earlier. I think I put them somewhere logical… uh-oh….

The route went well last night, although I ended up sleeping/reading instead of going with.

Today I’ve been trying to get this out since we got the doors open! First I got sidetracked with some customers, then I was trying to work out anniversary stuff, then I had some readings…. and then I sidetracked into a discussion of embroidery, forgetting that this hadn’t gone out, yet! Oops!

Tempus is out trying to un-flatten a tire, again. I hope he’s gone over to the tire place to get them to order the new ones that we can finally afford again. 🙂

Wild Turkey, photo by Ken Gagne 2-8-17

Eleusinian_hydria_Antikensammlung_Berlin_1984.46_n2Today’s Feast is the day when the initiates entered the Telesterion during the Eleusinian Mysteries. This was the climax of the rite where the triple ear of wheat was shown. The Mysteries endured for centuries only to be stamped out at the end of the 4th century CE.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleusinian_Mysteries

Nettle Urtica_dioica0Today’s Plant is Stinging NettleUrtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.

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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. 

The waning Moon now crosses Taurus, high in the sky as dawn begins to brighten (which is not necessarily at 6 a.m.; that depends on your location in your time zone).

These moonless evenings are a good time to bring out your binoculars and try for the unusually small, compact open cluster in the rich center of Cepheus, now high in the north — as Matt Wedel tells in his Binocular Highlight, with finder chart, in the center of the September Sky & Telescope.
Any clear evening this week is a good time to explore the constellation Sagittarius the Archer. This star group lies due south and at peak altitude during the latter stages of twilight and remains conspicuous until after 10 p.m. local daylight time. The brightest stars within the constellation form a distinctive asterism in the shape of a teapot. The central regions of the Milky Way pass through Sagittarius, so it’s always worth exploring this region through binoculars or a telescope.
Neptune (magnitude 7.8 and just past opposition) is still just west of 4th-magnitude Phi Aquarii. It’s well up in the southeast by about 10 p.m. and highest in the south around midnight. See Bob King’s Observe Neptune as it Comes to Opposition. Actually, Neptune is so distant that it’s hardly any closer in the weeks near opposition than at any other time. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune. And see the guide to observing the two ice giants in the September Sky & Telescope, page 48.

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 Gemini
Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27), Chiron (12/12), Uranus (1/10/20) Retrograde
Color: Pink

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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   20     High   5:19 AM     5.7   7:01 AM     Set  1:25 PM      73
~    20      Low  10:43 AM     2.8   7:18 PM    Rise 10:58 PM
~    20     High   4:49 PM     7.0
~    20      Low  11:58 PM     0.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I will not fear change, I will trust that it brings the knowledge I want.


Journal Prompt – What is? – What is your most indispensable possession and why?



~   If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.” – Dave Barry
~   A well-spent day brings happy sleep. – Da Vinci
~   A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
~   All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. – Edgar Allan Poe


A road like brown ribbon
A sky that is blue
A forest of green
With that sky peeping through.
Asters, deep purple,
A grasshopper’s call,
Today it is summer,
Tomorrow is fall. – Anon.


Mabon Magick – Recipes

Harvest Salad Spell – 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.

Vegetable Herb Stew


  • 2 diced carrots
  • 2 chopped leeks
  • 2 diced kohlrabi
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 diced celery stick
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 4 medium potatoes cubed
  • 1T chopped fresh parsley
  • 1T chopped fresh chervil
  • 1C fresh mushrooms
  • olive oil
  • 3C vegetable or chicken broth
  • Salt & & pepper to taste


  1. Drizzle olive oil in a large soup pan or Dutch oven.
  2. Add all the vegetables except the potatoes and sauté them over a low heat while stirring.  Do not brown the vegetables.
  3. Add the broth, salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes, just until they are tender but still firm.
  5. Add the potatoes to the vegetables.
  6. Wash or   wipe dry the mushrooms, chop and add them to the pot.
  7. Cook the mixture for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste, and add the fresh herbs.
  8. Serve with good bread or rolls.

www.oldfashionedliving.com GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course


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