Daily Stuff 9-20-21 Telesterion

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:56 AM of -0.3 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Partly cloudy, 53F, wind at 0-6mph and gusting, AQI 53, UV. Chance of rain 3% today and 4% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 5am Tuesday. We’re back to our same partly cloudy forecast with temps in the upper 60’s for Tuesday and Friday. No firespots? The smoke plume has vanished for our area. It looks like we’re whittling down the amount of fires, finally.

Large Fires

  • Cougar Peak Fire – 42% – 90614 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 49% – 69301.95 acres
  • Smith Fire – 28% – 48443 acres
  • Jack Fire – 55% – 24165 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 38% – 50212 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 45% – 28696 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 49% – 30761.35 acres
  • Gales Fire – 43% – 29189 acres
  • Janus Fire – 15% – 22335.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 15% – 22432 acres


  • 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 17% – 7223 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 29% – 9382 acres

At or near containment

  • Big Meadow Fire – 95% – 2643 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire –  92% – 19363 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 94% – 4868 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 98% – 1485 acres

Yesterday was busy and tiring….exhausting…. I was up late doing some cookery, then up early, and I still had 3 hours of work before sitting down to wait for things to cook.

We did have some people in shopping… all 5 of them. <sigh> I know it’s that time of year, but….

House members posted online and I worked on processing pictures. By the time we ate and then cleaned up I was wiped out, so we went home and went to bed, coming back here at about 1:30. I was so tired that I went and lay down on the nap bed and only woke at about 4:30, so this is a little later than usual for people who subscribe directly.

The Moon was bright, washing out most of the stars. The sky was a deep, slate-blue, with stripes of cirrus and lower cumulus, all luminous and edged with silver.

Today the shop will be open at 1pm. I need to write most of the day and I’m not sure what we’re going to be doing for our anniversary. We’ll see.

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


Today’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

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Today’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 millennia. 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.

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 8:13pm

Waxing Moon Magick – The 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 9/20 at 4:55pm. 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 9/22 at 7:55am. 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 10/6 at 4:05am.

Full Moon (exact at 7:55 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). Look a couple of fists to its upper left for the Great Square of Pegasus, emblem of fall, ever higher now. By midnight, when the Moon shines nearly at its highest, the Great Square stands above it.

Neptune astro nasa – Neptune, the eighth and farthest known planet from the Sun, sports a dark vortex in its atmosphere, as seen in this Hubble Space Telescope image. – NASA/ESA/M.H. Wong/J. Tollefson (UC Berkeley)

The Moon passes 4° south of Neptune at 5 A.M. EDT. At that time, both are low in the southwest, setting in the constellation Aquarius. If you want a better view of the region, you’ll need to get up a bit earlier to catch them higher in the sky. However, the Moon’s bright light will largely drown out Neptune’s faint, magnitude 7.7 glow. Still, dedicated observers should certainly give spotting the planet a try. It will stand out from the background stars as a “flatter,” blue-gray disk just 2″ wide.

3-1-18- Martin Marthadinata, Surabaya Indonesia

But the real showstopper occurs later tonight: September’s Full Moon occurs at 7:55 P.M. EDT. Known as the Harvest Moon, this Full Moon has something unusual in store. Check out the times for moonrise over the past few days, as well as for the next several nights. You may notice they’re not terribly different. That’s because at this time of year, the angle between the orbit of the Moon around Earth and our eastern horizon is at a minimum. So, the Moon appears to rise at roughly the same time for several nights in a row, and may also appear fully illuminated for several subsequent nights. This is called, perhaps predictably, the Harvest Moon effect.

Venus, brilliant at magnitude –4.1, shines low in the west-southwest during twilight. And it still sets around twilight’s end.

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

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR SEPTEMBER 2021: PEGASUS & MEASURING THE SKY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-september-pegasus-measuring-sky

Sun in Virgo

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Silver
Planting 9/19-20

©2021 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
M   20     High  12:23 AM     7.7   7:02 AM     Set  6:28 AM      98
~    20      Low   6:56 AM    -0.3   7:17 PM    Rise  7:40 PM
~    20     High   1:12 PM     7.4
~    20      Low   7:13 PM     1.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make the world a better place, one thought at a time..


Journal Prompt – What would you? – What would you do if you knew the answer to pollution of the earth?



~   Wisdom outweighs any wealth. – Sophocles
~   All women’s dresses are merely variations on the eternal struggle between admitted desire to dress and the unadmitted desire to undress. – Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer
~   Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken … – Abigail Adams; letter to John Adams, May 7, 1776
~   Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade. – Leo Buscaglia

Now westlin winds and slaught’ring guns
Bring Autumn’s pleasant weather;
The moorcock springs on whirring wings
Amang the blooming heather:
Now waving grain, wide o’er the plain, 
Delights the weary farmer:
And the moon shines bright, when I rove at night,
To muse upon my charmer. – Robert Burns (1759–96)


Mama’s Mulled Spiced Cider

Beverage – Hot

Party Recipe – Winter

8 servings – can be halved, doubled or more

Party perk recipe doubles this

½ gal or rough cider or apple juice

½ cup orange juice

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp grated nutmeg

1 tbsp grated orange peel

8 cinnamon sticks

8 orange wheels (see garnish – fruit)

1 star anise or ¼ tsp aniseed

Microwave-safe measuring cup (2-cup, at least) measuring spoons, strainer, something to keep the cider hot in (soup pot with lid, Party Perk) 8 mugs, sharp small knife

  1. Put 1 cup of apple juice into measuring cup and add spices.
  2. Zap in microwave for 4 minutes, stirring every minute. Don’t let it boil! If it does, just stop there and go on.
  3. Let sit for 15 minutes, at least.
  4. Pour apple and orange juices into pot (or Party Perk) and warm on medium for about 15 minutes, stirring every so often. (Party Perk takes 1 hour to warm)
  5.  Turn temperature to low.  (Not on Party Perk, see above)
  6. Put strainer over pot or Party perk and pour spiced juice from measuring cup through it. Stir and let finish warming, covered.
  7. Set out the mugs.
  8. Add a cinnamon stick to each.
  9. Split each orange wheel from the center to one edge and push the split down over the rim of the mug until the slice stands up.
  10. Add juice and serve. There will be seconds.

Mabon Wine Moon Cider
4 cups apple cider
4 cups grape juice
2 cinnamon sticks, 4 inches long
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
additional cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long

In a 4 quart sauce pan, heat cider and grape juice. Add cinnamon,
allspice, and cloves. Bring it to a light boil, then lower heat, and
simmer for 5 minutes. serve with a ladle from a cauldron. makes 8 cups.
MOONCRAFTS online newsletter vol. 36

Harvest Ball Pumpkin Bread


  • 4 c      flour
  • 3 c      Sugar
  • 2 tsp   baking soda
  • 1 ½     Tsp salt
  • 1 tsp   baking powder
  • 1 tsp   cinnamon
  • 1 tsp   nutmeg
  • ½ tsp  allspice
  • ½ tsp  cloves
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • 1 cup vegetable oil         
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2/3 c  cold water
  • 4 eggs


  1. Sift together dry ingredients.
  2. Make a well in the center and add the vegetable oil, pumpkin and cold water.
  3. Blend well with beater.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
  5. Fold in 1 cup pecans.  (optional)
  6. Pour batter into greased, floured loaf pans.
  7. Bake one hour at 350 degrees. Makes 3 small loaves 45 minutes at 350 degrees or 2 large loaves, 1 hour at 350 degrees.
  8. Cool on wire rack.
  9. Wrap in plastic immediately upon cooling.
  10. Serve with cream cheese if desired.

Tip:  Bread may be frozen after cooling. – Borrowed From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives


Silliness – Truisms

1. Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!
2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case  you have to eat them.
3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4. Drive carefully … It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
5. If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8. Never buy a car you can’t push.
9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
10. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
11. Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12. The second mouse gets the cheese.
13. When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
16. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
1.7 We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
18. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
19. Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
20. Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate!

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