Daily Stuff 11-20-21 Praetextatus and Paulina

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:21 PM of -0.4 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Imagine That Photography. Sewing Workshop 3pm.

[posting at 6pm] It’s been gradually drying out all day. Mostly cloudy yet…. 50F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 30-41, UV1. Chance of rain 6% today and 5% tonight. We should see some sun this afternoon and on Sunday, maybe until lunchtime on Monday and then again on Wednesday. The rest of the week should be showery. Tonight and tomorrow night could go below 40F, but the days should average about 55 with cloudy nights around 50 and clear ones in the 40’s. Two firespots and the still going fires (Janus and Bull Complex) are at full containment!

Yesterday got off to a late start. During the night one of Tempus’ co-workers’ van died, so he had to go rescue him, finish both of their routes and then take him home. I think he got back to the shop around 10am, so he crawled into the nap bed. I was moaning and groaning a lot when I woke, partially weather changes and partially that we still don’t have a good pad on that futon, which does a number on hips and shoulders, both.

THis is the plant that lived in a bucket of water for 9 months. When it finally went into the dirt it grew the outer two rows of leave and from being about 3 inches across is now the size of a lunch plate. …and has had a bunch of babies that are for sale at the shop!

So we were coffeed and open on time. I did paperwork, not quite trusting my brain to do much more. I finally got as far as unpacking the Full Moon Farms order, so we have a lot of resins and smudges again. No sweetgrass braids until next harvest, except in the Trio and Sampler, although we have some of our own sweetgrass, cut, that’s drying and will be bagged this coming week.

Flower! This is a plant that looked completely dead back in September, so we trimmed back.

Tempus took off to run errands and do some shopping in Newport. He’s getting our turkey today. We had a few customers in, although Tempus ran off some of the local wildlife before he left. He’s mad at the guy. Hmmm… Facebook went down at about 3:30…. The rest of my internet stuff is ok. …now google is gone… Hmm….

Finally got the router re-started. It’s all back. I spent about an hour talking with Amor, though. It’s minus 30 in Fairbanks. <shiver> You could hear the crunching as he walked through the phone! He’s getting socks for Ozzie, cause the poor pup was limping after they came in this morning. Poor guy… Yes, Amor has a dog. He’s watching one for a friend while they’ve been deployed in Japan.

During this evening I’m hoping to get the chicken taken apart, finally, and maybe get in a little reading and embroidery.

Today I have to start a little of the cooking going for Sunday. I have a boiled bread to do, some bagged peas and a sweet-sour cabbage, maybe a few more goodies. I’m not sure what Tempus brought home in the way of breads and such…. We’ll be open at 1pm and Sewing at 3pm is BYoP.

One of the things you can’t plan…. This was a pro baby portrait shoot outdoors and the deer wandered up to see what was going on. – Imagine That Photography

motif plant flower lupin lupine

Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here)   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus  We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean – Masculine, Fire, Moon – As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.


Praetextatus and Paulina, pagan activists, Roman Empire – Praetextatus and Paulina, husband and wife, were guardians of the Eleusinian Mysteries. In 364 CE, they resisted the order of the Christian emperor Valentinian I to suppress these already ancient Greek pagan sacred rites. Praetextatus and Paulina were virtuous people and involved with many paths, more than just the Mysteries. They were also proponents of the numen multiplex, which resembles more polytheism/pantheism. They were married for over 40 years and lived out their lives before the worst of the persecutions began, but saw the problems revving up. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praetextatus_%28aristocrat%29

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Taurus enters Gemini at 6:33am

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 11/20 at 12:57pm. 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 12/3 at 11:43pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best 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 11/27 at 4:28am.

Not quite Full – The Moon will still be nearly — but just past — Full the evening of November 20. – NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

Just a bit past Full, the Moon rises in the east about an hour after sunset. Its bright light will wash out much of the sky around it, but that just means now is a great time to take a tour of some of its nearside features. Of course, Full Moon (or nearly Full Moon) can be a difficult time for lunar observing. With the Sun high overhead from the viewpoint of the lunar landscape, shadows are minimal and some features are washed out. But that doesn’t mean the endeavor is a wash. Because the Moon is just a little past Full, focus in on the area where night has begun to fall on its eastern limb (which is west on the sky). Particularly stark will be the eastern edge of Mare Crisium, a large, circular basin about 3.9 billion years old. Visible to its south is the large crater Langrenus, which is still fully lit but whose high walls and central peak offer some shadowed terrain.

Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest celestial objects after the Sun and Moon, continue to blaze this week during and after twilight. Venus is low in the southwest; Jupiter is high in the south. Saturn glows dimmer less than halfway from Jupiter to Venus. Watch this line of three planets shorten for the next three weeks.

The Pleiades star cluster – The brightest object in Charles Messier’s list of deep-sky objects, the Pleiades (M45) ranks as a favorite among all observers. – Bob Franke

We’re two thirds of the way through fall, so Capella is shining in the northeast as soon as the stars come out. As night grows darker, look to its right by about three fists at arm’s length for the frosty little Pleiades cluster, the size of your fingertip at arm’s length.

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

The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 9:13 P.M. EST. At that time, our satellite sits 252,450 miles (406,279 kilometers) away.

Mercury is hidden deep in the glow of sunrise.

Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR NOVEMBER 2021: CONSTELLATIONS IN THE WATER – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-november-constellations-water
NIGHT SKY FOR NOVEMBER 2021 – NOVEMBER’S GUIDE TO BRIGHT PLANETS – https://www.almanac.com/content/night-sky-november

Sun in Scorpio

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Grey
Harvest 11/19-21
©2021 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
Sa  20     High   1:15 AM     6.7   7:20 AM     Set  8:41 AM      99
~    20      Low   6:32 AM     3.2   4:44 PM    Rise  5:35 PM
~    20     High  12:17 PM     8.2
~    20      Low   7:21 PM    -0.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will speak my truth fearlessly.


Journal Prompt – What? – What kind of t.v. commercial would you like to make? Describe it.



~   Knights think for themselves, eliminating useless habits and routines., unfettered by dogma. They don’t blindly mimick anyone. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   Everything must be made as simple as possible but not one bit simpler. – Albert Einstein
~   The remedy is worse than the disease. – Francis Bacon; Of Seditions
~   Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. – Mother Teresa

Oh good gigantic smile o’ the brown old earth,
This autumn morning! How he sets his bones
To bask i’ the sun, and thrusts out knees and feet
For the ripple to run over in its mirth;
Listening the while, where on the heap of stones
The white breast of the sea-lark twitters sweet. – Robert Browning (1812–1889)


Magick – Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Blessing Snack Mix – * Each ingredient in this snack mix symbolizes something associated with Thanksgiving.

2 cups Bugles brand corn snacks – shaped as a cornucopia, a horn of plenty.
2 cups pretzels – represent arms folded in thanks and prayer.
1 cup candy corn – during the first winter, the Pilgrims were each alloted only 5 kernels of corn per day because food was so scarce.
1 cup dried or candy fruits – Thanksgiving is the celebration of the harvest.
1 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds – seeds represent the potential of a bounteous harvest for the next season if they are planted and well tended.

In a large bowl mix all ingredients together. Other ingredients such as dry cereals, candies, or marshmallows can also be added.
Make this mix as a family and eat while discussing each ingredient and how it relates to Thanksgiving. By Kathy

Creamy Slow-Cooker Marsala Mushroomshttps://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/creamy-slow-cooker-marsala-mushrooms/42181854-d5d5-4a25-9e9f-03ae1d45f70f – This creamy slow-cooker side gets an elegant flavor upgrade thanks to Marsala wine and Progresso™ chicken stock.

  • Prep Time – 5 min
  • Total Time – 8 hr 5 min
  • Servings – 8


  • 1 ½ lb cremini or button mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed
  • 1 small shallot, diced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup sweet Marsala
  • ¼ cup Progresso™ chicken stock (from 32-oz container)
  • Dash salt and pepper
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Grated Parmesan cheese and additional parsley, if desired


  1. Lightly butter slow cooker. Arrange mushrooms across bottom–it’s okay if there is overlap; the mushrooms will shrink considerably as they cook. Sprinkle with shallot, garlic and parsley.
  2. In small bowl, mix Marsala and chicken stock; pour over mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 8 hours. About 30 to 60 minutes before end of cook time, in small bowl, stir heavy cream with cornstarch to dissolve. Gently stir mixture into liquid in slow cooker for remaining cook time. Taste for seasoning; add salt if needed.
  4. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan and additional parsley. Serve using toothpicks, with bread, or over pasta as desired.

Turkey Sweet to Eat – (Parental supervision is recommended for youngsters.)
Note: As in all recipes, results can vary depending on humidity, conditions, type of microwave, etc.)

What You Need:

Bag of candy corn (beak and eyes)
Bag of caramel candy squares (body)
Bag of Dove chocolate (base/feet)
Bag of striped chocolate cookies (tail and feathers)
Thanksgiving cup cake liners
Microwavable plate

(Note: I’m sure there are other thick chocolates out there aside from Dove, but it’s the only one I happen to know. Feel free to substitute, but don’t use something too thin.)

How To Make It

  1. Unwrap a piece of Dove chocolate to use as the base of the turkey.
  2. Place on a microwavable plate.
  3. Unwrap a piece of caramel and stick on top of the Dove chocolate bar for the turkey’s body.
  4. Take a piece of candy corn and push down on top of the caramel (pointed end out). This makes the turkey’s beak.
  5. Take another piece of caramel and push down on top of the first  caramel. This is the head of the turkey.
  6. Break off the little white ends of 2 candy corns and push in the top caramel for the eyes.
  7. Take one striped chocolate cookie and apply to the back of the body to form the feathers.
  8. Put the turkey in the microwave for a few seconds to about 8 seconds just so that the candy and cookie can fuse together.  (Watch this! Not too much time or it will melt. Otoh, kids will gobble up mistakes….)
  9. Place in freezer for a few minutes to help the turkey “set up” quicker.
  10. Serve in a Thanksgiving cupcake paper.


Silliness – Puppy coat

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