Daily Stuff 8-23-16 Vulcanalia

Hi, folks!

Partly Sunny Weather MotifThe sunshine is bright, but the marine layer has rolled onshore and on the other side of the bridge was blotting it out. It’s covered most of the downbay, but not town at all. 53F. Wind at 10mph….and there goes the sunshine….

082116 Flower1Yesterday started slowly. We had a few people in early, just looking. Tempus went over to the grocery and got us some turnovers. I’ve had a taste for cherry. I worked on the computer, trying to weed out duplicate files. Tempus was making another lucet with the narrower profile.

082116 rain4I did a couple of readings during the afternoon and a lot of writing. Tempus eventually took off for the house and storage and got back around 8:20 and we closed up and went home.

082116 OreganoWe’re late coming in today because Jeanne had some things for Tempus to do before we left. I have a lot of writing to do today and Tempus is supposed to be working up at the storage and then I’ll go with him on his paper route tonight.

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feast VulcanaliaToday’s feast is the Vulcanalia, sacred to the god Vulcan and the nymphs. Vulcan is the god of the forge and fires. The Divine Sun is part of this festival and work was begun by candlelight so as to emphasize that good aspects of fire. The bad aspects we’re seeing in Yosemite and in Idaho, at the moment. The eruption that buried Pompeii and Herculaneum occurred during this festival in 79CE. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcanalia#Vulcanalia

220px-Rubus_ursinus_10689Today’s plant is the There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry,blackberry2 Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too.Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry

wheel of the yearThe shop opens at 11am! Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Gibbous moonWaning 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 9/1 at 2:03am. 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 8/24 at 8:41pm.

PR_2016Vic_Aug23ev-768x1145Saturn, Mars, and Antares line up almost vertically on the evening of August 23 and 24, 2016. Have a look! Sky & Telescope diagram.

Astro SaturnAstro marsAstro Scorpio Constellation AntaresSaturn, Mars, and Antares>>>  finally line up. They make a nearly straight, nearly vertical line in the south-southwest as the stars come out, as shown above. Tomorrow the line will be nearly as straight, but with Mars now on the other side of the Saturn-Antares line (at the time of twilight for the Americas).
Astro uranusAstro neptuneUranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune(magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are well up by midnight, in the east and southeast respectively. Info and finder charts.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)

Rune Runic Month 16 Ansuz Os AsRunic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in VirgoSun in Virgo
MOon in TaurusMoon in Taurus
Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Red

Panting 8/23-4

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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Hazel celtic tree month CollColl – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Tu  23     High   4:44 AM     6.6   6:29 AM     Set 12:40 PM      75
~    23      Low  10:45 AM     0.9   8:07 PM    Rise 11:28 PM
~    23     High   5:04 PM     7.8
~    23      Low  11:46 PM     0.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, “Quit while you’re ahead?”

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest. — William Shakespeare

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Quotes 

~  Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body. – Seneca
~  Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast. – Epicetus, Greek philosopher
~  Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~  Your real boss is the one who walks around under your hat. – Napoleon Hill

All Nature helps to swell the song
And chant the same refrain;
July and June have slipped away
And August’s here again. –Helen Maria Winslow (1851–1938)

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Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Prayers

Summer sun begins to wane,
The trees all fall asleep
The harvest’s in, the birds fly south
The leaves are piling deep.

Indian Summer Days are rare,
Long nights bring morning frost,
Fall flowers drying in the fields
Life’s beauty fades, is lost ~ Catriona Lovett (c) 2002

For the golden corn and the apple on the tree,
For the golden butter and the honey from the bees,
For the fruits and nuts and berries we gather on our way,
We praise the loving Mother Earth and thank Her everyday. – Beliefnet member loumom, Appropriate for many faiths

We give-away our thanks to the earth which gives us our home.
We give-away our thanks to the rivers and lakes which give-away their water.
We give-away our thanks to the trees which give-away fruit and nuts.
We give-away our thanks to the wind which brings rain to water the plants.
We give-away our thanks to the sun who gives-away warmth and light.
All beings on earth: the trees, the animals, the wind and the rivers give-away to one another so all is in balance.
We give-away our promise to begin to learn how to stay in balance with all the earth.
‘Give-Away Thanksgiving Chant’ for Equinox Festival, from La Chapelle, Dolores, Earth Festivals

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Daily Stuff 8-22-16 Papin

Hi, folks!

weather Sunny brightThe sunshine is lovely today! There’s a bit of cirrus cloud in spots and very high haze in others, but the sky is a lovely soft blue. The marine layer has pulled way back by the horizon. It’s 56F with nice breeze, but down by the water it’s gusting nearly to 20 mph. The days are getting shorter by nearly 3 minutes per and I really noticed this morning, as the sun wasn’t on the bench where I sit in the meditation garden to adjust my socks before heading up the path.

060916 Flower12Yesterday started with a grey mist. It wasn’t fog, but it wasn’t rain, either, just accumulating on everything in a cool grey dimness. As we drove over the Coast range I noticed the large numbers of trees with yellowed, dried or falling leaves. That seems a bit early. We were just getting past Cline Hill, when we could see the edge of the cloud layer and the temperature jumped as we came out from under. We got quite thoroughly lost in Lebanon, completely turned around and I was an hour late for my class starting and Tempus didn’t get the shop open until 1pm!

060816 flower06His day went well. He had a number of customers, some from a distance and passing through, some new to the area, some just finding us, as usual.

060916 Flower11My class went very well, I think! I did pretty well at keeping things going and getting the questions answered. I was a little disappointed that folks were too hot to want to actually work on pieces, but the information went through. The new prints worked although I wish that the print shop hadn’t screwed up the formatting. I have to get them re-done.

060916 Flower01Afterwards a bunch of us sat around and talked while I was waiting for Marius. He says that the traffic on I-5 was ghastly, and then he had trouble finding the site since the signs were down. We had a nice drive home, stopping at A&W for some food. We drove the last bit down rt 34 and I kept dozing off.

060916 Flower02When we got back to the shop the project day was in full swing with a new person who may or may not join us. Tempus had been working on a new, narrower lucet. We sat around and talked while Tempus unloaded my stuff, then Marius took off, heading for dinner with Rowan and his mother. The new person took off, then Amy and then we finally closed up and headed home.

060916 Flower03I went right to sleep, waking around 5am for about 2 hours to do some computer work and then I went right back to sleep! I guess I was pretty tired. Before we left the apartment I got a little work done in the garden, harvesting a bit of mint and we’ve gotten the shop open, put away some of the class stuff and already had customers in while I was writing.

060916 Flower06Today I have to finish putting away my class things and then re-format the file that the print shop screwed up. The guy didn’t understand my question about formatting and they can’t print directly from Word. <sigh> Hopefully we can get that taken care of tomorrow. …and then I have sewing to do and a Staples order to put through. Going to be busy!

weather rainbowA lovely article about a recent fogbow – https://www.wunderground.com/news/fogbows-explained

A Ken Gagne photo of an egret from 7/17/14

Ken Gagne 071714 Egret

220px-Papin's_digesterToday’s feast is in honor of the anniversary of the Hugenot refugee Denis Papin, the inventor of the piston steam digester, one of the devicies that made the piston steam engine possible. He was also one of the first to use a steam engine to power paddles to move a boat, so he’s also one of the forerunners of the paddlewheel ships. More info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Papin and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_engine

plant tree maple Acer_macrophyllum_1199Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum

wheel of the yearThe shop opens at 11am! Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Gibbous moonWaning 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 9/1 at 2:03am. 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 8/24 at 8:41pm.

PR_2016Vic_Aug23ev-768x1145Saturn, Mars, and Antares line up almost vertically on the evening of August 23 and 24, 2016. Have a look! Sky & Telescope diagram.

Astro venusAstro jupiterAre you following Venus and Jupiter closing in on each other? After sunset today they’re 6° apart very low above the horizon due west. Jupiter is to Venus’s left or upper left. They’re heading toward a close conjunction on August 27th. Also, use binoculars for a try at faint and fading Mercury, 4° below or lower left of Jupiter.
Astro mercuryAstro venusAstro jupiterMercury, Venus, and Jupiter are very low in bright twilight. About 20 or 25 minutes after sunset, look for Venus and Jupiter very low to the horizon due west (to the left of where the Sun went down). Venus is the brighter one, lower right of Jupiter. They’re 8° apart on August 19th and close in on each other by 1° per day. Mark your calendar for their very close conjunction, barely 0.1° apart for North America, on the evening of Saturday August 27th. Bring binoculars! Next, try to spot fainter, lower Mercury. It spends the week 4° or 5° below or lower left of Jupiter. You’ll probably need those binoculars. Jupiter is nominally magnitude –1.7, Venus is –3.8, and Mercury fades this week from +0.3 to +0.9. But objects near the horizon appear dimmer than their listed magnitudes due to atmospheric extinction.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)

Rune Runic Month 16 Ansuz Os AsRunic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in VirgoSun in Leo enters Virgo at 9:38am
Moon in AriesMoon in Aries enters Taurus at 2:19pm.
Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Ivory

Harvest 8/21-2

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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Hazel celtic tree month CollColl – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
M   22     High   3:46 AM     7.1   6:28 AM     Set 11:28 AM      85
~    22      Low   9:59 AM     0.2   8:09 PM    Rise 10:49 PM
~    22     High   4:17 PM     7.9
~    22      Low  10:45 PM     0.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Temper is what gets most of us into trouble. Pride is what keeps us there.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt Wiki – What do you wish you could tell someone, and who do you wish you could tell?

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Quotes

~  Fear is the absence of Understanding. – SanDanYi
~  I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein
~  Birds of a feather flock most together. – Njal’s Saga, c.51
~  Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. -T.S. Elliot

All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came. – John F. Kennedy

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Mabon2 divMabon Magick – Crafts – Braids

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Weaving and Braiding Magical Craft Ideas – By Patti Wigington, About.com

http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/beltanecrafts/qt/WeavingBraiding.htm

In many traditions of Wicca and Paganism, handcrafts are used as a magical process. Weaving and braiding in particular are meditative exercises, and so magical workings can be incorporated into the creative technique. If you think about it, fibers in one form or another have been around for thousands of years, so it makes sense that our ancestors could have utilized them in spell work and ritual as well. By focusing on the process of braiding or weaving, you can let your mind wander off as your hands do the work. Some people report even being able to astral travel while doing such craftwork.

When spring rolls around, you can incorporate some of the earth’s goodies into your braiding and weaving. Use willow wands, long grasses, or vines twined together to create new projects, like a Grapevine Pentacle. If you have fresh flowers, you can braid a chain of them into a floral crown. If onions are in season, you can create a protective charm with an Onion Braid.

If you have a strong connection to the moon, you can create a Moon Braid to honor the three different phases of the moon. For spell work, make a Witch’s Ladder.

Braid or weave fiber or plants together as part of your magical workings. Image © Getty Images

magick moon braid 1Make a Moon Braid – By Patti Wigington, About.com

Make a Moon Braid to hang near your window. Image © Patti Wigington 2009

A moon braid is a great craft for kids to make, but braiding can also be a relaxing and meditative way for adults to spend their time. The three colors of the braid — white, black, and silver — represent the three phases of the moon. I’ve seen braids done completely from one end to the other, but I think if you’re going to hang it up, it looks pretty with the bottom half unbraided.

You’ll need the following items:

Cord or ribbon in black, white, and silver

Find a quiet spot where you can work undisturbed. Knot one end of the cords together, and begin braiding. As you weave the three colors in and out of one another, focus on the shifting phases of the moon. Think about the different cycles that our bodies, our lives, and our spirituality go through. Consider, as you braid, the ebb and flow of the tides, and their effect on our constantly changing planet. If you honor a particular lunar goddess, offer her a prayer as you create your braid.

Once you’ve finished, knot the braid so that it doesn’t unravel. Hang it in a spot near a window, so that when you look out at the moon, you’ll be reminded of the braid and what it symbolizes to you and your evolving spirituality.

magick onion  braid 1Onion Magic: Make a Magical Onion Braid By Patti Wigington, About.com

[Anja’s note: Traditional Onion braids are *tops* braided together!]

Begin folding the twine in half, and tying a knot near the end, creating a loop. Image © Patti Wigington 2008

August often starts out hot and muggy, but even when the rest of your garden is wilting in the heat, chances are good that your onion crop is thriving in the cool, dark soil. If you haven’t pulled them yet, Lammas is a good time to do so. Once you’ve got them out of the earth, gently brush the loose dirt off of them, and hang them in a sunny spot to dry and cure. When August’s full moon, the Corn Moon, rolls around, get to work on some onion magic!

Under the light of the full moon, you can make an onion braid. Braiding is a very relaxing and magical way to spend an evening, and by braiding your onions, you can prepare them for winter storage — basically, you’re accomplishing the magical and the mundane all in one shot. To do this, you’ll need a bunch of onions with the green tops still attached, and about four feet of heavy twine. Begin folding the twine in half, and tying a knot near the end, creating a loop (Figure 1).

Lay the twine on a flat surface and use the onion’s greens as a third “string”. Image © Patti Wigington 2008

magick onion braid 2Lay the twine on a flat surface and place an onion upside down so that the greens of the onion form a third “string”, along with the two free ends of the twine. (Figure 2)

Using the two free lengths of twine and the onion stem, form a tight braid. Image © Patti Wigington 2008

magick onion braid 3Using the two free lengths of twine and the onion stem, form a tight braid. Repeat this until the onion is securely in place (Figure 3).

Add onions into the braid, focusing your will as you do so. Image © Patti Wigington 2008

onion braid 4Repeat the process with the rest of your onions, braiding them in and out between the other stems and the two strands of twine (Figure 4). As you do so, focus your intent. Onions are magically linked to protective magic, so you can braid the onions and recite an incantation linking them to whatever sort of protection you feel you need. Some sample incantations might be:

For protection of a home:

Onions wrapped around a braid,
This charm for my home I have made,
Keep negative energy away from me,
As I will, so it shall be.

For protection of a person:

Layers and layers of onion skin,
Layers of safety for those within,
Layers to make all harm stay out,
Keep (name) safe, without a doubt.

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Daily Stuff 8-21-16 Consulaia

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 9:18 AM of -0.4 feet.

weather cloudIt’s 55F at 7am, overcast at 800 feet and it may stay that way. It’s supposed to get to 82 in Corvallis, where I’m going to be today.

081916 flowerYesterday wasn’t one of my better days. Sales were really good at the shop and we had lots of customers, but I was tired and cranky from oversleeping and then mid-afternoon, for no reason that I could see, I went down with an asthma attack! I couldn’t do much more than whisper until nearly 8pm.

071316 Flower5Tempus and I worked on tags and I did a little more on my footstool cover. It’s coming along. Will showed up late in the day with one of the boxes of stuff that I need for my class today. 070316 Flower5Eventually Tempus went to get my table and then we packed my stuff in the car.

We’re getting moving early this morning since he’s driving me to Corvallis for the class I’m teaching. Marius is going to bring me home. The shop will be open and the House Capuchin Project Day will be going on during the afternoon.

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Today is the Roman Feast of Consualia, the feast of Consus, god of harvests and underground grain stores. Consus’ altar wasconsualia feast horse 0821 underground and kept buried for all by two days of the year, just like the seeds that he represents. He didn’t have any special priesthood, so sacrifices were performed on that day by priests of other gods. Games and races were held in his honor. It’s also a special day to honor horses and even tractors, those animals and machines that help us get in the grain harvest. In ancient Rome, horses were pampered on this day, given special foods, manes and tails braided up and hung with garlands before being paraded around and made much of. It sounds kinda like a State feast 0821 Cerne-abbas-giant-2001-croppedFair! More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consualia

It’s also Bartle-tide, an odd commemoration of a thief or a giant and no one’s sure which! Some think it’s in honor of the Cerne Abbas Giant, a turf-cut figure, or the giant is in honor of the feast.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Witton

Penstemon_serrulatus1Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus.A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding Penstemon_serrulatus0plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. –Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon

Mabon pentacleThe shop opens at 11am! Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Gibbous moonWaning 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 9/1 at 2:03am. 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 8/24 at 8:41pm.

PR_2016Vic_Aug23ev-768x1145Saturn, Mars, and Antares line up almost vertically on the evening of August 23 and 24, 2016. Have a look! Sky & Telescope diagram.

Perseus astro constallation AlgolWith August nearing its end, you can say hi to the Double Cluster in <<< Perseus without having to stay up late. After dark, find Cassiopeia astro constellationthe tilted W of Cassiopeia>>>  partway up the northeastern sky. Note the two stars of its lower-left segment (the faint end of the W). Using binoculars, aim at the midpoint between them and then drop down by a little more than the full width of the binocular’s view (for typical binoculars). Look for two little irregular cotton puffs, touching each other and tilted diagonally. With a dark enough sky, you can even make them out with the unaided eye — as a distinct enhancement of the background Milky Way.
Astro marsMars (magnitude –0.4, in upper Scorpius) is moving rapidly eastward (leftward) between Saturn (magnitude +0.4) and Antares (+1.0, below Saturn). On August 23rd and 24th they form an almost straight, vertical line, as shown at the top of this page. See our article Two Planet Pairs Perform at Dusk.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)

Rune Runic Month 16 Ansuz Os AsRunic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in LeoSun in Leo
Moon in AriesMoon in Aries
Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Yellow

Harvest 8/21-2

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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Hazel celtic tree month CollColl – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Su  21     High   2:54 AM     7.6   6:27 AM     Set 10:16 AM      92
~    21      Low   9:18 AM    -0.4   8:11 PM    Rise 10:14 PM
~    21     High   3:35 PM     7.8
~    21      Low   9:50 PM     0.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A Messy Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen… And This Kitchen Is Delirious [I made this into a poster to hang in ours!]

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt Favorites – Write about the thoughts and feelings you have when you listen to your favorite song

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Quotes 

~  I think I might as well give up being a candidate. There are so many people in the country who don’t like me. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
~  The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. — Albert Einstein
~  The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American reformer
~  The more time we spend considering the shortcomings of others, the smaller a person we become. – Guy Finley

In fresh myrtle my blade I’ll entwine,
Like Harmodious, the gallant and good,
When he made at the tutelar shrine
A libation of Tyranny’s blood. – Edgar Allan Poe; ‘Hymn to Aristogeiton and Harmodius’, translation from

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Mabon2 divMabon Magick – Autumn Equinox, Northern Hemisphere – Pip’s Almanac – (Spring Equinox in the south)

In astronomy, the autumnal equinox signals the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere: the moment when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward; the equinox occurs around September 2224, varying slightly each year according to the 400-year cycle of leap years in the Gregorian Calendar.

In the southern hemisphere, the equinox occurs at the same moment, but at the beginning of spring. There are two conventions for dealing with this: either the name of the equinox can be changed to the vernal equinox, or (apparently more commonly) the name is unchanged and it is accepted that it is out of sync with the season.

At the equinox, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. In the northern hemisphere, before the autumnal equinox, the sun rises and sets more and more to the north, and afterwards, it rises and sets more and more to the south.

This is when the Neopagan Sabbat of Mabon is celebrated. Also, Autumnal Equinox Day is an official national holiday in Japan, and is spent visiting family graves, and holding family reunions. Source: Wikipedia

Why do the equinoxes not always occur on the same days each year? 

“The Earth takes approximately 365.25 days to go around the Sun. This is the reason we have a leap year every 4 years, to add another day to our calendar so that there is not a gradual drift of date through the seasons. For the same reason the precise time of the equinoxes are not the same each year, and generally will occur about 6 hours later each year, with a jump of a day (backwards) on leap years.”   Source

Autumn Equinox, ancient Egypt

In ancient Egypt, the Autumn festival commemorated the grief of Isis at her loss and her joy with the rediscovery of Osiris, her husband, and Horus, her son.

Autumn Equinox, ancient Rome

Autumn Equinox was a time of Diana, Roman goddess of the hunt, of the Moon, of springs and brooks, of the country and forest, chastity and of child-birth. Women prayed to her for offspring. She was thought of as the protector and mother. Worship of this deity was later transformed by Christianity into the cult of the Virgin Mary.

Autumn Equinox, Europe

Autumn Equinox is the time when village elders gathered food and grain and at night left it at the doors of the poor to ensure that they would have food for the coming winter:

Food an’ gifts outside the door –
A welcome treat to cheer the poor.
Never, ever must they see
That even one was left by me.

 

The Equinox Error: The Fallacy of Fall’s Arrival link to article

 

Autumn Equinox festival at Chichén Itzá
Yucatán
, Mexico (Sep 1726)

At the Castillo, a Mayan pyramid built c. 1000 – 1200 at Chichén Itzá, Mexico, on the equinoxes a jagged shadow is thrown down the northern staircase. It looks like a serpent going down, meeting a stone snake’s head at the base.

 

 

Festival of Mikeli, ancient Latvia (Sep 22 – 24) Day 1: the Catching of Jumis

Mikeli was during the dzelzs nedela meaning ‘the week of iron’. The holiday was sacred for both Mikelis and Jumis.

Mikelis and Jumis

In Latvian mythology, Mikelis was one of dievadeli, sons of Dievs, the supreme god. He was a god of astronomy, prophecy and abundance.

Jumis was an agriculture and fertility god, and in the Latvian language the word also applies to ‘double-plants,’ such as two corn stalks, two trees that have grown together and share a trunk or stem, or two fruits or vegetables that have grown together. He was depicted as a short man with clothes that resemble ears of wheat, hops and barley.

On the first day, a ritual called the Catching of Jumis (Jumja kersana; Apjumibas; Rudenaji; Raudonoji) took place. Jumis, represented by a double-headed stalk of grain, was said to be hiding in the last of the unharvested fields. This last cut was saved until the end, so as to please Jumis, and invite him back the following spring. When the reaping was finished, a ‘Jumis-clump’ was left uncut. The ears of this grain were then tied in a knot and bent to the ground, being weighed down with stones or surrounded with soil. The grain from the Junis-clump was rubbed out of the ears and scattered in the tilled soil, thus ensuring that the strength and spirit of the harvest was directed back into the Mother Earth, so that it could appear again in the new sowing.

These last stalks were tied with special twine, taken home in a procession and placed in a barn, separate from the rest of the harvest, symbolizing a ‘captured’ Jumis, thereby ensuring the following year’s harvest would be at least as successful. The grasses were then used during the winter to cure sick livestock. Chicken was eaten at the evening’s feast.

The festival was held at the end of the harvest season, when Jumis’s gift of food had been received. After Mikeli it was considered that the gates were open for Winter.

A Jumis-loaf was baked at Mikeli, larger than the usual bread loaf, and it was a great honour to eat it. The second day was a feast and party, and the third day was a market day, and also the only day men proposed to their prospective wives.

More    And more    Time-keeping systems of ancient Latvia    Today’s date in ancient Latvia Ancient calendars    Latvian Earth and Water Deities    More

 

Higan (O-Higan; Higan no Chu-Nichi), JapanCelebrated at both the Spring Equinox and Autumn Equinox

This is an important festival in the Japanese calendar which, Since January 1, 1873, Japan has been based on the Gregorian Calendar, with local names for the months and mostly fixed holidays (before 1873 a lunisolar calendar was in use, which was adapted from the Chinese calendar). Higan is the week-long period of Buddhist memorial services peculiar to Japan and held twice a year.

On or around the day of the Autumn Equinox, Japanese people celebrate Shuubun-no-hi, also known as Higan (Higan no Chu-Nichi). There is another Higan at the time of the Spring Equinox, which is also called Higan no Chu-Nichi. Both are usually observed on the Sunday on or immediately preceding the equinoxes. The middle days of each Higan, Shunbun no hi (Spring Equinox) and Shuubun no hi (Autumnal Equinox) are national holidays.

The name Higan means ‘the other shore’ and derives from the Buddhist notion that there is a river that marks the division of the mundane world and the afterlife. This river is one of illusions, passion, pain and sorrow. Only when one crosses the river, swimming against the currents of temptation, to the other shore, does one gain enlightenment.

During the whole of this week there is a Buddhist observance, three days either side of the equinox, when the spirits of one’s ancestors are commemorated. Usually on the equinoctial day, families and friends visit their family tombs, where they tend and weed the graves of their loved ones. They leave flowers, incense and ohagi (sweet rice balls covered with soybean paste) –  it is tradition that ancestors’ spirits prefer food that is round. The visitors sweep the ground, say prayers, and may even have a bit of a family party, drinking sake rice wine.

Japanese consider this period the changing of the season. Usually around the autumnal Higan the Japanese summer heat-wave weakens, and the weather changes to autumn. Thus the Japanese have a saying, “Atsusa samusa mo Higan made” (“Neither heat in summer, nor cold in winter last beyond higan”).

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Debate About The Box

An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician are trying to set up a fenced-in area for some sheep, but they have a limited amount of building material. The engineer gets up first and makes a square fence with the material, reasoning that it’s a pretty good working solution. “No, no,” says the physicist, “there’s a better way.” He takes the fence and makes a circular pen, showing how it encompasses the maximum possible space with the given material.

Then the mathematician speaks up: “No, no, there’s an even better way.” To the others’ amusement he proceeds to construct a little tiny fence around himself, then declares:

“I define myself to be on the outside.”

 

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Daily Stuff 8-20-16 Malaria

Hi, folks!

motif plant herb Marjoram bundleNo Herbs Workshop today! The back of the shop is too torn up while we’re resetting the herb prep area.

Waves tide

Minus tide at 8:38 AM of -0.8 feet.

weather Sunny brightThe sunshine was really bright at home, but there’s cloud still lifting on the Bay, beaches and in town, so it’s not quite as bright here. 57F and today’s temperature ought to be a more normal 68F. It’s still hot in the Valley and there’s actually a chance of rain this evening.

081616 LilyYesterday we were certainly busy enough at the beginning of the day! We had a bunch of people popping in and out and one of the former Job Corps students stopped by for a chat and to show me some of her jewelry that she’s making.

I spent some time trying to get the rest of the stuff that needed to be printed together. I finally got there and at about that time checked on the weather and the forecast had cooled! It only hit 77F at about 3:30 and by 6pm it had dropped 10 degrees. Friends in the Valley were cooking. O060916 Flower08ne said her porch thermometer read 101F and another down toward Ashland said hers read 106!

Tempus went into Newport to pick up his paycheck and get my pictures printed while I worked on taking and editing some other pictures and helping customers. I found a fascinating video of artisan-made marbles. (Link below) Once he got back he sat down on the sofa and faded out. I had been dozing off occasionally, myself.

060916 Flower09When he woke up I was working on more embroidery stuff, mostly writing. He went into the back to try to clean up a little and we didn’t leave the shop until 10pm. We ate and I went to sleep only to oversleep this morning, although we pulled into the parking lot before 11am. Good thing we weren’t having Herbs today.

motif sewing Pin tomatoThere will be Sewing at 3pm, but otherwise we’ll be here for customers and Tempus will be trying to make more progress in back. moving cat a_kittyball1

How artisan marbles are made. This is unlike the machine-made cheap marbles – https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr

The beautiful Alsea Bay Bridge at night. Photo (C) Grand Central Pizza on Facebook. Looks like the photo is from the shoreline below the Alsi Resort.

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fesat 0820 Malariafesat Ross 0820 Aug 1897Today is the anniversary of the discovery of the parasite that causes malaria in 1898. Sir Ronald Rose was knighted and received a Nobel prize for his work. The page is a facsimile of the notebook sheet on which he recorded seeing “pigmented bodies” in the guts of the mosquitoes that he later figured out were the malaria parasites. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Ross  See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malarial_parasite

luffaToday’s plant, Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegypticaor luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa

Mabon pentacleThe shop opens at 11am! Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Gibbous moonWaning 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 9/1 at 2:03am. 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 8/24 at 8:41pm.

Astro Constellation PegasusThe waning gibbous Moon rises due east around the end of twilight. Look to its upper left for the Great Square of Pegasus tipped up on one corner — another sign of fall’s approach.
Astro mercuryAstro venusAstro jupiterMercury, Venus, and Jupiter are very low in bright twilight. About 20 or 25 minutes after sunset, look for Venus and Jupiter very low to the horizon due west (to the left of where the Sun went down). Venus is the brighter one, lower right of Jupiter. They’re 8° apart on August 19th and close in on each other by 1° per day. Mark your calendar for their very close conjunction, barely 0.1° apart for North America, on the evening of Saturday August 27th. Bring binoculars! Next, try to spot fainter, lower Mercury. It spends the week 4° or 5° below or lower left of Jupiter. You’ll probably need those binoculars. Jupiter is nominally magnitude –1.7, Venus is –3.8, and Mercury fades this week from +0.3 to +0.9. But objects near the horizon appear dimmer than their listed magnitudes due to atmospheric extinction.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)

Rune Runic Month 16 Ansuz Os AsRunic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in LeoSun in Leo
Moon in PiscesMoon in Pisces enters Aries at 12:18pm
Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Black

Planting 8/19-20

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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Hazel celtic tree month CollColl – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Sa  20     High   2:06 AM     7.9   6:26 AM     Set  9:05 AM      97
~    20      Low   8:38 AM    -0.8   8:12 PM    Rise  9:40 PM
~    20     High   2:55 PM     7.6
~    20      Low   8:59 PM     0.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Remember those things that made you glad.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Appearances may be deceiving.

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Quotes 

~  I am not afraid…I was born to do this. – Joan of Arc
~  It’s the grit in the Oyster that makes the pearl. – Ke’reth Epetai Makura
~  When it comes to luck, you make your own. – Bruce Springsteen
~  If you cannot find the truth where you are, where do you hope to find it? – Dogen

In their hearts, your worshippers see you
As three-eyed, wearing the crescent moon
white as the moon in autumn.

You are the perfume of nature,
holding in you hands a jar of nectar.
You are all art and poetry.

Holding in your hands a book
as you make the gesture
that describes all learning. – Patrician Monoghan, 365 Goddesses

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Mabon2 divMabon Magick – 

Mabon Correspondences
Foods –
Cornbread, Wheat products, Bread (especially whole wheat or multigrain), Grains, Corn, Beans, Rice, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oat cakes
Berries, Blackberries Grapes, Nuts & Seeds, (acorns, sunflower seed), Dried fruits, Apples (dried, baked, fresh or in cider) pomegranates,
Squash, Roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc),
Wine, Ale and, Cider, Grape juice,

Herbs – hazel, corn, acorns, vines, ivy, cedar, passion flowers, honeysuckle, Apple, balm of Gilead, calendula, corn acorn, cypress cone, hazel, milk thistle, mugwort, myrrh, oak, orris root, passion flower, pine cone, rose, sage

Incenses and oils – benzoin, myrrh. pine, frankincense, jasmine, cinnamon, clove. Myrrh, Sage, Pine, Frankincense, Jasmine, Cinnamon

Colors/Candles – brown, green, orange, red, deep gold, scarlet, yellow, maroon, purple, violet and indigo. Orange, Dark red, Yellow, Brown, Violet, Deep gold

Gemstones – yellow agate, carnelian, yellow topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli and amethyst, Carnelian, Lapis lazuli, Sapphire, Yellow agate

Goddesses – all Fruit and Vegetable Deities, Harvest Deities, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres The Muses (Greek), Pamona (Roman
Gods – All Wine Gods, Gods of Fruits, Dionysus (Roman), Bacchus (Greek), Thoth (Egyptian).

Symbols and Altar decorations – autumn leaves and autumn flowers, marigolds, gourds, berries, pine and cypress cones, acorns, a small statue or figurine representing the Triple Goddess in her Mother aspect and other corresponding deities. All harvest symbols, corn, red poppies, nuts, grains, leaves, oak sprigs, wreaths, vine, grapes, cornucopia, horns of plenty, apples, grapes, vines, garland, Acorns, Pomegranates, Pine cones, Baskets of fallen leaves, Horn of Plenty

Activities to celebrate Autumn Equinox
Have a thanksgiving feast.
Can and preserve fruits and vegetables.
Decorate Cornucopias
Hang dried ears of corn on the front door.
Serve wine in honour of the God and beans and squashes in honour of the Goddess.
Call upon the elementals and honor them for their help with (N-earth) home and finances,
(E-air) school and knowledge, (S-fire) careers and accomplishments, (W-water) emotional balance and fruitful relationships.
Tend your garden, thanking the plants and flowers for their abundance, harvesting whatever is ready, collecting seeds and leave an offering.
Make a mandala of seeds and grains on the ground, as a gift for the animals and birds.
Bake a loaf of bread or cookies in the shape of a sun or with a sun design.
Gather donations of food and/or clothing for a favorite charity.
Decorate your altar with leaves, acorns, berries, and other things symbolic of nature’s bounty.
Some chose to sprinkle Autumn leaves around the house as decoration, the leaves can be dipped in paraffin and put on wax paper. After the leaves dry, they may be placed around the house or in large jars with sigils of protection and/or abundance carved lightly into them.
Spellwork for protection, wealth and prosperity, and security, include spells that will bring into balance and harmony the energies either in a room, home, or situation. health, security, feelings of self-confidence
Make a beverage of: hot apple cider. Apple rules the heart, cider alone is a self-love potion. Spice it with a stick of cinnamon, ruled by Jupiter and the Sun. It also makes the house smell wonderful

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motif Silliness SmilieSillinessFound it funny

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Daily Stuff 8-19-16 Vinalia

Hi, folks!

Waves tide

Minus tide at 7:59 AM of -1.1 feet.weather Hot temperature

Fire weather warning and looking at 85 today. Ick. Excessive heat warning. It’s way worse in the Valley, but I’m not looking forward to this afternoon. 68F already. There are some small streaky clouds and a few other bits in the sky.

080616 lilyI never actually sat down to work on today’s newsletter until after 5pm yesterday. We didn’t have that many customers in, no clue why, but the highway was even quiet, but we had plenty to do. Both Tempus and I worked on finding out what was in certain boxes, pulling out what we need and then re-boxing to take more stuff to storage. I was also working on embroidery patterns.

Jay stopped by and we chatted for awhile. 081116 Flower01He might go with me on Sunday, which would be fun. Amy stopped in after that and eventually, Will and Kaleb in the evening.

After Tempus left for his paper route I worked on setting up my toys class for Sunday. I had a lot of pictures to find, but the class has pretty much been set for a couple of years. After that I went back to embroidery patterns and got another one 081416 Flower3worked out.

The papers ran late last night, so it was past 2:30 when Tempus picked me up. It was very foggy in town, but it wasn’t as thick as it’s been a couple of times before and it cleared out as soon as we were higher. The Moon was amazing. The Bay, particularly the Backbay once we were out 34 was just lovely. Her Light, shining through the trees, 081616 Flower1was enough to take my breath away, several times. By the time we were done, Orion was high enough to see. We got home, crawled into bed and dropped. We’re definitely running on not enough sleep.

Today we already have people in the shop. Tempus got us some ice, so we’ll have ice water for later. Mostly we have all the same stuff to do today, with the extra of it going to be too hot.

H&M10

Vendanges_romaines_à_CherchellToday’s Feast is the Rustic Vinalia, an ancient Roman feast dedicated to Venus as protector of the Vinyards. They were immensely important in Rome, being a provider of a major food, as well as wine. More aobut this feast here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinalia

Plant photo pearly everlasting Anapahlis_margaritaceaToday’s Plant is Pearly EverlastingAnaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others –Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea

wheel of the yearThe shop opens at 11am! Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Gibbous moonFull 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 8/19 at 2:27pm. 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 9/1 at 2:03am. 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 8/24 at 8:41pm.

Cassiopeia astro constellationSummer is beginning to wane. By the time nightfall is complete now, Cassiopeia has climbed about as high in the northeast as the Big Dipper has declined in the northwest.
Astro mercuryAstro venusAstro jupiterMercury, Venus, and Jupiter are very low in bright twilight. About 20 or 25 minutes after sunset, look for Jupiter due west, then look for Venus to its lower right. They’re 15° apart on August 12th and just 8° apart by the 19th. Binoculars or a wide-field telescope will help. They’re heading toward a very close conjunction, barely 0.1° apart, on August 27th. Try to spot fainter Mercury. It’s closer to Jupiter’s lower right early in the week, and below Jupiter later in the week.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)

Rune Runic Month 16 Ansuz Os AsRunic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in LeoSun in Leo
Moon in PiscesMoon in Pisces
Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Pink

Planting 8/19-20

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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Hazel celtic tree month CollColl – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
F   19     High   1:20 AM     8.1   6:25 AM     Set  7:53 AM      99
~    19      Low   7:59 AM    -1.1   8:14 PM    Rise  9:06 PM
~    19     High   2:18 PM     7.3
~    19      Low   8:12 PM     1.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love as though you’ve never been hurt. That’s a definition of, “strong”.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt What? – What kind of fairytale creature would you be?

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Quotes 

~  Canada will be a strong country when Canadians of all provinces feel at home in all parts of the country, and when they feel that all Canada belongs to them. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~  Compassion is a verb. – Thich Nhat Hanh
~  My eyes to look after them, my ears to hear for them, my voice to warn them, my hand to guard them, my shield to ward them. – Order of Scathach Arming Ritual
~  Our senses don’t deceive us: our judgment does. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In our discourse in the boat Mr. Coventry told us how the Fanatiques and the Presbyters, that did intend to rise about this time, did choose this day as the most auspicious to them in their endeavours against monarchy: it being fatal twice to the King, and the day of Oliver’s death. – Samuel Pepys, Diary; Oliver Cromwell had considered the third of September as the most fortunate day of his life, on account of his victories at Dunbar and Worcester

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Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Recipes

Money Punch  – For wealth, abundance and resources

2 Cups Dark Rum
1 Cup Kahlua
2 tsp. Sugar
1 Orange, Sliced
1 1/2 qts Orange Coffee
2 Medium Cinnamon Sticks
4 Whole Cloves
3/4 tsp. Nutmeg
Whole Almonds

  1. Place Rum, Kahlua, and sugar together in a large heat proof serving bowl.
  2. Light the liquid, using the coffee to extinguish it slowly. This allows the entire mixture to reach your guests warm.
  3. Add spices, float orange slices on top, and allow mixture to sit until it reaches a comfortable sipping temperature.
  4. Serve garnished with one almond per cup.

All ingredients in this punch have money-attracting attribute. Oranges were a symbol of prosperity in the Middle Ages due to their high import cost. – “A Witch’s Beverages and Brews” by Patricia Telesco

Raspberry Mint Lemonade

  • 1 sprig of mint
  • 1/2 cup ripe raspberries
  • 1 quart lemonade

Bruise the leaves and stems of the mint, and crush the berries, putting them in the ice-cold lemonade at least two hours before using. Remove the mint before serving. Add a fresh sprig to each glass if desired. Serves 6.

Mocha Cocoa Recipe – December 17th, 2005

Color of the day: Blue  Incense of the day: Coriander

To make a cold winter night warm, whip up this heavenly mix and then brew yourself a cup of mocha cocoa. Then sit back and contemplate the nature of things.

  • 1 1/2 cups instant nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, instant coffee
  • 1 2/3 cups miniature marshmallows

Mix all ingredients except for the marshmallows, stirring well to combine them thoroughly. Then add  the marshmallows, and store the mixture in an airtight container. To make the cocoa, mix three or four tablespoons with one cup of boiling water.  By: Laurel Reufner

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Signs and Notices – Seen in a health food store. “Shoplifters will be beaten over the head with an organic carrot”

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Daily Stuff 8-18-16 Amendment XIX

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Minus tide at 7:22 AM of -1.1 feet.

motif sunny bright weatherThe sun is shining brightly. It’s coming into the solarium at a different angle from what it had earlier in the summer. The Wheel is Turning. 59F, no wind, the marine layer has rolled back, but not all that far and the beaches are steaming. Lots of water vapor in the air! We’re looking at a high of 74 today, which is ok, but 89 tomorrow? On the *coast*?!?!?!?!

081016 Flower17Yesterday we really got started late and although the first thing I did was re-do today’s newsletter (that was the one that got the worst messed-up the night before) it was 4pm before it was put back together. That was upsetting. I don’t know if it was part of all the internet problems from that day or just my brain-farts.

081516 footstoolTempus ran errands and made phone calls while I was cussing. Y’all have been hearing me talking about a footstool cover. Here ’tis! about 1/3 of the way finished.

081616 Flower1…and then I started going cold and hot and ran out of energy. Hmm… and slept for several hours! I have no idea what Tempus was doing, o051316 flower1ther than small stuff. We went home a bit early compared to when we’ve been leaving the shop and I went to sleep early and then didn’t wake until 10am. I feel better, though.

Today we’re at the shop. I’m not certain what Tempus is going to be doing, but I think I’m going to concentrate on herb headers.

A Ken Gagne photo of Yachats Bay from yesterday!

081716 Ken Gagne Yachats Bay

0818 feast Elizabeth_Cady_Stanton_and_Susan_B._Anthony“The Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to voteon the basis of sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920. The Constitution allows the states to determine the qualifications of voters, subject to limitations imposed by later amendments. Until the 1910s, most states disenfranchised women. The amendment was the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, which fought at both state and national levels to achieve the vote. It effectively overruled Minor v. Happersett, in which a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that theFourteenth Amendment did not give women the right to vote. The Nineteenth Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1878 by Senator Aaron A. Sargent. Forty-one years later, in 1919, Congress approved the amendment and submitted it to the states for ratification. It was ratified by the requisite number of states a year later, withTennessee‘s ratification being the final vote needed to add the amendment to the Constitution. In Leser v. Garnett (1922), the Supreme Court rejected claims that the amendment was unconstitutionally adopted.” – Wikipedia, More here: –https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

Vetiveria zizanoides dsc07810 by Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux Own work Licensed under CC BY-SA 30 via Wikimedia CommonsVetiver root – Vetiveria zizanioides, Chrysopogon zizanioides, vetyver, vertivert, khus khus or khus – This is a type of grass that grows long roots, deeper than most other grasses. Often woven into sleeping mats it also smells better than mothballs in sachets. It repels bugs and rats and, used wet, acts as a cooling scented curtain in hot climates. It’s used as a fixative in soaps, and lotions and can be used for acne and other
skin conditions. Hand Fan made of cuscus plant by Thamizhpparithi Maari Own work Licensed under CC BY-SA 30 via Wikimedia CommonsAs khus syrup it is added to foods. Makes a great incense especially combined with sandalwood.  – Feminine, Earth, Mercury, Capricorn – Uplifting. Helps get one through the times when nothing works. Calming for PTSD. Aids in deep sleep and good dreams. (esp. essential oil, called Oil of Tranquility). Helps in processing grief. Attracts money and repels thieves. Can be used to promote love in same-sex couples. More here:https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Chrysopogon_zizanioides

wheel of the yearThe shop opens at 11am! Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Full Moon WaningWaxing 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 Tide Change on 8/18 at 2:27pm. 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 8/19 at 2:27pm. 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 9/1 at 2:03am.

 Bootes ArcturusArcturus, lower every week, now shines due west shortly after dark. The long, bent kite pattern of Bootes extends to its upper right by 24°. Arcturus marks the kite’s bottom point.
Astro mercuryAstro venusAstro jupiterMercury, Venus, and Jupiter are very low in bright twilight. About 20 or 25 minutes after sunset, look for Jupiter due west, then look for Venus to its lower right. They’re 15° apart on August 12th and just 8° apart by the 19th. Binoculars or a wide-field telescope will help. They’re heading toward a very close conjunction, barely 0.1° apart, on August 27th. Next, try to spot fainter Mercury. It’s closer to Jupiter’s lower right early in the week, and below Jupiter later in the week. Jupiter is nominally magnitude –1.7, Venus is –3.8, and Mercury is +0.2, but objects near the horizon appear dimmer than their listed magnitudes due to atmospheric extinction.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)

Rune Runic Month 16 Ansuz Os AsRunic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in LeoSun in Leo
Moon in PiscesMoon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 9:34am.
Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Green

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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Hazel celtic tree month CollColl – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Th  18     High  12:35 AM     8.0   6:24 AM     Set  6:43 AM      99
~    18      Low   7:22 AM    -1.1   8:16 PM    Rise  8:32 PM
~    18     High   1:42 PM     7.0
~    18      Low   7:27 PM     1.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is the language everyone speaks.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Personal taste – Do you believe in love at first sight?

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Quotes 

~  Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something. – Fred Smith
~  The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels. – Jesse Grant
~  Each of us bears his own Hell. – Virgil
~  He is great enough that is his own master. – Joseph Hall

It is a miracle:
in the heavens is the sun,
in her chamber the sun.
In the heavens the moon,
in her chamber the moon.
In the heavens the stars,
in their chambers the stars,
in the heavens the dawn,
in her chamber the dawn,
and all the beauty beneath the skies. ~Fifteenth-Century Russian Folksong

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Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Sky-Clad – a relic of the past? – By Gavin Aendless in Pagans · Edit Doc

So it is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and my U.S. and U.K. brother and sisters are entering the time of life and warmth and growth, while those of us in the Southern Hemisphere enter the long dark of winter.

It occurred to me to wonder – how many Pagans will celebrate Beltane sky-clad this year?

Before I venture into this topic further, a note for anyone reading this that is under the age of 18: no serious group, coven, priest or priestess, or teacher of a Pagan tradition will ever invite you as a legal minor to participate in a sky-clad (i.e. naked) ritual. Apart from one scenario that I can think of (which I’ll discuss below), that is a big red flare signal that this person is a PREDATOR. If you find yourself in that situation, I suggest a polite “sorry, no”, and getting the heck out of there. If they’re blocking the exit, kick them in the nuts as hard as you can. Then, go tell the Police. What you wear (or not) as solitaries, of course, is your business.

That out of the way, let’s talk about getting naked. Naturally, there are all kinds of Pagan traditions that don’t work sky-clad – this post is mainly about Wicca and witchcraft. These traditions (for the purposes of this post I will use the terms ‘Wicca’ and ‘witchcraft’ fairly interchangeably) have a well-established history of employing ritual nudity.

A bare-bones history of ritual nudity

Ritual nudity isn’t just a Pagan oddity: all kinds of religions, particularly of the esoteric variety, have used ritual nudity at some point in their history. In my book, I demonstrate that early Christians in the Roman Empire were baptized in the nude. The historical evidence for this is very strong, although they were simply doing the same as other Mystery religions of the Mediterranean during their initiatory rites. This isn’t even in the Top 10 of the conveniently-forgotten facts concerning the origins of Christianity, but for more details you’ll want to purchase my book.

Carvings and inscriptions on the Khajuraho temple in central India reveal nudity (and sexuality) as part of the religious life of pre-Aryan Dravidic culture earlier than 1000 BCE. In Ancient Greece, the witches of Thessaly were depicted as working naked, and groups of young women who went into the woods for celebrations and rites of passage may have danced naked under the moon. Maenads, women who were devotees of Dionysus, reputedly roamed with little regard for clothing, arousing the ire of more orthodox priesthoods. A sect of Christian heretics, Adamites, preached nudity, claiming that this was necessary to achieve Salvation and return to the innocent state before mankind’s ejection from the Garden of Eden.

The art of the Middle Ages often depicted witches in a state of undress – this is partly explainable because pre-Renaissance artists who wanted to depict the nude form frequently had to appease the sensibilities of the Catholic Church. Depicting nudity in the context of diabolic depravity was a politic way for artists to satisfy their creative imperative to study the nude form. Also, confessions of accused witches often mentioned nudity, although this may reflect the warped sex- and sin-fuelled imaginations of their interrogators. Accused witches were commonly stripped during interrogation and torture – again, as I point out in my book, this was one of the only instances where celibate priests could legitimately view a naked female body. And of course, folk-magic and cunning craft employed by ordinary people for attracting love and/or fertility naturally enough sometimes involved nudity. Or for more diabolical purposes: a centuries-old local legend of Wiltshire in England has it that one who wishes to summon up the Devil should go to a particular oak tree in the Savernake Forest on the midnight of a full moon, undress, and dance around the tree thrice.

All of this may help to explain the traditional association between nudity and witchcraft. It is not confined to Europe: a number of African cultures cite nudity out-of-doors at night as a sure sign that a woman is a witch, while in India, holy men who live as ascetics in the forest and master ‘siddhas’ or psychic powers through Yoga often live ‘digambara’, which translates as ‘sky-clad’. India is where Gerald Gardner, who lived for years in the East, presumably found and appropriated the term.

If ritual nudity is widespread in culture and over time, its use by all members of a group, for all of its rites, is an innovation that Gardner and his spiritual descendents can claim for their own. Sky-clad work and worship, whether in a solitary or a coven context, is part of contemporary Pagan culture, and apart from some fairly fringe ‘nudists for Christ’ is unique in the landscape of modern religion.

The case for working sky-clad

Gerald Gardner claimed that an energy field surrounded the human body, and that this was more easily felt, raised and directed when one was naked. Many now dismiss this argument, claiming that if energy is not impeded by walls or over long distances, it will hardly be inhibited by clothing. Therefore, working sky-clad isn’t necessary. For myself, having worked sky-clad for many years, Gardner’s argument feels true to me, even if logic favors the opposite argument.

Another argument is that it promotes group trust, equality, and removal of social distinctions created by dress. This may be the case, but it can certainly be achieved with uniform robes as a leveler.

Paul Huson, author of the seminal “Mastering Witchcraft” back in the 1970’s, advances a simpler argument – that working naked is desirable because it is pleasurable. Depends on your point of view, really. But this leads to a more specific argument, which applies to initiatory rites. In a culture that is deeply ambivalent when it comes to the body and sexuality, to be naked with a group of other people breaks a taboo. The breaking of taboos creates a crisis/catharsis matrix that can be intensely transformative for the participants. This is a fairly convincing argument for anyone with direct experience of such things, although others allege that this is something of a one-trick pony. And potentially dangerous, as people wanting the same feeling of liberation must eventually engage in breaking stronger and stronger taboos to achieve the same sensations. It must be said that this is hardly the only pitfall for anyone pursuing an esoteric spirituality.

Noted Sydney occultist Tim Hartridge argues that ritual nudity, and the sensuality (and, possibly, eroticism) that accompanies the experience, assists one in accessing the archetypal ‘wild witch’ within one’s own psyche – a liminal figure with many lessons and insights to reveal. Again, my own experiences tend to agree. However, this would seem to be merely a more sophisticated version of Gardner’s argument – and similarly, the counter is that working sky-clad isn’t necessary to achieve this goal.

Lastly, another argument (admittedly rather tongue-in-cheek) for working sky-clad has it that when working with fire (candles, bonfires etc.), nudity is a safer option than robes with trailing sleeves.

The case against working sky-clad

This is not the space to argue whether or not Gardner’s coven pioneered working sky-clad, or whether they inherited it from the mysterious New Forest coven which supposedly initiated Gardner. However, some suggest that while Gardner himself behaved as a gentleman (by all accounts), he was not averse to the sight of young female flesh, and that this is the real reason the practice was adopted. That is a highly plausible argument, at least to this male mind, although it is possible that both versions of history are true – that Gardner believed what he was saying, and enjoyed the fruits of it.

Another argument is that it stymies efforts to achieve credibility for the modern Pagan movement as a legitimate mainstream faith. This may be true. However, it assumes that paganism can, or should be, legitimate or mainstream. Many have fled mainstream faiths to Paganism precisely for the reasons that make it a pariah among more ‘respectable’ faiths, including reclaiming of both body and sexuality. In that case, abandoning sky-clad worship for the sake of legitimacy can be seen as tacitly accepting the premise of faiths such as Christianity – that there is something unclean or indecent about the naked body.

Another argument against sky-clad work is that it encourages sexual activity; that it is a slippery-slope to a gang-bang, and that people interested in that kind of thing should be honest about it and join a swingers club. Personally I think this assumes that there is an automatic link between nudity and sex – that nudity in ritual constitutes some form of invitation. This has never been true in any sky-clad or clothing-optional group or festival in which I have been involved. Quite the opposite. And, personally, I have never seen clothing deter consenting adults from pairing off and engaging in more intimate forms of worship in private. Similarly, I doubt it has ever deterred sexual predators from betraying the trust of others.

One more argument is that working sky-clad creates a situation where people may feel inadequate or inferior for being unable to bare all in ritual, when others can: it is potentially non-inclusive or even discriminatory. Again, this may indeed occur in specific contexts, but at the same time having no space in which to work-sky-clad means that those same people aren’t given the chance to confront personal inhibitions – inhibitions that might affect their ability to hold personal power.

Gardner was, like, so last century…

So, who works sky-clad any more? Is it an important part of contemporary Pagan practice, or a relic of the past?

Recently I took an impromptu Facebook poll in a 2000-member discussion forum. Out of 100 responses, 6 said that they had never worked sky-clad, nor would they ever consider it. 35 said that they had worked sky-clad as a solitary practitioner. 8 said they had done so with a magickal or sexual partner. 37 said they had, or wanted to, work sky-clad in a coven. 10 said they had done so at a clothing-optional Pagan festival or event. 4 said they had done so on camera for a documentary or in public.

There are some obvious problems in the above results, not least of which is that people with an interest in this area were more likely to respond. Still, it indicates that interest in this subject remains.

Nevertheless, the practice seems to be on the decline. The Corellian Tradition eschews sky-clad practice, positioning itself as a family-friendly tradition. Others such as the EarthSpirit community have moved away from sky-clad rites, citing difficulties in obtaining permission from venues for staging clothing-optional events. Some in regional areas cite unwanted attention from militant Christians and/or law enforcement.

The practicalities of taking off your pants

Despite the obstacles, many still feel inspired by the thought casting off the mundane world and its spiritual inhibitions – to embrace the wild spirit within, dance naked under the moon and howl.

The first rule of working sky-clad, whether in a group or solo, is privacy. There is nothing more inhibiting than being caught in the act. This means you need a dedicated temple space, a private home, private property screened from neighbors, or a remote natural area – recall that traditionally, witches met in areas such as forests, on mountaintops, or at deserted crossroads at night.

The second rule is heat. This is no issue indoors, but out of doors requires some thought and preparation. Freezing off your pink bits is not conducive to raising energy. A bonfire may do well enough (and is highly evocative) but may breach local laws, especially in areas where wildfire in summer is a real danger. Numerous safety precautions are indicated, including a dug fire-pit, water or extinguishers ready to hand, and a dedicated fire-safety officer who stands apart from the rite. For a small group, a heavy cast-iron cauldron or pot filled with methylated spirits can work well. As it produces no smoke, it is also safe indoors, provided that it has sufficient ceiling height above it (10 feet is a good starting point), some ventilation, and is seated on a stable and heat-proofed surface. A liter of methylated spirits will burn for some 15 or 20 minutes – long enough to raise the fabled Cone of Power through ecstatic dance and circling. Be warned, though: refilling and relighting a cauldron is not safe or easy, as the hot metal will cause the methylated spirits to evaporate into fumes. Relighting a hot cauldron is DANGEROUS. I have lost chest and arm hair learning that lesson, and lucky to have not lost more. Also, and self-evidently, spilling the flammable contents of a lit cauldron is extremely bad, especially in an indoor space.

The third rule applies to groups wanting to experiment with sky-clad work: clear communication and respect. So, workshop your ritual beforehand. Allow all participants to state their personal boundaries concerning physical contact – an appropriate starting-point might be that coven members hold hands during a ritual, but do not otherwise touch.

That said, personal boundaries are fluid, which is why the subject should be revisited before each sky-clad ritual. Some may want to avoid physical contact, others may be moved by the energy of the rite to hug or caress. Some rituals involve the use of full-body anointing oil to foster sensual and psychic arousal. There is a distinct difference between SENSUALITY and SEXUALITY that is crucial in a coven context of love and trust. Personally I have worked in groups where we have deliberately raised and used sexual energy – but being monogamous, drew the line at intercourse.

(By the way, I heard of one coven initiation where the postulant was blindfolded, naked and led through their initiation. Upon removal of the blindfold, the young man’s expectation of seeing the rest of the coven sky-clad along with him was subverted – he was the only one, with the rest of the coven robed and chuckling. Seriously, that was a dumb idea. Destroyed any sense of group trust and egregore.)

Debriefing, by which I mean talking about issues following rituals, can also be a useful exercise. This requires tact and diplomacy, or you may end up needing to debrief the debriefing!

young men, involves getting an erection during a sky-clad rite. The former can be dealt with via underwear or perhaps a scarf knotted around the hips, while the latter is surprisingly rare in non-sexual sky-clad rites. An effective group leader can pre-frame the issue for participants by suggesting that such a physiological response means “the god Pan has joined us” or similar.

Some points to remember are that working sky-clad is an optional experience – once coercion is involved, any benefits to the experience are lost. Also, being naked should never imply a sexual invitation in anyone’s mind, unless that is clearly established beforehand by all involved. The Pagan Awareness Network has free resources concerning sky-clad practice and general ‘Safety in the Circle’ tips, available here: http://www.paganawareness.net.au/PAN/publications-mainmenu-130/information-pamphlets-mainmenu-135

Lastly, most people I know would agree that sky-clad practice is an adult activity, not suitable for teen Wiccans. Do you agree? If so, what about family traditions, or rites-of-passage for girls at menarche? Would it be acceptable in the context of a women-only circle, with the girl’s mother present? Can we get too hung up the underage thing?

I hope I haven’t bored the pants off anyone.

 

Comments

Gavin Aendless – Feedback sought. It isn’t for an academic audience, but I would certainly appreciate being warned if I have made any howlers in the piece. And of course – general discussion of the topic very welcome

Yvonne Aburrow  – very good, and very balanced. I agree with the no teens rule – anyway teenagers are usually really embarrassed by their bodies and those of other people. I also agree that it was wrong for that coven to be robed when the initiate was skycla…See More

Debbie Willis – I notice that many of my cohorts and I are aging, which seems to influence whether we do skyclad ceremonies. Along with aging, which isn’t the actual factor, is the loss of physical integrity (such as stress incontinence). I know that physical integrity is a subject rarely discussed, so I only mention it.

Yvonne Aburrow – That could be solved in much the same way as having a period (scarf round the hips to cover knickers with pads)

Sabina Magliocco – I think it depends very much on the group and its tradition. In my Gardnerian coven, all closed rites are skyclad and done indoors. Because I tend to get cold very easily, it was tolerated when I wrapped a pashmina around my shoulders. I really don’t think scarves make any difference in terms of energy-raising. Sabbats, including Beltane, we would invite guests, and those ceremonies were done robed and often outdoors. My eclectic group always practices outdoors, where even in southern California, clothing is not optional.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Classic Quips From Late Night – Former Enron founder Ken Lay and CEO Jeffrey Skilling found guilty in the Enron case. Ken Lay is so guilty I’m surprised people aren’t calling him Congressman Ken Lay. Wait ’till these guys find out in prison that insider trading has a whole new meaning. – Jay Leno

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Daily Stuff 8-17-16 Odin’s Ordeal

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Minus tide at 6:44 AM of -0.9 feet.

weather sun day red summerThere’s a high haze that’s thinning the sunlight and a lot of moisture in the air that’s making distances deceptive. 64F according to the phone company thermometer, but the computer says 60F and there’s a nice breeze.

081016 flower14Yesterday we got to the shop a little later than usual, but did get a fair amount done. I worked on the computer, doing newsletters, only to find out around 8pm that one of them had completely not saved, so I’d lost every bit of the information. <sigh> That wasn’t today’s, but dang…

072916 flower1Tempus worked at the house and storage and then came back for a bit to offload some things and get the shopping list before he headed out on the paper route. We’ve got the big lamp for the sitting space by the books into place even if it’s not plugged in, yet.

081016 flower15I decided to leave well enough alone and started working on embroidery patterns. After a bit I dropped that and started trying to get the herb stuff out of where we’re going to put the fridge. I could only make small amounts of progress. I did manage to pile a bunch of the wandwood that I’ve been trying to get to right in the middle of the floor, though. Tempus is going to have to put it up top today, or find another spot for it!

081016 Flower16Today we’ve been taking it easy. We got in earlier than sometimes from the paper route. The Moon was high and bright, but clouded up for most of the run. Eckman Lake was lovely in the moonlight with mist on the water. So we puttered around at the apartment and now Tempus is running errands I’m doing this, then we’re on to storage to try to sort a few more things.

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OdinToday’s Feast is the beginning of Odin’s Ordeal – “In Rúnatal, a section of the Hávamál, Odin is attributed with discovering the runes. In a sacrifice to himself, the highest of the gods, he was hanged from the world tree Yggdrasil for nine days and nights, pierced by his own spear, in order to learn the wisdom that would give him power in the nine worlds. Nine is a significant number in Norse magical practice (there were, for example, nine realms of existence), thereby learning nine (later eighteen) magical songs and eighteen magical runes. One of Odin’s names is Ygg, and the Norse name for the World Ash —Yggdrasil—therefore could mean “Ygg’s (Odin’s) horse.” Another of Odin’s names is Hangatýr, the god of the hanged.” (from Wikipedia)

plant herb flower goldenrod Solidago_canadensis_20050815_248Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Full Moon WaningWaxing 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 Tide Change on 8/18 at 2:27pm. 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 8/19 at 2:27pm. 

Full Moon WaningFull Moon tonight (exact at 5:27 a.m. Thursday morning Eastern Daylight Time). The Moon shines between dim Capricornus and Aquarius. Look far to its left or upper left for the Great Square of Pegasus, tipped up on one corner.

From earlier in the month….

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Astro marsMars (magnitude –0.5, in upper Scorpius) is moving rapidly eastward (leftward) toward Saturn (magnitude +0.4) and Antares (+1.0, below Saturn). The three form an ever-narrower triangle in the southwest at nightfall. The triangle will turn into an almost straight, vertical line on August 23rd and 24th, when Mars slingshots between the other two.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)

Rune Runic Month 16 Ansuz Os AsRunic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in LeoSun in Leo
Moon in AquariusMoon in Aquarius
Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: White

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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Hazel celtic tree month CollColl – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
W   17      Low   6:44 AM    -0.9   6:22 AM     Set  5:35 AM      96
~    17     High   1:06 PM     6.6   8:17 PM    Rise  7:55 PM
~    17      Low   6:43 PM     1.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held its ground.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.- Confucius

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Quotes 

~  Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. – Lawrence Kasdan
~  Everyone has a photographic memory.  Some don’t have film. – Steven Wright
~  Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. – Henry Ford
~  A wise youth works hard all summer; a youth who sleeps away the hour of opportunity brings shame. – Proverbs 10:5

In summer they feasted on wheat and oats and were easily approached as they rested on the trees along the sides of the field after a good full meal, displaying beautiful iridescent colors as they moved their necks backward and forward when we went very near them. Every shotgun was aimed at them and everybody feasted on pigeon pies, and not a few of the settlers feasted also on the beauty of the wonderful birds. The breast of the male is a fine rosy red, the lower part of the neck behind and along the sides changing from the red of the breast to gold, emerald green and rich crimson. The general color of the upper parts is grayish blue, the under parts white. The extreme length of the bird is about seventeen inches; the finely modeled slender tail about eight inches, and extent of wings twentyfour inches. The females are scarcely less beautiful. – John Muir on Passenger pigeons; The Story of My Boyhood and Youth

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Pentacle of ElementsMagick – The Natural Gourmet: Make Your Own Spice Mixtures and Herb Bundles By Elyse Prince – March 4, 2011 Posted in: Health & Nutrition, Recipes

Forget Mrs. Dash and Emeril’s Essences!

Learn how to make your own BAM with these 5 herb and spice recipes, courtesy of The Natural Gourmet:

Fresh Curry Blend: This green curry paste works great as a marinade (with some added oil) for meat, tofu, tempeh or veggies. You can also use it as a base for curries, soups, sauces, or stir-fries. Hot and spicy herbs can help cut fat and stimulate digestive juices, so bring on the fire!

Blend together:
3 cloves garlic
3 chilis
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon dry mustard
(Note: stores in fridge, 4 to 6 weeks)

Pickling Spice: You can use this spice blend to give a pickle flavor to virtually any vegetable. Great with Kirby cucumbers, okra carrots, zucchini, and eggplant, just to name a few. Check out this post “How To Make Pickles” on eHow and get pickling!

Add 1 tablespoon of each of the following:
Black peppercorns
Yellow mustard seeds
Hot red pepper flakes
Allspice
Dill seed
Crushed mace (or a pinch of grated nutmeg)
Fennel (optional)
2-inch cinnamon stick
2 crumbled bay leaves
1 teaspoon cloves
2 tablespoons ground ginger

Five Spice Powder: This spice mixture gives off a wonderful, sweet-and-spicy aroma and licorice flavor from the anise. Delicious in poaching liquid for pears, apples and plums.

Star Anise
Cassia or cinnamon
Fagara (also known as Szechwan Pepper)
Fennel
Cloves
(Note: Used in Asian cooking. Helps dispel gas, relieve motion sickness, and nausea)

Dried Bouquet Garni: Wonderful in long-simmering recipes, including soups and sauces, with roasts, and to flavor vinegars. Also, great combined with garlic and olive oil. (Note: the shelf life of dried herbs is 6 to 9 months; store in a cool, dark place)

1 teaspoon of parsley
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon of thyme

Wrap the parsley, bay leaf and thyme in cheese cheesecloth and tie with natural cooking twine:

Herbes de Provence: Great aromatic herb bundle with Mediterranean cooking, including soups, stews, stuffing, eggplant and lamb dishes.

2 to 3 parts thyme
1 part oregano
1 part rosemary
1 part marjoram
1 part savory
(Optional: lavender and fennel – use both sparingly!)

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