A whole flock of sparrows landed in the rugosa just as I came into the study. It looked almost like a wave breaking onto the plant. Now they’re all over the feeder.
The small pink rose by the north steps is in full brilliant bloom. It gets enough water from the herb garden to keep going. The confetti rose under the alder has kinda given up, but it will bloom again after the rain starts. It still surprises me to have roses in December.
Tempus didn’t have to hurry to get to work yesterday, since the folks were checking out late, so we got the shop open and he did some paperwork before taking off. I got the mint cordial started for the Liqueurs workshop and got a little cleaning up done in the classroom, then settled in to work on the pictures, pecking away at that all day between customers. I did find a good Stonehenge pic and pulled out the books, but I’m still hunting a map. I may have to do that one myself. I got the Candles handout finished, too. I finally got far enough along to make a couple more necklaces, although I haven’t done any pictures, yet.
Tempus got back pretty close to closing and he spent the time packing orders to go out.
After we got the shop closed up we went over to Darwinia’s to see her “quacklings”. The duck flock made short work of her slug problem, so I’m thinking about that, myself. We also got a good look at the rocket stove that she’s building and talking a bit about permaculture and sustainability, among other things. I also borrowed her big soup pot to get the Travellers’ Stew going.
That’s going to be one of my tasks for today. I’m also hoping to make some shortbread and possibly some rolls or something, trying to get a little ahead on foodstuffs for the weekend. Of course I need to work on getting my class handouts finished up along with the myriad details for Pan-Pagan.
Today’s featured products are more necklaces. These are the ones that I made on Sunday.
First is the Black Mother Goddess necklace. The pendant is a black Gaian Allusions Venus of Willendorf bead on a head pin with an onyx stone. The necklace itself is black onyx interspersed with gold-filled faceted glass beads and antique silvered glass beads. $40
Next is the Cane Bead necklace with the crescent moon pendant. I was looking to make a bright-colored inexpensive necklace. This one is $14. Cane beads are made from strands of glass that are fused together in patterns, then cut into lengths and formed. The “cut rock” style of Christmas candy is made by this same process as are many of the newer plastic beads. I like glass, though….and the candy! <grin> The white beads are the last of a string of assorted beads that I got from the same guy that brings the grass baskets.
Last is the jasper leaf spiral necklace. It is made of poppy jasper and unakite with picture jasper leaves and a copper wire spiral pendant which floats between the center leaves. $18
Today is the day when the Pyanopsia was held in ancient Greece. The name literally means “bean-boiling”. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanopsia
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Phase ends Thursday 6:14pm.
The waxing gibbous Moon this evening shines almost midway between 1st-magnitude Altair, very high to its upper right, and 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut, about equally far to the Moon’s lower left.
Mars (magnitude +1.2, in Libra) remains low in the southwest in evening twilight. Don’t confuse it with twinklier orange Antares (“Anti-Mars”) well to its left or upper left. The gap between them shrinks from 20° to 16° this week.
Runic half-month of Ken – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. – Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
Runic half-month of Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12
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Muin Vine Sep 2 – 29– http://www.cyberwitch.com/wychwood/SacredWood/muin.htm– (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Many Shades of Green
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.
Gort Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 25 Low 3:29 AM 0.2 7:08 AM Set 2:26 AM 72
~ 25 High 10:04 AM 6.5 7:07 PM Rise 4:43 PM
~ 25 Low 3:52 PM 2.4
~ 25 High 9:41 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will remember harm none by thought, word, or deed. . – Galen Gillotte
~ A bad habit is nothing more than a mistake repeated. – unknown
~ A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~ A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway. – Fr. Jerome Cummings
~ A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly. – Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) English writer
When April winds
Grew soft, the maple burst into a flush
Of scarlet flowers.
The tulip tree, high up
Opened in airs of June her multiple
OF golden chalices to humming birds
And silken-wing’d insects of the sky. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
Magick – Starting today, we’re going to be running and 8-part article about Innana and the Descent.
The Descent of Inanna (part 1 of 8)
Magic is the art and science of changing consciousness at will.
Transformation through descent into the depths is a ubiquitous myth. Many cultures have myths of death and rebirth which explain the cycles of nature and the character of the afterlife. It is “another variation of the motif of the Hero and the Dragon . . . the Katabasis, the Descent into the Cave. . . . It expresses the psychological mechanism of introversion of the conscious mind into deeper layers of the unconscious psyche” (Jung, 1968, p.41). Here we examine the myth of Inanna, one which prefigured the Babylonian myth of Ishtar and Tammuz, and the Greek myth of Persephone’s kidnapping by Hades.
The Descent of Inanna is familiar to the many contemporary [men and] women who have undertaken to journey into their own underworlds and have lived to tell the tale. That descent is a requirement of sovereignty, by which I mean the owning of one’s own self and life. (Worth, 1996, p. 38)
As the myth begins, Inanna, the Queen of Heaven and Earth has already established a relationship with Enki, the God of Wisdom and Waters. He has gifted her with the fourteen me, or blessings of power, which she readily accepts, including:
Descent into the underworld! Ascent from the underworld!
The art of lovemaking! The kissing of the phallus! (Wolkstein & Kramer, p. 14, 15)
Inanna opened her ear to the moaning of her sister Ereshkigal, Queen of the Underworld and abandoned her realm of heaven and earth, even her temples, to descend into the “great below”. “With the me in her possession, she prepared herself:” (Wolkstein & Kramer, p. 53) placing her crown upon her head, beads of lapis lazuli around her neck, sparkling stones fastened to her breast (Henderson & Oakes, p. 102) , a gold ring around her wrist, and a royal robe upon her body. She bound a breastplate about her chest and took a lapis measuring rod and line in her hand. Then she set out for the kur, the netherworld, with her faithful servant, Ninshubur. When she arrived at the outer gates of the kur she commanded Ninshubur to wait for three days, and if she had not returned, to call upon the elder Gods for help.
When Inanna challenged the gatekeeper to gain entry into the kur, he consulted with Ereshkigal, telling her that a giant and powerful goddess, arrayed in splendor and with signs of authority, was waiting to enter Her realm. Ereshkigal became upset, then told the gatekeeper to open each gate of the underworld a mere crack, and to remove Inanna’s royal garments on her way through.
As Inanna passed through the first gate he removed her crown. At the second gate he removed her lapis beads; at the third, her sparkling stones; at the fourth, her breastplate; at the fifth, her gold ring; a the sixth, her lapis measuring rod; and at the seventh and final gate, her royal robe. Naked and disarmed, Inanna entered the throne room of her sister. Immediately, she was surrounded by the judges of the underworld, who ruled against her.
Then Ereshkigal fastened on Inanna the eye of death.
She spoke against her the word of wrath.
She uttered against her the cry of guilt.
She struck her.
Inanna was turned into a corpse,
A piece of rotting meat,
And was hung from a hook on the wall. (Wolkstein & Kramer, p. 60)
After three days, Ninshubur went to Enlil, God of Air, who refused to help, for the Underworld was not in His domain. Ninshubur went to Nanna, God of the Moon, who also refused to help, for he had no jurisdiction over the Underworld. Finally, Ninshubur went to Enki, God of Wisdom and Water, who originally blessed Inanna with the me of descent into and ascent from the kur. Enki was grieved and troubled. From under his fingernails he took dirt and created two creatures, neither male nor female, and gave them the food and water of life to carry to Inanna.
These creatures snuck into the kur like flies, slipping through the cracks in the gates. They entered the throne room and found Ereshkigal lying naked and unkempt, moaning “Oh! Oh! My inside!”.
Following Enki’s instructions, they also moaned “Oh! Oh! Your inside!”.
Again she moaned “Ohhh! Oh! My outside!”
To which the creatures replied “Ohhh! Oh! Your outside!”
She continued to moan out her agony and they continued to name her pains back to her. Finally, she stopped moaning and blessed the creatures, offering them any gift they desired. They asked for Inanna’s corpse, and revived her with the food and water of life. Inanna then arose and ascended to the upper world.
To make ends meet, I wait tables at a popular restaurant on weekends. After ordering the lunch special, one couple requested extra croutons on their salads, so I complied.
But returning to the table to refill their coffee cups, I noticed they had set all the croutons aside. Thinking I had misunderstood their request, I apologized for giving them so many.
“There’s been no mistake, we did ask for extra,” the man replied. “They’re a favorite of our goats.”