Herbs Outdoors at 3pm.
A jay is jumping from feeder to hanging basket, setting everything swinging. Some crows are on the tray feeder gossiping and arguing over choice bits. The main feeder is covered with sparrows with their feathers all fluffed up.
I saw the planter box start to steam, then the next-door roof and then looked into the distance to see a silvery, glowing mist rising.
I got yesterday started with setting up some newsletter files, then dove into the class handouts. Off and on I did some of the small cleaning chores, but was a little hampered by Tempus being out working most of the day.I would get part-way through a chore and then have to stop because he’s going to have to move the box or chair or whatever….
I tried to get some bread made… during the first one I was all tangled up in Stonehenge stuff and only remembered it after it had been rising for 50 minutes instead of 20. <sigh> I almost burned it too, but it’ll do for sandwiches. Next I set up a garlic/italian flavored loaf, but couldn’t figure out where the rest of the flour was, so used whole wheat…and forgot that you have to add extra liquid with whole wheat, then added too much and had to add more flour back in! It actually turned out ok, though. By that time Tempus was home and snickering. He makes perfect bread! …and he made a loaf to show me while he was working in the kitchen.
I got the Travellers’ Stew going. Ok, stew I can make! I started with a lot of chicken, garlic and celery, then added carrots and other vegetables and long-grain mix rice. The secret in making a good stew is letting it simmer for a long while so that chugged along for the rest of the evening.
…and Pan-Pagan details…. We’ve arranged to use the house next door that’s up for sale for housing folks over the weekend. It will be available Thursday evening through Monday morning. …and that solves the shower/bath problem. There are 5 rooms to sleep in and two baths. The only problem is that you’ll have to put everything away from 9am to 5pm when the house might be shown. We’re going to pick one closet to stash things. While we have some bedding and air mattresses, you’d best bring your own…and towels and such, although there is a washer/dryer, too.
Today’s featured products are a change from the necklaces of the last few days. Amber Connection stopped by last week, as you might remember and these are some of the pieces that we bought.
First is a selenite handstone. It’s a good size to hold (fits comfortably in my hand). Selenite is a natural fiber optic and this could be used for scrying. Charge it in the light of the moon. Don’t get it wet. I’ve heard of people who buy a cool piece of selenite as a fish tank rock and come back the next morning to no rock and dead fish…. It’s mostly gypsum.
If you make jewelery, you might want to think about these quartz hearts. They’re pierced to be strung (iow, horizontally).
Rose Quartz spheres…. they’re pretty no matter what, but soothing to the emotions, helpful in healing and the sphere shape is easy to hold for meditation…and you can use them for scrying if you resonate with the mineral.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 70CE when Jerusalem fell to Roman forces during the “Great Revolt”. Some information can be found here http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/sep26.html and more on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Jewish%E2%80%93Roman_War#Fall_of_Jerusalem
Love & Light,
Space Weather News for Sept. 25, 2012 – http://spaceweather.com
SUNDIVING COMET: Astronomers are paying close attention to a newly-discovered comet, C/2012 S1 (ISON), which is heading for a remarkably close encounter with the sun. Fierce solar heat could turn Comet ISON into a bright naked-eye object in Nov. 2013. First images and speculation about the comet are highlighted on today’s edition of http://spaceweather.com
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.
Look straight below the Moon, as twilight fades this evening, for Fomalhaut rising. How soon can you see it coming into view? Look way down; they’re about 25° apart. The farther south you live, the earlier in twilight you can pick it up. Fomalhaut is the “mouth of the Southern Fish”.
Mercury is hidden deep in the sunset.
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
W 26 Low 4:26 AM 0.2 7:09 AM Set 3:34 AM 81
~ 26 High 10:52 AM 6.9 7:05 PM Rise 5:13 PM
~ 26 Low 4:52 PM 1.7
~ 26 High 10:44 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When I share a kindness, I double its value.
~ A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. – St. Francis of Assisi
~ All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~ Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general
~ An ignorant person is one who doesn’t know what you have just found out. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
And when you have gone beyond being human
You will, without any doubt, become an Angel;
You will be done with earth, and Heaven will be your home.
Go beyond even that angelic condition
Dive again into God’s boundless Ocean
So your drop of water at last transforms into the Sea. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Magick – Starting on 9/25, we’re running an 8-part article about Innana and the Descent.
The Descent of Inanna (part 2 of 8) Commentary
At the beginning of the myth, Inanna has been prefigured to descend into the underworld. It has already been named as her destiny by Enki. Inanna, as Queen of Heaven and Earth, represents the ego, the conscious ruler of the known psyche. And yet, it has been foreordained that she must experience the depths, that the underworld awaits her. A periodic lowering of the mood is a natural part of human existence. Life is full of cycles, and human affect is not immune from them. The healthy course is for people to experience a lowering of mood, a turning inward, a contacting of unconscious depths, and then to return to “normal” functioning. A depressed person, however, has lost the ability to return, and feels trapped in his own personal kur.
The prophesied result of Inanna’s journey through the netherworld is that she will gain Truth and the Art of Lovemaking. In one translation, Inanna is frequently referred to as “the pure Inanna” (Henderson & Oakes). In her purity, she is a child of light, lacking the experience of darkness. She has no Truth, only naiveté. Without the knowledge of their own unconscious depths, a person cannot be an intimate lover. Real love, empowering intimacy, can exist only between people who have each experienced their own depths and discovered that in the depths, they each partake of the same material. This experience makes a true sharing possible. Thus, descent is a prerequisite to mastering the “Art of Lovemaking”.
The descent begins when Inanna hears the moans of her sister, Ereshkigal, the Queen of the Underworld. The conscious mind hears something stirring, something related but rejected, consigned to the darkness. Ereshkigal is the shadow consciousness, that repository of everything rejected by the ego. But the shadow is more than just a collection of ego jetsam–it also includes “the insufficiently developed functions and the contents of the personal unconscious” (Jung, 1953, p. 66, note 5). The “pure” ego must be reunited with the undiscovered and rejected psychic contents in order for integration to occur. Enthralled, the ego must descend, must harken unto the cries, abandoning everything in this quest, risking all.
The descent is not made naked, however. The ego insists on defending itself with all its conscious powers. Inanna dons a crown, representing intellectual functioning, the power of “being in her head”. She places a circle of beads around her neck. The circle is a symbol of eternity and of the womb–she claims the power of eternal creativity. She fastens sparkling gems to her chest, pretty, “nice”, positive feelings to protect her from the underworld. She places a gold ring around her wrist, a symbol of her power to act. She takes her lapis measuring rod in her hand, her critical ability to judge. She armors herself with a breastplate for protection, and covers herself with a royal robe. The armor is whatever psychic defenses and walls a person casts up to protect themselves from others. The royal robes make a nice analogy with the persona, the ability to look good for others.
Thus arrayed, she set out for the depths.
The meeting with oneself is, at first, the meeting with one’s own shadow. The shadow is a tight passage, a narrow door, whose painful constriction no one is spared who goes down to the deep well. (Jung, 1969, p. 21)
At first, Inanna cannot gain admission to the underworld. When the gatekeeper finally allows her to enter, he narrows the gates so that she must abandon all that she had depended upon for her safe journey into the underworld. At each gate she can barely squeeze through, it is almost as if she is repeating a birth process. Seven times she passes through a gate and seven times she abandons an implement of her power.
In descending into the depths, the weapons of consciousness become impediments. The work of descent cannot be done by the well fortified, but only by the vulnerable, by the helpless and disempowered. At the first gate, she must leave her intellectualizing behind. At the second gate, she must quit relying on her cleverness and creativity. At the third gate, her niceness must be surrendered. At the fourth gate, her armor; at the fifth, her ability to do; at the sixth, her critical judgement; and at the final gate, her persona is stripped away from her. She enters the underworld naked and helpless as the day she was born.
In this vulnerable state, she faces her sister, her shadow self. Unprotected in the depths, she finds herself judged and crucified, left putrifying hanging from the wall. This is the depths of depression. Self judgement and despair, everything turns to shit. Alone and in the darkness, Inanna decomposes. The depressed person is often left with a sense of hopelessness, feeling as if nothing they can do will alleviate their misery. They can only hang around in their own private hell and rot.
All is not lost, however, for Inanna’s faithful servant seeks help. In depression, the person does not cease functioning. The client’s mood is lowered, but they still live, still remaining conscious. Ninshubur, Inanna’s servant, is that remaining consciousness, the part of the client who is willing to seek help, to take some action, no matter how small, to solve the problem. Ninshubur first goes to the Sun God, but gets no help. Power and enlightenment are not what will rescue the descended consciousness. Then, Ninshubur goes to the Moon God, and gets no help. Neither mystery nor emotion, nor even the personal unconscious can solve the situation. Finally, Ninshubur goes to Enki, God of Wisdom and the Waters.
Enki is troubled, but he has a solution. He scrapes the dirt from under his fingernails and creates from it two genderless beings to solve the problem. The solution to depression lies not in great intellectual power, nor in great emotional power. It comes from Wisdom, which encompasses all of the psychological functions. Enki takes action–and he is a God of action; note the dirt under his fingernails. He is also the God who predicted, who arranged for this situation. Wisdom accepts the descent into darkness, knows that as unpleasant as it may be, it is necessary for completion of growth.
When the beings the Enki created arrive in the underworld, they do not confront Ereshkigal in a power struggle for Inanna. Instead, they listen to her moans. They hear her pain and they name it back to her. This is the action of Wisdom. Depression begins to heal when the hidden pain is named and honored. This continues until Ereshkigal feels relief. She offers the creatures anything they desire, and they request Inanna’s corpse. They revive it, and she returns to be Queen of Heaven and Earth. No longer is she pure delightful lightness, for she now knows pain and darkness. She has experienced them for herself. The Wisdom which originally orchestrated this descent into the underworld has also arranged her return. After she made the passage through the narrow doors, Inanna encountered uncertainties for which she had no preparation. All her tools had been stripped from her. But Enki, the power of Wisdom and the ability to “go with the flow”, brought her through.
But one must learn to know oneself in order to know who one is. For what comes after the door is, surprisingly enough, a boundless expanse full of unprecedented uncertainty . . . it is the world of water. (Jung, 1969, p. 21)
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The background of this page is an image from the excavation of Nippur taken from the article Nippur: Sacred City of Enlil, Supreme God of Sumer and Akkad by McGuire Gibson at The Oriental Institute of The University of Chicago. I copied his Figure. 4, “Photograph of WA, with niched-and buttressed outer walls of sequence of temples in background, sand dune above.” This figure is a grey tone image. I played with the color and contrast until it seemed suitable for background.