Daily Stuff 9-27-12 Midsummer Night’s Dream

Hi, folks!

The sky at sunrise this morning was the color of a lemon meringue pie! The dew was heavy last night. The roof next door has runnels of moisture from that and the porch roof drips, occasionally. It’s only 46F and although the sun is only just coming over the mountains it’s been up for almost an 1/2 hour. First the treetops started to glow, then I could see off to the south that the sunlight was on the slopes of the coast range, then it came through the trees hitting the file cabinet squarely.

One of the stems of the flax plant has pods that are starting to pop. I have to cut those as they do and take them to the shop to hang up so the seeds drop into paper bags. I’ll be checking those each morning, grabbing just the first as I head out today.

I spent almost the whole day yesterday working on class handouts, newsletter stuff or other computer chores. My back started to hurt in the middle of the day and that made life interesting for the rest of it. It was awfully nice getting to spend some time outdoors for the workshop, but I didn’t get a lot done, a little weeding, a little dead-heading, a little seed harvest…that’s all.

We ran errands in the middle of the day. The new sage smudges are finally here, along with the felted acorns and mushrooms and the new pennants and flag strings. We also got some ingredients for the cooking that we’re doing over this weekend, did a bank deposit and stopped at the liquor store for some alcohols for the liqueurs class.I still forgot a lemon for that extract, drattit…..

Tempus had a driving job during the late afternoon and evening. Other than that, he spent most of the day cleaning and putting things away.

Today I’ll be at the shop and we’re staying open very late tonight, (at least until 8pm) to give people a change to get at the registration sheets. If you’re getting into town later than that, call the shop and we’ll keep the doors open.

I’m going to work out the placement of the various workshops/classes today and finish up some bits on the class handouts along with doing some clean-up in back and pulling out the extra chairs for the classes that will be held up at the house. Everything at this point is geared toward Pan-Pagan!

Crows on the porch just dumped their feeding tray with a startling clang. I let out a yelp and *that* was what they reacted to, flying of with squawks of their own!

Today’s featured products are more from the Amber Connection batch… bracelets this time. First is Tiger Eye.

Next is an Om bracelet.

Last one is sodalite

Today is the anniversary of a 1631 Sunday performance of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream that so upset the Puritans that Bottom had to sit in the stocks! Some info on this incident here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/sep27.html and more on the play here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer_Night%27s_Dream

The shop opens at 11am. Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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!

Love & Light,


This is a good article with the basics of what is happening with our planet. http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Planetary_emergency_due_to_Arctic_melt_experts_warn_999.html


Today’s Astro & Calendar

The Moon is Waxing Gibbous moving to Full at 6:14pm. 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. Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new 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.

With fall here, the bright “Spring Star” Arcturus is moving ever lower in the west after dusk. But it’s got a long way to go before disappearing for the year. Look far to its right for the Big Dipper, which is now turning around to lie almost upright.
Venus (magnitude –4.2, crossing from Cancer into Leo) rises in darkness around 3 or 4 a.m. daylight saving time, emerging above the east-northeast horizon two hours before the first glimmer of dawn. By dawn it’s blazing high in the east.
Look to Venus’s lower left for Regulus, much fainter. It’s rising up toward Venus day by day. They’ll have a very close conjunction on the morning of October 3rd.

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree month of Muin Vine  Sep 229
Celtic Tree month of Gort  – Ivy  Sep 30Oct 27

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

Sun in Libra
Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces 10:23pm
Pallas, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Retrograde
Color:  White


©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Muin  Vine  Sep 229http://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
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.
Gort  Ivy  Sep 30Oct 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
Th  27      Low    5:15 AM     0.3   7:10 AM     Set  4:41 AM      88
~    27      High  11:32 AM     7.3   7:03 PM    Rise  5:41 PM
~    27      Low     5:41 PM     1.2
~    27      High  11:38 PM     7.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept clarity, peace, and order in all aspects of life.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball — the further I am rolled the more I gain.” – Susan B. Anthony


~   And here’s Moses Kiptanui, the 19 year old Kenyan, who turned 20 a few weeks ago. – David Coleman
~   Communism is like one big phone company. – Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
~   Do not consider painful what is good for you. – Euripides, Greek playwright
~   Don’t forget to love yourself. – Soren Kierkegaard

The Rainbow Bridge (inspired by a Norse legend)
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.
© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved.


Magick – The Descent of Inanna (part 3 of 8)

This myth has appeared several times through many different evolutions of Mesopotamian civilization. Some scholars assign its celebration to the Spring season at the time of the Babylonian New Year; others place its enactment during the Summer months. As it is a tale of death and rebirth, of the dismantling and reintegration of spirit, many modern spiritualists will reenact the myth at their Samhain (Hallowe’en) celebrations. The following commentary and version of the myth is taken directly from the book, “Myths From Mesopotamia”, by Stephanie J. Dalley

The Akkadian story is first attested in Late Bronze Age texts, in both Babylonia and Assyria, and later from the palace library at Nineveh. It is a short composition of some 140 lines, and seems to end with ritual instructions for the taklimtu, an annual ritual known from Assyrian texts, which took place in the month of Dumuzi (Tammuz = June/July) and featured the bathing, anointing, and lying-in-state in Nineveh of a statue of Dumuzi.

The Sumerian version, The Descent of Inanna, is attested earlier, and is much longer, consisting of some 410 lines. It is a fuller, more detailed account, and shows clearly that Dumuzi periodically died and rose, causing seasonal fertility, a fact which had been doubted until 1963, when a newly published fragment disclosed the crucial evidence. This version contains no ritual or incantation. However, like the Akkadian story, it seems to represent the goddess as a cult statue, and it has been suggested that the goddess’s statue makes a ritual journey from Uruk, her home town, to Kutha, seat of Underworld deities.

There is an obvious similarity in basic theme to the Greek myth of Persephone, who was abducted by Hades. He periodically released her to her mother Demeter, thus causing fertility on earth to be seasonal, but of course there are many major differences between the Greek and Akkadian myths.

To Kurnugi, land of [no return],
Ishtar daughter of Sin was [determined] to go;
The daughter of Sin was determined to go
To the dark house, dwelling of Erkalla’s god,
To the house which those who enter cannot leave,
On the road where travelling is one-way only,
To the house where those who enter are deprived of light,
Where dust is their food, clay their bread.
They see no light, they dwell in darkness,
They are clothed like birds, with feathers.
Over the door and the bolt, dust has settled.
Ishtar, when she arrived at the gate of Kurnugi,
Addressed her words to the keeper of the gate,
“Here gatekeeper, open your gate for me,
Open your gate for me to come in!
If you do not open the gate for me to come in!
If you do not open the gate for me to come in,
I shall smash the door and shatter the bolt,
I shall smash the doorpost and overturn the doors,
I shall raise up the dead and they shall eat the living:
The dead shall outnumber the living!”
The gatekeeper made his voice heard and spoke,
He said to great Inanna,
“Stop, lady, do not break it down!
Let me go and report your words to queen Ereshkigal.”
The gatekeeper went in and spoke to [Ereshkigal],
“Here she is, your sister Inanna [. . .]
Who holds the great keppu’toy,
Stirs up the Abzu in Ea’s presence [. . .]?”

When Ereshkigal heard this,
Her face grew livid as cut tamarisk,
Her lips grew dark as the rim of a kuninu-vessel.
“What brings her to me? What has incited her against me?
Surely not because I drink water with the Anunnaki,
I eat clay for bread,I drink muddy water for beer?
I have to weep for young men forced to abandon their sweethearts.
I have to weep for girls wrenched from their lover’s laps.
For the infant child I have to weep, expelled before its time.
Go,gatekeeper, open your gate to her.
Treat her asccording to the ancient rites.”
The gatekeeper went.
He opened the gate to her.
“Enter, my lady: may Kutha give you joy,
May the palace of Kurnugi be glad to see you”

He let her in through the first door, but stripped off (and) took away the great crown on her head,
“Gatekeeper, why have you taken away the great crown on my head?”
“Go in, my lady. Such are the rites of the Mistress of Earth.”
He let her in through the second door, but stripped off (and) took away the rings in her ears.
“Gatekeeper, why have you taken away the rings in my ears?”
“Go in, my lady. Such are the rites of the Mistress of Earth.”
He let her in through the third door, but stripped off (and) away the beads around her neck.
“Gatekeeper, why have you taken away the beads around my neck?”
“Go in, my lady. Such are the rites of the Mistress of Earth.”
He let her in through the fourth door, but stripped off (and) took away the toggle pins at her breast.
“Gatekeeper, why have you taken away the toggle pins at my breast?”
“Go in, my lady. Such are the rites of the Mistress of Earth.”
He let her in through the fifth door, but stripped off (and) took away the girdle of birth-stones around her waist.
“Gatekeeper, why have you taken the girdle of birth stones around my waist?”
“Go in, my lady. Such are the rites of the Mistress of Earth.”
He let her in through the sixth door, but stripped off (and) took away the bangles on her wrists and ankles.
“Gatekeeper, why have you taken away the bangles from my wrists and ankles?”
“Go in my lady. Such are the rites of the Mistress of Earth.”
He let her in through the seventh door, but stripped off (and) took away the proud garment of her body.
“Gatekeeper, why have you taken away the proud garment of my body?”
“Go in, my lady. Such are the rites of the Mistress of Earth.”
As soon as Inanna went down to Kurnugi,
Ereshkigal loked at her and trembled before her.
Inanna did not deliberate (?), but leant over her.
Ereshkigal made her voice heard and spoke,
Addressed her words to Namtar her vizier,
“Go Namtar [ ] of my [ ]
Send out against her sixty diseases
[ ] Inanna:
Disease of the eyes to her [eyes]
Disease of the arms to her [arms]
Disease of the feet to her [feet]
Disease of the heart to her [heart]
Disease of the head [to her head]
To every part of her and to [ ].”
After Inanna the Mistress of (?) [had gone to Kernugi]
No bull mounted a cow, [no donkey impregnated a jenny]
No young man impregnated a girl [in thr street(?)]
The young man slept in his private room,
The girl slept in the company of her friends.
Then Papsukkal, vizier of the great gods, hung his head, his face [became gloomy];
He wore mourning clothes, his hair unkempt.
Dejected(?), he went and wept before Sin his father,
His tears flowed freely before king Ea.
“Inanna has gone down to The Earth and has not come up again.
As soon as Inanna went down to Kurnugi
No bull mounted a cow, no donkey impregnated a jenny,
No young man impregnated a girl on the street
The young man slept in his private room,
The girl slept in the company of her friends.”
Ea, in the wisdom of his heart, created a person.
He created Good-looks the playboy.
“Come,Good-looks,set your face towards the gate of Kurnugi.
The seven gates of Kurnugi shall be opened before you.
Ereshkigal shall look at you and be glad to see you.
When she is relaxed, her mood will lighten.
Get her to swear the oath by the great gods.
Raise your head, pay attention to the waterskin,
Saying, ‘Hey my lady,let them give me the waterskin, that I may drink water from it.'”

(and so it happened. But)
When Ereshkigal heard this,
She struck her thigh and bit her finger.
“You have made a request of me that should not have been made!
Come, Good-looks, I shall curse you with a great curse.
I shall decree for you a fate that shall never be forgotten.
Bread (gleaned(?)) from the city’s ploughs shall be your food,
The city drains shall be your only drinking place,
Threshold steps your only sitting place,
The drunkard and the thirsty shall slap your cheek.”
Ereshkigal made her voice heard and spoke:
She adressd her words to Namtar her vizier,
“Go Namtar, knock (?) at Egalina,
Decorate the threshold steps with coral,
Bring the Annunaki out and seat (them) on golden thrones,
Sprinkle Inanna with the waters of life and conduct her into my presence.”
Namtar went, knocked at Egalina,
Decorated the threshold steps with coral,
Brought out the Annunaki, seated them on golden thrones,
Sprinkled Inanna with the waters of life and brought her out to her (sister).
He let her out through the the first door, and gave her back to her the proud garment of her body.
He let her out through the second door, and gave back to her the bangles of her wrists and ankles.
He let her out through the third door, and gave back to her the girdle of birthstones around her waist.
He let her out through the fourth door, and gave back to her the toggle-pins at her breast.
He let her out through the fifth door, and gave back to her the beads around her neck.
He let her out through the sixth door, and gave back to her the rings for her ears.
He let her out through the seventh door, and gave back the great crown for her head.
“Swear that (?) she has paid you for her ransom,and give her back (in exchange) for him,
For Dmuzi,the lover of her youth,
Wash (him) with pure water,anoint him with sweet oil,
Clothe him in a red robe, let the lapis lazuli pipe play(?)
Let party-girls raise a loud lament(?)”
Then Belili tore off (?) her jewellery,
Her lap was filled with eyestones.
Belili heard the lament for her brother, she struck the jewellery [from her body],
The eyestones with which the front of the wild cow was filled.
“You shall not rob me (forever) of my only brother!
On the day when Dmuzi comes back up, (and) the lapis pipe and the carnelian ring come up with him,
(When) male and female mourners come up with him,
The dead shall come up and smell the smoke offering”


Silliness – What is a witch’s favorite snack? Pan pizza.

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