Daily Stuff 9-28-12 Thesmaphoria

Hi, folks!

The sky has a high haze that turned sunrise into a golden glory, but there are some bands of cloud too, which right now have shut off the sunlight. The weather is supposed to be decent today. Small birds are fluttering around the feeder.

The excitement definitely started yesterday! The day started quietly with the usual morning routine, except that I harvested flax pods on the way out, but then I got into unpacking felt acorns and mushrooms and pumpkins, then a whole box full of the most wonderful-smelling white sage smudges and finally banners and flag strings and all! Wow! We put up the moon-phase string, and an Ancient Gods and a Rainbow Peace are on the reading desk, and the new Cats string is up, too! There are a number of the individual pennants that folks have been requesting sitting over there as well. We won’t get them onto the small banner poles for another week or so, yet, so at the moment they’re running $9, $10 and $13. There’s even another Green Man caftan!

Fawkes pulled in not long after that, and a young lady named Scarlet stopped by who is definitely going to come to Pan-Pagan and stayed to talk most of the day! The peripatetic couple that have been keeping in touch off and on for a while now, arrived for the event and we all got to talk and work most of the day!

I got the class placement worked out pretty early on, and got copies of those and the regular schedules printed. People were in and out all day registering, but nothing’s full, by any means. While we were all talking a bunch of library books got shelved and a lot of corms sorted and packed, so there are more under the table up front.

Sunset was lovely with a pink mackerel sky.

Eventually folks started heading out for the evening although I was at the shop until 9pm. Fawkes came up to the house to sleep (he hadn’t been to bed, yet!) and the couple helped with the kitchen for a while. I was working on my class handouts.

I did make one discovery that’s puzzling me. Even though only one of the Stonehenge books is checked out, all of them are gone out of the library. That’s unfortunate….

The moon was well up when I got to the house swimming in a hazy sky with still a lot of high cloud.

I was pretty tired when I got home, having left the shop well after 9pm, so got some dinner and crashed.

Today I’m supposed to be at the shop at 9am and classes start at 11! Today’s schedule is:

9am – Registration (If you haven’t….)
10am      Opening Ritual and chat
11–1       Reclaiming Candles & Wax – Anja
11–1       Building a Natural Homestead – Marius

1-2 PM   – Lunch Break

2-4pm     Sigil Magic
2-4pm     Sand Candles I – Anja
2-6pm     Drum Workshop – Lupa
4-6 PM   Psychic Hygiene – Elan
4-6pm     Poppet Magicks – Anja
5-7pm     Fairy Trek – Marius

6-8pm     Travelers Stew
6-10pm   Sumble, Jam & Chat session

Just one product pic for today. This is a Sun God Energy necklace of tiger eye, gold-filled glass and cherry volcanic quartz. $42

The Thesmaphoria is an ancient festival in honor of Demeter celebrated in Greece. This festival appears to predate the workshop of the Olympian gods. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thesmophoria

The shop opens at 11am, but we’ll be there by 9am for registration. 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,


NASA Science News for Sept. 27, 2012 – Curiosity has found evidence that a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is now driving. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/27sep_streambed/ RELATED VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sT6FOIfVOI


Today’s Astro & Calendar

The Moon is Full . 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. Tide change is at 8:19pm Saturday. 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. Phase ends at 8:19am on Monday.

High in the northeast after dark this week, the landmark constellation Cassiopeia is tilting up to stand almost on end. It’s shaped like a flattened W. The brighter side of the W is on top.
Uranus is at opposition tonight.

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 Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12- Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donoer & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between memebers of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra
Moon in Pisces
Pallas, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Retrograde
Color:  Coral

Planting 9-27/28


©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
F   28       Low    5:57 AM     0.5   7:11 AM     Set  5:46 AM      94
~    28     High  12:08 PM     7.6   7:02 PM    Rise  6:07 PM
~    28      Low    6:25 PM     0.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – What have you grown today, in thought, word or deed? The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte


Journal Prompt – Expository – Words are only one means of communicating. Music is another. In what sense is a music a ‘universal language”? Write and essay in which you explore the ways music communicates.


~   Don’t go through life. Grow through life. – Eric Butterworth
~   Don’t water your weeds. – Harvey Mackay
~   Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~   Even an attorney of moderate talent can postpone doomsday year after year, for the system of appeals that pervades American jurisprudence amounts to a legalistic wheel of fortune, a game of chance, somewhat fixed in the favor of the criminal, that the participants play interminably. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer

My friends! My friends! However hard you look
You’ll not find a trace of human nature in me!
Even the maddest madman could never imagine
What I have imagined in my heart!
I am so extreme, even madmen flee me now!
For I have mingled with death, soured and soared in Non-Being. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)


Magick – The Descent of Inanna (part 4 of 8)


At the end of the day, the Radiant Star, the Great Light that
Fills the sky,
The lady of the Evening appears in the heavens.
The people in all the lands lift their eyes to her.
The men purify themselves’ the women cleanse themselves,
The ox in his yoke lows to her
The sheep stir up the dust in their fold. – Exerpt from The Lady of the Evening. Sumerian


“Inanna/Ninanna–Canaan, Phoenicia, Sumeria, Uruk, Babylonia. Mistress of Heaven; the Morning and Evening Star; War goddess; Sovereign Lady of the Land; Queen of the Assembly of Deities. The most important Sumerian goddess, she was represented riding on her sacred lion, sometimes with a pack of hunting dogs. Other times she was pictured as a winged goddess of war, armed with bow and quiver. One of her symbols was a gatepost hung with streamers; another, a serpent coiling round a staff; her planet was Venus. War, defense, victory, love, fertility, light, destiny, peace, prosperity, crops, sexual love, civilization,agriculture, justice, waving and pottery, laws. Nanna/Nana/anna/Inanna–Aesir Goddess; “The Moon”; Great Mother; Earth goddess; wife of Balder. Love, gentleness.”


Inanna & Other Deities

She was known as Inanna in southern Sumer and in the North she manifested herself in later centuries as Ishtar. This change in name happened somewhere between Sumer and Babylonia, the Babylonian period being later than the Sumerian, and also different geographically and politically. Other sources claim she was known as Ishtar in Northern Sumer : Ishtar anticipates the Virgin Mary…she has a son who dies a sacrificial death and she mourns him. There are very few seals or depictions of Ishtar as a mother, but there are 5 in existance…one shows Ishtar holding a child, with an 8 rayed star and a lunar crescent. (Akaad, ca.2334-2154 B.C.E.) This makes one think of a Nativity scene…perhaps the star overhead is Venus?

The story of Ishtar’s Descent is also a bit differant. Inanna goes to the Underworld to confront her sister, Ishtar goes to the Underworld to awaken her son/lover, Tammuz.

Inanna relates to the Neolithic Great Mother and is considered one of the three Great Godesses of the Bronze Age: Isis, Inanna, and Cybele being the three. As the Great Mother she gives life and to the waxing and wanning moon…her mythology revolved around the connections made between the dark and light phases…she is Bride, Sister, Mother…and her dark phases is reflected in her sister, Ereshkigal.

There is a lot of political change between Inanna and Ishtar, and perhaps addition of local male gods, and differences in the Goddess’s relation to the new local gods. Civilization is creating itself, and the shift from matrilinial to patriarchal is going on here. There are clues in the myths if we read them with an open mind and look for traces of this.

There was a definite shift when the Semite people from the North came into the South. The Goddess was the predominate deity in the South and the people from the North brought in the male sky Gods; that is when you begin to see that a male God “seized” a Goddess. This was not something that one sees in the southern cultures, they were still following the older Neolithic Mother Goddess traditions. Later on, the Goddess becomes a wife or a sister, not the Great Mother of the past.

The Goddess of Love and War

The oldest of the three examples (Ishtar & Anath are cited as parallel Goddesses) was Inanna, the great Sumerian goddess of love and war, the ruletary deity of Uruk (the Biblical Erech), whose prominence in the Sumerian pantheon was well established by the 3rd millennium BCE. That she was regarded a virgin is evident from the two epithets which accompany her name: in myths and other texts she is most frequently called “the maid Inanna” and “the pure Inanna”. Yet throughout Sumerian history she was the goddess primarily responsible for sexual love, procreation, and fertility, who freely gave herself to Dumuzi (Tammuz), the earliest mythological ruler of Sumer, and thereafter became the wife of all Sumerian kings. Nor was she immune to the advances of ordinary mortals: an old Sumerian story tells of a gardener who one night managed to take advantage of Inanna’s utter weariness and had intercourse with her. Upon awakening in the morning, Inanna was enraged over the indignity, and the vengeance she wrought seems to us to have surpassed all reason. But her behavior was in keeping with her character, for she was a goddess of boundless rage and ruthless destruction, “the lady of battle and conflict”, who had “great fury in her wrathful heart”. It was she who armed King Hammurabi (ca. 1728 – 1686 BCE) with mighty weapons, and was his “gracious protecting genius”. More than a thousand years later, in the days of Nabonidus (555-539 BCE), she was still worshipped at Uruk in a gold-clad cella, driving a chariot to which were harnessed seven lions.

Inanna and Sexuality

The Goddess Inanna, often seen as a Sumerian counterpart of Aphrodite/Venus, has become a favorite of modern Goddess worshippers, not least because Her praise-singer (to borrow an African term), Enheduanna, daughter of King Sargon, may be the oldest known poet in the world. We applaud Inanna’s story of going from the “Great Above to the Great Below”, that is, from the Sky to the Land of the Dead, where She confronts Her all-powerful sister, Erishkigal, Goddess of Death. We see this as wholeness, as facing the dark Goddess within ourselves.

Some scholars label Inanna as violent, unfaithful, a patron of prostitutes, who Herself visits “taverns”, a Goddess who copulates with horses as well as men. The Priestesses were the

prostitutes, sacred prostitutes in matriarchal ways – these women were the greatest of all healers. Again, the word prostitute is a patriarchal definition. The old word was Virgin. The modern definition of virgin includes never having sex before, of course, because then they would have to believe what ever the men told them about how sex had to be.

The true tradition of the virgin was she who could enter each experience as if a new, untouched by previous experience. What that means is: no baggage, no pain tapes, no comparisons of past lovers, no judgments of performance, no guilt, blame, shame in the experience, so she was fully free and present to be with this wounded male to provide healing, so the goddess could birth the god.

Patriarchal thinking finds Sumerian descriptions of Her vulva as the boat of heaven, or a fallow field waiting for the plow uncomfortable. Inanna is not mentioned as Goddess of the kiss, for such things seem trivial, and worse, they might lead to recognition of Her function as Goddess of masturbation.

The religion of the Goddess, wherever it was practiced throughout history, has always been sex positive. The most famous of the ancient rituals is the Hieros Gamos, or Sacred marriage ritual. Records of this ceremony have been dated as far back as early Sumerian, about 5500 years ago. In this ritual the high priestess acting as avatar of The Goddess had sex with the ruler of the country to show the Goddess’s acceptance him as ruler and caretaker of her people. Here is part of the ceremony as translated from an ancient Sumerian poem.

The High Priestess, acting for Inanna, is speaking to Dumuzi the new king.
My vulva, the horn,
The boat of Heaven,
Is full of eagerness like the young moon.
My untilled land lies fallow.
As for me, Inanna,
Who will plow my vulva?
Who will plow my high field?
Who will plow my wet ground?
As for me, the young woman,
Who will plow my vulva?
Who will station the ox there?
Who will plow my vulva?

The symbolism is, I hope, obvious to you. If you’ve ever looked at an anatomical picture of the female reproductive system, you may have noticed that the vagina is shaped like a horn, it curves upward and narrows towards the back. On the male side, an old time plow (not the modern day tractor type) had a long, hard projection that pushed into the ground.

Dumuzi, the king replies:
Great Lady, the king will plow your vulva,
I, Dumuzi the King, will plow your vulva

Inanna accepts him saying:
Then plow my vulva, man of my heart
Plow my vulva.

Then follows more details of the happenings
My eager impetuous caresser of the navel,
My caresser of the soft thighs;
He is the one my womb loves best,
My high priest is ready for the holy loins.
My lord Dumuzi is ready for the holy loins.
The plants and herbs in his field are ripe.
O Dumuzi, Your fullness is my delight.

The high priestess then directs things to be readied
Inanna called for the bed.
Let the bed that rejoices the heart be prepared
Let the bed that sweetens the loins be prepared
Let the bed of kingship be prepared!
Let the bed of queenship be prepared!
Let the royal bed be prepared!

This bed was set up in front of the entire congregation. The people watched
the entire ritual including the sexual part.

He shaped my loins with his fair hands,
The shepherd Dumuzi filled my lap with cream and milk.
He stroked my pubic hair.
He watered my womb.
He laid his hands on my holy vulva,
He smoothed my black boat with cream,
He quickened my narrow boat with milk.
He caressed me on the bed.
The King went with lifted head to the holy loins.
He went with lifted head to the loins of Inanna
He went to the queen with lifted head.
He opened wide his arms to the holy priestess of
We rejoiced together.
He took his pleasure of me.
He laid me down on the fragrant honey-bed
My sweet love, lying by my heart,
Tongue-playing, one by one,
My fair Dumuzi did so fifty times.
Now, my sweet love is sated.

At the climax of the ceremony (or should I say, climaxes, fifty times, wow!) the populous would cheer and shout their approval and appreciation. This ritual brought prosperity to the people and to the land, so they were very happy to witness its successful completion.


Silliness – Short Chips
A young man was applying for a job in a big company. “I’m sorry,” said the personnel manager, “but the firm is overstaffed; we have more employees now than we really need.” “That’s all right,” replied the young man, undiscouraged, “the little bit of work I do wouldn’t be noticed.

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