Yesterday was fun! Crazy….but fun! We have more to do today. We’ll try to get the shop open by 8:30am and we already have people arriving at the house.
9-10am Remote Healing – Elan
9-10am Scalded Milk Cheese – Anja
9-11am Wand Smithing 101 – Silas
10-11am Egyptian Myth – Fawkes
10-11am Herbs ID – Anja
11-1 Newbie Ritual – Marius
11-1 Raising Kids Pagan – Anja
1:00 PM Lunch Break
2-4pm Northern Myth – Brandon
2-4pm Basic Space-Time Magick – Taylor
2-3pm Finding a Safe Place – Mary Cedarwolf
3-4pm Who am I? What every witch should know…. – Mary Cedarwolf
4-6pm Burning Times – Anja
4-5pm Peace Crane Meditation – Tempus 4-6pm Power on Hoof, Wing & Paw – Elan
5-6pm Drop the Book! – Marius
6-10pm Potluck Feast
8-10pm Full Moon Esbat on the Beach
The shop opens at 11am, supposedly, but we’re trying to get someone there by 8:30. 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,
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. 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.
Harvest Moon, the full Moon closest to the fall equinox (exact at 11:19 p.m. EDT). The Moon shines in dim Pisces this evening below the Great Square of Pegasus.
Saturn (magnitude +0.8, in Virgo) is sinking away into the sunset far to the lower right of Mars.
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
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Sa 29 High 12:26 AM 7.3 7:13 AM Set 6:50 AM 98
~ 29 Low 6:35 AM 0.8 7:00 PM Rise 6:33 PM
~ 29 High 12:41 PM 7.8
~ 29 Low 7:05 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will speak my truth fearlessly.
~ Great minds have purpose. Others have wishes. – Washington Irving
~ He wishes that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage. – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
~ I cured with the power that came through me. Of course, it was not I who cured, it was the power from the Outer World, the visions and the ceremonies had only made me like a hole through which the power could come to the two-leggeds. If I thought that I was doing it myself, the hole would close up and no power could come through. Then everything I could do would be foolish. – Black Elk, Oglala
~ I never feel age…If you have creative work, you don’t have age or time. – Louise Nevelson
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save. ~ Mary Oliver (Dream Work)
Magick – The Descent of Inanna (part 5 of 8)
Inanna as Triple Goddess
Inanna is quite an interesting Goddess indeed. Worshiped as the “Queen of Heaven” by the ancient Sumerians, Inanna fits quite nicely into the Wiccan/Pagan concept of the Triple Goddess or the “Three Who are One”. Also Her story mirrors other mythos in dealing with the birth, death, and rebirth of the God.
As Maiden, Inanna is seen as a warrior Goddess whose crown is the waxing Crescent moon. She is shown with the symbol of lions which if one wanted to get really symbol technical, is shown in some tarot cards with the Maiden in the Strength card . She can be likened to the Goddess Persephone as she descends into the underworld giving up a little bit of herself at each gate, all the while undergoing a transformation or initiation. But what is an initiation but a symbolic death and rebirth. In the Spring, she and her son/lover marry. Another of her Maiden symbols is the bow and arrow, this can be likened to that of Athena and Diana, both eternal maiden figures who carry a bow and arrow. And like Diana, Inanna is sometimes seen in the company of hounds.
At the wedding of Inanna and her son/lover Dumuzi, Inanna begins to enter the Mother point of her life. At the wedding red colored eggs are given out. Both these symbols, the color red, and the eggs are fertility symbols from way back. Here now, she is symbolized by the Waxing full moon. Other symbols of fertility to her are bundles of wheat which are tied and bent. These wheat symbols which are usually placed over her temple door are in representation of her sacred vulva. Placing these signs above her temple door reenacts for the person going into or out of the temple entering or emerging from her womb. Doors have long been viewed as gateways or portals to other worlds. This can truly be seen in the birthing process. It is also said that the slain and fallen God Dumuz rested within the walls of her sacred temple during the winter months to reemerge rested and whole. This sacred temple can be seen as Her womb and his reemergence as His rebirth. Later after his birth, He and Inanna wed, he impregnates her, thus continuing the cycle. Inanna’s temples were also places where her Priestesses held sacred sexual rituals in Her honor. Sexuality was something to be revered and enjoyed, not something to be shamefully hidden. Inanna is also seen holding the sacred symbol of the caduceus (snakes coiled around a staff) which is seen as her creative fertile power. The Crone can be seen in Inanna in her symbols of the Crescent waning moon and in Her double headed ax which is the symbol of life giver and death bringer. Other symbols seen of the Crone aspect of Inanna are the viper and scorpion. When Inanna goes into the underworld, she must have another replace her before she can be free from it. She chooses her husband/son Dumuzi to be sacrificed in her stead although some stories say that his sister Gestinanna (Notice the Inanna in her name) takes his place in the underworld for 1/2 of his time or half of the year.
Inanna and the Moon
“Virginity has always been an image belonging to the Great Mother as the Lunar Goddess…like the cycles of the Moon appearing out itself without union of anything external to itself.” I don’t recall Inanna having had any children, although in a more obscure story, I understand she does have a child…I have never seen it. I think that looking at Inanna in this light makes a her a wonderful Mother Goddess for all woman, regardless of whether or not they have children.
The Green One; Queen of Heaven and Earth; Priestess of Heaven; Light of the World; Morning and Evening Star; First Daughter of the Moon; Loud Thundering Storm; Righteous Judge; Forgiver of Sins; Holy Shepherdess; Opener of the Womb; Framer of All Decrees; The Amazement of the Lord.
Inanna and Astrology:
Both Inanna and Ishtar were worshiped as the Queen of Heaven and their principle images were the moon and Venus, the morning and evening star. This is what may have given rise to the stylized 8 pointed star as symbolic of their presence. Eight was the number sacred to the morning and evening star, it was the number of years that it took the planet to return to the same point of the zodiac while at its greatest brilliancy. It was also the number of the sacred year. In later seals, Ishtar is shown with a circle of stars around her…the zodiac, called “Ishtar’s Girdle” Sirius held great significance for Bronze Age civilizations and was associated with Inanna and Ishtar, as were certain constellations, such as Virgo and Scorpio.
The rising of Sirius in conjunction with the sunrise in the month of July heralded the death bringing heat of summer when everything withered and died. As Sirius, Inanna was the power, who, through drought and disease, war and death, destroyed her children and the earth, yet balanced death by the Tree of Life. This was the time when her “son” was sacrificed and descended to the Underworld to await the time of regeneration.
Inanna & Stones – Editrix’s note: our group did not come up with a definitive answer on which stones to use, but the following stones were suggested: