Open Circle for Lughnasadh tonight at the shop at 7pm!
The weather over the last few days has been odd. So overcast! That’s not the usual summer weather pattern, since it’s been lasting all day and we apparently got some actual rain early yesterday, and it’s drizzling this morning.
It took awhile yesterday to get through mail, and by that time I was sleepy again…weird…so Tempus had gone to the shop without me. I took a nap, then started in on some more mail sorting. I think I’m going to start deleting the stuff I don’t have time to read.
I got a chance to talk to Veda! …and to Daimon who was chortling and chatting in the background. He’s starting to talk, already, mugawd…… We were talking online and then she called on the phone for a few.
The overcast had thinned out about then, and I though maybe we’d get a sun-break. Nope. It just stayed dark and between 55 and 60, all day. By 6:30 it looked like twilight.
I spent several hours talking to Paul during the afternoon. Maybe it was a good thing I was home! After that I put a mushroom chicken dish into the oven and spent a few minutes outside. Later did I rice and veg.
I brought in with me an order that had arrived by UPS. We have some more of the prosperity coin hangers again, more of those blue batik fans and a couple of sandalwood and some more journals. Maybe pictures tomorrow…..
Tempus got home around 8pm and I spent awhile on the porch, sorting out some more stuff, while he took the delivered order and some baskets and holiday stuff out to the car. One of the things I uncovered was a whole stack of my brother’s old school stuff.
Today I’m up at 4am. Why? I really don’t know why! So, I figured I’d finish this and get it sent early. I did finally get a version of my CorelDraw program installed, just now, and I do want to see whether it works before I crawl back into bed.
I’m supposed to be at the shop today and Tempus at home. I have to sort out the things from last weekend’s demo, get the new stock priced and out on the tables, finish that blackwork display, get the stuff ready for tomorrow’s candle-making and cover the table for tonight’s feast after the ritual. That’s a lot…. I’m also hoping to get pictures as I go.
Today’s Feast is for William II Rufus, the 2nd Norman king of England, who may, in the tradition of sacrificial kingship (if it existed) have been shot and killed on this day. Well… he died, anyway. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rufus He was hated, to put it mildly, and his body was left where it fell, after he had been shot by one of his own hunting party, which included his brother. The Rufus Stone (same article) has this wording, “Here stood the oak tree, on which an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrrell at a stag, glanced and struck King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, on the breast, of which he instantly died, on the second day of August, anno 1100. King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, being slain, as before related, was laid in a cart, belonging to one Purkis to take the king’s body to Winchester Cathedral on his cart, and drawn from hence, to Winchester, and buried in the Cathedral Church, of that city.”
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium) since that’s what I was talking about. It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
The shop opens at 11am! Spring hours are 11am-7pm 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop at 541-563-7154.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar –
The Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch. 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. Remember: what goes up must come down. 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. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends on 8/5 at 2:561pm. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 8/2 at 5:51am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 8/5 at 5:51am.
As summer begins to wane, The Big Dipper hangs diagonally on the wall of the northwestern sky during evening. It’s about as high as bright Arcturus, shining left of it in the west.
As dawn begins to brighten on August 3rd and 4th, look for the thin Moon and three planets. Binoculars may help for the fainter objects. The blue 10° scale is about the size of your fist held at arm’s length. In early dawn Saturday morning (you can set your alarm), The waning crescent Moon hangs to the upper right of Jupiter, Mars, and Mercury low in the east-northeast.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree month of Tinne/Holly – Jul 8 – Aug 4 – Energy and guidance for problems to come. Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL), hazel
Runic half-month of Thorn, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor (right). The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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Tinne Holly Jul 8 – Aug 4 – Tinne – (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holly
Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Grey
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
to study this month – Ioho – Yew – Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Green
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxus_brevifolia
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 2 Low 4:41 AM 0.3 6:05 AM Rise 2:28 AM 21
2 High 11:14 AM 5.3 8:40 PM Set 5:43 PM
2 Low 4:19 PM 3.0
2 High 10:14 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death…
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write.” – William Faulkner
~ It is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time. – Laurence J. Peter
~ I am only an entertainer who has understood his time. – Pablo Picasso
~ All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~ As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
Earth Your Dancing Place
Beneath heaven’s vault
remember always walking
through halls of cloud
down aisles of sunlight
or through high hedges
of the green rain
walk in the world
highheeled with swirl of cape
hand at the swordhilt
of your pride
Keep a tall throat
Remain aghast at life
Enter each day
as upon a stage
lighted and waiting
for your step
Crave upward as flame
have keenness in the nostril
Give your eyes
to agony or rapture
Train your hands
as birds to be
brooding or nimble
Move your body
as the horses
sweeping on slender hooves
over crag and prairie
with fleeing manes
and aloofness of their limbs
Take earth for your own large room
and the floor of earth
carpeted with sunlight
and hung round with silver wind
for your dancing place – May Swenson
Lammas, or Teltane
Lammas, or Teltane is a cross-quarter day midway between summer solstice and fall equinox. Although the days are still long, the sun rises later and sets earlier. The rhythm of the earth is shifting and energies are beginning to draw inward. To ensure the balance between sun and earth energies necessary for a successful harvest, the ancient Celts celebrated a ritual marriage between earth and sun, male and female, each Teltane. Likewise, August is a time for us to bring about balance between our male and female aspects so that we can harvest the fruitfulness of our souls.
Great Spirit, I give thanks for the celestial harmony which turns the cosmic wheel this cross-quarter day. My energy, like Mother Earth’s, is beginning to draw inward. Yet I am aware that it is still a season of outgoing activity. May I find balance by aligning with the energies of earth and sky, sun and moon, male and female, through whose dance all creation comes into being.
Take a few letting-go breaths and mindfully feel your way into the place of inner stillness. Sense the energy of Mother Earth. Sense the energy of Father Sun. Weave them together in the meditation of bridging earth and heaven, simultaneously inhaling both energies into your heart, then exhaling their union back out into creation. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002
Sacred Feast of Lughnasadh – August 1st, 2006
Color of the day: White – Incense of the day: Ginger
Lughnasadh was one of the four sacred feast days of the Celts. It marked the beginning of the harvest and was instituted by the god Lugh to honor his fostermother Tailtiu, who cleared the land for agriculture. Nasadh means an “assembly.” Huge Lugnasad assemblies took place in ancient Ireland, including one called the Feast of Carmun, in honor of a supernatural but ill-fated sorceress and warrior. Music, poetry, and the recitation of sacred lore took place, perhaps under the patronage of Lugh, a skilled harper, poet, and magician. Recite these lines from an ancient Irish poem to bring a harvest of abundance, creativity, and wisdom into your life:
Grain, milk, peace, and happiness,
Full nets, ocean’s plenty.
Feasts and fairs,
Knowledge and music,
Books of lore.
May there ever be given to us from the gods
The pleasant fruits of the earth!
By: Sharynne NicMhacha
Honoring Lugh – July 31st, 2007 – Color of the day: Red – Incense of the day: Lavender
The evening of July 31 is the beginning of the Celtic holiday known as Lughnasadh (the Feast of the God Lugh). In Christian times, it was called Lammas (Anglo-Saxon for “Loaf Mass”). It has always been a special holiday for me, as it is my birthday! Lugh instituted this sacred time to honor his foster mother Tailtiu, who cleared the land in preparation for agriculture. Various divine women were honored at this time in Ireland, including Lugh’s wives Naas and Bui, the sorceress Carmun, and the goddess Macha. These goddesses seem to have given their lives or energies in order for the land to prosper. Thousands of years later, we can invoke their sacred names once more and make an offering of first fruits or a sacred loaf, lighting a flame in remembrance of their sacrifice. By: Sharynne NicMhacha