Herbs Workshop at 11, Crystals at Noon, Hand-dipped Candles at 1 and Sewing workshop at 3. Busy day!
It’s marvelously foggy and 54F. Things are so still outside that you can hear the dripping of moisture.
Yesterday was nuts. We got to the shop and got open and we had people calling and stopping by right away. I was also checking in the new stuff and placing a CD order. We got a new shipment of candles and candleholders, and the pictured small blank books, ink sticks plus fans, incense burners, a fascinating oil burner and quite a lot more. I’ll be putting the pictures in over the next few days.
Tempus finally managed to head home around 2pm to do the ritual breads and I was on my feet from then until 4pm when a couple of “backpacks” showed up and we had a long talk. While they were there another 30 people came through! One of these was a man from Texas who is hitting festivals all up and down the West Coast. We talked for another hour and when he left I got my lunch.
Cat got to the shop not long after with the cutest cat-shaped bottle of wine for the ritual and we talked while various folks (including the ones above) showed up for the Open Circle. We finally started setting up a little before 7pm and Tempus showed up with the ritual breads. No Job Corps group…. We started right on time and it went well. We noticed as we finished up that it was already getting dark, unlike Litha where we still had sunshine after we finished! …and then we sat and chatted and visited until 10pm.
Coming home I noticed that there were stars out to the west and when we got out of the car, the first thing that I saw was the Big Dipper, then gazing across the sky, Scorpio. The sky to the east was all clouds and even as I watched the bright star at the zenith was being covered by them. We came in and went to bed within minutes.
Psychic Fair Saturday
Saturday, 8/3 – Shop opens at 11am (but we try to be a bit early on Saturdays)
~ 11am – Herbs Workshop – Hebe and preserving the dried harvest.
~ Noon – Crystals Workshop – Agates and Geodes
~ 1pm – Making handdipped candles
~ 3pm – Sewing and Needlework Workshop – This is mostly a BYOP (bring-your-own-project) but topics do get scheduled, so keep watch here!
Psychic Fair Sunday
Sunday 8/4 – Wicca 101 begins between 9:30 and 10am
~ 2pm – Practical Craft – Lavendar Sachets, Make Your Own! – Workshop is free with a $1 materials charge for each sachet you take home.
Today’s Feast is the Aomori Nebuta, a summer festival in Japan. It stems from events in the 800’s CE, but no one is certain which event/s it celebrates. It’s a huge tourist attraction with several processions/parades of lighted floats and costumed dancers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aomori_Nebuta
Today’s Plant is Vanilla Leaf or Sweet-After-Death, Achlys triphylla,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achlys_%28plant%29 . It grows all up and down the West Coast of North America and there’s another species in Japan. It was used as an insect repellent by the local peoples and has a strong vanilla scent if dried properly. It is used in Crossing the Bridge rituals along with rosemary and often placed in the hands of those who are Crossing or have just Crossed or in spells to ease their way.
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. 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.
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 9 p.m. EDT – Juno at opposition – The asteroid 3 Juno reaches opposition in eastern Aquarius. Four nights later it crosses the boundary into the constellation Aquarius, where it remains until September 1, when it continues into Capricornus . The asteroid is brightest at opposition glimmering at magnitude 9.0 at the Aquarius-Aquila border. Pick it up with your scope using the finder chart in the August Sky & Telescope, page 51. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201308/
During Sunday dawn an even thinner waning Moon poses to the right of the Jupiter-Mars-Mercury line.
Mercury was at its greatest elongation west of the Sun on July 30, so will be well placed for observation just before sunrise in the eastern sky for observers in the Northern Hemisphere for the first half of August.
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.
Harvest 8/3 – 8/5
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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
Sa 3 Low 5:27 AM 0.0 6:06 AM Rise 3:18 AM 14
3 High 11:58 AM 5.6 8:38 PM Set 6:26 PM
3 Low 5:10 PM 2.8
3 High 11:01 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is only one success–to be able to spend your life in your own way.
~ Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
~ It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have one them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly. – Theodore Roosevelt
~ Anything can be told to a friend. – Egil’s Saga, c.56
~ Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. – Carl Sagan
Every shaman, every conjure man, every artist, every scientist or teacher that goes to the edge of the usual and acceptable world and risks looking over, risks the sight of real principles, sees right into the gaps… but it’s sweeter air. Stay in the gaps. Love for the land is here. Resistance is here. The company’s better here… the water tastes best near its source. It is the water in the mainstream that is tasteless. – Alfredo Vea Jr.
Lunula – The Symbol of the Divine Feminine
I can’t figure it out. I strain my memory and I cannot remember. Where, in the name of the Mother Goddess (if it says “to God the Father”, it can also be “the Mother Goddess”), did I learn what a Lunula is? I do not remember, I really don’t remember, because it was a long while back. But ever since I found out, I wanted to have my own. Sometime later, I bought my first lunula. I do not like to part with it, because the lunula is the symbol of the Divine Feminine, of womanhood, in this crescent shape.
According to online sources, a Lunula is “a necklace pendant in the shape of a crescent, the symbol of fertility. ”
Lunuli are, and have been, typical of Slavic pride in Self. Both virgins and married women wore them and they have been found – and still are – in Slavic graves for several centuries.
The symbolism of the Lunula is variously understood and interpreted. I found several different meanings. Some sources say that the Lunula was the amulet enhancing fertility, others that symbolized the feminine force or was to give the protection and favor of the gods to any to women wearing them.
Although the a Lunula is the crescent shape of the moon, the Lunula for me is a symbol of wholeness. It is full of femininity, full of feminine features. It is the symbol of fertility, but not limited to the literal. It is Fertility, but understood as the power and the desire to create. It is Creativity, the ability to pursue our dreams and desires.
I have my Lunula always around my neck, mostly hidden under my blouse so that the metal touches my skin. When I first put it on, it is cool, but the brass heats up quickly. I’ve even gone back home after it several times when I forgot it. I like it when my Lunula sways with every step, gently reminding me that I am a woman, reminding me of the other women, of my older relatives and ancestors who wore them, too.
I like it when people ask me what the meaning is of the strange shape that I wear around my neck. I then say, “It symbolizes my femininity. The large “E” symbolizes everything that my femininity is. That’s so hard for me to explain, too much meaning to put into words. Shouldn’t you want wear the symbol of what you are? For me, this symbol is the Lunula. Wouldn’t you like to wear it, too?
Photos of Lunuli come from the following: www.slowianie.republika.pl , www.undeviginti.wordpress.com , www.walhalla.com
Original text from http://www.krag-kobiet.pl/lunula-kobiecosc-symboliczna/
Translated by Anja 7-30-13 ©2013 M.Bartlett