Ya know…. there are still roses in the retaining wall…. The colors have been changing off and one, but all summer something has been blooming.
When I finally woke we did a fair amount of cleaning around the shop. I got a little embroidery time in, got the pictures taken of the stained glass (yes, today’s pix!!!) and also got some more odds and ends priced and set out. Every day it’s an 1/2 dozen books and/or knicknacks… We have a new set of unicorn statuary in the display case up front. I have to take those pix, yet….
It was grey most of the day, after a bit of sun before we got to the shop, and then around 6pm, the sun came out for awhile, but the fog was rolling in and the sun got blanked about before we left the shop, eight-ish.
Yeah, I know. It sounds odd to say, “developing” about digital pictures, but they need to be cropped and color-corrected at the very least. What else would you call it?
We ate and he crashed and I worked on drawings for quite awhile.
Today I’m supposed to be at the shop by myself. It’s quarter past 10 and he’s still out like a light. I think I’m going to just let him sleep. Mostly, I need to take pictures and rearrange the front display case.
Today is the anniversary of the eruption of Krakatau in 1883 (often spelled “Krakatoa”). Krakatau, before this point, was a volcanic island near Java & Sumatra in Indonesia. It exploded with such force that the resulting tsunami killed somewhere around 36K people and caused swells 1/2-way around the world in the Thames. The sound was heard 3000 miles away. The island was destroyed to below water level! The telegraph and newspapers made possible the world-wide news of this event. http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/aug26.html orhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krakatoa Anak Krakatoa, (son of Krakatoa) a new island, has built itself on top of the old volcano over the last century.
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditionak folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort – Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.
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 Waning Gibbous. 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. Phase ends at the New Moon on 9/5 4:36am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the quarter on 8/28 at 2:35 AM.
Monday, August 26, 2013, 10 p.m. EDT – Neptune at opposition – The planet Neptune will reach opposition to the sun in the constellation Aquarius. It will be visible all night in binoculars or a small telescope.
Mars is now a bright object in the morning sky. For the first three weeks of August, Mars is in Gemini, then on August 25 it moves into Cancer.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL), hazel
Celtic Tree month of Muin/Vine, Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (MUHN, like “foot”),
Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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Coll/Hazel – Aug 5 – Sep 1 – – Coll – (CULL) – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 26 High 4:58 AM 6.0 6:33 AM Set 12:56 PM 74
~ 26 Low 10:46 AM 1.7 8:03 PM Rise 11:01 PM
~ 26 High 4:59 PM 7.4
~ 26 Low 11:48 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Just when you get really good at something, you won’t need to do it anymore. You’ve learned it! On to the next…..
~ A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. – Richard Bach
~ Legend remains victorious in spite of history. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~ I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences. – Les Brown
~ How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. ~ John Burroughs
He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash. – HL Mencken, on USA President Warren G Harding, who was born on November 2, 1865
Body and Soul, Fall: Passing Into Shade
Summer sun begins to wane,
The trees all fall asleep
The harvest’s in, the birds fly south
The leaves are piling deep.
Indian Summer Days are rare,
Long nights bring morning frost,
Fall flowers drying in the fields
Life’s beauty fades, is lost ~ Catriona Lovett (c) 2002
From sundown. Also known as Mabon, Alban Elfred, or Winter Finding, the Autumn Equinox is one of two times of equalibrium — when the hours of day and night are matched — on the great Wheel of the Year. The universal rhythm of rebirth and reincarnation are evident at this sabbat. The Wheel has turned and as the harvests are gathered with life-sustaining abundance, so too are the changing seasons moving inevitably toward death — and rebirth. “Therefore the Wise Ones weep not, but rejoice.” — from Doreen Valiente’s “Book of Shadows.”
Mabon is the second harvest. The God has now become Sage, at his final time of virility before he falls asleep in death at Samhain, the final harvest. The Goddess has become Crone, sharing her last fruits and leaving us seeds for new life as her legacy. This is a time for feasting, merrymaking, and thanksgiving, relaxation, and joy in a job well done. Many rededicate themselves to the and initiation ceremonies are performed Craft at this time. Some traditions perform a special rite for the Goddess Persephone’s descent into the Underworld as part of their celebration.
Some say the September equinox marks the beginning of a time when the veil between the worlds thins, and the spirits can manifest themselves more easily. The barrier dividing light from darkness, the seen from the unseen, the mundane from mystery, and life from death, continues to thin until Samhain, the eve of November, which is a time outside of time when all manner of spirits and energies can move between the worlds with ease.
Slavic Pagan celebrate Svarog’s Holiday in their month of Ruen. This is the day honoring Svarog, the God of Fire and the Sky, a day to drink mead and celebrate. In ancient Egypt (Kemet), they celebrated the Feast of Divine Life in honor of the Moon and the life-giving waters which came from it by sacrificing a pig. This was also the time of the Ritual of the Netjeru of the Two Lands. The Inca celebrate the Coya Rayni festival honoring the Moon Goddess Quilla, focusing on purging sickness and evil.
In the Southern Hemisphere, the Spring or Vernal Equinox, also called the Festival of Trees, Alban Eilir, Ostara, and the Rites of Eostre are celebrated. The great fertility celebration of the birth of Spring and the reawakening of life from the Earth is the origin of many of the traditions surrounding the Christian holiday of Easter.
Sources: TarotAdvice.Com, Southern Delta Church of Wicca, DeAna Alba
Mid Autumn Moon — by Waverley Fitzgerald
Every year I forget why I don’t usually celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, as Chinese women do, by gathering in a courtyard to honor the rising Moon.
It’s because we almost never get to see the full moon of September in Seattle. This year, as usual, the moon was muffled by a sea of endless grey rain clouds. I spent the evening with women friends, enjoying a delicious meal, followed by a great conversation while soaking in a hot tub. The wind rustled through the bamboo and struck plaintive tones from a wind chime as we talked.
It was the perfect way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon.
“Samhain happens near Halloween and is when the Wiccan year begins.
My altar cloth is black, because we are in the time of year that is dark.
On my altar is the harvest, our dead Lord whose life is in the crops and sacrificed when the crops are killed to become our food.
This is the time of death, of honoring and communing with spirits that have passed to the other side.
Now the veil between the worlds is thin. It is a good time to invite our beloved dead to visit with us. This is not a gruesome exchange, but reverent, earthy, natural, further it is joyous and festive.”
Victor Anderson says “If a ghost of a loved one shows up, ask him to join the party.”
The Veil Between Worlds
During the yearly cycle of death and rebirth, autumn is said by some to be “the time of the year when the veil between the worlds is thinnest”. But what does this mean? Where does the realm of the spirits fit within the Pagan construct of the after-life? If you believe in reincarnation, how does the concept of ‘ghosts’ or contact with ancestors fit in?
As a Christian, I was taught that all kinds of spiritism were a sin against God, condemned by the Bible, and punishable by a sentence of damnation in Hell at some point after death. But the Bible writes of Satan and Lucifer and also of various angels appearing to humans, so it is evident that Christians believe in beings other than humans who can manifest themselves.
And there is also the account of the Witch of Endor. She was begged by King Saul — the very same who had expelled all the soothsayers and spirit-raisers from the Kingdom of Israel in 1053 BCE — to raise the spirit of Samuel the Prophet to guide him in the coming war with the Philistines. The Bible does not say that this can’t be done. Contrariwise, in the Biblical account, the Witch of Endor did, in fact, “raise” the spirit of Samuel.
So, although the act of spirit-raising was prohibited, it seems that both Jews and Christians believe that the spirits of individuals do exist in some plane of reality where they can be manifested in some manner to humans here on Earth. — the Editor
Life After Death: Christianity vs Neo-Paganism
Neo-Paganism and Christianity substantially agree that the spirit, or the energy that is the essence of an individual being, continues to exist in some form after death, though they disagree about what transformation takes place and where it goes. And though Christianity forbids it, both seem in agreement that the spirit is in some state that is available for interaction with the material plane.
Many Pagan traditions believe that the spirits of the dead continue to observe and affect the living, and that a display of reverence for ancestors is essential to appease them and keep them friendly. Many ancient cultures such as the Egyptians buried their dead with personal possessions and food that they were expected to need in their afterlife. Christian funeral and burial customs also seem designed to appease the dead as well as to comfort the living.
Mabon is Coming Up – The weather is getting cooler, and summer is slowly fading into autumn. The Equinox is coming up.
My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal.
I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA.
He said they love animals very much.
I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal’s office.
I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.
The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was.
I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken..
She sent me back to the principal’s office.
He laughed, and told me not to do it again.
I don’t understand.
My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am.
Today, my teacher asked us to tell her what famous person we admire most.
I told her, “Colonel Sanders.”
Guess where I am now…