It’s beautifully sunny at the moment. There are just enough clouds scattered across the sky to blank things momentarily, but it looks just lovely. 71F and across the bay it’s 73F. That’s the warmest in awhile!
Good heavens…. I slept for most of 13 hours!
Yesterday started beautifully. 70F at the shop when we got there and then turned windy enough to start blowing things off of the bulletin board. It didn’t last.
It was a long day. I was tired, although not quite a badly tired as over the weekend, since I got enough sleep to get by on. I thought maybe Tempus was going to sleep until after I had left for the shop, but he woke and came down with me and helped me get the shop open, then did several chores before he went back to the house….and it took him just long enough that by the time he harvested the Queen Anne’s Lace from the front yard, the sun went away and the rain started.
Boy, howdy, did it rain! It looked like the kind of rain we should get in April, not August. It was getting dark by 7pm.
We did have customers in, but it was quiet enough that I managed to get the front display case completely re-arranged and then did the photos, not one of which turned out! <sigh>. I’ll have to try that again on Friday. I also did a lot of dusting/cleaning of various pieces that have gotten neglected over the last month.
After that I did quite a lot of paperwork on OCPPG, doing the invitations to the event on Facebook, etc.
At that point several people came in to talk, and to get out of the rain, so that finished what I was doing. Tempus showed up around 6pm and after he sorted out a few more things and got to hang up the Queen Anne’s Lace that I had bundled, we closed up and came home.
Today Tempus is going to pick up a bookshelf in Yachats, midday, and we have a meeting at the shop (an historical re-creation group meeting) at 6:30 or so tonight. In between I have to set up the newsletters for the week and get going on some more OCPPG paperwork. I think he’s going to be working in the kitchen.
We have an OCPPG Sponsor! Debbie, who has been to the gathering before and took our Wicca 101 course also does Tupperware. This is her site: http://my2.tupperware.com/tup-html/C/cedar-welcome.html I’ve asked her to bring flyers and such and maybe set up a small display at the gathering, not strictly Pagan, no, but certainly necessary for the practical end of things. I keep a lot of herbs in small Tupperware containers, as well as using them for food, and some of our incense tools are Tupperware, too.
Today is the Feast of Pan in Ancient Greece. There is an extensive Wikipedia article here about Pan, himself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_(god) This feast seems to have be more of a private celebration rather than civil. People would take foods to the shrines and picnic (etc.) nearby. There were some music competitions held in various of the towns in more rural areas, not the mannered competitions that were held in the large cities, but ones that included shepherd’s songs, playing on the panpipe and other reed pipes, etc. All of the links that I had about the competitions are broken, unfortunately, but they get commented on in various of the Greek comedies and even a few in the tragedies and other poetry from ancient Greece.
Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” , or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday! 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.
Last-quarter Moon tonight (exact at 5:35 a.m. Wednesday morning). The Moon rises around 11 or midnight. Once it’s well up in the east, look above it for the Pleiades and below it for orange Aldebaran. Well off to their left shines bright Capella.
Mars and Jupiter shine in the east before and during dawn. Jupiter is the highest and brightest (magnitude –2.0). Look for faint Mars (magnitude +1.6) increasingly far to Jupiter’s lower left. Above Mars are Pollux and Castor. Off to its right or lower right twinkles Procyon.
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
Tu 27 High 5:58 AM 5.5 6:34 AM Set 1:54 PM 64
~ 27 Low 11:33 AM 2.4 8:01 PM Rise 11:41 PM
~ 27 High 5:46 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I will not fear change, I will trust that it brings the knowledge I want.
~ Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade. – Leo Buscaglia
~ I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. – John Cage
~ We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich, and two-thirds hungry. – J. Carter
~ The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity. – Sir. Winston Churchill
GODDESSES OF PEACE INVOCATION
Goddesses of Peace…
Pax, Mary, Quan Yin, Tara
Gaia, Mother of the Earth,
We call upon you with respect.
Mothers of Compassion,
Mothers of Peace and Mercy,
We ask for your wise counsel.
Please help us not to give in
To the everyday stresses
And resentments that assail us.
Help us connect with your Light
And the love and grace you bring.
Blessed Mothers, we thank you
For the nurturing and blessings
That you pour out upon us every day;
Grant that our lives also be a blessing. – © September 17, 2008, Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Pagan Studies – Altar Decorations
When it comes to autumn decorating, think “progressive”! September’s leaf crafts complement Samhain and Thanksgiving decorations. Choose solid colors in green and gold and orange when you decorate for fall. Adding and removing a few holiday-specific items each month will keep decor fresh, without requiring a monthly overhaul.
Once you have a permanent working altar, keep it clean and fresh by designating a certain day each week to clean it up!
I try to do this every Sunday morning. Take off the melted wax and ash, smudge, dust and polish! This is a part of your sacred space, treat it well and it will do the same for you!
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Laminated Window Hangings for Mabon – Anja (C)2005
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Mabon cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of vegetables or other Mabon figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.