Yesterday the sun tried to come out in the early afternoon. It didn’t succeed and pretty soon the wind started to pick up and the clouds to roll in and it rained. It looks like a typical winter day, although it was nice and warm, only going below 65F in the very late afternoon.
I spent the whole day doing paperwork, except for the short time when I curled up for a nap and the time I was out in the garden, weeding. I was also doing laundry, and eventually got around to making pork chops and parslied potatoes with brussel sprouts for supper.
Tempus and I are both at the shop today, so the psychic readings sign will be out. Also, I’m doing an embroidery class at 3pm for anyone who shows up.
Today’s feast is the International Day of the Disappeared. Too many people have vanished, whether kidnapped, taken by soldiers, gangs or armed thugs or sometimes just vanish after a natural (or unnatural) disaster. Sometimes their families never find them. Sometimes they find a grave. Sometimes only a rumor. It’s gotta stop! Find more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_the_Disappeared
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
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 a Waning Crescent. 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 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 8/31 at 4:36pm.
Before dawn tomorrow morning, Jupiter shines to the left of the waning crescent Moon. They’re in in the east. Look for Orion way off to their right.
Saturn is low in the southwestern sky as dusk falls, and sets around 11 p.m.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
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 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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Muin – Vine Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 30 Low 3:04 AM 1.0 6:37 AM Rise 1:13 AM 36
~ 30 High 9:40 AM 5.2 7:56 PM Set 4:22 PM
~ 30 Low 2:53 PM 3.2
~ 30 High 8:47 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Married life is very frustrating.
~ Always do what you are afraid to do first – Keith Dan
~ When in the future humankind has harnessed the power of LOVE it will have for a second time discovered FIRE. – Teilhard de Chardin
~ The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it. – Elizabeth Drew (1935- ) US journalist
~ Sad but true: Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done. – Peter Drucker
Golden Future by Melodie Bolt
Elder ones too
Clean fresh water
And enough food
Spiral dance whirl
Sisters’ hands link
Voices in praise
We build a place
Golden Age days
Melodie Bolt is a writer and poet of dark fantasy. Copyright Melodie Bolt Wolfsighs@aol.com.
Magick – Mabon Lore – The Sabbat of Mabon, Autumn 2011
Also known as Harvest Home, this Sabbat is named for Mabon , the Divine Youth of antiquity who was hidden yet ever remains as the Sun. His name literally means ‘son’. Mabon (Harvest Home, Autumn Equinox) is a celebration of Thanksgiving for the blessings and abundance of the year, for the food, clothing and shelter which sustains us now and will continue to sustain us through the quiet, dark months of Winter. We celebrate the manifestation of the fruits of our labors and look forward to rest and repose after the harvesting. It is the time of the last preparations before the coming of darkness in Winter. As such, it is also the time to prepare the spirit for an interval of introspection and inner growth.
Mabon is the time of equilibrium, when light and dark, day and night are equal. On this day, we have 12 hours of sunlight, 12 hours of moonlight. The forces of light and dark meet this day, however, after this day, the night gains in strength and meditations and inner workings become more and more intense. For a moment, Time pauses and then begins his journey from the powers of light and activity into the powers of darkness and introspection. We bid farewell to the Sun who has fully matured, passed his prime and is turning old. We begin to welcome the coming of winter.
The celebrations of this Sabbat are serious yet joyous. They traditionally include hayrides, canning parties, winemaking, fairs which show off our harvests, meditations and preparation for study and inner work. One tradition is the making and burying of the corn dolly. Create your corn dolly from the husks of ears of corn, then charge it with the qualities and goals you are working on, finally bury it as a seed. When spring comes, if you have truly made your preparations, those qualities and goals will become a part of you and your life.
Mabon falls during the astrological sign of Libra, the sign of the Scales of Balance. Thus the energies of this time are those of balance, consideration and fruitful partnerships. Mabon is particularly sacred to Cerridwen, water oriented Goddess of Autumn, to whom was entrusted the guardianship of the Seeds of the future and the arts of Prophesy. She is able to look into the mysteries of the dark of winter and of the Otherworld. Her symbol is the Cauldron and her sacred fruit is the Apple. All nuts and seeds are sacred to her. Cernunnos in His role as Lord of Darkness and protector of all things wild and free was given to him the gifts of life by Cailleache, the crone aspect of Cerridwen, at this time of year.
This year, Mabon falls at a time of great turmoil, confusion and imbalance due to the horrific events on September 11th. Please focus your Mabon meditations and celebrations on helping to strengthen Balance and Clarity throughout the world. Send your thoughts and energy to facilitate the wisdom of Cerridwen so that the Seeds of the Future are positive for all of us, that we may come through this time of darkness wiser and clearer and that all of us, throughout the world, may live in balance. So mote it be.
George Bush, Queen Elizabeth, and Vladimir Putin all die and go to hell. While there, they spy a red phone and ask what the phone is for. The devil tells them it is for calling back to Earth.
Putin asks to call Russia and talks for 5 minutes. When he is finished the devil informs him that the cost is a million dollars, so Putin writes him a check.
Next Queen Elizabeth calls England and talks for 30 minutes. When she is finished the devil informs her that the cost is 6 million dollars, so she writes him a check.
Finally George Bush gets his turn and talks for 4 hours. When he is finished the devil informs him that the cost is $5.00.
When Putin hears this he goes ballistic and asks the devil why Bush got to call the USA so cheaply.
The devil smiles and replies, “When Bush took over, the country went to hell, so it’s a local call, and besides, I’m grateful!”