It’s completely overcast and 65F, although the sun is startling to break through.
Sunday is the long day at the shop. I was there by a little before 9:30. Brea showed up for a couple of minutes, but headed home, because she wasn’t doing so well (overdid it dead-heading roses). Class went well. We’re talking morals and ethics and worldview.
After that I got a bit of a nap, after talking to Marius for a few. When I got up, again I didn’t have anyone for the sachet class, so I sat and worked on more embroidery, getting the last cover done and then getting one needlebook assembled. It still needs a fastening. I don’t know whether I want buttons or magnet strip for that….
We were pretty busy all day, a lot of people in, and at the tail end I had a reading.
It had been beautifully sunny and up to 74F at one point, but at sunset the clouds were rolling in and the temp was down to 64F. When I got home, it was twilight, but I stuffed myself on blackberries, which are starting to ripen in handfuls, not just oneses and twoses! I got pretty ripped up by unseeable vines, so Tempus is going to get the cut in the next few days, so we can start harvesting, daily.
Today is the last day of psychic fair. Marius and I are both doing readings for people, but there won’t be vendors today. There will be an herb workshop at 11 and Crystals at noon the same way we do on Saturdays and I’ll probably be embroidering in the afternoon, so you can just drop in and request either basic embroidery, beginning handsewing or beginning blackwork for the cost of a kit.
Today’s Feast is the anniversary of the coronation of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. Supposedly, I’m descended from him, on the distaff side. Charles spoke and wrote 5 languages in a day when folks where very rare who could even write their names. He made Prague into a great city. A lot of family stories got told about him: the “Charles’ Bridge Eggs, Not Hard-Boiled Please!”, and the “Building of the Hunger Wall” and the story of how he alone, of almost all of the Czech knights, survived the Battle of Crecy (by his father knocking him over the head, tying him to his horse and sending him home in the care of his tutor, before their suicide charge!). Ask me for the stories and/or there’s more information here: http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/655-years-ago-charles-iv-crowned-king-of-bohemia
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, ,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
The shop opens at 11am! Summer 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. Phase ends at the New Moon on 9/5 4:36am. 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 9/3 at 4:36pm.
Right after dark at this time of year, bright Vega shines almost straight overhead for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes. Whenever Vega is highest, it’s the sign that rich Sagittarius is at its highest in the south. Work through the Sagittarius area with your charts and scope before it sinks low for the night and the season.
Venus (magnitude –4.0) shines brightly low in the west in evening twilight, far below Arcturus. Look a little to its left for much fainter Spica early in the week, then watch Venus close in on Spica every day. It passes less than 2° above Spica on September 5th. Binoculars help. Look too for Saturn about 14° upper left of Spica.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
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
M 2 Low 5:31 AM 0.3 6:41 AM Rise 3:59 AM 12
~ 2 High 11:53 AM 6.1 7:50 PM Set 6:10 PM
~ 2 Low 5:34 PM 2.2
~ 2 High 11:23 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is a mystery to be lived… Not a problem to be solved.
~ No truly great man ever thought himself so. – William Hazlitt
~ It’s a mistake to think we listen only with our ears. It’s much more important to listen with the mind, the eyes, the body, and the heart. Unless you truly want to understand the other person, you’ll never be able to listen. – Mark Herndon, Writer
~ It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~ Always keep an open mind & a compassionate heart. – Phil Jackson
He is a madman, a knave seized with the madness of ambition, overpowered with a sense of the divinity of himself and his mission, and for that he will barter truth, justice and the whole world plus the handful of bigots he terms the faithful. I believe everybody can perceive how shamefully he betrays his friends, cheerfully leaving them to bear a burden of reproach which he at least should share. – Larry Petrie (1859 – 1901), American anarchist and New Australia colonist, on William Lane; letter to WG Spence, c. 1899
Magick – Mabon Spell
Lore of Mabon – Fall Equinox Spell – Crone’s Corner
Once again the Sun’s path crosses the celestial equator, and the day and the night are now again of equal length. On the Gregorian calendar this is the first day of autumn, but on the modern Celtic calendar it is midautumn. This holiday is more commonly known by its Welsh name Mabon. Mabon means “divine youth.” It is the name of a mythic hunter hero whose story is told at this time of year. At the beginning of time, Mabon was born to the Mother Goddess Modron. That we only know his mother and not his father attests to the matriarchal lineage of the early Celts. The equinox marks the time when Mabon was three nights old and stolen from his crib. For the next three months, the heroes Cai and Bedwyr will search for him and ask all manner of birds and beasts for help. But, according to legend, it is only the salmon who can give them direction. On Yule, the heroes retrieve the divine child by freeing him from a prison in Gloucester. Like Apollo, Mabon is a hunter with a bow and a musician with a harp. He is a Sun god. Mabon represents the Sun that is waning in strength during this quarter of the year and that will begin to return only after the solstice. The waning of the light is frightening and depressing, and it is necessary for our own sake to use magic at this time to help in the quest for Mabon. The strongest act of magic that one can do at this time is to participate in the celebrations of the yearly cycle. As one integrates the yearly cycle deep into one’s unconscious, serenity and confidence are gained. This is the peace that comes from knowing and accepting that the light will return when it is time.~ Robert Place
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