Yesterday we had no one for workshops again, so I got quite a bit of my own stuff done. I worked on herbs early on, then some on the crystals. When Marius got there I was working on sorting books up front and some crystals that are almost ready to go up on the wall. Tempus had gone to do some string trimming work at a friend’s and Marius worked on boxes. I also went through and sorted the contents of a number of boxes, finding miscellaneous craft supplies, pieces of a set of castle blocks, loose change and papers that I wasn’t sure I still had, which I filed last night.
It was quiet at the shop. We had fewer than a dozen people in during the day. Being really tired by the end of it. I curled up on the sofa with a book and kept dozing. Once Tempus got back I took an actual nap, and then we closed up to come home.
Mist was rising off of the bay as we drove up the seawall and above the thick marine cloud layer there were brilliant scraps of cloud.
I did a little writing during the late evening and scanned pictures. I have *stacks* of them that need to be done. I got a new Mab’s Creations post up, that I have to double check this morning to make sure that it actually makes sense. <grin>
I’m groggy this morning. Tempus is making coffee. I have more pictures in the camera to develop, newsletter stuff to work on, OCPPG ads to finish and the last of the descriptions and then start working on the handbook, …and I have boxes to work on here, filing and laundry. ….and the sunshine is calling me outside! <sigh>
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Today is the Day of Remembrance for the Pagan People of Novgorod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novgorod mentions this, not at all!). Many Slavs, particularly those who are trying to re-create the destroyed faith of our ancestors, count this as a day of blackest mourning and are very, very bitter about it.
“When the people of Novgorod were notified that Dobrinja wanted to Christianize them, they held a “Veche” (Thing) and decided to swear an oath: ‘Do not let Dobrinja into town. Do not let our idols be destroyed.’ Dobrinja sent word to them offering them silver, but the people refused him and would not let him enter the city.” The highest Volvh under the direction of a Slavic Pagan Priest, named Bogomil, (also known as Nightingale or “Solovey”), Voevoda Ugonay goes on to declare, went about the city on a horse, declaring with a loud voice: ‘Better for us to die than to let our Gods see disgrace.’ However, Dobrinja prevailed and each of the idols were cast into the river and the wooden sculptures were incinerated. This, truly, was a day of great mourning and sadness for the Pagan People. The events which happened on this day demonstrates all the “love” and essence of Christianity. ” – Iokimovskaja Letopis from http://www.irminsul.org/arc/010sz.html
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch moving to Dark at 4:36pm. 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends on 9/6 at 4:36pm.
With the Moon out of the evening sky, now’s a good time to see what you can make of the distant galaxy cluster Abell 2666. Its location is easy to find just inside the Great Square of Pegasus. But you’ll need a moderately large telescope and a good sky; the cluster’s brightest member, giant NGC 7768, appears 12th or 13th magnitude. If you succeed, could this be your record-farthest galaxy? The cluster is 300 million light-years away. Use the finder charts and photo with Ken Hewett-White’s “Going Deep” article in the September Sky & Telescope, page 60. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201309/
Mars and Jupiter shine in the east before and during dawn. Jupiter, in Gemini, is the highest and brightest (magnitude –2.0). Look for fainter Mars (magnitude +1.6, in Cancer) increasingly far to Jupiter’s lower left. Off to Mars’s right shines Procyon, somewhat brighter.
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
Tu 3 Low 6:08 AM 0.1 6:42 AM Rise 4:59 AM 6
~ 3 High 12:24 PM 6.5 7:49 PM Set 6:39 PM
~ 3 Low 6:14 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You may not have been responsible for your heritage, but you are responsible for your future.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the poem “In the Fashion,” A. A. Milne writes, “A lion has a tail and a very fine tail. And so has an elephant, and so has a whale. And so has a crocodile, and so has a quail— They’ve all got tails but me.” Explain what you think would be both the advantages and disadvantages of your having a tail.
~ Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistance is the habit of victory. – H Kaufman
~ A publisher who writes is like a cow in a milk bar. – Arthur Koestler (1905-1983) Hungarian writer
~ I shall adopt new views as fast as they shall appear to be true views. – Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
~ Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. – Abraham Lincoln
And I’ve seen it in the flights of birds
I’ve seen it in you
In the entrails of the animals
The blood running through,
but in order to get to the heart
I think sometimes you’ll have to cut through,
but you can’t. – Florence and The Machine-Heartlines
Magick – Mabon Craft
Anjas note on Braids
It was not an uncommon thing for a witch to be accused of braiding spells into their or someone else’s hair. Sea witches in particular are known to control the winds through braiding or knotting hair or cords. In many cultures a particular style of braid or placement of a small one somewhere on the head (think “paduan braid”….) meant initiation or membership into a group.
I’ve done the “braid into the hair” type of spells, but because my hair is so fine, braids don’t stay tidy, even small ones. I’ll make a charm with a loop or cord that can get incorporated into a braid, undo my hair in the morning and comb it out, then re-braid, adding the charm and renewing my intent each day for the duration of the spell. © 2012 M. Bartlett
Make a Moon Braid – By Patti Wigington, About.com
A moon braid is a great craft for kids to make, but braiding can also be a relaxing and meditative way for adults to spend their time. The three colors of the braid — white, black, and silver — represent the three phases of the moon. I’ve seen braids done completely from one end to the other, but I think if you’re going to hang it up, it looks pretty with the bottom half unbraided.
You’ll need the following items:
Cord or ribbon in black, white, and silver
Find a quiet spot where you can work undisturbed. Knot one end of the cords together, and begin braiding. As you weave the three colors in and out of one another, focus on the shifting phases of the moon. Think about the different cycles that our bodies, our lives, and our spirituality go through. Consider, as you braid, the ebb and flow of the tides, and their effect on our constantly changing planet. If you honor a particular lunar goddess, offer her a prayer as you create your braid.
Once you’ve finished, knot the braid so that it doesn’t unravel. Hang it in a spot near a window, so that when you look out at the moon, you’ll be reminded of the braid and what it symbolizes to you and your evolving spirituality.
Neo-pagan religions can be fun, but some pagans unfortunately go through a period of religious fanaticism. And fanaticism often limits an important part of your spirit: your sense of humor. It takes time to recover from fanaticism. Now there is a Tarot deck for recovering pagan religious fanatics.
The Neophyte – A priest and priestess stand facing one another, performing the Great Rite symbolically by plunging a dagger into a chalice. In the circle surrounding them, a neophyte covers her smiling mouth, trying to suppress a giggle.
Divinatory Meaning – Innocence. A new beginning. There was a time when all of this was good-natured fun and not something you took so seriously.
Reversed Meaning – Difficulty in expressing honest laughter. You’re taking this all too seriously. Get a life.
The Magician – The magician stands outside his double-parked car in a jammed parking lot. He wears full ceremonial regalia and has an altar setup. In his hand is an open book entitled, “Incantations to Asphaltia to find parking spaces.”
Divinatory Meaning – You need to understand your own resources better. Don’t use a sledgehammer to knock on a door.
Reversed Meaning – You have lost sight that the map is not the territory.
The High Priestess – A Wiccan priestess stands, arms outstretched, wearing several pounds worth of pentacles, Celtic jewelry, astrological bracelets, and medallions. She looks ready to tip over.
Divinatory Meaning – You may find yourself with sudden yearnings to join a Roman Catholic convent or seminary. Even if you’re most definitely not Catholic. Don’t scoff. Stranger things have happened.
Reversed Meaning – You are ready to liberate yourself from the shackles of your old way of life and to put on the shackles of a new way of life.
The Nature Lover? – In the middle of the woods stands a pagan with her face caked in rouge and eye shadow and lipstick. She holds up a symbol of nature – a miniature plastic tree.
Divinatory Meaning – Examine that what you claim is your passion is something that you’re really passionate about.
Reversed meaning – You are secretly a technocrat.
The Emporium – A pagan bookstore owner stands behind a counter in a bookstore jam-packed with books, pentacles, candles, Celtic jewelry, Tarot decks, etc. Behind him a sign reads, “Pagan Emporium Bookstore: Offering Ancient Wisdom Since 1995.”
Divinatory Meaning – Don’t just settle for “Question authority.” Question those who claim to be authority.
Reversed Meaning – Question those authors who tell you to question authority, but then still want you to buy their books and follow their advice verbatim.
Grand High Muckety-Muck – A solemn Wiccan priest stands before an altar holding an athame. Hanging on the wall behind him is a certificate that reads, “Certified Wiccan initiate. Certificate granted by Walt’s Wild Warehouse of Wicca.”
Divinatory Meaning – Don’t get distracted by initiations, titles, special abilities, etc. Focus instead on what capabilities you really need to live your life.
Reversed Meaning – You have an insatiable desire to get initiated. Consider joining either the Fraternal Order of the Hedgehogs or else the Order of the Co-Hedgehogs and get this whole initiation business out of your system.
The Lovers – A young couple are having a handfasting performed in a grove of oak trees on a sunny summer afternoon.
Divinatory meaning – Don’t get too cynical. You may be recovering from fanaticism, but keep in mind that good things can sometimes still happen in the religion.
Reversed Meaning – All you really need is love. And if you don’t want to follow that advice, well, then, hey, the song by the same name is still cool.
The Broom – A teenage Goth witch runs down the sidewalk attempting to ride a battered broomstick. A cleaning lady with a dustpan in one hand chases after her, hoping to retrieve her stolen broom.
Divinatory Meaning – You need to develop a better relationship with what occultists begrudgingly refer to as “the Mundane World.”
Reversed Meaning – Maybe you really are a boring person after all. Time to clean up your act.
The Hungry Vegetarian – There’s a long buffet table at a wedding banquet. Whole roast pig, roast duck, baked chicken, glazed turkey, and carved ham fill the buffet table. One teeny tiny carrot resides on the plate of the hungry vegetarian. She eyes the roast pig, perhaps wondering if it might be made out of tofu rather than meat.
Divinatory meaning – Time to change your habits.
Reversed Meaning – Go eat a hot dog on a Friday.
The Hermit – The Hermit wears a dark gray robe and has a dark gray beard. He holds a gnarled staff in one hand and a blazing lantern in the other hand. He is doing this however in a crowded movie theater, and the theater patrons scowl at him.
Divinatory Meaning – Don’t just trust yourself. Learn what part of yourself to trust.
Reversed Meaning – It is better to have something you believe in rather than to just knock down what you don’t believe in.
The Wheel Of Fortune – A pagan dressed in purple and yellow robes holds a stick of incense in one hand and a compass in the other hand. He glares at the compass. The needlepoint is spinning wildly, so that he can’ tell which direction is east for quarter-calling.
Divinatory Meaning – Don’t just find a new direction – create a new direction.
Reversed Meaning – When you think your life is moving somewhere, maybe you’re just going in circles.
The Skeptic – A blindfolded man stands facing a full-length mirror.
Divinatory Meaning – You may say that there is nothing of value in divinatory tools. But divinatory tools are nothing more than a means of looking at yourself. So perhaps you are saying that there is nothing of value in yourself. A man who swallows a placebo cannot deny his own mouth.
Reversed Meaning – You will see through the illusions created by others. Be on guard against becoming snotty. Be careful that you do not forget that even illusions have their value. A man who imagines roses in the clouds can be inspired to become a gardener…
Temperance – In a candle lit room, a Hermeticist holds a rosy cross in his left hand and a pentacle in the right hand. To his left side is a host of symbols of crosses and grails. To his right side is a host of daggers and pentacles. Behind him, a window with the shades drawn is open a crack to reveal a hint of sunlight and the wide-open outdoors.
Divinatory Meaning – You need to open yourself up to more than what you currently allow yourself to experience.
Reversed Meaning – You are a freak. Perhaps you should spend more time secluded from others so that others do not discover this.
The Adversary – The scene is two booths set up at a psychic fair – each booth manned by a practitioner. The first booth has a big sign over it, “Pagan Shamanistic Journeying Counseling.” The practitioner of this booth glares at the practitioner of the second booth. The sign over the second booth reads, “New Age Shamanistic Journeying Counseling.”
Divinatory Meaning – There are things that you dislike that are more similar to you than you care to admit.
Reversed Meaning – Stock market analysts and weather forecasters often give pretty lousy predictions. Don’t expect a fortune-teller to give perfect predictions, but don’t look too harshly upon them either. They are trying to get you to understand yourself – and while they may be dead wrong on some of what they say, the need to understand yourself is real.
The Tower of Books – An armchair magician has a den jammed full of occult books. In one armchair is a huge stack of books almost up to the ceiling. He stands on a stool trying to add yet another book to the top of the stack, ignorant of the fact that the tower is about ready to topple over on him.
Divinatory Meaning – You need to learn to put your ideas into action.
Reversed Meaning – Clean your room.
The Celebrity – In an occult bookstore, a pagan celebrity sits at a book signing table, signing copies of her book, “Witchcrap for Morons.” A few feet away from the table, a group of neo-pagans are scowling and turning their nose up at the author.
Divinatory Meaning – It is far easier for you to condemn what others create than it is for you to create something that you find to be of value. But you really need to learn to trust your own creative projects more.
Reversed Meaning – Quit spending so much time in occult bookstores.
The Moon – A pagan painter stands by a moonlit window as he paints a picture of the crescent moon. The depiction of the moon is very well crafted, but then the painter is going back in and adding some crudely designed pentacles on the moon, lest you forget that this is supposed to be pagan art. Behind him, his two dogs bark fiercely.
Divinatory Meaning – If you can let go of your pretentiousness, your talents can blossom.
Reversed Meaning – Don’t forget to feed your dogs.
The Golden Apple – Three pagan women stand wrestling over who gets the Golden Apple. Behind them, unnoticed, stands a giggling Eris, who holds an entire basket of Golden Apples.
Divinatory Meaning – Keep your perspective on what’s really important.
Reversed Meaning – In order to allow a god or goddess room into your heart, you must not be too full of yourself.
Judgment by Conspiracy Theorists – A fundamentalist minister rallies against a pagan group. The minister conjures up images of animal sacrifice and human sacrifice. Meanwhile, the pagan group in question is sitting around in a committee meeting eating vegan chili and tofu.
Divinatory Meaning – You need to get on with your life and worry less about what other people think.
Reversed Meaning – You need to get on with your life and worry less about what other people think. On the other hand, this doesn’t give you license to be an a***hole.
The World in a Pack of Cards – A grungy prisoner in solitary confinement sits in a barren cell. No bed, no food, no sunlight, just a pack of Tarot cards in front of him. A 19th century occultist once said that a prisoner alone in a prison cell with nothing but a pack of Tarot cards would acquire all world knowledge. But, well, this prisoner could probably better use some food and some sunlight and a shower.
Divinatory Meaning – Get a hobby.
Reversed Meaning – No, really, get a hobby.
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