The wind has picked up. They’re talking about a “wind event” today. Gusts up to 55mph. Why did they not say something yesterday, when it would have been possible to get stuff picked up, drattit? It’s 58F, grey and drippy. The wind was making things creak and bang off and on during the night, so I didn’t sleepy well and I’m groggy…..
I scrambled out the door in a hurry yesterday morning, knowing that I was going to have to start getting the shop re-set before we got open. I got all the small pieces done and had people in the door long before it was ok.
Once Tempus got there he finished getting things open and I was already starting Herbs Workshop. There were 4 of us, but the others could only stay for 45 minutes. No one for Crystals again, but there were 3 or 4 for Sewing, depending on who you were counting. 🙂
I got a nap, mid-day and worked on inventory, checking thing in, from then until Sewing, which is also what I was doing for the tail end of the day.
Yesterday’s weather was bizarre, going from rainy in the morning, to perfectly clear and sunny three times during the day, with times of solid, dark clouds between, ending in a mass of thick, fluffy cloud across the horizon with clear sky above at sunset. It was twilight in the shop around 7pm. I left not long after that while Tempus was setting up to do papers in the morning.
I worked on getting some more stuff printed. The problem is that I’m running out of ink and need to go get some. I was going to order it last week and kept forgetting. I think I’m making a Newport run today…..
...and wouldn’t you know it, as tired as I was, I woke from a nightmare at about 3am and it took me awhile to calm down. At the point the moon was shining, although dimly. By the time Tempus got back from hi paper route it was hidden in the clouds.
This morning we have the Wicca 101 class. Brea will be there and the new fellow, who is also a teacher. I’m not going to run a Practical Craft this afternoon. We’re going to concentrate on getting the shop ready.
Today is the Inuit festival for Sedna, the sea-goddess. She has many names across the Arctic cultures and much mythology, but in general she has strict rules for the harvest of her creatures and when hunting groups break her rules it is the job of the shamans to journey to her place beneath the sea. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedna_%28deity%29
Today’s plant is New Zealand Flax, Phormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe averts poverty. For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phormium For the traditional uses of the plant fiber http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax
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 –
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 10/4 at 5:35pm. 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 9/25 at 12:24pm.
Sun., Sept. 22, 1:44 p.m. PDT – Equinox – The September equinox occurs when the Sun crosses the equator heading south for the season. Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere, spring in the Southern Hemisphere. The sun crosses the celestial equator moving from north to south, heralding the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere.
As summer ends, the Sagittarius Teapot moves to the west of south during evening and tips increasingly far over, as if pouring out summer’s last drops.
Uranus is in Pisces, heading for opposition on October 3. It is visible most of the night
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 Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. – 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
to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Many Shades of Green
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 22 High 3:00 AM 7.1 7:04 AM Set 10:39 AM 93
22 Low 8:53 AM 1.3 7:13 PM Rise 8:57 PM
22 High 2:53 PM 8.0
22 Low 9:33 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Everyone deserves a second chance.
~ There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the 3 things we crave most in life- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind- are always attained by giving them to someone else. – Peyton Conway March
~ Mikey’s Thot for the Day: A loser is a window washer on the 44th floor who steps back to admire his work.
~ People have to learn sometimes not only how much the heart, but how much the head, can bear. – Maria Mitchell
~ A wise man never loses anything if he has himself. – Michel de Montaigne
They tell me poetry is a hard sell, there’s no money in it, it’s day is done. I don’t believe one word. Whether there be money in it or not was never poetry’s point, and it’s day will never be done… I suggest reading it line by line, letting every word sink in slowly — drink it as you would a fine liquor, sip by sip, until the last word is gone. – Papaveria Press
Now I lay you down upon the drying grass,
Beloved. Your eyes sweep shut; you are weary,
Having given all you could give,
Even now you fade into the dry brown turf.
Your hand, once strong and warm, is dry
Like a little bundle of willow twigs; your hair
Fades into the leaves under your head.
Your blood and bones return to Me.
But this is how it is: your sacrifice is made
So that all can live again as the Wheel turns.
Even now your child quickens in My womb,
Growing, flourishing. He will be born when the snow flies.
How can I let you go, beloved?
I bend to kiss your lips, they fade against mine.
You smile, and slowly, slowly, sink into invisibility.
My tears fall where you were.
Now you will go down to that sunless sea,
Climb into your boat and sail the moonlit waters,
Safe in my womb. When My waters break, you will be born,
And I will hold you in my arms again. Child, brother, husband
O remember Me till I hold you again!