Daily Stuff 9-23-13 Discovery of Neptune

Hi, folks!

weather Part SunIt’s dim and grey and 59F, but the sun tries to come through every so often.

Yesterday was very busy. Brea took the first hour of class and I the 2nd. The young folks are pretty excited about OCPPG! Tempus got the shop open right around 11am.

abaskat2After they went back to the Center, I got myself put together and headed out to Newport. I got a new Open flag, since our old one disintegrated last month, then headed down the hill intending to stop at Aunt Belinda’s Candies. There were no parking spaces along the Bayfront, so I gave up and headed back up the hill, going to Staples for ink and cardstock. While I was there I ran across one of the local Solitaries who took me to lunch at BK and we talked for a bit. After that I stopped at the Dollar Store for some candle glasses for my votives class and rolled on back.

motif bird sparrowTempus had been putting up the sign-up sheets and finished just after I got back, so come in and register! We also got a number of the small chores for that finished.

I spent a lot of the afternoon making earrings. I’m gradually re-stocking the tarot earring supply.

motif bird grosbeakOnce we got home I worked on making a list of who needs what equipment for the event and then read a little before bed.

Oh, the sun is out! It’s kinda thin and strained as through it’s coming through cloud, but it’s throwing shimmering water reflections onto the ceiling of the study.

motif bird juncoToday I have to set up the raffle and make more earrings. I’m intending to pick more rose petals for the rose sugar before I head to the shop. Tempus is going to move some boxes in the morning and then go home to work on a mower repair job.

Astro neptuneToday in 1846 – Discovery of Neptune by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams; verified by German astronomerJohann Gottfried Galle. The planet was named for Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_%28planet%29

StrawberriesToday’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to strawberry 030913leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis  Garden Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry

wheel of the yearThe 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, 
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar –

Waning Gibbous moonWaning 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.

Astro Constellation Aquila AltairAltair shines due south very high after dark. It’s the leading light of the constellation Aquila, the Eagle. Off the tail of Aquila lies the Scutum Star Cloud, with the grand open cluster M11 just below the dark nebula Barnard 111. See Gary Seronik’s Binocular Highlight column and finder chart in the September Sky & Telescope, page 45. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201309/

Astro venusVenus and fainter Astro SaturnSaturn(magnitudes –4.2 and +0.6, respectively) shine low in the west-southwest in evening twilight. Find Venus far lower left of Arcturus and nearly as far lower right of Antares. Saturn moves increasingly far to Venus’s right this week. They set just after dark.

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree month of Muin/Vine, Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”)
Rune Runic Month 18 Kenaz Kebo KenRunic 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

Sun in LeoSun in Libra
MOon in TaurusMoon in Taurus
Uranus, Chiron, Juno and Neptune Retrograde
Color:  Ivory

Planting 9/22-23

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©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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blackberry muin celtic tree monthMuin – 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).
motif plant fruit Grape muin celtic tree monthMuin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
grove muin celtic tree monthMeaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.

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WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High       Tide    Height   Sunrise     Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low       Time      Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
M   23     High   3:47 AM     6.7   7:05 AM     Set 11:41 AM      87
    23      Low   9:32 AM     1.9   7:11 PM    Rise  9:36 PM
    23     High   3:30 PM     7.7
    23      Low  10:18 PM     0.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Would you? – Would you like to be an astronaut on the first mission to an unexplored planet or a new galaxy? Explain your answer.

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Quotes

~  Logic is a system whereby one may go wrong with confidence. – Charles K. Kettering
~  A diamond cannot be polished without friction nor man perfected without trials. – Kathryn Kuhlman
~  Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when youd have preferred to talk. – Doug Larson
~  Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world. – Annie Lennox

HERNE
Herne, Hunter!
I don’t know much about you
I know you are protective
And can be wild when hunting,
Enjoying the chase
And the baying hounds.

You are the Lord to the Lady,
Living in the forests
And the wilds of nature,
The Sun to her Moon.

Teach me to understand
And to connect with you,
So that I can learn and grow
In spirit, and joyous freedom.

Perhaps my lover is close to you
Even if he doesn’t realize it.
He loves being outside,
And is akin to Chiron,
The Wounded Healer.

Please draw closer to me
Along with your Lady,
So I may know the mysteries
Of the Elements,
The secrets of the Stars,
And the hidden wonders
That are in Nature.

May I touch your antlers?
They may be soft or fierce,
But you are my Father, so
You will not turn on me
Even when you are running
In your Wild Hunt
(If I am very careful)!

May I join the hunt?
I would not wish to kill,
But to run and howl
Would be so freeing,
The pagan blood,
So long denied
and even unknown,
Would wake in me at last!

Take us with you!
My lover could ride with you,
And I could ride with
The Lady and her maidens!
My soul may be timid,
But I can learn.

Call to me, Wild Ones!
And I will answer. – © June 2005 – Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Crafts

Fall Leaf Stained Glass

Items needed:

  • fall leaves
  • wax paper
  • iron
  • towel
  • picture frame

Directions:

1.   Collect as many different colored and size fall leaves as possible!

2.   Cut two pieces of wax paper slightly larger than your picture frame.

3.   Lay one piece of the wax paper on the towel, and arrainge the leaves in a pleasing design.

4.   Lay the other  piece of wax paper over the leaves, and lay another press the two together using a hot iron and moving quickly but firmly

5.   Tape the “stained glass” to the picture frame and cut off the excess

6.   Hang in a window for best results.

Rosemary Remembrance Wreath ©2013M. Bartlett

We’re moving into fall, and being past Mabon are starting to think about memories of friends and family who have already Crossed the Veil. Rosemary is the traditional symbol for memory. Nicely fragrant these wreaths can be hang in the house or taken to a cemetery.

Form heavy gage wire into the shape of a heart by twisting it into a circle about 8 inches in diameter, then pinching at the base and the top to form a heart. Bind slender sprays of rosemary to the heart-shaped frame with florists’ wire. Decorate the rosemary heart with dried flowers and herbs. Rosebuds, also a symbol or remembrance, add a nice touch.

If you wish to leave the wreath in a wild place (e.g.if the person’s ashes were scattered at sea) instead of wire you will have to use something biodegradable. The two easiest to work with are grapevine and willow, worked green, but you can also soak/steam sticks to get them to bend. The heart-shaped wreath may be difficult, since you’ll probably break a number of sticks.

You can also make the wreath of nothing but the rosemary. Take two heavy branches and bind them together, crossing near the thickest end of the branch, leave the ends sticking out about an inch and then forming the rest of each branch into a curve. Grab the top ends and turn them inward and down. If you take a string and tie the ends together and then to the other lashing, they will dry in that heart shape and you can add more rosemary and decorate as you wish.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – The Most Embarrassing Things Ever Blurted Out By Kids BY DAN PEARCE – http://www.danoah.com/2013/05/the-most-embarrassing-things-ever-blurted-out-by-kids.html

Over on the Single Dad Laughing Facebook Page, I asked a simple question.

“What is the most embarrassing thing your child has ever blurted out to others?”

More than 1,500 of you answered.

And, just as I had hoped, you didn’t fail to deliver some of the best gut-grabbing laughs I’ve had in weeks. Here are a few of your replies…

The Most Embarrassing Things Ever Blurted Out By Kids

  1. One time while in the fitting room, I overheard a little boy say, quite loudly, “Mommy, are you buying this new swimsuit because you poop-farted in your one last year?”
  2. While out on a river in a boat with a bunch of friends, my 10-year-old announced she needs to go to the bathroom. I calmly tell her she’s gonna have to wait, to which she yells, “Mom, I have to poop! I’m crowning!”
  3. “Mom, please don’t sell me on Craigslist! I’ll be good.”
  4. During my divorce, while the kids and I were at Walmart buying groceries, I put a bottle of wine in my cart and my daughter yells, “Oh, look, Mom’s sad again.”
  5. My daughter once yelled out “I LOVE VAGINA” as loud as possible in a Walmart. Too bad she was actually referring to LASAGNA – which is what we were having for dinner.
  6. After getting new Toy Story undies, my son yelled to the drive-through workers at Chick-fil-A, “I’ve gotta woody in my pants!”
  7. The priest stood up for the second time to speak at my grandson’s Christening yesterday and as he began to speak my 5 year old son yelled, “Oh no, not again”.
  8. My son was feeling really badly about pooping his pants, so to make him feel better I told him that it happens to everyone, even mommy. The next day we walked in to daycare and told the lead teacher “Yesterday I pooped my pants, but mom said it was ok; it happens to her all the time.”
  9. My eldest once said “Mom, did you know there are people who don’t want kids?!” I asked how he knew that to which he replied “THEY BUY CARS WITH ONLY TWO DOORS!”
  10. When I was pregnant, I ended up having to take my three year old daughter to one of my OB appointments. My doctor had to do a vaginal exam to which my daughter replied loudly “Mommy, how come you show your ‘gina to EVERYONE!!??”
  11. In church, right at the elevation of the Host, my then four year old yelled, “Mom, did you know a cat’s butt is called an ANUS?”
  12. I was at a store when a toddler was asking her mother for something. The mother was very agitated at the toddler and the toddler blurted out “Mommy needs more wine!”
  13. Playing with my daughter when she was six and singing Little Bunny Foo-Foo… After a minute she stopped and said “wow, that Bunny Foo-Foo is a real b****!”
  14. I was volunteering in a third grade classroom reading the Weekly Readers with a group of students. The topic was The Great American Smoke Out when people are encouraged to quit smoking for a day. One little boy proclaimed his Mommy’s boyfriend smoked in the house… But only when Daddy was away on business.
  15. “Mommy, that lady’s butt is even bigger than yours!!!”
  16. My nine year old daughter said “Dad, Mom said I’m like you. I don’t have any common sense. Is that true?”
  17. My son, then five, was on his first soccer team. The color of the team was blue. The coach and the team gather around to choose a name. “Any ideas?”, the coach asks. My son yells out “Blue balls!”
  18. My, then two year old, being held by a woman who drew on her eyebrows, exclaimed “You have something on your face!” Followed by proudly wiping off one eyebrow, he said, “There I got it for ya!”
  19. Walking through a department store lingerie department and my then 5 year old bellows, “Mama, why are you looking at panties? You don’t wear those!”
  20. After biting his little sister, a friend of ours jokingly told our son, “sisters don’t taste good, but girlfriends do”. Much to my horror, he repeated it to his entire kindergarten class.
  21. We were at church and they called the young children to the front to talk about tithing and stealing and they asked, “If you found some money lying on the ground, what would you do?” My then four year old daughter replied, “Finders keepers, losers weepers.”
  22. While getting communion, I was holding my two year old daughter. After I received communion my daughter promptly said, “Where’s my damn cookie?”
  23. “Mommy has a badonkadonk butt!”
  24. “How come you don’t have any money? Are we POOR!?” at the Walmart checkout when I told her we didn’t have money for toys.
  25. My son telling a random stranger with a dog , “You know what my dog does? He humps me.”
  26. To a man with an eye patch, my four year old pointed and said: “Look mama, a pirate! Arrrrrrgh!!!”
  27. We were entering a petting zoo and my young son announces loudly, “I can’t wait to see a camel toe!”
  28. My three year old daughter, Tegan, was at the ENT. The Dr. told her that he was giving her nasal spray that mommy had to squirt up her nose every day. He told her it would help her sneezes and stop her snoring. Tegan leaned in and as serious as a judge says “Doctor, I guess you will need to give my Mommy some spray, too.”
  29. During the Lord’s prayer my daughter clearly tells everyone, “Thy will be DUMB”.
  30. “My mommy has a baby in her tummy and when it finds the hole, it’s going to come out!”
  31. In Victoria’s Secret, my then 4 year old said, “Mom, Dad said this is too much to spend on dental floss.”
  32. My 4-year-old daughter shouted out in a restaurant, “Look, mom! Those black people are eating lunch with those white people! And those black people are blacker than those black people!” Mortified, I whispered, “It is not nice to talk about people, especially so loud that they can hear you!” Then she whispered, “It’s just like Dr. King’s dream!” She had been learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in preschool.
  33. My son informed my mother in law that my husband hid from her when he saw her at Whole Foods.
  34. My son told his sitter that he is a Clownfish, Nana is a mermaid, and Mama is a beluga whale.

Haha. Too funny. You guys (and your kids) rock.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. Which ones made you laugh the hardest? And, what’s the most embarrassing thing your kid has ever blurted out?

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