Today is Tempus’ Birthday! Wish him a happy one!
The sun is out! The light is thin and watery, but compared to 2 days of wet and wild? A couple of the local weather stations are out, but our part of the coast got between 3.5 and 4 inches of rain in the last storm. One gust of wind in Lincoln County was clocked at 72. That’s pretty typical for a winter storm, maybe a little wetter than most, but this was at the end of September. I don’t know what winter’s going to be like! … and now at 0:30, it’s all dim, grey and drippy again. S’okay, I know the sun still exists…. I got to see it….
Yesterday the weather looked even more “interesting” than on Saturday, but the lights stayed on, classes and activities happened, even when folks came in soaked, it was with big grins. Carl got some good footage of one of the discussions, a bunch of us got to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the coast, and the warmth of friends old and new, ideas happened *all* over and we did it!
Yes, the raffle was held. The item that everyone seemed to want the most was the Silas wand. We got a lot of giggles over the repeats of names. I’ll get that list and the financial counts in better order today and post once I have them.
Several discussions were held about how to re-work the structure of the Gathering to get some of the kinks that are occurring as we grow worked out. I’m amazed, sometimes, at the depth of the knowledge in the pagan community….and it’s so freely shared!
Many, many thanks go to the people who made this whole thing possible! All of the Rose of the Sea, of course, for organizing this and doing most of the prep work. Cat and Mr. Champagne who paid the deposit for Laura’s Studio, Debbie, who is our Tupperware sponsor, who also set up the display at the shop and the accompanying Tupperware party, 🙂 donated things to the raffle, gifted a number of the young folks who helped with lunch sets and did *so* many more wonderful things for people all weekend long, and her husband, Steve, who was the other half of all that. Laura’s Studio by the Bay for the use of the marvelous space for classes, potluck and all, and a marvelous view, plus she ended up putting up 8 people because of the storm! Jeanne, of In Dreams, since she taught, taking on at least one class where we had a teacher vanish, and did it with *no* preparation, and her marvelous meditation garden and the use of the adjacent sunroom. We couldn’t make as much use of the space as we would have liked because of the weather, but a number of people went there, anyway. We had several vendors who set up displays: Grace with her beautiful knotwork designs that we carry at Ancient Light, Junay (I don’t think I spelled that right….) who brought her candles and lotions and soaps (and we’re probably going to start selling some of her products, too, yummy!) and Debbie. Then there were all of the young people who helped in various ways all weekend, running errands, manning the counter, putting together donation cans and running the printer, driving folks back and forth, making phone calls and keeping track of various projects that were going on. The first name on the list was David, because he was helping all this week and last, with some of the final bits and pieces and managed to figure out the shop cash register mostly on his own. Brandon and Nick, who drove down from northern Washington for the event, also helped with just turning a hand to anything that needed to be done, especially dealing with the potluck that was totally thrown off by the power outage, but happened anyway and Kitty and Red who were the ones who finished the donation cans and then just helped in various ways all weekend. Then there are all the folks who led discussions, taught and/or took people out into the storm to enjoy all the wonderful places we have out here! Some were at the event just for a class or workshop or three and headed back home, some stuck out the whole event, but you have to appreciate the amount of time and dedication it takes to do the prep work on something like this, to drive out, set up, teach and then head home. The rituals were done by Hawk’s Hearth Kindred and Rose of the Sea and went well, from the simple to the large. (…and Tempus birthday cake was yum….. 🙂 ) …and there are all the folks who came for the workshops and classes and such, all the folks who sat and talked and asked questions and discussed things, who helped critique the event, who did all the things that no one may have noticed but made this thing go, despite all the obstacles. All of you deserve thanks even those whose aid was a smile and patience! …and believe me. some of the event took a lot of patience… 🙂 There was the anonymous person who put a $100 bill in the shuttle gas donation can, whoever it was who mopped up the counter in the classroom after the coffee spill, whoever it was that grabbed the broom and got the tracked-in grass back out the door of the Studio, and so on and so on. …and I know I missed someone because I’m running from memory here….which is still glitching. 🙂
Everywhere I looked all weekend there were bright smiles and intense discussions, learning and connecting. That’s what this is about, and in that sense this event was a *grand* success! On a physical level, clean-up is most of the way. One a financial level, at this point, I know we broke even and we should have enough for a deposit for a space for next year, since we probably won’t be able to use the studio. We dun good, folks!
There are always a few folks who go home disgruntled, if not angry, after an event of this sort. I hope that those who did…yes, there were some…. will be able to put their upset into words to give us a chance to fix the problems that they encountered. …and that the folks with allergies and sick tummies and confusion issues all get sorted out quickly. We put the last of the event’s energies into those purposes.
Please write out comments and suggestions and send them to the shop e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or put them onto the Facebook Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering group page. Everything that comes through in those venue will go into the event notebook that we’re putting together. Please don’t depend on my remembering what you told me! I *might*, but with the sheer volume of information, suggestions and corrections that I have to remember, I know things will slip. It’s important enough to me that you took the time to think something, much less say it to me that I *don’t* want to lose this input!
After the closing ritual, several of the younger folks went up to Laura’s Studio to clean up. Tempus is going to re-set In Dreams and clean up there tomorrow. (Hey, today’s his birthday, shouldn’t have to clean on a birthday.) After that, we went across the street to the China restaurant and gave Ray a small thank you again for setting up the Friday night supper. We also put together one for Meghan, the lovely server who took such good care of us all in the chaos.
We had a good dinner and talked ourselves out, then one after another started heading out. The last were Brandon and Nick and David, who had stopped at the house to pick up Brandon and Nick’s stuff and they were going to drop David at his house on their way out and the event was over.
Last night when we came in, I thought Tempus went to bed, while I started to put the newsletter together and then put my feet up and played a silly game on the computer just to let my mind flap. When I went to turn it, he wasn’t there. I called, then went looking. I finally found him. He had sat down to take his boots off and gone to sleep with one boot off and in his lap and was *so* soundly asleep that he didn’t even hear me calling him! He did finally manage to get awake enough to go to bed. Then the poor guy went to get undressed after his newspaper route and his jacket zipper popped open 1/2 way and caught. He did eventually manage to get it loose and we’ve been snoring at each other for many hours. 🙂
New stuff coming in on the Psychic Fair for October! Carl Neal is going to be our special guest and we have a class line-up! More on the blog and if you want to wait <grin> here tomorrow!
Wikipedia says the Meditrinalia (in honor of the new wine and an obscure goddess of medicine) is on 10/11, but Nigel Pennick has it as today. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditrinalia
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
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 a Waning Crescent moving into Hecate’s Brooch at 8:35am. 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 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 9/30 at 8:35am. 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 10/3 at 8:35am.
In the eastern dawn Tuesday morning, look for the thin waning crescent Moon forming a triangle with Mars and Regulus. Best view: at least an hour before your local sunrise.
Mercury (magnitude –0.1) is deep in the glow of sunset. About 30 minutes after sunset, use binoculars to search for it about 20° lower right of Venus and 9° lower right of Saturn
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 11/30
Celtic Tree month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
Harvest 9/29 to 10/1
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).
Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Sky Blue
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will make a wrong decision.
to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 30 Low 4:02 AM 1.1 7:13 AM Rise 2:47 AM 25
~ 30 High 10:28 AM 6.2 6:58 PM Set 4:39 PM
~ 30 Low 4:25 PM 2.5
~ 30 High 10:09 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The Secret of Life Is Not To Live…..But To Have Something to lived For……….
~ If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror ever become polished? – Rumi
~ Life is a banquet and most poor sons of bitches are starving to death. – Rosalind Russell as Aunty Mame
~ Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise. – Ephesians 5:15
~ Hard words break no bones. – Hen-Thorir’s Saga, c.13
As I live my life
Doing my everyday tasks
Making my grocery lists
Washing my dishes,
There is the serenity
Of knowing that the Goddess
Is with me.
When things seem overwhelming
And I’m angry
Or feeling betrayed
By a person or situation…
Whether I’m in touch
With it then or not,
There is still hope
And the deep inner knowledge
That She is with me.
I know I have to do the footwork
So I can learn and grow,
But She is my biggest
Even looking in my closet
Trying to decide what to wear
That won’t make me
The Goddess is right there
Looking over my shoulder, laughing
Because She knows
All her children are beautiful.
When things look dark
She smiles gently
“Give your troubles to me,
I will help you through them,
And into the Light.” – © Copyright 10/3/06, Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Jeanne’s Marscapone and Fruit – Best for Litha or Lughnasadh, but delicious anytime.
You will need a mix of soft fresh fruits, berries and nectarine are best.
Add couple of tablespoons of Chambord (see note) and then sugar to taste. Set aside in a bowl in the fridge to blend for a couple of hours.
To about a pound of room temperature marscapone cheese add a couple of tablespoons of Vanilla Sugar (see note) and mix well. Put in a 2nd bowl and set in the fridge for the rest of those couple of hours. Before serving, sprinkle a little more sugar onto the top of the cheese for “crunch”.
If you set this out as you begin your meal, it will be at perfect temperature when you reach the dessert. If serving by itself, allow to set at room temp (covered) for ½-1 hour before serving and add sugar just as you uncover.
Note – Chambord is a raspberry liqueur that you can find at any liquor store.
Note – To make vanilla sugar. Take a 1 cup airtight container and ½ fill with raw or turbinado sugar. Lay a whole vanilla bean in the container. You may break it up, if you wish. Cover with more sugar leaving at least ½ inch of headroom. Seal. Set in a dark place and shake twice a day for about a week. It may be used at any time after that.
Sesame Encrusted Baked Chicken Tenders – Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 1/2 • Serving Size: 2 chicken tenders • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 196.9 • Fat: 9.1 g • Protein: 22.9 g • Carb: 5.7 g • Fiber: 1.5 g • Sugar: 0.3 g Sodium: 400 mg
- 18 oz chicken tenderloins
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
- 6 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 1/2 tsp course salt
- 4 tbsp panko
- olive oil spray (I used my Misto)
Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick oil spray.
Combine the sesame oil and soy sauce in a bowl, and the sesame seeds, salt and panko in another.
Place chicken in the bowl with the oil and soy sauce, then into the sesame seed mixture to coat well. Place on the baking sheet; lightly spray the top of the chicken with oil spray and bake 8 – 10 minutes. Turn over and cook another 4 – 5 minutes longer or until cooked through.