Yesterday was a good day, even though we’re still tired and looking forward to the next couple of days of our weekend.
Tempus got wished happy birthday by a lot of people, which made him feel good, and he has lots of birthday cake left.
I was running so far behind in the morning, that I stayed home while Tempus opened, so that I got my work done, sortof caught up, at least. When I got to the shop, Darwinia was there and we talked for quite a lot of the afternoon, although I got some handwork done at the same time. We had a number of customers in during the day, the milder weather luring folks out of their burrows.
Once I got going at the shop I got the raffle winners posted, then counted all the various monies involved with OCPPG and got that recorded. After that I did some more of the paperwork, found a box and started filling it with various papers and records of the event and started making notes for next year. Over the next few days I’m going to be compiling numbers and such, too. Phew!
Here are the winners!
Chopper Grinder – Leslie
One of Café Press logo products – Leslie
Other Café Press logo product– Marius
Table – Ancient Light
Incense Basket – Holly
Paul Rucker Print, Sybil – Steve
Wand – Diana
Blue Sandwich Set – Holly
Metamorphosis Reading – Holly
Red Sandwich Set – Debbie (gave it to Kitty)
Glass Box – Debbie
Candle Basket – Debbie
Candy Bag – went to Debbie who gifted it with Sandwich sets to the young folks who helped with the event.
Thanks to all who bought tickets and even more thanks to those who donated the items in the raffle! You can claim your gifts at Ancient Light, or make arrangements through Anja, any which way (facebook, e-mail, website, here……)
Today I have some chores and newsletter stuff to do. Tempus is still asleep and I hope he stays that way for awhile. I’m thinking about crawling back in myself. This evening there is an historical recreation group meeting at the shop. Here’s the Wiki article on the SCA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Tir
I found something interesting, the Mensa Workout page. https://www.mensa.org/workout.php
Sacred to Goddess Astraea, daughter of Zeus and Themis. She lived among humans in the Golden Age but when civilization deteriorated she withdrew to the upperworld.
October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know
But lay an Opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest. ~Traditional English Proverb
In some Saxon calendars, allegorized by the figure of a husbandman carrying a sack on his shoulders, sowing corn. In other old calendars, the sport of hawking is represented.
The month for making beer, wine, cider, because of steady temperature.
This is the Irish month of Deireadh Fomhair. The Frankish name, Windurmanoth, means ‘vintage month’. American backwoods: Hunter’s Moon. Asatru name: Hunting.
Weather lore of October (Northern Hemisphere): the more bright red berries (haws and hips) that can be seen in the hedgerows, the more frost and snow there will be the next Winter.
The second ‘Summer’ in October is called Indian Summer in America, St Bridget’s Summer in Sweden; in Italy, the Summer of St Teresa; in Germany and Switzerland, the Summer of St Gall. In England, it is called St Luke’s Summer.
Much rain in October said to correspond with much rain in December. A warm October makes a cold February.
Bittersweet October – The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter. ~Carol Bishop Hipps
If October bring much frost and wind,
Then are January and February mild. ~Traditional English weather proverb
In October dung your field,
And your land its wealth shall yield. ~Traditional English proverb
Birth flowers: Calendula and cosmos.
Birthstone: Opal, signifying hope. Said to bring bad luck to those not born in this month who wear it.
The Wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday and we need our break after OCPPG! 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 10/4 at 5:35pm. 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.
Now that October is here, the little fall constellation Aries is visible in the east-northeast after dark and all through the evening. Its two or three brightest stars are lined up roughly horizontally, well below the stars of Andromeda.
Venus and fainter Saturn(magnitudes –4.2 and +0.7, respectively) shine low in the west-southwest in evening twilight. Locate Venus far to the lower left of Arcturus. Saturn, much fainter, is 10° to Venus’s right on Friday the 27th, and 17° to Venus’s right by Friday October 4th.
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
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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
Tu 1 Low 4:46 AM 1.0 7:15 AM Rise 3:48 AM 17
~ 1 High 11:04 AM 6.6 6:56 PM Set 5:08 PM
~ 1 Low 5:10 PM 1.8
~ 1 High 10:59 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If we are what we eat, then I’m easy, fast and cheap.
~ We need to teach our children how to debate the major life issues. Debate strengthens their beliefs and enables them to defend themselves against ideologies that are going to come their way. – Jim Rohn
~ Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt
~ Life always gives us lemons. A fool remains bitter & grows more lemons. A wise man borrows sugar & makes lemon meringue pie. – David Roppo
~ Failure is not defeat! It’s merely a stepping stone to success. He who perseveres shall surely wear the crown of glory. – David Roppo
I believe it was God’s will that we should come back, so that men might know the things that are in the world, since, as we have said in the first chapter of this book, no other man, Christian or Saracen, Mongol or pagan, has explored so much of the world as Messer Marco, son of Messer Niccolo Polo, great and noble citizen of the city of Venice. – Marco Polo, born on on September 15, 1254, writes humbly of himself; Travels
Symbolism: Third Harvest, wisdom of the Crone, death of the God, reflection on our place in the Wheel of the Year, New Year, reincarnation, the dark mysteries, Rebirth after Death.
Foods: beef, pork and other meat dishes, cakes for the dead (soul cakes), pumpkin dishes cranberry/pumpkin muffins and breads, squash, beets, turnips
Drinks: Mead, apple cider, mulled cider, mulled wines, ale, herbal teas
Herbs:Angelica, burdock, catnip, pennyroyal, rosemary, rue, sunflower, sage, thyme, wild ginseng, tarragon, mugwort. Oak, Arborvitae (Yellow Cedar), Corn, Dittany of Crete, Fumitory, Hazel, Mullein, Nightshade, Sage, Wormwood, Gourds, Allspice, Catnip
Fruits – Apples, pomegranates, acorns, hazel and other nuts
Flowers: Calendula, chrysanthemum, cosmos, marigold.
Trees: Acacia, apple, cypress, hazel, hemlock, yew
Incenses and oils: Bay, cedar, clove, copal, coriander, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, heather, mugwort, myrrh, patchouli, peppermint, sage, sandalwood, vetiver, wormwood.
Colors: Black, brown, orange, red, Golden Yellow. Altar candles should be black, orange, white, silver and/or gold.
Stones: Amber, beryl, bloodstone, carnelian, clear quartz, diamond, garnet, gold, granite, hematite, jasper, jet, marble, obsidian, opal, pyrite, rose sapphire, ruby, sandstone, smoky quartz, steel, tourmaline, turquoise. all black gemstones, jet, obsidian, and onyx.
Animals: Stag, jackal, cat, bat, ram, scorpion, heron, crow, robin, crow, black dogs.
Mythical creatures: Goblins, harpies, Phooka, Goblin, Medusa, Beansidhe, Fylgiar, Peryton, Erlkonig
Symbols – Jack-o’-Lantern, Balefire, Besom, Masks, The Cauldron, Waning Moon Jack-O-Lanterns, Altar decorations might include small jack-o-lanterns, foods from the harvest, and photographs of your loved ones who have departed from this world.
Some appropriate God/desses: Star Goddess, Winter Queen(Anna) and Winter King (Anu), all Death, Underworld, and aged Gods; all Crone and Underworld Goddesses; Am-Heh (Egyptian), Anubis (Egyptian), Arawn (Welsh), Cernunnos (Celtic), Dis (Roman), Hades (Greek), Heimdahl (Norse), Herne (English), The Horned God (European), Kronos (Greek), Loki (Norse), Nefertum (Egyptian), Odin (Norse), Osiris (Egyptian), Pluto (Greco-Roman); Arachne (Greek), Aradia (Italian), Badb (Irish), Cerridwen (Welsh), Elli (Teutonic), Ereshkigal (Assyro-Babylonian), Eris (Greek), The Fates/Moerae (Greek), Fortuna (Roman), Freya/Frigg (Norse), Hecate (Greek), Hel (Teutonic), Inanna (Sumerian), Ishtar (Babylonian), Macha (Irish), Mari (Basque), Morrigan (Celtic), Nephthys (Egyptian), Nicneven (Scottish), Persephone (Greek), Psyche (Greek), Proserpina (Roman), Rhiannon (Welsh) Lilith, The Morrigan/Morrigu
Decorations: Autumn leaves, fall flowers, pomegranates, apples, pumpkins
Traditional activities: Common Ritual practice calls for each Wiccan to write down his/her weaknesses on a piece of paper or parchment and toss it into the Cauldron fire divination, drying winter herbs, feasting and partying to defy the coming darkness (bob for apples, roast nuts, pop popcorn), Witches’ Ball. Spirit Contact, Meditation,
Spell/ritual work: astral projection, past life recall, Remembrances, Dumb Supper, Dark Moon mysteries, mirror spells, scrying, protection, inner work, clearing obstacles, transition, culmination, transformation. Releasing bad habits and toxic relationships, illness, failure and poverty; everything you do not want to carry into the New Year.