Wicca 101 at 9:30am and Brea’s Elements will follow. Practical Craft at 2pm is going to be on making Incense Cones.
I walked into the study just in time for an eye-searing bit of gold poking its way over the horizon. I love that in the winter I get to see the sunrise! It’s 52 and quite breezy, with few clouds.
Yesterday was *so* much fun! I actually got to visit with Carl, and so did Tempus. I also bagged 27 packages of clearing incense and then worked my way into making cones of our latest batch of clearning incense with Carl’s help. Providing that they dry out sound, we’re going to start having them for sale, soon. They’ll be spendy. $1 per cone is a *lot* more than what I was hoping for, but for an easy fix-it, it oughta be worth it. Carl made a bunch of trial runs on some of the incenses for next year’s book, and he got a chunk of time on the beach. There were a couple of students in. Mostly we all talked…. from politics to personal stuff to his plans for his next book, Magic Moment and Pent O’clock News, to what Tempus and I are working on this winter.
During the afternoon I took the opportunity to unpack and test several incense ingredients with an expert there. Sash had harvested some pine resins for me awhile back, and they were dry enough, finally, to test. Or so we thought! Well, no… I managed to grind some, but the rest was still quite squashy. So back on the shelf it went.
I had a large package from Columbia of some incense; the black copal and Palo Santo that we had ordered early in the summer that just came in. The box was battered and squashed and smelled awesome. We got it unpacked and the copal was all over, but we got it separated from the plastic bags and tried some. It’s *potent*! …and delicious, even if the top note is a little astringent and it’s less citrusy that most copal. I’m going to be selling chunks of it and small packets of ground pretty soon, but we’re going to have to figure the per oz cost, because the chunks are amazingly variable in size.
The Palo Santo also smells amazing. Burned, it’s a little odd, probably because it still has the bark on and seems to be a little damp. We’re running one batch in the dehydrator right now and I’ll try again the morning. There are going to be bark bits all over. We’re probably going to be selling this in bags of sticks.
It’s almost time to harvest rugosa fruits, too and I’m thinking about hitting up some mushroom farms on our trip and drying some for winter. I spent awhile during all the talking putting away and prepping various herbs, as well. I think my next incense is going to be a pachouli… and Carl and Tempus and I also talked about how to make a PNW “kyphi”, subbing various local materials for the traditional ingredients.
We closed at 7. We missed sunset, but stopped at the beach, anyway. It was a minus tide……*way* out with the wave crash line really visible, dark against the water glowing from the last of the sunset. I got a glimpse of the very-new-Moon, but she was shy and hiding in the cirrus near the horizon. Not Venus! Wow! Talk about “a diamond in the sky”!!! I’m hoping we’ll have decent weather for the conjunction this evening. The whole horizon was dying to embers, with patches of glow. Tempus and I snuggled awhile, watching. As we stood there, the stars began to pop through. I finally became aware of how much my feet were complaining, from a combo of cold and being on them today more than they like and we rolled on up to the house.
Today is Wicca 101 and Brea’s Elements. At that point, I’m going to work on shop stuff and Tempus is going to head home to pack. We’ll probably trade off later in the day, and last thing pull the seats from the car.
Newsletters are going to be irregular this week because of our trip and no clue what time they’ll be coming through, but I’ll be keeping them up at my end. The shop will be closed Monday through Thursday, possibly even open very late on Friday.
Mad Hatter Day is a silly holiday opposite April Fool’s on the calendar. It is one of the Discordian Holy Days. More info here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ari/madHatter.html and info on Alice in Wonderland here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland and the Hatter here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hatter
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here and the pic used here I misidentified as that in yesterday’s newsletter! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The shop opens at 11am! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday although we’ll usually be there through sunset. You can call us and ask us to wait for you, too! 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! Also, we’re going to be closed Monday, October 7 – Thurs. October 10, since we’re taking a rock-hounding trip to Eastern Oregon. 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 New moving into Diana’s Bow at 8:35am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 10/6 at 8:35am. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/11 at 4:02pm.
Sunday, Oct. 6, evening twilight – Saturn, Mercury, and the Moon – A triple conjunction low in the southwest just after sunset.
Mercury (magnitude –0.1) remains deep in the glow of sunset. About 30 minutes after sunset, use binoculars to look for it 20° lower right of Venus. Saturn (magnitude +0.7) glows 6° above Mercury early in the week, and a similar distance upper right of it by week’s end.
Jupiter is at western quadrature this week, 90° west of the Sun in the morning sky. This is when, in a telescope, the western edge of Jupiter is most clearly dimmer than its eastern, more sunward-facing edge.
before morning twilight – Zodiacal Light – This faint light reflected from countless pieces of interplanetary material will be visible in dark skies for the next two weeks. It rises in a conical shape along the ecliptic before morning twilight.
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
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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
Su 6 High 1:56 AM 7.3 7:21 AM Rise 9:17 AM 0
~ 6 Low 7:45 AM 1.4 6:47 PM Set 7:45 PM
~ 6 High 1:44 PM 8.4
~ 6 Low 8:26 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I listen to my body.
~ You can’t make sound decisions if you can’t clearly see your situation. Knighthood requires the use of all of one’s senses, not just your vision. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
~ Those who produce should have, but we know that those who produce the most – that is, those who work hardest, and at the most difficult and most menial tasks, have the least. – Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
~ I do not wish to harm anybody, I am just following my own way but it appears to disturb others, most of the people do not like those who follow a different path. How could I go away from my way? It gives me such happiness, such contentment. Be yourself at any cost! – Dharma
It hovers in dark corners
before the lights are turned on,
it shakes sleep from its eyes
and drops from mushroom gills,
it explodes in the starry heads
of dandelions turned sages,
it sticks to the wings of green angels
that sail from the tops of maples.
It sprouts in each occluded eye
of the many-eyed potato,
it lives in each earthworm segment
it is the motion that runs the tail of a dog,
it is the mouth that inflates the lungs
of the child that has just been born.
It is the singular gift
we cannot destroy in ourselves,
the argument that refutes death,
the genius that invents the future,
all we know of God.
It is the serum which makes us swear
not to betray one another;
it is in this poem, trying to speak. – Lisel Mueller (Alive Together: New and Selected Poems)
Magick – Samhain Lore
Have a fun Halloween – Samhain!
The day may also be referred to as Hallowmas, All Hallows Eve, Day of the Dead, Feast of Spirits, Third Harvest, Samonios, All Saint’s Eve, Martinmas, Celtic New Year, Samhuinn, Celtic Winter, Samana, Festival of Pamona, Vigil of Saman, Hallowe’en, Vigil of Todos, Santos, and The Witches New Year
Samhain (also spelled Samhuim or Samhuinn) has several pronunciations: “SOW-wen”, “SEW-wen”, “SOW-vain”, “SAV-een”, “Sahm-HAYN”. The word means “Summer’s End” in Gaelic. It is the New Years Eve of Celts and Druids and for many who call themselves “witch”, including Wiccans. For some, the day marks the end of the rule of the Goddess and the beginning of the rule of the God. For Christians, it is the eve of All Hallows.
On Samhain night the veil between the our world and the world of spirits is thought to be very thin. So, Samhain or the Eve of All Hallows is nearly universally viewed as a time for honoring the dead and, even, possibly seeing them. (Some people believed you could go to a graveyard and, at midnight, see the ‘ghosts’ of those destined to die in the coming year wandering about.) In the Celtic tradition it was believed that all who died had to wait until Sanhain before crossing over the the world of the spirits. It is believed that future can be more easily seen at this time.
I’ve been asked to post this simple recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds…warning, they are addictive!
Scoop out seeds and get stringy stuff off…but not pulp. Leave that on because it adds to taste. Spread on a cookie sheet and drizzle with melted butter. I use enough to get them all wet with the butter. Then put in 350 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes. About halfway through, stir the seeds around to get both sides…then salt them as soon as you pull them out. If you really like the roasted flavor, let them get a little darker than golden brown. Yum!
- Honor the dead, remember those you loved who have passed on
- Give food to travelers (or trick or treaters)
- Have a bonfire
- Scry by the fire, smoke or your scrying mirror
- Leave food outside as an offering to the dead
- Carve faces in apples and pumpkins (originally this was done to frighten off evil spirits)
- Mix up some hot mugwart tea
- Cook up a Samhain pumkin pie
- Make a collection of photos etc of loved ones who are dead and display it on your altar
- Some clans do testing for psychic and magickal talents on this night.
It is traditional on Samhain night to leave a plate of food outside the home for the souls of the dead. A candle placed in the window guides them to the lands of eternal summer, and burying apples in the hard-packed earth “feeds” the passed ones on their journey.
In Belgium an old custom was to prepare “Cakes for the Dead” small white cakes or cookies. A cake was eaten for each spirit honoured with the belief that the more cakes you ate, the more the dead would bless you.
It was also customary to light a fire on the household hearth which would burn continuously until the first day of the following spring. Huge bonfires were lit on the hilltops at sunset in honor of the old Gods and Goddesses and to guide the souls of the dead home to their kin.
Samhain can be a time for getting rid of bad habits, too. Write down bad habits and weaknesses you wish to be rid of on a piece of parchment. Meditate upon how much better off you will be once rid of the weaknesses; then, burn the parchment.
Gingerbread, cakes for the dead, pumpkin pie and other pumpkin dishes, cranberry muffins and breads, apples, corn, beets, turnips, haselnuts, cider, ale, herbal teas, mulled wines are appropriate, as are meat dishes.
Herbs and Plants
Acorn, Oak, Apple, Arborvitae (Yellow Cedar), Corn Dittany of Crete Fumitory, Hazel, Mullein, Nightshade, Pumpkin, Sage, Turnip, Wormwood, Mugwort, Gourds, Sage, Allspice, Catnip, pomegranites
Symbols – Jack-o’-Lantern, Balefire, Besom, Masks, The Cauldron, Waning Moon.
Gemstones – all black gemstones, jet, obsidian, and onyx.