Wicca 101 at 9:30. No Practical Craft today.
The sunshine yesterday was lovely, but we’re back to cloud this morning. It’s only 50F and we’re until a freeze warning for Monday and Tuesday nights.
The Herbs Workshop went pretty well. Ian and I got a *lot* done and he’s learning where stuff goes in the workroom. We got a lot of dried stuffs bottled and bagged and labeled. I spent a while, right at the last, weighing the black copal chunks. There are going to be a number of bags of that from .2 oz up to 1 1/2. I just have to figure out how much to charge for them and then I’ll be starting to print headers.
Crystals went equally well. We went through a lot of the obsidian, sorting it for what’s going into the tumblers and what’s just going out raw. I finished up the sunstone bottles and we’ve already sold several! They’re $3 per bottle, like all the semi-precious gemstone bottles that we have. We’re going to have some baggies with slightly larger ones, but I haven’t gotten those done, yet.
By that point Tempus had brought some fresh cedar and we got a couple of wands made. We should have more fresh cedar wands later today.
I spent awhile at that point working with customers, but later, as the sun started coming through the windows, got a bunch more pictures done of the stitching process for the backs of the mini-needlebooks.
One of the candidates for City Council was in the shop very late in the day, campaigning.
David and Ali showed up just as we were starting to think about closing up, so we chatted SCA stuff for a bit, then they headed off to dinner and Tempus and I closed up.
I’m writing this at 2:30am. I woke up to some kind of light flashing regularly outside. I could see it through the skylight, but no clue what it was, there weren’t any sirens or anything, but I’m guessing it was some kind of emergency vehicle. Tempus just headed out on his newspaper route and I’m going to write a little and then go back to bed.
Today is the regular morning Wicca 101 class. I don’t think there’s going to be a Practical Craft this afternoon, since I’m going to try to get the work table in back cleared enough so that we can set up kits this afternoon. Unless someone wants to learn how to set up kits? 🙂
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata, which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article – Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata
Quote from Wikipedia – “Servetus was the first European to describe the function of pulmonary circulation, although his achievement was not widely recognized at the time, … an amazing understanding of the body and treatments. Most copies of the book were burned shortly after its publication in 1553 because of persecution of Servetus by religious authorities. …In passage V, Servetus recounts his discovery that the blood of the pulmonary circulation flows from the heart to the lungs (rather than air in the lungs flowing to the heart as had been thought). His discovery was based on the color of the blood, the size and location of the different ventricles, and the fact that the pulmonary vein was extremely large, which suggested that it performed intensive and transcendent exchange.” Source and more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Servetus
The shop opens at 11am! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’ll be closing at sunset as that creeps backwards to 5pm. 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. 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 Tide Change on 11/1 at 4:50am PST. 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 10/29 at 4:50pm.
The Ghost of Summer Suns. Halloween is approaching, and this means that Arcturus, the star sparkling low in the west-northwest in twilight, is taking on its role as “the Ghost of Summer Suns.” For several days centered on October 29th every year, Arcturus occupies a special place above your local landscape. It closely marks the spot in your sky where the Sun stood at the same time, by the clock, during warm June and July — in broad daylight, of course. So, in the last days of October each year, you can think of Arcturus as the chilly Halloween ghost of the departed summer Sun.
Venus (magnitude –4.5) shines brightly in the southwest during dusk. It sets nearly an hour after dark now. In a telescope Venus appears very close to half-lit. When will it — or did it — it appear exactly so? Visually, the dichotomy of Venus comes about a week or ten days before Venus wanes to be geometrically half-lit, which happens on October 30th. We see this offset timing because of the dim lighting at Venus’s terminator combined with fuzzy seeing in a telescope and a (usually) bright-sky background.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Celtic Tree month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.
Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
Moon in Leo
Mercury, Uranus, Chiron and Neptune Retrograde
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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 27 Low 1:07 AM 1.3 7:48 AM Rise 12:35 AM 51
~ 27 High 7:57 AM 6.1 6:12 PM Set 2:39 PM
~ 27 Low 1:51 PM 3.5
~ 27 High 7:16 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
~ The more time we spend considering the shortcomings of others, the smaller a person we become. – Guy Finley
~ Time lost is never found again. – Benjamin Franklin
~ No one can change your lot in life but you. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. – Benjamin Franklin
I pray that in thirty-two years
passing that flowers and vegetables
will water the Twenty-First Century with their voices telling that
they were once a book turned by
loving hands into life. – Richard Brautigan; ‘Shasta Daisy’
Magick – Halloween Centerpiece – (For Samhain) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/pumpkin.html
Craft pumpkin with hollow interior OR real pumpkin carved in desired shape
Gourds, small pumpkins, and squash
Black and orange candles
Black treat bowl
All sorts of seasonal decorations are available in regular shops this time of year! Any can be incorporated into a festive display, but here is a good suggestion: Use the black bowl, filled with candy corn, to place the hollowed-out pumpkin (real or fake) into. Place black and orange candles (any number and combination) on either side. Place gourds and other seasonal plants around and in front of the bowl.
Ancestors can be remembered and their pictures and keepsakes can be put inside the pumpkin, provided it is either fake or the artifacts are protected.
Paper Bag Pumpkin
Materials include a brown lunch bag, two rubber bands, green cotton chenille stem, orange tempera paint, newspaper, sponge brush, scissors
1. Prepare the bag. Cut bottom off bag leaving a tube shape. Gather bottom of bag together evenly. Secure with a rubber ban about 1″ from the bottom. Turn bag inside out and flatten out bottom.
2. Make the pumpkin. Stuff bag with newspaper. Shape bag into pumpkin shape. For stem, gather together and twist top of bag. Push down for pumpkin shape. Secure with rubber band. Paint pumpkin shape leaving wrinkles unpainted for contrast. Let dry.
3. Finish up. Remove rubber band from top and replace with green stem. For vine, wrap ends of stem around a pencil. Remove pencil leaving vine spirals in tact.
4. You can add Jack-O-Lantern faces onto the pumpkins with black permanent markers or tempera paint.