Daily Stuff 8-26-14 Krakatau

Hi, folks!

weather Sunny brightIt’s only 52F according to the computer, but it doesn’t feel that chill. I looked at the other local temperatures and it’s more like 60 around most of the area until you get inland…. Toledo is 75 and Alsea 80! There’s not really much wind, enough to stir the leaves is all. Crows are calling across the yard and from back in the trees. Yes, it’s 11:30am. I slept very late.

Poster 0814Yesterday we had a kerfluffle. I was ready to head out the door, but Tempus suggested that I stay home because I was so wiped out from the weekend and had so much in the way of photos and writing to work on. So I did.

He was really busy. First it was folks just looking and then a big sale.

>>>>>>> Poster for the Exhibition! >>>>>>>>>>>>>

I worked for a couple of hours, but my eyes started to drop shut, so I crawled into bed and woke 2 1/2 hours later! I had lunch at that point and Tempus and I started talking on Facebook as he got chores done.

motif plant houseplant dieffenbachiaOf course I was working on pictures …. and working…. and working…. and I kept getting sidetracked….

…especially into stuff about the Exhibition over the weekend. That’s going to be fun, to show off what we can do! …but I kept getting sidetracked.

motif plant houseplant silvervase bromeliad…especially because Tempus was really jazzed about the sales yesterday! He had several sizeable ones and that makes us really happy, because every sale makes it that much more likely that we’ll be able to stay open. We’ve survived this long, but it *really* has been by the skin of our teeth…. and summer is what pays the bills.

motif plant shrub flowerThe stuff I was working on finally started to resolve itself 9-ish, a bit after Tempus got home. I did count for the week, set up a deposit for this morning and we went to bed. I didn’t fall asleep until late through. I weaked my back on Sunday, apparently, so that’s why I’m up so late this morning.

motif seasonal plant valentine ivyheartSo, now we’re heading into our two days off….well, days off from the shop. Tempus is going out to do chores and cleaning for several people. I have newsletters and cleaning and cooking today (soup!) and then on Wednesday, I’ll be sewing at the shop in the afternoon and then esbat….

220px-Trilith_StonehengeLovely article about the new research at Stonehenge.  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-lies-beneath-Stonehenge-180952437/?no-ist

If you get this, smile!

the ninja painters

Krakatoa_eruption_lithographToday is the anniversary of the eruption of Krakatau in 1883 (often spelled “Krakatoa”). Krakatau, before this point, was a volcanic island near Java & Sumatra in Indonesia. It exploded with such force that the resulting tsunami killed somewhere around 36K people and caused swells 1/2-way around the world in the Thames. The sound was heard 3000 miles away and registered on barometers on the far side of the world and twice! The island was destroyed to below water level and pumice covered the ocean and ash filled the sky for months. The telegraph and newspapers made possible the world-wide news of this event.  http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/aug26.html orhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krakatoa   Anak Krakatoa, (son of Krakatoa) a new island, has built itself on top of the old volcano over the last century.

mugwort Artemisia_vulgaris_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-016Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue,  to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.

pentacle mabon 1inThe shop opens at 11am. Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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.

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

New Moon 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 8/26 at 7:13pm. 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. Phase ends at the Full on 9/8 at 9:38pm. 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 on 8/29 at 7:13pm.  

Lyra astro constellation VegaIf you’re in the Earth’s mid-northern latitudes, bright Vega>>>> shines near your zenith just as night becomes fully dark. Whenever you see Vega most nearly straight up, you know that Sagittarius, with its deep-sky riches, is at its highest in the south.
Astro venusVenus (magnitude –3.9) and Jupiter (a sixth as bright at magnitude –1.8) shine low in the east-northeast during dawn. Jupiter is the upper one. They’re drawing farther apart each morning: from 5° apart on August 23rd to 12° by the 30th. Jupiter is moving higher, and Venus is gradually sinking a little lower.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 

Rune Runic Month 16 Ansuz Os AsRunic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in VirgoSun in Virgo
Moon in VirgoMoon in Virgo
Uranus (12/21), Chiron (11/23) and Neptune (11/16)  Retrograde
Color: Grey


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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Hazel celtic tree month CollColl – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  26     High   1:19 AM     7.3   6:32 AM    Rise  7:42 AM      0
~    26      Low   7:50 AM     0.0   8:03 PM     Set  8:22 PM
~    26     High   2:04 PM     6.9
~    26      Low   8:04 PM     1.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I remember freedom. I remember who I Am. I am free.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is? – What is a refugee? Write a paragraph defining this term. Being with a general definition, then explore specific examples as well as the connotation of the word.



~  We don’t want what was to define what is. We want what was to inspire us to see what could be. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  So little done, so much to do. – Cecil Rhodes (sounds like me!)
~  I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~  A holding company is a thing where you hand an accomplice the goods while the policeman searches you. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist

Shoveling Snow With Buddha

In the usual iconography of the temple or the local Wok
you would never see him doing such a thing,
tossing the dry snow over a mountain
of his bare, round shoulder,
his hair tied in a knot,
a model of concentration.

Sitting is more his speed, if that is the word
for what he does, or does not do.

Even the season is wrong for him.
In all his manifestations, is it not warm or slightly humid?
Is this not implied by his serene expression,
that smile so wide it wraps itself around the waist of the universe?

But here we are, working our way down the driveway,
one shovelful at a time.
We toss the light powder into the clear air.
We feel the cold mist on our faces.
And with every heave we disappear
and become lost to each other
in these sudden clouds of our own making,
these fountain-bursts of snow.

This is so much better than a sermon in church,
I say out loud, but Buddha keeps on shoveling.
This is the true religion, the religion of snow,
and sunlight and winter geese barking in the sky,
I say, but he is too busy to hear me.

He has thrown himself into shoveling snow
as if it were the purpose of existence,
as if the sign of a perfect life were a clear driveway
you could back the car down easily
and drive off into the vanities of the world
with a broken heater fan and a song on the radio.

All morning long we work side by side,
me with my commentary
and he inside his generous pocket of silence,
until the hour is nearly noon
and the snow is piled high all around us;
then, I hear him speak.

After this, he asks,
can we go inside and play cards?

Certainly, I reply, and I will heat some milk
and bring cups of hot chocolate to the table
while you shuffle the deck.
and our boots stand dripping by the door.

Aaah, says the Buddha, lifting his eyes
and leaning for a moment on his shovel
before he drives the thin blade again
deep into the glittering white snow. – Billy Collins (Picnic, Lightning)


mabon dividerMabon Magick – From:     SecondLight              22-Sep 23:31 4433.1  From http://www.mythinglinks.org/home.html where there is much much more

MYTH*ING LINKS  – An Annotated & Illustrated Collection of Worldwide Links to Mythologies, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Sacred Arts & Sacred Traditions by Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.

AUTUMN greetings, CUSTOMS & LORE September = December 2004

May we spend this time wisely so that at least we won’t be seen as foolish or reckless.  Those born later in this century may not agree with us, but may they think of us as genial, full of humor, humble, and wise.  We’re in a “thin space,” as the Celts call it, a portal between the worlds.  Those who stood at that portal in the winter of 1900 brewed, all unknowing, two world wars.  May we brew, if not peace, at least a growing sense of humanity and compassion.  May we have the skill to defuse explosions.  May we be remembered as tolerant and awake.

As autumn returns to earth’s northern hemisphere,
and day and night are briefly,
but perfectly,
balanced at the equinox,
may we remember anew how fragile life is —-
human life, surely,
but also the lives of all other creatures,
trees and plants,
waters and winds.

May we make wise choices in how and what we harvest,
may earth’s weather turn kinder,
may there be enough food for all creatures,
may the diminishing light in our daytime skies
be met by an increasing compassion and tolerance
in our hearts.

Demeter and Persephone
© Mary B. Kelly: “The painting shows the moment when mother and daughter are reconciled, and their first kiss.
Persephone still holds the pomegranate, symbol both of fertility and of her fate as Dark Queen”
[Used with the artist’s kind permission — see annotated link to her home page below]


[Added 8/26/02]: This is a plain-text page on ancient Greek festivals from c. 13 September through 13 October.

Many of the Greek and Roman festivals of this season celebrate the end of the military campaigning season.  At the end of September and beginning of October, however, the emphasis shifts to the Corn Mothers and other agricultural deities.  In many Greek states the month beginning mid-September was called Demetrion after Demeter….

The page beings with the “Great (Eleusinian) Mysteries” of Demeter and Persephone (c. Sept. 29-Oct. 5), since these are, of course, the highlight of the season.  Then it backtracks to 13 September (for the Roman feast of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva) and continues forward to 13 October, the Roman Fontinalia, a festival for Fons, the god of springs.


[Added 8/26-27/02]:  This is a continuation of the above plain-text data: ancient Greek festivals from 22 October to 15 December.

…In the Greek and Roman worlds, there are comparatively few festivals in October and November, which is the seed-time (Gr. sporetos), a season of ploughing and sowing.  Women figure prominently in these festivals since in neolithic times they were responsible for crops raising (by the Bronze Age it became a male occupation)….

The details are wonderful and more information is given on the above-mentioned feasts of Apollo, Dionysus, and Theseus.  There is also fine data for the Thesmophoria (see below).

[8/20/04: when I try to get through, this link now crashes my program.   I’m removing it but keeping the annotation.]

[Added 8/26-27/02]: From N.S. Gill, the ancient history guide at about.com, comes a fine page on the Greek harvest (or “Thanksgiving”) festival, Thesmophoria, which falls during October-November (also see above link):

“It is called Thesmophoria, because Demeter is called Thesmophoros in respect of her establishing laws or thesmoiin accordance with which men must provide nourishment and work the land….”

Since the fall harvest must usually take an agricultural society through winter, it is vitally important for survival. Whatever power provides that bounty deserves praise…. [This festival was]…in honor of the goddess who taught mankind to tend the soil, during a month known as Pyanopsion (Puanepsion), according to the lunisolar calendar of the Athenians. Since our calendar is solar, the month doesn’t exactly match, but Pyanopsion would be, more or less, October into November….

For more on this festival, as well as on Dionysiac celebrations, see an excellent essay at: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/classes/LAp.html


[This is a very interesting page by John Opsopaus on three autumn festivals of ancient Greece — these fall after the equinox but contain themes relevant to the entire season:

…Because Ancient Greek festivals were held according to a lunar calendar, which was often out of step with the solar year, it is difficult to say what festivals would correspond to Samhain.

In Homer’s time the cosmical setting (first visible setting on western horizon at sunrise) of Orion, the Pleiades and the Hyades, which marked the beginning of the winter, herding season, occurred at the beginning of November (Nov. 5-10, by various computations). (Orion was the son of Poseidon and Euruale, daughter of Minos and sister of Ariadne, about whom more later.). Significantly, these constellations, which mark the seasons, are at the center of the Shield of Achilles (Iliad XVIII), that famous mandala of the Homeric Universe.

In classical Greek times there were several important festivals that nominally occur at the end of October and beginning of November. Two of these, which occur on the same day (7 Puanepsion), are especially interesting; they are followed on the next day by the Theseia (for Theseus), which is intimately connected with the first two….

Two of these festivals honor Apollo and Dionysus and are held on the same day.

The Oskhophoria, in honor of Dionysos, occurs on the same day as the Puanepsia. It may seem odd to honor Apollo and Dionysos, so often taken as polar opposites, on the same day, but we must remember that They share Delphi, and this is the time of year when the changing of the guard occurs. An ancient pot shows Them shaking hands over the Omphalos (World Naval) at Delphi….

The third, Theseia, commemorates Theseus.  The author retells the story: “Ariadne and Theseus’ Descent into the Labyrinth and Return.”  The details are fascinating although it should be mentioned that the author has excluded other important ancient variants of the myth.  Nevertheless, the story includes the mysterious desertion of Ariadne by Theseus, followed by her marriage to Dionysus himself — whose festival was celebrated only the day before.


[This is an engrossing, contemporary re-visioning of what might have been the ancient “Greek Ritual of the Labyrinth” (Ta Hiera Laburinthou) by John Opsopaus:

This ritual is an initiation and celebration of new beginnings structured around the myth of Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur and associated Greek midautumn celebrations, which take place when Apollo yields Delphi to Dionysos for the winter months….

I have not had time to read the entire ritual (it’s lengthy) but what impresses me is its mythopoetic quality and the deep psychological nuances.  Also, I appreciate the careful footnoting that links the Cretan labyrinth to displaced, but related themes, in Mesopotamian myths.

I first grokked Waverly Fitzgerald’s School of the Seasons for my 1999 debut of the Autumn Equinox page.  Since then, her jewel of a site has become a favorite of mine and appears on all my seasonal pages.  The overall design is unusually tasteful and elegant.  Even more important, Fitzgerald has well-researched content on monthly celebrations, feasts, and cross-cultural holy days (with hypertext links to further information on many of these).  Her opening page also includes fascinating “Special Features” for each season.  Fitzgerald’s command of lore is exceptional.

For each current month, she begins with a large number of names from various cross-cultural traditions.  Then a calendar follows.  If you click on hyperlinks for a particular day, you’ll be linked to more detail on another page.  The September feasts, for example, include the Nativity of the Virgin on the 8th; Rosh Hashana; England’s Day of the Holy Nut; the remembrance of the Virgin’s Seven Sorrows; the God Pan; Yom Kippur; Autumn Equinox; the 9-day Eleusinian Mysteries; the Harvest Moon; Sukkoth;  the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival; and Michaelmas on the 29th.

NOTE: a new month’s calendar appears on the first of each month (sometimes a night or two beforehand).


[Added 15 September 2000]:   This charming site looks at autumn and the autumnal equinox in Japan.  There are many (usually clickable) photos connected with the months of September, October, and November.  Text is fairly minimal but very useful to those unacquainted with Japan’s seasonal customs.


From “Slavic Pagan Holidays” comes fine data on harvest festivals from early August to early November.  Autumn in Russia’s cold Ukraine begins early — it’s celebrated on August 2nd, the feast known as St. Ilia’s Day. The entire autumn season is a time of music, apples, honey, and grain sheaves:

…Sometimes the last sheaf ceremony was merged with the ritual surrounding a small patch of field that was left uncut. The spirit of the harvest was said to precede the reapers and hide in the uncut grain. This small patch was referred to as the “beard” of Volos, the God of animals and wealth. The uncut sheaves of wheat in “Volos’ beard” were decorated with ribbons and the heads were bent toward the ground in a ritual called “The curling of the beard”. This was believed to send the spirit of the harvest back to the Earth. Salt and bread, traditional symbols of hospitality were left as offerings to Volos’ beard….

[URLs updated 8/18/01]

[Annotation revised 18 August 2001]:  This is the portfolio page of artist/professor Mary B. Kelly, whose vibrant painting (see above) of Hungary’s “Black Goddess,” the Harvest Goddess, Dordona, is not to be missed:

…Like her counterpart in Russia, her arms are raised. She is crowned by both the sun and the moon.

(Note: the larger version of Dordona, with text, is no longer available on this site, but you might e-mail Dr. Kelly if you wish to see it.   If you click on the menu buttons on her Portfolio page, you’ll also find information on her groundbreaking books on goddess embroideries, etc.  On her Home Page, there’s a large version of Dordona, by the way, but no text.)


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Outer Space Joke – Q: What was the first animal in space? A: The cow that jumped over the moon!

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