It’s 60F and drippy. There are streams of water running from the porch roof. The garden is happy. Someone who needs to set up an exhibition this morning is not so much so. I’m bleary-eyed and need coffee…..
Yesterday Tempus got to the shop a little late, but I went and got a bath first and came down later in the van. He had gotten the shop open and when I got there we checked in an shelved a large order of books. We are now also re-stocked on Dove’s Blood and Dragon’s Blood ink.
It was pretty busy early in the day, afternoon got slow and it was mostly folks just looking, but a couple of mail orders came in over the phone.
There was some sun during the day, but I saw mist rolling in across the bridge, mid-afternoon and so it was mostly cloudy during the day. At least the humidity let up. It was only 90%. 🙂 …but they were predicting showers! …and just before 6pm the sun suddenly shone through!
I worked all day on various bits and pieces, from setting up a “head” with the braids, to finishing my headcloth, to setting up the block printing equipment. I didn’t have any workspace though, because the display boards, a chair and a bunch of other stuff were all on the table. Frustrating…. so the stuff that I should have been doing in the down time during the afternoon all got put off until evening.
..and finally Marius got to the shop and I finished several headgear displays, and then found a couple of display boxes, then loaded one, realizing that I still need tags for it, loaded the other, ditto, then looked around and went, “What next?” By then he and Tempus had the trailer and were heading over for Sabrina’s loom. Once that was back at the shop, I was labeling things for displays and we quickly went different ways. Once home I got back to work on getting this newsletter ready, developing pictures and printing things. …and then we had to pull out clothes for the weekend and find other things and Tempus was finishing up the base for the hat display….etc….
So today begins the Exhibition. Please come and support us! The shop will be open, but people in odd clothes will be wandering through and the classes/workshops will be a little different, but still interesting!
Something to watch over the holiday weekend… History of Wicca and witchcraft. http://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_power_of_the_witch_super_rare_british_witchcraft_documentary_from_1971
11 – Exhibition opens
~ Herbs Workshop – Herbs of the Middle Ages
1 – Lotion bars – Make some ($1 for each you take home)
3 – Blackwork embroidery – $5 for kit (no fee with SCA card)
5 – Making Sausage & recipes – We’ll eat some for supper!
6pm – Potluck supper
7pm – Exhibition closes
Today’s feast is the International Day of the Disappeared. Too many people have vanished, whether kidnapped, taken by soldiers, gangs or armed thugs or sometimes just vanish after a natural (or unnatural) disaster. Sometimes their families never find them. Sometimes they find a grave. Sometimes only a rumor. It’s gotta stop! Find more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_the_Disappeared
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get theyellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, Ialways include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/2 at 4:11am.
Friday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m. EDT – Neptune at opposition – The planet Neptune reaches opposition with the Sun in Aquarius, at magnitude 7.8. It is 29 astronomical units from Earth and 2.4 arc seconds in diameter.
The Moon is coming back into the evening sky. Look for the waxing crescent low in the southwest in twilight. Can you make out Spica >>>> twinkling beneath it? Binoculars help. Far to the upper left are Saturn and Mars.
Uranus is located in the constellation Pisces, rising in the late evening.
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
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
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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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 30 High 3:55 AM 6.2 6:37 AM Rise 11:43 AM 16
~ 30 Low 9:52 AM 1.4 7:56 PM Set 10:21 PM
~ 30 High 4:04 PM 7.2
~ 30 Low 10:42 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Laugh. Play. Dance. Let go.
~ I was in a no-win situation, so I’m glad that I won rather than lost. – Frank Bruno
~ Peace comes from within, do not seek it without. – Buddha
~ There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know: the Bible, the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species, and Karl Marx’s Capital. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~ All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry. – G.K. Chesterson
From dark blue waters,
fire burns as the Phoenix,
Scorpio women rises within the flames
as the sun cast blazing reds
across a shadowy blue sky.
A new day. A rebirth.
She is a women of
dangerous beauty and deep inner thought.
She offers us knowledge of radical change,
passionate awareness and of sacrifices that
will yield the eternal rebirth of consciousness. – Poetry written by H.J. Price
Crone’s Corner – Fall Equinox (Mabon)
The Fall Equinox or Meán Fómhair is the Autumnal equinox, on or around September 21st.
It is the Neopagan equivalent of Thanksgiving, and the first day of the fall. It is at once the winding down of things, but not the end. It can be linked to the move to maturity and preparing for new stages of life or advancement it is the last great feast of the year and time to take stock.
Most traditions include final harvesting (symbolic or actual), stalk bundling, and preparing for the times that will come.
Feasts consist of stews, meats, pumpkins, wines, ale, and seasonal vegetables (mostly vine or root types.)
The deities honored my most traditions are “royal” or complex (with differing manifestations), such as Bran (sometimes Vran) and branwen – or Lugh and The Morrigan. Ancestors that complement these complex divinities can also be honored.
The plans that were made on Samhain should now have run their natural courses to completion.
Then, as the wheel of the year keeps turning, it’s back to Samhain…As previously stated, Not all Neopagan traditions will practice the same holidays in the same way or have the same views on them. Celebrate them in ways that seem right to you, even if you can only consider the symbolism of them, mark them in your own way. The Neopagan festivals are reminders of the Agricultural/natural cycle of life that we are now so far from. In a world were foods and goods are less and less seasonal, it is a nice way to re-connect.-And besides, Who doesn’t like an excuse to celebrate?
Autumnal Equinox tidbit – From: http://www.nmrising.com/public/28.htm Autumnal Equinox – Jason Rath
The Autumnal Equinox represents a time of balance and rest. Night and day are equal. The sun enters the sign of Libra, symbol of balance. Venus, the ruling planet of Libra, symbolizes the conscious becoming aware of the Id, or Higher Self. Libra has evolved beyond the first sign, Aries’ “I am.” Now aware of itself, Libra says, “I am one with thee.” The Spring Equinox represents the initiation of the conscious self, beginning its quest, realizing its spiritual path. Now the harvest is gathered, the conscious self has experienced trials of a spiritual nature and now meditates on it’s “self” in dualistic terms.
At the Fall Equinox, the God is less aggressive and the Goddess is less consuming—they are equal. It is a harmonious time, good for alchemical exercises. I have found it is a good time to see my psychologist. In A Witches’ Bible Complete, Janet and Stewart Farrar say that the Equinoxes are “Times of balance, of suspended activity [they] are, by their nature, the times when the veil between the seen and unseen is thin. They are the seasons when human beings `change gear’ to a different phase, and are therefore times of psychological as well as psychic turbulence.” It is important to remember the reason Witches acknowledge these changes, whether as astrological phases or the seasons of the year. We realize that the changes around us parallel changes within us. It is a shame when the Sabbats become a chore. They represent very specific phases within our minds, spirits and bodies. We should remember the significance of all our symbols.
For instance, many Witches wear pentagrams (five pointed stars), why? The pentagram itself represents the Microcosm, which means little universe, or Man, or Woman. This should remind us that we are scale models of the universe around us, we are an intimate part of it. We are made up of the same materials—the four Elements and Spirit. The pentagram symbolizes the forces around us affecting the forces within us and vise versa. Use this symbol to remind you that the change of season reflects a change within you.
Many occultists and Witches today use the axiom, “as above so below, as within so without.” This reminds us of the holiness of all creations. Everything and everyone is intimately connected; we learn the how and why through our religious practices and mystical observations. Everything—weather, colors, sounds, animals, smells and even nothing at all—affects us physically, psychologically and spiritually. Again, let this help you to be aware of the changes within and without at this time.
Wicca is far from being blind. We observe these cycles of Mother Nature. Over thousands of years, people have searched for the answers to questions such as, “Why are we here?” “Is death the end of consciousness?”
“Is there a Supreme Being?” Many answered these questions through various religions and sciences. But science is limited to the objective, physical world and religion offers no rigorous tests. Many failed to satisfy their hunger for understanding. Witches of old used their knowledge of science and nature to organize a religion based on “common sense.” They observed the power of color on the mind, of the relationship between the stars and creation, of herbs and healing, etc. They formulated a religion of common sense, in which all could worship and learn. They used their observations of the physical world to explain the principles and laws of the spiritual world—much as ancient mathematicians used geometry to explain the nature of spiritual creatures and their movements. The symbols and rites of Wicca contain this ancient wisdom.
When we are aware, practice can reveal the wisdom hidden in a rite. If we lose track of the sacred meanings, the Holy Days become empty. Remember that when you practice the various Wiccan rites, you affirm your position as a spiritual creature on Earth. Learn to associate the underlying energies with the ritual at hand. Understand that your present state relates directly to changes in the outside world. Learn to look at the/your inner world and see how the two relate—as within so without. Hold these Sabbats as sacred times of worship and divine instruction. Learn more about the God and Goddess and your unique relationship with them.