9-19-14 Open Circle for Mabon

motif seasonal mabon cornshockTonight is the Open Circle for Mabon. It’s the Circle’s 10th anniversary. The ritual proper starts at 8pm, but we ask for people to get there by 7pm so we can ground and attune. This is the Witches’ Thanksgiving, so those kinds of foods are most appropriate.

weather Partly SunnyIt’s 54F and mostly overcast, although the rising sun is hitting the chair in my study. The light is thin and rather pinkish again…..lots of smoke in the air to the east. The days are getting shorter by 3 minutes per, now. You can really see it happening.

motif food cheeseWhen I walked into the study this morning, little birds, mostly sparrows, were flapping all around the feeder. A pair of Steller’s Jays were on the porch railing and then they chased off all the little birds.

motif food shortcakeYesterday I spent the whole day working on pictures and unpacking and getting things sorted out from the trip. I finally got done with the pictures (so far, there’s another lump that Marius has to get to me) in the evening.

food motif veg radishTempus had a good day at the shop, some sales, some talking with friends, some cleaning up. He got home around 9pm and we had supper. We tried to go to sleep early, but it was closer to midnight when we finally did.

border Sabbat Mabon ThanksgivingToday we’re both going to be at the shop for most of the day. Tempus has some stuff to do at home and around town. (bank deposit, post offal, a utility bill or three) and we’ll be starting to set up for the Sabbat late in the afternoon.


120px-CZO05_Označení_vozidla_praktického_lékaře_ve_službě_-_2006Hippocrates is credited with being the father of modern medicine. He is honored on this day, (which may be the 2472 anniversary of his birth) along with all doctors and medical practitioners. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocrates The picture is a Czech stamp with the symbol for a medical vehicle with a doctor on board. The image in the center is the Rod of Aesculapius, which is the proper symbol for the medical profession, unlike the usual Caduceus that we see in the US.

plant pic Rhododendron_occidentale_StrybingToday’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. I’ve talked before about the azaleas being a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.

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

Hecate's Brooch MoonWaning 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 to New on 9/23 at 11:14pm. 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 9/19 at 11:14am. 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 at the Dark on 9/22 at 11:14am. 

Astro jupiterAt dawn Saturday morning, Jupiter shines upper left of the waning Moon in the east. How long has it been since you turned your scope on either Jupiter or the waning crescent?
Astro uranusAstro neptuneUranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, by 11 or midnight. See our Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune online or in the September Sky & Telescope, page 50.

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Rune Runic Month 18 Kenaz Kebo KenRunic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/KeboSeptember 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

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

Harvest 9/19-20


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blackberry muin celtic tree monthCeltic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
motif plant fruit Grape muin celtic tree monthMuin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
grove muin celtic tree monthto study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
F   19      Low   4:13 AM     0.9   7:00 AM    Rise  2:43 AM      24
~    19     High  10:42 AM     6.1   7:19 PM     Set  4:58 PM
~    19      Low   4:28 PM     2.6
~    19     High  10:13 PM     6.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I allow clarity to flow through me, filling my cells and every fiber of my being.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your strongest memory, as a child, of your parents and what were you all doing at the time?



~  God believes. Man worships. There IS a difference. – John Thomas Gordy
~  Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive. – Hafiz
~  Parenting classes are available to everyone right now: on TV, on video, on computer disk, and in book and tape form.  Therefore, there’s no excuse not to become an extraordinary parent – if you want to. – Mark Victor Hansen
~  The greatest people will be those who possess the best capacities, cultivated with the best habits. – James Harris

Songs My Mother Taught Me Today – New Poems by Stephanie Pflumm

Even The City Dances
The Trees in town
are waking up.
Robins from
the far off North
stop by
for a bite and a drink.
The kitten did not
come home all night.

Even in the city
I see
Mother’s magical dance.
The earth in my yard
is warmer.

Grandfather’s sunny rays
spill through my windows

Colorful crocus
peek through brown grass.
Distant honking geese
with their V
pointed North.

All along
the concrete streets
and Tree shaded sidewalks
I hear the rhythms
and watch
as the Wheel dances
into Spring.

Is My Mother Angry?
As I bask
in the sunny warmth
of this late Winter day
I am wondering,
is my Mother angry?

In the last full turn
of the Wheel
I have seen
earthquakes that shook
our planet off Her path.
Hurricanes rip apart
more than
one million lives.
And a Winter that
barely seemed to happen
except in short

And I wonder,
have we finally gone
too far?

As we relax our disciplines
to be greener citizens
I wonder,
have we finally spilled
too much poison?
Have we finally cheated
too many relations
of their rightful place
in this planet’s scheme?
Has our greed
and righteous self-determination
taken its final toll?

Is my Mother angry enough
to turn Her back on me?
Maybe She is just trying
to shake me awake
before it is just too late
to take back
the damage we have done.
Before it is too late
to save
humans from extinction
Mother gets really angry. ©Copyright 2006, Stephanie Pflumm, All Rights Reserved Worldwide.  Visit Ozark Rock Exchange (http://www.ozarkrockexchange.com)


mabon dividerMabon Magick – Crafts

Weaving and Braiding Magical Craft Ideas – By Patti Wigington, About.com


In many traditions of Wicca and Paganism, handcrafts are used as a magical process. Weaving and braiding in particular are meditative exercises, and so magical workings can be incorporated into the creative technique. If you think about it, fibers in one form or another have been around for thousands of years, so it makes sense that our ancestors could have utilized them in spell work and ritual as well. By focusing on the process of braiding or weaving, you can let your mind wander off as your hands do the work. Some people report even being able to astral travel while doing such craftwork.

When spring rolls around, you can incorporate some of the earth’s goodies into your braiding and weaving. Use willow wands, long grasses, or vines twined together to create new projects, like a Grapevine Pentacle. If you have fresh flowers, you can braid a chain of them into a floral crown. If onions are in season, you can create a protective charm with an Onion Braid.

If you have a strong connection to the moon, you can create a Moon Braid to honor the three different phases of the moon. For spell work, make a Witch’s Ladder.

Braid or weave fiber or plants together as part of your magical workings. Image © Getty Images

Anjas note on Braids

It was not an uncommon thing for a witch to be accused of braiding spells into their or someone else’s hair. Sea witches in particular are known to control the winds through braiding or knotting hair or cords. In many cultures a particular style of braid or placement of a small one somewhere on the head (think “paduan braid”….) meant initiation or membership into a group.

I’ve done the “braid into the hair” type of spells, but because my hair is so fine, braids don’t stay tidy, even small ones. I’ll make a charm with a loop or cord that can get incorporated into a braid, undo my hair in the morning and comb it out, then re-braid, adding the charm and renewing my intent each day for the duration of the spell.

Onion Magic: Make a Magical Onion Braid By Patti Wigington, About.com

[Anja’s note: Traditional Onion braids are *tops* braided together!]

magick onion 1Begin folding the twine in half, and tying a knot near the end, creating a loop. Image © Patti Wigington 2008

August often starts out hot and muggy, but even when the rest of your garden is wilting in the heat, chances are good that your onion crop is thriving in the cool, dark soil. If you haven’t pulled them yet, Lammas is a good time to do so. Once you’ve got them out of the earth, gently brush the loose dirt off of them, and hang them in a sunny spot to dry and cure. When August’s full moon, the Corn Moon, rolls around, get to work on some onion magic!

Under the light of the full moon, you can make an onion braid. Braiding is a very relaxing and magical way to spend an evening, and by braiding your onions, you can prepare them for winter storage — basically, you’re accomplishing the magical and the mundane all in one shot. To do this, you’ll need a bunch of onions with the green tops still attached, and about four feet of heavy twine. Begin folding the twine in half, and tying a knot near the end, creating a loop (Figure 1).

magick onion 2Lay the twine on a flat surface and use the onion’s greens as a third “string”. Image © Patti Wigington 2008

Lay the twine on a flat surface and place an onion upside down so that the greens of the onion form a third “string”, along with the two free ends of the twine. (Figure 2)

magick onion 3Using the two free lengths of twine and the onion stem, form a tight braid. Image © Patti Wigington 2008

Using the two free lengths of twine and the onion stem, form a tight braid. Repeat this until the onion is securely in place (Figure 3).

Add onions into the braid, focusing your will as you do so. Image © Patti Wigington 2008

Repeat the process with the rest of your onions, braiding them in and out between the other stems and the two strands of twine (Figure 4). As you do so, focus your intent. Onions are magically linked to protective magic, so you can braid the onions and recite an incantation linking them to whatever sort of protection you feel you need. Some sample incantations might be:

For protection of a home:

Onions wrapped around a braid,
This charm for my home I have made,
Keep negative energy away from me,
As I will, so it shall be.

For protection of a person:

Layers and layers of onion skin,
Layers of safety for those within,
Layers to make all harm stay out,
Keep (name) safe, without a doubt.


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