It’s 66F, clear and beautiful this morning. Another perfect late summer day! The sun was hitting the study curtain this morning….definitely past Mabon…. Weather looks decent in the long range forecasts for OCPPG.
The birds were all over the feeder this morning. The funny was that the sparrow flock was there when Tempus was sitting in the armchair and he sneezed violently several times. Each time he sneezed the birds all flew up and then settled back down just as he sneezed again. 🙂
Yesterday we started off with coffee and hot cereal with nuts and fruit. Tempus ran around doing dishes and laundry and I worked on the linen cupboard then got back to work on OCPPG. After he took off to do chores for a friend I managed to cobble sort of a schedule together. Eventually, I had schedules for all of the teachers sent out, and then set up a crock-pot applesauce. I ended up with ouching elbows (I didn’t find my good slicers until after) and all over apple juice, but I got it going.
I got back to work on the handbook stuff, (mostly formatting) and then the “But I can’t conflict with…” stuff started….so I re-did the schedule… …and then once more… and then tweaked it. ….until by 6pm I had my fingers crossed…hoping…. and then there *almost* was another this morning… By 6:30 the sunlight was golden against the green of the cedars and by 7:30 it was dark….
By that point the class schedule was as done as it’s going to get except for additions, so that got put up. …and by 8pm the pickles were ready, all by the cooling broth which needed to be added to the jar. …which it was about an hour later.
By 9pm Tempus was home with another bag of apples…. We got ourselves supper out of cans for once, both of us being pretty tired. …and I *like* spaghettios, even with the amount of sugar that they have. I was fielding questions and requests, too, but that finally petered out past 10pm.
So, then I realized that the newsletters for the week weren’t together. <sigh> I still had the main page of the blog to finish. https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/ocppg/oregon-coast-pan-pagan-gathering-2014/ That finally was done not long before midnight and I said, “Enough!” at that point. I got the applesauce and the pickles put away and went to bed.
Some of the new class stuff is up here: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/class-and-activity-descriptions/
Today Tempus is going to be at the shop. He’s going to be late, I can tell. He still needs to make a bank deposit, so expect delays in getting in to shop until about noon. I’m going to be home, finishing what I can on OCPPG, and setting up newsletters for the week. We were supposed to be sewing today, but that’s just not going to work.
Something odd for today, the San Pedro mummy. ….and article with links here: http://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/mystery-san-pedro-mountains-mummy-002088?utm_source=Ancient-Origins+Newsletter&utm_campaign=77b909890d-Ancient_Origins_August_Newsletter_8_301_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2dcd13de15-77b909890d-86802433 and there’s a Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Pedro_Mountains_Mummy
Today is the day of Tutelary Spirits, Guardian Spirits, angels, daemons, spirit guides, spirits of place. “On this day, light a white candle on your altar and give thanks to your spirit guide (or guides) for guarding over you and guiding you through your spiritual development. If you wish to communicate with or meet your spirit guide, use a Ouija board or, through prayer, invite the spirit guide to come to you in a dream or in a trance.” – Wicca Book of Days, Gerina Dunwich
Soapwort, Saponaria officinalis is sacred to these spirits. More on soapwort here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponaria_officinalis
The shop opens at 11am! Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although the time that we’re there is drifting earlier with the shorter days. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.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
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 Tide Change on 10/8 at 3:51am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the beginning of Full Phase on 10/6 at6:51pm.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy – (GORT), Hedera helix L., 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.
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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 maake a wrong decision.
to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best way to predict the future . . . . . . . . is to create it.
~ A good laugh is sunshine in a house. – William Makepeace Thackeray
~ All styles are good except the tiresome kind. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~ As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~ High expectations are the key to everything – Sam Walton
A learner with the simplest,
a teacher of the thoughtfullest;
A novice beginning
yet experient of myriads of seasons. – Walt Whitman
One of the ways you progress on your spiritual path is to turn and face your shadow self. I am talking death; your death. It is a symbolic death; a letting go; a banishing.
Samhain, the dark half of the year, is a season for reflection and the perfect time for spiritual work. Samhain is the season of the dark goddess. Do not let those words deceive you. She is not dark as in evil. Rather, she is the lady of our dark side, there to help us progress on our spiritual path by showing us things we try to pretend do not exist. She reflects back to us our weaknesses and fears.
Samhain teaches us about our fears, negativity, unresolved issues, and blind spots that must be confronted, accepted, and resolved before we can even think about becoming whole or “enlightened”. If we cannot face our own negativity, we are not ready to progress on our spiritual path. This is required spiritual work for all those on the path. And, we are ALL on the path.
Your power lies in your willingness to embrace your dark side. It is not enough to “turn to the light” or “embrace the light” as many new age philosophies insist. The dark goddess brings us face-to-face with our hidden darkness. Carl Jung made a memorable comment about this, “One does not become enlightened by imaginary figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
Samhain is about more than just Halloween and Trick or Treat. Samhain is more than a time to honor the ancestors. Ancient history has so much more to say about Samhain than what we typically hear about this time of year.
To the ancient Celts, Samhain was the time of the ritual wedding between the king and Sovereignty. Celtic kings were literally wedded to the land which was represented by various goddesses, all of whom were collectively known as Sovereignty. Before a new king could be inaugurated, he had to undergo this ritual marriage with the goddess of the land, as only the goddess could give him the authority to rule.
Many tales describe this goddess as having two aspects; one old and one young. She was the hag and the maiden. She appears in an Irish story called “Sons of Eochaid Mugmedon” whereby five brothers go hunting together in the woods in order to prove their manhood. On the hunt, the five brothers get lost and decide to camp for the night. One of the brothers is elected to go in search of drinking water. On his search he finds a well, but guarding the well is a hideous looking hag. She allows the potential king to have some of the water from the well, but only if he will kiss her. Disgusted and repulsed, he turns away as does three of his brothers. One brother, Niall, grabs the hag and wholeheartedly embracing her, plants a big kiss right on her ugly lips. When Niall comes up from the kiss he sees the hag has turned into one of the most beautiful women he has ever seen. “Who are you?” he asks. She replies, “King of Tara, I am Sovereignty.”
Look at the lessons here. By appearing as an ugly old hag, Sovereignty was able to test for a true king. A king who would not be fooled by appearances, recognizes that treasure is often concealed in the most unlikely places, who is willing to put aside self-gratification and submit himself to undesirable demands out of compassion and, above all, by kissing the “Dark One” he shows that he understands the mysteries of life and death as being the polarity of the same energy. The new king, wisely chosen by Sovereignty, will be able to draw on the wisdom of the Otherworld during his reign as king and find himself aligned with the gods.
In Scotland, Samhain ushers in the reign of another hag/maiden goddess. She is the goddess of death (translate winter); Cailleach whose name literally means the “Veiled One”. Later she is referred to as Cailleach Bheur, Bheur meaning “sharp” or “shrill” because she was associated with the chilling winds and the harshness of winter. Today she is most notably known as the weather spirit responsible for our wintery months. We are already wearing our wraps and turning up the heat here in the high desert of New Mexico. Cailleach Bheur’s whispering cold winds are being felt in most parts of our state and throughout many other states here in the U.S.
Cailleach Bheur, legend says, was horrible to behold. She is old, wild, and also known as the “Earth Shaper” or “Mountain Mother”. She built the hills formed of rocks she carried in her apron. Once when rocks fell out of her apron the Hebridean Isles were formed. Many other mountainous and rocky places were created from the rocks that fell from her apron as evidenced by the many places today referred to as Hag Hills as well as Beinn na Chailleach in Scotland, named after her.
Cailleach Bheur is more widely known as the blue-faced goddess (blue from being so cold) who blows grass into blades of ice and turns the hillsides white in the winter months. Some say that she turns herself into the maiden Brigit in springtime and turns those same hillsides into fields of wildflowers.
Cailleach can teach us a lot as we approach the eve of the dark quarter of the year. If ever there was a goddess who knows about darkness, it is Cailleach herself. Samhain is the time of year when we learn our lessons through separation and allowing things that no longer serve us or are no longer useful to us to die. This is the time to get rid of the things that are no longer relevant in our lives. By doing so, we align ourselves with the cycles. At Samhain, we are entering a cycle of death and rebirth.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Here is something you can do as a ritual to let go of anything that is no longer serving you.
First, ask yourself some questions. For instance, are there any habits or patterns that no longer serve you and/or your relationships? What are some relationships that no longer serve you? Is there anything that you would like to change about your life right now?
Taking from the first lesson about the King, are you fooled by appearances? Are you able to recognize that treasure is often concealed in the most unlikely places? Are you willing to put aside self-gratification? Do you understand that life and death are the polarity of the same energy?
Working on one item you want to change at a time, take a piece of yarn or string and make three knots in it. While you are creating each knot, visualize each situation in vivid detail. Next, imagine every part of this detail being firmly bound into each knot. Bury the knotted string or yarn outside where the elements (except for the earth of course) cannot touch it. Once buried, allow it to dissolve away.
The trick is in KNOWING that each situation is dissolving away. Know it and do not try to hang onto it by thinking about it all the time. Allow the Mother to dissolve these things for you as you begin to rebuild yourself and your life the way you want it to be.
Some people believe that writing the things you want to banish on a piece of paper and then burning the paper is the best way to banish them. In Native American spirituality we would never do this. I realize I am jumping from Celtic to Native American, but this one truth is universal. When beseeching Great Spirit you would write things you are thankful for and your aspirations on a piece of paper (meaning things you WANT in your life) and then burn the paper. The sacred smoke then rises to Great Spirit who hears your prayers and thanksgiving. Sending what you DO NOT want up on the spirit smoke could get you more of what you are trying to banish.
Entering this season of the year is a little bit like taking good thoughts to bed with you at night when you go to sleep. Get rid of the thoughts and things that no longer serve you and replace them with your goals and dreams. Upon awakening restored and renewed in the spring, you will have already laid the plans for your spiritual garden and will be ready to plant the seeds. Make it so. – From We Are Woman We Are Goddess
– If My Nose Were Full of Nickels, I’d Blow It All On You
– Do You Love As Good As You Look?
– Get Your Tongue Outta My Mouth ‘Cause I’m Kissing You Goodbye
– Her Teeth Were Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure
– Here’s A Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares
– How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?
– I Changed Her Oil, She Changed My Life
– I Don’t Know Whether To Kill Myself Or Go Bowling
– I Fell In A Pile Of You And Got Love All Over Me
– I Flushed You From The Toilets Of My Heart.
– I Keep Forgettin’ I Forgot About You
– I Wanna Whip Your Cow
– I Would Have Wrote You A Letter, But I Couldn’t Spell Yuck!
– I Wouldn’t Take Her To A Dawg Fight,(even if she had a chance to win)
– I’d Rather Have A Bottle In Front Of Me Than A Frontal Lobotomy
– I’m Just A Bug On The Windshield Of Life
– I’ve Been Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart
– I’ve Got The Hungries For Your Love And I’m Waiting In Your Welfare Line
– If I Can’t Be Number One In Your Life, Then Number Two On You
– If Love Were Oil, I’d Be A Quart Low
– If The Phone Don’t Ring, Baby, You’ll Know It’s Me
– If You Don’t Leave Me Alone, I’ll Go And Find Someone who will
– If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?
– Mama Get The Hammer (There’s A Fly On Papa’s Head)
– May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose
– My Every Day Silver Is Plastic
– My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, And I Don’t Love Jesus
– My John Deere Was Breaking Your Field, While Your Dear John Was Breaking My Heart
– My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend, And I Sure Do Miss Him
– Oh, I’ve Got Hair Oil On My Ears And My Glasses Are Slipping Down, But Baby I Can See Through You
– Pardon Me, I’ve Got Someone To Kill
– She Got The Gold Mine And I Got The Shaft;
– She Got The Ring And I Got The Finger
– She Made Toothpicks Out Of The Timber Of My Heart
– She’s Got Freckles On Her, But She’s Pretty
– Thank God And Greyhound She’s Gone
– They May Put Me In Prison, But They Can’t Stop My Face From Breakin’ Out
– Velcro Arms, Teflon Heart
– When You Leave Walk Out Backwards, So I’ll Think You’re Walking In
– You Can’t Have Your Kate And Edith Too
– You Can’t Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd
– You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat
– You’re The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly