It’s 56F and the dawn sky is perfectly clear, as it pales in the growing light.
I went scrambling out the door yesterday morning because I needed to harvest the fennel seed before I left for the shop. I got there on time for once. Tempus was almost right behind me, because I forgot my lunch, the keyboard and I discovered that I had mislaid a camera, too. He ran around and sorted things and then took back off for home while I cleaned and sorted, caught up on orders and so on.
Then Leslie stopped for a chat and then Cliona and then Hatch! Hatch is going to stay for a couple of weeks through OCPPG, bless him, and it’ll be good to have a chance to catch up. We talked for awhile and Tempus was back down at the shop by then, still trying to sort out the bank card problem… and he did. We have the wrong browser on that computer, which is why I’ve had so much trouble with it! <sigh>
So, we had supper across the street at the China Restaurant. Alice said hi and then Violet stopped at our table, then Floyce. We really saw everyone! As we were walking back, the landlord of the property to the north of us stopped to chat as well. He was in the hospital for a couple of days, but he’s better.
After we got back up to the house Tempus got Hatch settled and I worked on this newsletter, but we went to bed pretty early. Of course, that meant I woke around 4:30 and was up for a couple of hours….
Today is our Psychic Fair weekend. Here’s the schedule:
~ Herbs Workshop at 11am – Special on Soap Balls! This will be a 2 hour. We’ll start with some herb prep and then go on into actually making the balls and how to use them. Take one home for $1.
~ Sewing Workshop at 3pm
~ Meditation on Autumn at 6pm
Today’s feast is the Jejunium Cereris, Fast of Ceres, Roman Empire – This was a fast introduced in 191 BCE by command of the Sibylline books. Fasting was not common in the Graeco-Roman world. This one was held in honour of the goddess Ceres and followed the general feasting as carried out in the Eleusinian festival. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_%28Roman_mythology%29#Expiations and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_%28Roman_mythology%29#Ceres_and_Magna_Mater
Today’s plant is the cobra lily, Darlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.
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.
The W of Cassiopeia now stands vertically (on its dimmer end) high in the northeast around 10 or 11 p.m., depending on your location. By then the Big Dipper is lying level just above the north-northwest horizon — if you’re in the mid-northern latitudes. As far south as San Diego and Jacksonville, the Dipper will lie partly below the horizon.
Make your plans for catching the total eclipse of the Moon next Wednesday, October 8th. It will happen before or during dawn for North America, and on the evening of the 8th local date for Australia and the Far East. Uranus will be near the eclipsed Moon. See the October Sky & Telescope page 50, or the version online: Wake Up to a Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014.
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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.
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 4 Low 3:28 AM 0.3 7:18 AM Set 2:43 AM 72
~ 4 High 9:59 AM 6.8 6:51 PM Rise 4:40 PM
~ 4 Low 3:56 PM 2.0
~ 4 High 9:48 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – May your day be filled with love and smiles throughout your day, and laughter and breaks of relaxing times too!
~ If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. – Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer
~ Many were increasingly of the opinion that they’d all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President (2)
~ A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success. ~Anon~
TAX TIME FANTASY
Putting myself in a tax crunch
I do it every year, put it off and panick
When what I need is right here somewhere
If I’d stop panicking enough to look
Maybe I will step into a portal
And then step right back out
With a cute, hunky, helpful accountant
That will find everything for me
Then we can unwind in the bedroom
And I will show him my new lightswitch
That has a goddess and a wolf on it
And he won’t call me a dingbat like my ex
And he won’t mind doing my housework
Or carrying boxes to the storage room
Or that my house is decorated in goddess
With a god thrown in here and there
And he is also great in bed
I know it sounds too good to be true
But it’s my freaking fantasy,
And it can be whatever I want! – © Copyright 4/13/08, Beth Clare Johnson, (Mystic Raven)
Samhain Magick – Set Up an Ancestor Shrine – Ancestor Altar – By Patti Wigington, About.com
Honoring Those Who Came Before Us
In many Pagan and Wiccan traditions, the ancestors are honored, especially at Samhain. This Sabbat, after all, is the night when the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its most fragile. By setting up an ancestor shrine or altar, you can honor the people of your bloodline — your kinfolk and clansmen who have helped to shape the person you are. This altar or shrine can be set up just for the Samhain season, or you can leave it up all year long for meditation and rituals.
If you’ve got the room, it’s nice to use an entire table for this shrine, but if space is an issue, you can create it in a corner of your dresser top, on a shelf, or on the mantle over your fireplace. Regardless, put it in a place where it can be left undisturbed, so that the spirits of your ancestors may gather there, and you can take time to meditate and honor them without having to move stuff around every time someone needs to use the table.
Also, bear in mind that you can honor anyone you like in this shrine. If you have a deceased pet or friend, go ahead and include them. Someone doesn’t have to be a blood relative to be part of our spiritual ancestry.
First, do a physical cleaning of the space. After all, you wouldn’t invite Aunt Gertrude to sit in a dirty chair, would you? Dust the table top or shelf and clear it of any items that are not related to your shrine. If you like, you can consecrate the space as sacred, by saying something like:
I dedicate this space to those
whose blood runs through me.
My fathers and mothers,
my guides and guardians,
and those whose spirits
helped to shape me.
Finally, add an altar cloth of some sort to help welcome the ancestors. In some Eastern religions, a red cloth is always used. In some Celtic-based paths, it is believed that a fringe on the altar cloth helps tie your spirit to those of your ancestors.
There are different types of ancestors, and which ones you choose to include are up to you. There are our blood ancestors, who are the people from whom we directly descend — parents, grandparents, etc. There are also archetypical ancestors, who represent the place that our clan and family came from. Some people also choose to honor the ancestors of the land — the spirits of the place you are now — as a way of thanking them. Finally, there are our spiritual ancestors — those who we may not be tied to by blood or marriage, but who we claim as family nonetheless.
Start by selecting photos of your ancestors. Choose pictures that have meaning for you — and if the photos happen to have the living in them as well as the dead, that’s okay. Arrange the photos on your altar so that you can see all of them at once.
If you don’t have a photo to represent an ancestor, you can use an item that belonged to him or her. If you’re placing someone on your altar who lived prior to the mid-1800s, chances are good there’s no photograph existing. Instead, use an item that may have been the person’s — a piece of jewelry, a dish that’s part of your family heirloom set, a family Bible, etc.
You can also use symbols of your ancestors. If your family is from Scotland, you can use a kilt pin or a length of plaid to represent your clan. If you come from a family of craftsmen, use an item designed or created to symbolize your family’s artisanship.
Finally, you can add a genealogy sheet or family tree to the shrine. If you have in your possession the ashes of a departed loved one, add those as well.
Once you have everything in your shrine that represents your ancestors, consider adding a few other items. Some people like to add votive candles, so they can light them while meditating. You may wish to add a cauldron or cup to symbolize the womb of the Earth Mother. You can also add a symbol of your spirituality — a pentagram, ankh, or some other representation of your beliefs.
Some people leave food offerings on their altars as well, so that their ancestors can partake of a meal with the family.