Yesterday was a long day. I put my nose to the grindstone and just worked straight through. I needed to finish pictures from the weekend and get that blog post done, get the newsletters finished and then start in on my class handouts. ….and I did…. I took a little time talking with friends online, read a little stuff that wasn’t research, sorted mail and last minute problems with OCPPG and finally went to bed around midnight… Oof…..
>>> Fennel Seeds from this past week. >>>
<<<<<<<<<<< A tote from this past weekend with a “sea lion” on it. <<<<<<<
This morning my day started marvelously. Carl Neal finally came back out of the woodwork and is going to do two things for OCPPG. His Incense 101 workshop will be at 2pm Saturday and at 11am he’s going to do a Pet Loss Memorial ritual.
Other than that, I’m going to keep going on class handouts. Tempus is going to run some errands today and keep going on cleaning. We also have to make a decision about the extra space today, so there’s going to be some talking…. Iow, back to the nose-to-the-grindstone stuff…
Today’s Feast is in honor of Joe Hill (d. November 19 [qv], 1915), American labor activist, songwriter (‘The Preacher and the Slave‘) and member of the Industrial Workers of the World, better known as the Wobblies. He was executed for murder after a controversial trial, and after his death became the subject of a famous folksong, Joe Hill. His last words, to his supporters, were “Don’t mourn for me. Organize!” More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Hill and http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct7.html
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes an aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
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 email@example.com 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. Eclipse! Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 10/9 at 6:51pm. Eclipses – Lunar eclipses always occur on the day of the Full Moon. Positive magicks should not be performed in these months until after the eclipse is over. Associated God/esses: Kali, Shiva the Destroyer. Eclipse at its height tomorrow morning at 3:5am.
Total eclipse of the full Moon happens before dawn Wednesday morning for North and Central America; Wednesday evening for Australia and eastern Asia. See our article, Wake Up to a Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8.
Earlier in the evening for North America, look above the bright full Moon for the Great Square of Pegasus >>> tipped onto one corner.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, at the Cancer-Leo border) rises in the east-northeast around 2 or 3 a.m. It shines brightly high in the east before and during dawn. It forms a big triangle with Pollux above it (by about two fists at arm’s length) and Procyon to their right. Look below Jupiter and a bit left for Regulus.
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. Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.
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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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 7 Low 6:02 AM 0.2 7:22 AM Set 6:23 AM 96
~ 7 High 12:12 PM 8.4 6:46 PM Rise 6:26 PM
~ 7 Low 6:37 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Success and victory enter my life like welcome friends.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What was the most interesting name you ever gave to a pet? Explain how you came up with that name. (If you have never had a pet, make up some names for a pet you may have some time in the future.)
~ When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present, love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure, the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth. ~ Sarah Ban Brethnach
A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool. – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
When you follow your bliss, doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors. – Joseph Campbell
~ The crucial point is that we can relate with our life just as it is right now. We can always connect with the openness of our minds. We can use our days to wake up rather than go back to sleep. ~Pema Chodron
The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer– they think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer. – Ken Kesey, Merry Prankster, arrested on October 19, 1966
Fall Leaf Stained Glass
- fall leaves
- wax paper
- picture frame
- Collect as many different colored and size fall leaves as possible!
- Cut two pieces of wax paper slightly larger than your picture frame.
- Lay one piece of the wax paper on the towel, and arrange the leaves in a pleasing design.
- Lay the other piece of wax paper over the leaves, and lay another press the two together using a hot iron and moving quickly but firmly
- Tape the “stained glass” to the picture frame and cut off the excess
- Hang in a window for best results.
Magick Mirror (For Samhain) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/mirror.html
A convex piece of glass (like an old clock face or glass bowl)
A wooden circle that will fit on the bottom of the bowl
Black enamel paint
Directions – Make sure the glass is clean first. Paint two coats of black enamel paint on the back of the glass, and also paint the wood black, leaving no signs of drips or strokes. Let dry. To prepare for use, take crushed herbs (such as mugwort or any others suggested for divination) and dissolve them in water. Let the herbs steep overnight (covered with a cloth) and then strain them out, and use the infusion to paint over the enamel. Do three coats, allowing to dry in between. Glue the glass onto the wood.
Ritual use – The magick mirror can be used for divination during a Samhain ritual.
Mask of Your Shadow Self
Items needed: mixing bowl, 1 cup water, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup white glue, 20-30 pieces of newspaper or paper towels cut into 1″ by 6″ strips, plastic wrap. In a mixing bowl, pour 1 cup of water. Add flour in 1/3 cup increments. As you add each 1/3 cup flour, stir it well, using the fingers to break up any clots. Once completely mixed (it should be the consistency of plaster) add 1/4 cup white glue. Stir well.
Buy a mask base at an arts and crafts store, or use the wearer of the mask as a model. If using a human model, spread Saran Wrap or plastic over the person’s face. IMPORTANT: BE VERY SURE TO INSERT A STRAW OR OTHER SUCH DEVISE THROUGH THE PLASTIC THROUGH WHICH THE MODEL CAN BREATHE.
Dip paper strips in flour mixture one piece at a time. Shake off excess mixture and smooth either side of the strip to take off more moisture. Begin to lay strips along the outer rim of the person’s face or mask base, along the brow, the temples, the jaws, and the chin. Be sure to overlap and interconnect all strips as you lay them out. Smooth each strip into the others with your fingers. Next lay strips across the nose and connect those strips to those at the cheekbone area. Next begin to fill in empty places on your model’s face and around the cheeks and forehead. Repeat process a second time to create a stronger mask base.Drying time will vary. Use a blow dryer to speed the process if desired. Once the mask is dry enough to be taken off the model’s face, place it in a warm place for 24 hours. Decorate when dry.
At no other time are we faced with our shadow self more than at Samhain. Now we encounter the dark time of endings and completion, dissolution, and diminishing. The days grow shorter and the nights longer. The Earth is plunging into its winter darkness as the veil between the worlds grows thinner. Halloween’s monsters and frights are merely representations of our repressed fears and shadow side. One way of easing the tensions of the season is to shine the light squarely on our shadows. Examine it and in the process lose all fear of it. Wear your shadow mask on Samhain and then burn it in the bonfire or cauldron fire — or leave it on your altar as a tribute to your dark side.Making a representation of your shadow mask can be liberating. You can feel empowered, because you have better control of the shadow when you can see it before you. Once you eternalize the shadow mask, you know what it is made of. You drain it of any power it holds over you because you know longer hide from it. You then gain magical power because you have changed your consciousness and now know when the mask is worn and when it is not. — Timothy Roderick, Dark Moon Mysteries
Samhain projects for kids can be found in the Kiddie Cauldron.
When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune..
One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. “I may look like just an ordinary man,” he said to her, but in just a few years, my father will die, and I’ll inherit $200 million.”
Impressed, the woman obtained his business card and three days later, she became his stepmother.
Women are so much better at financial planning than men.