58F and drippy. i’m still in need of coffee and some more sleep, so my mind feels drippy, too.
Yesterday went pretty well. We were ready pretty much on time. There were no major glitches. The classes were well attended, even the 8pm. We had a great supper at China Restaurant and then closed up around 11pm, getting pretty tired.
OMGS! The raffle! It’s got some incredible stuff for $1 per ticket. https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/ocppg/oregon-coast-pan-pagan-gathering-2014/ocppg-2014-raffle-fundraiser/
Classes are running from 9-6. Don’t forget the potluck at 6pm! Esbat at 8 and then Midnight Questions!
General Pulaski Memorial Day, USA – Held annually in honour of General Kazimierz Pułaski (Casimir Pulaski; ‘the father of American cavalry’), a Polish hero of the American Revolution and to honour the heritage of Polish Americans. Pulaski Highway in Baltimore is a major thoroughfare in honor of some cavalry maneuvers during the Revolution. More on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Pulaski_Memorial_Day and on Pulaski’s life here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazimierz_Pu%C5%82aski
Today’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn.Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbiasouth to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves 2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)
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
Waning 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 on 10/23 at 3:57pm. Waning Gibbous (Disseminating) Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/15 at 12:12pm.
The Moon late this evening shines near Aldebaran amid the Hyades. Take a look with binoculars. This will be a challenging scene to photograph (use a long lens), what with the Moon’s brilliance and the Hyades stars’ faintness. By dawn they’ve moved over to high in the southwest.
Mercury and Venus are hidden in the glare of the Sun.
Saturn, in Libra, is low in the WSW evening twilight sky, setting in mid evening.
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.
©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 11 High 3:13 AM 7.3 7:27 AM Set 11:03 AM 92
~ 11 Low 8:56 AM 1.8 6:39 PM Rise 9:04 PM
~ 11 High 2:52 PM 8.5
~ 11 Low 9:41 PM -0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s not what’s outside of a woman that makes her a woman, her face is just a mask.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – An old nursery rhyme begins, “Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool? Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full.” Write a conversation you would like to have with an animal.
~ Love your comrades in arms by being supportive, not enabling. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Plunge boldly into the thick of life. – Goethe
~ Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. And scratch where it itches. – Georg Grey
~ Whatever activity you do, do it slowly, with the attention it deserves. Do not rush to end it. Be relaxed in everything and bring your full attention to it. – Thich Nhat Hanh
Blue gray storm clouds covered the sun
I see them floating about and getting thicker;
they look threatening and fierce,
ready to destroy us with their storms.
We look small below them and unimportant
they can smush us with cold rain and hail,
frighten us with their thunder
and the spears of the lightnings they send.
I can see behind the clouds! There are warriors,
blue gray warriors hiding, ready to spring
throwing their spears, pelting us with hail,
flattening the earth so they can rule again.
It must be the Norse warriors… the fiercer ones,
not the bright Valkyries on their flying horses.
Perhaps they are enemies, let us call;
call to the Valkyries to protect us!
Here they come, whirling around on their steeds,
bright hair swirling, battle cries with high notes,
fighting the dark, fierce warriors
who would destroy us with the thunder and hail.
What beautiful armor, white winged horses,
bows and arrows, runes on their armbands…
swoop down so I may ride behind you
let me be a battle-maiden too, serving Freya!
Teach me your battle-cries, paint my face with runes,
proud warriors! May I be your sister?
Like glittering Brisingamen, the sun shines again,
glowing upon your armor…
The shadow warriors dissipate, the clouds roll away,
the Valkyries have won the battle.
My warrior sisters must fly back to Valhalla,
but they will come for me in the dream-time. – © August 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
I’m a big fan of window boxes and this is one of the ways I use to encourage abundance in the fall. Once the frosts have killed off the plantings in my window boxes I place a board over them to serve as a platform to hold my prosperity pumpkins. Simply take several pumpkins of varying sizes from the garden and write on the bottom of them, words like “abundance”, “prosperity”, “comfort” or other things you would like to bring into your life, perhaps harmony or love. Place them on your platformed window box, along with colorful leaves and interesting twigs. Add nuts and perhaps dried corn to be enjoyed by local wildlife and you have a great display that can bring abundance to your life, In many areas of the country it can be colorful all the way through Thanksgiving and if not perhaps you can use the same ideas for a mantle or tabletop display. Your house will look great and your neighbors will be none the wiser! When that hard frost comes remove the pumpkins to the compost pile, Next spring don’t be surprised when the pumpkin vines begin to take over your compost!
Saoirse, ruthee www.turningthewheel.org
Pumpkin Candles – By Patti Wigington, About.com
The pumpkin is one of the best-known members of the squash family. From September to November, they’re all over the place – we see them carved into jack-o-lanterns, painted, and practically invading every roadside stand in town. With Samhain growing nearer, the pumpkin crop is at its peak, and there are all kinds of things you can do with them. Everyone loves candles, so why not use a few small pumpkins to jazz up your Sabbat decor?
The first thing you’ll need is a baking-size pumpkin (you can use an acorn squash for this project too). Here’s a hint — before you buy a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, check your grocery store’s produce section.
Unless you already have candle-making equipment and paraffin wax, the other thing you’ll need to get is some soy wax chips. These are inexpensive, melt easily and safely in your microwave, and burn cleaner than paraffin wax. If you already have paraffin, you can use that for this project, but you’ll need to melt it over a double burner instead. If you want to add color or scent, you’ll need some of that too.
Finally, you’ll need a wick. You can either make your own by coating a string in wax, or you can buy a pre-made wick at any craft or hobby store. The pre-made ones typically have a small metal disc at the bottom for the base.
Assemble all your supplies, and cut the top off the pumpkin. Scoop out the goop inside (you can save the seeds for roasting later) and scrape the interior clean. A melon-baller actually works really well for this step.
Melt your wax — again, if you use soy chips you can melt them in the microwave. Eight cups of dry chips will give you about four cups of melted wax, which is just about enough to fill a baking pumpkin or acorn squash. Before you pour the wax, secure the wick to the bottom of the pumpkin’s inside. It’s okay if it flops over a little, because we’ll prop it up later when the wax is in place.
Once your wax is melted, add scent or color chips if you like. Stir before pouring. Fill the pumpkin with wax up to the bottom edge of the opening. You’ll probably have a little bit left over — don’t throw it away, you’ll need it later!
After you’ve poured the wax, if the wick seems to lean to one side or the other, place a butter knife across the top of the pumpkin to hold up the wick and keep it from flopping.
Once the wax has cooled, you may notice a small dip or indentation around the wick where the wax has sunk. Use the leftover wax to fill this spot up. Trim the wick back so it is no longer than 1/4″ long.
When you burn your candle, be careful not to leave it unattended. If the inside of the pumpkin begins to burn, put your candle out immediately. Use it on your altar or around your house as part of your Samhain decorating.
The lawyer is thinking that seniors are so dumb that he could get one over on them easily.
So, the lawyer asks if the senior would like to play a fun game.
The senior is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks
The lawyer persists, saying that the game is a lot of fun…”I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me only $5.00. Then you ask me one, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500.00,” he says.
This catches the senior’s attention and, to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game.
The lawyer asks the first question. “What’s the distance from the Earth to the Moon?”
The senior doesn’t say a word, but reaches into his pocket, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer.
Now, it’s the senior’s turn. He asks the lawyer, “What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?”
The lawyer uses his laptop to search all references he can find on the Net.
He sends E-mails to all the smart friends he knows; all to no avail. After an hour of searching, he finally gives up.
He wakes the senior and hands him $500.00. The senior pockets the $500.00 and goes right back to sleep.
The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer. He wakes the senior up and asks, “Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?”
The senior reaches into his pocket, hands the lawyer $5.00, and goes back to sleep.
Don’t ever mess with old people!