This morning is just beautiful! It’s 53F, just a lovely little breath of crisp breeze, everything drippping with dew and a clear, clear sky. They’re syaing that’s going to start to change around 3pm as the weather system starts to come ashore. …and the sunshine is already going away.
Yesterday was just marvelous, even with me being so tired. Tempus was coughing and feverish, though, so he was pretty miserable. 8 hours of classes for me ended up with no students in two classes, so only 4 hours. That meant that in between I was able to sit and talk. Old friends, new friends, seeing two sets of friends become one set….awesome…. but I’m tired. Yes, Tempus is better this morning, although I’m coughing.
Today I’ll be at the shop. Tempus is helping our elderly friend get his stuff moved to the nursing home. I’ll be doing paperwork and I’m hoping that Hatch is going to be up to toting boxes. Raffle results are here: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/ocppg/oregon-coast-pan-pagan-gathering-2014/ocppg-2014-raffle-fundraiser/ and it brought in $61. It looks like all the teachers who needed it got their gas money and folks cleaned out their donation cans, so I have to get the check to the Community Center and count up and that’s the worst of that part.
After OCPPG ….
Born today in 1853 Lillie Langtry (d. February 12, 1929), born on the island of Jersey, hence her nickname, ‘The Jersey Lily’. Emilie Charlotte Le Breton, was a British music hall singer and stage actress famous for her many stage productions including She Stoops to Conquer, The Lady of Lyons and As You Like It. She was also known for her relationships with nobility, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Shrewsbury and Prince Louis of Battenberg. Among her friends were the Irish writer Oscar Wilde and the American artist James McNeill Whistler. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lillie_Langtry
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium) since that’s what I was talking about. It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles.The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
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.
As twilight fades, look for Arcturus, the Spring Star, twinkling in the west to west-northwest. It’s still pretty easy to see. But how much later into the fall, as it sinks away, will you be able to keep it in view?
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, at the Cancer-Leo border) rises in the east-northeast around 2 a.m. It shines brightly high in the east before and during dawn. Jupiter forms a big triangle with Pollux above it (by about two fists at arm’s length) and Procyon to their right. Below Jupiter and a bit left is 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 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
M 13 High 4:59 AM 6.5 7:29 AM Set 12:55 PM 77
~ 13 Low 10:30 AM 2.8 6:35 PM Rise 10:44 PM
~ 13 High 4:21 PM 7.5
~ 13 Low 11:21 PM 0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Time can be my friend or my enemy.
~ The key to success isn’t much good until one discovers the right lock to insert it in. – Tehyi Hsieh, Chinese educator, writer and diplomat
~ To seize your power you must assume responsibility for your life. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The person who can be only serious or only cheerful, is but half a man. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~ Measure your self by your best moments, not by your worst. We are too prone to judge ourselves by our moments of despondency and depressions. – Robert Johnson
Take the whole kit
with the caboodle
don’t deplore it
Shake hands with time
don’t kill it
Open a lookout
Dance on a brink
Run with your wildfire
You are closer to glory
leaping an abyss
than upholstering a rut – James Broughton (Little Sermons of the Big Joy)
Samhain Oil – Put in soap or anoint candles
- 3 drops cedarwood
- 3 drops clove
- 3 drops frankincense
- 3 drops patchouli
- 3 drops rosemary
Add a piece of dried marigold and three dried pumpkin seeds with obsidian, amber, and ruby crystals. This is a light and dark oil that captures all the mystery and ambiance of this special night of meditation.
Hecate Incense – by Gerina Dunwich
1/2 teaspoon Dried Bay Leaves
1/2 teaspoon Dried Mint Leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme
pinch of Myrrh Resin
pinch of Frankincense Resin
13 drops Cypress Oil
3 drops Camphor Oil
- Using a mortar and pestle, crush the Bay, Mint, and Thyme until almost powdered.
- Stir in the Frankincense and Myrrh resins.
- Add the Cypress and camphor Oils, and mix well.
- Store in a tightly capped jar and let the mixture age for at least two weeks before using.
- Burn on a hot charcoal block during your ritual.
(The above “Hecate Incense” recipe is from “WiccaCraft: The Modern Witch’s Book of Herbs, Magick, and Dreams” by Gerina Dunwich, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)Samhain Ritual Potpourri by Gerina Dunwich
45 drops patchouli oil
1 cup oak moss
2 cups dried apple blossoms
2 cups dried heather flowers
1 cup dried and chopped apple peel
1 cup dried pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dried and chopped mandrake root
- Mix the patchouli oil with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients.
- Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
(The above “Samhain Ritual Potpourri” recipe is from “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes” by Gerina Dunwich, page 164, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)