Daily Stuff 10-22-14 Perpendicular Sun

Hi, folks!

Rose of the Sea Logo 2013Esbat 7pm at the shop.

weather rain steadyIt’s all blowing wind and thrashing trees outside. 60F feels pretty warm, but getting out of a warm bed, with a warm Tempus to snuggle with is making me shivery. We’ve gotten .93 inches of rain since midnight after only 1/10th yesterday, although Cannibal Mountain is over 1 1/2 inches!. Everything is drippy. It’s rather gloomy. It was a perfect morning to cuddle under the covers. ….but now it’s time to get up and I don’t even want to *think* about going outside…. 🙂

motif plant flower desertroseYesterday I was so distractable that it was 2pm or so when the newsletter finally went out. It didn’t help that we didn’t get up until nearly 11…. I spent the afternoon on clearing mail and catching up with pictures and writing the House Capuchin blog.

motif plant flower edelweissTempus was doing laundry, and catching up with stuff that hasn’t been getting finished, like all the things on the floor in the kitchen that have come out of boxes and need to get run through the dishwasher and clothing for the clothes washer.

motif plant flower gardenia…and then you could hear the wind picking up in the trees… and the sunshine stopped breaking through…. and then it all died down and got eerily quiet and just gloomy. There wasn’t much of anything kicking up offshore, either. In the evening we were getting gusts into the low 30’s, but little rain. It was “spitty”.

motif plant flower geraniumI spent the evening catching up on bits and pieces of things. I even got some new flower motif pictures done. You’ll start seeing them over the next few days. Tempus was working on his study, which is even more of a wreck that mine is over the summer. We just don’t have time during the crazy part of the season. By midnight the wind was picking up some more making the bamboo chime sound. Now you can actually hear the rain hitting the porch roof, it’s coming down hard enough.

plant flower motif barberryTempus is getting us breakfast as I’m typing and I can smell coffee. I actually have my heater running. The early part of the day ought to be more of the same as yesterday, although I’m going to pester Tempus about the kitchen more, since I have no room to work and need to for Sunday. I have to get the newsletters set up (they’re already 1/2 done) and hoping to do a few more of the new clipart pix. Later in the day we may be going into Newport and then we have esbat tonight.

Two pictures of pelicans from last week. First is a Ken Gagne pic from Alsea Bay on 10/16/14.

Pelicans Alsea Bay Ken Gagne 101614

 

Next is a Mark Nessel pic from near Yachats on 10/18. I love the way they fly right over the waves tops in a roller-coaster formation!Mark Nessel10-18-2014

Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, pseudotsuga_menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, they are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Pseudotsuga_menziesii_cone douglas firTheir main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars,Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii

237px-RamsesIIEgyptFestival of Perpendicular Sun – Illumination the Inner Sanctum of Ramses IIAbu Simbel Temple, Egypt (also February 22) – “The archaeological complex of Abu Simbel comprises two massive rock temples in southern Egypt on the western bank of the Nile. It is a part of the Nubian Monuments UNESCO World Heritage Site, which runs from Abu Simbel downriver as far as Philae.
“Crowds pack into the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the stone. Eventually, statues of Ramses, Ra and Amun are illuminated in the inner sanctum (the statute of Ptah – the god of darkness – remains in the shadows). When they have recovered their breath, spectators can join celebrations outside, including a fair and music demonstrations. However, nothing can really impress you immediately after witnessing such a sight.”
“The most remarkable feature of the site is that the temple is precisely oriented so that twice every year, on 22 February and 22 October, the first rays of the morning sun shine down the entire length of the temple-cave to illuminate the back wall of the innermost shrine and the statues of the four gods seated there. … Precisely this same effect was apparently also fundamental to the design of the artificial cave of Newgrange in Ireland.”  Source here: http://witcombe.sbc.edu/sacredplaces/abusimbel.html More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel_temples

samhain green manThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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 ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Hecate's Brooch MoonWaning 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 2:57pm. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 10/22 at 3:57am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 10/23 at 2:57pm.

Astro Constellation PegasusAs autumn deepens, the Great Square of Pegasus >>>> shines ever higher in the east at nightfall. For now it’s still balancing on one corner. Later in the night and the season, it turns to rest upright very high when you face south. (This was gorgeous the other night!)
Astro jupiterJupiter (magnitude –2.0, at the Cancer-Leo border) rises in the east-northeast around 1 or 2 a.m. It shines brightly high in the east-southeast by dawn. Regulus shines about a fist-width below Jupiter and a bit left.
Thursday, Oct. 23, afternoon. This partial solar eclipse will be visible in most of North America and eastern Siberia. The sun will be covered to the greatest extent at sunset from the Canadian arctic to the American Midwest. Partial solar eclipses are particularly dangerous if viewed without adequate protection, so use a special solar filter (“eclipse glasses”) to look at it.  The farther north and west you are, the deeper Thursday afternoon’s partial solar eclipse will become. Eclipse 1014Credit: Jay Anderson

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  – (GORT), Hedera helix L., Sep 30 – Oct 27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl) 

Rune Runic Month 20 Wunjo WynRunic 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. Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.

Sun in LibraSun in Libra
Moon in LibraMoon in Libra at
Mercury (10/25) Uranus (12/21), Chiron (11/23) and Neptune (11/16) Retrograde
Color: Topaz

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©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Ivy Gort Celtic tree month Hedera_helixGort/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).
motif plant herb Ivy sprig gort celtic tree monthGort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.
Honeysuckle Gort cletic tree month Lonicera_ciliosato study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

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Waves tide Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
W   22     High  12:08 AM     6.8   7:41 AM    Rise  6:25 AM      4
~    22       Low   6:05 AM     1.6    6:20 PM    Set  5:52 PM
~    22     High  12:07 PM     7.8
~    22       Low   6:42 PM     0.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Being focused in the moment allows you to release the fear of the future and the guilt of the past.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue. — proverb

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Quotes

~  Oh, friend John, it is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play. – Bram Stoker (1847-1912) English novelist
~  My life is one long curve, full of turning points. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~  Worrying about something is like paying interest on a debt you don’t even know if you owe. – Mark Twain
Your job is to discover yourself and use yourself to change your world. – Kerr Cuhulain

Poem lyrics of The Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!” he said.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Some one had blunder’d.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder’d.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro’ the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel’d from the sabre-stroke
Shatter’d and sunder’d.
Then they rode back, but not,
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder’d.
Honor the charge they made!
Honor the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

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Samhain borderSamhain Magick – The Lore Of Halloween by Cate Cavanagh

The origins of Halloween is among the most interesting as it finds its origin in the old Celtic belief system adapted into Wicca which was founded in the l950’s.

Halloween falls on the Wiccan New Year called Samhaim (called Sow-en) which in essence is “New Year’s Eve” and observes the end of harvest and  oncoming winter as integral to life regeneration in the spring. Since the old Celtic religions, like other earth based belief systems, focused on nature and its cycles for survival, Samhaim is both an ending and beginning, similar to death and rebirth(resurrection)as  most Christian religions believe.

As a celebration of nature’s never ending renewal of the life that feeds and supports people and the earth, Samhaim celebrated impending darkness after the light and harvest of fall after which life would re-emerge again in the spring. With this in mind, Samhaim was a religious time of fasting, reflection, meditation and prayer as well as a time for casting spells to end hardship, pain, illness and hunger. It was believed the worlds of the living and the dead merged on this day and it was in order to maintain peace between the two worlds that most of our Halloween traditions evolved such as trick or treat.

Fear of the roaming dead brought about many Halloween practices but first note this interesting fact. The early Christian  Church changed All Saints Day, which was in May to October 31(All Hallow’s Eve) in order to appease a still pagan oriented congregation. It is purported that the Halloween customs we follow today is a result of the massive Irish famine immigration.

Many of our traditions stem from Irish or other Celtic countries. Take the Jack o’ Lantern. In Ireland, it was said “Jack” was a mean drunkard who used to beat his wife. He played too many tricks on the devil to save his soul. Well, when Jack died, he was too bad to get into Heaven and the devil was too annoyed at him to let him into Hell either. The devil gave Jack a burning coal which Jack placed inside a partially eaten turnip, called a bogie. From that day forward, Jack wanders the earth with this lantern looking for a place to rest his soul. Since ancient times, the pumpkin has replaced the turnip.

Costumes and masks were used for protection against spirits and despite conversion to Christianity, people remained afraid of All Hallows Eve, the one day it was believed spirits were allowed to freely walk the earth. In order to not be recognized by these spirits, people would leave their homes at night incognito in masks and misleading regalia.

In ancient Ireland the Druid priests of Muck Olla would go to farms begging for food and money for their houses of worship. If farmers did not pay, barns would be burned or animals would disappear. These incidents were believed to have been caused by the god, “Muck” from which the word muck has come to mean trouble and chaos. Acts such as these evolved into the threat of ‘tricks’ (or pranks) if treats were not given. Spain also had its tradition. On All Hallows Eve, people would place cakes and nuts on graves to bribe the devil. In Belgium children begged for money to buy cakes to eat. Each eaten cake was believed to relieve the suffering of a soul. In Ireland, food were specially prepared for the dead. Often a large amount of food was set aside not to be touched by anyone until the ritual period was over. In Wales, the wealthy in a community would put together a communal feast while the poor, representing the community’s dead, would ask for food in the name of dead ancestors.

Favorite fall foods that begin with October 31 include apples and nuts. In ancient times, apples were considered a symbol of love and fertility. The Norse ate them for youth and what we call bobbing for apples was originally called ‘snapping for apples”. If a man got an apple then it mean the woman he loved, loved him back. In Scotland, nuts were used to determine whether lovers would be happy together. They would take two nuts and name them after each other. They would then toss them into a fire. If the nuts burned to ashes, they would enjoy a happy life. If they popped apart or crackled, their lives would have hardship and quarrel.

Are you going or throwing a Halloween party? Did you ever think of how far back this celebration goes or why you give treats to avoid a trick, or how wearing masks and costumes got started? Enjoy your party and festivities safely and remember no party should go without a cake magic recipe.

Make any kind of cake. Put a ring, thimble, a very tiny figurine and a coin inside the cooked cake in different locations. Some people will get one of these items in their slice.

The ring means they will be married within a year, the thimble means you will never marry. The doll means lots of children and the coin means prosperity.

While you are at it, you might want to try this popular ‘spell’ for money that is best done around Halloween. You need a gold coin and a pair of old shoes. Holding up the coin in daylight and say “what I see, may it increase, so I may have financial peace.” Place the gold coin in the old left shoe, then put both shoes on. Walk clockwise in a circle three times. Take the shoes off and place them in a T shape where they can’t be disturbed. Do the same thing for three more days. On the third day take out the gold coin from the left shoe and tape the coin in the most worn part of the shoes. Do not spend the coin as it will bring you luck!! ONLY DO THIS SPELL IF MONEY IS NEEDED NOT OUT OF GREED!

If you are single, put a glass of water by your bed. It said the person you dream of on All Hallow’s Eve is the person you will marry. Warning: since the dead roam this night, you might want to consider sleeping with a mask on!

NOTE:  Samhaim, the most solemn day of the year

Whereas the lore of Halloween is interesting and fun, it must be noted that, as a spiritual sabbat, Samhaim is a time for serius reflection and honoring one’s beloved dead or ancestors.  For those of this path, a place is set for visiting loved ones that have passed with pictures and candles to commemorate the life of these beloveds.

I spend a week in quiet reflection.  I ponder my own spiritual growth, make my own ‘private confession’ to my deities and consider how I may have contributed to any problems I encountered in order to take responsibility for my part which is essential to both avoiding the same misjudgement and spiritual growth.

Regardless of what the year has brought, I spend a lot of time literally counting my blessings and giving thanks.  In order to honor the loved ones no longer with me, I make a list and give time to reflect on how my life was enriched by knowing all of them.  If I have unresolved grief, I allow myself to grieve.  I prepare meals, often they have been very humble, for the spirits as an expression of my gratitude and light candles to Creator and my deities for all of their guidance, strength and protection in the previous year.

This year will be difficult, my mother passed away this last September 11.  I will devote this Samhaim to her memory.  She was the most courageous person I have ever known or ever will.  She is and forever will be the Queen of my heart, my life and my soul.

Cate Cavanagh is the Author of “Gifts Of The Spirit”, a poet columnist and witch.  http://cate_cavanagh.tripod.com Submitted To GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Mohabee says, “My favorite expression, which I learned in my youth…
Roses are reddish,
violets are bluish;
if it wasn’t for Christmas,
we’d all be Jewish!

This usually brings a smile to anyone disinterested in Christianity, and non-orthodox Jews. Blessed be!

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