Yesterday was quiet for me. I spent time on the computer, trying to get some things done. Mostly it was sorting or formatting, stuff that doesn’t take a lot of brain power. Of course, that was after the headache got down to bearable levels.
Ken Gagne 11/22/14 Heron in Yachats
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort – Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time. I love this drawing of it, because you can clearly see the differences between it and the other artemisias, like sagebrush or wormwood….
The first recorded strike took place among pyramid labourers, Egypt, November 23, 1170 BCE. They were striking over not having a living wage. Has anything changed? This probably was Khendjer’s pyramid in Saqquara, but I don’t have a lot more info. This pyramidon (the top stone on a pyramid) is from his pyramid.
They say the Pharaohs built the pyramids.
Do you think one Pharaoh dropped one bead of sweat?
We built the pyramids for the Pharaohs
and we’re building for them yet. – Anna Louise Strong
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,
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 11/23 at 7:32pm. 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 on 12/6 at 4:27am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/26 at 7:32pm
We’re two thirds of the way through fall, so Capella shines well up in the northeast as soon as the stars come out. As night grows darker, look to its right by about three fists at arm’s length for the frosty little Pleiades cluster, the size of your fingertip at arm’s length.
Mercury is disappearing deep into the glow of sunrise.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed, Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter. Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl) – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae).
“The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: AE, X, XI, M
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 23 High 1:00 AM 7.1 7:23 AM Rise 8:24 AM 0
23 Low 6:23 AM 2.8 4:42 PM Set 6:11 PM
23 High 12:14 PM 8.9
23 Low 7:15 PM -1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Watch more sunsets.
~ Meditation is not a question of conquering or seizing, it is a question of relaxing into yourself. It is not a fight or a war, it is pure resting, sinking into your rest deeply. And as you sink deeper and deeper you find you are melting. – Osho
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. – Joseph Chilton Pierce
~ Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. – Camille Pissarro
~ Be silent always when you doubt your sense. – Alexander Pope
Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings
And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.
In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song
Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong
To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside
And hymns in the cozy parlor, the tinkling piano our guide.
So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamor
With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past. – D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), English novelist, poet, and literary critic
Thanksgiving Magick – Crafts
Turkey Napkin Rings
Materials: construction paper in fall colors: yellow, orange, brown, red, green, etc.
glue or rubber cement
Cut strips of construction paper about 5 inches long and 1 inch or so wide. Roll the napkin into a cylinder. Wrap a strip around the napkin center and tape it in place. Do this for as many napkins as you expect to need.
Next, cut a 3 inch wide half circle for each napkin — your choice of colors — for the tails. Clip the curved side if you wish to create a feather effect or use markers.
Cut a 2 inch circle for the body. Cut a pear-shape for the head and neck. Draw the eyes, beak and wattles with markers.
Glue the tail to the strip around the napkin — take care not to get glue on the napkin. Glue the body to the tail. Glue the head to the body.
Construction Paper Turkey Decorations
Make turkey decorations from construction paper or fun foam – not your typical trace your hand turkey design!
You need a total of 3 hand shaped pieces One gourd shaped think small round on the top of a fat bottom round (like a number 8)
yellow or brown pipe cleaners
Use the gourd shape for the birds body and on each side attach one hand for the feathers – then the 3rd hand on the bottom (large end of gourd.)
Use the colored craft feathers behind the head, wings, and bottom.
Make spiral shapes for the 2 legs out of pipe cleaners (wrap around a pencil)
Make feet to attach at the end of the pipe cleaner – like 3 rounded toes,
Make beak- think v shape with rounded top.
Attach wiggle eyes close together at the top of beak.
You can embellish further if desired by adding a stick under the feet so he looks like he’s standing on a perch – and ribbons to the end of the stick to go up to a point above the head for a hanger.
Assemble with white glue.
Almost any age kids can do this – you may need to do some of the cutting if they can’t; or purchase pre-cut hand pieces from craft stores (but that’s not too thrifty).
Fun foam is firmer than construction paper, but either will work.
You could even use fabric scraps but it would need to be glued to a backing like cardboard.
By Mary S
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Paper Cup Gobblers
(These will make parents crazy, but kids love them)
Use a yellow paper cup – not the small size but coffee size or larger.
With the cup upside down – use colored paper or construction paper to make a beak and the red thingy on its head.
Use black marker or wiggly eyes.
Then take kite string, or other natural fiber string (not nylon or twine) cut about 16″ depending on the size of your cup. Tape it inside on the center of the bottom of the cup so when you hold up your gobbler the cup is upside down and the string is hanging down around 8-10″ or so.
Now, wet the string slightly and wet your fingers – pull your fingers down the string and your gobbler will gobble.
By Mary S
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