Yesterday was a long day. I missed being able to be at the shop, although the headache is finally dying away and I was definitely feeling better. I spent most of the day writing and doing research, although that’s a really dignified name for hunting through my computer finding bits and pieces and then taking words and concepts and hunting on the internet for the same.
Tempus was at the shop. Marius took the morning Wicca 101 class while Tempus napped and then Tempus was by himself at the shop during the day. He said that he got very frustrated because he would just get started on sorting some more things (I think he was working on the tool shelves) and he would stop to help customers and then it took forever to get started again each time, because he got distracted.
When he got home I transferred the pictures from Marius’ camera and finished up the House Capuchin report for the week which is here: http://housecapuchin.wordpress.com/portfolio/report-on-week-through-11-23-14
In the evening I was working on a Mab’s Creations kit. I finally figured out what I had done with a bunch of designs that I created last spring and just never got all into one place. I got going on getting then all into the same format and size.
Today Tempus is going to be at the shop again by himself. I’m going to spend time on the phone with the clinic, I think, trying to get some appointments made, to see if I can get some help with whatever’s wrong with me. We don’t have a Wicca 101 class tonight, since everyone’s out of town for the holiday. Tempus is supposed to be working on more boxes and I’m probably just going to continue with what I did yesterday.
Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats.The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” , or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. –Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia
Feast day of St John of the Cross – (Starry stapelia, Stapelia radiata, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stapelia this is one weird plant. The flowers small like rotting meat! This is also the guy that wrote the book, “The Dark Night of the Soul”. He was a poet and a reformer and ended up imprisoned and tortured by fellow monks!
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,
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
With the waxing Moon still thin, plan some deep-sky observing while the evenings are still dark! Around the spilling water bucket of Aquarius are the Helix Nebula, the R Aquarii nebula, a little-known globular cluster, and some galaxies in the 11th- and 12th-magnitude range — as told in depth by Sue French in her Deep-Sky Wonders column in the November Sky & Telescope, page 56, with map and photos.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, right after dark. They move westward as the evening progresses. You’ll need binoculars or a small telescope and our finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
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
M 24 High 1:45 AM 7.2 7:24 AM Rise 9:21 AM 2
~ 24 Low 7:06 AM 2.8 4:42 PM Set 7:10 PM
~ 24 High 12:55 PM 8.8
~ 24 Low 7:57 PM -1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – By attending to my heart’s needs, I live a fulfilled life
~ Daring is one of the hardest things for adults starting down the warrior path to master. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ Life isn’t divided into genres. It’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky. – Alan Moore
~ It’s not who you are…but what you do that defines you. – Batman Begins
THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE
When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay
To keep me happy all the day.
And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.
I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish poet, novelist, and travel writer
Thanksgiving Magick – Spells
Turning the Wheel Spell – December 21st, 2005
Color of the day: Yellow – Incense of the day: Cedar
Over the last fifty years, television has provided us with many game shows in which the fate of contestants rests on the random outcome of a spinning wheel. This wheel of fortune concept dates back to the ancient Middle East. On this cold Yule night, light some candles and pull out an old board game that has a spinning wheel, or else devise one for your-self out of poster board and appropriate items from a craft store. Mark what each section of the poster board wheel means. Keep it simple with sections such as “yes,” “no,” “perhaps,” “get a life,” “listen to your inner voice,” “not in this lifetime,” and any other category you wish. Take turns with friends and family asking questions as they take turns spinning the wheel. As the needle spins around, the spinner should speak one of the following statements, depending on what they want the answer to be.
Please say yes, this is my wish come true.
Please, kind wheel, I need help from you.
Or, if you want a negative answer:
Please say no,
O Fortune’s Wheel.
You know my heart and what I feel.
By: Edain McCoy
Letters of Thanksgiving – November 22nd, 2007
Color of the day: Purple Incense of the day: Dill
This is kind of like a Secret Santa game, in that each person in your family or group should pick one person’s name from a hat about a week before Thanksgiving. Meditate on the person you chose and call to mind all that you have learned from knowing this person. Then write that person a letter expressing how thankful you are for his or her presence in your life and tell him or her just how much you care. Then, invite everyone over for a Thanksgiving feast. Read your letters at the end of your meal and celebrate with dessert. This exercise can take a bit of courage, particularly if you are not used to freely expressing your feelings. But it opens the heart and throat chakras and deepens the bonds of love in ways you might not expect.
By: Kristin Madden
Q: What does a turkey say? A: Gobble, gobble, gobble.
Q: What does a turkey who was an old-time movie fan say? A: Gable, Gable, Gable.
Q: What does a turkey with a sore throat say? A: Gargle, gargle, gargle.
Q: What does a turkey with a sore leg say? A: Hobble, hobble, hobble.
Q: What does a football turkey say? A: Huddle, huddle, huddle.
Q: What does a dieting turkey say? A: Nibble, nibble, nibble.
Q: What does a turkey who argues a lot say? A: Squabble, squabble, squabble.
Q: What does a jewelry lovin’ turkey say? A: Bauble, bauble, bauble.
Q: What does a dyslexic turkey say? A: Boggle, boggle, boggle.
Q: What does a turkey in the shoe repair shop say? A: Cobble, cobble, cobble.