It’s 52F and the fog is clearing out rapidly now that the sun is past the trees. Everything dripped for a couple of minutes and then it all dried up. There’s no breeze, although the occasional leaf stirs and a chill sylph creeps in to make me tuck my toes back into my foot warmer. No breeze, unlike yesterday afternoon when the flags at the shop were horizontal and the open flag actually flew out of the socket!
After that Tempus and I did some cleaning up and sorting out, particularly in back. He got the sewing machines put back, although we’re going to have to pull the one out this morning again. I’m hoping to start on some altar cloths, even if I don’t have enough black tape, at least I can do the white ones.
We got the tablecloth on and the crockpot plugged back in and various things set out. We took turns helping customers, then he headed up to the house to get a couple of things into the wash. Marius got there soon after that point and I worked on pouches while we talked about the event that we’re setting up. Rowan and Bera showed up and we ended up talking food and feasts. Once Tempus was back we ate and then they all headed home. Tempus and I sorting things back around and then headed home ourselves, crashing really early.
He’s back to his normal paper route schedule, again, which is a relief, because he was getting pretty worn out. I’m hoping he’s going to come back home today and either clean or snooze, so I’m likely to be by myself. He will come back down if anyone wants a reading, though.
I did get some of the herb headers I was working on printed up, so that’s going to be a major task for the day.
Today’s Feast is the beginning of Odin’s Ordeal – “In Rúnatal, a section of the Hávamál, Odin is attributed with discovering the runes. In a sacrifice to himself, the highest of the gods, he was hanged from the world tree Yggdrasil for nine days and nights, pierced by his own spear, in order to learn the wisdom that would give him power in the nine worlds. Nine is a significant number in Norse magical practice (there were, for example, nine realms of existence), thereby learning nine (later eighteen) magical songs and eighteen magical runes. One of Odin’s names is Ygg, and the Norse name for the World Ash —Yggdrasil—therefore could mean “Ygg’s (Odin’s) horse.” Another of Odin’s names is Hangatýr, the god of the hanged.” (from Wikipedia)
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
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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 at the Tide Change on 8/29 at 11:35am. 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 8/18 at 7:53pm.
After sunset, the waxing crescent Moon low in the west serves as a pointer to Mercury, well to its lower right. If the Moon were a bow, it would shoot an arrow through Mercury.
The two brightest stars of summer are <<<< Vega, overhead soon after dark, and Arcturus >>>> in the west. Vega is a white-hot, type-A star 25 light-years away. Arcturus is a yellow-orange-hot K giant 37 light-years distant. Their color difference is easy to see.
Venus is out of sight this week. It goes through inferior conjunction (between us and the Sun) on Saturday the 15th. Venus will miss the Sun by a wide margin at this conjunction, passing nearly 8° to the Sun’s south.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 17 High 2:29 AM 7.0 6:21 AM Rise 9:24 AM 4
~ 17 Low 8:58 AM 0.1 8:19 PM Set 9:41 PM
~ 17 High 3:14 PM 6.9
~ 17 Low 9:19 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Allow me to experience peace in a way that I can understand.
~ Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. – Peter Ustinov
~ I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
~ We run all day in this world of dust, and we forget the treasure in our own homes. Everyone ages in business. How many people know when to stop before death? – Tao Wu
~ The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become. – Goethe
~ There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Angel sent me a link the other day about Pagan Elders and it got me to thinking. Here’s the link if you want to go read it, and for those of you that don’t have web access, ask me and I’ll send you the text. Click here: Our Pagan Elders http://www.greeneggzine.com/Our%20Pagan%20Elders.html [Anja’s note: article no longer exists and it’s a dead link……]
By the way, I don’t think our group has much in the way of issues of the kind of “Elder Problems” nailed down in the article, but I know that Michael is right in general.
I think part of the problem with the Pagan community isn’t just with the Elders and leaders of groups. It has to do with the lack of what the mainstream religions call “fellowship”. They can go from one church to another, at least in their own denomination and be able to sing the same songs, pray the same prayers and so on. They can be pretty sure of being welcomed, since they know how to dress and behave and usually don’t get needled over “doctrine” as long as they are visitors.
Our religion is not based on being part of a flock. I often refer to “herding cats” as the way most of us respond. We are always individuals, always disagreeing even over fundamental points. That is the basis of our faith, but it goes deeper than that.
If we are a community we must have community values. So far, so good! Those we’ve got. The only problem is that the greater pagan community seems to have at the top of the list of community values, disinterest, fear and “I’m the one who’s right!” <sigh> Dang, we all fall prey to that, but still….
One part of the dedicant pledge and the oaths that Initiates swear is always to serve. Usually, they do, and do it well, but everyone burns out eventually. My own teachers did. “20 years of butting my head against stone walls earns me the right to *sit* on my butt!” Lorena said at one point when the group that they started was dissolving. I agree with her. 2 ½ years of leading, teaching and counseling full-time is difficult enough. I’m not sure that I can do this for 20 years!
The odd part of it is that not only did the core coven dissolve and people scatter to the 4 winds, but the rest of the covens dropped out of touch.
Part of what I so loved being part of that group was that there were about 200-250 people at that height of things that could get together and have rituals and all understand what was going on, no matter how odd the ritual (and some of the experimenting covens came up with true weirdies!) The overall group’s composition resembled ours, actually, with the addition of more “just participants” and more “spouses”. There were 13 covens at the height of it and Lorena’s used to refer to the group as a “witch’s gross”, which still makes me laugh.
But why did the groups not continue to associate after Lorena and Henry left? I keep asking myself that and I don’t truly know the answer.
I do know that as my life fell apart I lost phone numbers and other contact information, but certainly the others didn’t. The few times I saw folks that I recognized and spoke to them they talked about that, too, but I don’t think anyone did anything about it. Were there no leaders in the other groups? The couple that Lorena and Henry turned coordination over to dropped out of sight within weeks from what anyone could tell, and truthfully, I had too much on my plate to even worry about it for a couple of years, and by that time no one was around.
I only recently got back in touch with two people and I don’t even have their contact info. They talk faster than I do (quite a feat, admittedly! <grin>) and have never responded when I asked for that.
I think just plain disinterest in staying together was the problem. But that I don’t really understand. “Real Life” gets in the way, of course. That’s what happened to me. Why did no one try to keep in touch with *me*, though? Why was it only up to me? I know I was going through a rough time, but that’s just when a person needs help.
I know that in certain folks it looks like just plain laziness. How tough is it to pick up a phone and call someone? Or to yell to someone that you know is in your 101 class. “Hey, no class this week!” or to grab someone in the smoking gazebo and say, “Did you get to read the Stuff? Esbat this week.” How hard is it to take a minute to let the teacher know that you’re not going to make it to class? If I had a quarter for each time I’ve gone down to the shop and no one showed up, I could have dinner at the Embarcadero…
I get nabbed whenever I walk into Job Corps because the kids know that I will take a moment to stop and talk to them, even kids I don’t know. So why don’t the rest of you in Job Corps get nabbed? Or do you and you just don’t talk about it….hmm….
But that’s exactly what happens that leaders and teachers burn out! About the 10th time I was at the shop to meet someone or at Job Corps to pick folks up and they didn’t show, I got annoyed. About the 50th I got mad. Now, I just keep telling myself that I asked for this when I did my 2nd degree initiation and promised to serve, but that’s not going to keep me going forever.
Ok, fear… maybe masquerading as reluctance to try something new, or to show for a class or a circle or to join a new discussion group. The mainstream religions talk about fellowship from the standpoint of “we all do things together”. What’s stopping pagans? I must admit certain practices are more comfortable for me than others, but I’ve worked with all kinds from Gardnerian to Feri, from Druids to Dianics and I’ve never had a real issue….except with Satanists…. so, why, when we get together, even though we know the same chants, do we not sing? Why, if we know the same prayers does one person do the saying of them? About the only thing that pretty much everyone says is the “merry meet, merry part, merry meet again.” People not knowing what’s going to happen get afraid to try again. We’re doing ok, I think, because we’re not too burned out to assign someone to the new folks and we’ve got the quick reference sheets.
And then…. I’ve had it happen… you get stomped all over for opening your mouth. I’m both annoyed and upset with the Feri community right now for the way I’ve been treated by a small minority who refuse to believe that I’m an initiate because I don’t fit their parameters. A lot of you have heard me talk about this. It may stop me from becoming part of the community again. Yes, fear on my part, but legit, I think. Who wants to be stomped?
I wish we could leave dogma to the x-tians. <sigh>
Ok, enough of my ranting…. but let’s think about this one and see if we can head off some of this before it gets going in our group.
If you have ideas, *don’t* hesitate to bring ‘em up!
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