Daily Stuff 9-6-16 Horn dance

Hi, folks!

rain weather motifIt’s drippy this morning, but quite bright. There’s very little wind to disturb the water that’s collecting on branches, so when it does gust a bit there’s a sudden shower! 61F, damp, and we got almost 1/3 of an inch of rain last night! That’s going to help the fire danger immensely.

motif bird MallardYesterday was very, very slow. For a holiday it was abysmal. Not sure why…. the “bulge” of vacationers heading home was done on the highway by 1pm, not too unusual, I guess. We did have some people in: a couple from Portland, another from Utah, several people from various points in the Valley…. Amy stopped in during the afternoon before she headed home to cut her lawn before the rain.

motif bird robinTempus worked on bone needles during the day and I worked on blackwork patterns for most of it, doing some bead sorting and embroidery at odd points. We didn’t go home until quite late and turned in soon after.

motif bird mallard2This morning I woke late and went out to the solarium to embroider while Tempus was getting ready and doing some chores for our landlady. I got a dozen raspberries from the bush in my herb garden, a couple of strawberries from the planter in front of the apartment and a small handful of huckleberries from the bush by the car as breakfast.

motif bird sparrow duskyOnce I get this out this afternoon I’ll be staying at the shop to write up a couple of reports and to set up the newsletters for the week. I have more work to do on the embroidery pamphlet that I’m trying to get published this month. From what I understand Tempus is going to the house to work on his study some more, but right now he’s watering the plants up close to the shop. The idea of putting nasturtiums in planters out front was a good one. They’ve been looking nice all summer! We have the paper route to run tonight, too.

A photo of the Yachats blowhole going off from 9/4/16 by Ken Gagne.

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The Abbots Bromley Horn dance is performed each year on the Monday following September 4th. (which isn’t today, but…) It resembles a lot of the British folk dance, like the Morris dances, although this dance features 6 men with reindeer antlers on poles. The antlers have been dated to 1165, and there’s a *lot* of controversy as to how old this custom actually is. The romanticists in Wicca who claim that all of the customs are pagan hold-overs cite this dance particularly, especially since there’s a “dance” with antlers drawn on the wall of the Lescaux caves…. which would make it *really* old! The Wikipedia article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbots_Bromley_Horn_Dance  and the sheet music tune to which they dance is here along with a midi file  http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/England/misc/AbbotsBromleyHornDance1_Am/0000

motif, tree celtic duir oregon white oakToday’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. –Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or SeiningWiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water.  Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythology  and more about our variety here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron

Mabon pentacleThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. 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

Waxing Crescent MoonWaxing 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 at the Tide Change on 9/16 at 12:05pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/9 at 4:49am. 

astro-jupiter-0916Jupiter like you haven’t seen it. The Juno spacecraft imaged it from the side, and S&T‘s imaging editor Sean Walker assembled and detail-enhanced this rendition. He writes, “Junocam uses a drift-scan camera and the images come down in strips that have to be assembled per color, and each strip has some additional rotation due to the time lapse between scans and the planet’s rapid rotation, which I corrected for using distortion tools in Photoshop. Here is my result; still some artifacts, but not too bad. No polar hexagon on the king o’ planets, but a lot of chaos!” NASA press release.
Tanabata4 vega LyraAs summer approaches its end, Vega becomes the zenith star around the end of twilight (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). And Arcturus, its zero-magnitude equal for brightness, shines moderately low in the west.
Astro jupiterJupiter, following its conjunction with Venus on August 27th, has slid away out of sight down to Venus’s lower right. It’s passing around the far side of the Sun.

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – (MUHN, like “foot”), 
Rune Runic Month 17 Rad RaidhoRunic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in VirgoSun in Virgo
Moon in ScorpioMoon in Scorpio
Mercury (9/22), Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1), Ceres (12/9)  and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Red

Planting 9/5-7

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©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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motif plant fruit Grape muin celtic tree monthCeltic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).

blackberry muin celtic tree monthMuin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

grove muin celtic tree monthto study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Tu   6     High   4:12 AM     6.2   6:46 AM    Rise 11:55 AM      17
~     6      Low  10:10 AM     1.7   7:43 PM     Set 10:33 PM
~     6     High   4:18 PM     6.9
~     6      Low  10:56 PM     1.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Abundance and joy enhance all my thoughts and feelings.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – “Home is where one starts from.” — T.S. Eliot

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Quotes 

~  Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. – Edward H. Harriman
~  When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill. – Seneca
~  The three steps for movement in life – Twelve steps are nine too many. Here they are for any who may need: breathe in, breathe out, and GET OVER IT! – Griffin Black Swan
~  The heyday of woman’s life is the shady side of fifty. – Elizabeth Stanton (1815-1902) US reformer

Lady!

You dance on hilltops in
eternal disarray,
Springtime entangles in
Your hair, eyes sapphire ice
glowing to soft rain.
Like birdsong Your voice or
crystal’s silver song;
Your laughter shakes the trees–
the earth gladdens.

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Mabon2 divMabon Magick – Crafts

Horn of Plenty – (For Mabon) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/hrnoplty.html

Materials:

  • Horn of plenty–plastic or basket-woven
  • Fake or real fruits of the harvest: Grapes, citrus fruit, corn, pumpkin, especially apples

Directions:

Simply place the fruit inside the horn so that it is aesthetically pleasing. It is best to make it look as if the bounty is spilling outwards, extending its nourishment.

Ritual use:

The horn itself, before being filled, can be used in ritual as a symbol to “drink” from to symbolically consume the harvest. It is symbolic of the mother Goddess’s womb. It can then be filled as a symbol that the fruits of the Goddess never run dry.

Pagan Studies – Harvest Necklace
The months of August, September and October are typically the time for harvest festivals, feasts and celebrations in the northern hemisphere. It is a time when many cultures and spiritual paths celebrate the bounty of the Earth, give thanks for the blessings of this bounty and honor their deities connected with Harvest and the plant spirits.

It is a good time for us to reconnect with the cycles of Nature and receive teachings from the nature spirits and plant spirits.  Study some of the plant species in your area (foods, flowers, trees, etc) and then take a walk outdoors and try to identify these species.  You will notice that some of these plants are beginning to set seed, and it is very interesting to look at all the different types of seed that exist in Nature!

You can create a necklace of seeds to wear during a Harvest celebration, or you may choose to use your “necklace” as an altar decoration or candle garland. You can collect seeds from outdoors that are large enough to string onto a necklace, or you can get seeds from the produce you buy at the grocery store. Apples, gourds, squash, and corn are all good sources for seeds.  Always use uncooked seeds (for instance, never use cooked corn on the cob because the kernels will decompose on your necklace rather than drying).  “Indian” corn can also be used, but since it is already dry you will need to soak the kernels in warm water until they are soft enough to string onto your necklace.  Larger seeds, like buckeyes and acorns, can be used but they require the use of a thin drill bit to get a good hole in them.

Use a sturdy, sharp needle and a heavy string such as dental floss, beading string or hand quilting weight thread.  I like to double my string so that the necklace is very sturdy.  Once strung, the seeds will dry and they may shrink a bit so make your necklace longer than you would like to account for this shrinkage.  Hang the strung seeds in a well ventilated room until the seeds are dry. You can make the necklace long enough to slip over your head or you can add a clasp on the ends of your necklace.  You can also wear them wrapped around your wrists or ankles several times (bells can be added if you plan to dance at your festival).  You may also wish to add bits of raffia or stripped, dry cornhusk by tying the bits around your string at different intervals. You can also add any type of charms or stones to your necklace that are used at autumn celebrations in your tradition…..perhaps half of a black walnut, to represent Owl/Wisdom/Goddess. – Written by ScryeWulf for the Magickal Crafts Newsletter

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Classic Quips From Late Night – Saddam Hussein’s former adviser, Tariq Aziz, testified at Saddam’s trial while wearing pajamas. Aziz said he was confused and thought he was testifying at the Michael Jackson trial. – Conan O’Brien

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