Minus tide at 6:10 AM of -0.3 feet.
65F, clear and a light breeze over a bay that is sparkling in the sunshine. There was a canoer in the downbay and when I first saw him he was kneeling up in the canoe. I thought for a split second that he was standing on one of the sand flats up to his waist in water!
We had trouble getting going yesterday. It was 2:30 before the newsletter was out and 3:30 before food was finished. At 4:30 I was waiting for Tempus to bring my pills from the pharmacy. I got a lot of writing done during that time.
We spent awhile up at the house. I went through a bunch of stuff and harvested some stuff. I couldn’t get to the plantain or the huckleberries so it was mostly roses and the salal was all done. <sigh> I sorted all that out once we were at the shop and sorting out the other stuff. There’s another pile in the way again…. I set up some strawberries in rum and sorted a lot of little stuff.
I overslept this morning. One of the Job Corps students was in looking for me this morning, and he talked awhile with her. He came back to the apartment to get me and the laundry, so I’m here, now. We’re supposed to have Sewing this evening, but unless someone’s planning to come for that (let me know!) we might take off early since I have an errand at JoAnn’s.
I’m going to be gone over the weekend, taking off tomorrow evening for an event in Coquille. There’s no Herbs or Sewing on Saturday because of that. The shop will be open all weekend and Tempus will be running the Project Day on Sunday until Marius and I get back.
Greater Eleusinian Mysteries – This day was the climax of the festival when initiates were shown an ear of wheat as the symbol of death/life/rebirth. The festival went on for many days with special events, sacrifices, rituals and processions. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleusinian_Mysteries#Greater_Mysteries . The Mysteries were secret and initiates simply didn’t write about them, so all we know are the bits and scraps that were public. Eleusis was where the Oomphalos, the belly-button stone of the World. was situated.
Today’s plant is Red Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa.It’s a large shrub that has white flower clusters in the spring and red berry clusters late in the summer. Planet: Venus, Element: Water Deity: Hel, Holda, The White Lady, Magickal properties: Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits. Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand. Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don’t burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.” More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_racemosa and here:http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm
The shop opens at 11am! Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday, but as sunset is getting earlier and earlier pretty soon we’re going to shift to 6pm. 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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 at the Tide Change on 9/16 at 12:05pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 9/15 at 12:05am. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 9/18 at 12:05am. Eclipses – Lunar eclipses always occur on the day of the Full Moon. Positive magicks should not be performed in these months until after the eclipse is over. – Associated God/esses: Kali, Shiva the Destroyer. Exact 11:54am.
A winter preview: Step out before the first light of dawn this week, and the sky displays the same starry panorama as it will at dusk next February. Orion stands high in the south, Sirius and Canis Major sparkle to its lower left, and Gemini occupies the high east.
Venus (magnitude –3.8) is very low in the west in bright twilight. Look for it 20 or 30 minutes after sunset from a spot with a good open western view.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – (MUHN, like “foot”),
Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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Celtic 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 15 Low 6:10 AM -0.3 6:56 AM Set 5:31 AM 94
~ 15 High 12:26 PM 7.3 7:26 PM Rise 7:02 PM
~ 15 Low 6:25 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Imagine…Think…Act…Believe
~ Art is always the replacement of indifference with attention. – Guy Davenport
~ Character building begins in infancy and ends in death. – Eleanor Roosevelt
~ We shall find no fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman, scorned, slighted, dismissed without a parting pang. – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
~ The man says, “If I had a fortune, I’d take good care of it. But I only have a paycheck and I don’t know where it all goes.” Wouldn’t you love to have him running your company? – Jim Rohn
is so close to being loved
that for the average person,
they are almost indistinguishable. ~ David Augsburger
Attracting Wellness Spell – Pagan Studies
The energy of this spell is intended to give a boost to your health and to be a palliative in the face of the upcoming “flu months.”
Light a green candle. Place a glass of water between you and the green candle.
State these words: “Spirit guides, healers, and angels allow me to act as a channel for your healing rays. Energy on.”
Visualize a ray of energy entering your crown. Allow this ray to stream through your body with each breath. Visualize healing and balance being restored to your body. Use your intuition to indicate when the energy has reached its fullness within you. At the point of fullness, hold your hands over the water and visualize the ray stretching from your hands into the water. This action allows you to ground the ray’s energy into the water. As this grounding occurs, the water also become “activated” with the healing properties of the energy.
Thank the spirit guides, healers, and angels for their energy and say: “Energy off.”
Unless a doctor recommends you do not, drink at least eight glasses of activated water daily. ~ Karen Follett from- GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies
Silliness – Classic Quips From Late Night – According to a recent poll, 84% of Americans approve of making English the official language. I’d be happy if they made English the official language of 7-11. – Jay Leno