Almost 2pm! It’s been interesting getting down here. The sky is a lovely soft blue with streaks of cirrus and lower, thicker cloud over the Coast Range. There’s no marine layer out there, but a lot of water vapor. 57F and the wind is clipping along at around 20 and gusting higher.
Yesterday was a long day. Once the newsletter was out, Tempus started in on bills and then in back doing a bunch of cleaning. I spent pretty much the whole day doing paperwork after setting up newsletters for a couple of days.
We slept in, did some chores, dealt with the car not wanting to start (and no clue why!) and then came down here. I have more paperwork and I think Tempus is heading up to the house to work.
Today is the anniversary of a 1631 Sunday performance of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream that so upset the Puritans that Bottom had to sit in the stocks! More on the play here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer_Night%27s_Dream
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday 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 email@example.com 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
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 9/30 at 5:11pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 9/29 at 5:11am
As dawn brightens in the east, the crescent Moon wanes and steps lower past Regulus and Mercury on successive mornings. As dawn brightens Wednesday morning the 28th, spot the thin crescent Moon between Regulus above it and Mercury below it, as shown above.
This is the time of year when, during the evening, the dim Little Dipper “dumps water” into the bowl of the Big Dipper way down below. The Big Dipper will dump it back in the evenings of spring.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – (MUHN, like “foot”)
Celtic Tree Month Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – (Hedera helix L.)
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 Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. 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
Tu 27 Low 4:50 AM 0.3 7:10 AM Rise 3:46 AM 16
~ 27 High 11:14 AM 6.9 7:03 PM Set 5:40 PM
~ 27 Low 5:12 PM 1.8
~ 27 High 11:03 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sometimes we think the world needs policing, quality control. But what it needs even more than that is encouragement and love.
~ A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
~ Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
~ He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. – Benjamin Franklin
~ On a ten-point scale, if I am at level two in any field, and desire to move to level five, I just first take the step toward level three. “A thousand-mile journey begins with the first step” and can only be taken one step at a time. Principles of Growth and Change
Left Washington, September 6, on a tour through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia … Absent nineteen days. Received every where heartily. The country is again one and united! I am very happy to be able to feel that the course taken has turned out so well. – Rutherford B Hayes (1822 – 1893), US president; Charles Richard Williams, ed., Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 443, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922 – 1926), Diary (September, 1877)
MAGICKAL SACHETS – https://witchesofthecraft.com/category/magickal-sachets/
Lovers’ Moon Sachet
You will need one-half cup of dried lavender flowers, one-quarter cup of dried rose petals, and one-quarter cup of dried jasmine flowers.
At 9:00 p.m., tie the herbs up in a red drawstring bag. Hold the bag of herbs in your hands, merge with the divine, and say:
With these power, fragrant flowers
Love, joy and pleasure fill my every hour
The love of Lady and Lord surrounds me
The love of the Lady and Lord enfolds me
The love of the Lady and Lord empowers me
The love of the Lady and Lord centers me
The love of the Lady and Lord inspires me
May the Lady and Lord watch over and guide me
Wherever I am, Goddess and God are!
In the names of the Lady and Lord, Blessed Be!
Put the sachet in your dresser drawer to infuse your clothes with the scent of love power and draw more pleasure and joy into your love life.
2 parts Cinnamon
2 parts Sandalwood
1 part Rose petals
1 part Cayenne
1 part Ginger
1 part Rue
Mix, tie up in blue or purple cloth. Anoint sachet with Eucalyptus oil and wear or place near the bed at night.
Car Protection Sachet
2 parts Rosemary
2 parts Juniper
1 part Mugwort
1 part Comfrey
1 part Caraway
1 small Quartz Crystal point
Tie up in red cloth. Secret somewhere in the car where it won’t be found. And drive safely-this sachet won’t guard against the driver’s mistakes. After a few months, take the sachet apart, save and cleanse the crystal and use again in the new sachet.
Car Protection Sachet #2
3 parts Rosemary
2 parts Juniper
2 parts Basil
1 part Fennel
1 part Mugwort
1 part Vervain
1 pinch Salt
The rest is like the first car protection sachet.
Silliness – Late Night Funny – A new study from Cambridge University says that according to their calculations, Spiderman should not be able to climb walls. No wall-climbing? That’s one of the main things he does! Without that, he just shoots goo and is radioactively guilty about his uncle. Stephen Colbert