Daily Stuff 9-28-16 Thesmaphoria

Hi, folks!

weather sun face dim winterThe sunshine is thinner than it was and at a much lower angle, which makes the light, even in early afternoon look like early morning. The Wheel is Turning. There’s a lot of haze from the moisture in the air (the humidity is at 92%!) and it’s nearly as windy as yesterday, gusts going up to 19mph. 56F feels chilly.

092616-hip2Yesterday was one of those days where a lot of little things got done, but not what I had hoped of the larger, which made it feel unproductive. I got a Mab’s Creations blog post done with what I have been working on, and some various herbs processed and put by. Late in the evening I got cheese made for the weekend. Tempus got a lot more done than I did, getting the last of his books out of his study and into storage except for the few last that he wants for here.

092616-treeThere was a lot of fog on the bridge as we left the shop when Tempus picked me up for the paper route. It wasn’t too thick on the streets as we went at first, but by 2am drifts of cloud were starting to obscure the stars. I had been able to spot Orion and Cygnus, Cassiopeia and the Dippers early on, but by 3, as we were heading upriver there was only an occasional twinkle. It’s an odd thing rolling through the dark when everyone else is sleeping.

092716-flower01The funny thing was that as we came across the bridge heading home the fog was *very* thick, enough to make Tempus slow down and when we got to the east end of the bridge *poof*, it was gone! I saw that Sirius had risen and just before going into the apartment I spotted the Pleiades directly 092716-flower07overhead with a Milky Way having turned so the end was almost to the West.

Today we’ve been doing little stuff at the apartment and slept a bit late. We have to go into Newport to get some printing done and do a little clothes shopping that Tempus can’t do for me.

A photo from 9/27/16 by Ken Gagne of the Carson Ranch in the Yachats River Valley

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plant pic flower Rhododendron_macrophyllum_biscuit_june_2005Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize, having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Siberia, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.

Demeter 1207The Thesmaphoria is an ancient festival in honor of Demeter celebrated in Greece. This festival appears to predate the worship of the Olympian gods. More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thesmophoria

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wheel of the yearThe 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 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

Hecate's Brooch MoonWaning 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.

astro-dawn-092716Astro mercuryAs dawn brightens Thursday morning the 29th, look for a super-thin crescent Moon near Mercury very low in the east. Start looking about 45 minutes before your local sunrise time. Binoculars will help as dawn grows bright.
Astro venusVenus (magnitude –3.9) is low in the west-southwest in twilight. Look for it there starting about 25 or 30 minutes after sunset.

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.)
Rune Runic Month 18 Kenaz Kebo KenRunic 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

Sun in LibraSun in Libra
Moon in VirgoMoon in Virgo
Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1), Ceres (12/9) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Brown

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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
W   28      Low   5:35 AM     0.3   7:11 AM    Rise  4:48 AM      9
~    28     High  11:53 AM     7.2   7:01 PM     Set  6:10 PM
~    28      Low   5:58 PM     1.3
~    28     High  11:52 PM     7.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – No intention of ours, no matter how noble it may be, is any better or stronger than our ability to remember it!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt Friends – How do you think instant riches would affect your friendships and familial relationships?

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Quotes  

~  If I were to tell you that you have nine months to live, you would fit as much experience into those nine months as you possibly could. – Chef John Fraser
~  Everything people experience in their outer life corresponds exactly to something that is going on in their inner life. – Brian Tracy
~  Wisdom is knowing what the right thing to do is, and then doing it. – Walter E. Jacobson, MD
~  I am the vehicle of something which desires to express itself. – Roger Williamson, in the Lucifer Diaries

With all my will, but much against my heart,
We two now part.
My Very Dear,
Our solace is, the sad road lies so clear.
It needs no art,
With faint, averted feet
And many a tear,
In our opposed paths to persevere.
Go thou to East, I West.
We will not say
There’s any hope, it is so far away
But, O, my Best,
When the one darling of our widowhead,
The nursling Grief,
Is dead,
And no dews blur our eyes
To see the peach-bloom come in evening skies,
Perchance we may,
Where now this night is day,
And even through faith of still averted feet,
Making full circle of our banishment,
Amazed meet;
The bitter journey to the bourne so sweet
Seasoning the termless feast of our content
With tears of recognition never dry.

…..A Farewell by Coventry Patmore (1823-96)

~  If I were to tell you that you have nine months to live, you would fit as much experience into those nine months as you possibly could. – Chef John Fraser
~  Everything people experience in their outer life corresponds exactly to something that is going on in their inner life. – Brian Tracy
~  Wisdom is knowing what the right thing to do is, and then doing it. – Walter E. Jacobson, MD
~  I am the vehicle of something which desires to express itself. – Roger Williamson, in the Lucifer Diaries

With all my will, but much against my heart,
We two now part.
My Very Dear,
Our solace is, the sad road lies so clear.
It needs no art,
With faint, averted feet
And many a tear,
In our opposed paths to persevere.
Go thou to East, I West.
We will not say
There’s any hope, it is so far away
But, O, my Best,
When the one darling of our widowhead,
The nursling Grief,
Is dead,
And no dews blur our eyes
To see the peach-bloom come in evening skies,
Perchance we may,
Where now this night is day,
And even through faith of still averted feet,
Making full circle of our banishment,
Amazed meet;
The bitter journey to the bourne so sweet
Seasoning the termless feast of our content
With tears of recognition never dry.

…..A Farewell by Coventry Patmore (1823-96)

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Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Recipes

Curried Crockpot Dal with Sweet Potato – Serves 6-8

  •     1 lb dried split peas
  • 1 seeded, diced green pepper
  • 1 grated medium sweet potato (peel only if skin is very rough)
  • 6 cup unsalted vegetable stock or soup base  (-OR-  6 c. water plus 1 finely chopped rib celery and half a finely chopped medium onion)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-2 chipotles, torn up or sliced
  • 1 fairly generous pinch anise seed
  • Curry powder to taste
  • Mushroom soy sauce to taste (dirt cheap at any Asian grocery)
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder or sliced garlic to taste

Place first  seven ingredients in crockpot and season to taste with the remaining four.  Be generous with the mushroom soy; it’s the source of some of the richness and all of the salt in this soup/stew.  Note: If using Indian curry powder and not the Malaysian kind that has peanut powder in it, you can add a tsp. of peanut butter if desired.

Cook at low setting (200^f.) for ten hours, then add  a cup of water and turn heat to high.  Cook till peas begin to fall apart, perhaps another hour. They will still have some texture; this is not mushy like standard American pea soup.  (Note that yellow split peas may take a bit longer to cook than green ones,  as they’re often a bit larger.  They do come out pretty, though.)

Serve with coleslaw, crusty  bread and iced tea or beer.

Or reduce stock a little further, blenderize the dish (in batches if necessary), and fry  in oil, as for refried beans,  till it’s beginning to go golden and crusty. This is nutty and incredibly good served with rice and spinach and some sort of hot or sour pickle. – Rain Redknife

Kraut Bierok (Cabbage Pockets) by Karly on July 18, 2010 in BeefMain Courses http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/main-courses/kraut-bierok-cabbage-pockets/

Description – A German recipe. I actually love these so much, I’ve been known to eat them for breakfast. And if you’ve got cabbage haters in the family, just substitute rice!

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (7g Packet) Yeast
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • 1-½ Tablespoon Salt
  • 3-½ cups Warm Water
  • ½ cups Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Vinegar
  • 8 cups Flour
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Onion, Chopped
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 whole Cabbage, Shredded
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste

Preparation

Mix the yeast, sugar, sat, warm water, oil, vinegar, and flour together. Let rise 1 hour. Punch down. Let rise 45 minutes. Roll out to about 1/16″ thick.

Saute garlic and onions; add ground beef and fry until browned. Add cabbage and fry until tender (tastes better if cabbage is browned well). Salt and pepper to taste.

Cut the dough into 5×5″ squares and put a generous portion of the beef mixture on the middle of each square. Gather all 4 corners together and pinch shut each diagonal seam toward the center. Turn upside down on a baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Brush with butter when they come out of the oven.

Sweeten One’s Disposition Spell – Herban Corner –

As summer heats up, tempers often flare. Even the most placid among us may feel irritated by July’s heat and humidity. Create a soothing spell to sweeten the disposition of you and others. Start by gathering a fresh jar of local honey and several sprigs of lavender and lemon balm. Gently wash and dry the herbs and place them in the honey. Seal tightly and, if possible; set the jar out in the moonlight. After one week, make a fresh pitcher of home-brewed iced tea or real lemonade, using the honey to sweeten the drink. Serve it to a cranky loved one with plenty of ice, along with a gentle kiss and soft smile. If you need the pick-me-up, add mint leaves, and go put your feet up. Sip slowly. ~ Karri Allrich – )0( GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies  

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – From a concerned teacher

Dear Mr and Mrs Thomas, 

I write this letter in concern of your daughter, Aradia Moon. Please don’t take this the wrong way, however, although she is a straight A student and a very bright child, she has some strange habits that I feel we should address. 

Every morning before class, she insists on walking around the classroom with her pencil held in the air. She says she is “drawing down the moon.” I told her that her Art Class is in an hour and to please refrain from doing any drawing until then. 

And speaking of Art Class, whenever she draws a night sky, she insists on drawling little circles around all the stars and people dancing on the ground. And that brings up dancing, I had to stop her twice for taking off her clothes during a game of Ring Around the Rosey! By the way, what does the term “skyclad” mean? 

Aradia has no problem with making friends. I always find her sitting outside during recess with her friends sitting around her in a circle. She likes to share her juice and cookies. It is nice how she wants no one to ever thirst or hunger. However, when I walked over to see what they were doing, she jumped up and told me to stop, pulled out a little plastic knife and started waving it in front of me. I thought this was a bit dangerous, so I took her to the Principal’s Office. She explained to the Principal that she was “opening the Circle” to let me in. She also said that her Mommy and Daddy always told her not to play or run with an “athame” in her hand, that she could put someone’s eye out. I don’t know what an “athame” is, but I am glad that she keeps it at home. 

As for stories, your daughter tends to make up some whoppers. Just yesterday, as I was reprimanding little David Johnson and shaking my finger at him, he started screaming and ran from the room. When I finally caught him, he told me that Aradia told him and the rest of the class that the last time I shook my finger at someone, they caught the chicken pox. I explained to him that the Sally Jones incident was just a coincidence, and that things like that don’t really happen. 

One of the strangest things that happened was when I asked the children to bring in Halloween decorations for the classroom. Aradia brought in salt, incense and her family album. I see she has quite a sense of humor. 

One of Aradia’s worst habits is that she is very argumentative. We were discussing what the Golden Rule was (Do Unto others as you would have them Do Unto You), she firmly disagreed with me and stated it was “Do As you will, but Harm None” and she will not stop saying “So Mote It Be” after she reads aloud in class. I try correct her on these matters and she got very angry. She pointed her finger at me and mumbled something under her breath. 

In closing, Mr and Mrs Thomas, I would like to set up a parent/teacher conference with you sometime next week to discuss these matters. I would like to see you sooner, but I have developed an irritating rash that I am quite worried about.
With Deep Concerns, Mrs Livingston
PS. Blessed Be. I understand that this is a greeting or closing from your country that your daughter informs me is polite and correct.

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