It’s already raining here in Grants Pass and 49F, partly cloudy at home and 51F. There’s some real rain predicted for the coast, chance increasing as the day goes on, but our rain here is supposed to quit and then start up again tonight.
The shop was busy, too. We had a lot of people through early in the day. We had a just-married-in-Yachats couple in who bought a pair of rose quartz hearts. (Aw….)
By 4pm I had my suitcase, class kits and food all squared away and Tempus had come and gone on errands several times. I was starting to pack the display stuff at that point. By 4:15 that was done and I was going on to getting the balls stuff re-packed. There were so many boxes that with the weather I decided that I’d better pack so some stuff was waterproof. That took another 10 minutes and then I just sat, panting….
Amy stopped by to say hi and then Marcus got there at 6:45 and we packed the truck and were on the road by 7pm. After a bathroom and gas stop and one for some yummies, we got to the hotel at 11:30 and crashed pretty quickly after a heated discussion about alternate histories to WWI. 🙂
This morning I’m up early. I’m excited to get to the event! I’m teaching the Medieval Balls class today and then going to have fun with some kind of Sewing Circle this afternoon, then teaching Holbein-style embroidery tomorrow morning.
Hoarfrost in the Czech Republic
The Wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
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
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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 5:11pm on 10/2. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 5:11am on 10/2. 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 10/15 at 9:23pm.
Saturn and Antares move lower toward the southwest at dusk this week, but brighter Mars will continue to hang back.
As Deneb takes over from Vega as the star at the zenith after dark (for mid-northern latitudes), dim Capricornus takes over from Sagittarius as the zodiacal constellation standing due south. It is ever thus.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5) shines far to the lower right of Mars at dusk, in the southwest. Look for Antares (twinkling at magnitude +1.0) 6° below and perhaps a bit left of Saturn, as shown at the top of this page.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – (Hedera helix L.)
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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Gort – Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 1 High 1:16 AM 7.2 7:15 AM Rise 7:49 AM 0
~ 1 Low 7:25 AM 0.9 6:56 PM Set 7:35 PM
~ 1 High 1:29 PM 7.6
~ 1 Low 7:51 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held its ground.
~ I never feel age…If you have creative work, you don’t have age or time. – Louise Nevelson
~ To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than 3 people, 2 of whom are absent. – Robert Copeland
~ The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer obey their parents, every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching. – Allegedly from an Assyrian tablet, c. 2800 BCE.
~ If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney
Long may you labor at something you love,
Awakening daily to passion and pleasure,
Blessed to find joy both in work and in leisure,
Obliged to move mountains you most want to move.
Remember that work is defined by the heart,
Delightful or not as the laborer chooses.
All life is a game that one wins or one loses,
Yielding what one would with will and with art. – © by Nicholas Gordon
Magick – Lore – October
- October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know
But lay an Opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest. ~Traditional English Proverb
- In some Saxon calendars, allegorized by the figure of a husbandman carrying a sack on his shoulders, sowing corn. In other old calendars, the sport of hawking is represented.
- The month for making beer, wine, cider, because of steady temperature.
- Sacred to Goddess Astraea, daughter of Zeus and Themis. She lived among humans in the Golden Age but when civilization deteriorated she withdrew to the upperworld.
- This is the Irish month of Deireadh Fomhair. The Frankish name, Windurmanoth, means ‘vintage month’. American backwoods: Hunter’s Moon. Asatru name: Hunting.
- Weather lore of October (Northern Hemisphere): the more bright red berries (haws and hips) that can be seen in the hedgerows, the more frost and snow there will be the next Winter.
- The second ‘Summer’ in October is called Indian Summer in America, St Bridget’s Summer in Sweden; in Italy, the Summer of St Teresa; in Germany and Switzerland, the Summer of St Gall. In England, it is called St Luke’s Summer.
- Much rain in October said to correspond with much rain in December. A warm October makes a cold February.
- Bittersweet October – The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter. ~Carol Bishop Hipps
- If October bring much frost and wind,
Then are January and February mild. ~Traditional English weather proverb
- In October dung your field,
And your land its wealth shall yield. ~Traditional English proverb
- Birth flowers: Calendula and cosmos.
- Birthstone: Opal, signifying hope. Said to bring bad luck to those not born in this month who wear it.
October1 – Seasons of the Witch ( Some ancient and some not so much!)
- Feast day of Fides, ancient Rome,Goddess of Faithfulness.
- Day of Oya (Santeria/Yorub), Maiden Goddess of Change and the Underworld.
- Magic Circles Day
- Techies Day
- Chinese Moon Festival
- World Vegetarian Day
- Intergeneration Day
- Hunter’s Moon
- International Day for Older Persons
- Egyptian: Contemplation of the Fertility of Min – this event corresponds roughly with this date on the Gregorian calendar.
- Asia: Moon Festival – Also know as the Mid-Autumn and the Mooncake Festival, it is believed that the moon is the biggest and brightest this one night. The is an ancient Asian celebration. Come and learn more, test your knowledge of moon facts, make some papercuts, lanterns and mooncakes. http://www.web-holidays.com/moon/index.htm
- Rome: Festival of Fides – sacred to Fides and to Mars. Ceremonial rites were performed this day involving purification and a commemoration of the oath of unification at the Capitoline shrine of Fides.
- Zoroastrianism: Jashan-e Mihragan – the festival of Mihragan, in honor of the greatest of Zoroastrian angels, Mithra. One of the oldest festivals in the known world.
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Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!