It’s raining at home and did here, although not at the moment. There’s a chance of thunderstorms right as my class is starting. There has been almost and inch of rain in 24 hours which is “fun” when most folks are camping. Oh, the wind cut *right* through everything we had on!
Yesterday was a blast despite rain and wind! Most of the rain was fairy rain and the pavilion I was in didn’t blow down. My Balls class went well and I did another, later, on Blackwork, which I’m actually teaching this morning. Marius and I will head home as soon as that’s done. We had a good supper. I got a little pink in the face from some yummy hard cider.
Tempus says, “Had an older lady come in looking around and she was mightily impressed with your samplers. She may be back, she’s new to the area. Also had a lady from Corvallis, and a couple from Springfield that found us online, and the ex-cop who had the daughters was in with his new SO and her daughters …. They’re staying a day or so at the Alsi ….
So, I’m teaching and then heading home. Tempus will have the shop open at the regular time and I should be getting in late afternoon or early evening. Gotta have my coffee first, although we’ll have breakfast onsite.
A Ken Gagne photo that I’m calling “Rush Hour in Yachats” from 9/29/15. That’s morning moonset.
Something odd for today, the San Pedro mummy. ….an article with links here: http://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/mystery-san-pedro-mountains-mummy-002088?utm_source=Ancient-Origins+Newsletter&utm_campaign=77b909890d-Ancient_Origins_August_Newsletter_8_301_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2dcd13de15-77b909890d-86802433 and there’s a Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Pedro_Mountains_Mummy
Today is the day of Tutelary Spirits, Guardian Spirits, angels, daemons, spirit guides, spirits of place. “On this day, light a white candle on your altar and give thanks to your spirit guide (or guides) for guarding over you and guiding you through your spiritual development. If you wish to communicate with or meet your spirit guide, use a Ouija board or, through prayer, invite the spirit guide to come to you in a dream or in a trance.” – Wicca Book of Days, Gerina Dunwich
Soapwort, Saponaria officinalis is sacred to these spirits. More on soapwort here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponaria_officinalis
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
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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 10/5 at 5:11am.
Saturn and Antares move lower toward the southwest at dusk this week, but brighter Mars will continue to hang back.
A twilight challenge. About a half hour after your local sunset time, look for Venus very low in the west-southwest through the twilight. Some 10° to its right (for North America) is the thin crescent Moon. Although Venus is still lurking low, it’s on its way to shining high and brilliant this winter.
Even as the stars begin to come out in twilight, Cassiopeia is already higher in the northeast now than the sinking Big Dipper is in the northwest. Cassiopeia’s broad W pattern is almost standing on end.
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
Su 2 High 1:55 AM 7.1 7:16 AM Rise 8:48 AM 0
~ 2 Low 7:57 AM 1.2 6:54 PM Set 8:03 PM
~ 2 High 1:57 PM 7.6
~ 2 Low 8:26 PM 0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Duct tape is like the force; it has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
~ Ecce quam bonum et quam iucundum habitare fratres in unum. – 133rd Psalm (The greatest good thing is for brothers to dwell in harmony)
~ The first principle of success is desire – knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed. – Robert Collier
~ Only the mediocre are at their best at all times. To have more than you’ve got, become more than you are. – Jim Rohn, Author and Speaker
~ No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else. – Charles Dickens
Love is a rose flower in your being. But prepare your being; dispel the darkness and the unconsciousness. Become more and more alert and aware and love will come on its own accord, in its own time. You need not worry about it. And whenever it comes it is always perfect. Love is a spiritual experience — nothing to do with sexes and nothing to do with bodies, but something to do with the innermost being. – Osho
Autumn votive holders & vases (Anja)
- Several mini pumpkins (the flat kind hold candles, the round kind make vases)
- Pot or large bowl for soaking pumpkins
- Salt (table salt is fine for soaking)
- Strong knife
- Strong handled spoon
- One clear glass votive candle holder per pumpkin
- Rock salt
- Plate, platter or tray
- Cut the pumpkin stem section out so that the glass holder will fit inside.
- Gut the pumpkin, pulling all strings.
- Soak for about an ½ hour in salted water (1 tablespoon per cup) They may get wrinkly. It depends on how ripe they were when picked.
- Fish the pumpkins out, turn them upside down on something like a wire rack, so that air will flow underneath the help them dry. Leave overnight.
- Put rock salt into pumpkins.
- Shove votive holders into the salt, so that it fills the crevices in the pumpkin.
- Add flowers and/or tea lights as desired .
- Put salt on plate, so that plate is covered. Place pumpkins artistically around.
Note – Salt will “draw” liquid from the pumpkins, so they will wrinkle. The salt is a delaying tactic for the inevitable mold! In a dry climate these might last a week. On the Pacific Coast, 3 days is tops. You can delay things further, by keeping the pumpkins in the fridge at night.
You will need: a round piece of craft foam, pins, fall items such as gourds, mini pumpkins, apples, autumn leaves, pine cones, 2 orange candles, candle holders. Place the items on the craft foam in whatever design you desire and attach with pins. Leave room for two orange candles in their holders. Place in the center of the feast table, light candles, and enjoy!
Materials include a flat lollypop, black and orange construction paper, black crepe paper, orange chenille stem, black dots made with paper punch for eyes, red, black, or orange yarn for hair, tacky glue.
- Cut face and hat from construction paper following pattern instructions.
- Cut crepe paper strip 10″ long and 4″ wide. (Cut a four inch strip from the package and cut it into ten inch sections.)
- Cut orange chenille stem in half. Use one piece for arms.
- Glue orange circles to lollypop (head) add eyes and draw a felt pen mouth if desired.
- Cut six 5″ pieces of yarn for the hair and glue to head.
- Shape half circle into cone to make witch hat. Trim if necessary, shape to fit head and glue back seam.
- Glue hat to head.
- Gather black crepe paper around lollypop stick.
- Twist chenille stem tightly to hold it under the candy head about one inch from the top of the crepe paper, letting stem stick out on each side for arms. Fold crepe paper down from face to form neck ruffle on dress.
- Bend chenille stem ends to form hands.
- Add a toothpick and paper broom if desired.
Silliness – Ransacked Blonde
Returning home from work, a blonde was shocked to find her house ransacked and burglarized.
She telephoned the police at once and reported the crime.
The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the radio, and a K-9 unit, patrolling nearby was the first to respond. As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash, the blonde ran out on the porch, shuddered at the sight of the cop and his dog, then sat down on the steps.
Putting her face in her hands, she moaned, “I come home to find all my possessions stolen. I call the police for help, and what do they do?
“They send me a BLIND policeman.”