It’s raining and 51F. Tempus said, “I heard the rain hitting the sunroom roof as you went out and I actually put some clothes on this morning.” By that he means he added a sweater and an underlayer. 🙂 I got very damp examining the berry plants (7 strawberries and 4 raspberries made a nice start to breakfast) since the rain is coming down steadily, but not hard. The only problem is that now that we’re at the shop we actually had to turn the heat on! I was still shivering after most of an hour, a dry caftan and my fleece hood/shawl. We’re looking at this kind of weather through Wednesday, at least, and temps only in the upper 50’s, so it’s time to drag out the wet weather clothing. There’s not a lot of wind, only enough in the gusts to shake loose soggy clumps of leaves or needles that hit the ground with a splat.
Yesterday was fun but long. I was up around 7am, but it took Marius longer to get moving. When we got to the event site they had crammed all three classes under on sunshade and as the rain and wind picked up that got….interesting. I’ve got embroidery display stuff draped all over that side of the shop that I need to get sorted out before we open. We got the “storm” part of the thunderstorms, but no lightning or anything, just rain and wind. Being a flat surface a lot of the “flys”, (tent, sunshade, great hall, etc.) got puddles that pulled on them and we were constantly dumping them, although things went well despite it.
We headed out just a short while after my class was done, rolled into Grants Pass, grabbed some lunch, then grabbed another set since it turned out my first sandwich was peppered, and headed for home, first up I-5, then taking the road to Reedsport (we saw lots of elk!!!), then up the coast to Florence where we stopped to stretch and get a snack, then finally on home.
Project Day was just finishing up when we got there. Amy had made an adjustable necklace with lucet cord. We sat and chatted about the event and then the others headed home. Marius was really tired. That’s a *lot* of driving!
Tempus had closed the doors at the shop during the afternoon and although I had been chilly all morning and was comfortable once we were on the coast, I overheated quickly and he had to turn a fan on me. I finally got out of my gear and put on a sundress! We got supper, headed home and I was in bed asleep before he was finished offloading!
We came in a touch early, but still haven’t actually opened. ….I said something and Tempus is rolling things out as I type. …Ok, we’re open. I’m going to be writing today, setting up newsletters and doing the Mab’s and House Capuchin blog posts. I had pictures to develop and others to nab and sort that folks have told me I can use. ….then we have Wicca tonight.
Oschophoria, ancient Greece – The Bearing of Green Branches to commemorate Theseus’s return – The Oschophoria was a festival in Attica, according to some writers celebrated in honour of the deities Athena and Dionysus, according to others Dionysus and Ariadne. Said to have been instituted by the god Theseus, this was a vintage festival, its name derived from the word for a branch of a vine with grapes. More info here http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct3.html The Wiki article is a stub: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oschophoria There’s an interesting article on the Greek calendar, though, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanepsion
Today’s Plant is Evening primrose, Oenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets, and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose
The shop opens at 11am! Fall hours are Thursday through Monday 11-6pm, and will shift to even earlier when sunset does. Despite that we’re usually here later, anyway. 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
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.
The waxing crescent Moon is thicker and easier to see now in the west-southwest in twilight, though it’s still not high, as shown below. Venus is now about 4° lower left of it (two or three finger-widths at arm’s length).
Watch the waxing Moon step eastward against the stars-and-planets background from evening to evening. (These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America. For clarity, the Moon is drawn three times its actual apparent size. The visibility of faint stars through bright twilight is exaggerated.)
Venus (magnitude –3.9) is very low in the west-southwest in twilight. Look for it there starting about 30 minutes after sunset.
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
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
M 3 High 2:33 AM 6.9 7:17 AM Rise 9:46 AM 3
~ 3 Low 8:29 AM 1.6 6:52 PM Set 8:33 PM
~ 3 High 2:26 PM 7.5
~ 3 Low 9:02 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Treat each day as a new journey.
~ The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, ‘If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.’ Now I say, ‘I will take care of me for you if you will take care of you for me.’ – Jim Rohn
~ How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly! – Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) English writer
~ To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root. – Chinese Proverb
~ Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it. – Mahatma Ghandi
let it go
let it go – the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise – let it go it
was sworn to
let them go – the
truthful liars and
the false fair friends
and the boths and
neithers – you must let them go they
let all go – the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things – let all go
so comes love – e.e. cummings (Complete Poems 1904-1962)
Pumpkin Protection Spell – Categories: Spellwork
[Note: by Claudette Griffith (c) 2001-2004]
Scary faces carved into pumpkins were meant to protect, so you can guess where this is going. The easiest thing to do is simply concentrate on protection as you carve your pumpkin, if you would like, you can add carve protective seals instead of the traditional face. Protective herbs can be added to the inside of your pumpkin as well. If you are faced with immediate danger during the fall season try this spell.
1 large pumpkin
1 black candle
Pumpkin Pattern book (optional)
- Buy or harvest a large pumpkin, design a face of a dragon or any really scary face, as you carve see what ever is threatening you as being warded off by the beast that will become your pumpkin guardian.
- When you have completed the pumpkin carving write the name of the person or thing that you fear and place it in the bottom of the pumpkin cover it with several handfuls of dirt.
- Now take a black candle and inscribe on it the words “Banish All Evil” place it inside the pumpkin along with a generous amount of protective incense.
- Light the candle and incense and watch as the pumpkin glows, soon the smoke from the incense will billow out of the pumpkin, as it does, envision the threat being surrounded by the smoke until it fades into it and blows away with the wind.
*Note~ keep seeds to add to any protection work in the coming year.
Saoirse, ruthee www.turningthewheel.org
Prosperity Pumpkins – Categories: Info – [Note: By Claudette Griffith copywrite 2001 (THANKS CLAUDETTE!!)
I’m a big fan of window boxes and this is one of the ways I use to encourage abundance in the fall. Once the frosts have killed off the plantings in my window boxes I place a board over them to serve as a platform to hold my prosperity pumpkins. Simply take several pumpkins of varying sizes from the garden and write on the bottom of them, words like “abundance”, “prosperity”, “comfort” or other things you would like to bring into your life, perhaps harmony or love. Place them on your platformed window box, along with colorful leaves and interesting twigs. Add nuts and perhaps dried corn to be enjoyed by local wildlife and you have a great display that can bring abundance to your life, In many areas of the country it can be colorful all the way through Thanksgiving and if not perhaps you can use the same ideas for a mantle or tabletop display. Your house will look great and your neighbors will be none the wiser! When that hard frost comes remove the pumpkins to the compost pile, Next spring don’t be surprised when the pumpkin vines begin to take over your compost! – Saoirse, ruthee www.turningthewheel.org
Clean Divination Ritual – Incense of the day: Carnation
The season of Halloween is a special time of year. The veil between the worlds is thin now, and divination possibilities are strongest. Now is the time to bring out the tarot cards or the runes so you can see what the future holds for you. Place a piece of soapstone in the bag that holds your cards or runes, and gently shake the bag to cleanse them. Then enchant your cards or runes by saying: “Cards (or runes) of fortune, this is what I ask of you—a glimpse of what will come to me, a hint of how my life may be.” If you read for others, be sure to cleanse the cards or runes with the soapstone between readings. – By: Paniteowl, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast