Herbs Workshop at 11am. Sewing at 3pm.
There’s a lot of high cirrus cloud, just like yesterday, but today the sky is mostly blue. The clouds of lifted fog are only over the Coast Range although some is still tangled in the trees. There’s no wind and it feel very chilly, at least to me curled up at my desk with damp feet and fingers from herb harvesting. 53F with 2 /10’s of an inch of rain yesterday.
Yesterday was busy, busy, busy. There was just *so* much to be done. A lot was paperwork, but various other chores happened during the day, not counting and the sorting and putting away stuff. Tempus slept, early on, while I worked with customers, but once awake, headed for the house and storage to do another round of packing and storing. I kept on working at the shop into the evening until I was just too tired to keep going, then curled up and read.
Today we have Herbs at 11am. As soon as that’s done, Tempus is going to head out to get the washer and dryer taken out and delivered. I’m going to keep working at the shop.
The St. Johns Bridge by Photos by Mike mikeinstagram.com/mikephotog7
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, pseudotsuga_menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, they are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Festival of Perpendicular Sun – Illumination the Inner Sanctum of Ramses II, Abu Simbel Temple, Egypt (also February 22) – “The archaeological complex of Abu Simbel comprises two massive rock temples in southern Egypt on the western bank of the Nile. It is a part of the Nubian Monuments UNESCO World Heritage Site, which runs from Abu Simbel downriver as far as Philae.
“Crowds pack into the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the stone. Eventually, statues of Ramses, Ra and Amun are illuminated in the inner sanctum (the statute of Ptah – the god of darkness – remains in the shadows). When they have recovered their breath, spectators can join celebrations outside, including a fair and music demonstrations. However, nothing can really impress you immediately after witnessing such a sight.”
“The most remarkable feature of the site is that the temple is precisely oriented so that twice every year, on 22 February and 22 October, the first rays of the morning sun shine down the entire length of the temple-cave to illuminate the back wall of the innermost shrine and the statues of the four gods seated there. … Precisely this same effect was apparently also fundamental to the design of the artificial cave of Newgrange in Ireland.” Source here: http://witcombe.sbc.edu/sacredplaces/abusimbel.html More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel_temples
The shop opens at 11am! Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, but closing time will continue to follow sunset over the next couple of months. 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 10/30 at 10:38am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/22 at 12:14pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 10/25 at 10:38pm.
Look for Capella sparkling low in the northeast these evenings. Look for the Pleiades >>>to its right, by about three fists at arm’s length. These harbingers of the cold months to come rise higher as the evening grows later and colder. Upper right of Capella, and upper left of the Pleiades, are the stars of Perseus astride the Milky Way.
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – (Hedera helix L.)
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 –
Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.
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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 22 Low 12:04 AM -0.2 7:41 AM Set 2:27 PM 60
~ 22 High 6:47 AM 6.6 6:20 PM
~ 22 Low 12:23 PM 3.1
~ 22 High 6:09 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Just when you get really good at something, you won’t need to do it anymore.
Journal Prompt – Expository – Find out about the history of child labor in the United States, using print or electronic resources at school. Write a brief report about the subject, describing work children did and how and when the U.S banned child labor.
~ Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
~ Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer. – Marcia Wieder
~ Parenting classes are available to everyone right now: on TV, on video, on computer disk, and in book and tape form. Therefore, there’s no excuse not to become an extraordinary parent – if you want to. – Mark Victor Hansen
~ A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
Lyonesse by Alan Seeger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Seeger
In Lyonesse was beauty enough, men say:
Long Summer loaded the orchards to excess,
And fertile lowlands lengthening far away,
In Lyonesse.Came a term to that land’s old favoredness:
Past the sea-walls, crumbled in thundering spray,
Rolled the green waves, ravening, merciless.Through bearded boughs immobile in cool decay,
Where sea-bloom covers corroding palaces,
The mermaid glides with a curious glance to-day,
From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us! Source: Scottish prayer
Prayer for Autumn Days
God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.
God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.
God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.
God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.
God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.
God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.
God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.
God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful. – Author Unknown – Appropriate for many faiths
Silliness – Getting Into Fights
A young couple drove several miles down a country road, not saying a word.
An earlier discussion had led to an argument, and neither wanted to concede their position.
As they passed a barnyard of mules and pigs, the husband sarcastically asked, “Are they relatives of yours?”
“Yes,” his wife replied. “I married into the family.”