Clouds, but almost no wind and 62F. There are far fewer boats out in the Bay this morning than over the weekend. It’s the dedicated fishers still going. Herons were out in force, though. I’m pretty sure I counted at least 7 of them.
Eventually I was out talking to Tempus as he worked on a bone needle and I dozed off. Amy came in for Project Day while I was asleep and then when I got up, scared the bleep out of me by honking, since she was already in her car, about to head home!
More herbs today and I’m realizing that I need to make some earrings, again, and maybe a few of the inexpensive necklaces. I’m way low on the tarot earrings that have been going like gangbusters over the summer.
Tempus has more to do in the classroom, so that we’ll have that ready for OCPPG….less that 3 weeks, now!
This evening is the 102 class. We did an intro kind of thing last week, but this week we need to get into the “meat” of the class.
Today’s feast is the Pyanopsia (Πυανόψια) or Pyanepsia (Πυανέψια) was an ancient Greek festival in honor of Apollo, held at Athens on the 7th of the month Pyanepsion (October). The name literally means “bean-boiling”. Various legumes were stewed and given to Apollo as a “ripener of fruits”. A suppliant branch”, was also offered, that sounds almost like our Christmas trees, but it was left up for a year and then replaced. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanopsia
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
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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 10/5 at 11:40am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/27 at 7:54pm.
The waxing Moon steps eastward over Scorpius and Saturn early this week. As twilight fades and the stars come out, the crescent Moon shines in the southwest. Look below or lower left of it, by about a fist-width at arm’s length, for twinkly <<<<<< Antares. A similar distance or a bit more to the Moon’s left, Saturn glows steadily.
Mercury is disappearing into the glow of sunrise, farther to the lower left of bright Venus and faint Mars every morning.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine, Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic 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
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Celtic 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 25 High 4:41 AM 6.2 7:08 AM Rise 12:34 PM 20
~ 25 Low 10:23 AM 2.5 7:08 PM Set 10:31 PM
~ 25 High 4:21 PM 7.0
~ 25 Low 11:13 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident.
~ The secret is not to talk about the work you do but to let the work you do talk for you. – Chris Voss
~ Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi
~ We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. – Carlos Castaneda
~ We have art in order not to die of the truth. – Friedrich Nietzsche
The only undefeated fighters never fought. Victory comes from loss. While voices may chide you for the supposed hubris of your dreams, the gratification of a life lived with triumphs favors those bold enough to get knocked down and out. None of us gets out of here alive, so accept that it’ll be messy and painful, get back up and go kick ass anyway. Quitting or never trying are the only real defeats. – Scott Sonnon
Socrates: “Those who are lovers of the vision of truth.. . . the true lover of knowledge is always striving after Being — that is his nature; he will not rest in . . . appearances only, but will go on — the keen edge will not be blunted, nor the force of his desire abate until he have attained the knowledge of the true nature of every essence by a sympathetic and kindred power in the soul, and by that power drawing near and mingling and becoming incorporate with very Being, having begotten mind and truth, he will have knowledge and will live and grow truly, and then, and not till then, will he cease from his travail.” Republic, §§ 475, 490
Socrates is thought to be the father of western philosophy. His student Plato, and Plato’s student Aristotle are the most famous of the Greek philosophers. However, something that is not discussed or widely known is that Socrates got his philosophical insight from The Pythia – the Oracle at Delphi. Much to his annoyance, she proclaimed him “The wisest of men” – and since he had been walking around saying that he actually knew nothing – he had a hard time explaining himself. Finally he decided that what she meant is that men knew nothing, and because he knew that he knew nothing he was “the wisest of men.” He was eventually executed (forced to drink hemlock) for being “an atheist and corrupting youth.”
Socrates believed in the superiority of argument over writing and therefore spent the greater part of his mature life in the marketplace and public places of Athens, engaging in dialogue and argument with anyone who would listen or who would submit to interrogation. Socrates was reportedly unattractive in appearance and short of stature but was also extremely hardy and self-controlled. He enjoyed life immensely and achieved social popularity because of his ready wit and a keen sense of humor that was completely devoid of satire or cynicism.
Socrates’ basic prescription for wisdom is to “know thyself” (the words that were carved over the the entrance of the Oracle at Delphi – along with “Nothing in Excess”). Simple words — but an immensely difficult task. Socrates, however, understands human nature, and his first objective is to penetrate the greatest barriers to true knowledge, presumption and false belief, to help us realize how profound our ignorance is. As in the ancient Greek Mystery-schools, before one can be admitted to the precincts of truth, one must first submit to purification — a catharsis — to purge the mind of false and degrading thought. Or as modern mystics would say: “we must dispell our glamours”. This is an incredible painful process … Chogyam Trungpa says “Your spiritual friend is like a doctor with a sharp knife and no anesthesia.” That’s what Socrates was. Some friend!
The Oracle at Delphi was for over a thousand years the prevailing voice of God. Oracles were presided over by “A Sybil” – a woman who let a God speak through her. The god Apollo spoke through The Pythia – the name given to the position of the oracle at Delphi, apparently Apollo killed a serpent at the spot where stream rose from a chasm in the earth. This was where The Pythia sat (on a tripod) when she became the oracle. When the Pythia mounted the tripod she received the pneuma, the divine “breath”, defined as a divine imparting of knowledge and power and of inspiration, meaning in this case the divine wisdom or breath of Apollo. Often there would be several Pythias who lived at Delphi – in the beginning they used young women – but later they found that older married women were more suited to going into a trance. But they always dressed like young tarts!
Plutarch, an initiate and careful biographer, explained how the Pythia transmitted the inspiration of Apollo:
“The prophetic priestesses are moved [by the god] each in accordance with her natural faculties . . . As a matter of fact, the voice is not that of a god, nor the utterance of it, nor the diction, nor the metre, but all these are the woman’s; he [Apollo] puts into her mind only the visions, and creates a light in her soul in regard to the future; for inspiration is precisely this.” — Moralia, The Oracles at Delphi
Plutarch also rejected the idea that the god in any way possessed the body of the prophetess or that there was mediumship involved. For him the Pythia’s inspiration was her reception of divine force, for she had been trained to receive “the inspiration without harm to herself “, and could receive it safely only when she was rightly prepared. An example is often cited of an ill-prepared priestess who was forced against her will and better judgment to enter the adyton and respond to a questioner. She gave a response, but suffered acutely, collapsed, and died a few days later.
The Pythia was knowledgeable in many areas: history, religion, geography, politics, mathematics, philosophy, etc. She uttered advice on where and how to build cities, which laws to incorporate, and which prayers to utter. Her predictions were often very shrewdly phrased, which caused many supplicants to misinterpret the advice. The most famous instance of this comes down to us through a Delphic prediction given to Croesus, king of Lydia. In 550 BCE, Croesus was preparing to invade the Persian Empire when he consulted the Oracle about his chances for victory. After sacrificing 300 head of cattle to Apollo, he had gold and silver melted down into 117 bricks, which were sent to Delphi, along with jewels, statues, and a gold bowl weighing a quarter of a ton. With these gifts, Croesus sent his question of whether he should attack Persia.
The Pythia answered that, if he crossed a river, “Croesus will destroy a great empire.” Encouraged by this response, he invaded Persia, only to suffer a decisive defeat. The Persians invaded and then conquered Lydia and captured Croesus, who thereafter bitterly denounced the Oracle. He sent his iron chains to Delphi with the question, “Why did you lie to me?” The Pythia correctly answered that her prophecy had been fulfilled. Croesus had destroyed a great empire — his own.
Why doesn’t god still speak through an oracle? Maybe God does. Is still possible to receive such inspired advice? Perhaps it is. If we take to heart Apollo’s (and Socrates’) injunction, Know Thyself, and turn inwards for counsel, we will find that all answers reside within. Having the courage to look inside is our challenge.
This was culled from a variety of sources, plagiarized mercilessly, and formatted to fit my intuitive sense of what they were actually up to. – Jen
(Anja’s note – …and I’ve lost the link to the original article!)