Friday, 10am – Opening Ritual – (15 minutes)
Friday, 11am – Visioning for Life – Your Highest Self Is Hidden Treasure (4hr)
Friday, 4pmm – Candle workshop, making votives (2hr)
Friday 6pm – Soup and bread supper (donation requested) & Pagan Hangout time.
Friday, 9pm – The Power of Toning: Bringing the Universe Within (2-3hr)
Rain and rain… it’s been coming down all night, off and on. The trees are bending until the weight of the water, since there’s not enough wind to shake them. Call that “no wind” and you wouldn’t be wrong. Even my petunia isn’t moving. We’ve gotten 1/4 inch of rain since midnight. 50F and 94% humidity, although it’s chilly enough to not feel that way. This should quit soon and clear away, which means tonight will be honest-to-goodness cold! …and we’re looking dry through Monday and 40F for tomorrow night’s beach ritual.
Yesterday started as a cranky day for some reason. The weather changes aren’t making joints feel any better and damp chill doesn’t help. Nonetheless we dove right into the last minute chores for OCPPG. A lot of stuff needed to be moved before today, but yesterday was what we had. Tempus was trotting back and forth and I was finding spots for small stuff. After that I had to do the last-minute updates for the event, then go put out some more advertising, then set up the calendar special page.
Lunch was chicken salad. Yummy! I got the event altar set up and then back to the computer. …and hours of updates and questions and reminders and promos later…
I was wiped by suppertime, to the point where I couldn’t concentrate. I kept getting sidetracked into music discussions and insurance discussions and embroidery discussions, so I decided to try to make tags for some of the crystals, instead. …and got tangled in another embroidery discussion. <sigh>
Tempus finished a loaf of bread and gave me my slice. 🙂 After that I set up the lentils for tonight and he dragged stuff in. I spent the rest of the evening working on mail and embroidery and trying to remember whatall I need to do still. Then I spent the most of the night hopping up and down to make lists which so I wouldn’t forget… and left the lists home. Oi…. The papers ran late so Tempus got in at 6:30 or so and we were back up at 8:30. I got more sleep than he did, but neither enough.
Today the event starts! The lentils already smell really good and I’m going to add the split peas in about an hour. That’s for tonight’s supper with some good bread. John’s Visioning workshop is the first one today and then my votive candles. The Toning workshop will start as soon after 9pm as the instructors are ready.
Photo from 10/9/16 by Ken Gagne of the Yachats River, taken looking up the valley.
Today’s plant is Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, also called Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
Lux Mundi festival, ancient Rome – Lux Mundi literally means ‘the Light of the World’. This is also another name for France’s Liberty, whose day this also is. Liberty’s torch shines hope in the world. Her statue graces New York City’s harbour, her full name being Liberty Enlightening the World.
In Roman mythology, Liberty is Libertas, the goddess of freedom. Originally a deity of personal freedom, she evolved to become the goddess of the commonwealth. Her temples were found on the Aventine Hill and the Forum. She was depicted on many Roman coins as a female figure wearing a pileus (a felt cap, worn by slaves when they were set free), a wreath of laurels and a spear … from Pip Wilson’s Almanac.
In recent times the title of Lux Mundi has been taken on by Christians to mean Jesus rather than enlightenment, so many online references reflect this. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertas
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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 10/19 at 12:12pm. 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 10/15 at 12:12am.
After occulting Regulus on the morning of the 15th, the waning crescent Moon descends day by day toward Mars and Venus. These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America. For clarity, the Moon is always shown three times its actual apparent size.
Now that we’re in mid-October, <<< Deneb has replaced Vega as the zenith star soon after nightfall (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes) — and, accordingly, Capricornus >>> has replaced Sagittarius as the most notable constellation low in the south.
Jupiter is hidden deep in the glare of sunset.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
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
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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Come what may, hold fast to love! Though men should rend your heart, let them not embitter or harden it. We win by tenderness; we conquer by forgiveness.
~ You can have everything in #life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.- Zig Ziglar
~ You can’t change people. But you can channel them your way. – Hal Stabbins
~ You don’t require ostentatious moves to empower yourself: All you need is effective ones. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it. – Paulo Coelho
Eskimos had over two hundred different words for snow, without which their conversation would probably have got very monotonous. So they would distinguish between thin snow and thick snow, light snow and heavy snow, sludgy snow, brittle snow, snow that came in flurries, snow that came in drifts, snow that came in on the bottom of your neighbor’s boots all over your nice clean igloo floor, the snows of winter, the snows of spring, the snows you remember from your childhood that were so much better than any of your modern snow, fine snow, feathery snow, hill snow, valley snow, snow that falls in the morning, snow that falls at night, snow that falls all of a sudden just when you were going out fishing, and snow that despite all your efforts to train them, the huskies have pissed on. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Earth Magic and Druid Lore ~ A Series for the Season ~Hearth, Home and Samhain
By the warmth of the hearth, we gather round, for inspiration and ceremony. It brings to us, a sense of spiritual kinship and values of home. Storyteller’s faces glow by the light of the fire blazing beneath the cauldron filled with spicy aromas. Music floats and soothes the soul and heals the heart. The turning of the wheel once again, reminds us of a New Year dawning. Our love and respect for the earth told in tales of the past and once again brought forth by Druids and kin alike. On Hallow’s eve, the jack-o-lanterns glow in the windows to ward off evil spirits. The moon shines brightly on those conversing with loved ones and our ancestors passed on. The veil is thin between worlds at this time, and sitting by the fire brings light to many things in our home and hearth.
October 31 is when many pagans, druids and most witches celebrate the greater Sabbat commonly called Halloween or Samhain, pronounced sowen or soween. Some other names for Samhain include Hallowe’en, Halloween, Hallowtide, Shadow Fest, Harvest Home, Day of the Dead, Feast of the Dead, Spirit Night, November Eve, Ancestor Night, Apple Fest, All Hallow’s Eve, Old Hallomas, Hallowmass, Martinmass, Shadowfest, and All Soul’s Day.
This was the time the Celtic people came to terms with death and pondered on their own destinies. This day is considered the highest holy days. Samhain (Summer’s End), is the most widely used Celtic name for this holiday. Rituals on this night include remembering and honoring our loved ones and our ancestors.
One tradition is called the “dumb supper.” This is a feast with all the wonderful foods from the last harvest. A place is set for our departed family members. You might set photos or other mementos upon the table and tell stories remembering times shared with those who have passed over.
During this time, many will ask their ancestors’ spirits to assist in whichever form of divination they choose. Some common and oldest forms used are tarot, fire, the pendulum and mirror. You might also try a dark bowl or cauldron filled with liquid, crystals, runes, or reading tea leaves. Guided meditations or astral travel for the purpose of past life regression and/or for the purpose of knowing or learning something specific from one’s ancestors, are very successful on this night.
In many parts of England, it was believed that the ghosts of all persons who were destined to die in the coming year could be seen walking through the graveyards at midnight on Samhain. Many of the ghosts that people thought they saw were said to be evil. For protection, jack-o-lanterns with horrible candle-lit faces were carved out of pumpkins and carried as lanterns to scare away the evil spirits.
This is the time in the Celtic year the gods drew near to Earth. Many sacrifices and gifts were offered up in thanksgiving for the harvest. Personal prayers were lifted up and trinkets representing wishes and ills were thrown into the fires. At the end of the ceremonies, brands were lit from the great fire of Tara to re-kindle all the home fires of the tribe. As they received the flame that marked this time of beginnings, the people felt a sense of the kindling of new dreams, projects and hopes for the year to come.
After the bonfires had burned out the ashes were sprinkled over the fields to protect them during the winter months and this also made the soil rich for the next years harvest to grow.
It is said that lighting a new orange candle at midnight on Samhain and allowing it to burn until sunrise will bring one good luck.
The apple is the Celtic tree of regeneration and eternal life also representing the sun, the source of all life, love, healing and immortality. Apple orchards were especially protected as sacred ground and apples were offered to the dead and buried at Samhain as food for those waiting to be reborn. Burning apple blossoms can be used for incense pleasing the spirits.
Brighid or Bridget is the Patroness of the Hearth and Goddess of the household fire. In the evening the woman of the household would smoor or stoke the fire to keep it going for the night, by adding wood and covering it low to keep it just smoldering until morning. The fires should be kept going and prayers lifted, asking for the protection of Brighid on all who reside there. She is perhaps the most well known of all the Celtic goddesses. Her following was so strong that the Catholic church exalted her as
St. Brigit, the foster-mother of Christ, and kept her festival as the feast of St. Brigit. Bridget is sometimes seen as a triple goddess, the maiden, mother and crone that symbolize the cycle of life. She is the goddess of the hearth, fertility, healing, herbalism, the arts, midwifery, agriculture, inspiration, poetry, divination, prophecy, smith craft, animal husbandry, love, and protection. Correspondences for Bridget include the direction north, blackberries, fire, wells, milk, the waxing moon, lambs, and the heart. Other names for Bridget are, “Bright Arrow,” “Bright One,” “Powerful One,” and “High One.” Bridget was a Sun Goddess, and the legend of her birth is that she was born at sunrise, and a tower of bright flame burst from her forehead that reached from Earth to the Otherworld. Her fire is so bright that she survived mass spiritual transformation and lives on today watching over her children all over the world. Imbolc, a festival in her honor is celebrated February first or second, the turning of winter, heralding the coming of spring. Fires are lit at sundown and feasts are shared with her bright presence.
Late October was the nut harvest for the ancient Celts, and also the time for slaughtering animals that would supply meat for the long winter. Druids tallied their livestock and mated their ewes for the coming spring. Fruits, vegetables, and grains were also put away for winter storage.
The Celts put all their fires out on Samhain so that the tribes could relight them from the Druidic fires that were kept burning in the Middle of Ireland, at Usinach. In Ireland and Scotland, the custom of dousing the home fire and relighting it from the festival bonfire has been carried into modern times.
The Druids believed that the Lord of Death gathered all the spirits of the dead who had been made to enter the bodies of animals as punishment for their sins and redistributed them, on Hallowe ‘en, the last day of the Celtic year. It was also
believed that the spirits of the dead came back to their old haunts at this time. Fires were lit to guide them home and to frighten away evil spirits.
A farmer sometimes accompanied by his herds would circle the boundaries of each field to ensure prosperity for the New Year. This was a reversion to the calendar of the Druids who considered that Samhain was the first day of the New Year.
On Samhain, an old custom was to light a fire on the household hearth which would burn continuously until the first day of the following spring.
It is said that if you go to a crossroads at Halloween and listen to the wind, you will learn all the most important things that will befall you during the next year.
Cerridwen is often portrayed as a hag stirring a cauldron, the typical image of Halloween. Cerridwen is one of the goddesses most associated with shape shifting. She is often seen as a sow, for her attribute of fertility and as the Moon and grain goddess
who possesses the great cauldron of knowledge. Cerridwen is the goddess of death, fertility, regeneration, inspiration, enchantment, divination, herbs, science, poetry, knowledge, and shapeshifting. Correspondences for Cerridwen include the direction west, pigs, hens, cauldrons, wolves, vervain, acorns, and the dark moon.
The cauldron holds the great brew of as yet to come wisdom, which is plainly available to anyone who thirsts after it. It also holds the nourishment of the soul and possesses the property of granting wisdom to any who drink from it. The cauldron remains important in all Celtic and Druidical workings.
The Hazel tree is the Bard or minstrel poets, tree of wisdom, promoting fertility, poetry, and knowledge. It’s a favorite wood of diviners and dowsers. Druid wands are made from hazel wood, planted in nines around sacred wells. The nuts honor all knowledge to whoever eats them and are eaten before using divination. Rain is invoked by beating the earth with hazel branches. The hazel is the most typical Celtic tree because of its legendary position at the heart of the Otherworld, which is where the nine magic hazelnut trees hang over the Well of Wisdom and drop their purple nuts into the water where the Salmon of Knowledge and Inspiration eats them. Irish tales say poets and seers “gain nuts of Wisdom,” a metaphor for a heightened state of consciousness, when they drink a brew made from the hazelnuts that have been said to cause hallucinations. There’s numerous reference in Irish literature to drinking “hazel mead.” Scottish Druids ate the nuts for prophetic power.
Legends say, the hazel, apple, and hawthorn trees are often found at the border of worlds where magic has been said to happen.
Young lovers roasted hazelnuts over the fire at Samhain, called “Nut Crack Night.” If the nut held together, their relationship would stay steady, but if it burst apart, then the love may not last or it could be a “heated” relationship. This connection between hazelnuts and love is very ancient. Country folklore has always linked hazelnuts with fertility. New brides were given the nuts much like the wives tale of rice being thrown after the wedding, to indicate fertility.
There are many tales and stories of old and wise, these are just a few. Remember to cherish your loved ones and those who have passed from this life into another. Reflect on the New Year and count your many blessings.
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