It rained and rained last night and everything is soaked and squelching. We’ve gotten over an inch since midnight and the clouds are still very low (400 feet), but they’re saying we’re done for the moment. The wind has calmed down 0 mph in town although in windier spots by the water it’s in the low teens, but we’re still getting gusts into the upper teens. It should dry out over the next couple of days as the barometer is rising. Other than a chance of precipitation on Wednesday it’s likely to be dry through next weekend. …we just got a sunbreak, so I’m going to call it, “mostly cloudy” today. The computer is saying 1/2 an inch yesterday. I wonder if something landed in the rain gauge because the other ones around the area are saying more like 1 1/2 inches! In any case we’ve gotten several inches over the last few days so the next thing is the trees starting to pull their roots and tip over. …and landslides… but with being drier over the next week, maybe we can put that off for awhile.
Yesterday was a fun day! We were up *way* early for us and at the shop by 7:30. I got dressed in my medieval clothing and had coffee and before I was done Amy got here, we loaded the car and headed out.
Tempus got a lot done during the day, although he didn’t have very many customers. He cleaned up and re-set displays and worked in the classroom, trying to get the summer overburden whittled down. The flags kept coming out of the sockets from the wind and late in the day it actually tore the seasonal banner from the pole!
Amy and I had a smooth drive to Veneta, although the directions were awful. Google maps’ fault! We got there in time for lunch and I got to talk to friends and work on my embroidery all afternoon! I also watched a Master class for the martial arts style and one on fletching arrows, then took a class in event prep before they started setting up for supper. Both lunch and supper were tasty, although we headed home before Court started.
That was a good thing. The rain and wind had really picked up and after taking a wrong turn we got mugged by a ditch. After we got out of that, we took the longer route up I-5 to 20. There were 5 trees down, that we could see in the darkness, on or in the road. We, along with many others, had run over the one, about a 4 inch alder, that was pretty beaten up by the time it was our speedbump. The roads were covered in spots with leaves, needles and branch bits that had been torn off the trees, and once we were past the crest of the Coast Range you could see very little else but leaf litter on the shoulders, even in spots where the roadway had cleared. Oddly 101 was clear. Maybe a lot of ours came down in that last storm?
We pulled in at 1 bit after 11pm, both very tired, and my basket stuff was scattered across the back of Amy’s car, from being tilted into the ditch. I had run for the bathroom, so Tempus got that brought in and Amy headed home, getting there safely in a few minutes. We told the folks from the event that we were back, then put ourselves together, headed home, got a snack and crashed.
I had set up a beef in wine crockpot that cooked overnight. I blearily flipped it at 5am. It’s cooling in the fridge preparatory to being separated, with the beef sliced and the broth being further prepped into gravy and pie filling. …and I have a lot more cookery to accomplish! I’m hoping to take a share home to Jeanne, too. Yes, the shop is open.
A picture posted by Liz Schulz Guidero on Facebook on 10/22/15, taken in her front yard, of a Bolete mushroom (Leccinum scabrum, birch bolete) and Pacific Chorus Tree Frog friend and what looks like a marvelous tangle of witch moss behind it.
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 is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. 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
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 11/3 at 10:23pm. 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 10/24 at 12:12am.
Newly returned to the evening sky, the waxing crescent Moon passes low Antares (use binoculars!) and then Saturn in the southwestern twilight.
This is the time of year when the Big Dipper lies down horizontal low in the north-northwest after dark. How low? The farther south you are, the lower. Seen from 40° north (New York, Denver) even its bottom stars twinkle nearly ten degrees high. But at Miami (26° N) the entire Dipper skims along out of sight just below the northern horizon.
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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
Su 22 High 2:55 AM 6.9 7:41 AM Rise 10:23 AM 3
~ 22 Low 8:36 AM 2.3 6:20 PM Set 8:28 PM
~ 22 High 2:26 PM 7.9
~ 22 Low 9:15 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Cultivate your sense of humor; laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
~ Once you commit to Knighthood, you commit to following certain principles, and to being tested by the Gods. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche
~ Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means. – Leo Buscaglia
~ The foundation of all morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying. – Thomas Hardy
We know the touch of the world upon us, that we have been caressed by meaning, even though we might not be able to consciously say just what that meaning is. A door opens inside, our unconscious gathers it in, and at night we dream and it is woven into the fabric of our lives. We have always been surrounded by such meaning-imbued language; later we created our own. Our language also travels through the air, though it is vibrating waves of sound. (Did you think we made all this up out of our bulging forebrains alone?) We have always lived, surrounded by original language. – Stephen Buhner
Magick Mirror (For Samhain) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/mirror.html
- A convex piece of glass (like an old clock face or glass bowl)
- A wooden circle that will fit on the bottom of the bowl
- Black enamel paint
- Divination herbs
Make sure the glass is clean first. Paint two coats of black enamel paint on the back of the glass, and also paint the wood black, leaving no signs of drips or strokes. Let dry. To prepare for use, take crushed herbs (such as mugwort or any others suggested for divination) and dissolve them in water. Let the herbs steep overnight (covered with a cloth) and then strain them out, and use the infusion to paint over the enamel. Do three coats, allowing to dry in between. Glue the glass onto the wood.
The magick mirror can be used for divination during a Samhain ritual.
Mask of Your Shadow Self
Items needed: mixing bowl, 1 cup water, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup white glue, 20-30 pieces of newspaper or paper towels cut into 1″ by 6″ strips, plastic wrap. In a mixing bowl, pour 1 cup of water. Add flour in 1/3 cup increments. As you add each 1/3 cup flour, stir it well, using the fingers to break up any clots. Once completely mixed (it should be the consistency of plaster) add 1/4 cup white glue. Stir well. Buy a mask base at an arts and crafts store, or use the wearer of the mask as a model. If using a human model, spread Saran Wrap or plastic over the person’s face. IMPORTANT: BE VERY SURE TO INSERT A STRAW OR OTHER SUCH DEVISE THROUGH THE PLASTIC THROUGH WHICH THE MODEL CAN BREATHE. Dip paper strips in flour mixture one piece at a time. Shake off excess mixture and smooth either side of the strip to take off more moisture. Begin to lay strips along the outer rim of the person’s face or mask base, along the brow, the temples, the jaws, and the chin. Be sure to overlap and interconnect all strips as you lay them out. Smooth each strip into the others with your fingers. Next lay strips across the nose and connect those strips to those at the cheekbone area. Next begin to fill in empty places on your model’s face and around the cheeks and forehead. Repeat process a second time to create a stronger mask base.Drying time will vary. Use a blow dryer to speed the process if desired. Once the mask is dry enough to be taken off the model’s face, place it in a warm place for 24 hours. Decorate when dry.
At no other time are we faced with our shadow self more than at Samhain. Now we encounter the dark time of endings and completion, dissolution, and diminishing. The days grow shorter and the nights longer. The Earth is plunging into its winter darkness as the veil between the worlds grows thinner. Halloween’s monsters and frights are merely representations of our repressed fears and shadow side. One way of easing the tensions of the season is to shine the light squarely on our shadows. Examine it and in the process lose all fear of it. Wear your shadow mask on Samhain and then burn it in the bonfire or cauldron fire — or leave it on your altar as a tribute to your dark side.Making a representation of your shadow mask can be liberating. You can feel empowered, because you have better control of the shadow when you can see it before you. Once you eternalize the shadow mask, you know what it is made of. You drain it of any power it holds over you because you know longer hide from it. You then gain magical power because you have changed your consciousness and now know when the mask is worn and when it is not. — Timothy Roderick, Dark Moon Mysteries
Samhain projects for kids can be found in the Kiddie Cauldron.