71F!!! Wind is at 4mph and humidity at 58%. This was unexpected, although we knew it’d be warm today, but this is summery! Monday might do this again, but the weekend looks to be more cloudy and the rain is coming in earlier than they were predicting earlier in the week.
Yesterday started slowly because both of us were having trouble getting moving. For the first time in months we were late getting to the shop, turning the corner at 10 past. <oops> We got things open and then Tempus figured out that some stuff was still back at the apartment, so back he went.
We had some folks in during the morning who were trying to figure out when the Open Circle was. Later we had a whole bunch of folks out here for a couple of days or a week of vacation, trying to catch the last of the good weather.
I was checking in stock, but I got sleepier and sleepier until Tempus finally told me to just take a nap. When I woke I got back to work on books. We had one bag that got damp, ugh…. so there is drying paper all over the shop. …and it smelled awful, for a bit, but things are drying out and we opened the doors.
Amy was here for sewing. I kept working on my kneeler panel and then did afterwards at home and got it finished around 1am, so I caught up on the computer and went to sleep.
…and woke an hour later, so Tempus let me sleep this morning, since I didn’t drop off soundly until he got home at 6:15. Once I’m at the shop we’ll get into gear for the Sabbat tonight, although he has to run into Newport with some errands, too.
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata,which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata
Quote from Wikipedia – “Servetus was the first European to describe the function of pulmonary circulation, although his achievement was not widely recognized at the time, … an amazing understanding of the body and treatments. Most copies of the book were burned shortly after its publication in 1553 because of persecution of Servetus by religious authorities. …In passage V, Servetus recounts his discovery that the blood of the pulmonary circulation flows from the heart to the lungs (rather than air in the lungs flowing to the heart as had been thought). His discovery was based on the color of the blood, the size and location of the different ventricles, and the fact that the pulmonary vein was extremely large, which suggested that it performed intensive and transcendent exchange.” Source and more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Servetus
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. 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 10/27 at 3:22pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 11/3 at 10:23pm.
First-quarter Moon (exactly first-quarter at 6:22 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time).
At nightfall, you’ll find Altair >>> shining about 30° (three fists at arm’s length) to the Moon’s upper right. Much closer to the Moon’s upper right, by only about 6°, are 3rd-magnitude Alpha and Beta <<< Capricorni. Alpha is the upper one. Can you resolve Alpha into a tiny twin pair with your unaided eyes? Binoculars make it easy — and should also resolve Beta, another wide double, although its components are somewhat closer and very unequal.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are well up after dark in the east and southeast, respectively. Use our finder charts online or in the OctoberSky & Telescope, page 50.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
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. Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
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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).
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Tides for Alsea Bay
F 27 Low 12:17 AM 1.1 7:48 AM Rise 2:30 PM 39
~ 27 High 7:11 AM 5.9 6:12 PM
~ 27 Low 12:40 PM 3.8
~ 27 High 6:06 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Your choices reflect your character.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the poem “In the Fashion,” A. A. Milne writes, “A lion has a tail and a very fine tail. And so has an elephant, and so has a whale. And so has a crocodile, and so has a quail— They’ve all got tails but me.” Explain what you think would be both the advantages and disadvantages of your having a tail.
~ What’s meant to be will always find a way. – Trisha Yearwood
~ When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard. – Lakota adage
~ When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out. – David L. Weatherford
~ Whosoever tries to distract you from your being is your enemy. Whosoever helps you to remain yourself, he is your friend. – Osho
Just witness your mind and the meditation will be happening. And once you have got in tune with your being, you know the way, you know the how. Then it does not matter where you are. Alone or in the crowd, in the silences of the forest or in the noises of a marketplace, it is all the same. You can simply close your eyes and disappear inwards. – Osho
Who is this they’re burying?
Who but the shoulder I leaned on?
Who but the fire of my passion?
Who but my burning ember of loss?
Who but my darling, who but my treasure,
Who but the blood of the blood of my heart? ~Scottish Death Song
The Celtic feast of Samhain is still honored in our culture as Halloween, its meaning intact over thousands of years. The symbols decking our homes, offices and businesses at this season are reminders of the mystery toward all life edges. The black cat, the carved jack-o-lantern, the skulls, and the gravestones may seem innocuous when strung on mobiles or hung in windows. But their meaning is serious. This is the season of death, the time when vegetative life is withdrawing after its fertile period.
In ancient times, this was a period of omens. Would the winter be long? Would frail children and weak elders die in the dark times? Bobbing for apples, cutting cakes in which oracular symbols were baked, looking into crystals – these were some of the ways our forebears sought hints of what lay ahead. If the omens predicted difficulties or death, there was time to prepare for, if never to avoid, the promised fate. As the dark season of the year approaches, meditating upon the inevitable conclusion of our lives is appropriate and, ultimately, reminds us to live well the years we have left. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
My dearest friend, why did you die?
Why did you need to go away?
Now, when I am hungry, who will feed me?
When I am cold, who will warm me?
When I need shelter, whose hearth will I seek?
When I need company, whose house will be warm?
It was never your way to be gloomy and sad.
If you were here, you would be serving us tea. ~Scottish Death Lament
Each one of us, during our lives, suffers many losses. Most significant are the deaths of people we loved and who loved us in return. Most painful are the deaths of those who we loved, but who never gave us what we desired, for all hope is then cut off. There is even pain in the deaths of those whom we disliked, for hatred is a form of connection that death severs.
But there are other losses we must mourn. A pet who loved us, a special dream, a dear possession – we lose these, and more, during our lifetimes. Grief, with its attendant angers and outrage, is an uncomfortable emotion for others to experience. Yet grief can poison us, if unexpressed. Finding ways to grieve fully is a challenge. But, if we do not meet it, we grow twisted in our pain. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Samhain is here, cold is the earth,
as we celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth.
Tonight we speak to those through the veil,
the lines between worlds are thin and frail.
Ghosts and spirits in the night,
magical beings rising in flight,
owls hooting up in a moonlit tree,
I don’t fear you and you don’t fear me.
As the sun goes down, far to the west,
my ancestors watch over me as I rest.
They keep me safe and without fear,
on the night of Samhain, the Witch’s New Year.