Daily Stuff 9-15-20 Greater Eleusinian Mysteries

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Josh Orkin. The shop is closed today, but open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday.

I’ve been doing rain magics off and on all day. Keep it up over the next few! Lets see how many of these fires we can get knocked down. RIght now it’s cloudy and pretty warm, 60F, wind at 1-4mph and gusting, AQI somewhere in the 70’s, UV5.  50% chance of rain today and 40% tonight. We’re due for rain showers, but not a lot of volume through Friday and then again next Thursday. Saturday is likely to be foggy, depending on how much fell out of the sky. The rest of the forecast is for partly cloudy. Highs in the low 60’s to the upper 50’s.

Yesterday I was really disappointed in the morning, when the smoke wasn’t clearing. I waited until almost the last minute to decide we were going to be closed. <sigh> I did paperwork and caught up on mail for several hours. Tempus woke at the normal opening time and made coffee. I did some writing for several hours after that and then gave up and got a nap. When I woke up it was suppertime and the AQI had gotten down into the “good” range, just in time that we would have been closing, anyway!

Tempus did paperwork, too, but also did some small chores that have been waiting, mostly fishing things out that had fallen behind or been kicked under things. We also collected up the shop laundry to add to our clothing so that he can do laundry today or tomorrow.

I spent awhile chopping things for the dehydrator. A friend was pointing out that certain things keep well as powder or at least dehydrated and play well with soups like that. I also wanted to try making the “chicken flour” from that 1460 cookbook that I’ve been playing with. I had to wait for Tempus to pull the chicken out for me, but the rest I got myself. I also pulled out the sorrel and started making the juice that I was going to use to make cheese. Supposedly it works well. I’ll know by tomorrow afternoon….

Tempus headed out around 1:30. I kept waiting for the rain showers, and waiting, and watching the map. Quite a bit fell on one of the small fires east of us, and a fair amount on the one in Clackamas county by 3am.

I finally decided to add the song “Canned Goods” to the Mabon magicks files. It really does speak to the correspondences of this Sabbat. …and having had a grandmother who did all the canning and had summer on the shelves in the basement…along with potatoes in the bin (and turnips… and carrots) the song makes me weep. I wish I could go sit there with her canned pears, plum jam, cherry preserves and grape jelly and dilly beans and pickles, and…. I’m not weeping in a bad way, although I really miss that. It’s a good set of memories and Mabon is for thanks-giving and letting go….

Today we’re doing home chores. We might end up at the shop in the afternoon, and I’m thinking about doing the bulk route with Tempus in the evening. Other than that, not sure what’s on the agenda.

Comedy Wildlife Photography – There are some hysterically funny photos in here, especially when you read the captions! – https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/sep/11/comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-2020-finalists-in-pictures

Light rain mist and shadow on the firs at daybreak, Yachats River Valley – Photo by Josh Orkin, 9/10/2019, Used with permission.

plant poppy wheatGreater Eleusinian Mysteries – This day was the climax of the festival when initiates were shown an ear of wheat as the symbol of death/life/rebirth. The festival went on for many days with special events, sacrifices, rituals and processions. More information here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleusinian_Mysteries#Greater_Mysteries . The Mysteries were secret and initiates simply didn’t write about them, so all we know are the bits and scraps that were public. Eleusis was where the Oomphalos, the belly-button stone of the World. was situated.

plant red elderberryToday’s plant is Red ElderberrySambucus racemosa. It’s a large shrub that has white flower clusters in the spring and red berry clusters late in the summer. Planet: Venus, Element: Water Deity: Hel, Holda, The White Lady, Magickal properties: Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits. Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand.  Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don’t burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.” More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_racemosa and here:http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm

The shop is closed today, but open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday (generally we’re open until dark). Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org

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 9/17 at 4am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 9/15 at 4pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 4am on 9/17. 

Jupiter‘s Great Red Spot should transit Jupiter’s central meridian around 8:36 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Just 11 minutes later, the tiny black shadow of Io starts to cross Jupiter’s face, entering the eastern limb. Then at 9:51 p.m. EDT, Io itself emerges from transit, budding off from Jupiter’s western limb. Jupiter’s moons Io and Ganymede make a close pass tonight off the western limb of the planet. The buildup to their meeting starts at sunset; for observers in the eastern half of the U.S., Io and its shadow are crossing the face of Jupiter as darkness falls. Io slips off the disk at 9:51 P.M. EDT heading west, while Ganymede is moving east. The two moons are closest at about 10:30 P.M. EDT, when they sit 10″ apart off Jupiter’s western edge. Io’s shadow is still a small dark circle on the planet’s face. About half an hour later, Io’s shadow leaves the planet at 11:03 P.M. EDT. Finally, Ganymede slips into Jupiter’s shadow, disappearing from view behind the planet at 11:43 P.M. EDT. Io and Ganymede are just two of Jupiter’s four largest moons, also called the Galilean moons. The three innermost moons — Io, Europa, and Ganymede — are locked in resonance. (The fourth Galilean moon, Callisto, is not in resonance with the rest.) For every four orbits Io makes, Europa completes two and Ganymede completes one. It is this relationship that makes Io the most volcanic body in the solar system, as it is regularly stretched and squeezed by the gravity of Jupiter, Europa, and Ganymede.
Most variable stars for amateur telescopes take days to weeks to change brightness noticeably. But the fastest eclipsing binary stars can change detectably in 10 minutes. A selection of such fast, deep eclipsers, with finder charts, await you and your scope in Bob King’s article Take a Roller Coaster Ride on a Fast Eclipsing Binary.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is fairly well up in the east by 11 p.m. daylight-saving time, about 12° east of Mars.

Old Farmer’s Almanac September Sky Maphttps://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-september-pegasus-measuring-sky
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
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

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Leo enters Virgo at 11:37am
Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4), Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde

Color: Red

Harvest 9/13-15

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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).

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet      Sunset                                  Visible
Tu  15      Low   5:45 AM    -0.6   6:56 AM    Rise  4:25 AM      9
~    15     High  12:10 PM     6.8   7:26 PM     Set  7:04 PM
~    15      Low   5:51 PM     1.9
~    15     High  11:43 PM     8.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You’ll notice that a turtle only makes progress when it sticks out its neck…


Journal Prompt – Favorites – Do you like commercials? Tell about your favorite commercial.



~   Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible. – Unknown
~   The storm had now definitely abated, and what thunder there was now grumbled over more distant hills, like a man saying “And another thing…” twenty minutes after admitting he’s lost the argument. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~   He was wrong to think he could now forget that the big, hard, oily, dirty, rainbow-hung Earth on which he lived was a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot lost in the unimaginable infinity of the Universe. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~   Though no-one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end. – Author Unknown

Over! the sweet summer closes,
The reign of the roses is done;
Over and gone with the roses,
And over and gone with the sun.

Over! the sweet summer closes,
And never a flower at the close;
Over and gone with the roses,
And winter again and the snows. –Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–92)


Mabon Magick – Song

Canned Goods – Greg Brown – https://genius.com/Greg-brown-canned-goods-lyricshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwMbaeYOSzg – Album One More Goodnight Kiss

Let those December winds bellow ‘n’ blow
I’m as warm as a July tomato

Peaches on the shelf
Potatoes in the bin
Supper’s ready, everybody come on in
Taste a little of the summer
Taste a little of the summer
You can taste a little of the summer
My grandma’s put it all in jars

Well, there’s a root cellar, fruit cellar down below
Watch you head now, and down you go

And there’s…..

Maybe you’re weary an’ you don’t give a damn
I bet you never tasted her blackberry jam

Ah, she’s got magic in her – you know what I mean
She puts the sun and rain in with her green beans

What with the snow and the economy and ev’ry’thing
I think I’ll jus’ stay down here and eat until spring

When I go to see my grandma I gain a lot of weight
With her dear hands she gives me plate after plate
She cans the pickles, sweet & dill
She cans the songs of the whippoorwill
And the morning dew and the evening moon
‘N’ I really got to go see her pretty soon
‘Cause these canned goods I buy at the store
Ain’t got the summer in them anymore

You bet, grandma, as sure as you’re born
I’ll take some more potatoes and a thunderstorm

Peaches on the shelf
Potatoes in the bin
Supper’s ready, everybody come on in, now
Taste a little of the summer
Taste a little of the summer
Taste a little of the summer
My grandma put it all in jars

Let those December winds bellow and blow
I’m as warm as a July tomato



Silliness – To Help You Smile – People are so judgmental. I can tell just by looking at them.

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