Daily Stuff 5-16-22 St. Brendan the Navigator

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide 7:36 AM of -1.8 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

 [posting at 8pm] Rain gauge at noon on 5/15 – 2.7 inch. There was fairy rain that turned into a slosh on the way in to town. It’s been raining off and on all day, sometimes quite heavily. 54F, wind at 1-16mph and gusting, AQI 5-37, UV6. Chance of rain 38% today and 11% tonight. Forecast – Today(53/42) Showery until around 10, then gradual clearing after that. Tomorrow(55/46) Dry and partly cloudy. Wed/Thu(54/45) light rain, dying off to showers, Fri-Tue(59/47) more or less clouds, but dry. 2 firespots, both in the Siskyous.

Audrey… or Christopher… the “wauken” onion

I could *not* get myself moving at home Saturday evening, but despite it I didn’t sleep well, which made me logy at the shop. Tempus got in around 10am and caught a couple hours of sleep, at least. I was up at noon and packed the foodstuffs for cooking today, although I missed the cabbage, drattit.

A salad fresh from the garden.

There was the most beautiful egret…. maybe it was a crane, because it was as large as a heron… in the Eckman outflow. Wading beside it was a small, dark, long-legged shorebird. Not sure what it was….. There were still people fishing, despite the rain. Some of the rhodies have given up their blooms, but some haven’t even hit their stride, yet!

Our soup

I sat down with messages, waiting for coffee, and talked to a couple of House people online. We got coffee and sandwiches and Tempus finished cleaning up the table, but it took until nearly 3pm. I set up the roast….and an hour later discovered that the crockpot had quit, so it needed to be transferred. I had started the butters and had them sitting and done some other parts of the meal, but then got called out front and the young lady I was talking to evinced an interest in the House stuff, so we talked until her roomie got there around 6pm and then until they all headed out at 6:30, which put the potluck food *way* late. After they were gone I packed up the nibble stuff. I had fed them marzipan. Tempus finished the bread while we were talking and then after I did the frumenty and started on this. I had to do the cabbage at home and also take the photos.

(More food pix tomorrow!) Today we’re back to our normal schedule. We’ll be open at 1pm and I’m hoping to have the new set of agate pendants up for sale. Tempus and I are also going to work on books and he’s going to be watering plants, too.

Sunrise fishermen on 5-16-17 by Ken Gagne. Used with permission

Leek

Today’s plant is the Leek,  Allium ampeloprasumone of the longed-for foods of spring, cultivated for at least 4 millennia. Since leeks over-winter in many/most places and begin to come up before snowmelt in even the most frozen climes, they were one of the “rescue foods” of late winter and pack a lot of nutrition in a tasty package. Leeks are the national symbol of Wales. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – Symbolized in the Runic alphabet as “Laguz”, it brings prosperity and health in the spring. Potato Leek Health soup is a magickal blend often prepared by witches in the very early spring (and I put the recipe in this blog earlier in the year, pre-Imbolc). Eating leeks together brings love. Carry a leek as a protective amulet and bite it if you’re feeling surrounded by evil.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leek

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Today’s Feast is that of St. Brendan the Navigator. St. Brendan is a 5th-6th century saint from Ireland. He went on a legendary voyage to the Isles of the Blest, looking for Eden. Well, so the story goes. It’s a legend, but it’s been an inspiration for many folks down through the centuries. He may actually have gotten to North America.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_the_Navigator  and Tim Severin’s re-creation of the voyage  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Severin#The_Brendan_Voyage_.281976.E2.80.931977.29

Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com 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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 4:50am.

Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 5/17 at 9:15am. 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 5/30 at 4:30am.

The Sagittarius – Scorpius region contains a number of naked-eye double stars indluding Omega Scoprii in the head of the Scorpion, Lambda and Upsilon Scorpii in the stinger of the tail, Mu Scorpii and Zeta Scorpii in the Table of Scorpius. Nu Sagittarii lies next to the handle of the Teapot asterism in Sagittarius.
Copyright 2014 Jerry Lodriguss https://www.astropix.com/html/observing/doubles/doubles08.html

The Moon, now a day after full, rises in late twilight with orange Antares just a couple degrees to its lower right. The head stars of Scorpius are farther to the Moon’s upper right. Watch them all cross the sky together tonight.

While the Moon certainly takes center stage this morning, it’s not the only treat in the sky. By the time the last stages of the eclipse have ended, Saturn has appeared in the southeast. The ringed planet glows softly at magnitude 0.7 in eastern Capricornus, just under 2° north-northeast of 3rd-magnitude Deneb Algedi.

Saturn on July 27th, just a week after opposition on 7/20/20, imaged by Damian Peach and Enrico Enzmann. South is up. The ring tilt has changed just enough that only a trace of the globe peeks up from behind the rings’ south edge.

Through a telescope, Saturn shows off its 17″-wide disk, nestled within stunning rings that stretch more than twice that distance. The rings are currently tilted at 12° to our line of sight; although this will slightly increase later this year, the angle will then begin to diminish again as we head for a ring crossing in 2025. Also look for Titan, which shines around magnitude 8.7 — the large moon sits about 2′ west of the center of the planet this morning. Several other, smaller moons cluster closer to Saturn, including 10th-magnitude Tethys, Dione, and Rhea (all east of the planet); and 12th-magnitude Enceladus (just northeast of the disk, above the rings).

Mars, magnitude +o.8, is closer to the upper right of Jupiter. They’re 9° apart on the morning of May 14th, closing to 5° on the 21st. Look early before the brightening dawn swallows it up.

Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.

Sun in Taurus

Mercury (6/3), Pluto Retrograde (10/8)
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of
Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9Color – ?
Harvest 5/16&17
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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The very old hawthorn at Saint-Mars-sur-la-Futaie, France, planted in the 3rd century!

Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
M   16     High  12:36 AM     8.8   5:48 AM     Set  6:03 AM      99
~    16      Low   7:36 AM    -1.8   8:38 PM    Rise  9:55 PM
~    16     High   2:02 PM     6.8
~    16      Low   7:23 PM     2.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A successful marriage isn’t finding the right person – it’s being the right person.

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Have you had an experience that made you feel close to nature?

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Quotes

~   Your physical, mental and intellectual resources — continually growing and changing — are your personal capital. – Brian Tracy
~   Be a light unto the darkness, and curse it not. – Neale Donald Walsch
~   It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity. – Francis Bacon, Sr.
~   The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Peter Drucker

The earth is waking at the voice of May,
The new grass brightens by the trodden way, 
The woods wave welcome to the sweet spring day, 
And the sea is growing summer blue. –Elizabeth A. Allen (1832–1911)

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Magick – Pagan Ministry: Serving the Pagan People/s

July 17, 2013 By Sam Webster  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/paganrestoration/2013/07/pagan-ministry-serving-the-pagan-peoples/

Ministry is fundamentally about serving the ‘congregation’ in contrast to being primarily about serving the Gods, as in Priesthood. The two go hand in hand but it is worthwhile to discuss them separately. The metaphorically upward movement of priesthood differs from the downward movement of ministry. Pagan ministry is about serving the people, or in our case the peoples…

In one sense anyone can minister, but it is also one of the three professions in Western civilization which, along with the doctor and the lawyer, historically and practically requires significant education and training. Four to five years in a seminary is generally the term these days for an M.Div. or Master of Divinity degree. Graduation requires a thorough knowledge of (mostly Western) theology and religious history. It also requires a serious change, called ministerial formation, in the character of the minister-to-be without which seminary education would be merely academic. This is usually delivered while learning the ‘Arts of Ministry’ and also through a process called ‘Clinical Pastoral Education’. The result is a professional servant of the religious population or ‘congregation’ who is knowledgeable and skilled in liturgy, institutional and community development, and pastoral care, as well as sensitive to the critical or ‘prophetic’ leadership role they are in. I will discuss these in turn.

Theology
As you might expect, the minister-in-training is taught a great deal about theology. In conservative seminaries this is usually quite doctrinal, but in liberal seminaries, like the ones I attended, one is taught how to do theology, rather than learn a set of ‘correct’ answers to theological questions and issues. This enables the minister to develop a mature theology as time advances and culture changes, and so be more adaptive and helpful. It also lets the student operate from and form their own theological basis. Thus it was possible, even encouraged for me to do so as a Pagan, creating a Pagan theological foundation as I advanced. Since I was in a Unitarian Universalist school, I was also required to become proficient in thinking in many theological frameworks because I was to minister to the UU’s very diverse population. The minister becomes very good at translating.

History
There was also an enormous volume of history to absorb. Except for the Jews, the Ancients were not well represented; but getting the actual history of them (not what you find in the Tanak, the Hebrew Bible) was fascinating and paralleled to Egyptian and Mesopotamian history with which the Israelites interacted. I filled in those missing pieces in my electives. Christian history, as you would imagine, was extensive and painfully hard to read. At first, it was of the destruction of the ancient religions of the Mediterranean and Europe, then it quickly turned to the bloody conflicts between Christian sects in the early centuries, to the heresies in the Mediaeval period leading to the Protestant Reformation and Wars of Religion, and eventually to the present détente. Observing the establishment of doctrinal positions shifting with political change was a powerful lesson. I’ve come to define ‘history’ as the list all the things we’ve tried, most of which didn’t work. Knowing the errors of your forebears is the best way to avoid them—precious knowledge that would serve us well today as we begin to replicate early Christian history.

Being first at the University of Chicago and later at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, I also had access to the rest of the world’s theology and religious history. I found them invaluable in understanding the position of our Pagan religion in its proper context, where we agree and where we differ with our neighbors and kin. Naturally, the highly qualified, graduate level instruction also showed the complexity and ambiguity in any understanding of these cultures.

Tempering the Soul
While the intellect is being trained, the ‘soul’ of the minister is being tempered. Through deceptively simply named Arts of Ministry classes, seminarians were asked to reflect upon the intellectual knowledge they had obtained and then had to express their opinions and views in an intensely challenging environment led by a senior minister. Everything said was a target, every opinion was shredded, every statement hammered on in emotionally and mentally exhausting sessions, even if you were not today’s focus of attention. This was a spiritual and psychological, not an intellectual process, that purged the future minster of sloppy thought, bad philosophy, unconscious assumptions and any other weakness of personality that would make them less than effective in serving the spiritual and institutional needs of the congregation members.

It was also in this setting that the oral lore of ministry was most often transmitted. For the last five hundred years or more, a vast body of knowledge has been developed from the successes and many more failures of ministers in their effort to serve their people. This precious distillate of lives dedicated to service can only be received from the community of those who have received it, from those who have gone before and made it part of their blood. I am deeply grateful to those who imparted their wisdom to me. I am not a major fan of lineages or transmissions, but experience shared counts for something, in this case a lot.

On the more practical side of the education, the seminarian has opportunity to lead worship in congregations near their residence and eventually is placed in an internship for six months to a year under the mentorship of a senior minister. Sadly internship did not work out for me being Pagan and in seminary in the early 1990s, but conditions have greatly improved.

Pastoral Ministry
Pastoral skills are taught in a special program usual run out of hospitals, mental health facilities and prisons called Clinical Pastoral Education. In this, you are brought up against one of the most vital changes you have to make in order to be a minister. Confronted with the gravely ill or dying, the mentally disturbed, or the incarcerated, and provided guidance by a senior minister and your peer group, the natural impulse to ‘fix’ is carefully broken. You are led into becoming an other-centered caregiver, one where you give care not to feed your ego-needs, which is destructive to the ‘client’, but truly in service to them. Not easy, hard on the heart, but a necessary process for all of the caring professions. Some of these programs are even open to folks not in seminary and would be a powerful way of training Pagan caregivers. The costs are relatively low, and there are part-time as well as full-time programs. It would be great to see Pagan-focused programs developed.

Prophetic Ministry
So far we have discussed the intellectual and pastoral training of a minister. In Protestant religious space, the intellectual work feeds directly into liturgy, meaning sermons, and while Protestants are very good at public speaking, there is not much ritual knowledge there. Pagans would have to supplement. The intellectual education also enables the minister to provide thought leadership and institutional guidance. The Pastoral role is clear: caring for the emotional and spiritual needs of the population. Together, the knowledge of religious thought and history along with other-centered care leads to the last major role of the minister, the Prophetic. Once meaning “speaking-for” the Deity and ultimately derived from that authority, although not usually meaning channeling these days, it is the task of critique and persuasive correction of the people. It is the often unpleasant and rarely thanked job of telling people where they are wrong. It is easy to lead when everyone wants to follow you and they agree with you. But when they don’t, when in your judgement they are making some kind of error, it is the duty of the minister to get up and use persuasion to change the people’s hearts and minds, their words and deeds—even at the risk of losing your job, which may be supporting your family. This requires courage and conviction, and is best backed up by education and compassion.

I believe we need more Pagans trained in this way. We need to be as good at this, even better than Christian and other ministers because we are fighting an uphill battle for acceptance. Like Ginger Rogers, we need to be able to do this “backwards and in heels”. We need to know the world’s range of theological positions, as well as the entire western lexicon of spiritual thought.

We have one seminary today that is working for full accreditation, Cherry Hill. It is to be applauded for raising the money to be able to pay for that status, and the work before it is daunting. Being able to provide in one school the full range of education is so difficult today that most major seminaries are part of consortia, which lets each sect, denomination, or religion focus on their specialized curricula and draw on the others for their areas of competence. If CHS was part of a consortium, it would be able to leverage the other schools’ biblical and historical skills which are utterly necessary for a religious professional today in whatever field of service. Likewise, CHS is challenged to deliver the context for ministerial formation. Creating the culture in which the lore of ministry can be transmitted requires being embedded in that tradition and, therefore, a staff that was raised in it. Equally difficult for the process of ministerial formation is problem that distance learning creates when the immediate pressure of being face to face with a intensely challenging senior is mitigated by the computer screen. Hopefully over time and with support, CHS can mature into the seminary it desires to be.

Ministry is the other half of the job of religious leadership and service, along with Priesthood. Seminary training is essential to the delivery of that service at a professional level, paid or not. We have the fortune of one institution that is striving to deliver that training, but we need also take advantage of the more broadly available liberal seminaries that welcome Pagans. We are in a very challenging time for our religion as it diversifies and struggles to create and maintain its identity. Professional religious—trained in the tools humans have been long developing and heirs to a deep tradition of service—will help Pagans avoid many of the errors of the past and lead our community into its maturity and strength.

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Silliness – Shorties – Suburbia: where they tear out the trees & then name streets after them.

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