Daily Stuff 8-7-22 Perseids

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin Project Day 1-4pm.

 [posting at 6pm] Glorious sunshine! It was chilly last night, probably tonight, too. 68F, wind at 0-6mph and gusting, AQI 25-40, UV8. Chance of rain 6% today and 16% tonight. Forecast – Today(63/54) mostly sunny. Tomorrow/Wed(62/54) AM clouds. Tiny chance of morning precip in the very early hours. Thu(65/54) mostly sunny. Fri(65/54) partly cloudy. Sat(65/54) mostly sunny. Sun/Mon(65/54) partly cloudy.

Fires
Potter Fire – 149 acres
Windigo Fire – 978 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 1,200 acres
Fly Creek 0487 Cs Fire – 274 acres
Miller Road Fire – 11,156 acres
Beech Creek Fire – 155 acres
Griffin Fire – 1,927 acres
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Smoke from the CA fires is mostly in the southern mountains and Harney Basic. Smoke from WA fires is in the NE corner of the state, but the fires around Crater Lake are starting to build up a heavy plume over the central Cascades.

The Gigantor succulent, with repotted babies and geraniums, etc.

Friday evening we didn’t leave the shop until nearly 9pm. It took forever for the bread to get done for some reason. Tempus just fell into bed. I got a snack, read on my tablet (still trying to figure out the keyboard) and then did the same. He left me asleep when he headed out.

When I woke around 2:30am I was startled. I think it was some kind of thump that woke me, but I don’t know for sure. I got up, tried some more on the keyboard, got frustrated when the table kept turning off (the case bumps the button when it’s in my lap, then gave up and read. I mostly finished the books that were already there! …and fell back asleep around 6am.

Tomatoes!

Yesterday we got the shop open on time….barely. Tempus had been asleep still full clothed, even with shoes, when I woke a few minutes after noon. He put some things into the fridge and filled water bottles for me and I got the porch plants done while he loaded the car and we headed into town. It was another beautiful day, although I overheated in the shop at one point, mostly because I was fighting the camera, but I got my photos.

Trimmed and re-potted geranium

I picked up mail and messages, then put another page up for House Capuchin, utilizing photos from the Lane County demo. I worked on crystals for a bit, then photos and then it was time to start on this. The shop was pretty busy and stayed that way, lots of tourists in, but all small sales until 5pm.

I’ve downloaded more books and some help files for the tablet. Maybe I’ll have better luck tonight. I’m going to ask Tempus to get fried rice for us for supper. …and he’s griping….

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. House Capuchin Project Day from 1-4pm, but we stay open during that.

North Fork of the Yachats River from 8/7/15 by Ken Gagne

magick motif slav Kolovrat Rodnover

Harvest Holiday – Serpen (August) 7 – This is a holiday of bread, a holiday of the harvest. In the fields people cease their reaping in honor of Volos’s beard. Thanks are brought to Volos and to Mother Earth in gratitude for a large harvest. (Wheat has a “beard”… see mask above…..)

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Today’s Feast is in honor of the Perseid Meteor Shower. They’re actually visible for most of the early part of this month, but peak right around the 13th this year. Some years you can 2 or 3 in a minute. They’re a good excuse to go down to the beach with a couple of blankets! They appear to come out of the constellation of Perseus, the “radiant” of the shower. This set of meteors is a cloud of dust from the 130-year-comet, Swift-Tuttle. Most of the dust is 1000 years or more old, but there’s one stream that peeled off of the comet only a century and a half ago! This shower is the “Games of Lugh” that give their name to the Celebration of Lughnasadh.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseids The Celts saw these as “spears of light” that reminded them of the contests held at funerals.

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Today’s Plant is SalalGaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant.  

Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal

Summer 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 Sagittarius.

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 8/11 at 6:36pm. 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 8/10 at 6:36am.

Bright Vega passes closest to overhead around 10 or 11 p.m., depending on how far east or west you are in your time zone. How closely Vega misses your zenith depends on how far north or south you are. It passes right through your zenith if you’re at latitude 39° north (Washington DC, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Lake Tahoe). How closely can you judge this by looking?

The Spring Triangle – The Spring Triangle is easily visible in the April sky and consists of the bright stars Arcturus in Boötes, Spica in Virgo, and Denebola in Leo. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Deneb crosses closest to the zenith almost exactly two hours after Vega. To see Deneb perfectly straight up you need to be farther north, at latitude 45°: both Portlands (Oregon and Maine), Minneapolis, Montreal, southern France, northern Italy.

Gemini the Twins – Eta Geminorum is the AAVSO’s variable star of the month for March. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Venus passes 7° south of Pollux in Gemini the Twins at 3 A.M. PDT. You can catch the pair before sunrise in the east; an hour before the Sun peeks above the horizon, Venus is roughly 20° high, with golden-hued Pollux (magnitude 1.2) to its upper left. Through a telescope, Venus’ bright disk will appear nearly full — 94 percent lit — and 11″ across. The planet is moving east along the ecliptic relatively quickly and will cross into nearby Cancer within a few days. In less than two weeks, it will meet up with the stunning Beehive Cluster (M44). Pollux is a star with nearly twice the mass of our Sun, but which is slightly cooler — albeit more luminous. It marks one of the Twins’ heads. Directly above Pollux is magnitude 1.6 Castor, the other Twin’s head. It is an easy-to-split double with a third companion just over 1′ away. Each of these stars is also double, meaning Castor is truly a sextuple system. Despite the fact that Pollux is the brighter star, it is designated as Beta Geminorum, while Castor received the title of alpha.

Venus, magnitude –3.9 in Gemini, continues to rise as dawn begins. As dawn brightens, look for it low in the east-northeast. It’s far below Capella.

Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.

Sun in Leo

Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23_, Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month
of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Color – Yellow
Planting Harvest
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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

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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
Su   7      Low   3:07 AM     0.0   6:10 AM     Set 12:59 AM      64
~     7     High   9:39 AM     4.9   8:33 PM    Rise  5:14 PM
~     7      Low   2:23 PM     3.1
~     7     High   8:40 PM     7.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think ability to focus is an important quality?

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Quotes

~   A wounded coward lies low. – The Saga of Thorstein Staff-struck
~   We cannot avoid adversity, but we can rise to it. And in our courage, our greatness pours forth. – Scott Sonnon
~   It is no longer possible to go on passively ‘hoping for the best’ while remaining as we are. – Annie Lou Stavely
~   A friend is a gift you give yourself. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet

BESIDE the country road with truant grace
Wild carrot lifts its circles of white lace.
From vines whose interwoven branches drape
The old stone walls, come pungent scents of grape. – Katharine Lee Bates (1859–1929)

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Magick – Called to Lead (from Witches and Pagans, Community Issue 5-12), Category: Group Ritual & Liturgy , Written by Lisa McSherry

Three steps to forming a new magickal group — one that lasts!

You feel an urge, a nudge, hear a voice in your mind that says, “It’s time for me to find a group to practice with.” But try as you may, there’s nothing suitable where you live, or you’ve tried a number of possibilities and none of them are quite right. Maybe you are a member of a group already, but you feel it is time to step out on your own; or maybe your friends are urging you to form your own group. But are you ready? What if something goes wrong? Is it arrogant for you to think you can lead?

The decision to form a magickal group can be a difficult one. It may begin with a desire for social interaction, education, or even just the chance at an ego boost. But most of us who consider such a step will feel doubt about it — are we the best one to lead the group? Is it going to be too much effort to maintain? Once it’s been started, what will we do? In the end, creating a healthy magickal group depends on three factors: defining your purpose, building connections to others, and building a group mind.

1 – Define your role and the purpose of the group. The job description for the leader of a magickal group might read something like this: Leader needed to train a group of people in the mysteries of magick and divinity. Must have extensive personal knowledge of subject and a desire to work long hours without financial rewards. Teaching ability, counseling skills, intimate understanding of energy patterns required, calm and centered personality advisable. Now that’s a tall order! (I’ve been leading my current group for seven years now, and I still have trouble with the final qualification.) Although many people believe that the ultimate honor is to be called High Priest/ess (or whatever exalted title your tradition uses for its leaders), the prestige, respect and (especially) renumeration accorded to Pagan leaders can be easily overstated

That said, if you “feel the call” to lead, it can be a wonderful feeling of validation and excitement to begin planning to put your ideas into action. The first step to making your dreams into reality is a hearty dose of self-examination. Leading a group does not require that you hold a degree granted from an outside authority; in some cases you may not even have a great deal of previous magickal training (although it is very useful.) What is probably the most important thing to think about is what you want to see the magickal group do, and where you hope to see it go. (The Motivation Worksheet (see sidebar) is an excellent place to begin this process.

Being at the head of any magickal group requires a combination of leadership, administration, teaching, counseling, and group facilitation; think of it as the job description of the faculty of an entire high school — rolled into one person. Most people are very good in half or more of these specialties, can manage okay in some others, and are woefully lacking at least one. You do not have to excel in every area but you do want to recognize where you are weak and look for others who will balance your abilities. (See the “Leadership Roles Exercise” on p. 60 to discover your strengths and weakness.)

Finally, as the leader you’ll need to consider the group’s primary purpose. There are magickal groups that meet primarily to do rituals, share information, or explore the complexities of magic. Still others are primarily social in nature, gathering in a community of eclectic celebrations. Some focus on one aspect of the God/dess; derive their knowledge/practice from a particular mythological source or historical period; or explicitly mix traditions. As leader, your definition of the group’s purpose will affect its structure and the nature of the people you choose as members — or conversely, those who choose you. If it is to be a teaching group, you may wish to invite people who have little or no previous knowledge of magick; while if your focus is on a specific historical period or ethnicity, you’ll want to choose people who show interest in those areas. The group could be one in which expanding personal growth is a primary focus, or perhaps one of activists sharing stories, providing support for one another’s exploits. There’s a near-infinite number of reasons for starting a magickal group: make sure you and your participants are clear (and in agreement) about your goals.

2 – Create connections. People looking for community are generally looking for a warm, friendly group, intimate enough that everyone knows everyone else, but large enough to keep fresh. What many don’t realize is that the satisfaction of being a member of any community often depends less on the group itself and more on your role in it. That said, there are steps that any leader can take to bolster the feeling of community in a new group.

The first step is deciding when, and how often, to actually meet. Check with your members (and remember your goals) to decide the frequency, timing, and nature of meetings; too often and you’ll likely put off some people and burn out others; too infrequent and your group won’t spend enough time together to “jell.” Also, you need to decide if you’ll have a ritual/magickal element to every meeting, or will some be purely social; in my experience, well-bonded magickal groups spend time both sharing personal information and working with group energy at each meeting.

There are a variety of exercises that your new magickal group can use; begin by keeping the focus on fun and getting to know one another, although some exercises can help you gauge each member’s level of magickal knowledge and perceptions. (In a business setting, these exercises are called “icebreakers.”) There is a powerful magick in telling a story, and having it heard by an audience, knowing you have imparted a piece of yourself to another. Establish the beginning of a group identity by leading your fledglings in exercises that will help them become friends, and your work is half-done.

Motivation Worksheet  – The following questions, answered honestly, will help you decide whether being a High Priest/ess and leading a magickal group is your vocation.

I recommend answering them periodically: before starting, after a year, after five years, and any time you are feeling “burnt out.’” • What is your basic motivation for doing this? • What are your skills? • What is your level of commitment? (How much of your life are you willing to commit?) • What kind of satisfaction are you expecting? (What’s your reward?) • What information will you transmit? • What is the group’s core purpose? Its secondary purpose(s)? • What are the group’s goals?

Leadership Roles Exercise – This exercise requires a great deal of self-honesty, but is a wonderfully visual way of seeing yourself.

Gather together colored pens, pencils, or other writing materials, and a blank sheet of paper. Light a candle and some meditative incense.

On the paper, draw a large circle, and divide it into five sections. Around the edges, label the five sections as: “leadership,“ “administration,” “teaching,” “counseling,” and “facilitating.” Now color each area lighter or darker according to how weak or strong you feel in that area.

When finished, contemplate the mandala of your skills. Look for patterns indicating areas where you need help. Write notes, questions, concerns, and comments where appropriate. Often the form in which you need help becomes clear. There might be another person with skills greater than your own in some areas, or a class to take to expand your skills. In any case, look for the resources to bring you the knowledge and skills you need to be a better leader, and be sure to take action based on what you have learned.

3 – Build a Magickal Group Mind. To do magick within a group requires that the entire group focus upon the defined and desired outcome. That intent, in part, requires us to trust that our partners are acting in accord with the outcome. Group magick requires that the individual psyches within the magickal group be fused into a singular entity, which is called the group mind. In Applied Magic, Dion Fortune says, “[T]he Group mind is built up out of the many contributions of many individualized consciousness concentrating on the same idea.”2 The group mind is not a consciousness in a self-reflective sense, but instead is the product of the focused and directed will of the entire group. As a result, the power and efficacy of magickal actions taken by a well-disciplined group can be multiplied exponentially over what’s possible by a single person. I believe magickal groups should do ritual, and frequently. “What could be more conducive,” asks Fortune, “to the formation of a powerful group mind than…an occult ritual?”

The group mind phenomenon is constantly in effect, though people rarely notice it. The consciousness we all possess is very fluid and permeable. Each of us feels energy, emotion, and intent from others on a daily basis. We know when someone has a friendly “vibe” or a hostile intent even without any cues given by words or physical gestures. All of us are psychically sensitive to some degree, and when this sensitivity is refined in meditation, it becomes obvious that thoughts and feelings are very often a group phenomenon, rather than just a personal experience.

The Astral Temple – One way to strengthen your group’s collective mind is to create of an astral temple. It is a refuge, a place of learning and a holding place for the energies and power of the assembly. Its creation can take place in a single ritual, or with a series, mirroring the building of a physical structure (laying the foundation, erecting the pillars, marking spaces for the different rooms, etc.). The creation of the temple is a group project, and I recommend that the group reach consensus about how it looks before performing the ritual. In my tradition, both Yule and Imbolc are considered excellent times to begin this group endeavor.

Begin by describing your temple. Have your group meet in circle, perhaps even casting a formal circle to charge the space. Designate a person (or several, taking turns) to take notes. Each person takes a turn at describing what the Temple looks like in general. Examples might include: “it has Greek columns,” “the walls are made of Egyptian sandstone,” “it is very simple with clean lines and an uncluttered space,” “I see a fantastical gothic wizard’s workroom,” etc.

Make a list of common elements. Discuss if there should be specific motifs that are forbidden. (My group has a member with a snake phobia, so we have made a point of “no snake imagery” within our Temple.) Examine your temple as a group; do the different directions/elements have entirely different areas of the Temple? If so, do they look radically different from other sections? (The differing styles can appeal to various members, allowing each member to have a “favorite” part of the Temple.) Is the altar central to the Temple? Is the Temple open or closed? Are particular members drawn to specific areas? The group may decide to assign pairs to each direction/element, with the leader responsible for the altar area.

Finally, discuss how your group will “travel” to the Astral Temple. What elements will always be present, creating “triggers” within the magickal mind? From these discussions decide what the Temple will look like, and fill in the details of the Astral Temple Ritual.

Ritual for Creating an Astral Temple –

1. Cast your circle according to your tradition; focus on the protective aspects of each element. If your magickal group works with specific deities call upon them. If not, I recommend Athena, Cerridwen, Hermes/ Mercury, Thoth, or Isis.

2. Get comfortable, then move into trance using your favorite induction method; choose one with a journey motif.

3. When everyone is deeply in trance, say:

You find yourself walking along a path through a dense forest. You are looking for a place, a place you have only been told of, but you know it exists. The path sharply turns ahead, and you find yourself at the base of a large hill. Set deeply into the side of the hill is a doorway. The door is locked.

You reach into your pocket and pull out a key. Use it to unlock the door and enter the temple. This place is sacred and secure. (In my Tradition, the key is given to initiates at their First Degree; dedicants and students who are taken to ritual within the Temple are accompanied by an initiate who unlocks the door.)

On the other side of the door is an entryway; within the temple there are four gates, towers, pillars, or doorways at the quarters in your temple leading to other places. You will explore them later.

Describe the temple as everyone had agreed. (Perhaps have several individuals each describe a specific section.) Return to the center and examine the entire area of your temple. Create the details of your surroundings. In the center, manifest your altar and circle space. When the temple is constructed as you all have agreed, gather in the center. Hold hands and chant:

As we willed, so mote it be!

Bless this space. Blessed be!

Feel the love and energy of your group fill the temple; let it consecrate the space. When you are ready, lead your group back to the material plane using the same path that brought you there, making sure to lock the temple door behind you.

A healthy magickal group is a place of joy. Build it on a solid foundation; grow it through the creation of strong relationships, and maintain it through group-specific tasks. These three steps will help ensure that your group lives long, and prospers.

LISA McSHERRY.

Find out more in Witches&Pagans #22 – The Community Issue

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