Minus Tide at 6:32 AM of -1.2 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Friday, second day in Eugene. Famous will have the shop open from 1-6pm. After today, though the astronomy stuff will get skimpy.
[posting at 11pm] Clear. the moon rose quite pink and huge. 51F, wind at 0mph, AQI 34, UV5. Chance of rain 1% today and 0% tonight.
Small Craft Advisory through 11pm. aqua advisory through 11am Sat.Red Flag Warning From 11am through Sat. 8pm.
Forecast – Today(80/60) sunny . Tomorrow(69/57) sunny. Sun(64/57) cloudy. Mon-Wed(62/52) mostly cloudy. Thu/Fri(61/51) partly cloudy. Sat.(62/49) mostly sunny.
14 Fires on the map
Smoke is covering most of the continental US! Our state is under the lightest level except for right around the fires.
Rum Creek Fire – 20029 acres
Potter Fire – 631 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 110 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 31,486 acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres – Not on the map, but I doubt that it’s out….
Van Meter 1800 acres
821 Pv Fire – 200 acres
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,326 acres.
New – Amelia Road – 2000 acres
Sturgill Fire – 18,200 acres
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 374 acres
Double Creek Fire – 100,987 acres
Mm365 Fire – 600 acres (not on map)
Nebo – 10,891 acres
Sheep head 2300 acres
Wednesday evening I turned in around 8:30 but wrote for a while and managed to get the newsletter out, although it took awhile, typing stuff that’s usually copy/paste. I was up during the night with asthma, but got enough sleep to go on with.
Someone tapped on my door at 8:30 or so and we headed out sooner than I expected, with not just Helen, but Johanna,leaving John to bring a lot of stuff in the other car. We stopped for coffee and the headed to King’s Valley.
Even though we had A whole day to work, the site wasn’t laid out, so we spent the whole day just sitting around! Well, it was nice to visit and chat with some folks that we rarely see…
Today we are going out to the Faire site again,maybe this time to set up!
Today marks the 710th anniversary of the marriage of John (Jan) of Luxembourg, later called John the Blind, and the last child of the Přemyslid dynasty of Bohemia, Eliska. Their son was Charles IV whose feast we celebrated on the 2nd! More here from 2016’s celebrations: http://wp.me/p6tYq4-1u2
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush the flower between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
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 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,
Astrology, Astronomy and other Stuff
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 9/10 at 2:59am. 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 9/11 at 2:59pm.
Neptune, magnitude 7.8 at the Aquarius-Pisces border, is west of Jupiter.
Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102 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
Mercury Retrograde 8:38pm. (10/2)
Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
Color – Pink
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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
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Many Shades of Green
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
F 9 Low 6:32 AM -1.2 6:49 AM Set 5:37 AM 96
~ 9 High 12:55 PM 7.2 7:38 PM Rise 7:49 PM
~ 9 Low 6:40 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Peace energizes my actions. I move on my path in peace.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?
~ In misfortune, which friend remains a friend? – Euripides
~ Every man is the master of his own words. – Grettir’s Saga, c.19
~ Every meeting is a Divine encounter, every encounter an exchange of gifts. – Augustine
~ All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
When sun-rays crown thy pine-clad hills
And summer spreads her hand,
When silvern voices tune thy rills,
We love thee, smiling land. –Sir Cavendish Boyle, governor of Newfoundland (1849–1916)
Mabon Magick – Lore – Chinese Mid-autumn moon Festival
On the full moon of the eighth Chinese lunar month, women celebrate the Moon. This is the beginning of the yin part of the year, when the dark takes precedence over the light, and the Moon is the symbol of yin energy, which also includes water, women and night. In the old Chinese agrarian system, autumn and winter were the women’s seasons. There is a Peking proverb that says: “Men do not bow to the moon. Women do not sacrifice to the God of the Kitchen.”
The Moon Goddess, known as Hengo or Chang-o rules the Jade Palace of the Moon. She swallowed the pill of immortality given to her husband, the archer Hou Yi, and then fled to the moon to avoid his wrath. Her husband later became the God of the Sun and now the two meet only once a month during the New Moon. Other creatures that live in the Moon include a rabbit who is always pictured working with a pestle, pounding up the elixir of life, a three-legged toad (sometimes said to be Chang-O) and a cassia tree, which although attacked by a woodcutter, keeps renewing itself.
To honor the Moon, women build an altar in the courtyard and sometimes put a ceramic figure of the Moon Hare or the three-legged toad of the moon in the center. Also on the altar are moon cakes and plates of pomegranates, melons, grapes, apples and peaches, all fruits that are round like the moon, and rice, wine and tea. The pomegranates and melons represent children, the apples and grapes fertility and the peaches long life. According to Li-ch’en, the melons should be cut open and the edges cut in jagged shapes like the petals of the lotus.
According to Rufus, another popular fruit for the altars is the grapefruit-like pomelo, whose Chinese name, yow, is a homophone for “to have.” She also describes the filling of the moon cakes: sweet bean paste or lotus seed with a boiled egg at the heart to symbolize the moon. And Li-ch’en mentions yellow beans (offerings to the rabbit in the moon) and cockscomb flowers. Members of the imperial court in Peking in 1900 offered nine-joints lotus roots to the moon but since the lotus rarely produces roots that have more than two or three joints, several roots were patched together to get the lucky number of nine.
The full moon cakes, t’uan yuan ping, were sometimes as big as a foot in diameter and often had images on the top of the three-legged toad and the rabbit of the moon. Burkhardt says they were made out of a greyish (moon-colored) flour and arranged in a pyramid of thirteen (13 for the 13 full moons of the year). Some people eat them as soon as they are done sacrificing to the moon, while others keep them until New Year’s Eve.
Burkhardt mentions an offering commonly made in Hong Kong: a brown seed called Ling Ke, or water calthrops. It looks like a Chinese bat which makes it an emblem of luck. It is sometimes found carved in jade or shaped as the knob of a teapot. It is also made into a child’s toy, whirled on a string which is threaded through a hole cut in the middle.
A sand-filled receptacle in the center of the altar holds sticks of incense and candles. Spirit money is also placed on the altar, sometimes in the form of folded gold and silver paper, representing ingots, or as “thousand sheets” (a series of connected zigzag strips), or circular pieces like coins. Paper clothing is also set out for the sun and moon, for instance, a gilt and red crown, or a red apron with gold embroidery.
In the 1900s in Peking, people often displayed a banner called the “moon nimbus,” which depicted, the Goddess of the Moon, a Bodhisattva sitting illuminated by the full moon and the disk of the moon showing the rabbit, standing up, working at his pestle. These banners could be as tall as eight feet or as short as two feet and were decorated with pennants of red, blue and yellow on the top two corners. They were set up facing the direction in which the moon would rise and burnt at the end of the ceremonies, along with the “spirit money.” and paper clothes.
When the full moon rises after sunset, each woman approaches the altar, bows three times, and lights two candles and some incense. Afterwards they burn the moon nimbus and the cardboard bowl containing the paper clothes and “spirit money.” As it dies down, firecrackers are sometimes thrown into the embers to scatter the ashes to the four winds of heaven.
For the rest of the night, the women sit in the courtyard all night long, feasting and drinking tea and wine, some studying the moon for auguries, some composing poems about the beauty of the moon and the night, some playing the game of “Capturing the Moon,” by trying to catch her reflection in a bowl of water. Burkhardt mentions other typical foods enjoyed on this night: chicken and roast pig and Chinese bacon.
In Korea, to the north, this is a harvest festival, Hangawi or Chusok, which is sometimes postponed to the ninth day of the ninth moon if the grain is not ripe..Although people celebrated with songs and feasting, it was also a day for visiting the graves, cleaning them and leaving offerings.
In Vietnam, it is celebrated by children who march in the night, carrying lanterns shaped like animals, birds, and fish, moving with a swaying motion, and chanting nonsense rhymes. These fantastic lanterns are also mentioned by Yan Phou Lee, who says that mythology books were ransacked to procure strange creatures. They were carried in procession along with censers burning sandalwood and bands playing music.
In Japan, this holiday is called Tsukimi. People gather at lakes or in special moon-viewing pavilions and eat “moon-viewing noodles”: thick white udon in broth with an egg yolk floating on top.
In Hong Kong, in the 1980s, the elaborate form of the festival was less common but families often took their young children to the parks where they would have a picnic dinner, featuring moon cakes and fruit, on a blanket surrounded by candles and small lanterns.
Burkhardt, V.R. Chinese Creeds and Customs, Hong Kong: South China Morning Post, 1982, pp. 64-65.
Law, Joan and Barbara E Ward, Chinese Festivals in Hong Kong, Hong Kong: A South China Morning Post Production, 1982, p 68.
Lee, Yan Phou, When I Was a Boy in China¸ Boston: Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard, 1887, pp. 78-80.
Li-Ch’en, Tun, Annual Customs and Festivals in Peking, translated by Derk Bodde, Peking: Henri Vetch 1936
Rufus, Anneli, The World Holiday Book, Harper San Francisco 1994
Celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival
Celebrate the Moon with a festival in her Honor. Invite your women friends to gather outdoors before sunset to watch the moon as she rises. Ask them to symbols of the moon, readings or poems in honor of the moon and foods that remind them of the moon. You can buy moon cakes from a Chinese bakery or make them using the recipe below from Nina Simond’s book Chinese Seasons. I like to make lemon-balm tea (since lemon balm is an herb of the moon) and serve honeydew melon. Or bring the traditional plates of pomegranates, grapes, apples, melons and peaches.
Before the moon rises, set up an altar in the middle of your space with an image of the Moon Hare, surrounded by 13 moon cakes, the fruit, and any other symbols that represent the moon, like pearls, dimes, abalone shells, mirrors, water, tarot cards representing the Moon. You may want to decorate your space with lanterns.
When I celebrate with my women friends, we gather shortly before sunset, set up the altar and then worship the Moon silently as she comes up. We draw her down into our bodies, using the posture of drawing down the moon, arms open wide and held up above our heads. When we are bathed in her silvery rays, we usually sing “Neesa,” a Native American song in honor of the moon, found in Kate Marks’ book Circle of Song. This is followed by the reciting of the poems and readings we’ve brought to honor her.
I always bring a large blue bowl, which we fill with water and use to catch the reflection of the moon. Drinking the water brings the power of the moon into our bodies.
Then we sit down and feast on the moon foods and talk about our experiences with the moon over the years. I’ve found that most women have great stories about feeling a special connection with the Moon. As a child I always watched for her and felt that she was communicating privately with me. My most recent encounter with the Moon was during a sweat lodge under a full moon. When I lay in the meadow, naked, between the two sweats, the moon danced above me and then swooped down into my body. It was an ecstatic experience.
Our ritual usually closes with another singing of “Neesa,” which works beautifully in rounds (most appropriate for the moon).
More ideas for celebrating the Mid Autumn Moon Festival
This full moon would be the best time of the year for making Moon Water for your ritual purposes all year around. Just leave water out in a bowl under the Full Moon all night to absorb the vibrations of the moon.
Try some sort of moon-oriented divination, like scrying (looking for images in a bowl of water).
Look at the year ahead and identify your special Moons, the times when the Moon is new or full in your natal Sun sign or moon sign. Make a pledge to celebrate these days in special ways. Or figure out your natal Moon sign or natal Moon phase (you can find directions on how to determine moon phase in Astrology for Yourself) and reflect on how this influences your life.
Recipe: Sweet Moon Cakes From Chinese Seasons by Nina Simond
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped dried apricots (softened in hot water for 1 hr before chopping) 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
1 t salt 3 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 t vanilla extract
2 T water
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 T water
To make the filling – Combine the ingredients, mix well and divide into 24 equal portions.
To make the crust – Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Using a large whisk or an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar for about 10 minutes, until a ribbon is formed. Add the melted butter, the vanilla extract, the water and the dry ingredients and stir until a rough dough is formed. Use your hands to press the dough into a ball. Form the dough into a long snakelike roll about 1-1/4 inches thick. Cut into 24 pieces.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Using your hands, press each dough section into a 3-inch circle, with the edges pinched thinner than the center. Place a portion of the filling in the center, gather up the edges of the dough to meet in the center and pinch to seal. Roll the cake into a ball and flatten it to a 3-inch round. Carve a decorative design on top or press the cake, joined edges up, in a lightly floured moon-cake mold. Invert the molded cake onto a cookie sheet. Continue until done. Arrange the cakes 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Prepare the glaze and brush the surface of each cake lightly with it. Bake the cakes for about 30 minutes until golden brown. Remove, cool and serve.
Bloch, Douglas and Demetra George, Astrology for Yourself, Wingbow Press 1987
Marks, Kate, Circle of Song, Full Circle Press 1993
Simond, Nina, Chinese Seasons
Silliness – Laugh of the Day – What is a sailor’s least favorite vegetable? A leek.