Minus Tide at 7:14 AM of -1.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. No Sewing today!
This is the first “full-on” day of the Shrewsbury Renn Faire. Tempus will open the shop at 1pm.
[posting at 11:30pm] Smokey and hot! Waldport is reporting an AQI of 122, while it’s 144 where I am! Mostly cloudy, 76F, wind at 0-6mph, AQI 42, UV6. Chance of rain 2% today and 13% tonight.
Red flag Warning through 8pm.
Forecast – Today(71/56) mostly sunny. (97 in Eugene) Tomorrow(64/55) cloudy.
Mon(62/53) mostly cloudy. Tue(62/51) AM cloud. Wed-Sat(62/50) partly cloudy). Sun(61/49) PM showers, accum. 0.15.
13 Fires on the map
We’re under the second layer of the smoke plume.
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres
Potter Fire – 631 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 110 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Van Meter fire – 2447 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 36,377 acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres – Not on the map, but I doubt that it’s out….
821 Pv Fire – 200 acres
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 acres.
Amelia Road fire – 3238 acres
Sturgill Fire – 18,715 acres
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 466 acres
Double Creek Fire – 142,791 acres
Nebo – 11,688 acres
Thursday evening I walked in from the site and collapsed and didn’t move except to type until midnight. Then I was mostly lying down, although I did at least repack some stuff. I was awake around 4am and the moon was setting, looking like a nibbled wheel of really old cheddar.
Once I was up, around 8:30, I spent some time hacky- choppy to put some stuff together for lunch. One of the youngsters was cooking brunch, and everyone else was milling and yawning. The light was orange and Helen had to go help a neighbor who was wheezing.
We had a lovely brunch. Most everyone had a frittata, but the sausage she used in it was peppered, so a share got saved out before the peppers went in and got scrambled for me.
Some of the youngsters headed out at that point and everyone scattered. I decided on a nap. Once I was up, I caught some photos outside. We were waiting for the young folks to get back. Their power is going to be off because of the fire danger, so they went out to their farm, to do chores and take care of their animals.
We finally got on the road at 3:30. The smoke was bad, but as we drove north we got out from under the edge of the cloud. Pavilions and things were just starting to go up when we got to the site, so I was just as useless as the day before. I embroidered for a while, doing a short class for and interested young lady, then pulled out my tablet and read until I started yawning. I was offered the use of a nap spot and slept for a couple of hours at which point we headed home .
The moon was more red than orange… Ominous.
So we’re intending to leave here early to head for the Faire site. I have to set up, yet! The Faire opens at 10. Temps will have the shop open.
Today is the Feast is that of Asclepigenia. Asclepigenia (Ἀσκληπιγένεια; fl. 430 AD) was an Athenian philosopher and mystic whose life is known from an account in Marinus’ Life of Proclus. Her father, Plutarch of Athens was head of the Neoplatonist school at Athens, and instructed Asclepigenia and her brother Hierius in the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle.To Asclepigenia alone, though, he passed on the Chaldean mysticism and theurgy that had been taught to him by his father Nestorius. Following her father’s death, Asclepigenia continued in her profession; her most famous student was Proclus, whom she initiated into the arcane rituals of theurgy. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepigenia and about her most famous student: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proclus
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.-Masculine, Jupiter, Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
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. 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 9/25 at 2:55pm.
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 (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 – Black
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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
Sa 10 High 12:34 AM 8.3 6:50 AM Set 6:55 AM 99
~ 10 Low 7:14 AM -1.1 7:36 PM Rise 8:12 PM
~ 10 High 1:31 PM 7.6
~ 10 Low 7:28 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What you think about and focus on, you attract to you. When you focus on what you do want you attract it; when you focus on what you do not want, you attract it. It’s that simple.
Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your greatest fear and how often do you think about it?
~ Think of a window: it’s a hole in a wall but through it the whole room fills with light. Similarly, when the mind is open and free from his own thoughts, life unfolds effortlessly, and the world is filled with light. – Chuang Tzu
~ Silence is the warrior’s art and meditation is his sword. – Dan Millman
~ I have great faith in fools. My friends call it self-confidence. – Edgar Allan Poe
~ Get mad, then get over it. – Colin Powell
A touch of cold in the Autumn night—
I walked abroad,
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer. – T.E. Hulme (1883–1917)
Mabon Magick – Crafts
Horn of Plenty – (For Mabon) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/hrnoplty.html
Horn of plenty–plastic or basket-woven
Fake or real fruits of the harvest: Grapes, citrus fruit, corn, pumpkin, especially apples
Directions – Simply place the fruit inside the horn so that it is aesthetically pleasing. It is best to make it look as if the bounty is spilling outwards, extending its nourishment.
Ritual use – The horn itself, before being filled, can be used in ritual as a symbol to “drink” from to symbolically consume the harvest. It is symbolic of the mother Goddess’s womb. It can then be filled as a symbol that the fruits of the Goddess never run dry.
Horn of Plenty – You will need: a cornucopia basket, either handmade or from a store. Fill this with fruits, flowers, and veggies of the season, spilling out onto the table. Add to it small trinkets or charms for prosperity, abundance, or anything else you would like to give thanks for. http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html
Practical Craft – Weaving A Cornucopia
Mediterranean in origin, the symbol of the cornucopia was embraced by the Celts. An emblem of fertility, the cornucopia is associated with numerous deities in many pantheons. The Celtic horse goddess, Epona, is often depicted with the cornucopia. Her popularity and power is evidenced in how completely she was assimilated into Roman culture. She is also a goddess of grain and is frequently pictured with a dish of wheat. Embracing this goddess, who represented prestige, the Romans were quick to adopt her symbols, which are representative of abundance, and worship her.
Another Celtic deity who bears the emblem of the cornucopia is also one of the greatest and most ancient of the Celtic gods. He is Cernunnos, the horned one, the god of the wild woods. His horns link him to the agricultural cycle, for the horns of Cernunnos are the horns of the stag, and not the bull. The horns of the deer are shed in the autumn and sprout in the springtime. Cernunnos represents the forces of nature and prosperity. In sculptures, he is often seen accompanied by the cornucopia.
In the Roman pantheon, the cornucopia is the symbol of Flora and Fortuna. It represents the inexhaustible bounty of the fruits of the earth. In Greece, the horn of plenty was the horn of Amalthea, the foster mother of Zeus. The cornucopia is a perfect symbol of the harvest season. The craft of weaving also makes for a lovely meditation. The cornucopia will be a beautiful centerpiece for your harvest altar.
Most of the materials for weaving a cornucopia can be found in nature. You will need to collect three lengths of vine (wisteria, honeysuckle, grapevine, or any other woody vine would make a good choice), each about two feet long, and ten slender green twigs, about a quarter of an inch thick or less. The twigs should all be about twelve inches long and relatively straight or only slightly curved. You will also need basket reeds, which are available in most craft stores, usually sold by the coil. A single coil will be more than enough to complete this project. The width of the reed will depend on how thick the twigs are; select a reed size that is no more than half as thick as the twigs, or less. The reeds will need to be soaked prior to weaving or they will not be pliable and will snap. If basket reeds are unavailable, raffia is a good substitute. You can even use brightly colored yarn for a more festive and decorative final product. Whatever you choose, it is the intention behind the craft that will enhance its significance.
Gather your materials and spread them out in front of you. Hold your hands in the invoking gesture as you call to mind you successes and gains of the past year. Begin by tying the three equal lengths of vine together at one end using reeds or yarn, and then braid them. Bring the ends together to form a loop and tie them together.
Now make the frame for the cornucopia by wedging all the twigs through the center of the braid, far enough so that about an inch of each twig protrudes through the other side. The twigs should be equidistant around the circle. Bend the protruding ends over into a right angle. (This is why it is important to select green twigs so that they are supple; dried twigs will snap. You can also soak the twigs prior to assembly in order to make them more supple.) Gather the long ends into a point and lash them together with reed or yarn. You can pull the ends slightly off-center to give the frame a horn shape, or leave them as they are to form a cone.
Begin securing the frame by winding reeds or yarn in tight circles completely around the braid. When you come to each of the ten twigs, or “ribs,” wrap the reed or yarn twice around the twig where it meets the braid and then continue wrapping the circle. When you have completed lashing the circle, hide the end of the lasher reed by tucking it inside the rim. This will make the frame sturdier and the rim more attractive.
The reed or yarn that you choose to weave through the cone is called the weaver. Start near the rim with a long length of the weaver and hold it between your thumb and forefinger as you wind it tightly around the first rib, wrapping it in a complete circle. Move on to the next rib, pulling it tight, and circle the weaver around the second rib, and so on. When you have gone around all the ribs and are back at the beginning, tuck the starting end under the weave to hide it. Continue winding the weaver around the ribs, reciting a song to Adsagsona, the Celtic goddess of spells. Adsagsona is a powerful divinity of magic. Also called “she who seeks out,” she is reputed to be able to find the object of any blessing or any curse:
“Adsagsona, weaver of spells, who in all magic and mystery dwells, as I weave your cone of power, I call for your blessing in this hour! May our table ne’er be empty, but blessed by the horn of plenty.”
When you reach the tip of the cone, wrap the end of the weaver in a complete circle around the tip, making a loop. Thread the end of the weaver through the loop and pull it tight. Cut the final end to about a quarter inch and tuck it inside the weave. Place the finished cornucopia on your altar and fill it with offerings of the season: small gourds, vegetables, grains, dried herbs, or whatever you feel represents your devotion the best. Enjoy the beauty of the craft you have created and express gratitude for all of the gifts that the goddess has bestowed upon you.
Silliness – College Applications – Readers of the Washington POST were asked to compose a very unwise line for a college application:
“When I told my friends I was applying to LeHigh, they were like, no way, and I was like, yes way. And they were like, way cool.”
“Four years of fees at your institution come to about $78,000. Just bill my father and mail me half the money. He’ll never find out.”
“First off, coach said there wasn’t going to be no writing.”
“To demonstrate my love for your school, I have spray-painted your logo on my town’s water tower.”
“College is probably the last place they’ll look for me.”