The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Walter Duvall.
[posting at 5:30pm] Partly cloudy. 62F, wind at 0-5mph and gusting, AQI 13/36/42, UV4. Chance of rain 8% today and tonight. Forecast – Today(62/51) partly cloudy. Tomorrow(67/49) partly cloudy. Sun(67/52) mostly sunny. Mon(64/51) partly cloudy. Tue(62/54) mostly cloudy. Wed(62/53) showers (accum. 1/10 inch). Thu(62/52) AM clouds. Fri/Sat(64/52) partly cloudy.
10 Fires on the map
Smoke is covering the western half of the state, but it’s the lightest level.
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres
Potter Fire – 632 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 113,637 acres
821 Pv Fire – 200 acres
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 acres
Sturgill Fire – 20,109 acres
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 535acres
Double Creek Fire – 157,320 acres
Nebo – 12,600 acres
Yesterday morning was interesting. I woke before the alarm, managed to read the paper, plant some lettuce seed (hoping that the slugs will miss this, now) and when Tempus woke got some ritual things together.
We made it to the shop on time. The sky at home was covered with ominous-looking dark clouds that looked like rain clouds, but 1/2 a mile east we were under a blue sky with white puffy bits. Here in town the sunlight comes and goes.
Sash called just after I got today’s newsletter published and started on the one for tomorrow and we chatted for a bit. I got the mail sorted and then discovered why my the bridge of my nose was hurting. I’m missing one of the pads on my glasses! Not sure when that happened…. Hmm… where’s my repair kit?
I had about an hour to sort out mail and read in between customers (all lookers). I had a lot to go through after being offline for a couple of days. ….and I need to get this out a little early because of the Circle.
Today in 1846 – Discovery of Neptune by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams; verified by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle. The planet was named for Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_%28planet%29
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria ×ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
Fallr hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later. 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
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. 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 9/24 at 2:55am.
In early dawn tomorrow the 22nd, the waning crescent Moon hangs above Regulus in the east as shown below. The Moon forms the tip of a nearly isosceles triangle with Regulus and yellow-orange Gamma Leonis. On Friday morning the 23rd, Regulus will be left of the Moon — forming a smaller, flatter isosceles triangle with those two stars.
Spot the Big Dipper scooping low in the northwest. Examine Mizar, the middle star of its bent handle. Can you see its tiny close companion Alcor? Since this is the time of year when Vega is crossing the zenith in early evening, it’s also when Alcor stands straight over Mizar. Because a line from Mizar through Alcor always points to Vega.
Although the first day of meteorological autumn is September 1, the astronomical season doesn’t kick off until later in the month. The autumnal equinox occurs today at 9:04 P.M. EDT. The equinox is the date when the Sun’s path passes directly above the equator, marking the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere (and spring in the Southern Hemisphere). You’ve likely noticed the Sun is starting to rise later and set earlier in preparation for longer winter nights — which, although cold, are excellent for lengthy observing sessions.
Tonight as the Sun is setting, the grand constellation Pegasus the Winged Horse is rising in the east. Pegasus is the seventh-largest constellation overall and the second largest of the autumn constellations, right behind Cetus the Whale. An hour or two after sunset, once the sky grows dark, see if you can find the Great Square of Pegasus sitting due east and drawn by connecting the stars Markab, Scheat, Algenib, and Alpheratz. Within Pegasus sits an object that many consider autumn’s showpiece globular cluster: M15. It lies just 4° west-northwest of Enif, Pegasus’ nose star. Glowing at magnitude 6.2, binoculars or any small scope will show this 12′-wide ball of ancient stars; the higher the magnification, the more individual suns you’ll resolve.
Venus, magnitude –3.9, continues to rise just as dawn begins. As dawn brightens, look for it low in the east-northeast. If dawn isn’t too bright yet, try for orange Aldebaran increasingly far to Venus’s upper right. And maybe even the Pleiades above Aldebaran. Brighter Capella shines farther to Venus’s upper left.
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 – White
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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 23 Low 5:54 AM 0.2 7:05 AM Rise 4:27 AM 10
~ 23 High 12:16 PM 6.6 7:12 PM Set 6:45 PM
~ 23 Low 6:04 PM 2.0
~ 23 High 11:50 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A successful marriage isn’t finding the right person – it’s being the right person.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. — Robert Benchley
~ Perform exercises exactly and patiently; Practice magick with spontaneity. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ He was beginning definitely to dislike Mrs. Van Vogel, despite his automatic tendency to genuflect in the presence of a high credit rating. – Free Men (p. 450) Robert Heinlein
~ Yesterday, on a personal matter against me, we had old dozy over there, the Honourable Member for Wentworth. – Paul Keating on John Hewson
~ No one can give you better advice than yourself. – Cicero
The sun’s away,
And the bird estranged;
The wind has dropped,
And the sky’s deranged;
Summer has stopped. – Robert Browning (1812–89)
Magick – Prayers
Litany of the Lord and Lady Written by Anja ©M. Bartlett
Priestess – Before time began we were one.
Priest – After time ends we will be one again.
Priestess – I am my Mother’s daughter
Priest – I am my Father’s son
Priestess – My names are many:
Mother, Daughter, Hag & Crone
Isis, Inanna, Kali, Amaterasu
White Buffalo Woman, Ziva Zemlya
Danu of the Earth and Tana of the Waves
Luna and Selene and Artemis
Priest – I call you my Lady of 10,000 names, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Eternal Form and Eternal Nothingness
Priestess – I am here.
Priest – My names are many:
Father, Son, Warrior and Sage
Osiris, El, Shiva, Tane
Crom Cruaich of the mounds & Shu of the Air
Mithras and Surya & Apollo
Priestess – I call you my Lord, Alpha and Omega, Architect and Destroyer, Energy incarnate who sometimes seems to walk alone.
Priest – I am here.
Priestess – Listen to us.
Priest – Hear our words.
Priestess – At the times appointed by the phases of the moon.
Priest – And at the 8 spokes of the Wheel of the Sun,
Priestess – Speak to us.
Priest – Tell us of your needs.
Priestess – And we shall tell you of our love.
Priest – Join in Circle.
Priestess – Eat and drink
Priest – Love, and Dance and Sing
Priestess – Nourish your spirits with Joy.
Priest – Nourish your bodies with food and companionship
Priestess – For in Life we bring you knowledge of that which is Eternal in you.
Priest – And beyond Death we give Peace, Freedom and Reunion with your loved ones.
Priestess – We do not ask for grudging sacrifice, for we give these things in love.
Priest – But the willing gift of your hands, your hearts and lives, these we may demand.
Priestess – I am the Star Goddess, whose body you are.
Priest – I am the Stars who are the dust of your feet, my Lady.
Priestess – I am that which, uncreated, brought forth Life through my love for myself.
Priest – And I am both the beginning and the end of that love.
Priestess – You, my other self, are my greatest Creation, as you create all the Universe.
Priest – I am the Great Sun and Son
Priestess – I am the Moon and Mother, both sky and soil.
Priest – I am the beauty of the sky and the fire in your belly.
Priestess – I am the mystery of water and the gems of wisdom in your soul.
Priest – Together we are the soul of nature,
Priestess – Giving life to the Universe.
Priest – From you all things proceed.
Priestess – And to you they must return.
Priest – Let your whole life become an act of worship.
Priestess – All acts of love and pleasure,
Priest – And all times of suffering and darkness,
Priestess – Are our rituals.
Priest – I am the Stag that turns and runs from the Hunter.
Priestess – And I am the Huntress that will seek you to slay.
Priest – I am the Wolf that kills in the depth of winter
Priestess – Leaving the gift of food in the dark times.
Priest – You are the mother that suckles the child.
Priestess – You are the Corn King that lays down his life.
Priest – Only to rise again with the New Year.
Priestess – And I am the Eternal One, that buries as well as bears.
Priest – Understand that you carry within yourself all that you need,
Priestess – As we are Eternal Opposites and yet are still one.
Priest – Beauty and Strength,
Priestess – Power and Compassion,
Priest – Honor and Humility,
Priestess – Mirth and Reverence.
Priest – And there is still Mystery…
Priestess – These things are within you, but you must seek them.
Priest – They are given freely, but you must work to attain them.
Priestess – Look within, find without.
Priest – Search the entire Universe and find your own soul within you.
Priestess – I am my Father’s daughter.
Priest – I am my Mother’s son.
Priestess – Before time began we were one.
Priest – After time ends we will be one again.
Together – So Mote it Be!
Silliness – Knight’s Move