Daily Stuff 8-11-17 Puck Fair

Hi, folks!

Eclipse countdown – 9 days! Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 9:39 AM of -0.2 feet. The next cycle is going to be steep and during the eclipse nuttiness…. be aware!

59F, fog, 95% humidity. It’s all tangled in the trees, not down to ground level, but it’s still fairly dark.

Yesterday kinda stayed a little crabby. I was wheezy all day, not quite certain why, and that means my temper gets short. We weren’t all that busy. Where are the summer crowds?

I mostly did paperwork in earlier past of the day and worked on computer updates and a shopping list later, while Tempus was trying to get the mess out of the way again.

Tempus dropped me at home and took off to do the shopping and the paper run. I had a quiet evening at home with my piano, sewing and reading. I sorted a stack of books that were in the way, but otherwise took it easy, but then didn’t sleep well.

He had a good run last night, meeting a little rain, but only a little, and getting in a little early for when he got started. It took him longer than usual to bag because the papers were thick yesterday.

I’ve been out picking huckleberries this morning, but only for a couple of minutes. Everything is dry and needs water despite all this cloud.

blue_crabChesapeake Bay memories – Crabbing as a kid…. just a dip net, wearing a swimsuit, an oversized t-shirt and a hat, old, raggy, tenny-runners and towing either a bushel basket with a lid or our rowboat… wading through the Bay grass in shallow water and scooping up the crabs. I used to love the fried-in-butter softcrab sandwiches that were my reward from my grandmother for catching enough for supper. I’m drooling thinking about one….

“Who remembers the fun of crabbing with just a dipnet and a bushel basket, wading through Bay grass beds? Well, this summer, thanks to an explosion of Bay grasses, folks are getting to experience the fun of dipnet crabbing for the first time in ages! Today on Beautiful Swimmers, its all about masses of Bay grasses and the crabs that follow their comeback: http://bit.ly/1McTxLY ” – From Facebook on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum page this day in 2015.

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There’s a beautiful article about trot-lining for blue crab on the Chesapeake Bay here:  http://beautifulswimmers.tumblr.com/post/93804764024/trotlining

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Today’s Feast is the Puck Fair in Killorglin, Ireland. A goat gets crowned King Puck and set in a cage up high for the duration of the fair. The story I like about the origin of the fair was that a goat, running away from Cromwell’s army alerted the village that something was wrong. The fair dates to the 1600’s at least, even if it’s claimed to be ancient. The Puck Fair is in Wikipedia here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puck_Fair

plant motif flower mydicentra bleeding heartToday’s Plant is Bleeding Heartlamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! When we’ve had a summer rain, they often re-bloom in late August or early September, sometimes lasting through into November. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis

The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 8/21 at 11:30am. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/14 at 6:15pm. 

The Perseid meteor shower should be at its maximum late tonight and late tomorrow night. The nearly last-quarter Moon will light the sky late at night. But the brightest meteors will still shine through the moonlight, and there’s a prediction out that this year’s underlying shower may be somewhat richer than usual. You may see one every couple minutes on average, depending on the brightness of your sky. And no, this will not be the greatest Perseid shower in history. When your well-meaning relatives forward this thing to you, please suggest they learn how not to make fools of themselves believing every dumb thing people send them. Yes, there are ways to learn how.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in the legs of Ophiuchus) glows in the south at dusk. Antares, less bright, twinkles 13° to Saturn’s lower right.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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. Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in Leo
Moon in Aries
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color: Pink

Harvest 8/11-12

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
F   11     High   3:07 AM     7.1   6:15 AM     Set 10:21 AM      90
~    11      Low   9:39 AM    -0.2   8:27 PM    Rise 10:43 PM
~    11     High   4:02 PM     7.1
~    11      Low  10:08 PM     1.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I miss the laughter. I miss your smile. I miss sharing our fears, our dreams and our greatest moments of sorrow .For what was real then is no longer real. The truth does not matter. You have made a choice based not on facts, but it is okay for today. I have learned to let it go and to move on. I walked with you and talked with you. I spent time with you. You called me friend and I called you family. Miles and years are now between us and I am not the person you wanted me to be, but I am the best I can be. I no longer speak to you and you no longer speak to me. The events that have made us different are the things I desire to forget the most, but each passing moment seems like a life time.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if you promised to feed your pet and you didn’t?

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Quotes  

~  To hear complaints with patience, even when complaints are vain, is one of the duties of friendship. – Samuel Johnson
~  We all have to stick together, and lend support and concern to each other. It’s our natural way. – Bif Naked
~  We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life. – James F. Clarke
~  Where wolf’s ears are, wolf’s teeth are near. – Volsunga Saga, c.19

Summer declines and roses have grown rare,
But cottage crofts are gay with hollyhocks,
And in old garden walks you breathe an air
Fragrant of pinks and August-smelling stocks. – John Todhunter (1839–1916)

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Magick – Nature of Eclipse Magic and Spells during the Eclipse! By  The Witch – June 1, 2012

Eclipse Magic is considered one of the most powerful forms of Witchcraft. Not for the faint-hearted. Are you Wise and Strong enough?

Understanding the meaning of a solar eclipse

I am sure you all have witnessed in your life the amazing physical phenomenon of an eclipse (total or not) where Sun and Moon align together with Earth. A Solar Eclipse occurs in nature as a phenomenon when the Moon enters between the Sun and the Earth therefore blocking (or better thinking as filtrating) the light of the Sun. In astrology a Solar Eclipse is a very powerful New Moon, while every month has a new Moon, a solar eclipse occurs approximately every six months.

A Solar Eclipse can be seen as a very powerful New Moon where important beginnings or endings occur, it is the perfect time to work magic in your life especially related with previous thoughts and ideas that were holding you back. You will imagine how a solar eclipse works by imagining the following narrative.

Imagine yourself as a caterpillar that has willingly entered in its cocoon of contemplation.

You remember your old self, the thoughts you made and the actions that these thoughts have led you to take. You have all the ideas about yourself who you want to be and what you want to do with your future. All these ideas and thoughts-the past, present and future- coexist during this stage.

The solar eclipse magic will give you the power when you are ready to break this cocoon and will give you the boost to completely transform into a new form, the butterfly. Hence, the Solar Eclipse magic is the perfect timing for a Metamorphosis, transcendence to a new state of being. Cutting down all the restraints that were bounding you to the ground and give you the breeze to flip your wings and fly and explore the world with a new set of wise eyes. A Solar eclipse is often described in alchemic and occult texts as the Alchemical Wedding where the Sun marries the Moon, a perfect balance.

Understanding the meaning of a lunar eclipse

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon and a lunar eclipse can only occur on a Full Moon, a very special Full Moon. You can understand the power of a lunar eclipse with this parallel, if a Solar eclipse challenges your logic and your authority in your life a lunar eclipse will challenge your emotional readiness for a change.

During a lunar eclipse a witch will face his/her insecurity, you must not only be able to imagine that a change can occur and what will this change bring but you must also have the willpower to proclaim: “I am ready and perfectly prepared for this change and I will make it happen”. A lunar eclipse is the perfect timing to face the past and find out the roots of your fears/insecurities, how they are linked to you, your emotions and your current state of being. To that personal journey you are advised to seek the guidance of your allies: angels, fairies, ghosts of loved ones, your higher self, the God(s) that will help you in your quest for truth and the time of the eclipse is perfect for that as it will allow you to contact ‘other worlds” and “other states of being”.

Spellcasting during an eclipse

As a piece of advice never try spellcasting during an eclipse, unless you are very well prepared for this. Not only natural powers run loose and you will find difficult to ground them but the outcome of your spells cannot easily be predicted. It takes both a disciplined and experienced witch to harvest the power of the eclipse magic and is certainly not advised for beginners. An alternative to spellcasting can be contemplation and meditation on what you have experienced so far in your life. In addition, it is a good time to honour yourself, the Gods and beings of other worlds.

To take it one step further you may wish to initiate a contact with the Divine Forces. I will use Fairies as an example as they are the beings that I have most experience working with during my life. So during an eclipse you can establish your first connection with the Fairies. Be aware that you must know well why you want to contact fairies and please bear in mind that curiosity is not a good reason.

For all of you who are interested about the Fairies or Sidhe I will prepare a series of articles about them however I am facing some major life changes at the moment and my time is limited (you can blame the eclipses for that :-). In case you want more information about the Fairies you can always contact the Greek Alchemist who will pass the message to me.

Initiating Contact with the Fairies

Now to initiate contact with the Faeries during the eclipse go out in a place which feels familiar and alive. By that I mean a place in Nature that you love either because you felt close with the Fae or because you have really good memories of that place (for example having a good time) or just because that place feels like home. If you don’t feel that there is a specific place in mind then it is better to stay home and meditate about your connection with the Fairies. I am perfectly sure that if you truly want to contact the Fairies your time will come. (Read here how to initiate contact with the Fairies in August Full Moon)

The Sacred Grove

When you arrive at your favorite place make sure you bring an offering. Any offering that you feel that would be appropriate. From my experience sugar, honey, ribbons, wine, milk and fresh fruit are well accepted. Now find a place that feels “right” as with the fairies you must always embrace your intuition. Close your eyes and breathe. Now breathe slowly and deeply. Feel your surroundings, feel the life force in the wind, the trees, the grass, the stones, the water, the ground, the flowers, the animals.

Then extend your mind to those beings that protect this place that surround everything. The guardians, protectors, allies of the Forest, the light that penetrates the darkness, the life that accompanies and embraces all life and there you are Part of the circle, part of life, there breathing deeply and slowly, alive!

Now proclaim:

My name is (name or magical name) and I am your ally Love brought me here, love is all I feel, love will be with me when I leave with my heart clear Fairies of the Forest hear me well and hear me dear:

The door is open I feel no fear

Me and you we are kith and kin Be with me and guide me  That’s all I seek And as I claim so be it!

A wind blowing on your head, a smell of flowers, raindrops or a leaf dropping will be the signs you seek when you open your eyes. Thank the spirits of the Forest, kiss the offering and leave it on the ground or on a rock. Leave the place and don’t look back, say with a smile on your face: “We are One!”

Well done my friend! You can smile as you just made contact with the Fae. Your journey now begins at this very moment on this Eclipse.

The Easy Witch (in all the possible ways

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Daily Stuff 8-10-17 John Barleycorn

Hi, folks!

Eclipse countdown – 12 days! Minus Tide at 9:04 AM of -0.6 feet. Sewing tonight, 6pm

The sky is mostly grey with thinned spots where there’s a hint that blue might exist. There’s actually a 20% chance of rain tonight, no real accumulation, though, not out here. Central Point got a drownpour yesterday (a friend posted a vid of her kid and husband out dancing in it. 🙂 ) and a number of places in the mountains picked up a little, hopefully calming fires or fire conditions a little, although there was some lightning… We’re at 89% humidity again, but it’s only 60F, so it’s not even clammy. There’s very little wind. The petunia blossoms only stir occasionally.

 

Yesterday was a quiet day. We slept very late and then I did some home chores, wrote awhile, practiced the piano, then sewed and read. Tempus came down to the shop, got a couple of ordered mailed and then started working on getting that display rack into place.

I’m still kinda tired and grumpy. I got plenty of sleep but I must not have gotten caught up, besides having some strange dreams that I woke myself out of at the wrong place in my sleep cycle. So I’m sitting here grumping over my coffee and cereal. Hopefully, that will get me going. I’ve got stock to get set up!

Tempus has some stuff to do here, then he’s going to head back to the apartment to get some of those chores done, laundry and dishes, mostly, although he’s going to run the water on my herbs. I have to get a shopping list together, because he’s going to do that this evening. I’ll go home after Sewing and he’ll head out on the paper route.

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Barley plant grainToday’s Feast is in honor of John Barleycorn, the personification of the harvest, the God in the Grain. The song goes back at least to the 16th century, at least in theme, but there are a lot of different versions out there and a lot of recordings, since the theme is an interesting conceit. A lot of people don’t think to break down the last name. “Barley” is obvious, but “corn” is the old word for “grain”, from before maize picked up the name. In the song, the barley grain is taken through the stages of growth, harvest, threshing, malting and being turned into beer as though it’s a person being: “cut off at the knee”, “threshed me skin from bone”, “bunged me in a vat”, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barleycorn A similar Scottish poem from the same time frame refers to “Allane”, (Ale – in) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quhy_Sowld_Nocht_Allane_Honorit_Be

plant herb sage blossom budToday’s plant – SageSalvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis

The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 8/21 at 11:30am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/14 at 6:15pm. 

The W of Cassiopeia, tilted only a little, is nicely up in the northeast these evenings. Its right-hand side is the brightest. Watch it rise higher and tilt further through the night and through the next few months.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are well up in the southeast sky in the hours before dawn. Finder charts.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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. Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in Leo
Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 10:22pm
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color: Purple

Planting 8/9-10

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from Wikimedia commons

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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Th  10     High   2:25 AM     7.4   6:14 AM     Set  9:15 AM      95
~    10      Low   9:04 AM    -0.6   8:29 PM    Rise 10:13 PM
~    10     High   3:27 PM     7.0
~    10      Low   9:21 PM     1.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A beach not only permits inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? –  In the story “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams Bianco, the Skin Horse says to the Velveteen Rabbit, “When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” Write about the one toy you have had at any time in your life that you have loved the most.

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Quotes  

~  There are many scapegoats for our sins, but the most popular one is Providence. – Mark Twain
~  There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. – Edith Wharton
~  Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be. – Henry David Thoreau
~  To be afraid to fall is to be afraid to fly. – unknown

The slow soft toads out of damp corners creep;
And evening’s breath, wandering here and there
Over the quivering surface of the stream,
Wakes not one ripple from its summer dream. – P. B. Shelley (1792–1822)

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Magick – Recipes

Cold Corn Dip – Recipe by Kraft – Liven up the next party with our fantastic Cold Corn Dip recipe. Cold Corn Dip is amazing whether served with your favorite crackers or crisp vegetables.

  • Prep Time – 10 min.
  • Total Time – 1 hr.  10 min.
  • Servings – 32 servings, 2 Tbsp. each

What You Need

  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup BREAKSTONE’S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup KRAFT Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. LEA & PERRINS Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chiles, undrained
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Mix first 4 ingredients in medium bowl until blended.
  2. Add remaining ingredients; mix well.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.
  • Kitchen Tips
  • Note – When serving a smaller crowd, this tasty dip can easily be cut in half.
  • Special Extra – For a touch of heat, prepare using KRAFT Shredded Hot Habanero Cheese.
  • Substitute – Prepare using frozen corn.

Food Facts – You will need about 3 medium ears of corn to get the 1-1/2 cups measure of corn kernels needed to prepare this delicious dip.

French Onion Tart – Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m| Total Time: 40m

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a 9-inch pie plate or a 9-inch fluted tart tin with a removable bottom with the piecrust.
  2. Spread the onions and olives over the dough. Top with the anchovies, if desired, and sprinkle with the Parmesan.
  3. Bake until the crust is golden brown and crisp, 25 to 28 minutes.

By Pilar Guzman , August, 2003 http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/french-onion-tart-00000000045802/index.html?xid=dailyrecnews-03-10-2014

EASY CROCKPOT POTATO SOUP RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 (30 oz.) bag frozen hash-brown potatoes
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2c chopped onion
  • 1/3 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese (softened)
  • Garnish: minced green onion

Directions:

  1. In a slow cooker, combine potatoes, broth, soup, onion, and pepper.
    2. Cover, and cook on low for 5 hours.
    3. Stir in cream cheese, cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until combined.
    4. Garnish with green onion.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t.

Oatamatopoiea = The sound that the cereal “Captain Crunch” makes when you pour milk over it.

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Daily Stuff 8-9-17 Indigenous People

Hi, folks!

Eclipse countdown – 12 days! Minus Tide at 8:30 AM of -0.8 feet.

Weather

We were at the shop at about the normal time for a Tuesday after getting up just a touch latish and doing chores. Weeding happened, and watering, and putting away of things, and trash going out…. and then I picked berries. The huckles are really getting going.

Once we were at the shop Tempus was doing paperwork and I got going on OCPPG pages. Several went live during the afternoon and I was talking with customers, as well. No, we weren’t open, but that doesn’t seem to matter. 🙂 Aurora called, all excited over her new mermaid tail. 🙂

Around 7pm the bread was baked and he headed over to Ray’s for a couple of things, helped me set up to do some cooking in back after he was gone and then went flying out the door before 9, because he still needed to go get new wiper blades. Ours had rusted out in the last couple of months. Amy called and we chatted for a bit.

I got to work on promo stuff for Pan-Pagan, hoping this time to be able to upload again, got stymied, so did some cooking for a bit, to calm down, then got more info up instead, then spent a fun hour collecting some recipes.

Tempus picked me up a little after  3 and it was misting hard. It never really turned into rain except just as we finished the run, (at the north end of the bridge), but he would have to turn the wipers on, occasionally.

 

He told me that he had a run-in with an elk herd out on Bayview, coming up abruptly on half the herd on the road. He hit the brakes and they dived for the verge. The other half were farther along and took some time getting out of the way and then a single one down by the Bay.

The fog effects were lovely last night: drifts and veils and streamers and lights with huge halos. That spot on the ridge of the far side of the river was all lighted up again last night, making an orange and white bright spot in the fog. Most of the water was like glass, reflecting lights and then the growing dawn.

There wasn’t any rain out 34 and it was mostly mist except for that one sharp shower, but the pavements were all damp and in a couple of spots, quite wet. We got in before 6:30 and collapsed.

Chores today… I dunno if we’re even going to get to the shop. It depends on what Tempus does, but there’s a lot more to do here. There’s a table, still in pieces, that needs to be cleared out of the apartment entry, and I want to sweep in the sunroom and see whether I can get a little more floor space.

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Unpfii_logo170obxToday’s Feast is in honor of The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. This is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection. It was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, marking the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, in 1982. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_the_World%27s_Indigenous_People

220px-Delphinium_pavonaceumToday’s Plant – The local larkspursdelphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shade of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums after the shape of the nectary. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifoliumand here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.

The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 8/21 at 11:30am. Waning Gibbous Moon Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/14 at 6:15pm. 

. . . but by week’s end Venus has entered the feet of Gemini, and the triangle it forms with Aldebaran and Betelgeuse has morphed quite a bit. Venus is holding almost steady with respect to your dawn landscape, while the background stars slide to the upper right from morning to morning.
The waning gibbous Moon rises in the east at about the end of twilight. Look to its upper left for the Great Square of Pegasus, balancing on one corner.
Saturn magnitude +0.3, in the legs of Ophiuchus) glows steadily in the south at dusk. Fiery Antares, less bright, twinkles 12° to Saturn’s lower right.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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. Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in Leo
Moon in Pisces
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color: Yellow

Planting 8/9-10

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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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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
W    9     High   1:45 AM     7.6   6:13 AM     Set  8:10 AM      98
~     9      Low   8:30 AM    -0.8   8:30 PM    Rise  9:43 PM
~     9     High   2:53 PM     6.8
~     9      Low   8:38 PM     1.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Courage Does Not Always Roar.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite lie to tell?

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Quotes  

~  Real difficulties can be overcome; it’s only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable – Theodore N. Vail
~  Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. – Cindy Lew
~  Responsible Drinking? Now that’s an Oxymoron. – Aaron Howard.
~  Slight not what’s near, when aiming at what’s far. – Euripides

I cured with the power that came through me. Of course, it was not I who cured, it was the power from the Outer World, the visions and the ceremonies had only made me like a hole through which the power could come to the two-leggeds. If I thought that I was doing it myself, the hole would close up and no power could come through. Then everything I could do would be foolish. – Black Elk, Oglala

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Magick – Moon, Sun and Stars – http://www.thesmartwitch.com/The_Smart_Witch_Moon_Magic.html

Full Moon Names and Meanings

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.

There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. Here is the Farmers Almanac’s list of the full Moon names.

Full Wolf Moon – January – Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

Full Snow Moon – February – Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

Full Worm Moon – March – As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

Full Pink Moon – April – This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

Full Flower Moon – May – In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

Full Strawberry Moon – June – This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!

The Full Buck Moon – July – July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.

Full Sturgeon Moon – August – The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon – September – This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

Full Hunter’s Moon or Full Harvest Moon – October – This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

Full Beaver Moon – November – This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon – December – During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.

Magical Moon Garden

What could be more enchanting and enchanted than to cultivate your own Moon Garden! Honor the Silver Goddess in all her glory with a fragrant and luminous evening garden. A wonderful offering, from which you will benefit as well.

Many night-blooming flowers are white and rely on strong fragrance, rather than bright colors, to attract insects. Plant night-bloomers near a bedroom window, where the breeze can carry the fragrance indoors right into your dreams.

Night-blooming flowers for your garden include:

  • Angels Trumpet (Datura innoxia)
  • Moonflower (Ipomoea alba)
  • Four O’Clock (Mirabilis jalapa)
  • Yucca (Yucca filamentosa)
  • Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa)

Plant some night-blooming flowers in a circle to mimic the Moon. They look terrific alongside silver-foliaged Lambs ears and Artemisia. Illuminated only by moonlight, pale flowers and foliage add a dreamy, ethereal feeling. You don’t need to have a big space, potted plants work too, just remember to add a trellis or place onto which viney plants can grow.

You can save and dry night-blooming flowers to use in amulets or talismans, or to dress a Moon candle. Add fresh flowers to a special oil you have fashioned on the Full Moon or to water for magical workings. Press flowers and leaves into your Book of Shadows, or make magical bookmarks for special journals.

Following a Moon planting calendar will add a magical touch and keep you in the flow of the cycles of the Goddess. You can place Moonstones and Crystals in the dirt of your Moon Garden to energize the plants for meditations and spells. Don’t forget that when you take from a plant, you should ask its permission and give thanks, perhaps an offering of water, mulch or plant food.

The Charmer

Pray to the Moon
When She is Rounde
Luck with you
Shall then abounde.
What ever you seek for
Shall be founde,
In Sea, or Sky
or Solid Grounde – Traditional Wiccan Rhyme

Magic During Eclipses

Solar Eclipses

Consider this fact about solar eclipses: A solar eclipse can only occur during the day, on a new moon. This means that you are working with new moon energy, which is great for getting rid of things and letting go.  A solar eclipse does not have to be visible for you to work magic.

Working magic during an eclipse is rather advanced. In order to understand the energy of an eclipse, you must understand the energy of time and of the seasons. You must also be able to raise and focus energy within a quite limited amount of time.

During an eclipse, some people may sense a time of stillness, others experience a feeling of uncertainty. You may experience either of these like the tiny glimmer of time before a pendulum swings back after having swung all the way in one direction. This is the essence of an eclipse, and is a similar sensation to that felt within a magic circle.

Lunar Eclipses

Consider this fact about lunar eclipses: A lunar eclipse can only occur during the night of a full moon. This means you will be working with full moon energy.  A lunar eclipse does not have to be visible for you to work magic.

Magic spells performed during lunar eclipses combine the power of the full and new  moons simultaneously. Therefore, consider carefully your wishes. Any spell performed during a Lunar Eclipse must be done carefully, as one is invoking the Triple Goddess in each of her forms. Consider carefully what you wish and write it out beforehand.

Moon Phase Magic

The Moon is the most important heavenly body to witches. We draw on her power for lunar magic. We cast our spells in accord with her cycles. She inspires and illuminates us. There are moon gods, but the Moon has always been perceived as female. The Moon is cyclical, like women. She mirrors the stages of our lives: “Maiden”, “Mother” and “Crone”. She is Changing Woman, as are we.

The Moon is the astronomical body closest to us and, therefore, she has a profound influence upon us. The highest energy occurs at the Full Moon and, therefore, this is the most powerful time for magical workings. The New Moon is the next most powerful time for Magic.

New Moon Magic: Initiation

The New Moon has a more inward feel than the Full Moon. The New Moon has a void or empty quality, and therefore can be frightening to those not comfortable with uncertainty. Can you learn to trust the dark? It’s the moment when the old passes away and the new is not yet here. That’s why it’s a powerful time for sending out your prayer, wishes, desires to the Universe.

New Moon workings can be done from the day of the New Moon to three-and-a-half days after. The New Moon is great for new beginnings, starting a new venture, initiating a new project or embarking on an adventure. This is the time when new love and romance can flourish. This is the time to hunt for a new job or to start trying to get pregnant. Under the New Moon, work with the new: the beginning of a new life, a new career, a new love, a new you.

Waxing Moon Magic: Growth
The Waxing Moon, when the Moon appears to grow larger in the sky, is a time of growth. From seven to fourteen days after the New Moon, use the Waxing Moon for constructive magic, including love, wealth, courage, success, friendship, luck and health. As the Moon grows larger, the more powerfully you will feel the energy of the Goddess.

Under the Waxing Moon, you want to work with building on what you have started under the New Moon: gaining in prosperity, getting money, developing or receiving love, working toward having a pregnancy develop in a healthy way. This is the time to bring positive and constructive things into your life, such as performing magic to bring prosperity and health.

Full Moon Magic: Your Heart’s Desire

From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the New Moon comes the Full Moon and its magical potential. This is the prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection and divination. Perform any workings that require extra power, such as helping to find a new job or healing for serious conditions. This is also the time for love, knowledge, money, dreams and legal undertakings.

The Full Moon is the time to really go for what you want. The Moon’s energy is incredibly powerful, and you can ask her to help you in nearly any request. Full Moon energy is available three days before and after the actual date of the Full Moon, so use this time for divination, dreams, love and whatever else your heart desires.

If you don’t know what you want, resist the temptation to work magic under the Full Moon simply because it’s a good time for magical workings. Instead, consider performing a ritual to honor the Goddess and feel as one with her. This can be a powerful enough experience on its own.

Waning Moon Magic: Removing

From three-and-a-half days after the Full Moon comes the Waning Moon. The moon is getting smaller, and this time is used for banishing magic; for ridding oneself of illness, addictions or negativity.

The Waning Moon is the time go rid yourself of negative things in your life. Perform banishing magic to lose some weight or rid yourself of a minor ailment. Work to eliminate negative influences in your environment, such as banishing stress from your office or silencing malicious gossip. Consider going to the source and banishing the tensions that are causing you to have stress.

Dark Moon Magic: A Break, or Binding

Many magical practitioners believe that magic should not be worked during the three days each month that the Moon is dark and is not visible in the sky. The Goddess is thought to have descended into the underworld; she is in mourning, and her energy is at its lowest point of the lunar cycle.

During the Dark of the Moon, Hecate, the Goddess in her aspect of queen of the underworld rules, and some witches have been known to call upon her dark powers to perform negative workings at this time. Better to take a break from magic and relax and meditate during this time.

Should you choose to perform magic during the Dark of the Moon, this can be a time of ridding oneself of bad habits. You may perform binding spells, to explore your darkest recesses and understand your anger and passions. This also is a time for bringing justice to bear.

Zodiac Sun Signs

  • Aries: March 21 – April 20
  • Taurus: April 21 – May 21
  • Gemini: May 22 – June 21
  • Cancer: June 22 – July 22
  • Leo: July 23 – August 21
  • Virgo: August 22 – September 23
  • Libra: September 24 – October 23
  • Scorpio: October 24 – November 22
  • Sagittarius: November 23 – December 22
  • Capricorn: December 23 – January 20
  • Aquarius: January 21 – February 19
  • Pisces: February 20 – March 20

Moon Magic Through the Zodiac

  • Moon in Aries: Spells involving authority, willpower and rebirth.
  • Moon in Taurus: Spells involving love, real estate, and money.
  • Moon in Gemini: Spells involving communication, public relations and travel.
  • Moon in Cancer: Spells involving domestic life and honoring lunar deities.
  • Moon in Leo: Spells involving power over others, courage, child birth.
  • Moon in Virgo: Spells involving employment matters, health and intellectual matters.
  • Moon in Libra: Spells involving court cases, partnerships and artistic matters.
  • Moon in Scorpio: Spells involving secrets, power and psychic growth.
  • Moon in Sagittarius: Spells involving publications, sports and the truth.
  • Moon in Capricorn: Spells involving career, political matters and ambition.
  • Moon in Aquarius: Spells involving science, freedom, personal expression, problem solving, friendship.
  • Moon in Pisces: Spells involving music, telepathy and clairvoyance.

Moon Water Tonic

Tonic waters containing the energies of the moon embody powerful healing benefits that bring about integral balance and wholeness throughout the body, mind and soul. Clear quartz crystal catalyzes the absorption of lunar energies as well as amplifies the healing benefits.

To Prepare Moon Water:

On a clear night, preferably on or right before the full moon, place a clear quartz crystal in a clear glass and cover it with one cup of purified or spring water.

Check an almanac for the exact time of sundown on the day you have chosen. At sundown, place the glass out of doors in a moonlit place (cover the glass with clear plastic wrap).

Remove the glass at dawn. The water is now filled with lunar potency. Drink the moon water every morning to prepare your body, mind and spirit for the stress of the day.

Herbs of the Zodiac

  • Aries: Garlic, Hemp, Marjoram, Mustard Seed and Angelical Root
  • Taurus: Colts Foot, Dandelion, Sage, Thyme, Patchouli and Cedar
  • Gemini: Caraway Seed, Lavender, Mandrake, Vervain, Mugwort and Wormwood
  • Cancer: Lemon Verbena, Marigold, Geranium, Apple and Catnip.
  • Leo: Anise, Bay Leaves, Dill, Mint, Oak, Clove and Chamomile
  • Virgo: Fennel Seed, Valerian, Skullcap and Cyprus
  • Libra: Penny Royal, Thyme and Lemon Verbena
  • Scorpio: Basil, Sasperilla, Horehound, Ash and Hops
  • Sagittarius: Red Clover, Burdock, St. John’s Wort and Tobacco
  • Capricorn: Comfrey, Slippery Elm, Thyme and Jasmine
  • Aquarius: Frankincense, Myrrh, Valerian, Sandalwood and Peppermint
  • Pisces: Irish Moss, Seaspirit, Hyacinth, Lovage and Willow

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Two neighbors were talking about work, when one asked, “Say, why did the foreman fire you?”
Replied the second, “Well, you know how a foreman is always standing around and watching others do the work. My foreman got jealous. People started thinking I was the foreman.”

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Daily Stuff 8-8-17 Tan Hill Inn

Hi, folks!

Eclipse countdown – 12 days! Minus Tide at 7:56 AM of -0.9 feet.

It’s below 60F pretty much everywhere close by. It’s also completely overcast (at 500 feet) but in the last ten minutes it’s thinned enough that I turned off the light in the bedroom. People kept saying yesterday, “….weird weather for summer!”, but it’s not. There’s very little wind, too. Only the Newport airport is over 10mph even on the beaches.

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We were pretty busy in the early part of the day yesterday, lots of customers coming through. Tempus took the baker’s rack outside and scrubbed it well, then did the shop windows, which were getting pretty grody. I was mostly doing paperwork in between talking with various people.

I caught myself on a piece of the ivy trunks that we’ve got saved out for wands and really tore my shin up during the afternoon.

I managed to get newsletters pretty well set up for the week, not the stuff, just the frames and the astro parts during the late afternoon. After that I started looking up eclipse spell-work. I’ve got some things planned for myself, but figured I could spark some ideas for y’all. They’ll be in the Magick section over the next 10 days or so, alternating with other stuff.

We had a good esbat with some absolutely delicious lemon squares made by one of the members then headed home. It was spitting again, and cloudy, but the clouds overhead were reddish, bright from the moon, but reddish….

Tempus is still asleep. He did some chores upstairs and then he and Jeanne watched some of Game of Thrones. He says it’s Dallas, but in a fantasy setting. 🙂 Too much blood and gore for me. It’s weird. I can read the most awful things, but watching ’em on TV is too much! I played the piano for a bit and read. I was asleep when he crawled in, but woke and then we talked for a few and went back to sleep.

So this morning, he’s still out. I may crawl back in, but I’ll likely read for a bit. We have some outdoor chores today, mostly watering, a few inside (I need to put away my clean laundry) and then we’ll head for the shop for whatever is left for the day. Tonight’s the paper run.

Tempus still needs to shift the baker rack back to the display area and I have some sewing to finish that needs to get mailed in the next couple of days. 13659194_10154314687974402_3048599983312147831_n

220px-Tan_Hill_Inn_and_surrounding_countryside_-_geograph.org.uk_-_154898Today’s Feast is in honor of the Tan Hill Inn, the Sheep Show that happens there around this time of year and other harvest festivals, including celebrations revolving around coal mining. The inn dates to the 17th century and has been refurbished recently. “Tan Hill” refers to “Tinne”, the Celtic tree month of Holly, which ends right around now, not oak trees or leather-making, or even220px-TanHillInn tin mining. It’s Britain’s highest inn at 1,732 feet (528 m) above sea level up in the top of the Yorkshire Dales. The hill seems to have been used back into pre-history as a sacred site of some sort. Here’s the Inn website. http://www.tanhillinn.co.uk/  Here’s some history:  http://www.tanhillinn.com/history-of-tan-hill-innarkengarthdaleswaledaleyorkshire-dales-places-to-visitvisitor-attraction-yorkshire-dales/10/  (You can click on the pix to make ‘em bigger….)

magic 031313 blueberry ginger crumbleToday’s Plant is the BlueberryVaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. I’ve heard people call salal and evergreen huckleberry by the name. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and aiding memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms blueberryB 041313can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue.

The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 8/8/at 11:11pm. 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 8/21 at 11:30am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/14 at 6:15pm. 

. . . but by week’s end Venus has entered the feet of Gemini, and the triangle it forms with Aldebaran and Betelgeuse has morphed quite a bit. Venus is holding almost steady with respect to your dawn landscape, while the background stars slide to the upper right from morning to morning.
The Big Dipper hangs diagonally in the northwest after dusk. From its midpoint, look to the right to find Polaris (not very bright) glimmering due north as always.
Polaris is the handle-end of the Little Dipper. The only other parts of the Little Dipper that are even modestly bright — especially through the moonlight! — are the two stars forming the outer end of its bowl. On August evenings you’ll find them to Polaris’s upper left, by about a fist and a half at arm’s length. They’re called the Guardians of the Pole, since they circle around Polaris throughout the night and throughout the year.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.8, in Virgo) shines low in the west-southwest during dusk. Fainter Spica (magnitude +1.0) twinkles 6° or 7° left of it. Jupiter, a little lower every week, is swinging toward the far side of the Sun from us.

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
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. Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in Leo
Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 2:56pm
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color: Grey

Harvest 8/8

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Tu   8     High   1:06 AM     7.6   6:12 AM     Set  7:07 AM      99
~     8      Low   7:56 AM    -0.9   8:31 PM    Rise  9:12 PM
~     8     High   2:20 PM     6.6
~     8      Low   7:58 PM     1.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your proudest accomplishment?

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Quotes  

~  The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. – Arthur C Clarke
~  The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what others have done. – Piaget
~  The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. – Edwin Schlossberg
~  The Wiccan Rede is not a rule. It is a statement counseling us to think. – Kerr Cuhulain

Buttercup nodded and said “Good-bye,”
Clover and daisy went off together,
But the fragrant water-lilies lie
Yet moored in the golden August weather. – Celia Thaxter (1835–94)

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Magick – In Defense of Excellence – Adrienne

I’ve noticed a trend, particularly in paganism, toward “elite” becoming a derogatory term.  “Elitist” has very unpleasant connotations. In the mad scramble toward equality and egalitarianism, perhaps the trend has gone too far.

I am all in favour of equality of opportunity. I believe in Martin Luther King’s dream, “I have a dream that someday my children will be judged, not upon the colour of their skin, but on the content of their character.”

Yet, I am deeply disturbed by structures and titles meant to reward excellence downgraded and dismissed as being elitist and hierarchical.

It the Wicca, this is most strongly epitomized by the continuing attempts to do away with degree systems on the basis of being elitists and hierarchical.

So I ask, what is wrong with elites?  Elites exist as an informal (and often highly formal) network of persons who, by virtue of personal qualities, or power, or money, or birth status, are capable of shaping and changing the structure of society.  Some elites are based on nothing more than bank balances or parentage. Others are firmly based on intelligence, wisdom, commitment and ethical stance of their members.

I have no problem with the concept of elites. Not everyone has the desire or capability to belong to every group. The problem lies with the qualification for membership, not with the concept.

Hierarchy has an even nastier reputation. Yet in all societies, regardless of size, structure of purpose, have a hierarchy. Leadership roles exist and will be filled by those who can fill them. Leaders are necessary to achieve the goals of the group, regardless of how that leadership manifests. It is only when a hierarchy becomes closed and fixed that the structure becomes abusive.

The concerns of those who dislike the concept of hierarchy due to experience of its abuses are valid. It is very easy to fall into a system where power rests, not on those who are qualified, but upon other, less desirable criteria, such as birth status, or wealth, or loudness of voice. However, doing away with the formal structure of hierarchy does not solve the problem. Non-hierarchical groups often fall into leadership by peer pressure. Those that are thick skinned anddominant will lead de facto, especially if there is no de jure leader.

Hierarchies exist. They exist because, like physics, nature abhors a vacuum. A power vacuum will be filled regardless of the good intentions on all sides. The solution is to have structures where all persons have the opportunity to become leaders, to participate in the decision making process, based only upon ability and desire to do so.

Equal opportunity,equal access.

The degree system within the Craft is not perfect. Like any other system,it has its abuses.  However, if properly used, it has rewards far greater than having no such system.

First, there is the reward for excellence.  Those who have personal  qualities such as commitment, talent, study, intelligence and open mindedness, should be rewarded for their abilities.  The reward is not just a fancy title, but a recognition of that excellence, and membership in an elite.

Second, there is a benchmark for others to judge by. If I know what degree a person holds, mundane or Craft, I have some idea of their abilities and can assume a certain level of understanding.

Third, there is the recognition of self.  A standard of excellence is required and achieving a degree is a feedback upon the levels achieved.

There are other aspects dealing with the magic rite itself, but even if there were not, the hierarchy of degrees and the elite groups formed by having them are a mark of excellence for those who belong. Within my tradition and, according to my faith, within the Wicca itself, there are no barriers of opportunity to the system. Therefore, I see no reason to abandon it. I do not say that the system cannot be improved or that another system cannot provide the same benefits, but I haven’t seen one that provides a reward for excellence while avoiding the pitfalls.

Without active encouragement of excellence, whether in Craft or in the mundane world, entropy says that we will end up with mediocrity and least common denominator. And a world where mediocrity rules is not a world I wish to live in.

(This article previously appeared in “The Messenger”)

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Daily Stuff 8-7-17 Perseid Meteor Shower

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne, Eclipse countdown – 13 days! Minus Tide at 7:23 AM of -0.8 feet. Esbat 7pm.

61F, clouded over and humid…. Sticky, clammy humid….. It’s at 90% which we don’t usually get except in the middle of the night. The mist was actually spitting last night. Down on the beaches the wind is topping 10mph and gusts higher of course, but here in town it’s only enough to stir the petunia, not even the leaves of the rose outside the window.

Yesterday flew past. We got to the yard sale and got a baker’s rack which is going to become the new games display once that end of the shop is cleared. We also found another small crockpot, this one with a liner, and I finally have an American Girl doll to use for a fitting doll. They’re so expensive that this one is pretty ratty, stained and well-used, not exactly battered, put floppy in the joints, but this one I could afford! She also sold me a whole box of patterns for $5, so that was a worthwhile trip.

Once we were back we had coffee and then I picked up my latest spoon project. It’s pretty close to done, but I want Tempus to see whether it needs more sanding before I start putting the finish on. The problem with doing that was that my hands were fairly useless the rest of the day. I can type and mouse when they’re acting up, but not a lot else. <sigh>

Lavendar

We were busy as far as customers went, folks floating in an out pretty steadily up until around 5pm, at which point both Tempus and I were falling over. He got a nap, then I got a nap, then we headed home not long after 7pm and got some chores done before crashing out at our usual time.

I was out picking berries this morning. The huckleberries are starting! I’m thinking it might not be a bad week to head up to the old house to get some of the stuff from the garage and a couple of the plants and go berry picking in the park.

We have a bunch of chores to do today, including getting some of the boxes back out of the aisles, since Tempus had to shift them to get the new display out of the aisle, then he needs to head home to work there. There’s a table that’s in pieces in the entry to the apartment that needs to be either put together or stored upstairs. He’ll be back for esbat.

This is a pic of the North Fork of the Yachats River from the morning of 8/7/15 by Ken Gagne. He said he’d never seen the water levels so low. It’s definitely not like that this year. That uppermost taller tock in the middle right of the pic is all you can see, even yet.

080715 Ken Gagne North Fork Yachats River

magick motif slav Kolovrat RodnoverHarvest 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.

Perseids 2012 gardnerville 800pxToday’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.

salalToday’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 salalmake 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, thefully ripe 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

The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 8/7 at 11:11am. 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 8/8/at 11:11. Eclipses – Lunar eclipses always occur on the day of the Full Moon. Positive magicks should not be performed in these months until after the eclipse is over. – Associated God/esses: Kali, Shiva the Destroyer. Not visible in the US. 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. 

Full Moon (exact at 2:11 p.m. EDT). The Moon rises around sunset. Once it’s dark, can you see through the moonlight that it’s in dim Capricornus? That’s about where the full Moon at this time of year always resides.
A shallow partial eclipse of the Moon is visible tonight from eastern Europe, most of Africa and Asia, and Australia. See August 7th’s Partial Lunar Eclipse. By no coincidence, we’re two weeks — half a lunar orbit — from the total eclipse of the Sun on August 21st.
Mars is hidden in the sunrise.

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
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. Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in Leo
Full Corn Moon in Aquarius
Lughnasadh Crossquarter Day
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color: Amber

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Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
M    7     High  12:28 AM     7.6   6:11 AM     Set  6:05 AM      99
~     7      Low   7:23 AM    -0.8   8:33 PM    Rise  8:38 PM
~     7     High   1:48 PM     6.4
~     7      Low   7:19 PM     2.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you find a dream inside your heart don’t ever let it go…. For dreams are the tiny seeds from which tomorrows grow.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think about people who take advantage of others?

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Quotes  

~  Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing. – John Andrew Holmes
~  Nothing ventured, nothing gained. – Njal’s Saga, c.5
~  One who looks for a friend without faults will have none. – Jewish Proverb
~  Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong. – Leo Buscaglia

A metaphysician is one who, when you remark that twice two makes four, demands to know what you mean by twice, what by two, what by makes, and what by four. For asking such questions metaphysicians are supported in oriental luxury in the universities, and respected as educated and intelligent men. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer

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Magick – IN PRAISE OF THE INNER CRONE! By Elizabeth Gilbert – Found on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/GilbertLiz/photos/a.356148997800555.79726.227291194019670/724587150956736/?type=1

Dear Ones – OK, we all know about the “inner child”, right? The innocent being who still lives inside of us, who needs and deserves love and care, and whom we sometimes have to channel in order to learn self-compassion?

I’m a big fan of the notion of the inner child. It can be a really healing construct. Once, when I was going through a particularly dark season of self-loathing, I taped a sweet photo of myself (age 2) on my mirror, and taught myself that any harm I did to me, I also did to HER. It made me kinder and more tender to myself. Imagining other people’s inner children makes me kinder and more tender to them.

So the Inner Child is a good thing.

These days, though, I find myself spending less time thinking about my Inner Child, and more time focused on my INNER CRONE — the old lady who lives inside me, whom I hope to someday be.

Because she’s a serious bad-ass.

The really old ladies always are bad-asses. I’m talking about the real survivors. The women who have been through everything already, so nothing scares them anymore. The ones who have already watched the world fight itself nearly to death a dozen times over. The ones who have buried their dreams and their loved ones and lived through it. The ones who have suffered pain and lived through it, and who have had their innocence challenged by ten thousand appalling assaults…and who lived through all of it.

The world is a frightening place. But you simply cannot frighten The True Crone.

Some might consider the word “crone” to be derogatory, but I don’t in the least. I honor it. The crone is a classic character from myth and folklore, and she often the bearer of great wisdom and supernatural power. She is sometimes a guardian to the underworld. She has tremendous vision, even if she is blind. She has no fear of death, which means: NO FEAR.

I keep a wall of photos of some of my favorite crones, for inspiration. The photo below is of a Ukrainian babushka named Hanna Zavorotnya who lives in (get this) Chernobyl. There are a group of about 250 such women — all tough elderly peasants — who have all recently moved back to the radioactive area around Chernobyl.

You know why they live there? Because they like it.

They like Chernobyl because that’s where they came from. They are natural-born farmers, who got kicked off their farms when disaster struck. They hated being refugees. They resented being shunted off their land after the catastrophe. They hated living in the shabby and crime-infiltrated and stress-inducing government housing in the city, and much prefer the independence of living off the land.

So they moved back home — illegally — to the most contaminated nuclear site on earth. They have formed a stupendously resilient retirement community there, in what some would call the world’s most terrifying landscape.

Is it safe? Of course not. Or, whatever. After 90 years of hard living, what does “safe” even mean? (If you survived World War II and Stalin and famine and communism’s ravages, how worried can you be about “safe”?) They drink the water. These women plant vegetables in that radioactive soil and eat them. They butcher the wild pigs that scavenge around the old nuclear power plant, and eat them, too. Their point is: “We are old. What do have to fear from radioactivity? At this age? Who cares?”

All they want is their freedom. So they take care of themselves and each other. They cut and haul their own wood. They make their own vodka. They get together and drink and laugh about the hardships of their lives. They laugh about everything, then they go outside and butcher another radioactive boar and make sausage out of him.

They are living longer and healthier lives than their peers who stayed behind in refugee housing in the cities.

I would put these women in a Bad-Ass Contest against any cocky young alleged Bad Ass you’ve got going, and I guarantee you — the Chernobyl crones would win, hands down. Put the lady in this picture in a survival contest against any Navy SEAL; she will endure longer.

We live in a society that romanticizes youth. We live in a culture where youth is considered a real accomplishment. But when you look at a seriously powerful classic crone like the woman in this photo, you see how foolish we are to obsess over youth — to imagine that the young offer much for us to aspire to, or learn from.

No wisdom like the wisdom of survival. No equanimity like the equanimity of somebody who plants a garden right on top of a nuclear disaster and gets on with it.

So these days, when my Inner Child gets all fluttery with the panic of living, I just ask myself: ” WWMICD?”

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Daily Stuff 8-6-17 Hiroshima Day

Hi, folks!

Eclipse countdown – 14 days!

Minus Tide at 6:48 AM of -0.6 feet. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin project day from Noon to 6pm.

It’s completely overcast again. 60F, almost no wind and 88% humidity, which makes it feel clammy. We did see some sun yesterday afternoon for a bit. Maybe we will today. This kind of cloud cover is my nightmare scenario for the eclipse. Maybe we’re getting it out of the way? I hope….

Yesterday was very busy for me. We had a lot of people in shopping at various points. Tempus was here for a little while, then he took off for Corvallis and I went on. I did get a lot of sewing done between folks coming in and got the opportunity to talk metaphysics with several.

Tempus got home around 10pm and we talked for a bit, closed up and headed home.

I didn’t sleep well, though, so I’m groggy. We have to head for a yard sale this morning, so I’m sipping coffee and getting ready to head that way.

Once we’re back, Tempus and I have cookery to do and to pick up a few things that got scattered yesterday, then we have Project Day during the afternoon.

A Ken Gagne pic from 7/31/15 of the Yaquina Bay Bridge

073115 Ken Gagne Yaquina Bay Bridge

折鶴_WUXGAToday’s Feast is Hiroshima Day, the anniversary of the day the US dropped a nuclear bomb on this city. Sadako did not live to finish her 1000 cranes, but ever since, people fold them for her intent for life and peace. May we each fold 1000 cranes in our intentions, not for our own blessing, but that of our people and our world.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand_origami_cranes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshima#World_War_II_and_atomic_bombing_.281939.E2.80.931945.29

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The Peace Memorial with strings of cranes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_and_the_Thousand_Paper_Cranes
http://www.openculture.com/2012/09/53_years_of_nuclear_testing_in_14_seconds_a_time_lapse_film_by_japanese_artist_isao_hashimoto.html

motif plant flower red poppySo, the Flanders Poppy Papaver rhoeas is today’s plant. It is an agricultural weed, also called “corn flower”, associated with crops since the earliest beginnings of agriculture, since it flowers abundantly in disturbed ground, such as at plowing, and then will flower and seed before the crops are harvested. This is how the poppies sprang up so quickly in the cemeteries of Flanders, as the dead soldiers were interred. These are not the same as the opium poppy Papaver somniferum. The Flanders Poppy and the White Poppy are the two associated with war and worn as symbols, the red poppy meaning the honoring of the dead soldiers and the white, the hope for peace. It is also associated with headaches, both from inhaling the scent and from the headaches from too much crying, from which the folk name, “Head Waak” (pronounced “whack”) comes. –plant poppy wheatFeminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos & Demeter – Poppies have been associated with sleep far more than death up until this past century and also with wealth. They are often used in magics to aid sleep. as an ingredient of dream pillows. In wealth & fertility magicks, the abundant seeds are eaten and carried to attract luck and money. A gilded poppypod can be worn as a necklace for the same purpose. They can be added to love foods and added to love sachets. The seeds are not the source of the addictive medicines, so are safe to carry. In more recent times, the associations with blood and death have started cropping up in spellbooks, so be careful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaveraceae

The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 8/7 at 11:11am. 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 8/8/at 11:11. Eclipses – Lunar eclipses always occur on the day of the Full Moon. Positive magicks should not be performed in these months until after the eclipse is over. – Associated God/esses: Kali, Shiva the Destroyer. https://www.space.com/37717-lunar-eclipse-prelude-to-2017-solar-eclipse.html?utm_source=notification

Venus has entered the feet of Gemini. This week, look for Castor and Pollux to its left and Orion farther to its right.
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 it 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 just by looking?
Venus (magnitude –4.0) shines brightly in the east before and during dawn.

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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
Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 5:15am.
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color: Amber

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Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Su   6      Low   6:48 AM    -0.6   6:09 AM     Set  5:06 AM      96
~     6     High   1:14 PM     6.2   8:34 PM    Rise  8:01 PM
~     6      Low   6:40 PM     2.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I deepen my awareness of the consciousness of peace, from which my joyous actions spring.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – If TV didn’t exist, what would you do with your time?

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Quotes  

~  The common always love what is new. – The Saga of Olaf Haraldsson, c.33
~  The eyes are the mirror of the soul. – Ann Tran
~  The first one gets the oyster the second gets the shell. – Andrew Carnegie
~  The little things are infinitely the more important. – Arthur Conan Doyle

High noon in August! over all the land
The very air is palpitant with heat;
While stretching far, the fields of ripening wheat
Unrippled lie as plains of yellow sand! – Henry S. Cornwell (1831–86)

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Magick – Interview with Professor Ronald Hutton of the University of Bristol, United Kingdom – Friday, May 20, 2011 – http://necropolisnow.blogspot.com/2011/05/interview-with-professor-ronald-hutton.html

Ronald Hutton is a Professor of History at the University of Bristol in the UK. A leading authority on the history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Hutton is probably better known amongst Pagans for his writings on topics such as the ritual year in Britain, ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and modern Paganism. A prolific author, Hutton has produced many books of immense interest to Pagans including The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles (Blackwell, 1991), The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain (OUP, 1996), Shamans: Siberian Spirituality and the Western Imagination (Hambledon, 2001), Witches, Druids and King Arthur (Hambledon, 2003), The Druids: A History (Hambledon Continuum, 2007), and Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain (London: Yale University Press, 2009).

The book he is arguably most famous for however, at least amongst modern witches, is The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft (OUP, 1999). This book has been received positively by many leading Pagans, as well as Pagan Studies scholars, amongst whom Hutton is considered to be a trailblazer responsible for making the study of modern Paganism acceptable within academia, thus paving the way for younger scholars to investigate it via disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, religious studies, theology, history and archaeology. Other Pagans have not been so pleased with his work however, and in January of this year – over a decade after the publication of The Triumph of the Moon – a vitriolic war of words erupted on the internet as a result of discussion over a publication by New Zealand Wiccan, Ben Whitmore, called Trials of the Moon.

Professor Hutton, thank you for consenting to this interview. You don’t often give interviews. Why have you agreed to this one?

Because I really like your own scholarship, as expressed in your publications, and because there is currently so much misunderstanding and misinformation being put out about my work in some parts of the Pagan world that I thought it was time to set the record straight about certain things.

You have recently been described as a ‘maverick historian’. Do you think that you are one?

The Wiccan who made that remark never explained what it was supposed to mean, but within the academic world the term carries only negative connotations, of eccentricity, marginality and controversy. My own career has, on the contrary, been remarkably orthodox for a professional scholar, while my work has actually provoked less controversy among my fellow professionals than that of most university-based historians.

So what has that ‘remarkably orthodox career’ actually been (so far)?

I took my degrees at Cambridge and then Oxford, Britain’s oldest and best-known universities, and held a temporary post at Oxford for a couple of years before Bristol University invited me to a permanent one in 1981. Bristol is often reckoned to be the third best in England after Oxford and Cambridge, in terms of the quality of its students, and gave me a freedom to teach new subjects that the older universities could not. In 1988 I was promoted to the middle rank of the British academic profession, of Reader, and in 1996 to the top rank, of Professor: some confusion is created abroad by the fact that in most countries ‘professor’ is a term used for any university teacher, while in the United Kingdom it is reserved for the highest grade. In 1981 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the national body of professional historians. In 1994 I was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the national body of professional archaeologists (who gave me this honour for my book Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles). In 2011 I was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, for my services to the study of Welsh history and literature. It is very rare for anybody to receive all three honours, and this reflects both the wide range of my interests and the fact that my work is generally accepted by experts in all three fields. In 2009 the government appointed me as the historian on the commission which runs English Heritage, the body which cares for the physical remains of the nation’s past, and in 2010 it made me chair of the committee of experts which advises it on which buildings should be protected as having historic importance. The only unorthodox thing about my career, in fact, has been my interest in modern Paganism.

So are you a Pagan?

I keep my personal religious beliefs a private matter. I am really sorry for the confusion that this may cause, but I have found by trial and error that it is in practice the only sensible course in view of the work that I do.

In that case what is your relationship with Paganism?

It has been long and close. As I mentioned in my book Witches, Druids and King Arthur, I was in fact brought up Pagan, in a modern English tradition which combined a reverence for the natural world with a love of the ancient Greek and Roman classics. I have been acquainted with Wiccan witches since my teens: I learned some things from Alex Sanders in his hey-day, and attended my first Wiccan rite at Halloween 1968. I have never undergone a conversion experience to any religion, and so my relationship with others, such as Christianity, is one of entirely benevolent neutrality. Over the years, I came to build up friendships with more or less all of the leading figures of British Paganism. For example, Doreen Valiente’s respect for me meant that I was one of the few people whom she specified should be invited to her funeral, a gesture which still deeply moves me.

My attitude to the history of modern Pagan witchcraft has altered with changing knowledge of it. Back in the 1960s I believed, following scholarly orthodoxy, that the witchcraft of the early modern European witch trials was a pagan religion. In 1973 I debated against the historian Norman Cohn (author of Europe’s Inner Demons (1975), the work that accused Margaret Murray of having tampered with her sources to make them conform to her ideas about witchcraft) at Cambridge University, where I defended the historical legitimacy of Charles Godfrey Leland’s ‘witches’ gospel’, Aradia, and was floored by him. After that, as I read more and more of the new research and checked the original records (for England and Scotland) myself, my belief in the idea that witches were members of an ancient pagan religion gradually evaporated.

So, you are not actually hostile to Paganism as some people seem to think?

The story of my life would be inexplicable if that were the case.

Did you write The Triumph of the Moon to demolish the traditional history of Pagan witchcraft?

Absolutely not: I wrote Triumph to fill a vacuum created by the collapse, within Britain, of that traditional history: which is why I do not devote any space in the book to a sustained attack on that history itself. The concept of early modern witchcraft as a surviving pagan religion, which had been scholarly orthodoxy in the mid-twentieth century, began to disappear among professional historians around 1970, along with many other nineteenth-century beliefs. At the same time, many Pagan witches who had worked with founding figures of traditions, such as Gerald Gardner, Alex Sanders and Robert Cochrane, had always expressed doubts regarding the truth of what those founders had claimed about the history of those traditions. By 1990 these two developments had converged to produce a general disbelief in the origin story of modern Paganism among its British leaders. During that year (before I had published anything on Paganism myself) I attended a conference held at Kings College London at which a succession of them declared that its traditional historiography should be regarded as myth and metaphor rather than literal history. As I mention in Triumph of the Moon, this had already also begun to occur in the United States from the 1970s: Isaac Bonewitz , Aidan Kelly and Margot Adler all alerted American Pagans, in different ways, to the fact that the traditional account of their historical origins was problematic.

Then The Triumph of the Moon was not some sort of attack from the outside but a contribution to a debate which had already begun inside Pagan witchcraft itself?

That is broadly true, but in Britain the debate was really over by the time that I wrote the book, at least among the Pagan leadership. I wrote the book to suggest a real history for Pagan witchcraft which could be substantiated from the sources, and to rescue it from the accusation that it was an invented modern religion produced by a few cranks on the fringe of society. I showed that it represented instead a distillation of cultural developments which were actually central and very important to modern Britain. Its goddess and god, for example, were the two ancient pagan deity forms most honoured and needed by British writers for about one and a half centuries before the appearance of Wicca. This process, by which certain divine forms suddenly become vivid and important to the human mind at particular points in history, is what is usually termed revelation. Rather than remain regarded as a rather suspect cult on the cultural margins, Wicca could, I argued, be recognised as a worthy religion, of some importance, not least because it was the only one which England has ever given to the world; and one of which it could be proud.

To judge by the reviews that the book received from establishment figures, I generally succeeded in this aim, with positive consequences for the acceptance of Paganism in national life which I have sought to enhance since in my role as an advisor to national bodies. In that role, I have repeatedly played a key part in countering misinformation and misrepresentation regarding Paganism in Britain, especially in the mass media and the educational, judicial, police and caring services. Occasionally, in certain high-profile court cases, this has achieved spectacular, and well-publicised, results. My effectiveness in this regard has depended heavily on my lack of a publicly-professed personal religion, which is the main reason why I keep my religious beliefs, if any, to myself. I have, however, been elected an honorary life member of both the British Pagan Federation and the Council of British Druid Orders in recognition of the practical effects of my work.

I have faced a difficulty, however, in that when my book reached other parts of the world, in which the traditional account of Pagan history was still accepted as orthodoxy and I was not personally known, notably in regions of America and Australasia, it was taken as an attack on that traditional account and not a replacement for it. There was nothing much that I could do about this, as the cultural contexts were so completely different and I had no relationship with the communities concerned.

But why does it look like, to many practitioners, that there is a surviving ancient pagan witch religion? Is it a failure to define witchcraft and therefore recognise it?

There are at least two different reasons. The first is that the view of early modern witchcraft as an ancient pagan religion had been around for one and a half centuries before it was abandoned by professional scholars, so it will take a while completely to disappear. The second is that the figure of the witch is, once redeemed, an extremely attractive one to modern radicals. It represents one of the very few images of independent female power which our society has traditionally bequeathed to us. It also speaks to anybody who has felt marginalised by their community because they are in some way different, and feel that this is because they are essentially special, possessing psychic powers and abilities to recognise elemental truths which most people lack. I myself think that it can be turned around in this way, providing that the process is recognised as a recent reorientation of the witch figure and not a reflection of what most people have always believed.

So what have ‘most people always believed’?

The English word ‘witch’ has always been the equivalent in this language of those used across the world, in many different tongues, for somebody who uses magic to hurt other people. A fear of this sort of person has existed across most of the inhabited world and in all times (though not among all peoples), and given rise in many places to mass persecutions of suspects. The trials of suspected evil magicians held by the ancient Roman republic, long before the birth of Christianity, produced rates of execution surpassing any in the early modern witch persecutions. Witchcraft was not a religion, nor the remnants of one, but a way of blaming somebody else for uncanny misfortune. If witchcraft were the same thing as a pagan religion it would not have been persecuted within pagan societies – in fact they would not have even noticed it, because it simply would have been part of their religion. Between 1400 and 1800 Western Christianity did, however, add something new to the image of witchcraft in that, uniquely, it reclassified it as a rival religion, serving the Christian devil.

Every society across the world which has believed in witches has also believed that they could be opposed by a different kind of specialist who used magic for helpful purposes, although commonly for a fee. This sort of person was traditionally known in English as a ‘cunning’ or ‘wise’ woman or man, though also by many local names. Individual people could move, in the perception of others and perhaps in reality, from one category to the other, but in the early modern trials the percentage of cunning folk who were accused of witchcraft is a very small one, across most of Europe.

The distinction was, however, blurred from the late sixteenth century in England by Protestant evangelists (such as Reginald Scot) who tried to demonise all magic by claiming that cunning or wise folk were also witches, being equally inspired or deluded by the Devil. In the early seventeenth century they coined the term ‘white witch’ in pursuit of this objective. They seem to have had virtually no impact on ordinary people before the very modern period, but in the nineteenth century the expression ‘white witch’ was taken up by folklorists to describe cunning folk, and entered popular parlance in the twentieth. In traditional folk language it is a contradiction in terms.

It seems to me that Pagans I know aspire more to be pagan priests or priestesses rather than what is traditionally defined as a ‘witch’.

Certainly I don’t know any Pagans who would aspire to be the malevolent witches of popular tradition. The difficulty here is that many whom I know do aspire to be both priestesses or priests and witches of a different sort from the traditional: and the distinction is important. To be a priestess or priest can mean simply serving the divine passively, but a witch is more of an independent agent, making a relationship with the supernatural more on her or his own terms and working to change things. Pagans today are commonly trying to do both, but more the second. I think that the term ‘magician’ also fits the latter role just as well as ‘witch’, without the same connotations of fear and suspicion. ‘Witch’ however, also carries today associations of power and glamour, especially for women, so perhaps it is worth carrying on the struggle to redeem the word in popular parlance anyway. I think the choice must be up to individuals, as long as they have a good understanding of where the old prejudice against the words ‘witch’ and ‘witchcraft’ comes from, and how deeply and widely a fear of the witch-figure runs, through many societies which are not Christian.

You seem to be saying that people should be free to behave in ways that are not sanctioned by historical tradition.

That is exactly what I am saying. The past can be changed or rejected by us instead of acting as a tyranny, and historians are here to inform people better about it and not to suggest what anybody then does with it.

As I understand it, historical scholarship currently proposes that while some people accused as witches may have believed that they were harming others by witchcraft, there were not actual societies – or traditions – of witches, despite the fact that people believed that there were? Is that right? And this leads into the aspect of witchcraft studied by Carlo Ginzburg.

You are correct, but the part played by ancient ideas in the formation of early modern witchcraft identities and the inner mental world of early modern witchcraft and magic are two aspects of early modern witchcraft that have been less studied by British and American academic historians than those outside the universities or academics on the Continent. Authors well known to modern pagans such as Carlo Ginzberg and Emma Wilby have worked in this area, but valuable work has also been done by Gustav Henningsen, Lyndal Roper, Philip C. Almond and Thomas Robisheaux which Pagans might follow up.

Many modern pagans take Ginzburg’s work as proof of real societies of witches.

As I have already explained as clearly as I can, in both Triumph and my debate with Jani Farrell-Roberts, neither Carlo nor any other reputable historian since 1980 has argued that the people accused of witchcraft in early modern Europe were practitioners of a surviving pagan religion. What Carlo and many others have acknowledged (as I do) is that medieval and early modern Europeans constructed their world-picture out of materials taken from both Christianity and ancient paganism, making a mixture of both which they believed to be a form of Christianity. Thus there were plenty of pagan elements in the stereotype of witchcraft which they developed: unsurprisingly as ancient pagans had themselves persecuted witches. Sometimes different groups of early modern people disagreed over what was actually permissible, and Christian. The most famous case, and the extreme one, consists of the benandanti of north-eastern Italy, whom Carlo discovered for modern historians. They were a group of people, themselves devout Christians, who believed that their spirits left their sleeping bodies at night to fight witches in order to defend their communities. In the years around 1600, however, they fell foul of the local Catholic Church, which, influenced by new theological thinking, decided that their belief was itself demonically inspired. The benandanti were neither pagans nor witches, but they were motivated by beliefs that were almost certainly pre-Christian. Unfortunately it is difficult to find another group of people in Europe like them. What is much easier is to find beliefs about what witches were supposed to do which were inspired by pre-Christian tradition.

Are you opposed to Ginzburg’s work?

No: rather, I have a different view of the subject which complements his. Carlo and I are friends, with a mutual respect perfected by an international gathering of scholars convened by Harvard University in 2009 to mark the twentieth anniversary of his great book Storia Notturna, translated into English as Ecstasies. I was the British historian invited to the event, and when my turn came to present I acknowledged that Carlo’s use of shamanism, as an interpretative framework for the beliefs that underpinned the early modern witch trials, drew useful attention to linkages and similarities across Europe. I also felt, however, that it obscured major regional differences in ancient conceptions of the supernatural which explained important variations in the trials, such as why it was mainly women who were accused in most places but mainly men in some, why some areas experienced intense witch-hunts and other none, and so forth. Ireland, Scotland and Iceland, for example were all neighbouring societies very similar in structures of economy, society, gender relations and religion, and yet had utterly different experiences. Ireland had very few witch trials, and none among the Gaelic population. Scotland had almost none in the Gaelic areas but one of the most savage rates of execution in Europe in every other region, in which women predominated. Iceland also had an intense witch hunt, of which almost all the victims were male. The solution, I propose, may be found in their ancient traditions. Gaelic areas differed from the European norm in blaming land-spirits (fairies) for misfortune rather than human beings, while Iceland had a genuine tradition of shamanism, in which men were regarded as more magically dangerous than women. This model was accepted by the company at Harvard as viable, with Carlo being especially complimentary. I shall make it the subject of a large book to be written in the next few years.

While there is no decisive evidence to substantiate the existence of Pagan witchcraft before Gardner, many Pagan witches would say that this is because their religion was secret and passed down via oral tradition. What are we to make of claims regarding oral tradition?

I have no interest in contesting the claims of modern Pagans to represent a secretly surviving tradition, as long as the practitioners do not attack me or offer any actual historical evidence for scrutiny. If they do neither, then they are effectively standing outside history and are not the concern of a historian. I regularly read articles by contemporary witches, expounding one system or another which they say has been passed down through their family or their initiatory tradition for centuries, and offering no evidence to support this claim. They are no concern of mine, and it is open to others to believe or disbelieve them as they will. Gerald Gardner’s Wicca was, however, based on specific historical evidence, above all the early modern trials, and academic framework of interpretation of it, which were very much the business of historians.

If modern Pagan witches do not represent a continuation of a religion that survived the Witch Hunts and can be traced back to the pre-Christian era, then what is our lineage?

Most notably in a chapter in a collection entitled Paganism Today, published in 1996, I have taken direct issue with the view generally held by academics that there were no links between ancient and modern paganism at all. In reply I identified no less than four cultural streams which connected the two: ritual magic, cunning craft, folk rites, and (above all) the persistent love affair of Christian culture with the art and literature of the ancient world. All these streams of images and ideas were, certainly, maintained between the early medieval and modern periods by people who were at least nominally Christian, but none the less they were preserved. The great development of the modern age was for them to be filtered back out of general Christian culture and recombined with an active allegiance to pagan deities to produce a revived and viable set of Pagan religions. This essay in Paganism Today was my manifesto for Triumph of the Moon and intended to be read in conjunction with it, which in Britain it certainly often was. Abroad, however, the essay tended to be unknown and the book read outside of its vital context.

Some might wonder how ‘Christian’ those who maintained those four ‘streams’ really were?

They certainly thought that they were Christians, and it requires a very narrow definition of Christianity to declare that they were wrong. The pagan and Christian elements in medieval culture, as indeed in all European culture between 400 and 1900, are so closely woven together, in every aspect of life, that it seems pointless to try to separate them out. Indeed, the most narrow-minded and intolerant of medieval and early modern Christians tended usually to be far more worried by what they thought to be the wrong sort of Christianity, or by Judaism or Islam, than by pagan elements in their world. There is, moreover, a strong positive argument for Pagans in the present day in drawing attention to the massively important and ubiquitous contribution of ancient paganism to mainstream European culture: that they can now claim to be the heirs of a tradition of enduring central relevance to all levels of society even during the period of Christian dominance, rather than to a furtive, marginalised and outlawed one.

So, how do you reply to those who believe that you argue that there is no direct and consistent connection between ancient and modern Paganism?

I can offer no less than three, quite different but equally important, replies. The first is that ever since I first began to write about paganism, in my Pagan Religions book, I have emphasised that there is a direct line of transmission between the ancient and modern kinds, though the medium of ritual magic. This was a clear counter-cultural tradition, in opposition to both pagan and Christian religious norms in Europe, but rooted firmly in the orthodox attitudes to religion and magic taken in ancient Egypt. Not only does it represent a demonstrable continuity, text to text and person to person, across the centuries, but Egyptian magical texts contain the clearest parallels to the beliefs and practices of modern Pagan witchcraft in the ancient world. In Witches, Druids and King Arthur, I went further, to show how astral magic in particular had opened a space for the continued veneration of pagan deities within a broadly Christian framework, which more or less spans the gap between the end of ancient paganism and the appearance of its modern counterpart. I am tempted to speculate that modern Pagans would have recognised the importance of this connection, and been able credibly to claim a direct and unbroken lineage of descent from antiquity, had they not been sidetracked by an error made by academic scholars in the nineteenth century and perpetuated by them into the early and mid twentieth, of identifying the people prosecuted for witchcraft in the early modern period as pagans.

My second reply is that it is ridiculous to declare that no religion has validity unless it can claim unbroken descent from the remote past. Most of the major faiths of the world have undergone periods of reform in which members have jettisoned the norms of those faiths during the recent past to renew them by reference to much older practices. To take the example which has produced the most influential effects in the Western world, Protestant Christianity was founded on the claim that the faith of Christ had been corrupted by medieval Catholicism and that it was necessary to return to its earlier texts for the inspiration to purify and renew it, vaulting over the many centuries between. Pagans today are likewise perfectly entitled both to filter out the elements of paganism preserved in medieval and early modern Christian culture and to return directly to those preserved in the texts and art of the ancient world, to rebuild a paganism suited to the needs of the present. Indeed, the appearance of postmodernism as a major school of philosophy powerfully reinforces this justification, highlighting the way in which the present always appropriates and transplants aspects of the past in order to serve its requirements, and celebrating that process.

My third reply is that I am surprised and dismayed by the heavy emphasis which Pagans who are attempting to reassert an unbroken tradition of pagan witchcraft, of the kind developed by scholars in nineteenth-century universities, place on tradition itself as the main test of authenticity in religion. It seems to relegate to second place, if not to discount altogether, what are usually taken to be the two most important aspects of religious authenticity: the relationship between the adherents of a religion and the deities or spirits whom it honours, and the impact that this makes on a society. If those practising a religious tradition have an overwhelming sense of the genuine in the contacts that they make with their divine beings, then that tradition is a viable one, and those contacts, not claims of initiatory descent or length of practice, are the core of it. It seems to me that in this regard Pagans score very highly. As for impact, Paganism has been in existence in its present form now for over half a century, with precursors going back another hundred and fifty years, and enriched the society around it with images and ideas that make a significant contribution to art, literature and music, while attracting members who are remarkably tolerant, well-adjusted and well-behaved in comparison with some of those belonging to more evangelical and monopolistic belief systems.

Do you think that Triumph of the Moon should be the definitive history of Pagan witchcraft?

I don’t believe in definitive histories: the writing of history is and should be something that is ever changing and developing. Triumph is not a general history of witchcraft or paganism, or even a general history of modern pagan witchcraft. It set out to answer the question of how, if the old-fashioned academic idea of an enduring English witch religion no longer has firm historical foundations, the basic model for modern pagan witchcraft across the world happened to appear in England in the 1940s: why there and why then? I think that I did propose such an answer, based on sufficient primary research. My hope was that it would inspire or provoke others to further original work, and in the case of friends such as Philip Heselton it did. I am disappointed that so few Pagans have as yet tapped into the very rich resources of Victorian and Edwardian literature, folklore collections and legal records, which provide ample, and easily accessible, material for the history of modern Paganism in the period in which it was taking shape. There is also a need for more books or web sites, which make accessible to Pagans the riches of pagan imagery and ideas as developed both in the ancient world and in the Christian centuries, as resources for creative use in the present.

Are you intending to write those?

In order to keep my job, I need to write books for a general audience, with many aspects that appeal especially to my academic colleagues, rather than for Pagans. I do have an article that is designed specifically for them, coming out in the next issue of The Pomegranate journal called “Writing the History of Witchcraft: A Personal View” in which I discuss the history of witchcraft scholarship within the last forty years and the effect it has had on the self-image of modern pagan witches. I situate my own work within this wider scholarship and suggest avenues of further research that could be taken up by both professional historians and pagan practitioners. As part of this process I also provide a section by section reply to Ben Whitmore’s Trials of the Moon. The piece is designated a ‘review article’, which means that it can be read on the Internet free of access and charge. It will provide proper source references to the information that I supply at points in this interview. One of the problems that Pagans encounter in dealing with academic work is that they can gain access to it on the Internet (where it is least commonly found) or (with more difficulty) in books, but few have access to the specialist journals and collections of edited essays in which most professional scholarship is published. My article provides some access to the research aired in these, including my own, of which a lot of Pagans outside of the academy are completely unaware.

In addition, my books will continue to be of interest to Pagan readers. I am writing one at present called Britain’s Pagan Heritage, which is a more detailed and updated version of Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles. Although I put a lot of my own comments into the latter, and recognised the existence of alternative views to those of academic scholars in a manner rare for an academic, that earlier book was mainly a synthesis of the ideas of specialist archaeologists and historians about ancient British and Irish religion, as expressed in the 1980s. That is, of course, why they liked it so much, and why the archaeologists elected me to the Antiquaries as described. The new book is confined to Britain to allow me to go into more detail, and in addition it contains much more original research of my own, tested over the past two decades in a string of essays and conference papers. It covers the current evidence for, and interpretations of, pre-Christian religions in Britain from the Old Stone Age to the triumph of Christianity, and also deals with the question of subsequent pagan survivals.

After that I am going to write a book on the history of witchcraft itself, something that I have never actually done hitherto. Again, I have been working towards this for twenty years, and road-testing its more important arguments in articles and presentations, of which my participation in the Harvard colloquium represented one step.

In addition I continue to support the work of others, both inside and outside the academy. I have sixteen postgraduate students at present, working on such topics as the image of witchcraft in English literature; the history of Hallowe’en; the early modern witch trials; the history of theurgy in Western occultism; and the image of the Goddess in ancient, medieval and modern contexts.

Thank you Professor Hutton, that was fascinating. As usual you have provided a mountain of important and useful information on a contentious subject (at least amongst Pagans) in an inoffensive and educational manner. I’m sure it will prove interesting to readers of this blog and I expect it will contribute to the continuing enhancment of discourse within Paganism.

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Daily Stuff 8-5-17 Waffle Day

Hi, folks!

Eclipse countdown – 15 days!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:12 AM of -0.3 feet. No Herbs today. Sewing at 3pm.

I don’t know if it rained this morning, a little or the mist was just that thick, but the grass and sitting surfaces were wet. Not soggy, mind, just wet….. 63F feels so much nice that what it’s been, and just a little breeze to go with it. The clouds are clamped tightly to the hills and the bay and beaches have a fine mist for about 10 feet up. The humidity is 88%….

Yesterday was long. Both Tempus and I were tired and he tried to go without a nap, so of course he crashed in the late afternoon. I spent the day checking in stock and getting it out for sale. We got all the bottles! We’ve got the rack filled back up again. More of the incense got set out and I pulled some herbs for tomorrow’s workshop…and then Courtney came in and she’s not going to be able to make it for the Herbs Workshop, so I’m going to call it off for one day.

Tempus and Jay are heading into Corvallis for the afternoon, so I’ll be by myself. I’m hoping to spend a lot of time sewing in between taking care of customers.

I did my usual harvesting, getting my feet soaked in the process, but got my last blueberry and a couple of early huckleberries!

…and I just realized that I left my computer glasses at the apartment. Oi….

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Today’s Feast is Waffle Day. An actual “feast” for once? :-) Did you know that they go back to the Middle Ages and derive from communion wafers? I had no idea! Waffles, as we know them, go back to the early 1500’s, and there is a bewildering variety. I also didn’t know that Belgian waffles are not from Belgium. They were invented at a World’s Fair in the US and were called “Bel-Gem” waffles! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waffle

plant huckleberry Vaccinium_ovatum_3Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and

Still-green huckleberries. We’re going to have quite a crop this year!

to make dreams come true.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 8/7 at 11:11am. 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 8/5 at 11:11pm.

. . . but by week’s end Venus has entered the feet of Gemini, and the triangle it forms with Aldebaran and Betelgeuse has morphed quite a bit. Venus is holding almost steady with respect to your dawn landscape, while the background stars slide to the upper right from morning to morning.
The Moon shines low in the southeast as the stars come out. How early can you spot Altair, three fists at arm’s length to the Moon’s upper left? How about brighter Vega, nearing the zenith from the east?
Mercury is buried deep in the glow of sunset.

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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
Moon in Sagittarius
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5) Retrograde
Color: White

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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
Sa   5      Low   6:12 AM    -0.3   6:08 AM     Set  4:12 AM      91
~     5     High  12:40 PM     5.9   8:36 PM    Rise  7:20 PM
~     5      Low   6:00 PM     2.6
~     5     High  11:48 PM     7.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When spiders weave their webs by Noon, fine weather is coming soon

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – Do you think there is too much fighting on t.v. Why or why not?

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Quotes  

~  Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – Dalai Lama
~  People love others not for who they are but for how they make them feel. – Irwin Federman
~  Power doesn’t need to be about conquest of others; it needs to be about conquest of self. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Prosperity comes from being industrious. – Kerr Cuhulain

All Nature helps to swell the song
And chant the same refrain;
July and June have slipped away
And August’s here again. –Helen Maria Winslow (1851–1938)

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Magick – Full Moon, August, Matagorda Beach

for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea. –e.e. cummings

The surf crashed against the shore, tumbling haphazardly over itself in its haste to steal a kiss from the sand. Overhead, the Full Moon’s radiance smudged the stars from the sky. The air had that salt-fish-sweatsocks smell that I remembered from childhood outings to this same beach, the Saturdays when my family would have an unofficial contest to see who could turn the most fetching shade of beet red.

Drums.

A half-dozen women in various stages of undress formed a ragged circle in the water, drenched to the hips, hands joined. They swayed back and forth between the dual rhythms of drum and surf. Some were topless, the moonlight softening the outline of breast and hip. One woman wore a lovely crinkled cotton shift, having apparently forgotten that it would be see-through when wet, showing off her metallic magenta underwear.

“Ancient Mother, I hear you calling
Ancient Mother, I hear your song…”

Somehow a chorus of untrained, unremarkable voices blended into an ethereal harmony. Several yards inland the drummer, a woman decked in about four pounds of pendants and a beatific smile, was lost in the pattern her hands wove on the instrument.

The chant soared higher into the sky, gaining momentum, rising above waves and sand and Moon into the heart of Creation. At that precise moment, poised between worlds and in a time that was not time, I had the strangest urge to yell, “SHARK!”

Nothing like a little sarcasm to kill a mystical mood.

Thankfully I kept my mouth shut, but the damage was done. Suddenly the ritual-induced euphoria vanished, leaving me shivering and soaked to the skin, wondering what on Earth I was doing in a sarong on a beach in the middle of the night dancing with a bunch of half-naked crazy Witches. My Mom would have a stroke.

Fortunately the rest of the ritual went off without a hitch. The chant peaked, and the women sent the energy they’d raised into the ocean, giving it a little extra strength and protection from the vagaries of humankind. I dragged my focus back into the Circle. Lissa, acting priestess for the rite, bid farewell to the Great Mother and the Elements, and we sloshed back up the shore to dry out around the bonfire and tuck into a cooler full of sandwiches and Kool-Aid (Kaitlyn, who packed the post-ritual munchies, is the mother of six-year-old twins, so the crusts were cut off and there were lots of napkins).

Lissa passed the thermos with a “May you never thirst,” and I settled into the hollow my rear had worn into the sand. There was the usual chatter of an extended family: dates and mortgages, spells cast and recipes found, an ongoing debate between Wiccan purists and fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer over whether or not Willow was a bad influence on teenage Witchlets.

Sitting on the edge of the circle, I felt a little let down-by myself, mostly, but just a little by the sea. Surely I could have kept my cynicism out of the way; after nearly a decade at this I ought to be better at caging my Monkey Mind. The night was perfect, the ritual perfect, and everyone around me was practically glowing. I felt like the only person in the room who doesn’t know the answer to Final Jeopardy!. To top it all off I had one of those “Didn’t anyone ever teach you how to ground?” headaches.

I was especially disappointed because I’ve always had such a strong connection to the sea. When I was a child, before I’d ever set foot on a beach, I had long restful dreams of waves breaking over rocks, of the call of seagulls. Some of my most profound spiritual experiences have come to me while I floated on my back watching the night sky. I collected water from every beach I ever went to, adding them to a special jar on my altar. There were seashells all over my apartment. People used to tell me my eyes were the color of the Gulf of Mexico–they stopped, of course, as the Gulf changed from grey-blue to dirty brown thanks to the wonders of American industry.

I spent the night after my high school graduation on a beach, a little ways away from my friends, sitting in a Circle drawn in the wet sand with a finger. The whole universe had poured down into my body, sending my chakras into orbit. That night had been much like this one, so what did I do wrong this time?

Conversation ebbed and flowed around the group, and I let my attention drift back toward the water. I let the endless stream of memories move past my mind’s eye, thinking of all the times I’d come home and washed sand out of my drawers, and of the time I got stung by a jellyfish, and the dozen times since high school I’d ditched work to drive down to the beach, jump out of my car, and run screaming toward the water like a blue-painted Braveheart extra. I also remembered watching a storm roll in, tongues of twisted lightning flicking against the horizon, black clouds like the hand of a god stretching out to pluck the Moon from the sky.

I leaned back a bit, the sand cupping me, reminding me of being young and holding a baby turtle in my hands. I relaxed conscious hold on the edges of my mind, eroding cell by cell into the ever-turning tide. Wave after wave washed me farther out to sea.

The ocean is never the same twice. Water that formed one wave will explode into a thousand others, taking different paths to distant shores. As I drifted, I felt myself dissolving, carried away, separated into a million parts that were all part of one.

Drops of me landed on the sands of Maui; I flew off the tail of a dolphin jumping for joy alongside the prow of an aircraft carrier. I soaked into the shorts of a toddler who ran away from her mother, laughing hysterically, feet splashing in my warmth before she fell down on her rump. I yielded up the trash that humans had tossed into me. I caught a message in a bottle. I evaporated into the heat of a summer afternoon only to come down again in a thundershower; I filled the lungs of a drowning man.

I roared with elemental rage, towering over a sailboat, spilling onto the deck; I held the continents within the circle of my arms; I glimmered in the sunlight, shone in the moonlight, danced with the wind, and churned under a sea turtle’s feet. I nibbled away at the wreck of the Titanic, then flowed halfway around the world to knock the surfboard out from under a boy who thought he could tame me. I was Arctic blue, tropical green, foaming white, stormy silver.

Finally, finally, I joined into a wave that bore down on a secluded little beach, reaching up beyond the boundaries of the tide to smack full force into a circle of unsuspecting women with purple Kool-Aid moustaches, one of whom knew I was coming and opened my eyes, laughing, sand between my toes.

The fire went out with a spectacular smoking hiss. Tamra yelped and leaped backward to protect her drum from the onslaught. Women squealed, giggled, cursed, and eventually schlepped their gear farther up the shore where maybe, just maybe, Mother wouldn’t join in so theatrically.

I stayed where I was, smiling out at the ocean. “Okay,” I said. “I’m listening.”

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Horse or Chicken?

A retiring farmer in preparation for selling his land, needed to rid his farm of animals. So he went to every house in his town.
To the houses where the man is the boss, he gave a horse. To the houses where the woman is the boss, a chicken was given.
He got toward the end of the street and saw a couple outside gardening. “Who’s the boss around here?” he asked.
“I am.” said the man.
“I have a black horse and a brown horse,” the farmer said, “which one would you like?”
The man thought for a minute and said, “The black one.”
“No, no, no, get the brown one.” the man’s wife said.
“Here’s your chicken.” said the farmer.

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