It’s 48F and supposed to rain, although it hasn’t, yet. Just a typical rainy season day!
Yesterday started cranky, and it didn’t get better until I took a nap in the middle of the afternoon. We did have a delicious breakfast of pancakes, pear and scrambled eggs. I did a lot of newsletter stuff and really didn’t get outside until way late and then it was time for esbat.
I ended up not going, not wanting to inflict my “cranky” on everyone else. …bad enough that Tempus had to deal with it…. So I made a chicken and rice dish, enough for several days and then went to bed and read until he got home.
There is an in-the-news case of probable sexual abuse that is being hotly debated in the pagan community. I’m not going into details. Go look ’em up if you’re thinking to “dish”, but I’m not interested! However, as usual, Thorn Coyle has something profound to say about this, and then some earlier cases. I agree with her take on this and that’s why the “dish” thing is *not* my practice. Folks who are “power over”, especially in the pagan community, where that is *not* where most of us are going, don’t deserve to have publicity! Thorn’s article is here http://www.thorncoyle.com/blog/2014/04/01/feet-clay-part-1/ Please read all 4 parts of the article. 3 were written some time ago and then the last within the last few days.
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.
More here with links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_of_Chichester
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Diana’s Bow and becomes a Waxing Crescent at 11:48pm. 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 on 4/15 at 12:42am. at 11:48pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/3 at 11:48pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends on 4/7 ay 1:31am.
Thursday, April 3, evening – Aldebaran and the Moon – The Moon will be close to the red giant star Aldebaran in Taurus this evening.
With binoculars or a telescope, North Americans can watch the waxing crescent Moon crossing the Hyades star cluster. The Moon’s dark, earthlit limb will occult three 4th- and 5th-magnitude stars depending on where you are, as told in the April Sky & Telescope, page 50.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.2, in Gemini) dominates the sky overhead in twilight (for mid-northern skywatchers). It sinks westward through the evening and sets around 2 or 3 a.m. See our articles on observing Jupiter in the JanuarySky & Telescope http://www.shopatsky.com/product/sky-and-telescope-january-2014-digital-issue/magazine-issues or the briefer online introduction Jupiter: Big, Bright, and Beautiful. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/238809441.html
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month– Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 3 High 3:16 AM 8.1 6:53 AM Rise 9:19 AM 11
~ 3 Low 10:02 AM -0.3 7:46 PM
~ 3 High 4:21 PM 6.7
~ 3 Low 10:00 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take the time to notice the little things.
~ Master yourself, and everything else will take care of itself. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ He may not enter anywhere at the first, unless there be some one of the household who bid him to come, though afterwards he can come as he please. – Bram Stoker (1847-1912) English novelist
~ Successful, happy people live their lives in accordance with natural laws. – Brian Tracy
~ There is never as much to worry about as I worry that there will be. – SJ Tucker
It is a mistake to think that the past is dead. Nothing that has ever happened is quite without influence at this moment. The present is merely the past rolled up and concentrated in this second of time. You, too, are your past; often your face is your autobiography; you are what you are because of what you have been; because of your heredity stretching back into forgotten generations; because of every element of environment that has affected you, every man or woman that has met you, every book that you have read, every experience that you have had; all these are accumulated in your memory, your body, your character, your soul. So with a city, a country, and a race; it is its past, and cannot be understood without it. – William James Durant; attributed
May Pole – The Mini-Version http://homeschoolwitch.blogspot.com/2011/04/may-pole-mini-version.html?spref=fb – Thursday, April 28, 2011
Yesterday, my kids and I made a miniature version of a maypole, not only to honor Beltane, but to share with them a part of my heritage, as I grew up in Bavaria, in which rural parts the tradition of putting up a large maypole is still alive and practiced today.
As I grew up, my cousin and I used to practice singing songs for this occasion – I wish that I would have kept the sheet music from back then, but we were pre-teens, keeping momentous where not our priority.
Back to now, and our mini maypole.
Creating this maypole was fairly simple, cheap, and lots of fun.
We used a clay flower pot ( you can use any flower pot that has a hole on the bottom)
a dowel that fit snugly into the hole of the flower pot – using a hot glue gun to secure the dowel in place, instead of fitting it into the hole is also an option, but I happened to find one, that fit perfectly into the pot.
Glass beads, rocks or sand to fill the pot and secure the pole.
plastic flowers (this maypole is outside, so I did want something that will last at least a few days)
and ribbon, depending on the size of the pole – you will need enough ribbon to tie each strand on the top, and long enough that it will go the entire length of the pole, maybe even reach the floor.
After we secured the dowel in the flowerpot, we filled the pot to the top with glass beads. We used really colorful ones, to correspond with the flowers we choose.
Next, we tied ribbons around the top of the dowel, securing them tightly, and glued a little daisy, that we had left over from another project to the front.
The flowers were then arranged in the flowerpot, stuck securely into the glass beads, all the way around the pole.
Simple, isn’t it?
You can get creative and paint the flower pot first, or even the pole (I like the look of natural wood, the best, personally, lol).
Use the time of creating this pole together to talk about your practice and personal belief, as well as experiences about Beltane. You can also put on some fierce or traditional music, and practice dancing around it!
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