Yesterday started cranky on my part, but the dreams gradually dissipated and the day got better. After I got the newsletter out, Tempus made breakfast, which was cereal, hardboiled duck eggs and sausage. Yum…. and then he brought me some fruit to work on later, ‘coz I was full!
I got to work on the week’s newsletter set-up while he rumpussed around, getting ready and he was out the door by 2. I did the little fiddly bits on the newsletters first, the moon phases and day colors and such-like. It’s a pain and it needs to be accurate.
I sorted out my next shipment from Gaian Allusions Pottery and looked into getting some herbs that we need for incense. I’m having a heck of a time finding jasmine flower and we’re low on Beltane incense.
I finally got finished with enough time to take a break before esbat, then put myself together, gathered up the bread and a bottle of the Howling Jack mead and headed for the shop. I cleaned up a little while I was there, and everyone showed up fairly quickly. We had a good esbat, putting the Beltane ritual together. It’s a Mad Tea Party, so it ought to be a lot of fun!
We had a funny as we were getting ready to go. We get a lot of snails on the pavement in front of the shop. I have no idea why. Rowan went to put something in the car and came back giggling over the snail that, as she put, “was making a break for the door”, but was so small that the door passed right over it. I suggested that she move it, since one of us would step on it for certain if she didn’t. So she moved it and it got to live on, unstomped.
When we got home Tempus went to bed almost right away, but I wrote for awhile, first, and then got all tangled up in working on the House Capuchin blog. I think I got it wrangled into shape. Take a peek! www.housecapuchin.wordpress.com
Today I’ll be at the shop. I’m not sure what Tempus is going to be doing, but I’m hoping he’s going to sleep in and then clean the kitchen!
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
St. Mark’s Eve is a traditional time for divination. More on the customs here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mark%27s_Eve and more on St. Mark here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mark_the_Evangelist His supposed martyrdom by the pagans of Alexandria has been used as an excuse for persecuting pagans… Ya know, when you read through a lot of the martyrdom stories, the stories that have been come up with since 9/11 about persecuting Moslems don’t sound nearly so outlandish…. Not advocating persecuting anyone, just making a point about how the “winners” can twist the truth.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is a Waning Crescent moving into Hecate’s Brooch at 11:47am. 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 4/28 at 11:14PDT. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 4/24 at 11:47am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at MoonDark on 4/27 at 11:47am.
During dawn tomorrow morning (the 25th), look below the waning crescent Moon for Venus. Think photo opportunity!
Venus (magnitude –4.2) is the bright “Morning Star” shining in the east-southeast during dawn. How late into the growing daylight can you follow it?
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 – A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 24 Low 3:14 AM 2.0 6:17 AM Rise 3:44 AM 33
~ 24 High 9:01 AM 6.5 8:12 PM Set 3:23 PM
~ 24 Low 3:31 PM 0.5
~ 24 High 9:59 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
~ Magic is about using your connections to the universe effectively, finding the right connection and giving it the subtle tug that starts a chain of events that leads to your objective. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God. – Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
~ People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. – Anton Chekhov
~ Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice. We are uncommonly and marvelously intricate in thought and action, our problems are most complex and, too often, silently borne. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
Let not mistaken mercy
Let not mistaken mercy
blind my fading sight,
no false euphoria lull me.
I would not unprepared
take this last journey.
Give me a light to guide me
through dark valleys,
a staff to lean upon,
bread to sustain me,
a blessing in my ear
that fear not assail me.
Then leaving, do not hold my hand,
I go to meet a friend –
that same who traced
compassion in the sand. – Nancy Hopkins
from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco
Feathered winds come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we’re upward bound.
Tongues of flame come jump with me
Ye purifying fires,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.
Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.
Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toils,
Join my chant of forests green
Secure me in rich soil.
Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working magic in this place.
In this invocation, each verse is designed for a cardinal point of the altar. At each of these four directions, a candle of the appropriate color should be lit, and a symbol of the element blessed as indicated in each verse. This is meant to be a celebration of life, so dance and sing around your circle. Don’t be afraid to get inspired.
Answer: A Chord