Yesterday we took it easy in the morning, sitting and talking over breakfast, watching the day get started, and the crows going after the leftovers from cleaning the fridge…and then watching them trying to eat out of the feeder, which is entertaining, to say the least.
Tempus got going on dishes and I on laundry and then we traded places until I got back into the newsletters. Since we’re between Sabbats, I needed to fill in the magick section and got sidetracked into writing out some recipes (butter logs tomorrow!)
He went to get Geurin and then took off to do some chores for a friend. Geurin and I did laundry and worked on some of the garb that we use for historical reenactment stuff. I also got some bread loaves made, a batch of shortbread and then a mushroom chicken dish for supper, while she worked in the garden. I got a few things done on the porch, but I was concentrating on trying to get some of my fabrics clean, by that point. I took her home 7-ish.
When Tempus got home, we had some of the chicken and then I got a bath and he went to bed. After my bath I finished folding and drying some of the “specialty” laundry that was in there, things like fabric scraps that will still need to be ironed, etc.
Today the Wicca 102 Intensive starts at 11am. The shop will be open all day. I’m up a little early for me, but I got enough sleep.
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.- Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
Helston Furry Day is an event in Cornwall, similar to other customs around the British Isles. It consists of a carnival with several specific dances during the day resembling, to my mind, some of the Carnivale parades. I don’t know that they’re related, except by common human impulse. “Furry” comes from “feria” which means festival. There are several dance processions during the day. The kids have one in the morning, which the schools from the area take turns leading. There’s another mid-day, the Hal-en-Tow, which features characters from folklore. Here’s the song of that name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs9PMky7Fj0and the mid-day dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JWd6mpR-fY and a longer one with bits from all the festivity parts, the famous “Furry Dance” starting at about 4 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yyO-VP-0nY Bonfires and hobby horses and Morris Dancers and Maying all get mixed in. Sounds like a fun party! More on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_Dance and a whole page of interesting May customs here: http://piereligion.org/mayday2.html#furry
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Waxing Gibbous phase. 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 5/14 at 12:15pm. 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 on 5/13 at 3:16am.
Sometime late this evening (roughly 10 p.m. depending on where you live), bright <<< Capella declining in the northwest will be exactly as high as bright Vega >>> climbing in the northeast. How accurately can you time their altitude balance? Each day it will come four minutes earlier.
Mars (magnitude –1.0, in Virgo) shines in the southeast to south during evening. Just left of it is 3rd-magnitude Porrima. Far lower left of Mars sparkles Spica >>>. In a telescope Mars is still 14 arcseconds wide, though it will soon start shrinking faster. See the Mars map and observing guide in the March Sky & Telescope, page 50. Use our Mars Profiler to find which side of the planet will be facing you when you plan to look.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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. Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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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 8 Low 2:37 AM 2.7 5:57 AM Set 2:46 AM 56
~ 8 High 8:05 AM 5.4 8:29 PM Rise 2:21 PM
~ 8 Low 2:35 PM 1.4
~ 8 High 9:10 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the All-Mother: I will be mentor or friend to someone in need today.
~ No person was ever wise by chance. – Seneca
~ Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. – St. Francis of Assisi
~ To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt. – Elizabeth Stanton (1815-1902) US reformer
~ The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
It’s midnight again, again
And I am alone.
Every night at midnight I wake
And sit up, the satin sheets
Sliding off against my naked skin
And I am chilled to the bone.
Where you now?
I pad on naked feet to my table
Where my candle is waiting for me,
The candle I made myself
And put in three drops of my blood
I will call to you, as I do every night
And light my candle,
Asking whichever forces hear me,
Dark or Light, to bring you to me.
All I want is you, by my side
And in my bed.
And I sing…
“Three drops of heart blood
Three, three, three;
And hard as resins
Is this blood from me…”
Mixed with my tears and blood
Was the frosting on your wedding cake;
You did not know.
And my laughter rang across
The miles between us
And still echoes through
The years of our long past. – © Copyright 3/15/06 Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Summer! Summer! The cow’s mild milk
and the Goddess with summer within her,
and the yellow summer, and the white daisies,
and the Goddess with summer within her. ~Irish May Day Song
Lady Upon the ferment of restless seas
You were born;
primordial as the sea.
Your realm is of pleasure and
the moment –ephemeral;
Your anger quick as a
summer storm and as quickly spent.
In loveliness of spirit all may
share in Your delight—
the Mystery is the ever loving Self–
Your flame burns bright in those
who love You–
Your rituals endure.
Pomona lived in ancient times,
a nymph whose merest touch would green
an orchard, would fill its boughs with fruit.
Oh how Pomona loved her orchards!
The rest of nature left her cold, but
fruit trees! apples! pears! These were
Pomona’s great delight, her fiercest joy.
She bore a knife, but not for hunting:
no, hers was used to trim a hedge
of rose or cherry-wood, or to prune
a fruitless tree, or graft an aged apple
so that it burst forth anew.
Orchards were her secret nurseries
and trees were her beloved ones
who never thirsted, never withered.
Oh! to live among Pomona’s trees!
Oh! to be loved as much as that! ~Ovid, Metamorphoses