Wicca 101 for Young Folks at 9:30am. House Capuchin’s Project Day at noon.
Yesterday was long. I was really tired from being up so late with an asthma attack and Tempus wasn’t much better getting up so early to do his paper route. We got the shop open on time, though, and although no one showed up for the Herbs Workshop I got some stuff sorted and put away, mostly old roses that I’m thinking about making into rose water or some such….
Tempus got back to work on the candle-dipping racks and got two complete long before the day was over, then went out and got a dowel to use for attaching small stamps to, cut it up and started sanding.
I did a lot of sewing late in the day, mostly pouches and bags, but I also got a couple of templates drawn out.
We did have some people in shopping, off and on, but it was pretty quiet with the rain and sun taking turns. Late in the afternoon the sunlight was pouring into the shop, but by the time we left around 8pm the clouds were back and they dumped on us on the way home.
Today we have the morning class and then the House Capuchin people are going to be doing some block printing, probably out front. Stop by and take a look!
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
Today’s Feast is Yuri’s Night, a modern festival created in honor of the first true space flight. It was on April 12th in 1961 at the height of the space race. It is supposed to raise awareness of space science. Yuri Gagarin was the man who flew the Vostok in a full orbit of our planet. Ironically, he was killed in a MIG accident in 1968, leading to all kinds of interesting conspiracy theories. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri%27s_Night . and more on Gagarin here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin
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Love & Light,
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. 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 4/13 at 11:57pm.
With the Moon out of the evening sky, see if you can spot the big, soft Beehive Star Cluster (M44) in central Cancer with your unaided eyes. Bright Jupiter guides the way; after nightfall, M44 is to the right of Jupiter by 5° (about three finger-widths at arm’s length). Is your sky too light-polluted? Binoculars bring it right out. Binoculars will also show Cancer’s second open cluster, M67, much smaller and dimmer but still a fairly easy find. And in northern Cancer are two fine binocular double stars. See Gary Seronik’s Binocular Highlight column and chart in the April Sky & Telescope, page 45.
Venus (magnitude –4.1, in Taurus) blazes in the west during and after twilight — the “Evening Star.” It doesn’t set in the west-northwest until nearly two hours after dark. The Pleiades pass to its right on April 10th and 11th. Aldebaran is to Venus’s left around the 16th (depending on your latitude). In a telescope, Venus is still small and gibbous.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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 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
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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
Su 12 Low 12:45 AM 3.2 6:38 AM Rise 2:47 AM 53
~ 12 High 6:35 AM 6.8 7:57 PM Set 1:02 PM
~ 12 Low 1:44 PM 0.5
~ 12 High 8:27 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It is not about reaching a goal and finally sitting back to rest. The point is experiencing the journey and drawing your own conclusions….
~ To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections. – Sandra Bierig
~ If venereal delight and the power of propagating the species were permitted only to the virtuous, it would make the world very good. – James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer
~ Behavioral psychology is the science of pulling habits out of rats. – Douglas Busch
~ Daring is about pulling up your anchor to allow you to set sail on the flow of your spirit. – Kerr Cuhulain
…it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very, very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Beltane Magick – Meditation
Anja – Tonight we working with the folk traditions of Europe, where the Bael Fires drove away the murrains of winter, destroying storms and all other evil. They called in the good spirits of increase and rain in good measure, sun in plenty that the harvest would be bountiful. Plus, all of this is *fun*! In Germany the Brocken, the Bald Mountain, where the Brocken Giant still walks and throws his shadow on the mists that float through the valleys; this was the traditional gathering place of the Knowing Ones on the nights when the veil thinned. Tonight we will join them.
Do meditation lead in
Strings up – up into the sky you go
Statement of theme(brocken) Here is the train of the King Huon and his court on their beautiful horses. His knight’s banners fly in the wind.
String burble – the horses of Queen Mab and her ladies follow all in garlands of flowers and gowns of flowing white
Stop – They are here to witness the great battle.
Strings up – the forces of good and the forces of evil contend to see which will prevail.
Statement of theme(brocken) They come riding on goats and toads and spiders, wearing their own shapes or shapes that they have borrowed.
String burble – The Knowing ones have wheat stalks and the evil ones have thorns.
2nd theme – They run at each other. Thrashing and hitting.
Quieter – ..and then separate.
Single oboe – Readying themselves for another round
Repeating in others. – and then they get ready to run
2nd theme – They run and the vines and weat stir up a dust that we can’t see through.
String passage –
2nd theme –
Horn theme – Ah, They’re done and Good prevails.
Viverka – The harvest is saved.
Stepping folk music – what are these, fauns? Yes, oh yes!
Burble down – .and the Knowing ones and their steeds begin to dance with them.
Something – and the evil ones slink away.
Horn theme – The hunters blow their horns.
Sneaking tiptoeing – What shy beast is this? Not a beast but the dryads of the wood in their green draperies, coming out to join us. They are dancing to
Burble up/down/up/down – One by one they whirl up among us joining dance.
Burbling around – Oh ho, the satyrs follow!
2nd theme – Those lusty boys
Satyrs low horn – and all join in the dance
Something big – The King himself with Queen Mab is there.
Horn theme – and the satyrs weave in and out, catching dryads who don’t mind being caught.
Satyrs low horn – They laugh. All laugh!
Something big – …and they jump back onto their steeds.
Horn theme – and away we fly in a mad chase.
1st theme lead in – we’ve caught up to the king . See the knight’s banners flying in the wind of their passage.
1st theme Brocken – There are the knowing ones. There are the benandanti. There are flocks of birds and huge dragonflies with some of the fae riding them. OH, the troops of the king
2nd theme – …and the flowers, the garlands of the beautiful queen and her women
Violins – The fuans and dryads
2nd theme variation and the satrys of course.
Horn theme – and the huntsmen blow their horns again.
1st theme lead in See them jumping again?
Burbling around – and again the fae whirl past
Stepping – Here are the dancing fauns with the dryads all in a ring. The
Viverka – The satyrs grab them, but they, laughing, jump away
Trilling down – …and one of them bounces off something and a satyr has her but She’s laughing.
Loud crashing – …and the troops of the king are riding across the sky.
Whirling – The fae whirling like leaves behind.
Horn theme –
Quiet – Ah, look. We settle from the air, dropping as lightly as flower petals into a green glade, moon lit
Gradual build to mezzo almost sweet – The king gives his lady a drink of his mead and lightly kisses her fingertips. The ladies and the knights of the court draw toward each other.
sweet/sad – The hounds drop, panting to the ground and the huntsmen settle beside them.
The small fae flutter gently around us all as the moonlight shimmers on the scene.
Flower theme on Flute (long slow) As we rest a moment, flowers bloom around us, moon flowers, white flowers, sweet and strange scents, heady, giddy-making. There is another vine with blooms that are black in this light. The small fae cluster around the blooms sipping nectar and tipping it into tiny cups. They bring each of us just a taste.
Fairy theme – Sweet and tantalizing and then …
Quiet – The fae begin to lift into the sky
Hold chord – …and the king and his court fly into the sky leaving you behind. …you feel yourself fade into your body again.
As music ends Come back, now, come back to your body, knowing that you have walked with the Faery folk and the Wise Ones this night.
Sing with me as you bring yourself back into our circle. “we all come from the goddess and to her we shall return, like a drop of rain, flowing to the ocean.” repeats over and over until all are back
May we always remember!