We started yesterday scrambling around trying to get some things done before the water had to be turned off. As soon as some of that was finished, Tempus started in. I was doing newsletter set-up by then and some online counseling in between. At just about the 1/2-way point in what I was doing he went out to get some more supplies and fittings for the project. When he got back we got some lunch and got back to work.
Eventually we got down to the shop and the Circle got the details worked out for Friday’s Beltane. We’re going to go down on the beach at Patterson Park (which is the one across from Range Drive in Waldport) and have a Bale Fire!
After the meeting four of us went over to the China Restaurant for supper and talked for a good while. When Tempus and I got back he went right to bed, but I was up for a bit, then turned in early.
Today Tempus is fixing a tire on his car. He’s going to open the shop, but may have to run back and forth a bit. When all that’s done he’s going to come back up to the house for me. I’m running very late this morning. I had a problem with this post and I’ve had to re-build it from the bottom up!
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Today is Walpurgisnacht. The name come from the old goddess Walpurga, who became St. Walpurga to the Church. Traditionally, on this night, fires are lighted on hilltops all through Europe including the “Brocken”, about which the famous piece “A Night on Bald Mountina” was written and then included in Fantasia. In many places either the fires are jumped over or cattle and other herdbeasts are driven around or between fires. It’s the beginning of the Beltane celebrations that include song, dance and carnivals, as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walpurgis_Night http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carodejnice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brocken
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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 5/3 at 8:42pm. 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 5/2 at 8:42am.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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
Th 30 Low 5:20 AM 1.2 6:08 AM Set 4:35 AM 83
~ 30 High 11:14 AM 6.1 8:19 PM Rise 5:10 PM
~ 30 Low 5:16 PM 1.5
~ 30 High 11:24 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I AM at peace as I experience all the love around me.
~ Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~ Be not afraid of changing slowly; be afraid only of standing still. – Chinese Proverb
~ A fool judges people by the presents they give him. – Chinese Proverb
~ Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. – Estonian proverb
There Is Another Sky By Emily Dickinson more by Emily Dickinson
There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin,
Never mind silent fields –
Here is a little forest,
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum:
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come! – Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/there-is-another-sky-by-emily-dickinson#ixzz3NMg3Kl8Z Family Friend Poems
Beltane Magick –
Beltane With Knobs On
Author: Zander Bruce Posted: April 23rd. 2006 Times Viewed: 4,005
Once a year I have a very different Sabbat. For seven of the festivals I will normally either mark the event alone or with a small group. The exception is generally Beltane. This year I will be sharing it with over 300 other participants and somewhere in the region of 8, 000 attendees.
What I am referring to is Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Festival (www.beltane.org) , now in its 19th year on top of Calton Hill, overlooking the capital of Scotland. With imagery and symbolism derived primarily from Celtic, Roman and Norse mythologies, a ritualised theatrical performance is enacted during the night of April 30th that sees the May Queen visit four elemental points, her Consort the Green Man is killed and reborn, not to mention pyrotechnics, huge puppets, nearly-naked Red Men and the White Warrior Women. It is a heady hybrid of theatre, ritual and drum-induced trance.
Of course, a great deal of hard work, energy, time and money goes into hosting this extraordinary event. After the past six weeks of rehearsals, meetings and workshops (and full-time job) I am utterly exhausted. One of the hardest aspects of helping to organise this herd of cats is the dichotomy of non-dogmatic involvement. The Beltane Fire Society, under whose auspices the festival is held, is not a Pagan association, nor do they bill Beltane as a Pagan festival. Their stance is that it is “Pagan-themed”. This is an understandable viewpoint in my opinion. They wish to be neither exclusive nor excluded on the basis of religious affiliation and also branding themselves as Pagan would be unrepresentative of their membership.
It is estimated that around 80% of performers on the night are non-Pagans who are involved because of the lure of theatrics, the pyrotechnics or because they are drawn to the symbolism. The remaining 20% tend to be either on Pagan or alternative religious paths.
What this means on a personal level to me is that when I am leading a team for Beltane, I have to act as if I am part of a covert interfaith project. Last Thursday I led an energy workshop for my team (Earth Point) during which I felt obliged to constantly translate from my standard Pagan terminology normally used for such things to a more diluted and self-policed language that bordered on the New Age at more than one point. Even when discussing the particulars of the festival with my group, I am duty-bound to avoid talk of Deity and replace with slightly more “muggle-friendly” terms like myth, legend and archetype.
It feels as if for two months a year I’m speaking in my second language. I have to test a sentence in my head first before speaking.
Sometimes I have to climb down from my witchier-than-thou high-horse as well, frequently landing on my ass when I do. I have to remember I’m dealing with people who don’t see a problem with re-writing lore to suit their purposes. It took me several weeks, a couple of pills and a lie down in a darkened room to get over their assertion that the Horned God was the winter aspect of the Green Man. Such things happen when dealing with well-meaning hippies.
Some wonderful opportunities do arise, though. A few years back I was leading one of the groups, the Torch Bearers. As their name suggests, they carry burning torches that provide the ritual procession with light, heat and some crowd control. I had suggested a Janus theme for our appearance and gave the group some background on Janus, his protective aspect, his appearance and they very much connected with these. On the night we wore black hoods with masks attached that had been moulded from our own faces. These masks were then painted to duplicate the colours and the bearded pattern on our actual faces. The visual result was one whereby the procession was bordered by two-headed torch-wielding empowered warrior/defenders. I cannot think of a better way to honour one of my patron Gods. I was flattered yesterday when the current organiser for that group mentioned that they had all watched the video if that year and been inspired by our appearance – another astonishment, knowing that work I did years ago still has relevance to someone.
This year I introduced my team to the Ogham Staves which they have bonded quickly to and which we shall be utilising as part of our body paint design on the night.
There has also been a form of symbiotic relationship that has formed between my Witchcraft group, Akasha, and Beltane Fire Society, though the Society are unaware of it. I can still recount who from our monthly workshop meetings took part in Beltane and which part they took in which year. We also gained several members over the years whom I had met whilst involved in the festival.
Overall the experience of working in a Pagan-themed but not Pagan-directed event has been both exhilarating and frustrating. Several times I have walked away, vowing never again, yet here I am after 9 years of attending and participating. I count myself fortunate that such an opportunity exists at all. Other times I find comfort in the knowledge that there follows 10 months of relative quiet and rest before it returns (though Pride has to be fitted in somewhere as well as the local Pagan Federation Conference, open rituals, my long-running Witchcraft workshop moot, my new moot I’ll be starting in the summer, e-mail groups and whatever else I put my hand up for) .
Perhaps this is the shape of things to come. The integrative route is fraught with dangers though such as dilution, defensive dogmatism and outright dissatisfaction for those involved. Surely it has to be better than the stereotypical “hidden lives of Witches” whereby we’re self-ghettoised to the degree that the vast majority of us are still leading “double lives”. Many of our community are, let us be honest, part-time Pagans.
By involving more of us in individual outreach work we can help our students become teachers and ambassadors. We can help smooth the path for others. Open up opportunities for those who are seeking but just don’t quite know for what yet. Provided we can maintain a sense of identity, of humility and most of all honesty – admitting what we don’t know and seeking answers together.
A very blessed Beltane, everyone – however and with whomever you choose to celebrate.
ABOUT… Zander Bruce – Location: Edinburgh, Scotland – Author’s Profile: To learn more about Zander Bruce – Click HERE
Bio: Found wandering around the pagan scene in Edinburgh, Scotland approximately 10 years ago, pity was taken upon Zander and he was given succour. Since then he has martyred himself frequently by attending and organising entirely too many rituals, meetings, festivals and conferences. Before he is put out to pasture, he is looking to write his memoirs (fear not, names shall be changed to protect the guilty) and sees this series of articles as a precursor. All hate-mail should be addressed to the author directly.
A traveling salesman stopped alongside a field on a country road to rest a few minutes. The man had just closed his eyes when a horse came to the fence and began to boast about his past.
“Yes sir, I’m a fine horse. I’ve run in 25 races and won over $5 million dollars. I keep my trophies in the barn.”
The salesman computed the value of having a talking horse, found the horse’s owner and offered a handsome sum for the animal.
“Aw, you don’t want that horse,” said the farmer.
“Yes I do,” said the salesman, “and I’ll give you $100,000 for the horse.”
Recognizing a good deal, the farmer said without hesitation, “He’s yours.”
While he wrote out his check, the salesman asked, “By the way, why wouldn’t I want your horse?”
“Because,” said the farmer, “he’s a liar – he hasn’t won a race in his life.”