I had a great time yesterday! My Balls workshop went well and the Bardic and Arts and Sciences Championships went well. The feast was yummy and the evening was a lot of conversation about widely varying topics and giggling and some outright belly laughs.
I have no idea how things are going at the shop. I haven’t really been online to talk to Tempus. I’ve been to busy! 🙂 I’ll get the full story tonight.
A little late for Ostara, but maybe next year? A post on Facebook said of these, “Walmart has chalkboard eggs and chalkboard paint is available, and silver ink pen…”
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
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 4/7 at 4:24am. 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 the Dark on 4/5 at 4:24pm.
Draw a line from Castor through Pollux and follow it farther out by a big 26° (about 2½ fist-widths at arm’s length). You’re at the dim head of Hydra, the Sea Serpent. In a dark sky it’s a subtle but distinctive asterism about the size of your thumb at arm’s length. Through light pollution, binoculars show it easily.
Mercury (bright at magnitude –1.5 to –1.0) emerges into evening view this week. Look for it low in the west-southwest in bright twilight. Binoculars will help. By late in the week it will be easy naked-eye. Mercury is coming into its best evening apparition of the year.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
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
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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).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 3 Low 3:51 AM 2.6 6:52 AM Rise 4:42 AM 27
3 High 9:39 AM 7.0 7:47 PM Set 3:31 PM
3 Low 4:26 PM 0.4
3 High 10:50 PM 6.8
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….
~ A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
~ The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: That’s the essence of inhumanity. – George Bernard Shaw
~ I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas. – Albert Einstein
~ One forgives to the degree that one loves. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Give us O give us the man who sings at his work! Be his occupation what it may, he is equal to any of those who follow the same pursuit in silent sullenness. He will do more in the same time — he will do it better, he will persevere longer. One is scarcely sensible of fatigue whilst he marches to music. – Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish Writer
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 momentoes 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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Doris locked, ‘s why I had to knock!