Yesterday would have been boring if it hadn’t been that I was writing steadily all day and working on pictures, as well. I had maybe a dozen customers in, no one really shopping, just looking around. I worked on cleaning up from the weekend, mostly. I did get some pictures of the resins that I was packing done.
We went to Driftwood Creek park to watch the sunset. That last invasion of purple sailors is turning white in drifts along the sand, but they still don’t smell so good.
I’ve been out puttering with plants this morning.
Driving over the bridge this morning the air was very bright from the bright sun combined with moisture in the air. There were some very low clouds, maybe rising fog, that seems to be just above eye level. It softened all the lines. We have a pretty approach as it is, but it made it magical.
Today Tempus has a phone appointment. I have to get this out, then we’re going back to the apartment to move furniture. Jeanne has an appointment this afternoon that Tempus is going to drive her to, then his paper run this evening. I’m going to be home sorting and putting away. If I get enough time I’m thinking to bake something.
Today’s Plant, Coltsfoot, Petasites Frigidus is 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
Today is Primrose Day in the UK in honor of Benjamin Disrali. He was a favorite of Queen Victoria and very much a conservative. After his death a Primrose League was founded to keep his principles and aims going. Why Primrose? These were his favorite flower. Victoria sent a wreath of them to his funeral and every year on this date his statue and grave are decorated with them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primrose_Day
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 4/21 at 10:24pm. 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 4/20 at 10:24am.
Bright Arcturus is climbing high in the east these evenings. Equally bright Capella is descending high in the northwest. They stand at exactly the same height above your horizon sometime between about 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. daylight-saving time, depending mostly on how far east or west you live in your time zone.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.3, in southern Leo) dominates the southern sky these evenings. Nothing else is nearly so bright! See our telescopic guide to Jupiter in the March issue of Sky & Telescope, page 48.
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
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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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 19 Low 5:59 AM 1.1 6:24 AM Set 5:29 AM 89
~ 19 High 11:56 AM 6.6 8:06 PM Rise 5:55 PM
~ 19 Low 6:03 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I allow peace to flow through me and keep my attention.
~ Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. – Jacques Maritain
~ If I should die, I have left no immortal work behind me — nothing to make my friends proud of my memory — but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered. – John Keats, English poet
~ A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men’s lives should not stake their own. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer
~ Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. – Arnold H. Glasow
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Beltane. Oh great! Just what I need, another holiday that supposedly celebrates one thing but ends up doing the complete opposite; so instead of feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, you end up feeling bitter, cynical, and lonely. This can’t be good. Oh, before I begin, I should tell you that I’m in my first cycle of being a Wiccan and I’m single, so this may be a bit bitter at first.
Lemme try this again. *ahem*
Why Beltane? Why Valentine’s Day? Why me? What’s this conspiracy against single people? What’s love got to do with it? I mean, it’s bad enough to be single, unattached, alone, on Valentine’s Day, but then two and half months later comes Beltane and the whole process starts over. You know the one: sitting there, waiting for a letter/note/card/phone call/etc. from someone asking you if you have any plans that day; being disappointed when that doesn’t happen, you end up sitting at home in front of the TV with a big bowl of popcorn and a bottle of cheap wine watching “I Love Lucy” reruns till three in the morning. Oh?? That hasn’t happened to you? Hmmmmm, must just be me then.
Anyways, since Valentine’s Day was a wash this year (and last year, the year before, etc.), so what do I have to look forward to with Beltane?
Being a solitary Wiccan is bad enough, but being a single, solitary Wiccan in the middle of the Bible Belt and not having grown up here is about the worst situation I can think of. Well, with the possible exception of having to judge a country line dancing contest with Barry Manilow. I’ll probably end up talking to my therapist (Dr. J. Daniels), eating junk food, watching “The Three Stooges” till I either fall asleep or pass out and wake up with a killer hangover AND a lonely feeling in my heart.
But then I stopped and thought about it. What is Beltane really about? Or rather, what should Beltane mean to me?
Beltane is a celebration of spring and fertility, yes, but is also a celebration of the union between the God and the Goddess. It’s a time of new life, new hopes, new dreams. And, unlike Valentine’s Day, doesn’t (necessarily) get involved in the whole messy business of love/lust. It’s a time for feasting, singing, dancing, and general merry making. So what if I’m a not-so-bad-looking 29 year old single male who’s as close to being a born-again virgin as can be? The point is, I can either wallow in misery (as I have done in the past and would rather do without) or I can start now to change things and celebrate the true meaning of Beltane by starting a new outlook on life and love.
To this end, I must first strip away my old self, get rid of all the negativity, and put away all the bad experiences and memories in some airtight drum, lock it, pour concrete over it, and dump it in some deep, dark ocean far away. I must cleanse myself of all of this and start afresh, and what better day to do this than on Beltane?
So this May 1, as part of my ritual, I’m doing a ceremonial cleansing bath, complete with herbs, candles, and incense, followed by my ritual to honor the God and Goddess, and then treat myself to a small feast, possibly involving a lobster named Din-din.
The way I see it, Beltane is a celebration of the union between the Lord and Lady and that this is a time to show and share unconditional love and trust, and where better to start than with yourself.
All too often, we spend our time doing things for others: we usually work for somebody’s business; we do community services; if you have children, your whole life basically revolves around them; if you’re married or engaged, your spending your time with your significant other; but how often do we spend on ourselves? When was the last time you bought yourself flowers? Or treated yourself to a gourmet meal? Or took a month long cruise? When was the last time you pampered yourself? If it’s been longer than a year, then I think you’re due.
Now I’m not advocating narcissism as a lifestyle; there are too many people in the world practicing that already. Rather, I’m suggesting that one day out of the year should be set aside just for yourself, so that you can thank yourself for being alive, doing your job, and still remain sane despite it all. And if it’s not on Beltane, than that’s fine, but if you’re single and alone, what else are you going to do that day?
Will you sit around inside some dark, lonely corner of your soul and mope? Or will you get up, put on a smile, go outside and run through the green meadows of life?
To paraphrase Henry David Thoreau, it’s time to suck out the marrow of life and love and enjoy both to their fullest because when Monday comes, it’s back to work.
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A man was driving along the highway, and saw a rabbit hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the rabbit, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of the car and was hit.
The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road and got out to see what had become of the rabbit. Much to his dismay, the rabbit was dead. The driver felt so awful he began to cry.
A woman driving down the highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong.
“I feel terrible,” he explained. “I accidentally hit this rabbit and killed it.”
The woman told the man not to worry. She knew what to do. She went to her car trunk and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead rabbit, and sprayed the contents of the can onto the rabbit. Miraculously, the rabbit came to life, jumped up, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped down the road.
50 meters away the rabbit stopped, turned around, waved at the two again, hopped down the road another 50 meters, turned, waved, and hopped another 50 meters.
The man was astonished. He couldn’t figure out what substance could be in the woman’s spray can! He ran over to the woman and demanded, “What was in your spray can? What did you spray onto that rabbit?”
The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said: ” ‘Hare Spray’ Restores Life to Dead Hare. Adds Permanent Wave.”