It definitely rained, yesterday, 4/5’s of an inch! During the night I got waked up a couple of times by rain pounding on the solarium roof. This morning, while the pavement is wet, nothing is coming down at the moment, the puddles are blue and anything white in the sunbreaks is dazzling, whether it is surf ruffles, lifting fog or ads on the telephone poles. 50F and little wind, although a couple of spots on the beaches are registering in the teens.
I had so much trouble getting all the way awake, yesterday! It seemed to take all day, although it was mostly a problem trying to talk coherently to customers, although I woke up completely around lunchtime. We did have a lot of folks shopping, early on, but then the rain really started up and I’d bet some of the tourists headed inland rather than waiting for it to clear.
Today Tempus has to get the tire situation worked out and I have to sort bags, then get back to sorting some crystals. Wicca 101 tonight will be the 2nd half of Lesson 4.
A 1920 picture of folks fishing in what is now Yachats State Park.
Today’s plant is the California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica.Everyone knows this one, right? 🙂 This is a different plant from the opium poppy and contains a different set of chemicals. It has the same magickal uses, however. The locals used it for an analgesic. –Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos, Demeter. – Use in dream pillows and other sleep aids. Eat poppy seed as a fertility charm. Carry as a prosperity charm (money & luck). Make a sachet of flowers and tuck a question inside. Sleep on it. the answer will appear in a dream. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eschscholzia_californica
Today’s feast is that of Gauri, one of the names of Parvati, the Great Mother in the Hindu traditions. One of her great festivals is held around this time of year. She is a fertility aspect of goddess, associated with the corn, hence the name “Gauri” which means “fair complexion” and has a lot of different symbolism. This article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parvati has more information, but search for “Gauri” to find the specifics.
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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 3/27 at 7:57pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 7:57pm on 3/27. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 7:57am on 3/29.
The waxing crescent Moon steps nightly past Mercury, Mars, Aldebaran and the Pleiades. (These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America.)
You may know Cancer‘s two binocular star clusters, the Beehive and little M67. But try too for the lovely double star Iota Cancri in the constellation’s north end. With a separation of 30 arcseconds, its unequal yellow and blue components, magnitudes 4.0 and 6.6, can be a challenging split in 10×50 binos. And explore other sights a bit north of there using Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlights chart and column in the April Sky & Telescope, page 43.
New Moon (exact at 10:57 p.m. EDT).
Mars (magnitude +1.5, in Aries) is the orange “star” moderately low due west in late twilight. The orange stars Alpha Arietis and Alpha Ceti in the same general area are fainter. In a telescope, Mars is a hopeless little fuzzblob 4.4 arcseconds across.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 27 High 12:47 AM 7.6 7:06 AM Rise 7:09 AM 2
~ 27 Low 6:54 AM 0.8 7:38 PM Set 7:26 PM
~ 27 High 12:52 PM 7.9
~ 27 Low 7:13 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.
~ No man or woman can really be strong, gentle, pure, and good without the world being better for it. – Phillips Brooks
~ Observe perpetually. – Henry James
~ Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we often might win, by fearing to attempt. – William Shakespeare
~ Our entire life is a lesson to be learned. – Kerr Cuhulain
All through the convent halls,
there is only…silence.
even the sound of quiet footfalls
on their way to prayers,
are barely heard.
I chose this silent, isolated place
still in heartbreak’s throes…
fleeing from your voice, your face;
but now I think
I shall go mad. – © July 2005. Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Huddled up in a corner of my living room, tears streaming down my face as I sobbed uncontrollably; howling like a wounded puppy as I banged my head hard, hard into the wall. This is not how I imagined my magical training to be, and at the time, this was not what I believed was happening to me. I feared a mental breakdown. What I was having was a mental breakthrough.
Few things can screw with your psyche like the final stages of a period of magical training, whether it is the Philosophus grade of Cermonial Magic, Drawing Down the Moon in Wicca, or a Native American vision quest, or any one of the many, many ways there are to separate one’s essence from the body-vessel, shake it out, examine it critically and repair it before stuffing it back inside once more.
It is in this period of Qlippotic emotion when so many seekers stall and fall back, perhaps shunning further magical study or involvement in the pagan community altogether, rationalizing that they have learned all they can; not wishing to face the harsh, stark truth – they are imperfect, afraid, and are likely to be radically changed by any further progress.
There is nothing wrong in this. Perhaps the timing was not right, or some old wounds cannot yet be re-opened in a person’s life. Knowing what I know now, would I have gone through the process? I don’t know. The truth is, the only way I was able to make it through to the other side was by not realizing, until afterwards, that I was in fact responsible for the horrors I felt and saw happening in my life. I was responsible for my Joy becoming Anger, my Love becoming Hate, my altruistic tendencies turned to selfishness, and Passion corrupted to Lust.
This was my Fall from grace. My humility in the face of overwhelming evidence to show that I was not the wonderful, well-adjusted individual I pretended to be to myself and everyone else; that I was, in fact just as much of an ignorant, selfish, asshole as the rest of humanity.
In Qabbalistic terms, this can be compared to the Breaking of the Vessels – the initial Fall of the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life that caused the Abyss of Da’ath, the physical world of Malkuth, and the creation of the Qlippoth.
Think of the Qlippoth as an inverted Tree of Life, where one’s emotions favor the darker, negative end of the spectrum. Forgiveness becomes Vengeance for example. Self Sacrifice becomes Self Serving. We all have these extremes built into us. It is part of our goal to balance these emotions. Too much Joy, Passion and Altruism can lead to one being taken advantage of at the expense of self. It can also be pretty annoying to those around you. To much selfishness, too much Hate and Anger keeps us distant and alone from the rest of humanity, the rest of creation. In the Golden Dawn, the concept is expressed in these terms:
“Unbalanced Power is the ebbing away of Life. Unbalanced Mercy is weakness and the fading out of the Will. Unbalanced Severity is cruelty and the barrenness of Mind. “
That one night where I lay curled up in my own grief and misery, I reached out to the Love of my Life who had been there for me through it all, understanding only that I was in pain. And I began to heal.
That night, in my dreams, I felt as if layers of toxin were being pulled from my body. Toxins that had risen to the surface over the past months and accumulated into one lump of pain and misery and self doubt, finally cohesive enough to be stripped from my body in that one moment, leaving me with just the memory of pain, and the voice in my head whispering to me ‘No more child, I promise, no more.’
After that, my training resumed, with renewed vigor and passion. Obstacles that I had previously imagined were suddenly gone, and suddenly everything I read told me the same thing: What you just went through was expected, normal, and necessary.
So what was the purpose of this article?
I wanted to remind you that if you find yourself stalled in your magical training, if you feel that the walls are closing in on you and the world is out to get you, that is a good thing. Now is the time for courage. Now is the time to allow your negative emotions to be allowed into the light of day.
But you must control them, for that is what you have to learn. Most people believe there is nothing in the world scarier than what they in their heart of hearts suspect they are personally capable of. If you can release those emotions yet still control them. If you can show anger, lust and selfishness and yet not hurt others then you will have conquered your beast, and tamed your own personal Qlippotic demons.
Catweasel is Priest of the Correllian Tradition and a Ceremonial Magician in the Golden Dawn. You may contact him at email@example.com.