The sky is leaden and has dropped over an inch of rain on us since midnight. Yesterday we got over 7/10’s of an inch. It’s fairly windy, still, 8mph here in town and over 20 on the beaches! It’s 50F, so doesn’t feel all that cold.
Yesterday started with the kerfluffle with the car. Once that was sorted, Tempus got the table cleared in back and I started trying to figure out what kind of metal to use on a headdress that I’m building. We had a “friend” on the bergamot that he took outside. After that he laid the lungwort out on the table.
I spent a lot of the day on a list of Old World Foods that I’m building, tracking down some of the obscure names and quite a bit more cutting out pincushions after finding fabrics for them. Tempus worked on and finished a bone needle that he’s making for one of our boys who is a bit of a prepper.
We ended up staying quite a while into the evening, not leaving the shop until nearly 11pm, mostly because I was still tracking down some information and we were working on finding and putting away more things. I did track down a box of floss that went awol a couple of months ago. That helps, and there were some more things in there that I can put away now. Gradually the chaos is sorting out.
Today Tempus has to get the car worked on and I need to start sorting out my table where I do the headers and such. I’m not sure what all is on it, but I went to do a couple of headers and I can’t even find the tabletop, so that’s a high priority!
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Today’s Feast is a remembrance. The Armenian Genocide of over 1 1/2 million people began on this day in 1915. “…the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from Constantinople to the region of Ankara, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.“ Excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide I don’t know why our species periodically does things like this.
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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 4/26 5:16am. 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 4/24 at 8:16pm. 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 on 4/26 at 5:16am.
As the crescent Moon wanes toward new it passes Venus in the dawn . . .
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 at some moment 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. Can you time this event? Like everything star-related, it happens 4 minutes earlier every night.
Mars (magnitude +1.6, in Taurus) glows in the west in late twilight. Early in the week you’ll find it to the lower left of similar-looking Aldebaran, >>>>>>. By week’s end Mars is to the right of Aldebaran (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes).
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
M 24 Low 5:49 AM 0.6 6:17 AM Rise 5:37 AM 9
~ 24 High 11:48 AM 7.1 8:12 PM Set 6:14 PM
~ 24 Low 5:56 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There’s only one perfect child in the world and every mother has it.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – An old nursery rhyme begins, “Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool? Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full.” Write a conversation you would like to have with an animal.
~ Dream of your brother’s kindnesses instead of dwelling in your dreams on his mistakes. Select his thoughtfulness to dream about instead of counting up the hurts he gave. – A Course in Miracles
~ Everybody’s a self-made man or woman; but only the successful ones are ever willing to admit it. – Anonymous
~ Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends. – Shirley MacLaine
~ Fun, laughter, and joy are among the world’s cheapest and best medicines. Give yourself large doses of these often. – Ponder, Catherine.
Immortal Venus, to whose Name
Millions of Altars daily flame;
Daughter of Jove, whos flatt’ring Art
Knows well to wound a Wretch’d Heart. – Sappho
Beltane Essay (5)
Posted: May 4th. 1999
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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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Silliness – Signs and Notices – A billboard seen next to the highway, travelling from Johannesburg International Airport into town. An Ad for BMW showing a photo of a BMW 328i convertible with the roof and all the windows down. The caption reads:’ Our hardware runs better without WINDOWS!!!’