The sky is a pure, soft blue with a couple of puffs over the Coast Range. The marine layer is just off the beaches, steaming in the sunshine. This feels like summer! By the water it’s in the 50’s with a brisk wind. In town and inland it’s 67F with a light breeze. There’s rain in the forecast for tomorrow night and then after the middle of next week, but I’m going to enjoy this while we’ve got it!
Yesterday seemed to go quickly. Tempus ran around and paid bills and got some paperwork taken care of at the shop. I mostly worked on my office space (my desk is *lots* better) and then got as far as making it possible for me to reach the display cases. I also did a little sewing and Tempus set up my Ott light for days when it’s harder to see over in the class space.
Enjoying the sunshine was what has made this even later than usual for Wednesdays. I was out in the garden, looking at the blooms, but I finally just sat on the seat by the koi pond and basked. I sat just long enough that my skin is slightly tender! I’m still really winter-pale.
We have our usual Wednesday chores to get through, trying to get ready for the week. I really want Tempus to get to work in back again, to clear out some of the clutter. I have more to do up front, now that I can actually reach my nap chair, so that I can keep going around the corner and get the bagging/headering area ready to use.
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods and that you can often find places where altars used to be by looking for the bushes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Today’s Festival is that of Bona Dea. Wikipedia has her feast on May 1, but other calendars have it on the 3rd or 4th. Bona Dea means “the good goddess”. There isn’t a lot of evidence for where her worship came from or even who she was, but speculation in the pagan community ties her to the worship of the great mother goddess of the Mediterranean area whose worship was put down by the takeover of the warlike patriarchal cultures. Bona Dea’s rites included blood sacrifice, a night ritual and strong wine, which were otherwise forbidden to women and men were not allowed to attend or even watch. More from Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Dea I miss Pip Wilson’s Almanac….
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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 2:42pm. 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 5/9 at 5:42am.
The waxing gibbous Moon, 1.3 light-seconds away, shines near Regulus, 79 light-years away. Regulus is the bottom star of the Sickle of Leo, marking Leo’s forefoot.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in Virgo) shines brightly in the southeast at dusk. It’s highest for telescopic viewing by about 11 p.m. daylight saving time. Spica, just a trace bluer, hangs 9° below it in twilight, and lower left of it by 11 p.m. In a telescope Jupiter shrinks from 44 to 43 arcseconds across this week, as Earth pulls away ahead of it in our faster orbit.
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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 3 Low 1:04 AM 2.8 6:03 AM Set 2:44 AM 46
~ 3 High 6:44 AM 6.7 8:23 PM Rise 1:14 PM
~ 3 Low 1:40 PM 0.1
~ 3 High 8:26 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Build fairy windows.
~ If you fail to go within, you will go without. – Neale Donald Walsch
~ If you have to keep wondering where you stand with someone, it might be time to stop standing and start walking. – Tobi Wareham
~ If you’re not sure how you feel about same-sex marriage, go and meet some of the families. Once you put it in the reality of family and what these folks are fighting for, it’s really amazing… ~Whoopi Goldberg
~ It can be expected that a man who has a lot on his mind will not always be careful enough. – The Saga of Hrafnkel Freysgothi, c.9
Sleeping In The Forest – Mary Oliver
I thought the earth remembered me, she
took me back so tenderly, arranging
her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds. I slept
as never before, a stone
on the riverbed, nothing
between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated
light as moths among the branches
of the perfect trees. All night
I heard the small kingdoms breathing
around me, the insects, and the birds
who do their work in the darkness. All night
I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling
with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.
Wiccan Creation – from http://www.angelfire.com/realm2/amethystbt/wiccancreation.html
Long, long ago, the world slept in the arms of the dark void.
From this place of nothingness, Spirit drew together and created Our Lady of Infinite Love.
The Lady danced among the heavens, Her feet beating out the rhythm of all creation. Sparks of light catapulted from Her hair, giving birth to the stars and planets. As She twirled, these heavenly bodies began to move with Her in the divine symphony of the universe. When Her dancing quickened She formed the seas and mountains of Earth. She chanted words of love and joy, and as these sounds fell to the Earth, the trees and flowers were born.
From the pure, white light of Her breath came the colors of the universe, turning all things to vibrant beauty. from the bubbling laughter in Her throat sprang the sounds of the pristine running water of the streams, the gentle lapping vibrations of the lake, and the roaring screams of the oceans. Her tears of joy became the rains of our survival.
When Her dancing slowed and She sought a companion to share the wonders of the world, Spirit created The Lord as Her life mate and companion. Because She so loved the Earth, Spirit made Her companion half spirit, half animal, so that together the Lord and Lady could populate our planet. The Lord’s power moves through her and She showers the Earth and all upon it with Her blessings. Together, the Lord and Lady gave birth to the birds, animals, fishes, and people of our world. To protect and guide the humans, the Lord and Lady created the angels and power spirits. These energies walk with us always, though we may not often see them. Their speech creates a tapestry of positive energy, from which we draw strength.
To each bird the Lady gave a magic song, and to each animal the Lord bestowed the instinct to survive.
The Lord is the master of the animal and plant kingdoms, and therefore wears the antlers of a stag crowning His great head. This aspect of half man, half animal shows His joy in both the human and animal creations of the Spirit.
As the humans began to grow and prosper, the Lord and Lady saw a need for healers among them. And so they drew forth energy from the realm of angels, the realm of the power animals, and the realm of the humans to create the Witches. The Witches brought with them the wisdom of the Lord and Lady, the ability to heal, and the art of magic. The Lady taught the Witches how to cast a magic circle and talk to Spirit, and the Lord taught the Witches how to communicate with the energies of air, fire, earth, and water, and commune with the animal and plant kingdoms.
At first, the humans accepted the Witches and treated them fairly; but because the Witches are different, humans began to fear the Wise Ones of the Lord and Lady, thus the Witches became the Hidden Children, conducting their rites of positive energy in secret lest they risk capture and death at the hands of uneducated humans.
As the world grew darker with ignorance and hate of human creation, The Lady took the body of the Moon to represent the gentle light of her perfect peace, and the Lord took the vibrant rays of the Sun as his symbol of strength in perfect love. And once a month, when the Moon is full, the Witches celebrate and remember the blessings our Mother has bestowed upon us.
We call forth Her energy to help us take care of ourselves, our families, our planet, and our friends. Four times a year the Witches celebrate the festivals of fire and honor the Lord and His love for us – these are called the cross-quarters. At the four quarters of the seasons, the Witches honor the cycle of life and the gifts of the Earth with festivals to both the Lord and Lady – signifying the balance they have brought us – the Equinoxes and the Solstices.
The Lady has many names – Isis, Astarte, Bride, Diana, Aradia, Hecate – and the Lady walks within and beside each woman of every race.
The Lord has many faces, from the strong Cernunnos to the delightful Pan. He guards and guides us and resides in each man of every race.
When thunder roars in the heavens, and lightning cracks from the ground, the Lord and Lady dance the divine myth of creation so that we may remember them and know that we are never alone.
When the Sun rises each morning, we bask in the joy of His love for us, and when the Moon moves through Her phases, we understand the cycle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth.
When it is our time, the Witches enter the Summerland. From the Spirit that moves and flows through the Lord and Lady we continue to learn the mysticism of the Universe so that we may return, life after life, to serve our brothers and sisters.
In each lifetime, Spirit guides us through learning experiences, preparing us along the way for our individual missions. Sometimes we are born among our own kind, and in other instances we must seek out our spiritual family. Many of us do not remember our chosen path until we reach adulthood, but others know instinctively of their heritage from the time they form their own thoughts.
We are the Witches, the representation of the growth of wisdom on our planet. We are the Hidden Children, back from the dead. We are the people, the power, the change, and we have incarnated in every race and every culture. We are the angels of Earth. – from LLewellyn’s 1999 Magickal Almanac
When Witches Gather Rain
Witches have always known the special meaning of nature’s acts. They are warnings, blessings and magic guides to our living in the world around us. Rain is a special gift from the sky and its power should be used wisely. Try never to shelter yourself from its fall, but rather accept the rain as we should accept live with all of its trials and blessings.
- Rain while the sun shines is a healing rain. Catch and store it in blue glass. Use the water for all manner of healing magic. Place in the bath for an overall body cleaning.
- The blessing of fairies is upon anyone who catches rain in a silver spoon after the rain has bounced off a flat stone. Place some of this water on any object that is frequently misplaced. Keys are always a good choice.
- Place midnight rain of a New Moon on the third eye to bring visions and see future events.
- The first rain gathered in May is symbolic of May Day dew and holds much power. It is used when very special favors are needed. Do not gather this rain in a metal container or its power will be lost. A glass or wood container would do much better.
- *When rain runs off a gravestone, gather carefully and use with caution.
- *Rain gathered during a thunderstorm holds much energy and can be used to enhance spells and potions. But be aware that the energy does not last long and the spell should be completed before three days and three nights have passed or the rain water will be of little use.
- House plants enjoy the outdoor rain – this cleanses their leaves and helps to purify the indoor air when they are brought back in the home. This is especially good to do when you are in need of a clear mind and strong thought.
- Jewelry, charms and other objects can be purified by standing in the rain, facing west and tossing the object into the air, three times, catching it in your hands each time,
- The sound of the rain carries the voices of the water spirits. Listen to the sound of the rain and enjoy the gifts of the undines. They will speak to you of love and friends.
The wise also realize that rain is just one aspect of nature. We should look to the wind, trees, lightning, fire, stones, and other forms of nature’s expression for clues to the magic of the world. ~Theitic Borrowed From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Silliness – Signs and Notices – Seen in a health food store. “Shoplifters will be beaten over the head with an organic carrot”