First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:46 AM of -0.1 feet.
Yesterday went pretty well, we just steadily knocked over the tasks that needed to be done, one after another and accomplished a whacking lot! We actually have a shungite display now! Class went well last night and we quit, pretty tired, past 10pm.
Today Tempus is working on a lawn mower, then we have some putting away to do, then the paper route tonight.
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re notVaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue.
Today’s festival is the Lemuria, the feast of the unquiet dead. The head of the household would walk around barefoot at midnight, throwing black beans over his shoulders as an offering to exorcise those who weren’t supposed to be hanging around. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemuria_%28festival%29 and on the lemures here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemures
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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 5/10 at 2:42pm. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 2/12 at 5:42am.
The waxing gibbous Moon is now stepping eastward across Virgo, past Jupiter and Spica. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist at arm’s length.) At dusk, the Moon forms a nearly equilateral triangle, about 30° on a side, with <<< Arcturus to its upper left and Jupiter >>> to its upper right. Watch the triangle rotate clockwise as it moves across the sky through the night.
Venus (magnitude –4.7) shines low in the east as dawn brightens. In a telescope it’s a thick crescent, shrinking week by week as it waxes.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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. Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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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 9 High 12:06 AM 7.7 5:55 AM Set 5:45 AM 95
~ 9 Low 6:46 AM -0.1 8:30 PM Rise 7:26 PM
~ 9 High 12:56 PM 6.5
~ 9 Low 6:39 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is good, be grateful for all of life’s blessings. Great or small. Light a candle of gratitude today. Blessed Be!
~ My best work is often almost unconscious and occurs ahead of my ability to understand it. – Sam Abell
~ Not a day passes over this earth but men and women of note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows. – Charles Reed
~ One may go a long way after one is tired. – French Proverb
~ People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be. – Harvey Mackay
Shoveling Snow With Buddha
In the usual iconography of the temple or the local Wok
you would never see him doing such a thing,
tossing the dry snow over a mountain
of his bare, round shoulder,
his hair tied in a knot,
a model of concentration.
Sitting is more his speed, if that is the word
for what he does, or does not do.
Even the season is wrong for him.
In all his manifestations, is it not warm or slightly humid?
Is this not implied by his serene expression,
that smile so wide it wraps itself around the waist of the universe?
But here we are, working our way down the driveway,
one shovelful at a time.
We toss the light powder into the clear air.
We feel the cold mist on our faces.
And with every heave we disappear
and become lost to each other
in these sudden clouds of our own making,
these fountain-bursts of snow.
This is so much better than a sermon in church,
I say out loud, but Buddha keeps on shoveling.
This is the true religion, the religion of snow,
and sunlight and winter geese barking in the sky,
I say, but he is too busy to hear me.
He has thrown himself into shoveling snow
as if it were the purpose of existence,
as if the sign of a perfect life were a clear driveway
you could back the car down easily
and drive off into the vanities of the world
with a broken heater fan and a song on the radio.
All morning long we work side by side,
me with my commentary
and he inside his generous pocket of silence,
until the hour is nearly noon
and the snow is piled high all around us;
then, I hear him speak.
After this, he asks,
can we go inside and play cards?
Certainly, I reply, and I will heat some milk
and bring cups of hot chocolate to the table
while you shuffle the deck.
and our boots stand dripping by the door.
Aaah, says the Buddha, lifting his eyes
and leaning for a moment on his shovel
before he drives the thin blade again
deep into the glittering white snow. – Billy Collins (Picnic, Lightning)
The Full Moon of May is also called Merry or Dyad Moon, Flower Moon, Frogs Return Moon, Thrimilcmonath (Thrice-Milk Month), Sproutkale, Winnemanoth (Joy Month), Planting Moon, and Moon When the Ponies Shed.
The Mugwort Festival is celebrated the fifth day of the New Moon in China.
In China, the Full Moon is also known as the Pestilent Moon; Chung K’uei the great spiritual chaser of demons is honored.
The time of the sacred marriage of the God and Goddess is the Dyad Moon, when the two become one, when all things meet their opposites in perfect balance and in perfect harmony.
Anglo-Saxons named their month Thrimilcmonath, or Thrice Milk Month, because cows give milk three times a day during May.
The American backwoods tradition call this full Moon Flower Moon.
The commemoration of Buddha’s enlightenment occurs on the day of the Full Moon this month.
Old Sayings & Lore
To dream of a future husband, go out into the light of the Full Moon of May and say:
“Moon, Moon, tell unto me
When my true love I shall see.
What fine clothes am I to wear?
How many children shall I bear?
For if my love comes not to me
Dark and dismal my life will be.”
Crops sown near a Full Moon will be ready for harvest a month earlier than crops sown during a waxing Moon.
According to Cornish tin miners, if you put a piece of tin near an ant hill during the Full Moon of May, it will turn into silver.
Upon seeing the New Moon, bow to Her and turn over the coins in your pocket. This will bring you luck in all your affairs.
To see the future for good or ill, take a mirror outside. Let the light of the Moon fall on its surface and gaze into it. Any face appearing will be connected to your future.
One of the most popular traditions of May is the Maypole. The Maypole was cut on May Eve in Germany by the young single men of the village. It was of fir, and all the branches save the uppermost were removed. It was then adorned with ribbons and erected in the village square, where it was guarded all night until the celebration of May Day morning.
The Maypole represents the World Tree; its roots in the underworld and its branches in the upper realms.
Neo-Pagan Full Moon Name = May: Grass Moon
Colonial American Full Moon Name = May: Milk Moon
English Full Moon Name = May: Milk Moon
English Medieval Full Moon Name = May: Hare Moon
American Indian (Cherokee) Full Moon Name = May: Planting Moon
American Indian (Choctaw) Full Moon Name = May: Panther Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux) Full Moon Name = May: Moon When Leaves Are Green, Moon To Plant
Celtic Full Moon Name = May: Bright Moon
Chinese Full Moon Name = May: Dragon Moon
Hindu Full Moon Name = May: Buddha Poornima
Silliness – Shit Happens – Home -> Humour -> Pagan Humour – By: Keitha (FireWind) Posted: March, 1999
Dianaic: Shit happens when men are around.
Norse: If shit happens, beat the crap out of it.
Feminist: Get in touch with your inner shit.
Solitary: If shit happens; Duck!
Eco-Feminist: We’ve got to clean up this shit.
Gardenarian: Shit happens in degrees.
Alexandrian: Shit happens because Gardner told us so.
Dabbler: We have ways of making shit happen.
Eclectic: We make our own shit.
Newbie: I don’t understand this shit. -OR- I like this shit.
Ceremonial Magician: No-one understands my shit.
Wiccan: You must balance your shit.
Witch: I can use this shit.
Druid: This is old shit.
Greek: Let’s drink to this shit.
Reconstructionist: This shit happened before.
Celtic: This shit keeps happening to us.
Modern Western: We’ll fight to keep our shit.
Fundamentalist: We know who to blame for this shit.
Priest: This shit happens every year.
Traditionalist: Don’t tell anyone about this shit.
Fam-Trad: I inherited this shit.
Visionary: Let’s smoke this shit.
Former Catholics: If shit happens, I’m not to blame, I’m not to blame…
Techno-Pagan: This shit always happens when I’m online.
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