Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 10:21 AM of -0.2 feet. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Wicca 101 at 7pm. Lesson 5.
It was just past full ebb when we came over the bridge and the whole Bay was sand and seals! The sky over town looked like rain, but there are blue patches and pastel blue patches with clumps of sunshine coming through. It’s supposed to rain overnight and then clear up for awhile. 57F and it really feels like spring!
Yesterday started with the news about our oldest boy planning to get married. It went from there into prezzies and a card and cooking and sewing for me, so I was pretty happy. 🙂 I heard from 3 of the boys during the day.
Project Day was fun. I was working on a pinball and got it done during that time. We also sang while Stella played.
The beef dish that I started Saturday evening turned out well. Tempus was pretty happy with it and the beef was so tender it just fell apart. There’re plenty of leftovers, too. Angus beef….which normally we can’t afford, but this was a 14 pound package for less than the going-out-of-code stuff would be! It’s just going to take us a couple of months to eat it all. I’m really grateful for freezers!
Today I have to get back into the book inventory and then set up newsletters for next week, because with Amor coming for a visit I’m going to want to spend as much time as possible with him. Tempus has errands to run today, too.
A Ken Gagne pic from 4-2-14 of a “dear” friend.
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum, which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
Today’s Feast is the Mercuralia, an ancient Roman celebration of the “Festival of Mercury”. Mercury was the god of merchants and commerce, so in his honor and asking for his blessing on this day merchants would sprinkle their heads, their ships and merchandise, and their businesses with water taken from the well at Porta Capena. The Porta Capena was a gate in the wall of Rome, one of the main entries to the city. According to Roman tradition it was the sacred grove where Numa Pompilius and the nymph Egeria used to meet. The road leads to Capua, an important city in Campania, south of Rome. More info here: http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Article/1290581 and some Ovid here: http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Latin/OvidFastiBkFive.htm#_Toc69367929 There is a recipe here and some lore about Alkermes, a type of Sicilian liqueur named after the God. http://allthingssicilianandmore.blogspot.com/2009/03/alchermes-liqueur-used-to-make-zuppa.html ….and this stuff is delicious!
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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 5/25 at 12:4pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/18 at 5:33pm.
As the stars come out, face north and look almost straight up for the Big Dipper, now in its floating-upside-down position. Its handle curves in the direction toward bright Arcturus.
Mars (magnitude +1.6, in Taurus) is finally sinking away in the western evening twilight, after a year-long apparition. Look for it far lower left of bright Capella high in the northwest. Don’t confuse Mars with brighter Betelgeuse, which twinkles well to Mars’s left due west.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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 Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 15 High 3:16 AM 7.0 5:48 AM Set 9:35 AM 86
~ 15 Low 10:21 AM -0.2 8:37 PM
~ 15 High 5:03 PM 6.0
~ 15 Low 10:21 PM 3.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Mother Teresa, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.
~ There is wisdom in wounds, perspective in pain and growth in grief. – Ian Lawton
~ Things are not always what they seem. – Phaedrus
~ To know a person’s nature, begin by looking at what kind of people he or she spends time with. – Chin-Ning Chu
~ To the world you may be just one person, but to one person, you may be the world. – Brandi Snyder
Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence, when you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably. – Walt Disney
Magick – Misconceptions of Harm None – Monday, April 25, 2011
We as Wiccans all know about the “Harm None” Law of the Craft of the Wise. Many people have interpreted this Law in many ways, but where is it that we draw the line? Some people will claim that Wiccans are to be Pacifists because of this law, some saw that it is only a guideline…but should we really see this Harm None Law as a mere guideline, or a serious law that protects the sacricity of our beloved Community?
I have been observing within the Pagan Community that there are people that would dress, and act the way they wish because they think it will harm none…when in fact it does harm. Would anyone do anything about this, no…all because they don’t want to hurt this person’s feelings. This particular incident I personally witnessed at a Witches Ball that I had Hosted in a previous year. This Harm None Law has been interpreted in such ways that we have allowed Toxic people into this Community. Last time I had checked, one of the things our Religion is about self-empowerment…not the slavery of the people who practice it. The most dreadful thing I have noticed is Tolerance in the name of Tolerance, and the things people in our Ranks have allowed to happen because of it. This is what destroys something as beautiful as our Community.
I have learned the meanings of the Wiccan Rede, one of the lines says, “With a fool no season spend, nor be counted as his friend…”. Those who will allow things to happen just because they are tolerating in the name of tolerance, are fools. This has allowed Toxic people to enter into the Pagan Community, and even worse…Our Ranks. This has lead to Toxic Groups, Toxic Books, Dabblers, and even pseudo-branches to enter our Peaceful Community. And it’s all because we are letting it all in the name of tolerance…
We also have this “Live and Let live..” concept that has allowed this cancer to reign throughout our community…When we ignore a group that forces their members to stay within it… When the leaders would demand that the members of their group call them Lord or Lady, in selfish vainglory…. And we do NOTHING. Some people will state that since we don’t believe in the Concept of absolute Evil, that we don’t believe in Evil itself. That is a blatant misconception and twisted belief, since they are completely wrong with that statement. We do believe in Evil, because it is alive and well today…and people of our own ranks are of just that nature. I have heard many a times in the Pagan Community that these individuals are just “Misguided”…well, lets see….was Hitler Evil, or just Misguided? Could you really call a mass genocide, the result of being misguided? Was Elizabeth Bathory Evil, or just Misguided when she killed hundreds of Virgin girls so to bathe in their blood because she thought it would preserve her youth?
Though we don’t have mass murder in the Pagan Community, nor do we have nut jobs like Charles Manson…but we do have people who act very closely like him, without the murderous mind manipulation part of course. We also have people in our community that would indulge themselves in “character assassinations” for their own vainglory. These people do this also because they fully believe in divide and conquer to get whatever it is that they want. Some of these people do this to get a group to follow them, or hate each other; destroying what was once a very healthy group. And we still do nothing, because we don’t want to be the intolerant ones. We have a lot of evil going around in the Pagan Community, and what is allowing this Evil to parade itself throughout our Community is that Good Men and Women do NOTHING! The only thing for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing….a quote that is very powerful as it is true.
So why and how could we expect any respect from the Cowan world when we have these Toxic people in our ranks? We can’t. This makes us no better than the Catholic Vatican when they try to hide the fact that their Priests molest little boys…and that is sad. But it is a very true concept, when we don’t address the issue and take care of it; not hide or ignore it.
It is not until we stand up and take back our Community that our community will be respected. We have to take our Community back from these toxic people. I’m not talking about going in with a gun, and forcing them to resign from their office. I’m talking about seeing the toxicity and calling it out for what it is, Evil. These people need to be called out, before other people get hurt. When we allow this toxicity to continue parading through our community, we are the ones allowing harm to be done…therefore causing harm. One of the things that hurts the Pagan Community is the merger of Christianity and various Pagan branches…I mean, come on…really? And many Pagans don’t see this as harmful, when they have for centuries demonized our beliefs and killed our ancestors; and they are allowed to form a contradicting and might I add, INSULTING practice into our Community. They create a system in our community that provides a Christian spiritual safety net for the afterlife..while they insult the true roots of their practices. This is one of the many harmful things that have been allowed to parade into our community.
If we don’t stand together and say, “Enough is Enough” and stamp out the toxic people in our community, these people win by default; and we have nobody to blame but ourselves. Even though Paganism doesn’t have a Central Authoritarian Hierarchy, we can still be self-policing and stop these individuals in their tracks. When we see an individual of this nature, we need to give them what they want, “The Spotlight”. Though this spotlight will bite them in the rear. Call them out where they stand, even though it may be in front of a group they are leading. It is far better to show a corrupted group what their leaders really are, than to wait until they are alone to call them out. The victims of these people will see that you are not afraid to stand up for what is truly right and what our Community truly believes in and practices…rather than cower and not help someone who has fallen victim to these people’s toxic ways.
When I created The Black Rose Tradition, I had this in thought. I wanted to prevent the prevailing of Toxic individuals within the Community, so I created strict law to follow within The Black Rose Tradition. None of them causing harm to others, and designed to prevent harm to both student and teacher. These laws were also designed to prevent corruption of the leaders, though Toxic people will disguise themselves as the curious student desperately wanting help or teaching. Watch their actions and body language, you’ll know who is only there for toxic intentions. When I saw corruption, I called out the individuals and made them face their charges…they retaliated by calling me a paranoid and corrupt leader, this is to be expected from toxic individuals when they are called out. The will try to make you out to be the Toxic one, but you must stand your ground. No matter what happens, but do make sure that you prevent harm from befalling upon you. I would hate to hear about anyone getting hurt because they chose to stand their ground, though they will most likely resort to childish ways to get back at you, instead of facing you like an adult.
If you happen to be a member of one of these groups, don’t be afraid to stand up and expose them for what they really are; Evil. If you choose to leave the group, that’s fine…but don’t do it silently, because by leaving silently, you are causing harm…because you are taking the knowledge you have of a corrupt leader with you and leaving your brothers and sisters of the community to continue to be victimized by these toxic people. If the group isn’t toxic, and you decide to leave, please, do it silently and without a scene. Toxicity spreads like a hot zone communicable disease, one that can be irreparable if left alone and not dealt with.
We need to keep in mind that these Toxic people are Power Hungry, and attention seekers. Like Children, they will seek attention by any means possible. If it’s not given with what little good they do, then they will seek it through negative means. Psychology proves that. And that is what we should do for them, show them all the attention they are wanting to have, by showing what they and their actions really are, Evil. They, if smart, will change their toxic ways and become a positive hand in helping to mold our communities’ growth, or cower and be known for what they truly are.
Some people will fully agree with me on this, some will fully disagree with me…either or, I really don’t care because that will not stop me from spreading the truth about this Toxicity that has been taking over our beloved Community. And will not stop me from doing my part to stamp out this toxicity.
I’m not asking for a Revolution or a Pagan Holy War…what I am asking is that we all stand together to stamp out these Toxic individuals and practices that is really harming our community. I am not saying that this is going to be easy, but I am saying that it would help our community grow in a healthy way. By stamping out these toxic individuals and practices, we will be allowing for a healthy growth of our community as a Respectable Religion as well as ourselves and fellow brothers and sisters of the community.
Article by: Rev. Mirado Crow – July 22, 2010
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