The sky is that milky blue that we get with very high cloud. What’s with the temperature? It’s 72 in the shop, but creeping upward. We shut the door to keep the heat out! 81F, wind at 3mph and gusting, AQI18, UV7, pollen back up to high.
Yesterday started awfully late, but we got ready for the esbat in time. The Lesser Banishing of the Chocolate Bunny is a lot of fun, but my sufficiency has been sophosophied on chocolate for a week or so. 🙂 …and I still have 1/4 of mine, left!
Afterwards Tempus and I had some supper and then got to work getting things ready for the rest of the week. …and then he fell asleep on the sofa, so I went in back and sorted some things, waiting for him.
Eventually, he woke, and we started sorting some fridge stuff. I have pickles to make for an event over Memorial Day weekend, so I need to get started by having enough room to actually do ’em and then put ’em back in the fridge! We still need to wash the jars and the table, but they’re sorted.
We’re open. We still have some stuff to pick up out front, but we’re mostly ready for the day. I’m not sure about the temperature, though…. …and I had to re-start the computer, so this is taking even longer. …and it’s heating up in here! We’ve had a customer in that I’ve been talking with, so this took even longer…. Tempus just went out to water the plants before it gets any hotter.
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 5/18 at 2:11pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 5/9 at 2:54am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5.11 at 6:12pm.
Summer is more than five weeks away, but the Summer Triangleis making its appearance in the east, one star after another. The first in view is Vega, already low in the northeast as twilight fades. Next up is Deneb, lower left of Vega by two or three fists at arm’s length. It comes above the horizon around when twilight fades into full night (depending on your latitude). The third is Altair, which shows up far to their lower right around 11 or midnight.
Venus pokes above the eastern horizon about an hour before sunrise. The brilliant planet dominates the predawn sky as the rosy glow heralding the Sun’s arrival grows brighter. Venus shines at magnitude –3.8, more than three times brighter than the second-brightest planet, Jupiter. When viewed through a telescope, the inner world shows a disk that spans 11″ and appears 90 percent lit.
The thick crescent Moon shines in the west after dusk, with Pollux and Castor to its upper right and Procyon farther to its lower left.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Sagittarius) rises around 1 a.m. Before dawn, it’s the “star” 27° (almost three fists at arm’s length) to Jupiter’s left.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 9 High 3:33 AM 7.7 5:56 AM Set 12:38 AM 16
~ 9 Low 10:46 AM -0.9 8:30 PM Rise 9:54 AM
~ 9 High 5:32 PM 6.2
~ 9 Low 10:42 PM 3.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I listen to my “Self”.
What does this quote say to you? – Perfection never exists in reality, but only in our dreams.– Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs
~ A thing is not proved just because no one has ever questioned it. – Dennis Diderot (attrib.)
~ From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever. – Chief Joseph, Nez Percé leader who surrendered on October 5, 1877
~ You’re only as good as the people you hire. – Ray Kroc, McDonald’s restaurants founder, born on October 5, 1902
~ Yield not to evils, but attack all the more boldly. – Virgil; Eclogues
My lilac trees are old and tall;
I cannot reach their bloom at all.
They send their perfume over trees
And roofs and streets, to find the bees. – Louise Driscoll (1875–1957)
You are questioning your faith. The faith you were raised with. Faith your parents always told you were right. The questions keep coming at full force. You ask for guidance from your parents, your husband or wife, your counselors, you ask your teachers, and then your chaplain.
They explain away your questions. Tell you it’s normal to be confused, and say everything will be all right. At first what they say make sense. You become passive one more time. Then come the questions again. You start deciphering each one. Then you decipher each answer. When you get through, you are just as confused as before.
So now is the time to do research on your own. First you research different Christian religions. You are thinking that they are all Christian, just some have different beliefs, and at first it’s all new and different and seems to make more sense to you than what you were taught growing up.
But after a while the questions start, and so the same cycle begins. The questions, the answers, and then the confusion. So now what do you do? Nothing at first. You sort of drop out of religion all together.
As time goes by, you realize you are missing something in your life. It isn’t a need of food or monetary things. (Although we all think we need money) But it’s a spiritual need. It’s what we are missing deep down inside. Without spiritual fulfillment we are lost.
So its back to the drawing board once again. You start doing research. Then you come across something on maybe Wiccan, Witchcraft, Fairies, Celtic Druids, or maybe Pagans in general. But wait a minute! These are all taboo! You have been taught all your life that it’s bad, you are going to go into the bowels of Brimstone and Hell, for even wanting to read about it. Even Hollywood makes horror films about it. These are all just Devil worshippers after all! In the movies we see the huge pentacle drawn out on the floor with blood. That’s the Devil’s sign.
At first it scares you! But you can’t help but take a peek. Next thing you know, you can’t get enough. You start reading and researching. Then all at once you realize it makes perfect sense. All the questions you have had from the beginning have been answered. You feel as though you have just come home. You found a small little place in this world where you belong. You feel like you are not alone anymore. Here is a place where you can finally fit in.
Then you go through the next step of finding the path you want to take. There are just as many different beliefs in Paganism, as there is in Christianity. But in time, you find that as well.
Now you are going through the feelings of living a lie. That you have a dirty little secret. And you do not want to feel ashamed anymore for what you believe in. But what can you do? What you want, is to scream it from the rooftops, but you know that is out of the question. But you know what will happen, if and when you try to approach the subject.
So now what? Well you keep it secret a little longer. Then you get up nerve to tell your best friend. You have to try it out on someone, and your best friend is ideal for this. Just for the simple reason you feel they understand you when no one else does. It doesn’t go as smoothly as you hoped, but it went better than you had anticipated. So now you’re thinking, “I can do this!”
Well, you do it! You come out of your broom closet one by one! And the proverbial, “It” hits the fan. There are many phases that your loved one goes through. The first phase is your loved one questions your sanity! i.e. “Are you crazy!” The second phase is what I call the blame phase. “Who have you been around?” “Who has been filling you with this.?” The third phase is the “Why?” “Why have you done this?” “Why have you turned your back on us?” “Why have you turned your back on God?”
When the truth is, none of these are true. You have to remember, they are as confused and as scared as you were. Their faith has been drilled in them as well as it was for you. And yes, you found another path for yourself. But what is right for you is not necessarily right for someone else.
So now what happens? Well you could scream back! But of course that doesn’t help anything. The best way to handle it, is to calmly answer all their questions. And be prepared! I say this because some of the questions will be from normal to absurd. So make sure you do your homework. Let them know that it isn’t a passing phase, which you do know the subject of which you are speaking. You are sure of your feelings. If you can answer their questions honestly and confidently, they will come to see you are serious. Also that you have taken the time to study and research your beliefs.
Now will it happen over night? No it will not. As they say Rome wasn’t built in a day. When you deal with human emotion, you deal with a whole subject among itself. And in reality, there are no rules. Everyone will react in a different way.
Some people will leave you, some will become afraid of you. Rumors will spread, as fast as tongues can wag. You will be accused of every wild thing that the imagination can muster. Then at the same time you will have new people come to you and say, “I don’t really believe, but could you do a spell for me?” But you hold your head up high and your own tongue in check.
You will be persecuted, but you are no different, then anyone else. After all, persecution has been since the beginning of time. The Celts and Druids, the Jews, the African Americans, and anyone who is different. Even in the Christian religion Jesus Christ was persecuted. The persecution comes from fear of being different.
Some of the things you will be accused of will hurt. Partly because you know them not to be true. And partly because before you are anything, you are human.
When I came out. I didn’t think I would be able to survive it. My husband asked “If I had a demon inside of me?” My daughter and son-in-law did not speak to me for almost a year. My son still tells me I am going to go to hell if I don’t come back to Christianity. My best friend said I was just going through menopause. And I was almost fired from my job. The only one to stick by me from the beginning was my mother. And for that I will always be grateful.
It’s been a long and hard journey. But I kept my faith. One by one, the people that mean the most have come back. The others don’t matter. Keep your patience, your dignity, and mostly your faith; no matter what path you have chosen. The people in your life that care the most will come back to you!
The one thing I can say, is to be true to yourself. If you can do this then in the end it will all work out. A friend had some advice for me, when I went through this myself. I would like to share it with you. He said, “Have the wisdom of the crone with the eyes of a Yearling.” I believe that is the best advice that can be given.
Article by Lady Badria Copyright © October, 2001, All Rights Reserved. M. L. Benton, Publisher, Echoed Voices.