Ugh. I’m way early, but I don’t know that I’ll just nap if I go to bed or whether I’ll sleep through….. so this is ready even if it’s only 2am.
It’s clear and the stars are breathtaking! I saw 4 meteors in the time I was outside. 44F, wind at 2mph and gusting, AQI39, UV7. 50% chance of rain today and 90% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 8am to 8pm. If we get any rain today it’s likely to be light and start in the late afternoon, continuing through the night. It’s going to be showery well into Sunday and maybe a little on Monday, then it should dry out for several days.
Yesterday was more than a bit of a scramble. I was up for awhile in the morning, doing paperwork. Tempus had gotten in at 7am and went right to bed. After I got my stuff done I crawled back in, too and was back up by 2, inventorying Mab’s stuff. I’m down to one box of things that need to be sorted into finished kits and unfinished, which are going back in the rolly. None of the classes on offer particularly interested me, so I settled for listening to an online interview with an old friend.
I had forgotten, since I’m losing track of which day of the week it is, that we had to head out suppertime-ish, instead of later, so when he got up a bunch of things had to happen quickly, and most just didn’t. Of course, he managed to take off without supper. <groan> I stayed behind because I had some writing to do, which means he didn’t get 1/2 of what we need at the store. Yeah, that kind of day.
So I got a nap, then did some reading/embroidering and then the phone rang. It was Amor and we talked while he was on his way in to work. After that I talked to Tempus for a bit. He was done the bulk route in good time despite the papers being late. I got this put together and then got a nap.
Today we have to do everything that we planned on yesterday, plus get our rent check in. I’m kinda hoping to pick up something yum for supper, that we don’t have to cook. It’s going to be a crazy enough day, anyway. ….and I do want to try to do our Beltane in the evening. I don’t know if we’ll manage it.
Today’s plant is Anthurium. This is a genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. The most common names for this plant that is beloved by florists include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. The genus is native to the Americas, where it is distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean. – Masculine, Fire, Vesta & Mars – Correspondences are for bringing love and beauty to the home, hearth fires and passion. Great handfasting plant! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthurium
We’ve been talking about this for a month! Did you wash your face in the morning dew? Have a Blessed Beltane and a prosperous season! Beltane http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltane and May Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day
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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 5/7 at 3:45am. 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 5/5 at 3:45pm.
As the stars come out this evening, look for Regulus below the Moon. The next brightest star in Leo’s Sickle is yellow-orange Gamma Leonis, Algieba, shown above.
Look high in the west for Pollux and Castor. They’re lined up almost horizontally, depending on your latitude. These two stars, the heads of the Gemini twins, form the top of the enormous Arch of Spring. To their lower left is Procyon, the left end of the Arch. Farther to their lower right is the other end, formed by Menkalinan (Beta Aurigae) and then brilliant Capella. The whole thing sinks in the west through the evening. Modern skywatchers are not alone in seeing the Arch of Spring as one big asterism. Extend it down past Procyon to add Sirius, and you’ve got the Hawaiian Canoe-Bailer of Makali‘i.
The Eta Aquariids have been slowly ramping up since last week and will peak in another few days. It’s not one of the year’s best meteor showers, due to its low-altitude radiant in the Northern Hemisphere and low predicted rate of just 10 meteors per hour at its peak. But with Mars hanging nearby and a still-crescent Moon in the sky, it’s worth trying to catch a few shooting stars this morning. Find the darkest skies possible and spend some time scanning overhead. Try concentrating on a spot away from the constellation Aquarius, where the shower’s meteors originate. You may only see five or so Eta Aquariid meteors an hour, but this is also a great chance to relax beneath the stars and get to know the morning sky much better.
Neptune is barely risen in the east as dawn begins.
Old Farmer’s Almanac April Sky Map! – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-april-minor-constellations
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.
©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
F 1 Low 1:26 AM 3.5 6:06 AM Set 3:24 AM 49
1 High 6:59 AM 6.4 8:21 PM Rise 1:19 PM
1 Low 2:12 PM 0.2
1 High 9:03 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I do my best to help create a loving, harmonious world.
~ A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. – James Dent
~ Expectation that’s not followed by action … it’s just hoping; and hoping has never achieved very much. – Mike Dooley
~ The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different. – Peter Drucker.
~ If I were to tell you that you have nine months to live, you would fit as much experience into those nine months as you possibly could. – Chef John Fraser
Here the Maypole rears its crest,
With the rose and hawthorn drest;
In the midst, like the young queen
Flower-crowned, of the rural green,
Is a bright-checked girl, her eye
Blue, like April’s morning sky.
Farewell, cities ! who could bear
All their smoke and all their care,
All their pomp, when wooed away
By the azure hours of May?
Give me woodbine-scented bowers,
Blue wreaths of the violet flowers,
Clear sky, fresh air, sweet birds, and trees,
Sights and sounds, and scenes like these.- L. E. L.
Beltane Essay on Fire & Spirit
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The element of spontaneity
An element of obvious destruction
And not so obvious creation
An element of passion
An element of sensual love
An element of heat
The ability to cook food
The ability to survive
The ability to travel great distances-
Even to the Moon-
Our Symbol of the Goddess we love so dearly.
The element of nuclear reaction
The element of fission
The element of fusion
That which creates our Sun
Our Symbol of the God we hold so dear
Our symbol of vitality we so revere
The spontaneous combustion
It cannot be,
For it entrances those both young and old.
Fire is all of I have listed above, and so much more! It is the element that is arguably more unique than any other, for it is not as tangible as the other three… Earth, Water, and Air can easily be seen as the three states of matter: Solid, Liquid, and Gas. So then, they are all around us. Where is Fire then?
In the Old Times, people did not possess knowledge of molecules, atoms, and the substances that we call elements today. They knew of no Protons, Neutrons, or Electrons. They would pick up a piece of wood, and show that the elements were present. By adding heat, they would reveal it’s true nature… When it burns, you can clearly see that wood contains Fire, and Air from the escaping smoke. It was solid (or Earth) to begin with. Thus wood is made of Earth, some Fire, and a pinch of Air. This reasoning was used for everything.
Now, in the modern day, we know that fire is a much more complex chemical reaction due to friction and the speed of traveling particles… So why do we, as a Pagan community view Elements the way we do? The idea of worshipping gods and goddesses, and recognizing four elements instead of one god must (and does) seem like quite the step backwards to those not in our community, so why do we even recognize the elements anymore?
For me, the truth of the matter is this: do you use the elements that scientists have discovered on a daily basis? Unless you’re a scientist or student, you probably could care less if your salt you’re using in a salt-water purification is Sodium-Chloride! It’s easier to say, “Thou art the salt of the Earth”. You probably don’t care that each Water molecule contains two Hydrogen atoms, and one Oxygen atom… It’s simple enough to say it’s Water, for that is all we need to communicate with our subconscious. Some call the subconscious the Younger Self… Think about it. It keeps secrets. It won’t always listen. It communicates only through Art, and Divinity… Sure sounds like a Younger version of us all to me!
Our Younger Self is reached through very simple, childlike actions and movements. This is why we hear “Burn a green candle for money.”, and other generalizations. This is obviously the basis for spellcraft, one of our religions Sciences.
So, this is how for us as modern Pagans, we can see Fire as an element, along with Earth, Air, and Water. Most Wiccans believe in the All, the living Universe, which includes many planes, some physical, and some not physical, but spiritual.
The God and The Goddess are personifications of two ever present forces in Nature. There are many names for both, to personify many the aspects of each half of the All. The best way for a non-Pagan to view the All, our Fifth Element, Spirit, is just that: the basic idea is like that of the Christian Holy Spirit. (This is quite a generic description, and the most similar thing I could come up with. So, before you click that E-Mail address, try to think of something better to describe it as to a non-Pagan, eh?)
We view the Universe as not an external being watching over us, but as a being that is the Universe: and we are cells of that living vessel. Not only is the All signified by simplifying it by using God and Goddess figures that have been around for centuries, but we also simplify it even more by classifying things by each of the four elements. Each path has it’s own system of correspondences.
In my tradition, the Athame corresponds with Air, the Pentacle with Earth, the Chalice with Water, and the Wand with Fire. Many traditions have the Wand representing Air and the Athame Fire, but there is never only one way to do something. If you don’t do what feels right for you, there is almost no way you could practice this religion happily. I am not listing the correspondences here that I use for the directions, because I change those depending on where I am, which changes often.
Fire invigorates us and keeps us alive. It is there unseen in our automobile engines, and it is behind the electricity that powers all we do. Although Fire isn’t in all objects as early scientists believed it was; it is there in the form of electrons orbiting the protons and neutrons that make up all that we know of. I also believe in a place smaller that a proton, smaller than a quark. I believe it is a place where matter and spirit meet, allowing us to affect the world with our thoughts alone.
All of us have that red headed spunk, that Fire in our hearts somewhere. We are all a bit spontaneous, and some of us just seem to glow! Fire is a part of you and me. Fire allows us to survive. Fire is a useful tool, as well as a good ally and friend.
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Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – cabnicreep (KAB nih kreep) – n. The structural condition in which the closing of one kitchen cabinet causes another to open.