Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
Kodomo no Hi, Children’s Day in Japan. is a feast that started 1500 years ago or more. It changed from Boys’ Day to Children’s more recently, in 1948. It celebrates children’s personalities and their happiness, and honors their mothers. Mochi wrapped in oak leaves, filled with bean jam and iris-wrapped mochi filled with sweet rice paste are served on this day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day_%28Japan%29
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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 5/15 at 9:15pm. 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 5/5 at 1:28am. 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 5/8 at 5:21pm.
These spring evenings, the long, dim sea serpent Hydra snakes far across the southern sky. Find Hydra’s head, a rather dim asterism about the width of your thumb at arm’s length, in the southwest. It’s lower right of Regulus by about two fists at arm’s length. Also, a line from Castor through Pollux points to it about 2½ fists away. Hydra’s tail stretches all the way to Libra rising in the southeast. Hydra’s star pattern, from forehead to tail-tip, is 95° long. That’s more than a quarter of the way around the celestial sphere.
On early May mornings, the center of the Milky Way — which sits in Sagittarius — is on prime display. A few hours before sunrise, look south to find the Teapot asterism, which is drawn from eight of the Archer’s stars: Lambda (λ), Phi (φ), Sigma (σ), Tau (τ), Zeta (ζ), Epsilon (ε), Gamma (γ), and Delta (δ) Sagittarii. Lambda, Phi, and Delta form the triangle-shaped lid of the Teapot. Its handle contains the stars Phi, Sigma, Tau, and Zeta; the spout is drawn from Delta, Gamma, and Epsilon. This entire region is rich in deep-sky objects for early risers to enjoy. Just off the tip of the Teapot’s top, you’ll find M28, a 7th-magnitude globular cluster some 18,000 light-years away. This concentrated clump of stars spans about 11′ on the sky — look for it in binoculars or a low-powered scope just under 1° northwest of Lambda Sagittarii. Additionally, three of Messier’s globulars sit within the body of the Teapot, near the line connecting Zeta and Epsilon (which form its base). These are, from east to west, M54 (magnitude 7.6), M70 (magnitude 7.9), and M69 (magnitude 7.6). M54 and M70 both sit nearly in line with these stars, while M69 is just over 2.5° northeast of Epsilon.
Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun at 3 A.M. EDT. A few hours later, the Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point from Earth in its orbit, at 8:46 A.M. EDT. At that time, our satellite will be 251,833 miles (405,286 kilometers) away.
Venus and Jupiter, magnitudes –4.1 and –2.1, respectively, are the two “Morning Stars” shining together low in the east-southeast as dawn brightens. On the mornings of April 30th and May 1st, they’re passing each other just ½° apart at the times of dawn for the Americas. Their actual conjunction happens around 19 hours UT April 30th, when the two planets will be ¼° apart. Around that time they will be in dawn view for the western Pacific Rim. Each morning thereafter, Jupiter moves farther to Venus’s upper right.
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.
Pluto Retrograde (10/8)
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – Turquoise
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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.
Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 5 High 3:11 AM 7.2 6:01 AM Set 12:41 AM 13
~ 5 Low 10:28 AM -0.1 8:25 PM Rise 9:01 AM
~ 5 High 5:15 PM 5.7
~ 5 Low 10:13 PM 3.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Focus on the good.
Journal Prompt – I wish… – I wish I didn’t have to…..
~ The Warrior must learn to wait patiently. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ To have and not to give is often worse than to steal. – Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach
~ It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes. – Sally Field
~ The best cure for insomnia is plenty of sleep. – W. C. Fields
I lie stretched out upon the window-seat
And doze, and read a page or two, and doze,
And feel the air like water on me close,
Great waves of sunny air that lip and beat
With a small noise, monotonous and sweet,
Against the window—and the scent of cool,
Frail flowers by some brown and dew-drenched pool
Possesses me from drowsy head to feet. –Stephen Vincent Benet (1898–1943)
Magick – Telling the Bees by Robin Clark on Facebook
There was a time when almost every rural British family who kept bees followed a strange tradition.
Whenever there was a death in the family, someone had to go out to the hives and tell the bees of the terrible loss that had befallen the family.
Failing to do so often resulted in further losses such as the bees leaving the hive, or not producing enough honey or even dying.
Traditionally, the bees were kept abreast of not only deaths but all important family matters including births, marriages, and long absence due to journeys. If the bees were not told, all sorts of calamities were thought to happen. This peculiar custom is known as “telling the bees”.
The practice of telling the bees may have its origins in Celtic mythology that held that bees were the link between our world and the spirit world. So if you had any message that you wished to pass to someone who was dead, all you had to do was tell the bees and they would pass along the message.
The typical way to tell the bees was for the head of the household, or “goodwife of the house” to go out to the hives, knock gently to get the attention of the bees, and then softly murmur in a doleful tune the solemn news.
Little rhymes developed over the centuries specific to a particular region. In Nottinghamshire, the wife of the dead was heard singing quietly in front of the hive,
“The master’s dead, but don’t you go; Your mistress will be a good mistress to you.”
In Germany, a similar couplet was heard,
“Little bee, our lord is dead; Leave me not in my distress”.
But the relationship between bees and humans goes beyond superstition. It’s a fact, that bees help humans survive. 70 of the top 100 crop species that feed 90% of the human population rely on bees for pollination.
Without them, these plants would cease to exist and with it all animals that eat those plants. This can have a cascading effect that would ripple catastrophically up the food chain.
Losing a beehive is much worse than losing a supply of honey. The consequences are life threatening.
The act of telling the bees emphasizes this deep connection humans share with the insect.
Art: The Bee Friend, a painting by Hans Thoma (1839–1924)
Silliness – Grief
A man placed some flowers on the grave of his dearly departed mother and started back toward his car when his attention was diverted to another man kneeling at a grave. The man seemed to be praying with profound intensity and kept repeating, Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die?” The first man approached him and said, “Sir, I don’t wish to interfere with your private grief, but this demonstration of pain is more than I’ve ever seen before. For whom do you mourn so deeply? A child? A parent?” The mourner took a moment to collect himself, then replied, “My wife’s first husband.”