Blessed Megalesia! Read on at the Megalesia article at the Wilson's Almanac Scriptorium http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/cybele.html
Herbs Outdoors at 3pm. Esbat at 7pm.
Crazy, crazy week…. And with a relatively quiet Spring Break and I’m *still* going out of my mind…. Ok, ok, it’s a short trip, I know!
Didn’t the weather turn lovely? …and now it’s turned drippy again.
I bailed on the Destination Branding thing mid-afternoon. I wish they’d *tell* us if we’re going to be doing something that’s going to end up with me essentially crippled, dangit…. The morning was good. Good information, good ideas, fun people to talk with. Seriously yummy lunch: a salad with blue cheese and candied pecans and an interesting sandwich, beef stew wrapped in puff pastry and baked…odd spicing, but I liked it…actually ate two…. ... And then we got on a bus …and yesterday was a “walker day” for me, anyway… (hey, I’ve lasted until *April* this winter! It was February, last year!) and I got through *one* trek (at the Perpetua Visitor Center) that I actually got 5 minutes of… and sat in the bus for the next two (Yachats & Beachside Park) and had Tempus come pick me up when we got to the Port Docks…and crashed for 3 hours…and lay in bed for another hour trying to decide if it was worth moving ever again. …. I should have listened to my antsy-ness about going yesterday.
I *did* manage to get in front of the computer during the evening and by dint of ignoring “ouch” and re-typing a lot, did get some work done. I’ve gotten the Crafts into the Beltane newsletter files and I started on lore, but then switched to recipes…going to try to get back into lore this morning
Today…. Morning session with the Destination Branding workshop, then Herbs Outdoors, assuming that the weather holds. If not, we’ll be starting seeds. The sweetgrass bed is the next weeding project, pulling last year’s old stuff before the new seed falls.
Esbat is at 7pm. Lots to do tonight!
Tempus is running errands in Newport today, early appointment and then shopping, mostly.
…and I’m not going to the workshop after all. I intended to, and then couldn’t sleep, so now I’m wiped out….
There’s a towhee on the handlebars of Tempus’ bike, which is up on the porch because of the rain, I guess.
I’m going to be working on the newsletter, then fabric designs, then some website updates, then inventory files.
Ok…Agora Fundraiser this weekend. I’ve got info up on the website, but short form is Cherry Hill Seminary…only pagan seminary… trying to get full accreditation…. That takes *much* money! So….fundraiser. We’re showing the Agora (Hypatia and the burning of the library of Alexandria) movie. (Hypatia is the “patron saint” of Cherry Hill.) We’ll run it twice, once at 7pm Saturday and then at 2pm on Sunday. Both will have discussions afterwards. I’m also doing at talk at 2pm about the historical facts about the time. …and y’all will have to put up with a short bit about the “why” of the fund-raiser right before the showing. If you can’t make either showing, well, Chuck has the video for rent and we will have a donation can on the counter this month.
…and I think I’m going to go back to bed, first of all. I’m kidding, but I’m going to lie down and read.
The shop is closed today. Spring hours, 11am-6pm, Thursday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!
Love & Light,
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The Moon is waxing gibbous. 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. Full Moon phase begins at 3:19am on Thurs.
Two planet-and-star pairings mark the evening sky of spring 2012. After nightfall this week, Mars shines high in the south with Regulus to its right (by 5°). As evening advances, Saturn rises into view low in the east-southeast with Spica to its right (by 5½°).
Mars (magnitude –0.7) shines bright fire-orange under the belly of Leo. Regulus is 5° to Mars's right in the evening, and Gamma Leonis is 7° above it. Mars was at opposition on March 3rd. Now it's fading and shrinking as Earth pulls ahead of it along our faster, inside-track orbit around the Sun. But at least Mars is shining higher in the evening sky now. It's highest in the south by around 10 or 11 p.m. daylight-saving time.
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 - 4/17
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 - Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse.
Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
Sun in Aries
Moon in Virgo
Mercury Direct!!!! 3:11am (It’s still stationary, don’t relax *too* far…)
Mars retrograde, Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Destination Branding Workshop - Part 2
Overleaf Events Center at the Overleaf Lodge, 280 Overleaf Lodge Lane, http://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touri sm-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspxh ttp://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touris m-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspx
4/4 – Wednesday, Mercury goes Direct at 3:11am
3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
Esbat, 7pm, Full Moon
4/5 – Thursday – Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
4/6 – Friday, Full Wind Moon, 12:19pm, Peaceful Crane moon
April 7-8 – Psychic Fair – No Special Guest
11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock tumbler
1pm – Hypatia and the Burning of the Library of Alexandria
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing Agora, discussion will follow, bring snacks. This is a fund-raiser, donations only, although I will be talking about Cherry Hill and the Hypatia society.
4/8 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of The Agora
3pm – Discussion follows movie
4/9 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
4/10 – Tuesday, Pluto Retrograde
4/12 – Thursday
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
4/14 - Saturday – 11am - Herb Workshop -
1pm – Care and Feeding of a rock tumbler
3pm – Sewing workshop
4/18 – Esbat, Hecate’s Brooch – Lesser Banishing of the Chocolate Bunny
4/19 - Thursday, 3pm - Crones’ Tea
4/19 – Thursday, Sun enters Taurus, 9:12am
4/21 – Saturday, New Moon at 12:18am
Beltane/Walpurgisnacht Sabbat 5/4, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light
Sat/Sun May 12/13 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale
Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30
Apr. 04, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:50 AM PDT 7:48 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:21 AM PDT 8:17 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:45 AM PDT 8:53 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 5:09 AM PDT 9:30 PM PDT
Moon 5:45 PM PDT 5:20 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 13h 56m
Length of Day 12h 57m
Tomorrow will be 3m 2s longer.
Waxing Gibbous, 91% of the Moon is Illuminated
Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 4 Low 5:26 AM 1.2 6:51 AM Set 5:21 AM 88
4 High 11:23 AM 7.3 7:48 PM Rise 5:45 PM
4 Low 5:41 PM 0.6
4 High 11:51 PM 7.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Entertain your inner child....build a fort with blankets... get wet.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative - Have you ever had an incident because you overslept?
The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The faith that moves mountains always carries a pick. – Anonymous
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. - Ralph Nader
The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. - Ellen Glasglow
Sabbaths 1998, VI
By expenditure of hope,
Intelligence, and work,
You think you have it fixed.
It is unfixed by rule.
Within the darkness, all
Is being changed, and you
Also will be changed.
Now I recall to mind
A costly year: Jane Kenyon,
Bill Lippert, Philip Sherrard,
All in the same spring dead,
So much companionship
Gone as the river goes.
And my good workhorse Nick
Dead, who called out to me
In his conclusive pain
To ask my help. I had
No help to give. And flood
Covered the cropland twice.
By summer's end there are
No more perfect leaves.
But won't you be ashamed
To count the passing year
At its mere cost, your debt
For every year is costly,
As you know well. Nothing
Is given that is not
Taken, and nothing taken
That was not first a gift.
The gift is balanced by
Its total loss, and yet,
And yet the light breaks in,
Heaven seizing its moments
That are at once its own
And yours. The day ends
And is unending where
The summer tanager,
Warbler, and vireo
Sing as they move among
Illuminated leaves. - Wendell Berry, (Given)
Magick – Beltane
A Meditation on Beltane - Highway to Hel
Beltane is about deciding what kind of person we would like to be when the harvest is done.
By Galina Krasskova, April 26, 2011
http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resou rces/Meditation-on-Beltane-Galina-Krasskova-04-27- 2011.html
It seems odd to me to be sitting at my computer on a dismal, rainy, dreary April day, with the chill in the air serving as a palpable reminder that spring isn't quite here yet, and writing about Beltane. Beltane is supposed to be about celebration, passion, fertility, prosperity, magic, heat, and yes, sex. Yep. Beltane is about sex (at least in part) and on days like today, that type of joyous celebration seems very far away. Still, if you'll pardon the inevitable pun, Beltane is coming and like any of our other holy tides, it deserves a bit of thought.
I've been dreading writing this particular column for the past week or so, ever since I realized that Beltane and Walpurgis were right around the corner. This is the tail end of the school year for me (I'm in graduate school again) and papers are due, exams must be prepared for, then of course there are all the professional writing deadlines that are piling up. Thinking about what I've always considered a rather 'happy-go-lucky' holiday was not on my personal agenda of things I wanted to be doing (or had the time to do).
Still, even for me, misanthropic and overworked though I sometimes may be, it's difficult not to get pulled into the energetic momentum of this time. With Beltane after all, we lay to rest, once and for all, the inertia of the preceding winter. What began with the land's seemingly lazy resistance to the inevitable pull of spring bursts full force into bloom with the turning of the seasonal wheel to May.
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At its core, Beltane is about planting. At Ostara we honored the readiness of the land to receive the seed; at Beltane we actually plant those seeds, be they literal or metaphorical. At Ostara we celebrated the potential fertility of the land, at Beltane we revel in its actuality.
This is kind of where the sex part of things comes in. Beltane is about life, growth, and all the messiness of unrestrained passion. It's about the joining of seed to soil, body to body, physicality to physicality, and the potential joining of sperm to egg. It's about bringing forth new life, new possibilities, new reasons to celebrate one's traditions.
This is a time when the land, at least for us Northern Tradition folks, was traditionally blessed by happy couples having sex in fields, on the soil where their fluids and carnal enjoyment of each other only served to feed the land itself and further ensure its blossom. The May pole, a symbol we all know and love, is (as any fan of the original Wicker Man knows) "a phallic symbol." The magic of Beltane is held forth in the erect penis and spurting seed, and in our bodies' ability to experience pleasure. This, more than any other holy tide reminds us that living is cause for celebration. There is pleasure in being alive, pleasure that, at the appropriate times, can and should be indulged.
Far more than being about the celebrating the penis (or the vulva, or any other body part—not that there's anything wrong with that; celebrate away, folks), I would interpret the wisdom and 'medicine' of this holiday on a broader level. I believe Beltane reminds us that our bodies are sacred. In the Northern Tradition the physical container of the soul is so valued that it's actually considered part of the soul matrix.
That's right: each physical vessel of incarnation is intimately connected to one's soul, an integral part of it. We're incarnate for a reason. Our bodies are the tools and conduits by and through which we experience everything, including the Divine. Moreover, they may even be the way the Gods experience us, spirituality being, like so many things, a two-way street. Far from needing to escape from the flesh, Beltane reminds us that there's an awful lot of wisdom inherent in being in the flesh too.
One of the Goddesses commonly honored within the Northern Tradition at this time is the Goddess Freya. She is a tremendously powerful Goddess, associated with sexuality, eroticism, passion, battle and war, fierce fighting, cunning strategy, prosperity and wealth, physical beauty, and witchcraft and sorcery. One of Her primary and most important lessons is about knowing one's own worth (and being unwilling to compromise that in any way).
That can be a hard, hard lesson for many people today (especially, I hate to say it, for women). Freya's lessons often involve self-satisfaction and confidence in one's physical being (and I'm not talking just about sexuality here). This is a Goddess who knows how to celebrate the flesh, both its passion and its power. Here is a Goddess not afraid to take up space, claim Her territory, defend Her territory, and own Her strength. Here is a Goddess who can teach Her devotees to say "where I stand is holy ground" and mean it.
Beltane's call is a call to that type of commitment and courage. It reminds us that our physicality is sacred, no matter what messages we may imbibe from our families, our culture, or the media. We're called to stand up and live our truth. Learning to express ourselves well physically and kinetically, learning to have both trust and confidence in our bodies is part of honoring this tremendous gift that we've been given. It's part of living our truth.
Tending to our bodies, just as we tend to the land is good and sacred work. Our bodies support and nourish us just as the land supports and nourishes us. One might see in the microcosm of one, the macrocosm of the other. Sometimes that is the way these things work. So learning to nourish, care for, protect, and defend one's physical form and knowing to the marrow of one's being that this might even be a sacred obligation, is all part of what Beltane can teach us. Imagine how our lives would be different if treating our bodies kindly, loving our flesh, and living healthily was something we could all do with joy. How many of us can look in the mirror and say "I love my physical form" and mean it? How many of us can stand naked in front of the mirror and say those words and really mean them? Freya can teach us how, if we honor Her rightly and well. Beltane's wisdom can show us the way.
Our world is out of balance. I've talked about this before many times in many different articles and columns. I think that it is inevitable that our collective psyches bear the brunt of that sickness. We have come to embody it physically. Our bodies and the way we relate to them have suffered generations of fear, shame, and abuse because we have forgotten that simple truth that flesh is sacred.
We have forgotten so much in abandoning our ancestral ways and our Holy Powers but most of all, we've forgotten how to interact with ourselves in a healthy manner. We've forgotten how to love being. Beltane calls us to throw ourselves into the inevitable change this time brings, the momentum, the urgency, the growing sense of joy and movement that fills the land. It urges us to seek our passions, to find that which nourishes us and to live it fully each and every day of our lives. Beltane's wisdom is, above all else, a call to embodied joy.
Moreover, Beltane reminds us not just to honor our physical bodies, but to rejoice in the physical experience of the natural world. That world is a gift in all its beautiful, breathtaking, sometimes confusing diversity. This holy tide calls us to move beyond our dearly held paradigms into the reality of being: beyond our dichotomies (sexual, gender, and otherwise) into the rich tapestry of possibility inherent in creation.
Diversity is nature's greatest achievement. As we celebrate the beauty, bounty, and blessings of corporeality, physicality, and incarnation, we're reminded to celebrate it all, not just those forms that are comfortable. Nature is an explosion of diversity and this is a lesson we can take to heart as we honor our bodies: we're part of that diversity too. As a good friend of mine once pointed out: there is no "normal." Let's do away with the idea of "normal." There is only what is normal for us, for each individual, one by one. Beltane gives us a chance to celebrate that and given how much hate is in our world for any type of diversity of being, that too, is no small thing.
This is a holy tide all about action and restoration. We have the chance as we move into May to recommit to picking up those threads of connection—to our Gods, our ancestors, the land itself, and to ourselves—sundered so long ago. Healing that damage doesn't happen with grand gestures; it happens with small commitments, like planting a seed. That's Beltane's wisdom. It's about making those promises—to ourselves, our families, our communities—that we will see fulfilled with the coming harvest. It's about deciding what we wish to harvest in the coming season for ourselves, our lives, and our spirituality. It's about deciding what kind of person we would like to be when the harvest is done.
May Freya smile upon each of us this Beltane.
3/28/12 – For a man who is terrified he’s going to lose his small daughter to her mother’s new boyfriend. The guy seems to be intent on leaving with her, even if he has no legal right.
3/19/12 – For a high-schooler, crazy for basketball and volleyball who went down with a concussion early in the season. They’re telling her none of her favorite sports for a year, minimum, we’re asking for healing and the strength to deal with not being able to do what she loves for the moment.
3/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
3/7/12 - 9-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor. Starting radiation. Family and friends asking help for him and for the children that know him.
3/7/12 – “I would also like to ask for healing...I just want to be whole again...able to walk so I can take care of the things I need to take care of. I know with the whole almost dying thing that it would take me a while to recover but a month and a half of being practically bed ridden..its a lot slower than I anticipated...I am just feeling trapped by my own body and these circumstances. To be honest it may seem bigger than it really is because I'm so inward focused and emotional right now. On the plus side I am very happy to say that I have more energy and am walking further every day ;-)”
Silliness – GCF: Fast Bugs
Heading down the interstate, our car passed through a huge swarm of gnats so dense that their bodies made popping noises as they hit the windshield. "I can't get over how loud they are," my wife said.
"Well, we are hitting them at 65 miles an hour," I pointed out.
Her reply left me speechless. "There's no way bugs can fly that fast!"