Calendar of the Sun for April 20th

Calendar of the Sun
20 Eostremonath

Day of the Bull – Beginning of Taurus

Color: Green
Element: Earth
Altar: Set with green cloth, many stones, bulls’ horns, an earthenware bowl of soil with grass growing in it, an earthenware pitcher of barley water or beer, and a spade for digging earth.
Offerings: Seeds to be sown in the following week. Young trees to be transplanted. Do something that demands great physical strength and endurance.
Daily meal: Beef or veal. Salad vegetables and greens. Coarse whole-grain bread. Milk, cheese, yoghurt, butter, or ice cream from cow milk.

Invocation to Taurus

Great Bull of the North,
Lover of the green fields,
Sturdy as bedrock,
Ox who pulls the plow,
Friend of the peasant worker,
Whose gift is Strength,
Bless us with the ability
To endure anything without crumbling,
And never break
No matter how heavy the burden. By the power of all that is valued,
You challenge us
To be constant and enduring
In our commitments,
Never allowing Time
To wear away our vows.
May we go forth in wealth
Of our own making.

Chant:
Under the earth
Under the ground
Is the heart of Gaea found.

(All shall receive spades and go outside into the garden, and all shall dig trenches, or beds, or any other thing necessary, in silence together. This shall happen even if the weather is bad, as the spirit of Taurus does not flinch from rain and mud. As each digs, they shall meditate upon the nature of the dirt, and how it is made, and that they shall return to it someday.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

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