April, the Fourth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2015

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“The year’s at spring
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill sides’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
Gods in their heaven –
All’s right with the world!”

The Year’s at the Spring, 1870
– Robert Browning

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APRIL – THE SEED MOON

 

April is the fourth month of the year of the Gregorian calendar, and the first month of the astrological calendar. Its astrological sign is Aries the Ram (March 20 – April 20) a cardinal fire sign ruled by Mars. The name of the month comes from the Latin aprilis which derives from aper, or “boar,” as April was thought to be the month of the bear. April delights the senses: the damp earth after an April rain and the sweet fragrance of flowering crab apple trees. Some of the most dramatic changes in nature occur in April. Buds swell and growth begins. Flowering trees such as dogwood, redbud, cherry, and apple are at the height of their beauty. Azaleas burst into floom, bringing color to shady places. And, weather permitting, gardens and fields are tilled, ready to receive early crops of lettuce, spinach, and onion. Birds add to the beauty of April–not only are they busy building nests, but their songs now greet us on misty spring mornings. Holidays of the month are April Fools’ Day, when we celebrate the Trickster, and Earth Day on the 22nd, which makes us aware of environmental issues. The beautiful flowering trees of the month gave April’s Full Moon its charming old fashioned name – the Pink Moon. Today’s we recognize the Pink Moon as the Seed Moon. Early herbalist and folk magicians used this period to enhanced spells concerning health and general well-being.

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 THE SEED MOON

 

The fourth Esbat or full moon after Yule is the Seed Moon. A time of birth and manifestation, it represents the sprouting of seeds signaling the advent of another spring. Ancient Celts understood that the growth of the seed was dependent upon the initial seed quality and upon environmental factors. During the full moon, they planted the crops that grew above ground, and during the dark of the moon, they planted root crops.

 

Wiccan Spell A Night: Spells, Charms, And Potions For The Whole Year
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 CORRESPONDENCES FOR APRIL

 

Festival: Beltane Eve, May Day Eve. Symbols include blossom, May baskets, honey, and garlands.

Moon name: Pink Moon. Flowers start to appear, including wild ground phlox. Other names include Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Seed Moon, and Awakening Moon.

Astrological signs: Aries, March 21 – April 20; Taurus, April 21– May 20.

Birthstones: Diamond and rock crystal.

Nature spirits: All plant fairies.

Animals: Toads, frogs, squirrels, and bees.

Birds: Wood pigeon and cuckoo.

Trees: Ash and hazel.

Flowers: Daisy, dandelion, bluebell, primrose, and comfrey.

Herbs: Basil, chives, and comfrey.

Scents: Blossoms, grass, and daisy.

Colors: Pale yellow, pinks, and violets.

Goddess: Rhiannon.

Powers: Creative energy, joy, and confidence.

Other: April Fool’s Day, Easter (depending on the date), Primrose Day, St. George’s Day (England)

 

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

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Symbols & Folklore for the Month of April

 

April’s Sign of the Zodiac
Aries: March 21st thru April 21st
Taurus: April 21st thru May 21st

April’s Birthstone
Diamond

April’s Birth Flower
April’s birth flower is the Daisy or Sweet Pea

The English Daisy is also considered to be a flower of children and innocence.

April’s Folklore

“April showers bring May flowers.”

“If early April is foggy, then rain in June will make lanes boggy!”

“When April blows its horn, ’tis good for hay and corn.”

“April wet, good wheat.”

“Till April’s dead, change not a thread.”

 

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

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April’s Month Long Observation

 

Rape Awareness Month

Jazz Appreciation Month (United States)

National Poetry Month (United States)

National Poetry Writing Month

Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month (International)

Confederate History Month (southern United States)-April 26

National Arab American Heritage Month (United States)

National Child Abuse Prevention Month (United States)

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (United States)

Financial Literacy Month (United States)

National Stress Awareness Month (United States)

 

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Beltane

May 1

May 1 was celebrated as Beltane in earlier times and still is today by Pagans and Witches. It is based in part on the old Roman festival of Floralia, dedicated to Flora, Goddess of Flowers. Many more know it as May Day. A wealth of customs and rites has survived from early times.

May Day was also the date the Romans honored the Lares, or household and family guardians. Wreaths were hung before their altars, incense burned and the family attuned to its spiritual essence.

Lilacs and hawthorn are traditionally brought into the home on May Day, which is unusual because both plants are generally viewed as ill-luck bringers in the house. On this day, though, the spell is broken.

The flowers of May-bluebells, yellow cowslips, daisies, roses, marigolds, primroses and hundreds of others are still brought inside to release their powers and connect the home with the living world outdoors.

To guard your home against the intense magical powers at work on Beltane, mark a cross in the hearth ashes with a hazel twig, or carry elder twigs three times around the house, then hang them up inside or place outside over the door.

At dawn on May Day, go to a garden or out in the woods and gather dew from plants, flowers and grass. Bathe your face in this dew, and it will highlight your beauty.

It is considered unfortunate to give away fire or salt on May Day, since these were at one time the two most sacred substances. Thus, give them away on May Day, and you give your luck away.

Beltane marks the beginning of summer, when all nature reaches a crescendo of power and energy. The day and night were thought to be dangerous for the unprepared because of these excessive vibrations. Due to this phenomenon, it was deemed a good practice to sleep at home this night.

The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home
Scott Cunningham;David Harrington

 Rituals Tools, Symbols and Decorations for Beltane

Altar Decorations: Green altar cloth; green altar candles; vases filled with fresh flowers; small crown of fresh flowers; green pillar candle; wand tied with seven different-colored ribbons; chalice covered with green cloth; May wine ritual cakes.

Symbols: May pole; wand; crown of flowers; candles tied with seven different-colored ribbons; baskets of fresh flowers tied with colored ribbon; branches of rowan tied with green ribbon; green candle in a cauldron; bonfires.

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A Family Abundance Rite for Beltane

Beltane is a celebration of fertility, and despite that it’s a perfectly natural aspect of the human existence, let’s face it — some parents may not always be comfortable discussing the erect phallus of the god or the open womb of the goddess with their young children. However, in addition to sexual fertility, the Beltane sabbat is also about abundance, in many forms. Don’t just focus on material gains — it’s about the growth of the earth and its bounty, and it’s about increasing your own spiritual and emotional wealth.

This family ritual is one that you can easily include children in. Hold it at night, if possible. Before beginning, prepare your family’s evening meal. Include spring foods, such as a light salad, fresh fruit, or breads. Set the table as you normally would, and go outside. For this ritual, you’ll need the following:

A small flower pot for each person in the familyA bowl of dirt or potting soil

Seeds for your favorite herbs or flowers

A cup of water

A small fire

A piece of paper for each person in the family

Go out in your yard with the entire family — be sure you have a small table or other flat surface you can use as an altar. For the fire, you can either build a large one in your yard, or if space is an issue, use a table-top brazier. A small cast iron pot is perfect for this purpose. You may want to decorate your altar space beforehand with symbols of the season.

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now.

The oldest person in the family should lead the ritual. Begin by saying:

Welcome, spring!
The light has returned, and life has come back to the earth.
The soil is dark and full of energy,
so this evening we plant our seeds.
They will lie in the soil, taking root and growing,
until the time has come for them to meet the sun.
As we plant these seeds, we give thanks to the earth
for its strength and life-bringing gifts.

Each person fills their pot with soil. You can either pass the bowl of dirt around, or if you have small children, just let each approach the altar or table. If there are a number of people participating, you may want to sing a chant as everyone fills their pot. A good chant for this is:

Earth my body, water my blood,
air my breath and fire my spirit;

repeated multiple times, or sung as a round-robin. Remember, you can sing whatever works best for you and your family! Once everyone has filled their pot with soil, pass out the seeds. Say:

Tiny seeds, containing life!
They travel upon the wind and bring to us abundance.
Flowers, herbs, vegetables, fruit…
all the bounty of the earth.
We give thanks to the seeds,
for the gifts that are to come in the harvest season.

Each person should push their seeds down into the soil. Older participants can help smaller children with this. Finally, pass around the cup of water. Say:

Water, cool and life-giving!
Bringing power to these seeds,
and moistening this fertile soil.
We give thanks to the water,
for allowing life to bloom once more.

When each person has finished potting their seeds, set the flower pots on the altar or table. Give each participant a small piece of paper and something to write with. Say:

Tonight we plant seeds in the earth,
but Beltane is a time in which many things can grow.
Tonight we plant seeds in our hearts and souls,
for other things we wish to see blossom.
We plant the seeds of love, of wisdom, of happiness.
We dig deep, and begin a crop of harmony, balance, and joy.
We add water to bring life and abundance of all kinds into our homes.
We offer our wishes into the fire, to carry them out to the Universe.

Each person should write on their paper something they wish to see blooming in their own life — harmony, happiness, financial security, strong relationships, healing, etc. For small children, it may be something very simple — even if your first-grader writes down that he wants a pony, don’t discourage anyone’s wishes. After each person has written their wish down, they approach the fire one at a time and cast the paper into the flames (help little ones with this part, just in the interest of safety).

When everyone has placed their wishes into the fire, take a few moments and think about the meaning of Beltane. Think about the things you want to see bloom and grow in your own life, in both the material and the non-physical realm. When everyone is ready, end the ritual. You may wish to follow the ceremony with another Beltane festivity, such as a Maypole Dance, or the traditional cakes and ale.

 Author: Patti Wigington
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Make an offering of a floral crown, or a libation of honey and milk, to the Queen of the May during your Beltane prayers.

The leaves are budding across the land
on the ash and oak and hawthorn trees.
Magic rises around us in the forest
and the hedges are filled with laughter and love.
Dear lady, we offer you a gift,
a gathering of flowers picked by our hands,
woven into the circle of endless life.
The bright colors of nature herself
blend together to honor you,
Queen of spring,
as we give you honor this day.
Spring is here and the land is fertile,
ready to offer up gifts in your name.
we pay you tribute, our lady,
daughter of the Fae,
and ask your blessing this Beltane.

—Author Unknown

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Magickal Goody of the Day for April 27th – Image Love Charm

Magickal Goody of the Day

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Image Love Charm

 

Carve, sew, or otherwise construct an image of yourself as your finest, physically speaking. Pour into it all of your good points, as well as your bad. Embody the image with your spirit, your life force, your total being. When you look at its face, however crude and unfinished it may seem to be, see your own face.

 

When finished put it in a safe place. Next, of the same material fashion an image of your ideal love. This shouldn’t be a specific person, of course, but a composite of everything you are looking for in a mate. Though you are only fashioning its outline or rough features implant in it physical, spiritual, emotional and other intellectual qualities, habits, and goals in life and any particulars that appeal or are important to you.

 

When both images are finished, take a pink or red thread or cord and tie them loosely together, place them in a spot where they will not be disturbed for several weeks, but not in a box or other constricting place. Someone will come to you and after that it will be up to the two of you.

 

Spells of this nature draw many people to you, and one or two of these may become good friends. A more personal relationship might develop out of one of these, which may eventually lead to love. If it does, but the relationship ends, unbind the images, carefully dismantle the one of the perfect love and begin anew.

 

The same is true if you fine no lover. But wait at least three months. A spell of this type doesn’t force the person to fall in love with you; it simply expands your circle of friends. Any person you meet will be under no magical pressure or force to love you; that you will have to do on your own.

 

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Incense of the Day for April 27th – Sight Incense

Incense of the Day

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SIGHT INCENSE

2 Parts Gum Mastic
2 Parts Juniper
1 Part Sandalwood
1 Part Cinnamon
1 Part Calamus
few drops Ambergris Oil
few drops Patchouly Oil

Mix, empower and burn to promote psychic awareness.

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Gemstone of the Day for April 27th – Emerald

Gemstone of the Day


Emerald

(Color: deep green, can have slightly yellowish or bluish tones)

Hardness: 7.5 – 8.0
Specific Gravity: hexagonal; 6/m2/m2/m
Chemistry: Be3Al2(SiO3)6
Class: cyclosilicates
Crystallography: hexagonal; 6/m2/m2/m
Cleavage: poor basal cleavage is seldom visible on {0001} Fracture: conchoidal producing smooth brilliant surfaces
Streak: White
Luster: vitreous

Birthstone for the month of May

The name emerald is thought to be of the Ancient Greek word “smaragdos” meaning “green stone” which was originally applied to a variety of green colored minerals.

Healing: It is good for the eyes and eyesight, it cures snakebites, encourages and preserves chastity, cures dysentery, prevents epilepsy, promotes cleverness, courage, eloquence, honesty, prosperity. Also used in the treatment of the spine, lungs and heart. Astrological signs of emerald are Taurus, Gemini and Aries. Vibrates to the number 4.

Workings: Emerald is a symbol of immortality. It is used as a talisman to protect against physical danger and evil. It is also used for divination. Emerald is also known as the “stone of successful love”. Its element is Earth and it is ruled by the planet Venus. Its energy is receptive. The Greeks associated this stone with the Goddess Venus.

Chakra Applications: It is used to activate and stimulate the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Emerald is the green variety of the mineral beryl. Emerald’s precious green color is caused by small amounts of chromium and enhanced by traces of iron. Emerald occurs most often in mica schist’s of metamorphic-hydrothermal origin wherein the schist’s and other associated host rocks formed by chemical interaction between granite rocks or pegmatites and the enclosing basic (silica-deficient) rocks. Best field indicators are its color, form, hardness and specific gravity.

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Author: Crick
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Herb of the Day for April 27th – Eucalyptus

Herb of the Day

Eucalyptus

Medicinal Uses: Eucalyptus oil is a powerful antiseptic, and is used to treat pyorrhea (gum disease), and is used on burns to prevent infections. The oil breathed in will help clear the sinuses, as will the steam from boiling the leaves. The leaves and their preparations have been successfully used as a tonic and gently stimulating stomachic, in atonic dyspepsia, and in catarrh of the stomach and typhoid fever; also advised in mucous catarrhal affections generally; in pseudo-membranous laryngitis, in asthma, with profuse secretion, and in chronic bronchitis, with or without emphysema, and in whooping-cough; it has likewise proved efficient in chronic catarrh of the bladder, where the urine is high-colored, contains an abnormal amount of mucus, or, perhaps, some purulent matter, and micturation is attended with much pain.

When mixed with water or vegetable oils, it makes a good insect repellant. A small drop on the tongue eases nausea. Externally applied, the oil gives relief in some forms of neuralgic and rheumatic pains. The oil is often combined with Thymus.

Magickal uses: Healing energies come from the leaves. A branch or wreath over the bed of a sick person will help spread the healing energies. The oil is added to healing baths, and for purifications. Stuff healing poppets and carry for good health. Ringing three green candles with the leaves and pods may relieve colds. Then burn the candles all the way to the socket while visualizing the inflicted person. For sore throats, wear a necklace made of the green pods, strung on green thread. Place pods beneath your pillow to protect against colds. Carry the leaves for protection.

Properties:Antiseptic, deodorant, expectorant, stimulant, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, febrifuge.

Contains volatile oil, the major component of which is l,8-cineole (=eucalyptol), 70-85%; with terpineole, a-pinene, p-cymene and small amounts of sesquiterpenes such as ledol, aromadendrene and viridoflorol; aldehydes, ketones and alcohols. Polyphenolic acids; caffeic, ferulic, gallic, protocatechuic and others. And flavonoids including eucalyptin, hyperoside and rutin.

Growth: Eucalyptus reigns among the tallest trees in the world, capable of reaching heights of over 250 feet tall. It thrives only in areas where the average temperature remains above 60 degrees, and is adaptable to several soil conditions. The trunk is covered with peeling papery bark. The leaves on the young plant, up to 5 years old, are opposite, sessile, soft, oblong, pointed, and a hoary blue color. The mature leaves are alternate, petioled, leathery, and shaped like a scimitar. The flowers are solitary, axillary, and white, with no petals and a woody calyx. The fruit is a hard, four-celled, many-seeded capsule enclosed in the calyx cup.

Boil mature leaves In water and condense the vapor to recover the oil.

An infusion may be made with 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let infuse for 10-15 minutes. The dose of tincture is 1 ml. three times a day.

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Deity of the Day for April 27th – Hebe, Greek Goddess of Youth

Deity of the Day


Hebe
The Greek Goddess of Youth

 

Areas of Influence: Hebe was the Goddess of youth, she personified the beautiful maiden and everlasting life.

Her name means “youth” or “prime of life.”

She was the cup bearer who served nectar to the Olympian Gods to give them immortality.

This Deity was one of Hera’s handmaidens, her job was to prepare the royal chariot.

As a servant she also prepared Are’s bath for him after a battle.

In one myth she granted a man named Iolaus his youth back for one day so he could fight his enemy Eurystheus.

There is controversy over whether Ganymede took over her position as the cup bearer or whether in fact he just represented her male counterpart.

She was one of Aphrodite’s Bridal attendants and is said to be one of three Greek Goddesses associated with marriage.

Hebe was also the Goddess of forgiveness, granting pardons to prisoners.

Origins and Genealogy: the Goddess of youth was Zeus and Hera’s youngest daughter. Her siblings were Ares and Eileithyia.

This Deity married the Hero Hercules who was made into a demi God, together they had two children Alexiares and Anicetus.

Strengths: Youthful.

Weaknesses: She has less charisma than many of the Greek Goddesses, relying on her gifts to get attention.She was also said to be clumsy.

Temples: Her most famous places of worship were an altar at Cynosarges in Athens and the sacred cypess grove on the Phliasian citadel.

Hebe’s Symbolism

Shown in art either topless or in a sleeveless dress to accentuate her youthful features.

Her ankles were often mentioned , they were described as nicely shaped or neat suggesting the health and fitness of youth.

She carried a pitcher of nectar and a cup to serve the Gods.

Plants: Lettuce as her mother became pregnant without Zeus by eating this plant. Ivy sprigs.

Roman Equivalent: Juventas

Archetype

The Maiden:

The Maiden Archetype represents purity and the innocence of childhood. Where the soul’s dreams, magic and make believe still prevail.

It is also an aspect of the triple goddess, together with the Mother and the Crone they represents the cycles of the moon and the different stages of a woman’s life.

Shadow Maiden is very self centered all, her dreams and energy is expended on achieving her own personal needs and goals.

As a symbol of everlasting youth Hebe is considered to be a Maiden Goddess despite the fact that she is married and is no longer a virgin.

 

How To Work with This Archetype

The Maiden:

The Maiden is one of your Archetypes if you are life still in touch with your childhood intuition and fantasies and have used these to fulfill your dreams. Hence you can still have this archetype at any time of life.

The Maiden reminds you to look after the magical child that lies within us all.

Shadow Maiden asks you to look at whether your dreams and aspirations are selfish and take no account of the needs of others.

 

 

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The Goddess-Guide.com

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Astronomy Picture of the Day – The Flame Nebula in Visible and Infrared

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.


The Flame Nebula in Visible and Infrared 
Image Credit & Copyright: Optical (RGB+Ha): Aldo Mottino & Ezequiel Bellocchio (Argentina); Infrared: ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA.

 

Explanation: What lights up the Flame Nebula? Fifteen hundred light years away towards the constellation of Orion lies a nebula which, from its glow and dark dust lanes, appears, on the left, like a billowing fire. But fire, the rapid acquisition of oxygen, is not what makes this Flame glow. Rather the bright star Alnitak, the easternmost star in the Belt of Orion visible just to the right of the nebula, shines energetic light into the Flame that knocks electrons away from the great clouds of hydrogen gas that reside there. Much of the glow results when the electrons and ionized hydrogen recombine. The above false-color picture of the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) was taken is a composite of both visible and infrared light, the later energy band being where a young star cluster becomes visible. The Flame Nebula is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, a star-forming region that includes the famous Horsehead Nebula.

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Your Daily Planet Tracker: Venus in Gemini, Now Until May 7, 2015

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Venus in Gemini

Now Until May 7, 2015

 

The beauty of Venus entering Gemini is that the winds of attraction may blow in many directions. New perspectives on love become more possible. This is, ideally, a time to discuss relationships with the clarity and openness for which Gemini is known. This air sign supports the objectivity needed to see complex issues of partnership without emotional distortion.

Venus in Gemini places value on words and communication of all kinds. Attraction to gadgets, books, classes and learning tools may be greater than usual now. Depth is not the strong point here. Both Venus and Gemini can be dilettantes, flitting from one thing to another with barely a moment’s rest. Lovely Venus in this butterfly sign may be a bit flirtatious. Understand that we all need diversions. Enjoy the playfulness possible now, just don’t take it seriously. It’s a time of tasting, rather than testing.

The great gift of this period is a willingness to set aside old rules about what you like and dislike. Life is a great cornucopia of flavors, meant to awaken as much as to comfort. You can use this time to drop some of your social and aesthetic rules. Beauty, pleasure and personal values, you may discover, come in an infinite variety of shapes, colors and sizes.

Unsurprisingly, Venus in Gemini shows up in the birth charts of a wide variety of individuals. There are beauties Naomi Campbell, Uma Thurman, Brooke Shields and Candace Bergen and funny folks Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, Dudley Moore and Ringo Starr. There are singers ranging from the religious Cat Stevens and Roger McGuinn to socially conscious Bono and style conscious Cher.

Healers Benjamin Spock and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross were born with Venus in Gemini, as was “hurter” Mike Tyson. Artist Frida Kahlo, poet Gary Snyder and designer Georgio Armani add style to this group. Actors Harrison Ford, Al Pacino and Omar Sharif were also born with Venus in Gemini, as were newsman Edward R. Murrow, Virgin tycoon Richard Branson and both Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy.

 

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