April, the Fourth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

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‘A gush of bird song, a patter of dew
A cloud and a rainbow’s warning;

Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue
An April day in the morning!’

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April, the Fourth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

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 8 – April 20), 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 boar. 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 bloom, bringing color to shady places. And weather permitting, gardens and fields are tilled ready to remove 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 Fool’s 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. Early herbalists and folk magicians used this period to enhance spells concerning health and general well-being..

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Correspondences For April

NATURE SPIRITS: plant faeries

HERBS: basil, chives, dragons blood, geranium, thistle

COLORS: Red and gold

FLOWERS: daisy and sweet pea

SCENTS: pine, bay, bergamot and my personal favorite patchouli

STONES: ruby, garnet, sard

TREE’S: pine, bay and hazel

ANIMALS: Bear and Wolf

BIRDS: hawk and magpie

DEITIES: Kali, Hathor, Anahita, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus, Bast

POWERS/ADVICE: energy in creating and producing, balance is returned to the nerves change, self-confidence, self-reliance, take advantage of opportunities, Time to work on emotional turmoil and get your temper into prospective.

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Symbols for the Month of April

Birthstone

The birthstone for April is the diamond. Usually diamonds bring thoughts of engagement rings and colorless, sparkling stones, but diamonds come in several colors too. Yellow, red, pink, blue and green diamonds are rare and usually more expensive than colorless diamonds.

Flower

The flower for the month of April is the daisy which symbolizes innocence. Daisies come in dozens of colors and are one of the favorite flowers to put in a bouquet. The Gerbera daisy is a very popular flower. It comes in many vibrant colors and is a beautiful reminder of springtime and warm weather.

Astrological Signs

Aries and Taurus are the astrological signs for April. Birthdays from April 1st through the 19th fall under the sign of Aries. April 20th through the 30th birthdays fall under the sign of Taurus.

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Monthly Observations for April

Autism Awareness Month

Jazz Appreciation Month

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Writing Month

Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Confederate History Month – April 26

Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

Car Care Month (Spring) .

Child Abuse Prevention Month (National)

Financial Literacy Month

Frog Month (National)

Garden Month (National)

Guitar Month (International)

Home Inspection Month

Humor Month (National)

Keep America Beautiful Month

Kite Flying Month (National)

Mathematics Education Month (National) Poetry Month (National)

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Welding Month (National)

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“Make Every Day Earth Day”

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, a result of the efforts of Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.), a passionate advocate of protecting the environment and increasing awareness of environmental issues. While social activism was at peak levels in the late 1960s and early ’70s, legislation on environmental issues was nearly nonexistent. Nelson struggled since he was elected to the Senate in 1962 to persuade Congress to establish an environmental agenda. Frustrated by the obstacles and resistance he faced, he appealed to the mood of the public and designated April 22 as a “national day for the environment.” He hoped to impress upon fellow politicians that humans have an enormous impact on the environment. Nelson certainly achieved his goal. More than 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day celebration, prompting voter-hungry politicians to take notice. The overwhelming response helped generate a new political focus on the environment. As that focus has become increasingly global, more people than ever are celebrating Earth Day around the world.

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Eleven Facts About Earth Day

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.

Earth Day originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.

On Earth Day 2009, Disney released a documentary film called Earth that followed the migration paths of four animal families.

On the very first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution. An environmental movement was born as a result.

Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet.

Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day while he was working as a US senator.

Earth Day was renamed officially by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.

Some schools and communities celebrate Earth Day for a whole week to expand the time frame that people focus on the earth and how they can preserve it.

On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.

In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.

In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day.

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Earth Day Anthem

Joyful joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment
Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love throughout all time
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love throughout all time

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‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for April 24th

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

There seems to be two important things to do in times of difficulty. One is to pray and the other to keep our sense of humor. The first is essential to make the basic correction and the other is necessary to balance the human spirit while things work out.

Without a sense of humor, we tend to become too serious about the personal self. It becomes all too important, too self-righteous, and far too self-centered.

At the first sign of trouble, we may want to find someone wiser in whom to confide and ask questions. And their advice may be most helpful, but it is still our own responsibility to get off our backs and do it with dignity and self-respect that will not lower our standards nor cause us embarrassment. And humor can help us do it.

There is humor in every situation if we can detach ourselves from the seriousness of it long enough to look for it. Abraham Lincoln knew the importance of his sense of humor and said, “With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.”

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day April 24

Elder’s Meditation of the Day April 24

“Each person’s prayers can help everyone.”

–Thomas Yellowtail, CROW

Prayer is our entrance into the Unseen World. It is by prayer we can call upon the powers and laws of the Great Spirit. The Spirit World has powers and laws that are different from the Physical World. The spiritual laws allow healing to take place; they allow forgiveness to occur; they cause miracles to happen; they cause hate to disappear; they heal broken relationships; they guide every moment of our lives; they allow us to love even when it’s hard. Prayer allows us access to the Spirit World.

Creator, teach me to pray.

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April 24 – Daily Feast

April 24 – Daily Feast

The wild pink verbena that grew so profusely along the slopes have moved to another area. In their place are yellow flowers, unfamiliar but like sunshine after a shower. A familiar saying is that the more something changes the more it stays the same. Flowers, like people and circumstances, change so swiftly and unexpectedly that it seems like the very foundation of the familiar is moving and changing before us. The Cherokees call this, a ma yi, creek water. It is always moving and changing before our eyes. Nature reminds us to renew our minds – to update and enlarge our vision instead of accepting the daily changes of the world that come to nothing. No one has ever been so perfect that he cannot surpass himself and bloom more brilliantly in another area.

~ When we lift our hands we signify our dependence on the Great Spirit. ~

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‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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The Daily Motivator for April 24th – Sincerely love

Sincerely love

Let go of the need to desire what the world says you should desire. Let yourself truly enjoy being who you are and living richly in the moment you’re in.

Worldly fame and fortune are mere artifacts of the things that really matter. Choose to love what you sincerely love, without the unnecessary pressure of having to impress anyone.

You don’t need permission, or certain specific circumstances, to be beautiful. You already are uniquely beautiful and worthy of a magnificent life.

Go ahead and live that life now, right where you are, with what you have, doing whatever you’re doing. Instead of placing arbitrary judgments on your situation, give your own profound love and meaning to it.

There is no limit to the joy you can create and the fulfillment you can experience on this very day. Everywhere you’ll discover beauty to be found and opportunities for living with true richness.

Stop fretting about what everyone else might do or say or think. Give your energy to all that you sincerely love, and live the great, wonderful fortune that is already within you.

— Ralph Marston
Source:
The Daily Motivator

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The Daily OM for April 24th – The Wisdom of Surrender

The Wisdom of Surrender
Resistance Equals Persistence

by Madisyn Taylor

Resistance tends to strengthen the energies it attempts to oppose by giving them power and energy to work against.

We all know the feeling of being repeatedly haunted by the same issue, no matter how we try to ignore it, avoid it, or run away from it. Sometimes it seems that we can get rid of something we don’t want by simply pushing it away. Most of the time, the more we push away, the more we get pushed back. There are laws of physics and metaphysics that explain this phenomenon, which is often summed up in this pithy phrase: That which you resist persists.

Resistance tends to strengthen the energies it attempts to oppose by giving them power and energy to work against. Additionally, resistance keeps us from learning more about what we resist. In order to fully understand something, we must open to it enough to receive its energy; otherwise, we remain ignorant of its lessons. There is a Tibetan story of a monk who retreats to meditate in a cave only to be plagued by demons. He tries everything—chasing, fighting, hiding—to get the demons out of his cave, but the thing that finally works is surrender. He simply lets them have their way with him and only then do they disappear.

Now, this wisdom must be applied practically. We are not meant to get ourselves physically injured. Instead, this story speaks of how, in essence, our demons are inside of us. What plagues and pursues us on an inner level has a way of manifesting itself in our environment in the form of people, events, and issues that appear to be beyond our control. But all these external expressions are reflections of our insides, and it is inside ourselves that we can safely experiment with surrendering to what we fear and dislike. It may feel scary, and we may find ourselves in the company of a lot of resistance as we begin the process of opening to what we fear. But the more we learn to surrender, and the more the demons that plague us disappear in the process, the more courageous we will become.

Source:
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A Candle Spell for Passionate Love

A Candle Spell for Passionate Love

To draw a passionate love your way, during a waxing Moon gather two taper candles, one pink and one red, and some red thread and jasmine oil.

Anoint the candles with jasmine oil using your fingertips, then light them while visualizing the flames of passion growing between yourself and new, but yet unknown, love.

Link the candles together by making a figure eight between them with the thread while repeating:

“Flames of passion and seeds of romance grow;
I open my heart to love. Now the one who seeks me shall
come.”

For best results, enact the spell on three consecutive nights.

 

 

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A Candle Spell for Justice or Help in Legal Matters

CANDLE SPELL FOR JUSTICE OR HELP IN LEGAL MATTERS

It does not require a sword only Tarot and candles. You might want to burn some herbs or incense associated with justice while doing this spell. Also a simple yet incredibly powerful protection spell is done with a small or medium sized mirror you can hold in your hands.

While holding the mirror facing outwards in other words not showing your reflection but turned to reflect out, turn in a counter clockwise circle to banish while saying:

Circle of reflection, Circle of protection,
May the sender of all harm, Feel the power of this charm.

This does not send any negative energy at the sender hence eliminating the cause and effect portion of negativity adding to negativity but it reflects back anything being directed at you. So it bounces off you instead of affecting you.

Circle three times full round chanting this or until you feel it is complete, then make a closing statement such as:

“So Mote Be It.”

 

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ALL PURPOSE CANDLE ANOINTING OIL

ALL PURPOSE CANDLE ANOINTING OIL

Items You Will Need:

1 cup rose petals
1 cup violets
1 cup water
1 cup olive oil
1 tbsp clove oil
2 teaspoons powdered cinnamon
1 tablespoon powdered myrrh
1/4 cup wild fennel seeds

Gather rose petals and violets at sunrise. Place them in a clean ceramic crock. Cover with water (fresh rain water, preferably) and let crock sit in a sunny location for three days until an oily film (the essential oil of the flowers) is seen floating on top of the water.

Remove oil from water by carefully absorbing it into a small cotton ball. Squeeze out oil into a clean, long-necked glass bottle. Add olive and clove oils, and swirl gently in a clockwise direction to slowly agitate oils.

Next, add cinnamon, myrrh, and fennel seeds. Seal bottle tightly and store it in a dark, cool place. After four weeks, strain through cheesecloth and use to anoint candles.

 

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