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
Sirona Knight

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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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Oak Tree

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The oak is a masculine as the willow is feminine. Its solar influence covers the peak of the Sun’s power–a time when the nights are the shortest and the days are hot and long.

The oak tree can teach us about endurance and fortitude when we’re ready to give up on something we want.

If the fight has gone out of you, renew it during the Oak Moon. Scour the earth for acorns, collecting one for each area in which you need a boost of courage, mental, physical, or spiritual.

Empower the acorns by holding them close to your heart and saying:

From tiny acorns the oak does spring,

Stronger each year, with each new ring;

Teach your secret of strength to me,

Each new challenge overcome shall be.

Sleep with the acorns under your pillow and carry them with you until you overcome your obstacles.

Copyright Edian McCoy Lleweyllyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2004 Page 75

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Flashback Beltane 2010

BELTANE 2010

An example of a Beltane altar.

Beltane is the holiday of passion and purification. The heat of creation runs hot in the blood. It manifests in personal relationships, in the earth bursting forth with fullness of its growth, and in creativity.

On tradition is to jump over the Beltane fire for purification. In outdoor urban rituals over the years, where it’s been impossible to create a traditional, large bonfire, we’ve jumped the Sacred Grill. Take a small, tabletop grill and fire it up. Make sure the coals are glowing, but there’s not a large flame. Toss some sacred herbs into the flames, such as sage, rosemary, cedar, etc. Place the grill on the ground within the sacred space, bless and consecrate it, and have the ritual participants carefully jump the Sacred Grill! The veil is almost as thin at Beltane as it is on Samhain. This is another good night to speak with the dead and perform acts of divination.

Sometimes singles feel depressed or excluded on Beltane because the focus is on passion, fertility, and couples.However you can also be passionate about friends, family, one’s vacation, art, the conditions in the world. Focus that passion and send it forth to make the world a better place.

Copyright Cerridwen Iris Shea Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2010 Page 61

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Flashback 2010 Samhain

SAMHAIN 2010

An example of a Samhain altar.

SAmhain is the final harvest. It is the Celtic New Year, the time when whatever has not been harvested must be left in the fields for the spirits. It is the night of the Dumb Supper, the Night of the Ancestors, and the night to work with the Dead. It’s a night of release, of relief, or grief. It’s also a time for fresh starts. You can throw out what hasn’t worked, and start anew.

It’s the night of Hecate at the crossroads. Are you at a crossroads in your life? It is time to ask Hecate for guidance? YOu can do so in a ritual or in meditation; but be careful what you ask for. Hecate does not suffer fools gladly. She will give you an answer, whether you’re ready for it or not.

Tonight is also a night to reconnect through generations with your ancestors. Reach back as far as you can and allow them to guide you. The nights immediately after Samhain are good night to work with the dead, whether they are ancestors or children or pets or lost souls with no one to mourn them. Cast a circle, light a candle, let them know they are remembered and mourned, and help them to complete their journeys. The living can heal the dead by both loving them and letting them go.

Copyright Cerridwen Iris Shea Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2010 Page115

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Enjoy The Rest of Your Friday! Till tomorrow, my sweets….

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Double Reversible Cleansing candle spell

Double Reversible Cleansing candle spell

 

1. Burn double reversible candles every week to maintain standard house cleaning.

2. Hold the candle in your hands to charge with your purpose prior to burning.

 

 

Jane’s Pocketbook of Spell: Cleansing, Banishing, Protection and other various Remedies
Alicia (juju j.a.n.e.) Hill

 

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Broom cleansing spell

Broom cleansing spell

When moving into a new home, never bring your old broom with you. Don’t use any brooms the old inhabitants may have left behind. Start with a brand new broom.

1. Obtain a new broom to use exclusively in your new home.

2. The first time it’s used, soak it in salted Florida water and sweep away.

 

 

 

Jane’s Pocketbook of Spell: Cleansing, Banishing, Protection and other various Remedies
Alicia (juju j.a.n.e.) Hill

 

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Broom Cleansing

Broom Cleansing

This spell incorporates a single-use purification broom

1. Use one or any combination of the following botanicals: Broom, cedar, fennel, hyssop, rosemary, sage, vervain.

2. Arrange the botanicals and tie them to the bottom of a branch with raffia, visualizing, charging and knotting. (Any branch may be used, however an ash branch is considered particularly powerful.)

3. Sprinkle with salted water or any preferred purification formula.

4. Sweep the area.

5. Disassemble the broom outside, away from the cleansed space.

6. Bury the components in the ground or toss them into living waters, flowing away from you.

 

 

Jane’s Pocketbook of Spell: Cleansing, Banishing, Protection and other various Remedies
Alicia (juju j.a.n.e.) Hill

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Peppermint Asperging

Peppermint Asperging

 

Create an infusion by pouring boiling water over peppermint. Strain and use a peppermint branch to asperge as needed.

 

 

Jane’s Pocketbook of Spell: Cleansing, Banishing, Protection and other various Remedies
Alicia (juju j.a.n.e.) Hill

 

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