Calendar of the Moon
Alder Tree Month
Altar: Upon cloth of crimson set a flaming brazier filled with charcoal and incense.
Offerings: Purification. Write what has been dragging your down, and place it in the fire.
Daily Meal: Hot, nourishing food.
Call: Now is the time of the warming of Earth.
Response: Now is the time of the Sun’s first warmth.
Call: Now is the time when the waters of Spring are banished.
Response: Now is the time when fire dries the flood.
Call: Now is the time when the heat rises within us.
Response: Now is the time when our tears are dried.
Call: Now is the time when our inner floods give way.
Response: Now is the time when our inner fields are greening.
Call: Like the birds who build their nests in the Spring….
Response: Like the creatures of the woods who brave the open fields…
Call: As they brave the world….
Response: So we now brave the world.
Call: As they seek sustenance of the body….
Response: So we seek sustenance of the soul.
Call: As they are driven forth by need and the cycle of life…..
Response: So we are driven forth by need and the cycle of life.
Call: No house can contain our souls….
Response: As no house contains the foundation on which it is built.
Call: We will be the piles that lift the house from the water….
Response: And we will lift our spirits from the winter’s flood.
Call: We will be the island in the river….
Response: The islands where the future is told…
Call: And we will see that future running like the current….
Response: Knowing not where it will lead….
Call: Save by the grace of the gods.
Response: Save by the grace of the Gods.
We gather at the river
We bring fire to the water
Our fire burns within us
The river parts before us
[Pagan Book of Hours]
Calendar of the Sun
Day of Macha’s Race
Altar: Upon a red cloth set the figure of a running horse, two red candles, and incense of cedar.
Offerings: The morning exercise should be running, or fast walking for those who cannot run. Ideally, there should be racing, or each should try to push their own boundaries with regard to what they can and cannot achieve on their run.
Daily Meal: Plain, nutritious, athletic.
Invocation to Macha
Swift as the wind,
Faster than a brush fire
Sweeping through the forest,
Sometimes horse, sometimes woman,
Wild, free, untamed,
Lady of Ulster, you have no patience
With those who abuse their power
And force a woman with child
To race the king’s horses,
As did the Lord of Ulster.
You have no patience
With those who lack courage,
With those who dally and loiter,
With those who have no convictions
That they will stand up to defend,
As did your mortal husband.
You have no patience with those
Who stand by and laugh
At the misfortune of innocents,
As did the men of Ulster.
And to this very day,
There are still those whose misery
Stems from your righteous anger.
We would ask you for mercy,
Lady of the flashing hooves,
But we know that you would consider
Your implacable and unstinting standards
To be the far greater gift.
[Pagan Book of Hours]
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Paint, Get Married, Entertain Friends, Host a Party, Travel for Pleasure
Correspondences for Monday, April 2nd
Magickal Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams and Merchandise
Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood
Monday belongs to the Moon. Monday’s energy best aligns itself with efforts that deal with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.
The Wicca Book of Days for April 2nd
The Egyptian Ennead
The Day of Joy of the Ennead was commemorated on April 2 in ancient Egypt, the Ennead being the collective name of the nine gods that were worshipped in Heliopolis. Chief among the Ennead was Re, or Ra, the Sun God, who brought Shu (the God of Air) and Tefnut (the Goddess of Moisture) into being. Shu and Tefnut were the parents of Geb (the God of the Earth) and Nut (the Sky Goddess), who in turn gave birth to Osiris (who eventually became the ruler of the underworld), the great Goddess Isis, their sister, Nepthys, and their evil brother, Set.
Some believe that April derives its name from the Roman verb aprire, to open, as buds do at this time of year. Others say that “April” is rooted in aphrilis, or “the month of Aphrodite,” Venus’s Greek equivalent. Either way, give thanks to the Goddess today for April’s blossoms.
Today’s Affirmation for April 2nd
Like a tree I stand, reaching for the light, gaining strength from the darkness at my roots. My body is twisted by the storms of life, yet in my uniqueness I am beautiful.
Today’s Thought for April 2nd
Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
St. Francis De Sales (1567 – 1622)
Today’s Meditation for April 2nd
Be Your Own Best Friend
We often judge ourselves much more harshly than we judge our friends. Yet when we are loving toward ourselves, we flower into the essentially compassionate beings that we really are. Close your eyes and imagine that you are your own best friend – a warm, caring person who see you and thinks of you in a loving and supportive way. Acknowledge your good qualities to yourself and praise your recent successes, no matter how small. To finish, give yourself a hug. Enjoy the feeling of being truly loved for who you are.
Happy & Blessed Monday to all! I hope you are having a fantastic day. It is beautiful here. You know everything for the WOTC has been going great until just a few days ago. We finally located our building we are going to use as our office. Being a non-profit organization, we were able to secure the building at a very reasonable amount. Over the weekend, we moved our last computer equipment into our new building. Today, we were all sit up and ready to roll but it was a little hot in here. We decided to turn the air unit on to cool the place down. Well the a/c unit is history. We have had an electrician out here and it totally needs to be replaced. After purchasing our new server, the new building, we are flat ass busted. We have no money in the budget for a new unit let alone get the old fixed.
Perhaps you do not realize what all the WOTC does. We are not only an online community but we also provide services offline. We are a community resource in real life for our area Pagans. We contribute funds, assistances and any other ways we can help in natural disasters. We want to open a food pantry also for our local in need Pagan brother and sisters. You see, we are much more than just a spot on the net. We are a very real life Pagan activist organization.
We are strapped for money. Too continue our work on the net, as well as off the net, we need your help. We need to rebuild our funds not only to fix the a/c unit but to also continue our community work in our area.
We ask that you search your heart and please consider helping us. We do for so many, now we need your help.
It doesn’t have to be a huge amount, every dollar counts, even nickels, dimes and pennies. Please we are asking for your assistance in this matter. In case, you loss this post, our donation button will be back up in the sidebar.
Thank you in advance for your help,