Venus in Gemini
Tuesday, April 3, 8:18 am PDT, 11:18 am EDT
The love planet is chatty and flirtatious in adaptable Gemini. Words can be delightful but also deceiving because it might be tempting to say whatever is necessary to amuse someone or deflect serious issues. Yet Venus is retrograde from May 15 until June 27, prolonging her stay in this sign until August 7 to add depth and complications to relationships. Clever quips are cute, but serious re-evaluations may be needed to fulfill our desires.
Calendar of the Moon
Day of Bran
Colors: Black and crimson
Altar: On a cloth of crimson and green set a vase with alder twigs, and the figures of many crows and ravens, or at least black feathers, one black candle, incense of rue, and a black stone.
Offerings: On this day, divination shall be done by those with the skill for any who ask.
Daily Meal: Poultry.
Invocation to Bran
God of the Alder-Tree
Whose roots go deep underground,
Whose path goes deep underground,
We call upon you today.
Lord of the Western Ocean,
Lord of healing and curer of wounds,
Lord of the setting sun,
We call upon you today.
Beheaded god who lived on
As the skull of oracles,
Lord of crows and ravens
That eat all that dies and rots,
Lord of the black-feathered wings
Of destiny and nemesis,
Show us our fate,
Or what fate you deem it wise to show us.
And if it is our fate
Not to know what that fate shall be,
Give us at least a signpost,
A light along the path,
That we may not stumble foolishly
And lose the last few crumbs
Of the wisdom you have gained
From the dark places where your roots entwine.
As the crow flies, So the truth lies
As the flame burns, So our fate turns
(Let all sit in a circle, and let divination be done by one who has the skill, for any who ask. And let no one speak on the message given to anyone else. Put out the candle and leave the room.)
[Pagan Book of Hours]
Calendar of the Sun
Day of Sheela-Na-Gig
Color: Earthy red
Altar: On a cloth of clay-red set clay bowls of water, milk, incense, grains, stones, leaves, and candles. A figure of the Sheela-Na-Gig should be in the center.
Offerings: Do maintenance on your physical body.
Daily Meal: Eggs or dairy, as they come from female animals.
Invocation to the Sheela-Na-Gig
Goddess of Fertility,
You stand naked and unashamed
Spreading open the doors
To the sacred tunnel of life
From which we all came
And to which we shall all return.
You speak of the holiness of the body,
Of the woman’s passage that we must
Never forget was our entry
Into this world of flesh and blood.
You remind us that flesh and blood is as sacred
As mind and heart and spirit,
Even when we rail against it,
Even when it seems to betray us,
Even we wish it were otherwise.
You remind us that incarnation
Is not a prison but a privilege,
And that what seem the least
And most profane parts of the flesh
Are as sacred as those we see every day.
We are all born of woman,
We are all birthed of body,
We all came through suffering
And brought great joy.
Let us never forget the touch
Of skin on skin, even the lightest of which
Reminds us of where we are privileged to live.
(Each comes forth and embraces another, saying, “Your body is sacred.” The grain and milk and water is poured out as a libation. Ritual sex is encouraged on this day, with the emphasis on taking care of and respecting the needs of the body as a sacred vessel.)
[Pagan Book of Hours]
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors
Correspondences for Tuesday, April 3rd
Magickal Intentions: Courage, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness
Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants:Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger
Mars rules Tuesday. The energies of this day best harmonize with efforts of masculine vibration, such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. Use them, too, for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures
The Wicca Book of Days for April 3rd
Prosper with Proserpina
In ancient Rome, the return of Proserpina (called Persephone or Kore in Greece) was commemorated around now. Proserpina’s abduction by Dis (Pluto or Hades), and her incarceration in his gloomy, underworld realm, inflicted such grief on her mother, Ceres (Demeter), that the distraught Goddess caused all vegetable life–including vital cereal crops–to wither away and die, spelling famine for mortals. Eventually Jupiter (Zeus) decreed that Proserpina should spend half of the year in the underworld, and the other half above ground, the result being that her joyful mother has celebrated their annual reunion with springtime sprouting ever since.
A Three Dimensional Day
Tune into the profound connotations inherent in the number three, such as the mind, body, and spirit, birth, life and death; and the past, present and future. Wear a triangular talisman perhaps, or spend time with two friends.
Today’s Affirmation for March 3rd
I have everything I need for a full, rich, happy life. My inner resources are abundant. I have plenty of support, to which I offer thanks.
Today’s Thought for April 3rd
If family minds love one another, the home will be a beautiful flower garden.
The Buddha (c. 563 – c. 460BCE.)
Today’s Meditation for April 3rd
Instead of eating on the run, give yourself time to relax and enjoy your food. Relish the taste of each mouthful. As you do so offer gratitude for the food that you are eating – it is a gift from the earth. Respect all those involved in bringing the good to the table – from the farmer through to the cook. Give thanks to the presence of those who share the food with you. By engaging fully in the act of eat, the meal becomes a sacred ritual to which we renew ourselves.