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Today Circle Sanctuary is celebrating the anniversary of the Veteran Pentacle Quest!
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Get inspired by the beauty of spring. Find the time to do something nice for Mother Nature. The Earth needs our help.
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
Celebrated every year on April 22, Earth Day is the largest environmental event in the world. More than six million Canadians—including nearly every school-aged child—participate in an Earth Day activity in their communities.
Each individual action will add up to a substantial improvement for the environment when we all do our part.
Go outside, no matter what the weather and find time to make the earth more beautiful!
The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks, and gapes for drink again.
The plants suck in the earth and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair.
–Abraham Cowley, English poet (1618–67)
The warmth of spring is just arriving. With the spring weather here, spring flowers sprout. Lily-of-the-valley, is a perennial spring-blooming plant and is native to Europe. Its dainty, white, bell-shaped, fragrant flowers are borne on a stalk which rises between two shinny leaves.
The lily-of-the-valley thrives in shade. In religion and art the tiny flower symbolizes purity.
Finding pleasure in the simple things is the best way to neutralize stress.
The sight of the lily-of-the-valley coming up from the ground in the garden under the deck makes me feel good. The flowers remind me of my Grandmother Skelhorn who originally planted the bell shaped flowers in 1967.
Below is courtesy of the Friendship Book 1983
Tuesday April 15
How beautiful is the spring flowers are; beautiful in form, in colour, and beautiful in promise. Gone is the dull, dark winter, and we can now look ahead to longer, brighter days, with trees and flowers in full glory.
Now it is Easter-time, and in my garden a clump of modest, frail little lily-of-the-valley is coming into bloom. To me this clump is always a miracle, because it appears where some previous owner of the garden had decided that a concrete path should be, and so within this tomb the lilies-of-the-valley were sealed. But come Easter-time a wonderful thing happens-through the tiny cracks appear the stems, rising up stronger and stronger, with each delicate bell as it opens seeming to ring a peal of victory - "See, I have overcome death, I have risen from the tomb!"
April 1st - April Fool's Day -Pagan "The Father of April's Fool,"
April 3rd - Address to the dead from the Egyptian Book of the Dead
Thou hast carried thy hands into the house of eternity, thou art made perfect in gold, thou dost shine brightly in sun metal, and thy fingers shine in the dwelling of Osiris, in the sanctuary of Horus himself.
April 5th - Trial of Alice Samuel, her husband, and daughter, who were accused of bewitching the wife if Sir Henry Cromwell and several village children, 1593
April 10th - Birthday of Rev. Montague Summers, orthodox scholar and author of A History of Witchcraft and Demonology, 1880; despite living in relatively modern timws, Summers believed that Witchcraft (defined by the Inquisition, not Wicca) was real and admired the work of the authors of the Malleus Maleficarum.
April 11th - Burning of Major Weir, Scottish "sorcerer" who confessed of his own accord, 1670; some historians believe that the Major became delusional or senile because up until his confession he had an excellent reputation and was a pillar of society.
April 13th - First confession of witchcraft by Isobel Gowdie, whose case is considered unusual because no torture was used to extract her confession, Scotland, 1662.
April 14th - Adoption of the Principles of Wiccan Belief at "Witch Meet" in St Paul, Minnesota, 1974
April 15th Full Moon - Burn a blend of frankincense and rosemary to release the spirit of the newly departed.
April 15th - Celtic Tree Month of Willow begins.
April 17 - Aleister Crowley breaks into and takes over the Golden Dawn temple, providing the catalyst for the demise of the orginal Golden Daawn, 1900.
April 19 - Conviction of Witches at second of four famous trials at Chelmsford, England, 1579
April 22 - Earth Day; the first Earth Day was in 1970
April 23 The Wiccan pentacle is officially added to the Veterans Administration's list of approved emblems for memorials, markers, and gravestones, 2007.
April 23rd - Edward III of England begins the Order of the Garter, which Margaret Murry later links to Witchcraft, 1350.
The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded in 1348, is the highest order of chivalry and the most prestigious honour (after theVictoria Cross and George Cross) in England and of the United Kingdom, and is dedicated to the image and arms of St. George as England's patron saint.
It is awarded at the Sovereign's pleasure as her personal gift, on recipients from the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. Membership of the order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than twenty-four members, or Companions. The order also includes supernumerary knights and ladies (e.g. members of the British Royal Family and foreign monarchs).
The order's emblem, depicted on insignia, is a garter with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Middle French: "shame on him who thinks evil of it") in gold lettering. Members of the order wear such a garter on ceremonial occasions.
New appointments to the Order of the Garter are always announced on St George's Day, 23 April, as Saint George is the patron saint of England.
April 29th - New Moon in ritual space work magic to empower new projects - plant young trees, explore opportunities.
April 30th - Walpurgis Night; traditionally the German Witches gather on the Blocksberg, a mountain in northeastern Germany.
Walpurgis Night (Walpurgisnacht) is a traditional spring festival on 30 April or 1 May in large parts of Central and Northern Europe. It is often celebrated with dancing and bonfires. It is exactly six months from All Hallows' Eve.
The eve of May Day, traditionally celebrated with dancing, came to be known as Walpurgisnacht ("Walpurga's night").
The 17th century German tradition of a meeting of sorcerers and witches on May Day is influenced by the descriptions of Witches' Sabbaths in 15th and 16th century literature
You might want to get out pen and paper and record some of the incidents of the past few days. It could be that you've gained new insight or understanding into a particular problem. Some quiet time spent analyzing the situation could yield some interesting solutions.
Since the beginning of the world women have been irresistibly drawn to jewels. When we wear lovely gems we feel that we look our prettiest and most prosperous. It's not just an idea, either - for jewels, as everyone knows, really do bring luck.
Not every jewel to every woman, of course. Good fortune is always more individual and specialized than that. There are twelve signs of the Zodiac, corresponding wit the twelve months of the year and each sign has a special gem associated with it, bestowing on those who wear it a particular kind of luck.
Generally speaking, too, the color of the Zodiac stone which is extra becoming to the type of woman born under the corresponding sign. So that, from all points of view, there is no better way of choosing your particular gem than by the month in which you were born.
The stone and the special luck which it brings are given in the traditional rhythms set below. Remember, however, that the Zodiac months don't correspond exactly with the calendar months, but run from about the 21st to the 24th. Beside each month, in brackets, you will find the period it covers. There is often an overlap of a few days at the time the signs change and if your birthday, comes between the 20th and 24th of any month you may find that either the stone for the period just ending or that for the period just beginning may be correct within a day or two.
In this case adopt as yours the jewel of the two for which you have a decided preference and feel happiest wearing.
Note also regarding lucky gems that the good fortune they bring is greatest if they are worn touching the skin. For this reason your Birth Stone should be mounted as a pendant, bracelet or ring rather than as a brooch or clip. If your engagement ring contains your Birth Month Stone, your marriage should be specially blessed by Fate.
EACH MONTH'S BIRTH STONE
January (December 21st to January 20th)
By her who in this month was born
No gem save Garnets should be worn.
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendships and fidelity.
garnets - a semi-precious stone, usually red and looking like an inferior ruby, but sometimes brown, yellow, black, or green. It brings a healthy and cheery disposition and wards off inflammatory diseases.
February (January 21st to February 20th)
The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care
If they the Amethyst will wear.
- amethyst a kind of quartz with beautiful clear purple, violet or mauve coloring. It is specially lucky to lovers, as it is linked with St. Valentine, their patron saint, and it brings faithfulness in love to those who wear it, with freedom from anger and jealousy.
March (February 21st to March 20th)
Who on this world of ours their eyes
In March first open, shall be wise,
In days of peril strong and brave,
And wear a Bloodstone to their grave.
- bloodstone a semi-precious stone which is dark green with red spots like bloodstains. Its name may be due to this or that fact that in olden times it was believed to stop bleeding. In consequence many soliders carried it to staunch their wounds. It is not a pretty stone for a girl to wear, but it is a mascot for warding off illness and accidents. It also brings courage to its wearer.
April (March 21st to April 20th)
She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.
This stone emblem of innocence is known.
diamond - a precious stone which is pure from carbon, the color of water and very sparkling. It is luckiest when worn on the left side. it symbolizes strength, virtue, bravery and insight and will bring these fine attributes to those who wear it. The Hebrew's long ago believed that it lost its sparkle if touched or worn by a traitor's hand.
May (April 21st to May 20th)
Who first beholds the light of day
In spring's sweet, flowery month of May,
And wears an Emerald all her life,
Shall be a loved and loving wife.
emerald - a precious stone of beryl type, but distinguished from the beryl by its beautiful green color. The Romans believed it to be good for the eyes and their cruel Emperor, Nero, wore emerald eyeglasses. Legend says that given by one lover to another it will pale and grow dull when the love fades between them.
June (may 21st to June 20th)
Who comes with summer to this earth,
And owes to June her hour of birth,
With ring of Agate on her hand
Can health, wealth and long life command.
agate - a Scotch pebble. a semi-precious stone with bands or ribbons of color, usually brown, dark red or yellow, but sometimes blue or green. It is specially lucky not only to the June-born, but to farmers, foresters, gardeners and florists. Brings good fortune in making and keeping friends.
July (June 21st to July 20th)
The glowing Ruby shall adorn
Those who in warm July are born.
Then will they be exempt and free
From love's doubt and anxiety.
-ruby this is one of the most precious of all jewels. It is the same in composition, except for its coloring matter, as the sapphire and has similar brilliance. We think of it as deep glowing red, but it may range between pink and almost violet. It brings good fortune in friendship and banishes grief.
August (July 21st to August 20th)
Wear a Sardonyx or for thee
No conjugal felicity (happiness).
The August-born without this stone
'Tis said, must live unloved and alone.
sardonyx - a variety of onyx which has white and dark red or white and dark brown markings in bands or layers. It brings married happiness.
September (August 21st to September 20th)
A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September's breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind.
'Twill cure diseases of the mind.
sapphire - a precious stone which at its best is a clear cornflower blue. Like blue color in general (the Venus color) this gem is especially lucky to lovers and engaged couples, bringing peaceful, optimistic happiness.
October (September 21st to October 20th)
October's child is born with woe,
And life's vicissitudes ( successive change of fortune) must know;
But lay an Opal on her breast
And hope will lull those to rest.
opal - a very lovely precious stone of cloudy white, but flashing with rainbow hues as it catches the light. The gem is considered unlucky as an engagement ring unless worn by October-born, as it is said that with a wearer of any month the marriage will never take place. For those whose birth stone it is it gives second sight, hope and faith. As with the emerald, legend says that it loses it brilliance if worn by an unfaithful lover.
November (October 21st to November 20th)
Who first comes to this world below
In dear November's fog and snow,
Should prize the Topaz' amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.
topaz- a more or less transparent precious stone which is usually clear yellow, but sometimes yellowish white, blue or even pink, though the last color is generally artificially produced. The ancients believed that it warded off chest and rheumatic troubles and asthma, and brought fidelity in friendship and love.
December (November 21st to December 20th)
If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand Turquoise blue,
Success will bless whate'er you do.
turquoise - a waxy translucent or opaque precious stone of a blue or blue-green color. It is coloring and lustre vary with the feelings of its wearer, and it is said to fade when nearing death. It protects from danger or misfortune.
Book Of Fortune Telling - originally published in 1951 by C. Arthur Pearson Limited as 'Complete Fortune Telling'
When things start to fall apart remember that death brings rebirth - a rebirth which is usually wiser, stronger, and more prosperous than the original birth. If you feel things become too stressed under incredible pressure, you might want to consider just letting them fall.
Tuning into your dreams and wishes means you won't become distanced from your heart.
BBI Media News
Publishers of Crone, SageWoman, and Witches&Pagans magazines.
Living The Path: Sacred Acts Everyone Can Perform by Carolina Gonzalez
Edited and adapted from her blog “The Magical Artisan” at PaganSquare.com
One of the questions our customers often ask is “I want to have a Spiritual Path – how do I start?” My answer is simple: entwining your everyday life with a set of regular devotional practises will gradually empower your energy, connect you with the energies and entities around you, ground you, and build the Personal Power you need.
First, a note: all the practices I present can be performed regardless of your living situation. You can have a constant and active practice even in the most hostile of environments; none of the these practices require you to expose your belief system to outsiders.
1. Make Tea. Have you ever seen a Japanese Tea Ceremony? If not, I strongly recommend you google it or look for it on YouTube. Heating water and adding tea or herbs to it is something that can be done every day, among every kind of people, even at the workplace; and no-one has to know that you have Blessed the Water, or that you are honoring your ally plant Spirits as you brew it. If you serve it to others, cast a silent Blessing over the tea before serving it.
2. Take a Sacred Bath. Whether in your own bathtub, or at the sea/river/lake, submerging yourself in water is an extremely powerful magical act. Before entering the water, thank the Water Spirits; when you are in it, visualize how it cleanses you and fills you with energy; as you leave it, thank the Water Spirits for taking your negative energy and cleansing you.
3. Use the Symbolism Of Numbers And Colors. Wearing the colors of your patron Deity/Spirit, choosing a specific number of elements to adorn your work table, or painting your room, can also be very powerful allies to keep your energy aligned with a particular Spirit.
4. Leave Hidden Offerings. The whole world is your altar, and you don't need to have one at home (unless you want to, of course). My husband, for example, always carries a small purse filled with pennies on his backpack, and leaves them at crossroads here and there as he does his daily errands; I collect the candies that the local cafeteria gives with every tea, and when I have a handful I take them to an abandoned cemetery for the people buried there. Even feeding the birds at your local park can be an offering to Bird Spirits/Deities.
5. Meditate And Pray. You can meditate and/or pray absolutely everywhere – on your way to work, as you walk the dog, while you wait for your children in the car, when you take a break from work/study – and no-one has to know you're doing it.
6. Connect with a Place Of Power. Even in the most urban environment, there must be a place that you feel attracted to, where you feel a special, empowering energy. USE it regularly as a way to refocus, ground and recharge your energies, as often as you can/want.
7. Work With Your Hands. Spinning, knitting, making jewelry, painting, collage, journalling, woodworking, carpentry, and even less (allegedly) glamorous works like home repairs are powerful tools. The creative process, applied to any skill, will not only release many emotions, but it can also be efficiently used to map your insecurities, fears, and of course your strengths. Use your hands as the wonderful tools they are for manifestation work by creating beauty and usefulness.
8. Get Dirty. Planting greenery in your home or outdoors (as in guerrilla gardening, for example), is a tremendously empowering experience at all levels. My advice is to start with easy to grow herbs like Basil (or your local equivalent) and get seedlings from your farmer's market instead of growing herbs from seed, which is much more difficult. Plant Spirits teach us, transform us, heal us and protect us.
9. Get Moving. Walk, dance, sing, have sex, run, play sports. Your Spirit and its energy depend on the amount of healthy exercise you make more than you could think. Just as with eating in a more conscious way, any kind of exercise you do, no matter your age or physical state, will empower you and connect your energy with Spirit. This is not about weight loss goals, or about killing yourself – quite the opposite; this is about loving and honoring your body to increase its ability to become a receptor and transmitter of Healing.
10. Give. Whether it is just listening to someone in distress and giving advice, or volunteering at your chosen charity, the sacrifice of your time and energy is a tremendously powerful magical tool; as you compassion is put into action, you will be performing a spell of self-Blessing, attracting beneficial energy and entities your way.
Spiritist and Artisan, follower of Maria Lionza's path, Carolina Gonzalez was born and lives in Tenerife, one of the beautiful Canary Islands, on the Northwest coast of Africa, her artwork is deeply tied to her African heritage and Latin American Spiritism. Find her online at PaganSquare orhttp://caminodeyara.indiemade.com/
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For more than a billion people worldwide, the true start to the year arrives Jan. 31, Chinese New Year. Welcome to the year 4712! With the coming Year of the Horse (the Wooden Horse, to be precise), the Lunar Festival promises an extreme year of adventure and romance, and also chaos and market fluctuations.
Chinese New Year is the kind of holiday we can all get behind: a 15-day celebration centering around food and family, with traditions designed to attract luck and fortune.
2014 is Year of the Horse and it will arrive on February 4, 2014 in China Standard Time. The first day of Chinese astrology year is the first day of the Tiger month. That is the day of Start of Spring in the Chinese Astrology Calendar.
The principles of the Chinese Calendar use the following four rules which the ancient Chinese made them thousand years ago.
The Start of Spring is the time when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. The Start of Spring in China Standard Time is at 6:04 A.M. on February 4, 2014. This day is not the Chinese New Year day. 2014 Chinese New Year Day is on January 31, 2014 in China Standard Time. Chinese New Year Day is the new moon day of the first lunar month. The new moon time is at 5:39 A.M. of January 31, 2014 in China Standard Time.
The Start of Spring in US Eastern Standard Time is at 17:04 P.M. on February 3, 2014, and in the US Pacific Standard Time is at 14:04 P.M. on February 3, 2014. Therefore, the 2014 Horse year starts on February 3, 2014 in US time zones.
Chinese Astrology uses one's birthday and birth time to predict their fortune. The astrological birth chart is built by the Chinese Astrology Calendar, which is a combination counting system of Yin-Yang Five Elements and 12 animals. The Five Elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. The twelve animal are Rat, Cow, Tiger, Dragon, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. Year of 2014 is Wooden Horse. Because Wood (tree) is connected to the color of Green. Therefore, 2014 is the Year of Green Wood Horse
What will happen in 2014?
The Horse (馬 午) is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.
The date for the Chinese New Year in 2014 is January 31st.
Persons born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Horse," while also bearing the following elemental sign:
Start Date End Date Heavenly Branch
25 January 1906 12 February 1907 Fire Horse
11 February 1918 31 January 1919 Earth Horse
30 January 1930 16 February 1931 Metal Horse
15 February 1942 4 February 1943 Water Horse
3 February 1954 23 February 1955 Wood Horse
21 January 1966 8 February 1967 Fire Horse
7 February 1978 27 January 1979 Earth Horse
27 January 1990 14 February 1991 Metal Horse
12 February 2002 31 January 2003 Water Horse
31 January 2014 18 February 2015 Wood Horse
17 February 2026 5 February 2027 Fire Horse
4 February 2038 23 January 2039 Earth Horse
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia