Posted on

Know Thyself

Know Thyself is but one of the 147 odd Delphic Maxim’s (listed below – thanks to the research of the sharers at Wikipedia) that were attributed to the Oracle at Delphi, in Greece. Were they directly from the God Apollo, the Oracles, the Seven Sages? Who knows.

But they became Rules that were followed within Greek Society. Know Thyself being the most famous as it was inscribed over the Temple of Apollo in Delphi. Over time, this statement has been attributed at different times to Greek philosophers Aristotle and Socrates. It’s been repeated over and over.

It is advice that comes back to us now as students of the next renaissance since 2012. Students of the Mysteries have passed down this information over the ages. And this despite all efforts to question or debunk its accuracy.

Your Natal Roadmap

And the logical place to start in this journey of self knowledge is in the study of your own personal astrology.

Your Natal Astrology forms a roadmap of who you are (or who your were) when you awoke on this earth. At that moment, the energetic signature of our universe was imprinted upon you. And the interactions of the energies at any time can affect you. By knowing your own astrology, you can know how it affects you.

It is knowledge that you can wear like armor, to defend against and prepare for.

Oracle Report Charts

Over at Oracle Report, we are offering a series of Astrology Charts. Our offering is a first step toward gaining a deeper understanding of the natal energies that affect us all. And the knowledge offered is that step to help you

KNOW THYSELF

Discover more at:

http://www.oraclereport.com/charts-ii/

 

 

147 Delphic Maxims

001. Ἕπου θεῷ Follow God
002. Νόμῳ πείθου Obey the law
003. Θεοὺς σέβου Worship the Gods
004. Γονεῖς αἰδοῦ Respect your parents
005. Ἡττῶ ὑπὸ δικαίου Be overcome by justice
006. Γνῶθι μαθών Know what you have learned
007. Ἀκούσας νόει Perceive what you have heard
008. Σαυτὸν ἴσθι Be/Know yourself
009. Γαμεῖν μέλλε Intend to get married
010. Καιρὸν γνῶθι Know your opportunity
011. Φρόνει θνητά Think as a mortal
012. Ξένος ὢν ἴσθι If you are a stranger act like one
013. Ἑστίαν τίμα Honor the hearth (or Hestia)
014. Ἄρχε σεαυτοῦ Control yourself
015. Φίλοις βοήθει Help your friends
016. Θυμοῦ κράτει Control anger
017. Φρόνησιν ἄσκει Exercise prudence
018. Πρόνοιαν τίμα Honor providence
019. Ὅρκῳ μὴ χρῶ Do not use an oath
020. Φιλίαν ἀγάπα Love friendship
021. Παιδείας ἀντέχου Cling to discipline
022. Δόξαν δίωκε Pursue honor
023. Σοφίαν ζήλου Long for wisdom
024. Καλὸν εὖ λέγε Praise the good
025. Ψέγε μηδένα Find fault with no one
026. Ἐπαίνει ἀρετήν Praise virtue
027. Πρᾶττε δίκαια Practice what is just
028. Φίλοις εὐνόει Be kind to friends
029. Ἐχθροὺς ἀμύνου Watch out for your enemies
030. Εὐγένειαν ἄσκει Exercise nobility of character
031. Κακίας ἀπέχου Shun evil
032. Κοινὸς γίνου Be impartial
033. Ἴδια φύλαττε Guard what is yours
034. Αλλοτρίων ἀπέχου Shun what belongs to others
035. Ἄκουε πάντα Listen to everyone
036. Εὔφημος ἴσθι Be (religiously) silent
037. Φίλῳ χαρίζου Do a favor for a friend
038. Μηδὲν ἄγαν Nothing to excess
039. Χρόνου φείδου Use time sparingly
040. Ὅρα τὸ μέλλον Foresee the future
041. Ὕβριν μίσει Despise insolence
042. Ἱκέτας αἰδοῦ Have respect for suppliants
043. Πᾶσιν ἁρμόζου Be accommodating in everything
044. Υἱοὺς παίδευε Educate your sons
045. Ἔχων χαρίζου Give what you have
046. Δόλον φοβοῦ Fear deceit
047. Εὐλόγει πάντας Speak well of everyone
048. Φιλόσοφος γίνου Be a seeker of wisdom
049. Ὅσια κρῖνε Choose what is divine
050. Γνοὺς πρᾶττε Act when you know
051. Φόνου ἀπέχου Shun murder
052. Εὔχου δυνατά Pray for things possible
053. Σοφοῖς χρῶ Consult the wise
054. Ἦθος δοκίμαζε Test the character
055. Λαβὼν ἀπόδος Give back what you have received
056. Ὑφορῶ μηδένα Down-look no one
057. Τέχνῃ χρῶ Use your skill
058. Ὃ μέλλεις, δός Do what you mean to do
059. Εὐεργεσίας τίμα Honor a benefaction
060. Φθόνει μηδενί Be jealous of no one
061. Φυλακῇ πρόσεχε Be on your guard
062. Ἐλπίδα αἴνει Praise hope
063. Διαβολὴν μίσει Despise a slanderer
064. Δικαίως κτῶ Gain possessions justly
065. Ἀγαθοὺς τίμα Honor good men
066. Κριτὴν γνῶθι Know the judge
067. Γάμους κράτει Master wedding-feasts
068. Τύχην νόμιζε Recognize fortune
069. Ἐγγύην φεῦγε Flee a pledge
070. Ἁπλῶς διαλέγου Speak plainly
071. Ὁμοίοις χρῶ Associate with your peers
072. Δαπανῶν ἄρχου Govern your expenses
073. Κτώμενος ἥδου Be happy with what you have
074. Αἰσχύνην σέβου Revere a sense of shame
075. Χάριν ἐκτέλει Fulfill a favor
076. Εὐτυχίαν εὔχου Pray for happiness
077. Τύχην στέργε Be fond of fortune
078. Ἀκούων ὅρα Observe what you have heard
079. Ἐργάζου κτητά Work for what you can own
080. Ἔριν μίσει Despise strife
081. Ὄνειδος ἔχθαιρε Detest disgrace
082. Γλῶτταν ἴσχε Restrain the tongue
083. Ὕβριν ἀμύνου Keep yourself from insolence
084. Κρῖνε δίκαια Make just judgements
085. Χρῶ χρήμασιν Use what you have
086. Ἀδωροδόκητος δίκαζε Judge incorruptibly
087. Αἰτιῶ παρόντα Accuse one who is present
088. Λέγε εἰδώς Tell when you know
089. Βίας μὴ ἔχου Do not depend on strength
090. Ἀλύπως βίου Live without sorrow
091. Ὁμίλει πρᾴως Live together meekly
092. Πέρας ἐπιτέλει μὴ ἀποδειλιῶν Finish the race without shrinking back
093. Φιλοφρόνει πᾶσιν Deal kindly with everyone
094. Υἱοῖς μὴ καταρῶ Do not curse your sons
095. Γυναικὸς ἄρχε Rule your wife
096. Σεαυτὸν εὖ ποίει Benefit yourself
097. Εὐπροσήγορος γίνου Be courteous
098. Ἀποκρίνου ἐν καιρῷ Give a timely response
099. Πόνει μετ’ εὐκλείας Struggle with glory
100. Πρᾶττε ἀμετανοήτως Act without repenting
101. Ἁμαρτάνων μετανόει Repent of sins
102. Ὀφθαλμοῦ κράτει Control the eye
103. Βουλεύου χρόνῳ Give a timely counsel
104. Πρᾶττε συντόμως Act quickly
105. Φιλίαν φύλαττε Guard friendship
106. Εὐγνώμων γίνου Be grateful
107. Ὁμόνοιαν δίωκε Pursue harmony
108. Ἄρρητον κρύπτε Keep deeply the top secret
109. Τὸ κρατοῦν φοβοῦ Fear ruling
110. Τὸ συμφέρον θηρῶ Pursue what is profitable
111. Καιρὸν προσδέχου Accept due measure
112. Ἔχθρας διάλυε Do away with enmities
113. Γῆρας προσδέχου Accept old age
114. Ἐπὶ ῥώμῃ μὴ καυχῶ Do not boast in might
115. Εὐφημίαν ἄσκει Exercise (religious) silence
116. Ἀπέχθειαν φεῦγε Flee enmity
117. Πλούτει δικαίως Acquire wealth justly
118. Δόξαν μὴ λεῖπε Do not abandon honor
119. Κακίαν μίσει Despise evil
120. Κινδύνευε φρονίμως Venture into danger prudently
121. Μανθάνων μὴ κάμνε Do not tire of learning
122. Φειδόμενος μὴ λεῖπε Do not stop to be thrifty
123. Χρησμοὺς θαύμαζε Admire oracles
124. Οὓς τρέφεις, ἀγάπα Love whom you rear
125. Ἀπόντι μὴ μάχου Do not oppose someone absent
126. Πρεσβύτερον αἰδοῦ Respect the elder
127. Νεώτερον δίδασκε Teach a youngster
128. Πλούτῳ ἀπίστει Do not trust wealth
129. Σεαυτὸν αἰδοῦ Respect yourself
130. Μὴ ἄρχε ὑβρίζειν Do not begin to be insolent
131. Προγόνους στεφάνου Crown your ancestors
132. Θνῆσκε ὑπὲρ πατρίδος Die for your country
133 Τῷ βίῳ μὴ ἄχθου Do not be discontented by life
134. Ἐπὶ νεκρῷ μὴ γέλα Do not make fun of the dead
135. Ἀτυχοῦντι συνάχθου Share the load of the unfortunate
136. Χαρίζου ἀβλαβῶς Gratify without harming
137. Μὴ ἐπὶ παντὶ λυποῦ Grieve for no one
138. Ἐξ εὐγενῶν γέννα Beget from noble routes
139. Ἐπαγγέλλου μηδενί Make promises to no one
140. Φθιμένους μὴ ἀδίκει Do not wrong the dead
141. Εὖ πάσχε ὡς θνητός Be well off as a mortal
142. Τύχῃ μὴ πίστευε Do not trust fortune
143. Παῖς ὢν κόσμιος ἴσθι As a child be well-behaved
144. Ἡβῶν ἐγκρατής As a youth be self-disciplined
145. Μέσος δίκαιος As of middle-age be just
146. Πρεσβύτης εὔλογος As an old man be sensible
147. Τελευτῶν ἄλυπος On reaching the end be without sorrow
Posted on

Speaking of Lunar Calendars

A few years ago, I became acquainted with Astrocal. They produce a lunar calendar – noting the moon phase each day. You can choose from a number of options – a daily diary, and a couple different wall calendars.

As with all calendars, you must commit to using them. When I had received my about 4 years ago, it was time stamped for the UK – which for paying attention to the time of phases made it 6 hours off. Since I was already using another calendar system at the time, I did not follow it daily.  But I did watch it monthly.

The calendars are beautifully detailed and filled with interesting and fun astrological and seasonal information.

UNIQUE & INSPIRING MOON DIARY & MOON CALENDARS FOR 2019

 

Follow us on a journey through the seasons of the year, observing the cycles of the Sun, Moon and planets. Honouring the wheel of the year as it turns and featuring stunning illustrations and artwork. The perfect companion for anyone interested in the lunar cycle, astrology, phases of the Moon and much more…

Our Seasons & Cycles Moon Calendar for 2019 celebrates nature’s seasonal cycle and the eight fire festivals. With stunning colourful illustrations together with the lyrical descriptions of nature each month, we take you on a journey through the seasons of the year showing the phase of the Moon each day as well as other information to help you keep in harmony with nature’s cycles.

Tina’s drawings are an expression of her relationship with the seasonal cycles as she looks to the natural world to provide inspiration. Mother Nature never fails to deliver her ongoing magic!



Includes:
• Nature each month
• Phase of the moon each day
• Moon signs
• Full/new Moon
• Fire Festivals times/dates
• Eight Fire Festival energies
• Planets visible in the night sky
• Sun/Moon rise/set times
• Shooting stars dates
• Moon’s path
• Eclipses

We are very proud to present our 2019 Moon Diary and Calendars.
Designed by us and printed exclusively in the UK.

Posted on

Cycles within Cycles within Cycles within Calendars?

I have always had trouble finding just the right calendar to track the days, weeks months, years, what have you. Our lives revolve around the passing of days. And the days turn into weeks and months and years. It makes you think pretty hard about how these cycles came into being.

I especially think about calendars when the ones you buy every year around Christmas (secret be known I always shop for calendars the week after Christmas. All the calendars are about 1/2 price.) And while we like to follow the the progression of days, the standard calendar may not (who am I kidding, it doesn’t) describe everything that is happening.

What we find is that there are so many different ways of categorizing and counting the passage of time that settling on a single one may not cut it. So for now, we will start by discussing the passage of time itself and how we do it.

Natural Cycles

Actually, before getting into the nuts and bolts of calendars, we might consider how the natural world around us works. Time for us is a mechanical thing. Life here on Earth is made possible by a series of fortunate events that makes time very regular. In fact, you can set your watch by it (haha).

The Earth rotates on its axis. We count this rotation as a day – broken up in hours, minutes and seconds. It is a 24 hour day, with 60 minutes per hour and 60 seconds per minute.

The Earth revolves around the sun. This trip takes 365.25 days to complete. Along this trip, due to the tilt of the earth relative to the sun, we experience seasons. These are caused by the amount of sun visible to any one point on the earth. These quarters are categorized as the Seasons of the year (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter)

The illustration shows how at the extremes (Summer and Winter solstices) the difference in number of hours of light in the day. I just googled the difference for Pennsylvania – which they say is 5 hours and 41 minutes.  At the Spring and Summer equinoxes, the number of hours per day are equal (12 hours light and 12 hours dark). So if you split the 5 hours and 41 minutes in half, it says we have 2 hours and 51 and a half minutes more daylight in summer (about 14 hours and 51.5 minutes) and in winter it is 9 hours and 49 minutes.

In addition to the Rotation and Revolution cycles, we also are affected by other heavenly bodies in our solar system. Chief among them is them is the Moon. Counting its revolutions in terms of days here on Earth is a little more complicated. The moon revolves around the earth once every 27.32 days, or one sidereal month. This is if you count it in relation to the stars (or 360 degrees of a circle). When counted in relation to the Sun, it is every 29.53 days (or about 27 degrees more).  Why is this important? In a lunar calendar, the count of days begins at the new moon – when the moon is conjunct the sun and ends when the Moon is new again.

And while we are talking about the moon, it also presents another direct affect upon the world. And that is the tides. As we rotate on earth around its access, the moon exerts a gravitational force upon the side of the earth facing it. It pulls against the planet causing it to bulge – enough that the water on the planet will shift – causing tides.

In addition, the earth is affected by the other planets in our solar system, including Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (I count Pluto even though NASA has decided not to). The affects of these planets on our life here is largely part of the study of Astrology. Mainstream science counts these as a constant and tends to ignore them. I like to hope that all of these scientists may enjoy a particularly intense Mercury Retrograde 3 times a year. One day they will figure it out.

So to sum up, the Natural Cycles include:

Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Seasons, Years, Lunar months

Man Made Cycles

While Natural cycles describe aspects of nature and their affects upon our lives, Man Made Cycles are those we have imposed upon ourselves. The best description would be Calendars. We have days, but the calendar organizes them into weeks and months and weekends.We have holidays and observances that are marked at specific times of the year or specific days. Like Christmas is on December 25th. At least in the Western World. In the Eastern Orthodox world it is January 7th.

Where much gets confusing with these observances is that they occurred before the modern Gregorian Calendar was created. At the time, they were following any number of lunar calendars. And when the date of something becomes dependent upon the New Moon or the Full Moon during a certain cycle, the specific date will vary.

Examples would be the Hebrew Calendar, Islamic Calendar,  Indian/Hindu Calendar and Korean Calendar. I confirmed the existence of each of these with contacts on Facebook. They also noted that the use of these lunar calendars is primarily in determining the dates for religious holidays. In the case of Israel, it can be especially complicated due to laws forbidding work on the Sabbath. In these cases, many businesses employ muslims to stay open. But then they must pay attention to the Islamic Calendar to be sure that there are not additional conflicts on these dates.

And the Eastern Lunar calendars are nothing in comparison to the mesoamerican calendars (Think the Mayan Calendar and the Aztec Calendar) as far as being complicated.

For work in Astrology, I have spent a lot of time following lunar calendars. I have yet to find a printed calendar that was easy to follow. There is the Gregorian Date, the zodiac sign, the lunar aspect as well as aspects to all the planets. I have had the most luck with the the Almanac, which lists a lot of random information.

But the point is that there are many cycles that we follow. From the point of view of this backyard gardener, the important days involve planting and harvesting.

In researching Calendars, I got caught pretty deep in a rabbit hole. Definitely I will need to write more on this subject.

 

 

 

Posted on

New Moon in Taurus – May 15, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

FROM ORACLE REPORT (www.oraclereport.com)

Happy New Moon in Taurus! The new month offers us the gain of a new opportunity or the regaining of one that we thought was lost to us, specifically by following the line of integrity and crossing the line of possibility.  As we journey through this year’s astrological theme of “through imagination, a lost opportunity is regained,” this month we work this with the angle of the degree of today’s New Moon: “a well-kept public park.”

New Moon Phase:  begin, initiate, wish, set an intention

Moon in Taurus

Sun:  25 Taurus –  “A large, well-kept public park”

Earth: 25 Scorpio – “an X-ray photograph”

Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “through imagination a lost opportunity is regained”

Emissaries of the Aeon Sophia:  Shodashi (She Who Aligns With The Highest and Best)

Emissary of the Aeon Thelete: Ian (He of the East)

I am excited for the energy of this New Moon Phase. For the Aries cycle, the symbol “through imagination a lost opportunity is regained” speaks to making plans and acting on them to create a new reality. For this blog, that is about my garden. Starting my garden. Planning the garden. Preparing the soil. Planting the seeds. Nurturing them. All about getting ready.

A large, well-kept public park

The Taurus cycle speaks of how I want it to be. It is clean. It is natural. It is part of our world. While it is not exactly public, anyone can see it – we have no fences or gates. And my hope is that the neighbors along our alley will see it and ask. I want to share the fruits of this garden with friends and neighbors.

I like where this symbol is leading. Being New Moon, it is time to set intentions by it. And my vision, is in color and I am loving what I am seeing. It is now up to me to make it happen.

Posted on

Happy Monday! May 14, 2018

Happy Monday! Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year – R.W.EMERSON

Balsamic Moon Phase:  release, transform, prepare for the new

Moon in Taurus

Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “through imagination a lost opportunity is regained”

Emissaries of the Aeon Sophia: Chinnamasta (She Who Expands the Mind) and Shodashi (She Who Aligns With The Highest and Best)

Emissary of the Aeon Thelete: Ian (He of the East)

Posted on

Tuesday May 8, 2018 – Garden Update

Tuesday May 8, 2018

Third Quarter Moon Phase:  revise, realign

Moon in Aquarius/Pisces 11:11 pm ET/3:11 am UT

Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “through imagination a lost opportunity is regained”

Emissaries of the Aeon Sophia: Chinnamasta (She Who Expands the Mind) and Shodashi (She Who Aligns With The Highest and Best)

Emissary of the Aeon Thelete: Ian (He of the East)

Third Quarter Moon phase, the time of the lunar month when we take stock of what developed and any feedback or messages during Disseminating Moon phase and then assess what needs to be revised and realigned.  This is all in service to the intentions, ideas, hopes, wishes, or dreams that were “seeded” during the New Moon phase.  We are working on making things better.  It’s like fertilizing and watering seeds so they have their best chance to make their way to the surface and sprout.  This is conscious co-creation with the force of Life.

Up until the end of April we were still seeing frost. At that time, i decided to plant seeds under our front porch to prepare for after I prepare the garden beds.  As you can see, I am getting excited with the progress of my seedlings:

 

Early root veggis – like broccoli, cauliflower, beets and carrots. Onions are in the green container

 

These are the herbs – sage, basil, oregano and the like
Zucchini, Cucumbers and Tomatos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only thing I am waiting for is to rent myself a rototiller and turn the soil. There is way too much to do by hand (and foot and shoulder). It shouldn’t take more that a couple hours to turn it all over and get it ready to plant.

Astrologically, the Biodynamic Calendar that I am following suggests transplanting to begin around the 19th. So I should be fine. I will talk more about the  Biodynamics Calendar later. Like the farmer’s almanac, it offers a wealth of information about planting times and astrological aspects to pay attention to during the planting cycle.

Weedkillers

While I am at it, I just saw another article about some of my favorite (haha) weedkillers.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/08/weedkiller-tests-monsanto-health-dangers-active-ingredient

Much can be said about these toxic chemicals. But of the many reasons for taking my gardening into my own hands, it is to be able to have fresh food that i know is not polluted by these chemicals. Monsanto’s “Roundup” chemical name Glyphosate is the main evildoer that I am aware of. I could talk for days about this chemical and its effect on the environment, the plants, the insects (bees and Butterflies) that are truly killing ans destroying our environment. As if the lessons learned by DDT were not enough, our government is allowing it to happen again.

It reminds me of stories about the Dust Bowl during the 1930’s. There were a combination of causes for this tragedy. It is funny that the environmentalist/globalists forget about it and they have allowed the terror of Glyphosate to devastate us today.

The most obvious was a shift in the regional climate in the Midwest and Southern Great Plains. There was a drought.  The entire region had been over farmed, and the design of the farms did not lend itself to soil preservation. They should have been planting protective tree barriers. So drought plus winds created dust storms. All living crops were often destroyed by the wind and dust – as well as pests. Livestock died from the devastation to their food sources. Images about farmers having to move (The Okies from John Steinbeck’s novel the Grapes of Wrath) are a mainstay of any Great Depression history book. In the end, the drought ended in about 1939, but left the breadbasket of America a changed place.

A very big part of the Victory Garden movement was a result of this devastation. People still needed food. And much of our farmland was not effective.

Today, our problems are also man made – Glyphosate and other weed and pest killers are poisoning our food sources. And the long term effects are much more onerous. The plan created by Monsanto with Glyphosate is that, after introducing the product, they began selling genetically modified crop seeds that would make the plants impervious to the chemicals. Once they add in neutering the seeds (so that farmer’s would have to always buy new seeds each year rather than planting seed crops). Monsanto can get them both ways. They have to buy the chemicals and all their seeds. They created a monopoly for so many aspects of the Corporate farms. And they did it with congressional approval.

Luckily, countries around the world have seen the potential devastation and have put a stop to most GMO seeds. But among the casualties in the US include the Monarch Butterfly  and Honey bees. You can say what you want about the butterflies, but the loss of the bees would and could be catastrophic, as plants will lost the ability to be fertilized without the bees.

The Zombie Apocalypse could come from so many different sources (war, disease, starvation). This is but one example. My own little garden will not solve the problem. I just hope it helps tell others about the problems.

P.S. As I was posting this report, I came across another article worth looking into about GMO seeds and Monsanto: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/monsanto-rna-interference/531288/

 

Posted on

Happy Monday! – May 7, 2018

Happy Monday! Today is your day to dance lightly with life, sing wild songs of adventure, soar your spirit, unfurl your joy. -JL Hute

Disseminating Moon Phase: share, demonstrate, teach

Moon in Aquarius

Sun: 17 Taurus – “A symbolic battle of swords and torches”

Earth: 17 Scorpio – “ a woman filled with her own spirit is the father of her own child ”

Emissary of the Aeon Sophia (Wisdom): Chinnamasta (She Who Expands the Mind)

Emissary of the Aeon Thelete (Will): Ian (He of the East)

Posted on

Beltane

BELTANE

Beltane is the height of Spring.

It is the cross quarter festival that falls between

spring equinox and summer solstice.

So we begin to notice the days getting longer

and warmer, We also see the first sign of summer.

The Earth is in a powerful phase of growth.

Everything is bathed in green.

The focus of Beltane is the fertile land and, in

reflection, our fertile bodies. On Beltane eve,

our wild nature and sexuality are celebrated as

an act of reverence to the earth and nature.

The traditional weaving maypole dances are a

symbol for this sacred sexuality.

This short narrative is published in the Astro Moon Diary. This is a daily calendar offered by AstroCal – www.astrocal.co.uk. You can get the diary in the USA on Amazon.

 

www.astrocal.co.uk

For anyone looking for ways to observe Beltane, I found this article a few years ago.

Beltane Flower Customs & Rituals

by Selena Fox

Blossoms Walk – take a walk at Beltane time and look for blossoms.  Journey around your home area and/or forest, meadow, garden, park, or other place where you are likely to see flowering plants.  As you come upon a blossom, pause and appreciate its coloring, shape, fragrance, and beauty.

Flower Meditation – select a fresh flower as your focus – it can be a freshly cut flower, a living flower of a potted plant, or a flower growing outdoors.  Using your senses of sight, touch, and smell, experience the flower.  Become one with it and experience your own self in bloom.  Let this flower communion be healing, renewing, inspiring.  Give thanks to the flower.  Reflect on your experience and journal about it.

Flowers Planting – plant flowers already in bloom in your garden or in containers in your home. Select flowers suitable for the amount of light and moisture in the location where you will be planting them.  Tend them.  Meditate with them.  Learn about them.

Flower Offerings – place fresh or dried flowers at your home altar and/or other sacred places in honor of one or more forms of the Divine.  Place flowers at cemeteries in remembrance of beloved Dead.

Flower Exchange – exchange fresh flowers with others along with words of blessing.  This can be done as part of group Beltane ritual or one-to-one as an expression of friendship.

Garlanded Pillars – adorn pillars, posts, walls, thresholds and other parts of your home or other place with strands of blossoms.  Cloth crafted flower garlands can be used from year to year.

Flowers Crown – create or acquire a garland crown of flowers crafted from real or symbolic blooms.  Wear it at Beltane rites & display it on an altar or other special place when you are not wearing it.

Flowers Wreath – place a wreath of cloth or dried flowers or long-lasting fresh flowers on your front door to symbolize and welcome Springtime and the May.

May Baskets – select baskets or craft some and fill them with fresh or crafted blossoms.  Adorn your home with them – use as a centerpiece on your altar or dining table or place on your front door or porch.  Gift to those you care about.  An old custom is to gift a May basket secretly – placing by the front door on May Day morning, ringing the door bell, & disappearing before the door is answered.

Flowery Circle – place fresh cut flowers or small pots of flowers to mark the perimeter of a ceremonial Beltane circle.  This can be done in advance, or it can be done for community building and land attunement during a group ceremony.

Flower Goddess Attunement – imagine yourself in a sacred place encountering the Goddess of Flowers as May Queen.  Pay attention to what form She takes.  Envision Her presenting to you a basket of flowers of many types, shapes, and colors.  Select one as a gift from Her.  As you connect with it, pay attention to what message it has for you.  Give thanks to the May Queen Flower Goddess.  Return to waking consciousness, and then note your experiences in a journal.

Posted on

May Day! Tuesday May 1, 2018

May Day! May Day! –

All in the happy way of course. And not for the S.O.S. kind of reason. This is an interesting day, especially considering the way it has been handled in the US. On the surface (and in schools – where I learned about it in my youth) it is about flowers – and that is about it.

But what else does it have against it? 1) It is the day the Soviet Union used to (maybe they still do) parade nuclear weapons and tanks through their streets. 2) It is a pagan holiday where people have SEX and dance around naked in the parks.

Kinda made it hard to celebrate the holiday growing up in the 70’s. But it always seemed like something special that we were somehow missing out on.

So the rule for the day is, if you are able and the weather cooperates, is to get outside. Barefoot. Soak up the sun. Feel the Earth beneath your feet.

 

Full Moon Phase: revelations, clarity, illumination, fullness

10:12 am ET/2:21 pm UT: Saturn (retrograde) moves back to 09 Capricorn – “an angel carrying a harp”

Moon in Scorpio/Sagittarius 10:21 am ET/2:21 pm UT

Tzolkin:  11 Earth (the Berlin Wall came down on 11 Earth in 1989)

Sun:  12 Taurus – “a young couple walk down Main Street window shopping”

Earth: 12 Scorpio – “an official embassy ball”

Skill: focus on rebirth/renaissance of your lost opportunity

Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month/Year: “through imagination, a lost opportunity is regained”