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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Freya’s Day
Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve quarrels today! Cast love spells on Fridays. Wear blue robes and use turquoise and ruby. Use emeralds or cat’s eye.
Today’s Magickal Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection, Partnerships, Money, Sex
Today’s Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Color of The Day: Light Blue, Pale Green
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. one single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.
Lunabar Moon Almanack for Friday, April 19, 2013
Waxing, Gibbous Moon Age: 9 ½ days.
Ascending Node is at 17° Scorpio.
Moon in 17th degree of the Sign, and 0th degree
of the Constellation of Leo, the Lion.
Moonset: 2:37 morn. Moonrise: 1:27 eve. Souths: 8:26 eve.
Spells and rituals involving the Fire Element should be performed when the Moon is in a Fire Sign: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.
The Moon in the Sign of the Lion, Leo – Yang, Masculine, Solar, Positive, Diurnal, Fiery, Fixed, Barren, Horary Eastern, Summery, Boreal, Commanding, Feral, Bestial, Animal, Four-footed, Dry, Bitter, Hot.
April Moon Phases March
First Quarter falls on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 8:32 AM
Full “Pink” Moon falls on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM
Waxing, First Quarter
Keywords for the First Quarter phase are: action, expression, growth, breaking away. It is the time in a cycle to take the initial action necessary to achieve your goal by expressing your needs and desires. FEEL & MOVE. Make phone calls. Write letters. Dance. Act now.
At GoddessSchool we use song and chants to raise power, using drums, tambourines or just humming along works too! We celebrate the Mother – the Full Moon – Mother Earth – Mother Nature – she is in us all – we are in her – we are one! We will learn some songs, beat the drums, howl at the Moon! We are ever changing as does the Moon – Feel the Moon – let her fill you up! Join us! Feel free to contact me: GrannyMoonsMail@yahoo.com Website: http://goddessschool.com
Lunabar; The Seasons, 2013
Vernal Equinox (Spring began) March 20th at 6:01 morning.
Sun on Equator, crosses the line North, entered the sign of Aries.
Summer Solstice (Summer begins) June 21st at 12:01 morning.
Sun Runs High, at Northern tropic (turn), enters the sign of Crabba.
Autumnal Equinox (Fall begins) September 22nd at 3:40 evening.
Sun on Equator, crosses the line South, enters the sign of Libra.
Winter Solstice (Winter begins) December 21st at 12:09 evening.
Sun Rides Low, at Southern tropic (turn), enters the sign of Capricorn.
GrannyMoon’s MotherPeace Reading for Today – The Star
Keywords: )0( Hope – Promise – Healing – Guidance – Cleansing – Assurance – Rejuvenation
Calm After The Storm – A healing time for you, a period of grace. The Star represents openness, trust and psychic awareness, as well as the “Age of Aquarius”. You feel incredible love as your heart opens. Learn to open to this love and to access your desires. Have a dip in the hot tub, pool or an sweat lodge. You will open your pores as well as your heart.
Readings by GrannyMoon ~$25.00 In-Depth and $10.00 Mini Tarot Readings ~ http://goddessschool.com/tarot.html
Moon Moon, Mother Moon
The Moon in opposition to the Sun
is good in no manner of business.
– Bethem’s “Centiloquium”.
Doth the moon shine that night we play our play?
A calendar, a calendar! Look in the almanac;
find out moonshine, find out moonshine.
– Shakespeare, “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” III, i.
If the Moon be in Aries, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, or
Capricorn she is in places fit for Sowing; but if she
is placed in Aries or Taurus, she is then fit for Planting only
Lunabar Sun Almanack for Friday, April 19, 2013
Sunrise: 6:26 morn. Sunset: 7:48 eve.
Length of Day: 13h. 22m.
Dawn: 5:59 morn. Dusk: 8:16 eve.
Length of Twilight: 0h. 27m.
Sun in 29th degree of the Sign Aries, the Ram;
also in 1st degree of the Constellation Aries, the Ram;
The Sun in Aries:Yang, Masculine, Solar, Positive, Diurnal, Fiery, Cardinal, Barren, Horary Eastern, Vernal, Boreal, Commanding,
Equinoctial, Feral, Bestial, Animal, Four-footed, Dry, Bitter, Hoarse, Hot.
If the rays of the sun on rising are not yellow,
The same likewise holds good of the setting.
– Francis Bacon, “Historia Ventorum”.
Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore and Ancient Holidays
The Seasons, 2013
Goddess Month of Maia begins 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Willow
On this date in the year 1824, Lord Byron (whose real name was George Gordon) died of a fever. The English poet, who was known for dabbling in the occult arts, helped shape Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and gave John Polidori the idea for this novel The Vampyre. Lord Byron’s heart was removed from his corpse and buried in Greece; the rest of his remains were shipped back to England.
Cerealia – On the last day of the weeklong Roman festival honoring On the feast of Ceres, most popular among the common folk, people visited each other, enjoying and extending hospitality. Foxes with torches tied to their tails were let loose.
Ovid describes the sort of offerings brought to Ceres: “spelt, and the compliment of salt, and grains of incense…Good Ceres is content with little, if that little be but pure. White is Ceres’s proper color; put on white robes at Ceres’s festival.”
Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press, 1999
12 – 19: The Cerealia, or Return of Persephone, in Rome, honoring Goddess Ceres and her daughter.
15: Celtic Tree Month of Willow begins
15: Festival of Bast in Egypt.
15: Jackie Robinson Day
15: Leonardo DaVinci born 1452
16: Birthday of author Margot Adler
18: Month of Maia begins 4/18 – 5/15
22: Festival of Ishtar in Babylon
22: Earth Day
23: Wiccan Pentacle is officially added to the list of VA-approved emblems for gravestones, 2007
25: Full Moon — Wind Moon at 3:57 pm
28 – May 3:The three day Festival of Flora and Venus, or the Florialia in Rome; Goddess of Sexuality and Spring flowers.
30: Walpurgisnacht celebrated by German witches
NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple.
Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives – Source: The Daily Globe, School Of The Seasons and/or The Daily Bleed
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.~ Will Rogers
Ancestors Altars and Candles |
Setting Up an Ancestor Altar
First, you need to determine a quiet place in your home for your ancestor altar. Considering that houses with children are noisier than adult houses, you may need to place your altar in a quieter den or corner of a back room so that their Spirits will not get upset. Do not place your ancestor altar in your bedroom, as this is disrespectful. Even a corner of the dining room is preferable than a bedroom for the altar. If you are blessed with a guest room or den, use it until you have guests visit, then you can move to another part of the house. A simple ancestor altar is a small table with a white cloth or doily, a glass of cool water and a photograph of those that have passed. Do not place photos of both living and deceased relatives on the table, as you may be inviting the living relative to pass over to the Spirit world. this ancestor altar is for your own blood line family, although some exception could be a non-relative that was “adopted” into the family, like a long term babysitter or a close friend that was always present at family gatherings and in your home.
Like other altars you may have on your home, an ancestor altar will grow larger as your spiritual connection with them grows. You will be given ideas and impulses to purchase and add items that ill bring their memory back, such as Grandpa’s Lucky Strikes cigarettes or Grandma’s Tabu perfume. You may want to add other personal items like a favorite bottle of brandy that you may pour out a shot glass full every once in a while. This inspiration will come from your memories of your loved ones as they connect with you and look down on you from Heaven to guide you through your walk. As you begin to create this special place, here are some general ideas to get you started with your Ancestor Altar.
A place to set up your altar. This could be an end table, accent table or small bookcase top. Many families set up their altar inconspicuously on the hutch in the dining room.
2.) White table covering such as a linen tablecloth or lace doily. You may add another color as an accent color if you know that was a special color to them.
3.) A photograph of the relatives you would want to honor. Please do not place any photographs of living people on this altar as to do so may cause then to become sick and die. Do not place any photos of relatives who have harmed you in any way as you do not want their guidance and spirit in your home to cause an further harm to you.
4.) A glass of cool water, preferably in glass, not plastic. One large brandy snifter or crystal water goblet is fine. You do not have to purchase new glasses; you can pick these up at the thrift store. You may also want to obtain a coffee cup or demitasse cup and saucer to offer black coffee to them after awhile. You may also want to get a small clear glass shot glass for whiskey or a preferred liquor and also another for Florida Water or Kananga Water to attract your ancestors.
5.) A white candle to burn for them to see your devotion and attract their blessings. It does not matter whether you use a 7 day novena-type vigil candle or tea lights, the meaning is the same.
Other items throughout the year may be flowers in a vase, a glass of wine, a slice of birthday cake or a small plate of turkey and all the fixin’s during Thanksgiving, a piece of candy on Valentine’s day, etc. Leave these food items overnight and toss into the trash the next day as they have absorbed the aroma and energy of the food offering and you will attract ants and such if left too long.
Prayers for the Ancestors
Once you have assembled your items and created your altar, you may begin praying for their souls and asking them to communicate with you and send blessings and guidance to you. Here is a sample prayer that you can begin with, adding a more personalized note after establishing a connection with your loved ones.
You may choose to change the water every morning before your prayer, but some make a weekly change, usually on a Sunday or a Friday, depending on their beliefs. From time to time, you may want to offer a cup of black coffee and an unlit cigar laid across the rim of the cup. Leave on altar for 24 to 48 hours and discard in trash/sink when done. It is wise to offer food items occasionally to give them time to bless you for your offerings.
In many cultures, it is considered tradition to use a photograph with a candle. Just like a name paper, which is a piece of parchment paper in the old time methods, or the more conventional white paper, to inscribe the full name and birth date (if known) on a paper and place it under a candle for various conditions. Photographs are used in a similar fashion to keep in touch with an individual.
More importantly, the color of candle that is used with a photograph is detrimental to the candle burning outcome. Using a white candle, for example, anointed with healing, blessing or any positive producing condition oil, can be used for someone who is suffering, whether physically, emotionally or spiritually. White candles are also used in ancestors’ altars, where a photograph of the deceased loved one is set with a white candle, photograph, glass of cool water and in some cases, tobacco, coffee, a shot glass of brandy or other spirits and an occasional sweet to appease their loved ones. The thought behind this tradition is to offer the things that they enjoyed while on the Earth to appease them and thus ensure their continued protection from the Heavens above.
It is important that no image of a living person should be placed on an ancestor altar or that offerings be made to a photograph that contains the images of one living person and one who has passed in the same photograph. To do so would hasten the loving person to join the one that has passed in the afterlife.
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Out of every crisis comes the chance to be reborn ~Nena O’Neill
Daily Aromatherapy Tip
Take aromatherapy along while traveling during the holidays. Sweet Orange, Tangerine,Lavender or Bergamot will all have a calming effect when the kids get a little wild.
There are many inexpensive ceramic diffusers that hang from the rear view mirror or purchase a car diffuser that plugs into the cigarette lighter. Try adding a few drops
to a cotton ball and place near the heat vents.
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“…we come to beginnings only at the end.” ~ William Bridges
A Violet Love Charm
Violets are symbols of loyalty, and in April they are plentiful. They carpet our lawns like a blue mist.
You can use them in spells to keep your mate faithful. No doubt the Wise Ones who once walked the
hills of Appalachia where I now live gathered violets on the edge of the woodland to use in spells such as this:
“To ensure your love remains true;
Pick six violets, all must be blue.
Put them in water that you have blessed;
Place them where your lover’s head shall rest. “
After you do these things, take three ribbons—pink, yellow, and white—and wait until the darkness of night.
Tie them around the branch of a tree, and say:
:We are now bound,
So mote it be.”
By: James Kambos and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
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“Genius is childhood recaptured.”
“The Goddess Companion”
We kneel before her, because she is kind and terrible.
We raise our arms to her, because she is gentle and fierce.
We call out to her, again and again: Kali, Mother, O Goddess,
we know it is you who holds up this world, we know
it is you we see shining forth in every being, we know
it is you who is awareness, you who is hunger, you
who is power and peace and faith and beauty and compassion
and contentment and sleep itself and all life, we know
it is you who is our mother, the mother of all forms, and that
you bring love and joy to all who sing your praises.
~Indian Poet Chandi
The Goddess is all contradictions: loving and terrifying at once, both kindly and fear-invoking. This is because, as the great Hindu poet Chandi reminds us,
the Goddess is all that is. And life includes both pain and pleasure, hunger and the satisfaction of hunger.
The Goddess path is not always an easy one. There is some tragedy, as well as some joy, in every life. To praise Kali, the dark mother, is to begin to heal ourselves of the falsity of wishing to embrace only life’s pleasures. We are deeply alive when we suffer. Suffering connects us not only to each other – for all humans suffer – but also to the goddess in her darkest aspects. Without pain, we would not treasure the marvelous delights of life as deeply. Learning to accept Kali is the most intense challenge of the Goddess path.
By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
In meditation, be at ease,
be as natural and spacious as possible.
Slip quietly out of the noose
of your habitual anxious self,
release all grasping,
and relax into your true nature.
GrannyMoon is Founder and Mother High Priestess of GoddessSchool, Sisters of the Burning Branch, dedicated to the Feminine Divine, which is celebrating it’s 13th year! Lucky 13! Former staff member and student of the Esoteric Theological Seminary, LDS Seminary and is an ordained Metaphysical Interfaith minister with doctoral degrees in Theology and Divinity. Doula, Reiki Master and Lifetime Member of Herbal Healer Academy, Inc. Former VA State Representative A.R.E.N. (Alternative Religions Educational Network.) We offer an on-line and off-line community for women, including workshops and retreats. Offering High Priestess Training and Community, Healing Arts and Pagan Studies to all seekers. http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/index.html Join our Order of the Black Hat, just for fun, we meet once a month! ttp://www.goddessschool.com/OOTBH/orderoftheblackhat.html Call on us, when you need a safe place, when you need caring and soothing from the world!
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