and open to Her Wisdom."
24th Day of the 4th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Medusa
Lunar Tree Cycle of Fearn/Alder
12th Day of Celtic Tree
Month of Saille/Willow
24th Day of the Cycle of Annwyn -
Days of Avalon
Moon Phase: waning Half Moon
Moon rises: 3:04AM EDST
Moon sets: 2:12PM EDST
Moon in Aquarius v/c 11:43PM EDST
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The perseverance
and power of heart's desire
Sun in Taurus
Sunrise: 6:27AM EDST
Sunset: 8:09PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "How does
your present way of life need to change?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
April 26th, 2011
Tiu's Day - Mars Day, the Day of Activity and Physicality, Passion and Desire - Action Day
The Green Man is most often depicted as a head with leaves and branches issuing from his mouth, nose, and even eyes. Some of these heads include vines and fruit, and several are actually Green Women. The face can be seen peeping out of the wood and stone carvings in many older churches and place of worship all over Europe. The Green Man also appears in many traditional festivals and parades. These foliate masks and men represent the spirit of the life of the land, of nature and fertility,
and some think they are images of Sylvanus, God of the woods. Today you can buy them in many stores and garden centers. Place one in your garden to encourage growth.
With a little patience you can make your own Green Man head for indoor use. Inflate a balloon to roughly head size. Stand it knot down in a cup or bowl. Using newspaper and an equal mix of PVA glue and water, papier mache the front of the balloon, using several layers to make a firm base. When you are happy with the shape, pop the balloon and trim the edges of your mask. Cut eye, nose, and mouth holes and paint the whole in greens and browns. When this has dried, glue on leaves in an overlapping pattern so that the original shape is all but completely concealed. Make a discreet hole in the sides or top so that you can insert a thread to hang it from. As this will not be weatherproof, hang it indoors, perhaps looking out over your garden.
" Take pride in your land
and use it caringly."
[From Kate West's The Real Witches' Year]