Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Waxing New Moon - Tiu's Day

"I'm one with the Goddess
and open to Her Wisdom."

3rd Day of the 4th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Persephone
Lunar Tree Cycle of Fearn/Alder
19th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Fearn/Alder
3rd Day of the Cycle of Annwyn -
Days of Avalon
Moon Phase: waxing New Moon
Moon rises: 7:35AM EDST
Moon sets: 10:11PM EDST
Moon in Taurus v/c 7:30PM EDST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: Memory of ]
childhood games.
Sun in Aries
Sunrise: 6:58AM EDST
Sunset: 7:47PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "Is
your envy of others obstructing
your own achievement?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
April 5th, 2011

Tiu's Day - Mars Day, the Day of Activity and Physicality, Passion and Desire.... there are Major magickal energies for spells/rites for Increase Productivity and Manifesting.

Alder Tree Month - The Alder is the shield tree, both on the physical and spiritual levels. Called 'the protection of the heart', it was highly prized. The wood is easy to work, yet very tough and when first cut the sap is red, giving the tree the appearance of bleeding. No doubt all these were reasons for its use in shield making. Nearly all parts of the tree can be used in dye making; the bark giving black, red, and yellow depending on the mordant used. Green comes from the catkins, the wood yield pink, early shoots yellow and later ones cinnamon. The bark is boiled and the resulting liquid is used to alleviate swellings, inflammation and rheumatism.
    The Alder is also a tree of balance, bearing male and female catkins, the male being larger with purple scales and yellow flowers, the female being smaller, somewhat cone shaped, purple and later developing into cones. Also, because the Alder often grows in moist places it is one of the trees which unite all four of the Elements.
     Because of its defensive properties Alder is often carried as protection, and a piece of Alder worn from the neck is said to be a good protection on spiritual journeys, such as meditation and astral travel. An Alder shield, made on the psychic plane through visualization, is a good addition to your Astral Temple. Male catkins and female cones can be placed on the Altar to represent the God and Goddess, during workings for balance, or added to a charm bag to bring balance into daily life.
[From: Kate West's book The Real Witches' Year ]

1 comment:

Gail said...

I just added you to my favorites and am looking forward to reading the archives to see what interesting post I have missed. Thank you, Gail