Cat’s Morning Bits for April 30- May 1, 2021 “Beltane Edition”
Good Morning Beautiful Souls and welcome to a new year! Grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.
“Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.”
- Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557
April 1 April Fools Day
April 11 New Moon at 7:30 pm PST/ 8:30 pm MST/ 10:30 pm EST
April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins
*The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26
April 17 Herbalist Day
*Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20
April 22 Earth Day
April 26 Full Wind Moon at 8:31 pm PST/ 9:31 pm MST/ 11:31 pm EST
April 30 Walpurgis Night / Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
May 1 Beltane / May Day
‘But I must gather knots of flowers,
And buds and garlands gay,
For I’m to be Queen o’ the May, mother,
I’m to be Queen o’ the May.’
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Zen Pagan: Happy Walpurgisnacht!
While the idea of Beltane – especially its sexual and fertility aspects ‘ has become the dominant way of thinking of this cross-quarter time in American Neo- Paganism,
Beltane | How to Celebrate | Ideas DIYs & Rituals
12 Fertility Deities of Beltane
Beltane is a time of great fertility—for the earth itself, for animals, and of course for people as well. This season has been celebrated by cultures going back thousands of years, in a variety of ways, but nearly all shared the fertility aspect.
Wise Woman Herbal Ezine: Spring Tonics
By: Jessica Godino, Red Moon Herbs
Spring has finally arrived, and you are enjoying a lovely walk along the creek. Suddenly, something stings your ankle! No, its not a wasp, its the stinging nettle plant, known to botanists as Urtica dioica. But before you curse this common weed, you should know that it is one of the most nutrient dense foods available. Nettle greens are a rich source of calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, cobalt, copper, potassium, trace minerals, chlorophyll, the B-complex vitamins, and more.
ThoughtCo: Sacred Plants of the Beltane Sabbat
In most modern Pagan traditions, plants and their folklore are an integral part of belief and practice. In particular, many of the Sabbats are associated with the magical properties of different plants
Beltane: Six Ways To Inspire Fertility In Your Life
The word fertility kept coming to mind as I look forward to this year’s Beltane’s celebrations. Fertility is key in Beltane celebrations, of course, and usually involves rituals for…..
Faerie Lore: The Fae at Beltane
For many Pagans, Beltane is traditionally a time when the veil between our world and that of the Fae is thin. In most European folktales, the Fae kept to themselves unless they wanted something from their human neighbors.
Patheos: Beltane in the Otherfaith
Spring morphs into summer with bursts of heat and flushes of flowers. The green of the grass brightens. The trees, once skeletal and reaching like spindly fingers to the gray sky, turn the hills into rolling swells of leaves and life.
Today’s DIY: Beltane Fire Incense
At Beltane, spring is beginning to get seriously underway. Gardens are being planted, sprouts are beginning to appear, and the earth is returning to life once again.
Pagan Library: The Beltane Chase
I shall go as a wren in spring
With sorrow and sighing on silent wing
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.
And we shall follow as falcons grey
And hunt thee cruelly as our prey
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.
Treehugger: 9 Enchanting and Uncommon Types of Deer
There are 47 species of deer, and very few of those look like the white-tailed deer that fill North American forests and backyards. In fact, some types are much smaller or much larger than the most common cervid species; many adapt to a wide range of habitats, as well, from the arctic to the tropics.
Seven Crystals for Beltane
As we reach the celebration of Beltane, spring has peaked and we are heading into summer. The Earth is warming up and has an energy bursting with strength and fertility. The word Beltane is thought to originate from the Celtic god, Bal, meaning ‘the bright one’ and the Gaelic word ‘teine,’ which means fire.
Patheos-Pagan: Easy Seasonal Recipes
As we quickly make our way to Beltane and the beginning of Summer, I wanted to share a few easy, peasy recipes that always make me think this season.
Pagan Playlist: Lisa Thiel – Beltane (Lord & Lady Song)
Inner Journey: WONDER-FULL!
“…we can’t survive without enchantment… the loss of it is killing us.”
— Thomas Moore
“There is one thing that all true spirituality has in common, whether that spirituality is derived from faith, from science, from nature or from the arts – a sense of wonder.”
— Andrew Schneider
“There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle, The other is as though everything is a miracle. I believe in the latter.”
— Albert Einstein
“We live in a world of theophanies. Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you from crumbs to angels, but this can happen only if you are willing to unwrap the ordinary by staying with it long enough to harvest its treasure.”
— Macrina Wiederkehr
“The new earth quickens as you rise.
The May Queen is waiting.
Feel the pulsing ground call you to journey,
To know the depths of your desire.
The May Queen is waiting.
Moving through the night, the bright moon’s flight.
In green and silver on the plain.
She waits for you to return again.
Do not keep Her waiting.
Her temper stings if you refuse to taste Her honey.
Surrender as enchantment brings
The first light of dawning.
Move with Her in sacred dance, through fear to feeling.
Bringing ecstasy to those who dare.
Living earth is breathing.
Loving through the night in the bright moonlight,
As seedlings open with the rain.
She’ll long for you to return again.
Do not keep Her waiting.”
- Ruth Barren, The May Queen is Waiting
Today’s Recipe: Honey-Cream Pie || Beltane Recipe || Kitchen Witchery
Magical Correspondences for Beltane
Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting, making May Day baskets and giving them to friends
Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green
Stones/Gems: Emerald, Malachite, Amber, Carnelian, Sapphire, Rose Quartz
Symbols & Decorations: The Maypole, bonfires, flowers, trees, plants, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers, broom
Foods: Dairy, bread, cereals
Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond, tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff
Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses of fertility.
Animals:Swallow, dove, swan, cats, lynx, leopard
Daily Tarot: The Fool
Expect the unexpected, in fact don’t even expect that much. Today could be a wild ride, and you may instigate some of it in the spirit of fun, suggests the Fool card. Play it safe and stay out of trouble if you can, but it could be hard at times. Don’t fret over any little mistakes today. By tonight or at least tomorrow it may be hard to tell who made them if anyone even recalls them.
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