Thursday, May 17, 2012

OLD NORTH HOUSE TOUR

I will be reading tarot cards and generally doing what I can to contribute to one of my favourite places in St. Louis: Old North.

Saturday, May 19th, 2012, from 10 or so til about 4.

http://onsl.org/house-and-community-tour/

Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 4, 2012

(MAY)POLE DANCERS

The tip of a storm that we just got here in St. Louis was beautiful! Powerful and great dramatic thunder and lightning, and now it has passed and it is sunny and gorgeous, if a bit warm.  The Bealtaine spirits brought some power with them, at least here in the Bi-State area.

The air is filled with birdsong and motes and floating thistledown and butterflies. The May tree is making a beautiful carpet of while petals on the fresh new green grass!  All of nature is preparing for a night of indolence and sensual pleasure and celebration of creativity and growth and fertility.  (If not planning for pregnancy, use a condom. ;o)

The planetary alignment for Bealtaine (the sun at 15 degrees of Taurus astrologically) and also this "end of the world" alignment, as our solar system lines up with the heart of the Universe/Divine, the Milky Way galaxy, is the reason we will have such strange weather this Magickal year (Samhain to Samhain).  And Bealtaine is the mid-point of the Magickal year. 

Bealtaine is associated with a night of frolicking in the fields, flower adorned maidens dancing around ribboned poles, and feasting and fires that burn all night.

The real magick of Bealtaine is actually at Dawn.  We have come half way from the nightfall at Samhain, and on this morn the tide of affairs turns from dark to light, waning to waxing.

Today is Friday, ruled by Venus, who also rules Taurus.  An extra blessing for this Bealtaine. She and Mars are the planetary and astrological rulers of Bealtaine; the Lord and the Lady.  The Lord and Lady doing the sacred dance. 

Sexual union is really the most powerful magick in this world.  Tonight is the horniest night of the year.  I will be honest with you and tell you this is a "crone year" for me.  (When you are immortal you have to get used to these momentary dry periods.  )  Sometimes a person's life and growth leads them to a solitary place at an inconvenient time.

(Although wouldn't it be nice if it were the days or auld, when a Priestess of the Lady would have been offered her choice of any of the town's finest young MayPoles to dance around? The Irish didn't use to send their youngest to the Church, they sent them to the Lady.  At least til the Snake Killer came along. ;o)

Many people do not practice witchcraft because they feel like they have to get out a lot of hoops and ladders and a lot of bells, books, and candles.  Just looking at the moon with complete focus and reverence for a few seconds, or taking a walk at night with no intention other than to be open to the presence of the spirits of trees and winds and rock.

Just the ringing of a bell, or lighting your lighter, or saying "hello" out loud to a tree.  These can all be rituals.

Tonight is a very excellent night do a little magick of  intention for this second half of the year.

At sunset, about 8 PM CDT, I will be doing a ritual with pink and green candles for all things Bealtaine and Venutian, and Heart Chakra related-- love between humans, and love for and from nature.

I will spend the rest of the night working, and let the Bealtaine fires burn without me this one year.  Taurus is also about work--wearing a yoke and plowing the fields.  There is much to be done this year in anticipaton of new life. Next year will the New Age, the Age of Avatars. A new beginning.

How ever you mark this night, mark it with joy and celebration, even if only for a moment.  And if you can, rise at dawn and greet the new day, even if you aren't lying in a fertile fields, wrapped in the arms of your lover.

Happy Bealtaine!
Lady Rae
 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

FROLIC IN THE FIELDS NIGHT

I really think "Bealtaine"-- and all other spellings- should be properly renamed "Frolic in the Fields Night". Or "Fuck in the Forest" or something.

You CAN use all this energy for other things: blow on some dandelions and send wishes out on the wind to take root and grow; touch the tip of your tongue to the honeysuckle's nectar and let the taste of springtime restore your youth; roll in a field of new grass and let the sun warm your body in anticipation of new love...

But all the better to celebrate Bealtaine with something carnal. And shared.  And if not something carnal, then something kinetic.  Stay away from too decadent and Dionysion.

Bealtaine is a astrological occurence having something to do with the solar system lining up with a "doorway" in the galaxy. It is fairly advanced astrology, which I honestly don't fully understand.  The Druids discovered these doorways, the times of year when the veil between the worlds is lifted.  The two major doorways occur when the sun reaches 15 degrees of Scorpio and Taurus, Bealtaine during the spring in Taurus.

Bealtaine is the time when the door is open, but it is about the new spirits coming into the world. (Not the return of the spirits of the dead as at Samhain, the grandfather of Halloween.)  The world is filled with movement of things being planted, sprouting, growing, flowering, pollinating, mating. Now is about union and creation.

A great spell this year for love and prosperity would be to light some pink and green candles on Friday at twilight and also again on Saturday morning.  Annoint with oils, or carve, or however you do with candles. But whether you hold them and empower them, or write a note and put under the candlestick, or something else, put your intent on creating more joy in your life- through love, money, health, friends, needed changes.

There is a full moon on Saturday, but on Saturday night.  Sadly, there is alot of misery and sadness right now too.  This time requires great courage in facing the profound changes we as humans are going through.  This is not an easy time for the "average man."

Magickal people would do well to remember that as much as possible when dealing with others.  The New Age is not coming soon, or about to happen, it is here. It is happening.  For some, this feels like the world is breaking apart, changing to fast and incomprehensibly. 

Everyone is becoming more psychic and more Third Eyes are opening.  Everyone is more open to the thoughts and feelings of others.  Bealtaine morn (Saturday morning) is an excellent time to begin a morning ritual to summon the spirits of joy and laughter.

Every day upon waking find a way of reminding yourself that your happiness and joy is the most important thing to seek in whatever the day is going to bring to you.  The ritual or reminder could be the ringing of a bell, the singing of a little song.  It doesn't need to be something obtrusive or obviously supernatural.  Anything that you do to signal the spirits will work. It will remind you, and them, everyday.

And if more people summoned first thing the spirits of joy and happiness, and kept them close at hand throughout the day, what a better world for us all.

With the Merriest Bealtaine Wishes!!!!!!!!!!
Lady Rae