Taurus (The Second House of the Zodiac)
If you where born between April 20 and May 20 your astrological sign is Taurus. Taurus are dependable, persistent, loyal, patient and generous. Taurus can also be stubborn, lazy, possessive, materialistic and self-indulgent. There is a lot more to the Astrological house of Tarus however. Learn more about Taurus
Pagan, Wiccan, Druid Advice, Tips and Tricks
Ten Things to Take to a Pagan Festival
If you are attending any type of Pagan festival there are certain things you should take with you depending on what type of an event it is. Whether it’s an afternoon event with potluck dinner or a week-long celebration in the woods there are ten items at a minimum, that will help to ensure that you have a good time and get the most benefit out of the celebration. The ten things you’ll want to remember next time you go to a Pagan festival are:
- Your Magical Tools
- An Offering for the Altar
- A Dish to Share
- A Chair or Blanket to Sit On
- An Understanding of Basic Ritual Format
- Notebook and Pen
- A Watch
- Camping Gear and Personal Items
- A Donation of Time or Money
- A Positive Attitude and an Open Mind
Influence for Wednesday (Óðinsdagr, Odin's Day)
Colors: Purple, Magenta, Silver
Plant: Skullcap, Caraway, Marjoram, Oregano
Energy: Poets, writers, actors, teachers and students. Relative to communication, inspiration, studying and teaching.
Spells involving mental issues, communication, education and self-expression.
Day to put effort in to self-improvement or understanding. Also as day for consulting oracles (tarot, runes), planning magickal work, and writing.
Pagan, Wiccan, Druid Sabbats (Holidays)
Next Sabbat - Beltane (April 30 and May 1)
Relative Deities: May Queen, Stag Lord, Jack-in-the-Green, the Green man
Relative Herbs: Frankincense, roses, lemon balm, lemon thyme
Relative Stones: Quartz crystal, sunstone, orange calcite, malachite
Beltane is the festival of fire and fertility welcoming summer. The first Beltane celebrators were the Celts. The celebration starts at sunset April 30 and ends sunset May 30. Beltane is a Welsh work – tan (fire) and Bel (Welsh Sky God), e.g. 'fire in the sky'. The traditional festival called for a teenage boy and girl to respectively play the parts of the Stag Lord (battling male) and the May Queen (mated female) which would represent fertility to all the lands. Some traditions are the dancing around the Maypole clockwise (direction of the sun) intertwining flowers and vines. The Maypole remained the entire year. It was cut down the following Beltane and used for the Beltane fire. This fire symbolized the Sun’s longer days in the sky. Sick persons and animals were walked between bonfires of the Beltane logs for protection and to ensure fertility.