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Monday, May 01, 2006

A Fairy Spell for Beltane

Color of the day: White
Incense of the day: Coriander

In a woodland clearing, spread a clean green cloth. On it place small cakes and flowers, especially primroses, in a circle. Imagine the magic around you and say:

O Fairy Queen, Upon your white steed,
Within me plant A magic seed.
From you may spring Many new beginnings.
Great Queen, Accept these offerings.

Leave the items and walk around the altar three times, then slowly walk the path back to your home. Listen for the sound of laughter and bells and know you are blessed. Beltane is the time when fairies return from their winter rest, carefree and full of mischief and delight. On the night before Beltane, in times past, folks would place rowan branches at their windows and doors for protection. If you do not wish the fairiesto visit, do the same!

This is also a perfect time for night or predawn rituals to draw down power to promote fertility in body and mind. At Beltane, the Pleiades star cluster rises just before sunrise on the morning horizon. The Pleiades is known as the seven sisters, and resembles a tiny dipper-shaped pattern of six moderately bright stars inthe constellation of Taurus, near the shoulder. Watch for it low in theeast-northeast sky, just a few minutes before sunrise.

By: Nancy Bennett

~ Summer Greet ~

We'll merry meet, and summer greet,
Forever and a day.
The pagan powers this night be ours,
Let all the world be free,
And sorrow cast into the past,
And future blessed be!
Walpurgis Night, Walpurgis Night,
Upon the eve of May,
We'll merry meet, and summer greet,
Forever and a day.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Pink Dress

There was this little girl sitting by herself in the park.
Everyone passed by her and never stopped to see why she looked so sad.
Dressed in a worn pink dress, barefoot and dirty,
the girl just sat and watched the people go by.
She never tried to speak. She never said a word.
Many people passed by her, but no one would stop.
The next day I decided to go back to the park in curiosity to see if the little girl
would still be there. Yes, she was there, right in the very spot where she was
yesterday, and still with the same sad look in her eyes.
Today I was to make my own move and walk over to the little girl.
For as we all know, a park full of strange people is not a place for young children
to play alone. As I got closer I could see the back of the little girl's dress.
It was grotesquely shaped. I figured that was the reason people just passed by
and made no effort to speak to her. Deformities are a low blow to our society and,
heaven forbid if you make a step toward assisting someone who is different.
As I got closer, the little girl lowered her eyes slightly to avoid my intent stare
As I approached her, I could see the shape of her back more clearly.
She was grotesquely shaped in a humped over form.
I smiled to let her know it was OK; I was there to help, to talk. I sat down
beside her and opened with a simple, "Hello."
The little girl acted shocked, and stammered a "hi";
after a long stare into my eyes. I smiled and she shyly smile d back.
We talked until darkness fell and the park was completely empty.
I asked the girl why she was so sad The little girl looked at me with a sad face said, "Because, I'm different." I immediately said, "That you are!"; and smiled.
The little girl acted even sadder and said, "I know." "Little girl,"
I said, "you remind me of an angel, sweet and innocent." She looked at me and smiled,
then slowly she got to her feet and said, "Really?"
"Yes, you're like a little Guardian Angel sent to watch over all people walking by."
She nodded her head yes, and smiled. With that she opened the
back of her pink dress and allowed her wings to spread, then she said
"I am." "I'm your Guardian Angel," with a twinkle in her eye.
I was speechless -- sure I was seeing things.
She said, "For once you thought of someone other than yourself. My job here is done".
I got to my feet and said, "Wait, why did no one stop to help an angel?"
She looked at me, smiled, and said, "You're the only one that could see me,"
and then she was gone. And with that, my life was changed dramatically So,
when you think you're all you have, remember, your angel is always watching over you.
Like the story says, we all need someone... And, every one of your friends is an Angel
in their own way. The value of a friend is measured in the heart.
I hope your Guardian Angel watches over you always.