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Friday Poem – Beltane

A poem about the Beltane festival by “Lady Slipper”Beltane

Love making May crowns, willow wands with SC and casting spells to banish to shades of Winter 😉

Beltane

 

Give way the cold, let the thaw begin
As Winter transforms to Spring again.
Let all creatures of cold slumber rise
And feathers on wings fill the skies.

 

Brooks and streams are babbling
All harken to the song they sing.
The Crocus and the Daffodil
Casting off their Winter chill.

 

Bare boned trees show signs of life
For they’ve withstood cold Winter’s strife.
Sodden fields soon to color green
As life returns where death once seen.

 

A tiny babe born one Yule
Nurtured through many Winter’s cruel,
Has now grown to a maiden fair
Let the joy of Beltane fill the air.

 

From a child the maid she grew
With an innocence known only to a few,
Sheltered by her purity
As to fulfill her destiny.

 

In linen gown with golden thread
A crown of flowers round her head,
Was taken to a secret place
Where her lover could behold her face.

 

Now the maiden sweet with raven hair
Her soulful eyes and skin so fair,
Chance for to meet her lover’s gaze
As he peers at her through his forest maze.

 

The Green Man Cern in gallent stride
Has claimed her for his maiden bride,
And from their love the two shall bear
A babe at Yule with raven hair.

 

Now the maiden has become the Crone
And she spends her time mostly all alone,
With sweet dreams of the Summer Land
Where she’ll soon return to once again.

 

Old and withered when the Crone she died
No tears for her left to be cried.
Though the cycles of life sometimes seem cruel,
Still a babe is always born at Yule.

 

We will celebrate into the night
Our passage into this Pagan Rite,
Let all hear the drumming sound
For the seeds of Beltane have gone to ground.
Our heritage passed hand to hand
And shoulder to shoulder we will stand
By the water’s edge for all to see
Sending love to the Universe, Blessed Be.

 

 

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Out of the Mouthes of Babes – Weather

“Mummy,” SC said as we were driving along yesterday, “if we turned the heater in the car around, so it blew out of the car, we could warm the world up!”snow

“I suppose we could,” I replied.

Silence for a few moments and then…

“Mummy!”

“Yes.”

“We could make a weather machine to sort the weather out and make it warmer.”

“Yes we could. What would we need to make it?” I asked.

Well, we’d need some metal, which we can get from the metal shop, and then we can have a spinning wheel to point to the weather we need, and, of course, a big red button!”

“So what kind of metal do we need then?”

“Oh, you know, hot metal, freezing metal, hot-warm metal, wet metal…”

“Of course we do, that sounds like a great idea for a weather machine.”

“Yes, but I think using the car heater would be better!”

Anyone would think it had been cold this winter!!!!!!

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Snow

The snow begins falling,snow

Softly, gently and without a sound.

Unlike the pitter-patter of rain

as it tumbles to the ground.

It covers the earth in a carpet of purest white,

Creating a magical wonderland.

The earth looks fresh and new,

All the past covered over, forgotten.

When you wake in the morning after a snow fall

the earth has no sound at all.

There is silence all around and a feeling of total peace.

Then the children come out

Dressed up for a day of fun.

Snowball fights

Snowman making

Sledging.

Peals of laughter ring through the air like church bells.

And when the day draws to a close

Beside a roaring fire is my perfect place to be.

Happy, contented and at peace.

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Winter Hands (or Project Save My Hands from Cracking Up!)

As September approaches with alarming speed (where has this year gone?) my thoughts turn to my hands.

For reasons unbeknown to me, no matter how much cream I plaster onto them from the middle of September through to pretty much the end of June my hands get as rough as a fisherman (and no the Norwegian hand cream doesn’t work, tried it), and they crack to the point of bleeding. And yes, I wear gloves, dry my hands properly, etc.

I’ve tried everything;

  • Vaseline
  • Hand cream
  • Olive oil and brown sugar
  • Manuka Honey
  • etc

The only one that came pretty close was the olive oil and brown sugar exfoliant mixture, followed by smothering my hands in olive oil. Maybe if I start it now, my hands won’t crack up!

The thing that struck me as I perused the hand cream aisle in the pharmacists was the notice on a lot of products “contains 10% urea”.

Hmm!

Now, isn’t urea a component of urine?

If so, maybe I should just try peeing on my hands?

Isn’t that a tasteful thought?

Seriously though, if anyone has any recommendations I’d be ever so grateful.

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