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“I like the idea of a motto,“ she goes on. “I think an inspirational quote can get you through hard times.”
“Like what?” asks Gat.
Mirren pauses. Then she says: “Be a little kinder than you have to.”
We are all silenced by that. It seems impossible to argue with.
Then Johnny says, “Never eat anything bigger than your ass.”
“You ate something bigger than your ass?” I ask.
He nods, solemn.

Series Two ~ Lesson Five

Lesson Five: Beltane

Beltane is one of the three fertility festivals, and is also know as the Festival of Fire, or Mayday.

It is typically celebrated on April 30th or May 1st in the northern hemisphere, and on October 31st or November 1st in the southern hemisphere.

It is a time of fertility and unbridled merrymaking. Women traditionally braided flowers into their hair, and both men and women would decorate their bodies. A maypole would often be raised, if there was not a permanent pole established, in the center of the village or town, and dancing and feasting would begin.

A large part of Beltane festivities would be dancing around the maypole, men dancing one way, women the other, as they intricately weaved ribbons around the pole. The danced maypole represents the unity of the Goddess and the God, with the pole being the God, and the ribbons that encompass it, the Goddess. The union of the Goddess and her consort symbolizes the fertility and rebirth or the world.

Handfastings traditionally occur around this time.

Color Associations

  • Green
  • Pink
  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Brown

Deities

  • Flower Goddesses
  • Divine Couples
  • Deities of the Hunt
  • Aphrodite
  • Artemis
  • Bast
  • Diana
  • Faunus
  • Flora
  • Maia
  • Pan
  • the Horned God
  • Venus

Foods

  • Green salads
  • Cherries
  • Wine
  • Bread
  • Oatmeal Cakes
  • Strawberries

“As we come through the cabin for our final safety checks, please let us know if you have any questions. We ask that you all review the safety information card located in the seat pocket in front of you. Once again, welcome aboard flight 486 to Las Vegas, and thank you for flying with us at Independence Airways this evening,” Bria had a smile on her face as she finished speaking and headed towards the back of the plane. This was the last day of her three day circuit, so she was a bit tired. But, there were three and a half hours separating her from her nice warm bed. She could make it.

Once she was securely fastened into her jumpseat, she closed her eyes and leaned her head against the seat. Takeoffs were the roughest part of the flight, with nervous energy bubbling in the recirculated air, but Bria felt no nerves as the plane began speeding down the runway. The moment the wheels were off the ground, she felt the relief flood the cabin and opened her eyes.

They were in the sky.

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Series Two ~ Lesson Seven

Lesson Seven: Lammas/Lughnassad

Lammas, also known as Lughnassad to some, marks the middle of the summer and the beginning of the harvest season. For those in the Northern hemisphere it is celebrated on the 1st of August, and for those in the Southern hemisphere it is celebrated on the 2nd of February. It is the first of three harvest festivals. During this time the sun’s strength begins to fade, and the plants of Spring begin to wither and drop their fruits and seeds for consumption as well as to ensure future crops.

It is the time when the Sun God, Lugh to the Celts (hence Lughnassad), prepares to make his sacrifice - the bountiful fruits and grains must be harvested for the survival of the people.

Common symbolism is that of rebirth lying beneath the idea of sacrifice. In order to be reborn, the Sun God must first die.

Associations

Plants

  • Cornstalk
  • Heather
  • Frankincense 
  • Wheat
  • Corn Ears
  • Hollyhock
  • Acacia
  • Oak
  • Myrtle

Deities

  • Anat
  • Adonis
  • Baal
  • Bastet
  • Carridwen
  • Cernunnos
  • Ceres
  • Demeter
  • Hathor
  • Lugh
  • Luna
  • Odin
  • Osiris
  • Rhianon
  • Sif

Foods

  • Multigrain breads
  • Blackberries
  • Corn
  • Apples
  • Elderberries
  • Potatoes
  • Game meats
  • Plums
Series Two ~ Lesson Six

Lesson Six: Litha

Hello everyone! Puppy here bringing y’ll this weeks lesson!

Litha happens usually around June 21 or 22, or December 21 or 22 in the southern hemisphere.

Litha is traditionally a time for storytelling, for children to play, for weddings, a time that fertility is high and the Sun god is strong. It is a time in which people are planning for the harvests of the fall.

Some foods associated with Litha are garden fresh foods.

Herbs and flowers would be lily, oak, honeysuckle, ivy, wild thyme, and chamomile.

Incense associated with Litha are: myrrh, pine, rose, and wisteria. 

Gemstone: Emerald.

Hope you all enjoyed this! Have a blessed day!

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New Orleans Begins Removing Confederate Monuments, Under Police Guard
Workers dressed in flak jackets, helmets and scarves to conceal their identities because of concerns about their safety removed a statute early on Monday.
By Christopher Mele

Three other statues – to Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis – were to be removed in later days now that legal challenges have been overcome.

The city issued a statement overnight saying private funding had been obtained covering the cost of the removal of the four monuments.

“There’s a better way to use the property these monuments are on and a way that better reflects who we are,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in an interview Sunday with The Associated Press.

But opponents of the removal of the monuments began a candlelight vigil very early Monday at the Davis statue, and things there got heated, WWL says.