Artist, Track, Album
Eleanore & the lost, Sorry, Child
Blackmore’s Night, Dancer and the Moon, Dancer and the Moon
MaterDea, Whispers of the Great Mother, A Rose for Egeria
Arthur Hinds, Circle of Love, Poetry of Wonder
Carl, PaganFM Almanac
Celia, Everyday Goddess, Breathe
Lisa Thiel, Beltane, Circle of the Seasons
Damh the Bard, Only Human, The Cauldron Born
Jenna Greene, Soul of Nature, Crossroads
Bell Book and Canto, Invocation, Invocation
Gaia Consort, The Rede (An It Harm None), Gaia Circles
The Dejas, Awaken, The Dejas 2008
Tonight’s show will be a bit different – we have an interview with Gigi Stafne, and it’s a little longer than most interviews, so we’re going to start with that, and in the second hour, we’ll have the rest of the segments that we usually have.
The interview was via Skype, and the audio isn’t the quality that we usually enjoy here, but I really want you to hear about an organization that I think you’ll appreciate. So here is a talk I had with Gigi Stafne of Herbalists Without Borders – it was recorded last Thursday.
PaganFM Prayer List
Morning Glory, Raymond, Greywolf, Anthony’s friend, Valerie
Some items in the news – Arthur Hinds is in the process of putting out a new album, called In The Fire, and it’s a kickstarter project. With six days to go, the project is 177% funded, but those of you who enjoy his music are still able to support the project, and be among the first to get a copy of the CD, or some of the other pretty cool premiums he has on the page. If you want to find the project, just head on over to kickstarter.com, and search for Arthur Hinds and you’ll find it there.
Hi I’m Carl, and this is the Pagan FM Almanac for April 24th, 2014.
Please note that all moon void of course data is courtesy of www.drstandley.com
Today is Thursday, April 24th, 2014 and it is the 114th day of the year. The waning crescent moon is in Pisces and the Sun is in Taurus.
The Moon will be void on Saturday, April 26th at 12:52 AM and will enter Aries at 11:11 AM.
The Moon will be void on Monday, April 28th at 5:05 AM and will enter Taurus at 3:44 PM.
The first Solar Eclipse of 2014 will occur on Tuesday, April 29th at 2:04 AM, although it will not be visible from North America. It is classified as an annular eclipse – the moon does pass entirely in front of the sun, but because the moon is so far out in its orbit, the sun is not completely covered – a ring of sunlight is visible around the moon even at the moment of full eclipse. What makes this particular eclipse notable is that the central axis of the moon’s shadow will miss the Earth entirely – this type of “non-central annular” eclipse only occurs about once every 75 years.
April’s Dark Moon will occur on Tuesday, April 29th at 2:14 AM.
The Moon will be void on Wednesday, April 30th at 11:22 AM and will enter Gemini at 10:32 PM.
On this day, April 24th, in 1945, then President Harry Truman was briefed on the Manhattan Project, the development of the world’s first nuclear bomb. To get an idea just how secret this project was, remember Truman was President Roosevelt’s Vice-President until he took over upon Roosevelt’s death, and yet he had absolutely no knowledge of the Manhattan Project prior to this day. Ninety-eight days later, Truman would issue the handwritten order authorizing the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that would abruptly end the Second World War, making Truman the only world leader to have ordered the use of a nuclear bomb against an enemy. Let us hope he holds that distinction for some time.
April 25th is Arbor Day in the United States, a day on which trees are celebrated and planted. In Nebraska, Arbor Day is a civic holiday. Since one acre of trees will offset the average American’s CO2 output – grab a spade and start planting!
April 26th is National Pretzel Day. The pretzel industry (both soft and hard varieties) generates some $550 million annually into the US economy, with the average American consuming roughly a pound and a half each year. Tip of the salt shaker to the state of Pennsylvania, pretzel capital of the United States.
April 27th is both National Tell a Story Day and National Prime Rib Day. Any day that involves listening to stories and consuming prime rib – I’m in.
On April 28th in 1967, then World Heavyweight Champion Muhammed Ali refused induction into the US Army, resulting in his being banned from boxing for three years, fined $10,000 and sentenced to five years in prison. The Supreme Court later overturned his conviction, but not before Ali became the first and only fighter to have fought his way to the heavyweight championship three times.
April 28th is also International Great Poetry Reading Day, a day devoted to the reading and appreciation of great poetry. While it may not rank up there with Beowolf or The Canterbury Tales, submitted for your consideration is the following untitled work, composed by one Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. prior to his fight against Sonny Liston, not because the poem is great, but because the author himself, was The Greatest:
“Clay comes out to meet Liston and Liston starts to retreat. If Liston goes back an inch farther, he’ll end up in a ringside seat. Clay swings to the left, Clay swings to the right! Look at Cassius carry the fight! Liston keeps backing, but there’s not enough room. It’s a matter of time until Clay lowers the boom. Clay lands with a right, what a beautiful swing! And the punch raises the bear clear out of the ring. Yes the crowd did not dream when they laid down their money that they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny.”
On April 30th in 1997, Ellen DeGeneres’ character in the sitcom Ellen hilariously “came out”, making her show the first prime-time sitcom with a gay lead character. The prior week, with characteristic aplomb, DeGeneres herself had “come out” via the cover of Time magazine with the headline “Yep – I’m Gay”. Although the show “Ellen” was cancelled later that year, Ellen herself seems to have hit her stride with her new show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, having won (so far) four consecutive Daytime Emmys for Best Talk Show Host.
May 1st is the fire feast of Beltane, one of the major sabbats of the Wiccan year, The term originates from the Gaelic “beal taine”, or “brilliant fire”. In some traditions Beltane begins at moonrise on the night before May 1st. Custom has it that all hearth fires are to be extinguished and re-lit from the Beltane fires, two fires (or candles) lit simultaneously by a man and a woman (or by your left and right hands, if solitary). Traditionally, passing between these fires or jumping over them leads to cleansing, luck and prosperity in the coming year. Beltane, as the counterpart of Samhain, focuses on fertility and life versus Samhain’s focus on death. Beltane celebrations often include dancing around a May pole, the symbolism of which I leave to your ingenuity. Wishing all a Blessed Beltane,
This has been the Pagan FM Almanac for April 24th, 2014.
So, if you are someone who regularly reads the Wild Hunt, you’ll have heard of yet another person who claims to be Pagan, who was arrested for harming children. We hear about this going on so often, that it can become depressing, we can lose our faith in humanity. Certainly, many Catholics left that Church because of the scandals associated with the clergy there.
I’ve also been thinking about Cliven Bundy and his recent racist comments, as well as the people who try to portray liberals as somehow less than American. It’s pretty easy to look to our past and to recognize that if we are at war with, or in some desperate competition with someone, that it’s real easy to drum up support for that position by de-humanizing our opponent.
I was thinking about these things this morning when a thought occurred to me. It’s not only in war, it’s not only in competition – it’s also in crime, and in many other of our human interactions. When we look to anyone who would purposefully harm or injure another person, we achieve that by objectifying them. If we truly love somebody, if we truly have empathy for them, if we truly see them as human, as connected to us, we can no more harm them, than we can harm our very self.
To express racial hatred, to express sexism or homophobia, to come to the point where we can harm or abuse, or use anyone, first requires that we see such people as something less than – something not worthy of respect – something other than.
This is how we come to support capital punishment – we convince our selves that the person about to die is actually a “monster” – a creature worthy of nothing other than reproach. This is how we can build and use a bomb which kills hundreds, thousands or millions of people. And now, with our drones, coupled with our highly realistic first-person shooter video games, the line between human being and character in a game is even further erased.
It’s this same thing with the food we eat. We go to the meat counter at our local grocer, and all we see is a steak, or a roast or burgers, breasts, tenderloins or whatever. How often do we look behind that glass, or in those packages, and recognize that what is there, was likely, weeks before, a creature, who had no idea that they were nothing but food?
We have become separated from nature, and unless we cultivate that awareness within us, people who are our enemies are nothing but monsters, other creatures are nothing but a meal – unless, that is, we are willing to look them in the eye, before we kill, butcher, cook and put them on our plate. Without a deep respect for the sacrifice we are asking of such creatures, our meals can seem rather brutal.
But it doesn’t stop there – we have a lack of respect, often, even if we are vegetarian. We like to think that if we don’t eat meat, that we are being somehow kinder – but we don’t stop to consider loss of habitat, the end results of the chemicals and pesticides that are used in what we call “conventional” farming. What has our influence done to so many species that are now extinct? From the Aurochs who were the indigenous cattle of Europe, last seen about 400 years ago, to the passenger pigeons that we hunted to extinction around 100 years ago, just for fun. We can also look at the number of threatened or near extinct species that exist today – from certain bats to the honey bee.
In all of this, we can pretend that we aren’t responsible, that it’s “just nature”, but it is utter hubris and insanity to believe that in altering our environment as we have, that none of this is our fault.
I’m willing to bet that 400 years ago, anyone who was told that we could accidentally set fire to a river, would laugh at such insanity. But that’s exactly what happened in Ohio, when we had poured so many chemicals into the Cuyahoga River in 1969.
And why does this happen? It’s because we objectify the Earth – we treat it as an object, rather than a being. We look at it as a “thing” to be used, rather than as our Mother. The words “Mother Earth” have become disconnected from the substance of the word “Mother”.
How do we end violence – the violence we do to each other? The violence we do to creatures – whether it’s by dog-fights, or by treating farm animals so poorly? Or the way we treat the Earth? We change all of this by de-objectifying our selves, the rest of the creatures that inhabit the Earth, and by de-objectifying the Earth herself.
We end violence by recognizing that the Earth, and all creatures are sacred. Every single one of us is important, and sacred. We recognize it when we recognize the meaning of the greeting “Namaste”, which can be translated as “The divine in me recognizes and honors the divine in you”. When we can recognize the divine in each other, in other creatures and all living beings, and in the Earth herself, there is no way that we can ever be angry or ruthless or so insensitive as to harm or kill another being.
Next week, we’ll have our Beltane celebration live, on the show.