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May, the Fifth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2015

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“Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on.”

–  Heinrich Heine, Book of Songs

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MAY – HARE MOON

May is the fifth month of the year. Its astrological sign is Taurus, the bull(April 20 – May 21), a fixed earth sign ruled by Venus, The month is named for Ma’a, a Roman goddess and mother of the God Hermes. May is known as the queen of months. It is a month of lushness and beauty. The main holiday is May Day, or Beltane. This Sabbat celebrates the sacred union of the Goddess and God. It is a celebration of growth and fertility. A traditional part of this holiday is the maypole, usually a fir tree with the side branches removed—a symbol of fertility. Since growth is a them of May, another central figure of the month is the Green Man, a male form covered with leaves and branches. He is an ancient nature spirit, who brings life to the fields and forests after the long winter. Fertility, growth, and rebirth are popular themes during Beltane rites, which gives May’s Full Moon its appropriate name—the Hare Moon. Many flowers and trees that bloom this month are associated with magick. Lilacs were originally grown near the home to repel evil. Wild blue violets can be used in love magick. A steaming infusion made with dried dandelion root was used to contact spirits. The Hawthorn tree is also associated with May folk magick. To make a wish come true, burn three hawthorn branches in a Beltane Fire.

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 THE Hare MOON

The fifth Esbat or Full Moon after Yule is the Hare Moon. A time of self-control and physical manifestation, it represents the fertile nature of the Goddess coming into being. The Hare Moon is the time of learning control over your physical manifestation. Hara, which means “the seat of power,” is the root of the

Wiccan Spell A Night: Spells, Charms, And Potions For The Whole Year
Sirona Knight

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 CORRESPONDENCES FOR May

Festival: Beltane, May Day. Symbols include the May pole, boughs of flowers, and fires.

Moon name: Flower Moon. Flowers come into full bloom and the corn is ready to be planted. Other names include Grass Moon, Milk Moon, Hare Moon, and Corn Planting Moon.

Astrological signs: Taurus, April 21 – May 20; Gemini, May 21– June 20.

Birthstones: Emerald and agate.

Nature spirits: Tree fairies and spirits.

Animals: All cats, butterflies, and foxes.

Birds: Swallow, dove, and swift.

Trees: Hawthorn, apple, and elder.

Flowers: All tree blossoms, foxglove, and lilac.

Herbs: St. John’s wort, chamomile, flowering thyme, elderflower, and yarrow.

Scents: Rose, frankincense, honeysuckle, lilac, and jasmine.

Colors: Pink, apricot, and green.

Goddess: Diana.

Powers: Love, fertility, and joy— the expressive energy of life’s forces.

Other: May Day, Labor Day, Oak Apple Day

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

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Symbols & Folklore for the Month of may

May’s Sign of the Zodiac
Taurus: April 21st thru May 21st
Gemini: May 21st thru June 20th

May’s Birthstone
Emerald and Agate

May’s Birth Flower
May’s birth flower is the Foxglove, and Lilac

may’s Folklore

“A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay.”

“Mist in May, heat in June, makes harvest come right soon.”

“If you wash a blanket in May, you will wash one of the family away.”

“Those who bathe in May will soon be laid in clay!”

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

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may’s Month Long Observation

  • Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • May is National Stroke Awareness Month
  • May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
  • May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month)
  • National Military Appreciation Month – in the United States
  • Skin Cancer Awareness Month
  • New Zealand Music Month.
  • Older Americans Month in the United States
  • National Foster Care Month
  • Garden for Wildlife month
  • International Mediterranean Diet Month
  • National Burger Month
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • World Trade Month
  • National Osteoporosis Month
  • National Pet Month
  • National Water Safety Month
  • National Golf Month

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Grow Confident In Your Magick

Whether we are just starting out on our magical paths or have been traveling along them for many, many moons, we can all do with a little more confidence, can’t we? I really believe that I am on a lifelong journey and won’t ever know all things about everything. And to me, that is a wonderful thing! The world is full of mysteries and meanings, with as many interpretations as there are people. No two people are the same and no two beliefs are the same either. So you need to grow confident in what you are doing.

There are so many access points to knowledge these days that information isn’t necessarily hard to find. The question is: Does the information you find work for you? I could rattle on about the properties of rosemary, but do you feel that what I am saying resonates with you? No? Then what does? Just because you have an opinion or feeling that isn’t in line with what someone else says doesn’t make you wrong. It all comes down to having confidence in yourself—and I know that that is sometimes easier said than done. So how do you find that elusive confidence to apply to your magic?

a)Magic is such a personal practice that there is no one thing that can give you confidence. But here are some ideas that you may find useful:

b)Harm none. Remember the rule “Harm none” and you won’t go far wrong. Keep love at the heart of all you do magically, and you can be sure that you are heading in the right direction. If you keep to these two rules, what’s the worst that can happen? Don’t let fear stop you from living magically.

c)Learn something every day. Become an expert in something that speaks to you. Are you interested in herbs? Candles? Colors? Tarot? Learn about them. Knowledge is empowering, and as your knowledge grows, so will your confidence. Check and double-check the accuracy of all your information, but remember to check how it feels for you as well. You can’t have confidence in your magic if you don’t feel what will work for you. Build on any knowledge you already have so you can understand exactly what you are working with.

d)Make and record plans. Think about what you want to achieve in a spell or magical working. Cover all the bases you can think of. Do they all safely fall under the “Harm none” guideline? Planning ahead is a great way to gain confidence, but it also helps to write your plan down so you can look back on your magic and see what worked for you and what didn’t.

e)Create a magical space. Set aside a place where you feel comfortable working your spells through before you actually do them. Light a candle or incense to denote that this is a magical time and space for you to work in.

f)Stay positive. You won’t always get things right. Nobody does! We are all human and all make mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Dwelling on mistakes will only get you down and bring in negativity–and none of us needs any more of that in this world. Stay positive and have fun with your magic. Each time you create a spell, you create something unique, because the most important element in magic is you! Remember to compare yourself to you and not to others. Other people are not the same as you, so you can never be compared to them.

g)If in doubt, shout! Try a simple meditation in a wood or a meadow that you see in your mind and call for guidance. Pay attention to what you are shown. There is always help at hand if you need it–in the outside world, via books, or on the Internet. Sadly, not so much by word of mouth anymore, but there is always that inner voice screaming to be heard. So trust your gut reaction and instincts. You know more than you think you do; listen to yourself.

h)Be gentle with yourself. The fact that you are creating magic under the rule of “Harm none” means you have good intentions at heart. You are an awesome being and should always treat yourself with the love you give out to others. Give yourself time to grow on your path and don’t do what we all tend to do at times— beat yourself up. Be kind to yourself and that kindness will shine through in your magick.

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

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