May, the Fifth Month of the Year of Our Goddess, 2013.
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 name for Maia, 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 theme 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. Flowers are popular during Beltane rites, which gives May’s Full Moon its lovely name – the Flower 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 three is also associated with May folk magick. To make a wish come true, burn three hawthorn branches in a Beltane fire.
May’s Monthly Correspondences
NATURE SPIRITS: Faeries and elves
HERBS: Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, rose, mugwort, thyme, yarrow
COLORS: green, brown and pink
FLOWERS: lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom
SCENTS: rose and sandalwood
STONES: emerald, malachite, amber, carnelian
ANIMALS: cats, lynx, leopard
BIRDS: swallow, dove and swan
DEITIES: Bast, Venus, Aphrodite, Maia, Diana, Artemis, Pan, Horned God.
POWERS/ADVICE: This is a good time to interact with spirits and faeries, a time of intuition; powers of the God are the strongest. This is a good time to strengthen your own mental powers and feel the energy around you.
A Fairy Blessed Me
Today a Fairy blessed me and danced upon these walls
Left a scent of roses as she beckoned to my calls
Gave me comfort and wiped my tears
blessed my mind of all those fears
Touched my eyes so I could see
Whispered soft, “Blessed Be”
(Written by Katie G. 1-28-05)
Witches & Fairies
Witches and fairies were often thought to have the same powers: both use magic and both can bless and curse. In fact, the old Romany word for ‘fairy’ is the same as the one for ‘witch’. The Irish believed that a witch was created when a young girl spent seven years in the Otherworld with her fairy lover, coming back somewhat aged, but with knowledge of herbs, philters and secret spells. The famous witch Biddy Early insisted that her powers came from the fairies. She used a blue bottle, given to her by the fairies, for healing and prophecy. At her death in 1873 it was thrown into a lake so that no one else could attempt to use it.
Fairy Flower Oil
1 dram elder oil
1 dram lavender oil
a few dried rose buds
Warm slowly in an enamel saucepan. Let cool. Pour into magic bottles and use in spellwork, philters, and ritual anointing.
To Summon A Fairy Friend
Small crystal bowl or chalice
Pour a small amount of the fruit into the bowl or cup and chant the following:
“With this water of fruits I humbly summon thee, come now I ask to help and join with me, with this water of fruits I choose to give to thee, to graciously take all that you need, and all that I give, all you receive, friendships found and joy abounds.”
Sit where the cat sits. Cross your toes. Close your eyes. And smell a rose.
Then say under your breath:
“I believe in fairies, sure as death.”
“Gadflyins! Gladtrypins! Gutterpuss and Cass! Come to me fairly. Each lad and lass!
- Except from ‘Lady Codington’s pressed fairy book’
“Come out of your Fairy Bower.
Come upon this golden hour.
Come to me, I beg you please.
Fairies dancing upon the breeze.”
All Information In This Section Credited to Fairy Oracle