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

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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

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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!”

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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.

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Mandy Mitchell

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The Witches Rune – The Rings

The Rings

Keywords: Love, relationships.

Meanings: The Rings is the rune of love and when it is the leading stone, it is a positive answer to your question. It is very much a rune of relationship and can indicate engagement, marriage or a new/renewed relationship. It can also indicate the need for a fresh approach to an existing relationship.

The Witches Rune – The Moon

The Moon

Keywords: Change.

Meanings: The “x” marks represent the four main phases of the moon and so you can expect changes to happen within the next 28 days. This is a particularly feminine stone and often appears in response to questions about women’s issues. The Moon rune is a messenger. It is telling you to be aware that major changes are coming to your life. Consult the runes closest to it to determine whether those changes are negative or positive.

The Witches Rune – The Sun

The Sun

Keywords: Success, progress.

Meanings: The Sun is a rune of success and positive outcome. For a straightforward yes/no question it can be read as “yes”. It also denotes progress and personal enrichment in life. When it is the leading stone it equates to the outcome card in the Tarot.

A Little About September Birth Symbols

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    “By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, With summer’s best of weather, And autumn’s best of cheer.” —Helen Hunt Jackson

    Zodiac: Virgo until September 23 and Libra from September 23

    Gemstone: Sapphire
    The vibrant gemstone is said to protect loved ones from envy and harm. It is associated with heaven — in medieval times, clergy wore the gems to symbolize heaven. Sapphires are generally thought of being various shades of blue, but they occur in hues of purple, green, orange, yellow and even pink.

    Flower: Aster, Morning Glory
    A symbol of powerful love, the aster is joined by September’s other flower, the morning glory, a symbol of affection.

    Tree: Weeping Willow, Lime, Olive, Hazelnut

    FROM: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/photo-gallery/birth-signs-symbols#10

    September’s birth flower is the aster. Asters are mainly symbols of powerful love. The other September flower is the morning glory. Morning glories are simple symbols of affection.

    FROM: http://www.almanac.com/content/birth-month-flowers-and-their-meanings#

    September Birthstone – Sapphire

    The Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. The deep blue color is most associated with this stone and was one of the most popular among Christians in earlier biblical times. This mysterious, abyssal depth of blue symbolizes heavenly grace and ancient Persian civilizations thought of the world set in front of a giant sapphire during the night sky.

    The word sapphire is derived from the Greek word, “sapheiros”, “means “precious stone”. It is a reflection of constancy, and blesses its owner with clairvoyance, interpretation and insight. In earlier times it was also used to increase the power from Venus, banishing evil thoughts. Kings and priests favored this gemstone the most and saw in the sapphire a token for wisdom and purity. According to the bible, it is believed that the Ten Commandments were written on tablets of sapphire. There are many healing properties of the sapphire from lowering fevers, and curing hearing problems. It can relieve pain from cancer and also burns.

    It can be found in Burma, Australia, Kenya, Tanzania, Kasmir, Cambodia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka(once a part of India), where it was mined for as early as the seventh century BC. There are a variety of colors they can be found in other than blue, but include pink, yellow and white as well. These are referred to as “fancy sapphires”. The blue color is given by very small amounts of oxide, iron and titanium within the stone. India boasts having found the most famous and largest of sapphires, weighing in at 563-carats. Its home resides in the American Museum of Natural History. As it is in the same family of the ruby, like the ruby, it is also second to the diamond in hardness, making it an ideal gemstone for jewelry.

    It is a traditional gift for the fifth wedding anniversary, and has been given in place of a diamond for an engagement ring. Princess Diana had an engagement ring given to her by Prince Charles, and is also the engagement ring of Princess Anne. When wearing a sapphire, it is believed that it will give to its owner anything their heart desires; wealth, longevity, happiness and health. It also can restore lost property and wealth, alleviating long-term misfortune.

    Each month and its season month throughout the year brings in a new cycle. It does not need to be stated that each of these seasons have a renewed energy, and a new meaning. Specific gemstones throughout many centuries have been designated to symbolize our birth-month. These stones are in accordance with the Gregorian or Western Calendar. Earlier civilizations of India and Babylonia viewed gemstones as magical, mystical symbols. They believed that each one possessed a magical attribute or property that connected their significance aligning with the Zodiac calendar.

    Other interesting facts about the September Birthstone Sapphire:

    -It is said that it must be set in silver or white metal and worn on the middle finger for any therapeutic purposes.

    -Suspicions of ancient India state that the gem should be kept close to one’s skin or under the pillow while sleeping for at least one week before the final purchase is made.

    -It is one of the navagraha stones, that represent each of the nine planets. Standing for Saturn it is related to duty and salvation.

    Other September symbols:

    September Birth Flower:

    Aster and Morning Glory. The symbolic meaning of the morning glory is one of affection.

    September Birth Tree:

    Weeping Willow

    Famous People born in September:

    Adam Sandler- September 9, 1966

    Raquel Welch- September 5, 1940

    Charlie Sheen- September 3,1965

    Jada Pinkett-Smith- September 18, 1971

    – See more at: http://birthstonesbymonths.net/september-birthstone-sapphire/#sthash.tcS9CXwP.dpuf

The 13 Witches Runes

The 13 Witches Runes

The Witches Runes are different from the Elder Futhark Runes in that the Witches Runes are not an alphabet. The Witches Runes are instead a series of symbols that can be used in divination. There are different version of the Witches Runes, one uses 8 symbols, another uses 10 symbols and the one discussed here uses 13 symbols. Cast the Witches Runes the same way your would the Runes.

 
Many runes originated at first as part of a written language, though they could be used for other uses. This includes the Futhark and Ogham runes. In more – relatively – recent years, they have been used more exclusively in the art of divination. And, with runes, it is very easy to be able to create your own sets. One can use wood tiles, clay, or write on stone. If you are exceptionally crafty, you could even try making them out of metal.

 

Once you have your runes, I would recommend dedicating or consecrating them. You do not have to do it, of course, but I find that it helps tune the runes to your energy and they will work better for you. If you plan to use them in rituals, you should probably use the same ritual you use to consecrate your ritual tools.

 
Once the Runes have been consecrated, you can cast the Witches runes on a cloth, or on the table and read the meaning of the runes that are facing upwards only. If the eye is amongst the runes look at where the eye is looking. If there is a rune in front of the eye than that is the rune you must pay extra attention to.
You can also read the Witches runes by picking on rune at a time while you ask the runes a question.

 
Concentrating on your question, softly cast the runes. Read each rune in relation to your question. The runes closest to you are the most relevant – the furthest away are less. Any runes that land face down so you cannot read them should be discarded as not relevant. Runes that fall very close together have a combined meaning, even if they do not immediately seem compatible.

The Goddess is Alive

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Moon shines down upon a sea of Light,
Shifting sands lay singing in the Heart of the Night.
I looked upon a scene that gripped me to the core,
White-clad maidens below were dancing on the shore.

Sweet sounds slipped from moon-lit throats,
Wind whipped hair abound,
Lit by the light within and without,
The Women circled ’round.

As I stood, water engulfed my feet,
My body swayed to your Heavenly Heart beat.
Wind and wave and fire light,
Paled in my mind Earthly delight.

Time slipped by me as you held your embrace,
And windblown spray covered my face.
Protected deep within your Womb,
I could feel the tender pain of Life’s bloom.
Candles flared high as the Dance progressed,

Deep inside with a healing touch you blessed.
All around, wind, wave and fire shouted of your life,
Your light speared deep within, soothing my strife.

Divine Mother, Goddess of Light,
To you I come seeking protection from the night.
Come home to shelter within your arm,
Surrounded by Love, hidden from harm.

Holy Mother, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
From you we all trace our Birth.
Heavenly Goddess, light from above,
Shine down upon us, we pray for your Love.

The Wisdom of Buddha

The Wisdom of Buddha


Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.

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