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
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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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We’ve Got To Run for Now, But We Leave You With This….

Witchy Comments & GraphicsABC’s of Life

 Always be yourself.
Be true to your faith.
Care for the old, the young, and everyone in between.
Dare to live your dreams.
Enjoy!
Friends are a treasure; treasure them.
Goddess/God.
Help all you can.
Imagine life.
Justify your actions.
Kindness.
Love.
Memories.
Never give up.
Open your heart and life.
Praise others.
Quit living in the past.
Respect people, nature, and yourself.
Sing.
Teach others.
Understand others.
Visit old friends, new friends, and all you care about.
Winners are those who refuse to lose.
X’s are just that.  Leave them in the past.
You control nothing but yourself.
Zzzzzzzzz..Sleep well!

Astronomy Picture of the Day – Saturn at Opposition

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2015 May 29

Saturn at Opposition
Image Credit & Copyright: Christopher Go

Explanation: Telescopic observers on Earth have been treated to spectacular views of Saturn lately as the ringed planet reached its 2015 opposition on May 23 at 0200 UT. Of course opposition means opposite the Sun in Earth’s sky. So near opposition Saturn is up all night, at its closest and brightest for the year. These sharp images taken within hours of the Sun-Earth-Saturn alignment also show the strong brightening of Saturn’s rings known as the opposition surge or the Seeliger Effect. Directly illuminated, the ring’s icy particles cast no shadows and strongly backscatter sunlight toward planet Earth, creating the dramatic surge in brightness. Saturn currently stands in the sky not far from bright Antares, alpha star of the constellation Scorpius.

Daily Planet Tracker: Venus in Cancer, Now Until June 5

 

Planet Tracker

Venus in Cancer

Now Until Jun 5, 2015

Venus is a planet of sensitivity and affection. Its entry into the sign of Cancer marks a period of potentially greater intimacy and relationship-building for those willing to feel their deepest needs and share them with others. Venus in Cancer reminds us that love is a great nurturing force, one that binds relationships by the care that we give to one another.

We’re all likely to be more aware of the level of approval and acceptance we’re receiving now. This can enrich our connections with others as subtle patterns of emotional give and take become more apparent. However, it’s also possible that objectivity may suffer as vulnerability and uncertainty surface.

Venus in Cancer has a purity of feeling that puts us in touch with primal needs. Patterns of early childhood may become more evident for those able to step back and see themselves clearly. Others, though, may descend into infantile habits of petulance, withdrawal and denial of self-responsibility. The trick is to reach back in time to see the stream of development that has brought you to this point in your relationships without staying in the past. Cancer, at its best, connects the past with the present.

Water signs, like Cancer, work more from instinct than intellect. Verbal communication, then, may not be sufficiently expressive to match feelings. Venus in Cancer is a time when love and relationships move far beyond words. This is a period in which subtle signals count a great deal. Be alert to what is not being said, if you want to deepen your understanding of those close to you.

Cancer can be a highly nationalistic sign, so it’s no surprise that leaders like Fidel Castro, Yasser Arafat, Menachem Begin and the elder George Bush were all born with Venus here.

Tipper Gore, another person in this category, reflects the protective maternal instincts of Venus in Cancer. Actors need to be able to share their feelings to effectively ply their craft. Ben Affleck, Dustin Hoffman and the incomparable Meryl Streep were all born with Venus in Cancer. Other members of this group include singers Stevie Nicks and Jerry Garcia, comic Steve Martin and Camilla Parker Bowles.

 

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The Wisdom of Buddha

The Wisdom of Buddha

Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.

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Your Charm for Friday, May 29th is Aries the Ram

Your Charm for Today

Aries the Ram

Today’s Meaning:
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is adventurous, energetic, pioneering, courageous, enthusiastic, confident, dynamic and quick-witted. This person is probably someone you already know and respect.

General Description:
First sign of the Zodiac, March 21st to April 20th. Mars the ruling planet, and Iron the correct metal. Those born under the influence of Aries were supposed to be brave, ambitious, optimistic, confident, and fond of adventure. The Aries gems are the Diamond, Jasper, and blood stone. The Diamond was always regarded with much veneration in olden times, and was worn to make its wearer bold and daring. Napoleon Bonaparte had the celebrated Regent or Pitt Diamond (136 carats, valued at about 500,000 lbs) set in the hilt of his sword. At one time it was believed that the wearing of very large diamonds brought ill-luck and misfortune on the wearer.

Your Three Dragon Reading for Friday, May 29th

Your Three Dragon Reading for Today

 

The Red Dragon represents success, achievement and fulfillment. The three tiles under the Red Dragon tile will influence the power your Red Dragon currently has in your life.

 

 

The Green Dragon indicates beginnings. The Green Dragon’s tile set will suggest places where you should consider putting your energy.

 

 

The White Dragon is indeed a wily fellow. His domain is the great unknown, and the tile set under him suggests an area or areas that could affect your life in unexpected ways.

Your Daily MahJong Tile for May 29th is Circles 1, Symbol: Pearl

Your Daily Tile
May 29, 2015 

Circles 1
Symbol: Pearl

The Pearl tile denotes the attainment of wealth and a life of luxury. The task will be to balance your spiritual self with your physical self.