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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Basic Circle Casting From The Gypsy Path

This Ritual is a Circle Casting which calls upon the Gypsy Spirits to make a powerful circle!

  • Wand-Air
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  • Athame-Fire
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  • Cup-Water
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  • Rock-Earth
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  • Angel Status-Spirit
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  • Black Candle- Nyx
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  • Dark Blue Candle-Erebus

Hold up wand and Chant:

I call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the East. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Air to my Ancient Circle, May it be cast

Hold up Athame and Chant:

?call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the South. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Fire to my Ancient Circle. May it be cast.

Hold up cup and Chant:
I call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the West. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Water to my Ancient Circle. May it be cast.

Hold up Rock and Chant:

I call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the North. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Earth to my Ancient Circle. May it be cast

Hold up Angel Statue and Chant:
I call the Gypsy Element which is in every living
thing. In the name of Nyx and Erebus, I call spirit
to my Ancient Circle, May it be cast.

Hold your hand over black candle and chant:
I call the great Gypsy Goddess of my Chose,
The Mother of the Night, and The one which
stands with the Father, I call Nyx to my Circle,
May it be Cast

Light the Black candle, Then Place your hand over the Dark Blue Candle, and Chant:
I call the great Gypsy God of my Chose,
The Father of the Darkness, and The one which
stands with the Father, I call Erebus to my Ancient
circle, May it be Cast.

The Shuvani then proclaims loudly: Hail Nyx and Erebus, Blessed Be

This article was contributed by Gypsy Witchcraft.

FROM: http://www.spellsofmagic.com/coven_ritual.html?ritual=1826&coven=246

A Binding Spell

While this spell may sound gentle for a binding spell it will work and with the way it is worded the person casting it does not have to be concerned with bad things coming back on them. Always remember The Threefold Law when writing a spell or perform a ritual.

Burn or get rid of anything the person you are binding may have given you or a family member when at all possible before preforming the spell. If you are doing the spell in a ritual the items may be disposed of them if you are burning them.

In the first, third, sixth, and eighth blanks fill in the person’s full name you wish to bind. In the second, fourth, fifth and seventh blanks fill in your name and all family members, you want covered in this spell. If a person is a junior or second or has some or some other suffix to their name be sure to add it.

In the second, fourth, fifth and seventh blanks fill in your name and all family members, you want covered in this spell. If a person is a junior or second or has some or some other suffix to their name be sure to add it.

I ask the universe to help _______ to find meaning, happiness, joy, peace and love in (his or her) life.

I ask these things fill her life so she no longer causes tension and strife in __________

As this is done with no harm intended to _______I ask she find excitement in her and her families lives

So he or she stays out of  _________ , their immediate and extended family’s lives.

I cast a shadow to cloak _________ extended and immediate family, whenever _____tries to pry into any of our lives.
The entire ______ family, want _______ out of their lives today, tomorrow and forever more

As I will it So mote it be!

Copyright 2015 Carla Schultz-Ruehl

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for May 26th

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

It has become increasingly noticeable how the power grab has reached even the lower levels of living. It is a right thing for us to try to raise ourselves. To fail to try would earmark us for failure….and yet up the shaky ladder of success climb, so many bodies without spirits, so little understanding of what is ahead….and often less of what is past.

If we could only realize our power comes not from grasping the coattails of others, but from a higher source that knows the way….that places before us the right steps, the correct manner, the much needed wisdom and inspiration.

Why is it that when all this guidance is available to us, we let the littleness of our souls hold us back, believing all the time that any forward motion is because we have learned how to twist situations to our own avail.

How sad the lot of those who discover all the rungs on their ladder are on the same level. “Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads,” wrote Caleb Colton. “No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.”

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – May 26

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – May 26

“The man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures and acknowledging unity with the universe of things was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization.”

–Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX

There is a concept that says you move toward and become that which you think about. If we think about everything as interconnected and interrelated, we will begin to accept the greater whole and that there is a power who is in charge. If we see the cycles of life, if we see the inner powers, if we see the interdependence of the universe, then we will participate in a harmonious way. We all need to pray and meditate on this. We need to understand the property of unity.

My Creator, let me have the insights of nature and give me the power of acceptance.

May 26 – Daily Feast

May 26 – Daily Feast

Little children should be allowed to imagine, to let their minds run ahead to things that can be and things that never were. The imagination lets us see beyond the actual outline of things as they are. A mind freed of bias can detect times and times ahead. Go back and recapture the imagination you never allowed to develop. Give it the freedom to examine your motives, your feelings, your heart. It will reveal joys and purposes and realign things gone wrong. There is no drab space in the imagination, no tears, and no losses – for that is the purpose of imagination, to remove and heal and let go.

~ The roots of a plant go down deep, and the deeper they go the more moisture they find. ~

SHOOTER – TETON SIOUX

“A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II” by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

The Daily Motivator for May 26th – Life is amazing

Life is amazing

Stop for a moment and consider how wondrous life is. Remind yourself that despite all the pains and challenges, problems and frustrations, life is amazing.

Life is amazing, and the possibilities for expressing its beauty and magnificence are endless. You could come up with dozens of new ways to experience life each day, and never run out.

Make it your business to do that. You have life, which itself is amazing, and you have this day, so take it upon yourself to put something new and valuable into it.

You don’t have to make headlines to have a rich and fascinating life. There are plenty of opportunities in each seemingly ordinary day to add extraordinary substance to your world.

It all starts with reminding yourself what a wondrous and amazing thing your life is. Feel the possibilities that come with every breath, and live with a constant sense of real gratitude.

Life is amazing, and you have it right now to live in your own unique way. Feel the magnitude of opportunity that is yours, and make the very most of it.

— Ralph Marston

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The Daily Motivator

The Daily OM for May 26th – What Makes People Tick?

What Makes People Tick?
Exploring An Alternate Universe

by Madisyn Taylor

Many people are very different from ourselves and coming to a place of acceptance can make the road easier.

All people have their own way of being in the world. It is easiest to comprehend this basic yet profound fact when we consider that every human being on the planet occupies a distinct role in the universe. We grow up in different environments, affected by a unique range of influences. The preferences, values, and beliefs we embrace are frequently related intimately to our origins. And the need to individualize our experiences is instinctive, as doing so enables us to cope when we must face challenges on our own. Consequently, each of us has developed a perspective that is uniquely ours. Interacting peacefully and constructively with people from all walks of life is a matter of first understanding where they are coming from. Then we can adjust our expectations so that we avoid making undue assumptions about what they are about.

In the face of emerging interpersonal conflict, it is easy to assume that others are being difficult, unreasonable, or stubborn. We are apt to grow frustrated when someone in our environment does not share our opinions or feel compelled to support us in our endeavors. It is likely that the individual or individuals before us may simply possess differing notions with regard to what is and what is not important in this life. We can ease the tension that exists between us by reaffirming our belief in the fundamental right of all beings to determine their own destinies. To foster a harmonious relationship, we need to do our best to relate to the unique universes they inhabit. And as we discover what makes them tick, our ability to find a mode of interaction that is pleasing to both of us is enhanced.

When there are barriers keeping you from connecting with someone else, think of questions you can ask them to gain a more thorough understanding of their point of view. You may discover that in addition to the differences in perspective dividing you, they are subject to insecurities and other personal issues that influence their way of seeing the world. It is likely that you will never fully grasp the myriad complexities embodied by humanity, but you can go a long way toward encouraging mutually satisfying relations by reaching out to others in the spirit of sympathetic comprehension.

 

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The Daily OM

Remembering and Reconnecting

Remembering and Reconnecting

Author: RuneWolf

I do consider my religion – Wicca – and my particular practice of it, to be Earth-based. Such a statement might seem absurdly obvious on the surface, but it is, I think, important to state it in this fashion. Wicca has within it elements of Ceremonial Magic, and it has been my personal experience that it is quite possible to become obsessed with and lost in the liturgical and ritual forms, to the extent that what one ends up practicing has, in fact, more in common with CM than with Wicca.

Now, don’t misunderstand me: We need ritualists and liturgists who can preserve the outer forms of our religion, and re-invent them as time goes by, so that we neither lose our traditional roots nor become mired in them. The creation, preservation and cultivation of ritual and liturgy are important, but I’m not talking about that here. I am talking about an unhealthy balance where an individual or group over-focuses on those outer forms, often to the detriment of the inner energies. So it is important, I think, that we remind ourselves, individually and collectively, that our religion IS Earth-based, and that, in my personal tradition at least, re-connecting with the Earth and Her cycles is one of the central concepts and objectives.

But then, what is this whole “re-connect with the Earth” thing, anyway? Sounds like a bunch of neo-Hippie, tree-hugging, New Age bushwa, doesn’t it?

Oh, contraire…

Western thought seems to enjoy lampooning and belittling whatever it doesn’t like or cannot understand, as if by satirizing something, it is made harmless and non-threatening. (This, oddly enough, is a very Celtic concept. Bards of Old Eire were feared for their power to debilitate a powerful leader by the use of satire.) Culturally, we will even go so far as to transform an inherently neutral or positive label – New Age, for instance – into a synonym for something wacky and outlandish. So those outsiders – or insiders, for that matter – who roll their eyes when they say or hear “re-connect with the Earth” obviously haven’t bothered to fully consider what that means.

We aren’t talking about sticking our feet into the ground and putting out roots. What we are talking about is simply becoming fully aware of – and experiencing as fully as possible – our relationship to the biosphere. For the most part, citizens of modern technological nations have fallen out of that awareness and experience. Some would argue that, without this awareness and experience, we as a species are doomed, because nothing short of these will prevent us from terminally fouling our nest. In more immediate and individual terms, however, I believe that a fuller awareness and experience of our relationship to the biosphere and, by extension, the Universe itself, is mandatory for true physical, mental and spiritual health. This is, as I understand it, the primary thrust of Taoist philosophy and religion, and is certainly a primary objective in my practice of Wicca.

Wicca, as I have said, is my religion. My spirituality, however, is Witchcraft. Some would not agree with this dichotomization, but then, as mother used to say, that’s why they make vanilla and chocolate. I make the distinction because I define those terms differently. Wicca is my religion – it is something I joined, a community that has a unique identity, and to be part of that community I am obliged, to a greater or lesser degree, to conform to the community template. I, personally, believe that there are certain things that I must agree to, that I must practice, that I must believe and that I must espouse, in order to be Wiccan. While there is certainly a great deal of individual latitude, I nonetheless believe that were I to deviate too far from the “community template” of Wicca, I would no longer be practicing Wicca. In the practice of certain martial arts, students are given a great deal of latitude to improvise and personalize the art. However, at a certain point, if that improvisation and personalization goes too far, that individual is no longer practicing that particular art, but something unique unto themselves that they have created there from. This is not a judgment on the art itself nor on what the individual has created from it; it is simply a statement of fact.

So it is, I believe, with the practice of Wicca, or any religion, for that matter. (But then, these are only my beliefs, and have no power beyond the tip of my nose.)

Witchcraft, on the other hand, I define as that body of techniques that enables the practitioner (Witch) to live in harmony with the rhythms of Life. “Life” here may be seen as synonymous with All That Is: an individual’s life-path, the greater community of Humankind, the biosphere and the Universe – in short, Everything. And those rhythms include the “bad” as well as the “good.” By this definition, Wicca is just another “technique” in my practice of Witchcraft, something which helps me to attune to the rhythms of Life. And this is, for me, as it should be: religion should always be the servant of spirituality. When that formula is inverted, we are left with dictatorial religious institutions.

When one truly seeks a deeper, fuller understanding of our connection to and place in the Universe, one cannot help but develop, I believe, a concern for the welfare of the “natural” world, i.e. the biosphere. Even if one were a staunch “scientific Pagan,” I don’t believe one could overlook the necessity of preserving an uncontaminated environment in order to ensure the survival of Humankind. And if one looks beyond mere survival, then we must recognize the necessity of preserving the beauty of unsullied nature as an adjunct to the mental, emotional and spiritual health of humanity.

Those of us who believe this face grave obstacles today. We are now ruled by an administration that is obviously bent on furthering the cause of “Big Business” – which has always been the destructive exploitation of the Earth for profit – at the expense of the environment. More and more, corporations are freed of the restrictions imposed on them by former, relatively saner, regimes. More and more, they are free to “rape and pillage” as they see fit, regardless of the destruction they cause. Nor can we simply blame “Western thought” for these travesties, as the policies of China in modern Tibet relieve the West of sole responsibility in the rape of the planet and the destruction of her children.

At times, it seems overwhelming, and it may well be an effort doomed to failure, although such failure will certainly doom humanity to eventual extinction. But we must try, each in her or his own way. I myself am not much of a “joiner,” and taking care of what little land is “mine” takes up most of my time. So you won’t see me at many demonstrations or protests. But what I lack in “discretionary time” I make up for in “disposable income,” and I can and do support the environmental cause with my monetary contributions. In the end, only money can defeat Big Money, so I don’t feel that this is merely a token gesture to assuage my conscience. And I do take an active, if geographically limited, part: there is a nature trail in the community near my home, which I avail myself of at every opportunity. As one might imagine, this trail is subject to all kinds of littering, not only from walkers but from nearby homeowners. When I walk, I always carry a trash bag, and I clean up what I can. When someone creates a mess too big for me, I make sure the community association knows about it, as there are strict rules regarding such abuse. I don’t know that my actions have ever led to the censure or fining of a guilty homeowner, but it hasn’t been for lack of trying.

Tattle tale? Snitch? Ratfink? You’re damn right.

And then there are the “little” things that all of us can do: proper soil management on our property; avoiding fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides; using “low impact” products; driving fuel-efficient autos; using mass transit when possible; recycling. It is gratifying to see that, in our neighborhood at least, we have a very high percentage of participation in the recycling effort. But then, these things should be “no brainers” for everyone, Pagan or not, in my opinion.

Perhaps the biggest difference between me and my neighbors is that, when I recycle or pick up litter, I see it as a sacrament, an acknowledgment that I AM RESPONSIBLE; not for the whole shebang, but for what I, as an individual, can do. I’ve always subscribed to the belief that “a little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing.” On any given day, I can’t solve all of the world’s environmental problems. But I can do something, even if it’s only picking up one piece of litter. No action occurs in a vacuum; every action has consequences, and resonates along the Web of Wyrd.

Despite the odds, none of us are totally powerless; we can always do something. And sometimes, in the wee dark hours of the morning, that’s all we have to hold onto.

RuneWolf