May, the Fifth Month of the Year of our Goddess, 2018

“The new earth quickens as you rise.
The May Queen is waiting.
Feel the pulsing ground call you to journey,
To know the depths of your desire.
The May Queen is waiting.
Moving through the night, the bright moon’s flight.
In green and silver on the plain.
She waits for you to return again.
Do not keep Her waiting.
Her temper stings if you refuse to taste Her honey.
Surrender as enchantment brings
The first light of dawning.
Move with Her in sacred dance, through fear to feeling.
Bringing ecstasy to those who dare.
Living earth is breathing.
Loving through the night in the bright moonlight,
As seedlings open with the rain.
She’ll long for you to return again.
Do not keep Her waiting.”

– Ruth Barren, The May Queen is Waiting

 

MAY ~ THE FLOWER MOON

May is the fifth month of the year. Its astrological sign is Taurus, the bull (April 20 thru 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 the 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 give May’s Full Moon its lovely name~the Flower Moon. Many flowers and tree 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.

In Western Europe, the year was divided in two: the dark half of the year, which begins at Samhain (October 31) and lasts until May Eve and the light half, which begins at Beltane (May 1). The light half of the year is the more active time, when the energy of life is strong and waxing and we can look forward to the promise of summer. Since May begins one of the halves of the year, it is an initiator, similar to a cardinal zodiac sign, it shifts power to the new dynamic. The dynamic of May is one of fertility in plants and animals (including humans), birth, growth, and abundance. Of course, in the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite is true. May is the month that ushers in the dark half of the year, the time of rest, reflection and renewal. Either way, the month of May is an important door way into the second half of the year and a major energy shift. It is the polar opposite of its November counterpart in a beautiful dance similar in the concept of yin and yang, which is a wonderful focus for meditation.

—Excerpt from Llewellyn’s 2017 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
Article Entitled “May” by Michael Furie

The Flower Moon

Once April’s rains and winds have subsided, the sun begins to warm up the earth and we’re able to get the gardens planted. Typically, May is the month in which we begin to sow our crops. Get out in the garden under a Flower Moon and put your hands into the soil. Spring is a time of fertility, and May is a fiery month indeed–full of lust and passion! It’s sometimes called the month of the Hare Moon, and we all know what hares are busy doing in the spring.

Celebrate once the sun goes down with a big bonfire ceremony.

As always, your May might not see the same weather as other people’s, because your environment depends on a number of factors. If you need to adapt May’s magical correspondences to those of a different month, then feel free to do so.

 

Correspondences

Just like with all of the other full moon phases, there are a number of magical correspondences associated with May’s Flower Moon. Try to incorporate some of these into your ritual and spellwork this month.

  • Colors, like red, orange, and yellow can represent the sun as it draws nearer to the earth, warming the gardens and the soil.
  • Gemstones such as ruby, garnet, amber, and Apache tear are associated with fertility and women’s mysteries. Since May is often a time of great fertility, it can be used in workings for fertility magic, especially if a woman is trying to become pregnant, or for rituals related to reproductive health.
  • Trees such as the hawthorn and rowan are tied deeply to magic and witchcraft in many folkloric traditions.
  • Gods and goddesses like Kali, Priapus, Cernunnos, and Flora are all represented at this time of year. They are associated with the blooming gardens, the greening forest, and the crops that begin to grow in the fields.
  • Herbs, such as members of the mint family, and spices that are considered “fiery,” like cinnamon, are great to use during the Beltane season–it is, after all, a fire festival!
  • The element of fire is deeply connected to Beltane. The Bale fire, or Bel fire, is a tradition that goes back a long time, and a bonfire lit at Beltane is said to bring about both protection and prosperity.

 

Flower Moon Magic

This is a good time to work on magic related to careers and jobs. Thinking about switching to a new position, or perhaps trying a new field altogether? Want to take a class or get your degree? Take the seeds you’ve planted last month, and allow them to bloom and grow in your favor. Do some fire divination this month to help guide you on your way. Here are some things you can do this month – because this is a time in which we need to plant the seeds for later success:

  • Begin tending your garden–or planting seeds in containers–and take some time to cultivate each of your herbs, flowers, and plants. Consider doing a simple planting ritual to kick things off for the spring.
  • Remember that May is also the season of Beltane. If you want to bring fertility into your life, this is a great time to do magical workings related to conception and fruitfulness. Think about planting tubers, such as yams, which are believed to increase lust and fertility. In some West African nations, the white yam has been linked to high birth rates, particularly that of twins and other multiples.
  • Plant beans, squash and corn in the arrangement that Native Americans call Three Sisters. In addition to being a self-sustaining ecosystem, in which each plant helps the others, the planting of this trio is associated with the concept of happy families, abundance, and community.
  • Hold a family abundance ritual. Remember that in addition to sexual fertility, the Beltane season is also about abundance, in a variety of forms. Don’t just focus on material gains, because this is about the growth of the earth and its bounty, and it’s about increasing your own spiritual and emotional wealth.

—-Patti Wigington, Author
Published on ThoughtCo.com

May’s Correspondences

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

Symbols for the Month of May

 May’s Festivals: Beltane, May Day
Symbols include the May pole, boughs of flowers, and fires.

 

May’s Sign of the Zodiac
Taurus (April 21 – May 20)
Gemini (May 21– June 20)

 

May’s Celtic Tree Astrology
Saille (Willow) (April 14 – May 12)
Huath (Hawthorn) (May 13 – June 9)

 

May’s Runic Half Months
Lagu (April 29 – May 13)
Ing (May 14 – May 28)
Odal (May 29 – June 13)

 

May’s Birthstone
Emerald and Agate

 

May’s Birth Flower
All Tree Blossoms, Foxglove, and Lilac

 

May’s Goddess
Diana

 

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!”

 

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

Calendar of Events for May

  • Beltane is celebrated on the first of May.
  • The Bona Dea festival was celebrated in ancient Rome on the first of May.
  • May 1st was also Vinalia.
  • May 9th is the Roman festival of Lemuria.
  • May 15th is the birthday of the Roman God Mercury or Mercuralia
  • May 21st is the Roman festival Vejovis.
  • May 23rd is the Roman festival Rosalia
  • Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.
  • Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in May.
  • Armed Forces Day is the third Sunday in May.
  • May 5th is Cinco De Mayo, commemorating the Mexican defeat of the French at Puebla
  • The Kentucky Derby takes place the first Sunday in May.
  • It is said that King Arthur died on May 30 542
  • Joan of Arc died on May 30, 1431

Source: Witchipedia

 

Scrying

What Exactly Is It?

You may see the word “scrying” used on this site. In general, the term is used to mean staring into something – often a shiny surface, but not always – for the purpose of divination. Visions that are seen are often interpreted intuitively by the person who is scrying. It’s a popular method of divination and can be done in several different ways.

The Crystal Ball

We’ve all seen images of the old fortune teller woman peering into a crystal ball, hissing, “Cross my palms with silver!” but the reality of it is that people have used crystals and glass for scrying for thousands of years.

 By focusing on the ball, which is usually made of a clouded glass, a medium may be able to see visions that foretell not only the future but unknown aspects of the present and past.

Alexandra Chauran, over at Llewellyn, says, “The crystal ball exercises the part of you that sees your intuition expressed in a visual form, while keeping a safe boundary between your psychic practice and your everyday life… As you practice, you may find that the actual tiny flecks that inspire you to see shapes in the crystal ball allow you to see other fleeting visions within the crystal ball itself that are more akin to real visions right before your eyes. Seeing things in the crystal ball is possible for anyone when you know what to look for.”

Fire Scrying

Fire scrying is exactly what it sounds like – staring into the flames of a fire to see what sort of visions might appear. As with other methods of scrying, this is often very intuitive.

 By relaxing your mind and focusing only on the flames, you may get messages telling you what it is you need to know.

Watch as the fire flickers and flashes, and look for images in the flames. Some people see clear and specific images, while others see shapes in the shadows, mere hints of what is within.

Look for images that seem familiar or for those that may repeat in a pattern. You may even hear sounds as you watch the fire – and not just the crackling of wood, the roar of larger flames, the snapping of embers. Some people even report hearing faint voices singing or speaking in the fire.

Water Scrying

A very popular method of scrying involves the use of water. While this can be a large body of water, such as a pond or lake, many people simply use a bowl. Nostradamus used a large bowl of water as a scrying tool, and put himself into a trance to interpret the visions he saw. Many people also incorporate the reflections of the moon into their scrying – if you’re someone who feels more aware and alert during the moon’s fullest phase, this might be a good method for you to try!

Mirror Scrying

Mirrors are easy to make, and easily transportable, so they’re a very practical scrying tool. Typically, a scrying mirror has a black backing on it, which allows for better reflective properties. Although you can certainly buy one, it’s not hard to make your own.

Author Katrina Rasbold says, “When you have relaxed completely, work to still your mind from mundane thoughts. See them as tangible objects whirling around you that stop and drop to the floor, then disappear.

Make your mind as blank as possible. Focus on the surface of the mirror and the reflections you see from the candlelight and occasional wafts of smoke. Do not strain your eyes to see anything or work too hard. Relax and let it come to you.”

Patti Wigington
Published on ThoughtCo

A Fire Scrying Ritual To Try

As previously discussed, scrying is the act of staring into something – often a shiny surface, but not always – for the purpose of divination. Visions and images are then interpreted intuitively by the individual doing the scrying. Many people prefer to scry using shiny surfaces – mirror, a crystal ball, even water – but another popular method is that of fire scrying. This ritual uses the element of fire, which is associated with change, destruction and renewal.

Setting the Stage

The best way to perform this ritual is outside, but realistically, that’s not always practical or safe. So, find a place, indoors or out, where you can light a large fire that will burn for a while. If you really can’t light a large fire, you can always do this ritual with candle flames. Some people prefer to use a single candle, while others may use several — use whichever you prefer.

Make sure you’ll be undisturbed during this ritual – turn off the cell phone, send the kids and spouse to a movie, and eliminate other distractions. You may want to have a notepad handy so you can write down what you see, and some people find it helpful to play meditative music in the background as they are scrying.

Some people even do a bit of yoga before scrying. Benjamin Rowe suggests, “Four of the traditional practices of yoga are intended to reduce and eliminate such distractions. Asana and (to a small extent) pranayama deal with physical distractions; pratyahara with external distractions, and dharana with mental distractions.

 These high-discipline practices are more than most people will need;… perfection isn’t necessary, just something “good enough”.

If you normally wear a ritual robe, you may wish to do so, but it’s not required. Likewise, if your tradition requires you to cast a circle, feel free to do so before you begin.

Begin Your Scrying

Light your fire (or candle, if that’s what you’re using) and take some time to watch it. Let the flames grow taller and bolder and brighter, as each bit of kindling catches fire. Breathe deeply and evenly, allowing yourself to relax and become comfortable as the fire blazes. When you have a good strong fire going, focus your vision on the center of the dancing flames. Don’t worry about staring too hard, just rest your eyesight wherever is the most comfortable.

Draw the energy of the flames toward you, allowing yourself to feel their power. It can heal or harm, create or destroy. Fire is associated with strong will and power.

Watch as the fire flickers and flashes. Do you see images in the flames? Some people see clear images, while others see shapes in the shadows, mere hints of what is within. Look for images that seem familiar or for those that may repeat in a pattern.

Do you hear sounds as you watch the fire? You may hear the crackling of wood, the roar of larger flames, the snapping of embers. Some people report hearing faint voices singing or speaking in the fire.

Thoughts and ideas may pop into your head, seemingly unrelated to anything you see or hear. Be sure to use your notepad or journal so you can write these things down for future exploration.

Spend as much time as you like watching the fire — once you start to get uncomfortable or fidgety, it’s time to wrap things up.

Messages often come to us from other realms and yet we frequently don’t recognize them. If a bit of information doesn’t make sense, don’t worry — sit on it for a few days and let your unconscious mind process it. Chances are, it will make sense eventually. It’s also possible that you could receive a message that’s meant for someone else — if something doesn’t seem to apply to you, think about your circle of friends, and who it might be meant for.

 

Wrapping Things Up

When you’re ready to end your scrying session, take a few moments to just relax, looking away from the fire. You may feel a high sense of energy, or an unusual sensation of clarity — if you do, don’t worry, that’s not uncommon.

You can either leave the fire burning, if it will be safe to do so, or you can extinguish it yourself.

Be sure to review your notes later, so you can reflect on the things you’ve seen. If you scry regularly, get in the habit of comparing notes from one session to the next, to see if there are messages or images that appear often.

Patti Wigington
Published on ThoughtCo

We are Witches
We walk the path of the Old Gods
From this moment forth
We will not walk alone
Together, we will worship
Together, we will practice our Craft
Together, we will learn and grow
We vow to work, from this day forward
In perfect love and perfect trust
According to the free will of all
And for the good of all
Creating only beauty
Singing in harmony
Our song upon the Earth
Love is the law and love is the bond
In the name of the Goddess and the God
So do we vow, and so mote it be.
–Circle, Coven, & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice
Deborah Blake

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