Calendar of the Moon
Day of the Hawthorn Tree
Color: Deep purple.
Altar: Upon a deep purple cloth set a vase of hawthorn twigs collected earlier and forced to bud, a single purple candle, a pot of soil, flower seeds, a bowl of water, and a bell.
Offerings: Plant seeds. Do something out of love or passion.
Daily Meal: Vegan
Invocation to the Green Man of the Hawthorn Tree
Hail, Green Man of the Spring!
Hawthorn of the Day of Love
Whose great thorns stab and slice
As painfully as the bonds of Love
Do to our hearts.
That which gives the greatest joy
Must also give the greatest pain,
If only in its absence,
And this is a truth you teach us,
Highest ring on the Maypole,
Overseer of the greening games,
Watcher over the loving couples.
Beloved of the singing thrush,
Cruel as Blodeuwedd,
Whose purple berries work such
Action on the heart,
You who will have no monogamy,
No exclusive pairing,
But only the rampant maddening Love
That is both curse and greatest blessing.
We hail you, hawthorn tree,
Green Man of the Spring,
On this the day of your blossoming.
Root and leaf and flower and thorn,
She has Her way; Love will be born.
(Each comes forward and plants a seed in the pot of soil, saying, “Hail Green Man of the Earth!” Water is poured onto the pot, and then the rest is poured out as a libation. Ring bell and dismiss.)