Daughter of Heaven and Earth, coy Spring,
With sudden passion languishing,
Maketh all things softly smile,
Painteth pictures mile on mile,
Holds a cup with cowslip-wreaths,
Whence a smokeless incense breathes.
Girls are peeling the sweet willow,
Poplar white, and Gilead-tree,
And troops of boys
Shouting with whoop and hilloa,
And hip, hip three times three.
The air is full of whistlings bland;
What was that I heard
Out of the hazy land?
Harp of the wind, or song of bird,
Or clapping of shepherd’s hands,
Or vagrant booming of the air,
Voice of a meteor lost in day?
Such tidings of the starry sphere
Can this elastic air convey.
~ May-Day by Ralph Waldo Emerson – see full poem here
Blessings of May and Spring moving into Summer (for those in the Northern Hemisphere)!
We are on the eve of Beltane, the cross-quarter Sabbat that is the midpoint between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice. Here in the northeast, the weather is ranging from Summer (80’s this week!) to late Spring (mid 60’s) and can I just tell you about the flowering trees? Cherry blossoms, peach blossoms, dogwoods, azaleas, wisteria, I am swooning every single day and racing to stand under the cascades of petals as often as possible.
Goddess is ripe and Her fertility sweeps the land, stirring the fires, and calling us to rise up and dance with HER! She is irresistible, alluring, confident, intoxicating. Not only does She embody the land, but Her sovereignty is the source of all those who would represent the land. Ancient traditional celebrations of Beltane and May Day included dancing the Maypole, bonfires, sacred sexual rituals in the fields to fuel the crops, and celebration of Goddess in Her prime. There is no romantic poetry to Beltane – it is primal, a bacchanal with Goddess at the center as Creatrix. The theme is full bloom.
Thanks to the Mercury Retrograde, MotherHouse and Mystery School of the Goddess got on-the-spot updates to the look and feel. I hope you love it as much as I do! If you have an thoughts on how to make either site more navigable, I would love to hear from you. I am steadily adding new resource pages, like the Moon Calendar and Lunar Resources Page, and the Goddess Index is the big summer project. More Goddesses!
Online courses on Mystery School of the Goddess are rocking! Two areas to definitely check out are the new Priestess Training listings and the Goddess activation page. Mindful living, Desire Map course, Red Tent, Magic, and soooo much more are available. See all courses here
I am also delighted to announce that Goddess Alive Radio will be back as a podcast in May after a longer-than-anticipated-but-much-needed hiatus. Stay tuned for new releases!
As you can see, the Goddess Calendar is filled to the brim. I invite you to join me and Brandi Auset for our free monthly Goddess Full Moon Group. The Goddess for May is the Haitian Lwa Erzulie. A great idea for a group is to pick one of the feast days on the calendar and gather to celebrate!
I wish you all the Blessings of May and the Goddesses who are celebrated in it!
xo Kimberly – Founder of MotherHouse and Mystery School of the Goddess
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Rhythms of the Goddess – Calendar of Feast Days and Celebrations for May 2017
May 1 – Beltane (begins at sundown on April 30) – honoring Goddess Queen Maeve
May 1 – Mother Mary as Queen of Heaven – the month of May is dedicated to Her
May – Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May). Month long festival to Virgin Mary in the Philippines
May 1 – Patroness of the month of May – Maia is a Greek Earth Goddess, the daughter of Atlas and Pleione
May 1, 2017 – Ganga Jayanti – Happy Birthday to the Goddess Ganga (the Holy Ganges River)
May 2 – Fire Festival of the Goddess Bona Dea led by Vestal Priestesses
May 3, 2017 – Sita Navami – Sita Jayanti – Happy Birthday to the Hindu Goddess Sita
May 3, 2017 – Mercury goes Direct from Retrograde
May 4 – Celtic Festival of Cerridwen and Brigit as Corn Goddesses of fertility, healing, and poets
May 4 – Festival of Irish Goddess Sheila-Na-Gig
May 8 – TARA Day
May 9 – Ancient Greek Feast Day of Artemis the Lightbringer
May 10 – The Going Forth of the Egyptian Goddess Neith along the Water
May 10 – Full Moon in Scorpio at 542pm eastern – Join Goddess Full Moon Group – celebrating the Goddess Erzulie
May 13 – Celtic Tree Month of Uath (Hawthorn) is May 13 to June 9
May 13 – Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
May 13 – Feast Day of Juliana of Norwich
May 14, 2017 – Mother’s Day (USA)
May 14 – 20, 2017 – National Women’s Health Week
May 15 – Thargelia – Birthday of the Greek Goddess Artemis
May 15 – Festival celebrating Demeter as Harvest Queen. Hekate separates Kore from Demeter with the sickle
May 15 – Hierogamos of Hathor and Horus
May 19 – Old Celtic Feast of Brigid – Sacred healing wells and springs were adorned with flowers in honor of Goddess Brigid
May 19 – 28 – Greek Spring Cleaning Festival of Kallyntaria and Plynteria – days devoted to cleaning temples, sacred spaces, and altars
May 20, 2017 – Sun enters Gemini
May 21, 2017 – Wesak – Buddha Day
May 22, 2017 – Bhadrakali Jayanti – Happy Birthday to the Goddess Bhadrakali (an auspicious form of the Goddess Kali)
May 24 – 28 – The Mothers of Arles – French Gypsy festival celebrating the “Three Maries of the Sea”
May 25, 2017 – New Moon in Gemini at 344pm eastern
May 26 – 31 – Ancient Roman Festival to the Goddess Diana
May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day (USA)
May 29 – Ambarvalia – Roman Corn Mother Festival for the Goddess Ceres
May 30 – Northern Goddess Frigg’s Day
May 30 – Joan of Arc Feast Day
May 31 – Feast of the Triple Goddess – Maiden becomes Mother
May 31 – Ancient Roman Festival of Proserpine (Persephone)