‘But I must gather knots of flowers,
And buds and garlands gay,
For I’m to be Queen o’ the May, mother,
I’m to be Queen o’ the May.’
– Alfred Lord Tennyson
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.
Full bloom almost. We are getting a bit of a late start to Spring here in the Northeast USA. The trees are finally starting to bloom, but the temperatures are still doing odd dances between winter and summer, sometimes in the same day. The promise of warmth and summer is there, though, and I am loving the light and the return of my birds.
May is the perfect excuse to get outside, lighten up, and distract yourself from some of the intense astrological aspects that have been impacting us in the past few months. Saturn’s draconian tap dance may be tolerated while laying in the sun sipping lemonade. Right? Right.
Ways to Welcome May:
- #MayMagick Photo Challenge starts May 1 – get the free prompts!
- Mother Mary Devotional on 5/6 – Register here
- Bring the outside IN and adorn your altars with signs of Spring
- Labyrinth and nature walks are perfect for May!
- Oshun Altar Blessing Service – petitions to the Goddess of Sweet Waters on 5/5
- Commit to a new practice or course of study on Mystery School of the Goddess
- Eat some Golden Beet Zoodles and make a Spring salad
- Did you see our Goddess HiveMind for Spring Reading? Find a new book or five to read!
- Dance the May Pole!
ARE YOU A CRYSTAL HOARDER? Brandi Auset and I host a Crystal Flash Sale every Wednesday in the MotherHouse Facebook Group with special treasures and special pricing. Join us!
Blessings for your month!
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 (MotherHouse Goddess Temple Mary Devotional)
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 2 – Fire Festival of the Goddess Bona Dea led by Vestal Priestesses
May 2, 2018 – Mercury is fully out of Retrograde shadow
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, 2018 – Chinnamasta Jayanti – Birthday of the Mahavidya, Chinnamasta
May 9 – Ancient Greek Feast Day of Artemis the Lightbringer
May 10 – The Going Forth of the Egyptian Goddess Neith along the Water
May 11, 2018 – Bhadrakali Jayanti – Happy Birthday to the Goddess Bhadrakali (an auspicious form of the Goddess Kali)
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 13, 2018 – Mother’s Day (USA)
May 15, 2018 – NEW MOON IN TAURUS at 7:48am eastern
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 21, 2018 – Sun enters Gemini
May 21, 2018 – Wesak – Buddha Day
May 24, 2018 – Ganga Dussehra Puja – Descent of the Goddess Ganga (Ganges River)
May 24 – 28 – The Mothers of Arles – French Gypsy festival celebrating the “Three Maries of the Sea”
May 26 – 31 – Ancient Roman Festival to the Goddess Diana
May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day (USA)
May 29, 2018 – FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS at 10:19am
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)
Beltane Blessings with Susan Harper is now open!
Oshun Altar Blessing Service on 5/5
Wild Woman Initiation with Gail Jessen
LAST DAY TO SIGN UP WITH DISCOUNTS
Healing with the Goddess with Katherine Skaggs – Spring pricing is 40% off! (link applies the discount)
Kwan Yin Revealed: Exploring and Becoming the Goddess of Compassion with Sandy Boucher & Kimberly Moore – $15 off for April which is Kuan Yin’s Birthday month! (link applies discount)
The Moon Witch with Renee Starr – discount coupon offered if registered by 4/30 – click here for details and payment plans!