‘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
Blessings of May to all of you!
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, enchanting. Not only does She embody the land, but Her grace and 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.
As much as Goddess is in full bloom, we might feel a bit like potted plants. As the weather shifts to almost summer, take the time to get out in nature a bit – safely and with appropriate social distancing! Gaia and the Earth Goddesses are just waiting for us, plus we can ground, center, and tune into the natural vibrations of earth. Gaia’s vibes are stress-busting and settle our souls during these chaotic times.
May 22 – New Moon @ 2° of Gemini @ 1:39 PM EDT
Pluto Retrograde: April 25 – October 5 @ 25° – 22° of Capricorn
Saturn Retrograde: May 11 – September 9 @ 1° of Aquarius – 25° of Capricorn
Venus Retrograde: May 13 – June 25 @ 21° – 5° of Gemini
Jupiter Retrograde May 15 – September 13 @ 27° – 17 ° of Capricorn
True North Node Retrograde: May 5 @ 0° of Cancer into 29° of Gemini
May is bringing some intense astrology. I will be doing podcasts with amazing astrologers Mary Lomando and Audrey Alison this month to talk about the retrogrades and the upcoming June and July eclipses. Retrogrades are a great time to finish up projects, review our goals and desires, and do journey work with Goddess. Applied properly, this energy can be transformational. These aspects will be affecting the microcosm and the macrocosm – we will feel them personally and globally. Both Mary and Audrey are available for readings so you can find out how these cosmic influences are impacting your chart.
If you missed my most recent Goddess Alive Radio podcast, Gwynne Warner joined me to talk about Feng Shui Blessings and shared some great tips for home, health, and finances.
Our MotherHouse Goddess Temple Circle call this month will be featuring the Orisha Goddess Oshun and I will be joined on 5/13 by guest Priestess Yeshe Matthews from Mt. Shasta Goddess Temple. Yeshe and I will also be hosting another Sitting with the Dead call on 5/16. Stay tuned for details coming.
Speaking of BLOOM, we have gorgeous and generous contributions for Beltane on the blog and I thank all of our Wise Women who sent great articles. Check them out here
We are in this together. From my heart to your heart, I send you and yours well wishes and much love. Be well, be safe, and I hope to see you in the circles! Thank you for being part of our community!
Check your intentions from the turn of the year. How are they blooming? Walk a labyrinth this month in honor of all the Maries. Decree yourself the Queen of May and act accordingly. Leave offerings of milk and honey for the Sovereign Goddesses of the land on Beltane. Flowers to add to your garden or home that are sacred to Mother Mary: lily, geranium, rose, marigold, morning glory, pansy. Bless your Beloved in the names of Sita and Rama. Dance around a bonfire in honor of Bona Dea, the Good Goddess. Contemplate the figure of Sheela-na-gig and how she leads you to meditation on your feminine power and body. Adorn yourself in flower garlands. Walk the fields and forest and leave little offerings for Artemis for her birthday. Unleash your Wild Soul and run through nature with the Goddess Diana. Cleanse your sacred space and rededicate it this month! ~ Kimberly Moore, Goddess Planner
Maia Maiestas is an Oscan Earth Goddess and Matroness of the month of May. Her Feast Day is May 15.
The month of May is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother Mary.
Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May) is a month-long festival to Virgin Mary in the Philippines.
May 1 – Beltane (begins at sundown on April 30) – honoring Faery Queens & Sovereign Goddesses of the Land
May 1 – Feast of Mother Mary as Queen of Heaven (Blessed Mother Portal Page)
May 2, 2020 – Day of Marian Devotions
May 2, 2020 – Sita Navami – birth anniversary of the Goddess Sita who is an emanation of the Goddess Lakshmi
May 2 – Fire Festival of the Goddess Bona Dea led by Vestal Priestesses
May 4 – Celtic Festival of Cerridwen and Brigid as Corn Goddesses of fertility, healing, and poets
May 4 – Festival of Irish Goddess Sheela-Na-Gig
May 5, 2020 – Chinnamasta Jayanti – Birthday of the Mahavidya, Chinnamasta
May 6 – Feast of Our Lady of Miracles
May 7, 2020 – Full Moon in Scorpio at 6:45am eastern
May 7, 2020 – Wesak – Festival of the Buddha
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, 2020 – Mother’s Day (USA)
May 11, 2020 – Saturn stations Retrograde in Aquarius until September 9, 2020
May 13, 2020 – Venus stations Retrograde in Gemini until June 25
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, 2020 – Jupiter stations Retrograde in Capricorn until September 13
May 14 – Runic Half Month of Inguz – Fertility
May 15 – Celebration for the Oscan Maia Maiestas, Maia the Majestic for the Ides of Spring
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 22, 2020 – New Moon in Gemini at 1:39pm eastern
May 24 – Feast Day of Sarah La Kali
May 24 – 28 – The Mothers of Arles – French Gypsy festival celebrating the “Three Maries of the Sea”
May 25 – Thargelia – Birthday of the Greek Goddess Artemis
May 25, 2020 – Memorial Day
May 26 – 31 – Ancient Roman Festival to the Goddess Diana
May 29 – Ambarvalia – Roman Corn Mother Festival for the Goddess Ceres
May 29 – Runic Half Month of Othala – Home
May 30 – Norse Goddess Frigg’s Day
May 30 – Joan of Arc Feast Day
May 31, 2020 – Ganga Dussehra – the Day the Living Goddess of the Ganges River descends from Heaven to Earth
May 31 – Feast of the Triple Goddess – Spring Maiden becomes Bountiful Mother
May 31 – Ancient Roman Festival of Proserpine (Persephone)
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Goddess Planner Spring 2020 by Kimberly Moore, Marisa McCall, and Audrey Alison
MYSTERY SCHOOL OF THE GODDESS – Online Courses, live and self study
Sisters of the Moon Digital Zine – Spring in Bloom by Michelle Boxley
Witch’s Moon Magazine – Ritual by Renee Starr
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MurphysEssentials.com with Kim Murphy – Healing & Magical Essential Oil Blends & CBD (Giving away a Thieves Oil with every purchase AND coupon code for the month of May, exclusive to Motherhouse: MH10)
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