Calendar for May
1st –Samhain/Day of the Dark Goddess (Southern hemisphere) Beltane. May Day (Northern hemisphere. Sacred to Maia, Roman Goddess of Spring. Festival of Bona Dea, Roman fertility Goddess.
3rd – National Day of Prayer. Cron Festival, Native American. End of Floralia, Roman.
4th-Fairy Day, Ireland. St Monica’s Day, Ireland.
6th-Festival of Inghean Bhuidhe, Ireland. Eyvind Kelves Day, Norwegian Pagan Martyr.
8th-The “Furry” Dance performed in Helston, Cornwall, England to honour the Horned God. Stork Day, Danish.
9th-The first Lemuria, Rite of the Lemures, the spirits of the deceased. This was a ritual performed in Ancient Rome.
11th-The second Lemuria ritual performed in Ancient Rome.
12th-The Cat Parade in Belgium to honour, parade and worship Cats. Festival of Shashti, Indian Forest God.
13th-The Third Lemuria ritual performed in Ancient Rome. Our Lady of Fatima, Portuguese. Garland Day, English. Bran’s Day, Celtic.
14th-Sacred to Egyptian Goddess, Isis. Festival of the Midnight Sun, Norway. Apollos Birthday. Goddess Tithe Day, North African. Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn. May 14th-June 10th.
15th-Dedicated to Vesta, the Roman Goddess of the Hearth. Great Feast of the Southern Heavens, Egyptian. Festival of Mercury/Hermes.
17th-Festival of Dea Dia, Roman Celebration of the Cosmos.
18th-Sacred to Pan, the Greek God of Fertility and the Woodlands.
19th-Bendideia, Greek festival of Bendis, Goddess of the Hunt. Feat of Pudencrona, Mexican.
20th-Plynteria festival, dedicated to Athena, the Greek War Goddess. Olwen’s Day, Celtic.
21st-Day of Tefnut, Egyptian. Plato’s Birthday.
22nd-Ragnar Lodbrok’s Day, Norse.
23rd-Dedicated to Venus and Flora, the Roman Goddesses of fertility, flowers and Spring.
24th-Birth of Artemis, Greek Goddess of the Moon and Hunting.
26th-Sacred Well Day. Starting of the festival honouring Diana, the Roman Goddess of the Moon, Hunting and Secular Games.
28th-Feats of the Dead, Buddhist. Purification of Pythia, Greek.
29th-Ambarvalia Festival, invoking the blessings of Ceres, the Roman Goddess of Corn. Iroquois Strawberry Festival, Native American.
30th-Wiccan Love Feast, English. Frigg’s Day, Norse. Burning Times Remembrance Day. Joan of Arc burnt at the stake for the crimes of Witchcraft.
The Following dates have been supplied by the New Zealand’s Witchy Lunar Calendar.
Tuesday 8th - Last Quarter Moon. Time to clear out anything that hasn´t worked or isn´t needed. Rising at midnight and setting at noon, this Moon is 90-45 degrees behind the Sun. Time to clear out anything that hasn’t worked or isn’t needed.
Tuesday 15th - New Moon. Start new projects and magick.
Tuesday 22nd - First Quarter Moon. Rising at Noon and setting at Midnight, the Moon is 90-135 degrees ahead of the Sun. Light and dark are in equal balance. Consolidate and give form to projects. Be creative and deal with any challenges that may arise.
Wednesday 30th - Full Moon. The Earth is between the Sun and Moon. The Moon, rising at sunset and setting at dawn, is 180-135 degrees behind the Sun. The Full Moon is the time to celebrate the complete flowering and full manifestation of what was visualized at the New Moon. Enjoy your Esbat celebrations. We have a Blue Moon due to the fact there are two full moons in the calendar month. Lots of extra special magick and witchery.
Apogee (Furthest away from the earth) Sunday 6th
Perigee (Closest to the earth) Friday 18th
THE MAY STAR SIGNS
TAURUS - April 21st - May 21st.
Symbol – The Bull, Element – Earth, Planet – Venus, Quality – Fixed, Personal Creed- I have, Negative/Feminine sign. An ancient symbol of strength and fertility within nature, Taureans are known as being loving and gentle.
GEMINI - May 22nd – June 22nd
Symbol – The Twins, Element – Air, Planet – Mercury, Quality – Mutable, Personal Creed- I think, Positive/Masculine Sign. Seekers of knowledge, these star signs can communicate with all if they choose to.
CELTIC LUNAR ZODIAC
Willow - Saille - April 15th – May 12th
Willow people are ruled by the Moon and the water element and can be highly creative, intuitive, intelligent and are usually very psychic and literally bursting with potential. They have also be known to observe well and sit back to see what unravels before them, said to be more patient than many of the other tree signs.
The Willow is the tree that sits by the water and helps ease us into the Summerland. Tree of enchantment, healing, immortality and its branches are used to bind the brushes of the Witches besom.
Hawthorn – Uath - May 13th – June 9th
Hawthorn people tend to blend into any environment and adapt well however not is all that it seems with them. They hate simple routine and become very bored, freedom and independence is a must for these people. The Hawthorn, once known simply as ‘May’ was a traditional tree honoured throughout the British isles and of course due to the flowering of its striking blossoms and the large hidden thorns it has which make it ideal as a protective tree and one for hedgerows to keep animals within their boundaries. A tree of the Fae and protection it was considered a bad omen to bring it indoors however some believe that Beltane is a fine time to decorate with it around the home, in baskets and as a talisman. Keeping in mind our Beltane is not until October when the hawthorn will be blossoming.