May Day & Full Moon Celebrations

 (photo: In The Orchard – Franz Dvorak, 1912)

In a celebration of the start of summer we can incorporate the Celtic fire celebration of Beltane, which also honors the harvests to come and our cyclical need of renewal.   Around May 1 we celebrate the marking of the Sun’s midpoint between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice.  Some schools of thought are that this celebration was scheduled for the full moon nearest this midpoint, which varies from year to year and may be closer to May 5-7, where it is believed that the veil between the physical and spiritual world are very thin.  This year, 2015, the full moon falls on May 4th.

In the time of the Celts this marked the beginning of the summer season when herds of animals and livestock were taken out to graze on mountain lands and in summer pastures.  One way in which animals and livestock are honored is to lead them between two bonfires to promote purification and transition, inviting the good harvest of the season to come.

Incorporate some of this season’s correspondences below to honor the fires of purification through prayer and/or ceremony, as well as bestowing and sharing the new creative power that is stirring in the world; remembering to literally STOP and smell the flowers!

May Moon Correspondences

Herbs:  elder, mint, rose, juniper, lily of the valley, marigold, mugwort, rosemary, thyme, yarrow

Incense:  benzoin, rose, sandalwood

Trees:  hawthorn

Animals:  cats, herd animals, lynx, robins

Deities:  Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Venus, (Innana, full moon)

Stones: amber, carnelian, emerald, malachite

Colors: green, white, brown, black, pink


Great Goddess Bath Salts

Combine the following in a glass container with a lid, shake it up, and pour into bath:

1 cup salt

8 drops lily essential oil

8 drops magnolia essential oil

4 drops myrrh essential oil


Lord, purge our eyes to see
within the seed a tree,
Within the glowing egg a bird,
Within the shroud a butterfly,
Til, taught by such, we see
beyond all creatures, thee.
-Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

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Earth Day Celebrations


On April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day in honor of the Earth and to meditate on the Divine manifesting as Mother Earth, also known as Gaia.  Mother Earth, Gaia, Earth Goddess.  During the Stone Age men and women world wide recognized the strength and spiritual powers of the Goddess through creation, healing, and renewal; life, death, and rebirth.  Goddess-centered spirituality is resurfacing as an elixir for returning balance to our modern world.  By respecting the Earth through Goddess Gaia, healing of our world will occur through our care, honor, and respect as we care for all of earth’s beings and her elements.

This is also an opportune time to explore the following festivals:

Festival of Ishtar – Babylonian Goddess of love, fertility, war, and sexuality

Feast of Elaphebolia – Greek festival dedicated to the most popular Goddess Artemis, the mistress of animals and the wildland.  She was also known as the strong Goddess of the hunt and protectoress of women and young girls.

Continuing the theme and following Earth Day, April 23 leads us into the celebration of the Green Man who represents rebirth, and is a great time to honor the spirits of vegetation and the forests.

Take a walk in the forest, bare earth beneath your feet, plant a tree, tend to your garden, say a blessing for each morsel you eat, drink (lots of) water with reverence, concentrate on your root chakra and it’s daily connection with Gaia.  And remember, EVERY day is Gaia Day!




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April Moon

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The Moon in April is known this year as the blood moon because of the lunar eclipse – the shortest one of the century.  This month’s moon is also known as the growing moon, hare moon, and pink moon, among others.  The word April is derived from the Greek goddess, Aphrodite, also associated with the Roman goddess Venus, and is a time for unfolding leaves and flowers.  This month can house Easter as well as celebrations for Kali of India and Hathor and Bast of Egypt, and Babalonian Ishtar.  Rome honors the goddess of spring flowers with Floralia, a 3 day Festival of Flora and Venus.  April’s moon phases correlate with the following associations:

Full Moon: love, beauty, renewal, fertility

Crescent Moon:  healing, meditation, herbs, domestic arts

Dark Moon:  marriage & family, motherhood, women, the arts, prosperity, protection


April Moon Correspondences

Herbs:  geranium, basil, dragons blood, bay

Incense:  bergamont, patchouli

Trees:  pine, bay, hazel

Animals:  wolf, bear, hawk, magpie

Deities:  Kali, Bast, Hathor, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus, Ceres

Colors:  gold, red



If you first see the New Moon outside and over your right shoulder, good luck will come your way – make a wish as you look at the moon – it will be granted!



Review the correspondences for each moon phase in April above.  Chart out this year’s Full Moon, New Moon and Dark Moon (click here for chart).  Make an offering, prayer or meditation using any of the April Moon Correspondences above on the day/night of each moon phase, or one day before or after.  For those celebrating Easter this weekend pay special attention to the cycles of resurrection and renewal in your own life.


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Spring Equinox New Moon Altar Additions

Help ring in Spring by adding some color and renewed intention to your meditation altar:

Boil 2 eggs and let cool completely.  Use the natural dye ingredients below to color one green and one yellow.  Cover your altar with a light green cloth and sprinkle with fresh grass clippings.  Hold the eggs in your hand as you think of things you would like to let go in order to make room for inspiration and creativity in your life.  Place the eggs atop the grass while setting your intention for Spring.  Later partake of the eggs alone or in a salad.

Natural Green Dye:  Simmer 6 red onion skins in 2 cups of water. Strain and add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar.  Let egg soak until desired color.

Natural Yellow Dye:  Simmer approx. 3-5 carrot tops in 2 cups of water.  Strain and add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar.  Let egg soak until desired color.

Spirit renewed!

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Spring Equinox

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 Spring Equinox – Ostara

Around March 23rd. March 20, 2015

Daylight Savings has begun as the days ‘get’ longer – the return of Springtime and the Vernal Equinox when the sun enters Aries, initiating new life. This is the time of year for ‘spring cleaning’ both our external and internal environments as we make space for new life to spring forth. Mother Earth is awakening with her splendor during this time of Goddess Ostara.

This time of year is also known by many as Easter which comes from the German root ‘ostarun’ and old English ‘ester’, and is a time to celebrate new life. Easter is also known for its theme of resurrection. Among Catholics this time is known as Lady Day which is for the Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin. The Spring Equinox was also a time for the Liberian in Rome and the Roman Matronalia which celebrated the freedom of women.

So what’s up with the symbolism behind coloring eggs? In Canaan and other Semitic countries, the springtime celebrations honored Goddess Astarte and red eggs were given as gifts to family and friends. And all those bunnies? New life, growth and multiplication. This is a great time of year to honor Mother Nature by planting seeds, flowers and trees!

March Moon Correspondences

Herbs:  irish moss, High John root, broom,

Incense:  floral incenses (iris, rose, lilac, violet), dragon’s blood

Trees:  alder, dogwood, magnolia

Animals:  hare, rabbit, hedgehog, boar, cougar, sea eagle, sea crow

Deities:  Ostara, Persephone (Kore) & Demeter, Aphrodite/Venus, Freya

Stones: Ruby, Garnet

Colors: pastels, red, white, black

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