May Day & Full Moon Celebrations

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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