May’s Flower Moon

Flower Moon, Hare Moon, Merry Moon, Dyad Moon, Bright Moon, Frogs Return Moon, Sproutkale, Planting Moon, Thrimilcmonath (Thrice-Milk Month), Winnemanoth (Joy Month)

In the Pacific Northwest, May’s Full Moon arrives on May 24 at 8:25pm (Pacific Time).

Now that the weather is warming up, this is the time for planting.  Put the fertility of spring to good use and sow your seeds!

Colors: Red, orange, yellow
Gemstones: Ruby, garnet, amber, Apache tear
Trees: Hawthorn, rowan
Gods: Kali, Priapus, Cernunnos, Flora
Herbs: Cinnamon, members of the mint family
Element: Fire

PaganWiccanAbout.com – Flower Moon

© A Year And A Day (2013)

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Beltane

Beltaine, Bealtaine, May Day, May Eve, Lady Day, Roodmas, Walpurgis Night
April 30th Eve to May 1st
Cross-quarter Festival, Greater Sabbat, Fire Festival

Beltane is a fertility and fire festival that celebrates the return of spring, the sun’s warmth and nature’s abundance.  As life springs forth from the fertile earth, this is a good time for all celebrations of fertility, new ideas, and prosperity.  Beltane is associated with bonfires, Maypoles, planting, handfastings, faeries, the Green Man, Morris Dancing, flowers, birds, bees, fertility magic, passion and love!

 

© A Year And A Day (2013)

April – Wind Moon

Pagan: Wind Moon, Seed Moon, Planting Moon, Seed Moon, Growing Moon
Native American / Farmers’ Almanac:  Pink Moon, Hare Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon

In the Pacific Northwest, April’s Full Moon arrives on April 25 at 11:57 am (PST).

Nature Spirits: faeries
Herbs: basil, chives, dragon’s blood, geranium, thistle
Colors: crimson red, gold
Flowers: daisy, sweet pea
Scents: pine, bay, bergamot, patchouli
Stones: ruby, garnet
Trees: pine, bay, hazel
Animals: bear, wolf
Birds: hawk, magpie
Deities: Kali, Hathor, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus, Bast

Energy: Creating and producing, returning balance, change, self-confidence, self-reliance, taking advantage of opportunities. Work on temper and emotional flare-ups and selfishness. This is a good time for working on potential relationships, or looking at problems in existing ones.

  • At this time, the storms of March subside to the gentle breezes of April, scattering seeds and spreading life.
  • Known as the Hare Moon, the hare being a sacred animal associated with springtime and fertility in Roman legends.
  • Also known as the Pink Moon after the spring flowers that began to appear.
  • Other names were the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon (common among coastal tribes), when the fish came upstream to spawn.

PaganWiccan About.com – Wind Moon
Pagan’s Path – Full Moon Names
AngelFire – The Olde Way
Wicca – Celtic Connection
Farmers’ Almanac – Full Moon Names
Wise Witches Society – Full Moon Names

© A Year And A Day (2013)

March – Storm Moon

Pagan: Storm Moon, Chaste Moon, Plow Moon, Seed Moon, Crow Moon, Lenting/Lenten Moon, Faery Moon, Crust Moon
Native American / Farmers’ Almanac:  Worm Moon, Sap Moon

In the Pacific Northwest, March’s Full Moon arrives on March 27 at 1:27 am (PST).

Nature Spirits: Air and water beings, connected with spring rains and storms
Herbs: High John root, yellow dock, wood betony, Irish moss
Colors: pale green, violet
Flowers: daffodil, violet
Scents: honeysuckle, apple blossom
Stones: aquamarine, bloodstone
Trees: alder, dogwood
Animals: cougar, hedgehog, boar
Birds: sea crow, sea eagle
Deities: Isis, the Morrigan, Hecate, Cybele, Astarte, Athene, Minerva, Artemis, Luna, Eostre

Energy: Growing, prospering, exploring, new beginnings, balance of light and dark, breaking illusions, seeing the truth in your life. A good time for healing magick.

  • Because sap rises in March, marking the time of tapping maple trees, this full moon is called the Sap Moon.
  • Some tribes called this moon the Crow Moon because the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter.
  • Also known as the Seed Moon as it was now time for sowing.
  • Also called the Crust Moon because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night.
  • To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full moon of winter.
  • As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to soften, earthworms appear, heralding the return of the robins.

Pagan’s Path
Angel Fire
Willow Grove Magick
Wicca.com
Farmers’ Almanac

© A Year And A Day (2013)

Ostara / Spring Equinox

Ēostre, Oestara, Lady Day, Festival of Trees, Bacchanalia, Earrach, Gŵyl Ganol y Gwanwyn (Welsh), Alban Eilir/Eiler (Druid, ‘Light of the Earth’), Ostarablot (Norse)

~March 20-23

Ostara is the celebration of the vernal, or spring, equinox. It is a time to prepare for the beginnings of new life.  The hours of day and night are of equal length, with light overtaking darkness.

Ostara - Anthony Meadows - Llewellyn

Ostara roughly corresponds to the Christian Feast of Annunciation, also known as Gabrielmas, or ‘Lady Day’ in England, celebrated on March 25. Ostara is also associated with the Christian festivals of Easter, which is held on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox, and Passover, which falls on the first new moon following the vernal equinox.

Ostaras_Maiden_by_artoftheempath_DofGT

The name Ostara comes from the fertility goddess Ēostre, a Germanic deity associated with the hare and the egg, both symbols of fertility and rebirth. Ēostre is the Germanic name for the month of April, and is the namesake of the Christian festival of Easter.

Ostara Eostre

Various mythos surround this holiday. Ostara is a time of new beginnings, fertility, balance, new life, and rebirth. It is a time when the winter turns into spring, the light grows stronger and life stirs once again. As with the light, the forces of masculine and feminine energy are also in balance. In Wicca, it is thought that the young god and goddess grow into the Stag King and the Lady of the Beasts. In one version, the goddess and the god become betrothed and will consummate their relationship at Beltane. However, as Ostara is nine months to Yule, it is also thought that the goddess becomes pregnant at this time.

ostara_eggs_by_oshuna

Ostara is a time of beginnings, action, planting, feasting and socializing. It is a time to put your plans from Imbolc into action. Traditional activities surrounding this holiday include egg decorating, ringing bells, lighting new fires.

© A Year And A Day (2013), The New Pagan (2015)

Ostara – The Spring Equinox
Wiki – Ostara
Wicca.com – Ostara
Ostara

May – Flower Moon

In the Pacific Northwest, May’s Full Moon arrives on May 5 at 7:35pm (PST).

And not only that, but this month’s Full Moon is also dubbed a ‘supermoon‘.  This is because the full moon occurs at the same time of the moon’s perigee (closest distance between the Earth and the Moon).  (Apogee, as I’ve learned, is the farthest distance between the Earth and the Moon, as the moon travels along its trajectory around Earth.)  The moon will seem as much as 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than other full moons this year (1).  Sounds like a great time to do both energy work and moon gazing!

MAY – FLOWER MOON
Pagan: Flower Moon, Merry Moon, Dyad Moon, Bright Moon, Hare Moon
Native American / Farmers’ Almanac:  Flower Moon, Corn Planting Moon, Milk Moon

Nature Spirits: faeries, elves
Herbs: dittany of Crete, elder, mint, rose, mugwort, thyme, yarrow
Colors: green, brown, pink
Flowers: lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom
Scents: rose, sandalwood
Stones: emerald, malachite, amber, carnelian
Trees: hawthorn
Animals: cats, lynx, leopard
Birds: swallow, dove, swan
Deities: Bast, Venus, Aphrodite, Maia, Diana, Artemis, Pan, Horned God

Energy: Full creating energy, propagation, intuition, contact with faeries and other supernatural beings. Strengthen connection with supernatural protectors and beings around you. A good time for working on commitments, both in spirit and love.

  • Flowers come into full bloom and corn is ready to plant.
  • Dyad moon (the Latin word for a pair) refers to the twin stars of the constellation of Castor and Pollux.

Pagan’s Path
Angel Fire
Willow Grove Magick
Wicca.com
Farmers’ Almanac