Once again, I am excited to share the influences of the celestial dance for May, through the lens of our Star Child Natasha with a few highlights. I am including the spiritual aspects of what we will be moving through and how to utilize the gifts of these powerful lunations through the teachings of the ancestors.
May 1, 2022 – Beltane – Northern Hemisphere
The word ‘Beltane’ translates as ‘bright fire’ and, is one of the most important rituals. Today in a modern festival, the magick occurs with the lighting of the Beltane bonfire. Fire was seen as a purifier and healer and would have been walked around, danced around and jumped over by the members of the community. Beltane is a celebration of the union of souls, the union of minds, and the union of bodies. The earth mother calls her progeny to replenish the earth. Flowers are used to decorate hair and baskets are gifted to celebrate life. Bonfires or candles spark the sacred fire of union and fertility. Those who followed the Earth Religion would light the Beltane fires on hilltops to bring the sun’s light down to earth. Earth was awakening from her long winter nap. The flowers are in bloom and the world feels alive again. This is the third of three festivals and celebrations between the winter solstice and the summer solstice. A time when joy fills your body, mind, and spirit, the colors become brighter, and you see the best in everyone. This is a time to cast away all worries and the doubts you collected over the wintertime replacing them with dreams and desires. I love this time of the wheel turning and have posted a Beltane ritual for those who wish to celebrate and call in the magick. Click Here. For those who would like to experience more magick I have also created Honeybee Talismans that have been charged in the Spring Equinox celebration and will be blessed in sacred ceremony during Beltane.
Honey Bee Talisman – A charm to bring sweetness, abundance and opportunity into your life – $25.00 plus shipping. Included in the talisman:
- Honey Bee Charm – bees are known as Master manifestors in the world of alchemy. Bees spiritually represent fertility, birth, growth, new beginnings, and new life. Bees remind us that our dreams are just beneath the surface of our reality, waiting to blossom and shine for the world to see.
- Mugwort – is a magickal plant that opens the third eye, and our ability to access our deepest intuition.
- Honeysuckle – Honeysuckle is cultivated for good luck and prosperity. It can be added to all spells to add a touch of sweetness. Like most heady florals, Honeysuckle has folkloric associations with psychic vision and dreaming.
- Vervain – Charms made of vervain are believed to attract money,
- Honeybee Oil – Helps one move through old issues of insecurities, feeling of separation and Self-doubt restoring the sweetness of life.
- Copal – associated with the fulfillment of dreams, goals, and ideals. It helps to remove emotional blockages. It is good for yin/yang balance, memory, calming, and intellect.
If you would like to order one, please contact Guy at [email protected].
May 1, 2022 Hekate conjunct North Node
Last month, on April 1st, Hekate, the Goddess of Crossroads, aligned with Uranus, the planet of change. Hekate is also known as the Titaness of Magick and possesses divine authority and absolute control over magick, and sorcery. Her magick is weak in the daytime but very strong at night. This alignment in April created a significant moment to check in with your inner guidance to see how you were progressing in the first few months of 2022. Insight was gifted in taking the next steps in our lives. The next Hekate alignment on May 1st will provide again an opportune moment to check in. Hekate will align with the North Node, which represents our way forward and our paths of destiny this lifetime. The May alignment is a continuation of the April one and will support us further to courageously make choices from the heart that leads to our joy. Meditation on this day and connecting in with Hekate and your heart may be profound on gaining clarity about your path forward at this time. Our journey to the sacred blue waters of Bimini begins this day to commune with the dolphin. I find the timing divinely perfect and the knowing that we are all exactly where we are meant to be always. Delays happen for a reason; sudden changes occur for our highest good providing an opportunity to surrender into the moment. A lesson I have been gifted with daily for years. It seems every time I think I am meant to go right, a roadblock appears, and I am guided to the left. Frustrating at times but when I surrender, I always find it was in my highest and best good.
I have learned much from the spirit of my neighborhood Willow Tree and wanted to share that wisdom. Sitting in stillness with grandmother willow offers much when sharing its sacred wisdom with the human who takes the time to listen. The leaves represent balance, harmony, and growth as we experience the storms we face and life challenges. The willow tree gives us hope and a sense of belonging. Willow provides the ability to let go of pain and suffering so we can grow. We need to remember, a big part of our purpose in this world is to learn, grow, and evolve through challenging times of adversity. The willow tree is capable of bending in outrageous poses without snapping. We as humans can do the same on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. We must remain open to learning what life is teaching us. Not fighting life every time something doesn’t go as expected. Be fluid with your ever-changing reality, surrender more, and by doing so, you’ll notice yourself healing and growing into a wiser, braver, and more enlightened soul. Be willing to bend, and even to yield. There is power in doing this by choice rather than feeling it is imposed upon you. As Hekate governs true magick, working with the elements and nature, call upon her presence through the willow tree to receive guidance.
May 10, 2022 Mercury goes Retrograde
Mercury will go retrograde in Gemini, which is the sign that Mercury rules. This shows that what Gemini represents will be amplified during this retrograde period. Gemini is the sign of communication, the voice, the mind, paradox, and duality. At the exact time of this Mercury retrograde, Mercury will only be in aspect to two planets. Mercury will square Juno and the moon. As Juno is the Goddess of Marriage and Commitment, communication in relationships during this Mercury retrograde will be highlighted. The Moon represents emotions. Being aware of the words we say and how we say them to those we are in relationships with (emphasizing relationships with significant others, friendships with an emotional tie, and business partnerships), especially if emotions are running high, can be very beneficial during this Mercury retrograde period. It is also important to remember that communication encompasses both speaking and listening. Truly listening is oftentimes the key to clearing up any misunderstandings. With any Mercury retrograde, expect the unexpected. Going with the flow and allowing space for change can help ease any stress that may be felt.
May 10, 2022 Jupiter enters Aries
Jupiter, the planet of optimism, expansion, abundance, and wisdom enters Aries, the sign of action, spontaneity, and trying new things. When Jupiter goes into Aries, the wisdom is courageous expansion. How can we expand past our limitations and unapologetically be exactly who we are? It is important to note, Mercury will be going retrograde on the same day that Jupiter enters Aries, which indicates staying grounded and in the moment is important. This point is emphasized further as Aries’s shadow rules impulsivity and Jupiter will expand in any direction it’s focused on. Be sure to pause, revisit, and review any decisions, especially big decisions that seem to come out of the blue, will help us to stay grounded, centered, and embodied during the boost in action-oriented energy that Jupiter in Aries provides. Lastly, Jupiter will be in Aries from May 10th until October 27th when he retrogrades back into Pisces for two months. So, be sure to pay attention to what comes up for you from May until October, especially with things like opportunities, personal growth, spirituality, and changes in perspective, as these may be themes you will be exploring further when Jupiter officially goes into Aries for a year on December 20, 2022.
May 15th/16th – Full moon Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio
West Coast: May 15, 2022 @9:13pm
East Coast: May 16, 2022 @12:13am
Scorpio is the sign of release, transformation, and regeneration. A lunar eclipse has the energy of an amplified full moon, and a full moon represents clarity and completion. The South Node will be activated during this lunar eclipse, which can bring up memories, situations, and people from the past. One of the tightest aspects this eclipse will be making is a square to Saturn. This dynamic highlights, that we are all at a turning point. Do we continue holding onto things that are holding us back or do we make the choice to release the things that are causing struggle, conflict, and strife both in our external lives and in our internal worlds? Although a square to Saturn can bring potent energy, at the time of the exact eclipse, the moon will harmoniously aspect the two rulers of the Scorpio sign, Mars, and Pluto. This means that although Scorpio and the full moon can bring intensity, this lunar eclipse is supporting our evolution, both collectively and personally, by allowing us to clearly see what it is that we need to let go of to make space for the new that is coming into our lives. The Goddess closely associated with Scorpio is Hades, the Goddess of the Underworld. She represents the mysterious powers revealing hidden secrets and passion. For those who are members of our online subscription series I have posted a ritual to support the journey of choices in the potency of this lunation. Click Here
May 30th – New Moon in Gemini.
The new moon will be making an aspect to three goddess asteroids Pandora, Juno, and Eris. Like many goddess myths, Pandora’s myth has shifted throughout time. In her myth that is more commonly known today, Pandora was the first woman created out of clay by Zeus. Later, she was given a box and was told not to open it, however, curiosity won out and she opened the box. From the box poured the ills of man. Pandora is viewed as the one that caused the downfall of humanity. However, in Pandora’s pre-patriarchal myth, the box she had was a cornucopia of blessings and miracles she would give out freely. Pandora’s name in Greek means “all gifts.” So, this new moon can help us to identify the stories and/or excuses that have been holding us back in any way, which can help to finally release us from the burden of carrying these stories. Further, this new moon also highlights Juno, the Goddess of Commitment and Eris, the Goddess of Discord and Chaos, which indicate that there may be stories we have committed to telling ourselves time and again out of fear, habit, or comfort that keep us small and dim our light. These stories may even create havoc or distress either externally or internally in our lives. With that, the moon, Pandora, Juno, and Eris are inviting us to really acknowledge our stories that have been filled with ills, so they can be released, to create room for new stories that are filled with cornucopias of blessings. I have posted a new moon ritual to work with the positive aspects of Pandora, opening to receive her blessings and the miracles available to us as we navigate into the dark moon. Click Here
A very special note of gratitude to Natasha for sharing her vast wealth of astrological insight as to what May offers. If you are interested in what the wisdom of the planets holds for you, I highly recommend an astrological reading with Natasha. She can be reached at [email protected].
Be gentle with yourself as we continue to navigate through these times of uncertainty. Use these gifts from the celestial heavens to guide your journey. Find your courage and embrace your magnificence.
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