Holidays

A Beltane Spell

Happy Beltane to you, blessed be!

Beltane is a springtime festival, traditionally celebrated with fire. The word Beltane originates from the Celtic God “Bel” meaning “the bright one,” the Sun God Belenus. Beltane is the half way point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It honors life and birth.

Historically observed throughout Ireland and Scotland, it marks the time of year when cattle were driven out to pastures. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle and the crops for the summer. Special bonfires were lit, and it was believed that the smoke had healing powers. People would jump through the flames for protection, and they would even drive their cattle through the bonfires.

Hearths in each home would be put it out, and then re-lit, with the communal Beltane fire. People would decorate their floors and windows with May flowers. The would decorate branches with ribbons, feathers, and shells, and bring them inside for display. Dinner would be a feast, with lots of mead and cakes. Offerings are left out on the doorstep to appease the fairies. It also became customary to decorate a may bush in the community, burn it at the end of the festival, and dance around it.

The morning after the feast and the fires, it as believed that the first water drawn from the wells had special protective powers. Maidens would roll in the morning dew and rub the dew on their faces for beauty and youth. People would collect the ashes from the sacred fires, and bless themselves by dabbing their faces with the ashes. They would sprinkle the ashes on their cattle and livestock.

3 Ways to celebrate Beltane today

  1. Start your garden! The best way to honor Beltane is by making things grow, whether its a planter on your window, a vegetable garden, or some beautiful landscaping.

2. Make an altar. Pick a small space in your home, and set down a cloth. Decorate your altar with flowers (even dandelions), a candle, and symbols of fertility such as seeds, horns, or blossoms. You can add a mother goddess symbol, or draw a sigil on a piece of paper. Check out my Pinterest board on sigil magic here.

3. Have a fire. If you have a fire pit outside, have a fire under the night sky. You can even just bring a candle outside. Sit by the flame/s and mediate on mother earth and the coming of summer. Put your toes in the grass. What are you going to grow in this season? What are you going to prune out of your garden to make room for your expansion?

Let me know how you are celebrating Beltane. Until then, merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again!

Astrology and Tarot

January 17 – 23, 2019: Nine of Wands

Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride this week, with a lunar eclipse in Leo on Monday. The nine of wands is about having the courage and the resilience to cross the finish line. The man in the card stands on a stage, and he has set a very clear boundary behind him. He has one last wand to set in the ground, but it looks like he has taken a few hits already. He’s trying to muster up the strength to finish the job. The number nine represents the last challenge you must face before you reach your goal. The line of wands behind him represents setting clear boundaries for your self, and for others.

The nine of wands was the perfect card for me this week because I begin a new job next week. This week is all about tying up projects and ending the chapter on my previous position. I’m just saying, I know how this guy feels!

On Sunday, the sun enters Aquarius. Aquarius is logical, but somewhat detached. This energy will help you see things as they truly are. It will help you find solutions for the greater good of others. You’ll be more apt to stay above the emotional frays of the situation, and other people might perceive that as distance or detachment.

On Monday, we have the big lunar eclipse in Leo! This could affect us for a few days, its much stronger than a typical full moon. This will bring about some unexpected events, uncertainty about the future, feeling rushed or anxious. This is going to be your final challenge before you hit your mark, just like the nine of wands. Hang in there.

This January moon is also known as the “cold moon” and the “rowan moon.” The rowan tree is associated with some amazing mythological stories, with its leaves shaped like eagle feathers and berries like drops of blood. It is considered to be the tree from which the first woman was made, according to Norse mythology.  (read more here)

In the celtic tree calendar, this moon is associated with Brighid, the celtic goddess of hearth and home. This is a good time to clear out your baggage, possibly by decluttering your home a bit. It’s also a great time of year to perform initiations. Personally, I’m partial to some serious home cooking right now!

During this eclipse, losing sight of the moon represents the clearing away of things that are no longer serving us. Pay more attention to your home and family, be in the present moment. Stock up on fresh ingredients, and make some wholesome comfot food. Prepare to endure this last test of endurance because you’re about to hit your mark! Finish this chapter on a high note!

Here are some articles that I consulted. You can read more about these topics:

Lunar Eclipse (Astrology King)

2019 Horoscopes (Cafe Astrology)

Rowan (treesforlife.org)

The Sun in Aquarius (starslikeyou.com)

Astrology and Tarot

January 10 – 16, 2019: XI Justice

A judge sits on her throne, cloaked in red and green. The blue square on her crown represents the stability of her thoughts. The double edged swords is held firm, and upright. This shows that she has come to a decision about the matter, and realizes that there will be consequences. She is ready to face them.

The scales in her left hand remind us that intuition has a place in a logical decision making process. The Justice card is ruled by the zodiac sign Libra. Libras search for the truth and seek harmony.

Ask Justice to guide you this week, as Jupiter moves to square Neptune on Sunday. This brings a test of your faith. Perhaps you’ve been too idealistic, and it ends in some embarrassing or disappointing situation for you. This is not a time to be overly optimistic about anything, and as a result, you might feel paranoid and suspicious of others. This is totally normal. If you’re think you’re crazy, talk to a friend that you trust very much.

Sometimes you need to know when to cut your losses, even if it means compromising your pride a little bit. Trust me, I write this because I’m terrible at it! You teach best what you need to learn the most. The Justice card can help you connect with your inner guidance system, ask for her help.

If you are honest with yourself, and you do what it is right, everything will be okay. If you have been dishonest and done something that goes against your highest self, you will be judged fairly. If you are seeking justice or a decision right now, this card is a sign that it will come soon. You will be called to account for your actions in some way this week. Own your decisions!

Here are some articles I consulted on the topic:

Astrology and Tarot

November 8-14, 2018: Eight of Swords

A woman is bound and blindfolded, feeling trapped in a prison of swords. The landscape is stormy and gray, indicative of despair and depression. The comfort and peace of the castle are far away. This card represents self imposed boundaries. The ties are not very tight, the woman could free herself from her prison.

Be careful making big decisions if you’re feeling like the Eight of Swords. Your way of thinking is limited, probably because there is a perspective you haven’t uncovered yet.

This week, scholarly Jupiter enters fiery Sagittarius. This energy will increase your cultural and spiritual awareness. The Eight of Swords symbolizes an intellectual assessment of a situation.You might feel like a victim, for very valid reasons. However, it takes an emotional response to pull yourself out of the victim mentality and take back your power. The energy of Jupiter and Sagittarius will help give you a push. Call on them for confidence.

You are able to create your own opportunities and attract good fortune with your energy. Don’t be like the Eight of Swords; make your own path. It’s time to take back your power!