May Handcrafted Faves

Peony Frills by Fizz Studio
Rose City Handmade Soap by Haus of Gloi
Green Plant Print Set by Instant Graphics
Calendula Flower Tea Bath by Era Dans L’Herbe
Red Fox Necklace by Hand Painted Jewelry Co
Bee Spirit Pagan Prayer Beads by The Wytch of the North
Refillable Hand Tooled Leather Journal by Amanita Grove

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Month of the Hawthorn

It is coming to the end of the Celtic month of Huath, the Hawthorn. In the Celtic calendar, there are thirteen months, each month with a presiding tree. Between May 13, and June 9, the Hawthorn’s energies encourage us to clear away bad habits, and the cobwebs that collect in our spirituality.

Latin Name:
crataegus oxyacantha

Parts Used:
wood, branches, berries, seeds, flowers, leaves

Herbal Usages:
The berries are used in cardiac tonics for organic (the heart is inflamed or deformed) and functional (the heart does not act as it should) heart troubles.
A tea made from the leaves and blossoms aids in anxiety, poor circulation, and appetite  loss. The tea made of only the leaves can act as substitute for oriental green tea.
The seeds can be roasted and used like coffee.
The flowers and berries are astringent so can be used to make a decoction (mashing, then boiling herbs to extract their chemical substances).

Associations:
Night Crow; black; Lapis Lazuli; masculine; Mars; fire; Beltane; sacred to the Fairies; guardians of wishing wells in Ireland; one of nine woods placed on the Balefire

Magickal Workings:
As stated above, a good month to clear yourself of the negative and stagnant. It’s a inner-self spring cleaning month.
Used for protection, love and marriage, health and prosperity, fertility, chastity, purification, inner journeys, purity, fishing magic(k), male potency, intuition, happiness, cleansing and female sexuality.
It is one of the tree Fairy triad of Britain. If you see Hawthorn, Oak and Ash growing together, you may see Fairies. You should also never cut a blooming Hawthorn, as it is said that it may make the Fairies angry. It is also said that if you sit under a Hawthorn tree in the month of May, you may be lost forever to the mysterious Fairy world.
Still today in Ireland and Wales, people create braided crowns of Hawthorn blossoms and leave them for the Fairies to dance around at night. The crafter of the crown will then be blessed.
For men, the blossom has a strong smell of female sexuality, and has therefore been used in talismans of fertility and sexuality.
Hawthorn is also used in flying ointments.

Early Beltane morning, a lady wishing to remain beautiful for the rest of the year should go to a Hawthorn tree and bathe in its dew while chanting the following:

The fair maid, who on the first of May,
Goes to the fields at the break of day

And bathes in the dew of the Hawthorn tree,
Will ever strong and handsome be.”

Because of its strong ties to witchcraft, it is a favourite tree of us witchy peoples to use for brooms (besoms) and wands. When you want to take wood from a Hawthorn tree, it is best to do on Beltane (May 1), as taking any other day is bad luck. Also, picking Hawthorn’s flowers before the first week of May also brings horrible luck, “a sign that death is on its way if brought into the house.”

Taurus & Happy Birthday to Me!

 

Taurus - Olga Kostenko

Taurus – Olga Kostenko


Well, folks, today is the day that I have completed 23 turns around the sun. I am quite optimistic for the coming year! Not only will I finally be going to school for singing (operatic of course!), the man and I will be moving out to British Columbia for me to do it! It is quite an exciting time indeed! 🙂

Alright, so what I thought I would write about today, is the Zodiac sign of Taurus!

Taurus

Dates: April 20-May 20

Animal: The Bull

Element: Earth

Planet: Venus

Associated Body Parts: The throat, voice, vocal chords

Bull Gods:
Dionysus (Greek), Apis (Egyptian), Tarvos Trigaranus (Celtic/Gaulish), Moloch (Canaan/Modern day Isreal, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories and parts of Jordan, Syria and Northeastern Egypt)

Characteristics of a Taurean:
Steadfast, stubborn, stable, grounded, enjoys the finer things in life, loves the arts and anything of beauty, attraction to material things for their beauty and what they offer the senses.