Moonthly Lunar Report | New Moon in Taurus: Entering the Honey Moon Cycle

Moonthly Lunar Report | New Moon in Taurus: Entering the Honey Moon Cycle

Happy New Moon!

We are entering the Honey Moon Cycle. Spring is continuing to unfold here in the northern hemisphere.

We experience the first Lunar Eclipse of the year this month too. We also experience a both Saturn and Mercury retrogrades during this cycle. This can make for a tumultuous month!

Eclipses and retrogrades always have a way of shaking things up to help us better see how we can reach our goals.

Love and romance is front and center this week as Venus enters Gemini on the 9th. You may be feeling more flirty and ready to date or just explore your sexuality and sensuality. Be curious and allow Venus and your heart to guide you.

This New Moon in Taurus on May 11th is a great time to set intentions around self-love and anything you want to invoke in your relationships or dating life. This can further bring in a harmonious flow in your relationships.

The Honey Moon cycle is very common for marriages and kindling romance so allow this cycle to open your heart to new depths and connections in your relationships and be open to any new ones that come along your way. 

Read full article at: Spirit de la Lune ~ New Moon in Taurus | Entering the Honey Moon Cycle

Energies of May, New Moon, Full Moon Eclipse, the Influence of Taurus, Negotiating Ongoing Change

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The month of May in the northern hemisphere is traditionally associated with the power of the feminine goddess and the beginning of summer, both of which are celebrated at the Celtic festival of Beltane on May 1st each year.

This year May has got off to a somewhat cold and windy start with weather rather more reminiscent of early March than anything approaching summer. Despite this our garden and the countryside around us is resplendent with blossom and new vibrant green growth. Some warm sunshine would now be most welcome so that we can properly start in on the important summer job of mother tincture making.

The Energies of May

May promises to be a powerful and eventful month with a volatile energy flow that will highlight the themes of freedom and transformation.

Events are likely to be fast moving and possibly unexpected in nature so it will be important…

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May Birthstone: What did Cleopatra know that you don’t? Find out here — Good Witches Homestead

Emerald, the May birthstone, has an ancient history connected to physical and psychic vision, as well as the heart, unconditional love, and compassion. Worn by the epitome of feminine beauty, Cleopatra, the May birthstone is durable enough for all types of jewelry and suits any budget. Source: May Birthstone: What did Cleopatra know that you […]

May Birthstone: What did Cleopatra know that you don’t? Find out here — Good Witches Homestead

Sacred Trees in the Americas: Flowering Dogwood (Cornus Florida) Magic, Medicine, and Mythology

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With the advent of Beltane, it is an excellent time to share about the magic and sacredness of the dogwood tree–a tree that is in bloom across the landscape this time of year. I feel like dogwood is one of those trees that everyone knows, but nobody takes the time to know well.  In all of my time in the druid community, when people talk about their favorite trees, I don’t think I’ve ever heard dogwood mentioned.  She’s a quiet and unassuming understory tree, and after her spring show of white or pink bracts and yellowish tiny flowers, she fades into the rest of the forest.  And yet, in studying her medicine and ecology, we can gain so much from this wonderful tree.

Dogwood is a popular tree here in North America, both as a native tree found in the understories and edges of Oak-Hickory forests throughout its wide range…

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May 2021 Astrological Influences & Ritual Recommendations

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We welcome May with the Gaelic celebration of Beltane, which marks the beginning of Mother Earth entering a new cycle of growth, fertility, and abundance. Although I do not practice or observe any Pagan or Wiccan/New Age holidays or rites, I do honor this blessed day by creating an abundant ritual altar of candles and flowers.    May 3rd, 2021: Last Quarter Moon in Aquarius will bring a strong desire for solitude. Sensitives and those developing their third eye will feel overloaded with psychic messages. Anxiety often heightens during this time. Excellent time to physically and spiritually cleanse the home. The combination of Agrimony Powder and Wormwood Powder illuminates and cleanses all surroundings. This nearly smokeless method of cleansing will be very satisfying under the influences of this Last Quarter Moon. More information and instructions can be found on the Smokeless “Smudge” Kit page.   If

Source: May 2021 Astrological Influences & Ritual Recommendations

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Beltane Gardening Rituals: Garden Blessings, Standing Stones, and Energy Workings

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Here in the Laurel Highlands of Western PA, Beltane marks the start of “planting” season, where we move our indoor seeds out into the greenhouse to harden off, where many seeds like carrots and beans start to go into the ground directly, and where the land is budding and blooming with the joy that spring offers.  And so in today’s post, I’m going to share some Beltane spring garden blessing ideas for you, as you can craft your own sacred “druid’s garden”.

One of our amazing sacred gardens here at the Druid's Garden Homestead! One of our amazing sacred gardens here at the Druid’s Garden Homestead!

The concept of “blessing” is quite wide-ranging.  In the broadest sense, a garden blessing is any working that offers positive energy and protection to a growing space for a season, ensuring your plants a bountiful harvest, long life, and joyful existence.  Blessings can be extremely wide-ranging and pretty much anything you do can have some positive…

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Druid Tree Workings: Cutivating Recpiprocity

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White spruce resin, locally harvested from my land Norway spruce resin, harvested  with honor and reciprocity from the land

When I was still quite young, my grandfather used to take me and my cousins into the deep forest behind our house and teach us many things about nature.  One of the fun things he taught us, for example, was that you could use spruce gum or white pine resin not only as a chewing gum (something that gave us endless enjoyment) but also to cover over a cut to help heal it or draw out a splinter or stinger. I remember once day we were walking in the woods and I fell on the ground and scraped my knee quite badly on a rock.  He went to a nearby spruce tree and got some of the sticky resin, then carefully spread it on my knee and covered it with a tulip poplar leaf.  The resin stuck the leaf…

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Sacred Trees in the Americas – Spruce (Picea glauca, Picea pungens, Picea spp.)

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The beautiful blue spruce looking across the landscape The beautiful blue spruce looking across the landscape on a mountain in Western PA

When I lived in a walkable small town, what drew me every day was a line of beautiful blue spruce trees. Right around the corner from my house, they were on my daily walking commute to work.  We used to say hello and do an energy exchange each day. One day that following summer, I watched as the city landscaping people came through and ruthlessly cut them back away from the power lines (they were not growing even close to the lines) and I held space for the trees. Over the next few months, those trees began to heal, and they produced copious amounts of amazing tree resin as a first line of defense.  In the years that followed, eventually, the resin grew hard and the trees invited me to harvest small amounts that could be…

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New Moon in Aries | Entering The Flower Moon Cycle

New Moon in Aries | Entering The Flower Moon Cycle | Spirit de la Lune

Happy New Moon in Aries!

This is our first New Moon of the spring season. The Aries energy offers us a chance to make a brave new start. To some, this might feel like a second chance.

This new moon is also in the middle of a Mars trine with Jupiter which brings in opportunities for abundance, good fortune, and positive energy.

We witness the Flower Moon during this cycle, and throughout the month of April we will feel more of the grounding Taurus energy take over. Though, the energy amps up a bit as we experience our first retrograde since February! This may cause many of us to undergo what feels like a transformation or rebirth.

Each new moon, using our planners and decks we put together the Moonthly Lunar Report to help us navigate the new moon cycle ahead.

A new moon in Aries ignites our imaginations and inspires us to be bold and daring with our intentions, giving us the energy needed to act on our goals.

Set an intention that challenges you to rise up and to grow and watch how much you truly do grow and expand this moon cycle! The new moon week is all about new beginnings and really visualizing new possibilities and opportunities that are available.

On the 13th the Sun sextiles Mars, who is the ruler of Aries, so this transit can really help illuminate your dreams and intentions and bring them into focus! This gives you a boost in your confidence, self esteem and courage.

This new moon is also in the middle of a Mars trine with Jupiter which brings positive energy, abundance and good fortune with it. This can also help you break free from the rut you may have been feeling while helping you make clear intentions you know you can follow through on.

Read complete article at: Spirit de la Lune ~ New Moon in Aries | Entering The Flower Moon Cycle

Druid Tree Workings: Finding and Working with Grandmother Trees

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The Ancient Maple - An Elder of the Land The Ancient Maple – Grandmother Tree.  This grandmother lives in a middle of a rock pile.  the three branching trunks signify she may have been cut at one time and regrew. Grandmothers can be stubborn!

A grandmother is a really special person. I remember going to my grandmother’s house when I was a little girl–it was literally my favorite place to go. My grandmother and I would go to the thrift store and buy used clothing, then spend the morning sewing doll clothes and repurposing those old clothes for amazing new clothes for me–skirts that swirled out wide and colorfully printed tops.  We’d go out into the garden and pick herbs, and she’d cook up an incredible pot of mushroom soup.  She was full of generosity and love and always fostered my creativity and joy.  My other grandmother was quite different–she was a bit of a firecracker, sassy and short-tempered…

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