Significant dates from ancient folklore; timings given are UK time (GMT+1)
Wednesday 1st Mayis May Day andBeltane - a Celtic word meaning 'fires of Bel' (Bel was a Celtic deity). It is a fire festival that celebrates the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year. Celtic festivals often tied in with the needs of the community. In springtime, at the beginning of the farming calendar, everybody would be hoping for a fruitful year for their fields and hence also their families. Beltane rituals would often include courting: for example, young men and women collecting blossoms in the woods and lighting fires in the evening. These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately in the coming summer or autumn.
Wednesday 1st Maywas the annual Roman Festival ofBona Dea. In Roman mythology, Bona Dea (literally "the good goddess") was the goddess of fertility, healing, virginity, and women. She was the daughter of the god Faunus and was associated with supplying medicinal healing herbs in her temple garden. Bona Dea was also invoked for freedom from slavery; many of her worshippers were freed slaves and plebeians, and many were women seeking aid in sickness or for fertility. This Festival was celebrated by women only!
Saturday 4th May is Beltane Dark Moon @ 23.47. This New Moon Abundance ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon.
Saturday 4th May, in 2019, is also the festival of theVeneration of the Thorn at which the Hawthorn is honoured. This is a festival of modern origin that may have been adapted from the Night ofLunantisidhe on Thursday 16th May, honouring the fairy spirits of Hawthorns (whitethorns as opposed to the blackthorns venerated at Samhain). Holy bushes and trees marking sacred places and wells are acknowledged and new scraps of cloth are tied to their branches.
Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May is the the ETA Aquarid Meteor Shower. Predominantly, this is a pre-dawn shower, that is one where the meteors may occur in the dark hour before dawn. Image of the radiant point is taken from the EarthSky Website.
The new Moon close to midnight on 4th May guarantees a darker sky.
The best display will rain down on the mornings of the 5th (especially favourable because of the New Moon) and 6th May - just before dawn - but it's worth looking out for them on the morning of the 7th as well.
Sunday 5th May, Ramadan Begins at midnight. Ramadan is the Islamic remembrance of the reception of the divine revelation by Muhammad as recorded in the Qur'an. Complete fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset for 30 days, until Tuesday 4th June.
Thursday 9th Mayis the Roman Festival ofLemuria. This involves a ritual by the Master (or Mistress) of the House with nine black beans(!) to honour theLemures – spirits of those who died unnatural or violent deaths. I wondered if it was connected also to the ancient land of Lemuria and a possible belief by the Romans that the land may have been destroyed violently (legend says that, like Atlantis, a disaster such as volcanic eruption or flood caused its destruction).
Tuesday 14th May is the Egyptian Celebration known as the Panegyric of Isis, when Aset (isis) found Asar (Osiris) and duly celebrated. Offerings of wine, bread and milk are made and traditionally Auset is praised for her gifts. It is a happy time for celebrating quests in life.
Wednesday 15th Mayis the Ancient Roman Ceremony ofArgei.At this festival, 27human-shaped bundles of rushes, known as Argei are carried in an anti-clockwise procession through the city; possibly in a ritual undertaken as a substitute for human sacrifice. Finall, the Vestal Virgins throw theArgei into the River Tiber from the Bridge of Sublicius.
Thursday 16th May, honouring the fairy spirits of hawthorns. Holy bushes and trees marking sacred places and wells are acknowledged and new scraps of cloth are tied to their branches.
Saturday 18th May @ 22.11 is Full Moon (Blue Moon - third Full Moon in a season with four Full Moons). Between Full Moon and the next New Moon is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body. Click here for Angela McGerr's Full Moon Meditation with Gabriel.
Friday 24th Mayis the Romani and ChristianFestival of the Three Marys at Sainte-Maries-de-la-Mar, on the south coast of France. Here landed Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacob (the sister ofOur Lady) and Mary Salome (mother of James and John). A local Chieftain, Sara the Kali, had a vision of their arrival and by spreading her cloak over the rough sea ensured their safe arrival.
Monday 27th May is the Spring Bank Holiday Monday in the UK this year.
Wednesday 29th May is the English Folk Festival ofOak Apple Day; held in honour of oak trees after Charles II escaped from Cromwell’s army by hiding in an oak tree. Oak leaves are worn until midday.
Celestial Forecast is compiled by Joanna Bristow-Watkins of Harmony Healing, using many sources but notably the Moonwise Calendar. Whilst considerable effort is made to ensure accuracy, this is not an exact science and sources are sometimes contradictory!
Joanna is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. She escorts occasional Private Access tours to Stonehenge (and to Avebury on the same day) plus occasional Harmony Journey Sacred Site Tours to Egypt, Ireland and UK from time-to-time. She also runs various Meet-up groups in London and Surrey and the London & Surrey Alchemists Facebook Group.
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