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Wreathing the Wheel

May, 2019

Beltane, the Maypole, Interweaving

For
May, I’d like to talk about Beltane and the processing of weaving.
If you’re familiar with the Celtic holiday of Beltane, then you
already know that this holiday is often celebrated with a decoration
that serves as ritual, dance, entertainment, and more: the Maypole.
While the exact symbolism of the Maypole is disputed, it is generally
considered to be a magical appeal for fertility, power, and
transformative forces coming together. In the Tarot, this process may
be symbolized by the Lovers in the Major Arcana, or the Four of Wands
in the Minor Arcana: different forces coming together in a
celebratory act to create something entirely new.

For
the monthly spread for May, I decided to use a simple Maypole theme
to help me consider and incorporate this theme into my month. It’s
very easy to accomplish a beautiful look with very little effort with
this kind of a theme — just pick out your favorite rainbow-colored
set of pens, and have fun making curls! But I also wanted to consider
the theme of the Maypole and extend it in a more contemplative and
spiritual way in my own life. This exercise may seem like an odd one
for a bullet journal — especially since bullet journals are usually
geared towards organization and lists — but I wanted to explore the
idea of interweaving themes of life with the interweaving ribbons of
the Maypole. If you’re looking to journal spiritually, you may
enjoy doing a similar type of exercise.

While I’m only working part-time, I have a lot going on these days: I do freelance art and design, I write articles for my own blog and PaganPagesOrg, I’m designing a Tarot deck and writing a book to go with it, I’m growing an extensive garden with various types of seeds, I’m making herbal medicine, I’m learning sewing, I’m studying chemistry, I’m cooking lighter, I have a new puppy I’m training… lately it seems that I’m doing a lot of things, but they’re all going in different directions! 

For
this theme, I decided to list out a bunch of the different things
that I’m trying to accomplish in shorthand: train the new puppy,
make sure he gets nails regularly trimmed, bathed; work on my Tarot
deck, book, drawing… etc. What your list contains will certainly be
unique to you, and there are lots of different ways to organize it,
but I decided to use color symbolically in this theme: health
concerns are blue, money matters are orange, my gardening goals are
green, and so on. Many different types of color associations could be
used in this way, and they are all sure to be beautiful! 

This
felt like an unusual exercise for me, because it felt like
anti-organization to take all the themes in my life and scatter them
to the wind in this way. But it also helped me see my own activities
in a new way, and I would encourage anyone who wants to see their
interweaving lives to give this a try. If nothing else, you might
gain a new appreciation for just how much you have on your
plate!

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About
the Author:

Sarah
McMenomy
is
an artist and witch. Her craft incorporates herbalism, spellwork,
trance, divination, auras, and more. Her work can be found at
https://sarahmcmenomy.tumblr.com