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Book of Shadows: As the Wheel Turns

May, 2019

May – Blessed Beltane

Blessed
Beltane! May your fields be well watered, may you never thirst, and
may you never hunger. This time of year, makes me happy as I watch
everything coming from the earth in full bloom while love and
kindness are awakening from the long winter scowls and slowly turning
into deliberate smiles. We are all warming up! Finally. And, along
with the warmth returning, the Green Man emerges. The King Stag
comes in search of the Maiden. The need fires burn and the flames of
passion are fanned. It’s time to sow the seeds we have carefully
nurtured during the dark days from Samhain to Yule and planted at
Imbolc.

As
Beltane approaches, I find myself drawn by the Divine Masculine. I
have only one Matron who I venerate, yet the pull toward being
thankful for the Divine Masculine has its place in my walk. I chant
the masculine chants to pay homage to that Divine Force and I place
move my athame to a focal position on my Beltane ritual altar. I
seek and strive to find balance, reinforcing my connection to the
Divine Masculine and the beauty and the commitment of The Great Rite.

The
first week of May, I wanted to convey the spirit of the Divine
Masculine and utilize this space to journal every day about the
aspects of the Divine Masculine, the Horned God, the King Stag in my
everyday life and workings. It was a layout that I challenged myself
to complete without influence of others. I did not rely on graphics
that I found on the internet. Instead, I carefully birthed the
Greenman. He looks here in my first week layout as the Greenman who
resides in my heart, the one who beckons me to sow the seeds that I
have nurtured.

Of
course, May Day/Beltane, really the entire month of May, would not be
complete without a dance around the May Pole and the beauty of the
fae. Spring and the planting season, to me, are a combination of
fun, frivolity, and making merry. The happier I am when my hands are
in the soil, the happier the energy I am putting into my crops. Seed
work this year has been difficult and this layout is helping me to
see that even flowers grow through dirt and “difficulty” is not
“impossibility.”

As
mid-May approaches, I am drawn toward the growth of the seeds that I
have planted, which brings my thoughts to the Great Rite. Love
blossoming, seeds being planted, new life emerging. All of these
acts of love and commitment are in some form a symbolic “Great
Rite.” I utilized washi on the bottom that reads “HELLO” and
in my view, the inflection when reading that washi tape is
everything! It varies from “HELLOOO?” to “HELLO!” and I’m
practicing noticing the smaller details more and more…hoping this
makes me use the latter more than the former!

This
Spring is a busy one for me, spiritually, as I am doing things that I
had previously only dreamed about doing. I am facing the stark
reality, in my Crone years, that in this life we have one of two
things…we either have results or we have reasons. I am reflecting
on a lifetime of reasons and a lot of results. It is not time to put
those results into action and have them far outweigh the reasons.
This final layout in May is not devoid of graphics because I’m
being lazy, rather, it is devoid of graphics because I plan to do
that on the last week of every month to utilize this space to pull
the energies from the weeks prior into the final week and keep track
of my accomplishments. This is the beauty of using a planner as a
working BOS, I can change it up to suit my needs.

I
wish you all a bountiful harvest!

RESOURCES:

MAMBI® CHP Extension Packs

May Monthly and Weekly Stickers by Shirley Lenhard are free at the Pagan Plannertarium

May
Cover Page – Repurposed Birthday Card

Miscellaneous
Washi tapes: Available at Michael’s and other craft retailers

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About
the Author:

Shirley
Lenhard
has
been a practicing Witch and a Pagan since 1983 and lives in New
England with her husband. She is employed full time in the legal
field and has her Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of
South Florida. Shirley looks forward to living her best possible life
by giving back to the Pagan Community and has created the Facebook
group “Pagan
Plannertarium
” where she provides a safe home for fellow pagans
to have discussions about their path and to get free planner stickers
and layouts. Shirley is a past writer for Llewellyn Publishing and
The Peace Paper.

Book Review – Daily Spellbook for the Good Witch: Quick, Simple and Practical Magic for Every Day of the Year by Patti Wigington

January, 2018

Daily Spellbook for the Good Witch: Quick, Simple and Practical Magic for Every Day of the Year”

 

 

by Patti Wigington

Published by Sterling Ethos

Published: 2017

Pages: 385

Begin a year and a day of witching with the help of the “Daily Spellbook for the Good Witch.” Starting with January’s themes of new beginnings and going though December’s focus on winter’s darkness, High Priestess, Wicca expert and author Patti Wigington presents 366 spells for seasons, moons and astrological signs. Included are spells for protection, abundance, gratitude, blessings and divination.

While she notes at the beginning of the book that people often think you need a lot of supplies to do spell work – you don’t. Knowing others may think differently, I like that she points out you can do a lot of magic with things you find around you. Many of the spells I read required very little. For instance, the King Frost Snow Spell for Neighborhood Harmony required you to make snowmen while chanting, and adorn each with sticks for arms, a carrot for the nose, and whatever hats or scarves were handy. A spell to find new friends calls for nine seashells and an orange candle.

Wigington’s spells use batteries and a piece of red fabric to jump start your love life; and silver paper, a pen and mugwort for dreams to answer a question; and crayons and a new coloring book for creative thinking. She’ll tell you how to make a nine-piece divination set from painted rocks and prosperity poppets out of gingerbread dough.

None of the spells are long and involved, so it would be possible to set aside 5 to maybe 20 minutes and do a spell a day. Some may not resonate for you – not everyone needs a spell to gain professional respect, male potency or to pass a test. I wouldn’t personally recommend the love spells, including one to bring back a lover who has strayed or the Stay With Me Spell because they interfere with someone else’s freewill, and I don’t know that I’d bring a firefly into the house to help me find a lost object.

There were many, however, I did like. One is the Spell to Bless a Freshly Planted Garden presented on May 29 in conjunction with the old agricultural festival of Ambarvalia, Wigington instructs you to mix equal parts milk, honey and wine in a bowl and walk around your garden clockwise, using your fingers to sprinkle the mixture on the soil while saying, “Honey for the bees, wine for the Divine and milk for growth in this garden of mine.”

This book will easily help you bring more magic into your life, and there’s no reason it can’t be used a second or third time, or serve as a reference for the spells you found most successful. It could also be gifted to a new witch every year, made more personal if you jotted notes in the margins.

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.