Archive | May 1, 2015

Merry Beltaine and Samhain

Merry Bealtaine!

May Day Bouquet

It’s May Day! 

Here in the northern hemisphere it’s May Day, the official start of spring. A time to celebrate the return of the Sun and the warm days of summer. To prepare for the growing season and the celebration of the return of life.

Known as the Festival of Fire, Beltaine honors both the union of male and female, and the return of the Sun God, Bel. By the Solar Calendar, the holiday is celebrated on May 1st. But by the Lunar Calendar it’s honored on May 6th. To learn more about this holiday, visit Beltaine: The Fire Festival.

The Old Farmers Almanac has this to say about May Day:
Ancient spring rites that related human fertility to crop fertility gave birth to most modern May Day festivities. May 1 is the traditional day to crown the May queen, dance around the maypole, perform mummers’ plays, and generally celebrate the return of spring. Although our Pilgrim fathers were horrified by these reminders of a pagan past and outlawed all such activities, the maypole dance remains an enduring event. In Great Britain, the custom of “bringing in the May” involves gathering “knots,” or branches with buds, on the eve or early morning of May 1. In England, a favorite branch is hawthorn. In Scotland and Wales, people choose the rowan, or mountain ash. In North America, we often select forsythia, lilac, or pussy willow branches to bring spring and the prospect of new life into our homes.

Making a May Day basket is also one of these fairly modern traditions that can be shared by Pagan and non-Pagan alike. One of my favorite celebration items is making a May Day bouquet. These flower filled bouquets are most often in a cone shape, hold blooming flowers of your liking and hung on the front door handle.

But what about the seasonal changes in the southern hemisphere? They’re entering into fall, not spring.  Continue reading

Next On The Ænigma Project – May Free Form Show

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The Ænigma Project – Mondays 8 PM EST
Remember we’re starting an hour earlier at 8pm. And our show will only be 1 hour.

The Ænigma Project LIVE talk radio! Stop by and listen awhile as our hosts talk about the realm of the supernatural, paranormal and share mysterious events that take place in our lives everyday. Learn a little, laugh a lot, be intrigued and maybe even get a little scared. We look beyond the surface of the news at what’s hidden beneath layers of misunderstandings, misconceptions and even some of the fear propagated in our society today.

Join Paul Cagle and his co-hosts Sushi and Springwolf as we share our research, knowledge, insight and humor of the spiritual and paranormal.

Be part of our Ænigmite Crew and play “Truth or Tale”, can you tell which stories are real or which are made up? And find out what the latest strange or unusual news item is being talked about for the week as we discuss the “News of the Day”.

You can join in the chat room to share your own perspective, ask questions for the hosts to contemplate and address. Or simply listen to the show LIVE!

You can now listen and chat on ANY page of Tenacity Radio at: Continue reading

Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: Knight of Swords – Inverted

The Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti - Knight of Swords : Inverted

The Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

Make room for the spiritual journey and expand your perspectives of righteousness. Thinking, speaking and acting superior to others based on personal beliefs is not walking the path of virtue. It closes off the heart and the ability to show compassion. Your way isn’t the only way, nor does it authorize you to degrade or disrespect the ways of others. Whither the walk is one of spirit, relationships, family or even in business other views can still get the job done. Rise up and walk the path of knowledge and wisdom through the actions of tolerance.

Additional Insight:

Swords represent Strength & Weakness, Endurance & Struggle, Respect & Animosity.

Walking the path of superiority only brings stress and strife into your life. Being virtuous means you allow others to have their own thoughts and ideas even if you don’t agree with them. As long as those ideas are respectful to life of both human and nature, you can find room to respect and tolerate.

Having a sense of superiority in spiritual belief can carry over into all aspects of your world. Relationships are harder, family dynamics are colder, even professional and work situations can become tougher.

Today and through the weekend, spend time expanding your understanding of others and the walk they tread. Learning about others doesn’t mean you will become what they are. It doesn’t mean you’re questioning your own beliefs either. It means gaining an understanding of others and maybe discovering you have more in common than you once thought. Continue reading