I must confess that when Sookie Stackhouse discovered that she was a faerie on the TV series True Blood, I let out an audible groan. I was O.K. with sexy vampires and werewolves but, faeries? I just wasn’t feeling it! All kidding aside, May is sometimes called the Moon of the Faeries. It is a magical time for several reasons:
Falling close to Beltane, it is one of the two times of the year (the other is Samhain) when the veil between the worlds is thin. It’s a good time to seek the wisdom of the Ancient Ones and work with the “green energy” that is coming to life all around us. It’s hard not to be wowed by nature during the month of May since the abundance of flowers, scents and plant life is everywhere. It makes our souls feel alive and gives our magic and prayers extra power.
Secondly, it’s a time for celebration, for embodying the qualities of the faeries whom I picture dancing with joyful abandon in the light of a luminous full moon. Perhaps the Christian equivalent to all this mystical magic is a story that was first told in the gospel of Mark. Parents were bringing their kids to Jesus so that he might bless them. The disciples started grumbling about this. Jesus reply was a simple one, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:13-16) Then Jesus took the children into his arms and blessed them.
I think Jesus is telling us that embodying the spirit of a child is a good thing. We adults can be oh-so serious sometimes! We have little room in our lives for play, curiosity, wonder and the like. It’s a sad state of affairs, indeed! Therefore, on this Moon of the Faeries, may we all, Pagans and Christians alike, dance in the moonlight, revel in the bonfires of Beltane, and get in touch with the kid inside us that simply wants to come out and play.
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