Native Americans named May’s full moon (which occurs on Saturday, May 18) the Flower Moon for obvious reasons. May is the month when everything is coming into full bloom and there are flowers popping up everywhere. It’s a time for us to focus on spiritual growth where the seeds we planted on Imbolc have germinated and are well on their way to maturity. You may want to take some time this full moon to reflect on projects and activities that need a little TLC in order to come to full fruition.
It is also called the Mother’s Moon, Corn-Planting Moon and Milk Moon (from the Old Anglo-Saxon). All of these make sense since May is a time of increasing fertility, both in the animal and plant world. Some also say May’s full moon is also a “blue moon” but, technically this is a bit of a misnomer. A “blue moon” is commonly defined as the second full moon to occur within a single calendar month. This is the way I’ve always understood it. But, apparently, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, the original definition of a “blue moon” was the third of four full moons to occur within one astronomical season. Personally, I think this muddies the water so I do not consider May’s full moon to be a “blue moon.” (And PLEASE squash any silly rumors that it will be blue in color!)
If the weather is good and you have a fire pit, it’s a good night to light a bonfire in the spirit of Beltane which occurred May 1st. If you have some dried yarrow, throw a little bit of it in the flames for courage (or use other courage herbs if you don’t have yarrow) and ask your Divines for the strength to be a force of change and transformation in the world around you. Let the energy of that moon plant fertile seeds of change in your life. Blessed be!
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