Spirit Message of the Day – Life Is Abundant and Full of Blessings

THE HUNGRY GHOSTS
“When the hungry ghosts appear on your path, they may not at first seem like Allies because they represent your constant focus on the past and the consuming desire to know the future, which rob you of your true present. But, in fact, they are here in the service of alerting you to obsessive thinking and addictions: they’re masters at magnifying repetitive behaviors.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“The message is for you to examine whether you’re doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. ‘This time will be different’ and ‘I have control over this’ are false statements and a sign of deep denial of the truth. Now is the time to let go of that thinking. Surrender your will, your life, your heart’s desires, and all that pains you to the Divine. Order will be restored in your world.”

“The Hungry Ghosts also bring understanding about the distractions of life that seduce you into forgetting what you really desire. They’re asking you to become aware of what others want and what the culture dictates will make you happy may not be what’s best for you. Don’t get caught up in outside appearances. All that glitters may not be gold – at least not for you. Look beyond the veneer and you will find the true substance in your life. You deserve nothing less.”

YOUR CHALLENGER
“When the Hungry Ghosts come to challenge, it’s a sign that you’ve succumbed to the fear of lack, which is whispering in your ear that you’ll fail. Whatever it is you’ve intended, you’ve stayed too long in the desiring stage. Longing and yearning have become  your constant state of mind. Are you comparing your experience with others? Do you envy their success? Do you judge yourself only on your material accomplishments? Are you afraid that there will never be enough of anything and none of your dreams will be there upon awaking in reality? Perhaps you’ve turned to compulsive eating, shopping, working, or drinking to distract yourself.”

“Let go of the illusion of lack, and accept things as they are: perfect, abundant, meaningful expressions of the Divine. There will never be enough for the Hungry Ghosts that challenge you, for the only experience they know is scarcity. It’s not your job to feed them. They will lose their power to haunt you. Trust in the abundance of Spirit.”

Today’s guidance is from Wisdom of the Hidden Realms by Colette Baron-Reid.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Allow Your Life To Flow Naturally

ANDELLE
“People always imagine that we who are of the Dragonfae have special powers that render us immune from sadness. Not so. From time to time, I have found my own sadness overflow, and it is at those times that I need to return to water, to commune with that element’s wisdom until I am calmed, soothed, and refreshed. At this time, I understand that there is sadness and a sense that only after some time will you feel strong again. This sadness is held at the heart and solar plexus chakras and feels a little like a stone that has been swallowed, harsh and heavy inside your sweet self. Know that simply by going to a body of water – this can be your bath, a lake, river, pond, puddle, or even oceanic majesty – you will be soothed.”

“Know that as water takes on the characteristics of the environment, so too will the Dragonfae of the water come to you and gently dilute and dissolve the sadness that has weighed so heavily upon you. Also allow your tears to fall at this time. They are a beautiful way of reducing the high levels of stress chemicals within your body, and shedding them leads you to feel softer and lighter. Take steps at this stage to protect and soothe, and know that all the spirits of water are your allies right now. So allow tears to fall, bathe in the waters of the Goddess and drink plenty of pure, fresh water today. Notice how soothing this element is for you.”

“I know this, as I am of water, and although I am sad at the moment, this shall pass, the flow of life will move on and I will move with it, feeling again inspired, happy and at peace. For now, I know that water’s presence is a true blessing, and I give thanks for her presence in my life. Your life swirls and flows like water…keep moving, too, to avoid stagnation in sadness. Sensitivity is yours and will be yours for this lifetime, but how you use this gift can either cause you pain or the most wonderful pleasures. Please seek to allow your sensitivity to flow, as does water, today.”

ABOUT ANDELLE
“Andelle is a sylph-like Dragonfae being: her heart is very, very open and she feels things so very much. A natural empath, she connects with others deeply and this can lead her to sadness. However, mainly she weeps for the ways she sees us hurting each other, and she knows that it is no longer necessary for human beings to believe in so much lack and pain. She knows that sensitivity is a gift and she wishes to demonstrate this to you by allowing you to see how her sadness and weeping cleanses her.”

“She is often known as an angel and her presence is one of great gentleness and lightness. She helps those who have not cried for years to release their pain, in a sweetening of the emotions, and an overall softening of who they are. She is so gentle and exquisite, and she is truly a Dragonfae, precious and fragile, yet so strong in her willingness to assist others. Assist her, by releasing your tears, taking in the gift of water and allowing your life to flow naturally.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Feeling deep sadness; having trouble expressing sadness and emotions to others; judging emotions as negative and denying them; refusing to cry; not drinking enough pure water; dehydrated; dry quality to life; judging tears and emotions as weak; learning to let go; needing to connect more to the element of water and its flow. Feeling stuck, misjudged. A close friend will provide help and nurturing.”

WORKING WITH ANDELLE
“You will know when Andelle is with you, as you will feel an urge to cry, to release your tears. After you do so, you will feel software, lighter, more open, and much more relaxed. Allow her to guide you to a sacred body of water – even if this is your bath – and as you enter the water, see your pains and sorrows literally being washed gently away by Andelle, as a mother would bathe her child, and tend their hurts. For you are her child, her sister, her beloved soul-friend, and she cares for you.”

“Know that your sensitivity to pain is something that the world needs, and in time this blessing will seem like a curse…Do not become stuck in your pain: express it gently, and flow on. Andelle is a being of exquisite sweetness and her energy is deeply soothing and blessed. She will help you accept your emotional nature, and not be overwhelmed by your own feelings.”

Today’s guidance is from Oracle of the Dragonfae by Lucy Cavendish.

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Spirit Message of the Day – A Gift of Grace, A Time for Gratitude

BE THANKFUL
“Think about the people and things you feel grateful for. Gratitude warms your heart with good feelings that are healthy for your mind and body. You can make yourself feel better by making a list of everything and everyone you’re thankful for. Gratitude replaces sadness, and makes everything go better. Gratitude is such a powerful way to make your life better that it’s almost magical! Everyone loves a thankful person. They want to be friends with, give to, and help a person who says ‘Thank You’. When you say ‘thank you’ and really mean it, you find more reasons to feel gratitude.”

“People who aren’t grateful or who have self-pity actually make themselves sad. They can’t understand why other people avoid them, and why they don’t receive many gifts. They take away their own power because they believe that life doesn’t give them much. But if you count your blessings and think about all the reasons you have to feel grateful, then you’ll see how generous life really is. The more you believe that ‘life gives me lots of gifts’, the more you’ll receive. Then you’ll want to give to others, too. To get more out of life, stop and feel grateful for all that you’ve received so far. Then, get ready to feel gratitude for countless blessings that are coming to you now!”

Doreen Virtue, PHD. Magickal Unicorn Oracle Cards.

“Prosperity is an attitude and a perspective. What you value, what thoughts you think and beliefs you hold, will determine the riches in your life. Goodies are born out of the seeds of gratitude. The new shape of wealth is hidden in our intentions and the actions we take to manifest them.”

-Colette Baron-Reid. Excerpt taken from article The Desire For Security.

Spirit Message of the Day – Cultivate Your Garden for Growth

THE LADY OF THE NEW BUDS
“See how my garden has grown about me? See how my children, the darling buds, clamour for my attention? They cry at night and can be so touchy during the day! I must shelter them from harshness and keep them in a safe place, till they are strong enough to branch out…even then, my watchful eye will look out for their care.”

“You see, so many people see the beauty, and do not understand where it sprang from; the rich, loamy soil. The sweet water poured from the water Dragonfae into the earth, the minerals of the natural realms, the light of the Sun and the shining sweetness of the crystal moon have all anointed my garden with their blessings.”

“And then there is me. So many see my garden, and wonder at it, but they do not see the work and the care that has preceded my domain. Its beauty is a result of love, care, natural growth and attention to each and every one of its inhabitants. When your growth appears around you, from the seeds you have planted, take time to tend this garden. Enlist the assistance of like-minded souls, as just as you would not feed these tender buds poisons and pollutants, do not feed your ideas the opinions and energies of those who are not in integrity.”

“Stay true to the vision of your creation and truly take a little time each day to tend this garden, be it of love, ideas, little ones or creative endeavors, until they are robust and begin to grow into their own energy. For now, it is the tender time, the time when the buds are at most risk from the frost of rejection, the poison of judgement, and the choke of cruelty. Be vigilant, and you too will have a garden for all to enjoy and love. Many will feel you are fortunate indeed to have created such a beautiful Eden, but they will not see the care you have taken to grow this. But I have seen. I have seen it all.”

ABOUT THE LADY OF THE NEW BUDS
“She is the Dragonfae being who cares for all new tender growth – including yours. Whisper to her your dreams and ideas, plant your seeds, and watch them grow. She waters her plants each day, clears the dead wood from the garden, ensures that all has sufficient water and that the soil in which all is planted is rich and fertile. Start from these basics and you too will have a wonderful experience.”

“Allow the Lady of the New Buds to inspire you with care for your own budding projects, beings, loves and responsibilities. In this way, you too will grow a secret and sometimes very public garden, which creates more and more beauty in the world. And you will know that caring for the tender bud creates long-lasting beauty and joy for the senses – a treasure for Gaia to cherish.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“An affinity with flowers and gardens. Projects need tending. Care every day for small matters, and the large matters will care for themselves. Resisting change is resisting the life force itself. Look at everything in nature. The seed does not remain a seed. The seedling grows. The tree seems unrelated to its origins, but at the moment, by holding on tight to the person you believe you must be, you are running the risk of denying your own life force. Change is positive. Stasis, as a resting point, can work well. As a life choice, it can be a kind of slow death.”

“The emergence will come at the right time, because the bud will be forced to flower at some stage –do not allow yourself to wither in your growth. Divine guidance needs practical application and work. Action teamed with inspiration will create a beautiful, bountiful paradise. Work hard at what it is you love.”

WORKING WITH LADY OF THE NEW BUDS
“Herb lore, flower readings, growing a new garden with magickal and symbolic meaning, coming up with a daily routine to nurture and grow your new projects, flower essences, essential oils. Accepting compliments for hard work, knowing your efforts have come to fruition and accepting that you have been a driving force in a beautiful achievement.”

Today’s special message is from Oracle of the Dragonfae by Lucy Cavendish.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Happy Mother’s Day 2011

THE EMPRESS
“On a divintory level, the appearance of the Empress suggests the onset of a more earthly phase of life. A marriage or the birth of a child might occur; or the birth of a creative child, an artistic offspring, for this too requires the patience and nurturing of the Great Mother. Through this card we enter the realm of the body and instincts, as a place of both peace and stagnation, life-giving and life-suffocating. Thus the Fool, the child of heaven, on his/her life journey discovers that he/she lives in a physical body not only of spirit but also of earth.” The Empress card can also asks us to be aware and develop and nurture the feminine aspects and motherly qualities within each of us. – Excerpt from The Mythic Tarot.

Other Interpretations
“The Empress is the archetypal Earth Mother, the Anima, the Feminine Principle, Dimeter, Freyja, Goddess of fertility. Ruled by Venus, the planet of love, creativity, fertility, art, harmony, luxury, beauty and grace.

She is full-figured, possibly pregnant, and is surrounded by lush greenery and fields of ripe wheat. Below the Empress’s couch is a heart-shaped pillow with the symbol of Venus emblazoned upon it, and her flowing robe is decorated with pomegranates, a symbol of fertility. In the forest behind her a river flows freely with water, the symbol of life. Her upraised hand holds a sceptre which demonstrates her power and authority over the things of this earth.

She wears a crown of 12 stars, representing the Zodiac and her rulership over time. Her sceptre also shows her dominion over the created world. Where the High Priestess had dominion over the intellectual world, and the world of knowledge, the Empress has dominion over the world of the senses. Her dress has pomegranates on it. The water in the background is a symbol of the subconscious. The wheat is sacred to Isis and the cypress trees are sacred to Venus. The pearl necklace is also a symbol of Venus (Aphrodite), as are the myrtle leaves on the crown. The rune associated with this card is Fehu.” – Excerpt from biddytarot.com

“The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea time and space to decide on a form, the Empress is either the womb or nursery where it grows till it reaches a certain level of maturity.

This is why the Empress’ symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things and gardens, as wells as sex and love. Venus is the goddess of artists, and helps them painstakingly develop their pieces from clay to statue, from first brushstroke to masterpiece.

Even so, however, the Empress has more in common with Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus, as the wheat in the background and the pomegranates on her dress imply. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, the great, fertile mother goddess. Yet at the same time, she can, in anger, withhold as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.

Thirteen’s Observations

The Empress card is one of the easier trumps to read. She’s the Great Mother, so much so that she’s often viewed as one of those cards that can indicate a “positive” answer if a woman is wondering if she can get pregnant. This is the fertile womb where anything can grow and thrive (as compared to the protective “incubator” of the High Priestess). The Empress’ ability to mother goes beyond the womb, however. She is patient, loving, giving, generous, devoted. The ultimate nurturer.

If defining her as the querent, you can say that they are currently feeling like a mother hen, worried about their children, new business, new creation, or new romance. Male or female, they want to dote and hover and fret over every little sneeze and problem. They likely also want to talk only about their baby, boasting of its growth and development, sending pictures of it to friends and relatives.

Likewise, the advice a reader might give on getting this card could be similar to that offered to a mother with a young child: either that young things need time to grow, and so require patience and attention, or that while an infant needs a great deal of care, a toddler needs less, and a child even less. A good mother adjusts her care as the child matures and develops, giving them room to crawl and then run and play.

If defining the Empress as someone related to the querent, it is likely the querent’s mother or a woman who is very motherly toward them.

Of course, the Empress can also be about the not so nice aspects of a mom. She can smother, not know when to let go, be possessive and jealous of those who would take away her “baby.” It is important for the querent to realize that plants can die from over-watering as easily as they can from neglect. Like any good mother or good gardener, the querent must have patience and the ability to adjust and improvise as their “baby” sprouts and grows.”

Excerpt taken from aeclectic.net

Spirit Message of the Day – Pay Close Attention

THE HAWK PRINCE
“As an Ally, The Hawk Prince appears with good news: He flies into your life to alert you that a message is coming to help you manifest your destiny! Expect a phone call, letter, email, or conversation that lets you know the next step to take toward your greatest good, or to tell you that you’ve arrived at an important stage along your path.”

“The Hawk Prince is also the Ally for spirit communication, so pay attention when you think you hear something important pop out at you on the radio, on TV, or in overhearing the conversations of strangers. Spirit is constantly in dialogue with you. Are you listening? Stay open and expect Spirit to speak to you and show you the way to your prosperity in all aspects of your life.”

“As a Challenger, The Hawk Prince challenges you to pay attention and listen to the warnings being sent your way. Are you pushing forward in spite of others’ cautionings about the direction your headed? Are you refusing to listen to your own inner voice? Red flags are waving in the breeze, and you’re being challenged to heed their message. When the Hawk Prince descends as your challenger, it’s an indication that something isn’t quite right. Don’t worry, though; he always arrives just in time for you to let go of your old ideas and begin again. Spirit only wants the best for you!”

Today’s message is from Wisdom of the Hidden Realms by Colette Baron-Reid.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Bright Beltane Blessings to You 2011

A Blessed Beltane to You

It’s the Beltane season for our Northern Hemisphere readers, and the traditional time to begin observing the fertility celebrations. If you lived in rural England a few centuries ago, you’d be preparing your bonfire, and figuring out which of your lusty neighbors you wanted to pair off with for the evening. In Germanic countries, they’re busy getting ready for Walpurgisnight, and the ancient Romans were gearing up for their annual Floralia party.

Set up your Maypole and get ready to welcome the greening of the earth. No matter how you choose to observe it, Beltane is a time to honor the fertility and rebirth of the land, the abundance of life that returns to us each year after the cold winter months have passed. May you and yours have a fruitful and blessed Beltane.

Beltane Rites and Rituals

There are a number of ways you can celebrate Beltane on May 1. Hold a bonfire ceremony, a traditional Maypole dance, or even a Handfasting celebration! Beltane is a time to celebrate fertility and the greening of the earth. Try some of these celebrations and ritual ideas at Beltane to honor the arrival of spring and new life.

Setting Up Your Beltane Altar – What To Include on Your Beltane Altar

Okay, so we know that Beltane is a fertility festival… but how do you translate that into altar setup? Here are some tips about how to set up your altar to celebrate the Beltane sabbat.

Beltane Altar Photo Gallery

Beltane is a celebration of fertility and fire, and a number of our readers have shared their altar decorations with us. Check out this image gallery to see how other Pagans and Wiccans set up their altar for Beltane.

Celebrate Beltane with a Maypole Dance

The Maypole is one of the traditional symbols of Beltane, and let’s not kid ourselves about its purpose: it’s a giant phallus. Because Beltane festivities usually kicked off the night before with a big bonfire, the Maypole celebration usually took place shortly after sunrise the next morning. This was when couples (and probably more than a few surprised triads) came staggering in from the fields, clothes in disarray and straw in their hair after a night of bonfire-inspired lustiness. Here’s How:

  1. The pole was erected on the village green or common, or even a handy field — thrust into the ground either permanently or on a temporary basis — and brightly colored ribbons attached to it. Young people came and danced around the pole, each holding the end of a ribbon. As they wove in and out, men going one way and women the other, it created a sleeve of sorts — the enveloping womb of the earth — around the pole. By the time they were done, the Maypole was nearly invisible beneath a sheath of ribbons.
  2. To set up your own Maypole dance, here’s what you’ll need:
  • A pole anywhere from 15 to 20 feet long, preferably made of wood
  • Guests who like to have fun

Dig a hole in advance, a few feet deep. You don’t want your friends to wait while you hunt for a shovel. The hole should be at least three feet deep, to keep the pole from flopping over during the ceremony.

  1. Ask each participant to bring their own ribbon — it should be about 20 feet long, by two to three inches wide. Once everyone arrives, attach the ribbons to one end of the pole (if you put a metal eyelet screw in the pole beforehand, it makes it a lot easier — you can just tie each ribbon to the eyelet). Have extra ribbons on hand, because inevitably someone will have forgotten theirs.
  2. Once the ribbons are attached, raise the pole until it is vertical, and slide it into the hole. Be sure to make lots of bawdy jokes here. Pack dirt in around the base of the pole so it won’t shift or fall during the dance.
  3. If you don’t have an equal number of male and female guests, don’t worry. Just have everyone count off by twos. People who are “1” will go in a clockwise direction, people who are “2” go counterclockwise. Hold your ribbons in the hand that is closest to the pole, your inside hand. As you move in the circle, pass people by on first the left, and then the right, then the left again. If you’re passing them on the outside, hold your ribbon up so they pass under it. You might want to do a practice round beforehand. Keep going until everyone runs out of ribbon, and then knot all the ribbons at the bottom.
  4. One thing that’s always welcome at a Maypole Dance is music. There are a number of CDs available, but there are some bands whose music have a May theme to them. Look for the phrase “Morris music” or traditional pipe and drum tunes. Of course, the best thing of all is to have live music, so if you have friends who are willing to share their skill and sit out the dance, ask them to provide some musical entertainment for you.

Tips: If you’re doing a kids’ Maypole, it’s probably easier just to have them all go in one direction with their ribbons. It doesn’t look quite as fancy when it’s done, but it’s still pretty. You may want to have a crown of flowers attached as well — put that at the top once all the ribbons are in place, but before you raise the pole.

What You Need: A pole, Lots of ribbon, Friends who like to have a good time

Hold a Beltane Bonfire Rite

The Beltane bonfire is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. The fire was more than a big pile of logs and some flame. It was a place where the entire community gathered around — a place of music and magic and dancing and lovemaking. It was customary to light the fire on May Eve (the last night of April) and allow it to burn until the sun went down on May 1. The bonfire was lit with a bundle made from nine different types of wood and wrapped with colorful ribbons. Once the fire was blazing, a piece of smoldering wood was taken to each home in the village, to ensure fertility throughout the summer months.

Here’s How:

  1. This was typically the time of year when fairs and markets were held, and as most country villages had a common or a green of some sort, there was always room for merriment. Depending on where you live, you might not have enough space for a big bonfire or dancing — and that’s okay. Just make do with what you have. An alternative to a large bonfire might be a small fire bowl (they’re usually available at discount stores and home improvement chains) or even a tabletop brazier. If you’re in an apartment and space is at a premium, consider building your fire in a small cauldron or other heat resistant bowl.
  2. Beltane is the spring counterpart to Samhain. While in the autumn, everything is dying, in spring it comes alive, glorious and bursting free from the earth. Beltane is about fertility and sex and passion and life. This ceremony is designed for a group, and includes a symbolic union of the May Queen and the King of the Forest. Depending on the relationship between the people playing these roles, you can get as lusty as you like. If you’re doing a family-oriented Beltane celebration, you may choose instead to keep things fairly tame.
  3. For this ritual you’ll need the following:
  • A bonfire — set it up ahead of time, and designate someone to be in charge of lighting and tending it
  • A May Queen — if possible, select a woman to play this part who is still within her childbearing years
  • A King of the Forest — any adult man can play this role, but it’s even better if he’s someone who is actually partnered with the woman playing the May Queen
  • Drums and other noisemakers
  • Optional: a crown of flowers for each of the females present
  • Optional: a headdress of antlers for each of the males present
  1. First, have the group circle around the fire, with the May Queen and the King of the Forest on opposite sides. The High Priest (HP) or High Priestess (HPs) should welcome everyone with something like this:

Beltane is here! It is a time when the earth is fertile and full.
Long ago, our ancestors planted their fields at Beltane.
The fields that lay fallow for months are now warm and waiting.
The soil that was dormant for the winter now begs us to plant our seeds.
The earth is awakening and ripe, and this is a season of love and passion.
It is a season of fire.

  1. At this point, the fire starter should begin lighting the bonfire. The HP or HPS continues:

As our fires grow, lighting up the night sky, the fire within us grows stronger.
It is the fire of lust and passion, knowing that like the earth, we too are fertile.
Tonight, the God emerges from the forest. He is known by many names —
he is Pan, Herne, Cernunnos, the Green Man. He is the God of the Forest.
Tonight is the night he will chase and capture the maiden.
She is the Queen of the May, Aphrodite, Venus, Cerridwen.
She is the Goddess of fields and flowers, she is Mother Earth herself.

  1. As the HP introduces the God of the Forest and the May Queen, they should each step forward into the circle. The HP says:

Bring fertility to the land! Let the hunt begin!

  1. At this point, the May Queen and the God of the Forest begin the chase, traveling sunwise around the circle, weaving in and out of the other participants. Remember, the May Queen wants to make love to the God of the Forest. This is a fun chase, a joyful courtship, not a mock rape; make sure both parties understand this and prepare accordingly. She can even allow him to get close to her, pretending she’s ready to join him… and then slipping away at the last second. They should travel the circle three times in the chase, and finally stop at a point in front of the bonfire — hopefully, it will be burning well by now.
  2. While the God of the Forest is pursuing his lady love, everyone else in the circle starts drumming. Start of slowly — after all, a courtship can take some time to get started. As the couple begins to speed up, increase the tempo of the music. If you’d like to chant instead of or in addition to drumming, go ahead. There are many popular traditional chants in Wicca and Paganism, and nearly all sound good when you sing them with a group. When the May Queen and the God of the Forest finally complete their three-times journey of the circle, the drums should stop abruptly.
  3. The HP says:

Fire and passion, love and life, brought together as one.

At this point, the May Queen says to the God of the Forest:

I am the earth, the womb of all creation.
Within me, new life grows each year.
Water is my blood, air my breath, and fire is my spirit.
I give you honor, and shall create new life with you.

The God of the Forest replies to her, saying:

I am the rutting stag, the seed, the energy of life.
I am the mighty oak that grows in the forest.
I give you honor, and shall create new life with you.

  1. The couple kisses, long and passionate. If they’re feeling really lusty, they can fall to the ground and roll around for a while — feel free to cover them with a blanket if you like. This kiss (or more) is the symbolic union of the male and female spirit, the great rite between man and woman. Once the embrace is broken, the HP calls out:

The earth is once more growing new life within! We shall be blessed with abundance this year!

  1. Everyone else in the circle claps and cheers — after all, you’ve just guaranteed that your village will have hearty crops and strong livestock this year! Celebrate by dancing around the bonfire, drumming and singing. When you are ready, end the ritual.

Tips:  If you have a woman in your group who is trying to conceive, she is absolutely the best choice for the role of May Queen. Her partner or lover may act the part of the God of the Forest, or another man may stand in as a symbolic consort.

What You Need: A bonfire, A couple willing to play the parts of May Queen and God of the Forest, Drums and noisemakers

Handfastings: A Pagan and Wiccan Wedding Primer

More and more Pagans and Wiccans are turning to handfasting rituals, rather than traditional weddings. Here’s where you’ll find information about the history of the custom, as well as proper handfasting etiquette, and ideas for ceremonies.

Pagan Clergy Listings

Are you Pagan clergy with services to offer our readers, such as handfastings, baby blessings, or memorial celebrations? You can post your listings here! Readers, if you’re looking for Pagan clergy in your area, be sure to check our listings to see who’s near you.

Handfasting History: An Old Tradition Made New

Handfasting was common centuries ago in the British Isles, and then vanished for a while. Now, however, it’s seeing a rising popularity among Wiccan and Pagan couples who are interested in tying the knot. Find out where this custom came from, and what brought it back.

All Excerpts from Patti Wiginton on about.com