Happy May Day!
While I’m still a bit stunned that we’re now 5 months into 2013, I was really feeling ready to bid adieu to April and turn the calendar page. Bring on some fresh energy; bring on the creative mania I always experience in Spring; and most of all bring on the flowers!
The first of May has been celebrated for millennium. The ancient Romans celebrated Flora, their goddess of flowers; and most often the emphasis of May Day celebrations is springtime fertility rites. May Day/Beltane (or the night before) is celebrated as a cross-quarter holiday, half-way between the equinox and solstice. There’s often a component of dancing and bonfires. At one time all the household fires were doused and then relit from the community bonfire. There’s something about that image that really appeals to me. Starting anew after a good Spring cleaning and connecting with community through a shared resource.
I also love the much-later tradition of May Day baskets filled with flowers and left anonymously on neighbor’s doorsteps. I gathered my own basket (well vase to be perfectly accurate) of tulips today. But let’s imagine I’ve shared some of them with you as well. Merry May Day!
Tulips are such lovely symbols of Spring. I love them for all their contradictoriness. They are graceful and poised, and yet they can be riotously wanton as well. With cut blooms I love watching how the stems lean and dip into relaxed poses. Tulips are always a reminder to me of releasing all resistance to the natural blossoming and expansion of life. And doesn’t that sound like a perfect message to start this month?
I’ve been thinking particularly about the fire aspect of the holiday as well; I imagine in part because my recent hand reading brought up the fact that I have fire hands. And while that term has everything to do with hand shape, I’ve been considering the energetic possibilities as well. I haven’t used my hands for conscious hands-on energy work for a long while, and yet I know the invitation has arrived to think deeply about my hands of fire. No doubt I’ll be musing more about that here in the future. But for today I was serendipitously drawn to Jamie Ridler’s Wishcasting Wednesday. I haven’t played in many months, and yet today I couldn’t resist the prompt, on this first day of May, “What do you wish to make?”
I wish to make my life a passionate expression of creative Wholeness forever sparking through my Soul.
So let me pose these questions to you as well: As you begin this new month of May, what are you wishing for? What intentions are you choosing? Or maybe you have a favorite Spring flower. Tell me about it and we’ll include it our virtual May basket for all to enjoy. Please let a comment; you know I love to hear from you.