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Merry Beltane: DIY May Day Flower Crown & Redesigning My Altar

I was recently invited to participate in the annual May Day Magic Crowning Ritual created by Mookychick, an awesome alternative-feminist website which promotes all-inclusivity and features unique lifestyles such as modern witchcraft.

On May 1st anyone who would like to participate, will join others from across the world in gifting one another with a May Day crown which is a symbol of empowerment and good spirit. The ritual steps are simple yet very powerful in uniting us together as one.

Their site offers a basic outline of the ritual and various ideas on how to make it your own.

 As for me- I’m busting out my glue gun and crafting my own May Day flower crown.

I kept myself on a tight budget and hit up my local dollar store’s floral section, where I bought four small bouquets of artificial flowers and a vine garland.

May Day Crown

The steps for crafting a flower crown were surprisingly simple.

DIY Flower Crown

  1. Measure the vine garland in a circle to fit your head & secure the measure with a string.
  2. Glue the ends down to secure the fit.
  3. Pop off the flower buds and decide where you’d like to place them.
  4. Once you’ve decided, dot the back of the flower with a hot glue gun and carefully press it onto the vine.
  5. Fill in any empty space with leaves from the bouquets.
  6. If the crown fits too loosely, wrap some twine around the back end of the crown and use bobby pins to loop through the twine and secure the crown to your hair.

Flower Crown

BOOM- you got yo’self a crown!

May Day, or Beltane- is  a wonderful day to celebrate sensuality and the union between the God & the Goddess. It’s also a great day to work prosperity, fertility and any type of fire magick.

I really connect with the wild nature of Beltane and I like to reflect that kind of animalistic flair with big, wavy wild hair and a sensual form-fitting slip dress. My eye makeup will be smoky with rich chocolatey, earthy browns partnered with a soft, natural nude lip.

I’ve redesigned my altar for Beltane, removing my Ostara nest and replacing it with my lovely May Day crown  & a piece of antler to represent the Divine Masculine. I interlay the two on top of each other to symbolize their union.

As for my ritual- it will take place within my Astral Realm, which is where I will meet the other witches who are participating in the May Day Crowning and celebrate with them around a sacred bonfire.

Music is a big part of my practice and if I find a song that I can really connect with- a song that can transport me into a visceral spiritual state- I’ll add it to my ritual. For me, Fever Ray’s The Wolf – featured in the Red Riding Hood film during the fire festival scene, portrays the raw primitive heat of sensuality, passion and fire. The beat, the horns, the erotic primal movements of the villagers as they dance to the music- it practically screams Beltane.

What are your Beltane plans? Would you like to take part in the May Day Crowning Ritual? If so, let me know. Leave me a reply or join the conversation on Twitter by following @MayDayMagick and use the hashtag #MayDayMagic to share ideas & photos at any time before and after the ritual.

Wishing you all a Merry Beltane!

Blessed Be.

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

12 Nights of Yule- December 24th

On the fifth night of Yule, I set my intentions for May.

The month starts off with Beltane, the halfway point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. This is the magickal time of year when we focus on the divine union between the Lord and the Lady.

Beltane bonfires are lit, maypoles and ribbon wands are crafted and flower crowns are donned to honor the fertile Earth.

Beltane is a time to consider your relationships- particularly romantic partnerships; as well as sexuality, love, fertility and passion. I personally, adore the imagery of the Horned God embracing the fertile Maiden Goddess amidst their Sacred Marriage.

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I associate this Sabbat with the Lovers card and like to place at on my Beltane altar to connect with its energy as I meditate on the idea of romantic love.

What does love mean to me?

How do I show my love and passion toward my partner?

How do I like to receive love and passion from my partner?

How can I celebrate my own sensuality?

Because the veil between our world and the faery world is the thinnest at Beltane, it is a great time to honor them with adorable faery gardens and offerings such as faerie cakes or a simple dish of milk and honey.

When working with the Fae, I like to remind myself of my own childlike wonder. As little girls we believed in faeries, no question asked. Some of us were even able to see through the veil and interact with them on occasion. All we had to do was believe.

As an adult you tend to forget that world of enchantment, focusing too much on your day-to-day obligations like bills, finances, career, etc. It can be hard to shift our minds out of the grownup-realm and into the more whimsical mindset of children.

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On a night like Christmas Eve, it’s easier to remember the splendor of being a child where the magic of Christmas lives everywhere. Preserving that kind of magic all year long takes a bit more effort, so I like to do little things that keep the child within me giggling with glee.

Read childhood stories like Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Watch cartoons I loved as a child.

Sing my favorite Disney songs.

Play make-believe and imagine I’m a faerie. What kind of faerie would I be? What color wings would I have? What would my faerie dwelling look like?

Write my life as a fairy tale, beginning with Once Upon a Time…

How do you plan on celebrating Beltane this May?

Leave me a reply and share your Beltane traditions.

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch