May 1st , or May Day, is a day that I remember from my childhood as one of gentle celebration. We would put small (as in tiny!) baskets together, and leave them on our neighbors’ porches. We would ring the bell, and run like mad! This is what you were supposed to do! It was a marvelous surprise to whoever answered the door to find lovely little May baskets sitting there.
May Day (the whole month of May, IMHO) is all about celebrating spring, new growth, and just plain enjoying the good weather and getting to the actual planting of lovely flowers (and vegetables, for those who do vegetable gardens). While I have never seen it done, I love the image of young girls dancing around a May pole that is decorated with streamers and flowers, honoring the energy of the moment. What great fun! May Day is also connected with Beltane, one of eight solar Sabbats in Wiccan and Pagan traditions, and one that focuses on spring and fertility.
How do you celebrate this day? Or do you? Celebration of May Day is certainly not as widespread as it once was. Perhaps we need to do something about that! Getting back to our literal “roots”, working with the soil, honoring the cycles of the year, enjoying the beauty of the spring flowers, and the sense of joy and freedom that they bring, to me is intrinsic to this day. Honoring this day in a personal way opens you up to aligning yourself with life and its cycles (no matter what your religious background). Whether you create a May basket as a centerpiece for your table, or create smaller May baskets to leave at your neighbors’ doors, the intent is set, and the energy comes to you. What a great way to bring positive energy into our lives!
The following spread
is one that I designed to see how we can honor the areas of our lives.
Dance of the Queens
- Queen of Disks (Pentacles) – How can I honor that which I value? – Knight of Disks
- Queen of Cups – How can I honor the imaginary/mystical wisdom that has come to me? – Prince of Swords
- Queen of Swords – How can I honor who I am (my own truth)? – The Lover
- Queen of Wands – How can I honor my sacred vision, my creative spirit? – Nine of Wands
Note: In the Thoth Tarot, the Court Cards are Knight, Queen, Prince and Princess.
What cards in the Tarot represent celebration to you? The Fool brings with him openness, and the ability to smell the flowers! The Empress is in charge of pleasure, good fortune and fertility. The Lovers is all about inspiration, intuition, and bringing things together. From the Chariot we get hope, from the Hermit, inner wisdom. From the Star we get clarity of vision. From the Sun, we get warmth and a feeling of triumph.
Certainly the Three of Cups, with the lovely dancing ladies, is a card of celebration. The Ten of Cups, the beautiful “rainbow” card is also a card of celebration, although more family/community oriented. Each of the Queens holds celebration over her own life focus. Carrying the Aces into celebration would take the celebration to a whole new level! The Ten of Disks is another form of celebration with family – this time, celebrating material gain. Each card truly has the capability of helping us to celebrate, depending on what we are celebrating. We only have to open our minds to where the energy of that card is in our lives, embrace it, and allow it to work for us. Even drawing the Tower during a Mercury retrograde has some redeeming value, something about which we could celebrate. 😉
Let’s take a look at another template for celebration:
Celebration of Life Card
- Where do I need to be open to celebration? – Five of Swords
- What joy am I not expressing? – Four of Cups
- What is holding me back from expressing my joy? – Three of Disks
- How can I open myself to celebrating from the heart? – Princess of Swords
The Seeker Is not thinking clearly, and is not receptive to their inner voice, their inner truth. Decisions are being made without the advantage of much thought. They need to be open to looking at themselves with clear eyes, and celebrating who they are.
The joy they are not expressing is that of emotional satisfaction. They are creating a self-imposed barrier between their heart and the rest of the world.
The Seeker is being held back from expressing their joy by possible conflict with authority figures. They find it difficult to function in a group environment, and have a hard time keeping balance in their life.
How the Seeker can open themselves to celebrating from the heart – celebrating with focus and intent – by releasing old ego patterns. They need to access their unconscious, and address their shadows in relation to expressing joy in their life. There is a huge abyss between the Seeker and their emotions.Sometimes we can see where we want to/need to celebrate things in our life.
Sometime we can see we need, but not know how to make the celebration happen. Any block in our lives is something that we placed there, or allowed to be placed there. In acknowledging this, we have the key to freeing ourselves!
Images in this article are from the “Thoth Tarot”, © U.S. Games Systems, Inc. , 1978, 1983, 2006.
©May 2011 Bonnie Cehovet