Celtic Month of the Hawthorn

HAWTHORN MOON ~ May 13 – June 9

I honor the energy of hawthorn for cleansing and restraint.
I will choose what I place within my body, and empty myself of all that violates my personal well-being.

Sixth consonant of the Ogham alphabet

Huathe (Hoo-ah) – H
This Ogham symbol is used in Celtic Reiki and its essence represents the energy of cleansing and preparation. It clears the mind of negative thoughts and mental confusion, offering clarity. It gives patience and offers stillness.

Hawthorn is burned to purify,
and draw faery to your eye.

Symbolism: Purification, sacred marriage and male-female unity
Color: Midnight Blue, Purple
Deity: Olwen, Blodeuwedd, Gardea, Hymen, Hera, Virgin Mary
Folk names: May bush, May tree, quickset, thorn-apple tree, white thorn.

Magickal properties:
The tree essence cleanses the heart of negativity and stimulates love and forgiveness.
Hawthorn is respected as a tree of enchantment under the protection of the faery realms.
It guards wells and springs. Its beautiful flowers are said to help prayers reach heaven.

The blooms of the hawthorn are used in spells for fertility, happiness, and good luck in fishing.
Hawthorn can be used for protection, love and marriage spells.
The original May Poles were made of Hawthorn.

Hawthorn can be woven in to a growing fence called a Hedgerow. These thorny barriers are very effective and have saved many villages from thieves and highwaymen.

And every shepherd tells his tale
Under the hawthorn in the dale
~John Milton L’Allegro

from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford

 The blossoming of the Hawthorn
marks the certain end
of the dark days of winter
and the return of the procreative forces
of nature to the fullness of spring. 

The beautiful white flowers
give cause for celebration
of nature’s capacity for renewed life
and love, and for the wonders of lovemaking,
conception, and childbirth. 

For the Celts there was no shame
attached to these natural processes. 

They were revered and respected
as an essential part of life,
and as a sacred expression
of the human capacity for love.

Hawthorn Moon Magick:
Focus on keeping a barrier between yourself and things that you don’t want.
Aim to push away old problems or lingering irritations.
This is a sign of fertility and death.
If born under this sign you have an innate understanding of the importance of process and the necessity for change.

“The Hawthorn is a prickly sort of plant with beautiful blossoms. Called Huath by the ancient Celts, and pronounced Hoh-uh, the Hawthorn month is a time of fertility, masculine energy, and fire. Coming right on the heels of Beltane, this month is a time when male potency is high — if you’re hoping to conceive a child, get busy this month! The Hawthorn has a raw, phallic sort of energy about it — use it for magic related to masculine power, business decisions, making professional connections. The Hawthorn is also associated with the realm of Faerie, and when the Hawthorn grows in tandem with an Ash and Oak, it is said to attract the Fae.”

Heart Meditation

This meditation will energize your Heart Chakra and help you open up to receive love during the auspicious month of Hawthorn.

1. Place a pink candle within a circle of May blossom and make sure that you are feeling totally comfortable.  To create the right atmosphere for your magic, you could dim the lights or play some soothing, ambient music.

2. Light the pink candle; focus your attention on the flame.

3. As you breathe in, imagine your heart being filled with soft pink light – one of the colors linked with the Heart Chakra.

4. Keep breathing in the pink light until it begins to fade, then slowly come back into the your awareness of the room.



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