May 2019
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Celtic month of Magical Willow

Article adapted from article from Molly's post at her blog Woodspriestess at PaganSquare.

Good May Morning!

I woke with the smell 
of Belfire still in my hair
and knelt in a circle
of hawthorn and roses
to bless my brow, cheeks,
and neck with dew. 
I heard the sound of
hooves on leaf and stone
and saw three deer leaping
away through the woods. 
I lifted my arms to sun
exhilarated with wild enchantment. 
What a blessing it is to live
right here, right now.

This week you might wish to pick or buy flowers for your home, to add touches that give you a sense of warmth and hominess, or light candles or diffuse oils near you while you go about your household tasks.

“What greater praise can I give you than to call you green? Green, rooted in light, shining like the sun that pours riches on the wheeling earth; incomprehensible green, divinely mysterious green, comforting arms of divine green protecting us in their powerful circle…”

--Hildegard of Bingen

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Molly is a priestess who holds MSW, M.Div, and D.Min degrees. She finished her dissertation about contemporary priestessing in the U.S. She is the author of Womanrunes, Earthprayer, and The Red Tent Resource Kit. Molly and and her husband Mark co-create Story Goddesses, original goddess sculptures, mini goddesses, pendants, and ceremony kits at Brigid’s Grove, where they also publish Womanrunes book and deck sets

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In this issue of Witches&Pagans we share the experiences of herbalists, gardeners, magic-workers and ordinary folks as the weave relationships with our Green kin. 

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