The Maypole of Life

maypole 2018

There are many traditions about the Maypole, but here is the one our coven follows. The May Pole is a phallic symbol. It is inserted into a hole in Mother Earth to represent the act of the Goddess and God making love so they can conceive the Divine Child. As men and women weave around the maypole the flower wreath, at the top, slowly comes down. Once it hits the ground conception is at hand. But let’s look deeper into the meaning of the Maypole.

Watching people dance the Maypole I started to realize this dance represents life; how we live our lives. Some want the dance to go perfectly while others just free form it. The controlling of the maypole dance can be frustrating to some while others just have fun with it. In life, it can be hard to control every situation. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow especially when control is out of your hands. The Maypole dance can show us that it’s ok to just have fun once in a while and let the magick work…not try to control every little aspect.

When we danced our Maypole this year, we tried a little to control the dance. Who’s going in what direction, and who’s weaving on top or bottom. As we danced and sang the chant, confusion did happen but so did laughter. Mistakes were made with people weaving in and out, some trying to do it right while others just having fun with it. As we weaved in and out of each other’s lives we, as humans, make mistakes, we mess up! Sometimes the meeting is a fun and a great interaction. The connection lasted for a long time, while others are just “two ships passing in the night” as the saying goes. All those interactions, those connections, no matter how long or short, are important aspects of life.

During the dance, there were times when people would get tangled. It usually happened as we got closer to the Maypole. This too happens in life, the closer we get to one another the more our lives are entangled. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. But think of this; all relationships are good. Yes, even the bad ones! Why you may ask? Well they help to teach us lessons, and/ or to define the type of relationship we do want versus what we do not want. As children, we only know a handful of relationships, but as we travel down our Maypole of life we weave different connections and they all help us to grow into the humans we want to be.  Think about this: would you be the person you are today if it was not for the relationships you had? You may wish you never knew a certain person, but that person taught you a lesson. Whether you listen to the lesson is one of the factors you can control in life. How we listen and learn from our lessons in life is totally up to us.

The weave of the Maypole can show us how a life was lived. Loose weaving or tangled weaves can be some struggle in a life. But eventually, the weave takes on a more organized pattern. Could this indicate life becoming more organized? Maybe!  It could also indicate growth, how the person learned to connect with those around them.

As we danced our Maypole this year, I noticed how our intermingling with each other weaved such a unique pattern.  No two Maypole weaves are alike, just like no two relationships are alike.

This weave can also show us how we touch each other’s life. Life is a weaving of many connections; the intersecting of lives that meet on the path we travel. Can we control the weaving of life? We can try. But sometimes letting what’s going to happen just happen can lead to great experiences and encounters. There are a few things one can control. As you are weaving the Maypole, you can watch your speed, try not to bump into anyone causing them injury, and try to enjoy the experience as best you can. This can be said for life as well. Don’t speed through life never enjoying the journey but at the same time don’t go so slow that you get left behind. Watch how much your life can affect others, and how much you will let others affect you. Life is messy, sex is messy. The Maypole dance is an organized mess. Handle the dance the best you can. Control what you can and remember to have some fun.

©Lady Arawyn Lyonesse 2018

Brewing Updates for Spring 2018

Litha

June 16th

Cauldron of Water and Sun

 

Come and join us for our Litha Ritual, on June 16th, as our coven celebrates the First Day of Summer, the longest day. 

  • Ritual will be at 7 pm, please arrive 15 early.
  • Dress in comfortable clothing for it can be hot.
  • We will be doing the ritual indoors.
  • Feast will be afterward, bring a dish to share or a donation to help with the coven’s expensives.
  • Bring a camping chair, we may eat outside if weather permits.

For information on the location please email Lady Arawyn using the email below.

If you do not hear from her within a day, send her a text using the number below.

arawyn26@hotmail.com

(419)276-8832  

 

 

*We are accepting new students who can start classes in spring of 2018; if interested please join us at this ritual to see if we are what you might be looking for. We are starting a new class in spring to give new students time to visit us for a few Sabbats and it will give them time to take the Spellcraft 101 class*

*For those of you who wish to contribute to our website please email articles, events, poems, recipe and/or stories to arawyn26@hotmail.com and once approved, I will get them posted.

If you are having any problems emailing me, please leave a comment here and I will answer it.

Thank you,

Lady Arawyn Lyonesse, HPS

 

Spring Equinox, Mark of Transition

Altar of Ostara

The transition is visible now, from the inertia of winter to the aliveness of summer. The torrential rains and gusty winds that uproot old, weak plant life and unsettle the wildlife, remove what is dead weight and restores balance, allowing for new, stronger, more adaptable life to grow. It happens every year.

The last flooding rain we had chased some rabbits out of the woods up into the covenstead’s yard, the only higher ground available. Their alertness and will to survive motivated them to act quickly. They zig-zagged back and forth across our yard, frantic for a place to feel safe. They soon took refuge in the garden and under our shrubs until the water subsided. Being without shelter put them at risk of being injured, killed or eaten. Was this the end of the world for them as they knew it?

Maybe, in rabbit society, there are prophesies and legends of the end of “Rabbit World,” with one disaster after another, forcing rabbits everywhere to abandon everything they know and love. Will rabbits as a species continue into the summer or is this it?

We can look back on that event, as ones outside their life or death struggle and say, “The violent weather is just the transition between seasons. They’ll be alright, they’ll learn to adapt. They will find different places to live, look for new sources of food, start new lives. It is not the end of the world.”

We know our world is set in a pattern of as above, so below. The gusty winds of dissent and the torrential rains of economic bad news have uprooted some of us and threatened the rest of us with having to change how we live or else.

We can look at this and say, “The violent political weather is just the transition between ages of human existence. We’ll be alright, we’ll learn to adapt. It is not the end of the world. If we must leave our homes, we’ll find different ones. If our food sources are no more, we’ll find other sources. We will start our lives anew. It is not the end of the world.”

Hoarding material things that we think we cannot live without will not help us during transitions such as these. Hoarding just weighs us down and clinging prevents us from moving forward. Becoming flexible and skillful, creative and adventurous, courageous and confident and most importantly, trusting in our spiritual connections is what will get us through, what will help us humans to evolve.

©Lady Bona Dea Lyonesse 2009