garland of may

Beltane Correspondences

Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting

Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green

Tools: Broom, May Pole, cauldron

Stones/Gems: Emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz

Symbols & Decorations: May Pole, fires, fertility, flowers, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers

Foods: plant-based dairy, bread, cereals

Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff

Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan,
the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility.

Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard

Other Names: Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),May Day, Fairy Day,Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltaine, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)


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May Donk Day!


🇬🇧To celebrate May Day (1st May, a traditional pagan holiday of symbolic significance in the UK) and the coming of summer, here’s a darling donkey wearing a flower garland.

Donkeys don’t usually eat flowers, however some weed varieties are particularly sought. My donkeys (as do most) like dandelion and spot them on smell and colour. They can distinguish a dandelion flower on a huge patch of grass by sight and will walk over to it. All donkeys avoid buttercups, they are poisonous to donkeys. The donkeys seem to know this as they can be in a field of buttercup and will only browse the vegetation around. They are browsers, not grazers like horses.

😂Fun Linguistic note.

Haha! Dandelion. In the UK, children often pick them and pop the flower head off at another child and shout “Pittly / Pissy bed!” to suggest that whoever the head hits the recipient wets or will wet his/her bed. It’s funny that the French version of dandelion literally translates as Pissenlit meaning pisse = piss and lit = bed!

🇫🇷Pour célébrer la Journée mai (1er mai, une fête païenne traditionnelle de signification symbolique au Royaume-Uni) et la venue de l'été, voici un âne chéri portant une guirlande de fleurs. Ânes ne mangent généralement pas de fleurs, mais certaines variétés de mauvaises herbes sont particulièrement recherchés. Mes ânes (comme le font la plupart) comme le pissenlit et les repérer sur l'odeur et la couleur. Ils peuvent distinguer une fleur de pissenlit sur un grand carré d'herbe par la vue et vont marcher sur elle. Tous les ânes éviter renoncules, ils sont toxiques pour les ânes. Les ânes semblent savoir ce qu'ils peuvent être dans un champ de renoncule et ne fera que les sourcils l'herbe autour. Ils sont les navigateurs, pas brouteurs comme des chevaux.


Webster House by Scott O'Donnell
Via Flickr:
Thomas Webster House, Cape May New Jersey decorated for Christmas.

Campaign Setting Idea: Age of Magic


I’ve had this dumb idea sitting around in my head for years now, originally for a fantasy novel I was writing to amuse myself as a teenager. You’ll notice some very strong inspirations from Eberron and the original Final Fantasy. Feel free to pick from this, if any of it gives you ideas for your home campaign. 

The Age of Magic Is New

Magic didn’t exist on The Mortal Plane among humans and the Dwarven Kingdoms for the longest time. Sure, there would be the occasional outcry of a witch or spellcaster - but this could usually be explained away as superstition and here-say. 

And then the elves arrived. 

The Feywild destroyed by monsters and demons, the elves came The Mortal Plane as refugees, bringing their floating forest islands and cities along with them. They taught men magic - and how to draw powers from rifts in the fabric of reality. 

And then men took it too far…

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