May: Hare Moon

The Moon of May is also called Merry or Dyad Moon, Flower Moon, Frogs Return Moon, Thrimilcmonath (Thrice-Milk Month), Sproutkale, Winnemanoth (Joy Month), Planting Moon, and Moon When the Ponies Shed.

The Mugwort Festival is celebrated the fifth day of the New Moon in China.

In China, the Full Moon is also known as the Pestilent Moon; Chung K'uei the great spiritual chaser of demons is honored.

The time of the sacred marriage of the God and Goddess is the Dyad Moon, when the two become one, when all things meet their opposites in perfect balance and in perfect harmony.

Anglo-Saxons named their month Thrimilcmonath, or Thrice Milk Month, because cows give milk three times a day during May.

The American backwoods tradition call this full Moon Flower Moon.

The commemoration of Buddha's enlightenment occurs on the day of the Full Moon this month.

Old Sayings and Lore

To dream of a future husband, go out into the light of the Full Moon of May and say:
"Moon, Moon, tell unto me
When my true love I shall see.
What fine clothes am I to wear?
How many children shall I bear?
For if my love comes not to me
Dark and dismal my life will be."

Crops sown near a Full Moon will be ready for harvest a month earlier than crops sown during a waxing Moon.

According to Cornish tin miners, if you put a piece of tin near an ant hill during the Full Moon of May, it will turn into silver.

Upon seeing the New Moon, bow to Her and turn over the coins in your pocket. This will bring you luck in all your affairs.

To see the future for good or ill, take a mirror outside. Let the light of the Moon fall on its surface and gaze into it. Any face appearing will be connected to your future.

One of the most popular traditions of May is the Maypole. The Maypole was cut on May Eve in Germany by the young single men of the village. It was of fir, and all the branches save the uppermost were removed. It was then adorned with ribbons and erected in the village square, where it was guarded all night until the celebration of May Day morning.

The Maypole represents the World Tree; its roots in the underworld and its branches in the upper realms.

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