Updated: May 2
“At last came the golden month of the wild folk-honey sweet May, when birds come back, and flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year.”
-Samuel Scoville Jr.
From Skye Alexander’s “Your Goddess Year” book:
Dates for inviting her: May 1-7
Irish legends say that in early May fairies emerge from their winter burrows and embrace spring with singing, dancing, and feasting. On May 1, the Celtic fertility holiday Beltane is celebrated, and traditionally sex plays a part in the festivities. Therefore, we honor the lusty goddess Maeve, also know as the Fairy Queen, during this week.
Also known as Medb, this strong willed, independent Irish goddess is a powerful deity indeed, and a glamorous one. She alone determined which men would become kings. Many Irish legends center on Maeve, and say she had fondness for gold and other riches. In art and lore, she’s often depicted wearing a red dress, perhaps to signify her passionate nature or her role as a warrior deity, and she sometimes brandishes a sword.
If you seek to win the heart of a lover-especially if you have a rival-invite Maeve to share her secrets of seduction with you. Invite her when you face a competition that requires courage and self determination, she’ll show you how to trust yourself and your own judgment. This passionate, dynamic, and uninhibited deity can also teach you how to own your power and sexuality, and to express it without reservation.
Maeve’s name means “intoxication” or “she who intoxicates.” If you’re game, you can make your own honey mead, used to summon the goddess, but also you can make an easier drink that will help you embrace your sexuality, connect with your personal power and trust your own judgment. You’ll need:
•A bottle of dry red wine(or apple cider if you choose non alcoholic)
•A 2 quart pot
•A spoon, silver one
•Fresh fruit, peeled and sliced thin (oranges, cherries, pears, peaches, apples, etc.)
Pour the wine into the pot.
Spoon in as much honey as you like.
Heat on low for several minutes, while stirring to dissolve the honey and blend it into the wine. Ask Maeve to infuse the wine with her vitality and allure.
Add the fruit slices and and let the brew simmer just lo g enough for the fruit to heat and soften, but don’t let it get mushy.
Allow the wine to cool enough to drink, the serve it in a heat resistant goblet or cup. Feel the goddess’s seductive power flowing into you. If possible share this goddess blessed beverage with a lover. Or envision the lover you seek while you sip the potion.
Eat honey cakes, or sweet bread as part of this ritual-and make sure to leave some outside for the fairies.