For today’s post, I have decided to discuss how we can embrace the energy of the May Queen in order to pamper ourselves and enhance our experiences this season! So, you may wonder exactly how one can go about embracing this energy of the May Queen. It is a process of becoming more in tune with your inner Earth Goddess and with your inner intuition.
The May Queen is the Flower Bride who creates a sacred union of the land with a King. The May Queen is either a representative of a Sovereignty Goddess, or the Goddess herself. We see this pattern of Faery Queens marrying a King to cement his right to rule threaded all throughout Celtic myth and folklore. This pattern happens with Blodeuwedd and Llew, Rhiannon and Pwyll, and with Guinevere and Arthur. As we can see, this pattern happens with three of the primary Goddesses that are connected with Beltane, making this potently connected with the May Queen! Faery Queens of the Springtime and Summer are teachers who can encourage us to embrace our fertility and creativity, which can help us make the most of this light half of the year.
Beltane is a time when a May Queen can be chosen, if the group celebrating wants an extra fun time. Along with crowning a May Queen, her consort, symbolizing the Horned God and Lord of Summer, may also be crowned. The celebration would include these two having sex as representatives of the Goddess and the God to promote fertility of the land! If a child is conceived during this union the babe is said to be especially blessed. This way of celebrating is something that is theorized to have happened in ancient times, however as with anything with Celtic religious practices, we cannot be certain. After all, the Celts memorized and performed their spiritual texts, not believing in writing them down. The memorization and performance were something that proved devotion to the sacred. In any case, back to the topic of the coupling of the May Queen and Horned God. This is depicted quite well in The Mists of Avalon, where Morgaine and Arthur are paired, not knowing they are siblings (not having seen one another in a decade), and beget their son Mordred through this union! At the end of the day, each of us can feel the energy of being crowned May Queen by becoming a vessel to embody this Divine Energy.
Finally, I want to acknowledge that today is my second wedding anniversary. I wanted to discuss this topic of embracing the May Queen today because that is exactly what I did on my wedding day, and what I do each May! My wedding was held in the middle of the woods in this Woodland Faery Wedding, whereas I have mentioned before, I even referenced Lancelot and Guinevere in my vows (including the term Faery Queen). That day felt like a true union of soulmates and a truly romantic celebration of love and the energy of the May Queens! I hope that you have enjoyed learning a bit about my thoughts on the May Queen Archetype and how to embrace her energy. What do you think about the May Queen archetype? Who is your favorite May Queen? Will you embrace her energy for the rest of this Beltane Season? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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- Blodeuwedd: Welsh Goddess of Seasonal Sovereignty by Jhenah Telyndru
- Rhiannon: Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons by Jhenah Telyndru
- Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in the Arthurian Legends by Nicole Evelina
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
(Side Note: Marion Zimmer Bradley may have been a terrible person who did horrific things, but I believe we must separate the artist from their art. I loathe what she did, but this had been a favorite book long before I learned of her atrocities. I will not mention them here, as that is a whole huge topic of its own, but you can easily look it up, but be warned it is worse than you imagine.)