Beltane, a festival of fun and merriment, a time of feasting and Maypole dancing. As we celebrate the woodland union of The God and Goddess it is a time of rejoicing in the Earth’s fertility. A beautiful time of year, often some of the sunniest warm days and surrounded by May blossoms, bluebells in the forests the whole world blooming with new life.
Maypole dancing, originally a trunk of a fir tree with side branches removed, but you can use any large branch to tie your ribbons on its great fun. It also represents the ancient phallic symbol of fertility and the God aspect. The cauldron represents the goddess for love romantic and well as self love.
The May king and Queen are chosen to represent love and new beginnings.
Beltane is also known as the fire festival, as dawn draws in with the lighting bonfires and burning touches and candles, as we call in the full moon the Flower Moon.
Gods and Goddesses of Beltane – Green Man, Spring Maiden, May Queen.
Prepare a crown of flowers for the May Queen/Maiden.
Prepare a crown of greenery and a staff with bells, long ribbons and leaves for the Green Man.
Beltane Incense: Mulberry.
Candle Colours: Yellow and White.
Ritual Colours: Green and Yellow.
Decorate your Altar with green and yellow, May blossom and young Oak leaves.
Kindle a bonfire, make and cook your own oatcakes.
Create your own Maypole, crown with a circle of young leaves, fresh May blossom and flowers, decorate with ribbons and bells. Go dance and enjoy 🙂
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