Beltane

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Beltane is one of my favourite pagan holidays because it represents fertility, abundance and growth.  Like Samhain, the opposite holiday on the Wheel of the Year, this is also a time when the veil between the realms is thin, and a good time to communicate with the spirit world, especially nature spirits.

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.

Beltane is associated with the Celtic God Bel, also known as Balor or Belenus. He is a God of Light and Fire, and associated with the Sun (akin to the Greek Apollo). Fires were the traditional symbol of Beltane.

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.

People would jump over the sacred Beltane fire, the young, unmarried men would leap the bonfire and wish for a wife, while young women would leap to ensure fertility.

Beltane fire ritual

Build a fire outside make sure it’s somewhere safe and dance round it with your partner or friends. In ancient times this was done naked after drinking a fair amount of wine. It was probably more fun that way! Anyway, fully clothed is more an expectable way to have a fire ceremony.

Designate a May Queen and King of the Forest to lead the celebrations and dancing. Invite your loved ones and friends to celebrate and together you eat and drink.

Beltane blessing

Beltane is here, and we welcome the time of fertility.
We greet this season of fire, love, and passion
with open arms and loving hearts.
We come together to create life
to honour the Divine union between masculine and feminine
from which all life flows.
As the Earth grows and creates life, we shall grow and create life.
So mote it be.

Beltane celebrations

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, lilac and frankincense.

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

Decorate your altar in vibrant flowers you can use roses and flowers in any rainbow hues, and don’t forget your crystals.

Make your own sacred maypole using found wood, rainbow ribbons, and topped with a quartz point you can also place this on your altar.

If you’re looking to attract a new love, light a purple or green candle on the evening before May 1, and again on May 1 night, while you visualize the relationship coming into your life, asking that it manifest for the highest good of all.

So it is, so it shall be, and so it has always been. As you celebrate this special day, let the colours of nature inspire you to remember that all things bloom again, and a time for lovers to find each other again.

May you find yourself, your spirit, your passion, remember it’s never too late for you to become who you are intended to be.

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