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 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.
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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Angel cards & readings
Angel readings can help you put your life into perspective. With the help of the angelic realms they can help shed light on where you are now, what’s blocking you and where you’re heading in the future.
What the workshop covers.
What are Angels, Archangels, Angels & their special responsibilities, connecting with Angels, Angel Signs, Angel Meditation Angel Card Readings learn about the seven main Angels and how to do Angel card readings.
Everyone one gets to practice and share thoughts or experiences on Angels with a group discussion, enjoy a lovely meditation, it’s a nice relaxed day that will leave you feeling calm and refreshed.
8th April – 10.30am to 2.30 pm. Please bring a Note Pad & Angel Cards, lunch if you wish, Tea & Coffee will be provided.
You will need to book you place and make your payment up front as places are limited.
Cost £30 payment in full please (use the pay pal link on Book a Reading page)
For more information email Bookings@magicandglitter.co.uk
Venue: Greenacres, Kiln Road, CM16 6AD Epping, Essex
Many of us will celebrate Samhain over a few days and nights, which usually include a series of solo rites as well as ceremonies, spells, feasts, and gatherings with family and friends.
Pagans celebrate Samhain from sundown on October 31 through November 1.
Halloween, short for All Hallows Eve, its celebrated on and around October 31. Halloween and Samhain are not the same, they are two separate celebrations that differ considerably in focus and practice.
Samhain’s is associated with death and nature’s rhythms. In many places, Samhain coincides with the end of the growing season, as vegetation dies back with the frosts.
This is also when the veil is thin between the world of the living and the realm of the dead and this enables us to contact and communicate with loved ones.
For those who have lost loved ones in the past year, Samhain rituals can be a way to bring closure to the grieving and to help them adjust to their loved ones being in the Otherworld by spiritually communing with them.
There are many ways we celebrate Samhain. Here are a few listed below, why not try one of them for yourself.
Samhain Nature Walk. Take a meditative walk in a woodland area near your home. Observe and contemplate the colours, aromas, sounds, and other sensations of the season. If possible gather some natural objects and upon your return use them to decorate your home.
Seasonal Imagery. Decorate your home with Samhain seasonal symbols and the colours of orange and black. Place an Autumnal wreath on your front door. Create displays with pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, acorns, and apples. Light candles in cauldrons.
Ancestors Altar. Gather photographs, heirlooms, and other mementos of deceased family, friends, and pets. Arrange them on a table, along with a few candles. Light the candles in their memory as you call out their names and express well wishes. Thank them for being part of your life. Sit quietly and pay attention to what you experience. Make a note of any messages you receive in your journal.
Feast of the Dead. Prepare a Samhain dinner. Include a place setting at your table for a deceased loved one. Add a place setting, and to the plate, add a bit of each food served. Invite your ancestors to come and dine with you. After the feast, place the contents of the plate and cup outdoors as an offering for the Dead.
Cemetery Visit. Visit and tend the gravesite of a loved one at a cemetery. Call to mind memories.Place an offering there such as fresh flowers, dried herbs, or water.
Reflections. Reflect on you and your life over the past year. Review journals, planners, photographs and blogs that you have created during the past year. Consider how you have grown, accomplishments, challenges, adventures, travels, and anything new that you have learnt.
Renovate. Select an area of your home or life as a focus. Examine it. Re organize it. Release what is no longer needed. Celebrate renewal and transformation.
Bonfire Magic. Light a bonfire outdoors or kindle flames in a fireplace or a small cauldron. Write down a habit that you wish to end and cast it into the flames as you imagine release. Then imagine yourself adopting a new, healthier way of being.
Divinatory Guidance. Using Tarot, Runes, Scrying, or some other method of divination, seek and reflect on guidance for the year to come. Write a summary of your process and any messages you received.
Divine Invocations. Honor and call upon the Divine associated with Samhain, such as the Crone Goddess and Horned God of Nature. Invite them to aid you in your understanding of the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. If you have lost loved ones in the past year, ask these Divine Ones to comfort and support you.
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