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Beltane is often the wildest of the Wheel of the Year celebrations. The Spring Equinox gently brings in the sweet flower blossoms and melts the snow, but Beltane set's it on fire! It is at this time that spring is in it's full glory. The season beckons all of nature to come together in fertility rights and celebrate the birth of new life. In ancient Celtic times, early May was when the cattle were taken to pasture, and the fires were used to keep their livestock safe from predators. It became a symbolic ritual, using the fire to protect their animals, their crops and their families from danger.
May Day also brought with it the tradition of early morning frolics through the forests to collect flowers and leave them on neighbors doorsteps. It was a day to run free underneath the warm sun and make love in the fields. Villagers and townspeople would find a tree in the woods and set it up as a pole in the center of town. They would tie colorful ribbons around the top, crown it with a ring of flowers (a nod to the sexual energy of the day) and dance around the pole while tying the ribbons in colorful patterns. Modern pagans also celebrate the holiday in reverence of the Lord and Lady. The sacred, youthful energy of the hunter God and the maiden Goddess bring a rush of energy and vitality to the land, that culminates in the wild bonfire celebrations seen today.
Want to celebrate Beltane this year, here's a few suggestions:
Make your own Maypole
Wear a Floral Crown
Cook some tasty treats
Have a Handfasting ceremony
Have a Beltane bonfire rite
Watch these videos of the The Beltane Fire Society
Invite a few friends, light a backyard campfire and listen to my Mixtape
Here's some great music for dancing around the Maypole in the morning and the Beltane fire at night!
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