Happy Beltane! Beltane honours Life. It represents the peak of the Spring and the beginning of Summer. Earth energies are at their strongest and most active and all of life is bursting with potent fertility. Thus the Beltane energy is one of reverence for all of life, celebrating and honouring the fertility that grows from the union of opposites. It is about the sacredness and power of unbridled love and sexual pleasure, and deep connections of the heart.
It’s a time of union, of being in touch with the instinctive wild forces within and without, and to be aware of the potency of the life force and its power on the physical, spiritual and mystical levels. From now to the Summer solstice is the peak of sunlight and the conscious outward expression of ourselves. During this heightened energy time, we need to be aware of where we are and what we want and need. We should create the most fertile and positive environment for our seeds to grow.
Here at Beltane it is all about union, which will release a strong life force energy that releases the alchemy of manifestation. All of nature is growing and manifesting in a wild whirl of creative energy so we are invited to tap into this and create in our own world too.
In the past May Day celebrations included dancing around the maypole, symbolising the interweaving and joining of the male and female energies. As Glennie Kindred writes, “this creates a web of energy in a living matrix of power. Another custom of this time is the typing of ribbons and shreds of clothing to a Hawthorn tree, specially when they grow by sacred wells. Dipped in the water, they are hung in the trees with prayers for healing, and as gifts to the fair or faerie folk and the guardian spirits of the well or spring”.
Beltane was also recognised as the Fire Festival. Traditionally bonfires were lit to honour the Sun and encourage support of the Sun’s light and power to nurture the emerging future harvest and protect the community. Traditionally all fires in the community were put out and a special fire was kindled for Beltane.
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