Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Beltane


“Oh, do not tell the priest our plight, or he would think it a sin; but we have been in the woods all night a-conjuring summer in” –Rudyard Kipling’s A Tree Song

The season is upon us once again when the veil between this world and the Otherworld or Astral plane is at its thinnest. I am referring to Beltane which is opposite Samhain on the wheel of the year. Whereas Samhain (summer’s end) is a time to reconnect with the ancestors and those who have passed over, Beltane (summer’s beginning) is the time to connect with the people of the Fae or Faerie Folk. Faerie Magick is often worked at this time. This is actually reversed for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere who will be celebrating Samhain right now. My family always makes faerie houses for our main family altar. Outside the houses we often leave, tiny bells, crystals, shiny trinkets, sweet cakes and milk as an offering. This often brings the Fae into the house from the gardens.

Beltane which means “fire of Bel or Bel’s fire” is celebrated when the sun is 15 degrees into Taurus. It is the perfect time to make a Bel-fire. This fire which consists of the woods from the nine sacred trees is lit to welcome back the light and fertility to the land which is now fully waking up from its long dark slumber. It is a celebration of the union between the Goddess and the God. The Goddess is symbolized at this time as the May Queen Maia and the God is the Greenman. This celebration includes dancing around the May Pole (phallic symbol), “frolicking” in the woods, going “a-maying”, and leaping the Bel-fires. All of this is to generate that loving frisky energy that Gaia loves and send it back to the land to ensure a blessed planting and a bountiful harvest.

It is custom in our family tradition to make faerie houses, weave wreaths (honeysuckle, dandelion and jasmine are my favorite combination), dance around the May pole, and to camp out in our back yard while roasting marshmallows to make smores.

Have a blessed Beltane everyone!

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