“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
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.
Have a blessed Beltane everyone!