For all our Pagan and Wiccan readers, Heartfelt Ministries would like wish you all a Happy Beltane and a productive and joyous spring. May the Goddess bless you all.
For those unfamiliar with this sacred holiday, Beltane (also known as May Eve, May day, Roodmas and sometimes mistakenly as Lady Day) is a spring festival devoted to dancing, the celebration of the turning of spring to summer and the Goddess taking her consort as lover. Sacred bonfires would be lit and there would be a great deal of music and feasting, as well as more, shall we say, carnal celebrations of fertility?
Yes, this is a fertility holiday, so sex was considered as a holy act, an imitation of the love between the Goddess and the God. A bit different from most religious celebrations, I must say and quite nice.
The maypole is a survivor of this festival, with its ribbons and drumming; one more honored in Great Britain than in the United States, where I happen to reside. A dream of mine is to someday be able to attend the Edinburgh Fire Festival—now that’s what I call a party! Check that out on the BBC; the pictures are amazing.
We can all take joy in the fact that the long dark days of winter are far in the past, that the world is renewing itself once again, and bask in the warmth of the spring sunshine. Enjoy the green grass and watch the flowers. Plant some, even if it is only in a window box or pot. Give yourself a sense of participation in this process, it only comes once a year.
I know the posting today is a little short, but I’m going outside and inhale the scent from the blooming apple tree in our yard. Beltane is meant to be experienced, and that is what I’m going to do. May you all take a walk in the park, turn your faces to the sun or have a romantic picnic with someone you love.
Find your peace and enjoy the beauty.
(for the record, I don’t know to whom that wonderful garden picture belongs; a friend sent it to me. If anyone does know, please email me and I will be most happy to give them full credit.)