What is Beltane and how can we celebrate it?
It is when the energies are most abundant, at their strongest. It is the peak between Spring and Summer, there is a visions of life bursting all around us. There is potent fertility at this time and as humans traditionally we would mirror Mother Nature in this representation.
The turning of the wheel at this time becomes a potential for conception.
On May Eve the sexual energy all about us and within is at it’s most potent, the Maiden Goddess has reached her fullness. It is at this time through the triple Goddess that she has come through manifestation of growth and renewal.
We have the Goddess of Spring, Flora, the May Queen, the May Bride, the Young Oak King, the Green Man and it is at this time that they fall in love, the union is consumated as they fall in love and pregnancy occurs.
The May Queen and the May King are symbols of Sacred Marriage, the union of the Earth and Sky and often this is a time chosen to have hand fastings. For this is the night of the Greenwood Marriage. It is about sexuality and sensuality, passion, vitality and joy. And about conception. A brilliant moment in the Wheel of the Year to bring ideas, hopes and dreams into action.
dress a tree
festival of flowers
Easy Beltane Activities
This is a joyful time, a time of abundance, of playfulness, of union, courtship, stoking the fires and starting new beginnings.
Making a fire
seek out the faeries
Decorating your altar
When decorating your altar at this time, take your mind to the sense of coupling, the abundance of the seasons, union and it’s fruition, the opulent blessings of Mother Nature. It is a time of consumation also, perhaps depicted with a statue representing lovers, or male and female.
It is the Festival of the Flowers, so create divine floral pieces for your altar, or simply one flower to give thanks.
Also the trees of now are rowan, hawthorne and birch, perhaps see what is already lying on the ground ready to take, or ask permission before taking only that which you need.
The colours of Beltane are green, red and white/silver. Green represents growth, abundance and fertility. Red represents strength, vitality, passion and vibrancy. White represents cleansing and clearing and the power to disperse negativity.