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Blessings of May Eve!

Throughout my whole life, during every moment I have lived, the world has gradually been taking on light and fire for me, until it has come to envelop me in one mass of luminosity, glowing from within… The purple flush of matter fading imperceptibly into the gold of spirit, to be lost finally in the incandescence of a personal universe.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Today is May Eve, Walpurgisnacht, or Beltane Eve! One of the most magical nights of the year, in Germany, Walpurgisnacht begins at sunrise on this date and ends at sunrise tomorrow, the first day of May. It especially honors the Horned God of the Celtic and Teutonic peoples. He embodies the vitality of animal life, in the ways that the Green Man embodies the vitality of all plant life. The name Beltane means bright fire, bale fire, or Fire of Bel, referring to the Sun God, Bel or Belinos.

So, traditional bonfires and torches of rosemary and juniper are lit, bringing sweet purification and protection to all. Birch boughs are also placed on all doors and windows to protect the home from evil spirits and sorcery.

Like the more somber Samhain, which our friends in the Southern Hemisphere are now preparing to celebrate, this is a time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest and we may truly experience the quantum wave of other realities. Pay attention, and you may find that other worlds bleed through into ours, making divination and encounters with non-ordinary beings more frequent and clear.

For instance, traditionally, the Queen of the Sidhe rides out on her snow-white horse this night, possibly looking for mortals to lure away to Faeryland for seven years. Folklore says that if you sit beneath a tree on this night, you will see Her or hear the sound of Her horse’s bells as She rides by. If you hide your face, She will pass you by but if you look at Her, She may choose you.

As the final day of the month, of course, this day is also sacred to the great Goddess of Witches, Hecate. We often think of Her as the Crone, but our ancestors knew Her as the Sacred ThreeMaiden, Mother and Old One. Offerings to Her younger aspect, such as flowers, sweets, and other delicate, beautiful gifts, would be especially appropriate tonight.

In days of old, when human sexuality was joyful and without shame, the young people went out into the woods on May Eve and stayed all night, returning in the morning, laden with flowers and green branches.

If you don’t stay up all night, at least remember to get up early tomorrow, and wash in the magical dew of Beltane morn:


The fair maid who, the first of May

Goes to the fields at break of day

And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree

Will ever after handsome be.

Other sources suggest using the dew found under oaks or on ivy leaves. Make a special wish as you wash your face in it or as you drink from a well before sunrise.

Our ancestors did not limit their Beltane festivities to only one day, nor were they reckoned by the number on a calendar. They celebrated based on observation of the heavenly bodies, and a feel in the air. So I recommend that we, too, not curtail our celebrations only to May Eve, or May Day. Beltane’s energy, to those who are open to it, is warm, magical, sexy, and inspiring.

Let us enjoy to the fullest this beautiful time of year. And tonight especially, go out and allow the beauty of this lusty time to make your blood dance. Include an intimate loved one in your rites, if you are blessed with such a person.

Most of all, enjoy the lovely finery that Mother Nature has cloaked herself in, and let yourself be enchanted by Her.

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  • April 30, 2009, 8:24 am ARIE

    Dear Beth,

    Lot’s of Beltane Energy for you.

    Face the Cassiopea constelation in the sky and connect to the primordial Goddess Anu.

    Love
    Arie

  • April 30, 2009, 9:35 am Madeline

    I love Beltane.I am recovering from a crummy cold/virus (NOT SWINE!!) and so my lusty energies are a bit subdued.. but my SPIRIT is willing even if the body is lagging behind a bit.

    BLESSED BE on the delightful Holy-day!!

  • April 30, 2009, 11:26 am Star

    I’m having a very vulnerable week for no obvious reason (other than attributing it to the general chaos of the country – economics, health pandemic, wild swings in weather, craziness in general). On the verge of tears most days, having trouble getting anything meaningful accomplished, very distracted and unsure of myself. I even missed a morning page day, yesterday. Not feeling very lusty either. I hope to gather some of this Beltane energy to recharge. I’ll miss my artist date this week, too, due to crisis management of our mortgage refinance and my intuition to stay home until the flu is over. Hanging on by a thread today.

    Star*

  • April 30, 2009, 6:07 pm freak22

    I just felt the need to share this with some one who could see it for its worth.

    the last two nights just about dusk I happened to be outside and all of the sudden I was filled with a love for all the life I saw around me, my roses I had recently planted and the birds in my trees bedding down for the night this is life at its best. It was a truly blessed moment, and it still is with me in some small way.

  • April 30, 2009, 8:19 pm Anonymous

    Blessed be.

    May the energy swirl around peaceful hearts.

    Mari

  • April 30, 2009, 8:44 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Dearest Starflower…
    I know there are certainly many mundane-world reasons why you may be feeling fragile or vulnerable..

    But please do know that you’ve been doing some profound, deep work on your Artist self (among all the other important journeys you may be on!) and as we recover our sensitivity, we can become .. well, more sensitive..

    So things that we maybe used to take in stride can really hit us in unexpected ways.. Be gentle with yourself, and know that you have a whole support network here sending you good energy .. things are shifting and moving.. please be really gentle on yourself.

    And remember there is no right (or wrong) way to do this.. Hang on, or even let go of that thread..Love will not abandon you either way…

  • April 30, 2009, 8:48 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    And to everyone here.. Oh how I wish for you all the sublime magic that you’re describing, (heather?) freak22.

    Blessings of this most magical night!