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Blessings of Beltane!

Hail Thalia, Grace of Flowering and Mirth!
Hail to The Lord and The Lady!
Hail to the King and Queen of Faery, to blessed Flora,

and to Maia Majestas!

Hail to the Summer!
Hail to the Summer!

The season that drives

The cold Winter away!

Hail to the Summer!
Hail to the Summer!

Light your bonfires –

Today is Beltane!

— from Magick, by Spiral Dance

In the Southern Hemisphere, our brothers and sisters observe Samhain today, but in the northern lands, we celebrate Beltane, Beltainne (pronounced Bel-tinna), Cetsamhain (‘opposite Samhain’), and Walpurgisnacht (German). The medieval Church tried to rename this celebration Roodmas in an attempt to shift the common people’s allegiance from the Maypole (an obvious phallus and symbol of life) to the Holy Rood (the Cross – the symbol their God’s death and resurrection).

Beltane is a reference to ‘Bel-fire’, the fire of the Celtic God of light (Bel, Beli or Belinus). He, in turn, may be traced to the Middle Eastern God Baal.

Whatever you choose to call it, this is our celebration of the approach of Summer, when the breezes are scented and the evenings are getting warm. Today we honor and emulate the divine union of the Lord and Lady! Celebrations include the obvious pleasures of ecstatic coupling, like most all of Nature is doing around us!

We also celebrate symbolically, by weaving a web of life around the Maypole and leaping the Beltane fires for luck. Lilacs and hawthorn can be brought inside on this day, along with flowers of all kinds to represent the fertility of the earth. This is our great festival of love, lust and fertility. This Sabbat honors the great life force in all things. All life forms! All forms of love!

Wiccan handfastings are common at Beltane, however the wise grandmothers knew very well that most lusty trysts formed in the merry month of May were not likely to last, so actual marriages were avoided and considered bad luck during this month.

Instead, the smitten couples were encouraged to enjoy their pleasures, but wait at least one lunation before the serious business of marriage. That’s why June is considered a much more favorable time for a lasting union and to this day is the most popular wedding month.

And if a pregnancy resulted after the Beltane revelries, well, so what? The mother was considered blessed and the child was sure to be magical. So mother and child were supported and welcomed by the whole village, and all was well.

Don’t you just love this wise way to work with our sexy nature, rather than to condemn it, and forbid it to take its course?

At Beltane, we remember the landing of the Tuatha de Danann in Ireland, and we honor on this day the Great Mother-Goddess Danu (or Danann). The Tuatha de Danann (meaning, “the people of Danann”) were the fourth invading culture to arrive in Ireland, many centuries before the Christian era.

They were astonishingly advanced and highly skilled in science and metalworking. They came to be viewed as a race of magicians. They inhabited Ireland for about two hundred years, until the fifth and last invaders, the Milesians (Gaels), conquered them. When the Tuatha de Danann had been finally defeated, they withdrew to the hills (sidhe, pronounced “shee”), where they reside to this day. Now known as the Sidhe, they are, in fact, the source of our lore of the Gods, Goddesses and ancient Faery race.

So this is an important time to give offerings to the wildlings and Elementals. The activities of the Fey are now growing and will reach their height at Summer Solstice.

Now, enough talk! Let’s celebrate!

May your day be blessed and your rites be deep and delicious!

[… and safe journeys, gratitude and blessings to Cora Anderson, who departed in the magical night of Beltane Eve, to join her beloved Victor in the Summerlands.. ]

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  • May 2, 2008, 12:29 am Anonymous

    Wonderful post! Thank you. RJ

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