Ah, spring is here…trees are in bloom, daffodils, tulips, crocuses and hyacinths, the accompanying color of Mother Nature on her canvas of greening earth. This weekend, April 30 to May 1, is a time known to many around the world as Beltane.
Even if you’re unfamiliar with Beltane, you know the facets of its celebration, especially the Maypole. Usually made of birch, it is surmounted by a wreath of spring flowers from which red (passion, vitality), green (growth, fertility, earth), white (cleansing, dispersing negativity) and silver (traditional color) ribbons depart. of the goddess) and blue (sky and sea) are suspended, a ring of color inside and another group of ribbons above.
the Maypole dance weaves the colors together, symbolic of the union of god and goddess, the spiral of life and the union of earth and sky. Dances include the Great Chain, the Spider’s Web and the Gypsy Tent. Check them out on You Tube. There are also some wonderful Morris Dancing videos.
Do you have a hawthorn, mountain ash (also known as mountain ash) or birch in your garden? All three are sacred to those who practice Druidism, Wicca, Witchcraft and the like. Sit next to a tree and ask the tree spirit to come out or speak to the spirit while you talk and walk or dance around it.
This is the perfect time to craft a new broom (witch’s broom). You can never have too many… the handle can be oak, ash, willow or birch. The bristles, birch. Now, it’s usually best to trim the antlers a year in advance to season them – you don’t want your broom to shed its bristles the first time you use it! Or, maybe you’re making one to use just as a garnish, in which case, skip the seasoning. Don’t forget to ask and thank the tree for its branches. An offering is always a nice reverent deed – how about a small glass of wine, or fertilized water and food? There are many broom making tutorials on You Tube.
It is a fire festival – fire pits and bonfires will be lit symbolizing the newfound strength of the sun. There’s nothing more liberating than dancing around a Beltane fire! And when there’s a full moon… ooh la la!
The dance begins “around a maypole and continues” around a Beltane fire. If you play a musical instrument, bring it to the party and play around the Beltane fire. Play pagan tunes for the occasion on Pandora or You Tube or listen to your own CDs and records outside. Recite poetry. Sing. Enjoy feeling alive!
The fairies (fairies) are now waking up from their long winter naps and are in desperate need of some fun and a little mischief. A nice welcome gesture might be to have a small dish of cream with edible silver or gold nuggets floating on top; or add some raspberries, too. And, just between us… they never say no to wine or mead (just like us)!
Beltane is the day the god and goddess got married. Their union brings forth the energy of creation, the rebirth of the earth to plant food, to feed wild animals… It is a powerful day of love, growth, warmth and joy. Many pagans choose to marry or marry on this day.
Feast on breads; green vegetables mixed with fruits, seeds and nuts; oysters, figs…eggs, fruit accompanied by mead and/or wine.
Beltane’s magic is in the air. It arrives at dusk this Saturday April 30 and continues until dusk on Sunday May 1. So put on your favorite dress and stock up on your favorite mead (Hannaford has a nice selection – top shelf; and there’s always Fat Friar Meadery in Newcastle). Call your friends and spend the weekend celebrating life, nature, love and the spirit of the season. Cheers! And, bless you.