If you’re anything like me it may not seem like 5 minutes since we were celebrating Ostara but alas the Wheel has turned once again and May Day, or Beltane, is upon us. For those who don’t know Beltane is one of the eight Witch’s Sabbats, or days of power, and is the festival which marks the beginning of summer. Traditionally it was the time of year when cattle would be turned out into the fields. Farmers would drive the cattle through bonfires in order to protect the livestock from disease and misfortune. Such a practise seems a little counter productive if you ask me but each to their own! Beltane also marks the joining of the Goddess and God in marriage. It is a time to celebrate all things love, sex and fertility. Beltane is a joyous, celebratory festival when we begin to see the fruits of the seeds we have planted at Imbolg and germinated at Ostara. The sun has returned to us, the flowers are in bloom and nature is at it’s most lively and vibrant.
There are many ways to celebrate Beltane, not least the jumping of Bel-fires, danicing around phallic May poles and the crowning of the May Queen. If you are hoping to conceive sometime soon it is the perfect time for a little fertility magic or perhaps just to celebrate the love in your life. Or you could give this simple Beltane Love Spell a try!
Beltane altars should be decorated with flowers and plants, as well as all things green. Symbols of love such as Rose Quartz and rose petals are also perfect. Take time to stop and look at how you have grown throughout the year so far and all the progress that has been made. At Imbolg and Ostara we set out our intentions for the year, at Beltane we should begin to see those intentions manifesting themselves. Remember to show gratitude for all the blessings and help you have received on your path so far. If possible try and spend some time outside and look around you at nature in all it’s glory. It’s a great day for gardening and taking care of plants if that is your thing. I’ve been outside this morning potting on last years baby strawberry plants. We may not be experiencing the glorious May weather here in the U.K just yet but there is still much to be enjoyed in the great outdoors!
However you choose to celebrate Beltane let it be joyful, celebratory and most of all fun!
Have a wonderful and blessed Beltane ❤