With its focus on fun and frivolity, it's no wonder Beltane is one of the most festive Sabbats of the year for many modern Pagans. Held each year on or around May 1st, Beltane is a celebration of vitality, fertility, strength, and growth reflecting a blending of many traditions. Here, Beltane author Melanie Marquis provides ideas for May Trees and other ways to celebrate this sacred day.
While it is often the simple things that get us through life and help us to change our perspective, it is also true that the simple things are really easy to forget. We forget to play. We forget to be happy. We forget to love. What's more, we often don't even realize that we forget to do these things! This year, use these ideas from Ostara author Kerri Connor to rejuvenate and balance your emotions, finding new joy in the process.
Whatever the origins of May Day or Beltane are, it is still celebrated as a time of renewal within nature. Beltane can also be regarded as a celebration in anticipation of the coming summer season. Raven Grimassi, author of Beltane, discusses traditional May Day rituals and customs.
England The festivities now associated with the celebration of May reached their height in England during the Middle Ages. They were heavily influenced by Italian forms of celebration dating back to the time of ancient Rome. On the first day of May, English villagers arose at daybreak to wander the countryside gathering blossoming flowers and branches. A towering, tall Maypole was set up on...
Beltane: April 30(May Eve)The Beltane RitualFragrant flowers, lush green foliage, and warmer temperatures celebrate the magical energies of love. It is time for splendor in the grass. Beltane is a bawdy holiday of love, sexuality, regeneration, and prosperity. We drink in the earth's colors, aromas, and tastes. Appetites are keen. Beltane energy is powerful, and expectations of the future are...