Since May 1 lies about halfway between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice, our ancestors considered it a good time to mark the transition into summer. Indeed, in most of medieval northern Europe, which observed the Celtic calendar, May 1 was considered the beginning of summer, hence for example the Beltane festival. At the […]
A very good idea for Beltane (by the way, Happy Beltane for all!)!
The most obvious association with Beltain is the May blossom – the hawthorn flower, traditionally collected and brought into homes for this festival. Hawthorn is most reliably found as a hedgerow plant, so walking in country lanes around the start of May is the easiest way to find it. Blackthorn is also in blossom, and both hawthorn and blackthorn have white flowers, but they are easy to tell apart – blackthorn flowers before it leafs, whereas hawthorn flowers after its leaves are open.
For me, finding the hawthorn flowers is not the key thing for this festival. Instead, I’m drawn to the woodland flowers. It’s at this time of year – before the leaves are all out – that woodlands come into flower. My holy trinity of bluebell, wild garlic, and wood anemone fill the woods with scents and colours. There are places where vast swathes of bluebells all come up…
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Before Beltane, a reflection about liminal spaces by an ADF priestess… because Beltane is a liminal holiday, just like Samhain! But at Beltane, the Nature’s power is at its peak. 🙂
Source: Before the First Step, a Pause
By the way, Happy Beltane (Northern Hemisphere)/Samhain (Southern Hemisphere) for all! 🙂
We don’t have a fire pit at our apartment, so I decided to bring three candles out and light them on this special night. One is my flame keeping candle, one is my altar candle, and the third is one I’m making into my mini bonfire candle! My family lit our sacred fires, we made offerings to the Three Kindreds, and we walked around the candles three times clockwise for good luck. It was fun and took the perfect amount of time for my toddler.
May you have a blessed Bealtaine, and may the weeks ahead be bountiful and full of passion and joy!