May 1st – Blessed Beltane!

Blessed Beltane!

Beltane, or May Day if you wish, is celebrated on May 1st. Beltane is the last of the spring festivals and marks the beginning of the warmer months of planting and the growing season. It’s one of the festivals that I like to call the Big Four, the others being Mabon, Samhain, and Yule. Beltane is the festival when we honor life and this is the time when the Goddess now takes the God as her Consort. Revelers dance the May Pole and crown a May Queen. (I’ve done the May Pole dance several times, although it’s harder than it looks.) Many will build huge bonfires, or bale-fires, and it’s tradition to drive livestock between two bonfires to purify them and bring good luck. Household fires would be extinguished and then relit with the ceremonial bonfires. My own town has a May Day celebration with a pole, funnel cakes, and a small fair and petting zoo.

There is a very nice slideshow from MSN Glo that can be found here.

Blessed Be, everyone!

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  1. Emerging Visions visionary art ‘zine #22

    http://emergingvisions.blogspot.com

    In celebration of Earth, our Gifting Gaea has emerged.
    Share our Gift; Enjoy our Earth; Blessed Be

    Sense caressing meadow
    Green grain and brilliant petals
    Lovely buzzing, lively hopping
    Warm, yellow light at play
    Luscious wash of pleasure
    Fragrant, rolling, mellow
    Miles of flowering moments
    Celebrate today

    Imagine May Day

    Brazen witches fly, legends say,
    dark Moon nights; arise, stealthy, silent
    in their joyous revelry.
    Bonded to Earth’s creation;
    learning at mother’s breast
    to manage life’s gifts and lessons.

    Historic Man may proclaim, may murder
    for fealty, to swear allegiance to
    their hunt’s command.
    They may elevate their One True King
    to kneel and obey. They may employ
    counting measure, ceremony and sacrifice,
    taunting and torture or other trials
    thus finding for each loyal swan a pond
    to plunder, to parade in royal colour,
    their place of pride.

    Cruelty descends, more master than tactic;
    it is the enemy of joy, of flavor,
    bonding, works of love and honor.

    Yet men, on real ground, work companions
    to soil and rain, engineers trained to each
    moment’s urgencies, philosophers of stone and mud,
    reason and toil, persist. Their sinew and bone feed
    the ages, build clay and richness on which
    wealth relies.

    Wisdom knows the sweat of practiced movement,
    flexible to unexpected obstacles, able to modulate
    quiet or loud as the crowd ebbs
    or grows in credulity.
    Where wisdom seeps through, counters
    prevailing poisons, invigorates blood to nourish
    minds and hearts, look there for blessing.

    Arise, lovers! Bring forth better days,
    ours to play in open revelry,
    neighbors enjoying shared labors and our fruit.
    Accept truth of magic; imagine life into this world.

    Beltane 2012

  2. melissaseclecticbookshelf

    Blessed Beltane!

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