Ahhh the days are getting warmer, there is certainly more daylight and sunshine and I finally feel as though we are shifting off the cover of winter. Don’t you?
I love how nature is now awake and busy. In the garden we have nesting birds, blossom and a pond full of frogspawn which is just awesome!
What is Beltane?
Beltane (pronounced Bel-tayn) marks the beginning of summer and a time of fertility. This is the time when the cattle are driven out to the summer pastures and in the past, rituals were performed to protect the animals and crops as people gathered for a feast and bonfire celebrations. It’s a fun and festive time for all.
Beltane is a cross quarter day which is a midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice.
This festival is one of the four fire festivals on the Wheel of the Year and in the past this would be the time when all heath fires would be put out and relit again and in the villages large bonfires would be lit to bless and purify the cattle.
And on a more personal level, Beltane is also associated with courtship and love.
In the UK many people still celebrate May Day which is very similar to the old Beltane celebrations. May Day is a festival for the community and a celebration of all of the hard work that has taken place to get the fields and cattle ready for spring.
There is often dancing around the May Pole which is a nod to the fertility aspect of this time of the year. A May Queen is chosen to represent the goddess of fertility. Also in the UK we have Morris Dancers with painted faces, costumes, bells and sticks making it fabulous to watch.
When is Beltane?
Beltane falls between April 30th and May 1st. It is most commonly held on May Day (1st May) or
halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice.
How to Celebrate Beltane
1. Decorate your altar
Use lots of greens and bright colours. Fertility symbols such as a statue of a goddess, seeds or a wreath.
2. Light a Beltane Fire
As Beltane is a fire festival, building a fire in your garden and celebrating outside is perfect. The fire symbolises burning away the last remnants of winter.
3. Handfasting and Weddings
Beltane is a popular time for tying the knot…..is it your time?
4. Dance & Celebrate
As Beltane falls on May Day, it’s traditional to dance the Maypole, however, dancing wild and free to some music will do just as well.
5. Connect with the Faeries
Beltane is a time of magic and wonder and therefore perfect for creating and decorating a little home as an offering for the faeries of your garden.Working with Faery magick and energy at this time is very powerful too! Leave a small gift of honey, gems, crystals or something shiny.
6. Get Creative
Beltane is a perfect time for creativity so if you’ve been neglecting your passion for art, cooking, gardening or writing then today would be a perfect time to start
7. Spend time in Nature
All of the festivals on the wheel of the year have nature at their heart sp spend time in nature today and gathering items to decorate your home and altar space.
8. Honour your spirit animals
Beltane is a time for offerings to your animal spirit guides such as the fox, eagle and crow. This was traditionally part of a protection ritual for the herds of farm animals but these days it can be done to protect your home and family space.
9. Cleanse, clear and release
Get the windows wide open and remove the remaining stagnant winter air from your home. Ue sage, palo santo and incense to cleanse and clear the air and light candles and use crystals to purify the energy.
10. Divination and Scrying
The veil is thin between worlds during this festival making it a wonderful time for divination. Add Mugwort to you burner, tea or altar space to increase clarity
The Wheel of the Year Hand drawn A4 Print
The Wheel of the Year is an annual cycle of seasonal festivals and sabbats and within this guide, you get your own hand-drawn version to help keep you on track with the eight celebrations throughout the year. All of the artwork included in this pack has been hand-drawn by me to help immerse you in the feeling of each of the celebrations.
The print is produced on high-quality A4 archival paper ready for framing.