Northern Hemisphere Date: May 1st
Here are some Beltane facts, I thought were interesting.
- Celebrated approximately halfway between Vernal (Spring) equinox and the Midsummer (Summer Solstice). A cross-quarter festival. Beltane traditionally marked the arrival of summer.
- Beltane translated means “fire of Bel” or “bright fire” – the “bale-fire”. Bel (Beli, Belinus, Belenos) is the known as the bright and shinning one, a Celtic Sun God.
- This is the festival of the Great Rite – of sexual union between Goddess and God.
- Beltane is the second principal Celtic festival (the other being Samhain). Beltane and Samhain divide the year into its two primary seasons, winter (Dark Part) and summer (Light Part). As Samhain is about honoring Death, Beltane, is about honoring Life. It is the time when the sun is fully released from his bondage of winter and able to rule over summer and life once again.
- Beltane, like Samhain, is a time when the veils between the two worlds are at their thinnest. It is the time when the Faeries return from their winter hiatus, carefree and full of faery mischief.
- This is the time when the brilliant red flowers of the Flame Trees highlight Australian forests and gardens.
I breathe in the fire of the sun!
This world is alive, and I am alive with it!
The fire in my heart is a Beltane fire, A fire raging with passion and purpose!
Today I honor the sun, And the movement of the earth. The Earth Mother provides, And the Sky Father encourages New life on the land.
This is the moment to remember That even while I practice in solitude I am a living being, interconnected with all life.
I am the tree. I am the river. I am of the earth, growing into fullness, Supported by the Kindred.
Hail, the fire of Beltane!
(Poem from the Solitary Druids Fellowship)
Beltane Blessings Gorgeous Souls xXx