~ Beltane – May Day ~


Beltane is a day for fertility rites, light-hearted celebration and sexual revelry, for love-chases, maypole dancing and performing the Great Rite to honour the Mother: make May Baskets and weave flower garlands – choose a May Queen to represent the Goddess – wear green and crowns of flowers – dance naked in the crops or ride a broomstick through the fields, for the fertility of the land – leave offerings for fairies – gather in sacred groves – pay homage to your household gods.  In the Wheel of the Year, the Goddess and God reach young adulthood; both are in their green prime.  They become lovers and consummate their union.

Gaelic Festival celebrated May 1 in the Northern Hemisphere and November 1 in the Southern Hemisphere.

Altar Decorations: Red and white candles, Seasonal Flowers and Garlands, Small Maypole, Goddess & God Statues, Faeries, Butterflies, Beads,  Growing Plants, Plows, Cauldrons of Flowers, Brooms

Animals: Goats, rabbits and Honeybees

Colors: White and Dark Green

Drinks: Mead, Fruit/Wine Punch, Milk & Honey

Flowers: primrose, rowan, hawthorn, gorse, hazel and marsh marigold

Foods: Dairy, Oatmeal cakes, Bread, Cherries, Strawberries, Green Salads

Herbs: yellow cowslip, hawthorn, roses, lily of the valley, honeysuckle, birch trees, rosemary, and lilac. Also included are almond, angelica, ash trees, bluebells, cinquefoil, daisies, frankincense, ivy, marigolds and satyrion root.

Incense: African violet, jasmine, rose, sage and strawberry

Oils: Lavender, Rose, Frankincense, Myrrh, Jasmine

Stones: Sapphires, bloodstones, emeralds, orange carnelians, and rose quartz

Traditions: Beltane Fires, Maypole Dancing, Great Rites

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