Happy Beltane or Beltaine. This pagan holiday has its roots in the Gaelic tradition of celebrating May Day which is halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Beltane honors new life. It represents the feeling that within each of us Spring is underway and Summer is just around the corner.
On Beltane, life is renewed and celebrated with the bursting forth of fertility. Earth energies are strongest now as the birds and animals bring forth their young. Every bit of nature responds to Mother Gaia as flowers bloom and crops sprout.
Fertility and sexuality of life are the central themes of this holiday. The day is often marked by a bonfire because Beltane is a fire festival.
“The word ‘Beltane’ originates from the Celtic God ‘Bel’, meaning ‘the bright one’ and the Gaelic word ‘teine’ meaning fire. Together they make ‘Bright Fire’, or ‘Goodly Fire’ and traditionally bonfires were lit to honour the Sun and encourage the support of Bel and the Sun’s light to nurture the emerging future harvest and protect the community.
Bel had to be won over through human effort. Traditionally all fires in the community were put out and a special fire was kindled for Beltane. “This was the Tein-eigen, the need fire.
People jumped the fire to purify, cleanse and to bring fertility. Couples jumped the fire together to pledge themselves to each other. Cattle and other animals were driven through the smoke as a protection from disease and to bring fertility. At the end of the evening, the villagers would take some of the Teineigen to start their fires anew.” (From Sacred Celebrations by Glennie Kindred) Green Man – Beltane”
Instead of celebrating with a bonfire (Due to the drought, we have high fire danger here in Colorado – no outside burning) I’ve lit a candle (to signify fire) that will burn lavender oil as a thank you to mother Gaia for the bounty she had brought forth for us from the earth. Fertility will spring forth from my fingers in the form of writing.
The Witch of Lupine Hollow.com shares a marvelous Beltane Ritual for Sensuality that reminds us all that we need sensual self-care, which is much needed in today’s stressful world. Take a peek by clicking the link above. I know I’ll be performing this ritual later in the afternoon.
How will you celebrate Beltane?
May (Flower) Moon Phases:
- Full Moon: 29th
- New Moon: 15th
- 1st Quarter: 22nd
- Last Quarter: 8th
Happy Beltane! Namaste & Blessed BE! ❤