May Day. May 1st. Beltane.
AKA, my favorite time of the year!
Beltane is the next holiday in the wheel of the year, arriving just around the midpoint between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. It arrives in the height of Spring for us Northern Hemisphere folks, and is celebrated on May 1st.
I absolutely adore Beltane. I love Springtime, and Beltane always arrives just as my spring allergies are leaving, which is a wonderful celebration for me. The world around me is always in bloom, and any leftover winter blues that may be residing in my heart and chest just melts away into nothing. This is always the time when I start my seeds, plant any garden veggies that I have picked up from local greenhouses, and when I fertilize my blackberries, blueberries, and roses!
In old god lore, Beltane is when the maiden goddess and the god of nature come together as woman and man to conceive the horned god, who will be reborn at Yule. Many view Beltane as a passionate holiday, and there are some that celebrate with personal festivities under the sheets! My partner and I have been known to celebrate in these ways as well! ;-) It's a lovely time to connect with another person and celebrate the fertility of the new, blossoming earth.
Some of my favorite things to do at Beltane involve fire and flowers! I always try to have a fire going in the fire pit, just to enjoy the warmth and the flames and turning the world back to ash to be reused again. With flowers, I love to go flower picking during these times. Dandelions are picked to turn into tea or to feed to my pet bearded dragon. Clovers are made into chains that are worn around the neck and in the hair. I like to cut a few tulip poplar blossoms from the trees behind our home to give our living space a wonderful floral aroma. One year, I made a lovely wreath for my front door that was made from fern cuttings, and another year, I enjoyed a fresh bottle of dandelion wine that had been gifted to me by an old friend.
For this year, I am planning a nice little meal at home. Nothing fancy, just some simple roasted chicken with a fresh green salad and lots of sweet, ripe fruit. I may even make a fruit loaf for desert... blueberry and lemon sounds lovely!
I hope that everyone enjoys a wonderful, blessed Beltane!
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