Updated: Jan 9
In the next week, we welcome in the festival of Beltane, the Peak of Spring and beginning of Summer.
We celebrate Beltane on the 1st of May, halfway between Ostara (the Spring Equinox) and Litha (the Summer Solstice)
Since Ostara on the 20th of March, we have been working hard on our manifestation practices and leaning into the fertility and abundance that Nature has been bringing us.
Now, on Beltane, it is time to celebrate that abundance with with bonfires, joyous dancing and expressions of sensuality. All of nature is bursting with active energies of vitality and joy. Sexuality and passion is heightened, and fertility is a central theme.
It is a fun time, and was traditionally a time for life celebrations to take place, such as weddings. 'Handfasting' was the traditional bethrothal of a couple, where their hands would be tied together in a ceremony involving vows and rings, with a knotted red ribbon ('tying the knot').
The Maypole is another Beltane tradition that we are all familiar with. The pole itself represents the male and the flowers on it represent the female. Dancing around the Maypole and weaving its coloured ribbons is a celebration of Union, fertility, and Life.
It is traditional on Beltane to wash your face in the morning dew, to bring health and beauty.
It is also traditional to light bonfires, to honour the strength of the Sun and to celebrate burning desires and passions. People would traditionally jump the fire as a symbol of cleansing, purifying, bringing fertility, and betrothal.
Beltane is a time to cultivate the seeds of manifestation we began at Ostara, bringing your dreams to life. Everything is in full swing, tap into the energies of fullness and fun.
Enjoy the joyous and fiery energy of this time!