Wonderful Beltane is the Celtic start of summer. It is a time when the earth is fertile and full and the Goddess shows off her blousy, seductive blossom, inviting us to open ourselves to our sensuality within; especially after a long winter. We see everything blooming and greening around us, with the promise of the bounty yet to come.
We had such an amazing time at the Beltane celebrations here in Glastonbury. Indeed, it seems that the old ways are returning once more as a huge gathering took place at the Market Cross in the town, followed by a procession and the erection of the maypole and much merriment at the bottom of the Tor. Come and join us next year; we are planning a huge community picnic and you are all very welcome.
The earth’s energy is on the increase – and there is the promise of more to come!
Beltane has been celebrated for thousands of years as the time of fertility and abundance; we can see evidence of this all around us in the loud bird chatter, the blossoming of flowers and the greening of the trees, of nesting birds and animals choosing mates. Indeed, if Beltane or May Day as it’s more commonly known, used to fall on a Sunday, then a lot of the churches would have been quite empty as courting and established couples would go out ‘ a maying’ in the woods. Maypole dancing comes from a far more ancient custom: the maypole represents the God, it being a phallic symbol. Today we ask for the God’s blessing of his continued fertility and power in our lives.
Dress your altar in reds, pinks and greens to symbolise vitality, passion and love. Decorate it with spring blossoms, hearts and rose quartz.