“Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.”
- Kahlil Gibran
Merry Afternoon! As I type the title to this post..I can’t believe how fast the year is going. Beltane already??? But yes, Spring is springing out all over..finally! Today we are sunny and warmish…but it’s incredibly windy and that keeps things feeling a bit cool still. But trees are budding, spring flowers blooming, birds singing, garden centers are busy and there is no denying that the Wheel is turning..turning..turning….
Here in Ohio it’s too early to plant but I have a few herbs growing on my kitchen window sill that I successfully started from seed. Hubby and I have checked for damage after the long, frigid Winter and it looks like our new plantings from last year (bushes, perennials, herbs) all survived but one boxwood and are a little worried about our hydrangea bushes..but everything else is just fine! Even my lavender plants are already greening up! Yay!
Beltane is the earliest we do any planting here and many experts suggest waiting until Mother’s day to be extra sure of no late frosts. I however, will at least be planting happily in my herb bed by May 1 or so. Beltane for me is the perfect Sabbat for just that! Mother Earth is fully awake, fertile, blooming and budding by then. The Sun God is growing in strength and warmth as well! And all around, the animals are happy and capering about. Don’t forget, Beltane is a lusty time of year :)
Beltane is a Fire Sabbat! We have lots of fires..to burn old, dusty, dried up herbs and yard brush, wishes and hopes written on paper, and dancing and divining with it as well. It’s the time of year I also put out more outside protection such as witches bottles, wards, salted boundaries etc etc. The house is open and airing out stagnant energy. I have by now cleansed and smudged the house, done my Spring cleaning and put away all the heavy winter blankets, throws, curtains etc.
All the elements come into play for Beltane as well. Earth, Air, Fire and Water all active and present for our benefit. We dig in the dirt to plant and walk barefoot in the new, soft grass. We listen and feel the wind through the trees with their new canopy of leaves. We have bonfires and light candles, and for many, warm weather means a trip to the nearest body of water! Use the elements again after being cooped up all Winter!
My Circle of Witches will meet around Beltane for a feast, a fire and to make May baskets for some elderly people in our lives…to brighten their May as well. We will wear flowers in our hair and go barefoot and welcome the warmth of the Sun, the longer days, and planting season. The Goddess and God will romp and love and create..and if we are wise, we will too!!
Beltane is a big time for community gatherings. You will find Pagan festivals, Maypole dancing and garden shows this time of year. Go check them out and support them!
Be sure and type Beltane into the Search box for previous postings, correspondence, recipes etc for Beltane. I’ll be back with a new recipe or two soon. In the meantime, enjoy the beginning of Spring and plan a wonderful, fun, frolicking Beltane celebration for you and your loved ones! Spring Blessings!!!
“The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit; for like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in likewise every lusty heart that is in any manner a lover, springeth and flourisheth in lusty deeds. For it giveth unto all lovers courage, that lusty month of May.”
- Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur
Blessings and Love, Autumn