It is Beltane! The Earth softens under the caress of the sun and all the world is new. We emerge from the darkness of a long, difficult winter; our eyes drink in rolling green hills budding branches and tender shoots. We breathe deeply the fresh fragrance of radiant blossoms. Merriment calls!”
– Selena Fox, Circle Sanctuary
Merry Meet my friends. Hope that you are having Spring weather, that your world is blooming and greening and warming like mine is. However the last 2 days it has felt more like Winter then Spring..sunny days but frosty cold mornings! The frost did a bit of damage to some of my herbs and budding trees and bushes..but they will recover just fine I’m sure. I love seeing the birds, chipmunks, squirrels enjoying the weather as well as the frogs and fish in our pond. My sister got some great pics of the frogs sunning themselves on rocks next to our pond. I love frogs!
As you who read my last post know, I had brain surgery and was quite ill and in the hospital for like 11 days. I am taking baby steps towards healing. My last catscan showed some improvement and no new bleeds. However, I have pretty severe headaches still, shakiness and dizziness, and alot of fatigue to deal with. I’m told to expect that for awhile. Another side effect, a bit of trouble focusing…which is causing me trouble with my writing, reading, even watching tv and playing words with friends LOL. Because of that..I have had a hard time writing here on my blog and posts may be a little more sporadic for a little while. Please bear with me while I heal….and my muse comes back 🙂
We are coming up fast on Beltane…one of my favorite Sabbats because of the sheer Joy of it. It is a fire festival, a welcome to the return of the Sun…..we celebrate longer days, warmer days…the greening of Mother Earth. Witches are out in their gardens…tenderly planting, watering, weeding, designing and enjoying the feel of the warm earth, the Sun on our backs, the scent of the flowers and herbs and our bare feet in the green grass and rich brown dirt. Meals are taken outdoors on patios and balconies. We want to eat lighter and healthier, take walks, be more active. Personally, one of my favorite things about the warm weather..is having my morning coffee on my front porch while I watch the Sunrise…and in the evening, again on the porch with a glass of wine and watch the Moonrise. Even if you live in the city, in an apartment or condo…you can have pots of herbs and flowers to tend, to touch, to care for. We dress lighter and in brighter colors, don our garden hats or gypsy scarves (especially for me this year with my shorn head LOL). We want to be around water too..a pond, a pool, a lake, an ocean…even a kiddie pool is fun if thats all thats available! I know I will have a blast with my grandbabies with their kiddie pool this Summer 🙂
Beltane!…… It’s about joy, love and lust, yes that kind of lust but also Lust for Life! After making it thru the long, cold, dark Winter…we are again free to be outdoors, to enjoy nature, warmth, Sun and longer days. Dance around a fire, feast, frolic with the faeries as they are very much part of Beltane. Erect a maypole and invite your family and friends over to wind the ribbons and dance around it. Set up a fairy garden and don’t forget to leave them an offering of a shiny crystal or stone or some honey and bread….. ask them to aid you in your garden.Rejoice with the God and Goddess in their Great Rite….laugh, be happy!!
Another thing I really want to do this year…is to make up some May Day baskets for my friends and family…I love this idea of using a canning jar or even just a tin can…fill it with beautiful flowers and leave it as a surprise on the door….what a lovely gift!
For me…this year especially…Beltane will be a most joyous occasion..simply for the fact that I am still here…with my family and loved ones. I am so grateful for that. I must say..Summer is not my favorite time of year….I love it until it gets too hot. I don’t like being hot LOL! However, early Summer is just a beautiful time of year with it’s warm days and cool, comfortable nights. I intend to enjoy every minute of it…and Beltane is a great way to start off a beautiful Summer Season!
Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.”
– Kahlil Gibran
I’d like to thank you all again so much for all the love, concern, comments, cards and gifts, healing, lit candles and friendship sent my way while I’ve been sick. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for it….from my heart to yours..thank you so so much!
Blessings and Love, Autumn
16 responses to “The Wheel turns to Beltane 2012…….”
YOU never stop amazing me! All you have gone through, and you still HAD to write a beautiful blog. You are one strong warrior goddess. Thank you for your words of wisdom. BB
I love it! I can so easily see myself sitting with you making homemade ice cream and eating watermelon! I love you!
Ah my lovely sister you speak Wise and Beautiful words! I am hoping that my new Goddess friends here will hold something for Beltane! I hope you will be able to do a small jig around the pole for the celebration! You are indeed a Warrior Woman and I have been blessed by your blog once again! Rest in Spring and let the Wheel Turn! Love you!
Hi Autumn, I love this blog. I am so sorry that you have been having some health issues. Glad that you are on the mend. Stay strong like you always have. Love and blessings to you.
I’m here, I’m here!!! sitting at the library at school… what an amazing blessing to find this blog in my email during this horrific time in my life. Your beautiful face, your magikal words just transported me to such a better time and place I have tears in my eyes (lucky not alot of students on a friday here at the library, so I can let them flow freely) I have missed you so much, and as always you are inspiring me to put my big girl undies on and take the challenge like a true Goddess as you have done so gracefully. LOVE the May Day basket idea, oh yes…(*sigh*) Ah Autumn you have brought sunshine back to my latest darkest hours. its me who has to THANK YOU, ALWAYS…I Love n Miss you very much, and I hope to get in touch real soon, in the Goddess love & light )O( ❤ xoxoxo
I so enjoy your blog dear one. I am happy you are here too. It is a wonder –
filled time of year, isn’t it?! I wish you much joy this Beltane and fun watching the frogs sun themselves. Peace sister.
I love reading your posts. I had no idea you were ill, I am sorry for the trial you are going through. I will light a candle and send up healing to you. I will keep you in my thoughts as I celebrate the spring and all that it represents. Perhaps this will be your time for your good health to bloom. Love and good health to you!
I kept thinking about you since your last post and with my own life and travels getting in the way am only now getting to reply. Dear one, what you have had to endure…I cannot even imagine. And you keep blogging! Thank goodness because we do worry. Thank you also for posting about Beltane, I love your imagery and meaningfulness of the rite. I will include a candle for you on my altar and please know how much I hate what you are going through; sending you hugs and bright blessings. )O(
I pray that you keep on healing and may the warmth of the sun help you feel wonderful inside..sending you Love and Light for continued happiness…Jerilyn
Your writing is as good as ever. And you look beautiful ❤
you are the goddess with in all of us , you shine bright even when it is dark , we see you and hear you , thank you for being here for us . love and light my sister . BB )O(
I have been following your blog for some time, but this is the first I’ve commented. My family recently went through something similar when we found my father has cancer in his mid-forties, and I have to say that your dedication to life and happiness through your difficulties have been truly inspiring. May you continue to heal! Blessed Be!
So beautiful your writing is! I’ve been so blessed to have you and the other sisters in my life and I’ve learned so much and there is so much more to learn. Blessed Be!
Hugs Jennifer..you are a blessing to me too my dear friend!
My Dear Sweet Autumn! I am so sorry! I have been away from everything for some time now and I had NO idea you were going through all of this! You are a Warrior Woman, though. I always knew that! You hang in there. Take care of yourself and get stronger every day. My love to you.
I love you too Bodhi and miss you terribly!! Hope to hear from you soon my dear sister of my heart!!