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!”
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