Merry Meet my friends! Spring has Finally spring here in Ohio! Though there has been fluctuations…40* one day, 80* the next! …..Spring none-the-less has bloomed. Spring flowers, flowering bushes and trees are all blooming. Birdsong in the mornings and I love seeing them at the feeders again…cardinals, finches, sparrows, even woodpeckers! Squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits are scampering around, kids are playing outside again and adults are working in their yards and gardens.
I had a birthday a few days ago…my 55th! (gasp!!) 🙂 For my birthday present, my hubby built me a raised bed for my veggies and herbs and he put up a clothesline! Something I have missed having in my yard for 16 years! I finally live in a house with a yard that is sunny enough to have one! You have no idea how excited I am about this LOL…it’s a big deal! To me, there is nothing like the fresh, clean scent of clothes that have hung outside in the Sun and breeze 🙂 A clothesline brings back wonderful memories for me. In my mind’s eye, I see my grandmother in her housedress and apron, happily pinning up her linens and clothes while I tag along, with the pins, putting my nose in each and every piece to breathe in the great scent!
My granddaughter, who is 4, was here when I hung out my first load of linens and clothes. I was overjoyed as she immediately wanted to know what I was doing and why. As soon as I hung up the bright pink sheets, she did what all kids do..she ran thru the damp sheets, laughing and putting her nose right in them..just like her mommy, my daughter, did when she was a little girl 🙂 I believe more happy memories are being made with that clothesline 🙂
Beltane is coming up fast! May 1! Beltane….marking the coming of longer, warmer days, gardens in bloom, faeries scampering thru the flowers and Mother Earth becoming full and in bloom! Maypoles are erected and danced around, May baskets are happily filled with bright flowers and left on doors, and love and lust is rising in the hearts and souls of young and old alike. Beltane is a happy, energetic, fun Sabbat!
Here at my house, we will have an outdoor fire and a great meal full of fresh veggies and fruits…a nice light meal. I’ll start planting my pots of herbs, planting crystals and blessings along with the them. I’ll ask the Faeries to assist me in success in growing them big, full and magickally! An offering will be made to Mother Earth and the Fae….honey, bread and wine…to show how grateful I am for their presence in my Life and in my gardens. I’ll do a ritual under the waning Moon to celebrate the Sabbat as well.
If you’re interested in Beltane correspondences, recipes, ritual, altars etc…just type Beltane into the search engine over to the right here on this page. There is 3-4 years of info here! I’m sure you’ll find some things you’ll like 🙂
For Beltane I recommend you spend some time outside, whatever else you do! Take a walk, plant a tree or flowers, sit by a tree and listen to the breeze thru the young, tender leaves. Make up a May basket and surprise a friend or neighbor with I. Visit a garden center or a botanical garden or a park. Plan a romantic night with your special someone..and remember! You are a special someone too…so do something for yourself! One of my favorite things to do for Beltane is to collect some dew overnight…just set out a shallow bowl..and wash my face in it in the morning! It is said to bring youth and beauty and Goddess knows at 55yo I could use the help 🙂 Try it….it really works!
The fair maid who, the first of May
Goes to the fields at break of day
And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree
Will ever after handsome be.”
– Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
May you have the most blessed Beltane! May you feel Love, Joy and youthful exuberance! Dance..Sing….Be Merry!!
Blessings and Love,