May the balance be restored,
between the Lady and the Lord.
Earth below and sky above,
share the blessings of their love.
- Laurie Cabot
I wish you all a blessed Beltane filled with joy, love and prosperity. May the fertility of the Goddess and God in spring be present in your lives in the areas you need creativity, life and growth.
Our Beltane maypole celebration got rained out so we celebrated as a family at home this year. We decorated Beltane cookies (one for each of us and one for the fey) and read Beltane stories from Circle Round by Starhawk while gorging on fresh fruit and creme. We danced and celebrated our creativity.
It's the 1st anniversary of our marriage as well so we celebrated each other, our union and our love and the way it feeds our life with blessings.
It was a quiet, intimate family celebration and it was perfect.
From the D'Avalon family to you: we wish you all the blessings of Beltane.
Also know as: May Day, Bealtaine, Bhealtainn, Bealtinne, Festival of Tana (Strega), Giamonios, Rudemass, and Walburga (Teutonic), Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),Fairy Day ,Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)
Date: May 1
Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard
Deities: Flower Goddesses, Divine Couples, Deities of the Hunt, Aphrodite,
Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility.
Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green
Tools: Broom, May Pole, Cauldron
Stones/Gems: Emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz
Herbs and Flowers: Almond, ash, broom, cinquefoil, clover, Dittany of Crete, elder, foxglove, frankincense, honeysuckle, rowan, sorrel, hawthorn, ivy, lily of the valley, marigold, meadowsweet, mint, mugwort, thyme, woodruff, angelica, bluebells, daisy, hawthorn, ivy, lilac, primrose, rose, st. john’s wort, yarrow, basically all flowers.
Incense: frankincense, lilac, rose.
Symbols and Decorations: maypole, strings of beads or flowers, ribbons, spring flowers, fires, fertility, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers, butter-churn, baskets, eggs
Food: dairy, bread, cereals, oatmeal cakes, cherries, strawberries, wine, green salads.
Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting
Wiccan mythology: sexual union and/or marriage of the Goddess and God
It’s association with fire also makes Beltane a holiday of purification.
Wiccan weddings are frequently held on or around Beltane.