Faery Magick and Beltane

The cosmic wheel turns yet again.  Beltane marks the midpoint between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice. It is a festival of fire that symbolizes the peak of Spring and the coming of Summer. At Beltane, Earth energies are strong and active; life is bursting. 

When we celebrated the Spring Equinox, Ostara, new life was just beginning to emerge and seeds are planted. At the beginning of May, there is no denying that the Earth has been reborn and in full bloom. Fields of wild flowers are have blossomed and are abundant. This is a powerful time to acknowledge & celebrate the fertility inherent in all life.

We absolutely love the Faery Magick of Beltane and gather together annually to celebrate in ritual and blessing to honor the Earth! We give our offerings of love and gratitude, honor and stoke our Sacred Fire. Beltane is a time to celebrate all the pleasures in being alive.

Returning to honor the Sun and our Sacred Flame,

Bel, The Bright One

We invoke you, to honor your name.

Bless our hands,

Our heads, our hearts

Source of creation, magick and art.

Traditions, Rituals and Activities

Below are a list of different Beltane activities you can incorporate into your own Beltane celebration.

Flower Meditation:

Select a fresh flower as your focus. Then find a quiet space to meditate with your flower. Using your senses of sight, touch, and smell, experience the flower.  Become one with it and experience your own self in bloom.  Let this flower communion be healing, renewing, inspiring.  Give thanks to the flower.  Then use this flower in your flower circlet, or you can put it in your personal despacho.

Flower Circlets: 

This is a festival of flowers and one of its traditions is to create a flower circlet, also known as a flower crown. Flower crowns are a symbol of love, fertility and the circle of life not only for Beltane and Spring, but they also span across many cultures throughout history around the world. In celebration of Beltane let the creation of your flower crown inspire you with a sense of peace, love and beauty.

Maypole: 

The dance around the Maypole represents Unity of the divine masculine and feminine, with the pole itself symbolizing the God and the ribbons that encompass it, the Goddess.  While dancing the Maypole, think of your wish or intention and allow it to be fertilized by the collective dance. 

Despacho:

A despacho is a prayer bundle or offering. A despacho ceremony is a ritual tradition that comes from Peru. The despacho serves as an expression of gratitude which we find fits well with the Beltane ritual we have prepared.  

Similar to a mandala or sacred creation, the despacho holds symbolic elements and your prayers. As the elements are added to the despacho, both your personal and our collective vibration raises. Your despacho becomes your living prayer to bring about energy shifts and healing.

Witch’s Ladder: 

Magical weaving and braiding is symbolic of Beltane and also serves as both a creative and meditative exercise. By focusing on the process of braiding or weaving, you can let your mind wander off as your hands do the work.

Take three pieces of string. You may want to choose all one color, or 3 different colors depending on your intention.  As you braid the string, you can weave in little tokens – feathers, charms, shells, beads, mossy branches and other natural objects or symbols that appear before you. 

This personal magickal tool will be charged with the magick of Beltane and you can hang it in your home somewhere, bury it on your property, or use for meditation. 

Sacred Beltane Fire:

The word ‘Beltane’ originates from the Celtic God ‘Bel’, meaning ‘the bright one’ and the Gaelic word ‘teine’ meaning fire. Together they make ‘Bright Fire’, or ‘Goodly Fire’ and traditionally bonfires were lit to honor the Sun and encourage the support of Bel and the Sun’s light to nurture and protect the community. 

Nine Sacred Woods

A fire kindled with 9 sacred woods of your home. For a more traditional Beltane the 9 sacred woods are: apple, birch, fir, grapevine, hawthorn, hazelnut, oak, rowan, willow, and elder.

The May Queen and King:

On Beltane, the May Queen is crowned and bestowed the honor of Queen of the Faeries, Lady of the Flowers. The May Queen is a symbol of the stillness of nature around which everything revolves. She stands for purity, strength and the potential for growth and increase. She is a personification of the energy of the earth.

The May King is the Oak King or Green Man, a symbol of the light and the warmth and protective powers of the Sun.  On Beltane, he falls in love with the May Queen and wins her hand.

Together the May Queen and the May King are symbols of the Sacred Marriage, the union of Earth and Sky.  This union is a brilliant moment in the Wheel of the Year to bring ideas, hopes and dreams into action.

Beltane Waters:

At dawn, for some extra good luck, wash your face with the morning Beltane dew. Embracing the sacred waters of Beltane are said to bring health, luck and beauty. 

We hope you have a blessed and magickal Beltane with love, light and faerie dust ♥¨*.✫*¨*.¸¸.♥*¨.✫¨♥¨*.✫*¨

Blessed Be!

Ostara Blessings To You! Happy Spring!

Image by Nichol Skaggs

The cosmic wheel turns yet again. Happy Spring Equinox! Wishing you bright blessings on this magical day!

Today we honor the Goddess Ostara. She is a fertility goddess where the names East and Easter come from. Her time is dawn and her symbols are the rabbit and the egg. Her favorite colors are the spring pastels: green, yellow, pink, baby blue. Take some time today to honor the season. Build and altar for Spring and honor the Spirit of the Goddess. Enjoy some treats of the season. Color and decorate eggs.

Ostara is a perfect point of balance on the Wheel of the Year. Night and Day, Dark and Light are equal, but the year is now Waxing, so at this moment light defeats darkness and we celebrate rebirth, renewal and coming alive. 

After a period of great pause and quarantine, we see a glimpse of the abundant fertility to come.  It is time for hope to become action. Energy is expansive and exuberant.

In this moment of great balance take time today to contemplate how you can bring more balance to your life. It is time to be reborn and start a new. May your most radiant and beautiful self shine for all to see! Love, light and faerie dust! ♥¨*.✫*¨*.¸¸.♥*¨.✫¨♥¨*.✫*¨*.¸¸.♥*¨.✫¨.¸¸.♥¨*.✫*¨♥*¨.✫¨.¸¸.♥¨`.✫¨

Written by Melanie Dawn & Anne Elizabeth

OSTARA BLESSING

From its winter sleep the earth is awoken,

The cycle of nature, true and unbroken,

The promise of spring, of life, a new start,

To fill you with faith, mind, body and heart.

The perfect wheel of nature keeps spinning,

With proof that an ending is just the beginning.

Rejoice in this season may it fill you with peace,

And may the blessings of nature, for you, never cease.

~Anonymous

Happy International Faerie Day

It’s International Faerie Day! Get outside, celebrate and and dance among the Fae!

Come out, come out where ever you are

Come out dear Faeries of near and far

Come dance and play and sing with us

And sprinkle on us your Faerie Dust

Dear Faeries, we know you are more than art

We believe in faeries, we believe in faeries, we believe in faeries

With all our heart!

From the book, The Land Beyond Time and the Faerie Master Spell Guide by Melanie Dawn

Beltane Blessings

It’s that magickal time of year where our hopes and dreams bloom into action, Beltane! Beltane runs deep in our hearts. We absolutely love the creative spirit and energy it ignites and practicing all its beautiful ancient traditions. Flower head wreaths, flower baskets, flower meditations, maypoles, sacred fires, beautiful altars and ritual ceremony. Faerie magick is alive and bursting!

Faeries: RayRay, Lisa, Mei, Anne, Melanie, Lacey, Gina at Imbolc 2020

This year, our Beltane will be much different than others, as we are gathering in sacred ritual virtually. It’s a new creative way of making it happen and we are going for it!  We are very excited to gather together for our virtual flowery sabbat, although we certainly miss gathering together for it in real life.

Beltane is the midpoint between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, to honor and bless the abundance of our Earth! At Beltane, Earth energies are strong and active; life is bursting.

The word ‘Beltane’ originates from the Celtic God ‘Bel’, meaning ‘the bright one’ and the Gaelic word ‘teine’ meaning fire. Together they make ‘Bright Fire’, or ‘Goodly Fire’ and traditionally bonfires were lit to honor the Sun and encourage the support of Bel and the Sun’s light to nurture and protect the community.

Here’s our Beltane Blessing for you:

May you long time sun shine upon you

All love surround you

And the pure light within you

Guide your way on

We hope you have a magical weekend full of festive flowery fun!

For a nice article on Beltane and the Fae, check out Legends of the Fae at Beltane.

Blessed Be!

 

Anne Elizabeth & Melanie Dawn, Sunset Campout Opening Ceremony

 

Winter Solstice Blessings


Photo: Sunset Campout Faerie Ring by Robin Russell

It’s Yule! Celebration, family, joy, generosity are bountiful, but as we enter into the Winter Solstice, we also come to place of great stillness. It’s a sacred and powerful transition point in the year that holds the energy of self-reflection, regeneration, and renewal. It’s the honoring of the Moon Goddess giving birth to the flicking inner light, the spiritual sun.

This is a time where a quiet energy, guides our way to experience the power of stillness; the deep connection to source and a glimpse of what it means to unite the finite with the infinite. It is the experience of the space between thoughts that we seek to find.

In the stillness, you become a magnet which attracts the information that guides your soul. As you deepen your connection, you will move into a constant state of awareness and serenity in life; living and thriving in your higher consciousness.

Make magic this Winter Solstice, may you be blessed with a deepening of your own stillness and connection to your spiritual sun.

Happy Yule! Have a Blessed and Magical Winter Solstice.

Love, light and faerie dust✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫

 

 

Ecstasy, Radiance, Magic

LivingFae

Sunset Campout Faerie Ring ~ July 25th – July 29th

We are returning to Sunset Campout for it’s 10-year anniversary celebration in Belden, CA. Join us in the Faerie Ring for an enchanting, ritualistic and amplified yogic workshop of Ecstasy, Radiance and Magic. Elevate yourself and create some magic. In this workshop we will tune our vibration into the electromagnetic field of the Universe with a sprinkle of fae magick, followed by asana, mantra, pranayam, and a Magic Meditation for self mastery. Savasana will include a special crystal infused Usui Reiki.

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We began the evolution of the Faerie Ring and altars at the Campout when Sunset first landed in Belden, and are excited to share this workshop and our blossoming thousand petaled lotus sacred space with the campout community.

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This year, the Faerie Ring brings a wide range of workshops in Shamanic Healing, Sound Healing, Magic & Medicine, Yoga, and Movement & Dance. We are over-the-moon with excitement for the return Shaman Durek with his transformative shamanic workshops, blissful restorative sound healings with Danny Goldberg, Herbal First Aid with Dixie Pauline, powerful yoga classes with Erika Van Gemeren, Alexandra Sargent, Cara Smith, Sher Arjan Singh and many more amazing yoga instructors, in addition to a wide array of fun yet transformational offerings facilitated by many beloved members of our Sunset community.

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You can also find us on the beach stage for Opening Ceremony, and in the Faerie Ring for Melanie’s Kundalini Yoga class Activate and Sparkle.

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Be sure to check out the Sunset Campout website for more details on the array of workshops hosted by the Faerie Ring and more!

Love, light and faerie dust✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset Campout 2019 & Faerie Ring Workshop Submissions

Photo By Shanna Doherty Photography

Sunset Campout is a 3-Day art and music camping experience in Belden, California nestled at the heart of the majestic Feather River Canyon. The Campout is an annual festival produced by San Francisco based Sunset Sound System.

Photo by LeRoy Rowland

Sunset Sound System was first established by Bay Area DJ, Galen, in 1994 when he started by setting up a generator and speakers at a park in Berkeley, California every Sunday.

Photos By Shanna Doherty Photography

Over the years, through tireless dedication and the combined blood, sweat and tears of partners like DJ’s Solar and J-Bird, and a crew of imaginative collaborative souls, Sunset developed into an inspiring collective of individuals who come together to dance as a unified global soul family. Today, after 25 years of legendary local and international productions, Sunset Sound System still continues with its incredible boat and outdoor parties. This year Sunset Campout also celebrates its 10-Year Anniversary in Belden Town.

Photos By Shanna Doherty Photography

Know for its amazing line-up of DJs and musicians, Sunset Campout also presents an array of talented visual artists creating interactive installations, visual stimuli, live painting, murals, and eye catching circus performances, as well as world-renowned healers, speakers, energy workers and practitioners who facilitate workshops with a variety of transformative, creative and healing offerings.

Photo by Robin Russell

The Sunset Campout Faerie Ring is host to the Campout’s yoga, workshops, meditation and healing ceremonies. Submissions and proposals for workshops are now being accepted. If you are interested in presenting your offering in the Faerie Ring please send your submission to FaerieRing@SunsetCampout.com.

Autumn Equinox and Full Moon Meditation with Radha Sangeet Kaur

 

Fall, the time of bounty and harvesting, will be here soon, and it’s the perfect time to go inward, burn off and clear your way to the unlimited energy reserve within you. When we tap into that source of power we  flourish, bloom and prosper. What intentions and seeds for yourself did you plant in the Spring? Now is the time to reap your bountiful harvest. 

Join Radha Sangeet Kaur and Living Fae for a powerful Kundalini Yoga Meditation Workshop to harvest and cultivate our prosperity. In Kundalini Yoga there are meditations and mantras that we can work with to activate this state within ourselves. In this event we will gather in the beautiful sacred Buddha Temple at the San Francisco Buddhist center for Intention Setting, Kundalini Yoga Meditations & Mantras, and a Crystal Bowl & Essential Oil Infused Savasana.

“The best way to explain prosperity is to say it is like a rosebud when it flowers and opens up, and shares its fragrance. That’s the moment, which lasts a few days, when a rose flower is prosperous. When a man or woman is prosperous, it is the fragrance of security, grace, depth, character and truthfulness that a person can share. Like a candle emits light, a human emits prosperity.

…You must know you have an unlimited reserve of energy. Once you invoke your energy, there is nothing that is small in you. All the environments start flying towards you. It’s beautiful.” ~ Yogi Bhajan 12/26/97, 3HO.org
(Yogi Bhajan Lecture: Prosperity is Like the Fragrance of a Rose)

 

SUNDAY, September 23, 2018 

San Francisco Buddhist Center
37 Bartlett St. San Francisco
2:00pm – 4:30pm
This is a free event.