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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ♥¨