Updated: Aug 17
It's time to celebrate as the seasons are rotating swiftly!!
Beltane is the celebration that takes place on May 1st, which is about half way between Spring equinox and Summer solstice.
As we witness the transition from Spring drawing closer to a close... and as we get ready to enter into the 1st signs of Summer, you will notice the days growing longer, and I say ...
Happy Beltane to YOU!!
It's all about celebrating fire, fertility, and abundance!
This is a time to tap into the fire element to celebrate the coming of summer. Fire is known for it's ability to purify things, it's a way to cleanse and revitalize. Fire represents the return of the light as the days grow longer and summer begins it's journey on earth.
In many parts of the world, people who celebrate Beltane will gather and leap over the Beltane Fire to connect their mind, body and spirit. Couples will jump over the bon fire together to bless their union and ensure fertility. Leaping over the fire also is said to bring good fortune, fertility and happiness as the year carries onward.
Another way we celebrate Beltane is something you probably have heard before... the May Pole.
People have danced around the May Pole for centuries. It is a symbolic way to show the union between the Goddess (Female) and God (Male), creating a sacred circle of abundance. It symbolized the union of the Feminine and Masculine which is the major theme on May Day/Beltane.
The pole is usually a young cut tree which symbolized the masculine quality. During the festival, people would weave ribbons and foliage around the pole, symbolizing the feminine qualities... thus joining the two together.
Not everyone is going to have the opportunity to jump over the Beltane Fire, or even dance around the May Pole..... so here are some other
ways you can celebrate Beltane!!
I made this little wind catcher to help celebrate, I used branches from my backyard tree.. hemp rope and ribbons. Each ribbon is related to a Chakra, but it serves as a dual purpose, the colors also correspond with some magick!!
You can use the info. below to put together your own ribbon spell on your tree.
Basically you would use the color that corresponds with what your trying to achieve from the list below. Next,write your intentions on the ribbon and tie it on the tree. As the wind blows, it will send your intentions out into the Universe.
When you tie the knot, it's the magick that fixes your spells and focuses your intent. You can add some extra magick into your spell by anointing your ribbons with essential oils that match your intent. By using the color that corresponds with your intention below it will enhance your spell.
COLORS & MEANINGS
Red: Root Chakra
Connected to earth, grounded, healthy finances, feeling of safe, good physical health, energy.
Orange: Sacral Chakra
Creative flow, healthy sexual relationship, knowing who you are, feeling attractive.
Yellow: Solar Plexus Chakra
Empowered, confident, strong will power, self worth, feeling of control over life, good leadership.
Green: Heart Chakra
Unconditional love, loving relationships, self love, compassionate, empathic, easier to forgive & forget.
Blue: Throat Chakra
Clear communication, speaking your truth, honesty, teaching/speaking skills, will ask for help, good listener.
Purple: Third Eye Chakra
Mental clarity, visual communication, artistic, able to visualize well, good intuition, psychic abilities.
White: Crown Chakra
Spiritually aware, feel connected to source & universe, receive divine messages, guidance/knowledge, inspired.
Additional Ways to Celebrate Beltane:
~Light a bonfire/candles
~Do a beauty/love/sex spell
~Have an outdoor picnic to enjoy nature
~Put some music on and Dance
~Make a mini May Pole for your alter
~Put ribbon spells in your tree
~Add flowers to your alter or sacred space
~Take a ritual bath
At the end of the night, when Luna is Bright, All you do is put about 1/4 cup of epsom salt with some of your favorite relaxing essential oils (Lavender) to your bath water.
For an added benefit, place a Rose Quartz Crystal into your bath water too, it will infuse the water with unconditional self love and give you a sense of calming.
I hope this gave you some information about Beltane and also some fun ways to celebrate!
I'd like to share a poem I wrote in honor of Beltane, I hope it inspires you and you enjoy May Day!!
Light, Loves & Lunar Hugs,
Bridget M. Shoup
"The Crystal Healing Gypsy"