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Beltane activities 2013

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I’m loving this beautiful spring weather. Taking my dog on regular walks along the river offers ample opportunity to be around nature and enjoy the scent, sights, and sounds of Life.

The meetup group gathers at my house tomorrow (or rather tonight being its so late with typing this up), and we’re celebrating Beltane. Technically, the date is May 1st, but some members couldn’t join at that time. I’m pretty flexible, and I think its more important to accommodate a group than to recognize a specific date.

IMG_1968Beltane, which means Brilliant Fire, celebrates when the herds are moved to their summer pastures. It also marks the season of fertility where sex is prominent, when the god and goddess form a union to bring Life into the world.

Some prominent activities include dancing a May Pole (which represents the phallus), and jumping over or between fires to make wishes and be purified/protected.

I like this idea from cyberwitch.com;

Cakes played a major role in many Beltane customs. A popular one was called the ‘knobby cake’. A cake was baked with nine lumps or ‘knobs’ on it, each one dedicated to a Deity, or Supernatural Being, or to an animal which threatened livestock. Each participant broke off a knob and threw it over the left shoulder, into the fire, saying, for example: "This is for you, gnomes, don’t steal my milk," or "This is for you, fox, spare thou my lambs."

This is fun to do even now. Since we (most of us) don’t live in an agrarian society, we might say something like: "This is for you, (name of employer), spare me my job!" Just remember, when you re-create an old custom, it should have valid meaning today.

Other activities to consider;

Feasting- I love potlucks with friends. Its fun to be surprised with meal choices, and eating food with others provokes its own kind of magick. Mead, sparkling cider or juices, fruit, dairy foods and Irish dishes (being Beltane is an Irish holiday), and anything that makes the day special.

Crafts- Popular crafts for Beltane include May baskets, floral head wreaths, masks, build fairy houses, ribbon wands, dance ribbons, make an altar sized maypole (video), and other May activities (video.

Frolicking- This is a whimsical, magical holiday. Dance in the woods, be playful, join in games, a hike, a picnic, but most important- have fun.

What fun traditions do you enjoy at Beltane? Post in comments

Follow up on Beltane

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Last Saturday, my group celebrated Beltane with a potluck and mask making event.

My space is limited, having to cast circle in a smallish dining room where you can barely walk the perimeter. We made due.

The meal was delicious- Chicken Skewers, fresh salad, rice pilaf, homemade lasagna, a veggie tray with spinach dip, and more.

IMG_1586Mask making proved a bit challenging. The full face masks cost too much, so we opted for the less-than-a-dollar option of the half-face masks you can buy at the craft store. We then painted and glued our self-made designs. These will be used for midsummer.

Instead of a Maypole (no room, remember?), we used a very long gold and white rope ribbon. Each member bound their own ribbon (picked for color and design) to the main ribbon, where we all grasped it together and infused with our energy. Each member wished for something to come true in the next moon cycle.

IMG_0127Cakes and ale include sparkling pomegranate and blueberry juice with a variety of chocolate, including a fancy coconut-white-chocolate.

As we put out offerings beneath a bush in the front yard, we stood a while to enjoy the full moon in all her brilliant glory.

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My camera couldn’t pick up on the details of the moon, unfortunately, but I felt, overall, the ritual went pretty well.

My biggest regret was a few members were unable to attend at the last minute.

How did you celebrate? Add in your own blog and comment (leave a link) below. I’d love to read it.

Supermoon!

This weekend, my group celebrates Beltane on the full moon so I’m excited we may see a ‘supermoon’.

Some things to do on a supermoon;

  • Set out rainwater in glass jars to infuse with the power of the moon.
  • Set out tools or ritual items such as candles or crystals to cleanse and charge beneath the moon’s light.
  • Meditate beneath the moon with ‘empty mind’. Sit and ‘listen’ for guidance for your troubles and questions.
  • Harvest herbs, pick flowers or gather items for magical workings on the full moon.
  • Set spells for this full moon and compare results to past spells on full moon to see if you sense a difference in power.

Post in comments more ideas if you’d like to share them.

About the supermoon-

Learn what makes a big full moon a true 'supermoon' in this SPACE.com infographic.
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration