𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔐𝔞𝔶 𝔡𝔞𝔶 𝔠𝔢𝔩𝔢𝔟𝔯𝔞𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫 𝔬𝔣 𝔣𝔢𝔯𝔱𝔦𝔩𝔦𝔱𝔶 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔩𝔬𝔳𝔢.
Beltane is a celebration of the earth and nature and marks the start of the traditional planting season. In ancient times farmers would build bonfires at night and walk their cattle between the flames, to ensure protection and fertility for the coming season. Traditionally associated with fertility and sexuality, modern Beltane Celebrations are an opportunity to take time for yourself, give thanks to the earth for its bounty and blessings and set intentions for the coming harvest season.
In the home, hearth fires were extinguished and relit with flames from the Beltane bonfires. People also walked the perimeter of their property or towns to invoke added protection over the coming year. Doorways, windows and even livestock were decorated with yellow flowers during Beltane.
Like all of the Wheel of Year sabbat celebrations, Beltane was a time for merry making and feasting. People would write a wish upon a ribbon and tie it a to a tree, in the hopes that the gods would grant them. Hawthorn, ash, thorn and sycamore trees were believed to be the best trees for making wishes.
𝔄𝔩𝔱𝔞𝔯 𝔡𝔢𝔠𝔬𝔯𝔞𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫𝔰 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔰𝔶𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔰
Acorns, Antlers, blooming flowers & herbs, floral crowns, baskets, candles, cauldron or cup, maypoles, sticks, seeds, wreathes.
ℭ𝔯𝔶𝔰𝔱𝔞𝔩𝔰 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔖𝔱𝔬𝔫𝔢𝔰
Beryl, Emerald, Garnet, Malachite, Rose Quartz, Tourmaline
ℌ𝔢𝔯𝔟𝔰 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔉𝔩𝔬𝔴𝔢𝔯𝔰
Coriander, Blessed Thistle, All-heal, Broom, Crocus, Curry, Daffodil, Dandelion, Dragons Blood, fern, Fireweed, Flaxseed, forsynthia, Hawthorn, medowsweet, majoram, Medowsweet, Nettle, Paprika, Primrose, Rose, Rue, Snapdragon, Tansy, Tulips, Violets, Woodruff, Peppermint Lavender
ℭ𝔬𝔩𝔬𝔲𝔯𝔰 𝔞𝔫𝔡 ℭ𝔞𝔫𝔡𝔩𝔢𝔰
Shades of green and bright sping – Blues, Purples, Yellows, Red, White
𝔅𝔢𝔩𝔱𝔞𝔫𝔢 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔖𝔢𝔵𝔲𝔞𝔩𝔦𝔱𝔶
Part of Celtic Beltane beliefs centered on the sacred union of the God and Goddess and individuals celebrated this by having sex on Beltane. Usually outside, as way to further connect with nature.
Like Samhain, Beltane was a time when the veil to the Otherworld thinned and spirits could pass through. Unlike Samhain, the visiting spirits were not seeking a meal or a short visit with family. The spirits of Beltane were thought to be looking for reincarnation or sexual intercourse.
This theme of sexuality is found throughout Beltane. The Maypole, traditionally decorated and celebrated by maidens, is a phallic symbol, representing the masculine power, while the cauldron represented a womb, representing the female power. Women who wanted to conceive a child would build a small fire and set the cauldron on it and then jump over the cauldron.
𝔉𝔬𝔬𝔡𝔰 𝔞𝔱 𝔅𝔢𝔩𝔱𝔞𝔫𝔢
Dairy foods, honey, oats, mead, lamb
Freya, Aphrodite, Artemis, Rhiannon, Apollo, Bel/Belnos, The Great Horned God, BÓand/Boann
𝔚𝔞𝔶𝔰 𝔱𝔬 𝔠𝔢𝔩𝔢𝔟𝔯𝔞𝔱𝔢 𝔅𝔢𝔩𝔱𝔞𝔫𝔢
- Hold a bonfire for family and friends
- Take action on a project you’ve been working on
- Set aside time for some self care – treat yourself to a special meal, music, aromas – whatever make you feel special
- Decorate a tree with colorful ribbons that represent your wishes for the coming year
- Make flower crowns
- Dress in green
- Walk your property and give thanks and ask for protection in the coming year
- Decorate your home yellow flower wreaths, bouquets or garlands