Beltane

Beltane is a time of fertility and celebration, and alongside Samhain, it is the 2nd major fire festival of the year.
It is a day when women would braid their hair and weave flowers into it and men would decorate their bodies with wreaths and natural paint. Foods and drinks made with flowers and seasonal fruits would make up a sweet feast for all to take part in. Everyone would spend the day dancing around the maypole and jumping over the bonfire (sometimes between two fires) to wish for fertility for themselves and their crops, and then couples would often go off into the woods in the evening to make love under the trees and the stars. Druids would light fires on hilltops to entreat the sun to come back to earth. In older times, every household fire would be extinguished and then relit from these 'need-fires'.


Other Names

May Day

Roodmas


Time

Evening of April 30th (if it is a warm evening, maybe organise a BBQ with friends)

or

Daytime of May 1st


Ritual Tools

Offering Bowl

Cauldron + floating candles

Ribbons

Young pot plant (to hang wish ribbons on)

Fresh flowers


Colours

Red

White

Pink

Green


House/Altar Decorations

Spring flowers

Blossoms

Wreaths


Foods/Drinks

Mead

Apple Juice

Oatcakes

Cakes/Sweet Bread (made with flowers)

Cold Herbal Wine/Punch/Tea

Strawberries/Raspberries/Cherries

Flower Honey


Activities

Spellwork: Love, sex, self-esteem

Dancing (around the maypole if you have one)

Bonfire

Collect morning dew (use to wash your face)

Plait bracelets for friends

Make Maybaskets

Great Rite


~ By Violet River

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