beltane fire

Things That People Have Said To Me Since I Started Working In A Yarn Shop

  • “i need more of the rowan felted tweed, i’m making some first-world-war balaclavas and i’ve run out”
  • “i’m making my husband an x-files themed jumper for christmas and i can’t find a good colour for the spaceship”
  • “do you have any wool/acrylic blends on sale, i’m making hats for the seamen’s mission to give to sailors and i know they say to use acrylics because they’re cheap but it gets awfully cold at sea and i worry”
  • “i need some black wool for gloves, but it has to be flame-proof because i’m making them for the beltane fire-jugglers”
  • “could you see if you have another copy of this pattern for a baby shawl, i’ve knitted it in different colours for all of my six children and twelve grandchildren but it’s started to fall apart a bit"
  • [from a blond, six-foot surfer dude] “yeah, do you have any really light needles, i’m going backpacking around argentina and i want to do some socks while i’m on the coach but there isn’t much room in my rucksack”
  • “which of these colours do you think would be best for a knitted corgi”
  • “do you have any patterns for dog hats”
Beltane Masterpost

Time for another masterpost. Beltane is upon us, which means Summer is almost here! Beltane falls opposite Samhain on the Wheel of the Year, and while Samhain is about celebrating and respecting death, Beltane is all about celebrating life!! Like Samhain, it’s believed that the veil between the worlds is at its’ thinnest at this time. During this time it’s customary to burn ceremonial fires, do magic relating to or leave offerings for faeries. If you’re not sure what to get up to on Beltane, here’s some ideas:


Herbs Associated with Fire

Herbs Associated with the Sun

Herbs for Happiness

Hearth Fire Protection Spell

Fire Correspondence Chart**

Fire Correspondence Chart II**

Ideas for Celebrating Beltane**

Sabbat Soap

Sun Tarot Spell

Solar Cleansing Brew

Sun God Ointment

Beltane Crossing Over Tarot Spread


Fire Bath

Summer Cleansing Bath


Nine Woods Incense

Fire Incense

Sun Incense

Sun Incense II

Beltane Incense


Spring Time Oil

Beltane Oil

Beltane Oil II

Sabbat Oil

Sabbat Oil II

Sabbat Oil III

Sun Oil

Sun King Anointing Oil

Midsummer Faerie Oil

**Not from my blog

Pro-tip for altar / household decoration: Get a couple of seasonal silk flower stalks for each holiday that you celebrate. Or, if you’d prefer, you can get decorations for each of the four seasons. You can even overlap the decorations for holidays or seasons with similar foliage. If you have trouble deciding what to use, you can check the herbal or floral correspondences for each holiday, or use things that are common in your area at that particular time of year. Your local craft store may also have seasonal selections to help you get started.

Here are some ideas:

  • Imbolc - White flowers, snowdrops, yellow forsythia, pussy willows, laurels, silver branches
  • Ostara - Pink flowers, tulips, crocuses, lilies, daffodils, plum or cherry blossoms
  • Beltane - Fire colors, mayflowers, dogwood blossoms, lilacs, daisies, marigolds, cedar tips
  • Midsummer - Greenery, ferns, irises, baby’s breath, roses, hibiscus, magnolia blossoms
  • Lughnasadh - Sun colors, sunflowers, wheat or barley stalks, hollyhocks, myrtle blossoms (any color)
  • Mabon - Fall colors, apples, autumn leaves, corn, oak leaves with acorns, gourds, rowan berries
  • Samhain - Pumpkins, apples (again), autumn leaves (again), cinnamon besom or broom, Halloween garlands
  • Yule - Evergreen boughs, poinsettias, holly leaves and berries, mistletoe (white berries, not red!), pine cones

You can arrange the stalks in a vase, or hang them from the wall with pushpins. (It’s easier than you think!) You can mix and match by color, and the silk flowers can be used year after year. Here are some of the altar garlands I’ve put up over my own altar.


The Aries Witch ♈

Beltane is known a fire festival, often celebrated with feasts and rituals (such as May pole dancing).  Beltane marks the return of vitality, of passion. Ancient Pagan traditions say that Beltane marks the emergence of the young God into manhood. Stirred by the energies at work in nature, he desires the Goddess. They fall in love, lie among the grasses and blossoms, and unite. 

Fire is a primary feature of this festival. In ancient times, cattle would be driven between two great fires, to ensure their fertility and to grant them protection through the year.

These are the main themes of a Beltane celebration

  • purification,
  • passion,
  • fertility & creativity,
  • blessings.

And all of these can be invoked in the magick of leaping over a Beltane fire.

journey across the desert [a playlist for that long adventure across the sands  back home. inspired by the dornish landscape]


1. morning routines - Jess Stroup | 2. manohari (edit)  - revanth , mohana | 3. ragnar’s sail- - trevor morris | 4. raat ka nasha (edit) - anu malik  | 5. drowning of excalibur - mychael danna    | 6. azeem o shaan (edit) - a. r. rahman  | 7. lahu munh lag gaya - monty sharma | 8. huron beltane fire dance (live) - loreena mckennitt | 9. kaun hai voh - kailash kher | 10. starfall - two steps from hell | 11. caravanserai - loreena mckennitt


Beltane -  On the cusp between spring and summer, Beltane is a fire festival that celebrates the fertility of the coming year.

Beltane is a Celtic word which means ‘fires of Bel’ (Bel was a Celtic deity). It is a fire festival that celebrates of the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year.

Celtic festivals often tied in with the needs of the community. In spring time, at the beginning of the farming calendar, everybody would be hoping for a fruitful year for their families and fields.

Beltane rituals would often include courting: for example, young men and women collecting blossoms in the woods and lighting fires in the evening. These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately in the coming summer or autumn.

Other festivities involved fire which was thought to cleanse, purify and increase fertility. Cattle were often passed between two fires and the properties of the flame and the smoke were seen to ensure the fertility of the herd.

Today Pagans believe that at Beltane the God (to whom the Goddess gave birth at the Winter Solstice) achieves the strength and maturity to court and become lover to the Goddess. So although what happens in the fields has lost its significance for most Pagans today, the creation of fertility is still an important issue.

Emma Restall Orr, a modern day Druid, speaks of the 'fertility of our personal creativity’. (Spirits of the Sacred Grove, pub. Thorsons, 1998, pg.110). She is referring to the need for active and creative lives. We need fertile minds for our work, our families and our interests.

Fire is still the most important element of most Beltane celebrations and there are many traditions associated with it. It is seen to have purifying qualities which cleanse and revitalise. People leap over the Beltane fire to bring good fortune, fertility (of mind, body and spirit) and happiness through the coming year.

Although Beltane is the most overtly sexual festival, Pagans rarely use sex in their rituals although rituals often imply sex and fertility. The tradition of dancing round the maypole contains sexual imagary and is still very popular with modern Pagans.

The largest Beltane celebrations in the UK are held in Edinburgh. Fires are lit at night and festivities carry on until dawn. All around the UK fires are lit and private celebrations are held amongst covens and groves (groups of Pagans) to mark the start of the summer.


Tomorrow is Beltane and we thought we’d share some information about the May Day festival from Kirsten Riddle’s book The Beginner’s Guide to Wicca.

Beltane: May 1

Another Celtic fire festival, and the May Day celebration, Beltane is named after the Celtic fire god Bel, whose name means “Bright One.” It’s a time when nature is at its most fertile, when the maiden aspect of the triple goddess is in full bloom. The earth’s powers are at their strongest, and there’s a sense of fun and passion to the celebrations. Fires were traditionally lit to honor the sun, and young couples would jump over the fire together as a way of cementing their love; others also jumped the fire, to promote strength and fertility. Livestock were driven through the smoke, in the hope that it would keep them healthy through the coming year. The May King and Queen paraded together, representing the union of sky and earth.

Deity Bel

Altar Decorations Rowan (mountain ash), hawthorn, and birch branches, candles, flowers of the season (particularly daisies and roses)

Herb and Spice Rosemary, vanilla

Colors Gold, green, pink, red, white

Blessings of Beltane

First sunlight dancing upon a stream,
A web with pearls of dew,
Blessings of colour from flower and thorn,
Above me only blue.

First bird song from the meadow land,
An inspirational sound,
Carried along by the morning breeze,
Waking all around.

Bringer of summer Dancer of green,
Keeper of cauldron Diviner of dream,
Maiden of flowers Lifter of veils,
Friend of my heart Teller of tales.

Winter will teach the beauty of change,
I smile now that summer is here,
She’s back again, with a fragrant embrace,
Brought on the wheel of the year.

So light up the fires of Beltane,
The promise of May-time once more,
And witness the dance of the maiden,
Just as the year before.

Bringer of summer Dancer of green,
Keeper of cauldron Diviner of dream,
Maiden of flowers Lifter of veils,
Friend of my heart Teller of tales.