the signs as celtic goddesses
  • aries: flidais –
  • goddess of the woodlands and wild things. she is a shapeshifter and is associated with protection and wild animals.
  • taurus: druantia –
  • queen of the druids and goddess/mother of the tree calendar. symbolises protection, knowledge, passion, fertility, growth and forests.
  • gemini: brighid –
  • goddess of fire and water. she is immortalised by many springs and wells. brighid was so loved that she was made a saint when christianity became onset.
  • cancer: cyhiraeth –
  • goddess of streams. her scream foretells death. she is the queen of banshees.
  • leo: arianrhod –
  • goddess of time, karma and retribution. keeper of the silver wheel of stars, a symbol of time and karma.
  • virgo: cerridwen –
  • goddess of moon, grain and nature. she is the patron of poets and greatest of all the bards. she represents luck, inspiration, the arts and astrology/zodiac.
  • libra: don –
  • queen of the heavens and goddess of air and sea. rules over the land of the dead. symbolises control of the elements and the moon.
  • scorpio: morrigan –
  • queen of phantoms and goddess of sensuality, prophecy, revenge and magic. often appears as a raven or crow.
  • sagittarius: cailleach –
  • goddess of disease and plague. she is also known as the "veiled one". she resides in the afterworld realm where she receives the dead.
  • capricorn: creiddylad –
  • goddess of flowers and love. connected with the festival of beltane (a celtic festival celebrated on may day) and called the may queen.
  • aquarius: airmid –
  • goddess of healing, medicinal plants and keeper of the springs. regenerates the dead and brings them to life again.
  • pisces: caer ibormeith –
  • goddess of sleep and dreams. often takes the form of a swan. singer of the sweetest, most restful music ever heard on earth.

SABBATS (Masterpost)

Sabbats mark the passage of the sun, representing the cycles of life and death through The Wheel of the Year and the Triple Moon Goddess. There are eight of ‘em in total and to be perfectly honest, they can be a little tricky to grasp at first because their names and dates vary depending on your path and your location in the world. This is because of the difference between the Northern and the Southern Hemispheres. See, The Wheel of the Year originated in the North so, in the Southern Hemisphere, most people advance Sabbat dates so that they match up with the natural seasons and their meanings. For example, while a Canadian Pagan like myself would be celebrating Samhain in chilly autumn, an Australian Pagan would be enjoying a nice late spring day celebrating Beltane.  However, there are some in the South who still celebrate with the original Northern dates.

The Sabbats are split up into two different groups called the Greater Sabbats and the Lesser Sabbats. The Greater includes Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lammas because they fall on dates that represent high energy in its season. The Lesser Sabbats are Yule, Ostara, Litha and Mabon because they fall on the equinoxes and solstices marking the changes of the four seasons on Earth. Below is a simplified list for now and over the next couple of posts I’ll be covering each in greater detail, STARTING with Imbolc just because it’s right around the corner for me! (•̀ᴗ•́)و 

    northern hemisphere date is February 1-2
    southern hemisphere date is
    July 31/August 1

    northern hemisphere date is March 20-23
    southern hemisphere date is September 20-23

    northern hemisphere date is May 1st
    southern hemisphere date is October 31/November 1

    northern hemisphere date is June 21/22
    southern hemisphere date is December 21/22 

    northern hemisphere date is July 31/August 1
    southern hemisphere date is February 1-2

    northern hemisphere date is September 20-23
    southern hemisphere date is March 20-23

    northern hemisphere date is October 31
    southern hemisphere date is April 30/May 1

    northern hemisphere date is December 20-23
    southern hemisphere date is June 20-23

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Self Love Bath Sachet

hey everyone! I thought I’d share a simple self love bath sachet, which is perfect for Beltane!

You’ll need:

  • A mesh sachet/bag (pink or red would go well for Beltane)
  • Himalayan salt (I used one specifically for baths, I think normal Himalayan salt would be okay but just be careful!) 
  • A few rosemary sprigs (fresh is best)
  • Lavender oil (or you could use fresh lavender if you have it)

Place all your ingredients in the bag - if you have any skin sensitivities be careful using the Himalayan salt and lavender essential oils as they can cause reactions. 

If you’re using lavender oil drip a couple of drops onto the salt to soak it up before placing in the bag.

Whilst placing the ingredients in the bag, set your intention. You could whisper this to yourself or just think it over in your head. For instance: “I love and appreciate myself” 

Tie up the bag and place under warm running water 

Leave in the bath as you bathe and the ingredients will disperse into the water and smell lovely!

Happy Beltane to those who celebrate! 

The Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year is an annual cycle of seasonal festivals, observed by many modern Pagans. It consists of either four or eight festivals: either the solstices and equinoxes, known as the “quarter days”, or the four midpoints between, known as the “cross quarter days”.

The festivals celebrated by differing sects of modern Paganism can vary considerably in name and date. Observing the cycle of the seasons has been important to many people, both ancient and modern, and many contemporary Pagan festivals are based to varying degrees on folk traditions.

In many traditions of modern Pagan cosmology, all things are considered to be cyclical, with time as a perpetual cycle of growth and retreat tied to the Sun’s annual death and rebirth.

Yule/Winter Solstice: a festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later undergoing Christian reformulation resulting in the now better-known Christmastide. A celebration the beginning of longer days, as this is the shortest day of the year in terms of sunlight. 

Imbolc: the first cross-quarter day following Midwinter this day falls on the first of February and traditionally marks the first stirrings of spring. It is time for purification and spring cleaning in anticipation of the year’s new life. 

For Celtic pagans, the festival is dedicated to the goddess Brigid, daughter of The Dagda and one of the Tuatha Dé Danann.

Among witches reclaiming tradition, this is the  time for pledges and dedications for the coming year.

Ostara/Spring Equinox: from this point on, days are longer than the nights. Many mythologies, regard this as the time of rebirth or return for vegetation gods and celebrate the spring equinox as a time of great fertility.

Germanic pagans dedicate the holiday to their fertility goddess, Ostara. She is notably associated with the symbols of the hare and egg. Her Teutonic name may be etymological ancestor of the words east and Easter.

Beltrane: traditionally the first day of summer in Ireland, in Rome the earliest celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. 

Since the Christianization of Europe, a more secular version of the festival has continued in Europe and America. In this form, it is well known for maypole dancing and the crowning of the Queen of the May.

Litha/Summer Solstice: one of the four solar holidays, and is considered the turning point at which summer reaches its height and the sun shines longest.

Luchnassad/Lammas: It is marked the holiday by baking a figure of the god in bread and eating it, to symbolize the sanctity and importance of the harvest. Celebrations vary, as not all Pagans are Wiccans.  

The name Lammas (contraction of loaf mass) implies it is an agrarian-based festival and feast of thanksgiving for grain and bread, which symbolizes the first fruits of the harvest. Christian festivals may incorporate elements from the Pagan Ritual.

Mabon/Autumn Equinox: a Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. The name Mabon was coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas / Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain.

Samhain: considered by some as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets, and other loved ones who have died. In some rituals the spirits of the departed are invited to attend the festivities. It is seen as a festival of darkness, which is balanced at the opposite point of the wheel by the festival of Beltane, which is celebrated as a festival of light and fertility.

pagan holiday guide 2017

hello friends!!! some of you may know me as a pagan (originally wiccan but decided that wasn’t the path for me so now just a pantheistic pagan). there’s lots of pagan holidays so any excuse for a party right?? here are the ones this year and what they’re all about and how to celebrate them!

Keep reading

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


WhichDesigns is celebrating Beltane on the 1st of May

Here is what we do on Beltane:

Before Beltane:

  • Hang paper hearts from the ceiling
  • Decorate the home with reds, whites, and pinks
  • Make a romantic atmosphere
  • Make Beltane Baskets for the ones you love

Beltane Morning:

  • Give your Beltane Baskets to your loved ones (leave them on their doorstep for them to find)
  • Wash your face with the morning dew to bring you beauty for the coming year (make sure to keep balance in mind)
  • Gather the morning dew in a jar for later (is a powerful tool for healing)
  • Tell magical stories, or watch your favorite magical cartoons.
  • Create a maypole

Beltane Day:

  • Dance the Maypole
  • Collect Flowers
  • Braid bracelets our of white ribbon or yarn, give them to those you love for protection
  • Make daisy chains for head dresses to be worn
  • Braid flowers into your hair
  • Do face paintings for children
  • Make Beltane charms and Greenman masks to be worn during the ritual
  • Decorate a tree with ribbons (each ribbon represents a person you love)
  • Have a Picnic
  • Leave an offering (milk and honey are good offerings) at a hawthorn tree for the fairies

Beltane Night:

  • Beltane Ritual

  • Dance around the Bel-Fire
  • Jump the Bel-Fire
  • Make a love pledge (pledge you will be with another for the entire year, this pledge can be renewed or not the next year)
  • Make Love with a special someone (make sure to STAY SAFE)

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Beltane May first.

40 days after Ostara nature is thriving. Flowers are sprouting and animals begin to procreate. As Samhain stands for death, Beltane stands for life. Beltane is also the celebration of love and fire.

🔥Element: Fire

🔥Colours: Green, pink, blue, yellow, red,brown, white.

🔥Flowers, trees and plants: Almond tree, ash tree, genisteae, watercress, clover, dittany of crete, elder, foxglove, honeysuckle, rowan, sorrel, hawthorn, ivy, lilies of valleys, marigold, meadowsweet, mugwort, woodruff, angelica, hyacinth, daisy, lilac, primrose, rose, St John’s wort, yarrow, patchouli.

🔥Food, drinks and herbs: Mint, thyme, milk, products containing milk, breads, grains, oats, cherries, strawberries, wine, salads, oysters, spices, spicy food, mushrooms.

🔥Associations: Maypole, ribbons, beads, flowers, flower chains, eggs, fire.

🔥Stones/crystals: Emerald, malachite,amber, sapphire, rose quartz, orange carnelian, green agate.

🔥Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, cat, lynx, panther, stag.

🔥Activities: Making fire, jumping fires, drinking and eating, doing things you love.

I feel so blessed! My spouse has been showing a lot of interest in my religion lately. I mentioned May Day and wanting to get some wine. They asked a lot of questions, they had no idea that dancing around the May pole was for fertility!

We found some things around the house to make a mini alter (the pink bouquet is my wedding bouquet!), put the wine in our matching kitty cups and we’re sitting in and watching chick flicks.

Tomorrow we’re going to dab and go walk in nature (their idea!). The dab is to represent a bonfire :3


wheel of the year | Beltane (May 1)

“The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.”
-  Edwin Way Teale

The modern Beltane Fire Festival is inspired by the ancient Gaelic festival of Beltane which began on the evening before 1 May and marked the beginning of summer.

This fire festival is celebrated with bonfires, Maypoles, dancing, and lots of good old fashioned sexual energy. The Celts honored the fertility of the gods with gifts and offerings, sometimes including animal or human sacrifice. Cattle were driven through the smoke of the balefires, and blessed with health and fertility for the coming year.

There are many different ways you can celebrate Beltane, but the focus is nearly always on fertility. It’s the time when the earth mother opens up to the fertility god, and their union brings about healthy livestock, strong crops, and new life all around.
Today’s Pagans celebrate Beltane much like their ancestors did. A Beltane ritual usually involves lots of fertility symbols, including the obviously-phallic Maypole dance. The Maypole is a tall pole decorated with flowers and hanging ribbons, which are woven into intricate pattern by a group of dancers. Weaving in and out, the ribbons are eventually knotted together by the time the dancers reach the end.

There are some who believe Beltane is a time for the faeries – the appearance of flowers around this time of year heralds the beginning of summer and shows us that the fae are hard at work. In early folklore, to enter the realm of faeries is a dangerous step – and yet the more helpful deeds of the fae should always be acknowledged and appreciated. If you believe in faeries, Beltane is a good time to leave out food and other treats for them in your garden or yard.

For many contemporary Pagans, Beltane is a time for planting and sowing of seeds – again, the fertility theme appears. The buds and flowers of early May bring to mind the endless cycle of birth, growth, death and rebirth that we see in the earth.


Hello again, everyone! I hope you’ve all been well and I’d love to wish you all a Happy Beltane!

I’ve been thinking lately about how it’s finally spring and how it can be such a happy, positive time of year, and I wanted to do something to boost that feeling…

Thus, my Positivity Spell Jar was born!

I thought it would be lovely to share that with all of you. You don’t have to use all of these ingredients but the ones I used are:

  • Sunflower seeds - for happiness and growth
  • Bay leaf - for happiness and easing stress
  • Star anise - for good luck
  • Chilli - for energy and to boost the spell
  • Basil - for good wishes
  • Cinnamon - for power and healing
  • Chamomile - for calming both mind and body
  • Coriander seeds - for drawing love to you
  • Fennel seeds - for repelling negativity
  • Onion granules - to dispel anger
  • Black pepper - for banishing negativity
  • Caraway seeds - for protection
  • Marjoram - for happiness and love
  • Rose quartz - to soothe and heal the spirit
  • Quartz - for protection and healing

I sealed it with yellow wax (and bonus gold glitter).

I chose the yellow because that can mean sunshine, hope, happiness, positivity, optimism, and joy.

If any of you try making this spell jar, I’d love to see it. Please tag me in it because it would make me so happy!

Have fun celebrating Beltane!

Take care, my lovelies.

- Katy

The Witchy Lifestyle: Beltane

Once again, the Wheel of the Year turns and we come to another milestone in the holidays that many of us witches celebrate! And here at the peak of spring and the beginning of summer, we have perhaps one of the most beautiful (and fun, if ya know what I mean) of the Celtic seasonal festivals: Beltane, or May Day.

Like Imbolc, Beltane’s history (at least in Ireland) is linked to the cultural livelihood: cattle. It’s at this time that the cattle would be driven out to the summertime pastures, and as such, it was necessary to protect the cattle in some way. Beltane was an opportunity to work rites that would protect the cattle during the summer months as they grazed.

Bonfires were lit, a new flame welcoming the warm months ahead and meant to help encourage growth, fertility, and protection. These bonfires were more than just celebratory, and weren’t really meant for the California tradition of roasting hot dogs and hamburgers. These fires were a representation of passion and the energy of life at its most potent. They were also fires that were built in honor of the Sun. This is one of the Celtic fire festivals, and so the flame has ritual significance. When the fire had burned down enough, couples and individuals would leap the flames and embers - an act of purification and encouraging fertility, and an act of love as it was a way for couples to pledge their loyalty to one another.

Cattle would be driven through the smoke. Again, this was an act of cleansing and protection. By walking the very livelihood of the village through the smoke and ashes of a solar fire, the farmers were petitioning the solar deities for continued health and success of the community. Other customs made use of two bonfires, in which the cattle would be driven between the two flames. Regardless, the cattle were meant to be protected from disease and malevolent spirits through the use of this ritual.

Later on, embers would be gathered from these flames and brought to the home. In a time without electricity, fire was life-giving. A “need-fire” was ever-present in the home, to be kept throughout the year for cooking and warmth. If one’s fire were to go out, it would be considered a bad omen and a sign of bad luck on their doorstep. Traditionally, the need-fire would be put out only once during the year: on Beltane. At this time, a new need-fire would be kindled from the embers of the Beltane fire, a way of bringing the summer sun into the home for the remainder of the year. 

In Celtic Britain, Beltane was a festival with similar themes and motifs, but the deity associated with Beltane was non other than Belenus, a deity of the sun. Like Apollo, Belenus was believed to drive a horse-drawn chariot across the sky, bringing the sun along behind him.

Today, Beltane continues to be celebrated primarily as a fertility festival. Various practices are done on Beltane, including the dance of the maypole (the pole itself is a phallic representation, thrust in to the Earth; the ring of flowers near the top symbolize Mother Nature; the ribbons wound around the pole during the maypole dance represent the spiral of life); the Beltane bonfire, to be leaped for cleansing, protection, and luck; and often handfastings.

The Turning of the Wheel

In the story of the archetypal gods that helps teach the Wheel of the Year, it’s at this time that the Goddess is sexually mature, as well as the Oak King (often depicted at this time of the year as the Green Man). They come together in marriage and consummate that union. The Goddess on this day transitions from the Maiden to the Mother, and the Earth reflects that in its mass floral blooms and productive crops, as well as the arrival of many baby animals at this time of the year.

At this time of the year, it’s sensible for fertility magic as well as cleansing and protection magic to be worked, as well as marriage and handfasting ceremonies to be performed. However, it’s also a great time to honor the spirits of nature, including the Faerie, for whom this festival is also dedicated. Like Samhain, it’s believed that the material world and the spiritual world are particularly close this time of the year, so it’s appropriate to honor ancestors, as well.

So Josh, What Will You Be Doing to Celebrate?

Well, given that this is a fertility festival, my boyfriend and I have… plans (wink wink, nudge nudge). However! My coven is getting together to have a Beltane bonfire at one of the local beaches, complete with a rite to honor all of our gods, as well as the local faerie folk. We’ll be making this a big, fun occasion!

May your Beltane fires be bright, and your year blessed!
Blessed Be! )O(

amiawitchyet  asked:

I've never done Beltane before, what should I do? and how can I do it subtly?

Hi again! It’s great to see you’re celebrating Beltane–that’s exciting!!

Beltane is the spring harvest, when the Earth’s spring growth is at its peak. This means Beltane is a huge fertility holiday, and also a holiday of growth, success, abundance, attraction, and love. 

Now assuming you’re like me and not dancing the Maypole or doing handfastings (getting married), then you can still celebrate this holiday. Love, fertility and sex spells are well-powered on this day (in case you have an SO wink wink). Luck, attraction and prosperity spells work well on this day, too.

In terms of ceremonial actions, you can gather flowers. It’s pretty traditional to go out and gather flowers, and place them on an altar if you have one. You can be extra traditional by weaving a flower crown. Braids are often worn on Beltane, as they symbolize union, sexual embraces and people coming together. 

Originally Beltane was a fire festival, so you could light a fire if you house and weather permit it, or light a nice candle space. On the other end, if it’s raining where you live, collect some rain water; it’ll be prime cleansing and beauty water for spells.

Some people dance, as that’s similar to maypole dancing. Others plant “wish boxes”, mini flower boxes where you plant hopes for the coming season, and watch it flower alongside your plants. Others simply pray and make a spring-y meal, often with eggs, fruit, breads and vegetables. 

I know there are many more comprehensive Beltane posts out there that list ideas on how to celebrate. I hope this gave you some ideas, though. Have a beautiful Beltane, lovely!!! ( ^  ^ )ノ

Guys guys guys

Beltane = May 1st

If you’re a witch in the broom closet, wear reds, whites, bright green, rush yellow, burnt orange or golds.

Eat sweets, spicy foods, aphrodisiacs (good for vegetarians/vegans like me!) and goats/cows.

Picking flowers!

Light candles if you can

Have a picnic

Put on music and dance around

Roast marshmallows

Go on a hike.

Simple things you can do to celebrate Beltane but not raise any flags(:


                          * Masterpost and helpful information HERE <—*                  
                            DATES: northern hemisphere date is May 1st
                       southern hemisphere date is October 31/November 1
  Also called May Day, Roodmas and Walpurgisnacht. Keep in mind that pronunciation obviously differs between accents but, these are the most popular.
Beltane is a day for fun, light-hearted celebration, love, sexual energy and it is often represented by maypole dancing and performing fire rituals to honour the Mother Goddess and Sun God. It’s during this time as the sun heats up the Earth and nature blossoms to life that an incredible energy hovers all around. Beltane celebrations are filled with feasts and sun magick, the name Beltane means “fire of Bel”; See, Belinos is one name for the Sun God, (he represents heat and fire) and it’s his crowning that’s being celebrated. This day marks the young boy Gods growth and his entry into manhood; he’s been encouraged by the energies he’s helped grow in nature throughout the past months and courts the Goddess. They fall in love in the heat of the longer days and unite together as one. The Goddess will conceive on this eve and to celebrate, a feast and party with a large fire that licks the stars must be held in their honour. 

On this day, many pagans wake at dawn to go into nature (some will even go out the night before), gathering flowers and branches to decorate their homes and selves. Females traditionally braid what they find into their hair while the men will decorate their bodies with them. Because this day is strongly associated with sexual energy and unconditional love, many couples who wish to conceive children themselves will jump through flames at this time. That being said, fertility doesn’t necessarily just mean conceiving a child but also, conceiving any idea at all. Beltane is a time to watch what you’ve been manifesting and working so hard towards come to life before your eyes. Celebrate, laugh, love, drink, eat and have a good time!

The Gods that are associated with Beltane are Belinos, Cernunnos, Pan, Robin Hood, the Gods of the Hunt + more, depending on specific path/cultural background  The Goddesses that are associated with Beltane are Gaia, Luna, Brigid, Maeve, Tanit, Flora, Maia, Guinevere, the Flower Goddesses + more, depending on specific path/cultural background The Colours of Beltane are Red, white, green, purple and yellow. It’s beneficial to tie ribbons or wear clothing with these colours during Beltane to encourage certain energies. Red is for love and passion, white is for peace green is for good luck and abundance, purple is for Spiritual growth and yellow is for joy. Animals that correspond with this day are cows, pigs, horses (pretty much any farm livestock), cats, doves, rabbits and bees. Essences that are perfect for Beltane would be violet, jasmine, rose, sage, peach, musk, vanilla and strawberry Stones that pair perfectly with this celebration are bloodstone, malachite, emerald, beryl, tourmaline, garnet and rose quartz. Popular things to consume during Beltane are spicy foods to represent the Sun God,  dairy, oatmeal, bread, cherries, strawberries (and other early summer fruits), salads, fresh fruit juice, mead, wine, milk and honey Decorate your Altar with things like early summer flowers and herbs and red/white candles. A small Maypole, anything that represents the gods, goddesses and faeries/fae-folk. Also, butterflies and bees are common symbols, so you could get photos or drawings of them out too! The areas you should put thought into during Beltane include relationships of all kinds. if you have a partner, this is a good time to reconnect with them sexually. Beltane encourages sexual energy and passion so, areas of erotic magick and rituals are beneficial to do under Beltane energy. Aside from that, it’s a good time to work with plants, animals and children to help them mature or understand more complex life situations. Rituals and areas of Magick work are spells to ensure abundance, intuition, fairie magick, safety, fertility, wisdom and love/passion. Some fun activities of Beltane include going out to gather herbs and flowers of the season, crafting a DIY mini maypole, attaching the appropriately coloured ribbons to things in your home and outside, making platters of fruits, berries and nuts to leave in nature for the animals and fae folk to enjoy. You can create hair pieces and garlands for decorating yourself with the flowers that you collected and later in the night dance around a bonfire. Just remember to make a wish as you jump through the flame for good luck !
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🐣🌺🍃 Beltane 🍃🌺🐣

At the beginning of summer there is a Sabbat. This Sabbat is called Beltane. It celebrates the Sun God Bel’s coronation feast and new life. It marks the time when trees, grass, and flowers are coming out of their long, winter hibernation and beginning to grow again. It marks the beginning of summer. Beltane means “Fire of Bel”. Beltane is celebrated the night of April 30 and May 1.

It is a time to celebrate the fertility of Mother Earth. It is about new life, fire, passion, and rebirth. Beltane starts on the night of April 30 with a huge bonfire. Having a bonfire or any type of fire is an important symbol of Beltane because it is one of the four fire festivals. At the bonfire there is a lot of music, dancing, and magic. The fire burns until morning.

In the morning you go out and gather flowers and sticks to decorate your house with. Females also braid flowers in their hair. Men and women decorate their bodies with Beltane symbols. In the morning there is also a maypole ritual where there is more dancing, music, and magic. The maypole is a giant pole placed in the ground with brightly colored ribbons attached. People would each grab a ribbon and dance around the pole. Men going one direction and women going the other. Once the pole has all the ribbons weaved together it symbolizes Mother Earths womb. Then people would go their own ways to build their own altar in honor of the god Bel, the Goddess, the Faes, and Mother Earth.

Later everyone comes back to feast. Types of food that are at the feast are dairy foods, oatmeal cakes/cookies with a little bit of honey for an added sweetness, cereal, fruits, and breads.

Lots of love, Myhiddenworldblog 🦋🐚

More pictures of today’s baby goat, who ended up being named Padstow. He spent a lot of time sniffing and tasting things, climbing stuff and doing wee little jumps. When you picked him up he’d yell NYEEEEEH and seemed to really enjoy nibbling shoelaces and our ribbons.

I mean really there should just be a tiny adorable baby goat in a baby goat coat at every May Morning. Just lol if there are no baby goat mascots at your Beltane celebration brah.