froud fairies

The Celtic festival of Beltane, usually celebrated on the first of May, honours the Spirit of the Green Man, consort of the primordial Great Goddess. He’s the hunter and the seed of vegetation, fertility, growth and change. He can also be called Herne or Cernunnos, just like a deer he mates with the mystical Goddess and she gives birth to the Star Child. The veil between the world of the mortals and that of the fairies is extremely thin during Beltane, and the two realms are in communication, the fairy Otherworld is said to bestow gifts upon seers and poets during that time, people that may have fallen asleep under a May-tree. One thing is for sure inspiration and the observation of natural cycles are closely related. The natural world is the sensual world.

illustration by Brian Froud.