This is my first Beltane as a solitary pagan practitioner. I wanted to learn a little bit more about what is going on this time of year & what I am celebrating. I don’t want to blindly follow the masses when I don’t understand what it is I am doing. So I did some research this morning & this is what I found:
Updated February 03, 2020
April’s showers have given way to rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility as Beltane. Observed on May 1st (or October 31 - November 1 for our Southern Hemisphere readers), festivities typically begin the evening before, on the last night of April. It’s a time to welcome the abundance of the fertile earth, and a day that has a long (and sometimes scandalous) history.
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It definitely causes for celebration. Fertility of the earth reminds me of gardening, which I got to do yesterday & a couple of other times throughout the week. Today we are going to be transplanting my bleeding hearts to the very front of the house. They are shade lovers & right now they are in full sun. They are a beautiful pink color this year. I do have one set of them by my forsythias & it is doing wonderfully. The Goddess & the God are going to come together & the Goddess will transition from Maiden to Mother. It marks halfway between Winter & Summer.
There are many different ways to celebrate the day, from washing your face with the morning dew to making oatcakes in the kitchen. You can also use the Maypole with your friends. The pole is a phallic symbol & the ribbons decorating it with different colors & patterns. May baskets with flowers or trinkets or candy given to your neighbors will signify the abundance of the season upon us. The focus should be on fertility for this time of the year when the God & Goddess come together.
I will be setting up my altar & working around the house. I have some things that I want to get underway before the summer comes & a fresh start on the main floor of my house. I’m not sure what we will have for dinner, but I will look through the recipes & see if there is anything that I can add to our menu for the day.