Understanding Beltane

Beltane

Beltane is a Celtic fire festival usually celebrated on May 1st - the beginning of the Celtic summer - and is used to mark the midpoint between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. These festivals are often used to mark the very beginning of each season - the others include Lammas, Samhain and Imbolc. Beltane is believed to mark the beginning of the Summer season where we celebrate Spring at it’s full potential and the first hints of ever-nearing Summer.

Beltane is believed to be the time where the Triple Goddess has reached her fullest potential in her Maiden form  and is almost ready to reach her Mother form. Beltane celebrates nature at its peak - it is abundant  with fertility and life - and also passion and sexuality in all walks of life. It is the perfect time to unite!

At Beltane, we honour the Celtic Sun God of Bel - the bright one - who’s light shines down on us at this time, nurturing the nature around us. Beltane marks the marriage of the God and the Goddess and, of course, the union formed after it which allows new life to begin.

At this time, we must take inspiration from Beltane and be grateful for our lives and the abundance that is in it. Be inspired by the divine union of the God and Goddess and welcome passion and sexual energy int your life - enjoy yourself and allow sparks to fly! Step out of your comfort zone and jump into the fire - not literally! Also remember that Beltane is much like Samhain, the veil between the living and the dead thins at this time so now is also the perfect time to reach out to your ancestors.

Here are a list of Beltane correspondences and activities to try out during this passionate time of year.

 

Colours That Symbolise

  • White
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Pink
 

Altar Items To Include

  • Eggs
  • Ribbon
  • Rose petals
  • Red candles 
 

Stones That Symbolise

  • Fire Agate
  • Rose Quartz
  • Bloodstone
  • Red Jasper 
 

 

Herbs That Symbolise

 

Spells To Do

  • Fertility
  • Blessing
  • Love/Sex
  • Protection 
 

Activities To Try

  • Host a bonfire party and try to use the nine sacred woods - oak, hawthorn, birch, elder, ash, rowan, holly, willow and yew.
  • Create a love perfume and enchant it with a love spell
  • Create a floral garland to wear on your head 
  • Spend time with your loved ones
  • Make a Beltane altar
  • Make a mini maypole for your altar
  • Reach out to your ancestors through divination 
  • Go for a walk and embrace the beauty of nature - keep an eye out for Fae as they are known to travel during Beltane.

For more on the Sabbats in the Celtic Wheel Of The Year, take a look at my post Celebrating Samhain,  Understanding Imbolc and Understanding Ostara.

Don't forget to stop by the Black Moon Gypsy store for custom made artwork like Cerridwen's Elixir and Sacred Amethyst Moon.

What are your favourite Beltane traditions and activities? Feel free to share in the comments below!