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.
Depending on your tradition, there are a number of ways you can celebrate this Sabbat.
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.
Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying—and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.
- Setting Up Your Beltane Altar: Here’s how to get started decorating your altar for the Beltane sabbat.
- Celebrate Beltane with a Maypole Dance: The Maypole dance is a time-honored tradition. Here’s how to host your own!
- Beltane Bonfire Ritual – a group ceremony
- Hold a Family Abundance Rite for Beltane: Celebrate the abundance of the land with your family.
- Honor the Sacred Feminine with a Goddess Ritual.
- Beltane Planting Ritual for Solitaries: If you’re practicing solo, this simple planting ritual will get you into the spirit of the season.
- Handfastings and Weddings: Plenty of people are tying the knot during the Beltane season – be sure to read up on all the things you need to know!
- Beltane Prayers
- Celebrating Beltane with Children: If you’re raising little Pagans, try these fun ways to embrace the Beltane season with your kids.
By Patti Wigington for more on Beltane please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/guide-to-the-beltane-celebration-2561640?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170427&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan