All About Beltane

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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. First, you might want to read up on:

Rituals and Ceremonies

Depending on your particular tradition, 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…

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Beltane Lore & Rites

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by Selena Fox

DSC 2730-smallAlso known as May Eve, May Day, and Walpurgis Night, happens at the beginning of May. It celebrates the height of Spring and the flowering of life. The Goddess manifests as the May Queen and Flora. The God emerges as the May King and Jack in the Green. The danced Maypole represents Their unity, with the pole itself being the God and the ribbons that encompass it, the Goddess. Colors are the Rainbow spectrum. Beltane is a festival of flowers, fertility, sensuality, and delight.

Celebrating Beltane Podcasts

Beltane Chants

Beltane Customs

Prepare a May basket by filling it with flowers and goodwill and then give it to someone in need of healing and caring, such as a shut-in or elderly…

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FERTILITY, FLOWERS, AND FREE LOVE: THESE ARE MAY DAY’S PAGAN ORIGINS

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FERTILITY, FLOWERS, AND FREE LOVE: THESE ARE MAY DAY’S PAGAN ORIGINS

If you dig deep enough into history, you’ll find that most modern holidays steam from pagan traditions. With the rise of Christianity, many religious leaders repurposed pre-existing pagan holidays to fit a Christian mold to gain access to more of the population and ease the transition from one religion to the next. May Day is no exception. Recognized on the first day of May, May Day is a time to celebrate spring and all the comes with it (think: a beribboned Maypole). But May Day is actually the daughter of three deeply pagan traditions that welcomed the height of spring and offered transmutable material for many of the Christian traditions still embraced today (spoiler: hares, eggs, and beans, the hallmarks of Easter, are all synonymous with fertility). Here are three springtime bacchanals that predate May Day.

FLORALIA

Often cited as…

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Before We Celebrate Beltane Tomorrow Or Tonight, Let’s Clear The Air…..

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I am getting ready to take Kade to the Vet. Yes, he is still alive. I called and called to see if I could get him into a Vet earlier but they had no appointments till today. So I have been nursing him and mix every potion I could to keep him alive just to get him to the Vet.

I know I am across the other day like a raving lunatic and I have felt the tension on this site the whole time I have been posting. I know I came across the other day as a total evil, money-hunger witch. Money is one topic that most site owners don’t dare talk to their members about. I have talked to several other owners of sites that are like the WOTC and they all agree with me that it does talk money to operate these sites. Sometimes the members do…

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How Pluto Retrograde 2019 Will Affect Your Love Life, Based On Your Zodiac Sign By NINA KAHN

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Pluto is a mysterious planet in astrology. As one of the slowest-moving planets in our solar system (also the planet that’s usually the most distant from the earth), its influence on us astrologically is esoteric and can sometimes be perceived as a little dark — Pluto is also the god of the underworld, after all. Pluto retrograde 2019 began on April 24, and its annual backspin is going to affect all of us for the next five months. Expect to deal with the unavoidable truth of issues relating to control, power struggles, deep internal changes, your subconscious and shadow self, and any deep, hidden secrets. We’ll be feeling these transformations edging closer to our reality in many areas of our lives, but knowing how Pluto retrograde will affect your love life can help you prepare for any major shifts in that department.

Firstly, you’re going to want to spend time…

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