Flashback 2001 Beltane

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Beltane honors the sacred marriage of the God and Goddess, whos union will produce the harvets to come. It also celebrates the start of summer in full bloom. For this ritual, gather or purchase wildflowers. With raffia, twine, or string tie the flowers together in long garlands; ten feet in length or longer is perfect. These don’t have to look professionally crafted. They only need to hold together for the purpose of your ritual. When you have completed the garlands, go out to a park or wooded area. Touch the land and its plants and trees with your hands, allowing yourself to connect with the pulsing lifeforce of the area. Look around for items that are either feminine or masculine in their energy, and begin to linking them together with the flowery garlands to honor the union of the divine female and male energies. For example, you can link stones to oak trees, riverbanks to abandoned fire pits, or flowering plants to spikey ones.

Copyright Edain McCoy Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2001 Page 67

Flashback 2001 Samhain

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Samhain/Halloween

In many traditions, Samhain marks the spiritual New Year, a time when we want to focus on our connection to the past and the future. To ancient peoples, stones represent the link between ourselves and those who walked our Earth before us and would do so after us. This is still seen today in the New Year’s rituals in the South Pacific islanders and Jewish cemeteries the world over. To honor those who came before us, gather some interesting stones—large, but small enough to carry comfortably—and take them to any place that makes you feel connected to your ancestors. Graveyards, at home, or a piece of land are all appropriate. Speak out loud your desire to connect with those who once walked in this place and invite them to link more closely with you. Place the stones firmly into the ground, knowing that they will be there always, connecting you to eternity of your family tree from oldest roots to newest buds.

Copyright Edain McCoy Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2001 Page 119