The Witches Correspondences for May 1st, Beltane


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The Witches Correspondences for May 1st, Beltane

 

Beltane (May 1st Northern Hemisphere)

 

Beltane is one of the Greater Sabbats, opposite Samhain in The Wheel of the Year. It is based in part on the Roman festival of Floralia, dedicated to Flora – Goddess of Flowers. This is a time to celebrate fertility in the height of Spring and the flowering of life.

 

The traditional Maypole of Beltane represents unity of God and Goddess ~ the Maypole itself represents the God, and the ribbons surrounding it, the Goddess.

 

Other names for Beltane:

Bealtaine, May Day, the Great Rite, May Eve, Walpurgisnacht (Night of the Witches), Giamonios, Floralia, Celtic Summer, Walpurgis Eve

 

Meaning and Symbolism:

Fertility in all living things, love, self-discovery, renewal of vows, personal growth. Sacred Marriage, The God and Goddess Union, and the conceiving of the God as the Goddess enters her motherhood phase, all new life

 

Symbols/decorations:

Small May Pole, daisy chains, springtime wildflowers, flower wreaths, May Day baskets, ribbons, flower crowns, fairies. Any white flowers are appropriate, especially those with five petals.

 

Activities:

Making and dancing around a May Pole, creating large and small fires, leaping the balefires, dancing, braiding ribbons to put into hair and onto trees, gathering flowers, The Great Rite and celebrating the joys in life. Also a popular time for Wiccan handfastings.

 

Incense/oils:

Frankincense, tuberose, vanilla, lilac, rose, almond, marigold, meadowsweet, woodruff

 

Colors/candles:

yellow, white, red, dark green, pink, orange

 

Herb/Plants:

Almond, angelica, birch, damiana, hawthorn, hibiscus, saffron, ash tree, bluebells, cinquefoil, daisy, frankincense, hawthorn, ivy, lilac, marigold, meadowsweet, primrose, roses, rosemary, satyrion root, woodruff, yellow cowslip, yarrow

 

Traditional foods/beverages:

Red fruits, herbal salads, honey, oatmeal/barley cakes, dairy foods, shellfish and other aphrodisiacs, foods with flowers, red or pink wine punch, dandelion wine, May wine

 

Stones:

amber, emerald, orange carnelian, malachite, sapphire, rose quartz, yellow agate, bloodstone

 

Animals/Mythical Creatures:

Goats, Rabbits, Honey bees, Satyrs, Faeries, Pegasus, Giants.

 

Deities:

May Queen, All Love and Fertility deities, Lady of the Greenwood, Divine Couples, and Goddesses of the Hunt, May King, Jack in the Green, Horned God, Green Man, Gods of the Hunt

 

 

Resources:

Ann Moura: Witchcraft, an Alternative Path (copyright free)

Magickal School Forum