Beltane Blessings

Today is the first of May and according to the Celtic wheel of the year Beltane.

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By Patricia Telesco ~from Llewellyn's Magical Almanac 1994

Today we celebrate yet another turn of the wheel, but if we were to celebrate in a more traditional way, it would have been on the full moon that falls closest to the end of April, which was Thursday night~

Beltane is a full celebration of fertility, sexuality, fire, passion and getting in touch with our instinctual natures.

It is also known as  the festival of the ‘Bel-fire’, which is  named after the solar deity Bel.

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~Fire goddess~

Bel was also known as Beli or Bile in Ireland, with Bile meaning ‘tree’, so Beltane may also means ‘Tree-fire‘ which I love!~

The tree typically associated with Beltane is the hawthorn tree which traditionally was used for the Maypole dance.

Lighting fires is a must during Beltane, traditionally the Beltane fire was composed of the nine sacred woods of the Celts,and traditionally folks would leap through the smoke and flames of Beltane fires and then run off to make love in the fields, as fertility rites.

Cattle were also driven through smaller fires for purification, fertility, prosperity and protection, but over here we leap over candles, as the rain often averts our best efforts in Vancouver in May~

Some of the things associated with Beltane are Labyrinths, making alters dedicated to the sun, honey and fire, flower wreaths, walking the dragon path, bluebells and lots of candles~

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Our outdoor beltane shrine

Wreaths for the hair….

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Whatever is she looking at?

What does your day look like?       or….    did you celebrate on the full moon this past Thursday?


Lighting fires was customary at Beltane, and traditionally a Beltane fire was composed of the nine sacred woods of the Celts. All hearth fires were extinguished on Beltane Eve and then kindled again from the sacred “need fires” lit on Beltane. People would leap through the smoke and flames of Beltane fires and cattle were driven through them for purification, fertility, prosperity and protection.

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