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    Beltane

    Technically it's tomorrow and I'm meeting up with the gang, but it's a full moon tonight, so I reckon I should get my butt out into the woods later! I usually go by when the hawthorn comes out, and it's been in blossom for weeks now anyway!
    Got a bit stuck to my monitor!

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    Blessed Beltane, O Pink One!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGlitter View Post
    Blessed Beltane, O Pink One!!
    Blightest blessings to you Red!

    Happy beltane to you...happy beltane to yooou..

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    Don't get too close to the fire..
    An ye harm none, do what ye will....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chookie View Post
    Don't get too close to the fire..
    Don't worry mate, I'll only be jumping it when it's died down!

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    An ye harm none, do what ye will....

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    Cool pic!

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    What is Beltane?
    "Girls are crazy! I'm not ever getting married, I can make my own sandwiches!"
    my son

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    Here ya go! This is from wicca.com, it's quite comprehensive about all the major festivals!

    Beltane

    Beltane has long been celebrated with feasts and rituals. Beltane means fire of Bel; Belinos being one name for the Sun God, whose coronation feast we now celebrate. As summer begins, weather becomes warmer, and the plant world blossoms, an exuberant mood prevails. In old Celtic traditions it was a time of unabashed sexuality and promiscuity where marriages of a year and a day could be undertaken but it is rarely observed in that manner in modern times.

    In the old Celtic times, young people would spend the entire night in the woods "A-Maying," and then dance around the phallic Maypole the next morning. Older married couples were allowed to remove their wedding rings (and the restrictions they imply) for this one night. May morning is a magickal time for wild water (dew, flowing streams, and springs) which is collected and used to bathe in for beauty, or to drink for health.

    The Christian religion had only a poor substitute for the life-affirming Maypole -- namely, the death-affirming cross. Hence, in the Christian calendar, this was celebrated as 'Roodmas'. In Germany, it was the feast of Saint Walpurga, or 'Walpurgisnacht'. An alternative date around May 5 (Old Beltane), when the sun reaches 15 degrees Taurus, is sometimes employed by Covens. (Both 'Lady Day' and 'Ostara' are names incorrectly assigned to this holiday by some modern traditions of Wicca.)

    Think of the May pole as a focal point of the old English village rituals. Many people would rise at the first light of dawn to go outdoors and gather flowers and branches to decorate their homes. Women traditionally would braid flowers into their hair. Men and women alike would decorate their bodies. Beltane marks the return of vitality, of passion. Ancient Pagan traditions say that Beltane marks the emergence of the young God into manhood. Stirred by the energies at work in nature, he desires the Goddess. They fall in love, lie among the grasses and blossoms, and unite. The Goddess becomes pregnant of the God. To celebrate, a wedding feast, for the God and Goddess must be prepared. Let Them guide you! Breads and cereals are popular. Try oatmeal cakes or cookies sweetened with a dab of honey. Dairy foods are again appropriate...just make a lovely wedding feast and you are sure to enjoy yourself! An early morning walk through a local park or forest could be fun for everyone. Gather up some plants or flowers to display in your home. Mom and daughter could braid their hair, and weave in a few tender blossoms.

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