Beltane is an old Celtic, Druid festival day at the beginning of May in the Northern Hemisphere, and celebrated in November for those in the Southern Hemisphere. The word "Beltane" means "bright or "brilliant fire," referring to the bonfires lit in honor of the Celtic god Bel, or Belenus, the god of light, fire & healing. The day was marked by dancing, feasting and love... a celebration of life & love, fertility & fruitfulness of the land.
For modern Pagans, Wiccans and Druids, Beltane is marked as a day of union and pleasures, a time of celebrating the returning warmth of the Sun, the greening & renewal of the Earth. Fertility is the big theme of the occasion. It is a time of flowers, feasting, dancing (don't forget the maypole!)... It is a time of renewing our promises to the Earth, to the land, a time of realigning the masculine & feminine aspects of our nature, a time for renewing commitments of love...
I have hung this fun paper butterfly garland that I made to celebrate the day.
May we love each other... and this Earth...
Bright the Sun
Bountiful the Earth
Together in Union
Blessed are We
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