The Celts considered Beltane -- or May Eve -- the beginning of summer, and it is still celebrated with the building of bonfires on hillsides. Beltane is the time in the Wheel of the Year when "sweet desire weds wild delight." It is the season when the first glorious burst of springtime causes our hearts to rejoice in life and love. Our passion is born anew at Beltane. We engage in the wild flow of life, regardless of our age. Our blood pumps through our veins with renewed strength, our hearts open to delight and we become one with the blossoming Earth.
It is in the "lusty month of May" that our imaginations take flight with hope. Perhaps this year. . . ! And so, we dance around the Maypole, weaving the energies of life and love, hope and expectation for the coming year. We weave the feminine and masculine energies of life -- and are renewed. Amidst the flowering shrubs and birdsong, we too engage in the dance of light and life, calling forth ever greater light and deeper and fuller life. The bonfires of Beltane give us back the light of hope, and when we jump through and over them the fires cleanse us of any lingering winter darkness, and bring us luck and fertility.
There are also many traditions stating that during Beltane, the veils between the worlds open and the Faerie Folk come out to dance and give their blessings. Perhaps this belief contains a memory of a time when priestesses and shamans celebrated the opening of the veils between the worlds, and the powers of the Earth took on form and walked amongst humans.
Take time today and this weekend to welcome in the month of May. When we work with the energies of this Gate in the Wheel of the Year, our lives are enriched with fertility and beauty.
Until next time,