Beltane?

Not much of a diary, more a place to discuss what, if anything, we pagan heathens might do around here for one of our two big holydays :-).

Ref. links below the fold.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltane

http://www.circlesanctuary.org/pholidays/Beltane.html

http://www.druidry.org/obod/festivals/beltane.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/festivals/beltane.shtml

15 comments

Thanks, Morgan! (4.00 / 4)

and a blessed Beltane to you and yours. 😀

One of our local Circles is holding the Beltane rite May 6th, and I am looking forward.

by LunarEclipse on Tue Apr 25th, 2006 at 13:45:44 PDT

Clarification (4.00 / 7)

I was wondering what, if anything, we might do here on our Street. I can post something like I did at Samhain and Imbolc, but I’d like to gauge the level of interest, and especially if anyone else wants to help with the ceremony itself, before I commit to anything :-).

by Morgan on Tue Apr 25th, 2006 at 14:09:40 PDT

I know our paths differ somewhat, (4.00 / 4)

But I’d be glad to help in any way possible.  My specialities are invocations and ritual poetry, but I can help in any way you’d like.  E-mail me if you wish, and we’ll coordinate.

Blessed Be

Taliesin Athor Govannon
HP, Coven of Caer Arianrhod
Taliesin’s Witchcraft Page

by Taliesin on Tue Apr 25th, 2006 at 22:25:52 PDT

I always enjoy (4.00 / 2)

your posts and enjoy participating.

Thanks,

Fennster

Always we begin again – John McQuiston

by fennster on Wed Apr 26th, 2006 at 16:14:23 PDT

Definitely interested in reading… (none / 1)

… and learning. Not my tradition, so I can’t contribute, but I really appreciate the effort and energy you put into bringing the ceremonies here. I’m just lousy about remembering to mention that when I’m thinking it.

Thank you.

by paxpdx on Wed Apr 26th, 2006 at 23:07:41 PDT

I completely forgot… (none / 1)

…that most pagans will be celebrating either this weekend or on the first. I’ve located the words to the Kipling poem we use when dancing the Maypole. I can post them if anyone is interested.

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” — Hunter S. Thompson

by rune on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 09:53:08 PDT

Since I’ve… (4.00 / 5)

…been serving as “priest” (to practice channeling god energy as well as goddess) these days, I may actually be the Maypole on the 5th. If we’re indoors on acount of rain, that is. Outdoors the pole stands on its own, heh.

I’m going to have to chat with my rose bush though, it started blooming this weekend — a whole two weeks early!

So, cyber bonfire to jump for blessings, or do we bring our “ribbon colors” and post them to represent our wishes?

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” — Hunter S. Thompson

by rune on Tue Apr 25th, 2006 at 14:09:43 PDT

A cyber fire (4.00 / 4)

might be about all we can jump this year… lots of fire hazard here in the desert. 🙁

But I love the idea!! And I’ll bring my “ribbons” too.

And we’ll dance all night. 😀 😀

by LunarEclipse on Tue Apr 25th, 2006 at 15:50:38 PDT

Here’s an altar you can use, if you like … (4.00 / 6)

Beltane altar, part of the Sabbat Altars Circle at our local Pagan Pride Day, 2005.

Loud ‘n’ proud member of species Propheticus lycanthroponica since his “turning” circa 1684 C.E.

by The Werewolf Prophet on Tue Apr 25th, 2006 at 14:10:41 PDT

Ooooo… (4.00 / 5)

pretty.

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” — Hunter S. Thompson

by rune on Tue Apr 25th, 2006 at 14:13:15 PDT

I will light a candle, and go outside (4.00 / 6)

and remember this is when we bless the fields.  And if I can talk my husband into it, we’ll perform the Great Rite.  I don;’t think even my mother-in-law would ban us from making love.

by irishwitch on Tue Apr 25th, 2006 at 16:53:14 PDT

I’ll light a candle (4.00 / 5)

…burn some incense, sniff some flowers, meditate a little, listen to some music, and think about the joys of springtime and summer ahead…and think of ways to make it count.  Although the weather is expected to be chilly that day, so I may have to forgo walking barefoot in the grass.  

And maybe read some of Herrick’s May Day poems, like “Corinna’s Going A-Maying.”

by Vagrarian on Tue Apr 25th, 2006 at 18:40:18 PDT

Being quite the social Witches… (4.00 / 4)

This Beltane season we have, coming up:

The ADF Beltane this weekend,
A private Beltane rite next weekend,
And our friends’ Beltane bash the weekend after.

Combine that along with our coven rite and various online rituals, and I’ll be well “mayed” come mid month

Blessed Be

Taliesin Athor Govannon
HP, Coven of Caer Arianrhod
Taliesin’s Witchcraft Page

by Taliesin on Tue Apr 25th, 2006 at 19:29:53 PDT

Ah Beltane. (4.00 / 4)

This year a few friends of mine will be borrowing space in a church courtyard and fire containment thingys (yes, a very scientific and liturgical term) rather like this one:

to set up purification fires and get around the flame restrictions in Atlanta.

As a Scot I’m a little uncertain about having the fires around May 1 — we always lit them a bit later…but c’est la vie.

“The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.” ~ Psalm 121:5-6

by Sweet Georgia Peach on Wed Apr 26th, 2006 at 07:51:52 PDT

I will be… (4.00 / 2)

posting a diary sometime this weekend of Beltane thoughts, and leading a ritual for the group at my UU church Saturday evening.

The greater the circle, the more the love grows.

by Alexandra Lynch on Thu Apr 27th, 2006 at 11:02:07 PDT

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