The Magick of Beltane & The May Queen

Sometimes referred to as May Day, Beltane marks the light half of the year. Observed on May 1st in the Northern Hemisphere (or October 31−November 1 in the Southern Hemisphere), festivities typically begin the evening before on the last night of April.

With its roots in European traditions, Beltane is observed by many of today's Pagans as a time for lighting a bonfire, dancing, and performing rituals.

Beltane is a Fire Festival.The word 'Beltane' originates from the Celtic God 'Bel', meaning 'the bright one' and the Gaelic word 'teine' meaning fire.  

Start celebrating a bit early with fun floral crowns and a Maypole altar centerpiece. 

The Maypole is a popular and familiar image of May Day and Beltane. A phallic pole, often made from birch, was inserted into the Earth representing the potency of the God. The ring of flowers at the top of the Maypole represents the fertile Goddess. Its many colored ribbons and the ensuing weaving dance symbolize the spiral of Life and the union of the Goddess and God, the union between Earth and Sky.

The colors of Beltane are green, red and silver. Green represents growth, abundance and fertility. Red represents strength, vitality, passion and vibrancy. White represents cleansing and clearing and the power to disperse negativity.

Another common focal point of the Beltane rituals is the cauldron. The Welsh goddess Creiddylad is connected with Beltane, often called the May Queen, she was a Goddess of summer flowers and love. 

 Creiddylad, (pronounced cree-THIL-ahd) is the promise of love, golden glowing moon-flowing love, enduring through all hardship and despair.  Creiddylad also shows us the necessity of self-love. Only by truly loving ourselves can we love another.

Creiddylad is mentioned only briefly in The Mabinogion but her symbolism reveals that she is surely an ancient and important Goddess, whose original stories have been lost to the mists of time. Every Beltane we are reminded of the wisdom of Creiddylad, the eternal May Queen.  A Fertility Goddess, She emerges when the earth is filled with flowers opening in sweetness to receive kisses from the sun.  She bestows her gifts of abundance on us all.  In the land of our mythic dreams she becomes the Earth Herself, the very heart of the home from which we all emerge and to which we one day return. 

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