Tuesday, May 1, 2012

BLESSED BELTANE, MERRY MAYDAY!


It is May 1st. a time to rejoice and welcome the warmer weather and the rebirth of our earth. It is time to celebrate Beltane, named for the Sun God Belinos. This is a celebration of longer, warmer days, blossoming flowers, the greening of the earth and new strength and love.


It is also Merry May Day. In old English villages as well as many other Europeon countries, it was a time to raise the Maypole and celebrate Spring. The Maypole is still used in celebrations today. People would decorate their homes with flowers and branches and women and girls would braid their hair and adorn them with blossoms ( resembling the Maypole.)


This is a time of new beginnings, new loves and a fresh start for our Mother Nature.

Images from PINTEREST.

5 comments:

  1. Pouring down here. I don't think many of us will be dancing around the maypoles! Still the Spring fairs will start in earnest now, and they are always fun.

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  2. Brightest Beltane Blessings to you! :)

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  3. Brightest blessings for a beautiful Beltane to you! We have a LOT of rain this whole week long, so I'm planning on going out to the greenhouse with my family today and choosing some wonderful plants for the garden and celebrating indoors this afternoon with potting some herbs, opening the windows and listening to the rain and the birds, and time with family.

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  4. Emerging Visions visionary art 'zine #22

    http://emergingvisions.blogspot.com


    In celebration of Earth, our Gifting Gaea has emerged.
    Share our Gift; Enjoy our Earth; Blessed Be






    Sense caressing meadow
    Green grain and brilliant petals
    Lovely buzzing, lively hopping
    Warm, yellow light at play
    Luscious wash of pleasure
    Fragrant, rolling, mellow
    Miles of flowering moments
    Celebrate today

    Imagine May Day

    Brazen witches fly, legends say,
    dark Moon nights; arise, stealthy, silent
    in their joyous revelry.
    Bonded to Earth's creation;
    learning at mother's breast
    to manage life's gifts and lessons.

    Historic Man may proclaim, may murder
    for fealty, to swear allegiance to
    their hunt's command.
    They may elevate their One True King
    to kneel and obey. They may employ
    counting measure, ceremony and sacrifice,
    taunting and torture or other trials
    thus finding for each loyal swan a pond
    to plunder, to parade in royal colour,
    their place of pride.

    Cruelty descends, more master than tactic;
    it is the enemy of joy, of flavor,
    bonding, works of love and honor.

    Yet men, on real ground, work companions
    to soil and rain, engineers trained to each
    moment's urgencies, philosophers of stone and mud,
    reason and toil, persist. Their sinew and bone feed
    the ages, build clay and richness on which
    wealth relies.

    Wisdom knows the sweat of practiced movement,
    flexible to unexpected obstacles, able to modulate
    quiet or loud as the crowd ebbs
    or grows in credulity.
    Where wisdom seeps through, counters
    prevailing poisons, invigorates blood to nourish
    minds and hearts, look there for blessing.

    Arise, lovers! Bring forth better days,
    ours to play in open revelry,
    neighbors enjoying shared labors and our fruit.
    Accept truth of magic; imagine life into this world.


    Beltane 2012

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