Beltane

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The Beltane is one of the major Sabbaths of the pagan tradition. The celebration of this festival starts on the eve of April 30th and extends to May 1.

Beltane: An ancient folk festival day observed by Witches that celebrates the fully blossomed spring. April 30 or May 1.

The origin of Beltane can be traced to the Druids who celebrated fire and light. The “Bel” means brilliant and “Teine” means Fire. This celebration is done to commemorate the fertility of the soil, mark the abundance of harvests and the passage from the darkness of winter into the light of spring.

This celebration is syncretized to the Saint Walburga in the Christian religion so it is also referred as Walpurgis Night.

On the LHP:

  • THE EVE OF BELTANE is celebrated on April 30th Anton LaVey established the first above ground Church of Satan on the Eve of Beltane, April 30th, 1966.

The symbols :

  • Day: May 1st.
  • Incense: lilac, lily of the valley, verbena, oliban, hawthorn.

Planets:

Venus and the Moon

Deities Celebrated:

  • Flora : Roman goddess of flowers.
  • Diane : Goddess of the Moon
  • Pan : Greek god of the woods and fertility.

Colors:

  • Pink, soft green, mauve, yellow.

Candles:

  • pink, green and mauve.

Trees: fruit trees in bloom, willow, hawthorn.

Flowers: lilac, lily of the valley, buttercup, May flowers.

Stones: emerald, sapphire, rose quartz.

Beltane Fire

During this celebration, bonfires are lit to keep away evil spirits. The lightening of fire and welcoming of the sun ensures the fertility of the land.  In the Celtic tradition, the worshippers leap around the fire for purification and fertility purposes.

The Maypole

In recent times, celebration of Beltane is done around the Maypole which is a phallic symbol planted deep into the earth and decorated with colored ribbons.  This pole represents the potency and fecundity of God and the unwinding ribbons are symbols of  the union of the god and goddess. The worshippers drink and dance around this pole.

Significance of Beltane

For Agriculture:

This is a season of cultivation of seeds and rearing of animals. In ancient Sweden animals were let out for grazing.

Binds Relationship:

It is also the time to bind one’s destiny to another person in an annual relationship. The Celtics and ancient Pagans are known to mark this season with a hand fasting.

The tradition is that on the morning of May 1st, the couple wander in the woods and exchange their vows of fidelity and love for a period of one year. The man picks flowers for his beautiful woman and braids a crown that he offers to her.

The woman picks oak leaves for her lover’s crown.  In some tradition, they use a ribbon to fasten their hands together before pledging loyalty to one another for a year. At the end of the one year period, they might decide to break up or renew their commitment.

For fertility:

During this celebration, the goddesses of fertility are revered. People seek for blessings of fertility for their animals, land and themselves. Barren women mate on this night with the hope of getting pregnant.

Celebration of Beltane in Czech Republic:

To the people of Czech Republic, Beltane is seen as a season of love. Huge bon fires of about 8 meters are set up preferably at the top of the hills.  Pagans gather around the bon fire to drink, dance, make love and make merry. When a black and dense smoke formation leave the fire, the people cheer it as “a witch flying away”.

On Beltane Night as on Halloween strange things may happen. One of such is unbridled sexuality as worshippers consider this time ideal for reproduction.

Beltane night is also a time to use your energy to show kindness to people around you and heal the sickly ones. You can also prepare amulets of protection that will serve you during the year.

Beltane Oil

Make your own Beltane Oil on the eve or day of Beltane. Use on the day or keep in your collection to celebrate the Sabbat as a professional 😉

You will need:

1/4 cup almond oil

3 to 5 drops of:

  • drgaon blood oil
  • coriander oil
  • Lilly of the valley oil
  • violet oil
  • honeysuckle oil

Mix together and store in a bottle!

Beltane Books & Products:

Books

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Herbs & Plants

Herbal mixtures created with these ingredients can be mixed into your potting or garden soil to help ensure your garden is adequately protected and blessed. This can be conducted during a Beltane ritual or garden blessing ceremony. You can also safely make teas, salves, tonics, and more from these herbs. Enjoy them as a pleasant beverage, use them to create a floor wash, to purify tools & stones, make herbal soaks or baths and MUCH more.

Dandelion – The entire plant is edible and very beneficial to those who consume it. In a ceremony, drink dandelion tea to promote psychic powers. This same tea, when left steaming near your bed or altar can call spirits. Dandelion tea is also great for Tasseomancy practices.

Rose – Drink rose tea directly before going to bed to help you remember your dreams. Crushed rose petals are also great for Tasseomancy practices.

Meadowsweet – Used in various love mixtures from herbal scatters, to soaks, and tea. Scatter Meadowsweet around your home and garden to maintain peace. Drink meadowsweet tea to aid in divination practices.

Oils & Incense

The main scents are Rose, Ylang Ylang, & Vanilla. Here are some choices from the store

Incense

Oils – Large

Oils – Small

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