• Yolanda McAdam

Fertility, Fire and Flowers


Beltane

Beltane (1 May) is a Cross Quarter Day, halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. It is the last of three Celtic Spring celebrations (the others being Imbolc and Ostara) and represents the sacred union of the Earth and Sun resulting in new growth. On a spiritual level, this is a celebration of the union of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine.


Beltane means “bright /brilliant fire” and has been celebrated for centuries with the lighting of fires - an invocation to the Sun for blessings of light, fertility, and growth. On May Day’s eve, young and old would spend the night in the woods making love and then return to their villages in the morning bearing boughs of hawthorn and spring flowers. A maypole would be erected in the village and the eating and dancing would begin.


Samhain is Beltane’s counterpart in the southern hemisphere. Beltane is a time of blessing and planting while Samhain is a time of harvesting and the Dead. The veil between the two worlds is said to be at its thinnest during this time and magic abounds!


The Floralia festival, in honor of Flora, is also held at this time (27 April - 3 May).