Only one word can describe this Sunday morning. Beautiful! Sunny! Sparkling frost. Even though it is rather cold, the sun pouring in through the kitchen window is beautiful. Despite another night of hard frost, the morning is full of wonderful energy. The robins start singing about 4:00 am, followed by the sparrows, house finches and a cardinal or two. Soon the whole morning chorus urges you to rise from that bed and come look at the morning.
Depending on your tradition, if you are pagan, Beltane occurs on April 30th or May 1st. I observe Beltane on April 30th, hopefully with an outdoor fire ritual. Beltane is a remarkable sabbat for me as it truly marks the beginning of a new and glorious season (even if my northern region wants to hang on to frosty mornings a bit longer). Beltane is a time to be giddy! Yes! Celebrate the season. Sing, dance, laugh, make merry! Have fun with this fire festival. And, like Samhain in October, Beltane is a time when the veil "between the worlds" is thin. What does that mean? Magick is afoot, the Fae might be near, even in your very own garden. All manner of mystery and the Unseen are about.
May 1st, May Day continues the Beltane celebration. The Maypole, flower garlands and crowns, all manner of good food. May Baskets. Beltane is about flowers, the return of light and nature's growing season. A time once again to either continue with plans and goals begun at Ostara (the spring equinox) or to begin planning now for how you will spend your summer time. It is a fabulous time of year and each day is a chance to praise and honor the God and the Goddess as we nurture our gardens and plants. In a Spiritual sense we our nurturing our own growth through the Season by learning, studying and putting these skills into Action. What will your goals be for the Light time of the year.
The Wheel turns once again and all should be glad.
If you are looking for a book to read more about Beltane, here is one in particular, though there are many to be found (as always, read Scott Cunningham!). This book is called Beltane, Springtime Rituals, Lore and Celebration by Raven Grimassi and is packed with information about old customs and traditions, fairy and flower lore, spells, recipes, rituals and arts and crafts. It is a wonderful book to have on your Wiccan or Pagan bookshelf.