Monday, April 30, 2012

Beltane Blessings

"Now the bright morning-star, Day’s harbinger,
Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her
The flowery May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose.
Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire
Mirth, and youth, and warm desire!
Woods and groves are of thy dressing;
Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing.
Thus we salute thee with our early song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long.

John Milton, 'Song on a May Morning'

According to ancient belief, Beltane (great fire) is a Spring fertility festival associated with light, flowers, and Maypole dancing. the wearing of colorful clothing and garland crowns of flowers and greenery. It is the last of the three Spring fertility festivals--the others being Ostara and Imbolc--and marks the beginning of Summer.Traditionally, the day was used to bless the newly plowed fields and spread the seed for that year's crops.

According to Celtic tradition, it actually begins the night before May 1st—April 30 by our current calendar. Beltane is a time to connect with nature, to give thanks for the newness and celebrate. Rise early and step outside to watch the rising sun. Have a May Day picnic. Feast on fresh fruits, oatmeal cakes, bread,chocolate, wine, and spring greens. Prepare May baskets by filling them with fresh flowers for festive decorations or to leave on the doorsteps of friends and neighbors. 

And what better gift for Beltane than the gift of new life.  This morning I noticed that my herb garden has begun to sprout. What a thrill.  My indoor garden is on its way.  I will be sure to keep you all updated.

Beltane blessings to all.


  1. ....and a Good Morning to you Mary.:0)
    Sounds like "everything is coming up Roses." It is....what you make of it m/f. Yes,indeedy!

  2. Hooray for the sprouts in your indoor herb garden! :-)

    Happy Beltane to you!

  3. Blessed Beltane to you Mary! and Whoo Hoo! Little green sprouts! Fantastic!

  4. Many Beltane Blessings to You and Yours Mary...and way to go woman on your herb sprouts!!!! :)

    Love You Girl!!!