Beltane Activities

 

 

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  • Spells to ensure abundance, prosperity, protection, love, and conservation
  • Gather the first wild herbs of the season
  • Go to the woods or fields to gather wild flowers
  • Go on a picnic
  • Wash your face in dew at sunrise for beauty in the coming year
  • Braid your hair in flowers
  • Get your hair wet in the rain for blessings
  • Go A -Maying and make love in the woods or outside your home
  • Commune with the faeries/devas or nature spirits
  • Divination of all sorts
  • Decorate your house with flowers
  • Bless the waters around your land or collect water for future use in a spell
  • Make May bowl drink
  • Eat oatmeal or dairy foods
  • Prepare a May basket by filling it with flowers and goodwill and then give it to someone in need of healing and caring, such as a shut-in or elderly friend.
  • Form a wreath of freshly picked flowers, wear it in your hair, and feel yourself radiating joy and beauty.
  • Dress in bright colors.
  • Make windsocks
  • Dance the Maypole and feel yourself balancing the Divine Female and Male within
  • On May Eve, bless your garden in the old way by making love with your lover in it.
  • Make a wish as you jump a bonfire or candle flame for good luck.  (Fire Spell)
  • Make a wish and tie a ribbon to a tree. (Air spell)
  • Charge your crystals.  Look up best stones to charge during this time.
  • Create Sacred Water and charge under sunlight.
  • Recharge amulets, crystals, magickal trinkets and creations under sunlight.
  • Connect to the Sun
  • Call on the power/energy of LIFE to places in our lives and parts of us that need growth, life, and for things to flourish…goals, dreams, visions… DREAM BIG, EMBRACE JOY, EXPECT GREAT!
  • Welcome in the May at dawn with singing and dancing.

 

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Beltane

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Beltane is the last of the three Spring fertility festivals.  Most commonly it is held on April 30 but sometimes on May 01.  Beltane is a fire festival that represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. It celebrates fertility of the coming year.  Celtic festivals often tied in with the needs of the community. In spring time, at the beginning of the farming calendar, everybody would be hoping for a fruitful year for their families and fields.

Beltane and Samhain are the two greatest festivals of the solar year.  They both are celebrations of life and death… at Samhain emphasis on death and at Beltane the emphasis is on LIFE.  LOVE is in the Air!  Earth energies are at their strongest and most active. All of life is bursting with potent fertility and at this point in the Wheel of the Year, the potential becomes conception. On May Eve the sexuality of life and the earth is at its peak. Abundant fertility, on all levels, is the central theme. It is about sexuality and sensuality, passion, vitality and joy. And about conception. A brilliant moment in the Wheel of the Year to bring ideas, hopes and dreams into action. And have some fun…..Being a fertility festival sexual pleasures were common often occurring outside on the Land to bless fields, herds, and homes. May Bowl was the beverage of choice, a punch (wine or non-alcoholic) made of Sweet Woodruff blossoms.

maypoleThe Maypole is an important element to Beltane festivities, it is a tall pole decorated with long brightly colored ribbons, leaves, flowers and wreaths. Young maidens and lads each hold the end of a ribbon, and dance revolving around the base of the pole, interweaving the ribbons. The circle of dancers should begin, as far out from the pole as the length of ribbon allows, so the ribbons are pulled tight. There should be an even number of boys & girls. Boys should be facing clockwise and girls counterclockwise. They each move in the direction that they are facing, weaving with the next, around to braid the ribbons over-and-under around the pole. Those passing on the inside will have to duck, those passing on the outside raise their ribbons to slide over. As the dances revolve around the pole the ribbons will weave creating a pattern, it is said that the pattern will indicate the abundance of harvest year.

The Maypole dance is an important aspect of encouraging the return of fertility to the earth….it’s symbolism.  It’s not just an insinuation of  sex (the union of male and female which creates new life) but also is the connector of the three worlds. Dancing the Maypole during Beltane is magical experience as it is a conduit of energy, connecting all three worlds at a time when these gateways are more easily penetrable. As people happily dance around and around the pole holding the brightly colored ribbons, the energy it raises is sent down into the earth’s womb, bringing about Her full awakening and fruitfulness.

bonfire beltaneFire is still the most important element of most Beltane celebrations and there are many traditions associated with it. It is seen to have purifying qualities which cleanse and revitalize. People leap over the Beltane fire to bring good fortune, fertility (of mind, body and spirit) and happiness through the coming year.  Beltane rituals would often include courting: for example, young men and women collecting blossoms in the woods and lighting fires in the evening. These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately in the coming summer or autumn.  Other festivities involved fire which was thought to cleanse, purify and increase fertility. Cattle were often passed between two fires and the properties of the flame and the smoke were seen to ensure the fertility of the herd.

The three days before and the three days after Beltane are super powerful times for healing work, psychic meditation, and setting intentions/affirmations into motion.  Beltane is a time of divination and communion with Fairy Folk/Nature Spirits.  Long ago the indigenous people saw how the energy that runs through the “ley lines” of the Earth (power points or meridians) gets stronger and more intense at the equinox and solstice and mini-equinox or mini-solstice times. The electromagnetic field of the Earth is intensified, creating a rich atmosphere for tapping into the energy part of your being. . .the spiritual side or psychic side. This aspect of you is more readily available during the three days leading into one of these times and for the three days afterwards.

The May waters were also seen to have magickal influence.  A common Beltane tradition included Rolling in May Eve dew or washing your face in pre-dawn May Day dew for health, luck, beauty.  Also, getting your head and hair wet in Beltane rain to bless the head.  A common practice was Blessing springs, ponds, other sacred waters with flowers, garlands, ribbons, and other offerings.  People would collect sacred waters and scry in sacred springs, wells, ponds, and other waters.

There would be gatherings and exchanges of Flowers and Greens on May Eve, pre-dawn May Day, Beltane.  People would decorate their homes, barns, and other buildings with Green budding branches, including Hawthorn. Yellow flowers such as primrose, rowan, hawthorn, gorse, hazel and marsh marigold were set at doorways and windows.  Making and wearing of garland wreaths of Flowers and/or Greens.  May Baskets were given or placed secretly on doorsteps to friends, shut-ins, lovers, others.  Oatmeal and dairy products was the food of choice during this time also used for offerings to nature spirits or faeries.

beltane32Beltane is a popular time for pagan weddings or Handfastings, a traditional betrothal for ‘a year and a day’ after which the couple would either choose to stay together or part without recrimination. Today, the length of commitment is a matter of choice for the couple, and can often be for life. Handfasting ceremonies are often unique to the couple, but include common elements, most importantly the exchange of vows and rings (or a token of their choice). The act of handfasting always involves tying the hands Handfasting (‘tying the knot’) of the two people involved, in a figure of eight, at some point in the ceremony and later unbinding. This is done with a red cord or ribbon. Tying the hands together symbolizes that the two people have come together and the untying means that they remain together of their own free will.

However, in addition to sexual fertility, Beltane is also about abundance, in many forms. Don’t just focus on material gains… it’s about the growth of the earth and its bounty, and it’s about increasing your own spiritual and emotional wealth.  Overall, it is a good time for celebration, play, creative activity, and real “magic.”

 

 

Money Story Meditation

First off… I want you to think about happy money memories.  Think about lovely Money thoughts.

Was there ever a time, for at least for a month or a week you were able to save a little bit of money… $10, $20 or more?  What about when you got your income tax check, or a bonus… had no extra expenses, getting something for free?  Any money memories, no matter how small or big, that brings lovely thoughts about money to your mind…

Once you are in a happy state about money and can pull from that energy you should commence the meditation.

*Envision your money story as a caterpillar eating from the leaves of knowledge….connection…courage…internal knowing…wealth consciousness…happy money memories…Big money attracting energy…lovely money thoughts…Gold!

As your money story is filling itself up with all this yummy goodness…all these enriching money beliefs…it absolutely just loves it!  It’s completely at ease taking it in and absorbing all the nourishing… positive… and hopeful vibes. Your money story starts looking optimistic…It starts to believe in a better outcome for itself and is now aware that it can have a rich, successful, and golden existence…

Finally…your money story is now ready to be golden… a success story… prosperous, happy, and much more abundant!

As we spin our cocoons with golden silk… it’s being spun with love, gratitude, and thankfulness to the energy of money and your personal money story.

At last, our cocoons are complete… and we are in our safe haven… surrounded by lovely, wealth consciousness, and rich energy.

It’s time for your money story to take a rest.  Let this be the time and the place where you for once and for all put your old money story down…no longer having to take it with you from here on out.  We are creating a new money story for ourselves… but must first get rid of the old in order to make room for the NEW.

So leave it here, where the energy of your money story will be healed, blessed, and transformed into something beautiful, abundant, and rich.

Give your imaginary self and the auric egg… lots of love, support, and nurture at this time before it’s birthed. Welcome it in with feelings of safety and thankfulness. Bless it with lots of joy, ease, and grace.

The Winds of Life to join you… and blow away any heavy, negative, limiting, self-sabotaging beliefs and emotions about money.  It’s blowing away any vows, contracts, booby traps, and imprints you have about money… throughout the past, present, and future…across all dimensions, realities, space, and time….carrying away any and all sediments along with it.  Being lifted and blown away from your energy field, mind, soul, and space.

As the Winds of Life continue to blow they activate the transformation of your money story and give LIFE to the new and best possibility and outcome.  The Winds give LIFE to a new, pleasant, and fun money story….  One of prosperity, wealth, abundance, and good fortune.

AND as your money story emerges into a majestic butterfly it embodies all the money attracting qualities it will need for it’s journey….

Your money story is now encoded for success and thriving…*

 

Spring Resurrection Mediation

cocoonThis meditation was inspired by Spring and the death and rebirth process of a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly.  We all have, are, or will go through our own personal transformation.  I believe that for us humans, it’s not just a one time thing as we continue to evolve in our lives.  For some of us we will undergo several life changing transformations.  For some, we were sort of pushed in that process, and now we are here and we kinda have to see it through all the way.  While other times, we may have been desiring it are ready for it and can celebrate it.  Regardless of where you are, at  this particular moment, let it be a moment of much hope, love, and compassion  for you and on your journey.

There will be the use of color, symbolism, and visualization for this meditation.  In magick we use symbolism and the symbols hold magic.  When we understand these symbols at their core, their meaning holds much more value, depth, and power.  The symbols for this mediation are colors, visuals, and specific movements with your hands.  At the beginning of the meditation raise your hands up and point your hands together as to form a sealed cocoon.  For more of an effect you can tie visuals to specific words.

  Such as:raised hands

  • Love – Pink
  • Rainbow – Bliss
  • Sparkles – Magic
  • Glow – Zeal or Blessing
  • Iridescent – Spirit
  • Shimmer – Sexy or Attraction
  • Glitter – Grace

 

 

Resurrection Meditation

In light of Spring…  In light of the death and rebirth process in nature….  In honor of our own death and rebirth process, this is the time where we acknowledge and nurture our very own transformation.

So please take a deep breath as you connect to ALL That Is and slowly raise your arms up, as we go within and retreat into our very own cocoon. Now that we are here.. What is it that you want to create or do?….  What is it now that you want to become or embody?….  What would you like to experience or have?….

And as you breathe out… you are releasing any inner critic or critical parent that you may have.  With every breath you breathe out…. you are letting go of any forms of resistance, guilt, any doubt, shame, or fear you may have… so that it dissipates along with the OLD YOU….  Keep breathing in LIFE!

Take another deep breath….And as you breathe in, breathe in the healing and support that these colors are offering.  What color do you need?….  What color has come to assist you?  And with every breath you take in, you are aligning with your highest aspect…..  With every breath, you are breathing in LIFE!  LIFE, to your new being, LIFE to your goals and dreams, LIFE to your body.

Please feel free to add whatever you need in this moment in life.  Whether it’s Sparkles for Magick, Rainbow for Bliss, Iridescent for Spirit, Shimmer for Attraction, Glow for Zeal, or Glitter for Blessings and Grace.

And now it is time for your emergence! It is now time to break out of your cocoon and emerge as a NEW BEING.   As we slowly start to lower our arms back down to our sides…. FEEL the NEW YOU emerging….THRIVING and ARRIVING!  And so it is!!

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Air Spells

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Spells don’t have to be intricate.  Most of us perform some sort of spell work on a regular basis.  Making a wish or even saying a simple prayer are forms of spell work.  You are using the forces of nature to yield a certain result.

 

Air spells can either be medium paces or fast paced depending on how it’s carried by the wind.

Air spells are good to use during the season of Spring or on a windy or breezy day.

Air spells are complimentary when the Moon or Sun are in the sign of Libra, Gemini, or Aquarius.

 

Air:  Simple Wish Spell

***Think of something you want for yourself.  It should be something intangible ( a good day, a happy resolution, a new cherished memory) instead of something tangible that you can touch, hold, or interact with.

When you have decided upon what you will ask for, reduce it to exactly three words.  For instance, you could say, “A joyful memory.” “Bring peaceful closure”, “Beauty fills today”

Now cup your hands like you were going to fill them with water.  Lean forward until you are close enough that you could drink from your hands.  Think of what you are wishing for.  Audibly but quietly whisper your phrase three times…. “Beauty fills today, Beauty fills today, Beauty fills today.

Open your hands, palms up, so they are still side-by-side.  Take a deep breath and gently, in a long slow exhalation, blow the whispered words from your hands and entrust your wish into the Air.

Then whisper “Thank you.”***

 

Air Manifestation Spell

***Words carry power.  A simple rite can be performed a number of ways.  It can be woven silently.  The words can be whispered.  You can confidently announce the spell.  This can be a prayer, a manifestation, or a simple wish.  Each step from silence to confidence lends more power to your ritual.  A simple heartfelt prayer will be suffice.

It is the words carried in sound through Air, rippling through the fabric of space and time.  Words carry the power to manifest their promised outcome.***

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Ostara

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 Eostre otherwise known as Ostara, is the pagan holiday that celebrates the return of spring and the balance between light and dark on, or around, the Spring Equinox. Eostre was the Pagan goddess of dawn, fertility and new beginnings.  This lovely Goddess is depicted as a young maiden who strides gently on the seedlings of Spring. She represents the awakening after a long deep sleep. She is the beauty of life and rebirth which happens at this time of year. Flowers in her hair, babies in her arms, flowing gown, and bright smile…Ostara is the embodiment of the glorious reawakening after a long slumber, the new life after a cold dark, necessary winter.

Many pagan holidays are symbolically tied to the cycles of the Sun and how it affects the Earth.  For example, during Spring in most places of the Earth, the temperatures are starting to warm up, thus warming up the Earth.  The Sun is moving from out of the shade into the light. With the snow melted and more sunshine warming the Earth it allows the seeds from plants to germinate and other plants to grow up from out of the ground, which weren’t able to before because the snow and not enough sunligh, since we were in the shade.

At the end of April, the Christian celebration of Christ’s rebirth, Easter, is also celebrated around this time and got its name from Eostre.  Easter symbolizes death and rebirth.  Jesus death at the cross and then he rises from the dead 3 days later.  This can be seen in the animals and plants that wake up from hibernation during Spring from resting all winter long.

pollinatorsThe flowers on the plants begin to bloom and the bees and butterflies come out of hibernation and are hungry. They eat the nectar which is found in the center of the flowers.  As they are busy buzzing around the flower they are unaware that their legs and faces are collecting the pollen from the flower, which they will then transfer to the next flower they go snack on, thus pollinating the flowers.  This is very important to the existence and survival of flowers and plants.  Without hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees and other pollinator animals, the reproduction of plants would not be possible.  They help spread the seeds of the flowers fertilizing them so that they can keep reproducing and growing.

The colors yellow and green are associated with the Spring time. Pastel colors are also used for decorations or are worn by people during this time as well. Pastels are the softer shades of color because life is still young and will not be in full force until later on in the year such as Summer, where you will see the louder and brighter colors.

In Spring, typically animals become pregnant in the fall, to give birth in the Spring. Often around the farm, babies of all species are bouncing around in the warm Spring mornings feeding on the new grasses and foods available. This of course makes sense since animals rely upon what nature provides, and in places that have harsh cold winters, spring promises life for their young. Life reborn! Ostara is represented by the procession of new life, a reminder of her care for new life in Spring! The eggs symbolize new beginnings and the rabbit symbolizes fertility.  The flowers are beginning to bud as the Earth is finally awakening and emanates new life.

Ostara is the time of awakening after a long sleep. Our time during Winter is still meditation. Winter is the time to reflect, ponder, and meditate. As our minds awake, we take the regeneration and use it as a catalyst for change and growth. The rebirth of our Soul! Ostara aids in our rebirth with bringing us back to beauty, life and awakening with her gentle touch, like that of a mother waking her children from a long slumber. Hail the reawakening!  We feel the need to “spring clean” and begin our gardens.

Pagans celebrate Ostara with various rituals celebrating fertility, nature and new growth. Egg races, egg hunts, egg eating and egg painting are common activities. A man and a woman might be chosen to act out the roles of Spring God and Goddess, playing out courtship and symbolically planting seeds.

Neopagans also celebrate by eating fresh spring foods like sprouts, dandelion greens, and nettles. Some undertake a fast during this period, to clear away the toxins of the winter. Many Wiccans plant an herb garden (for later use in spells) on Ostara. Home altars might feature spring flowers, seeds, jasmine or flowery incense, and the gemstone of jasper.

This is a great time to bless any seeds you wish to plant in the near future.  Following the rhythms of nature this is a perfect time to start a new project or to access new ideas.  Think NEW

This is the time where we are invited to step through the doorway and allow our light to shine.  It is time to plant your seeds of intention.

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Spring Equinox

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Spring Equinox, also called the Vernal Equinox, marks the first day of spring, occurring on March 20th, 2015.   The Earth usually has a tilted orbit around the sun but on the equinoxes the tilt of the Earth’s axis is neither leaning toward nor leaning away from the Sun.   Also occurring, the Earth’s equator is perfectly aligned with the center of the Sun.  From this day on, the sun will continue its journey on North in the sky, in the Northern hemisphere, inching towards summer, and will sink lower in the sky in the Southern Hemisphere, inching towards winter.  Which means that because we live in the Northern Hemisphere it’s Spring to us but in the Southern Hemisphere things are backwards so it would be the Autumn Equinox over there.

During the Spring Equinox and the Autumn Equinox the Sun moves across the equator.   Both time this crossing occurs the Sun rises exactly due East and sets exactly due West.  At both Equinoxes the noonday sun shines overhead the equator making it the longest days of the year.  On the Equinox the Earth and the Sun are in perfect balance and harmony, as the sun is centered between the Northern and Southern hemispheres and centered between Earth and Sky.  This creates a sacred cross of balancing energy that naturally harmonizes the planet and humanity.

spring sunThe word equinox means “equal night” and it refers to a time when the period of daylight and the period of darkness are equal amounting to 12 hours each.  In reality it refers to an instant in time in which the Earth is tilted neither toward nor away from the Sun.  The Sun actually rises a little earlier and sets a little later, causing the observed equinox to precede the true equinox by a few days in the Spring and in Autumn it follows by a few days (which will be on March 17 this year in 2015).  Only on the equinox does the Sun move in a perfect straight line across the sky.  The Sun normally has a curving path but on the Spring Equinox the solar track is laser straight.

Thus you can use this day to “orient” yourself.  The term “orient yourself” originally arose because if you knew which way the orient lay you could correctly point east.  The point the Sun occupies creeps westward among the stars.  Two millennia ago it was in the constellation Aries.  Which is why during the Spring Equinox the Sun is attributed to transitioning into the Aries constellation.  In the year 69 B.C. however, it moved into Pisces where it has been ever since.  The 25,780 year precessional wobble in our axis is the culprit for this.  We have another 600 years where we will be back in harmony.

birds singingAccording to Lipstick Mystic, when an area of the world goes from the cold, dead winter time and emerges into Spring , this marks a time where stronger Earth “chi” starts to flood through the land.  As this happens birds start to wake up or return from their yearly migration and begin to sing.  That strong sound vibration from their singing  “wakes up” the plants and trees, which start to bud.  This process sends a message to the devas, the guardians of nature, to become activated from their “winter sleep”.  As they awake they start giving life force energy and love to the things that are growing and to the animals having babies.

There is a lot of free floating positive energy going around at this time.  The Wise ones of long ago realized that the Spring Equinox was when  these energies were at their strongest, kicking off the Spiritual new Year.  This is a time to make fresh starts, plant seeds, and begin new projects because there is a huge amount of enhancing, strengthening, and heightening energy which will make these tasks easier.  It’s also a good time to pray or meditate and connect with your guides, power animals, or the devas in your neighborhood and open up a loving and respective dialogue with them.  Your psychic senses will be amplified so it will be easier to communicate or you can ask for some psychic dreams because it’s easier to pick up those messages in a dream.

Keywords during the Spring solstice are:  beginning, beauty, balance, innocence, orient yourself, renewal, healing, and growth.   

This is a good time to perform rituals to plant your dreams or to bless seeds and eggs.  You can also perform rituals to bring in balance into your life.

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