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This is the point of the old Celtic Wheel where spring energy fizzes to the Earth’s surface with joy, abundance, and the budding promise of fruition, after the long gathering of energies in the dark soil of winter.

Traditionally, Beltane is a time of union and unity, where the fresh masculine and feminine energies come together in balance and celebration. 

Living in a time when many lament the repression of the feminine (present in all men and women, just as is the masculine energy), this is an opportunity to salute the healthy nature of balance. It is a time of deep-found love.

Old celebrations included the braiding of hair, weaving of flowers, jumping hand-in-hand over a lusty Beltane fire. Later on, Christians harnessed the celebrations with a church service and procession to the fields or hills, where the priest kindled the fire. In times old and newer, a rowan branch hung over the house fire on May Day to preserve the fire itself from bewitchment and bad luck.

Maypoles – supremely phallic symbols – were the focal point of old English village rituals. The community would gather flowers and green branches from the fields and gardens at dawn, and use them to decorate the village maypoles. The maypole ribbons would be danced into weavings and rhythms that bound together communities, mistakes and all. The fairest young May Queen was chosen from amongst the young people who would accompany her from door to door, flower-laden and singing. The Blessing of May would be granted to those who gave donations towards the general festivities; young creation and the fertility of Nature were exulted.

It feels a loss that the Wheel of the Year nowadays passes almost unnoticed, uncelebrated. We at Outrider Anthems leap over a small fire at Beltane, with all the joy of fresh energies and optimistic spirit. Perhaps you might do the same!

 

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