This Celtic holiday begins celebration on the eve of May 1st. Halfway between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice, it symbolizes the start of summer or the “light half of the year“. This holiday honors the event of procreation and in Celtic lore, celebrates the God and Goddess of fertility.
The Beltane Fire is symbolic of light returning and days lengthening. The lighting of bonfires is a ritual done in order to sanctify, purify and cleanse the body and soul of old habits and negativity.
The phallic Maypole, was an ancient tradition of dancing clockwise (sun-wise or disoleil) around a large tree or brightly decorated pole with ribbons and flowers. On Beltane eve, the Celts believed it was the fairies who were returning from their winter respite in time for summer.
Celebrated all over the world and in different cultures including Roodmas (Old English) May Day (British, Welsh, Celtic, German, Irish), Beltain, (Gaelic), Feast of the Cross (Christian), Rite of the Catholic Church (Gallican) commemorating the finding by Saint Helena of the True Cross in Jerusalem in 355. First day of summer (Ireland), Festival of Flora, the Roman Goddess of Flowers (Rome), the Walpurgis Night Celebrations (Germanic).
When: The eve of May 1st
Season: Cross Quarter : (Mid-way point between Spring and Midsummer)
Represents: Fire Festival, Bonfires, Maypole Dancing, Union
Virtues: Sex, Union
Symbols: Maypole, Fire, Flowers, Mirrors, Priapic Wand,
Gemstone: Abalone Shell. Angel Aura. Chalcopyrite. Fluorite, Labradorite, Rainbow moonstone, rainbow obsidian, Peacock Ore. Titanium Quartz, tourmaline
Color: Green, Pink, Violet, Yellow
Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rose, Sandalwood
Remedies: Bee Pollen, Bilberry, Blessed Thistle, Burdock Root, Calendula Flower, Catnip, Chamomile, Chaste Tree Berry, Cramp Bark, Dandelion, Eye Bright, Hydrangea Root, Milk Thistle Seed, Mullien Leaf, Nettle Leaf, Passion Flower, Wild Cherry Bark
Flowers: Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Peony, Agapanthus, Amaryllis, Anemone, Callalily, Cherry Blossom, Corn Flower, Dahlia and Hyacinth.
Life Event: Creativity, Consummation
Lunar: Moon of Winds or Full Worm Moon
Body Healing: Sacred Sexual Secrets
Mind Healing: The Power of Love
Spirit Healing: Sacred Spirit
Beltane Meditation: Connecting
Beltane Connections: Resin Incense, Celtic Candles, Essential Oil Blends, Celtic Amulets, Celtic Crystals, Celtic Astrology