May 1, 2008

Happy Beltane!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 7:31 pm by Babs

Being the first of May it is May Day!  Wiccans and Wiccan inspired neopagans celebrate this day as a  sabbat, one of the solar holidays.  Although the holiday may use features of the Gaelic Bealtaine, such as a bonfire, it bears more relation to the Germanic May Day festival, both in its significance (fertility) and its rituals such as maypole dancing.  Some Wiccans celebrate “High Beltaine” be enacting a ritual union of the May Lord and Lade. 

Among the Wiccan sabbats, Beltane is a cross-quarter day; it is celebrated in the northern hemisphere on May 1st and in the souther hemisphere on November 1st.  Beltane follows Ostara and precedes Midsummer (see the Wheel of the Year).

Blessed Be!

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