Wednesday, August 10, 2022
May 1st, 2022
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Today marks the fertile peak of the Wheel of the Year when spring reaches its climax and we turn our gaze towards the coming summer solstice. Beltane is a celebration of fertility and sensuality, and a traditional favorite for pagan nuptials.Beltane customs would include ceremonies that increased the fertility of the land and its people, rituals like maidens rolling in the grass to collect Beltane Dew on their skin with the hope it would increase libido and attract a good mate. Another ceremony was to dance around a May Pole, which was erected in a common area such as a pasture or field to act as a phallic symbol that promised a fertile grazing year. These rituals were a celebration that winter was long gone.Beltane is the ovulation of the seasons, the moment when that stimulated ovary finally releases its egg and a rush of hormones invite fertilization. The trees are bursting, bees are busy pollinating and I’m aroused by everything in sight.I celebrate Beltane through the act of touching my skin and tasting my food and inhaling deeply the intoxicating scents around me. I transform into the May Queen, the goddess of spring who embraces sensuality and her bodily pleasures.