April's showers have given way to rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility as Beltane. Observed on May 1st, festivities typically begin the evening before, on the last night of April. It's a time to welcome the abundance of the fertile earth, and a day that has a long (and sometimes scandalous) history. Depending on your tradition, there are a number of ways you can celebrate this Sabbat. First, you might want to read up on:
Rituals and CeremoniesDepending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Beltane, but the focus is nearly always on fertility. It's the time when the earth mother opens up to the fertility god, and their union brings about healthy livestock, strong crops, and new life all around.
Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying -- and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.
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- Celebrate Beltane with a Maypole Dance
- Beltane Bonfire Ritual - a group ceremony
- Hold a Family Abundance Rite for Beltane
- Honor the Sacred Feminine with a Goddess Ritual
- Beltane Planting Ritual for Solitaries
- Handfastings and Weddings
- Beltane Prayers