On May 1 or the eve of May, we as witches celebrate the marriage or union of the God and Goddess. The weather is warm and we begin to spend more time with our local community. We cast spells for spiritual growth, belonging, and blessings for all who seek the Old Ways and all who respect the Witches path. Beltane marks the summer half of the Witches Yearly Calendar; it is a time when many strive to improve their love lives.
This holiday marks a very sacred and magickal time of the year when witches twist and bend beautiful colored ribbons around a maypole, an ancient pagan symbol. The maypole itself symbolizes the masculine energy entering the feminine. Beltane has long been celebrated with feasts and rituals. The word Beltane means fire of Bel, Bel being an ancient Celtic God of the Sun. As the beginning of summer, the world is blooming with color and exotic energy. In old Celtic traditions, it is a time when many strive to get hand-fasted (Wiccan Wedding Ceremony) and declare vows of love for a year and a day.
In our Witches tradition, we cast spells for the earth, work in our magickal gardens, and draw in the warm energy of the sun. Beltane, the cross Sabbat to Samhain, is also the time when the veil between the world of men and the world of the fairy folk is at it's thinnest, and this is a good time to contact fairies and incorporate them in your magick. Fire, as well, is also a symbol of Beltane, for in ancient times, Beltane marked one of the sacred festivals of Fire and Fertility. Beltane brings a spark of spring magic to all those who are willing to open their eyes to it.
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